Monday, January 31, 2011

Oh, Spring...where are you?

Most everyone that knows me really well, knows that I'm usually the one BEGGING for snow. We got some last night, and this morning I was mad that there wasn't enough. I want HUGE amounts of snow, with major snowstorms through April. However, I found this photo, taken in NOVEMBER, yes, November...and I'm kinda gettin' an itch to get out my my garden.

Oh, and by the see that edging with the brown cedar mulch? Well, that was ALL COMPLETELY filled in with this wild, crazy grass last summer. Cody and I despised it. So much so, that on a HOT August day when Michele and Auntie Ashley, my mother-in-law and sis-in-law, were at our house, Cody and I decided to rip it.all.out. It was insane. We had 16 bags of industrial sized garbage bags filled to the top. And it was like 97 degrees with 100% humidity that was awful. Here is what the grass looked like before...
So glad that it is all gone...Now, I'll have to get to planting this summer! Oh, and the basketball hoop has since fallen down been removed. I have plans to remove all the snow on the mountain in the middle part under the tree and also put cedar chips there. I hope to have a bench or perhaps some adirondack chairs (holy cow, those babies are spendy!) under that tree for a nice little space to relax (or be annoyed by the dog). 

Photo wall

This post is long overdue...back in November when my Aunt & Uncle and parents came to visit for a long weekend, I insisted that my photo wall in the upstairs living room get started. My uncle, dad and I got to work on the project - I knew these two guys were just the gentlemen to help me out, and they did fabulously.

It all started off with a picture in a Junk Market book that I fell in love with. Ki and Sue used an auger as a photo hanger. Fortunately, my mom knew that my Uncle David had a skinny auger in the grove on the farm place that my dad grew up on. Off to junkin' Dave went for me, and found it! He even split it in two so that mom could have one too! Perfect! It's fun to have a piece like this in my house, because I know that my Grandpa used it back in his farming days.

My dad (happily, to get it out of his garage) hauled it out to Pierre. That fall, we had some photos taken by a gal in town, and I knew that they would look great under this auger.

So that is what it looked like to begin with...I love it in all of it's rustiness! Initially I had thought I would literally hang the picture from it, using the same wire that I used to hang it up on the ceiling, but realized that it might end up looking a little messy. So, instead, the pictures hang on their own on the wall. Oh, by the way, see the red wall in this picture below? That is what wall these are hanging when you're sitting on the sofa in front of the windows, you're looking right at it.


 I really like how it turned out...and I love having a bit of my grandpa's farm in our house. We also snagged an old chicken-feeder from my Uncle's grove, but have yet to convince my husband (my mother has yet to convince my father) to bring it into one of our homes! I think my mom tucked evergreen branches in it this winter and it looked gorgeous. Maybe I need on my deck this summer Ma?

Inside that armoire is our TV and this display on the bottom shelf. The armoire is also a piece from my grandparents, this time on my mom's side. My Grandpa John had this, and eventually my mother did. I remember it in our middle room growing up, and then in my parents basement for a long time...I snagged it up! This is one of my FAVORITE photos that my mother-in-law Michele took of our family this fall. I love G's face in this one! ;)

This is nearby, next to the sofa. I kind of wish this were a bit taller at times to function more like a end-table, but other times I love this old-box that my mom and I found in Marshall while we were scouring the city. We actually bought it from a gal who taught 1st grade in Marshall, was was not my first grade teacher, however, I think she really wishes he was, because she always talks about me being in her class and how great of a student I was...she was just jealous! ;) Anyway, another fun picture that Michele took of G. Love it! (You can tell this post is really delayed, this was a FALL display...eek, sorry!)

And, wow, our walls aren't this orange in person...More like a burnt red-orange...I hope.

Friday, January 28, 2011

More Inspiration

Wow, who doesn't loooovvve this? (Style + Storage: A Bare Wall Transformed) I seriously think that this could be an option in our laundry room downstairs. I would have some cabinetry to remove and storage to be lost...but not much. And, my space is not nearly as large. I just love it.

Thanks for sharing Censational Girl!

Great Faces

So, I've shown you a couple Great Places that I've been with work...well, here are a couple of the Great Faces that I get to work with. These people make my job a joy, and I love working with them, and I love the friendships that I've developed with them. We put on a conference in Pierre for the entire tourism industry in South Dakota...we spent a lot of time working and learning, and a lot of time playing and enjoying each others company. We enjoyed Western night and a Awards Night Gala...Here's a glance.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Not so long ago...

Cody and I were talking last night, that it didn't seem like that long ago when we were putting together Grace's crib and getting ready for a new bundle of joy. Well, we finally bit the bullet last night and converted her crib (which by the way, she was perfectly content in, call us crazy for switching, I KNOW!) into a full size bed. I was mostly so anxious because we had picked out some fabulous bedding and painted her room pink...oh..soooo...PINK.

So, before we let you in on what her room looks like now, here is a look back at setting up her crib for the first time.

Oh, that girl had clothes...especially until she was about 2 years old! This was just a snapshot of her closet, she had 3 dresser drawers full of clothes! Yike! There you have stay tuned to what the room looks like now! Hopefully I'll be finishing a few things up in there in the next couple won't be "done, done" by a far shot...but good enough for the blog!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Projects for 2011 (and Beyond!)

We all have "to do" lists. Well, here are some thoughts that we have on what we'd like to see get done in our house in the next year...but let's be honest, some of them will probably stretch into beyond 2011. Our list is pretty simple, no major renovations, but they are things that cost a little money here and there and take time. Here's where we'd like to go...

New door knobs (ouch, those are spendy), re-paint our fence (yike, we're going to need some people power! Volunteers?), build an outdoor dog kennel/house for RemDog, new plants in the backyard, remove snow on the mountain plant and re-place with cedar chips to create a place to put bench/chairs, re-finish hardwood throughout house.

Bathroom - re-do vanity, new light fixture and mirror, new counter top/sink, new sink faucet, new shower/tub fixtures, possibly put a fan in there, and fix the drain that won't stay open for a shower!
Grace's Room - buy new bedding (thanks Momma!), hang pictures from Grandma Michele, hang artwork, buy bookshelf?, new light fixture, convert from crib into full size bed, curtains for window and closet
Our Bedroom - fall in love with new bedding and buy it, paint room to match, and possibly paint my six-pane window that hangs in there if needed, possibly new night stands, and Cody's only addition to this entire list is a new TV for our room (good luck, hun)
Dining Area - new table and chairs, fix curtains
Hallway - new light fixture

Bathroom - still needs trim!
Playroom - paint, hang pictures that Grandma Michele took of G dancing around
Living Room - new laminate hardwood, buy bar stools, stock the bar with booze ;), re-cover chair from my parents basement and put in our family room
Guest Bedroom - new bedding, DIY (or buy) artwork for above bed, paint
Hallway - new light fixture
Mudroom - new seating area with new hooks? Maybe?

(Update 1/13/11 - I have created a new "page" with this listing of projects so that it's easier for me to manage...Cody and I will certainly be adding to the list, and hopefully crossing off projects just as fast!!)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Closet Inspiration

A little bit of inspiration in January is always needed. These were images that I actually found quite awhile ago from Jen at IHeart Organizing she has a great blog, is well organized and always splashes in some great personality. I love what she did in these two closets...this wallpaper is SO cute. I'm still nervous to leave out our shoes around the Rem-Dog however. So this might have to wait a little while.

This next one however, is totally do-able in our downstairs bedroom/office. Currently, there is a small nook that holds a desk with our computer stuff all exposed to our guests when they come. It'd be really nice to conceal it behind a nice curtain. Currently, the closet is concealed by sliding panel doors...yuck. I've already removed these same doors from Grace's room, and I think the guest bedroom is the next to have them disappear.

Isn't this adorable? Jen talks about her transformation here. Plus, I love how it would quickly I could conceal with a curtain. Plus, I've been dying to buy those little pencil/utensil holders from IKEA. I don't have anywhere to put them now, so I have not purchased. But with this space, I definitely could make the purchase! Cute!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Look Alike?

What do you think? I think there are lots of similarities in these two photos. Cody thinks she's starting to look more and more like me, I don't see it everday, but sometimes it really stands out.

Mr J and G

Grace has always loved this little man. We've been to his parents house a couple times and Gracie Girl looovesss JACKson (or JACKS). I put it in capitol letters because she really emphasizes that part.  I work with his mom, WANda and her husband, Uncle Craig (real name is Greg) and Cody are friends. We watched Mr. J one night for a few hours. And as you can tell from the last photo, G had her way with him. He was decked out in jewels and a crown to boot.

They sat here is this spot for at least 30 minutes...Just hangin' out eating snacks. There is absolutely nothing entertaining about this location, but they were having a good time. Mr. J is such an easy going little man we loved having him for a couple hours. And no, nobody get ideas that we need to have a new addition of our own...I don't want to encourage Cody too much about this idea. He's kinda getting used to the idea of having a little guy around the house, but I'm convinced that it will be another girl, and I'll just hear more from him about being surrounded by women telling him what to do...and how to do it!

I love this next one of the two of them. And holy cow, does G look like me here or WHAT? Wow! Maybe I'll post a side-by-side of the two of us in my next post. I have a picture in mind from a few years ago that I think she really resembles me in.

 What a pretty princess Mr J is! ;) Love it!
Like I said, he was such a charmer at our house. When it was getting later in the evening, we threw some PJ's on him and turned on a movie and read some books. He quickly snuggled into my lap without a fuss and stayed there until his Momma came. He was nearly sleeping by the time she picked him up and was quite content to stay on my lap...what a peach.