Archives for May 2016

Home improvement projects


Hey you! I have neglected this place for a bit but for good reasons. We are working on some home improvement projects for our second floor. We started with the boys room on Thursday. I helped Leao remove all of the furniture, clothes and books.  We disassembled the boys’ bunk beds and put their beds in our room while we work.  My father-in-law came to help my husband remove the dreaded popcorn ceiling (which we tested first for lead) and then removed the carpet in the room. The last time we painted the boys room was about 12 years ago and I picked Disney colors. So they needed some big boy colors this time around.


Above is the original colors and the carpet.


Above is them painting after they taped it all up.

2ndFloorReno4This is the new color which will allow me to add accents in their favorite colors (orange and black). They originally requested we paint it orange and black. I told them no, that they have to live with this a while but that I can find accents and comforters in the colors of their choices.

Today we will be ordering the bamboo flooring for their room. I am really looking forward to a much cleaner and allergy reduced area.  The flooring has too sit out 5 days before it can be installed so that it can expand prior to installation and it takes up to 7 days for the flooring to arrive. I am hoping that it comes fast so that we can wrap up their room in another week and a half.

Once their room is complete they will order the bamboo flooring for our room and begin. Which I am really excited about since we always said we would do our room last and 12 years seems like long enough to me. So I want to go bold and do something sophisticated for our private space.


So between the fact that all sorts of items are being stored in my craftroom, tending to my garden and keeping up with the year-end calendars of my boys, I will not be able to work on Belinda’s Crafts work for some time.  I usually take the summer off but this is a bit early.

Happy spring cleaning friends!


On My Nightstand: Books, Ebooks, Audiobooks and Graphic Novels


Hey!! How are you doing? I have been away for quite some time. I have been working on spring cleaning projects around the house and loving the results. I have come to realize that I attach way too much sentimental thoughts to “things” in my home and this year, I am turning it on it’s head with my spring cleaning efforts. I began a few weeks ago and cleaned out my craft room and restructure it’s layout and I am more than half way complete and love the energy when I enter the space.  More on that later.

Despite my “Cleaning bug” I still have managed to keep my reading up. I am in love with all things books so it is easy for me to fit time even if it’s 15 minutes here or there.  So I thought I would update you with what’s “On My Nightstand”:


While in college I first came across literature that taught me about the Japanese Internment camps here in the US. I never came across this information prior to then and I was surprised. I had this first book on my TBR list for a while and while in New Jersey last month, I purchased it. The book is called, “When the Emperor was Divine” by Julie Otsuka. It is a historical fiction following a family to an internment camp in Utah.  The second book called, “Gaijin: American Prisoner of War” is a graphic novel I came across at the library and decided it would be nice to see another approach to the topic.

onmynightstandMay-16_2016cMy third read is a brand new science fiction release by Sylvain Neuvel called, “Sleeping Giants“. I put myself on the wait list for this book a while back and was so thrilled when it came in last week. I am really enjoying this story and just found out it is the beginning of a series. So if you don’t like long waits, then I would hold off a while since the next book is slated for the summer of 2017.

onmynightstandMay-16_2016dMy final book is an audiobook by Tessa Harris and is called, “The Anatomist’s Apprentice“. It is a the beginning of a mystery series set in eighteenth-century England featuring an anatomist and the first forensic detective. It sounds very interesting and I just started listening to it today at work. So I will keep you posted.

So those are what’s on my nightstand.  What are you reading right now?

Happy Reading!



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