Friday, April 29, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
First, let me apologize for the angle of this photo. It was taken shortly after moving into our house and prior to my awareness of the importance of “before” photos. I think despite my shoddy photography, you can still see the majestic wonder of our old fireplace/mantle. The rough cedar was especially fun to attempt to clean.
My husband spearheaded the revamp of this area in design, demo and construction as I was pregnant or tending to an infant and relatively useless when it came to anything non baby-related. He built the mantle with the help of his father (and his tools) at his parent’s house. This is where the whole measure twice, cut once saying comes into play, in that building off-site (cutting, constructing, detailing) without double checking the fit of the piece resulted in an extra high mantle. I love it but it is a tad high. My handy hubby also did all of the tiling, using a glazed porcelain mosaic on the wall and a larger tile of the same kind on the floor.
Here is a “during” shot featuring my macho hubby (check out those slippers), our sad little fake Christmas tree and the project super, our first born at 3 months old. So much greatness in this pic!
We enlisted the help of my sister to help paint in the eleventh hour before our son’s baptism. Nothing like waiting until the last minute. What a great Godmother!
And here she (the fireplace, not my sister) stands today: fresh, shiny and new. I love how it modernizes and lightens up the space. Such a difference!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
A big (potential) project we have looming in our home is painting the kitchen cabinets. I know it will be a tedious task, which is why I've been looking into sprayers. Graco has some very affordable options that have minimal overspray -- something important to consider since part of the project would include spraying inside our home.
This bad boy is only $109 at Lowe's and I know I have some coupons around here somewhere. It claims to spray a 6' x 6' area in 4 minutes. If time is money then I'll save... time... money... well, I'm not going to do the math but I love things that save time. Of course, I have yet to run this by my big brother the paint expert, so we'll see what he thinks before I commit to anything (not that I always listen to him :)
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Well, I guess I shouldn't say I'm baaad at couponing, it's just that this is 4 weeks - that's right, one month - worth of coupons that I'm just now going through. I can't even think of a good excuse for procrastinating, except that I'm a habitual procrastinator. We all have our demons, I guess. We all have our vices too, hence the glass of wine.
Do you say kooopon or quepon?
Friday, April 8, 2011
Get in shape, girl... you'll love feeling. Get in shape, girl... it's so appealing!
Well, 24 years and 2 babies later, this girl really DOES need to get in shape! Enter this:
It's the E514 Elliptical from Nautilus. And its been sitting in my garage for two days now, waiting for my hubby and I to move it into the basement. Thank goodness for the weekend! You know what I'll be doing - hopefully in addition to some other projects. What about you?
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Here is a close-up of the poster. I had it printed through Wal-Mart and had it shipped to the store (to save a few bucks), which was somewhat a catastrophe in itself. Ok, catastrophe is probably a strong word--maybe irritating would be more appropriate.
Anyway... I received an email saying it was ready, hauled the kids over to the store only to find that no one knew where it was. So I emailed Wal-Mart and they said it wasn't printed yet. I got a call from the store yesterday saying that it had been there for a week. Ok. I got it home and opened it and it was a glossy finish, when it was supposed to be matte. Whatever. I wasn't going to try to have it reprinted, what with Easter being only two weeks away! All that aside, I think its super cute. If you want to print one for your home head on over to eighteen25 for the download!
Did you notice any other changes from the first picture? Oh, you're right, I did fiddle with the fireplace doors a little more! I used some black rub 'n buff to "antique" them a little bit. I'm still not thrilled with them but I feel like I'm heading in the right direction... to buy a new fireplace surround. :)
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
What will we do with it?
I don't know but it will be good!
How about peppers?
I don't like peppers.
I don't either, but maybe we'll like them if they come from our own garden!
This usually results in us over-buying and over-planting, but there's something about spring that incites reckless foliage enthusiasm.
Here is our garden last year. In this little space we squeezed in 6 tomato plants, and 3 plants each of cayanne peppers, yellow squash, zucchini, cucumber, lettuce and melon. Too much? Oh, yes. As you can imagine some things didn't make it but we certainly enjoyed what did.
We'll try to plan a little better this year and hope we don't get overly excited at the endless possibilities that we can't accommodate.
If you like to garden, what do you plant? Any useful tips or tricks?
Monday, April 4, 2011
Oh, here's a pic of the old gal. I would like to say that she had seen her day, but an aluminum door in Ohio probably only had one or two good days, what with the crazy conductivity allowing the house to heat and cool when you don't want it to.
We replaced the door with a triple paned aluminum-clad wood door with blinds between the glass and the difference in energy efficiency is astounding. Between the door and our windows, we've easily saved $360 a year, not to mention the style we've gained!
We've since painted the door white to match the rest of the millwork in our house, but I do love how it looks unfinished. I'm just a sucker for the beauty of natural wood!