December 28, 2011

2011 Recap

Even though we are officially into the year 2012 (Happy New Years, everyone!), I still love going through this blog as a reminder of all that we accomplished - and thought I would make a list of all the major events and projects we tackled this year!

Demo'd That Ugly Bathroom! We even started putting it back together again!

Stamp Art Project Free and easy can still equal purdy.

Some Custom Tumblers Bribing friends is always the answer.

Covered Jewelery Boxes For a little razzle dazzle where ever you need it

Some Sweet Kitchen Art And endless jokes about BlueCrabs with Hubby

Scored Some Amazing Deals at Garage Sales And can't wait to hit the DeanPark one again in 2012 with Baby in tow!

Stayed Married for Another Whole Year Being married to my best friend helps.

Came Up with Endless Jokes About Knobs You're a knob.

Painted My Front Door Now it's gray - not dirty white!

Finished a Client's Bathroom Yet didn't finish my own. That's life with a decorator and a carpenter - the house is never done!

Painted Most of the House Most! That's pretty good here at CasaMorgan

Spray Painted Some Lamps And loving the results

Some Free Artwork GraphicsFairy + lazy afternoon = prettier walls!

Made a Baby! This link IS work appropriate - it does not include the 'making-of' part.

And then things got kinda lazy at CasaMorgan... funny how that is!

2012 Resolutions

Every year I decide on a few resolutions to tackle - this year I am going to publicly proclaim them, in hopes that it will either give me some accountability, or at least I remember what they were...

Resolution #1 - Get Baby Here Safe and Sound: With BabyMorgan due March 30th, I am looking forward to bring him or her into the world. Hubby and I are so excited to meet our new little DIYer that we can't wait!

The new cloth diapers finishing drying on the dining table, all ready for Baby's bum!

Resolution #2 - Finish That Silly Bathroom: I know I keep putting this on the list, but with Baby on the way - it's crunch time! Once the floors are done, we are in the home stretch, so we just need to keep plugging away at it. It will be so nice to have a toilet upstairs again!

Photo of the gutted bathroom from January (PS - it looks much better now)

Resolution #3 - Keep Up With Projects: Becoming a first time Mom, I know this baby will probably rock my world, but I hope to get into a routine and be able to still do the little house projects that give me pleasure. A small art project while Baby is napping would put a smile on my face for sure.

Me painting the bathroom vanity on our wedding anniversary this year - there's always time for projects!

Resolution #4 - Finish Baby's Room: Fairly obvious that this needs to get done, and with the fabric being delivered today - things are looking good! I will be sewing like mad in the next month or so, and will keep you updated on the progress (or lack of.)

Baby's room theme board - still lots to do

Resolution #5 - Finish Painting the Exterior: What? You thought we stopped talking about it because we were done?? Nope. We are almost done, but ran out of paint just as we ran out of sunny weather. Next spring we will finish up the paint and the trim work, just in time to enjoy the yard.

A progress picture of the front entry paint job this summer - it is more complete now than in the photo

Resolution #6 - Become More Diligent With Blogging/Recording Our House Progress: This is one thing I think most bloggers fight internally with - "do I blog about it, or move on to the next fun thing" (answer: always next fun thing). I use this blog to keep track of what we have accomplished and how we did something - and it's nice to look back and see a project from start to finish (the bathroom progress recap will be EPIC!)

FACT: I started this blog in 2010, and ended that year with 41 posts. In 2011 we have put up 84 posts (and still counting!) Now THATS progress!!

Resolution #7 - Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, and Try to Smell the Roses: This is more of a personal one for me. I am constantly moving, and planning the next project to tackle. Being pregnant has been a huge chance for my way of thinking. Once Baby arrives, I want to remember to skip mopping the floors once in a while, and just soak up being a Mommy and Wife.

Dining room table covered in washed baby clothes - I'm sure this will be a common sight in the next few years at CasaMorgan!

Do you have any resolutions for the up coming NewYear? Share them with us! We're all here to keep each other motivated!

December 16, 2011

And then she finally ordered the fabric

Well, I've done it! I have officially decided on the fabrics for Baby's room, and have ordered it all - just like a big girl! To be honest, I never really thought I would get it done.

Here is the big, pretty list of all I have ordered, and what I will be using it for:

Re upholster the winged back chair

Cushion for winged back chair

Full length drapes for the window

Chair seat for small chair in corner


Bulletin board cover project

Large pillow for floor sitting (ie, something comfy for my butt while I play with baby on the floor)

The whole order only cost me $150.00 including shipping, so it is a big score for CasaMorgan. Buying the same fabric for just the chair in town would have cost me nearly that much. Go!!

I am so happy with all of my choices, and honestly am shaky waiting for the fabric to arrive. Even though I only ordered it 17 minutes ago. Is it here yet?!?

I will of course be showing you what I make as I make it - expect to see lots of Elna, my amazing sewing machine in the next few months. I will even post DIY's for some of the easier projects - but feel free to ask me any questions about a project via comments on the post, or emailing I am always here to lend a hand! (figuratively. I'm actually very lazy in person)

All fabrics available (and purchased!) from

December 5, 2011

Bathroom Updates regards to updating the bathroom - there are no updates. Or very little.

Last weekend we fully intended to install new subfloor, lay the heated wires for the floor, self level, install the tile floor and grout. As you can imagine, almost none of this got done. I came down with a horrible case of the cant-even-keep-water-down morning sickness for the weekend, which may have also demotivated Hubby. I'm a lousy sick person.

Now that I'm feeling better I have high hopes again for life, er the bathroom. Because stubbing my foot on the half installed subfloor at 3am this morning when I remembered there isn't a toilet upstairs right now really was less fun than you think.

SO - to keep moral high and keep our chins up when we think about how much work there still is to do, here is a photo of the missing ugly light fixture from the bathroom! We (hah, okay, Hubby) has since installed new light fixtures, which look amazing. But this hole/paint mismatch still exists in the room. It's kind of fun, since it reminds me that yes, when we moved in the bathroom was painted white/grey/beige sponge paint. *shudder* My bathroom has to turn out better than that!