Wednesday, April 30, 2014

6 months of home ownership

It is crazy to me that we have been living in our house for six (6!) months! Mostly because it feels like so. much. longer. I realize that that sounds negative, but I promise, it is not. It's just that this house feels so natural. So US. We love our house.

So just for fun, and for all my new readers (hello!), I'm doing a little house related recap showing what we've done and how much we have left to do on this house of ours. On the INSIDE. We won't talk about the backyard at this moment.

Moving in! Here you get the peek of the front two rooms.

We dove into the deep end and started a lot of (mini) projects and made a main space more livable.

Probably our biggest project to date was tearing out a damaged plaster wall and tweaking the trim work a bit. Fortunately we love the results so living a couple weeks with plaster dust was totally worth it.

There have been numerous other painting projects like this and this. As well as numerous decor related bits like this. And let's not forget Donkey.

Back to decor. Here is the tiniest sneak peak of a chair reupholstery I did. I have been waiting til its sister chair is reuphostered to share fully but I encountered a snag...

Anyways, 6 months! Whew! We are so looking forward to the next 6. So many plans, so little time!
Especially since that to-do list is actually what I want to accomplish in the next 3. A girl can be ambitious, right?

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Stench Hole Elimination

We have been a bit scattered in our yard projects. Starting lots of things, getting distracted and finishing few. For whatever reason when we start a project in the house it is much easier to focus on it til it is completed. Not so in the yard. I blame our distracted work ethic on the sunshine.
HOWEVER! we have completed one! Which makes me even more excited to show you what we have accomplished!

Not long ago, our yard looked like this ^
 See that thing lurking against the fence behind the tree? That is supposed to be a water feature.
Funny story: When we first decided to remove it Keith and I each grabbed a piece of the exposed tarp, counted to 3, and gave it a tug.  We actually thought it would slide over and we could fold it into a nice little bundle and stuff it into the trash can. HA!

We didn't know there was so much stuff in there because, well, you can see the picture, but come to find out, there were rocks, A LOT OF ROCKS, gallons of water, and thousands (millions, I dare say) of rotting leaves. Have you ever smelled rotting leaves in a pool of stagnant water? No? Well, we didn't dub it the Stench Hole for no reason.
So began the digging. The decent. Seriously, I tried to mentally prepare myself for finding a body because why else would you dig such a hole and fill it with limestone??

But guess what? After a weekend and a few late evenings, we eventually emptied the hole. It *might* have involved recruiting the kitchen pot(s) to help bail water after the bucket broke from rock abuse, but I'll let you ponder that after Keith cooks you dinner ;)
And then we took another weekend and a few more late evenings to get it filled back in. But with dirt this time. My yard now has another beautiful expanse of grass seeded dirt. 

PS - Free dirt is something I now get excited about ;)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Saga of the Sequin Tray

 Keeping it real today! Here is a little DIY revamp that didn’t quite turn out they way I saw it in my mind. I'm not exclusive to this phenomena, right?

So it all started with this picture frame. In our apartment it hung in our kitchen with some art in it, but since moving I have found that it is the perfect size to sit atop my suitcase end table as a tray. But, after looking at it for awhile I had the idea that it needed a new look to go with the new purpose.

Lesson here: There IS too much of a good thing.

You see, I got all excited and dumped lots of sequins in every color on the glass. Then I carefully placed the sheet of newsprint on top, put the back of the frame into place, screwed it down and flipped it over.

It was cute. Too cute for my taste, if you know what I mean. I felt like I was in Limited Too. (Not to bash the place because it totally made my head spin when I was a pip but it’s just not my groove now). It was so cute that I didn't even take a "finished" picture. There was just too much of too many good things. Instantly, I flipped it back over and grabbed the screwdriver to tone down the cuteness and up the design.

Lesson here: If you are going to use paint, don’t use newsprint. While I love the organic, simplified design I don’t love how the paper warped.

So anyways, this isn’t one of my finest DIY moments but you know what? That frame still makes an awesome tray. Even with the silver edges that I’m not quite sure about. ;)

Shout out to my seester for taking the pics!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Yard. work.

Note: I got all gung-ho about cleaning junk out of my yard and forgot to take before pics (D'oh!) so the orange arrow is to show you how built up it was. You can kinda see the dirt line on that sad excuse of a fence. Picture my mom and I removing old shingles, fire pit ashes, slabs of limestone and a red centipede colony from that little area AFTER we hacked through a layer of vine growth. Now that area is flat and I consider it a thing of beauty.

On Sunday, our family showed up to help conquer our yard because they are awesome like that.
They helped dig up old fence posts, clear rubble piles, tame the bramble bush, and pick gravel from our lawn. It was all very exciting. Especially since we nearly had an electrical fire. Which actually crossed the "too exciting" line. Thankfully, all ended well.

Hopefully there will be some "after" pictures to share instead of "progress shots" soon. We have big plans for our outdoor spaces and I CANNOT wait to get them prettyfied!

So, that was our Easter. How did you spend yours?

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Blues

So it's dawned on me that it's been awhile since I, ummm, showed off my recent Pyrex acquisitions.
My collecting has slowed down quite a bit. Partly because I have quite a few pieces but mainly because my "fun money" goes to things like painters tape and hose nozzles. Not that I'm complaining. Painters tape and hose nozzles are fun, just in a different, I-am-now-a-home-owner-and-appreciate-different-crap sort of way.

As you can see, I've acquired a couple primary pieces (the bowl is unnumbered!), the promotional Meadow casserole, and a Cinderella bowl from the Embroidery pattern line that needs a bit of attention. And, truth be told, I have picked up a few other pieces. But they are not blue and would have spoiled the title. ;)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hand lettering: Monogram

Miss Caleisha over at Apartment 203 is about to be a Mrs. (!) and wanted a hand lettered monogram for her and her hubby. I, of course, was more than happy to provide. The top monogram is the chosen one, which I vectorized and refined a bit, but I thought it would be fun to show you the concepts.

Have an awesome idea and need a hand-letterer to make it happen? Send me an email!
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OR just leave a comment and I can contact you :) Sometimes emailing strangers is intimidating, yeah?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

American Weekend

This past weekend the whole fam piled into the parental's van for a bit of Kentucky camping. The weather was perfect. Absolutely perfect. (Not like Indiana's current weather situation, which is spitting sleet and snow.) 
On Saturday we went to the Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot. The shoot was quite an experience and actually, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Sunday, we visited The Most Awesome Flea Market in Shephardsville. It was fun, but it is probably The Most Awesome Flea Market on Friday afternoon only. By Sunday it seemed a bit picked over. Fortunately, over the course of the weekend we had hit up other flea markets, antique shops, and thrift stores so I got my fix :)

the seesters be photobombing