that time we finished half of a project

Things are moving right along in true start-of-the-year fashion. The hideous yellow walls in the office/play-craft room are now gone after my awesome husband primed and painted a nice clean and crisp white yesterday. We have to do one more coat on the walls, freshen up the trim and the doors and paint the ceilings and we can mark that off of our to-do list. Once the paint is dry, there are just a few more things to do before I can start moving in. So. Excited! I’ll do a post with our progress once the painting is done.

One of the items on my 2013 to-do list was to basically make a mini mudroom on this really awkward wall right inside our front door. My vision was to hang a shelf to display whatever my current obsession was, add coat hooks underneath that and build a bench with baskets that would hold hats, scarves, toys, etc. I would post a link to the original post, but I’m not entirely sure that I did one because I can’t find it. Oh well.

Anyways, it took us awhile to get around to it but we finally got the shelf up right before Millie’s birthday. It turned out exactly how I pictured it would, but styling it has proved a little harder than I expected. Which is silly that I thought it would be easy, because I have no idea what I am doing and my idea of decorating is throwing a bunch of stuff together.  I’m having problems adding enough items to add dimension and height without looking cluttered. It’s a work in progress, for sure.

IMG_5153I found these lights randomly at Target one day and fell in love with them. My only issue with them is the extra long cords that hang down, and I’m not sure how to disguise them. Any suggestions? Right now, we still have a bit of a winter theme going on. Mostly because I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to Christmas, but also because everything else I have screams spring and summer. Although, I think Cupid is whispering sweet nothings in my ear because I have been randomly picking up Valentines Day decorations the past few times I’ve been out and about.

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The print was a Christmas gift for Sean purchased here and the frame was another awesome Target find. Seriously, I have a Target problem.

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{please excuse the candlesticks that are screaming to be polished}

I have had the picture of Amelia framed for a long time and couldn’t quite decide where to hang it. I’m a little bit of a crazy person when it comes to putting holes in the wall to hang things. I know how much time and energy we spent cleaning, repairing and painting so I have to be absolutely SURE that whatever I hang is going to live there for a long, long time. This picture of her just makes me happy. I just picked up another frame that I am going to swap with this white one to fit better with my “theme”, whatever that is.

IMG_5159There you have it. Half of the project we started last year. I will spare you the bottom half of this wall, because right now it is bad. A random coffee table that has turned into a catch-all for basically everything we want to ditch. Hopefully when the weather warms up, we can finally build the bench! And kitchen table, and craft table, and…

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a look back at 2013 as we celebrate a new beginning

2013 was a pretty fantastic year. Millie continues to grow into this amazing and beautiful little girl, we celebrated our 3rd anniversary along with many other anniversaries and birthdays (including Amelia’s 1st!), and we even welcomed a new nephew into the family. To start off the year, I decided to make a giant to-do list instead of making a list of resolutions. My thought behind this would be a project for every month, some being more involved than others, that we would use as motivation to get some stuff done around the house. Taking a peek at that list now makes me laugh. I might have been a little bit lofty in what I thought we could accomplish in a year between both of our jobs (that only leave us with maybe 4 days off together a month and mostly opposite schedules) and a toddler.

Things we did get done? Build and hang a shelf on our “mud room” wall (I did specify that I wanted a bench built as well…but I’m still going to check this one off), landscape the front yard (which really just involved planting flowers, adding mulch and just generally cleaning up a bit), cleaning and organizing the laundry room (which was done at the beginning of the year and is a complete disaster again) and hanging curtains in the living room/master bedroom (curtains in the living room-check, other random window in living room and master bedroom-no check). Things we didn’t get done? Ha! Too much, that’s for sure. Cleaning the gutters? No. Frame the outside of the front door? No. Paint the hallway and the back door? Nope. Finish craft room/office? Nada. And so many more things I can’t even remember right now.

To be fair, I did start a few projects that took up a lot of time and resources so I’m counting my 2013 to-do list as a win. Rip out old floor and install new flooring and baseboards? Win. Mini half bath makeover? Double Win. We still have a long way to go and a lot of trips to Goodwill to make, but we are getting there. In the spirit of the New Year and because I am a list kind of girl, I decided to carry this over to 2014. This year, I’m going to choose one big makeover project (money vs. time-consuming) and other small things that desperately need to be done. That being said, here is our new to-do list for 2014! I’m looking at you, Sean. 🙂

1. Big Project – Kitchen: Paint cabinets,install new light and take down the weird scroll over kitchen sink, possibly install a new backsplash and make a new farmhouse style table. My Pinterest board is BLOWING UP ya’ll.

2: Clean the gutters. Aka…hire someone to clean the gutters. Anyone have suggestions in the Omaha area?

3. Clean and organize the garage. Seriously. I’m looking at you, husband!

4. Take out bushes under the deck and against the back fence. Plant something prettier. I’m sure those are the technical terms for both of those things.

5. Give the backyard a little face lift. By this, I mean at least make an attempt to water the lawn.

6. Fill cracks around the house (generally find out how that damn snake got in!!).

7. Create a craft room/playroom/office. *Already started!*

8. Donate extra crap to Goodwill. No matter how many trips it takes.

9. Install new light in downstairs hallway and master bedroom.

10. Fix the garage door. Or, should I say, hire a professional to fix the garage door.

11.Give the house a little curb appeal. I’m still deciding what exactly this means.

12. Choose your own adventure! Or really, anything random that comes up throughout the year that either needs to be fixed or I get a crazy idea about.

We’ll see how this goes. I have a burr up my backside to get a ton of stuff done now, but I’m sure that will fade before long. Here’s to a fun new year!!