Author Archive: Emily

Tying Up Loose Ends

As our annual pig roast draws near, I am rushing to complete as many projects as I can. The humidity is killing many of my painting projects so we’ll see how much I can get done.

Sunday afternoon I wrangled Dan into helping me finish two projects that I’ve been sitting on for months. Literally months….like since April…oh my…

Lucky the painting had been done for write a while, before this super humid weather rolled in. I just needed help screwing the hooks in then hanging them on the wall. I’m not a very good DIYer yet because I can’t hang pictures straight to save my life. My hubby saves me on this.

First up, the laundry room. I’ve been wanting a hook for my ironing board since we moved in, but I struggled to find a hook wide enough for the legs of my ironing board. Young House Love’s target line saved the day! I mounted their hooks to my own board and hung out on the wall. Tada!



While I was at it, I raised the pictures on the opposite wall as I hung them too low originally.

My laundry room is complete (for now! I’ve got more ideas up my sleeve!)!

This room needs a proper reveal post now that it has reached a mostly finished stage…another day, my friends.

Next up, the nursery! I’ve been wanting to fill in the empty wall next to my nursing chair and it took me almost a year to make my idea turn into reality.

Middle of the night sickness made us realize how important a clock is in a nursery…you do NOT want to lay that baby down until the Tylenol has had a chance to kick in. Am I right?

I had seen similar boards with big clips on Pinterest, so I tried to incorporate the boards with the clock as one big collage.

I don’t know exactly what I’m going to hang from the clips but right now I’m thinking a mixture of family pictures and bible verses. I just grabbed some photos I had lying around for this post.

(I have some patching to do too…never mind the screw holes! Those will be covered soon…famous last words!)

So here’s my to do list from a few posts ago…making progress!

  1. Stain, poly, and hang the shelves in the basement bathroom
  2. The boards have made their way to the garage for sanding!

  3. Prime and paint the trim around the new windows that we installed a few weeks ago (by “we” I mean the professionals!)
  4. Done! Haven’t blogged about it though….it’s really not too exciting.

  5. Paint the remaining wood windows throughout the house
  6. Paint the trim around the front door
  7. Done! Need to post about this…

  8. 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)
  9. Done! Super glue for the win!

  10. Touch up the paint on the kitchen cabinets
  11. Finish the clock/picture clip collage for Jackie’s room (not a good description…I’ll show you when it’s finished)
  12. Done!

  13. Finish and hang the hook for my ironing board
  14. Done!

  15. Raise the pictures next to the dryer in the laundry room
  16. Done!

Wow, crossing all that off feels so good! I hadn’t realized how much I’d gotten done. Woot!

What have you crossed off your to do list?

Knitty Muggyns!!

There are things that hang over my head that prevent me (ahem, I allow them to prevent me…) from getting more things done. I can’t work on house projects, the kitchen is dirty. I can’t finish Jack’s picture collage, I need to sweep/vacuum/clean etc.

The big one on my plate that prevented me from house projects and blogging was making color swatches for my dear sister’s Etsy shop, Knitty Muggyns. I had taken all of the pictures weeks, maybe months ago. I had to learn how to do it in photoshop so I was being lazy about learning it and getting it done. Shame on me.

Well, they’re done now! Almost, the color names might change. Here are the color options for the Jackson Blanket.

KM Baby Blanket Color Swatch2

Here are the color options for the baby cardigan.

KM Baby Cardigan Color Swatch2

The Jackson Blanket will be posted soon! Updates to come!

More Happy Things

A great weekend with friends, wine for Happy To Be Alive Day (5 years!), and a great washer and dryer. That washer and dryer are getting a workout thanks to a weekend up north!




What are you thankful/grateful/choosing to be happy for today?

Happy Things

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?

The Start of a New Week

It has beenĀ  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
  • Blog

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:

  1. Stain, poly, and hang the shelves in the basement bathroom
  2. Prime and paint the trim around the new windows that we installed a few weeks ago (by “we” I mean the professionals!)
  3. Paint the remaining wood windows throughout the house
  4. Paint the trim around the front door
  5. 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)
  6. Touch up the paint on the kitchen cabinets
  7. Finish the clock/picture clip collage for Jackie’s room (not a good description…I’ll show you when it’s finished)
  8. Finish and hang the hook for my ironing board
  9. 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??

Front Door

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!

Entryway Update

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!



Nursery Reveal

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!



Nursery Closet

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


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Making a House a Home

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

That’s it!

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 Befores:


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The nursery and kitchen were easy. Just print some pictures and plop them into frames.

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Question. Bowl or no bowl? Is it awkward?

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The hallway was a little more tricky. First I laid out all of my frames to find a good layout.

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Then I picked the middle-ish one and hung it on the wall at eye-level.

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Then I worked my way out from that frame…

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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. :)


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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!