I know, I know … progress updates on the house have been
non existent slow lately. Truth is I really do have a hard time balancing it all when company comes to visit.
We joke that everyone needs to come prepared to work, but it’s always fun to use them as an excuse to step back for a bit and soak up this vacation location of ours. I’ve tackled a few random things here and there between company, a last-minute trip away with Joel and keeping up with this 31 day series and will be getting you up to speed soon. Pinky promise.
But let’s talk shopping instead. (more…)
So I bought corn on the cob before my cousin got here because a) I wanted to try this trick and, b) she loves corn on the cob.*
*Truth be told I had no idea about b, that was just a happy coincidence.
But, we never got around to it. What, between sanding and priming and drag shows and all. You’ll need to be following along my Instagram feed if you want to see pictures of that last part. Let’s just say the costumes equaled FABULOUS! :)
And our corn ended up looking like this. (more…)
A few months back I showed you one of the biggest DIY lessons we learned the hard way. And yesterday I showed you a little trick we use every so often around here when good drywall intentions go bad.
And today I’m going to share a little story with you. Happy Saturday btw.
About 12 years ago, right after we bought our first house … look at her, isn’t she a cutie?!?! (more…)
So we’re tearing out walls and building them back. And resurrecting old wood slat walls. And adding wood and rope accent walls.
And all the while we running new electric and updating old electric and using old outlet holes that have previously been cut and cutting our new holes in new drywall.
Like so. (more…)
This little tip comes to you all out of necessity.
You know how I taped a video tutorial for you from our hotel room earlier this week?
Well, I decided at the last-minute to take a little road trip with Joel after my cousin left. Joel had a meeting, I knew where he was going would be beautiful … (more…)
So my friend Carrie posted today about one of those super simple tricks that works in seconds and uses something you most likely have around the house.
And I thought, hello, this is a thing I need to know and can’t believe I didn’t already. The trick to removing sap … I’m from Maine for crying out loud … I should know these kinds of things. :) (more…)
Are there even professional fitted sheet folders out there?
I have no idea, but I learned a technique about 10 years ago that has worked for me without fail over the years so I thought I would share it with you. (more…)
Hey, thanks for letting me catch a little breather over the weekend. I dropped my cousin at the airport early this morning after a fun filled weekend.
Fantasy Fest has officially started here in Key West. If you don’t know what that is, like me when we moved here 10 months ago, google it. But be very careful if you choose to do a google image search. I’m just sayin’.
But, all this talk of my cousin on vacation and this being one of the biggest vacation weeks in Key West, it seems like a good time to share a little idea for where to hide your money on vacation. (more…)
Seriously, any Breaking Bad fans out there?
I’m hooked. My cousin has already watched the whole series, but she’s watching it again with me. And I’m in love.
In a I’m-kinda-creeped-out-and-totally-disturbed-and-just-want-Jesse-to-be-smarter-than-he-really-is sort of way.
But remember the Tortuga? Admittedly, things didn’t end well for him. But, I’m kind of feeling at a turtle’s pace right now with house progress and thought I owed you a little update. (more…)
Ok, so here’s a little DIY tip for you.
You know, ’cause we’re a DIY blog.
We’ve talked a lot about having to update every single surface in this house. From the walls to the ceilings to the floors.
We’ve worked through layers of paneling and drywall and wood slats. Remember that weird old ceiling height in the front of the house and those little square windows? (more…)
Hey hey!! Day 17 baby!! I’m equal parts impressed and surprised that we’re keeping the streak alive. Who knew we had it in us?
My cousin is visiting and it doesn’t hurt that she makes me breakfast and cleans my kitchen and does my dishes while I write up a tip each day. I think it’s a fair deal, right?!?!
So today I’m going to toss out a little tip that is all about the white glue. They are actually all things that I’ve already shown on the blog in different projects here or there. But since they’re techniques I use a lot and love I thought a little synopsis was in order. (more…)
Ok, it’s well documented that me and the kitchen aren’t always on speaking terms, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have a few tricks up my sleeve that I try to work into every meal I do get around to cooking.
Now, seriously, did you know cabbage is a superfood?
I did not until about 3 years ago. (more…)
So, I definitely don’t consider myself an expert on furniture transformations, although I’m not afraid to give anything a try. But I helped a friend of mine give her cute little bike cart an aged look recently and I noticed one big hesitation she had through the entire thing that I kept saying “this is the trick to an authentic looking aged paint technique”.
And I thought, if this was news to her it might be news to you, too.
First, her cute little bike cart. (more…)
Ok, so maybe you see a bed frame or headboard/footboard set you absolutely love but they are not the right size for your bed?
Or maybe you think you’ll try your hand at making a bed frame and decided to make the measurements 2 inches bigger than your mattress on all sides
for some silly reason.
Here are a whole list of things I did while making the bed frame that I highly recommend you do not. :)
Either way, here’s a super simple way to fake a bigger bed than you actually have. (more…)
I don’t know if it’s my recent trip back to a place from our past or our recent move to somewhere new to us or just all the time I have to myself with just my thoughts and my power tools.
But I’ve found myself recently thinking a lot about where we’ve been and where we’re going and everything in between.
And sometimes listening to someone else’s take on “life advice” can help put into perspective whatever it is that’s going on right now in our own world.
So that classifies the Steve Jobs Stanford commencement speech as something you need to know in my book. :)
PS. This is part of a 31 days series of things you need to know
imho, start at the beginning here.
Ok, I debated on including this one in the series. This post isn’t sponsored at all. But if you’re in the midst of any kind of project with a mile long to-do list that will keep you busy for the next year you KNOW you are always on the look out for a deal. (more…)
Update: Super sorry about the slip up with the original post title, who knew the letter r could make such a difference.
Ahhhhh!!! This is a tip I am going to use a lot!
I actually read a post from a friend of mine awhile back with her own tip and my plan was to try her tip and then rave about it to you guys.
But I got lazy, as one does.
And when I was getting ready to head out to get her ingredients I had a thought. (more…)