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A Year Later

Surprise!  It’s a New Year’s miracle!  I’m writing a blog post!

It’s been a year now since I’ve been moved in to the main part of the house.  There have been lots of little ongoing projects, but since we’re not knocking down walls anymore, it’s seemed like a pretty mellow year.  Here’s an update on what’s been going on – PLUS – a bonus DIY on the floating mantel shelf. Continue reading

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Moved in!

(This post got lost in draft-land for a few weeks…sorry!!!)  Yep, I’ve been “living” here for a while, but it’s been somewhat of a sad existence.  Confined to one drafty room shared with a dog that was impossible to keep clean, cooking with nothing but a microwave and single burner camp stove, eating lots and LOTS of prepackaged food – hey, I even discovered how to make hamburger helper in the microwave – and the dreadful walk upstairs through filth to shower.  Come to think of it, it wasn’t that different from college.  But forget all that, because I made it!  As promised, Thanksgiving weekend was move-in weekend for me!  The storage unit is totally cleaned out and closed, most of my stuff is in the house, and the rest of my stuff is in the addition – where I used to reside.  Continue reading

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The (downstairs) floors are DONE!

Whoa, two posts in one day?  You better be feeling awfully special.  ‘Tis the month for giving thanks, so, you’re welcome.  As the title suggests, this is another “floors” post!  I’m going to keep this one to mostly pictures.             Continue reading

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My Iowa beach house…

If you know me, you know how indecisive I am.  This house has not improved my decision making skills even one little bit.  Sometimes I know exactly what I want, but more often than not, I have no idea.  And it takes me f o r e v e r to decide.  Example: I had an idea of what I wanted for a dining room light fixture.  I even found the perfect one.  But I refused to commit to it.  So my mom just ordered it for me and when it got here I liked it.  Putting that up is a post for another day.  This is a(nother) post about colors.  Continue reading

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I forgot how much I love to cook!

Okay, it’s been a while since I posted that my appliances were coming, and I realize I never updated anything after that.  So, here’s the first of a multi-update barrage.  Appliances.  My kitchen.  I love them both.  Continue reading

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Tile and Trim

Oh goodness… It’s really been a month since my last blog post? Jeez…sorry about that.  Time flies when you’re having fun, I guess, or at least when you’re insanely busy.  So many things have changed since the sanding of the floors.  First off, my countertops finally arrived and were installed.  They’re absolutely perfect and look very high-end for laminate.  If you don’t look too closely (there’s no getting around the dark lines on the edges or the seam in the corner) you could be initially convinced they’re granite!
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Floors get a facelift

This past weekend was my mom’s birthday weekend.  What better way to celebrate another year than spending two very long, very exhausting days sanding floors???  Okay, I can think of better ways to celebrate…but the floors now look great!  Mom says next year she will be in Maui for her birthday.  Alone.  Continue reading

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