Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Doo Doo Doo, Lookin' Out My Back Door!

Hi everyone! Just wanted to show you what Mother Nature has given us this early February evening.  To quote the song by Creedence Clearwater Revival, "doo, doo, doo, lookin' out my back door!" (aging myself, I know, but I was a child of the 70's!)

 Our garden shed looks so cute, all covered with snow....

...and of course, Old Glory is always a pretty sight to see!

Parker desperately wanted to go outside, until he realized the snow turned to slush on impact (note the water drops on the door!) Once he figured that out, he made a b-line towards the house - barking all the way so we knew he wanted IN!!!!
Woof! Woof! WOOF! Does anybody hear me????

Mom? Somebody? Anybody?
I guess I need to stop taking pictures, because this pooch is getting angry!!!
Anyway, that's the view outside my back door tonight.  It is beautiful and I especially love it when the snow clings to the shrubs & tree - like a winter wonderland. We are supposed to get from 5 to 9 inches by morning.  I am not gonna lie - I am a school employee, and I am hoping for a snow day!!! (Sadly, the timing of this storm is ALL WRONG (thanks Mother Nature!) and off to school I go.  Oh well, wishing for one is half the fun!
Have a great night!
Wishing you happiness,
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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Bustin' Out the Beadboard Wallpaper

Hi everyone!  As I mentioned in my last post here, I had a little weekend project that I started Saturday afternoon, and finished Sunday. 

When we built our home, the house plan called for a coat closet to be the first thing guests saw as they came into our front entry.  I nixed that, and had them turn the closet so it was in the hallway. Because of its placement near the basement stairwell, the closet ended up being very small - and just not practical for coats, etc.  So, for the past ten years we made do with hooks in the laundry room, the bed, chair, etc. 

Well, I had been planning and scheming about what to do to make this area a little more user friendly, and with the farmhouse style so popular, and our house be a farmhouse style house (!) inside and out, a beadboard and hook installation was a perfect solution.!

I picked up a $12.00 roll of beadboard wallpaper, a quart of paint, three coathoaks and went to town!

The first piece of beadboard wall paper went up - so fast and easy!

The last of the beadboard (two full, and one small piece in total).  I didn't even make a dent in my wallpaper roll - I have tons of it left.


Mr. Bluebird helped me out with the trim boards, mitering, and installing of the coathooks.

Ta da! The (almost) finished product! I say "almost" because I still plan on adding a vertical board to the right.  I will have to head to Menard's to pick one up, as it wasn't part of my original plan, but I really think it needs it to give it a finished look.  I also needed to put woodfiller in the screw hole on the upper right.

But here's the thing - I couldn't wait to show you guys what I have been working on, so I am taking a chance by posting without all the little details attended to.  Hope you still like me after that!!!

Anyway, this was a fun, easy, and FAST project (under two hours from start to (almost!) finished. The cost was less than $40, including the wrought iron hooks. The poplar board was only $2.18!  I really rather like how it turned out.   This is the view while standing in our kitchen - makes me smile!

Love it when a project turns out!!!!

Thanks for stopping by, and as always....

Wishing you happiness,

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

W.W.W. - Woe to Wow in a Weekend!!!

Hi everybody!! I am working on a fun, easy, and hopefully spectacular project this weekend.  It is       l-o-n-g overdue, and I am excited to get started.

Here is the area that is being attacked:

It is a little sliver of space in our front entry, next to the den. (and oh, yes, that is a bin of Christmas (the last of the snowmen & such) that you sharp eyes spot to the right!)  Anyway, it is kind of a blah area, with blah prints from a decorating style of long ago. They also look particularly goofy with the light switch in between them. Fail on my part! This has just never been much of a spot, but we have a real need for what my plans are for this area and I think it is also going to be super cute. (Fingers crossed!)

Anyway (again!), I have gathered up the supplies for the re-do of the space.....

Yep, that's right - I am busting out the beadboard wallpaper! (love that stuff!)  I've got some paint, a little bit of hardware, and a poplar board.  And I tell you, it will all combine to be fabulous! Hopefully I will be back late tomorrow with the results.

Thanks for stopping by - what are you up to this weekend?

Wishing you happiness,

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A Place to Primp & Preen (Sweet Daughter's Bathroom)

Hi everyone! Thanks for the "blog stop!" I had hoped to share this post at some of the parties last week, but my computer finally gave up the ghost and quit on me. (Do you think it's because it was from 2002??! Well, I am up and running with a brand new beauty, so I have gone from Flinstones to Jane Jetson! Hopefully this will allow me to post more frequently, because I have a bunch to share. So here goes - today I am sharing my daughter's bathroom.  Lucky her, she has her very own - would have liked that when I was growing up for sure!

The view as you enter. Just love the metal towel bin I found at Home Goods. The black rug is a recent Wal-Mart find. I like the jolt of color! ( although black isn't really a color, lol!)


Fun Hello Kitty soap in a footed silver bowl.

Tins were a steal at $1.00 each at Michael's on clearance !

I have had this German pitcher for years! Goes way back to my mauve and country blue days in the early nineties! Just can't part with it.

The little birdie is a nod to my daughter's sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha. Their symbol is a crown.

Lastly, we have a few cute shoe prints, because what twenty-something girl doesn't love shoes? 

My daughter is away at school most of the year, but she still enjoys coming home to this space.

Wishing you happiness,

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