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No. Words.

Just another good reason I haven’t posted lately!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




I had this nice long post typed out.  It was good.  And full of reasons I haven’t posted lately.


Namely this newly one-year old reason…



And after typing out this long, entertaining, extremely well-written post,

(Let me talk it up a little since no. one. will. ever. see. it!!!)


I clicked “save draft.”


Because it seemed like a good thing to do.  After all… It’s not like I want to loose this post, right??



—–Blank Screen—-


“Hmmm…. That’s odd.  I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted… But I don’t remember it ever doing that before.”



—General Error Message—



“You have GOT to be kidding me!  Please please don’t let me loose this post!”



—Back Button—



—Blank Post—



“Seriously.  What are the odds.  Seriously.”






And that’s pretty much the story of how THIS post came into being.

Special, right?



Regardless…. I’m back.

And maybe I’ll get back to those reasons I haven’t posted lately.





Also… I’m copying and pasting this into a document before I push PUBLISH.  I obviously have trust issues with WordPress now! 😉

Photo-Book Gift Idea!

So I’m posting this a bit late for Mother’s Day gift ideas… Especially since it takes a while to create since this is a low cost/highly time consuming present.  But I love – love – love how it turned out!


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 It’s chock full of old pictures…

Recipes that we made over and over when I was growing up…

And lots of memories that are tied up with those recipes…


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 I used Shutterfly but there are lots of really great companies to use for photo books!

Check out the full version of the book!

Click here to view this photo book on Shutterfly!

Of new refrigerators!

So I haven’t shown off our new fridge yet.  I seriously love this thing!!

Craigslist find of the month!!

And yes, we now have 3 different colors of appliances. lol!

Our goal is to slowly replace all our appliances with stainless steel.  That way when we move and either sell or rent this house, it’ll show better with SS appliances. 🙂

So… Refrigerator down… Microwave, stove, and dishwasher to go!!

Bonus: I get to watch this guy in snoopy pajamas put the doors back on! 😉

Yes.  Be jealous ladies.


Painting… Painting… Painting…

So apparently I had just enough time to come up for air and write my last post.  After that I became lost in catch up… and… well…


Have I mentioned Handsome Man owns duplexes?  Yeah.  So one of the tenants moved out last week.  Usually not that big of deal. We’ve had a pretty good streak of tenants that are super clean. But this time we had to repaint all the walls in the entire place.

I’m telling you, there were little tiny lip prints over. almost. every. single. wall.

Girls. Haha!

Now if only I’d thought to take a picture of Olaf they drew in the closet!! 🙂

Just finishing up and if you know anyone in the Lincoln, area that needs a 3 bedroom duplex, give

Ohmygoodness… I’m alive?!?!?

So you might have missed me lately…


…Or maybe you didn’t even notice I haven’t posted in a while?





Anyway… I just got done with a weekend of NCHEA. (The annual Nebraska Homeschool Conference.)  I am on staff for the Kid’s Conference side of things.  Basically we take care of 300+ homeschool kids for 2 days while their parents attend the adult conference to purchase their curriculum, listen to speakers, and just generally be encouraged.  It’s a total blast!!!  We plan for it 6-8 months prior to the Conference each year, but it’s COMPLETELY all-consuming once it gets close!




In hindsight, a heads up that I would be tooootally falling off the map BEFORE would have been better, but by the time I realized I was a goner, it was too late.


Kinda like riding a roller coaster.

When you’re going up that enormous incline, make sure to start screaming BEFORE you go racing back down, otherwise you’ll be petrified and unable to make a sound.  And if you’re unable to make a sound, generally you’ll look like this guy third from the front.

roller coaster



Or maybe that’s just me? Cause I’m pretty sure that’s how I look on roller coasters.  Wanna laugh?  Check out The 31 Greatest Roller Coaster Pictures.



Anyway… I digress…


I’ll return shortly with my regularly programmed posts.


Let me just recover from the roller coaster ride! 😉

It caaaaaaaame!

So far I’ve been blogging with iPhone pictures…


Which… You know… Works.


But I kept wanting better for you all.


And let me tell you, I am not a photographer.  But… I’m going to give it a shot!


I actually bought this sexy little thing with $$$ from stuff I sold up at the shop and furniture I sold here in Lincoln! Boom baby!


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And so THIS came this week!

Can I get a HURRAY from y’all??!

Working on learning to take pictures now on auto-focus until I get the hang of it…

Then switch to manual.

*crossing fingers!*

A DIY Industrial Coffee Cart

Love this DIY Industrial Cart by  - Would make a great kitchen island!!


So last week you saw in this post that we were stocking up on 1×8’s before the storm. - Stocking up before a snowstorm

Well this is what we were working on…

An industrial coffee cart for the Lincoln Home & Garden Show.

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Weddle and Sons Roofing originated in Manhattan Kansas 15 years ago. Last year they opened a branch here in Lincoln, Nebraska and hired Handsome Man to be the Area Manager.

(Our friends Allyn and Emily are the owners.  Yes THIS Allyn and Emily! 🙂 )

So a coffee cart seemed like a good idea because we could use it year after year at both the Lincoln Home and Garden Show and the Manhattan Home and Garden Show.

They always serve coffee and donuts, but there was just something nice about the idea of a bar height service area instead of just sitting on the table.

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Somehow Handsome Man manages to take all the chicken scratch plans that I write down from what’s in my head and make it come to life.  He’s crazy impressive like that!

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So we measured… And cut 2×3’s…

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Did you know they make 2×3’s? I didn’t!  I feel so out of the loop!

They look less standard than 2×4’s and I like that.  Also, they are a bit lighter… Definitely a plus in this case!

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Especially since we were using 1×8’s to sheet the outside of the cart.  I wanted a good industrial look, which is why we chose that thickness despite the weight.  All in all the cart was lighter than I had expected it would be.

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He cracks me up.

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We also framed up the backside so that when we weren’t using the coffee cart at home shows, it could go down in the Manhattan office to use throughout the year.

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We added a simple shelf in there too for storage.

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After finishing the outside, we added the industrial castor wheels underneath.  If you were using this as a kitchen island, you might consider getting ones that lock?

We got these from Menards… They have lots of various sizes.

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As opposed to getting more stain, I thought I’d use whatever we had in the basement.  First I used traditional cherry…. But it wasn’t dark enough…

So I pulled out some random darker stain… Can’t even remember the name.

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And BOOM! Instantly better!

It was a stain/sealer all-in-one.  Which was good for the sides since they don’t get much for wear.  I did put a couple extra coats of sealer on the top though since it’ll get more wear and moisture.

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Then we added some big heavy L brackets.  They did absolutely nothing structurally… They are merely for that industrial look. And it’s PERFECT!!!

Love this DIY Industrial Cart by  I mean really??! How awesome is this!

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We also made industrial “handles” using this tutorial… With the exception that we used galvanized pipe instead of electrical conduit for the horizontal pieces.

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If you were using this for a kitchen island, the “handles” would make pretty kickin’ towel bars! 😉

The only problem?  Now that it’s done, I REALLY want one too! Ha!!

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The rest of the display came together… Handsome Man worked so hard getting everything together for the Lincoln Home & Garden Show and I’m so very proud of him and it’s success!

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And just for a laugh…

We went to Wal-Mart that night to pick up some last minute things.  And it was SOOOOOO cold!  It was like 6 degrees and WINDY!   We drove into the parking lot and could baaaarely drive down any of the lanes because almost every single cart was outside in the cart corrals.  We went inside and there were 10 or so carts at the door.

Our theory?  It was so cold, the cart boys quit! ;)’

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How candles are made at Master’s Hand Candle Co…

So in November, you might have noticed I didn’t have a lot of projects to post about… Part of the reason for that was that I was actually gone off and on for a couple weeks.  I was up in Tekamah, NE at my mom’s shop, Master’s Hand Candle Co. & Gift Shop.

What was I doing up there? Why pouring candles, of course!  Since getting married, I don’t spend much time up there anymore… But I do go up every fall to pour.


And I got to thinking… Perhaps all of you would enjoy seeing how that all works!


We have poured up to 15,000 candles in a year before, so it really is quite the project!  Especially since candle pouring “season” is from October-December.  The reason being before October it’s too hot to add more heat with the melter…  After December it’s craaaaaazy cold where I pour!


So long story short, I gotta pour a whole lotta candles in a short amount of time!



How Master's Hand Candle Company's candles are poured at

This is my melter.  Believe it or not… This is the small one.  I use it for small batches or my “re-pour” batches.  Don’t know what re-pour is?  Hang on… I’ll cover that! 🙂



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This is the wax after it has fragrance and color in it.   It’s perfectly clear except for the slight color… And OOOOH-WEEEEE it’s s.t.r.o.n.g!



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Here I am in full swing… When I am really going, I can pour 1000+ candles a day!  Every single one is hand poured by yours truly.



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These candles are fully cooled.  The black things go on the top and the wicks snap into the middle to keep them taunt while the candles cool and contract.



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Christmas Cabernet! Yum!



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After the candles cool, you’ll notice the wax sinks down.  Sometimes it even leaves gaping holes down the middle.  This makes a “re-pour” necessary. (I told you I’d get around to that!! 🙂 )



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Here are the re-pours where I’m topping off the candles to finish them off and make the perfect candle we know and love.



How Master's Hand Candle Company's candles are poured at

Little known fact:  That’s often why with cheap candles they’ll smell good when you first start burning them then after a while they just don’t smell as strong.  They heavily scent the re-pour but the main candle hardly has any fragrance in it.  Sneaky sneaky! 😉


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And taaa-daaa!  Finished candles! These are the 9 best-selling Christmas fragrances.  You should see the whole shelf of 70+ fragrances!  Better yet… Make your way to Tekamah, NE and see for yourself!! 🙂

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