Category Archives: Around the House

It’s like waiting for paint to dry…

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Ask anyone who knows me and I am not known for my patience. Nope. Nada. Nuh-uh. And that’s the way the Good Lord made me. So understandably I get frustrated when I have a totally wicked awesome project that I’m dying to share and even more dying to have completed and it’s STILL NOT FINISHED!!!!

That’s right folks. Currently sitting in my frigid garage (pesky winter…) is a absolutely, positively gorgeous table (spoiler alert – there maybe a gorgeous thrift store find out there too!) all ready to be assembled and installed! Well it will be once the bloody polyurethane dries…

Impatiently yours,
Erin

I’m alive!

Sorry I haven’t been around much today. I was busy with this….

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{ gotta break out the power washer this weekend! }

And this….

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And finally this….

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Today we mowed the lawn (in March?!?), trimmed some hedges, put down a whole lotta new mulch and put some fun yellow flowers at the front door. Finger crossed for our upcoming showings!

Hope your enjoying the summer like weather on the first day of spring!

Lots of Love,
Erin

The Tale of My New Dishes

Sorry about going AWOL yesterday, CrAzY dAy! :) Last week, just before my dentist appointment Mimi’s ballet teacher asked if she could adjust the time of Mimi’s ballet class making it an hour earlier. Unfortunately, I didn’t remember that until about 30 minutes before we needed to be there! Whoops! Rushed around getting kids dressed and fed. Then we had ballet. Then we drove up to my husband’s hometown (about an hour way) because he had work to do there and Mimi wanted to have lunch with her Papa (Mimi loves both her grandpa’s). So off we went. Met Daddy, went to a certain store I will tell you about next, finally located Papa and Grandma for lunch and THEN the realtor called. At 1 pm he asked if he could show the house at 1:30. Um… no? Oi. Anyway, onto my new dishes!

Six years ago when my husband and I were about to get married, we were working on our gift registry. I had found these dishes at Pottery Barn from the Emma Dinnerware Collection I absolutely loved them but just couldn’t justify a third set of dishes. Both he and I already had solid white Corelle dishware that we were bringing to the marriage and had just registered for a gorgeous set of fine china. I didn’t feel right asking friends and family to buy us an “everyday” set of dishes that were actually more expensive than our fine china! So I admired the dishes from afar.

{ Emma Dinnerware Collection from Pottery Barn }

Until Tuesday that is. I was at my local Dollar Tree and strolling down the dishware aisle what should my wondering eyes appear? The Emma dinnerware! Or something INCREDIBLY close to them. Granted, the Dollar Tree versions don’t have all the salad plate and extra bowl or the extra platters and servingware but we’re not really fancy smancy people. Dinner plates and salad bowls are all we need.

My Dollar Tree only had 4 good plates and 4 good bowls (some had weird black spots- yes I went through every dish and bowl they had. :)) Thus, a wild goose chase began.

I stopped by the other Dollar Tree in town (yes, there are two). There I got another 4 plates and 4 bowls. Then since we were headed up there I stopped at the Dollar Tree in my husband’s hometown but they had none left! Perhaps others have caught wind of the Emma dinnerware lookalikes. I was bummed. But luckily there was one more Dollar Tree close by that I could stop at. Hubby took the kids in my van and I took his car and on the way home I stopped there. Wow! I hit the motherlode! That store had a bunch of the plates and bowls so I got the 5 I needed. So for $26 bucks I got a set of 13 Emma lookalikes! That’s a little more than half the price of 4 bowls from Pottery Barn!!

{ aren’t they gorgeous? }

Now, you may be wondering why I bought 13. Well. A few reasons – 1) I’m Irish and superstitious and 13 has brought us good luck, 2) One extra in case something breaks and 3) I have 13 place settings of my fine china. Since my plan is to mix and match them with my fine china I wanted equal amounts. So now I have 26 place settings for things like holidays or special occasions. If we ever get a dining room capable of fitting 26 people that is. One can dream :)

Ready for more pictures?

So how about you? Got any amazing deals lately? Are you ready to throw the kids in the van and hi-tail it over to your Dollar Tree for the Emma lookalikes? If so, be prepared. It might be like Black Friday morning at the Dollar Tree. :)

Lots of Love,

Erin

Airplane Mobile

So you know the hoop art I showed you on Friday? I wanted to show you what I did with the other part of the embroidery hoop- I made a little mobile for my son!

When I was pregnant with my son my daughter was around a year old and between taking care of her and being absolutely horribly sick (think throwing up 17 times a day and home IVs) I didn’t get to craft much for him. Time to make up for lost time!

This project was totally free! Well. Except for the glue sticks I sent my husband out for. The airplane cut outs were from Liam’s 1st birthday party, the clouds I made out of plain old white card stock. The rest is the outside ring of a big and slightly smaller embroidery hoops, fishing line and embroidery floss.

The hoops are held together with fishing line.

The clouds were made by cutting out the identical and symmetrical clouds (found that out the hard way!) ten you fold the clouds in half match half of Cloud A with half of Cloud B, the other half of Cloud B with Half of Cloud C and then finish by matching the halves of Clouds A and C giving you a 3D cloud. Before gluing Clouds A and C, I glued and taped a length of embroidery thread.

{ taken in the guest room – babies were sleeping }

As I said the airplane cut outs are from his birthday party and were made on my Cricut from colored card stock. They hang from fishing line as well.

The entire mobile is hung by three blue ribbons from my stash.

Once the clouds were assembled and the two hoops attached and (fairly) level it was a matter of tying thing on. The hardest part were the hoops. I won’t lie. I was getting REALLY frustrated but I love it now so it was totally worth it. Even better: Liam loves it too!  Ready for lots of pictures?

{ in the nursery }

{ lots of colors! }

Cute, right? He LOVES it.  Seriously.  He went right down for his nap today without a fuss watching his airplane mobile. :)

Well, thanks for stopping by!

Lots of Love,
Erin

Ch-ch-changes

Post Update: I was so surprised this morning to see that my Anthropologie Initial Stand was chosen as one of Flamingo Toes Crush of the Week!  Oh my goodness!  What an honor! If you’re coming over from Beverly site, welcome, thanks for coming over and be sure to check out my other projects!

 

We’ve been making quite a few changes around the house. Partly for the showings. Partly because I can’t not decorate. Let’s discuss shall we?

Guest Room
Do you suffer from the dreaded ‘boob light?’ We have 7 in this house. Or at least we did. Now we have 6. Another one bites the dust. :)

I went to the thrift store with my mom and saw this totally cute yet totally ugly light for $9. You know the kind- bright brass with glass panels with etched with some floral spray. People thought I was crazy but I gave the lovely lady my $9 and took that baby home.

After removing the glass panels and giving it a good scrubbing it was time for her to meet my friend Mr. Spray Paint. :)

I carefully wrapped the light sockets and the wiring in plastic bags and tape to ensure no overspray got on them. I gave the light two coats of Krylon’s Fusion for Plastic spray paint in Nickel Shimmer. I flipped the light over and painted the other side. After letting it dry it was time to enlist the hubby’s help.

The hubby was worried that the light would make the room too dark but actually it’s a lot brighter than the boob. AND it’s super cute. :)

Hope you like it. Cause I also bought one from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore store for $4.25! I’m hoping to spray paint it and hang it up in our closet which is also currently sporting a boob light.

Lower Level Bathroom

We did a lot of renovating in our lower level bathroom. From painting and new floors to a new shower and vanity top, it’s practically brand new. One thing I always wanted was more storage. As you can see there was a little space at the end of the vanity that would be perfect for a tall cabinet. For the longest time I used this (fabulous) cabinet made from an antique radio. However, the glass in the door made it hard to stash stuff and it didn’t offer much in additional storage.

As I mentioned, shortly after moving in we gutted our kitchen. We gave away most of the cabinets except for the tall pantry cabinet. That lived in our garage these past 5 years holding sports gear and tarps. After discovering that it was the EXACT dimensions of the available space in the bathroom, I cleared it out, cleaned it up and my mom and I carried that (incredibly heavy and awkward) cabinet down to the bathroom. You should have seen it. I’m sure we looked hilarious.

Once it was in the spot I thought the door made the already monstrous cabinet look too monstrous so I took off the door and left the open storage. However the cabinet shelves were really thin and looked kind of cheap. Hubby to the rescue!

After bolting it to the wall, and searching around in the massive pile of wood scraps in the garage we were able to find some pieces of thin stock and a piece of molding that really jazzed up the plain Jane cabinet. A quick coat of paint and tada! Lots of storage! I know it is still open storage but at least the cabinet is big enough that we can throw the unsightly things into big baskets. :)

New Painting

I bought a large canvas about a year ago (seriously).  I was planning on making something similar to the Cherry Blossom Birdies canvas from Oops Daisy and about 6 months ago I painted the background.  But then I chickened out. I loved the swirls so much I was afraid to paint anything else. On Wednesday night I laid in bed and just could not sleep. I had an idea for a painting and the canvas all I needed was some courage.  After convincing myself that if I really hated it I could just repaint it, I knew I had to do it. It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful, right?

After painting it (tutorial coming soon) I hung the painting over our bed. I’m not sure it will stay here but right now I really like it there.  I feel like our room needs a pop of color amist the gray of winter.  With the new canvas, new pillows and the snazzy acrylic tray hanging out at the end of my bed  it’s definitely getting colorful in here! :)

So what do you think of our most recent projects around the house? Have you been working on anything lately? I’d love to hear!

Lots of Love,

Erin

Pillow Talk

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We were supposed to have a showing today (they ended up cancelling due to the weather-boo) and last night I decided I needed to add a fun color to our room: yellow. I had bought this fabric from Joann Fabrics. I only bought half a yard and it was just enough to recover a pillow I already had. I used this tutorial from Take the Side Street.

I really liked the overlap so I actually kept it in the front. I wanted to add a little pizazz so I attached a fabric flower pin. I love it. Really makes the room seem brighter and happier… Even when there’s a blizzard outside. :)

Shelfish Ways

When we bought our house in 2006 it had an absolutely horrible kitchen.  The cabinets were cheap and half of the shelves were broken. We knew it had to go.  It took us about 3 years but we finally managed to complete the gut job right before my daughter was born.  I loved our new kitchen.

We purchased our kitchen cabinets from IKEA – they’re the ADEL,  completed assembly and installation ourselves with the help of my father-in-law.  Almost 3 years later they still look brand new (with the help of my bestie).  My one complaint, not enough shelves in the cabinets!  Each cabinet came with one or two shelves depending on the shelf so we had to stack things such as casserole dishes and coffee mugs. We had lots of those weird plastic covered wire riser things too but the handles of the casserole dishes would get caught and  it made making dinner a real pain in the bum.

This weekend I was laying in bed trying to figure out how to add more shelves without more of those wire riser thingies.  The shelves the cabinets came with were white melamine and I remembered seeing melamine shelves at Lowes when we were there for supplies for my Pinterest Thursday project (it’s a good one!).  I asked my husband to buy one and then cut it to size to fit in the cabinet.  Back to Lowes we went (I’ve been there 5 times this weekend – no joke). He made the shelves to fit my 3 of the cabinets that are the most full (coffee mugs, spices and casserole dishes cabinets). Since these three cabinets all happened to be 12″ wide and 12″ deep the cutting and measuring was a cinch! We went and got the shelf (less than $13 for 12×72″ I believe it was) and using an existing shelf from the cabinets as a template, Hubby cut the shelves.  He then used his router to cut little notches on the bottom for the little pegs the shelves sit on.

The whole project took maybe 30 minutes at the most and made my life a whole lot easier.

{Like my Eeyore mug?}

So for less than 30 minutes and under $13 bucks we have a way more functional kitchen. Woo hoo!

Lots of Love,

Erin

P.S. Want a sneak peek of Thursday’s project?

Get out your wood glue!

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