Installing a door = HAPPINESS!

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Since this adorable munchkin is crawling everywhere, it’s become quite evident that we needed to install a door in the hallway with stairs that go to the basement and outside.

Handsome Man was going to be at Menards, so I mentioned he should look in the bargain door area for an interior door that might fit.

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And whatdoyaknow they had one!  Exactly what I would have picked.

And *drumroll* it was only 10 bucks people!  That’s what I’m talking’ about!!!

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 We <3 you Menards.  😉

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Have I mentioned lately how much I appreciate that Handsome Man is so good at this kind of stuff?  It’s just plain fantastic!

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Slid right in there and fit nearly perfectly!

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It’s still not pretty yet as I just finished caulking it.

But TODAY I think I’ll paint it!

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And it will be gorgeous!

It really does finish off the space!

And best of all, I can keep the munchkin away from the tools.

She really makes a beeline for tools.  Especially sharp ones.  Yeash!

It’s like she takes after her parents of something.

Pins of the Week…

Yes… It’s been a while since I did one of my Pins of the Week posts…


So without further ado…





Okay… so how fun is this??  Even just for a “playroom” type of thing?

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This is one of those rooms that makes me happy-sigh.  I love the elegant marble paired with the cozy plank walls. The tile in the shower. The low contrast calming look.  I just love.

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Speaking of bathrooms and tile… I like the throwback look of the hex tile with the updated look of the use of marble material.  Great choice by Chiot’s Run.

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Even though I’m not really involved with the storefront any more, my eye is naturally caught by exceptional retail ideas.  This is no exception!  How cool is this clothing display rack?  I mean really? Awesome.

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And since we’re on a roll with retail inspiration… How is this for an idea from Create and Babble? I can see it being awesome for a couple rows of bracelets? Cool, no?

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This could almost be called the “kids-room/bathroom/retail inspiration post,” couldn’t it?  I really do love this idea from Perfectly Imperfect!  I can’t wait to see the rest of the room when it’s completed!

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I think this is a precious idea too by Inner Child Learning!   These story stones are adorable!  Not to mention all the other ideas in this post!

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Little heavy on the kid’s ideas this week I think! 😉

Great idea from Cup of Jo!

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Okay… So always a sucker for gray, white, wood, and subway tile!  Awesome kitchen makeover by The Inspired Room.

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Seriously I laughed and laughed and laughed!

Oh. My.


DIY Chevron Sign

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You might remember my chevron spree a few weeks back…


I chevron-ed this table…

This pinboard…

A few other things…

and… *drumroll*


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Some chevron signs.

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First I stained and painted the various boards…

Then… Using my stencil from Cutting Edge, I used my foam roller and rolled away.

Then I grabbed my wire and needle nose pliers…

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Then I drilled a few holes to attach my wire words…

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And Wahhh-lah!

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I made them to take up to the shop.  

Let’s just say I fell in love with them and kept one of course!

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The rest I delivered up to Tekamah… We’ll see how long they stick around. 😉

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Kitchen: Nook Remodel – Pt. 2

So like I was saying…  Cabinets.


We used uppers instead of lowers since they were only 12 inches deep instead of 24 inches.  Then we built the bottom up using 2×8’s and wainscoting.

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Fantastic, no??

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Added 1x’s to the tops of the cabinets.  Unfortunately they were new 1x’s.  And they looked new.  And I wasn’t too keen on new looking 1x’s.

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So out came this…

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And this…

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And this…

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And this!

I basically just went at it with any tools I happened to have on hand.

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Then I stained it…

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And sealed it…

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I love some of these imperfections I did.

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Seriously loving this nook!

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Okay…. so you know what our kitchen layout looks like now…


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See that empty space there at the end?  Initially we intended to put in a breakfast nook in that area.  But in the year and a half it took us to get to this project we realized we wouldn’t actually use it as a breakfast nook.  It tended to acquire a lot of junk and not a lot of use. 🙂

So Sam came up with this idea.

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It actually took me a while to warm up to the idea.

Now however? I love it!

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The sign of progress!

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So Handsome Man and I went on a spontaneous baby-less date a few weeks ago… (thanks to a mom-in-law and dad-in-law in town who are down with babysitting on a whim!)



As we were walking downtown, I noticed this display in one of the closed shops along the way.  (Excuse the cel-phone-picture-taken-in-the-dark! 😉 )


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Loved how inexpensive and “wow-ee” this display is!

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Fun, right?

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Saw these reclaimed barn-wood boxes at Sears too at another unrelated shopping trip…

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So versatile and usable for retail!

Thinking I might make some for the Shop.

(Master’s Hand Candle Co & Gift Shop)

…Or even here at home!

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!*

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