To some

To some, the new year brings resolutions of unlivable goals.

For me, besides all of the obvious like wishing for world peace 
(hopefully that doesn't fall completely into the unattainable area).

I have a resolution to take care of what is important

 my health

 my family

and our home

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

"These go to 11"

Ehhh, who care if its blurry, it will only be in the house for the next 10 minutes.

Taking her out -

DH: You know I can help you with this, but you have to wait till I change clothes.

ME: But, I didn't want to wait. (typical answer from me)

Packed up and ready to put away!

Ahhh the living room is starting to look more normal

wait I am missing my new books

Ok this area isin't so clean yet, but getting there...

Of course she goes to 11.

Out you go! In with a clean house for 2011.

So the holidays are over, is it spring yet?

Not there yet, but I look forward to long hot days like these... 

An Entry- Updated!

Thanks to Chris Kauffman over at Just Beachy for inspiration and support, I knew after chatting with her that I could accomplish the look I wanted in our basement. From dark and drab (no natural light source) to warm and inviting. Thanks Chris.


First attempt at painting the entry 2007. You can see the old carpet that was stained and lacked contrast with the wall color.

Painted again in November 2008 and put in new carpets and laminate


2010 Update of Wainscoting



Keep It Simple - Guest Bedroom



Not a lot of fuss

Say Hello to my little friend!

I have loved this mirror for a while, so much so that I purchased it and put it in the closet for 6 months.. eeeh

O.K. I did finally get off my rump and hung it.

Good news, I still love it!

UP.... the tree that is


Here is the start of the rest of the decor

I made these on Saturday night!

This is my grandmothers tea cup and saucer and I just hung this shelf
(purchased from Hobby Lobby)

Our new eat in kitchen table arrived Saturday (chairs still to come)

"Organize" for the Holidays

Well... it was my intention to get "organized" before my actual holiday decor day (black Friday). What I ended up with is a disaster for a dining room.. Oh well....

Why spend the $$ when you can make it!

Totally inspired by Ana White over at Knock Off Wood has made me think twice before buying something super cute like this Picket Fence Coat Rack at

Why would you spend 60$ when you could easily make this on your own!?

A little mid-week re-org

Emptied this cabinet


all of these glasses - seriously for two people that's crazy

here is what I had left over that I didn't put back - getting recycled or stored for later

here is the after
Bad before shot of the dishes cabinet
(I was to lazy to get my camera and just used my phone)
Pulled everything out and started to put things back
here is the after
yes I still have my ramekin section - I love small bowls
Here is the most useless cabinet ever (before) 
I have to get on all 4's to reach in to it
here is the most useless cabinet #2 (before)

Here are the after shots