Nana and Grandpa set out on a canoeing adventure!
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
I recently purchased my first home. I have lived hear for about a month and already have great things in store for it! I started in the dining room with a lot of help from my family and friends.
When we first viewed the house this is what the dining room looked like:
Once we moved in we decided on a new paint color. I like the earthy tones and went with a nice earthy green. This was my first time ever tackling a huge painting project like this, but luckily Sister "S" was there to help!
We started out with the prep work. First we setup a perimeter with the painters tape. This is important to do because it helps you stay in the lines when you paint. We filled in all the blemishes in the walls with putty, and then sanded all of the walls. When the previous owner painted, they didn't sand first causing a lot of bumps and imperfections in the paint application. Once the sanding was done, we washed the walls clean.
Time for primer! After that 2 coats of paint. It didn't take long to dry. Sister "S" worked on outlining the walls for me so all I had to do was follow with the roller and apply the paint.
I don't think it came out too bad for my first time!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
**Disclaimer- I am not, nor have ever been, nor ever plan to be a doctor. I also have not, nor ever have been, nor ever plan to be an etiquette queen. So, please, use your own judgment. :)
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
♥ For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord,thoughts of peace,and not of evil, to give you an expected end...Jeremiah 29:11♥
...just thinking on what "His thoughts toward me" might be if they were based on my own merit...that's something to get your mind goin' for a while (yikes :)
...but hallelujah, their not based on our shortcomings! they're based on the knowledge that we are His...daughters of the King...thoughts of peace, not evil...thank You Father for Your love & mercy towards us...thank You for blessing me with 6 sisters in You...love ya girls ♥J.
Monday, July 26, 2010
My garden right after planting in may!
My giant squash and beans!
Friday, July 23, 2010
Strawberry Mango Banana Smoothie
2 cups frozen whole strawberries
1 cup frozen mango chunks
1 6oz. vanilla yogurt
1 tablespoon sugar
Directions: Add all ingredients to the blender. Blend until smooth and delicious. Serve in your favorite glass with an umbrella straw!
We decided these special, pretty drinks needed some tropical coasters! PERLER BEADS! Perler beads have been a summer obsession! (Thanks "J"!) Perler beads are great for kids. We have created a tea set and a sweet shop complete with lollipops and ice cream cones. They are also fun for adults who like to sort tiny beads by color to create a perfect rainbow box! We have spent many hours creating tiny masterpieces that sometimes sky dive off the table! (Tip: Don't do perler beads on the deck!) So here is the tropical coaster pattern...
Observe how they float beautifully in the pool for their photo shoot!
Lulu's smile for the week: Throwing a pot on the pottery wheel at art camp!
Lulu's frown for the week: Ballet tights that are too tight (I would be able to touch my toes if my tights weren't so tight!)
Nel's smile for the week: Being asked to address the wedding invitations for my soon to be sister-in-law!
Nel's frown for the week: Pens without caps!!!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
During these times, it pays to be frugal. After moving into my new house, I started working on a hand-me-down dining room set that was given to me a few years ago. I lived in apartments up until now, so I didn't have much space for doing anything major. Now that I have a lot more room, I decided to spruce up the old dining room set.
Here is what it looked like before:
Over time, the seats of the chairs became cracked because they were just made out of particle board. The fabric had become a faded pink and was very worn. The chairs and table legs were filled with chips in the paint and large scratches from being moved around so much.
The seats were replaced with plywood which is much more durable than particle board. With the help of Sister "S," we picked out a new fabric for the seat covers from Jo-Ann's.
I went with a cream base color with a tan and brown design to tie the room in together. The curtains I had picked out for the dining room are a cream and chocolate brown. Having the seat covers the same color as the curtains helps bring the room together.
Once the seat covers were done, I removed them and painted the chairs and the table legs. The top of the table is sealed and would not have been paint-able so I left that alone. I purchased a black paint in a very high-gloss finish so I could keep
Here is a close up of my brush strokes:
As you can see, the paint job covered up the scratches and paint chips nicely for the finished product:
To tie the room together even more, I used some of the leftover fabric to fill in the box that covers our doorbell chime. Thanks to Sister "S" for the help!
Until next week!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
But it didn't start out that way.
With humble beginnings, our hospitalized kitchen was over a year in the making. Here it is when we bought the house;
Can you believe our luck, they even left us a matching coffee maker!! Later, I found a bread machine that matched as well.
Sure, it was functional. Sure, I was thankful to own a home and have a kitchen at all.
But have you ever tried to clean a porous floor? With scraped out grout? Or a countertop with scratches all over it?
Have you always dreamed of needing to open the dishwasher to get to your junk drawer?
This is how we lived for over two years. We scrimped and saved and last April, the time had finally come...
...the time to become BFF's with the entire
But first there was a job to do. A no-good, very dusty, huge demo job.
Thanks to our demo
Oh, and some catered BBQ doesn't hurt either.
To help things run efficiently, I planned out a demo schedule before hand. Everyone had a job to do, from Dumpster Dude's to Shop Vac Diva's, everyone had a fun time and it was out with the old!
At the end of the day we were left with this.
And what did I do?
I love my husband. He gets me. But he didn't get this.
"You're finally getting your kitchen..why are you crying?"
"It's not real. It's never going to happen. Look what we DID. WHAT WERE WE THINKING?"
Like I said, I love my husband. He gave me a big hug.
"We'll get it done."
2 weeks later it looked like this:Add 7 more days after that, we officially had walls.
Ok, I can breathe now. (Literally, the dust was finally abating).Our cabinets came, and we officially moved in. Yea, we don't wait for stuff like countertops and floors. We're just cool like that. And to ensure we were always on schedule, every time we got behind, I just created a new one. Crazy? Yes. But did it make us feel better? Yes! We're all about fooling ourselves psychologically.
Even the marshmallow tried to help. At one point when pulling up the carpet in the adjoining room we added on, he grabbed it with his teeth, and helped pull! Good dog. Here he is contemplating how to use a hammer. Or how to eat it. You never know with him...
All in all, my husband was right. It got done. We may have had to try to put this ceiling fan up no less than 4 times before getting the wiring right, we may have finished poly'ing the floating shelves the night before our big reveal, we might not even be 100% finished right now, but are you looking at this??!
We did it. And it's a doozy. Praise God.
Yes, I opted for a 24-inch range and I don't regret it. One of my goals is protecting this beautiful earth (Psalm 104), and installing a smaller range also gave us more layout freedom in our tiny kitchen.
Yes, I can still fit a turkey in there.
No, I would never actually cook a turkey though.
Big love to the turkeys. xoxo
We kept the dishwasher. It's a mighty fine dishwasher.
I designed the pot rack. I don't have, or need a lot of pots.
I designed the coat hook. We have a lot of coats.
I designed the fruit of the spirit art. I need the daily reminder.
I framed William Carlos
My husband has a coffee station. He lets me make things pretty even if that means I put his honey in a pretty bucket on a shelf so it looks good. He adapts well to my organization schemes. A place for everything and everything in its place!
We'll cover this later, but these are my gluten free flours.
2 years in the planning, 2 and a half months in the making, and finally. A kitchen I can call home. Yes, home, because I'm pretty confident I could live in there 24/7 now. I am so blessed!!! Thanks for reading :)