One More Office

January 25, 2012 at 1:46 pm (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Things have been busy.  Extremely busy.  But, I have been productive, and coming up in the next week or so I do actually have some updates and projects to share! I finally started a new job in Iowa and have settled in living in our new home all the time now.  This has kept me on my toes, and also been stressful, but at the same time I have been able to spend more time in our home and accomplish A LOT!

So, to tide you all over I wanted to share another adorable office I came across on VT Interiors blog.  And, stay tuned for some peaks and projects around our house! 🙂

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2012 Resolutions

December 30, 2011 at 11:04 am (Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Does anyone ever keep resolutions?  This year I am not going to use the same old resolutions, eat healthier, exercise more, and be more positive.  Nope.  This year I am going to try some fun resolutions that I may actually keep. 

1.  Finish some projects around the house that make me feel happy.

This ribbon organization box is on my list.  I love being organized and using this to wrap up some pretty gifts would definitely make me smile:

 

 2.  Make more handmade gifts.  I think I have the ability, now I just need to believe in myself!

I think these candles would be so cute as gifts!

 3.  Cook more.  Yes, read it again.  I’m sure Jeremy needs to read it 3 times.  But, I’m serious!

This steak and mushroom dinner and the rum balls look like two amazing recipes to try!

 

4.  Host more gatherings at our new home! I mean go all out.  Invitations, decorations, food…

I want to feel like Martha! 

 5.  Make progress with the furniture business.  I’m in no rush to jump into opening a full on shop yet.  But, I would like to try some of my projects in a shop.

A bench like this made out of two old chair would be super neat!

 

 What are you resolutions?? 🙂

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The Wheels Are Spinning…

March 2, 2010 at 2:59 pm (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The wheels in my head are spinning, the ideas churning around.  I said before that I have some big projects in the works, and when I said big I actually meant HUGE.  Here is a bit of the funky inspiration that is going on right now.  Soon I will hopefully be able to let you all know what is going on around here!

I love the shape of this sofa and the bold pattern is growing on me.  Just wait until I can tell you why I am thinking about buying this baby!

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Tid Bits and Projects

July 21, 2009 at 11:02 am (Projects, Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

It seems like I havebeen so busy around here… but where is my progress?  I have so my projects currently on my plate, and have been working on them, really!  But, none are officially completed yet.  So, I thought I would just fill you in on some of the tib bits going on around here and a few of the before shots of some current projects. 

Some awesome flowers have sprouted up in the back yard.  I forgot that I had planted them there in the spring!  I love lillies, any kind, especially orange ones!

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We are also still taking care of Gillian, the salamander.  He is still in the rubber tote sitting on the table, grossing everyone out.  But, we are searching for a small tank to keep him in.  In this picture he is right next to the end of the leaf.  Those two black dots are his eyes; he is burrowed in the dirt.

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The dogs made a nice mess for me to clean up this morning.  They decided that the five minutes they were left alone in the yard was just long enough to dig for moles.  Here they are trying to look all innocent and quite muddy!  Also check out Marley’s new collar.  She thinks she’s tough!

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And, here are just a few sneak peeks of the projects I am working away on…

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Stay tuned…

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Storage Chair In Shop

July 13, 2009 at 3:13 pm (Shop Items) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I finished this little storage chair (the one I found on the side of the road) for the shop.  Here’s the before:

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And here’s the finished product:

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You like?  Let me know if you are interested!

***SOLD***

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Junkin’ Projects

July 13, 2009 at 3:06 pm (Home Changes and Additions, Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I have finally gotten around to a few projects with the junk we found at the junk yard!  Here’s the elephant statue all painted up and pretty with a teal pot and pink flowers:

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Don’t mind our mud pile of a yard.  All this rain has made the place a pit!

We also painted a few pots for the back yard.

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And, I painted the little lantern from the junk yard teal as well.  It sits on the front porch.  I also made a tiny table for a few drinks out of a plant stand and a clay pot bottom.  This project was inspired by Crafty Nest, so check out her even cooler project here: http://www.craftynest.com/2009/06/plant-stand-lazy-susan-mini-side-table/

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Did you also notice the antique lantern on the floor?  That’s from my grandma.  It even has a globe made by Pyrex.  Very neat.  Any suggestions?

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Yard Progress

May 28, 2009 at 5:20 pm (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

A lot of work and a few sore muscles, and we now have a usable yard.  The backyard, as I have mentioned before, was three lots of mounds of compost.  An unusable waste is what I call that.  Compost is a great idea, but an entire three lots full?  No thanks.  So, I set out to get the yard summer-ready.  We are finally almost there. 

I started by pulling the massive amounts of growing weeds out of the compost piles.  Once fairly clean, my options for the compost were to either give it away to people who used compost or to spread it out evenly.  Upon further inspection I realized that the compost was old and mostly now decnt soil.  I decided to spread it and make level ground around the fire pit area.  This took an entire day and I was definitely sore after all the work, but it was well worth it.  We sprinkled grass seed on the raw dirt areas and are hoping that something other than weeds sprouts by the time we have our backyard engagement party. 

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These pictures look boring after the rain, but it was much cuter the other day (and will be when we have company over!).  We have moved the picnic table out near the fire and have a table cloth for it.  We also have a large hammock and fun pillow ordered for in between the trees.  The large log near the fire is actually a seating area.  We are using it as-is right now, but will form it into a bench later.  We also have some cute red paper lanterns to go in the trees and a few buck candles to go around the area.  I think it will all come together well.

We also worked on the side of the house near the alley.  We have a hard time finding keys and getting into our kitchen door in the dark, so we added a few inexpensive solar lights to the walk-way.  They really make a boring area look homey.  The former residents of the house also left an annoying pile of rocks near our parking area.  We have no idea what they were meant for, and they are now growing weeds.  So, we dug in and Tony arranged them where my car goes.  There is only one slab on cement and a lot of mud where I park.  This may not be the cutest solution, but it definitely helps and now its all ready for when we get more cement poured (or better yet-a garage!).  Didn’t Tony do a nice job making the rocks look neat and even!?

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And, on a prettier note, our peonies are in bloom!  Another bush of pretty pink flowers is also in bloom, which I think might be a kind of roses.  Here is a shot of the rose bush and the bouqet we cut for the table and even some for the bathroom.  They smell great and you gotta love a free touch for the home! 🙂

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So there you have it, our yard progress.  Not super exciting, but it has opened the way for us to work on a few more diy projects for the yard.  We will keep you updated!

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Spotted!

April 28, 2009 at 1:24 pm (Projects, Tid Bits) (, , , , , , )

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Apartment Therapy has featured this and a few other projects of mine on their site!  Check it out here:  http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/chicago/painting-fixing-repair/before-after-make-mine-eclectic-083086

 

Thanks everybody for stopping in and checking out all of our projects!

And by the way, whether it’s harsh or kind, I love to hear all of your thoughts, advice, and opinions! 😉

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A Few Layouts

February 4, 2009 at 10:16 am (Scrap-booking) (, , , , , , , , , )

Last night was a quiet, restful night at our busy house. Having the puppy has meant little sleep and rowdy evenings at home. So, no projects for us last night. But, I did do a few scrapbook layouts. I thought I would share these with you. Hope they are inspiring. Let me know what you think and if you have any ideas!

I did the black swirl as well as the spider web lettering for Halloween by hand.

I did the black swirl as well as the spider web lettering for Halloween by hand.

I love torn edges, especially when usign vellum.  And, its so easy!

I love torn edges, especially when using vellum. And, its so easy!

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Something I Love

February 3, 2009 at 4:37 pm (Scrap-booking) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Through my many recent projects I have found a product that I love.  Undo Adhesive Remover!  This stuff is amazing.  I started using it while scrap-booking.  You stick a sticker to a page and realize that you want to move it.  No problem for Undo.  It not only removes the sticker with no harm to the paper or the sticker, but it also brings the sticker back to it’s original stickiness when it dries!  I have also used this to un-peal photos and other papers that I have stuck down with glue.

After using and loving this product on my scrap-book, I decided that it was worth a shot on other projects as well.  Yes, it can safely un-stick stamps, labels, and even gunk.  The possibilities are endless!  My next project involves a very pretty bottle of liqueur that I would like to remove the label from.  I want to leave the label in good condition to use for something, and also have the bottle sticky-free for use for something.  No problem for Undo, I’m sure.

I highly recommend for every do-it-yourself-er!

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