Decorating for the fall season
The moments before vacation I dream about packing my things and really moving to my life to that location. I may be the only one who thinks that way but it's an amazing fantasy for about a week.
This summer we took an early vacation and decided to fly down to Orlando. No we didn't see Mickey. Instead we opted for a great stay at universal studios delux hotel.
Yada yada lots of fun.
We are a very creative family and that means we make more than we "buy". So for the Fourth of July we didn't want to go to home goods or any other department store to make our decorations. Our yard is pretty big and we wanted to make a statement so we bought some paint and put our noggins to work.
For starters we bought some crap from lowes ( thank you house warming gift cards). This included firepit stones that came on a pallet.
Hmmm pallet. . .
Separate Charlie and I are great, together we are unstoppable! I decided to paint the pallets because it would be perfect for a huge door display.
Notice the fire pit ring to the right, another project soon come.
The pallet was perfect for a flag display. We had the paint because we knew we somehow wanted to represent America, but this idea just came to us. The pallet only allowed for a few stripes and it was square so Charlie measured out enough to portray an American flag and got to work.
By chance (and miscommunication) we started painting red on the pallet first. FYI 7 red stripes and 6 white, with 50 stars we know.
After the red was on and we took a step back we noticed the original brown in the white spot made an awesome rustic look.
"Once you go brown you don't turn it down".
On we went to blue.
My husband being the cute, sweet, charismatic, genius that he is immediately came up with the brilliant idea of making an abstract suggestion of stars on the flag.
He did an amazing job! Go Charlie!
Then after I dragged it to the porch and set it up in the location I envisioned it sitting. My love said let's try it somewhere else. I let him lead because he was on a roll and he bungied it between these awesome trees.
I think it's perfect!
We did the total experience in the Bronx Zoo
The bug carousel was actually an awesome ride
We headed into the Congo
Why are their butts soo big? They must be from the Bronx
My favorite animals are giraffes
How did the zoo measure up?
On to the next project. We wanted to save some money while being creative so we decided to make our own headboards for the rooms. We had to make 3 and if you buy a fabric headboard at 500$ that's almost 1500$ big ones. I was thinking that we could use that money elsewhere and save over 1300$ by doing them ourselves.
First we took plywood and had lowes cut the dimensions to just over the width of a standard bed And the height we desired. It was various dimensions for each headboard. The most important is the width. So measure your bed then add 2 1/2 more inches to balance out the width of the pillows and blankets.
I would recommend gloves or sanding first bc of the splinters. We got a few of them.
Next we cut the foam to fit. We basically laid the plywood on top and drew a straight line. The foam is an old mattress topper that we were going to throw out because it felt uncomfortable. It was a queen size and we cut it in half for the two queen headboards. I bought an inexpensive king foam mattress from kohls 30$ at the most.
After batting we measured the fabric to size.
30 mins later we had 2 awesome headboards for about 25$ a piece.
We decided to use heavy duty picture hooks to hang on the wall. Screwed connects to the headboard and the wall then hung.
This is a much better look.
Bri likes it.
I would suggest building your own furniture any day. You have a sense if achievement.
The days are just flying by and I have to catch up. If you haven't been around here's what's been going on over the last couple of weeks:
It snowed soo many times I lost count. Still by the end of March we were shoveling out then watching the snow melt on the roof. * Its April already and time for it to warm up!
After we bought the house we had to celebrate as a family.
City cellar dinner to celebrate our blessings.
For our first night we rolled our the air mattress and set up in the living room. It was a restless night for me.
We can't resist an opportunity to get a cheesecake. Pineapple of course.
Our work started with a semi blank canvass. You will see that the wallpaper covering every inch of the house will grow on us. Especially bc it's labor intensive including painting.
We decided to skip the remodel and decorate around what we had. Therefore shopping proceeded.
I must mention my mom, aunts, sisters, and friends help clean and sanitize the entire house. Thanks guys!
We bought two new mattresses. (On sale of course). Macys had their end of season sale which meant we scored big time! Especially with our airloom hotel collection king. Score!
Sweet love from Charlie.
Our next step in the house was going energy efficient. So we bought a few bulbs to replace the old energy suckers.
I hope this pays off in the long run. A few - over 50 bulbs. On sale of course from homedepot plus money back. Smart shoper.
No plumber needed. We got this. Charlie changed out all of the showers.
Our neighbors welcomed us to the neighborhood. Gift card and cookies.
I love getting things in the mail. Especially from macys. These are just pillows and blankets.
We were in search for the perfect bathroom mirror. For those of you who have been to our house you know we found a very unique piece. We love it.
We gave ourselves time to properly move out of our last apt. The proper way is to gradually move your furniture or in our case toss everything (his stuff). Then thoroughly clean for the next renters.
The extra month also helps you figure out how to fix the damage you caused to get back a full security deposit. Fun. The floors were like new. You can't find the flaw.
Good bye apt life hello homeownership
Celebrating the holidays!
We started creating a lifetime of memories
We found a new breakfast spot
Got a blue nose pit
Oh yea we have a pond. But it's been frozen for all winter. The ice is so thick you can stand on it.
Don't let this nice day fool you. It's still really cold and snowed a few times after this day.
This is just the start to more to come.
Yay congrats to us we bought our first house!
Our house is wonderful and we are smiling ear to ear. Check it out
This is our first time shoveling, the dry pavement didn't last it has snowed 20 more inches since we moved. Somebody please give us a snow blower.
We had soo much help from my family getting the house together. Thank you Mom, aunts, sisters, family, friends.
2014 is the last year I'm in my 20s, pretty soon I'll be a 30 something woman. It sounds so far away for a 10 year old girl with a dream of becoming whom ever she wants.
Those who are close to me know how how the year has started. I'm blessed to be surrounded by love and hope and pray God will bless us with many more.
Heartache and snow storms, 10 days in is usually the peak of the limits.
Up to our knees in snow by the 2nd.
Oh my 20s!
While my nephews were in town we decided to venture out to Jersey to experience the midieval times.
It was pouring! But we filled the car with the 3 musketeers and off we went.
The midieval times was a period where there were royals, kings, queens, knights, sword play, heavy armor and food eaten by hand.
We were treated like midieval royals of NJ. The kids loved it!
The food was probably the best part. As the knights fought we dined!
The games begun as the King ordered.
We were red and gold. Good times good eats.
The kids got a sword and an ax. Plus jewelry and crowns.
Every month we say the same thing we won't let the laundry pile up more than a few days. But with busy schedules, work, and family we almost always never seem to keep that promise.
Where are we tonight you ask? The dreadful place of lost socks. The battlefield of washers, dryers, and rolling carts. We are here at the laundromat at 2am on a Saturday. The life of a young married couple.
At least my time is semi occupied with the hubby. I love that he is always with me. 6 large washes later we get these.
Yes we take selfies with our clothes! Here's another.
Off the the dryers of lost clothing articles. Look little Suzy lost her socks in the dryer.
This is most definitely the last time we have ten bags of laundry going to the laundromat at 2 am on a Saturday. In home washer and dryer 'soon come'.
We have to fold these now.