I tend to blog about things and then either causally mention an update or share in the comments section later or respond via email on how those things are working out. Today I wanted to give a big round-up of the most popular projects I get asked about in case you too have been wondering. I went around and snapped these photos with my iPhone this week to give you a real life update.
Spoiler alert : this post DOES NOT talk about baby/toddler items. I am going to do a round-up of that stuff, what I regret, what I wish I had skipped, what I wish I had bought, what I loved, etc, around when Ellerie turns two in June.
travertine tile floors - we love our travertine floors but yes, they are fragile. Most of the main space is holding up great, but the tile under my desk (where my rolling chair moves all day long) is showing signs of wear. I'm not sure what we will do when it's time to sell, surely there is some sort of patching kit. Ellerie colors on it (not allowed, but it happens) and I've found that rubbing alcohol removes markers, even Sharpies which she favors (and I can't blame her).
the palm trees in the bathroom - still look good! One frame flew off the wall randomly on NYE, but other than that, no problems. We don't take a lot of showers in there, but so far both the frames and the photos look perfect after seven months.
the layered rugs in our bathroom - of course get wrinkled all the time. It's not a big deal. ;)
the tissue paper pom poms in Ellerie's room - still going strong. I think we live in a VERY un-dusty climate because even when I climb up to stare at them I don't see dust build-up. Plus, somehow they have kept their color great and shape after almost two years. That little cluster of art is what she brings home from daycare. I want to cover the walls. (It's just hung with masking tape.)
Ellerie's "I Want to Remember" journal - yay! this is working. Sometimes I go two weeks without an update (and then I end up with pages like the January sample shown above), other weeks I jot something in every night. It's more an issue of remembering to write something than "having something to write." If I make the effort to sit and think about the day, I can always come up with something. This book, the film photos and instagram are the extent of my "memory-keeping" this year and it's working well for me.
DIY plant stand - still doing great after two years! We moved it outside about a year ago and it's held up really well outdoors. And my succulents do much better out there.
our Ikea patio - looks awesome after my dad retreated it with Minewax deck stain. Little weeds for sure grow through the cracks on occasion and we pull them.
my succulent wreath - has been out on the front door for almost a year and a half and looks like this. I haven't watered it in over a year.
my succulent ampersand - fell off the fence during a rainstorm and never got put back together. I just re-hung it anyway. Those JOY letters I have had in the garage since we lived in Maryland. They are out now.
our sunscreen over the garden - sagged a tiny bit after it was hung but has looked the same since then. I think it's keeping those plants healthy! We just picked this up at Lowe's, it's sold by the foot. Our planter boxes have held up well.
my blog editorial calendar - yes, I still use this method and love it.
If you want more info on any of the projects shown above, click the link under each photo to be taken to the full blog post. What else have I blogged about and then not updated on? Let me know in the comments and I'll share how it's going.