March 2015 archive

Curiosity Killed The Cat

I know you are all curious to see what the new house is all about. We bought the house adjacent to our property with plans to do a little remodeling. What we’ll do with it afterwards is still a bit uncertain.  The Mr. & I will be your very own Chip & Joanna while we post pictures of our Fixer Upper!

I’ll give you a quick tour of the exterior. Here is the front.

Fixer Upper Front

Fixer Upper Front

 

Here is the back. Don’t get too attached because it will change. We have already taken off the back deck.

Fixer Upper Back

Fixer Upper Back

 

And now my work begins on the inside while we wait for the new windows to arrive and we plan a garage.

I’ll post some interior picts soon!

Spring Spell

 

Trail by Dan via freedigitalphotos.net

Trail by Dan

There is something about the springtime that takes me back to my time with my grandparents out in the country. Something about the briskness in the air and the muddy dirt that makes me want to garden (which I’m terrible at). I can barely go down the gardening isle at the store without wanting to buy it all- the rubber boots, the gloves, the watering cans. This season makes me want to buy pretty flowered patterned fabric to sew quilt blocks and embroider dish towels on a hoop. It makes me want to have coffee and sticky rolls every morning at 10 a.m. and wear an apron when I cook. It makes me want to can things (and I have no experience with that). To make jellies and jams and pickles.  It makes me want to hang my clothes on the clothesline to dry and carry and handkerchief.  More than anything, I want to go for a long walk on a gravel road with my grandparent’s old black lab, Pepper.

There’s just something about the springtime that brings back good memories of my grandma’s generation. That generation where you took an afternoon nap in the sunshine on the living room floor.  Where you took drives with the windows down, smelling the fresh dirt in the fields wearing an old seed cap.  Where card parties with your friends on the weekends was your entertainment. Where it was a joy to sit on old metal rockers on the porch with the wind chimes chiming.

I think I gotta go. You might find me digging out the binoculars to take a look at the birds that are back from winter. Or maybe with the kids and the dog taking a walk…

Big News

I’m sorry I’ve been so sporadic lately.  I have a few things to share with ya’ll!  But before my big announcement, I thought I’d share a few pictures of my living room/fireplace room.  I changed things up and might not even be done yet.

Here’s a few picts-

Fireplace Room

Fireplace Room

I decided to move my couch and loveseat in front of the fireplace and put my small table and chairs in the living room with my curved couch.  So far I’m really loving it.  But I have been thinking of making my living room my dining room.  I’m still mulling it over in my head…

I’d also like to hang my metal gate over my fireplace but for now it’s just sitting there.

Living Room

Living Room

Let me tell you what I don’t like about this picture.  I don’t like how gigantic my TV is now compared to my TV hutch.  (Thank you Black Friday.)  Something different is in the works.  Not to mention that I’d getting a crazy itch to paint again.  I think I have an illness…  🙂

Living Room Front

Living Room Front

I also may have forgotten to show you this little ditty I painted last spring.  It has just a few tweaks left in it.

 

Bell Jar Painting

Bell Jar Painting

BTW, a little shout out to myself.  Because some days you need that.  My top pin on Pinterest (which is my own picture, not something someone else pinned) is of my little bathroom hutch top shelf (you can view that post here.)  It’s been pinned over 300 times and has had almost 10,000 impressions (how many times it’s appeared in someone else’s feed),  The power of Pinterest.  Pretty amazing, huh?

Okay, now for the BIG NEWS.  I’ve stalled long enough.  We bought a house.  No, not for us to live in.  This one is a fixer upper.  And since I’m going on that journey, I thought you might like to go on it with me.  I’ll keep you up to date on all the work in my future!  In the meantime you’ll have to excuse my coming and going, I will be working fastly and furiously once again!

 

Busy Work

I know I’ve talked a lot about my trim project and I don’t recall ever showing you what my door painting project looks like or what the “after” is.  I’ve been really busy now that the weather is nicer to hit this project hard to see it completed.

Here’s the process:

1)  Remove the door from the jam.

2)  Take the door to where I can lay it down flat to paint and let it dry.

3)  Remove the hinges and screws.

4)  Spray paint hinges and screws.
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The hinges beforeimage

 

The hinges after

5)  Paint primed door.  Wait.  Paint second coat.  Flip and repeat on the other side.  Usually a two day process.
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I use these small foam rollers to minimize nap.  I also add Floetrol to the paint mix so that my roller marks are lessened.image

6)  Meanwhile, paint the door jam.  Two coats.
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7) Take door back inside and attach hinges.
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8)  Lastly add the doorknob.

One down!

Spring Break Shenanigans

Toilet

Toilet

“White Ceramic Sanitaryware In Bathroom” by nuttakit via freedigitalphotos.net

The kiddos are on spring break this week so my posts will be brief in order to get on with any and all shenanigans planned.

Here is the key wisdom I can pass along for my Monday…toilet seats have a lifespan.  After ten years, it is time to install a new one.  Yesterday I spent most of the afternoon changing out toilet seats.  A very disgusting and gross job.

And let me tell you, this is an instance where more expensive isn’t always better.  I like the $10 plastic toilet seats.  Because they clean up so nicely.  No blue dye left on the seat, no chipping and scratching.  And when you have a household that includes three little boys, you need things to clean up nicely in the bathroom.  That’s all I’m sayin.

Ladies, if you are looking for a short and sweet job to do on your own, you can totally handle this one.  All you need is a screwdriver, some gloves and good thing the toilet is close incase you feel the need to gag.

Happy Monday!

 

A Little Painting

Spring is in the air and the weather has been glorious!  Of course, I broke out my paint brush in celebration!

Here’s just a quick little project I did and blast, I can never remember to take before photos! I’m always in too big a hurry to get to the final look!

This little doohickey I picked up at a local shop.  I can’t even tell you what it’s supposed to be but I saw its potential.  It could hold plates or something flat or even a plant.  Maybe that’s what it was created to do.  Anyone know?  I can’t wait to fill this basket up with Easter eggs!

The After

The After

It was a very yucky old brass color and I took it outside and gave it a lovely new oil-rubbed bronze color.  I love it so much.  Whatever it is.

More paint projects coming to a post near you!

Girls Nite

I had a chance to get away for the night with my favorite group of ladies.  I was the only one toting along a child but no one complained.  He loved crashing the party with nine ladies.

We had a little wine and paint party of our own.  You know me and paint.  I’m a happy camper with a paint brush in my hand, even if usually it’s more of a household brush than an artist’s.  I have been waiting for a chance to do a small picture of a truck, much like my Ford “Stanley.” So while the others did butterflies and crosses, I started on my truck.

Here’s the rough draft, so please no laughing.  I hope I’m actually able to complete this painting project.  It makes me wonder how any artist ever knows if their picture is done.  ?

Truck Picture

Truck Picture

Beyond that we played some games, went out to eat and tried our hands at arm knitting.  I think I’ll stick to painting…

I loved every minute!

The Gang

The Gang

(Isn’t the baby’s face hilarious.  He’s like, “Whaaat’s going on here????”)

Can’t wait for the next time!

 

Spring Fever

Spring Tulip

Spring Tulip

Image credit “Red Tutip” by panuruangjan at freedigitalphotos.net

Red Tutip” by panuruangjan

Incase you missed it, you can read about our trip to Disney on the Real Housewives of Eastern Iowa’s blog.  Some things I would add:

1)  I am can now give you helpful tips on visiting Disney.

2)  Laying by the pool in February is one of the best things ever.

And I also have spring fever.  Returning to a pile of snow and school cancellations due to snowstorms is painful.  I finally took down all of my evergreen decor, minus the front porch because who wants to be outside in this weather?

My house feels naked.  And I have the desire to throw away everything I own and start over.  Does anyone else have this feeling?  I think it’s spring fever.

I have also decided our home needs about six more closets.  The sad part is I’ve been going through each room in our home since Christmas trying to clear out “stuff” and get rid of our clutter.  I’m not sure how they had a family of six in a small cabin in the woods. Maybe I should call this blog post cabin fever instead of spring fever.  Clearly I know where they came up with that saying!

Here are my remedies for stir craziness:

1) Shopping

a) because it is the cure-all for everything and

b) because something new might cheer this place up

2) Purging- it’s time to get nasty with those things that come with guilty (inherited), were presents (guilt again) or you haven’t used in a year

3) Paint- because in my world it is also the cure-all for everything

May I take you along on all of these adventures with me.  Are you ready?