Apr 30, 2012

pom pom garlands!

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time : minutes
difficulty : ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
would i do it again? : yes!

Apr 29, 2012

building a bed

construction is under way on our bed!

fish finally had some free time this weekend so we went to home depot and bought the rest of the lumber needed to make our bed. then...he holed up in his workshop:
...the garage...

Apr 27, 2012

pretty, pretty keys

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time : minutes
difficulty  ★ ☆ ☆ ☆   
hazards : eye-rolls at your pretty keys
would i do it again? : most definitely

Apr 26, 2012

frame a picture with washi tape!

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while going through old photos, i found a picture of my mom in her younger days...standing in the scoop of an excavator.

   i'm not sure what the story is behind that.
...but lil' archer K loves it!

a gold frame makeover

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i ordered some washi tape from {crafty japan} on etsy a couple of weeks ago and i've been anxiously awaiting its arrival so i could do a picture frame makeover.

these guys started as plain ol' gold metal frames.

Apr 25, 2012

plastic shoe holder becomes
medicine organizer!

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i hung a plastic shoe organizer inside our hallway closet door to store all of our household medicine and first aid supplies. i especially like having the clear pockets so it's easy to see what's inside each section.

Apr 23, 2012

can we build a platform bed?

we went to home depot today and bought the lumber for a king-size version of ana white's hailey platform bed that fish plans on building.

we bought a king-size foam mattress, yet are still sleeping on the couches because we don't have a bedframe.

the mattress is compressed into a box about the size of a mini-fridge.
and it weighs about three tons.
okay, more like 70 pounds.

sunroom: final wall color

remember the sunroom?
it eventually needed three coats of primer and two coats of paint to cover up all that purple.

Apr 21, 2012

impromptu bookshelf

while unpacking, i came across my collection of books by michael crichton, my most *favorite* author EVER. i displayed the books i love most (( and you can really tell on some of them! )) on the glass block windowsill in our staircase.

tour: K's room

see tons of pics of lil' archer's K's room after the jump break!

come on in!

Apr 20, 2012

how does this happen??!

the previous homeowners completely gutted the kitchen when they remodeled so i know for a fact the grime inside the oven can't be more than five years old. how does it get to this stage in less than five years???

Apr 17, 2012

warning: extreme nastiness ahead!

it was a busy weekend for us - after spending a few days painting and insulating, we finally moved INTO the house!


there wasn't much time for cleaning before moving in so that has kept me extremely occupied. i open drawers, expecting they'll need a cursory clorox wipedown...
 ...and instead find THIS nastiness...

Apr 10, 2012

update from the trenches

the closing went remarkably well yesterday! 

i was a little scared when the attorney plonked down a sheaf of papers a few inches thick and said she was going to walk us through them, page by page...and we would have to sign or initial each one.


but, all in all, it "only" took an hour and a half.

   ...and OF COURSE we immediately went to the house 
to take this lovely picture for y'all.
that's us!

and that's our front door and that's our mailbox and that's our porch.......!

Apr 8, 2012



we're closing tomorrow!

fish is already fast asleep...
...dreaming about baseball, i'm sure.

how can he completely remove himself from the excitement of our big day tomorrow, while i'm sitting (laying) here, a bundle of nerves?

making mental checklists.
imagining how the day is going to go.

Apr 7, 2012

stress level: midnight

we had our final walkthrough today. it was sweet seeing lil' archer K run through the house for the first time and watching him explore the backyard - a completely new concept to him. i'm already imagining our lives one year, two years, five years from now...in this house.

BBQs in the summer.
snowmen in the winter.

bringing our first dog home.

K learning to ride a bike in the driveway.

family meals.
family game nights.

sounds of little feet running up and down the stairs.

Apr 6, 2012

surprise gift box banner!

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time : minutes
difficulty : ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
would i do it again? : yes!

tiny tutu card

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time : minutes
difficulty : ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
would i do it again? : fo' sho'

Apr 3, 2012

plans for K's room

because there's so much other stuff to do in the three days between closing and moving in, we've decided to paint only the necessary areas for now: lil' archer's K's room and the sunroom.

i decided a long time ago i wanted white walls in K's room since it will be chock-ful of colorful toys. i can hardly believe this is me talking. eons of apartment living have made me CRAVE color. yet...for K's room, i'm set on white walls.

go figure.

have you ever shopped for white paint? there are about a hundred shades of white...blue-based. red-based. green-based. creamy white. grayish.

after a bit, NOTHING looks white.