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Handmade at home

27 May

I don’t consider myself to be an extremely crafty/artsy person, but I think sometimes I underestimate that. Maybe it’s just that I haven’t let my creative juices flow for a long (very long) time so they need a little tune up!

Recently I’ve been back into crafting and creating and it has been making me really happy. Of course, not everything I’ve done is perfect or even complete, but it feels good to make something with my own two hands. Something that I have either thought of completely on my own or been inspired to make by something else…most likely something I’ve seen on Pinterest.

To give you an update, here are just a few of the things I’ve made recently.

First is the paint chip heart print. This was SO easy. I collected colorful paint chips from Home Depot, cut them into hearts of the same size, taped them onto a sheet of white printer paper and put it in frame I already had. Eventually I want to either get a new frame or spray paint this one white.

The second thing I did was refurbish a little wooden box I found at a thrift store for under a dollar. It was originally a crackled wood  that I spray painted white. Once it was dry, I used a heart cut out of a subway map that I had and decoupaged it onto the front of the box. I love this little box so much! And I love Manhattan!


The next project, which took me about .2 seconds, was framing some dandelion paper I had left over from stationery I used during our wedding. I would like for the frame to be white eventually (I want all white frames at some point) but for now I kind of like the contrast of the blue and green and how colorful it is. I learned that framing stationery is one of the simplest ways to have a brand new piece of “art”.

Last, but certainly not least is the wine bottle I turned into a decorative piece/occasional vase. I say occasional because it is rare that we have flowers in the house since our cat Eddie loves to eat them. But even on its own I love the pop of color this adds to the room! All I did was take an empty bottle of wine, soak it in warm water and dish soap for a little while then peel off the label and clean it off. So simple for such a fun result!



I hope you enjoyed all the crafts I’ve been working on! This post has been several months in the making. Next time I will show you my biggest (and most fun) craft project to date…simple, cheap and fun DIY magnets!

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The Boy Scout Motto

26 May

“BE PREPARED”

It seems easy enough. You think you know what to do in certain situations and you think that you would have things under control. Until you’re in them.

What I’m referring to is the small fire that we experience at my sister in law’s apartment on Friday night. We had gathered at her place for our monthly fondue night and were really excited to eat some delicious cheese. As we were hanging out and having a few beers, Nancy and Sandi were in the kitchen preparing the food. The oven was on and all of a sudden the smoke detector started to go off. We thought it was weird since nothing was smoking, it just looked like normal steam since there was a pot of water on the stove. Our friend Garrett removed the smoke detector from the wall because the sound was irritating and we figured since the apartment was small it would only continue with the steam from the boiling water.

After a few minutes, we realized that it was not just water steam…there was smoke coming out of the bottom of the oven. Noah opened the drawer to the oven and flames were coming out at full force. He immediately grabbed the fire extinguisher and put out the fire.

If you have ever used a fire extinguisher, you know about the white film/powder that fills the air when you use it. So all 6 of us decided to go out onto the balcony, with the two dogs, in order to escape the fumes. We opened the apartment windows and decided to let things air out. Well, that wasn’t really the brightest idea. We realized this as soon as we saw the black smoke filling Nancy’s apartment. We then went inside, all ducking down, and walked through the smoke filled apartment in order to get out. We stayed there for about 20 minutes just to make sure the fire was out and we didn’t need to call the fire department.

Fondue night turned into a night of beers at home and cheap (gross) Mexican food at On the Border. But the most important thing was that no one was hurt and nothing was damaged. After the fire, Noah and I started talking about how it was a wake up call as to how to respond in an emergency situation. You think you know what to do in a situation like that until you are in it and aren’t using common sense. AKA – immediately get out of an apartment where there is a fire!!

Since that night, we have decided to discuss an emergency plan. We are going to pack bags with extra clothes, blankets, water, food, flashlight and first aid kit in each of our cars. We are also going to discuss how we would get out of the house in case of a fire or other emergency and how we would handle wrangling up the pets. It’s a scary thing to think about, but it could be a matter of safety and injury, life or death.

I’m not one to preach, but if you get anything out of this post, it’s to be prepared. It’s to know your plan of action in advance and be ready to put that into place if something were to happen. I hope all of you stay safe, always, but especially over this coming Memorial Day weekend! Make sure to replace those smoke detector batteries and be sure to keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen!

Office inspiration

30 Mar

Now that we’ve cleared out the third bedroom and purchased a new desk, I’ve started to really think about how I want the room to look and what to put in it. I initially thought that I wanted to paint the room some sort of teal or turquoise. This room from Young House Love was my inspiration for the color.

 

We went to Home Depot and I chose three colors to test out on the walls. I ended up really liking one that is way more turquoise (and a lot lighter) than the color pictured above. I painted one whole wall using the sample can and have had it that way for three days now. However, now that it’s up I’m not so sure about it. I think I was afraid to go dark like in the picture above because the room is so small. But now that I keep staring at my turquoise wall I feel like it looks too much like the color of a teenage girl’s room. That’s not at all the look I was going for. In the meantime while I figure out what to do with the color of the walls, I’ve been collecting some inspiration of things I’d like to have in the room.

 

A bright bookshelf with painted backdrops

 

A framed chalkboard for my thoughts

 

A neutral chair that I could brighten up with some fun pillows

 

Like these

 

Some fun shadowboxes for displaying mementos

 

An awesome rug

 


Some ampersand inspired decor

 

It’s definitely a work in progress. But I want it to be perfect so I’m going to take my time and work on one thing before I move on to the next. At least it’s a usable room right now!

 

Explosives? Too close to home.

3 Mar

I came home to quite the interesting scene today. The street next to ours was littered with cop cars, fire trucks, ambulances and news crews.  They had the whole street blocked off too and a bunch of people were standing on the street corners.

I had no idea what the heck was going on! I asked someone standing on the corner, but they didn’t know either. My first inclination was that someone got shot. I always think the worst. I got home, took the dog out and then immediately put on my tennis shoes to walk up there. When I got to the street there were several people standing on the corner so I asked them what was going on. They said that at about 3PM the police knocked on the door and told them they were evacuating the neighborhood. Apparently, a bunch of explosives were found in the attic of one of the houses on the street!! They had everyone get out of their houses and even kept the nearby kids in school just to be safe. I came out to the corner at about 4:50 and it seemed as though things were wrapping up. However, about 5 minutes after I arrived a news crew started setting up.

 

I watched as she reported live. I had also turned it to Channel 4 when I had first gotten home and recorded the news so I could watch it. (I still haven’t watched it.) About 15 minutes after I got there, the police started to let people back into their houses. Thankfully no one was hurt and nothing exploded. Just makes you think though – do you really ever know what is going on inside your neighbors’ houses? Not that it’s anyone’s business, but you really never know!

Progress

28 Feb

We’ve now lived in our new house for almost 3 months and it is still incomplete. The one room that we haven’t done anything with is our 3rd bedroom. Since it was cold and dark while we were moving, there would be many times that we’d just leave some crap in that room with the intention of doing something with it later. Well, later is now and we finally decided to just get it done! It was a really nice day today so we took the opportunity to clean house a little bit. We put all of the extra stuff from the 3rd bedroom into the attic and picked up the room a bit. The first thing that we will do for that room is buy a desk. We are currently waiting on a desk from World Market to come back into stock. They’re supposed to call us sometime this week. I can’t wait until we get it!

 

Once we have the desk I’ll try to spruce the room up a bit more. I might paint and get a bookshelf – I can’t wait to see the final result!

Home Tour Part 1

26 Jan

As some of you may know, we moved to a new house in the beginning of December. I haven’t posted any pictures of it yet because I didn’t have a good camera to take them with! Now that I do, I wanted to share a few house pictures with you.  This part of the new house tour will only show you a few spaces – the hallway from the living room to the bedroom area, the kitchen from several angles and the backyard. The reason why I haven’t gotten to the other rooms in the house is because 1) the lighting isn’t good by the time I get home from work and 2) the other rooms are either not 100% clean or not 100% finished being put together! I will definitely be posting more pictures as the months go on (and maybe even a video tour when things are really put together) but for now, this will have to do!

This is the hallway leading from the living room/dining room into the bedroom area/hall bathroom

This is the kitchen, from several different angles


 

This is the backyard – I hate how bad it looks, but come spring my brother (and crew) will landscape for us!

 

I never thought the day would come

9 Jan

When our dog would play nicely with another dog. That may sound odd to some…but for the past 4 years of my life, I would have never thought that Nixon would even be able to be within 5 feet of another dog.

Let me give you some background…..Noah and I got Nixon from a friend while we were still in college. Our friend found Nixon on the side of the road so he took him to his apartment. He called Noah and asked if we wanted a dog. Noah and I are both dog people and were excited of the thought of having a dog (even though we didn’t live together at this point) but we knew that it would be expensive and we didn’t really think it was the right time. We played with the dog for a few days but then left for a spring break trip for a week. We decided over that week that we couldn’t keep the dog. Once we got back and saw the dog again, we just knew that he was ours. So we took him in.

Fast forward to one year later when we were living in our first apartment together. We went away for the weekend and put Nixon in a kennel. It wasn’t the first time we had put him in one so we didn’t think anything of it. We got back from our trip on a Sunday but were not supposed to pick up Nixon until Monday morning. Sunday night we got a call from the kennel – Nixon had been in a fight with another dog. We wanted to pick Nixon up right away, but they said we had to wait til Monday morning. We ignored what they had to say and picked him up that night. He was beat up really badly – cuts all over his face and his eyes all bruised and swollen. It was absolutely heart breaking. The people at the kennel told us that Nixon had been aggressive towards another dog and that the only way they could stop Nixon from continuing to attack was to spray him in the face with a powerful hose. It was terrible.

From that day forward we always thought that Nixon was dog-aggressive. We became really anxious while taking him on walks and would tense up when we passed by another dog- even if the dog was on the opposite side of the street. Nixon would always pull on the leash and start whining when he saw other dogs so we just assumed it was because he wanted to attack. It’s terrible as pit bull owners to succumb to the stigmas that come along with owning a pit bull, but that’s exactly what we were doing.

Another year later we were taking Nixon on a walk in our neighborhood when we saw a woman walking her large dog across the street. We figured we were fine and would just try to walk quickly to pass them. All of a sudden, out of nowhere, the woman’s dog bolted across the street towards Nixon. Nixon and the dog got into a fight and Nixon was beat up pretty badly. He had to have emergency surgery and was out of commission for several days. The surgery cost over $1000, but luckily (and it’s weird to say this) Noah got bit by the other dog so the woman and her husband offered to pay for the surgery since it was technically their fault. See – they didn’t have their dog properly hooked onto its leash.

After those incidents we were always weary and would never allow Nixon around other dogs. But it always hindered our lives – we couldn’t take walks at normal hours or bring Nixon down to Georgia with us if other dogs were going to be around. We always wanted to get him training, but just never had the money to do it. Then recently, Noah’s twin sister moved to town and she has a dog. Noah and his sister decided they would socialize the two dogs. They took them on several walks together and everything was fine. Then they moved to keeping Nixon on a leash while her dog sniffed him and scoped out the situation. THEN they let both dogs off leash and we sat in our guest bedroom with the door closed and let the dogs play. They were like two peas in a pod!!!! Nixon was playing so well with her (Kimchi) and not being aggressive at all! It was such an amazing thing to see and we are so proud of him. This means that within the next year or two we will be able to get another dog….a playmate for Nixon. It really is such a huge step for us and Nixon and we are overjoyed that everything went well!!!

 

Here are the two of them just hanging out on the couch (posing as much as possible for this picture)