Monday, October 31, 2011

our house needed new jewelry.

I mentioned that last weekend we tackled a few items on our to-do list.  One thing I've been dying to do since we moved in is update our front porch area. It was fine- just not very glamorous.  The main point of change needed- the porch light.

The house came with a flood light as a porch light, that was motion censored.  It was ugly. Harsh. And reminded me of a light that would be used at a prison to catch escapees.

This is the best photo I have of our house in its original state.  Don't let the green tree and blue sky fool you.  But if you look at the porch you can see the light.  But it doesn't pack-a-punch- so it had to go!

We stopped at Lowe's and Home Depot- but couldn't find a light that we liked.  We went to Osh, and found one we both thought would work. Since Ryan was installing the fixture, he had to be onboard! And being under $50 we were sold.

My thoughts on porch lights is that they are your houses jewelry.  And like all good diamonds- the bigger the better.  Too many people suffer from small-porch light syndrome.  But not these two, anymore!

Ryan was tasked to hang her up.  (After turning off the electricity of course.)  And like all good house projects, this one came with many hiccups.  Our electrical box is vintage 1960's so it needed some extra love to get our light up.  But Ryan stuck with it, and we got her up just in time for our trick-or-treaters!

Isn't she pretty?

And the finished porch, in fall mode of course!

So much better!  The next things on our list for the porch is to relocate the mailbox, and I'd love to fill the dirt pit to the right with concrete.  We also need to repaint the house.  Ah, so much to do!!

Monday, October 24, 2011


Ok, ok- this isn't a photo for the 30-day photo challenge.  Nice one Christina on making a proclamation with no follow through.  Give me a few days...

However, this weekend we were Weekend Warrior's, and tackled and started many fun projects. This included a handful of trips to Lowe's and Home Depot.

I was getting paint mixed at Home Depot, and the pre-teen girl in front of me was getting these four colors made:

I can only imagine that each bright color is going on one of four walls in her bedroom.  As Ryan stated, she is going to regret that in a few years.

But, alas, it is only paint.  And kudos to her dad for taking her and not saying a word about her poor taste in paint colors.  Not sure if I could do that! (Although I know my parents did the same when I opted for the brightest yellow know to man in my room- but at least it was the same color on all four walls!)

Hope your Monday went well- Elliot, Riley and I just finished watching Once Upon a Time on ABC. Enjoyed by all!

Friday, October 14, 2011

thirty day photo challenge.

While pinning on pintrest, I came across a great idea. (Well I suppose most things on pintrest are a great idea...) It's called the 30 Day Photography Challenge.  Awesome. After seeing this, I knew I wanted to take part for a few reasons. a. I run out of photography ideas b. The only way to get better at photography is taking pictures c. blog content.

Yup, I've been slacking, and I thought having daily (or a post with a few days of photos) would help me get back in to the blog song and dance.  So for the next 30 days, or 60, or however long it take me to get through the list, we will be seeing photos related to these themes:


I can sense the excitement!  And I can already tell you I don't quite know what to do for Day 13. And, I'm hoping I can find a way to make my feet look small for Day 18. So folks, have a happy weekend, and stay tuned for the first installment- my self portrait...

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

my first pintrest creation!

If I haven't said it before, I'll say it right now- I'm addicted to Pintrest.  I love it. It's like a light version of a blog- just the photos. I've found some great ideas through the site.  I also love the graphics about Pintrest that you see while browsing:


But then you'll see images like this, and then you remember that the point on Pintrest is to actually make things, or inspire you to create.


So I decided to make one of my Pins, an autumn wreath.


Isn't it so cute?  And the blog where she originated, Little Things Bring Smiles, had the instructions for the wreath, along with how to make the rosettes.

So on Sunday Ryan and I went to Michael's and Joann's to get the goods.  I had a coupon for Michael's so the grape vine wreath base was only $3.  The felt they had at Michael's wasn't quite the color I wanted, so I went to Joann's and picked up a yard of a mustard color.

I then turned on the TV, and got my crafting on!  As the tutorial states, just use a CD to create a pattern.

Then, cut out the circles

And yes, a Pumpkin Spice Latte helps! Then create a spiral out of the circles.

Roll them from the outside, in- and you're left with these cute little guys:

I didn't glue the bottom, since I knew they'd be glued to the wreath.  Once I had all the flowers made, I heated up my hot glue gun, and arranged the roses around the wreath.  After the layout was how I liked it, I glued them down.

And now our front door looks a bit more like the season!

It was fun to craft, and I'm excited for my next project!

Monday, October 03, 2011

my family's so talented!

I've got a pretty rad family- especially in the talent department.  My mom can sew like no one I know, my dad can make anything [for real- and he'll tell ya : ) ].  My grandma could paint and my other grandma is musically inclined.  It's a nice gene pool to be a part of! And, probably where my crafty side comes from.

So it's no surprise that my uncle is talented too!  He's a great woodworker- and makes beautiful things. One of his specialties: cutting boards.  When I was down visiting last year, he said he would make Ryan and I one.  Thinking it was more of a pleasantry, I brushed it off.  But, when a Fedex box arrived unexpectedly Friday night, I knew exactly what it was!

It was our brand-spankin new cutting board- but made by my Uncle Hal! Check her out!

Not only is it so cool to look at, but the materials are great too!  The note they attached, seen above, stated the wood was renewable maple and black walnut from Michigan (from a friends property).  He sealed it with organic bees wax.  Gotta love earth friendly- hand crafted goods!

The cutting board also matches our kitchen so, so well!

But my favorite part is his logo/signature-

Ryan has already gone through orientation, so knows that this cannot be soaked in water, used as a hot plate, nor can we leave a soggy mess on it unattended.  We are passing this item down to our kids- so we've got to keep it in tip-top shape!

So there you have it- nothing beats home crafted goods created with love.  Thanks Uncle Hal and Aunt Beth!
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