Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Busy, busy, busy

I know that it has been over a week since I last posted - 
I haven't been sitting around on my hands though.

Actually, we have been very busy!

We have rearranged furniture in the family room and living room.
I am FINALLY getting a sofa for the living room.
I have been trying to talk the hubs into
buying a sofa every since we 
moved into the house.

It's being delivered on Thursday and I will be 
sure to post pictures.
Of course, I have a little project for the hubs to complete
BEFORE it comes - so he is at Lowe's this morning
buying the wood to get it done.

We (once again, I really mean the hubs) painted our
tiny master bathroom Sunday.  Yesterday was
spent putting everything back together
and getting things cleaned up.
I am working on a curtain
for the window.
I have come up with a 
temporary solution
that will work
through the holidays, 
then we will see what I want to do.

This week we are also
helping my youngest daughter and 
  with the final touches on 
the new nursery 
and getting
big sister's room

We are also working on some
new landscaping for our front yard.
We have taken out everything 
in our two front beds 
and the one right under our
bedroom window.
The old landscaping was so overgrown
and really needed to be replaced.

While working on the flower beds
we discovered that we are having some issues 
with our irrigation system.
So, we have a call in to the
irrigation guy and
are waiting for him to come fix it
before we plant anything.
After all, we don't want to plant new
plants and then not be able to
water them!

We picked out the plants we want
at the nursery - so hopefully we
will be able to get all this done soon.
Maybe, before Christmas?
I know it's not happening
before Thanksgiving!

(Okay, I know that some of you might question
us planting in December, but remember
we live in South Florida.  If we are lucky
the temperatures will be in the 70's - 
which will actually make
it comfortable to do some yard work!)

We are also HOPING to get
the back yard fenced during
this time frame, but some things
might have to wait depending
on how much it costs to get
the irrigation fixed. 
Guess we'll just have to wait
and see.

So what else is going on?

Well, my oldest daughter is coming Friday
 for the weekend.
She lives in Nashville, and is going
 to be at a conference
in St. Pete 
Wednesday through Friday.
 We are going over and picking
her up Friday afternoon 
and she will stay with us for 
the weekend before we take her back
to Tampa on Sunday to catch her
flight back home.
Even though this will be
a quick visit, 
it will certainly be
good to see her!

While she won't be able to be here 
for the birth of the new baby
she will be back for Christmas and then
she will be able to
stay for a couple of weeks to help her
little sister with baby
and Little Miss.

With everything that is going on
during the next six weeks - 
Thanksgiving, Christmas, and
the birth of our second
grand baby-
I'm afraid that it
 will be the first of the year
before I have any of the tutorials ready
on the things that we did in the
guest room/nursery
(the rope boxes, subway art sign, and the headboard)
but I will get those done.

Well, I think you are
all caught up
with the goings on
here.  Hope you are having
a good November and I'll
talk to you 


Thursday, November 7, 2013


This is week six, and the final week, of the One Room Challenge
over on Calling it Home.

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Well, I will tell you now - there were times that I didn't think I would get the room finished - and while there are some things that I don't like and will probably change in the future - it is DONE!

First, I guess we should have a reminder of how the room looked
when we bought the house.

This is what the room looked like when we
first looked at the house.


So, shall we see what it looks like today?

I'm sorry about the quality of the pictures,
  they were taken at 6:30 this morning before Little Miss got here - 
so they are a little dark.

Let's take a little tour of the room first okay?
Then we will look at some of the projects.

You can see a couple of our DIY projects already.

I absolutely LOVE the headboard the hubs made!

I saw one similar to this on Pinterest
and when I showed it to him - 
well, he just did his own
thing with it.
(I'll put the links to all the inspirations at the end of the post.)

Love it!
I'll have a tutorial on how he did it on
a later post.

This was another idea that I saw on 

I love the way it turned out too.

I don't know if you can tell but
we put clear glitter 
on the
"Twinkle Twinkle" 
and it just sparkles at night.

There is another little DIY project that I did that I just love.

I actually got the idea from another blogger
that is taking the challenge too.

She made a trash can using a cat litter tub, and I loved the way

 I needed some containers on the changing table
 for Little Miss and her new little sister.  
You know, places to put things like
shoes, socks, etc.

I had tried several different baskets,
but I just couldn't find the right size.

So, I did this instead.

I'll do a tutorial on this later also, but I'll give
you a hint, they are made with 
cardboard boxes.

Love the way they look!

This was another little DIY.
I've had these little plates
for several years.  
I'll tell you a little secret -
there're plastic!
I just hot glued the pop tops
off a soda can on the back and
plate hangers!
They are just the right size to
fill in this little
space between the closet doors.

You can also see the beautiful
valances that the hubs
Once again, Love, Love, LOVE!

Now, let's talk about some of the things
that I don't love and will
need some more

First - the curtains!

I love the valances the hubs did, 
but the curtains are awful!
Once again, I saw this really nice idea on another blog.
I have to say that the curtains on the other blog
turned out really nice - mine, not so much!
 I thought I could make my curtains look as nice as the inspiration.
I ordered some ribbon online.
However, when it came in last week
 it was the wrong color -
way too orange. 
I didn't have time to order more. 
 I thought I could make it work.
Well, it just doesn't.
Not only is the ribbon the wrong color I just don't
like the "stripe".
It just looks like I put a piece of ribbon
on some white curtain panels.
This will be the first thing that will change
in the very near future.

The other thing that I didn't have time (or money) to 
do right now was to replace all the electrical plates.
The ones we currently have are an off white 
(okay, let's be honest - they are OLD)
and I want to have ones that are white.
This will be something else that will
be done in the future.

I also need to redo the bed skirt on the crib -
I was just in too much of a hurry (last night) to get it finished
for the reveal today and it just didn't turn out
 the way I wanted.
Another little thing to redo.

However, for the most part, I love the way the room turned out.
It is such an improvement from the before.

The main occupant of this room -

 likes all the changes we made.
Hope you do too!

Make sure you check out all the other
rooms final reveal
Call it Home

They are fabulous!

I might even be ready to do another room in April!
(I'm not sure about the hubs!)

Links to our inspiration:


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