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Mother’s day 2012

Today is mother’s day. As we were prepping for it, i asked ace what he wanted to give mama. He put his finger on his chin and said hmm. Then his face lit up. “giraffe!” he exclaimed.

You want to give mama a giraffe?


Maybe we can think of something else to give mama.

No no no no…

From that conversation, we looked online just for kicks to see what a giraffe would cost. Ebay wasn’t helpful. But google was ($25,000+). A bit outside our budget.

So we compromised and made her this.


It’s a growth chart. We’ll mark ace’s height on it and mama can cherish it for years to come.

Happy mother’s day!


Build number next

We don’t really have any “grown up” furniture. And what we do have is whatever hand me downs were available at the time. For our anniversary, i built a headboard for the mrs.


Haven’t decided if we’ll stain it or paint it yet.


Coffee table

The next round of Do It Yourself is a coffee table. Wanted one, but had no budget…back to the pallets.



something that holds books

after returning to the states, we finally settled down. this means purging the storage unit. it was a lot like christmas…only it was regifted stuff back to ourselves.

this presented a small problem. it actually became a large problem in our family. z is bookish. before we left she sold a LOT of books to 1/2 price books. i won’t tell you how much she made…but, if you’ve ever sold them books, your jaw would drop.

so, we have the remainder books. the ones that made the cut.

our little problem

now we need a place to store display these. budget $0. i was given a deadline and the instructions “something that holds books.”

when you are poor, everything seems so much more valuable. when the guy down the street leaves an old rusty toolbox out for the trash, you ask him if you can have it. when you drive past a house that is remodeling, you look at the old doors and say, “wow, those are nice!”

trash can be very impressive.

at work we had hundreds of pallets we couldn’t get rid of.

so, one evening i borrowed my sister-in-law’s truck and claimed a couple.

that green toolbox, yup, that's the one i rescued from the trash

after some planning, a bit of sweat and some sanding…
i turned my $0 budget into “something that holds books.”

front view

side view

well, i’m pretty stoked with how they turned out!

there are 3 for now .i might make a couple more…we’ll see.

lemme know what you think!

shelves for ace

i’ve been feelin crafty lately. i’ve been keeping a list of projects to tackle when the mood hit.

ace has followed his mama into a deep love of books. we needed a way for him to get to some of the books (thicker pages & board books) AND be able to put them away himself while keeping others out of his reach. i wanted him to be able to see the front of the books so he could choose what he wanted to read without emptying the shelf.

Budget = $0

well, i had a pallet from behind the building at work. after searching the web i got some ideas. i made some alterations to fit our project.

1 pallet = 2 shelves and some scraps.

  1. make a couple cuts
  2. pry off 2 boards
  3. sand
  4. attach board to bottom of shelf
  5. find studs & mount on wall.
well, let me know what you think…