6.29.2011

Jars and Numbers

Lately its all in the details for me. Especially jars and numbers

Remember my dresser re-do with numbers?



Well there are pillows to match. I snagged some sale fabric at Joanns, sew some simple slipcover pillow covers, but they needed a little something-something. So of course, they got numbered.

There's one thing for sure - we'll know if something goes missing in our home since everything is numbered! 

I also added this little detail to the bathroom remodel project. Courtesy of Liz Galvan.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

Now I have storage in my tiny bathroom!


These go nicely with the millions of other jars laying around my house



6.28.2011

Summer Lounging

Last year for my 30th birthday all I wanted was a hammock. And I love my hammock!

It's great for relaxing. I love to read in it. And it fits two people. 

But it's not great for sunbathing. So with $40 in supplies and some plans from Ana White, I spent a Saturday morning making my lounger. 



It went together fairly quickly - I spent Friday evening making all the cuts, so Saturday morning I woke up and had half of it built before the Mister even woke up! 





Note of caution: Pale white skin that hasn't seen the sun in over 9 months should not be exposed to intense sun without sunscreen! Ouch! I learned my lesson with a bright red sunburn on my back. 

Now I just need to find an inexpensive cushion. 

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6.27.2011

Grout, Grout, Grout

Happy Monday - Can you tell what I did this weekend? Yup, the last shower tile was laid late last week, which meant grouting for me this weekend! Three long hours later - and a quick trip to Lowe's for more grout - and the shower is one step closer to being done!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane, shall we?

This is the master bath during our walk through in 2009:


Then this happened one day without warning in September 2010:

You can read about my surprise here.

Then it looked like this after a month:



In late October we laid the floor tile:


In December the beadboard starting going up:



In January 2011, we continued with the beadboard:



And before my sweet niece and nephews came for a February visit, I made sure we had a working toilet and sink!




and this is where the burn out begins. No progress for several months. 

Until April when tile began to appear in small increments in the shower. 



Until finally this weekend all the tiles were in place and I spent some quality Saturday time with some grout and a sponge.


We're nearing the year mark on this project. Hopefully we can seal the tile, get the fixtures and shower curtain in place before Labor Day! 

6.24.2011

Five

Where were you five years ago today?

I was here


I could write some super sappy and romantic stuff about how wonderful our lives have been, and how happy I am. But instead, I think I'll keep those thoughts a bit more personal. 

We've come a long way in five years. A long way. 

And the beautiful thing is - we still have the journey ahead of us. Life is beautiful. 

6.22.2011

Dropcloth Draperies

Pretty sure I never shared my super secret drapery story with you all. So today I'm gonna let you in on a little secret.

When we moved into our house two years ago, the previous owners left the window coverings. Which was sweet, except that they weren't quite our style. the were on the old metal rod with drapery hooks that moved back and forth with the pull of a cord. Very 1980's. Thankfully they were a neutral color so they actually stayed up for a few months until we decided what to do.

You see...our front window is HUGE. Or at least, in terms of finding a decent and inexpensive privacy solution, the window is large.
It measures at just over 90 inches wide and takes up the entire wall of our living room. We originally priced out some blinds, but with the two side windows that open, we weren't sure how to do the blinds - 3 panels? One long wall-to-wall blind set? It was sort of awkward - and pricey. I wanted privacy for the evenings, but the ability to easily allow airflow and sunlight during the day. 

This is what we were left with from the previous owners. Not bad, right? But they were thick, and old. And I hate the cord that you had to pull to get them to close. (PS - Notice that awesome iron screen door? Yeah, that's been updated too.)

Here's a better daylight picture of the curtains. not horrible, but not quite right either. But then neither is any of the decor in this room! Looking at these pictures is so funny - it's interesting to see how things have evolved and changed in our decorating style in just a few years!

So somewhere along the line I stumbled across the idea to use the canvas drop cloths from the home improvement store as curtains. One Saturday, while the Mister was at work, I made my way to the store to pick some up. I think they were like $10 for a large size dropcloth. That's way less expensive than what I would have spent at the fabric store for that amount of fabric. And the best part? They were already hemmed on all sides! 

I laid out the panels of dropcloth (I used two since our windows are so wide) and measured floor to awesome new curtain rod (aka - not white metal with drapery hooks). Then I hemmed from the top, creating a pocket at the top of the curtains. But instead of using the curtains as a pocket rod curtain, I decided to use rings. I had picked up some curtain rings from the fabric store and spray painted them the same color as my new curtain rod. I traced the cutout on my new "curtains" and cut them out, then inserted the new rings into the fabric. 


Wa-la! 

Dropcloths to Curtains!

And the part I especially love - is that they blend into our walls. 
Instead of sticking out like a sore thumb - like these did:



Now they blend and it's calm and serene. 

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6.21.2011

Party Decorations

Even though I still haven't shared the most recent marathon experience with you all, I figured I should share the marathon celebration that happened last weekend.

This celebration was only the second time that we've had friends over to the house for a party - crazy right?! But having seen bright, fun party accessories all over pinterest, I knew I had to do something to add a little pizzaz to our back patio.

I scored some great fabric (with a coupon!) at Joann's and made a great table runner and matching napkins for the main food/serving table. I love this bright striped fabric! Plus it goes perfectly with my tub, cups and pink lemonade!

PS - I made that table with plan's from Ana White. You might remember it from this post. I LOVE this table. 

And since I only had enough of the flower fabric for 4 napkins, I used two of them as a table runner here. The napkins have the stripe on one side and floral fabric on the other. (Sorry for the dark pictures, it stormed 20 minutes before the party and rained for the first 15 minutes or so. Thankfully in Colorado the weather changes pretty quickly and the sun came out for the rest of the day!)

With the scraps leftover, I used some ribbon and sewed this fun banner with alternating fabrics in coordinating colors. I used this on the inside of the covered patio.

Some bright colored chinese lanterns and some balloons on the hammock and front of the house finished the party accessories. 

The table runner, napkins and banner were quick and easy sewing projects that anyone could do. And now I have a stash of summer party accessories that are reusable for many occasions. 

You might also notice that we had colorful swirly straws for the kids - and we recycled some wine bottles and had water available as well. 

A closer look at the napkins - and the floral fabric. 

All in all it was a great way to relax and celebrate the accomplishments of our team completing the marathon in Steamboat and San Diego. We even continued the celebration - and took full advantage of the decorations - when my brother and sister in law came over for dinner that night! 

6.19.2011

I am my Father's daughter

Happy Father's day to all the dad's out there!

My Pops is a pretty special guy. Growing up, he was a pretty strict dad. My curfew was never late than 9pm - EVER. He always expected top grades from us - ALWAYS. We were involved in multiple sports, choir, band and youth group. But we were never over-programmed. We learned the value of hard work. He had VERY STRICT rules about dating (Funny story - I wasn't allowed to drive alone with a boy when I was 16, so on my first "date" the boy had to bring a friend. Now let's think about this - is it safer for me to ride in a car with one boy, or two? We probably should've rethought that idea!) But with all these rules and high expectations I knew my poppa loved me. There's nothing more that a daughter wants than her poppa's love and approval. And it's crazy that at 30 years old the best thing in the world is getting a hug from my pops and hearing "I love you daughter."



Me and my pops - we're a lot alike. My mom likes to say, "Like father, like daughter."
Mother's Day Weekend - 2011

  • We're both kinda stubborn, but we'll deny it if you ask us
  • We both like to "putter" in the workshop. I remember my dad always being out in the garage doing something, although we didn't always know what. And today I'm the same way. I love to sweep out the garage, organize, clean the work bench, and use the power tools to make things for my home.
  • We both like to garden - although my dad is much better at it than I am. You should have seen their yard at their old house in Nebraska - flowers and flowers galore! Now he's doing flowers and blueberries and other fun stuff with my mom's help. 
  • Watching golf on TV puts us to sleep - but for two different reasons
  • We love to eat good food - but when in doubt, a bowl of cereal always hits the spot
  • Neither of us likes to shop, but we love a good garage sale
  • We aren't big fans of talking on the phone - I know, I'm a girl therefore I should love talking on the phone, but I don't. 
  • We both love hammocks (this is genetic, I'm sure of it!)

Apparently in high school we liked to dress alike, too!


My brother's wedding - December 2010
Cheering for the Huskers - Thanksgiving 2008


Cost Rica - December 2010

 Little known fact: My dad was a model back in the day. He modeled for a clothing store and had ads in the local newspaper. Mister Suave! That's my pops!

Happy Poppa's Day! 

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