lately.

You guys. I’m not trying to be that fickle blogger than just comes and goes but lately I have been. I’ve also been working 60hr+ weeks at my real job so there’s that. At least it’s down from 80 right? It’s the little things.

I’ve noticed that a lot of my favorite bloggers have been a little MIA lately, what’s up with that? Is the blogging bubble about to burst? I can’t speak for others, but I know that lately I’ve enjoyed living my life and loving those around me too much to take the time to sit at my computer and share it with you guys. Which makes me feel kind of crummy (for you guys). So I’m trying to find a balance.

That being said. I’ve still be DIYing to my heart’s content and have plenty of fun projects and stories to share. But for now, I will share what we’ve been up to lately. Just to ease back into the whole blogging regularly (?) thing.

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I celebrated my 28th birthday the only way I knew how. With a salted caramel cupcake from Bird Bakery. The girls working there even sang to me! If you haven’t been you must go. And bring me with you.

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We continued my birthday celebration with dinner at Cured. Which. Being a vegetarian was a dumb choice on my part. But I knew that Derek really wanted to try it so I sacrificed my birthday dinner for him. Kidding. The interior finish out of the restrooms made it totally worth it. A dream.

Screen Shot 2014-06-10 at 8.26.49 PM I hosted a bridal shower for my lovely Lauren who has now officially been married for almost two weeks. She was the most beautiful bride. And the tiniest. She decided to surprise me with the greatest news of all that day and informed me that she and her Fiance Husband have bought the house across the street from us! Can you imagine? I just about died. We’ll probably have our own TV show soon. And the raddest of block parties.

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The next weekend we road tripped to Arkansas to geek out over Thorncrown Chapel and watch our best friends get married. This was the first time Derek and I had ever stood in a wedding together (besides our own?) and it was SUCH a blast. This wedding marked the last of our close friends to get married (from our group) so it was a a pretty special occasion. We even had a celebrity to party with. And a ghost cat.

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This past weekend I decided to see The Fault in Our Stars and balled my eyes out. And now I’m reading the book. What is wrong with me?
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This has been my go to dinner while putting in some serious OT at work. Who doesn’t love wine and cheese? It does the body good.

Other than that I’ve just been having lots of brunches, long walks in the park with Geoffrey, and binge watching Orange is the New Black. We finished watching it about 3 days after it was released which was probably the dumbest thing ever because now we have to wait a whole year for the next season. #firstworldproblems

What have you guys been up to lately?

28

Today is my birthday! And in honor of my birthday I’ve decided to compile a few of my favorite things that I’ve been pining over this season. I have a good feeling about 28. I think it’s going to be a good one.

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Tonight Derek is taking me to a new restaurant, and then we’re meeting up with friends for drinks. Jennifer Lawrence is going to be on Jimmy Fallon this evening (obviously being DVRed) so I’d say 28 is off to a great start so far.

everything must go

yard saleThis Saturday we will be having a HUGE yard sale. After moving into our house and losing 500sf of space we have had to part with a lot of lovely things including furniture, home decor, and lots and lots of clothes. For a sneak peek at some of the items for sale go here. Everything must go, so stop by early before it’s too late.

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This past weekend my parents came to stay with us, which usually means three things: 1. We eat our weight in Chachos (I know. But it’s so good.) 2. We go to Local Coffee and have what my mom has dubbed as “Adult Poptarts” and 3. We tackle a house project head on. This weekend’s project was to scrub the exterior of our house from top to bottom.

This may sound kind of strange, but imagine decades of dirt just caked onto our poor little house. When we first looked at it many many months ago I literally licked my thumb to wipe off the dirt just to see what color it was. That’s bad. And embarrassing.

So my mom and I decided to tackle this project while the guys repaired the front and back doors that had shifted when the house was leveled this winter.

Here are some before pictures of the grime to really gross you out.

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These were not our doodles. Maybe neighbor kids? Or dirt skating birds?

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There was also carpet on the porch. And I still don’t know why it took us 5 months to remove it. I think we were mostly afraid of what we would uncover. Cracks? Glue? Cockroaches? All options were fair game.

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IMG_0149 It just needed to be hosed down a bit, but we saved that for the end because we knew the dirt from the house was just going to muck it up again.

We also pulled off all of the wooden screens to give them a good scrub down.

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We mixed equal parts vinegar, ammonia, and ivory liquid soap into a huge tub of water. Then used a soft broom for the main scrubbing and a smaller handheld dusting broom for the detail work. We opted not to use a power washer because the back part of the house has a lot of peeling paint, and we really didn’t want to deal with removing paint just yet. That’s a late summer project.

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We have 25 screens. Twenty. Five. It was sort of a pain. Don’t get me wrong, I love having tons of windows, except when it comes to cleaning them. We had also planned to repair a lot of the screens and replace the actual mesh, but after getting a taste a just how many there are, I think that is going to be a slow process. I also really want to repaint all of them a less burnt orange color, but I’m probably going to have to do it in waves as well. But definitely before it gets to be boiling hot outside. Oh wait. It was 97F this weekend.

Also, every screen was totally unique to it’s window. So we had to keep them all in order to avoid playing “which screen goes where” 25 times per screen. They had been marked with Roman Numerals by the person who originally made them, but the order didn’t have any rhyme or reason with the layout of the house. Go figure.

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Okay now for some lovely before and afters.

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SO much brighter! Even once we added the screens back on, it made a world of difference. And I kind of love the minty dollhouse color it ended up being. Who would have known under all of that dirt?

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Yes those are shavings from repairing the doors and frames. More on that later.

Things we discovered while cleaning:

  • The house was originally white with seafoam trim and white screens
  • It literally looked like it was raining mud down the sides of the house as we cleaned
  • We have the greenest lawn on the block (which Derek takes great pride in)
  • SPF 30 wasn’t enough. Ouch.
  • None of the windows leaked. Surprise!
  • There were about 500 wires from previous cable providers that had to be taken down. Seriously?

It still blows me away every time I pull into the driveway now. I feel so much prouder to call this place our home. Things are really starting to come together around here.

the little things

With work taking over my life these days, I think it’s safe to say that the house progress has come to a snail’s pace. Our living room is probably the closest room to being completed, and it is so nice to come home to a space that is really starting to look and feel like home. Especially since it’s the first thing I see whenever I walk through the door. And it makes me happy.

So I wanted to share some of my favorite vignettes with you guys.

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All that’s left on the to do list for this area is:

  • Hang art above the sofa (we have the perfect print in mind.. here’s a hint)
  • Find a surface mount light fixture for over the living room
  • Hang two more sets of drapery panels over the smaller windows flanking the fireplace (I have had them for weeks but keep forgetting to install the hardware)
  • Replace the dining room chairs with something a little more “us” (they are ordered and being made in Holland, MI right now if that gives you any hint at all designer friends)
  • Replace table lamps (I’ve been drooling over these)
  • Find (or build) media console for under the TV
  • Find (or build) china cabinet (something long and low for under the dining room window to hold all of our wedding china)
  • Paint the interior side of the front door (and exterior, who am I fooling?)
  • Replace the fiesta tile at the fireplace hearth with some of our leftover hex tile from the kitchen
  • Buy a 20″x20″ frame for the missing piece of the gallery wall in the dining room (you can see the beginning stages of it here)

But for now the bathroom is at the top of my list. It is absolutely driving me crazy. Not having a mirror over the sink is what I imagine prison to be like. Not really. Orange is the New Black is what I imagine prison to be like.

What are your favorite areas of your home?

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