#thegreatgriffithmigration2017 143 Posts

This afternoon's sewing project was a quick one. When we offered to rent this house, we asked the homeowner to put in a railing for safety (as this room dropped off to the stairs) she ended up putting in a pony wall, which was perfect. We decided that the kids' bookshelves needed to go against this wall after trying a few things, which works wonderfully for space planing, but looks like garbage from the stair side. We solved the problem with a 2"x2" piece of wood, 2 L brackets, and 2 curtain panels from ikea. I cut the tab tops off the panels and did a tent stitched seam in the middle, and then just folded the top finished edge (that was a side before) over and made a pocket. It was all put up with 4 screws in wall anchors to the walls, so we don't have to patch any ceilings when we leave, and it looks much better than the back of bookshelves, or an opening from the playroom side. Done and done! #sew #sewn #sewing #sewcrafty #sewcialist #maker #makersgonnamake #ikeahack #decor #moving #movingin #madrid #spain #pcslife #pcsproblems #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #airforcewife #airforcelife #airforcefamily #militarylife #militarywife #militaryfamily #rentalhouse
We finished the living room, which means the whole first floor is finished (I'm pretty impressed with us, we've only been in the house since the 3rd, and went to England for 5 days this month, so that's pretty fast to be done with a whole floor by the 21st! (And the kids' rooms and family room are done too) the clock in the nook is the cat's clock/litter box, the shelves were here when we moved in, so they are just decorated with my crap/picture frames that I have collected from our various travels. (Our books are upstairs in the family room/put in long term storage because we didn't know there would be massive builtins in the rental home.) the fireplace is our gel fuel fireplace in front of the wood burning fireplace that had no hearth or screen, so we weren't going to use it anyway. It was the exact same width as our fireplace. 👌🏼 the curtains are the only new thing in the room, the valances have been in 3 houses, but the full length ones I just made out of the same fabric we have had for years. #airforcefamily #airforcewife #airforcelife #militaryfamily #militarywife #militarylife #pcslife #pcsproblems #maker #makersgonnamake #madrid #spain #thegreatgriffithmigration2017
The kitchen is finished!!! Paul got it 85% there, and we were able to get it across the finish line tonight. It's definitely not hard to have a beautiful kitchen when you start with these amazing vintage cabinets and tiles, but I just love our stuff in here. #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #moving #movingin #madrid #pcslife #pcsproblems #kitchen #kitchenorganisation #blueandwhitechina #blueandwhiteforever #spain #homedecor #militarywife #militarylife #militaryfamily #airforcelife #airforcewife #airforcefamily #blueandwhitetiles #spanishtiles #mmsmilkpaint
Oh my goodness. I just found my charm bracelet in the middle of the living room rug. This bracelet has been missing for 12 years, 😱 we have literally moved 5 times since this bracelet went missing and we have no idea where it came from. Paul bought me this bracelet on honeymoon, and he added charms to it for different trips or events in our lives, and I was so heartbroken when it disappeared. (My Gramma and mom had charm bracelets, so we started mine way back then with the idea it would be something I could pass on) I'm not even kidding I probably thought about it 3-4 times in the last month, because it has been such a sad regret for me, and I always think about it when we move. It went missing when we were in Germany, and had a little girl as a cat sitter in DC, and she broke into our bedroom (we had locked the door) and tried on a bunch of my clothes, went through my jewelry. We had assumed it was stollen, and I was really heartbroken about it. She had also taken one of Isaac's notepads that looked like a treasure map, and written notes and maps for herself all over the house and played with a bunch of stuff in the house so it was a really horrible experience (she was our 13 year old neighbor in military housing) so we never hired her again obviously, but she must have just hidden it in the house as one of her treasure map games, and it took 12 years to fall out of whatever it was in. (Which I am so confused by, because I don't have a single box or thing we haven't opened in all this time, so it must have been WELL hidden in the back of a frame or behind a drawer or something? I don't even know what to say, I'm so happy it's back! #lostandfound #atreasure #luckyday #militarylife #militarywife #militaryfamily #airforcewife #airforcelife #airforcefamily #pcslife #pcsproblems #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #moving #movingishard #soexcited
Look at the killer kitchen progress Paul made today (while I napped on the gym floor accidentally... 🙄) having the pantry shelves in the hall to the basement have been a game changer for being able to put stuff away, because we don't have to try to figure out how to get pantry stuff into the cabinets with everything else. The final cleaning and push will be up to me (because for whatever reason I am the only person that actually sees that this isn't clean in the family, everyone else would just work around the shelf liners and stuff that haven't been installed yet. 😂) I've never had Paul home for this much of a move before, and it has been awesome to have his unpacking help!!! #airforcefamily #airforcelife #airforcewife #militaryfamily #militarylife #militarywife #pcslife #pcsproblems #rentalhouse #kitchenorganisation #moving #movingin #movingishard #madrid #spain #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #cowpainting #kitchen #besthusbandever #ilovemyairman
Finished room #2!!! (I feel on a roll!) This bathroom, is so different from the murder closet it started off as! Looking at it now, it's hard to believe it was the red, purple, green, yellow, and almond mess it was before! We asked the homeowner to have her painter get rid of the red before moving in, which made a huge difference, but I still wasn't in love with the purple vanity, or the yellow mirror; so we took the mirror down and put it in the basement (it weighed an absolute TON) and we replaced it with a simple frameless beveled mirror from IKEA. The purple of the vanity took some thinking about, the homeowner said I could paint it the trim green color if I wanted, but I decided that while I can live with the green, I didn't really want to add more. I came to the conclusion that contact paper would be a perfect 1 year solution, that was still wipeable and waterproof, but would come off after the year without damaging the vanity. I was able to find an expresso brown photographic wood one, that I thought would be perfect for the vanity, and I think it really was. I had to do some piecing for the width, but you can't even see it because of the wood grain and color, so it worked out perfectly. The basket on the bottom shelf was in the kitchen in Korea, and the guest bedroom in Ohio, and now its current life is as a toilet paper and new hand towels holder in spain. Oh! And we installed the toilet paper holder, (there was nothing here before.) I've covered things with contact paper before, and it really does come off residue free, and stays in place while you want it there, especially in a minimal use space like the guest half bathroom.) The paintings and lithographs are all vintage originals, and the brushes are from Korea. It's nice to be able to shop our already owned stuff to get rooms finished! (The deer head is a hand carved wood one from the Philippines, that I painted.) #airforcefamily #airforcelife #airforcewife #militaryfamily #militarylife #militarywife #moving #movingin #movingishard #madrid #maker #makersgonnamake #spain #pcslife #pcsproblems #rentalhouse #homedecor #budgetdecor #rentersolutions #thegreatgriffithmigration2017
We've hung fairy lights on the wisteria structure over the back patio, it's like magic out there now ❤️ we've been eating almost every meal on the back patio, and it has been heaven. #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #moving #movingin #patio #patiolife #alfresco #fairylights #wisteria #spain #madrid #pcslife #militarywife #militarylife #militaryfamily #airforcewife #airforcelife #airforcefamily
We have a pantry!!! Paul figured out the garage shelving we already had would fit in the stairway to the basement, and the door will still fully swing open (we may not fit huge boxes up or down anymore, but those are all unpacked anyway, and we need a pantry way more than a dance floor stairway!) #everythingscomingupmilhouse #pantry #rentalhouse #spain #madrid #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #moving #movingin #movingishard #organization #anditsfree
I'm currently doing the Dora the Explorer dance and singing "we did it, lo hicimos, we did it, we did it! Hooray!!" AKA we have a completely finished room in the house! We have half a dozen 75% done rooms, 3 90% done rooms, and a not even remotely done master bedroom, but this is the first honest to goodness done stamp of the move. Conveniently it's also the entrance to the house, and one of the most walked through spaces as it's the access to the backyard and the pool. I can't wait to start working out again, it has literally been months and months (since the first part of the year to be honest, between the move, and my back shots lapsing, the only thing I've done has been some walking/running and the bike ride in Germany) all the eating out/bad quick eating, has put a ton of weight on my body/lost a lot of the muscle tone I had worked for last year, so the sooner I can get back at it, the better!!! The shelves came with the house, and I suspect at some point this was an outdoor space that had a roof, and has at some point been closed in, there are so many windows, and the floor is on a different level to the rest of the house, and there are metal pillars that are holding up the space. #epiclgbox #movingishard #movingin #pcsproblems #pcslife #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #spain #madrid #bbg #homegym #gym #donestamp #thosewindows #cantbeattheview #workingout #gettingbackatit #nothingtoitbuttodoit #chronicpain #backpain #triggerpointinjections #migrainesufferer #clusterheadaches #painpaingoaway
I feel like I should feel bad that the kitchen looks like this, and that I'm prioritizing the gym, but I don't. The gym feels achievable, and I haven't wrapped my head around the kitchen yet..... #pcsproblems #pcslife #airforcefamily #airforcelife #airforcewife #militarylife #militarywife #militaryfamily #madrid #spain #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #unpacking #kitchenorganisation #help #realtalk #reallife #ijustwanttoworkout
Gorilla taping rubber mats. We're trying to do the big push that gets the gym functional tonight, and the floor mats were rolled the wrong way by the movers (we insisted they go flat into the truck, but once they got them to the warehouse to put them on a ship, they rolled and duck taped them facing the wrong way 😩) anyway, they are as relaxed at this point as they are going to get, so now we tape. We bought these mats at Lowes, and I'm sure they are for something other than a gym floor, but we loved them in the garage gym in Ohio, and we definitely need to protect the wood floors here, so they are ideal. We have 8 mats total, but are only taping them in sets of 4, so we can flip them over without them being huge. (Then we will tape them together along the one seam to make 1 big mat.) #gym #homegym #epiclgbox #moving #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #madrid #rentalhouse #spain #militarywife #militarylife #militaryfamily #airforcewife #airforcelife #airforcefamily #pcslife #pcsproblems #gorillatape
In case you didn't know this about me, I have a fountain drink obsession. I love any sort of diet soda, but if I can get it out of a fountain, I'm in heaven. In Korea, the BX food court people started handing me 2 large cups every time I walked up to the counter, no words needed. In Ohio, my sonic drive-thru lady called me "princess" and made me feel awesome every time I went through the drive-thru to get my drink. Spain doesn't have very many drive-thru places, and when you ask them what their most mas grande drink is, they'll act like you're a dummy and say "large" (we have extra larges okay, we're not strange for asking that.) and then they will hand you a small. True story. (Also note it's not even filled to the top....) #expatlife #spain #madrid #drinkingproblem #ijustwantagiantsoda #whyisthattoomuchtoask #citizensoftheworld #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #militarywife #airforcewife #pcslife #firstworldproblems #iwantsonic #iwantchickfilalemonade #iwantaroute44
Distance = perspective, so I'm less mad at the V&A. (Still a little mad though. 😩) I understand what they are trying to do with their object groupings (make it more accessible to those that aren't going to the museum with a special interest.) it's just frustrating when you *do* have a special interest. (Especially since the docents didn't seem very knowledgeable about where things are, or aren't. We got sent to the wrong place several times to "see" pieces I was looking for, to only discover they aren't even on display in the museum. And the docents were actually a little grumpy, but I can understand the end of summer being stressful to them so 🤷🏼‍♀️.) I don't know that I would spend time at the V&A again though, (unless I knew there had been a change in what was on display.) I think we'll be more likely to hit the natural history museum, or the museum of London next time, since this one is no longer a "holy grail" museum for me. #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #victoriaandalbert #icanshowyoutheworld #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #airforcefamily #airforcewife #airforcelife #militaryfamily #militarylife #militarywife #england #london #museums #travelbug #expatlife #citizensoftheworld
Our last stop of the night was Harrods, which we are honestly mostly too poor to shop at, but it's still fun to look at all the expensive things. 💸 (p.s. How crazy is that sky color? No filters were used.) We walked around the store, bought a couple of Cath Kidson things (I love her fabric patterns, and the fact that she spells Cath like I do is a bonus.) and a Christmas ornament for my world travel tree. We decided to finish off the night in their bakery, and they had so many fancy looking desserts, but we ultimately went with the orange and almond flavored baby cake. Our feet are totally killing us, as we did 26,200+ steps (according to my Apple Watch) and changed trains a million plus times. So we fit a lot into our day. I need to get all our purchases out and see what we got, I spent mumble, mumble much on only 4 pieces of fabric, and some buttons, so I'm trying not to feel bad about that. (Especially since I don't think Paul has bought himself anything yet.) #airforcefamily #airforcelife #airforcewife #militaryfamily #militarylife #militarywife #harrods #cathkidson #london #england #maker #makersgonnamake #fabric #fabricstash #fabrichoarder #citizensoftheworld #expatlife #travelbug #icanshowyoutheworld #thegreatgriffithmigration2017
Dear Victoria and Albert museum, you broke my heart today..... I've been to the V&A 3-4 times before, and have LOVED it, but I was so sad today to learn they have pretty much done away with their amazing textile displays. They have some textiles sprinkled throughout, but compared to what I've had access to in the past, it was a big old whomp, whomp. Whoever the new curator is, they've decided to group things by strange criteria like "things that are blue" or "coats of arms" so it's hard to find the tapestries and embroidered pieces in with all the carved wood, stained glass, or books that are all also randomly grouped. It also seems like some of their best pieces aren't out on display, so it's probably not helpful that I know what's missing. To be fair, there was still a lot of amazing stuff, I'm just sulking. #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #victoriaandalbertmuseum #england #roadtrip #london
We went to Liberty and spent way too much money on fabric (waaaaaayyyy to muuuuucccchhhh.) and now we are at the Victoria and Albert museum. I'll probably have some pictures later of the museum, but right now I'm sulking, because they got rid of their textile section, so now I can't even look at the 16th century embroideries I came here to see. 😩) #libertyoflondon #fabricstash #fabrichoarder #victoriaandalbert #museums #england #roadtrip #london #expatlife #militarylife #militarywife #militaryfamily #airforcelife #airforcewife #airforcefamily #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #citizensoftheworld #icanshowyoutheworld #textileart
The white cliffs of Dover. I always knew you could see France from England, but I didn't realize exactly how close it was, it makes the roughly 100,000 people lost at Dunkirk even more heartbreaking, to think how close they were to home. Also, I apparently get vertigo by proxy, because we had to walk on a narrow path with steep cliffs on one side, in order to get this picture, and I literally couldn't even look at the kids because it was giving me such bad vertigo to watch them walk on it. 😂😩😂 #whitecliffsofdover #battleofbritain #england #expatlife #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #travelbug #roadtrip #dunkirk #vertigo #parentingteens #icanshowyoutheworld #citizensoftheworld #offtolondon