Where Have You Been, Girl?!

September 24, 2018 at 1:03 pm (Our New House, Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi all! Yes, yes. It’s been forever. BUT, I am back. And with lots to share.

One more kiddo and a new (to us) house have kept us very, very busy. But this new house has also given us a TON of new projects to show you while we go. So, I’m back and full of fun stuff to document.

The house. If you have been following along here for very long, you know I love me some old houses. And old projects. And old antiques. Everything with a story. Let me tell you, this house had lots of stories. Built in 1860, and sadly remodeled in the 70’s, we have our hands full, both with old stories and new ideas.

So, here she is. All potential and boring right now.

Pretty cool, right?! And a ton of work, a few headaches, blood, sweat, tears… and love. I’m excited to be getting all creative again. As the new little one allows, of course. 😂

As many of you know, this space was created years ago when I got my first house to document and share all of my remodeling and decorating ideas, trials, errors, and adventures. This is where a plan to keep most of my focus now that I am back with plenty to keep sharing. But, I also plan to share some family, kids, health, and even personal stuff. Let me know if there’s something you would like to see!

And finally, I haven’t shared about myself in a very long time. So, my name is Jessica. I am a social worker with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in Forensic Psychology. I love to be outdoors, camp, and travel, decorate, refinish and repurpose furniture, and and hunt for bargains and hidden gems. I live in Iowa with my significant other, Jason, my 15 year old step-daughter, Jordin, my 5 year old son, Brantley, and my 4 month old son, Barrett. Oh, and our little growing crew of pets. Every farm needs chickens and goats, right? We not only love making our new old house a home, but we also love trying out new things along the way. I hope we can inspire you!

Glad you are here! It should be fun, and a little new, so stick around!

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Inspiration and Big News

July 11, 2011 at 9:22 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

After being out of town, and a little out of touch, most of last week, I am finally catching up.  Reading through a backlog of blogs today I ran across the most gorgeous farm house tour on Apartment Therapy. 

The details of this home struck a cord with me, because we happen to have just bought an 1891 farm house.  Yes, one more move!  We close in about two weeks.  We are anxious, nervous, excited, and very busy.  This is the first time I will really be moving away, although not far, just to Iowa.  This is our dream home, and we are very excited to remodel and decorate once there.  Pictures soon to come!

But for now, here are two of my favorite images from Shannan and Cory’s home tour.  Check out the rest here.

I love that light fixture!  And the pillow is gorgeous!  I am so excited to put some of this inspiration to use in the new place!

 

This was one of my favorite photos because of the crate used to hold towels.  We found an old crate of glass bottles at a garage sale for a few dollars, and had planned to use the bottles as wedding decor.  Little did we realize that the crate had a Tipton, IA business emblem on the side, which is where we later bought the house!  I would love to incorporate our crate in a useful way like this!

What do you think?

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An Awesome DIY Project

June 21, 2011 at 1:44 pm (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

This chandelier is completely awesome! I drool everytime I look at this picture.  Someday I hope I can work up the courage to attempt this DIY project.  For now I call it inspiration and stare longingly at the photo each day.

 

 

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Antler Hooks

June 20, 2011 at 1:42 pm (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

All of the homes that Design Sponge features are simply beautiful! But, today I found one of them to be particularly inspiring!

The home of the owners of Antler&Co is not only beautiful, but I am stealing this antler wall hook idea!

 

 

Gorgeous, no?  See the rest of the home here:  http://www.designsponge.com/2011/06/sneak-peek-greg-grey-of-antlerco.html

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Chair Website Love

December 29, 2009 at 3:21 pm (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I came accross this very interesting web site with a bunch of great chair pictures!  It even describes this history of the chair.  Check out the website:   http://myamazingfact.blogspot.com/2009/08/sleek-funky-and-weird-chair-designs.html

And here is a sample:

I think this recycled chair would be very neat in a game room or boys room or hang out spot.

This one reminded me of how long it took to collect corks for my cork board! Also very neat looking!

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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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Chair Love Inspiration

July 8, 2009 at 3:21 pm (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I am in the process of working on a few chair projects for the shop.  So, this week’s chair love is a compilation of some funky chair makeover inspiration! 

“Tie Chair Ala Alabama Chanin,”  by smoothepebble.  I just love these woven tie chairs, especially the ones with the dangling ends!

“Painted Chair,” by kimhas6cats.  So bright!

“Design Sponge Table Chair Redo,” by thirtyeight20.  Awesome fabric choice, and, I love love that ghost table!

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 “Fav Chair,” by k*8.  Again, great fabric gives this old chair a new life.

“Repurposed Chairs Make Laundry Bench,” by jgrnly.  I have an idea for a bench of chairs, but a bit fancier…

“Chair Project 1, ” by Le Silly.  Collage on a chair can be really funky and unique.

Well, for now I hope this gives everyone some inspiration… I definitely have my wheels turning!

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Simple Fix and 4th of July Weekend

July 6, 2009 at 11:33 am (Projects, Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Sometimes the tiniest details of your home can make life so much more organized, easy, and even pretty.  Well, the other day I was very annoyed by my growing collection of costume jewelry.  My good jewelry is hung neatly in my jewelry box and some of my most often worn costume pieces are held in jars in my dresser and vintage medicine cabinet in the bedroom.  But, the rest of it has been hanging in clumps on hangers and hooks in the closet.  You couldn’t see them easily, and you definitely couldn’t grab one easily.  Here is the pile that I hurriedly threw on the bed.

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So, my grandma gave me some vintage hand crochetedhangers.  And I picked up a package of sewing pins with bead heads.

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Although the pins didn’t stick into the wood hanger underneath very well, they stuck in the ends enough to keep any slippery necklaces from falling off the hanger.  And, viola!  Simple, yet cute and organized.  What an easy fix.  Thanks grandma!

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Oh, and if you were wondering why the big bandage on my hand… I burned my hand that night while cooking dinner.  Yes, I think it was a sign from God to quit cooking and get some take-out menus.  But, the sloppy joe’s turned out well, so Tony didn’t buy that.  By the next day I had to go to the doctor for it and my hand was completely wrapped up for the whole holiday weekend.  

And, as with most of my projects, the dogs helped of course!

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So, on to the 4th of July celebration!  We camped at our local park, and it rained here the entire day (of course).  That didn’t stop us!  We waded through the mud the entire weekend.  It ended up clearing up just in time to have amazing fire works!  Here’s the guys playing in a horseshoe tournament right through the rain!

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You can see all the umbrellas out there!  You can also see the river in the background.  That’s the rock river, and right were we camp and also sit and watch the fireworks.  Here we are playing games together.

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Our softball team also won another game Sunday, so we are now 6-1!  Yay!

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How was your 4th of July?  Hope it was a great one!

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Garage Sale Day Find

April 27, 2009 at 8:02 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Garage sale day in our little town was Saturday!  This day has to be one of my favorite spring days.  Scouring someone else’s junk for that perfect treasure is  a great way to kick off the season.  I even got Tony in on the fun.  We didn’t find much to bring home with us, but a few treasures makes the day worth it.  We brought home a few vintage glass marbles and a couple large dice for the collection.  But here is our bargain beauty:

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This is an antique set of mailboxes from a post office in Champagne Illinois.  I came back twice to check it out, and at the end of the day he said it was too heavy for him to carry back home, so he gave me a sweet deal!  It took two men to load it into my truck and we took the drawers out to get it into the house, but since it is on wheels it is easily movable in the house.  I love it right here in the kitchen.  The drawers were the perfect addition to the “landing strip” area.  Tony was thrilled to have his own drawer for his pocket junk.  I love its mismatched drawers, and the vintage numbers and letters above the handles.  I know, I know.  Some of you probably think this guy is tacky (my mom didn’t like it!), but we think its great.  And, the drawers are big enough to function in the house! Here it is in the landing strip area:

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I’m not sure if the school desk should stay now or not.  But, for now, this is what the area looks like.  Suggestions?

Also- we did pick up one other thing at the garage sales, but that project will have to wait… 🙂

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Mini Bar Makes More Progress

March 24, 2009 at 8:15 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I think the mini bar project is almost done (the mini bar we made out of a re-purposed vintage TV armoire).  We are going to leave the wood as-is, at least until we see what it looks like next to the black desk (which is still in progress).  We are planning on changing out the handles, but haven’t found the perfect Hollywood Regency looking pair yet.  Yesterday we got the mirror for the back and the glass for the bottom cut and installed.  We also hung a stemware rack under the top and I lined the drawer with some fabulous material.  I would like to find a very simple mountable wine rack to hang under the top on the other side, so if you have one of those to recommend…!  So, here it is, looking gorgeous!

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