The 4-6 Weeks Project (Week Four)

I’m taking photographs of Eleanor and August each day until baby number three arrives, to document our last 4-6 weeks as a family of four. I first did this project to document our time as a family of three before August was born.

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The 4-6 Weeks Project: September 5

Eleanor, you’re getting good at drawing what you see. That’s our blue sofa and the fiddle leaf fig on the first floor, the TV upstairs, and the playroom on the third floor. You said you drew some toys and a ball on the floor of the playroom, because it’s messy. (Um, have you not seen the rest of the house right now, kid?)

The 4-6 Weeks Project: September 6

The bug-catching duo. We went outside to play and right away, you two spotted four of the squirmiest worms we’ve ever seen! Eleanor, you set about creating a home for them in that blue pail, while August, you dug to find more.

The 4-6 Weeks Project: September 7

We all went to the Renegade Craft Fair today, and you two were pretty tired by the end of the day. These balloons perked you up though! Well… briefly. The zombie’s head popped almost immediately. We got another head, and that one popped too. August, maybe it just means you’re a really good zombie slayer?

The 4-6 Weeks Project: September 8

Um, oops. Sorry, August! Sometimes mama needs a reminder that she is most definitely NOT a capable hairdresser, and that she should not be trusted with the scissors. (We’ll get thee to a professional soon. Promise. Plus you’re still adorable, botched haircut or not.)

The 4-6 Weeks Project: September 9

OK, that’s much better. A fresh haircut for you, August (to fix mama’s mistakes!), and a bang trim for you, Eleanor. Lookin’ good, guys.

The 4-6 Weeks Project: September 10

Eleanor, you made your own camera today from a box that you wanted to ‘recycle’ (reuse). You asked daddy to cut a rectangle in the front and a circle in the back, and then you added a shutter on top and a lens. Say “cheese!”

The 4-6 Weeks Project: September 11

It feels like fall! It wasn’t THAT cold this morning (about 50 degrees), but you insisted on hats and hoods. We did at least manage to get you both out the door and to school without being fully outfitted in the mittens and scarves you were wearing around the house after breakfast.

The Nursery, After Construction

Who’s ready for some pretty pictures? (Sorry to disappoint. It’s the nursery.)

The Nursery, Before

The Nursery, Before

The room is about 12’x12′ though the built-in cabinetry takes up 2′ of floor space along the window wall, and the doorway comes into the room 2′ as well. She doesn’t look like much yet, but see that radiator by the door? Here it is from another angle, not too long ago.

Second Floor Construction

Walls and a door are a big improvement.

The nursery will not be ready for the baby’s arrival — obviously. I would love to have it at least cleared out, cleaned up, and with primed (if not painted!) walls, but we’re 10 days from the due date. I don’t know if it’s going to happen. The important thing though is that there IS a nursery. It exists! There may still be a kitchen sink in the room, but at least it’s no longer hooked up!

The Nursery, Before

I’m due on the 26th, but I’m willing the baby to be born on the 23rd (it’s totally going to work, you guys). My birthday is on the 22nd, but my grandma’s is the 23rd and it would be very sweet if they could share the date. Brandon’s going to be working on the room, getting it presentable and trying to throw a coat of primer up, so we’ll see if the baby cooperates with my proposed timeline.

The Nursery, Before

The Nursery, Before

We’re using the brown glider and ottoman that we already have (not so stylish, but very comfortable), and our black jenny lind crib. You can see them in the old house, in both Eleanor’s and August’s nurseries. We don’t need a dresser or bookcase since we have a wall of built-in storage, so the room should come together pretty quickly and easily. Paint, a rug, fabric, art… I’m looking forward to the fun part of working on the nursery now!

Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2014

Renegade Craft Fair took place in Chicago again the weekend before last. I think I first had a booth in the show for my stationery shop back in 2006, and it was a huge part of my business for years. Even after no longer exhibiting, Brandon and I have been back just about every year (we bring the kids with), and its interesting to see how it has changed and grown. Here are some of my favorites from the 2014 Chicago show!

• Wire art and prints by Tammy Smith
Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2014: Tammi Smith

• Awesome cards by The Detroit Card Co.
Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2014: The Detroit Card Co.

• Handmade paper flowers by Moon Flora
Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2014: Moon Flora

• Wooden toys by A Summer Afternoon
Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2014: A Summer Afternoon

• Brass and crystal jewelry by Lindsay Lewis
Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2014: Lindsay Lewis

• Sweet little bowls by Toast Ceramics
Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2014: Toast Ceramics

• Cute wooden art by Jodi Lynn Doodles
Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2014: Jodi Lynn Doodles

• Plush monsters by Mr. Sogs Creatures
Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2014: Mr. Sogs Creatures

• New paintings by Dolan Geiman
Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2014: Dolan Geiman

• Colorful felt faux-taxidermy by Horrible Adorables
Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2014: Horrible Adorables

• Bizarre collage mash-ups by Unusual Cards
Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2014: Unusual Cards

• Geometric brass jewelry by Son of a Sailor
Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2014: Son of a Sailor

• Customizable shoes by Mohop
Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2014: Mohop

• Pillows and tea towels by Yao Cheng
Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2014: Yao Cheng

• Lovely prints by The Bungaloo
Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2014: The Bungaloo

• Dioramas by Red Belly
Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2014: Red Belly

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