HGTV Junkies

Wow.  I knew I had neglected the blog but we are going nigh on 3 weeks with no communique’.  I know you are devastated.  The problem with getting this far behind is fighting the urge to return to all that’s been going on and realizing not one bit of it is interesting.  At all.

It would be so awesome if I could tell you I’m ready to break the streak of boring but truth is we’ve been working at the Pee Wee football Jamboree all day and I’m ridiculously exhausted so I’ve laid myself up in bed to enjoy an evening of House Hunters.  Yes, hubs and I are both HGTV junkies.  Luke is the only straight man I know that can define ‘focal point’.   On this episode of HH, a couple is looking for a green home and this real estate agent is trying to sell them on a particular house because it has high efficiency light bulbs. Yep. I’m certain they will pick it now.  Oh, wait.  Just found out this house also doesn’t have polyurethane finish on the floors that emit those pesky toxic fumes.  That’s a plus. Now we’ve arrived at the climax of the show when we learn whether they buy the Non-Green home in order to remodel it using green features.  Which begs the question, if you renovate and throw away all the non-green stuff, isn’t that in effect being non-green?  Wouldn’t it be less wasteful to keep the old stuff?  These are the things that I think about.  

As for houses, ours is coming right along.  We are painting and putting in flooring this week.  The process has been relatively simple but it’s getting a little stressful now that the finishes are going in.  I’m a horrible decision maker and I’m pretty confident our cabinet maker is ready to close up his entire shop and go out of business if he sees my face one more time.  I went into his showroom dead set on painted cabinets with a dark island and when I walked out I had stained.  We got into the parking lot and Luke said, “What in the world just happened in there?  Why did you change everything?!”  It was the pressure!  Just too much pressure!  I could discern from the cab guy that he wasn’t crazy about painted cabinets and so being the wimp I am when it comes to wanting to do what the experts consider the ‘right’ thing, I caved and picked what he liked instead of what I loved. 

I came home so disappointed, checked my emails and saw I had a blog note from my darling friend Melissa at Inspired Room. I emailed her with my dilemma and she talked me down from my stained cabinet ledge.  In short, she gave me the excellent advice of doing what I loved no matter what someone else considered the best thing.  I knew I would not love those stained cabinets so I got brave and called the guy Monday morning and asked him to make the changes.  So in essence, we just switched places on the ledge.  As horrible as I felt for doing it to him, I’m pretty sure he’ll feel better when he gets the check.

I’m looking forward to showing some pictures when the thing is done.  It really hasn’t looked much like a house until the last couple of weeks but now it’s finally beginning to look like something we may live in sometime soon.  I can’t even begin to tell you how excited our family remains.  It’s a 20 year dream that we never thought we’d be able to see happen.  God is good and the fact He orchestrated the whole thing iin the exact timing that He has isn’t lost on us one bit.

The only thing to make it any better would be for Candace Olson to come decorate the entire thing.  For free.  As of right now, most of the rooms are beige because I have no decor.  I was watching Sarah’s House the other day and was excited to find out that she was going to decorate 2 bedrooms on a budget.  Her ‘budget’ was 10,000.  For one kids’ bedroom.  I don’t think I’ve spent that much on my entire home in the last 20 years of marriage.  Let’s just say for now we are concentrating on getting in the thing and will hopefully have many happy years to work on furnishings. 

So tell me, any of you girls do any fun budget decorating lately?  I would love to see your projects! 

But only if they cost less than 10 grand.

It Is With Great Joy I Can Now Show You Stufff

I told y’all the other day that I’d been having some camera issues that had greatly impeded my ability to document our important family days much less capture any fascinating blog content.

That, my friends, has all changed.

Sunday, we ate lunch at our favorite Mexican Restaurant with our dear friends, Sam and Lou. Imagine my surprise when she handed me a shoe box and told me she wanted to give me some shoes that didn’t fit her. I knew something was up when Sam said, “Yeah, Lou said you had a big ‘ole foot and she thought you may could use those.” First, Lou would never have said such a thing. Second, you have to know Sam, but his being involved with this mysterious gift had me full well expecting something to jump out and bite me.

It didn’t bite. It was this.

Oh my gosh, y’all. I absolutely love it. The pictures are beautiful and it does every single thing I could ever want and more. I would say I can’t believe they did this, but again, you have to know Sam and Lou. They are forever on the look out for ways to bless people and my goodness, have they blessed us. I’ve hugged them a million times, but it only seems appropriate to thank them once more.

Now that I’ve taken pictures of everything in the house, I thought I’d show you a couple of projects I mentioned a while back.

The Girl got a comforter for Christmas. Remember my telling you I finally painted her room pale yellow to match? It really looks great. You will think me overprotective, but I’m a little weird about showing her whole bedroom. Even so, here is the fabric of the comforter. I’ve finally gotten over how grown up it looks.

I bought white letters at Hobby Lobby because she wanted her name on the wall. These were on clearance for $1.50 each. I painted them brown but they were too boring. I started playing with the idea of outlining them in green but when I got across the bottom of the letter, I decided I liked the look. I originally planned on using the ribbon to hang them, but that was looking awkward. That’s when I decided to hot glue the bows and mount them straight to the wall. I think I like the result? I can’t help but think they need something more but for right now, I have to turn attention to the curtains. I’m embellishing some white ones with fabric scraps from the bag the comforter set came in. Believe me, when they are done, you’ll be seeing pictures!

Welcome to Under My Bed. What’s so great about that you ask? The fact that you can see the floor – what else? There is now nothing living there but a few residual dust bunnies and my sewing table. I can’t even talk about how giddy that makes me. While I was at it, I had Luke help me rearrange all the furniture. He wasn’t thrilled until we were done. The new set up is so much more functional and if I can make enough money from my upcoming yard sale, I’ll be shopping Target for my own new comforter. And guess what? I’ll take pictures of it! *squeal*

Finally, this picture is of The Girl wearing more colors than should be allowed in one day.
Just because I can..

And the Projects Keep Mounting…

I mentioned in my last post that I was going to tackle cleaning out the closet. Tackle it I did and after two full garbage bags of throwaways, I can finally see the floor. However, I am still missing one tennis shoe and favorite flip flop that I’m hoping are under my bed. Under the bed just happens to be my next project.


Being a ministry family, we’ve moved a lot. As in we’ve lived in 9 houses in the past 11 years. Obviously there are lots of negatives to that type of gypsy/semi-nomadic existence. However, the one good thing is that instead of spring cleaning we just packed up everything and moved pretty well guaranteeing my closets and cabinets stayed acceptably presentable.

In June, we will have been at our current pastorate for four years. I think we have already beaten the record for the length of time ever lived in one home. That makes me 37 kinds of happy but the negative is there is not one organized, decluttered thing in my house – except for my closet. We’ve accumulated and it’s major time for a purge.

With that said, I may be a little scarce. As if I haven’t been anyway. But, I will try to document some of my project completions for your grins and my own sense of acccomplishment. Am I the only one who will stand and stare at a freshly painted room or organized space just because I’m so proud I finally got it done?

Yeah, it doesn’t take much to thrill me anymore.

Okay, it’s time to crawl under the bed.

Here’s hoping nothing gets me.

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