26 August 2014

Take Tue and To-Do's

Kevin hates Pinterest. The day I found this marvelous “think tank” of ideas and inspiration, was a dark day for him. But whether he has enjoyed the extra undertakings or not, we have found some really great DIY projects for our fixer-upper house.

21 August 2014

Crafting Forgiveness: The Art of Growing Up & Letting Go

So, I know this is a completely different DIY project than we normally share with you guys, and I promise that next week we’ll be back to the normal program. But, events in the last week have caused me to reflect back on close to 28 years of breathing and take stock.  Recently, one of my grandparents passed away after a long, steady decline in health.  However, we weren’t close and I hadn’t seen him in about 12 years.  I’ve harbored a fair amount of anger toward this man for a better part of my life – not because he was causing me pain, but because his absence made one of my parents hurt.

20 August 2014

What the Wednesday.

And so begins the day where even the calendar goes WTF – that’s basically an accurate description of my entire week.  My apologies for dropping the ball on “Take Tue,” hopefully I’ll be gifted with an opporTUEnity to make it up to you guys (insert snarkling over nerd humor here).

14 August 2014

Oh My Cheesus – Stuffed Crust Pizza

If you’re in the unfortunate position of loving all things cheese and carbohydrates, then we’re on the same boat.  I’m not sure how the “starving artists” of Hollywood can refrain from consuming bread, I’d rather quit breathing. Kidding. That’s a little extreme.

In any case, I do tend to air on the side of health conscious. I blame it on my schooling. When you know the processes, consequences and outcome of every possible thing that you can put in your body, that greasy slice of pizza suddenly becomes less mouthwatering.

To combat my neurotic napkin-pizza-blotting tendencies, I decided to branch out on my own…check out the recipe after the jump!

12 August 2014

Take Tue: Cones and Construction

It’s Take Tue day!!! However, I don’t have a super fun post for you guys (worst person ever.) But I will fill you in on the 2 big reasons I am so unprepared…and I promise it’s not “the dog ate my homework” bit:

1. Yesterday Beau had to get the big (well in his case, little) snip done.  And I feel like the worst puppy parent ever. I know it has to be done, but seeing my normally happy-go-lucky boy so mopey and miserable, hurts my heart.

And since mister fussy couldn’t leave his sutures alone (even with the small cone), we upgraded to the Biggest. Cone. Ever.

Yes, you can laugh at his expense. I just wish everyone could see this circus in real life. Priceless.

2. Kevin and I have started our next big house reno project. Adding to our master bedroom a walk-in closet and bath. It’s going to be so nice once it is done, but, man, it is going to be a lot of work in the mean time.

One of the things I enjoy about new reno projects is learning new skills. Thus far I have become much better at mudding drywall (and considering I had never mudded before, I think it’s a grand improvement!)

We have framed in the two rooms and hung, taped, and mudded drywall for the closet. The next step will be sanding and painting the closet drywall then hang the closet organizers, and rough in the plumbing for the bathroom.

Be prepared for some pretty sweet pictures (do you know how hard it is to take pics of framing and drywall?! You really can’t tell what you’re looking at.) But nonetheless here they are!

You can see the doorframe leading into the new bathroom on the right side of the new stud wall.

View of bathroom from new closet.  The toilet will be on the right in front of the shelf and the shower on the left where all the crap is leaning. (Um p.s. found the closet door leaning against the wall at Lowes with frame, pre-hung, and painted white for $25. Score!) 

Closet. Please appreciate that drywall mud job. I think I may have a new career…not.

I am finishing up a really fun little project and hoping to share that with you guys next week! Until then, share what you guys have been working on. We always enjoy seeing your DIY projects and reno's!!

Xoxo, Christie

07 August 2014

Kindling Box Rescue: Mantle Headboard

 You may remember this “gem” of a mantle that I have been promising you (and myself) I would eventually turn into our headboard, but until now has ended up living a sad, half-finished life in our spider-y garage. Well I am pleased to announce it has officially made its way out of our garage and mounted over our bed. Loud cheers and high fives all around! Celebrate!

wood mantle

05 August 2014

Take Tue -- Potty Break

Not that kind of potty break – I promised you guys pictures of our renovated bathroom! It’s still a work in progress, so for now I’m taking you tue (hah, see what I did there?) our new, non-blue-gross shower! Other parts of the bathroom will be posted later!

Originally our bathroom re-design involved a pre-fab corner shower with one showerhead. Well, once we re-did the layout for the umpteenth time we decided that a corner shower wouldn’t do. After a trip to Lowe’s that decision was confirmed…so small! We decided to dream big, and boy – am I glad we did.