Saturday, October 29, 2011


It's been a while since I've posted anything on here. Sorry about that! I have two very good reasons.
  1. My computer died... like for real died... hard drive ate itself and ALL of our stuff. I still have my lappy, which is what I'm working on now... but it's not the same.
  2. I've discovered pinterest. Well technically I already knew about it, but now I have one. Check me out!
I've kinda been too bummed to post much, and right now I can't upload pictures directly from my camera which makes posting that much harder. ho-hum

Today, in an effort not to be a total slob (still in my bathrobe and slippers), I am going to try to knock out a project that has really been bothering me. My sewing/craft studio is a MESS. Like hardcore, can't walk through there, scaling a massive mess mountain, mess. I need to go through and weed out the things I rarely use, and tote them up. It really needs to be functional because it is Christmas crafting time, and I need some good juju in there to get me in the spirit to craft.

P.S. I made the most amazing Halloween costume, and as soon as My new computer gets here and I can easily upload pictures again, I'll be posting it first thing!

Monday, October 10, 2011

the bathroom

Whenever I think of my bathroom I cringe, literally.
This is what it looked like when we moved in. Notice the plastic tile (I didn't even know there was such a thing), mint and mauve color combo, and the CARPET, seriously, who puts carpet in the bathroom! Oh and the ugly mirror and tube lights.
Yeah, the shower all mauve... grandma mauve, mauve, mauve... We got ambitious and tore all that gross plastic tile down...

You would think my story gets better from there... not really... that was TWO YEARS ago. You wanna see what my bathroom looks like now?
 Every time I have to use my bathroom a big ugly elephant is in the room... grout, grout, grout everywhere! Nothing is yuckier than unfinished walls.
Justin and I bit off more than we could chew. We really thought, we will pull it all down and put up something new soon... then two years went by. Two years of staring at grout, two years of people coming over to hang out and having to use this bathroom, two years of sitting in the bath tub and using a hand shower...

Now ladies, I'm not a southern belle, I'm not a diva, I'm not high maintenance... but I'm still a woman... It has been rough using this bathroom every day for two years, believe me... but you know what, I'm kinda glad for the experience... WHAT! yeah I know... It has showed me that I do have patience and that I can be content in any situation.

A few weeks ago, I went to Justin and basically said, "Babe, I don't think we'll ever get my bathroom done on our own. It's just too much work for us. We don't have the skills we need or friends who do. I think we should hire a contractor that way we can get it done in a week or so, instead of drawling it out hoping we can come up with ideas." And he couldn't agree more. He gave me the go ahead to call every contractor in Southern IL (ok, bit of and overstatement) to start collecting estimates. We've had two come through so far, and there will be more. There is finally a light at the end of this long, long tunnel.

I've been dreaming about how my bathroom would look for two years, and I have a really clear picture in my mind... now it's just finding the right contractor for the right price who can do the job right. I feel like I haven't been blogging much about house stuff lately because I just don't want to think about it, lol. Some of our projects are so big and overwhelming, I just push them out of my mind. But now I have an opportunity to plan, really plan, for something that is going to happen. I'm pumped!

A few days ago, I stumbled across some really cool stencils on Better After. (She just re-did her bathroom, and it's lovely!) I wanted to show you! My bathroom will have at least one stenciled wall :) I love the way they had so much pop and personality to a room.

All these stencils are from Cutting Edge Stencils, which has many, many more options if you are looking.

Casablanca Allover Stencil 

Moroc-n-Roll Allover Stencil

Shipibo Allover Stencil

Bazaar Allover Stencil


What else am I sooo excited about...












How beautiful is this tub faucet, hand shower, and shower head combo??? It's so old school :)

flooring options...







 shower niches...

There's so much to think about! And we are really going to do it!!! I'm so unbelievably excited!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

so today, I...
  • slept in
  • went shopping with mom at Whole Foods (YUM!) and The Container Store
  • came home
  • was surprise visited by two friends I haven't seen in a while (one I haven't seen in like a year)
  • watched a funny uplifting movie
  • and now here I am
  • all that's left to do is make up my lesson plans for the coming week
 I think I will save busting out the power tools to do some pimping installing til tomorrow... it's time for tea and planning before bed. But I can hardly contain myself, believe me! Lots has been going on in my kitchen, and I'm stoked to be putting in some smarter storage solutions :)

Saturday, October 1, 2011


Well... I won... second place, but I still won some really cool prizes. Specifically these really cool prizes...
A fox wall art kit.

And these 5 alphabet patterns.

I'm sooooo excited, and I can't wait til my kit and patterns arrive cuz like always I have big plans. Plans that are so big, it'll take forever to finish them, lol, but when I have I will be super satisfied :)