September 2013 archive

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Okay.  Anyone else cooooooold this morning???  I SO need to unpack the cold weather clothes!

Fall is apparently on the rise.  Which makes me nervous.  Because I really wanted to get the house painted before it gets cold.  I totally do not want to go another winter with a pink house. At all.


The upside is the roofing is getting done this weekend!  (GOOD BYE pink roof!)

Then we just need to wait for our stucco guy to patch, then we can paint! Yippee!!!

Can you say gray-house-with-turquoise-front-door???!  YUM!





I’m thinking color scheme like this.

Too bad my front porch doesn’t look like that too! 😉

Anyway… On to the Favorite Pins of the Week!!!






Now you know how I feel about my chevron… But the thought of DIY Show Off’s chevron paired with a 1x table runner totally trips my trigger!



How simple would this button garland by Homeroad be?



Two words for these salted caramel apple pies by Just a Taste.

Ummmm… Yum!



I love this so much.



This is an awesome solution by I Dream of Clean if you just have a laundry closet!



Mom did this for me as a kid. (minus the cute board)

I organized cupboards, cleaned out the fridge, and all sorts of odds and ends jobs just to make some money!  Except back then I made anywhere from .10 to .25 per job not 1.00. Must be inflation? 😉

All I know is I loved it! Haha!



How cute is this idea by A Cup of Jo?




Love this pairing of simple kraft paper with the striped paper and twine.  Kinda makes me want to wrap Christmas presents already! lol!



This is so wrong, yet so hilarious at the same time….

I kinda want to go do it with Emma. 😉


Finally!!!!  THE FINAL REVEAL!


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What started as THIS….








Ended up like THIS:

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So here’s the run-down of my to-do list.

*Tear out all old lathe & plaster

*Tear out wall between closet and bathroom making them one larger room

*Re-install new plumbing

*Re-install new electric

*Tile the floor

*Install new shower/tub

*Install drywall

*Have drywall guy finish the mudding

*Paint walls

*Find vanity & paint it

*Build shelves on sides

*Tile backsplash with gorgeous square glass tiles

*Paint side shelves

*Install hardware (towel holder, toothbrush & toothpaste holder, etc…)

*Install industrial shelving in nook between exposed brick chimney and wall

*Install “wonderwall” like Lettered Cottage’s behind toilet

*Install a towel hanger/crate shelving on wall opposite the shower

*Hang bamboo shades

*Sew curtains that play nicely with shades

*Install floorboards

*Paint all trim

*Install threshold between wood floors in hallway and tile in bathroom


Yes… You’ll notice those last three aren’t crossed off yet….   Those are still on my to-to list. 😉

They joys of doing most everything by oneself.  (And by oneself, I mostly mean Handsome Man.  Because cutting floorboards does take a fair amount of exactness.  And while I can do it, we know that caulking becomes my best friend.  And I just prefer Handsome Man do it! 😉 )




Regardless….   I loooooove my bathroom!!! 🙂






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Bathroom: Window Treatments

I already had bamboo shades on my bathroom window, but I wanted something simple that would play nicely with the shade.


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I am so not a seamstress… I can however, manage to sew a straight straight-ish line! 😉



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Sewed on a few buttons….

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I did this clever fold to make it look like it was overlapping…

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Used a few safety pins…

And wah-lah!



Bathroom: Yet Another Shelf??!

This is another one of those favorite-parts-of-my-bathroom!


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One side holds a basket of odds and ends… the other side holds all our toilet paper.

Obviously I need to go shopping.  We’re down to one roll. Not good.

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I love that this holds all our towels on the backside of the wall at one end of the shower.  It’s just within reach, so I don’t need to tromp water all over the bathroom if I forgot to grab a towel before jumping in the shower.

My dad and brothers are water trompers. Drives. Me. Crazy.

It never failed… I’d walk into the bathroom with clean socks and…


I’d step in water.

Pet peeve.

And I can say all this about them because I’m pretty sure none of them read my blog.

And if they do….

Guys, there’s still time. You’re not old dogs.  Learn a new trick.

Stop water-tromping.

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Love this light fixture too!

5 bucks and some spray paint, baby!

And Handsome Man bought me an Edison bulb for it.

That man knows the way to my heart. <3

Pins of the Week…

It’s amazing!


Fall is in the air here in Nebraska!


I love it!!!


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Speaking of Fall, here are some awesome fall-ish ideas!

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Love so much about this house!

The happy yellow door…

The turquoise shutters…

The flagstone path…


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Make plaster flowers the easy way by Songbird! Dip faux flowers in a plaster mixture and create beauties that last.

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This is fantastic!!!

From Flea Market Finds to Savvy Storage Toolbox Charger by BHG.   Turn an old toolbox into a modern-day must-have.

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This Mint Sugar by Love Grows Wild would be perfect to rim glasses!  Pretty and yummy!

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FanTAStic tutorial by Remodelaholic on framing out a tv above a mantle.  I love it!

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“I’ve been studying wrong my whole life!”

Bathroom: Shelves behind Toilet

So when we bought our house, I desperately wanted to do a wall like this one from the Lettered Cottage.



FANTASTIC wall!!!  Initially I wanted to do it on the wall in the living room that you first see when you walk in the door.

Handsome Man didn’t think it was a good idea.  Something about too many plumbing lines, electric, and heat ducts? Whatever.

Anyway… I opted for a much smaller version in my bathroom!

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First I added a distressed 2×6 to close in that awkward gap between the wall and the chimney.  Yay for Handsome Man knowing how to screw into solid brick!

He’s cute AND functional!!!

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Gross huh?

This is the downside to screwing into brick.  Especially above the toilet paper holder.

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I used scrap 2×6’s for the frame and these hardwood flooring samples for the backside to look like planks.

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Personally, I think the idea of using the flooring samples is genius.

Who thought of doing that anyway???

Oh right… That was me! 😉

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All said and done, this is what she looks like.

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I have all the things that make my heart go pitter-patter on this wall.

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Shells and coral from our honeymoon trip to Cancun and a family trip to Puerto Rico…

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The big conch shell was from Florida…

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Some pretty books….

Yeah…. I LOVE this part of my bathroom!

Not a whole Wonderwall like the Lettered Cottage’s….  But enough to make me very happy!

Bathroom: Industrial Shelves

So we had this awkward space between the wall and the exposed brick chimney…  It was about 18 inches wide or so.


Incidentally, about this time, Handsome Man took a welding class at the local community college.


I begged him offered him the opportunity to build brackets as practice at class.  Convenient, no? 😉



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The brackets are slick and classy looking when paired with the nice glass shelves that I already had on hand.

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I’m pretty sure Handsome Man looks the hottest when he’s helping me with a project.  Funny how that works! 😉

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Isn’t the smartphone an amazing invention???!

The level app = Genius 😉

Because really… Can you ever find the level when you really need it?

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Then we simply added the glass shelves…

Filled the baskets with all my bathroom chaos as shown in the previous post…

And rolled up the towels for the bottom shelf.

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I even use a stainless steel trash can for my laundry hamper!

Wouldn’t work for everyone, but it totally works in my bathroom! <3

Bathroom: The Repurposed Vanity – Part 3

Have I mentioned that this bathroom is my favorite room in the house??  You’ll start to see why!


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After tiling, we hung the mirror… No one the wiser to our sneaky little cost effective trick…


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Keep in mind, when you use plywood, you’ll get a fair amount of woodgrain showing despite painting it. I wanted that look, but if you don’t I suggest you use something else.

Again with the junk?!?!?  I swear the stuff multiplies!!

In my defense, most of it ended up in baskets on the shelves! 😉

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I bought this ugly brass light fixture for like $5 and bought new lightbulb covers from Menards!  I love them!

Wait… Are they called covers?

Globes?  No…. Globes sounds rather 80’s-ish.

Let me look Google it. Now it’s bothering me.  Hang on……

Shades.  They’re called shades.  That’s odd.  I didn’t think to call them that.  It doesn’t sound right.  A shade is like a lamp shade!  It’s traditionally cloth.  And solid colored.  Not glass.

Whatever.  I like the shades.

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Such a beauty!  Whowoulda guessed she could look like this after being such a ratty old girl??

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Still need to get better baskets, but I had these on hand already and they do a good job of holding my stuff for now.

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Kinda love my first aid box…. Can you guess which one holds all the band-aids and Neosporin?? 😉

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Did you notice my awesome towel holder???

Personally, I think I’m terribly creative.

And humble.  I’m obviously humble too.

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It swings back and forth, has an awesome untouched patina.  (That’s code for, I didn’t paint it! It’s perfect as-is!)

Sam got it from his grandpa’s auction a few years back and I was THRILLED to find the perfect place to showcase it!

I love it so much more than a cheap towel ring we could have gotten from Menards!

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On the other side, we hung a mason jar from a large hose clamp that I spray painted the same looking patina as the other hardware.  Also… I hung this thing.  I have NO idea what it is.  It also came from Handsome Man’s Grandpa’s auction.  I love it.  I hang my washcloth from it.

(I also just accidentally typed warsh instead of wash.  Apparently the fact that Handsome Man’s grandpa lives in Missouri is rubbing off on me! 😉  )

I remember.

I remember.







It was in tragedy that we as americans turned to God.   People that never entered church doors, went anyway grasping for a way to understand what happened.



We saw the words, “God Bless” everywhere, and no one seemed to complain about it…



In the lack of humanity shown by those that did this, we saw a enormous amount of humanity from inside our country.   Complete strangers held hands together… Cried together…



It’s been 12 years now…

All that’s left of that day is the 09/11 Memorial and each of our memories.



Much has changed… And not for the better.

We as a country had a chance.

An opportunity to repent.

A time to change our ways.



Instead, images like this are considered “too American.”

Our religious freedoms are being taken away in the name of sensitivity.   Christianity is under overt attack.

Students told that they cannot say the words, “God Bless” and teachers told to pray in closets.

Freedom of speech is dwindling away due to political correctness.  We mustn’t offend anyone.

Those that are the quickest to demand tolerance are in fact, the least tolerant.



What has happened, America?

Have you forgotten?

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
– John Adams

“The only foundation for education and a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object of life and life of all republican governments.”
–Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence

“In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed. No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.”
–Noah Webster, author of the first American dictionary

The longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?
–Ben Franklin

“For what great nation is there that has God so near to it, as the LORD our God is to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him? 

And what great nation is there that has such statutes and righteous judgments as are in all this law which I set before you this day? 

Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren.”

Deut. 4:7-9

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