Guys.

Three things:

Firstly, I hope you had a lovely Christmas!

Secondly, I combined my “me” blog with our house blog. That way there’s not a bunch of craziness going on. Mostly so I don’t forget that I had a house blog (this one), a me blog, and a furniture blog. Basically, what I’m trying to tell you is that I won’t be posting on this anymore and that if you want to still follow all of our house ish you can find it here: http://citychick-countrychic.blogspot.com/. It’s the one with a picture like this:

Thirdly, thanks for reading this blog all of the time. I hope to see you over at City Chick to Country Chic!

Lately I’ve Been Trippin’

The past couple weeks we’ve been tripping with my family. We stopped in Utah (where I got to celebrate my birthday!) on our way to California for Reece’s graduation from Marine Corps boot camp. We had a lot of fun seeing friends and family who were able to make time to see us. and we are so proud of our Marine!

After the graduation ceremony

Here are a few pics from our short stop at Mission Beach.

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Anyway, before we left, we painted our kitchen and dining room floors. Yes! We did! I looooooove them!

painted striped floors before and after

See that awful cement pad? We have no idea why it’s there. It goes all the way down through the floor to the ground outside. Now it blends!

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We used a porch and floor polyurethane tint-able oil-based paint by Glidden.  So awesome! Because the polyurethane is already in the paint, your paint doesn’t yellow! I might have to re-do Caeden’s room because his turquoise floor (we used a latex paint) got a yellow tint as soon as I put a poly coat on it. Boo!

I also chalked my fridge! With colored chalkboard paint! I had some leftover from a project and was all, hey! Paint the fridge!

colored chalkboard painted fridgeIt’s currently the only Christmas “decoration” we have up right now…we haven’t had time to put up a Christmas tree yet! Stay tuned for more kitchen awesome-ness happening soon!

Turning 25 Bucket List

Sometimes turning 25 freaks me out. Other times I’m all, “I’m going to own this twenty-five ish…” and then I wonder how one owns being twenty-five. I decided to make a list of 25 things to do the year I am twenty-five.

  1. Raise some chicks. Like, chickens. 
  2. Finish an interior decorating course.
  3. Learn how to use a nail gun without being afraid.
  4. Learn to change the oil in my jeep.
  5. Use a chainsaw.
  6. Wake up baby and with Honeypie and take him to look at stars.
  7. Build somethin’ cool.
  8. Plant a food garden.
  9. Plant a flower garden.
  10. Go camping.
  11. Dye my hair. Maybe:)
  12. Write a new song.
  13. Go to the zoo. In Nebraska!
  14. Be a “Women Build” or “One-day Build” volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.
  15. Get my CCW before I can’t anymore. Oh ps Missouri friends; I have a class scheduled for January 12, 2013 at nine. If you want in, let me know. Guns and ammo provided!
  16. Understand politics. As of now, my 13 and 12 year old sisters know more about politics than I do. WuuT?
  17. Build a snowman. If it snows this year. The first year I moved to Missouri I’m pretty sure there were at least three blizzards and countless “snow advisory” warnings. There was so.much.snow. Last year? I swear it only snowed once and it was only half an inch. I was totally okay with that because I didn’t want to run around being pregnant/with a newborn in the snow. Also, the last time I think I built a snowman was in high school at my high school, during lunch. I told my friends not to kick it down like they wanted to…but they did. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!!
  18. Make money for a mini moo! if you don’t know what those are you should. LOOK!

    This Jersey cow is grown!

  19. Be able to do 40 “man” push ups. I used to be able to do that. It WILL happen again.
  20. Get a new puppy and make sure it never gets run over by a truck. *@#%&#!
  21. Fill the frames on our wall with pictures.
  22. Paint our stairs.

    lyrical stairs. i love them.

  23. Paint the outside of our house. I’m thinking along the lines of gray. White attracts too many bugs, and I can’t have a pink house. 
  24. Learn alternative/natural/home medicine
  25. Get our food storage done. You know, for the zombie apocalypse.

Old Timey

We didn’t get much decorating done this weekend. We had more important things to do; like pulling down trees, chainsaw-massacre-ing the logs, splitting and stacking them. Since our wood-stove is the only source of heat we have for our house, we figured it might be a good idea to get a supply of wood before it snows. Just maybe. My family was a huge help. My little sister helped me carry some wood into the house and said, “I feel all old time-y…” because our house is only heated with a wood-stove…not that fact that it was built in the 1890s. Whatev!

We don’t need trucks! I love how my dad wears his beanie

Chainsaw massacre

working so hard:)

Despite the lack of decorating, I did finish our dresser and it is officially moved into our room. Check it out!

We (My Honeypie) also put a door on our room this weekend! Yay!

AND he finished the shower so we can actually shower in it! But I don’t have pics of that today.

Also, I know Winter hasn’t even happened yet, but I’m already totally ready for Spring. Because guess what? One way or another I’m getting chickens. Whoever lived here before us had chickens too! Look!

Except I feel like I’m going to get murdered every time I walk in there. So we will have to fix it up cute. We did more stuff this weekend, but it will have to wait for another post.

 

Antique Stores Are My Fave

Look what I got for our bedroom! Hopefully this weekend we will actually get to decorate our room. Yay! And you will get to see the dresser that I’m still in the process of finishing. Be so excited.

Thrift stores/Antique stores are the best. I love them. Here is a breakdown of some of the stuff we got, because guess what, you CAN decorate your house for cheaps.

I’ve been searching everywhere for a Moroccan lantern and finally found one for five bucks! Then I just adored that pink kerosene lamp and had to have it, even though it’s missing the hurricane glass. It was only a dollar. and I’ll find a glass for it eventually. Then the jewel box (for my jewels) was also a dolla. The vase was broken and glued back together and I guess that would be considered trash, BUT I couldn’t let it go with all of it’s color. Could. Not. Could not beat three dollars either. The most we spent was eight dollars on that painting. Which I loooove. My Honeypie picked it out! High five!

Seriously. So excited.

I’m Not a Real Artist

I’m not a real artist, but I like painted pictures. The only thing is, my pictures look like they were drawn by a five year old. I’m okay with it.

Whenever we have leftover whatever, I’m always like, “Keep that, I might want it later.” I feel like a hoarder. But really, I might use it later. DON’T THROW IT AWAY! My Honeypie has learned to keep just about everything. Yay!

We had some leftover scrap wood, I had some spare time on my hands (wut?), and I thought to myself, “Self, let’s paint a picture.”

I didn’t like the way they lines ended up, so I added a small one. If I had been thinking ahead, I would have done three even lines in the first place. It is what it is.

Super simple!

I liked this one a lot, so I made another one the next day, but less involved. Kind of.

This time I painted the whole board white.

I made a “stencil” out of a file folder, taped it on the wood, sprayed it with Krylon metallic spray paint and bam. Instant cloud. Then I hand painted some pretty, kindergarten-esque raindrops.

They are going to live in our room…which is currently undergoing some furniture awesomeness. Stay tuned!

 

 

I’ve Been Super Lazy

Kind of. I’ve only been lazy in the sense of neglecting this blog. Again. I get side tracked with being awesome over here. Prepare for a major photo dump of everything you have(n’t) been missing.

A couple of weeks ago our wood stove was here:

 

Then we both decided we hated it and moved it here:

 

 

We like it much mo’ betta! There’s even smoke coming out of the chimney like it’s supposed to! We used the left over tile/scraps from our bathroom floor/shower upstairs. You’ll get pictures of that later…Like when I decide to clean up the disaster in there.

Also, I’m about to show you pics of Caeden’s “nursery”. It’s still unfinished, but finished-ish enough that you can see it. Ready?

 

 

 

 

 

There it is. It’s still missing a few key things…like a door, window trim, crown molding, and baseboards. Oh, and a super sweet awesome rug like this:

but not so shaggy looking, or so fetching expensive. Ugh. I think I want a braided circle rug in this color. Yes…yes.