Tuesday, February 19, 2008

New blog brainstorm session...

So here's the deal, I'm going to start a new "crafty" blog and I need everyones help to decide what I want to include in it. I love being crafty, and I love sharing my craftiness with others, thus I feel the need to bring a crafty blog to the people, or at least the few of you that read my current blog... and hopefully more...

This is what I'm thinking... I want to do at least some sort of blog post every day (except Sunday because even god got a day to rest), and each day will have a theme. This is where my loyal readers (all three of you) come in, helping me choose all the themes, or at least giving me ideas on what you would like to read about.

here is what I have come up with so far:

blog day. On this day I will write about another blog that I have found that I think others should be reading as well...

hand made shopping day. On this day I will feature great places to find great hand made items.

shopping day. Since not everything great is hand made on this day I will feature things/ companies I find love and think others should love as well!

diy day. I'm full of all kinds of great projects that I would love to share with others. 

pattern day: I first came up with the idea for this blog when I became addicted to this blog. Since I am addicted to patterns as well I will dedicate a whole day to them. Patterns I have found, patterns I have made...

shameless plug day... it is my blog!

That is all I have right now. I'm still not sure everything that I will include but I would like some input. Let me know what you think about my proposed topics, and feel free to suggest some other ones.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentines to US!!!!

So for valentines day today Matt and I get the best present EVER... 

A house!

We get the Keys today!!!!!! We may not get to move in until the 25th (or sooner depending on when the "old" owners move out) but it is OFFICIALLY ours!!!!!!!!

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Sining my life away/ Ikea is a happy place!!

So yesterday Matt and I signed all of our paper work... and we are only 6 days away from being official home owners!!!! We close on Valentines day! We won't get to move in for a week to ten days after we close, but then current homeowners will have to pay us 50 bucks a day to live in "our" house so I suppose that it is OK!!!

Our first order of duty will be the walls and the floors! The whole house has the awful old carpet so we will ripping that all up, and putting in laminate floors. First we will paint the walls, because the carpet is just getting thrown out we don't have to be all careful not to get any on the floor. Next we will rip up all the old carpet and lay down the floors, before we start to move all of our stuff in. 

Matt and I had a very productive day at Ikea. We were able to pick out several things that we want to get for the house, floors, shelves, book cases, couches, chairs, and tables. We want it all really. First we plan on doing the floors and walls and we will see what we can still afford after that. This is what our plan is thus far:

We plan on doing a green (surprise surprise) in the living room. It is going to match the green in the painting that I did with all the swirls. We hope to get a orange couch, and use brown, navy blue and red as accent colors... I can't wait to have color on my walls!! these colors will continue into the dining room and kitchen, because they are all like one big room anyway

In the family/Game room I think we are going to go with black, gray's, navy, and red. We found a leather sleeper sofa at Ikea that we liked. Also we found these chairs at Dania that we fell in love with they are the most comfortable chairs I have even sat in. We plan on getting them for the game room but we may wait for a bit because they are a bit on the spendy side but will be well worth the cost when we decide to splurge! And Splurge we will!

As far as the master bedroom goes we plan on using a dark blue as the main color, and other blues and greens to go with it. My favorite thing that I found at Ikea is the closet organization furniture that I want to use in the bedroom it is the PAX system and I LOVE it!!!!!!

I can't wait to do all my decorating, painting, and flooring and will keep you all posted as soon as the house is in our hands. I will take a mess of before, during and pictures so you all can see our work in progress!!!

Monday, February 4, 2008

In Loving Memory/Things I have learned/ Two weeks is a long time/ Home sweet home.

A NOTE TO MY READERS: This post may be a bit on the long side but worth reading if you have a bit of time on your hands.
As some of you loyal readers may already know, my grandmother just passed away. We found out a few weeks ago that she was going to be taken off dialysis which meant she would only have 2-10 days to live. My mother was going to go out to Utah early so she could be with her before she passed away, and since I was not working at the time I decided to go out with her. We left on Friday the 18th. We thought she would only last a few days, and that the funeral would be on the 26th, but being the stubborn person she always was she held out till the 25th, so we had to postpone the funeral till the 2nd. Which is why I ended up in Utah for two weeks.

In Loving Memory
Edith Hatch Terry
Feb 1921-Jan 2008

Things I Learned from My Grandmother:

1) How to be the perfect hostess. Any of you have been to one of my parties can attest to how much I love to throw a good party. This talent I got from my Grandmother. She could throw an amazing party.  From the delicious food, impeckably set tables, and fancy dishes, to the love she had for being the perfect hostess, I got it all from her.

2) How to sew. Now because I lived so far away from her my whole life she was never able to teach me personally how to sew, but she taught my mother and my mother taught me. She was always a perfectionist in all that she did and sewing was no exception. If a seam was not stright, or in the wrong place she would do it over until it was right. If a pattern called for 2 yards of material she could get it out of 1. She was pretty amazing. She was so very excited when she found out that I had taken up sewing, and was willing to give me all the tips she could

3) Things are not worth doing unless you do them well. See above for example.

4) And above all to Marry the person that you love. She and my grandfather were so much in love their whole lives. I remember they would always hold hands and give each other kisses, and as much as I thought this was a bit yucky as a child I can see now how beautiful it was. They were like this till the very end when my Grandfather would hold her hand while she was in bed unable to move, to the kiss he gave her before they closed her casket.

Things I learned in my two weeks in Utah.

1) THROW THINGS AWAY!!!! If for no other reason then one day someone is going to have to have to clean it all up. My grandmother saved everything. And although I ended up with some pretty cool fabric, thread, rick rack, and cards, I also threw A LOT of stuff away. 

2) Just because something is a good deal does not mean you should buy it. You may think that someone will have a use for it some day but I will tell you now that no one will want a sheet set that was only 2 bucks that you purchased in 1975, huge orange flowers and all.

3) Orgonians are VERY polite. They let you in (in traffic), take their carts in at the store, they hold they door for you, etc. And in Utah they do not.

4) Utah drivers are Freekin' CRAZY. I think they suppose they have god on their side or something...

5) Learn all you can about who you are and where you came from. My Grandmother was  full of so may stories about her past, and I wish I would have been abel to hear more of them.

6) "Crazy" old men are AWESOME!!!! Aside from the stroke that my Grandfather had over six years ago which affected mostly his speech, he has a bit of dimencha. Because of this he wore a lot of pants... I'm not sure if this is because he would forget that he already put a pair on, or he was just cold, or what, but more often then not he would have between 2-4 pairs of pants on, with a couple of belts to hold them up. As sad as this was for the most part it was nice to have something to laugh at.

7) Looking at old pictures of yourself and you family is a fun way to pass the time!!!

*can you tell which one is me!

Two weeks is a very long time, and I am so glad that I am home! As much as I wanted to be home by the end of the two weeks I was glad that I was able to go with my mother so I could be there to help, and give her a hug when she needed it. I learned a lot these past two weeks, and saw a lot of things that I never thought I would see. I was able to cry, and laugh and celebrate a woman that meant so much to a lot of people. She will be highly missed, but is in a much better place!

* If you give up i'm the bald one with the sticky-outy monkey ears!