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Jul 022015
 

Hello, almost vacation!

Matt and I are planning a little trip to the beach for a few days.  I feel like I am in desperate need of a vacation.  Our last “real” vacation was two years ago to Jamaica.

So, let’s see, what have I been up to.  Well, I am still working on my craft room.  I think it’s going to be a work in progress for a while.  It’s been so freaking hot lately that I haven’t wanted to work on the stuff I need to finish, like painting my shelf brackets or my chandelier.  This past weekend it cooled down enough and I was able to get outside and spray paint my shelf brackets.  I bought the Ikea Ekby Gallo shelves while we were there a few weeks ago.  I knew I wanted to spray paint the bracket piece gold since gold will be my accent color. I bought some Krylon metallic gold spray paint (I think this is it) and it was the BOMB!  The nozzle swiveled and the push button was super smooth. No more spray paint hand cramp.  I used 1 can for both brackets.

Now that I have the shelving painted I need Matt to help me install them over my craft table.  Then, I need to start working on my chandelier.  It’s one mom had and is no longer using so she’s offered it up for my craft room.  It’s already goldish  but I want it to be a little more gold.  I think it will look amazing painted the same gold as the shelf brackets.

I brought my brackets and shelves inside last night so I could take some pics and I realized my shelves are the wrong size.  Whomp whomp!  The brackets are Gallo or something and the shelves are not. Total IKEA fail!  Thankfully the shelves were’t very expensive.  I’m sure I can find another place to use them.  I told Matt last night I would just have to run to Lowe’s and get a piece of wood that would fit.  While not ideal, this will actually allow me to paint the wood the same color as the table, chair and trim.  So it might actually look a little better.

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While we are on the craft room, I said a while back I would review the fabric I bought for my chair from Spoonflower.  Spoonflower is actually local, they are in Durham, and they print their own fabric.  This allows for hundreds and hundreds of choices you can’t get anywhere else.  I fell in love with several of their patterns and I couldn’t find anything close at other fabric stores.  Here’s my review:

They have tons of fabric choices you can’t find anywhere else.  They also have a variety of fabric types.  Since I was recovering a chair I bought their basic cotton fabric. This runs $17.00 a yard.  Not terrible considering it’s custom. I think it took less than a week for my order to complete and ship, which isn’t bad. The packaging arrived and it was pretty cute.  Now the fabric.  I can’t say I’m blown away with the quality of the fabric.  To me, it felt kind of “flimsy”.  It’s a very thin, lightweight fabric.  I was expecting it to have a  little more weight to it.  I have various other cotton fabrics in my stash and I don’t think this feels like quite the same quality.  With that said, I will say it washed okay and looks fine on my chair.  I’m not sure how it will hold up but this is also a chair I don’t plan to use daily.   I think the colors and pattern were what I expected and I was very pleased with that. Would I order fabric from them again? Maybe, but only if I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted and they had a pattern I liked. I think I would probably try to find something from Fabric.com first.  I only got their basic cotton so I’m not sure how the other fabrics feel. They may be a little nicer but they are also more expensive.  I went cheap. :)

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May 272015
 

When we picked our new house I knew I was going to make one of the bedrooms into a craft room.  Matt was getting an office and I wanted a craft room.  We had the space so I decided to use the bedroom next to the the master.  It’s the only bedroom not connected to a bathroom and I wasn’t keen on having a bedroom right next to our bedroom/bathroom so this was the perfect space.

For months I searched and searched for a desk.  I found one at Ikea but due to the shipping costs I kept looking.  Then I found one on Amazon that was similar and ordered it.  Thanks to UPS, the desk was left in the rain by our garage, not on our front porch, and the desk was ruined.  I shipped it back and continued the search.  I also realized that one and the one from Ikea would have been too small for the space so it worked out.

I still hadn’t found anything when my mom called one day to tell me that her work was getting rid of their display tables.  Employees would be able to purchase them for $20.00.  I knew it was just a wooden table but for $20.00 I told her to get me one.  Turns out it will work great for a craft table.

I decided to be lazy and not actually strip or sand the table down.  I bought some Kilz instead and used that as my base.  Next I painted the table with 2-3 coats of paint.  I decided to use our trim color since it wasn’t quite white.  I thought a bright white table might clash.  I’m really glad I used the trim color to be honest.  Everything flows nicely.

Since the table was going to be used for crafts I thought it might be a good idea to put a top coat on the top.  Boy, that was a mistake!  I bought a spray clear coat.  I did several light coats but the finish wasn’t glossy like it was supposed to but so I decided to put it on a little heavier.  Well the damn stuff turned yellow, the can said it wouldn’t turn yellow!  Grrr!  So I ended up having to sand the top down to the gloss off so I could then add another coat of paint.  In the end it turned out fine but it was kind of a pain.

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Fast forward a few days.  The table has finally been painted and I ask Matt to help me get it into my craft room.  Well I didn’t measure the table.  Whoops.  After about 20 mins of trying every possible way to get the table in Matt decided it wouldn’t fit.  Okay so that’s not really an option.  I immediately told him to cut the feet off.  He was hesitant at first but we took the table back downstairs and on the front porch he sawed off the bottom few inches.  I found some casters to replace the feet with and I think everything will be fine now.  This will also allow me to move the table around should I need or want to.

The chair for my craft room has been a little less dramatic.  I found the cutest chair at the Flea Market a few months ago.  It just needed a little paint and some new fabric.  I’ve been on the hunt for fabric since I found it.

Over the weekend I was able to get the chair painted with the hope that it would make finding a fabric a little easier. Well today was the day.  I was going back through my fabric board on Pinterest and finally decided to order one.  I think it will look really nice on the chair.  It should be here in a week or so.  If I like the fabric, I’ll do a quick review on the fabric store I used.

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Chair before paint. Notice the brass tips on the feet. I’m going to spruce those up with a little more gold paint.

 

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Chair after paint. I need to add the gold.

 

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Fabric for the chair seat.

I still have more work to do but this is the start.

~k

 

Apr 132015
 

Thursday afternoon I was standing on the screen porch watching the neighbors film House Hunters, when a loud clap of thunder boomed.  Made me jump.  It had started to sprinkle and that probably kept me and a few other neighbors from being a bit more obvious with our stalking. 😉

I finally went inside and the rain started to pick up.  Then the lightning started.  Matt called me to come upstairs to the “viewing room” to see the show.  I took a few pics as the storm started to roll in but I had no clue what we were in store for.  A little while later the rain and wind picked up.  And then the bottom fell out.  The wind was howling, the rain flooding the yards and street, thunder and lightning and then hail.  It was pretty crazy for a good half hour to hour.

The storm rolling in.

 

As I was texting my friend who lived a few minutes away and she’s telling me the storms are normally pretty bad here, I notice there is water running out of the front door.  Not around the front door but literally out of it.  The front door has a screw on panel and the water is coming through.  Then we notice water is also coming under the quarter round.  Matt and I are trying to keep as much water off the floor with towels and paper towels.

Water running out of the door panel. This is the bottom of the door.

Water coming in from the quarter round.

 

Once the winds died down, Matt opened the door to wipe it off and see what was going on.  We could tell the panel wasn’t sealed properly.  I begin taking pics of the door and the floor and email them to our warranty guy.  He responds that someone would be out the next day or the following Monday.  When the storm is finally over, we do what we can to clean up the water and wait.

On Friday, the forecast calls for more storms so I email the warranty guy again and ask that someone come out that afternoon before anymore damage is done.  Around 5pm the builder meets us at the house and we show him what’s going on.  He goes ahead and adds some silicone to the outside of the door but tells us that since the door now has water in it, it will have to be replace.  Talk about good news!  I really wanted a full glass door without the crossbars so now is my chance to get one!

After he finishes his inspection he tells us that the sweep and part of the floor will also need to be replaced.  The floor boards had already started to buckle.  We’re not sure it was all from the storm.  It’s possible it had been leaking for a while and no one was aware.  Now we are just waiting for everything to be scheduled to be replaced.

~k

More on what I plan to do with the new door soon.

 

Apr 072015
 

One of the main reasons Matt and I chose the neighborhood we did was because it was a golf course community.  Matt plays golf a good bit and we knew he would play even more if we lived on a golf course.  The only condition was that he had to get me a set of clubs.  I refused to live on a golf course and not have clubs.  For Christmas Matt gave me a set of golf clubs and some golf shoes.

We were able to join the golf course when we went under contract on the house back in November and Matt has played numerous times since then but I had only been to the range twice.  Tuesday Matt said he was going to play a quick 9 after work and asked if I wanted to join him.  It was a beautiful day so I decided to go.  Matt grabbed a few of my clubs and threw them in his bag and we were off.  We ended up playing the back 9 and it amazing!  We didn’t run into another player until we got to #16.

So what exactly is Kelly Golf?  Kelly Golf is where I hit the ball from the ladies tee, see where it lands and decide if I want to play from there or pick my ball up and play from where Matt is.  This also includes me randomly throwing the ball on the green to putt from.  Basically I just make up the rules as I “play”.  It was fun and I really enjoyed myself.  It was nice being able to take our time and not worry about holding people (or Matt) up.  It was also nice there was no one around to see just how bad I am. I feel like we might do this often.  There is a guy Matt has started playing with and I think his wife might play about like me.  I told Matt we might have to play with them sometime.  The boys can play for real and the girls can drink wine and play. :)

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Overlooking #11. There is supposed to be a Bald Eagles nest somewhere over here.

 

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Sunset over the course

 

Mar 302015
 

Yesterday Matt played golf, so while he was out, mom and I went shopping.  First we went to a nursery I pass each day on my way to work.  It has a very nice facility so I figured it might be kind of pricey, which is was.  It was still fun to go look around and see what might be good for the yard though.  Then we headed to the Flea Market.  Mom’s been asking to go for a while now but it’s been either too cold or rainy.  I also wanted to look for a chair and a picture frame.  I’m slowly starting to get ideas for different rooms.

A few weeks ago  I purchased a workstation desk from Amazon for my craft room.  Thanks to UPS, my desk was destroyed.  Matt said the box was ripped and banged up not to mention they left the box sitting in the rain. Needless to say I was pretty bummed (and super pissed!).  Anyway, I think the desk would have been too small for the space anyway so I’ve been looking for different options.  Since I know I’ll need a chair, I’ve been looking around.  A new chair would run me well over $100.00.  I really didn’t want to spend $100+ on a chair.  That’s accessories and things I can’t buy.  I started looking on Craigslist and found a few mid-century modern chairs I really liked.  These were all running under $100.00.  That’s a much better deal but would also require me meeting someone.  I figured the Flea Market would be a good place to check.

As mom and I were walking around, I found a cute picture frame.  I need something to put in my closet to hold my necklaces and earrings and I love the frame holders everyone seems to be using.  I will add some paint, fabric, and wire grating and I should have something cute.  As we were leaving the booth where I bought the frame, we came to a booth with tons of mid-century modern chairs.  I found the vendor and asked how much.  He told me $45.00!  After a brief negotiation, I got him down to $40.00. :)  He put the chair aside and we walked around a little longer.  When we got ready to leave we went to the car and drove around to pick up my new chair.

I plan to paint the chair and add some cute fabric.  I also LOVE the gold cap feet.  I think I will paint them to make them more gold.  I’ve been looking at fabric this morning and I think I’ve found the One!  I originally planned to decorate my craft room with coral and gold and maybe a touch of navy but the fabric I found doesn’t really have any coral.  It’s navy based with pinks, purples, blues, greens, and yellows.  It’s really fun and festive but also a little more dark and cozy.

I’ll post pics of the finished products, hopefully soon!

~k

Mar 172015
 

Wow, I didn’t realize it has been quite so long since my last post.  We have been in the new house for almost a month and so far so good!  We are just waiting on the new sofa to come and then I have to persuade Matt to buy a dining room table.  My craft desk is on the way and then I can start working on that room (which I’m really excited about)!

Yesterday Matt was sitting on the screen porch and I was inside on the sofa.  I hear him tap on the window and motion for me to come out.  I figured Julio was doing something cute.  I wasn’t prepared for what I saw. The sky was filled with blues, pinks, and purples.  It was AMAZING!  I knew if the back yard was that pretty, the front would be even more amazing, and I was right!

I grabbed my camera and we both ran upstairs to the Ensuite.  The windows are almost even with the roof so we opened the windows and I sat on the window sill and took some pics.  The sky was just beautiful.

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It’s not just sunsets that are amazing at the new house either.  Sunrise has been pretty good since the time change (when I’m actually up to see the sunrise).  I took these pics the other morning as I was leaving the house.  Needless to say, I think I’m going to like it here!

Feb 262015
 

In the past 2 weeks we’ve had like 3-4 days of snow!?!?  This is absolutely crazy for NC.  Normally we’ll get a day of snow here or there but these past few weeks it’s been a lot!  Don’t get me wrong, I love a good snow day but this is starting to get ridiculous.  The city basically shuts down because we aren’t equipped to deal with snow.  Not to mention people already drive like idiots so adding snow is a disaster!

As promised I did go out and take some pics today.  They were predicting 8+ inches for the Triangle last night and it seems most of Raleigh got more than we got at the new house.  Booo!  The townhouse probably got around 5″ while we only got 2″ at the new house.  The official total at the airport was 5″.  Anyway, here are some pics of the new hood.  I didn’t venture very far since the roads were pretty slushy.

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Feb 242015
 

Friday just happened to be the coldest day of the year so far!  I woke up early and took the kiddos to mom and dad’s house for the day. On the way home I stopped to get coffee and donuts for the movers.

The guys arrived at 9:00 and got to work.  By noon they were headed to the storage unit, and then to the house.  I had pizza waiting for lunch and then the unpacking began.  Once the furniture was off, the boxes went really quickly.  Most of the boxes ended up in the dining room, which was fine.

By 4:00, the house was full of our stuff and we began to unpack.  I made the bed first thing, I didn’t want to leave that till later.  I knew we would be tired and making a bed was the last thing I would want to do.  Then I started on the kitchen.  It took the rest of Friday and most of Saturday for me to get it in order.  Mom and dad were nice and brought us dinner Friday night.  They also brought the kiddos back.  Hal had a little accident in her carrier but thankfully it didn’t get on her so she was allowed in the house. 😉

After dinner, Matt and I headed upstairs.  First order of business was soaking in my new tub!  Matt hopped in the shower.  Tub > Shower!

Julio was a crazy pants that night and no one got a whole lot of sleep.  We woke up early and waited for the TWC and Direct TV guys.  Direct TV was early but the poor guy had a time.  He spent the entire day at our house.  I felt bad I didn’t have any food to offer him.  He went to dig the hole for the dish and hit clay.  We think the ground was a little frozen because the clay was crazy hard.  Then he realized the hole was too close to the house and the dish wouldn’t turn so he had to move it.  Then something else wouldn’t work.  It was just one thing after another.  The guy was really nice and kept a good attitude.

Since we ended up spending the day at the new house, we had to run to the Townhouse on Sunday to get the rest of the odds and ends and clean.  7 hours, and 2 trips later we were done!  I hadn’t expected it to take us quite as long as it did.  We ended up borrowing my dad’s jeep and I’m glad we did.  It saved us a third trip.

After the crazy weekend I think Matt and I were both ready to get back to work yesterday.  Now we are both working from home since another round of snow decided to hit this morning.  They said it would be a snowy winter but this is getting a little ridiculous!  And more is on the way.  I will probably try to walk around the ‘hood in a little while and take some pics.  My camera is at mom and dad’s house so I’ll have to use the little point and shoot.  Look for snow pics tomorrow.

~k

Feb 192015
 

Well, it’s OFFICIAL!  We have a brand new house!

Due to weather concerns, our closing attorney pushed our closing from 10:30 yesterday to 2:30.  While I would have preferred to close a little earlier in the day, this allowed us to sleep in and take our time.  We met the builder and warranty guy at the house at 12:30 to make sure everything on our checklist was complete.  Once the details were finalized, Matt and I headed to lunch before going to closing.

Closing went smoothly and an hour later we had keys in hand.  Since the locks are contractor locks we had to run back out to the house to re-key the locks.  I also wanted to put down some contact paper under the cabinets in the bathrooms and “frost” the bathroom windows – let’s just say that was a disaster and move on. 😉

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Gift basket the builder left at the house! I thought it was great they put some TP and paper towels in the basket. I was smart and brought those items but it was really fun to walk into the house and see our house warming gift!

 

As we were leaving closing it started to snow.  Once we got to the house the flakes were much bigger.  It snowed pretty good for a few minutes and then let up.  A little while later, I looked out the windows and the snow was really coming down.  Big, huge, flakes.  It snowed like that for 10-15 minutes and then quit.

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I don’t feel like the pic captures just how hard it was snowing at this point.

 

Matt worked on our driveway for a little while but didn’t make much progress.  It’s pretty much just a big sheet of ice.  Our driveway doesn’t get much sun and the concrete is too new to use a de-icer.

Temps will continue to fall tonight so tomorrow morning should be fun.  Thankfully we hired movers and I can just direct traffic.

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Sunset after the “storm”.

 

I should mention, the new ‘hood looks beautiful with snow!  Unfortunately I didn’t take any pics.  My camera was at home and it was starting to get late.

~k

Feb 172015
 

The last few days the forecast has been up in the air for what we were in store for this week.  Some models had Raleigh getting a few inches of snow.  Others had use getting up to .5″ of ice.  Yay Snow, Boo Ice!

Yesterday morning my office sent out an email stating people could work from home that afternoon should they be able.  Around 12:30 my coworkers and myself headed home.  It was a pretty slow afternoon as we waited to see what was going to happen.
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Around 4:30 the wintery mix started and then came the snow.  We got a decent dusting of snow then the sleet set in.  It sleeted most of the night and we woke up to a white Tuesday!
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We got lucky that we got sleet and not ice.  Ice would have been terrible considering closing is tomorrow!  Oh yeah, we are closing tomorrow!  Come Hell or Snow (or ice)!

The attorney called Matt earlier and they have pushed our closing back to later in the day.  This should be better since we have to run over to the house for our pre-close walk through.  Basically we just have to sign off that the things from our walk through have been completed.  The list would also include ANOTHER microwave.

So funny story, the replacement microwave came in last week and the door was broken.  That’s 6 microwaves between two house!  Ya’ll it’s crazy. 😉 We did get the new microwave installed at the current house and it is operational!

I told Matt we would have picked the COLDEST week of the year to close/move!  Wish us luck on Friday!
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~k