Saturday, April 16, 2011

Birthday Shopping

So I went shopping today, but it wasn't my birthday. My friend Emily has a birthday coming up this week, and for her birthday we had a girls' day with Emily, her bestie Dessie, and me. It was awesome! We had some amazing sushi, checked out the barn Emily's wedding is going to be in, and went shopping at couple of awesome stores in Kalona.

They're right next to each other and, I believe, owned by the same people. They are called Sisters' Garden and Bloom. They're super cute stores full of cool vintage things. I totally bought some awesome stuff. What's that, you want to see it? Sure!

First is the pitcher I feel in love with.


Isn't it awesome?!?! I had something else picked out but had to put it down when I found this. Its was $24 and worth every penny. It's pretty gorgeous. I also found a 5x7 frame that is painted almost the same color that I'm going to put in Sylvia's room for the collage of carnival prints I bought. It's going to be awesome. Right now the frame has a picture of Queen Elizabeth in it. I have nothing against her, but it's not really my style.

The most exciting purchase I made today is a new dining table! Well, not new but new to us.



It was sitting out on the porch at Bloom. It was recently featured in a blog post of theirs. It's super nice and pretty big, 3'x6'. As well as a pretty good deal at $145. It might be a little big too big for our dining area, the house doesn't really have an actual dining room. We're thinking about turning part of the living room into a dining area... we'll have to see how huge the table looks in there. To refresh your minds, this was the table in the dining area when we first saw the house.

If it does go along that wall, we probably won't have anything like the small table you see in the background. The idea is to get hardwood floors in at some point, Brazilian cherry mmmmm. That would get rid of that kind of weird break from the kitchen to the living room where the carpet and linoleum meet now.

The table also has kind of a cool little drawer at one end.


I think it's going to look great. The top is a little bit water damaged, so we'll probably end up refinishing it. We also need to get chairs. I'm in the process of convincing Blake that we should get mismatched chairs, I just love that look!

Sushi and some awesome new house shopping made for a pretty awesome Saturday afternoon.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Getting to the Fun Stuff

Mom came back to help with more painting this past weekend. We painted the spare room and so the walls of the house are pretty much all done. We got to some of the stuff that I consider to be more fun this weekend. So much fun I completely forgot to take pictures of the spare room now that it's painted. It's the same light gray color as the walls in the center of the kitchen and living room. I think it was a good choice in comparison to the bright colors of the other two bedrooms.

Anyway, let's talk about what's got me so excited. The thing that gets my heart fluttering? A giant wooden spoon and fork.


Here they are. I picked them up for $10 a piece at Stuff in NE Cedar Rapids. They just spoke to me. I've been dreaming for a while now of what color I would paint them. I meant to take pictures of them after I sanded them down, but I forgot. I was just so excited to start painting.

Only the front side is done, but this picture should give you a good idea of the color.


These are going to hang on the wall in the kitchen next to the windows and the counter. I'm soooo excited to hang them up! I think the aqua/sea foamy goodness will look ah-mazing. The color is called Simply Seafoam by Valspar. The pictures make it look like a really light blue but, at least on my monitor, the sample below is closer to what the color actually looks like. It's awesome.
 It's borderline ridiculous how much I love this color. I love the other accent colors I chose as well. Valspar has some great choices, and I've been really happy with their paint so far.

I was also going to share my cupboard pictures with you, but they're not showing up as well as I would like. We'll save that for another day. I will, however, share my new futon with you!


This is the futon that I got to go in the living room. I love it! It's a soft cream color and it looks awesome against the gray walls. It also didn't cost very much, it was less than $200 at Walmart. I love the way it kind of looks like a vintage bench car seat. It sits low, but that's ok with me. My feet touch the floor when I sit on it. I know it's white/cream and we have a baby and a dog. I figure for $200 it's worth trying it out.

I have more to share, but I have to go pick up my baby at daycare!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Pictures! 9 months

Ok, so maybe they were two weeks late, but we got Sylvia's nine month pictures taken this weekend. She did great. Some of the pictures cracked me up (and some were just really cute). Even though they're already on Facebook, I thought I'd share some here.

 Blake and I both cracked up when we saw this one. It's a combination of the smile and the half closed eyes.

I loved this one! I actually got this one printed. Everyone always laughs about how crazy Sylvia's hair is. Put the crazy hair with that weird smile, glorious.

The idea here was to put Sylvia's feet through the chair and she could lean against it. She had different ideas.

The photographer, if you could call her that, asked if we had done the standing while holding her hands picture. We hadn't. I'm not sure if we have a budding ballerina on our hands or what. She'll get the whole standing thing at some point.
Ok, so here are just some of the cuter ones for those of you who don't do Facebook.






These look better printed, but I didn't want to take the time to crop them the way they were printed.

Sylvia did an awesome job. I'm really excited to hand these out over Easter.

Friday, April 8, 2011

My Current Greatest Thing Ever

Have you tried out Pinterest? If you haven't, do it. I love it, I need it, I'm not sure how I would decide how to decorate my house without it. Emily recently introduced it to me, and I haven't looked back.

I wasn't sure how to describe it, so here's the description from the actual About page, "Think of Pinterest as a virtual pinboard — a place where you can create collections of things you love and "follow" collections created by people with great taste."

Here's a screen shot of my homepage


With so many social networking and other Web 2.0 types of sites out there, why is this one so cool? Well, it's super visual. You find a site that has something you think is really cool. You hit your little "pin it" button and it grabs all the images from the page, you pick your favorite, write a caption, and choose which of your boards you want it on. You can also repin, scour Pinterest for stuff you like and repin it to your own boards. When you find someone who likes a lot of stuff that you think is cool, follow them and all the stuff they pin shows up on your homepage. It's a little like a Facebook feed. I'm probably not describing it very well, but it's pretty simple once you jump in.

Here's an example of my board dedicated to food porn of the savory variety (I have another for healthy cooking and another for everything sweet)


My favorite thing is that these images will all lead you back to the original site. So if you think those ham and cheese pretzel bites I pinned look awesome, click the picture and you'll be taken to the recipe for them.

Anyway, in order to join I think you'll need to be invited. I'm not sure why they do this. If you'd like an invitation, let me know your email address and I'll send you one. You can send me an email or a message on Facebook if you don't want to write out your address in a comment. Honestly, I've gotten so many good ideas for food, decorating, crocheting, and birthday parties that I highly recommend you check it out if you're even remotely interested.

Happy Pinning!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

What I did over the weekend

I would be lying if I didn't give my family most of the credit for the transformation of Loraine over the weekend. She was looking a little dated, and really needed a little bit of sprucing up before we move in. That's where my mom, my sister, and my (future) brother-in-law come in. They helped me all weekend to get new paint on the walls in almost every room of the house. Blake agreed to watch Sylvia for me while I got my paint on this weekend, so thanks to him, too!


Want to see some pictures?!?!

My favorite rooms are definitely the kitchen/living room. Part of the reason I loved the house was that the main floor is so open. I wanted a color that would work well in the living room and the kitchen. I think we did a pretty darn good job.


Here is the before picture. The colors isn't awful, but I just wasn't digging the beigey tanness of it.


Check it out! The walls are actually two different colors. The outside walls of the room are a darker gray and the inside walls (just the area in the middle where the stairs are) are a lighter gray.

Here's the front door before.


Doesn't it look better? I love how the wood looks richer with the gray paint. Can you see that cool line of white that runs across the ceiling? That's the handy work of my brother-in-law, Al. I didn't even know he was going to help, but I'm so glad he did.

Alright, and here we give out the award for worst paint job in the house.


This is Sylvia's room. Somehow I just don't see this working for a little girl. Although, if she were to ever decide to smear her poop on the wall, you'd probably never notice. I want to do something fun for her room, and you might remember the prints I bought to hang in there. And then I bought some more. I thought a fun carnival theme would be neat. With that in mind, here's the new colors.


It's not all done, the ceiling line still needs to be cleaned up, but these are the colors. I love them. I've heard yellow is really hard to get right, but I think we nailed it on the first try! It's light without being too pastel and it's fun without being so bright you need sunglasses. The ceiling changes color depending on where you're at in the room, the idea was to go with a color that coordinates with the sky in the prints. Sometimes it's more blue and sometimes it's more green, but at least it looks good from wherever you're at. I even brought the color of the ceiling into the closet.


From this picture you can definitely see how the color changes in different light. If I hadn't done it myself, I probably wouldn't believe that the ceiling and the closet were the same color. I'm so excited to decorate this room! I think I'm going to crochet some bunting to hang along the ceiling... it's going to be awesome!

Our paint marathon didn't end there! We also got most of the master bedroom done. There's no hilariously awful paint to show you in this room. It was just white. But we've rented places with white walls for so long that we were ready for something fun and different.


I think you're going to find it hard to believe that Blake made the final choice on the color.


The color is kind of hard to see, but with the flash it looked really bright blue, which it isn't. I'll have to take better pictures at some point, but this is the closest I have to what it actually looks like. I was scared, I've never painted with a color this bold before, but it turned out really nice. We've got some touching up to do and lucky Al gets to the the ceiling trim once he recovers from this past weekend.

We're finishing up the our bedrooms and painting the spare bedroom this weekend, so I will have more fun pictures to show you!