Wednesday, November 28, 2012

NEW BLOG, I moved!

I've moved to a new blog location!!

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

What I've been up to :)

Hi Everyone!!

Long time no see :) .  It has been over a year since I've scrapbooked but I HAVE been crafting. I just have not had any time to post about it. For those of you that don't know I just got married in August and We bought our house in February. It's a new construction so we've been really busy with it. So far this year I have

- lined all of our shelves in our house (including the closet shelves!)
- Painted the ceiling and walls of my walk in closet
- Bought all new black velvet hangers and organized my clothes in the closet.
- Moved the light fixture from the side of my closet to the center of the ceiling and had to patch over the old spot.
- I then replaced the old fixture with a chandelier!! Every girl should have a chandelier in her closet :)
- I put in a mailbox for our house (it didn't come with one).
- We had grass and sprinklers installed
- We had a HUGE stamped concrete patio put in
- I replaced alot of the clay with good dirt on the side of my house and spent LOTS of money on multch.
- I attempted to put in a veggie garden in that area but there was still alot of clay in the soil and the plants weren't able to drain properly so they never grew very well :(
- After the grass had rooted by the end of the summer, I thought it would be a good idea to rip up a huge section of that grass and plant mums along the side of our patio. I LOVE mums.
- I picked out, and INSTALLED MYSELF (pat on the back) blinds for our entire house which took awhile but I'm proud to say I had absolutely NO help and did a FABULOUS job :)
- We bought a new kitchen table (a nice upgrade from our 4 seater dinnette from the condo)
- We bought 6 new chairs for the table, which I put together ALL BY MYSELF, and am proud to say none of them wobble and are very sturdy lol.
- I made a fall wreath
- I completely changed my Christmas color scheme to gold and chocolate brown so I've been replacing all of my Christmas decor slowly.

Now we're working on trying to finish our completely unfinished basement. So far the studs are almost completely up. We are getting quotes from plumbers because we need dig into the cement so we can install the pipes for a bathroom down there and a bar sink. And at some point I need to stop into Lowes and have them design a bar area for me so we know exactly where to have the plumber install the sink. (The bar is a long way down the road but we need to get the plans drawn up).

My scrapbook room has not been worked on at all. I'm debating on the scheme I want. I want it to be very glamorous (i.e. chandelier) lol. I would like chair that has silver nailhead detail on it. I need to find drapes (preferably in a pattern that has a few colors in it so if I get bored I can just change out the accessories to a new color. I've been thinking I want an offwhite desk area (I plan to make it from plywood and table legs) and possibly lavender walls. But then part of me wants to use a more punchy color palette, like hot pink and orange? What do you think??

And, despite not having scrapbooked in over a year. Today I bought $90 worth of scrapbooking supplies. However, if my husband asks---I didn't have a choice. The black Friday deal was about to end; I got free shipping; and it's going to save us money in the long run ;) lol.

I'm going to attempt to change the layout of my blog so that I have it split into sections for Home, Food, and Paper crafting since lately I've been trying out more recipes and working on our house than anything else. Stay tuned!! I'll try to post some pictures of what we've been up to.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

First Free Day since 4/30/11

Hi Everyone!!

I'm so excited to be back *soon*. I have so much to update everyone on. Since my last post I have planned an huge wedding, bought and moved into my new house and gotten MARRIED!!!

We bought our house in February and it was a new construction so I have been a very busy girl. I measured every window in my house myself and installed all of my own blinds. (I have to tell you I was very proud of my work if I do say so myself). We had grass and sprinklers installed. We had to get a mailbox and install that. We also had a stamped concrete patio put in which I'm very excited about because the design looks SOOO good and we are the envy of our neighborhood. I am also very happy to say that all of our neighbors are THE BEST. We got so lucky with our neighborhood. Everyone is our age and all have children under 5, are pregnant or have newborns. We don't have kids right now but I know my Hubby is just starting to get the itch and I figure within the next 4-5 years we will have some new additions as well.

We have Sunday Fun-day every week where we get together and have a pot-luck dinner and a bonfire on our patio and just have drinks and chat. We actually went to Frankenmuth last weekend for Labor Day with 2 of our neighbors. So I'm very excited about that because our old neighborhood was all retirees and they were not very friendly.

My current project has been my closet which I painted the ceiling and walls and after painting everything decided I wanted to move the light fixture from the side of the closet into the center of the closet so I cut a new hole in my freshly painted ceiling and had to patch the old one. I just finished painting over the patch last night so I just have to install the chandelier I bought. YES, a chandelier for my closet. Don't get too excited, it was only $80 at Costco and required some rigging to get it to fit properly. It was meant for a dining room so it hung very low and I had to cut the pole and re-thread the end of it so it would be suitable for a closet. I'm nervous to see how it looks in there and I hope it doesn't overwhelm the room (in a bad way). So I'll post some pictures of that.

Also, we got married a little over 3 weeks ago. I still have some thank you notes to send out but other than that I will be completely free of the wedding burden. I think weddings are usually fun for most women to plan but I tell you that I was completely overwhelmed and we had a lot of problems creep up and fires to put out with it so I'm happy to be able to enjoy my new house with my new hubby and relax and smell the roses with him again. I haven't been crafting at all (well at least not posting anything) because my scrapbook room is in shambles. YES, I have my very own, first ever, SCRAPBOOK ROOM; and it's JUST FOR ME :)  I'm so excited I can't even tell you. There's just boxes and stuff everywhere in there right now so it's really unusable at this point but it's my next mission to build a desk of some sort in there from plywood and maybe get some storage drawer units from IKEA.

Last weekend I went to Home Depot and had them make a virtual room for me out of their cheapest in stock cabinets and a laminate counter and found that I could get a really FUNCTIONAL scrapbook room that had lots of hidden storage for the low, low price of $2,700. YIKES! Plus, Hubby does not support me installing permanent cabinetry in a bedroom and feels I should find furniture that we can remove when we decide to move so the new buyers will have the bedroom free if they need it. (dreams crushed) lol. But I will figure out a cheaper, craftier, less permanent solution and I will update you all about it.

Other things on our to-do list include finishing our basement, doing some landscaping, painting our entire house, putting in a backsplash in the kitchen and gradually updating all of the lighting throughout the house. Oh boy, will I even have time to craft with all of that? lol