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Refinishing Our Hardwood Floor

Refinishing Hardwood Floors | The Nerd Nest 1

We’re finally done refinishing the spare room! Jake and I have been working on it in our spare time for months, and it is finally livable! If you need a refresher, here’s the before.

Refinishing Hardwood Floors | The Nerd Nest 2

The most time consuming part of fixing up this room was paint removal. I’ve already … Read the rest


Crabitat | The Nerd Nest 1

My grandpa came back from Florida this weekend with three hermit crabs for us. He was thinking the hermies would be a bit easier than they happen to be, but after a day of obsessive research, I got them out of their sad teeny plastic carrying cases and into an … Read the rest

Class Quilt

Class Auction Quilt | The Nerd Nest 1

Every year, each class in Eliza’s school creates a craft project to sell at an auction as part of the school’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Last year, I did my part making a French Monument Bean Bag Toss game. This year, I was in charge of the whole class … Read the rest

The Never-ending Room Makeover

Light Purple and Medium Purple | The Nerd Nest

Fixing up our spare room has become the project that never ends, and I’m going to share a bit of the progress we made in 2014.

Spare Room Before | The Nerd Nest 3

Spare Room Before | The Nerd Nest 1

Spare Room Before | The Nerd Nest 2

This room has been home to a few family members and friends since we’ve moved in, and when we found ourselves without an extra … Read the rest

Glittered Pinecones | 26/52 Projects

Glitter Pinecones | The Nerd Nest 1

I wanted a little holiday festivity around here, but I’m not ready to drag up the tubs of decorations from the basement until we buy a tree this weekend. So I went for a quick craft project instead: glittered pinecones!

This project, like many projects around here, was the answer … Read the rest

Rorschach Test-esque Paint Technique | 24/52 Projects

Rorschach Test-esque Paint Technique - The Nerd Nest  1

I love when Eliza comes home from art class at school armed with a new technique she can’t wait to teach me. Last week, she showed me how to make Rorschach Test / inkblot looking things with paint.

Rorschach Test-esque Paint Technique - The Nerd Nest  2

All you do is fold a piece of paper (we used heavy … Read the rest

Pikachu Costume | 22/52 Projects

Homemade Pikachu Costume | The Nerd Nest 4

Homemade Pikachu Costume | The Nerd Nest 6

As you saw in my Friday Week in the Life post, I was down to the wire with Halloween costumes this year. This was due in part to my propensity to procrastinate, part because my car is broken and that made buying all of that yellow felt tricky, and part … Read the rest

Project Life Stop Motion | 20/52 Projects

I’ve had to keep one of the trickiest projects I’ve made lately under wraps until now: a stop motion video to promote Catch Up with Project Life! It isn’t perfect, but I think it’s pretty dang cute. Watch through (it is only 1 minute long) and then I’ll tell … Read the rest

Spray Painting My Way to a Fancier Porch | 19/52 Projects

Copper and mosaic table | The Nerd Nest

The weather is cooling down here in Kansas City, which means I’ll be spending a lot more time on my front porch. It’s not very pretty out there, so it’s a good time to improve things a bit.

Spray Painting Makes a Huge Difference - The Before

I’m planning a few low cost projects, but I decided to start … Read the rest

Doctor Who Guess Who | 18\52 Projects

Homemade Doctor Who Guess Who | The Nerd Nest

My family is obsessed with Doctor Who. Jake and I have been looking for Whovian activities to do with the kids, but we’ve been coming up short. I mean, sure, we do play “Don’t Blink” tag while pretending to be Weeping Angels…which for some reason Jonas and Eliza find fun … Read the rest