Posted by Emily On July 22nd, 2014
I’ve been trying to be purposefully grateful lately in an effort to keep my focus on what’s important. Here are some small things I’m thankful for today.
And last but definitely not least, I’m thankful for miracles. For a God who is working and active in the lives of his people.
How do you keep your focus right? What are you thankful for today?
Posted by Emily On July 20th, 2014
It has been a lovely weekend full of mostly family time with a little friend time thrown in for good measure. This wonderful weekend has left me energized and ready to tackle a new week and more projects on the house!
Jackie went down like a dream tonight so I was able to:
- Get my PiYo workout in (Strength Intervals – it was tough!)
- Straighten up the basement
- Clean up the kitchen (Always my chief nemesis on Monday morning)
- Make Dan’s lunch for tomorrow (My second chief nemesis on Monday morning)
- Fold the load of diapers I washed today
Woot! I feel on top of the world! What a productive evening! I’m counting on a great Monday morning as I don’t have to wake up to a messy house!
My goals for the house in the next few weeks (not just for this week, it’s too much!) are to finish up projects that have just been hanging on for too long:
- Stain, poly, and hang the shelves in the basement bathroom
- Prime and paint the trim around the new windows that we installed a few weeks ago (by “we” I mean the professionals!)
- Paint the remaining wood windows throughout the house
- Paint the trim around the front door
- Super glue the cup pulls to the mock drawers under the kitchen sink (I’m thinking super glue will work…not entirely sure, gorilla glue didn’t)
- Touch up the paint on the kitchen cabinets
- Finish the clock/picture clip collage for Jackie’s room (not a good description…I’ll show you when it’s finished)
- Finish and hang the hook for my ironing board
- Raise the pictures next to the dryer in the laundry room
Whew, that looks like a lot….here goes nothin’!
What do you have planned to do in the near future??
Posted by Emily On July 19th, 2014
Painting the inside of my front door has been on my to do list since it was installed. When viewing blogland, one of the things I’ve been loving is a pop of color in the entryway via a painted door. My recent upgrades in the shoe department lit a fire to get this door painted.
I made the mistake of painting the door before the trim so I’ll have to go back and get that done too.
Doesn’t the trim stand out like a sore thumb? Eee…have to get on that…
Now my entryway looks like this!
It’s really hard to capture on my phone with the low lighting inside. I’ll take pictures on the good camera someday.
One more before and after….
It’s coming along!
Posted by Emily On July 10th, 2014
This post is brought to you by my phone. Mobile blogging at its finest….completely with a quickie update to our entryway.
Our front door opens into our living room which makes defining each area difficult. We haven’t even been trying to define the entryway up to this point, honestly. It’s awkward and difficult and we are spending our time/money elsewhere.
As I was vacuuming the basement yesterday, I had a flash of inspiration. Why not use the unused bookshelf in the “office” as a shoe rack by the front door? It’s not a perfect solution but it gives us somewhere to drop our keys and shoes which is more than we had before.
I put the bookshelf in place last night then had another flash of inspiration. I have an oversized clock from our old living room that’s just hanging out in the furnace room. It might look good over the shoe rack. I tell ya. I’m just full of inspiration all the sudden.
So I hung the clock tonight. It’s not a perfectly styled nook, but it is so refreshing to have more functionality and a little beauty in the living room/entryway.
Look at the lilies! They are from my yard. Did you know day lilies came in more than orange and yellow? I didn’t. I hope I’m not stopping the flowering by clipping a few!
I’m loving my new entryway! Best of all…It didn’t cost a thing!
Posted by Emily On April 25th, 2014
I can’t believe I haven’t done this yet! My baby’s bedroom is almost finished. He’s only seven months old, no big deal, right?
Here’s the view from the door. Not sure why I had the lamp on…it couldn’t have been giving that much light. Amateur…
The changing table which I use religiously. I’ve heard people think that a changing table is a waste as they just change the diaper wherever it’s needed in the house. It might be the cloth diapers and wipes we use, but I always come up here to change Jack’s diaper. It’s just easier.
A little wider shot including the recently painted closet (lamp off this time…).
The crib…man, I love that crib. It’s the first baby item we purchased. Love. it.
My “nursing” chair. I’ve spent many, many, many hours in this chair. I also LOVE this chair. It is originally from Pottery Barn, and I coveted it for many weeks before Dan finally put the brakes on. It was just too expensive. $1000 is a bit much for a chair in the nursery, no? After hours of scouring Craigslist, I found THE chair used from someone in town! I love it when the stars align like that.
A little wider look of the right side of the room…
It’s the most complete room in the house right now, but I have a couple more projects to finish it off:
- Finish the small wood bookshelf next to the chair. It’s naked wood currently, and I’m not sure if I want to paint or stain it. If i stain it do I go espresso like the rest of the room or maybe light? Dilemmas, dilemmas…
- Add a collage above said bookshelf which will include pictures and a clock (I’m already working on this!).
- Add a window box/bookshelf under the window. I need Dan to build this one for me so it might be a while as his “to build” list is rapidly growing!
Posted by Emily On April 4th, 2014
The next project I tackled is painting the inside of the bedroom closets. We had kind of primed them when we painted all of the walls in the house. I say “kind of” because we sprayed 2-3 swaths in each closet. Not a thorough coat by any means. We had a lot of painting to get done and the closets all the sudden seemed so unimportant.
So here we are, one year later, just getting to the closets!
First on my list, the nursery closet.
I wanted a fun punch of color but nothing too bright. I have resale-ability in the back of my mind so I don’t want to paint anything neon that might deter future buyers.
I really wanted to bring out the turquoise in Jack’s crib skirt so off to Lowe’s I went to pick up every swatch of aqua I thought might fit. I was drawn to their display of Pantone Universe paints. The colors are bright and trendy so I selected a few green aquas and blue aquas and trotted home to see them against the other colors in the room.
Bay by Pantone Universe was the winner! I bought one quart knowing that it would be tight, but I really didn’t want a gallon. Why or why don’t they sell half gallons? I think there’s a real market for that size! One quart was not quite enough so not all the walls got a second coat…just the ones you see.
Ready for the pictures?? Stop talking, Emily…
Before (in all it’s glory…no, I did not pick up prior to taking this picture. Thank you for asking.)
Ah! Isn’t it lovely?? I just LOVE the color (which I’m totally baffled by!). One year ago I was bawling every time we opened a can of paint. I HATED nearly every color I had chosen. Could have been the hormones…or the color matching…I don’t know. They were ugly though.
This, however, THIS is lovely. I love it. My lovely.
Side by Side
Posted by Emily On March 28th, 2014
Do you make every space you live in your home?
I’ve avoided doing this for years.
In our first apartment, we were newly married, still finding good jobs (aka poor), and in debt. I spent very little time and money to make our apartment look homey. In fact, I can remember 5 things I bought to decorate:
1) & 2) – two black frames from Ikea for wedding pictures
3) a silver clock to hang with the wedding pictures
4) & 5) two frames to hang our diplomas
In our first home, we initially were house poor because, of course, we bought at our outer limit of affordability. Then within 8 months of moving in, we knew we wanted to move. Sigh. So I had no ambition to decorate a house we didn’t want to live in. Near the end of our stay, I started to fix it up, but really didn’t put much effort into it. We finally sold our house and looking back, I regret not putting more effort into the house. It took forever to sell, and we lived there for over 3 years! Why didn’t I put more of an effort to make it homey?
Moving on, our second apartment we knew was short term. We packed 90% of our belongings from our 3 bedroom house into a 1 bedroom apartment. It was tight! I was in love with decorating at this point so I did put some effort into decorating, but let’s be honest, how homey can you make a living room with 3 couches, a work bench, deep freeze, TV, filing cabinet, and miscellaneous stuff shoved in a corner?
On to the next home! This is the one we are currently in. I know we’ll be here for several years, and I’m determined to make it as lovely and homey as I can!
My project this week was pictures. I’ve had a stack of frames leaning against the hubby’s dresser for, oh, six months or so. I guess it’s time to get them on the walls! I also had a couple spaces that could use some sprucing up: the side table in the nursery and the counter next to the refrigerator.
The nursery and kitchen were easy. Just print some pictures and plop them into frames.
Question. Bowl or no bowl? Is it awkward?
The hallway was a little more tricky. First I laid out all of my frames to find a good layout.
Then I picked the middle-ish one and hung it on the wall at eye-level.
Then I worked my way out from that frame…
Never mind the helter-skelter-nothing-is-level-ness, it gets better. Slightly. I’m flawed, folks. I only care so much to make things perfect. I’m actually a little surprised Dan hasn’t rehung all of these yet.
I’m still working on the placement of the photos and swapping out a few more. So I’ll have to update when those are finished.
Both Dan and I love the gallery wall. It is such a welcoming, homey sight when we go upstairs. Woot! Decorating for the win!
Posted by Emily On March 19th, 2014
Jack’s changing table has been in need of some adjustment to improve functionality and the longevity of his dresser.
We use cloth diapers and wipes, so there is a small container of water always sitting on his changing table. I have all of his necessities, including this container of water, held in a wire basket. The basket is very convenient for me to carry all the necessities to and from the bathroom for bath time. It also restrains some of the clutter on his changing table. Some.
The problem with this arrangement is the drips which inevitably come from squeezing out each wipe before using it. I really like Jack’s dresser, and it is in very good condition given it’s age. The top is especially free from blemishes, so in an effort to keep the water drops from harming the dresser, I wanted to get a cheap tray to hold all the diaper stuff that would also catch the drips.
Enter Exhibit A from one of our local thrift shops. Lovely, eh?
I even got it half off, a whopping $1.50 for this beauty.
I almost had to pay full price. I stopped in at said thift shop because their sign was advertising 50% off housewares. I found this gem and snatched it up, so happy to find a tray for so cheap. When I got to the checkout, the lady told me my total was $3.18. Moral dilemma ensued in my mind, how do I mention that the item should be 50% off?
It’s a donated item. They are making 100% profit.
Profits go to buying Bibles for foreign countries. Do you really need to snub them of $1.50?
I feel like I’m robbing Jesus.
The cheapskate in me wins out. I timidly ask, “Aren’t housewares 50% off?” The lady looks at me and rudely ask, “Is this a houseware?” I’m taken aback by her response. I just stutter, “Ummm…” I turn around to look at the store. There are signs on the ceiling denoting the different areas of the store. They’ve got Housewares, Clothes, and Toys. Um, yep I think it’s a houseware.
While I’m contemplating what to say, thoroughly mortified that I’m stealing from Jesus, even though I’m not, she says, “We’ll I guess we can call it ‘housewares.’” Ah, the guilt! She thinks I’m stealing from Jesus!
Then, icing on the cake, she turns to the employee behind her and asks, “Bob, would you call this housewares?” He gives a duh expression, “Um, yeah.”
Whew, redemption! I’m not stealing from Jesus!
I happily hand over my $1.59 and run for the exit.
Back to our regularly scheduled programming…
First things first, remove the ugly picture.
Looks like someone was proud of their work. Sorry, Chris.
I gave it a quick sanding because the wood was quite rough, then I broke out my tester paint left over from the house.
Hmmm….it should be gray…I’ll give it a little stir…
Nope, it’s ruined. Note to self, don’t let paint freeze. Lesson learned.
Run to the basement for another can of paint…
and get the first coat on. Wow. SO MUCH better!
My plan for water proofing, or rather water resisting, was to glue scrapbook paper to the bottom of the tray and cover it with a few layers of mod podge. This wouldn’t be truly water proof, but I’m just trying to keep a few water drops from reaching the dresser, so I think this will be good enough. And my tray cost $1.50, if I ruin it, oh well!
After the first coat of mod podge…
You’ll notice my paper bubbled up. I think this is due to the paper not being thick enough. Or I should’ve let the glue underneath (also used mod podge) set first before going over the top. I decided it wasn’t worth fixing so I forged ahead with my other coats.
Here’s the finished product!
Now for the before and afters…are you ready to be wowed?!?!
Wha, wha, whaaa…I know, I know, not much of an after. It looks pretty much the same and just as cluttered. BUT it’s more functional for the dresser! All of my necessities are still present but I did loose to wire basket. Oh well, you win some you lose some.
Working on any projects lately? Fun or function?
Posted by Emily On February 25th, 2014
So I want to start blogging again. My boy is 5, almost 6, months old. I’m finally settling into a routine so I’d like to get to decorating/fixing up my house again and blogging about it.
I’m not sure how it’s going to look. I doubt I can post everyday. I’m wondering if I need a strict scheduled (never tried that before!) Or just fly by the seat of my pants (definitely tried that before…). Should I use one or two days a week for a project, one for editing photos, and one for writing the post? Then take the rest of the week off? I’m thinking, while that sounds minuscule, that might be more realistic than trying to do a post everyday or even every other day. Just thinking it loud here…
Posted by Emily On July 14th, 2013
Memorial Day brought the whole “Rumley” clan together. It was a GREAT weekend!
There was fun around the dinner table…
Games of catch…
With the most precious little pitchers camp ever…
Migration to a baseball diamond…
Where even the uncles got to take a few swings…
Then it was family picture time!
The patriarch and matriarch…
With the youngest who still live at home…
Eldest son and fam…
Eldest daughter and fam (woot!)…
Next oldest daughter and fam…
Next oldest daughter and hubby…
The whole gang!
The female nieces…
(We attempted an all nieces/nephews, but that was a failure due to missing nap time!)
The little miss who was freezing her buns off during the picture taking.
Good times! I love my family!