My Mom’s Dog

dogs, digital scrapbooking, Kaci, petsI think this is my most favorite page yet. I love the colors. A little story about this dog. She will be 6 this spring, so 6 years ago my mom decided my dog was too lonely. You could tell she terribly missed her buddies (my parents’ other two dogs). So my mom got Kaci here. Well, a puppy was not what my dog needed. Kaci was a nip at your heels little munchin and even though we all loved (and love) her, my dog was not at all impressed with her. Kaci also ended up being the reason for my dog’s high blood pressure which affected her eyes and which ultimately is why we had to have her put to sleep in December. But this spring, when my mom turns over her garden, she will bury my dog’s urn with her two missed buddies (though I believe she is already running with them in heaven).

Added on January 20, 2015: My parents had to have Kaci put down on Monday. She had lung cancer at the age of 6. A tumor that had taken over her whole lung and making it really hard for her to breath. Very abnormal for a dog that young. She will be greatly missed.

Rustic Love Sign

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I wish I could say this was a simple and easy project. It was, except that the lettering was really a lot of work. LOL.

There was a board out in my car port, left over from the previous owners. I had my dad cut it into 3 pieces, not necessarily equal, and I was going to attach them to look like a shutter. The other day, I had other plans. The main supplies for this project were

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  •  One of the pieces of scrap wood
  • Minwax’s Special Walnut (I was testing which color we wanted as a base coat to the new pantry, so I had a few colors around. This one is perfect; not too dark, not too light)
  • Any light colored paint
  • A dark paint for the lettering, but not black
  • 2 foam brushes, a clean rag, a small angled brush
  • Printer and plain white paper (Ink Jet is best and not even sure that mine is)
  • Cute fonts like Heartland
  • Sharpie or other rounded cap that size

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I started off by giving the wood a good sanding. Wiped it down. Then I used a foam brush to wipe on the stain (I didn’t do the back side). I then wiped off the stain with the rag. Once this was dry, I used a “white washing” technique. I mixed 1 part paint (about a small spoon full) with 3 parts water. I did this in a 5oz dixie cup, so there wasn’t a lot of waste. I used a foam brush to wipe this on the board, in small sections and wiped it off with the rag as I went.

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You can see, that the board had imperfections that took well to the stain and then the white washing. It looked gorgeous when I was done. After this, I spent a lot of time trying to get the letters perfect. I used 3 different fonts to get the look I wanted so I had to play around with the sizes a lot to get them perfect. I printed these each separately and then taped them to the board all together. Remember when printing them, to print them inverted (I finally had to go into Photoshop Elements to rotate the print). Once you have them taped to the board, start to work on one letter at a time with a small brush and water. Brush the water over the lettering until it starts to look darker. Then use the lid end of the sharpie to rub the lettering into the wood. **Maryann gives a great tutorial over at Domestically Speaking. Slowly pull the paper away, making sure you got all the letters. For me this wasn’t dark enough with the coloring of the wood, but worked as a good outline. I then used a small angled brush to paint over the letter transfers with the Plaid Metallic. I LOVE how it came out. Once this was dry, I sprayed the board with a poly, knowing it was going outside.

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I had originally wanted small wood hearts to attach to the side but I came across these plastic cookie cutters at Walmart and decided they were perfect. I had thought I would be able to punch a small hole in them to run the thread through but the plastic was too hard. I just tied 1 small one and 1 big one to each end of a piece of bakers twine, tied all 3 pieces together and thumb tacked them to the top of the board. Isn’t she lovely?

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I love to decorate for the holidays. I even had out winter decor this year. I hate that I don’t have a mantel and seriously keep thinking where I can incorporate one. I am thinking that when this wall gets to a finished point, I can add a table that will be attached to the wall, that can act as a mantle.

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For now, I use my bookcase, but I may go a little overboard.

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The love blocks, flower canvas, paper banner, and the spindle are all things I made in the past. The spindle has a flat top with a little hole that I can’t figure out how to finish. The pom poms I made last month, just added two pink ribbons to the ends.

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I have this candle holder on the toilet in the hall (my son’s) bathroom. But I didn’t want to go buy pink candles so I just filled the holes with purple and white beads (I had tried my hands at jewelry making and failed) and these little white flowers. On the wall is a sign that says “Be Mine”.

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Between the chairs in the living room is a little table from Target. On it sits this new twig heart on a stand from At Home. I stuffed the pink flowers in it. On the window sill, I switched out the berries with red ones.

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I think I found this pink raffia at Target on sale after Valentine’s Day last year. I had 3 things of it. What a simple change up to make. I took a plain candle and wrapped the raffia around it, tying the wooden heart on at the end. I had just finished using up my Parmesan cheese and really loved the texture on the jar. I should try painting it so you can really see the texture. I just wrapped some of the raffia around it, tying on the wooden heart and filled the jar with kisses.

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This is the top of my island. For a lower priced butcher block, I sure love it. I got this charger at Michael’s, I loved the design of it so much. I leave it on the island all the time. I found the candlestick at TJMaxx (what a great price) last month in the Christmas clearance and the little lantern at At Home. Easily turned it all into Valentine’s decor with some more edible color (Kisses) and threw in some red paper strips into the lantern. Which can all just as easily ease into Spring and then Easter decor.

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The snowman is not to be outdone or put away yet. Just add some pink flowers and a blinged out heart, and he’s all ready for love too. I did the same thing to the one outside.

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I don’t really have a true front porch. And my “flower bed” to the right of the door is rather bare right now. This chair is supposed to go with my back porch table but I love how it looks after I tried to sand it clean to stain the seat. I think it is here to stay. The flower pot was also a little bare so I made this wintery topiary for it last month and added some Valentine stuff to it. If the groundhog was right, spring is right around the corner. I can plant real flowers next month.

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At the end of the sidewalk, in front of the door, I have this metal tub I have had upside down and decorating since fall.  I filled the lantern with some red accents (need something red to replace the gold owl) and just made the love sign, more on that in another post.

Do you go a little crazy sometimes when it comes to decorating? I am glad it doesn’t stay long though and most of this stuff I had. The only new things I bought for this holiday was the twig heart and the Kisses. And as I look at the pictures of the bookcase, I think I need to cover some of those books with paper and take off the jackets on the Harry Potter books. Take away some of all that different color.

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Industrial Bed Inspiration

I really love the Brooklyn bed from the new Target Industrial line. Swoon. The Industrial Shop™ Brooklyn Bedroom Collection

Because I am putting so much money into my house, I can’t afford $500 on a bed. Plus I might not really like all that metal after a while.

I have been scouring Pinterest for a way to recreate this look with more wood and less metal. Crafty Girl over at Crafty Corner, made a tufted headboard for her son and turned the box spring into a platform bed.

I really like the style. Instead of the midcentury legs, I am thinking pipes. Also, only the frame of the headboard really fits my idea. Using this build , I could upholster only the inside of the frame and paint the rest to look more like the Brooklyn. That would also take less padding (I have read several times that using an egg mattress is a lot cheaper). Quarter rounds, painted silver, would frame in the padded area nicely.

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Another thought I have in this process, is to go with a built frame instead of the box spring (putting legs on a boxspring isn’t always as sturdy). Sally at Mrs Fancy Pants shared a great tutorial on building a bed frame where you don’t use the box spring at all.

And it uses my pipe idea for legs. And I could maybe have just a little bit more height in the legs to make it a little taller. Maybe make the end piece a little taller and make it look more like the footboard in the Brooklyn piece.

Currently, I have a fourposter bed from World Market. Though it started out as a sturdy bed, it has been taken apart, moved and put back together more times than it was probably made for. I thought my not very old mattress was already sagging, and exchanged it for a new one, but it is because of the support (lack of) from the bed. After a fix to the siderail, it creaks so much when I get in and out of bed that I worry it is going to crash to the floor on me. So bed ideas are something in the near future for me, even if I hadn’t wanted them to be that near. Thank you Sally and Crafty Girl for the inspiration that I think I can use to pull off a Target hack.

Focus in 2016

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This is a post I meant to write right after I did Memories, Dreams and Reflections but I forgot about it. This is a good post for me to write, to focus myself on what I need to focus on this year. Of course, making a house a home is always an evolving process but there are so many things that need to get finished in each room. When each room in complete then I can post about what was done in each room.

In case you are wondering why I keep saying focus, that is my word for 2016. So fitting for the road ahead.

I am going to go a little off topic here and say that I would love to make this blog more a full time job. I would love to make that my focus and get paid to do all the things I love to do. I just haven’t found the niche, or process, to make that happen. How happy that would make me to be able to re-purpose items as well and sell them. I would have to make a flea market road trip, people are really weird about how they price their junk around here, too pricey. There is this really awesome craft fair in Albuquerque every year, the first Saturday of December. The last few years there has been this booth that sales painted shutters, and filled terrariums, lanterns, ect. But their prices are still really good. No way they are buying the antique, or used, items around here. This year, I asked and they go to Colorado and Arizona to find most of their stuff. Go figure. I would have thought Texas.

Back to my focus on my house and blog for 2016.

Master bedroom/bathroom:

bedroomWhat a long way it has already come. But a lot to do still.

  • Find a way to stick the finials in the ends of the DIY curtain rod
  • Reattach the gliders to the floor for the closet doors
  • Make the barn door and hardware for the bathroom door (I removed the door because it opened into the bathroom, right at the sink, and I thought it took up too much room). The hardware for the door looking something like this:
  • Window cover in the bathroom
  • Finish ripping out old shower tile and walls (they were in bad shape once I pulled one off to look)
  • Re-tile shower
  • Maybe rip out the overhang/bulkhead ceiling over the shower as well and make it more open (have to make sure it’s not hiding duct work or something)
  • Add tile back splash to the vanity

Laundry Room:

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I pretty much gutted that closet. Sold the washer and dryer because I already had my own. Painted it/parents tiled it, even gave it a tile baseboard. My brother installed the cabinets he brought home for me and I decorated. Because it had had that plastic accordion door, there is currently nothing on there right now. It is aesthetically pleasing so a door isn’t needed for the purpose to hide anything. I just want to be able to block out that noise a little. What do you suggest? It’s in the hallway, the master bedroom doorway is right to the right so I think french doors might be too bulky. I really don’t want to do bi-fold. I think something like what Leigh Anne at Houseologie did here (but I would have to do double doors as a really big door would hang way into the hall when open for the dryer):

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Hall bathroom:

This bathroom is pretty much complete but I wouldn’t mind painting the shower tile white. Just to get rid of the yellowy brown tile. It also needs the tile back splash on the vanity.

Spare bedroom:

I use this as an office, storage room. Really all it needs is to be organized and have everything put away or purged.

Brendan’s bedroom:

His room is pretty much complete. It may need some paint touch ups. Oh, and the finials attached to the DIY curtain rod and the floor glides put back on the closet doors.

Living room/dining room/greatroom:

It’s really just one big open space. All I need to do is paint inside the arches again and touch up some other paint. Put some pictures in the frames on the wall.

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  • Replace door to screened in porch with a door that is half glass (need the bottom half wood to add a doggie door)
  • Replace door molding so it matches other 2 doorways
  • Finish shiplap and paint it
  • Disguise electric box
  • Hang art/pictures/ect
  • Would really love to build a faux fireplace on the wall that has the screened in porch on the other side but that would be last on the list (or have a real fireplace installed)

This room was once half of the 2-car garage. I don’t know at what point they finished it off but at least they did is properly. Except that it is colder than the rest of the house right now. But the garage is pretty cold too so maybe I need to do something about that. As you can see, there were 3 (3! people) different wallpapers in here. I think it was her Golden Girls patio type room. See all the plant hooks up there? The floral paper came right off. But the textured stuff on the bottom was a different story. And that whole garage wall wasn’t textured before it was papered so there was a lot of damage with the paper removal. So what’s a person to do? Add shiplap of course (I learned we’re calling it that now because of Fixer Upper). I textured the top half of the wall and added shiplap to the bottom half. And painted. The after isn’t really how the room looks today but it’s not a finished room. The other side, where I am standing, still needs to be finished. Luckily, this room didn’t have popcorn ceilings so when my dad removed the florescent light and put in the ceiling fan instead, he was able to fix the ceiling without really being able to tell there was a hole there.

Kitchen:

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  • Paint ceiling
  • Replace florescent light with track lights that also shine on the island
  • Fix top of wall where we removed the wall
  • Finish the “beam” from where we removed the wall
  • Finish island 1. Paint the shiplap side 2. Trim the edges 3. Add baseboard
  • Replace cabinets
  • Redo countertops (maybe cement, maybe painted marble look, depends on the new cabinets)
  • Replace sink

This is the room that we made livable and have a lot of bang to still add to it. At some point, they replaced the cabinet doors with laminate covered plywood and the drawers are plastic. The laminate is peeling in some spots. I wonder if I could just remove it and paint the wood for now. I might try that. My brother is constantly looking for cabinets for me. I told him they didn’t all have to be the same color, I could paint them. I really need the free route on those. LOL.

As you can see, I also need to finish painting the door. I need to make it a day I will be home all day so I can take off the handle and do the inside and outside. I have a gorgeous color for the outside. And I also need to replace the light outside while I am at it. It’s currently sitting in the hall closet. I also want to make a house address sign, something like what Whitney did on Shanty 2 Chic:

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Standing at the kitchen sink, you can see what they had used as their dining room. We built a pantry (my parents did).

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For some reason, my photo grabber wouldn’t work and take the picture off of my phone. So I uploaded it to Instagram. Then WordPress couldn’t find that link, so I had to settle with a screen shot. My parents got a new slider upstairs and we were going to switch out this one with their old one, but the company couldn’t take it out in one piece. So I am stuck with this one for now. When I can replace it, it needs to open from the other side but I would prefer french doors. As soon as we get doors on the pantry I can add the curtain rod, which I think I want closer to the ceiling anyway so I will have to move the one at the living room window up too. We are going to put barn doors on the pantry. Something like what Erica at Designing Vibes did (but don’t need the hinges since they are going to slide, and the sliding part will be much like what I am doing for the bathroom door):

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Well, I think that is a lot to focus on this year. So I best be getting at it. I have four vacation days coming up later this month so I see that door getting done. =-) The future of the house also includes a new furnace (still using the 40-year-old one), new windows and the paint redone on the stucco. Before the beginning of summer break, I also need to get the cut down tree and the cactus trashed and the new fence on the one side of the yard put up. Brendan and I really want a dog and over summer break is a great time for him to be able to get it house broke. Happy DIYing.

Industrial Towel Bar

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I love a little Industrial style. I really love the new line at Target. Have you seen it? Too bad it’s all online only.

I also like some of the Farmhouse style. A little rustic.

I have been incorporating some of this into my new home.

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I got this bookcase at Sam’s a few years ago on sale. I work there and have no problem buying the displays if it looks good. The fan and the chairs also tie into the Industrial look.lightsI love this light. I used this light throughout the house. The only difference really is that in the bathrooms it is brushed nickle. There is also one in the entry way, not pendant, but a wall fixture. I couldn’t find a long version to go where there used to be a chandelier in what used to be the dining room area. But I think the one I found goes pretty good. (The area now is just open space in front of the sliding door, with a pantry on the wall.)

Of course I knew I wanted to incorporate a DIY pipe project somewhere in the house. So I ended up making a towel bar for the hall bathroom.

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Using Roeshel’s idea from the DIY Showoff blog, I stained a cut piece of wood with Rustoleum’s Driftwood and then did several coats of a poly. I lightly sanded between coats to eliminate any bubbles. My brother screwed the board right into the wall next to the shower for me (using 1 stud for the middle of the board because I knew we could cover up those screws with the hooks).

Here is Roeshel’s shopping list (I used it exactly):

DIY pipe coat hooks

  • Three 3/8 inch galvanized flanges
  • Three 3/8 inch 90 degree elbows
  • Three 3/8 inch black caps
  • Three 3/8 inch x close steel pipe nipples
  • Twelve 3/4 inch sheet metal screws (these fit nicely for securing the flanges to wood)
  • RustOleum Universal Metallic spray paint + primer (oil rubbed bronze)

I put all the pieces together and then spray painted the hooks as 1 piece. I even put the screws in the bottom of a cup and sprayed them (however, they got blown across the yard and I lost 2). I connected the hooks in this order: flange, nipple, elbow, nipple, cap.

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Even though I got more screws, I never got them spray painted and added. Right now, I couldn’t even tell you where they are. Too many projects since. Oops. After the hooks were all dry, after a few coats of spray paint, I also gave them a few coats of a clear sealer (I think Mod Podge). Then my brother screwed them into the board for me, centering the middle one.

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I added the towels and hung some pictures. I love how it turned out. I really ties into the beachy theme of the bathroom and the industrial elements of the rest of the house. I even did a single hook by the sink.

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I think I need to take better pictures with my real camera. LOL. A simple project with a huge impact. (When everything else in the house is complete, I would love to paint the shower tiles white. Someday.)

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2015 in Review

I have to laugh at that title. Really. I had put The Best of 2015. But after I wrote about February, I had to change the title.

As my word of the year for 2015 was Renew, I have to say it is the first year I really lived up to my word. But I haven’t been very good about taking pictures this year. This post will be loaded with photos, but not of favorite photos. I think next year, I need to get back into doing the Scavenger Hunt Sunday with Ashley Sisk and get more pictures taken. I also started to do her Memories, Dreams and Reflections for 2015 but I just don’t have that many pictures to use. Maybe it’s not to late to join in with her party.

The beginning of the year started off like no other. It seemed to be unseasonably warm. We hadn’t had much moisture at all. When the soccer team went to the adventure park in early February, it was just hoodie weather. january weather

The end of February was the worst time in our family’s life. My son called me at work on a Thursday to tell me my dad had fallen on his bike. He was at the hospital with my mom. I didn’t learn that he had had a heart attack for another hour. We were leaving that hospital for another one when my brother had told me in the parking lot that he had flat lined several times already. Thursday evening it had started to snow. By Friday, most of my dad’s family had arrived. It took me 3 hours to get my mom to the other side of Albuquerque Friday morning because of the snow and ice and traffic because of it (a trip that should have been only 45 minutes with traffic). She had gone home to sleep in her bed since my dad had been put in a medically induced coma to try and save his brain function. Friday evening it had taken my son’s soccer coach 5 hours to get me home because it had been snowing all day. New Mexicans don’t know how to drive in the snow. Which is weird because anyone my age or older should be used to it because it used to snow more when we were growing up. I learned to drive in worse snow up in Northern NM. 2015 snow_edited-1

Friday night, my dad woke up out of the coma on his own. To this day he doesn’t remember anything except the beginning of his bike ride, and nothing about any of the time in the hospital. He was quite hilarious when he wasn’t remembering any of this though. He had us all laughing in the hospital. (He hated the food, or that they made him eat it.) He also had his 64th birthday while in the hospital. The food department brought him a cupcake and sang Happy Birthday. It was really nice.dad hospital.jpg

Through a turn of events, mostly when my parents did a Pay it Forward with a news channel to the Lifeguards that ultimately saved my dad’s life, we learned the whole story, starting with when and where my dad collapsed. A doctor, a father from a soccer team that plays my niece’s team, was who drove by and saw my dad collapse, called 911 and started CPR. A lady (whom my mom recently ran into and sort of already knew from Zumba or church) leaving the swimming pool saw my dad collapse and went back into the pool and retrieved the Lifeguards who ran to help with a defibrillator. My dad was treated and actually admitted into the hospital as a John Doe because it was only because of the Fire Chief that decided to go along for the ride with the medics that his wallet and phone were found in a back pocket of one of the shirts already cut off of him (he was a rider himself and thought to check for the pocket). I can’t take credit for the next picture, but it is of my dad and the fire men that responded to the 911 call. Men that will always be in our thoughts and prayers.03 04 15_2251

This is one of my favorite scrapbook pages of the year.papa and brad

My dad has made a full recovery. He has a stint in his heart and will be on meds the rest of his life, but he also has a kidney gone wrong so some of the meds are for that.

In May, I finally found a house. I went with a full-time Realtor and it took us only a month (after all the headache and time my brother’s Realtor friend and I went through). It was a little out of my price range considering what work needed to be done, but it has been well worth it. And I can’t even tell there is an elementary school across the street except when they have events and cars are everywhere. But noise is not a problem. I went with this house, more so than any other I had seen in this price range, because it had a brand new roof (and the backyard was fully landscaped). Costs that I really didn’t have the funds for. I kept track of our (mine and my parents) renovating on Facebook and I haven’t shared room by room on here yet because we aren’t finished. But here are some before and after side by sides. (Have you ever loaded iPhone pictures that look great on the phone and on the computer but when you upload them into Photoshop Elements they look terrible? The quality here is bad, sorry.)

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None of these spaces look the same now. Everything has been a work in progress. The house was built in 1974. I think the carpet was original to the house. It was pretty clean considering how old it was, but it was full of sand underneath. They had also added rec room carpet over the linoleum in the kitchen and bathrooms. The den, kitchen and bathrooms all had wallpaper. And not the same one in any of them, three different papers in the den (a finished garage) and two layers of paper in the kitchen. The one in the master bath had a fabric backing so that took a lot of plaster off the wall with it. And there were several termite damaged spots underneath the papers. The ceilings were popcorn in the bedrooms, hallway and living room. Its all gone. Every vent and door were repainted. Every door knob and hinge were replaced. The baseboards stayed in the bedrooms (repainted) but all the rest were replaced (there had been some termite damage). Every light switch and electric outlet were replaced (most of which were done by an electrician because there was a faulty wiring somewhere shorting some out). The electrician also installed fan outlets in the bedrooms and the living room for us to put in fans. Almost every light has been replaced, no need to touch the ones in the closets. EVERY inch of wall has been repainted and almost all of the ceilings (except where I haven’t finished in the kitchen and the master bath shower area). Every inch of flooring was also replaced (except in the hot water heater closet). See that awesome wood floor looking tile? My parents did all that. Every where except the bedrooms. **I also want to mention, bringing up termite damage, that yes New Mexico has termites. I was told they are a slow, lazy termite though so they usually don’t get past the drywall, so don’t get into the wood. However, once you have them, you need to have the treatment done every 10 years or so. I think this is what the previous (only other) owners didn’t do. So termite treatment was done by the sellers as an agreement in the purchase.

All this work was being done while I was working my full time job as well. So after about 4 months, I petered out. My following post will be about my word of the year and plans for 2016.

Around about the time we were getting going on all this work, my brother went to work for a cabinet installation company. They do a lot of DR Horton houses. Did you know that when cabinets get rejected by the home owner, because of a scratch or dent or a small imperfection, they just get tossed into the trash? More like someone takes them home, but sometimes trashed. So my brother was able to get me enough for my laundry room and a kitchen island. He is in the process of finding me enough for the rest of my kitchen, which isn’t a lot of cabinets actually. Even if he can find a full set that I don’t have to pay full price for. I’m not too very picky about the color. I told him we can always paint them if need be.

Late summer my parents got a new dishwasher, fridge and microwave and gave me their old ones. I removed the old oven vent, that didn’t even work, and my parents installed the microwave. The great thing about posting our daily progress on Facebook, a college friend of mine was reading when I posted my frustration with Lowe’s over trying to get an estimate for a master cool. She brought over her plumber friend and he has been my plumber friend ever since. He has done a lot for me that we weren’t able to fix and has even done some work for my parents too. And he was very low priced and will remain that way for us even though he has since become a licensed contractor and can charge more. He even is a welder too and pretty much can do anything. (Ironically, he is an ex boyfriend of my cousin and my aunt had once thought he was the one that would become her son in law, but we didn’t know any of this in the beginning). Hopefully next year I will be able to afford that new furnace and Adam to the rescue.

In October a pantry was born (it still doesn’t have doors because it took me forever to figure out what color I wanted to do it). And the kitchen island has been functionally installed. It still needs to be finished. The holidays (and my three week flu) put a stop to any work around here. In the mean time, I had also started working on the backyard. I chopped down and dug up 4 big cacti and just have to get what I can into the trash each week and my dad and his buddy chopped down the really big tree that was too close to the house. It still needs to be completely gotten rid of. I have plans for some of that wood though. Once I get that cactus removed and we get a new fence up on one side of the yard, I can get my son a dog. He sure has been hounding me (haha). Snow, rain, snow, rain and wind have kept me from wanting to work back there the last month or so. Yucky stuff. I don’t think it will really get dry back there until March, so it might be awhile.

Memories, Dreams and Reflections 2015

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This little wall made the kitchen so small. We made sure it was not load bearing and down it came. We still haven’t finished the newly exposed part of the ceiling.

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Kaci, my mom’s dog, is not quite 7. She has lung cancer and not much longer to live. We love her so much. She is just one of those cuddly labs that doesn’t “ask” for too much.

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I didn’t take this picture, but it was taken this summer by my mom. My dad is wearing my son’s goggles which were laying in the car. It reminds me that life is short and there is always time to laugh. We could have lost my dad in February but instead he is here, still being a goofball. Thank goodness.

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The snow that made the trip home from the hospital take 5 hours. This is the closed golf course that my parents live in the middle of (the front nine are still open). We have always come to this hill to sled when there is this much snow. Next year it may be apartments so it might never happen again.

Birthdaybirthday

I made this cake for 3 co-workers that had birthdays within a week and a half of each other. Per a joke with one of them it had to be a big ass cake. Well, I wasn’t about to bake that much cake. It’s really only a 2 layer to look more like a 4 layer. I put the cake on top of the cake pan and layered the outside of the pan with graham crackers, then frosted the whole thing. It was quite comical when one of them was trying to cut it and couldn’t get to the bottom of the plate. Luckily it was a metal pan and not something he could break.

Friendsfriends

B and his friend went as Thing 1 and 2 for Halloween. The easiest costumes ever but actually look like someone. M’s dad works for Intel and they have to move to Oregon. We thought they had until summer but they are now leaving the end of February. B is really sad about it but acting like a typical tween and pretending it is no big deal.

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I made this for my mom for Christmas when I finally found some shutters. I have plans for the other 5 too.

Spring Feverspring fever

My niece’s soccer coach. I just like how the tree behind her has buds trying to pop out and her pink shirt draws your eye to her. (It was a cool April after that snow storm the end of February).

Travelgo karts

Summer Dayssummer days

All my summer days were spent renovating. These are some of the pictures taken while in work.

A Day in My Lifeday in my life

B is pretty good at soccer. I wish he would get more into it, especially since he says he wants to play professionally. But he has this mad lazy streak in him and I can’t figure out how to get him to care more. Or to see that he can always get better even if he is better than most already. It only hurts him to not improve himself. I have always try to teach him that he is not entitled to anything. But it doesn’t sink in. Sad that his generation sees everything that way.

All Smilessmiles

Sort of a joke on the all smiles since he has his mouth held open that way. But B was high need for braces. Has had them since the month he turned 11. But what a difference his mouth looks already. I can’t wait til they come off this fall and to see the end results.

Autumn Harvestautumn

This is what I did this fall. You couldn’t even get to the kitchen window to clean it because the huge bush that was there. 40 years they were there I am sure. It took a lot of cutting and chopping and digging to get them out. I wanted something flowery. So the crepe myrtle is there instead and I have slowly been removing the lava rock. Eventually I will fill the area in with brick pavers.

Familyfamily

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Celebration of life (and a belated birthday since he was in the hospital for that).

Let’s Do it Againbubble blowing

Even though the picture is 4 years old, this is a scrapbook page I just made last year. Like it says, who knew how much fun bubble blowing could be!

I Miss Youkelsey

I shared this one last year as well, but I still miss her. I see this abused dog commercial all the time and there is this lab mix that is shaking in the cold. It always makes me cry thinking of my Kelsey shaking from nervousness over loud noises and going to the vet.

Beautifulbeautiful

Dress Updress up

B was Roger Williams for his end of 5th grade presentation (Wax Museum). He did pretty good. Funny thing, the black “jacket” is one of my sweaters. I just can’t stand buying items of clothing that he will only wear once.

Macromacro

I don’t think I have ever had a macro that wasn’t flowers. I didn’t have any of those last year. But this is the towel bar I made for the hall bathroom.

Holidaysholidays

My Favoritecousins

Again, not a new picture, but it is my favorite scrapbook page I put together last year.

Don’t Ever Changedont change

Just Because…So There!just bc

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I am sharing here today: Memories, Dreams and Reflections

Adventures in Renovating

I have been posting the progress of renovating my house every day on Facebook. It’s easier that way. But I thought I should share some of what’s been going on over here. I am waiting for a completely finished room to share before and afters.

Almost every piece of wallpaper has been removed (there are pieces in the kitchen that are stuck under the cabinets and I can’t get them). So far I have painted every inch of the bedroom side of the house, except inside the hot water heater and furnace closets. Ceilings (dad helped), closets, walls, trim, door frames, and doors have all been painted. Oh what a difference it makes. Even the air vents have been painted, re-insulated and hung back up.

Every outlet has been swapped out from dirty, gross almond colored to white. Every hinge and door knob has been switched out from dirty, gross once was gold to brushed nickle. I am starting to love my house.

Every inch of carpet has been removed, as well as the linoleum squares that were hiding under the carpet. New carpet has been installed in the bedrooms, and tile has been laid up to the hallway to the front door. The carpet and tile I chose come together perfectly. I love that light.

This week is finishing touches in the bedrooms and bathrooms so we can move in. I will make sure I take pictures tomorrow and share room by room what’s been done. It’s been a ride I tell you.

New Home

It finally happened. I finally purchased my 4th house. It was a rough go.  

 

I have to apologize. All the pictures today are from my phone and unedited. First thing I wanted to do was scrape the popcorn ceilings and take out the carpet (it’s messy business).  

 As is. The day I got the keys.  

 This was after scraping the ceiling and taking out the carpet. Still need to take up the tacks.  

   At some point in its life, this room was a garage. They properly had it converted other than the door to the garage, which is just a bedroom door. That weird closet was only thin wood and pointless. I think she wanted to feel like she was in Florida because their were plant hooks all along that hideous wallpaper wall.  

   Closet, hooks and half the wallpaper are gone. Here’s the inspiration for this room… 

 Really just the board and batten wall is the inspiration. 

I am probably going to head over to Remodelaholic for advice. The laundry closet is in the hallway next to the master.  

 The washer and dryer came with the house but aren’t staying. I want to paint the space during the switch but wonder if hanging a cabinet when empty would be easier as well. I also hate the door. It’ll come down regardless. But the problem is, what to put there. I would love a barn door but it would hang out in the hall when all the way open for the dryer. 

At this I will leave you for the time being. I am so excited to continue sharing my journey of making this house my home with you. 

Kickin’ It

Comets, soccer, team, sports, digital scrapping

Mr B is back to saying he wants to play soccer for a living. But he won’t practice except with the team. I don’t get him. One good thing is this coach is making it a year long thing. They play 8 games in the fall and spring as part of the league. Then they played indoor in the winter, and are playing 3v3 this summer. They also played in a tournament for the first time a few weeks ago and are in a really competitive one this weekend.

I haven’t really felt like going out and taking pictures. I forget how this tends to ground me. I need to get out more.