You Know How?

You know how there’s that whole part in Beauty and the Beast? Where Beauty is in the library (at the beginning of the movie) on the ladder, and she rolls down the wall of shelves right before she’s about to break into song?

Yup.

I decided that I want a library ladder…in my kitchen.

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I’m a little ahead of myself yet again, but I like to have an idea in my head of what I want! We have almost got everything cleared out enough at our house to start doing the electrical and plumbing. Yay!

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If I Were Cinderella…

If I were Cinderella, I would have made my attic look like this:

attic bedroom

…but she may not have had that much room. Actually, I can’t even remember if Cinderella lived in the attic. Whatever.

This is a post about me dreaming again.

We have enough space in the attic (once we have walls again) to make a bedroom or a playroom. It just depends on what we want. The attic already has one of those pull down ladders, but I think it would be super neat to have a spiral stair case instead.

spiral staircase

This goes to a loft.

Spiral staircase

Something like this, but a nicer color.

Then the attic could open up to a room:

attic bedroom

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They are all just so darling!

Then this is just stellar:

hidden playroom

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If you go to this site you can see the hidden playroom. So neat!

Cereal in My Yogurt

I love Special K cereal. I mix it up in my vanilla yogurt with some frozen raspberries and it is divine! Anyway, the other day My Honeypie walked into the kitchen and all of a sudden yelled, “Naked lady!” I was super confused because I was fully dressed. Then he pointed at my cereal box. The lady on the back is in a red bikini, so I fixed it:

Special K

 

I know you can still kinda see through the black, but from far away it’s not! Now My Honeypie doesn’t have to shield his eyes every time he goes to the kitchen. Holla!

Oh My What?

Who knew that part of I-29 was washed away? We sure didn’t! but it made our drive to Utah a little more interesting…if you like two hour detours. There has been crazy flooding in the upper and lower parts of Missouri, missing where we live which is great. We’ve all seen the news with some pictures of the flooding, but we got to see some of it up close before the detour.

That's totally a barn in the middle of a bunch of water.

 

All blocked off

Not part of the flooding, but totally interesting:

Yup. The tree is inside the silo.

How My Honeypie feels about 2-hour detours

While we were in Utah we went to Deseret Industries (Utah’s version of Goodwill) and I got some sweet awesome chandelier frames:

I want to put pearls on this one...

sally jean chandelier

Similar to this!

...he's wearing my anatomy goggles... 🙂

So cute!

The chandeliers are for my kitchen and hallway…when we actually have walls again 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shower Time!

Walk in showers are bomb…but I like big, open, walk-in showers. The ones with the little doors make me feel claustrophobic. Like this one here:

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It’s gorgeous for sure, but just so little! I much prefer something like this:

BHG.com. Still small, but so open!

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BHG.com. I love, love, LOVE the skylight.

BHG.com. Love the shower head...but that much tiny tile freaks me out.

What’s in a Name?

People around here name their property like they name their children…but I think I kind of like it.

Here are some we’ve seen/heard of:

My mother-in-law named her property “Shady Acres“. Now, I think we’re talking about the kind of shady you get from trees and not the kind of shady you use to describe the guy walking down the street with his hand reaching into his trench coat.

My mom named my family’s property “Stonegate“. It has, you guessed it, a stone gate.

Stonegate. Say hello to the back half of Hershey.

There is this HUGE sign on the way to town from our property called “Kingbird Acres“. I’m thinking it must be their last name.

I find this just hilarious:

El Rancho Bankruptus

Here are some of the suggested names from various persons:

  • Some Man’s Trash…since this the name of my blog…and now that I think about it, there is trash everywhere in the yard.
  • Regenbogen (Rainbow) Ranch. Sadly, as my dad said, only in California could 5 acres=a ranch.
  • Galbraith Greens. Alliteration is great (oh yeah, I totally did that), but there are so many Galbraith families out here I think people would get confused!
Here are a few I came up with…mostly using the same words. I’m super creative:
  • Mariposa (butterfly) Skies
  • Mariposa Glen
  • Mariposa Meadows (my little sister actually came up with this one)
Basically, there are butterflies everywhere at our new place. I think they like our trees. Also, my gramma used to call me “butterfly”. What do you think?

Victorian Cottage in New York

My mom sent me this link awhile ago. Every so often I like to go back and look at it. This woman named Sandra Foster transformed this hunting cabin on her property into a beautiful little getaway. Here are a couple of pics:

Before

After

 

Make sure you go to the link to see all of the pictures in the slideshow! Love it.

Rock-a-Bye

So remember how I got this awesome rocking chair for free from my wonderful sister-in law?

Notice the hole in the seat. Her husband's bony fanny broke it. Twice.

priming

primed!

painting

painted!

Done!

Colors!

To fix the seat I just measured the existing seat and cut out a piece of plywood (leftovers from our roof) and nailed it on. Instant seat!

Things I would do differently:

  • Buy a better paint brush. It’s so annoying when the little brush hairs come out all over your chair. Ew.
  • Lightly sand the rocking chair before painting, just to have a smoother surface. Usually, I sand before I paint, but I have come to *loathe* sanding. I thought the wood was in pretty good shape so I skipped it this time. Although it worked out okay, I think it would have been prettier sanded. Sigh. This means I have to go back to sanding.
  • If you have something to fix–like the seat–fix the seat first and then paint. Ugh. I just can’t help myself. I love paint!!!
  • Buy a really big cushion for the seat. Just because the seat is 17 inches across it doesn’t mean an 18 inch pillow is the best choice. Even if it is the cheapest and 50% off.  Boo!
Seeing as this is my first major attempt at making a piece of furniture prettier I’m pleased. Plus, I learned a lot! Yay! That means I hopefully won’t ruin these:
I got four of these bad boys for a whopping two (yes, 2) dollars at a moving sale! Fifty cents each!! I drove by in the morning and they wanted $12.75 for each which isn’t bad considering what a brand new bar stool costs, but I didn’t have any cash on me. I went back later that afternoon to see if they were still there and they were…and so much cheaper!
Holla.