Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Our Home: One Year Later

It is hard to believe, but we have been in our home for a year now! I wish someone would have told us before how crazy we were to move into a new home one month before our wedding day. It took us months to finally settle in to our home and to this day, I still have boxes that are waiting to be unpacked. 

Despite the craziness of our first year living here, we have managed to change things up a bit as well. In honor of our one year house-iversary, I decided to give you a little tour of all the things we have (or have not) changed in the past year. Here goes nothing...

The Living Room: 

The living room is our main headquarters, it is where we spend our most time. Whether its relaxing, entertaining, or studying, most likely it is occurring in this room. Depending on the season, this is also usually the most decorated part of the house, but at the moment its looking a little plain jane. 

The most we have done in this room is paint the walls, hang curtains, and throw some things on the walls. I have big ideas for this room though, including a big bench under the window, homemade entertainment center and shelving, new curtains, and a wall of keys. Yes keys, I love them and I don't know why. I blame Hobby Lobby.

The Kitchen and Dinette:

The kitchen and dining area is another commonly used area in our home... obviously. This room has also required little work, only painting the walls and adding our own personal touches. We also hung some blinds for the sliding glass door when the sun gets crazy, or when the dog won't stop barking at things in the yard. We used these a lot more before we put up our fence, but they are still very nice to have.

The kitchen needs a new stove very badly. We usually have to use a lighter to get the front two burners to light. I also have big ideas of a tiled backsplash one day. Other than that, I would love to add some more wine decor. 

The Hallway:

I love the shelves of pictures at the end of our hallway! It is a great way to display a bunch of fun pictures all in one place. We made the shelves ourselves, and it is so convenient to be able to move the frames around if we want to. Right now it is full of wedding pictures, but we hope to one day have a mixture of pictures of our parents, grandparents, puppy, and of course children. 
This is definitely the spot in our house that gets the most compliments.

The Master Bedroom

Ahh, the master bedroom: also known as my favorite room in our house. This was the first room we painted, and we did it on our own. It was the first time I had ever painted, and I was convinced I was going to mess it up. I think a part of the reason I love this room so much is because it was the first room we were able to put together on our own. Immediately after the wedding, we painted, purchased all new furniture, redid the closet, and picked out all the decor. It is the only room in the house that is truly all of our own things, and not hand-me-downs from family members. While we really appreciate all the furniture that has been given to us,  it was nice being able to pick out our own things as well. 

The Guest Bedroom:

We have done absolutely nothing with this room except throw some furniture and decor in this room. And to be honest, that's all we plan to do for a while. This bedroom just happened to match our old comforter, and the bedroom set from the apartment doesn't look too terrible either. We actually slept in this room for the first two months or so that we lived here while we were waiting to paint the master and have furniture delivered. 

The Main Bathroom:

Our bathroom is a very awkward shape, as you can see in the pictures. However, it has a rather large area near the sink for getting ready, and there's a closet to store towels, cleaning supplies, and other bathroom essentials. We haven't done much work in here either, just simply decorating thus far. And see that candle holder on the shelf there, that was the centerpiece at half the tables at our wedding. Talk about reusing things wherever possible.


The basement got the most use a few weeks ago when temps were in the 90's every.single.day! We do not have air, so this basement was our saving grace. The basement is mostly used for storage and working out, but it is also a nice place to relax when we want to. You can usually find Adam down here playing his XBox, but he somehow managed to convince me to let him move it upstairs after his knee surgery. 


We have also done quite a bit of work on the outside of our house. We have cut down and taken out trees, trimmed up some large pine trees, redid the patio and built a small deck. Our biggest outdoor project thus far was putting up a fence for our spoiled puppy. It just felt cruel tying her up on a leash when we have such a big yard for her to run in. Not going to lie though, we love having a bit more privacy as well.

Rooms not shown: The den/third bedroom (it's a mess), 2 half bathrooms, and the laundry room.

Well that concludes the tour of our home after one year. It is crazy to think of all the things we have done, even though it seems as though there is a never ending list of things we want to do. We'll get to all those things eventually, since we do plan to be here for a while.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Make Your Own Decorative Flower Vase

When I saw these beautiful flowers at our local farm market, I couldn't wait to get them home and put them into a fun vase! I immediately remembered the DIY candle holder I made for Valentine's Day, and decided that it would look just as neat with flowers instead of a candle. 

I ran to the basement when we got home, ignoring all the groceries that need to be unloaded, and found my box of vases. I'm sure my husband was annoyed, but he didn't let me know it. 

In order to do this, you will need:
One large vase, one small vase, and wine corks (or another type of filler)

1) gather supplies 2) set the small vase in the center of the larger vase
3) put wine corks or other vase filler into the space between the walls of the two vases 
4) put water and flowers into the smaller, center vase

Yes, it really is as simple as it sounds! I don't know about you, but I can't wait to fill this with fun things all year long! 

What are some other fun fillers we could use?

split peas, chalky hearts, wine corks, noodles...

Sunday, July 28, 2013


I am interested in starting up an Etsy shop, but I am a little hesitant. 

For anyone that does sell on Etsy, any helpful tips to make my shop successful? What are some things that helped you and/or hurt you when you were getting started? I would love to hear from you!

I plan on selling beaded serving spoons, spreaders, and other utensils. I may even end up selling plates, bowls, salt and pepper shakers, etc if things go well in my shop.

Thank you so much for any advice! This is something I have been wanting to do for a while now, but I just haven't had the courage yet.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Lucy Turns One!

Our fur baby is now one! 
And you better believe it, we went all out for her birthday. We tried to do all of Lucy's favorite things today: i took her for a run, we played lots of catch, let her run around the baseball field, and took her for a walk this evening. This girl is so spoiled, I think she got more presents than I did for my birthday. And yes, I am that crazy dog mom that spent way too long making a happy birthday banner for my puppy...

She even let me put a birthday hat on her! She was less than thrilled, but still managed to pose for a good picture.

Anyone else get wayyy too excited for your dog's birthday?


Monday, July 22, 2013

Make Your Own Towel Hooks

I have been looking for fun towel hooks since the day we moved in. Our bathroom has one tiny hook on the back of the door, and that is it. When I came across these fun hooks at Home Depot, I knew I would just have to create my vision myself since I couldn't find it anywhere I looked.

what you'll need:
1x3's (or desired width), gorilla wood glue, wood stain, hooks of your choice

The first step in this project is deciding how big you want your towel rack to be and cutting the wood accordingly. We cut 6-1x3's to be 36 inches long. We then glued them together offsetting the edges for a unique look. After the glue had dried, we were able to stain the wood to our liking, and finally add the hooks once the stain was dry. 

I love the way our towel hooks turned out! They look great in our bathroom and even match the wood framed mirror we made a while back. Not to mention, they are much more functional than the tiny hook on the back of the door!

Happy Monday!

Monday, July 15, 2013

On The Nightstand: Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie

Emma Tupper is a dedicated lawyer with a bright future. But when she takes a month-long leave of absence to go on an African vacation, she ends up facing unexpected consequences. After she falls ill and spends six months trapped in a remote village thanks to a devastating earthquake, Emma returns home to discover that her friends, boyfriend, and colleagues thought she was dead--and that her life has moved on without her.

As she struggles to re-create her old life, throwing herself into solving a big case for a client and trying to reclaim her beloved apartment from the handsome photographer who assumed her lease, everyone around her thinks she should take the opportunity to change. But is she willing to sacrifice her job, her relationships, and everything else she worked so hard to build?

In "Forgotten," Catherine McKenzie tweaks a classic tale of discovering who we really are when everything that brings meaning to our lives is lost.---GoodReads

LOVED it! Catherine McKenzie has easily become my new favorite author because all of her stories are so unique. As the first book on my summer reading list, I was looking for a real page turner and Forgotten definitely did not disappoint. I just couldn't wait to see how Emma's life turned out, and all the bumps along the way only made the story that much more interesting. I can not wait for McKenzie's new book, as I am sure it will be just as good as the first three.

Have you read any good books lately? Let me know in the comments section, I love getting book suggestions!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Patriotic Ribbon Wreath

Summer Vacation is finally here, which means I can start focusing more on the blog again. The first thing I did after taking my final exam was head straight for hobby lobby to grab some festive ribbon. I had a wreath form at home, and the house was still sporting the Easter wreath, so I decided it was time for a change.

Unfortunately there was not enough time to completely deck the house out in fourth of july festiveness, so this is all we have. There's always next year, right?