Sunday, February 12, 2012

Were moving

The blog not us. Hee hee. I decided that my house adventure is going to take awhile and so I decided to start a fresh new blog without the year in the title here I have only posted a welcome post for now but I will be moving all the info so far over and will be starting new blogs tomorrow.
Ali B.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

We have a new door

We woke up this morning and got right to work on going to get the door we wanted and pick knobs. We were working by 11 am and it took until 6:30 to finish one door. Dear lord it was way more work than we anticipated. Here is our gross before door and our beautiful new door. I love it so much I keep going back to look at it. It adds to the cottage/ country look we like. It makes my heart happy each time I see it. I'm in love with my new door.I aDOOR it.  Now to install the other 8:( on a good note we are getting rid of the 80's brass!!! Whoo hoo!
YUCK! The old door.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Who knew that doors would be such a pain?

For my birthday I decided that I wanted new doors for my house. We went to the local lowes and debated between 3 door styles for weeks. We narrowed it down to two doors but still couldn't decide. Today I went and bought one of each of the doors to see them in the house in hopes that we could decide on the winner. We put them in the house and knew instantly which one would be the new doors in our house. Can you guess which one? The white or the wood?

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Finishing the porch and another gross closet redone

HAfter I posted yesterday I keep looking out at my new porch. I felt like it needed one more thing (or two) to really invite you to take a seat and relax. I decided to sew a few quick pillows with some old material I had in the garage and for the stuffing an old pillow that was going to be thrown away. A quick sew along the edge and 10 minutes later. Voila! 2 new pillows that I LOVE. Don't you just want to grab a book and sit in the lovely breeze? I do! I do want to get a little something cute for the table in more fun color but until I find the perfect thing a candle will do. 
I have a closet (man do we have a ton of closets) that is in our downstairs hallway. It is the backpack and book central for school, the important papers box, various computer cords and office supplies. It gets cleaned every 6 months or so but it is always a mess and the door never stays closed. Yuck!  There is a floor there somewhere (I think). Grabbed a trash can and started by filling it up. Took the games to the spot in the garage we made when we cleaned, put the baseball stuff with the baseball stuff in the garage, pulled in an old bookshelf that was going to the trash, a few tubs that were in the trash pile and a functional space or a cloffice (closet office) Homework will be easy to do, well maybe not easy to do but we will be able to find everything to do it. Room for the backpacks on the hooks that were taken over by my stash of backpacks. Re organized the drawers for todays uses. One of them said Ali's school and considering I have been done with school for about 2 years it was time to change. So there it is. Another organized space. 

After. Our little homework and
school supplies area.
I think the schools will be much happier
 if they see us taking care of the books. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Front porch redo and my weekend recap

Aren't they the cutest ever?
rare pic I am going to add of myself. 
My husband was out of town for the weekend going to see some good friends and do some work stuff. This was a good thing for me because it gave me a chance to catch up on some blocks. Of course I didn't spend every waking moment on blocks but pretty close. The boys and I went to dinner during the superbowl so it was dead and we were able to act like dorks with no looks.

I also decided awhile ago that I really wanted to teach myself to crochet. I watched a few youtube videos and 3 hours later I have an eternity scarf. It is basically a circle scarf so you can double wrap it and wear it as a hat and scarf a the same time. 

The last few weeks my front porch has been driving me nuts. We had a wind storm and it took the matching chair to the one from the picture and blew it all to heck. We were down to one chair and a crappy table that we have had forever and it is in terrible shape. So here is the before. 

Here is our crappy table. Instead of getting a new one I decided to attack it with a paint brush and some leftover paint that matches our front door. A coat of paint and a little TLC and we are back in business. 

Here is the after. Bright, cheery and inviting. I am looking forward to hanging out on the porch with my hubby while we talk about the future over a cold beer. You can picture wine if you want as well. So for the project I revamped the table so that was free and the chairs I picked up on clearance because they had sticky stuff on them and were dirty. I washed them and used some 409 to get the sticky stuff off and for $14 I have a cute new porch.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Jazzing up the front door

At the beginning of january I bought some new really simple wreaths for the front door. Nothing fancy at all. They are grapevine wreaths from Michael's and I think they were $2.50 each. I bough $1 ribbon spool that I used to cover both. They were a little simple but I didn't know what I wanted to do to jazz them up. Here is the before. I found these sprays of desert roses and cattails on clearance and fell in love. I have fond memories of cat tail hunting in North Dakota with my Grandma and Mom and the desert rose in the state flower of North Dakota. I remember one time we had some cat tails in out dining room and we didn't know that they popped to spread their seeds. There was cat tail fuzz everywhere. Anyways, cat tails always make me happy so perfect for the door. Since they were on clearance I paid $3 for all of it. 

I flipped the wreath over and added the little flowers by tucking them in the branches and it really transformed my wreathes. So for two wreaths I paid $9 and it is a custom set that is meaningful to me. 

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Valentine's month Mantel

This is our normal everyday mantel. Simple and clean (boring) I kept seeing cute little Valentine's day decor and decided to make my mantel my new holiday display. I don't have much stuff so I made a few things and pulled the other things out of storage to create a fun little mantel that I LOVE for Valentine's month. Here is the after
Here are the few things I did to get the look. First I used glue dots to add the love to the glass on my frame. They will come right off after I am done and I tucked the ribbon on the edge to make it look like it is hanging even though it isn't. I had 3 empty frames that I decided to make some little art projects for. The first I used a patterned background paper, cut out some x's and o's and threw it in the frame.

 Look two I cut out some little hearts on the Cricut and glued them to the paper. I added the Be Mine with a sharpy and look two was done.
 Look three is my favorite. I was looking for Valentine printables and came across this link I decided to print one of them. I added a little piece of ribbon at the top, 3 buttons to cute it up and color the little hearts at the bottom with a marker. So easy and I think it's my favorite of the bunch.
 I decided to make a garland of heart to hang as well. Did you know that you can sew threw paper? Oh ya you can. I cut out some hearts and got the design I wanted like below.
 Line up the first heart and start sewing.
 When you get to the edge of the heart line the second one up and feed it in as close to the first one as you can without over lapping. Of course if you like to look of overlapping them go for it.
 Repeat until you have a long enough garland for your mantel.
 I had some extra so decided to hole punch and tie a ribbon threw it to create the second row.
 Here is a close up of the right side of the mantel.
 Here is a close up of the left side.

I also decided to step out of the phone age and use my real camera. Aren't the pictures so much better? Well Happy Valentine's month. Make something fun and enjoy your home for the holiday.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

iPhone cover fun

I have the most boring phone cover in the world. White! Wow, fun I know. I decided to use some leftover vinyl and jazz it up a little. 
I cut some hearts with my Cricut but you can easily use scissors and do fun designs. 
Stick them on the phone and a fun new cover. It can be peeled off like a sticker and we can do another design if we get bored again (which is often)
Have fun and let me know if you decorate your phone. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Family/festive calendar

I got this dry erase calendar from Joann's crafts about a month ago. It is glass and you can change the month using a dry erase pen. It was normally $50 but I have a coupon for 50% off one item and 20% off your entire purchase so I got it for around $20.

Why did my pictures go upside down today? 
Normal scrapbook paper
 I love it because with a little paper and creativity it become a cute holiday calendar for each month. I used cheap scrapbook paper and glue tabs to transform it. I cut the paper to fit each square, I laid them out in a design I liked and once it was set used glue tabs to put it all together. Make sure you put the papers on the back of the glass. Can't wait to do other holidays.
I cut the paper to fit each square and laid them all out. 
Once I got the design I liked I used these glue dots to put it all together. 
Place the glue dot on the paper and adhere behind the glass. 
Isn't it cute? I can't wait for Halloween, St. Patrick's, Christmas, etc. So many fun ideas in store. 

Monday, January 30, 2012

New bedding

When we moved into our house our room was white. About 5 years ago my husband went away for the weekend and I decided to add chair rail and a deep burgundy color on the walls that he had picked out. I love the darkness it adds to the room when I am asleep but with dark walls, a dark burgundy quilt before, dark curtains, it always feels so dark. I decided that instead of painting the room again I would find a quilt that was bright and cheery and would help liven up the room. I have looked and looked for a new set but burgundy isn't all that popular anymore or when I did find a set I liked it was way over our price range. I look on various websites and ebay sometimes to see if I can come across a sale on something I like. After over a year I finally came across a quilt that had little touches of burgundy and tons of other great colors that I likes. I was able to win it in ebay for $30. It is brand new and I love it. Even better it is oversized and HUGE! I took a before picture of the room with the old bedding but I couldn't find it in my phone. It was a burgundy and deep brown pattern that was cheap and after one wash falling apart. What do you think of the new set?  

The bottom of the blanket touches the floor. I told you it was huge. 
The side reaches the floor as well. No more blanket fights. 
Tons of great colors. I love it. 
 I also installed two valances in the boys bedroom this morning between kid drop off at school and work. I knew I wanted brown or navy valances but didn't want to spend a ton. I found these at Lowes for under $2.00 each on clearance. Add a .99 rod to each window and the whole room go valances for $5. I may have to add some paw prints or something cute to liven them up but for now they look clean and complete!