Shed Building Update (Day Two Progress)

Well it’s been hard to work on the shed AND chronicle our adventure, so these updates are ending up spaced further apart than I had hoped.  But, hey, I’m impressed I’m getting the update written at all- so there you go!

Day two was trying.  Us trying to get the wall sheathing attached, us trying to get the rafters up, us trying to avoid Ian, us trying not to kill each other.  But, even though it was trying, it was successful.  If you remember, this is how we ended day one:

End of day one

End of day one

 

First order of business on day two was to build the rafters.  Jon mostly did this while Ian and I ran to the store to get groceries (it was weekly grocery day!) and to buy more supplies.  Even though the kit was supposed to come with sufficient nails, etc…we ran out.  So either we were overzealous with our nailing, we used the wrong nails, or the kit grossly underestimated the number of nails required.  Regardless, this gave Jon a bit of a break from Ian and allowed him to get a lot done.  He got all the wood cut, so that by the time we got back home (and finished lunch), he was ready for my help for assembly.  Fortunately, Ian was taking his nap so we managed to get them all built AND attached to the shed without a little monster running around.  No small miracle!

The rafters!

The rafters!

After that, we got to work attaching the wall sheathing.  This is just large (4’x8′) pieces of OSB.  VERY heavy and unwieldy.  We ended up using car jacks to help hold them in place (no way I could do that by myself!) while Jon nailed them down.  He did just enough nails to keep them in place, knowing we would go back later and finish putting the nails in.  The most important thing was getting them up first!

Ian woke up sometime after we were halfway through with the wall sheathing.  He played pretty well outside without much needed from us and even tried his hand at hammering a bit.  He was extremely excited that the shed had walls and was like his own little play house!

Ian playing with scrap wood in the shed

Ian playing with scrap wood in the shed

 

Jumping off OSB

Jumping off OSB

We ate some dinner, relaxed a bit, and then sent Ian off to bed.  We had a few hours of daylight left, and we managed to get all the wall sheathing up before it got too dark…granted, it still got dark (and we had to pull out our battery operated lantern!), but we got it all done- well, all except the gables!  And here’s our very dark, very blurry, end of day two photo:

Blurry and dark, but that’s the shed!

 

Whew!  This has certainly been an experience, to say the least, but I have to say that I’m pretty impressed with our DIY and carpentry skills thus far!  We shall see what the next days have in store…

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Shed Building Update (Day One Progress)

The weekend was beyond busy, so I’m just now getting to this post, but here’s a shed progress update from day one!

Saturday morning we got up bright and early (mostly thanks to Ian), and took care of all our “morning” stuff (feeding pets, eating breakfast, etc) before heading outside to get down to business!  We started by cutting the floor joists and trying to determine the best way to “frame” the floor to ensure it stays level. We eventually decided to just build it on our cinderblock foundation (which we prepared a while ago).

The foundation

The foundation

Doing the floor actually wasn’t nearly as difficult as we had feared. Probably the hardest thing was keeping Ian occupied. We set up a picnic blanket with some toys, books, coloring books, and crayons. He was able to entertain himself for about 20 minutes before he came running to us, ready to play. Eventually, however, we did get the floor framed and the plywood sheeting attached.

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The floor joists assembled, and Ian’s space

 

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The shed has a floor!

 

And it's level!

And it’s level!

Next, it was time to start the walls.  Again, this wasn’t too terrible… we were feeling like we might have this shed building stuff down! We had to carry a lot of 2x4s to the backyard, and of course right about this time Ian started getting very clingy, so we had to come up with some way to get him out of our hair. Finally, inspiration struck! Ian LOVES to help. So we decided to give him a “very important” task to keep him busy and out of the way- carrying small pieces of wood from the driveway to the backyard. He was thrilled to be involved and helping, and he took his job very seriously… we had 12 pieces of wood in the backyard by the end of the day.

Carrying pieces of wood

Carrying pieces of wood

Fortunately this allowed us to get all the walls built. Clever mommy and daddy!

Walls built

Walls built

 

And starting to go p!

And starting to go up!

Putting up the walls went pretty smoothly. Ian “helped” by doling out nails. He also found the pen and started decorating the floor before we realized what was happening. I quickly took the pen away, but the floor will remain forever market by our son…oh well. I suppose it could be worse!

Ian's contribution to the aesthetics

Ian’s contribution to the aesthetics

It was an absolutely exhausting day, but we did manage to get a substantial amount of work done. All in all, I’m extremely pleased with our progress and our work. Here’s our end-of-day-one picture!

End of day one

End of day one

 

So what do you think? How’s it looking? Do you think we’re a little crazy to be tackling this project with a toddler underfoot (it’s ok if you do…we’re questioning our mental state, too)?

The shed kit is here!!!

The shed kit is here!! The shed kit is here!!!

When the husband ordered the shed, they told him it would take about 3 weeks to be delivered.  We were pretty bummed, but accepted it since there really wasn’t anything we could do about it.

Well… someone obviously can’t figure out a calendar because 3 days later, we got a call telling us the shed was in! Hooray!

It was delivered to our driveway and we spent that evening taking inventory and reading through the plans (which, by the way, are a joke).  We also managed to cut a few pieces of wood (the kit came with all the materials, but nothing was pre-cut) so we would have that much less to do later.  With any luck we’ll have a shed in our backyard soon!!  Our plan is to get started on Saturday and just keep at it all weekend until we’re done 🙂

Wish us luck!

 

a boy and his dog

This was just too sweet not to share.

 

Last night, as wild man was winding down for bed, he grabbed ‘blankie’ and laid down next to fatty dog.

He grinned at her and petted her head, and it was just so cute I had to sneak a picture.

 

Considering his new favorite thing is to shriek and then charge at the pets (and continue to chase them until they find a place to hide), this peaceful, loving gesture was just so wonderful to see.

 

We love our cats dearly, and we’ve always said once fatty dog passes, we probably won’t get a new dog any time soon…but moments like this make me question that and wonder. Maybe we will always need a dog in our lives afterall…

Wild man and fatty dog

Wild man and fatty dog

 

Let’s build a shed… how hard can it be?

My husband and I have decided to build a shed in our backyard!  We’ve been talking about building/buying a shed for close to three years now.  Yes, THREE.  Every year we complain about the lack of space in the garage- due to his car hobby (fixing/rebuilding cars) and our ever growing pile of tools and lawn/garden supplies.  But every year we come up with good (and even not-so-good) excuses to not take the plunge.

Finally, after the winter-that-would-NEVER-end and my constant complaining about having to scrape ice off my car and walk through snow, we have decided it is time to stop talking about getting a shed and actually just get a shed.  We had done price comparing over the past three years and knew that we’d pretty much have to build it ourselves if we didn’t want to spend a fortune.  We have some home remodel/improvement experience under our belt from our previous projects (kitchen, floors, etc… I’ll talk about those in posts later), so we feel reasonably confident that building a shed just can’t  be all that hard…

After exhaustive searching and comparing, we decided to buy a DIY shed kit from 84 Lumber.  They provide all the materials and the plans- you provide the muscle and the money.  Jon ordered the kit, and now we just have to wait for it to be delivered! So exciting 🙂

Stick around because I’ll be posting progress updates, and I know you won’t want to miss that 😉

 

Learning to knit and purl

So I recently was taught how to knit by a friend. I learned how to cast on and do the simple knit and purl stitches. Fortunately, I know how to crochet, so I caught on fairly quickly. I’m starting to really master it now, and have decided it’s time to tackle a “real” project instead of continuing to make blobs (i.e. never ending rows of stitches).

So, for my first project I am making….(drumroll, please!)…this nifty bolero:

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I found this free pattern on Pinterest (where else?!).  And I’m pretty excited to try it out.

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Wish me luck!! I’ll post about my progress semi regularly (hopefully I will have positive progress to share), so stay tuned!

Are you a knitter? If so, what are you working on right now? If not, would you like to be? Or are you crafty in some other way? I’d love to hear all about it!!

DIY: Ring Holder tutorial

Back in November/December, I was trolling pinterest (because I do that, you know), and stumbled across a pin of a ring holder made from a picture frame.  It was so clever and so cute- I knew I could reproduce it.  Armed with just a picture in my mind, I decided to collect some supplies and make two for Christmas presents. The gift recipients really loved them and some of my friends commented that they thought they were cute, so I thought I’d share them with you guys and also provide a bit of a tutorial 🙂

Here are the finished products- I think they turned out really cute.

Ring Holder #1- 2×2 square

Ring Holder #2- 2×3 rectangle

First, you need to get some small frames, no larger than wallet sized (2×3).  The square frame is a 2×2 (I loved the beading design of the frame), and the rectangle frameis a standard wallet frame (2×3).  I got my frames at Hobby Lobby because they have a HUGE selection, and they have good sales- but it doesn’t really matter where you get your frame.

Take the glass out of the frame- you don’t need it anymore.  Save it for a future project, or just toss it.

Next, you need scrapbook paper for the background. I had some scraps lying around that I knew I wanted to use, so this wasn’t an issue for me. Maybe you have some, too- you just need a square/rectangle/circle the size of your frame opening. If not, a quick trip to the scrapbook store (wait.. is there such a thing as a quick trip??) will do the trick.  I just used the frame backing to trace on my scrapbook paper, but you could also measure instead (I know… what is measuring???).

Paper cut to fit the frame

Once you have your paper cut out, you need some cardboard. I actually used an empty tissue box, but it probably would have been better to use something thicker. Then I wouldn’t have had to make so many layers.  Cut your cardboard to be the same size as your paper and glue them together.  I did the tissue box printed side in, so that if you turn over the paper, you just see brown cardboard.  If you are using a thin type of cardboard, you’ll probably have to do 6 or so layers.  The goal is to get the paper thick enough that when you put it in the frame, there is little to no “wiggle”- it doesn’t slide forward in the frame, or back.  You want a snug fit.

The snazzy cardboard I used

Now you need to punch a hole in your paper/cardboard so you can insert the hook.  Fortunately, my mom got me a cropadile tool many years ago, so I used that.  And it made this SO easy.  It’s basically a very sofisticated hole punch.  You’ll want to punch the hole near the top of your paper/cardboard so that there is maximum space for the ring to hang inside the frame.  You might want to assemble the frame first, and then mark a spot with a pencil before punching the hole.  That way you know you get it in the right spot.

This contraption is the cropaile

Finally, you need hooks. This was trickier. The picture I saw on pinterest had a needle stuck in the center and the ring(s) just rested on the needle. But I didn’t like that. It seemed too flimsy, too cheap. So I knew I wanted some type of pretty hook. This was a pain and a half! I went to Home Depot because they have all those bins of screws and nails and bolts… and they even have hooks. But all the hooks were ugly. Either plastic covered (tacky!) or just a simple, boring metal. The latter would have worked, but I knew I wanted something more decorative. I finally stumbled across an already assembled key hook plaque. It was just a slab of wood with five hooks in it. And the hooks were the perfect size, and just decorative enough to be what I wanted. So I bought it, figuring those hooks have to be removable somehow. If I hadn’t been so impatient to start making these, I probably would have tried a few other stores (Lowes, Ace, maybe even Michaels) to see what they had for hooks. But I didn’t want to drive around, and I do love these hooks.

Anyway- my hooks had a post the hooks screwed onto.  So I stuck the post through my newly created hole, added a metal washer to the front (to help eliminate any gap between the hook and paper), and then screwed the hook on.  Then I put the whole thing in the frame, put the frame backing on, and stood it up.  And viola!  You now have a very pretty ring holder.  Perfect for a dresser or the bathroom, or wherever!

The finished Ring Holder!

So, what do you think?  Pretty cool and not too difficult, right?  I’m sure you know someone in your life who could benefit from one of these.  So next time you are trying to figure out what to get for someone, why not attempt making one of these?  Or, if you’re not sure you have the craftiness inside you, leave me a comment, and I’ll make one for you. Happy crafting!