Thursday, December 31, 2015

Handmade Hangout Party #82

Happy New Year's Eve (and if you are here after Thursday, Happy 2016)!! 
How can this actually be the VERY last day of 2015 already?! 
 Did this year fly for anyone else?! So crazy!! 
Regardless, I hope you are ready to end this year with a PARTY!!!! 
Show us what you've been working on! 


You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 

Monday, December 28, 2015

My Word of the Year

Over the last few years, I have noticed some of my blogging friends pick a word. It's kind of like a resolution but not quite as precise as losing weight, or pay off debt, but something that you want to strive to do better or an action that you want to try to do more in the new year. 

I haven't participated in the past but this year I felt like I needed to pick a word, not sure why but I did. 

With 2016 just around the corner, I mean really- how is it really here on Friday?, I thought I would share my word with you today just in case you also want to choose a word of the year for yourself.

For my word of the year, I chose the word:





I went the word "present" to pertain to both my personal life and my blog life.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone! 
I hope you have a fantastic day with your family and friends. 
Enjoy the magic of the season! 




allison

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Handmade Hangout Party #81

Merry Christmas everyone! 
I know you are probably spending time with family and friends the next few days but we are still here partying!


You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 

Monday, December 21, 2015

DIY Mudroom

I have another house update for you today, yay!! 
You know how I was complaining that if the sun would just come out long enough, I would take pictures of the mudroom we completed back in November to share with you? Well, the sun finally came out! 

So here is our new mudroom addition.

 Every since we toured the house when we were looking to buy one, we knew that we would build a mudroom area in this location. 

Here is the house the day we closed on it. As you can see it was like an olive green color on the walls. This was the original kitchen of the house before the previous owner added the huge kitchen addition. The original kitchen cabinets and counters are still on the left side of the room flanking the entrance into the "now" kitchen and then the right side of the room was one giant blank wall which was where the appliances used to sit in the old kitchen.

The closed door in the back leads to the stairwell that goes to the basements and to the door that heads out to our driveway and garage so this is the perfect location to drop your boots, coats, and hats coming in from the cold.

My parents arrived here at the end of October for a week visit. They asked what they could help us with and we joked that we can do the mudroom. Well, that joked turned serious by that evening and my dad drew up detailed plans and him and I were at Home Depot the next 3 days in a row. 

While my dad was in the workroom in our basement, my mom was upstairs sanding the floors of the mudroom.

Here is Travis adding the floor conditioner to the floor before I came through and stained them.

I stained the floors the same as the rest of the house. 
They turned out rather blotchy, as you can see, because after being 110 yrs old, they aren't exactly flat boards anymore AND we only used palm sanders to sand them. 
Travis and I talked- do I sand and try to add another coat of stain or could we live with them? I touched up a few spots and then decided that we were happy with them. They feel like they were in a factory or something at one time and we liked the look, plus I knew I had a rug to go over them. 

As you can see, we left the corners of the floor where the cabinets would be unstained. We first did this because we were ONLY going to sand the floor and then install the built in but we decided let just get it done so we did. You won't see that it is unstained anyways.

As I previously said, my dad built the entire thing downstairs. 
All the cabinets, bench, doors, cubbies, were built in the basement workroom.

This was the bench all together. 

Then things got real. Floors were done so my mom, dad, Travis, and I all quickly primed everything in the basement before taking it up to install.

I also stained the bench before installing it. 

The installation began by installing the planks on the wall that sit between the two large cabinets.
We opted to do larger boards, the size of shiplap, instead of smaller planks. These were created using MDF that we had Home Depot cut into the width that we needed.


 The two side cabinets were installed next, followed by the cubbies on top.
This was no easy feat when dealing with a house that is 110 yrs old and not having a single straight, level surface in the entire house, but we got them in successfully! 

The bench was installed last and it came together perfectly.

This was all installed the night before my parents left and then it kinda sat this way for a week or two.

Travis and I then added small pieces of wood down the side of the center to cover any gaps that were left between the cabinets and the planks. We also placed a board through the center for the hooks. We didn't want to place the hooks in just the MDF because they may pull out. 

 We also placed a small piece of wood on the face of the cabinets along the walls. Like I previously stated, this house is no way straight or level, so we had a gap that changed widths so we just covered it up cutting the wood to match the wall.

And then this sat like this again. I knew I was going to be the one that would be caulking, filling holes, and painting the entire thing that I wasn't in the mood to tackle it. 

I finally got things kicked into gear before Thanksgiving and finished it! 

I polyed the bench and I painted the entire thing, twice, with ultra white paint.

I used the same stain on the bench as we've used on the floor.
Under the bench there is room to store some of our shoes and boots.

There are 4 cubbies along the top, one for each of us.
And since taking these pictures I added little chalkboard signs to each basket, each with the first initial of the owner's name on it.

I found these wire baskets at Target to use in the cubbies to hold our winter hats, gloves, whatever.

These hooks are literally ALL OVER our house. Whoever bought them must have gotten a deal on them but we love them. They are bent metal into the hook shapes. We used 6 along the board for a place for our coats.

 I bought these door latches that you would see on Hoosiers or Ice Boxes from D. Lawless and I LOVE them!! 
If you look at the original cabinets from the old kitchen, you can tell that this was what used to be on them originally so it was no question this is what I had to buy. I even bought enough to put them back on the old cabinets too.

Onto the inside of the cabinets.
We have a large vacuum and had no place to store it since we took away the closet in the living room to open that wall up to the front door and stairs, so the left cabinets is just a big open cabinet for our vacuum and a few other mops and brooms.

The small top cabinet has a fixed shelf and I currently store the extra parts to our vacuum.

The right cabinet I wanted for storage like cleaners, paper towel, whatever else, so it has adjustable shelves in it. 

Then the small cabinet on top is just like the left side, with a fixed shelf.

It sure adds a lot of great storage!! 

And that's it!! 

As you can see we painted the dark olive green walls to a bright, almost granny smith apple green and it made the room so much brighter! 
I found this awesome green, teal blue, and white rug on Target and snagged it for a great deal. 

I am still debating on how I am going to decorate the area up top. I just put that mail center on top to throw something up there but it won't stay there. 

We love having this area complete! 
It gets a ton of use already! I literally had to take off a ton of coats, the girls and Travis had a ton down here, and move a ton of shoes just to take these pictures. Apparently I'm the only one in the house that uses one coat and hasn't had to pull out anything to place in my basket yet. lol

It is definitely worth it and we are so thrilled my parents came and helped create this space for us in a whirlwind week! 

NOW, I need to get my act together and paint the original cabinets on the other side of the room for this space to REALLY be complete! It'll will happen... eventually!



Friday, December 18, 2015

{Feature Friday} #56

Happy Friday everyone! 
Are you ready for Christmas?! 
Gift wrapped, mailed if need be, dinner plans getting finalized?! 
If not, I hope you can start wrapping that all up soon! 


Today, I have some great ideas that I saw while browsing last week's Handmade Hangout Party.  




Thursday, December 17, 2015

Handmade Hangout Party #80

It is time to party! (I got up on time this week!)
Yahoo! Show us what you've got this week!


You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 
 

My Holiday Home Tour

Hello everyone! Can you believe Christmas is getting so close?! 
I have been wanting to take photos of all my decorations, along with lots of other things around the house, to share with you all for weeks now but the sun has seriously not come out in very long time around here and if it does, it is gone by the time I am all set up and ready for pictures. UGH! So I finally just sucked it up and took pictures even though I knew they would turn out horribly. 

SO... here is how I decorated our new house for Christmas. I struggled figuring out what to use and where to put things in our new house but I think it all turned out pretty good.

I will start in the living room.

I tucked our tree in the corner of the living room before entering the dining room.
This is the first year in quite some time that it has been front and center in our living space instead of in our old formal living area so the girls are enjoying the tree and looking at the ornaments and presents. 
I pretty much decorated it the same as I did last year. Things have been too crazy for me to think of another way to decorate it and I admit, I love all my ornaments too much to just change it up and not make them center stage. 

Even though you can't see it, I did buy a new tree skirt. It is red and white chevron in the center outlined with the bright green. 

Moving to the opposite side of the living room, I hung our stockings on a shelf I had Travis build just for this purpose, seriously! lol I was decorating and thought I have no place for our stockings since we don't have a fireplace in this house and the shutters I used to use are now in the guest room, so I asked if he had any old wood and he had a large piece in the garage and whipped this up with some birch branches we had lying around as well.

Monday, December 14, 2015

DIY Holiday Plates

I have a fun and super simple project for you today. 
This isn't a new idea but I finally got around to trying it myself with a group of friends that came over for a little craft day/cookie exchange.

Did you know you can use sharpie paint pens to create your own plates with any design you would like?! It's true and it is so fun and easy! 


Here is how to create some for yourself.
 Supplies:
 -Ceramic Plate
-Oil Based Paint Pens, these are Sharpies
-Pencil
-Oven

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Kichenaid Mixer GIVEAWAY!

Are you ready for something great?! 
How about a GIVEAWAY?! 
It has been far too long since I gave anything away and I teamed up with some other blogging friends to do just that! 

 We love the holiday season and we love our readers so much that we wanted to have a fun Holiday Kitchenaid Giveaway! 


This stainless steel 4.5 quart kitchen tool is what every kitchen needs and is perfect for all of your baking needs.
One lucky winner has the chance to put this beauty right on their counter top, all you need to do is enter the giveaway in the Rafflecopter below. 

The giveaway is open to all US residents who are 18 years or older. The giveaway will close on Saturday, December 19th and the winner will be announced on Sunday, December 20th. 

Thank you so much for reading our blogs! We appreciate you. 

 Giveaway sponsored by: 
Children's Culinary Institute 




GOOD LUCK!!
 
allison

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Handmade Hangout Party #79

AHHHHH! Sorry to get the party up late!! Story of my life as of late! 


It is time to party!
Yahoo! Show us what you've got this week!


You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 
 

Friday, December 4, 2015

{Feature Friday} #55

I've been MIA this week but I hope that you had a fantastic Thanksgiving. 
 I have some great news!! The construction on our house is FINALLY complete!! OH MY... THANK YOU!! 
This was suppose to be a 3 to 4 week project and here we are 2 1/2 mths and it is finally complete. There are still things to do on our end but so happy people won't be coming in and out of our house anymore and I can share the reveals with all of you! :) 

But enough about that, are you ready to see some great ideas that were linked up to the party last week? Sure you are! So here you go! 



Thursday, December 3, 2015

Handmade Hangout Party #78

It is time to party!
Yahoo! Show us what you've got this week!


You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 
 

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Handmade Hangout Party #77

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 
I hope you have had a lovely day with your family and friends. 
Plan on doing any shopping this weekend? Good luck on snagging the good deal. 

Right now, it is time to party!


You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 
 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Rustic Thumbprint Keepsake Ornament

Apparently I am a little sentimental this year. I have another little project to help capture those little kiddos at this moment in time. 

It is real easy, nothing fancy, but will forever be special to hang on your tree. 


This project only take a few minutes so it can easily be completed. 

Here's what I did:

Supplies:
-Acrylic Paint
-Small Round Tree disc or branch (You can easily buy these at a craft store these days but this is actually from a branch our neighbor cut down and we just sliced it really small.)
-Twine
-Sharpie

Monday, November 23, 2015

Reclaimed Wood Trees

I was out shopping one afternoon with my mom when she was in town and we stopped at a little shop in town that I've been wanting to go to for a while now. It is a fun little store with lots of reclaimed finds, furniture pieces, and unique decor and the store was decorated with Christmas decor. 
I spotted this MASSIVE Christmas tree made out of old pickets from a fence and it had lights strung on it and it was so fun! I snapped a picture to show Travis, you know, just in case he wanted to be creative.

We didn't have any fence pickets but we did have some old wood so I was lucky enough that Travis was in the mood to get creative and made some trees for me on a much smaller scale with some reclaimed wood.


He only made one to start and I told him that it looked lonely and needed a little family. lol He had enough wood to make 2 more and I pretty much forced him to take photos while he created the so I could share them with all of you. 

Here's how you can make some for yourself.

 Supplies:
-Reclaimed wood or new wood would work as well
-Miter Saw
-Table Saw
-Wood Glue
-Staple Gun
-Nail Gun

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