Thursday, November 26, 2015

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happy Birthday and Happy Veteran's Day...

(Gavin asked for monkey bread instead of cake for his birthday so that is what he got.)

My 4th baby turned 15 years old today!! He's not so much of a baby anymore, in fact he happens to be the tallest in the family, pushing 6ft already! He is also a very sweet, kind hearted, funny, smart, and handsome young man.  He's a freshman in high school  and is doing quite well, straight A's for the first quarter :)  He also joined the cross country team for the first time and will be playing LAX again in the Spring.  His goal is to go to MIT and then have his own software company, he already has it registered and a website...he's very much computer and technology gifted(like his father). Gavin is a great kid and I couldn't be more proud of him!

Love you Goobs

and thank you to all the veterans out there who defended us and our way of life.

Love Tiff

Monday, November 9, 2015

New Lighting for the Kitchen...

I've been trying to find the right lighting for the kitchen table for a long while and I have tried many different lights... the last one being a vintage one I picked up in Ohio for $20 when we were there in April. However, within minutes of hubby putting it up for me, I just wasn't  in love with it.

Here is the that light has thick milk glass shades and I spray painted all the metal parts black, but the arms of it always hung slightly off, which bothered me.  It just wasn't what I was looking for.

So this weekend while we were out shopping for a new fridge(yes, our fridge died(see it sitting there all innocent looking...grrrrrr.  New one won't be here until Friday) I decided to look for new lighting again.  I didn't want to spend a fortune, but I wanted a certain look.

I found these industrial brushed steel lights for $29 a piece!  Hubby put together the old wooden boxes(which I have had for years), did the electrical, and then mounted it all to the ceiling. We had to do that configuration with the boxes in order to cover the hole from the original lighting electrical stuff, it was off center for the new allignment of the table.

And while we were there, I picked up two pendant kits(also in brushed steel) for $15 a piece. My 14 yr old son then made me these new mason jar pendant lights!! It's hard to see, but we put those old looking Eddison bulbs in them.  This is the kitchen at night, so much brighter over the table now.

And I LOVE the ones over the table now!! Evey time I look in there, I think it's not my house ;) it looks so different, but in a good way!

So, for under $100, I got all new lighting for my kitchen!  Thank you hubby and Gavin ! I love my new lights <3 p="">

And I will leave with a picture of Asher, taken this chilly November morning...he's all warm in a knit one piece:)

Have a lovely day,


Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Birthday Halloween!!!

Today is my oldest baby's 22nd birthday!!  I am so very proud of the wonderful man he has become.  My daughter and I made this video for him...

After the kids went trick or treating, we skyped Cameron in Hawaii so that he could blow the candles out on his cake :)  A thoroughly modern birthday celebration.(and my oldest daughter is on the phone)

Asher didn't have a costume, just a cute outift....he was not happy wearing the hat, as you can see in the pictures, no smiles...

The little boys went around the neighborhood with daddy, but the bigger boys stayed home.

I hope you all had a safe and Happy Halloween!!


Monday, October 26, 2015

Sneak Peak of Master Bedroom Redo...

  Yes, I know, I said no more home projects for awhile... but this one was a bit of a necessity. Hubby has pretty bad cat allergies and since the cats aren't going, the carpet had to go. Over the weekend we tore up the carpet in our bedroom and walk in closet. It actually went quite fast with the help up the big kids. We then attempted a "pinterest" project...using plywood for flooring.  We chose maple veneer plywood, each 4 x 8' sheet was $24.95 at Lowes.  We had the guy at Lowes cut the sheets into 12" planks.( they do this for free, saves us time, and makes perfect cuts, which we wouldn't achieve at home). We left half at 8' lengths and had the other half cut at 3' and 5' lengths...that way we could easily stagger them.   We then just nail gunned them down.   The whole floor was complete by Sunday afternoon, and we had the furniture back in by 7pm.

Here is the floor before I sealed it...

It's very smooth and has an old farmhouse feel to it.

We decided not to stain it, just let it wear and age naturally.... other than the thin liquid wax coat that I put on it(which just ever so slightly darkened it).

We love the results and it was a fairly simple a Pinterest win!!  Hopefully this helps hubby's allergies subside a bit(well, a lot).  The whole room got a thorough cleaning and I really like the open sparseness of it. I am slowly going through stuff before I put it back in the room and closet so it will be less cluttered.  I am also going to change up the color scheme a bit.  I'll share pics when it's all done! Which may take awhile, life with a baby is all about the baby(as it should be!)

Speaking of babies... here is my cutie pie during his weekly photo shoot...11 weeks old last Thursday :)

Have a great day,


Monday, October 19, 2015

Preserving the Past...

I was asked through facebook if I could repair a tear in an old family quilt. I agreed to look at the quilt that was made in Alabama by the woman's great grandma. The top consisted of all flannels and the back and border was a soft cotton.  When I saw the quilt in person,I quickly realized that there was much more than a tear to repair, in fact the "tear" was actually the result of deteriorating fabric.  All the flannels that were Not plaid, had this problem, but the majority of the bad rectangles resided towards the middle of the quilt. 

The back..

Closeup of the fabric...this was all intact.

The original "tear" that needed fixing...

More examples of the condition of the fabric...

She did not want to put this away as a display piece, she wanted to continue to use it at the foot of her bed.  I decided the best way to preserve the quilt was to hand applique new flannel rectangles over the existing ones. Thus, keeping the original quilt intact but also preserving and protecting it.   I couldn't find flannels that matched, so she told me to use what I could find and she provided a red flannel shirt and an old sheet(which I used).  In the end, I appliqued 64 new rectangles on. More will need to be done in the future and there is a section of the border that will eventually need to be addressed but for now, the quilt is usable, and she was very happy with it.

Here is the quilt with the new patches on it.

I printed her a paper with a picture of the original quilt and a picture of the repaired quilt on it. I wrote what I had done to the quilt and left her space to write down the history of the quilt. I told her to tuck away somewhere so that her grandchildren would then know what this family heirloom was. As is turns out, she has several family quilts(lucky woman!), but none was in as rough shape as this one was.
I enjoyed being able to help save this old quilt that someone made so many years ago.

Enjoy your day,


Friday, October 9, 2015

Beadboard Wall...

We've been in this house for 9 years, the longest I have ever lived in a house in my entire life! And of course over those 9 years I have done a lot of DIY projects and many, many, many more room rearranges(I love to change up rooms!).  The one room that is more difficult to rearrange is the kitchen...table can really only go in one spot, right?  But that hasn't really stopped me over the years, we removed built ins so my hoosier could go in, I've added shelves, and I've tried half a dozen different tables in this room.  But because we need a big table, the room has always felt squished. It's not a small kitchen, but it was really made for a small family table.  My dream would be to expand the kitchen, but I don't forsee that happening any time soon;)  So I came up with a different solution to the small dining space.

I've always had some sort of hutch on the one solid wall but that takes up table and chair space.  Removing the hutch would solve this, but I would be left with a big empty wall, something that is just not me.  My solution was to put up a beadboard wall with a shelf.

Here is the wall last Christmas with the hutch...

This freed up so much space around the table and I like the simplified look of things.

Of course my kitchen was a disaster for days while I tried to figure out where to put all the stuff in the hutch... which then required me to clean out cupboards, and then I redid the tops of the cupboards(talk about a dusty mess!)... but things are back together now :)  I am still figuring out how I want the shelf to look, so things will evolve up there.

I have no idea how my Christmas decor will go this year, but there will be more people space for my gingerbread party!

 Kitchen wall after...

And before...

Projects are a lot harder with a baby in the house...takes me 10x along, so I may postone any more big ones for awhile.

Have a lovely weekend,