A little elbow grease

So I have unintentionally kept you guys in the dark through this whole home remodeling business. Probably because I was busy, you know, remodeling a home. But here is at least something to share! The exterior of my house is by no means done and pretty and where I want it to be. I mean, these pictures include a yard with a (freshly torn out sidewalk sized) gaping mud pit. If that’s not an appropriate description, I don’t know what is. But on this past beautiful Sunday I bought myself some paint and got a little pinterest creative by painting my shutters and front door, buying an adorable door mat and even whipping up a front door wreath.

Here is the house before. It’s a little hard to see a difference in the before and after because it was so bright, but the shutters are maroon and the front door is white.

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Now the shutters are black and the front door is a robin’s egg blue. I was a little nervous at how this would turn out, but I think it’s really cute and fresh! IMAG0931

I saw the idea on Pinterest of painting the house numbers in the center of the door and loved it. In theory, it was very simple. I just traced it on with a pencil and then painted it in with black paint. I found out through this project that I don’t have a very steady hand and painting precisely is not my specialty. The saying for my house has become, “oh thanks, it did turn out beautifully, just don’t look too closely.” So it only makes sense that the painted house numbers would go right along with that motto.

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That door mat is from Walmart by the way and it only cost me $12. Booyah.

And finally, here is the wreath that I “made.” It was so simple I almost can’t even say that. I bought some flowers, arranged them and went to town with my trusty hot glue gun. I had some extra burlap so I looped it around the wreath, hung a 3M hook upside down on the inside of the door and that was that. I think it cost me $13 total.

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As is obvious in this situation, a little bit of money and some TLC can make a big impact! I will work on getting some pictures posted of the inside of the house and some projects that I’m working on in the meantime.

My new love interest

Most of you know by now (because I’m pretty sure only my friends look at this blog and would have seen it on Facebook) that I got to pick up my new sweet girl yesterday. She is a 9 week old lab/boxer mix and I named her Yadi after Yadier Molina-duh.

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She was an angel on her first night and I could only be so lucky to have a repeat on night two. She slept all the way through the night until 6 AM and by the grace of God she didn’t make any messes in the house (I know that won’t last). We originally thought she would be around 60 pounds but after judging the size of her puppy paws, I’m thinking it’s more in the 90 pound area. Holy horse dog. Anyway, hopefully Yadi and I will be moving into the house within a couple weeks, so we will start our journey together!

Ok, one more picture. I can’t resist!

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24 Before 24

 

 

I am at a point in my life where a lot is changing and I have some big aspirations. So my “Type A” self decided to make a pretty list about 24 things I would like to accomplish by the time I turn 24 in November (plus posting them publicly might hold me accountable!) I got a little inspiration from over at City In A Jar too. Some of these things are already in the works, but I decided that they are a part of my big year, so they should go on my big list.

 

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Surprisingly, it was more difficult to come up with 24 different goals for myself than I expected, but I am excited to roll up my sleeves and get to work! What about all of you? What are some things that you want to accomplish this year? Keep striving!

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My new home

I sure have been waiting a while to make this post. Last week I (finally) closed on my very first, very own house! I cannot describe the proud/terrifying/exciting feelings that were coursing through my mind. The plan is to gut the entire interior and replace everything. Needless to say I know nothing about wiring, plumbing and replacing anything at all, so I 100% couldn’t take on this project without the help of my wonderful dad, whom can do anything in the world.

Here are some (and I can’t stress this word enough) BEFORE pictures for a sneak peak. Hint: We already took the sledge hammer to quite a few things, including a wall or two. Think potential here. Progressive and after pictures to come!

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Check out those beautifully colored carpets. And the bathroom? SICK. You couldn’t pay me to clean that sucker.

When I started this blog, I said it would be about documenting my adventures in life. Well this goes down in the record books friends. This project is my biggest adventure in the 23 years that I have been on this earth. Here goes nothing!

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Chrysanthemum Mirror

Chrysanthemum Mirror DIY

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In my opinion, Pinterest has changed the crafting world forever. I’m not much of an innovator, but I sure can recreate awesome ideas that I find online. For instance, I found this chrysanthemum mirror made out of PLASTIC SPOONS that I adore and finally decided to plunge into this project.

Here are the “ingredients” I used to complete this cute little number.

– 4 boxes of 45ish plastic spoons

– cardboard

– hot glue/hot glue gun

– utility knife

– dollar store mirror

– paint brush/cheap acrylic paint of your color choice

To begin, I found something large and circular (my laundry hamper) to trace for the base of the cardboard. I also cut a smaller hole that’s not shown in this photo out of the center of my cardboard circle so that I could insert my mirror.

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Next, I cut the handles of the spoons off so I would just have the nice rounded part. I had intended to use scissors for this, and it is possible, but ready yourself for hand cramps and a slow process. Luckily, I have Mr. Fix-It for a dad, so he gave me this monster of a tool to make this step easier. I believe this tool’s intended function is to cut metal, so plastic spoons were a cinch.

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I was then ready to start hot gluing the spoons onto the cardboard by doing one circle at a time.

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When I was finished with the spoons, I hot glued the back edge of the mirror and plopped it into the center hole to serve as the middle of my “chrysanthemum flower.”

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After all of these steps, I was FINALLY ready to begin painting. Now let me tell you, this is no quick craft. I think I spent approximately 6 hours on this bad boy (however, the Golden Globes were on and may have distracted me at times, so I didn’t mind working so long on the painting process). What took what seemed like days to finish was the painting because the spoons didn’t take the paint very well, so it took about 3 coats per round of spoons. I began with the original acrylic paint color in the center and for each row I simply added a little white to make the color fade out. And ta-da! I am really in love with the way it turned out and I think it will look adorable hanging on my wall. All for less than $10. Woohoo! Happy crafting!

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Gender Reveal Box

My cousin, Jarrah, is one of my dearest friends, so when she told me that she was pregnant I was thrilled. Since she knows my love for crafting, she asked me to decorate her gender reveal box for when she and Matt found out if they were having a boy or girl. I was obviously all over it, researching ideas and making a design immediately. I think it turned out really adorable and the gathering was a huge success!

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To decorate the box, I painted it with a primer and then drew on the design with a pencil. I painted over it with acrylic paint from Walmart, a very small paint brush, and a lot of patience. To top it off, I made a “Boy or Girl” burlap garland, poked holes in the box and attached the string to the inside of the box to hold the garland in place. It was a somewhat easy project, very inexpensive and the couple was pleased, so it was all worthwhile.

And FYI, they were BLUE BALLOONS! It’s a boy! Congrats Matty and Gia!

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Past Projects (home decor on a budget)

I have completed a few crafty projects recently that I thought I would share to possibly inspire you to channel your inner Martha Stewart.

First off, I came across a shower curtain at Marshalls for $15 that I had absolutely no use for because I already had a one, but I just loved the print so I couldn’t pass it up. So to keep myself from feeling frivolous and like a pack-rat, I decided to break out the sewing machine. I simply cut the shower curtain in half and put a seam on the sides and presto. New window panels for $7 apiece.

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Next, I wanted to recover some old pillows but couldn’t find the right fabric. One day while at Michaels Craft Store I stumbled across a set of Martha Stewart stencils (you might pick up on the fact that I REALLY love Martha Stewart) and craft paint that can be used on fabric, so I decided to take matters into my own hands and make the pillows look the way I wanted. I made two different pillows using the design and color schemes of my desire.


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So I guess what I learned from these projects was to not let myself be held back by finding decor that fit just right, but to figure out a way to make it what I loved, and save a few bucks along the way!

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I think I’ll climb a mountain today.

My family and I visit Arizona pretty frequently because my brother, sister-in-law and niece live there. When we were visiting a few weeks ago for our family Christmas celebration, I got to experience a new (not to mention exhausting) opportunity. Arizona State University’s football stadium is nestled between two mountains, one being named “A Mountain.”

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One day my mom, sister-in-law, Neely, and I felt on the adventurous side and decided to climb said mountain. Well let me tell you, that sucker was steep. It had to be at least a 50 degree incline, so my out of shape self was huffing and puffing the whole way up. Once we made it to the top, took a few photos, and I caught my breath, I felt a serious sense of accomplishment and pride. So if you ever have the chance to do something a little out of your comfort zone, I encourage you to grab it by the horns. How many people can say that they have climbed a mountain in their lifetime? Well I have!

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DIY Holiday Gift Tags

As some of you know, I tend to demonstrate OCD tendencies at times. One of my favorite activities is list-making and keepingIMG_20121003_125203 an organized, tidy, and not to mention adorable calendar of my life, so it’s no wonder that I love a company called May Books. They specialize in customizable notebooks, organizers, cards, etc. Here is my own weekly agenda book:

                                                 

As the holidays approach, these are great gift ideas if you know any crazed organize freaks like me. However, there is a new offer from May Books that I wanted to share: printable holiday gift tags to make your gift giving even more festive and fun! And here’s the best part, they’re free! To print, simply click here and print on white cardstock. Happy gifting!

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Hello, world!

Well, I finally caved. I’ve been considering starting a blog for about a year now, but never committed because I didn’t know if I would have anything interesting to write about or if anyone would even read it for that matter. But here I am, starting one anyway because some friends of mine convinced me that I might be a little creative and at least they would read it (ahem, Kate and Jessica). So I’ll give it a shot and share my brand new journey. I have recently graduated from college and have entered the real world kicking and screaming, just a little bit. The adult life is very new to me and taking some getting used to, but instead of entering depression like some of my crazy friends, I am ready to embrace this world and find new adventures.

This blog will serve as a vessel for things I enjoy, experiences, endeavors, travels and lots and lots of DIY projects, some that I may actually execute, and some that I’d like to say I will complete but never will. Also, I’m really obsessed with my (almost) 6 month old niece, so if you hate adorable pictures of babies then maybe you should stay away. Fun posts to come!

                         Until then,

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