Wednesday, March 18, 2009

In the world of Greenhab...

I'm afraid I don't have a whole lot of time for blogging lately. We are *hopefully* just a few short weeks away from heading to Ethiopia to bring our two newest children home, so my days have been filled with work, and my nights with packing donations and bags and cleaning and rearranging and organizing and purging and even a little sewing.

We're about 1/2 way through turning our (finished) basement from a storage / exercise / junk room into a playroom. Super Uncle built a monstrous book / toy shelf. I love that we have such a handyman in the family who is so happy to help us and eager to do something sweet for the kids. I'll take some photos once the room is done.

I'm also in the process of turning our guest room into a little girl's room. Admittedly, there's a tiny part of me that would love to be able to run out to Pottery Barn and order a matching bedroom set and coordinating bedding and accessories. However, that's not something that we can afford. I'd like to think if I hit the lottery that I would still go the sustainable, modest route rather than the over-the-top, expensive route. I guess we'll never know!

For our little girl, I found a pretty comforter on clearance at Target for $19.98. It came in a giant carrying bag, which I disassembled to make a window valance and a switch plate cover. Pictures forthcoming...needless to say I was pretty impressed with my creative genius there! ;) We also bought a beautiful old dresser at a yard sale last summer for $40 and a pretty vintage lamp at Goodwill for $2.99. I still need to paint the room but, after all is said and done, I think we'll have spend $90 - $100 total on the transformation. I couldn't even buy a whole bedspread from Pottery Barn for that much!

In case that wasn't enough to accomplish in two weeks time, Mr. Greenhab and Super Uncle have started construction on a greenhouse. This is the old wood shed:

They'll be using the sliding glass doors that we removed from our house recently, as well as some large windows we procured from a neighbor.

So that's what's happening in our neck of the woods. I hope you'll forgive my sporadic blogging!


MomP said...

Super Uncle should move here to Colorado, and you could rent him out. He would no doubt provide you with a sustainable income. :)

Stephanie said...

What exciting times! Keep us updated when you can! :)

Mrs. Modern Tightwad said...

Congratulations! We will look forward to your safe return with your children.