oh deer! Christmas crochet

I know, I know...Christmas was a long time ago. 

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Birthday Bo

It was his birthday last week...

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makeup zippies

Makeup zippies are in the shop! Hope you check them out. There are about 15 new ones in there.

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keeping it real

This is the second post I have written today... 

You won't see the first one.

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merry christmas

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welcome home - the kitchen

As a lot of you know, we added on to our home last year. Then we decided the kitchen really needed some love! I remember the day we first walked into that kitchen. It was wallpapered AND carpeted. It was a disaster. I really need to find those pics!

I promise you I did my homework. You can look at my pinterest pages. I totally stalked Edie from Life in Grace Blog. I love her kitchen and knew I wanted something similar. I had the cabinets made. First I was going to buy ikea cabinets, but I didn't feel they were really that cost effective for us since we would have to drive and get them, put them together, and install them ourselves. Second, I really, really like the Martha Stewart line at home depot. But we were going to have to install them ourselves. We ended up going with a local guy that makes cabinets for a living. His price included installation and I could have them any color I wanted and he was about $2k under the hd price. The cabinets are painted with Fieldstone Gray by Benjamin Moore.

I also really love hardwood floors. But I have two boys and a husband, and they are rough on everything! I knew that the floors would be scuffed up and dented in no time. I found this "wood look" ceramic tile at home depot. I love absolutely everything about it. I have a register that blows out right at the sink so my feet stay toasty in the winter and it's cool in the summer.

I heart my sink. It's perfect. I found it on amazon. Yes, amazon. The cabinet guy wasn't too sure about it. I will admit when I saw it the first time in the box, it looked like a bath tub. Faucet is home depot.

I also had my microwave put under the counter. I really wanted the boys to be able to use it easily. And I knew I wanted a hood and didn't want it up above the stove.

Speaking of hoods...

My cabinet maker also made the hood. I love it. It matches the floor...just by chance. We still don't have backsplashes though. Matt wants total stainless steel behind the stove, which I kindof like that idea. More industrial looking.

The boys love sitting up to the counter and I like it too. Way easy to clean up.

My table is also handmade. Guy is his name. I watched him grow up. I think it's awesome that he made it for me. It's walnut on the top and old barn beams on the bottom.

So there you go! Come over sometime!

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welcome home - back entryway

i thought it was about time to invite you over ;)
come on in. this is where we enter the house by way of the back porch.
we hardly ever use the front door. i think the ups man is the only one who does.


this is one of the three rooms we didn't really change the structure of. it did get "new" windows. we used the old windows from the side of the house that got added on to. and we moved the old front door to the back.


the doorway over there to the right heads into our office. the yellow door leads to a pantry...hahaha just kidding! it still leads to our cruddy side of the basement. the black cabinet is ikea. i got that idea here.



the boys hang their bookbags and coats and the ever-important pool bag here. i love these hooks. (home depot)


the state map is from hobby lobby along with the little red bins. there's one for each boy to put his shoes in. 


the little abc plaque, we found in the wall of the kitchen when we ripped it down to the studs. the little wooden family, i painted at my niece's birthday party.  mushrooms are pier 1.


the letter holder is for homework folders and papers that have to go back to school. and the white frame has small clothes pins that can hold pictures. -i just haven't gotten that far yet...



the welcome sign is from joss & main. rugs are target -where else?- the cute rugs that is. the brown rug is just a necessity when you have boys. the little yellow table to the right, i built. and the basket holds all our baseball gloves and balls.

so there you have it! the first stop on my little home tour. i really love this little room. it's so nice to have a spot to keep all the shoes and coats instead of dragging them clear through the house.


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Kitchen dreams

This post should really be titled "All the stuff I want but can't afford right now because I just spent all my money on cabinets and appliances"

I'm telling you now, I am obsessed with all things kitchen right now! My cabinets are here and being installed and things are really starting to take shape.

And if I had my way I would buy all new stuff to put in it!

Did you hear something?

I think it's my husband crying.

These stools I think I will have to have. We are going to have a little bar area and I don't have any stools at all. They are from overstock. Just search yellow stools and these come up. The yellow I think is awesome, but I'm also torn because they have orange ones too. But the orange are not in stock right now. Which would you pick?



I love these sour cream glasses. I want them all.






These are some super fun labels too!



And I would also love to have a new table. Ours is a bit beat up. But I think I could manage to get something like this built. I could never afford one otherwise.

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kitchen progress

I know I haven't even shared the rest of the house with you, but I'm so flipping excited about the kitchen that I cannot wait any longer!

Here's the before...ugh.
The kitchen started off as 12x12 room that had 3 door ways and one wall of cabinets. That door opening (on left of below pic) used to go through to the living room but we opened up the other door way leading in to it so we could have more room for cabinets and appliances.


It was two rooms just a short while ago. The door way pictured below is the same spot the above picture was taken from. Matt and I did most of the demo. We did have lots of help from our friend Matt too. This closet was the only closet in the entire house. We did use this room as our bedroom when we first moved in but it was soon turned into our office since it's in the front of the house.


 Here's the view from the other side of the room above. That chimney there with the brick has had to stay as it's not a fireplace chimney but it does have vents for other needed things (ie the furnace) running through it. I was a little disappointed about that but we did get our hopes up when we saw the brick. But my hopes were dashed when the previous owners put plaster directly on the other sides of it. And that stuff was not coming off with out ruining the brick.


There is the bigger opening into the living room. It's covered up to keep the dust and dirt out of the new side. You also get an awesome view of nasty wallpaper too! We ended up taking the plaster and lath off of all the walls and totally redrywalling the whole space.


And what a difference that makes! We widened the other entry too. And installed new tile, thanks again to our friend Matt and his wife Jenn!


I am so thankful for willing friends and a clean kitchen! 
I will have more updates and details soon! 



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heart issues

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who do you love


I helped the boys out with their valentines this week. They were a little more excited about them this year than they have been before. Maybe it's because we used their favorite candy?


the owl will be for another blog post :)

 Airheads make me sick. No really, I think they are gross. But when I found this little download, I was excited! I knew they would love them! Plus they were cheap {woohoo}, well, the cost of the candy anyway.


I just printed them out on cardstock and cut them up.


In the download directions, she used double stick tape but I didn't have any. We just used gift tape (left over from Christmas). Rolled it up oldschool and stuck them together.

 
 They liked them so much, they didn't even care if they had the same valentines!

Happy Valentines Day!


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it's time....

time....so precious but yet I waste so much of it.

It's time to dust off the old blog, I think. I have to admit, it's hard for me to want to keep up with it. But when I hear my friends are starting new blogs (hi, Evie!), and friends are telling me they miss mine, I get an itch to start again.

But then the itch goes away with a quick pic on instagram or a post on facebook.

I've been busy with the house though. We started at the end of the summer with this:


Then there was a lot of this:


And today it looks like this:


But don't judge me yet on the outside! There is a ton of stuff to do and garbage to pick up. But it's been really cold or really rainy. Except for that pic today...guess I could go out there. I will post more about the outside when we get to work on it this spring.

There will be more pics to come of the inside soon!



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