Room Makeover

I’ve been saying I was going to get here with photos of the transformation of M’s room, so here I am with it. I am still finding things I want to do and change, but I’ll get it done a little at a time. These are cell phone photos, so hang with me, they are not the greatest quality.

This is where we started (after I took things off the wall and had primed the window frame which had also been pink) – Bright pink walls, ugly nasty light blue carpet, and giant lava lamp. I painted R and C played on that keyboard :/ This room is straight back from my front door, so it is always seen when you come in the house and there has been a pink glow everywhere for years.

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I knew I was going to have to prime the walls to cover that pink and this is where I slacked on photos. I got to in to it and didn’t take any pictures of that process.

Now comes the paint. I started putting this on and thought maybe it was too dark, but I really love how the color came out:

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1000% better already! And no more lava lamp!

Then I got really adventurous because that nasty blue carpet was really bothering me in the fresh painted room. I don’t want to go all out on flooring just yet, so I decided why not paint the sub floor and add a nice throw rug. The absolute worst part was removing all the tack strips and staples from the floor. After that was done, I had to do a lot of sweeping, wiping, sanding, and then priming.

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Looked so much better, even with just the primer. I used Killz brand because there were a few dark spots and imperfections in the wood. Now for paint! I chose a darker color than the walls because I knew I wanted to use a lighter colored area rug. And again, I got carried away and failed on the photos of just the painted floor. So, I’ll just skip to where it stands now. The rug is a little smaller than what I wanted, but it will do for now. I chose the blue accent color last. It’s not exactly what I  planned, but if I decide I don’t like it I can change it. Here is the room now:

Old kitchen chair that had been sitting in my laundry room for years, freshly painted.

Old kitchen chair that had been sitting in my laundry room for years, freshly painted.

Chair and M's old desk that she didn't want, so I'm putting it to use with printers and my Cameo.

Chair and M’s old desk that she didn’t want, so I’m putting it to use with printers and my Cameo.

My desk space. Notice the creepy head on the shelf. I had hid him away, but M insisted that she crafted him in art class, so he belonged out in my craft room.

My desk space. Notice the creepy head on the shelf. I had hid him away, but M insisted that she crafted him in art class, so he belonged out in my craft room.

Another view of desk area.

Another view of desk area. Creepy head still peeking.

I claimed this shelf off the wall at my dad's old office, along with the little boat shelf. The big shelf was an ugly gray construction color. Fresh paint and it's a beauty and functional!

I claimed this shelf off the wall at my dad’s old office, along with the little boat shelf. The big shelf was an ugly gray construction color. Fresh paint and it’s a beauty and functional! I just have things kind of thrown on there right now.

My latest wine bottle project to add a little accent to the black shelf.

My latest wine bottle project to add a little accent to the black shelf.

Another set of shelves with the other wine bottle I did. Nothing really arranged right now.

Another set of shelves with the other wine bottle I did. Nothing really arranged right now.

And that’s where I am right now. Just guessing, but I would say that I did the whole thing for less than $150. I love it and I love coming in here…alone! R has claimed the old office we shared for himself and it is still a work in progress. It has the same nasty blue carpet and while I would love to dive right in and rip it up now, it’s back to work on Monday so it will have to wait a bit.

Thanks for looking! Peace, out…

 

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It’s going quickly…

Summer vacation, that is. It’s been a short one this year. “They” decided that the school calendar needed adjusting, with school starting and ending earlier. But in order to make that happen, we have to deal with a couple of unusually short summers. I have a couple of weeks left, but, most of this coming week, I will be spending at work on some extra duty building a new curriculum for the coming year. That will leave me with one week to fill with all the things I haven’t been able to do yet. I have accomplished quite a few things, but there is still so much to do. Never enough time. C and I took off last weekend and went to Carowinds with A, his wife, and daughter. We had a blast, but were worn out. I love that we’ve been able to get away some this summer, but it seems like it takes days to get ready before we go and days to recover when we get back. I’ve spent some time working in M’s old room some more this week. We tore up the carpet in there and are almost done painting the sub floor. I just need to get my big area rug and move all of my stuff in there. It will be nice to have my own private space. I’m going to try to post some pictures of the process when I am finished.

It’s an exciting month in my scrappy time. I’m guesting this month at The Lilypad! Also, one of my favorite people, Etc. by Danyale, is also guest designing there this month. I’m super excited. I need to get my gallery here all caught up and get back on track with my Life in Pockets. These are some of the layouts I have created since the last time I was here:

All Year Round: Relaxations by Traci Reed and Jady Day Studio

All Year Round: Relaxations by Traci Reed and Jady Day Studio

Messy Marla by Amy Wolff Junk Drawer Frames by Amy Wolff Giddy by Amy Wolff

Messy Marla by Amy Wolff
Junk Drawer Frames by Amy Wolff
Giddy by Amy Wolff

On The Street We Live by Etc. by Danyale NSD 2015 Grab Bag by Sara Gleason and Cyrstal Livesay

On The Street We Live by Etc. by Danyale
NSD 2015 Grab Bag by Sara Gleason and Cyrstal Livesay

Girls of Summer by Traci Reed

Girls of Summer by Traci Reed

Work Day Bundle by Sahin Designs

Work Day Bundle by Sahin Designs

July Wolff Pack Papers by Amy Wolff July Wolff Pack Messy Marvin by Amy Wolff July Woff Pack Alpha by Amy Wolff

July Wolff Pack Papers by Amy Wolff
July Wolff Pack Messy Marvin by Amy Wolff
July Woff Pack Alpha by Amy Wolff

Now to get them added to the gallery and finish up that floor! It’s also a beautiful day, maybe a little trip to the pond with C for some fishing is in order. Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday! Peace, out…

Birthdays and Father’s Days and Lazy Days!

Whew.. So we got C’s 10th birthday off without much of a hitch. I thought it was going to rain most of the day, so we set most everything up inside. Fortunately, the rain held off until after the party. I think everyone enjoyed it. The decorations came out pretty cute if I do say so myself ha. I used Papers and Elements by Robyn Meierotto called Play Ball at Pixels and Company:

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The water balloon batting practice was the favorite with little kids and big kids alike! We had a pretty low key Father’s Day and ended up just going out to eat. I think we were all worn out!

I was able to get all mostly caught up on my Life in Pockets pages. I still have this past week to do but with Traci Reed’s Pocket Life ’15: June Collection, I did get  two weeks done!

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Just a few other pages to share with you today…

About A Boy by Amy Wolff Press Plate No. 40 by Paislee Press

About A Boy by Amy Wolff
Press Plate No. 40 by Paislee Press

It’s Featured Favorites time over at Pixels and Company

Asian Summer by Mellybird Designs Blueprint No. 1 by Gennifer Bursett

Asian Summer by Mellybird Designs
Blueprint No. 1 by Gennifer Bursett

Curated: Currently by Pixels and Company and curated by Celeste Smith Sunny Template by Gennifer Bursett

Curated: Currently by Pixels and Company and curated by Celeste Smith
Sunny Template by Gennifer Bursett

I think C and I are headed to the pool today…It’s supposed to be a hot one! Have a great Tuesday! Peace, out…

One of “those” weeks!

Where do I even start about the last week or so! Yikes! It started off just fine, still mild weather and not a whole lot going on except going back to work after the break. It wasn’t so bad…sometimes adult interaction is just what I need! Then it all went down hill. Winter decided to make an appearance and it got really cold, like below 0 cold. We ended up being out of school on Thursday, but as much as I’d like to enjoy a snow day, having to spend it with frozen water in my laundry takes all the fun out of it. Back to work on Friday and I end up in the ER before the end of the day with a kidney stone. I still have it I guess, I’m not so good at following directions and straining things, but we have been out a lot and I am not carrying those things with me! TMI? Anyway, after getting home from that and going off to basketball practice, I’m thinking things are looking up for a good weekend. We pull in the driveway after practice to water gushing out of the side of our house. The water pipe and burst and flooded the laundry room. Have I mentioned the fact that I hate winter!! So that’s where I stand….still drying floors and washing clothes by hand for the time being.

I’ve been trying to keep up with MOC at The Lilypad, but the events of last week have put me a couple of days behind. As soon as I log off here I am going to try to catch up. I have been keeping up with CT work pretty well and am still always amazed at the goodness that comes my way every week! Here’s what’s new with my awesome designers this week:

Winter Wish - January Collection by P&Co. Designers

Winter Wish – January Collection by P&Co. Designers

In Stitches by Robyn Meierotto Dialogue by Gennifer Bursett and Jen Allyson

In Stitches by Robyn Meierotto
Dialogue by Gennifer Bursett and Jen Allyson

Live, Love, Etc by Etc by Danyale Fuss Free: Somewhere in Time by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs Pocket Love | Arrow Stamps by Cluster Queen Creations

Live, Love, Etc by Etc by Danyale
Fuss Free: Somewhere in Time by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs
Pocket Love | Arrow Stamps by Cluster Queen Creations

ART BOOK - It All Started - Bundle by Val C. Designs

ART BOOK – It All Started – Bundle by Val C. Designs

ART BOOK - It All Started - Bundle by Val C. Designs ArtBook - Posing ART by Val C. Designs

ART BOOK – It All Started – Bundle by Val C. Designs
ArtBook – Posing ART by Val C. Designs

The last page is for Val C’s challenge over at OScraps…it’s a great one, so check it out if you get a chance! And don’t forget that MEG Designs’ template challenge is still going on, with a template created by yours truly!

I will be back tomorrow with some cool stuff from Simple Scrapper to share for this month! Monday is done….Peace, out 🙂

TGIF

Fridays don’t mean a whole heck of a lot on summer vacation, but well, it’s still Friday 🙂 Just got finished updating my Scrap Pages and man, there was some gorgeous stuff to play with this week. Credits are attached to all of them so you can find all the goodness!! I am almost caught up on Project Life. I have to do last week’s page and this week over the weekend. I’ll get that updated in the next day or so.

Summer is quickly winding down. The schools here in this area have already gone back, so I am glad that I teach down the road a bit! We have several things going on the next few days. I go with A and C to Roanoke tomorrow to get their tuxes for the wedding. THAT should be interesting. I told C that on Monday we would head to Pipestem State Park and go horseback riding. He has never been on one, so that should be interesting, too! We also need to get in a few more pool trips before the summer is over! I have to go to work on Wed of next week for some training…yuck! I finally got my hair done yesterday after 7 months and it feels so much better!

I shared a fun pic on Facebook for Throwback Thursday yesterday, so I thought I would share it here as well. I miss my dad.

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This was taken in 1996 at Smith Mountain Lake, VA. My parents owned a condo there and we spent a lot of time in the summers at that place. Yes, this is what my dad liked to do for fun – hang my children from curtain rods LOL He was the best!

I’m out of here for now. It’s a rainy day and I have some errands to run. Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

 

So, yeah…

Got a little behind again. I am not sure where this summer has gone 😦 I know I’ve been busy, but I’m not sure what all we have done. Mostly work and not enough fun. I think I will change that for the 3 weeks or so we have left. I have painted 2 more rooms since I was last here – C’s bedroom and our office. I still have 2 rooms to paint, but they won’t be bad as long as I can get M here to clean out her room. Money has been pretty tight this summer, so that’s the main reason behind not going a lot of places. Not even going to the beach this summer. I’m pretty bummed, but hope to get a trip in sometime in the near future, even if it’s only for a long weekend. Things will get better and this is just a bump in the road 🙂

I just finished updating my Scrap Pages, so if you want to take a peek over there and see all the amazing designs, go for it! I know that I create for some of the most wonderful people. And speaking of scrapping, guess who is one of the newest members of the P&Co Creative Team? ME!! Wow… I am just so over the moon happy. Not only do I get to create with some amazing designs, but I have a new home 🙂 Come on over and play with us!!

I’m a bit behind on Project Life, but I will get back on track in the next day or so. I think I only have a couple of weeks to catch up. I may be severely lacking in photos 😦 My big girl camera has quit working on me and my cell phone camera is giving me fits, too UGH. I’m trying to hold out on a new phone until the fall and I see what the iPhone 6 is like, but man, I seriously need to take some pictures!

C and I are off today to do a little fishing at the pond. We went yesterday and he caught one Blue Gill. Hopefully today he will catch a few more. Hope everyone has a great end to the weekend!

Sunday Funday?

Another week and another weekend coming to a close. Not sure what I did with this past week, but it doesn’t seem like a whole lot. I did finish staining the stairs and Friday we went to get paint for the risers, stairwell, and upstairs hallway. The last couple of days have been rainy and yucky, so it was a good time to get that project finished up. I still have a bit of touch up work and some trim to finish upstairs, but it looks so much better than that nasty carpet and dirty paint that was there. I’m trying to decide if I want to do a runner down the stairs or some kind of carpet treads on each of the steps or if I want to just leave them as-is. We’ll see, no hurry on that one I don’t guess.

I just finished updating my Scrap Pages and my Project Life Pages through last week. I still need to work on this week’s page, but at least I am staying fairly caught up with it. There are some gorgeous kits out this week and on sale at least through the weekend! I don’t think I’m going to add my pages in the posts here any more. It just seemed like double duty and more work. I’m trying to find more time for this blog and I think that will help me. I can just ramble here and then keep the pages all in one neat gallery.

Not sure what today will bring. Playing it by ear and probably cleaning up some of the mess from painting. The sun is shining, so I’m sure the outdoors will be calling my name at some point! Have a wonderful Sunday!!

Busy, busy!

Summer is going by just entirely too quickly! I’ve been pretty busy around here. We had new patio furniture delivered last week and I spent the days before building planter boxes with my left over pallet lumber to go on either side of it. I think it looks really pretty 🙂

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The yellow hibiscus I bought a while back match the pillows perfectly! I also finished one of my benches that is on the other side of the porch

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It’s not perfect, but for my first one, I think it looks pretty good! There are 3 more on the back porch that still need to be finished, but no one ever goes out there, so I have some time!

I stopped on this project to start another. I ripped all the carpet off of our inside stairs! Oh my, I have never seen so many staples and tacks in my life! I am in the process of staining the treads and then I am going to paint the risers. But even the bare wood looked better than that nasty carpet that was on there!

On Friday, A and his fiance rented a u-haul to take some stuff to the dump out of their house and get his stuff out of storage, so they offered to come by and get our couch and chair (and the ripped up carpet) that needed to go as well. After, they stopped by my mom’s and picked up a couch and chair that she had for us. Oh my gosh. It looks so much better and is so much more comfortable. Piece of advice – don’t ever buy a denim couch!! I thought at the time it would be really cool…bright pillows, patches if it was worn…but you know how when you wear jeans for a little while, they start getting baggy? Well the same thing happens when it’s on a couch! You can wash it and tighten it back up, but in a few sits it’s all loose again. I bet I “made” the couch 100 times a day…tucking it in here and there to make it look tight. It was a freakin’ pain in the butt.

We finally had a rainy day yesterday, so I got the house cleaned up, laundry done, and caught up on my scrapping. Today, I need to do something, go somewhere! I may take C to check out the library…it’s been on our “to do” list for a few weeks.

Oh, and before I forget… I need to give a big old shout out to Florence Scovel Jewelry! I ordered a watch from them a couple of weeks ago and am totally in love with it

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It was on sale for $9.99! How could I pass that up, right? Well, they had a contest on their Facebook page – Florence Scovel Jewelry – to post a photo of your new jewelry for a chance to win $100 Gift Card and guess who won? ME!!! So excited, and I picked out a few really cool pieces. Can’t wait to get them!! If you haven’t checked out their store, do it! They have some great things on sale and some beautiful pieces!!

If you’d like to see all the great stuff from my wonderful scrap designers this week, check out My Scrap Pages, it’s all up to date! Not so much with Project Life, but I will get there. I am outta here. Have a wonderful hump day!

What?

Where did 10 days go? I swear I thought I was keeping up with this better than that. Oh well! I have been keeping myself super busy since school was out. I have been working on my pallet benches. I got them all cut and placed where I thought they should go. And then I decided that it just wasn’t turning out the way that I wanted it to. So, I ordered a new patio set (cheaper than buying cushions and pillows for my benches) and I have split the pallet benches in to sections. One section is on my front porch and three are on the back. I’m liking them much better this way and I don’t feel like I wasted the work. I’ll share photos when all is said and done.

I’ve done a few other things, like paint the bathroom and rescreen/paint the storm door on the front of the house. I also painted some trim on the front. I have a few other projects on my to-do list. Next up is pressure washing the front deck before the new patio set arrives and tearing up the old nasty carpet on my steps. I am so sick of it! I keep waiting for rainy days to do inside stuff and well, we haven’t had any! I am trying not to complain, since last summer all it did was rain!

On Saturday, C and I went to the Celebrate Princeton Street Fair. We had a really great time and talked to some really interesting people. They are trying to fix up our down town area. It used to be a bustling place, but has fallen in to disrepair over the years. There is a group that is working to change that –  Princeton Renaissance Project. I wanted to take a minute to share some photos of the amazing murals that are being painted on the sides of some of the buildings. Check it out:

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This one is my favorite!

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I posted the my latest layouts in my Scrap Pages. Feel free to browse over there to see what amazing goodies my designers have out this week. They never cease to amaze me!

Peace and Love!

The Best Smell

It’s that time of year! My very favorite smell is in the air. The honeysuckle is in bloom and my yard is full of it. Just walking outside makes me smile. It brings back so many childhood memories of taking walks, picking the blooms and tasting the sweet stuff inside. I googled it and there are even youtube videos showing the proper way to eat honeysuckle! If you’ve never tried it, and happen across a honeysuckle bush, try it…you’ll like it! I love taking my children and showing them out to eat it, as well. Sharing a bit of a simpler time.

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The road to our house is lined with with it for miles and I love to ride with the windows down and just breathe. So yeah, just a random post to share my love of honeysuckle. It never stays around long enough.