Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Only Thing Constant

Change. The only thing constant is change. It is always around us, nothing stays the same, or at least not for long. I've had such a good path over the past eight months with my work and caregiver situation for Ruby to stay home. I've been blessed to have her home for as long as I've had, almost her whole first year! Didi was in the center starting around 5 months and of course, my work situation was much different back then. I started working from home when Didi turned one, then there was no commute and much more time with her as she was so close by in a center in town. Having Ruby home has meant the world to me, but now starting Monday she will be in a center. She was supposed to be watched by my mom starting Monday, but alas plans change and we must either fight against the universe or go with the flow. At first I was sad and then mad, and I allowed myself to be because it's healthy to experience my emotions as they roll past. But my decision to keep moving forward, go with the flow and see what the best options were for us presented themselves. It feels good to be grateful for options and know how blessed we are as a family, there are others with no such options and I remind myself of that.

My job has changed tremendously over the past month, I am still doing my current job, but also taking over a portion of a coworker's job as she has been promoted. Happy for her, but sadly this meant way more work and responsibility for me. There is always that few months of learning a new position that is tough, the training, the questions, the newness of it all. The anxiety of changing jobs again, fourth time in the last 1.5 years in the same department. It was disheartening, especially since I knew I couldn't keep a busy baby turning into a busy toddler at home with a caregiver, who knows mama is just working down the stairs or the next room. It was time for her to go to a center, where she can be with other babies, play and experience more. I love these centers, so I know she is safe and having fun, I am reminded of that daily with Didi and how well she does.

Another change is that Didi will be saying goodbye to her current school starting the 1st of July and going to the school where Ruby will be. Didi went there as a toddler and she is familiar with it and happy to "go to school" with Ruby. She will be a big help for me, carrying Ruby's things, putting her lunch away, writing her name on the daily sheet. I look forward to it, it will be nice having both girls in the same spot, just have to get through a few weeks apart. The other school is twice the distance than Didi's current school, it's 5 miles away instead of 2.5 miles. This means no more morning bike rides to school. I can probably still do pick up though, it will just take a little longer, and it's all uphill on the way there EEEPPP!! I won't do it everyday, but maybe a few days a week. I used to do that ride with Didi a lot when she was there and some of the trails are destroyed from the flood in September 2013, I'll need to do some exploring over the coming weekends for a safe route. This is definitely something fun to look forward to.

In a way the universe guides us towards decisions we need to make, steps we need to take, and if we hesitate and don't want to move forward and procrastinate, situations happen that force us in the direction that is best for us. A kind of kick in the rear. I knew with my job changing I would need full time child care outside of my home. My responsibilities are much different now, it's a good time to make this transition. Ruby will be one, dropping the morning nap, not nursing as much and transitioning to cow's milk, almond, coconut milk, eating more table foods. This is just the next step in our direction, the path we should be on.

To all a lovely week,
La Sirena

Friday, May 16, 2014

National Bike Month!

Hi. My name is Sirena and I have a bike problem. I have loved bikes since I was little and my obsession presses on. One day I will tell the tale of what got me here, however since it's been a long day, you only get a taste of our adventures during bike month. As you may recall I had a goal of bike commuting for 6 months straight from May through October of 2014. As you might notice the date, I set that goal when I was 6 days away from giving birth to my second baby and clearly under the influence of some crazy hormones. Ha! At any rate, I have had to scale back my dreams because biking full time with a baby and preschooler is just not going to happen right now, between holding down a full time job, training for a 10K, and trying to keep my house in some sort of order plus make nutritious meals has kind of taken precedence over my planning and motivation to bike commute full time.

There are a few things holding me back. For one, Ruby has just been too small to put into the bike trailer. I know I can, she can hold her head up and wear a helmet, but for some reason I keep going back to the idea of getting a seat for her that would attach to my handlebar area or possibly right behind me. The idea of putting my 10 month old in a trailer on the back of my bike kind of scares me. However I just need to get used to the idea and do some practice runs around the neighborhood. There is a particular part of highway I get scared of on our bike commute, even having Didi back there, it seems so far away from me!

 

I think part of the problem too is that I am absolutely in LOVE with cargo bikes. I SO want one and day dream about getting on, it has slowed me down from moving forward on the bike trailer. We test rode a bunch in Boulder at the Cruiser Boutique. I tried a Gazelle with a bucket on the front and it was fun, but definitely not good for long rides in town. Then I tried a Yuba Mundo and just died! It is the BEST Bike ever. I could totally see having one of these, with a Yepp Maxi on the back for Ruby, a trailer bike for Didi and then some stoke handlebars on the back of my seat for Didi if she was tired of riding the trailer bike. It would be so perfect. But alas they are $1600. If I was super dedicated, I could definitely sell my van or the truck and invest at the moment. We have a little saving going now, I should be able to get one probably by next summer yay!!

Gazelle Bakfiets
Yuba Mundo with Electric Assist, notice the stoke handlebars for her to hold
Yuba Mundo with Yepp Maxi seat. This set up would be PERFECT for us. Ruby would go in the seat and I would have Didi in a trailer bike to ride behind me. When she gets tired, she could sit in front of Ruby and hold the bars around them.
Bike commuting takes commitment and I am so ready for the wonderful challenge. I have done it before sans kids. Right now, with Ruby being so small and also on two naps a day still and somewhat of a stricter schedule of when the girls need to eat, be in bed, be at school, and me working full time, it's just not going to work right now. However there are some awesome things we are doing in the mean time!

First, let me introduce you to my Bike Beast. Gosh I love this bike. I don't have much "bike" knowledge, so the down and dirty is that it is a 21 Speed Diamondback. I've had this bike for about 6 years now.

 

Before Didi was born and we lived in Louisville (CO that is), I only had the basket on the front and the rack on the back for my homemade panniers. Since Dan made them we called them "Danniers" ha ha ha. After Didi was born and we moved to Longmont, we got the Schwinn Joyrider. It's not available anymore and I have no idea why not. This bike trailer is AMAZING. It is like a tiny couch and has two trunks. It also doubles as a jogging/walking stroller. I love this trailer so much, it has seen many many many miles over the years. I have added a blinking red light to the back and I am working on a fluorescent green flag.

Didi started riding in the trailer around 13 months old. That is about the time Dan added this coffee cup holder. LOVE. I have this little speedometer, its not that accurate. Not sure if you can see it, but I have a phone holder. Love it, as I can play music and keep track of distance/time on Map My Run. 


Just this summer Dan added this little trunk. He originally bought it for his motorcycle, but it was way too small, perfect size for a moped or my bike! It locks too. I usually put my purse in it, Didi's lunch for school, packages from shopping, etc.


May is National Bike Month and there are so many fun activities going on in town. I feel so grateful that this town is bike friendly and bike oriented. We are now members of Bicycle Longmont. They hold so many fun events for bikes and I am excited to be a part of them this year. I might even get to volunteer a little since Ruby is getting older and I can be out a little later and away from her a little longer.

For National Bike Month I have been bike commuting Didi to school a few days a week. In the first week I did it four days, then my knee was on fire. Coupling 10K training three nights a week plus all that biking kind of blew my knee out. I went on my 6 mile run this past weekend and knew I needed to pull back the biking, just until I reach this running goal of 2014 on Memorial Day. Yay! I am so excited to reach this goal so I can increase my biking more and more and more.

These are a few pics from our first Bike Commute in May. I rode Didi to school in the morning, I leave around 6:45 or 7 in order to get back by 8 to start work. I work from home, so it works out well and Dan watches Ruby and feeds her breakfast while I am gone. Didi loves it so much and wants me to pick her up on the bike. I can't right now as I am still working out the Ruby situation.




Another fun activity we did was Longmont Bike Night. What a great evening we had, it was our first ever. They meet every Wednesday night at 6:30 and ride around Old Town Longmont. One of my favorite memories was biking with my mom, I hope Didi remembers our bike nights too. 


The kids got a little bike night safety lesson. Didi was so enthralled watching all of the other kids, all ages, wearing bike helmets, talking about bikes and safety. She's in the purple pants below.


We met at the flagpoles in the park and we got to speak to so many nice people. There was a family that had three kids and they were using a kid bike seat for their 2 year old, which I asked them a ton of questions. Then the Dad had a trailer bike and Didi tried it and fell in love! She really really wants one and we are on the hunt for one now. 


They had the Longmont EMT bike patrol (?) help block streets and help with any accidents. It felt so safe and official. Here they are, I was so thankful for them.


I think one of the best things about bike night is this bike set up with music, picture below. Geesh, I need to personally meet Mr. Bike Night, oops I don't know his name. I think it is so awesome what he has done for our biking community. That rocket has speakers and is LOUD!


Didi and I participate in Bike to School Day. She is so cute bringing her Carebear (my Carebear from the 80's!). I asked on our school Facebook page if anyone wanted to Bike Pool, but no takers..........yet. I am still on it and will hopefully get some families to Bike Night soon!


Tomorrow we are headed to Lucky's Market for the Bike Swap and Kid's Bike Rodeo. Bicycle Longmont is holding the event. We are going to take a look at the bike trailers for Didi and also bring Didi's bike to ride around with the kids. So excited!


My name is Sirena and I am addicted to bikes.
Have a great weekend,
La Sirena

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Ruby's Birth Story for Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all of the amazing moms out there. We all come in so many different shapes, sizes, cultures, families, lives, backgrounds, and so much more, but there is one thing that binds us: Motherhood. The one things in my life that has been the most challenging, yet the most rewarding and amazing experience I have ever been through. I feel as if I have been a mom for the age of the universe, I just needed my little loves to be born onto the Earth to unleash the mom I am today and the mom I will be shaped into as the years pass.

I wanted to stick with a little tradition and share Ruby's birth story on this Mother's Day. I shared Didi's birth story on Mother's Day in 2010. Ruby's birth is very different from Didi's, maybe read through Didi's in order to really see why they are so entirely different. For Didi's birth I had expectations, hopes, and dreams all accompanied by inexperience with the birthing process. When all was said and done, I was left a little traumatized, discouraged about birth, and sad. A sadness that things didn't go the way I had planned.

When I got pregnant with Ruby, I knew her birth would be healing. It would take me away from the experience I had with Didi's. I would put more trust into the doctors and in myself to make the decisions that were best for me and my baby. I needed to heal from the inside out, I needed to be wholly there to know that births do not always go as planned. So I scheduled a C-Section, against everything I believed in before, but knew this was best for me and Ruby. And so you have Ruby's sweet little birth into this world on Monday July 8th, 2013 at 7:47am. Weighing in at 8.9 pounds, 21 inches.


I was scheduled for an early morning C-Section on Monday July 8th. I slept great, one last night in my own bed comfortable and relaxed. I was nervous, but didn't allow the anxiety to kick in. I knew in my heart everything would go great and my little girl would be in my arms that morning. I awoke early around 5am, showered and packed the rest of my things in the overnight bag. I was excited because I had such a cute bag to bring to the hospital. I had cute nighties packed, yummy smelling lotion, lavendar oil, and of course my journal. It may seem superficial, but I knew from my last experience, I needed some special things to calm my nerves, things to wear to make a new mom feel pretty after a surgery and while nursing a wee babe. Dan showered and got ready as well. I wasn't allowed to eat. When it was time to go around 5:30, I awoke Mom and Stef, who were there to take care of Didi. I let them know we were leaving.

The air was cool, the sky was very light cornflower blue and the sun was starting to really shine through with pink and pale yellow. Dan packed the bags into the van. I was ready. I was so excited and my heart was filled with love to know that I was meeting my second daughter for the first time. I'm not going to lie, I was absolutely content with the decision to have a c-section, especially after the first experience and going through the gestational diabetes. Not that I have to justify my decision, but I did consult with midwives in Boulder and also a second OB/GYN in town about a possible VBAC and it was not recommended. To be honest, I just couldn't go through the hope again like I did with Didi's birth to be completely exhausted and in surgery again. I wanted to be fully present and awake and alert for the birth and to enjoy holding my daughter for the first time, nursing her immediately and loving on her. I was allowed to do so with Didi, but after several days of labor and a surgery, I didn't feel fully present.

When we arrived to the hospital, I breathed deeply as I stepped out of the van. I looked up and noticed the high thin clouds, pink from the sun coming up. There were two crows sitting on a lamppost in the parking lot. No other birds, they were there watching and I was nervous because I tend to watch omens and thought it may have been a negative omen. I didn't let that take away the joy and anticipation I was feeling. I thought, if it is a bad omen, then I am alright with it, I am flexible to adapt to the needs of the moment. Later that evening I looked up the crows meaning, some believe seeing two crows means "peace and joy", I also looked up the spirit animal association, a good omen found here:

"The crow is a spirit animal associated with life mysteries and magic. The power of this bird as totem and spirit guide is provide insight and means of supporting intentions. Sign of luck, it is also associated with the archetype of the trickster; be aware of deceiving appearances. If the crow has chosen you as your spirit or totem animal, it supports you in developing the power of sight, transformation, and connection with life’s magic"

They checked us in at the ER doors as the hospital was not yet officially opened, we moved into my room for the stay. I changed into the gown, got the IV, and we watched a little TV. Dan enjoyed some coffee and breakfast. I was getting a little nervous, mostly about the epidural. The time had passed that they were supposed to bring me into the operating room, the doctor was running late. I was so ready. The monitor on Ruby said she was doing well, heart beat normal and no contractions at the time. It was time and they wheeled me back to the operating room, which I fully expected to be the same one I was in as Didi's. It wasn't.


It was a smaller room, it was cold and had a window. I sat on the bed and the anesthesiologist came in, a foreign man, very nice and was laughing and joking with the nurses. I am sure it was to calm the patient. The doctor came in and she was very cheerful and said "you're having a baby today!". I got really excited knowing I would be able to kiss Ruby so soon. I looked out the window, the sun was fully up now spreading it's bright summer light. The anesthesiologist asked me to sit on the side of the bed, it was time to get the spinal block. I was nervous, I was really nervous to have something put into my spine. An older nurse had me hold both of her hands, she looked into my eyes, said everything would be ok. I was SO thankful for her warm hands, her eyes to focus on, her love and concern for her patient. I felt protected and safe. The spinal was in and before I knew it I was laying back on the table. The doctor was in, making small talk about her up coming summer trip with her daughter, another nurse came in and the anesthesiologist was monitoring me. Dan came in then. I felt an instant happiness.

In order to stay calm and focused I continuously started singing this song Ruby Love from Cat Stevens. I honestly have no idea if I was singing it out loud. I can't remember, but I can remember the waves of love and calmness that enveloped my body and mind. My little Ruby would be here soon.

Ruby my love
You'll be my love
You'll be my sky above
Who'll be my light?
You'll be my light
You'll be my day and night
You'll be mine tonight

The blue screen went up, it was time. Within minutes the surgery started and I could feel pulling, then the crying! She only had her head out and she was crying immediately. It was an amazing and wonderful sign. She was a lively one. The doctor was laughing because she said that rarely happens, just a little head poking out and crying right away. They pulled her out and I looked over as they placed her on the little bed to clean her up. I was so happy, the mother hormones kicked in immediately. I felt my whole body lurch toward her. They wrapped her up right away and got her to me. They are very kind and mother friendly at the hospital in town, so they believe in getting mom and baby together as soon as possible to bond and nurse. Dan was holding her then too as they fixed me up for the recovery room. It was taking a little longer than I had expected and I will spare you the details.

In the recovery room, they weighed Ruby and measured her. They also gave her apgar scores of 9. She was picture perfect and wanted her mama. Poor papa started to feel really dizzy and sick, he ended up passing out and they revived him and gave him some food. He blamed it on the low blood sugar early morning, but I do believe it may have been the whole event. Ruby was placed on my chest and we nursed right away. She took to it as if she had been nursing before. It may have helped that I did have previous experience with Didi, because Didi did not take to nursing at all in the beginning after her birth. Didi learned, but it took a few days. This little Ruby, a good eater from hour one and still is.


After being in the recovery room for a few hours, we headed back to my room. It was such a beautiful morning, with nothing more to do than lay in bed, nursing and loving my new baby. She was so sweet and knew her mama right way, grabbing onto my fingers, staying close and warm. We hung out together us three as a family and relaxed and recovered. Then the family started to come by as they allowed visitors. Didi was BEYOND excited for her baby sister. This smile never left her face the entire time. She still loves her baby sister, her "little one" as she calls her. Her "sweety" and "darling", I don't know where she comes up with these names, but she just loves her Ruby.


The crows absolutely ushered in a transformation for me. My fear and sadness from the experience of Didi's birth dissipated once I had Ruby in my arms. Not to take away from the experience I was meant to have with both girls, as they both transformed me, challenged me, and made me into the woman and mom I am today. I have more focus, more compassion and the understanding of unconditional love is exalted for me to a whole new level. My goals in life revolve around how to make not only my life more positive, more loving, more wholehearted, but also for my girls and family. To wake up every morning as their mom gives me purpose in life I never knew I had, but always knew I would have. It was written in the stars and in the depth of my soul.


This weekend as I was looking up the words to Ruby Love by Cat Stevens, I found the translation for the rest of the song he sings. I'm not sure of the language, maybe Arabic? But at any rate, I thought it was so sweet to the see the translation. It fits perfect for my little Ruby Love. 


 Ruby glikya (Sweet Ruby)
Ela xana, (Come by once more)
Ela xana konta mou (Come once more close to me)
Ela proi, me tin avgy (Come by at dawn)
Xrisi san iliaktida (Golden like a ray of sun)
Ruby mou mikri (My little Ruby)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Staycation Recap

My job provides me four weeks a year vacation, which is really nice and generous. I can definitely see taking more than a week at a time though because one week is just not enough. It takes at least three days just to wind down from work and get out of the routine. We had big plans of remodeling/redecorating the den, laundry nook, and guest bath during our staycation, however those plans were quickly put aside realizing we needed some down time. We did take on a little project of painting Didi a big girl room. We had been promising her for about a year now, ever since we painted and decorated the nursery before Ruby was born.

We started off the Staycation with a Saturday brunch and Easter Egg hunt. Being that we don't celebrate Easter, it was just a nice excuse to get together for a family meal and celebrate Spring and the Easter Bunny.



Sunday we headed to Glenwood Springs to stay overnight in a hotel and then swim at the Hot Springs the next day. One of my most favorite places in the world, a beautiful mountain town with delicious food, tons to do and be entertained by, a new hotel with indoor water park to explore and of course the hot springs.

Ruby in her travel chair attached to a coffee table, waiting for dinner.

Dinner was delicious pizza, out of routine, laying around and relaxed!

All this stuff for one night!!!
The hotel was wonderful, Hotel Glenwood Springs, located right at the base of the Fairy Cave's gondola. It had an indoor water park for the kids, the pool only went up to about 3.5 feet, there was a short slide that was a "tiger" for the littlest kids, a big blue slide for the adults and bigger kids, basketball hoop, and a hot tub. We reserved a King Suite, which had a bedroom and a TV lounge room separated with french doors. We wanted to be able to put the kids to bed in their own room, which worked for about half the night. Ruby did great sleeping in her Pack'N'Play, for which I was thankful. Didi got a little freaked and went in to sleep with us in the king size bed later that evening.

Both girls did great on the drive, which is 3 hours from our home to Glenwood Springs. Didi got a little antsy to get out of her seat, but we helped that with a quick stop for lunch in Eagle on the way there. On the way home, both slept about 2 hours because we swam all morning and early afternoon.

The hot springs pool is awesome, I love hot springs, so refreshing and renewing. The water was perfect and both girls LOVED it! Didi floats around in her "boat" and Ruby loved to splash and splash.




We got home Monday night and put both girls to sleep and crashed ourselves. Tuesday my cousin Lacy came to watch the girls while I worked on cleaning and prepping Didi's room. Dan worked on his motorcycle all day. That night we put together a little fire in the backyard, Didi LOVES a campfire. We roasted hot dogs and marshmallows.




Wednesday Lacy came again to watch Ruby, while Didi was in school and I could get serious about painting. I got about 70% finished Wednesday because Dan helped roll the walls and ceiling too. That night we enjoyed another fire outside and had a blast. It was SO nice to not be locked into a routine and relax on bath nights and be a little flexible on bed times.

Thursday we finished up painting Didi's room and Dan installed new blinds, accordion style, with light blocking foil inside. We also got them for Ruby's room and the den (eventually they will go in!). Didi was SO excited about her new room. She chose the color pink and then Dan and I have grey paint left over from the nursery, so we painted two walls that color as well.

Here are some before photos:

The window on the left has been sealed shut since Didi was born. We used to have neighbors with two yippy yappy super loud dogs that barked all night and day. They are gone now! So we opened up the window. In this picture, Didi had her blow up bed out, she likes to "camp" sometimes.



And for the after pictures!

In the left hand corner, we put up a small table, for which I am looking for short stools. It will be Didi's "art and work" table. Her coloring books, workbooks, crayons, and markers will be put on the table for her to use anytime.

Her bed is now under the window that used to be sealed. I LOVE the light in this room now with this extra window open. The room feels so much larger, airy, and sunny.


Soon to be art table.

We have a yellow Japanese butterfly kite to hang in this open space. You can see it in the "before" pictures.
Dan and I wanted to make Didi a head board. She has been sleeping in her bed with no head board, but with two tall pieces of bare wood. I took her to Hobby Lobby to pick our fabric for it. She picked the softest fabric ever, a pink and white polka dot fleece. Dan had the wood cut already and then we hot glue gunned a 2 inch piece of foam. Then Dan stapled the fabric on and attached it to the wood braces on the bed. Yay! It totally doesn't match anything, well the room is kind of eclectic, but who cares? It is HER room and she chose most of the color, fabrics, and decorations. I love it!


Finished head board!
Thursday afternoon we ate at Efrains and drank delicious margaritas, after which I took the best 2 hour nap! On Friday, we finished moving everything into Didi's room and then rested most of the day. I read and Dan worked on his motorcycle. We picked Didi up early from school and relaxed and watched a movie. Saturday we played in the morning and then Didi went to a birthday party in the afternoon, while I took another lovely nap. Sunday we went to Costco for a few things and also bought a new TV with our tax refund. It was a great day. I also found matching jams for the girls. I about died because Ruby is now wearing 12 month jams, so we can find some matching clothes. I never thought I would be one of those moms but I totally am!!

I mean just look at these two tiny precious little beings!!! These girls light up my life in every possible way.
To all a lovely week,
La Sirena


Friday, April 25, 2014

Valancia

I really had no idea deciding on window treatments would be so time consuming! We are redecorating our den (eventually) and have spent many a nights discussing colors, ideas, curtains, drapes, shades, blinds, pleating tape, paint, primer, spackle. AAHHH!!! I have been on Pinterest for months now pinning ideas, walking through curtain aisles in Walmart, Target, JC Penny, Bed Bath Beyond, Marshalls, Ross, and Amazon's virtual aisles, anywhere and everywhere we could see what was available. Nothing has jumped out at me at all and said YES this is it do this!!

Like I said in this past post, we were planning on jumping into redecorating the den, laundry nook and guest bath during our staycation, but just couldn't come to a decision on what to do with the windows, so no plan came about. So this week during our staycation (recap coming soon in a post!) I have allowed myself to be ok with no progress on the den and to day dream more and more about it. We did jump into painting Didi's big girl room and today I am putting on the finishing touches like hanging her shelves, putting up the pictures, creating an art corner. Dan spent two mornings at Lowes looking at blinds and shades for her room since her $10 plastic blinds we hung from Walmart 4 years ago had melted and warped in the sun, he really wanted to find something that would work. He found cloth blinds that have a foil light blocking material built into it, they fold up and down accordian style. I love them, they are perfect for her room, coupled with light blocking curtains. They are also thermal so they will keep it cool in the summer closed and warm in the winter when closed. We love them so much we got one for Ruby's room. It is so worth the investment.

I was sitting on the couch last night, half watching Mad Men when an idea came to me. What if we put these shades in the den windows and I made valances? Let me break down the thought process for you here, with a few crappy phone pictures LOL

Here is a picture of the den windows with the current drapes. It is so dark and cave like down there, it has served us well for the 4 years we have lived here, but it's not us. It's the old lady that lived here before us, it's her curtains and color scheme and it is time to brighten and liven it up!!



The windows in our den are six feet across and at ground level, they are facing east so get the morning sunrise sun through mid afternoon. I love them, they are huge and inviting and allow ample light to brighten our little nook. It's where we watch TV and movies, read, and relax in front of the fireplace. We want this little room to be inviting, comfortable and bright and cheery. My color scheme for a long time has been to paint that paneling light limey green,  and the trim, three other walls and ceiling ultra white.

The next two pictures below are of one of the windows (with my sweet little lazy dog napping in the sun) and a close up of the current drapes.



I have been researching making drapes because we have a really nice set up and the drapery hooks already. Fun bohemianish drapes are HARD to find, I have looked everywhere for a style, size, shape, and look I really want down here, but they are impossible to buy already made. I would have to have them custom made (the current ones are) and I just can't afford that. So I have been searching high and low for fabric I like to make them myself, I found two I love below:



They were at Hancocks in town, pricey at $25/yard, but I did find similar fabric for only about $10/yard at fabric.com. So as I was watching Mad Men last night, I thought "hey, what if we got the shades we bought for Didi and Ruby's room for the den and I could make a nice bohemianish valance?". That way we could have the clean crisp look of a shade, lots of light with it up and lots of privacy and thermal ability with it down. Then, to add that splash of fun color and flowy feel, I could make a sweet little valance with a fabric I love. Bonus is that I don't have to go through and learn to use pleating tape to make drapes myself. I do love sewing, but time right now is limited with everything else going on, learning that seemed a bit daunting. But sewing two sweet little valances is doable! Of course I jumped on Pinterest right away to pin my ideas.








I'll post updates as we start redecorating the den, but that may be a few weeks, however in the mean time, I will post about Didi's big girl room makeover! Have you ever made over a room? Feels so different afterwards, I love a fresh perspective :)

La Sirena