Saturday, December 14, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013



***The Christmas decorations are up.***

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Smoothie Addiction

I've only had it for a week--my early Christmas present, the Vitamix. I love it so much. I use it everyday--once to make my smoothie for breakfast or lunch, and then once again when the kids get home from school,'cuz they like their smoothies too (well, two-thirds of them do).

My favorite smoothie is what you see here. Everything is organic. Coconut milk, a big handful of kale, one banana, frozen berries, frozen mango, frozen pineapple and a spoonful of chia.

Last night we cleared off the dinner table, and everyone had left when we realized that one of the children hadn't touched his veggie. We were debating whether to call him back when we realized he'd already had 1/2 a cup of raw kale in his snack that afternoon without even realizing it. Crisis averted. Heh heh.

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**I'm an avid follower of No, I don't have cancer--but I'm doing all I can to give my body the goodness it needs to stay healthy and fight off any rogue cells. From Chris I've learned to blend my fruit and juice my veggies. Coming soon, a post on juicing.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Kitchen Cabs

Painting the kitchen cabinets is coming along. My goal is to finish them up by the end of the week.


This whole process has been slowed down because whoever installed the cabinet doors many years ago decided that it would be OK to strip every single @$^#&%* screw. UGH! Luckily my husband introduced me to my new best friend the vice grip. My wrists are getting a good workout. Some of these screws are very hard to clamp, and for those I sacrificed a water balloon for better "gription."



Monday, August 19, 2013

Bye bye fluting

I got rid of the fluting around the fireplace. It's the only fluting in the whole house, and it started bugging me, so it had to go.




This house is kind of a lot of work. Everywhere I look there is something that needs to be done. I don't feel like I have time to blog much anymore. I think from here on out for the next few months, I'm just going to post pictures. Commentary bores me. HA HA!!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Front Door -- after

door left

door complete

hall view

Well, I thought the door was done, except when I look at these pictures and realize that I have a little painting still to do on the very top of the trim (after I pick off the barcode sticker). Loverly. :)

Monday, July 15, 2013

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Baseball shrine, I mean, closet

I've been making good progress on trimming out the downstairs. I got a little sidetracked when I got to the hall closet. It's been an eyesore for a couple of years. It's located in a bit of a tight hallway and had a bifold door on it until I ripped it off one day in frustration because it was constantly being left open and blocking traffic flow. For awhile it had a curtain on it. I could close it and not have to look at the overload. DSC_0357

Meanwhile, in the front entry, kids were keeping all their baseball gear right by the front door where people would regularly be tripping over helmets and bats, etc. I don't know how other little league families do it. Maybe they are more organized than we are. But not anymore....heh heh!






Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Trim so far...

I've done 10 doorway trim-outs and the molding between them in the downstairs hallways.DSC_0335


There is still plenty of caulking and painting to do.



I've also done one window and my first ever window sill, which I'm pretty excited about. :)

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Mirror

The bathroom mirror is a wall to wall mirror attached by a couple of mirror clips. I thought it needed a little dressing up.


I framed it out with some MDF. I had to cut some notches to make room for the clips on the top (sorry, no pictures of that), and then I glued the frame onto the mirror with gorilla glue. Is that how it's done? I don't know, but that's how I did it. The mirror and the frame are now one.


I painted it black so that it would match the newly painted cabinet below. However, I forgot the little detail about the backside of the frame reflecting in the mirror. Oops.


No worries. I have lots of cove molding hanging around from the door trim. So I painted up a few front AND back and trimmed out the frame.


Ahhhh. Better. I still need to do a little touch up paint, but I'm calling this mirror done.

frame closeup

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Trim inspiration (trimspiration)

I like Parenthood (the show). I'm especially in love with Adam and Kristina Braverman's craftsman home, and I've been trying to enlarge pictures of their trim (scroll down) on my computer screen so I can copy it. heh heh.

I also came across a beautiful house here in my town that was recently on the market. Gorgeous craftsman detail.

Here is the link from Hooked on Houses to see the rest of that beauty.

I played around with three different styles of trim, and this is what I came up with:


Simple, too much of an overhang, but not enough like my dream trim. I love the style, but wanted it to look more like the Braverman's house. Sigh.


Getting closer, but too chopped off at the ends. Too bad it didn't satisfy me, because it would have been fewer cuts than the style I ultimately chose, which is this:


The cove molding near the top makes it more work because of the miter cuts, but it's worth it, I think.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

The powder room debacle

I'm in over my head.  I'm in the process of changing out all the baseboards, door & window trim in my house.  I'm doing it all myself--EEK!!!

The kitchen makeover is what started it all.  We got new countertops, and decided to go ahead and get a slab for the nearby bathroom as well.  Then I painted the cabinet in the bathroom to match the granite, which made the rest of the bathroom look outdated.


When the new light fixture went in, it left a big hole because it didn't match up with the old light fixture. 


Instead of fixing the drywall, I got the bright idea that I should panel the whole back wall (which also led to framing out the mirror). 


During the paneling process I made it down to the baseboards, but they looked so silly by the new paneling that I decided to change them out.  We've talked about changing out our baseboards & trim for a long time, but it's one of those things that keeps getting pushed off because there are always other more important things to fix.  Anyway, I installed nice chunky baseboard in the bathroom, but when I got to the door, it stuck out too far, b/c the door trim isn't chunky.  So I ripped that off and installed chunky trim around that door.  And of course, you can just trim out one side of a door and not trim out the other side, which now brings me out into the hallway where there are a lot of doors.  You can't have one door looking one style and all the other ones looking a different style.  So those had to get redone. 


This is the before picture, btw. The bathroom is the last door on the left with all the trim ripped off.


Note the lower cabinets of my kitchen on the right. That's primer. It's still not painted. I've decided I'm going to paint all the kitchen cabinets myself because I don't already have enough stuff going on. HA!

If it sounds like I "just did" this and "just did" that, that'd be wrong. There was some hyperventilating and heart palpitating involved.  Where does it end?  Well, it doesn't end until the whole house gets done.  It's a good thing we are planning to live here a good long time, because it's going to take me a good long time to get this done.