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My office redo update

It’s been months in the works, but my home office is finally on its way! If you’ll reminisce with me I talked about starting my office redo in this post, way back on October 26, 2010. Since then I bought a desk and painted the room, both in this post. It’s been very slow going and I’m still not done, and I may never be done, there is always some cute to add or change, but I’m very happy so far!

So here is my before

And after

The desk is a goodwill find, nice sturdy desk, for only $25! I sanded, primed, painted and sealed it. I thought there was too much white, so I broke it up a bit. The brown is the same color as the walls, and the pink, well the pink is the same color as the bottle sitting on my desk. The bottle was a gift from Jeremy for Christmas and the paint really closely matched the fabric I have planned for the chandelier, which you can see in the corner in the after picture, the window treatments, chairs, if it involves fabric it will be one of 6 designs I found at hobby lobby, it’s brown with pink, green, blue, and yellow, maybe some other colors, but they are all coordinating fabrics, which I love!

The Chandelier will be another post, I have all the shade frames made, I’m too cheap to buy them, I might change my mind when I try to cover them, we shall see. Chandelier shades are CRAZY expensive. So far I’ve spent $46 on this office makeover, which includes the chandelier, shades and fabrics. Not bad, huh?

The lovely art you see on the wall was a Christmas gift from Jeremy. I love barbies, you can’t see my small collection of them, so Jeremy painted me some watercolor barbies. They are all the same silhouette, different /colors/ethnicity blond, auburn, black, Hispanic, and Asian. I also have a Barbie puzzle he gave me last Christmas that I am working on putting together and then I’ll get that put up.

Oh, I almost forgot! Back to my desk….I thought to make my desk a little more personal I would monogram it, and again break up some of the white. It’s not really on there yet, just a print out stuck on there. What do you think? Too much? Tacky? Let me know!

Until tomorrow, I have several projects and recipes to share that I just haven’t as of yet! I will get better with blogging, I promise, 2 in one week, that’s pretty good! With that I’ll leave you with some cute photos of my silly animals

Guinness and Roosevelt cuddling in a box, how adorable? A box is all the toy they need

Malcolm (on the bed) and Molly napping one minute

The next they are both grooming themselves

Dogs are so weird, but cute!

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Pinterest

If you haven’t heard of Pinterest by now you must be living under a rock! It’s awesome! It’s an online inspiration board, a place to keep all your potential projects, or ideas, in one convenient place where you can reach them at any time! I first caught wind of this fantastic site at WhipperBerry. If you all haven’t been there before, when you get a chance, take a gander. They have awesome recipes and ideas, this is one of my daily reads. But anyway, back to Pinterest!

You can have, seemingly, as many number of inspiration boards as you wish. Right now I have about 7 or 8 boards, I have lost count already! I’ve recently gotten into knitting, (I’m a horrible blogger, I know this, but that will be another post) and I have a Knitting Inspiration board, a Fun Frilly Things board, Baby Inspiration board (quite things I might find here or there that I would love to make for a baby), a baby shower board (my best friend is due in April, shower is in March). I’m also working on getting my office usable, posts on that should be coming soon, I have inspiration board for things I would love to have in there! There are so many things!
My bookmarks have been several pages long for a while now, and I had recently cleaned them out!

It’s just in its starting phase right now, Beta version, and it requires an invite to be included in the fun, all you have to do is send them a request and they will let you start, or at least that is what I assume, I got an invite and I ain’t nothing special!

When you get your invite you go through the whole sign-up process then they give you a button to put on your bookmark tabs. Anytime you see something you want to save just hit pin it. A separate window will open up and have all pictures from your current page, you click on it and another page will pop up, allowing you to input a description and board, you can use an already started board or start a new one right from this page.

It’s so easy and is absolutely amazing, it has made my life so much easier!
Every page I’ve been on has been nothing but pinterest buzz, and I’m proud to say that I’m part of the beta version! That makes me happy!
I’m finishing up my lovely desk I gushed about far too long ago, 1 more coat of poly and she’s finito, then the big task, getting into this house and through my office door, hoping the top pops off! Saturday is the 4th Annual Humane Society Fur Ball, we all get fancied up and go to a big party to benefit the helpless animals at the animal shelter here, been the highlight of my January since its inception, which marks mine and Jeremy’s second date, isn’t that fun?

Then my FINAL semester starts on Monday, I’m both crazy excited to start, but also dreading it. I’ve got just a few things, a research class that I will be doing in a high school biology classroom, I’m very excited about that. I’ve also got Practical Light Microscopy with my favorite professor, and I’m SOOOOO excited about this, I’m such a dork but microscopes fascinate me. I’ve had a class on electron microscopes so compared to that this should be a breeze.
Until next time, which I promise will be sooner than the last!

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Progress on my office

A few weeks ago I posted photos of my office in hopes to win a gift card to Homegood, a fantastic store if you’ve never been, but apparently it wasn’t sad enough because I didn’t win.  That did put a spring in my step to finally get started on my office.  Before it was a lovely shade of green….on the paint chip, it was horrendous when it was an entire room.  The mister and I bought some paint for the deck and didn’t use hardly any of it and it was a lovely shade of chocolate brown and it looks absolutely delicious on the walls.

It’s it pretty?  I was so excited to get it done.  It took me just about 1 entire day.  It’s still a mess, but isn’t nearly as bad as it was before or even as it looks, I believe.

The next thing on my list is fixing my awesome goodwill find

These pictures are after I’ve sanded it down, the mister somehow lost the card that I had taken several pictures on, including the freshly bought desk.  Not bad for $25, huh?  I’m in love, can’t wait to get it done!  I’ve just put the first coat of paint on, more updates to come!

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Tiny kitchen redo

Our kitchen is not small, really, but it has limited storage and a lot of open space for a table.  We got a TON of kitchen stuff as wedding gifts and we had no where to put it.  We bought a steel table for when I work on cakes, but I’ve been doing very few cakes this year so we decided to bring the table in as storage and an extra working space.

The only problem is all the storage under the table makes the kitchen look really messy, and I hate mess!  I needed a table cloth, but one that hangs down to the floor on at least 3 sides, they don’t make tablecloths that long, so I had to make a skirt to go around.  This was the best decision anyways, that way there is still plenty of work space on top and we don’t have to worry about dirtying the cloth.

We only have Hobby Lobby and Hancock Fabrics in town, so I went to Hobby Lobby first, because I just love Hobby Lobby and I found an awesome fabric that would be perfect but it was $23 a yard and I just could not stomach that!  Then I went to Hancock and after much circling the designer fabrics I decided on a chocolate brown pintuck, but it was still $9.50 a yard, I needed 3, but decided it wasn’t going to get any better or cheaper so I bit the bullet and just did it.  I was so excited when she scanned it and told me it was only $6.50!!  I love a surprise sale!  I happily got my 3 yards, thread and Velcro and went along my merry way!

I measured the length it needed to be, then hemmed the top and bottom.  Then I started the fiasco.  I don’t use Velcro much, but obviously got the sticky backed so it would stick to the table.  I didn’t really think about sewing with the sticky backing, and went through a tough 30 minute period while I tried to get a stitch to run through the fabric and Velcro…needless to say, don’t try to sew sticky backed Velcro…it just doesn’t work!  The adhesive on the back of the Velcro is strong enough to hold the fabric all on its own, or so I hope.  I have a feeling I’ll have some felines hanging from them as soon as they figure out it’s possible, so hopefully it’s strong enough to hold 10ish pounds, but I’m kind of doubting it!

I put the Velcro on the right side so it would hang with the Velcro invisible underneath. I snipped the Velcro and fabric at the corners so the skirt can wrap around the table.

Look how much better it looks now!  Excuse the dead flowers, I just can’t find the gumption to throw away the only flowers left from the wedding….one day maybe!

I’m still getting my blogging chops, so stick around to watch me blossom!  Next up is a Dream Board I’m making for mine and my husbands dreams!

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