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Two Weeks Notice

October 26, 2011 |
posted by Ana White

Momplex Stats

Money Spent So Far: 
$51,000 + Property
Time Spent So Far: 
1020 Hours on Site + TONS of Thinking and Planning

Have you ever noticed the large hill dead center in the Momplex's view?

That's Donnelly Dome, sometimes claimed to be North America's largest hill.  It's a popular climbing site, awarding hikers with tremendous views of the Alaska Range.  
photo by Applecross
Well, there's an old saying in our community that when you see snow on the top of Donnelly Dome, winter will be here in two weeks.
Two Weeks Notice

We just got our two weeks notice. A white slip of snow, warning us that eight long months of winter is just days away.

Though we can't complain about the beautiful fall, extending late into October, it's a sad day. There is so much left to be done on the Momplex. And that very long list of tasks we need to complete before winter sets in is about to become so much more difficult.
Once the snow comes, we will be dealing with constant problems of removing the snow, finding tools buried under the snow and keeping tools dry. Not to mention everything just gets slippery and cold - think ice on the stairs, snow stuck in the sockets of the ARXX blocks, drill batteries not charging when cold. 
Did I say cold? Without a roof overhead, we could be working in temperatures down to fifty, sixty below zero ... and that's before we even consider the wind chill. Brrrrr ....
This isn't a reality TV show where everything works out by the end of the episode. This is real life, and real things happen, and happily every after sometimes just has to wait a little longer, or you have to work a little harder for it.
Two Weeks Notice

Even my four year old knows, we need walls and a roof.

But that would not be our task today.

Two Weeks Notice

Knowing snow is on the way, today we must bring all materials inside the Momplex.

Two Weeks Notice

There's who knows how many tons of rebar to move.

Two Weeks Notice

And you know me, no scrap of lumber is unuseable until I can no longer cut it.

Two Weeks Notice

There's ARXX blocks to haul in, these being scraps that we will try and find a use for on the upstairs exterior walls.

Two Weeks Notice

I hauled them in and neatly stacked the blocks under the stairs. I like to stack the blocks on their ends because it protects the sockets (where two blocks are snapped together) and allows any moisture to drain from the sockets (as opposed to freezing in place and creating a nightmare for you when it's time to stack blocks).

Two Weeks Notice

Board by board, lumber and scraps is moved into the basement of the Momplex. Everything is elevated to allow water drainage underneath.

Two Weeks Notice

Scrap 2x4s are stacked neatly.

Two Weeks Notice

Pipes and remaining lumber are brought inside. Once it snows, these pipes and boards are as good as gone until spring.

Two Weeks Notice

Plywood and foam are stacked in piles.

Two Weeks Notice

More foam. The white foam is used for building door and window bucks for the ARXX block walls.

Two Weeks Notice

Tools like shovels and rakes are put in the corner. We will have to bring up a snow shovel too.

Two Weeks Notice

Ladders are gathered from the yard and neatly placed out of the way.

Two Weeks Notice

Then we let Grace have one last climb on the window.

And I took one last look
Before we boarded them up.
Remember this window?
It now looks like this.  Sadness.  
With the yard looking bare and deserted
We drove off.
Of course we'll be back.  Bring it on old man winter!!!
posted by Ana White

Build your own forward facing bookshelf or magazine rack! These easy to follow plans include everything you need to DIY your own bookshelf designed to help kids put their own books away!

Book or Magazine Ladder Shelf

Handmade from this plan >>

Projects built from this plan. Thank you for submitting brag posts, it's appreciated by all!

About Project

Author Notes: 

Have you already heard?

Katie and Sherry asked me and Erin to join them for the Pinterest Fall Edition!  
OF COURSE I said yes!!!  What girl wouldn't take the challenge to make something from a Pinterest pin?
Now the big question is ...
Are YOU on board?
It's pretty simple, all those Pinterest pins on your to-do list?  Just commit to making one of them, and share with us next Wednesday.  You can get the full details over at Bower Power or at Young House Love.  
So what to take on for my Pinterest Challenge Project?
With Christmas (and Grace's Birthday) right around the corner and my daughter learning to read, a bookcase that allows books to face forward is high on my priority list.  But I also want something incredibly easy and cheap to build, and takes up just about no space.  
Sooooo ... here's my plan, a forward facing bookshelf so she can put her own books away, filled with her favorite books!  
Now for the Pinspiration ....

Source: kidsrooms.co.uk via Ana on Pinterest

Perfect!

So today I will post the plan, and next Wednesday, I'll debut my finished project!  
You can join me in building this Pocket Bookshelf - plans follow - or take on your own Pinterest Challenge Project.  Either way, it's going to be FUN!!!

Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Book or Magazine Ladder Shelf
Dimensions: 
Dimensions are shown above.

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

1 - 1/4" Plywood or Hardboard full sheet (8 feet x 4 feet)
3 - 1x3 boards, 8 feet long (you can use 1x4s for deeper shelves)
Either pocket holes or 2" screws

2 inch screws
3/4 inch finish nails
1 1/4 inch finish nails
1 1/4 inch pocket hole screws
wood glue
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
jigsaw
nailer
sander
countersink drill bit

Cut List

Cut List: 

2 - 1x3 @ 47 3/4" (Short point to short point, one end cut at 10 degrees off square)
5 - 1x3 @ 31 3/4" (Shelves)
1 - 1/4" plywood @ 46" x 33 1/4"
4 - 1/4" plywood @ 4" x 33" (if you are staining, cut the strips with the grain)

General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Step 1

Book or Magazine Ladder Shelf

Cut your 1x3 sides as shown above. NOTE: I ended up cutting the bottoms at a 5 degree angle - felt the 10 degree was just a little too much.

Step 2

Book or Magazine Ladder Shelf

Mark location of all shelves and predrill holes. You can either use the Kreg Jig or countersunk screws from the outsides.

Step 3

Book or Magazine Ladder Shelf

The back is attached flush on top as shown above.

Step 4

Book or Magazine Ladder Shelf

Then just apply glue to back edges and nail plywood on.

Step 5

Book or Magazine Ladder Shelf

Use the 1/4" plywood strips to create shelf fronts.

Step 6

Book or Magazine Ladder Shelf

Make sure you secure the bookshelf through a predrilled hole to a stud in the wall to keep the bookshelf from falling forward.

Finishing Instructions

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

I'm off to build - will be adding an intersting spin to my project! Looking forward to seeing yours! Best luck building - Ana

posted by Ana White

It's so hard to believe that just two years ago today, I saw a link on my friends Facebook page to her family blog. Not really sure what a blog was, I clicked over and read her blog post. Intrigued by blogging, and long searching for the right way to share my love of DIY furniture, I signed up for my own free blog and started blogging. 

What a two years it has been.
Year of Survival
The first year was really a year of survival. Just keeping my head above the water, most of the time. Coming up for air to survive when I couldn't keep treading water to not drown.  There was no grand plan or strategy or anything. It was just me, a busy Mom with a demanding toddler, a husband who liked home cooked meals and worked long hours, no extra money for anything, and a great passion to take my love for woodworking, and share it with the world.
That first year was also full of growing pains, both for me personally and the blog. So many things to learn, processes to refine, ways to become better. I thank you for being there throughout it all, helping me grow and learn over the years.  I am better because of your encouragement.
Year of Balance
If the first year was about survival, the next was about finding balance. How do I emerge from this survival state, a state of working 12, 14 hour days, posting plans at two in the morning after I've finally got my family to bed, my daughter acting out to get her Mommy's attention, my husband saying, "I miss my wife ..." and me not having time to even respond. How do I have it all, a happy, full life with my family, yet still having time to pursue my personal passion and dreams?
These are the internal battles that go on inside any busy Mom's head ... and heart. Can a Mom have a dream of her own?  After giving 100% to your family, there's nothing leftover to give yourself.
Finding balance may have been even more difficult than the first year of survival. I struggled on so many levels to let go, to let others help me, but to keep doing what I love. I went through withdrawals, having anxiety on camping trips about comments not getting answered, plans not getting posted, emails not getting responded to.
But today, after two years of blogging, I feel like though we will always struggle to find balance in life, that at least I can take things in stride and live a fulfilling life.  That it is not selfish to have a dream of your own.  Yes, we can have it all - be mothers that are truly present and involved with their families, but have dreams of our own and the opportunity - and courage and support - to pursue those dreams.
Year of Maturity
If the first year was about survival, and the second about finding balance, this year is my year of maturity. This is the year that we come into our own, that we grow up.  That we find time to become better, to give back, and to grow.  In the next year, I am hoping to:
Refine and Optimize.

We've done quite a bit of this over the last year, but there are still some bugs with the new site.  I'd love to see the new site optimized so it loads ultra fast, and simplified so content is very easy to find.  To this point, the website has been a DIY effort by yours truly - and I'm definitely planning to bring on some help to make it more user friendly.
Give Back.
I want to give back to the community - both the DIY community and blogging community - in so many ways.  With bringing on help with the website, it will be high on my priority list to find a way to help you take your handmade creations and sell them.  There's lots of little things to work out to make this system work, but at the core of what I do, I'm most passionate about increasing the amount of handmade furniture in homes.  Not everyone can build, but everyone should have an opportunity to support local, handmade artisans - Mom's just like me, trying to make a tiny difference in a tough world during tough times.
I will also be making more time to help and support other bloggers.  This follow-your-passion-through-blogging-thing is amazing, the stuff dreams are literally made with.  If you have a dream, but it seems impossible because of where you live, or how many children you have to take care of, because you have no budget - time or money wise - you can still follow your dreams and fulfill your own personal spirit.  I know we spend our days so busy doing laundry, getting dinner on the table, and taking care of everyone else, there's not much left - if there is anything left - for Mom. But if Mom is happy, so is everyone else ... though dinner might be burnt.  Expect to see me doing what I can to support other bloggers - especially Mom bloggers in this upcoming year.  
Video
Three months after I wrote my first blog post, a production company would call.  And many more have followed.  But the timing has never been quite right.  My daughter was young and needy, not ready for her mother to travel and commit to the hard work and sacrifice of trying to take a blog and turn it into a television show.  
Maybe it's this past year of balance, maybe it's because my daughter is just growing up, but I finally feel okay with traveling, whether that means bringing my daughter along or leaving her with Grandma.  I feel okay - just okay, I'm not ubberly excited about it - about committing to working on someone else's schedule, sometimes out of the home, sometimes without a child on my hip.  It is a frightening thought to have to be without my child, as any working Mom will tell you.
Whether we end up with a television show or just creating video tutorials for the website, I'd be happy either way.  For me, it's about taking a plan and bringing it to life, making it even easier to build a bench, a coffee table, or even a house  :)
Momplex
We hope this year we will finish the Momplex.  We are crazy to take this on, and you my dear friends are just as crazy to believe in us!!!  But we are moving along, and it is my great hope that we finally get to start working inside soon.  Oh the cabinets we are going to build!  And the built-ins and banquettes ...  It's going to be fun.  Thank you so much for following along - you'll be reading about our adventures in building in the next few weeks - we've been battling some not so fun weather conditions.  There have been quite a few discussions about calling it a winter ... but your comments and encouragement are keeping us going.  If we keep going, come blizzard or bitter cold, it's because of you and your support.  Thank you.
And I want to leave it with that - thank you.  I am a better person, a happier person, a better mother, because of your friendship and support.  I hope this coming year you will be a part of our community, working one bookcase at a time, one board at a time, one predrilled hole at a time, to build our best poss bile lives.
With love and thanks,
Ana

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