Monthly Archives: December 2011

A Funky Staircase

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One of my favorite features of our home is the two staircases.  I love that it has a front and back staircase – more modern homes just do not have them anymore.  When we moved in, almost our entire home was covered with old carpet.  When we pulled up the carpet there were several surprises- some good, some not so good.  For example, we discovered beautiful hardwood floors under the carpet in the living room and dining room.  However, under the carpet in the upstairs hallway we discovered this:

Believe it or not, the hallway still looks like this, but we’ll get to it… eventually.

My favorite under-the-carpet discovery was our back staircase.  Here’s Matt after pulling up the carpet:

Yes, the staircase resembles a rainbow.  I have been attempting to research the time period when this may have been painted, but I’m not having much luck.  I will keep researching it, however.  If anyone has any knowledge of staircase painting time periods, please share it with me!  Matt and I both decided we want to attempt to restore this staircase to its full multi-colored glory.

Here’s my progress so far:

After priming the staircase

The tops of the stairs were painted black

All painted!

I used sample sizes for the colored side of each stair.  There is still a lot of paint remaining as well for touch-ups throughout the years.  This staircase is off of the kitchen, and it makes for a great surprise!  Guests always comment on it!  So fun!

GOD BLESS!!

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A Major Award

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… Can you tell I’ve been watching “A Christmas Story” lately?  Today I am pleased to announce that I am officially a nominee for The Versatile Blogger award!  What an honor!  The first thing I want to do is thank Mark Kinzel, the blogger who nominated me!  Please check out his blog here.  To complete my nomination, there are a few requirements I need to complete.

One requirement for the award is to nominate 15 other blogs.  This is my favorite- I love sharing the wealth!  Here are the blogs I am proud to nominate:

1.   http://wesothrifty.wordpress.com/

2.  http://jhwise.wordpress.com/

3.  http://ozimagesblog.com/

4.  http://bmiller.wordpress.com/

5.  http://abimarvel.com/

6.  http://www.lizmarieblog.com/

7.  http://eat2gather.net/

8.  http://fauxfringe.wordpress.com/

9.  http://thepapermama.blogspot.com/

10.  http://www.thesmallthingsblog.com/

11.  http://www.theidearoom.net/

12.  http://www.theyellowcapecod.com/

13.  http://www.centsationalgirl.com/

14.  http://glorioustreats.blogspot.com/

15.  http://afieldjournal.blogspot.com/

Wheew! Please take time to check out all of these amazing blogs!  Looking at them all listed, they remind me of my iPod… a little funky, a little classic, a little rock’n roll… a general mish-mash of everything!

Another requirement for the nomination is to provide 7 random tidbits about myself… with pleasure!

1.  I’m messy

2.  I love to bake

3.  I’m usually a home body

4.  The worst feeling for me is when I can’t help someone

5.  I have control issues

6.  My mom and I could recite National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation word.for.word.

7.  I paint my nails about 3 times a week

Thank you again, Mark Kinzel for the nomination.  I have enjoyed my blogging experience thus far, and hope to continue it for years to come!

Magazine Christmas Trees

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As I’ve stated before, I love DIY projects for Christmas gifts.  In addition to gifts, I enjoy DIY projects for holiday decorating as well.  I’ve been meaning to fill you in on one of my favorite DIY Christmas projects for a while, and I’ve finally had time to do so!  This project is SUPER easy and the Christmas trees look great!  I have about 7 of them throughout my house.  The best part?  They’re made from magazines.  Whether you use thick magazines (think “O” magazine), or catalogs you get in the mail, these Christmas trees make for fun, funky holiday decor!

Step 1: Break the spine of the magazine.  You want it to be flexible.

Step 2: With the magazine facing you, fold the page from the top right corner.  Begin by folding the front cover.  

Continuing folding each page until the entire magazine is folded 

Step 3: Beginning with the lower right point of the triangle you’ve created, fold each page of the magazine a second time.  The pages will look diamond-shaped.  

This is how the magazine will look after step 3:

It will be fairly thick

Step 4: There will be a small triangle at the bottom.  Fold the triangle and tuck it into the folded paper above.  This will transform your diamond into a triangle.   

This is how your magazine will look after step 4:

TA-DAH! Your magazine Christmas tree is complete!  While no tape is necessary, I tape the front cover and the back cover (not to each other, separately).  They tend to want to come undone because of the thickness of the cover paper.  From here you can leave your tree as is, or you can decorate it accordingly.  Here are some trees from my house decorated in various ways.  The possibilities are truly endless!

This tree was sprayed with adhesive, then sprinkled with glitter

The front 2 trees were spray painted with different metal tones

As a centerpiece for a gathering

I hope this has been helpful to you.  I have enjoyed making these Christmas trees for years and they are always a fun conversation piece.  These also store fairly well, so at the end of the season you can just fold them down and put them away until next year!

GOD BLESS!!

Lemon Body Scrub

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I am all about homemade presents, especially for Christmas!  We put too much emphasis on material gifts this time of year, and lose focus on the true reason for the season.  Therefore, I try to create homemade gifts as much as possible.  In turn, homemade gifts are always my favorite to receive.  For all you busy ladies, I know this may not be a possibility, but trust me when I tell you this lemon body scrub will take 5 minutes of your time.  And the best part is you probably have the THREE (yes, 3) ingredients necessary to make this scrub in your kitchen right now!

I know scents this time of year focus on cinnamon, peppermint, chocolate, etc. but I’m going to change it up and throw lemon into the mix!  Lemon has a great ability to lift your mood and energize you.  I hope this scrub gives you that extra boost of energy you need!

Here are the ingredients you will need:

2 lemons
1.5 cups cane sugar
3/4 cups olive oil

Directions:

Step 1: Put entire amount of cane sugar in medium-sized bowl

This is the cane sugar I use

Step 2: Slowly pour olive oil over cane sugar.  Fold olive oil into cane sugar.  Do not pour entire amount of olive oil into cane sugar at one time, as you want to keep the sugar separated from the olive oil.  The consistency should be a thick paste.

It will look like this:

Step 3:  Zest your lemons.  Sprinkle zest over the olive oil and cane sugar mixture, fold together.

lemon zest!

Step 4: Pour juice from 2 lemons over mixture.  Mix together.  The final product will look like this:

Transfer your mixture into an air-tight container.  Feel free to decorate and gift!

I got this container from Ikea a while ago, but haven’t found a use for it yet- until now!  This body scrub is just perfect for this jar!  How cute would that look in your bathtub?!

GOD BLESS!

Some Updates…

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I don’t know about you, but this time of year for me is BUSY BUSY BUSY!  In the midst of the chaos, I want to take some time to share some updates with you.

Matt and I hosted our first Christmas party over the weekend and it was a BLAST!  In fact, I was too busy having fun to take any pictures.  I’m bummed I don’t have any photographic proof of the great time we had, but you’ll have to take my word for it!  Following the Christmas party on Saturday, we went  to the Detroit Lions game on Sunday.  Tickets to the game were Matt’s anniversary present from me.  The first year anniversary “theme” is paper, so tickets seemed very fitting for my sports fanatic!

Here we are in the parking lot  of Ford Field enjoying some mimosas and bloody mary’s!

Here is our view of the field from our seats

I’ve also been doing some more decorating with our guest bedroom.  Here are some pictures of my progress.

It’s still not completely done, but it’s definitely getting there!  This bedroom definitely has a cozy, vintage feel.  The headboard is an antique store find.  As you can see, it’s an old window.  I then had Matt hang it above the bed and VOILA!  A beautiful, vintage headboard!

 In some other good news, I just found out yesterday that I’m going to be an Aunt AGAIN!!! Love to Kayla and Adam and your new bundle of joy!

GOD BLESS!

It’s beginning to look a lot like….

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Christmas!!!  My FAVORITE time of year!  I need to begin by apologizing for being MIA lately.  I’ve been having some computer issues so I’ve been thinking of a million posts in my head, I just haven’t been able to share them with you! Torture!

Our household is buzzing with the excitement of our first Christmas party in our house!  We have been too embarrassed to invite a group of people to enjoy our home until recently.  This year we decided even if there’s only drywall on the walls, and cracks in our ceiling, none of that matters.  We just want to enjoy our home with our friends and family! 

Last weekend Matt, Zoe, and I ventured out to our favorite Christmas tree farm to find the PERFECT tree.  We usually wait until the snow falls to go to the  farm, but with the upcoming Christmas party we couldn’t wait.  It was odd to have so much green on the ground when chopping down a Christmas tree…

Look at all that GREEN!
Zoe
Matt claims our tree!
Family photo!

It was a great day, even if there wasn’t any white stuff covering the ground.  We ended up with a Douglas Fir.  I love that the needles aren’t “pokey” when you’re decorating.  Once we got the tree home, we decorated and watched “Christmas Vacation”- one of my all-time faves! I think my mom and I could recite that entire movie! 

 
Here is the tree completely decorated:
BEAUTIFUL!

I’ve been very busy around the house with decorating and various crafts!  I can’t wait to share them with you! 

I also want to leave you with a scripture verse that really touches my heart this time of year, when monetary gifts seems to reign supreme.
 
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law~ Romans 13:8