Monday, March 29, 2010

remodeling :: easter madness inspiration

I know this is totally far fetched but just humor me for a minute!
This is what I will be dreaming about all week in the midst of our Easter madness.

Ok . . . totally inspiring for me! 

remodeling :: easter madness part one

So here I am again . . . there's not a day that goes by that I don't wish I could just stop and blog 

:: or maybe I should try to smell the roses :: 

But life has been so intense and full of surprises lately that I have not had an ounce of energy to pick up my computer at midnight  . . . instead I have opted to try to get some sleep since every morning seems to intale another chaotic start to another long day.

But you will all be happy to hear that we our on our last leg of remodeling!

:: i'm sure you're all so tired of hearing about it ::

I'm attaching a few pictures from the past couple of weeks with not much explanation . . .
just trust me that it's coming along and pray that my family won't have to put me in the crazy house!

I do have a few more pictures that are a little more current . . . as in I took them yesterday.
But you're still going to laugh when I tell you that our current goal is to have this done by Friday . . . as in this Friday . . . as in 4 days from now . . . as in Good Friday . . . as in this Easter weekend! 

Again, pray for my sanity and let the madness continue . . .

Monday, March 8, 2010

and the bed goes to . . .

la famille bizarre getting ready for bed

9:30 pm  :: everyone watching the Oscars
10:55 pm :: waking up from groggy sleep just in time for Best Actor
11:02 pm :: getting everyone up stairs for bed
11:10 pm :: Noelle and Indie lay down in her bed and close the door
11:12 pm :: Momzy lays down with Lucas in our bed
11:13 pm :: {E} decides he wants Keene to sleep in our room so he brings him up stairs
11:15 pm :: Noelle decides to use the bathroom and leaves her door open so Indie runs out
11:15 pm :: Keene so excited about Indie (but Indie hates Keene) and he starts chasing him thru the hallway
11:16 pm :: Momzy realized she needs some water to take some medicine and heads down stairs
11:16 pm :: Indie trys to escape Keene's playful gestures and takes off after Momzy
11:17 pm :: Momzy does her best to ignore the fact that both dogs are chasing each other around and around the house while barking and growling
11:18 pm :: Momzy finally gets both dogs upstairs 
11:18 pm :: {E} gets Indie and Noelle settled again in her bed with door closed
11:20 pm :: Momzy back in bed with Lucas and {E} gets Keene settled on his bed
11:25 pm :: finally, all lights out
11:26 pm :: Keene whimpering for attention
11:27 pm :: we hear Noelle getting out of her room and leaves Indie in her room with door closed
11:27 pm :: Noelle in the bathroom and Indie barking and barking because he's by himself
11:28 pm :: Keene begins his barking and whimpering because he wants to be with Indie
11:29 pm :: Noelle back in her room with Indie
11:30 pm :: Keene asleep and snoring
11:32 pm :: silence
11:35 pm :: silence
11:37 pm :: silence
11:39 pm :: silence
11:40 pm :: Noelle knocking on our door with Indie in her hands 
11:40 pm :: Indie jumps out of her hands and runs to my bed and gets under the covers
11:40 pm :: Keene wakes up and wants Indie
11:41 pm :: Eric talks Noelle into letting Keene sleep in her room with her
11:42 pm :: Eric takes Keene and his bed into Noelle's room
11:43 pm :: Noelle talks {E} into sleeping with her 
11:45 pm :: Noelle and {E} in her room with Keene asleep on floor
11:45 pm :: Momzy, Lucas and Indie asleep in our bed

Monday, March 1, 2010

project profile :: noelle's room [re]vamp

Noelle's room is the first one that we've even began to touch decor wise. She's been patiently waiting for a room of her own. 

:: after living together in our garage apt. she deserved to have her own space :: 

She's grown up so much over the past year and a half since we bought this house so she was quick to tell us that she wasn't very excited about bring her "little girl" furniture and decor into this room . . .

Well lucky for her, after much pleading and begging for some funds, her dad said I could start redecorating her room for Christmas. Being that today is March, Christmas has obviously come and gone and I have neglected to get this room completed. 

But we are definitely well on our way even though it's been a challenge. First of all her room here is at least 2x bigger than any room  she's ever had. Secondly, we both have different design ideas. But it's her room so I stuck with her design inspiration board and went from there while guiding her along the way.  I think it's turning out great . . . so here's a sneak peek.

The chalkboard "grandmother" clock that we painted on the wall came in phases. 
A week ago we started that project . . .


We folded wrapping paper in half, hand drew the outline for the clock, cut it out, then unfolded and taped it on the wall. Then I just traced around it with pencil and there you go . . .

Here's sweet Noelle patiently waiting for me to outline the clock with paint so she could paint the rest.

After a couple of coats of paint the teal/turquoise clock was finally done. I personally would have left it like this but Noelle was dying to have it as a chalkboard. 


I used the same template and just cut to make it smaller. Then I taped it back up on the wall and retraced it with a pencil again for the chalkboard area. I initially rounded the top part of the chalkboard and when I stepped back to admire my work, it looked like a big egg on a pedastool. So I free handed it up on top and made it taller. 

I finally completed it in the middle of all our other projects going on around the house . . . and just in time for Noelle to see it when she got home from visiting her mother for the weekend

:: she didn't know that I was going to finish it for her :: 

She wasn't even home for 10 minutes before she had it covered in her tested artwork!

Ok, one weekend project down . . . a million more to go!

remodeling :: quasi relaxing weekend part 2

Once again, I only thought I would be able to get some creative juices out of my system only to find my husband with some other "big" plans for our weekend . . . 

After huffing and puffing all day Saturday by trying to do this all himself, he finally decided to call in for some re-inforcements . . . and I'm so glad that he did.

I was so mad at him for starting this project because I never thought I would see an end to it. But once he got a crew out here to help him they were able to tear out layers and layers of concrete, remove the grass and install some new french drains, so we are well on our way to installing a new flagstone patio! 

 . . . but as for today it's turned into a big mud puddle for Lucas!
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