Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Pinterest Flop

Hi Everyone,
Just wanted to quickly share something with you.  I get so excited to find a good idea on Pinterest that I think I can actually manage to accomplish at home.  One of these ideas was to start my garden seeds inside.  Someone had pinned the brilliant idea to start the seeds in ice cream cone cups, then you can just plant them in the ground and they will safely decompose...no muss, no fuss!



Is it just me who has butchered this? You do have to water the seeds, correct?


So, the answer is yes, you DO have to water them and when you do it turns into a disgusting, moldy disaster as shown above.  That is a box of ice cream cone cups sitting in my window sill.  Moldy, wilting, soggy, dilapidated cone cups that constantly tip over and spill. 
But hey...the seeds have sprouted right?!  Ha ha.  Thanks Pinterest, love ya!
Have a great weekend:)

-Jess xoxo

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Sister's Garden and Bloom

Hello everyone!
It has been nothing but rain here in the Midwest for days.  I'm so over it!  We did have a tiny taste of what the beauty of spring will be when we enjoyed a few lovely days a couple of weeks ago.  I even got my spring/summer clothes out of storage and put some winter sweaters to rest.  Small house = small closets, so, I have to switch off:)  In the name of warm weather to come I want to share some photos from the Sister's Garden and Bloom Spring Open House in Kalona, Iowa that I went to the weekend before last.  I wanted to post them sooner, but I am still so busy.  I'll explain why more in another post.  Anywhoo...we had so much fun!  If you haven't been to Sister's, you must go to this lovely farm house store in the beauty of Amish country in Kalona, IA.
There are two houses FULL of great antiques, uniques and flea market finds.
That's my son Evan above having a blast and even better...they had a really fun huge sandbox in the house for kids and mom was able to shop in peace!:)
Also, around every corner were goodies and treats much to Evan's delight!

It was a really fun day and one of the coolest things I saw was this glass house made of lots of different old windows.  I have seen these on Pinterest and pinned them on my boards, but to see it in person was awesome!  I have to do one at my house.  Maybe a less elaborate front door, but I think it would make a really cool greenhouse.  Here's their blog if you wanna check it out  http://www.sistersgardeniowa.blogspot.com/

Another project I guess:)  Noah will be thrilled (wink wink).
Have a great week!

-Jess xoxo

Monday, March 11, 2013

Little Projects and Simple Things That Make Me Happy

Hi Everyone!
It's been a bit longer writing to you than I was wanting, but I've been busy, which is good!  I've been surprisingly happy lately and I attribute that to a few new things happening in my life.  First...I got a new job as a design director for custom cabinet/furniture building company and the best part is, I work 20 hours per week.  That was my choice and probably one of the best I've made in a while.  I can be involved in projects with clients and have my time at home to work on the little things that make me happy.  Let me show you what I mean:) 

I went to a craft fair of local Iowa artists and found the sweetest little coin purse.  It came in so many colors with a little removable felt flower.  Here's my color combo of choice.  Love.

Another small  hill climbed; I finally finished the seating area in the "finished basement".  I use quotes here because though the floors are painted and some white block wall is still exposed.  We have been practically living down there all winter.  I'm surprised how much we use our new family room.  So I finally got that vintage sofa complete...take a look.

Remember what that sofa looked like when I bought it?

New upholstery in a light grey with cream contrast piping did a body good.  I had to attempt to finish the bottom strip of upholstery since it was attached to the sofa itself.  I used upholstery tacks to finish it and I really like it!

The new bathroom in the basement I have showed you before but I finally got the backsplash tiled.  A soft green glass and stone mosaic.  Comes in a 12x12 inch sheet so it was easy to do myself.


Here was the before

Just a couple more things that have made my day.  Nothing is more fun than a good vintage score.  Like this chair I found for $15.  I love Danish Modern.  So simple, but useful.  Just like my bungalow home.  Check it out.



The fabric needs a lift, it's a bit stained.  Nothing a cleaning won't take care of.  But, I imagine it someday in a really hip pattern like the little chevron coin purse or something. 
Who knows what I'll find.

Finally, last but certainly not least.  My longing for a second child has been somewhat quenched by non other than, Sunny the cat.  Our new buddy and his favorite spot is in my bed in the sunshine.  Haha.  Kinda like me I guess:)


Have a great week!  Thanks for reading:)

-Jess xoxo

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

New Roof/Skylight Reveal

Hi Everyone,
Again, it's been awhile.  I still can't seem to get myself back into the blogging groove that I enjoyed so much "pre-cancer".  But I do miss my old life and maybe blogging again will reveal a glimmer of what once was and give myself at least a little bit of normalcy.  So...on that note, what I would normally work on would be one of the few loves in my life...my house.  I'll show you what we have been up to.  The roof needed redone so badly it was a must that it get done immediately.  I'm talking, we had buckets in the eaves to catch the drips, bad!  So, I have gotten some random messages from you peeps wondering what color of roof we did and I can now reveal (drumroll...), it's black.  The "shake" style with the random width shingles.  I guess that aspect isn't as visible, but, I love it!

 
So, we didn't get our dream dormers in the end because the money we had saved ended up in the pocket of the University of Iowa hospital, so we opted for skylights instead.  I only did skylights on one side of the roof, the side you don't see when you pull up to the house.  I actually don't care for the outside look of skylights, but it was a must that we get more light into the upstairs.  I think we accomplished the light the dormers would have given, without compromising the bungalow style as you pull up to the house. Do you remember the little cut and paste pic I had posted a while back of what a dormer would have looked like. 
 
 Woulda been great huh?  Oh well, things happen and this will do.  For now, I'm going back upstairs to keep gutting it.  Check out all of the original ugly paneling I have to take down...gross. 
 
 
But in the end I really hope one of my dream pinterest pics can come true and maybe the space could turn into the master suite with the walk in closet of my dreams yet! 
Maybe a little something like this perhaps...
 
 A girl can dream, right?!
Toodles, back to work.
 
-Jess xoxo