Monday, April 27, 2009

Renovation Cape Cod

The Project worked on today took my Hubby and a family friend to complete, and all day! But the smaller windows are gone and there is a bigger window for above the kitchen sink!!! Woo Hoo!
Above: Here is our Shack before.

Above: Inside view of the kitchen windows.

Above: A big hole in my house...Ahhh!
Above: Ta Da! New Window! It looks a bit small but after shutters, tall lanscape and a window flower box are added it will be much better. Not to mention how much more light it gives off in the kitchen.
Above: Inside View! ;)
{So while the guys were doing that today, I pulled weeds}

Above: I started new seeds today.
***When I went away for a week my husband had been spraying STARCH on them. How a starch bottle looks like my clear water bottle...Who Knows! Anyways...Restarted my seeds today, If I go out of town again I will get a plant sitter! LOL ;)

Above: More! I stole a piece of wood from my hubby to make a table top in the garage.
Above: Also something I had been working on is this massive mound of weeds in the front yard! Still am not done but I dont have much to go!

Above: Looks much better. Cant wait to plant stuff! Woo Hoo!

Above: I know you are not supposed to cover these things up but it is so hideous...Any ideas?
Thanks for looking! I am getting too ancy! I cant wait until all the fun stuff comes! Like paint colors, lighting, and picking out flooring! ;) Until then I think I will keep working outside, and on my tan too!
Have a great night all!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Saturdays Scrapper

This week I thought that I would just show a few random photos of Scrapbooking & Crafting Room items I have come across and love.
Someone asked me how I pull off finding things for this post. . . Well,
I search all all the time for new inspiration and I save photos in a folder on my desktop, that way when I can always turn to my Inspiration folders for new fresh ideas. I am always finding pretty ideas and inspiration, especially because I love home decorating and scrapbooking so why not tie the two in together!?!

Friday, April 24, 2009

My Handy Mans Work

I bought this on ebay for only 2 dollars!
Here is the handy man hubby of mine!

Here is the new staircase...being mudded!

Another view!

Here is the Master Bedroom ahead from the hallway.

Here is the other bedroom upstairs. We now have two rooms upstairs from moving the staircase.

The bathroom...New cement board to put up my white subway tiles ;)
We are moving along slowly but surely!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Just a quick one?

Yahoo Messenger...does anyone still use this? I just reinstalled it.

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Also leave a comment with your username on yahoo so I can add you!


Front Porch Wisdom


Easy Deviled Eggs Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, then mash until they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up, mixing thoroughly. Cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done for easy clean up Expanding
Frosting When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar/calories per serving.
Reheat Pizza Heat up leftover pizza in a non-stick skillet on top of the stove. Set heat to med-low and heat until warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza.
Reheating refrigerated bread To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.
Newspaper weeds away Start putting in your plants. Work the nutrients in your soil. Wet some newspapers, put layers of the papers around the plants overlapping as you go. Cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic but they will not get through wet newspapers.
Broken Glass Use a dry cotton ball to pick up little broken glass pieces ofglass. The fibers catch ones you can't see!
No More Mosquitoes Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.
Squirrel Away! To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the squirrels won't come near it.
Bikes If you purchase a new bike for your child, place their picture inside the handle bar before placing the grips on. If the bike is stolen and later recovered, remove the grip and there is your proof who owns the bike.
Flexible vacuum To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge, add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.
Reducing Static Cling Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and - voila - static is gone.
Measuring Cups Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup…fill it with hot water. Dump out the hot water but don't dry the cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter and watch how easily it comes right out.
Foggy Windshield? Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car. When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!
Reopening envelope If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Voila! It unseals easily.
Conditioner Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's a lot cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like when you tried it in your hair...
Goodbye Fruit Flies To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it one-half with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dishwashing liquid, mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!
Get Rid of Ants Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it "home," and can't digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed! Take baby powder to the beach Keep a small bottle of baby powder in your beach bag. When you’re ready to leave the beach, sprinkle yourself and kids with the powder and the sand will slide right off your skin.
Use a dryer sheet for cleaning Use a dryer sheet to clean electronic items like TV, Computer Screen etc. it takes the dust off and helps repel dust.
Peppermint water helps upset bellies Peppermint water is great for upset bellies!! Especially for babies... 1/2 to 1 peppermint in an 8oz bottle. Babies love it and it calms them down!
Got stinky pits? Got underarm B.O. that even the deodorants won't get rid of? Try this: put a slice of raw, white potato under each armpit, keep it there for a few minutes, then toss the tater slices in the trash, rinse your underarms, apply deodorant, and the B.O. will disappear! Laugh if you want, but, IT WORKS!!
Want that "Windex" shine for less? Use an unused coffee filter to clean glass. It doesn't leave lint or streaks.
Have a serious pet hair problem? To rid your vehicle of pet hair, use the rubber side of a "squeegee" (a windshield cleaner). It will scrape all the hair up in a ball and allow you to pick it up. This helps b/c I can never just vacuum all the pet hair up. You can use this method on your seats and carpet.
The Heinz 57 trick When attempting to get ketchup out of a glass bottle in a restaurant, you simply need to aim the bottle at your plate and hit the number 57 with the palm of your hand. The "57" should be where the bottle widens up. It is just a raised up number. Trust me; it works.
Boil Cure Cover the boil with Hunt’s Tomato Paste as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head.
Flu Achy Muscles Mix 1 tablespoon of horseradish in 1 cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as massage oil, for instant relief for aching muscles.
Splinter Remover Pour a drop of Elmer’s Glue-All over the splinter, let dry and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter will stick to the dried glue.
Bug Killer If menacing bees, wasps, hornets or yellow jackets get in your home and you can’t find the insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground instantly.Shower Cleaner for Pennies 3 parts water to 1 part bleach for tile cleaner PLUS 1TB of vinegar for soap scum. Just spray after shower and walk away. Cheaper than buying already made at the store.
Easy Ice Pack If you need an ice pack for a bruise or swelling, here's one that's cheap, easy, and mess-free... use a package of frozen veggies. Then, just throw them back in the freezer when you're done.
Want to Look Like a Spring Chicken? Use egg whites on your skin! They harden pimples to get rid of them faster, and they're also cheap and convenient!
Tired of Buying Glass Cleaner? Try air freshener! Just spray it on mirrors or windows. It does a great job and leaves behind a beautiful fragrance!
Got a Headache? Cut a lime in half and rub it on your forehead. Throbbing goes away instantly!
Dirty Dishwater Works Miracles on Your Houseplants This is an old-time Florida trick! Use your dirty dish water to water your plants! Not only are you conserving water, the soap acts as a pH balancer and the little bits of food left behind act like fertilizer for the plant! Happy gardening!
Hate Drippy Ice Cream Cones? Keep ice cream from dripping out of the bottom of your ice cream cone by putting 2 miniature marshmallows in the bottom of the cone before scooping in the ice cream!
Find Out If Your Power's Gone Out While You Were... If you're going out of town for any length of time, put a small bowl of ice cubes in your freezer. When you come home, if the cubes are melted in the bowl, you'll know the power was out for a long time and you need to check on your food.
Dull Pins and Needles? If you are using a needle or safety pin and it becomes dull, run it through your hair. It sharpens it right up! Another nice trick (and a wonderful keepsake) is to make a pun cushion from your children's hair clippings.
Pet Hair Stuck in a Brush? Run the brush under cold water, turn over, and tap. Fur comes out in one hunk to be thrown away.
Want Streak-Free Windows? Clean with water-soaked newspaper. Dry with dry newspaper. Streak-free!
Stinky Car Carpet? Place a bar of Irish Spring soap underneath the seat! The bar of soap absorbs moisture and odor.
Want Sparkling Silver? Even if you think it's beyond repair, scrub it with some toothpaste! It will shine right up! And on pieces with a lot of detail, use a toothbrush.
Get Rid of Ant Piles! Sprinkle some Gains laundry powder on them and they won't come back!
How About An Easier-To-Clean Kitchen? When you're baking, spray "no-stick" spray (like Pam) over the door or rack of your dishwasher for easier clean-up. Spraying the sink helps, too! You won't have to scrub the areas you've sprayed.
Look No Further Than Your Medicine Chest for Cheap Carpet Cleaner... Use cheap, generic shaving cream. Spray it on the areas you need to clean, then wipe with a brush or cloth. Works at home and in the car!
Out of Bleach and Need to Disinfect? Peroxide works to clean and disinfect better and more safely than bleach. A capful of peroxide to a spray bottle of water works wonders!
Get Rid of Aches and Pains on the Cheap... Make a rice bag! Take a clean sock and full it with rice (not instant). Tie it off and microwave for 10 seconds. Great for your neck or back and works wonders for cramps, ladies!
Love bugs Be Gone!!! Take a new - not used - dryer sheet. Wet it. It will wash those love bugs off your car with little effort!
Want to Cool Your Car More Quickly? When you get into your hot car, always lower your back windows or open the rear van windows. This will allow cool air conditioning to push the hot air out!
Get Those Sneakers Dry Fast! The quickest way to dry your sneakers out is to stuff newspaper in them. The newspaper absorbs the moisture. Do it before you go to bed and they'll be dry by morning.
Got Red Ant Bites? Use Skin-So-Soft from Avon or WD40 to get the itch out.
Wasp Stings HURT... Get the sting out of a bee or wasp sting by taping a penny to it and leaving it there for 10 minutes. It will stop the sting and you won't even be able to tell where you got stung by the next day!
Got Stains? Skip the bleach. Soak spots on clothing in a mixture of detergent-water and baking soda, then put the clothes outside on a sunny day. Let Mother Nature do the rest!
Simple, Natural Cleaners... Coffee filters make great eyeglass cleaners. Just rub it over the lenses. Vinegar and water makes great mirror and window cleaner. Put alcohol in a spray bottle and spray on your kitchen counters. Keeps ants away.
Natural Swimmers' Ear Remedy... Use 1 part vinegar and 3 parts alcohol. Put a few drops in each ear to dry up the water inside of them.
Breathe Away Stress... keep lavender near your bed or wherever you relax.
Tummy Pains? Place one peppermint candy in a glass of water. As the peppermint melts, stir and sip the peppermint water.
Need an Earring Back in a Pinch? Cut off a pencil eraser and work the earring post into it. It will hold the earring snug against your earlobe.
Overbake Your Cookies? Soften them up by placing a slice of bread in the sealed cookie container and your cookies will soften right up.
Positive Reinforcement Mantra... When you are afraid, remember this: Courage is not the absence of feat, but the realization and acceptance that something is more important than fear.
Put an End to Ingrown Toenails... Notch out a "V" shape right in the center of the big toenail each time you trim, and you'll never be bothered with ingrown toenails or the throbbing pain/infection associated with them ever again.
Earache? Hit the Potty... If you have an earache, put a couple of drops of your urine in your ear. Works like magic! Instant relief.
Tasty Meat Made Easy... Always marinate your meat for at least three days, and parboil your meat a little before you BBQ it.
Bubblegum in Your Child's Hair? Use peanut butter to get it out! The oil in the peanut butter loosens the gum and won't leave behind the grease that cooking oils will.
Want Tender, Juicy Meat? Fill a clean spray bottle with half vinegar and half water. Spray both sides of the meat, season, and cook in the oven or grill.
Whiter Teeth Made Less Expensive... Brush your teeth with baking soda. It does just as good a job as expensive whiteners.
Dull Stainless Steel? Use Pledge to bring back that shine!
Easy Lint Pick-Up... Use a used dryer sheet to clean out the lint catcher in your dryer.
Save Money and Soften Your Clothes... Cut your dryer sheets in half! They work just as well!
Windex Cleans Upholstery and Carpets... Spray the spot with Windex and it disappears!
Quick Clean-Up for Incontinence... Use a non-mentholated shave cream for a quick clean-up on skin.
Clean Your Microwave More Quickly... Take a microwave-safe glass and fill with water. Heat to a boil and let boil for a few minutes. Then, carefully remove it from the microwave and wipe down the interior with a damp cloth. The hot moisture helps loosen those stubborn spills!
Here's an Awesome Ice Pack... When you go to the dentist or have surgery and need a quick ice pack. use a bag of small frozen peas.
I was looking for a remedy to keep ants away and I found this awesome list, so I thought I would share!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Saturdays Scrapper

This weeks scraproom is Fleur-de-Lisa from! LOVE LOVE LOVE her room.

This next person I have been wanting to feature for a long of our fellow bloggers {who by the way loves scrapbooksetc magazine as much as I do} Jackie4U2C She not only does amazing scrapbooking but she makes these adorable altered notebooks and clipboards...
Check out her blog and also she sells these fabulous notebooks in her Ebay store!
It feels like forever since I have been posting, the house is going well and I will update with photos later. I am getting super excited for the fun part!!! I will be back in full action posting everyday as soon as we are finishing up and moved into the house! Cant wait, thanks in advance for all of you who stick around! ! ! Love you girls!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Crazy Eights! {Eight is Enough}

{8 Things I am Looking Forward to:}
-Wearing capris and flipflops *agreed
-Unpacking our house
-Having a scraproom/craftroom again
-Camping & Fishing
-Having a laundry room
-Finally being able to have a real size christmas tree
-Planning my sisters Wedding

{8 Things I did Yesterday:}
-Went to Church breakfast
-Drove to Middlebury super Early in the morning
-Watched my little sister and brother hunt for eggs and open their Easter baskets
-My sister and I cooked Easter Dinner for the first time
-Helped my sister start her veggie seeds
-Went to Menards and bought a light for the house
-Ate too much ham and pie!!! Mmmm!
-Helped my sister look online for wedding inspiration (which I will be posting soon]

8 Things I Wish I Could Do:
-Travel to other countries
-Have more money
-Live closer to MY family
-Finish my degree
-*Unspoken request
-Go to a Sugarland Concert and meet them!!!
-Have more patience
-Eat chocolate and never gain weight ;)

{8 Shows I Watch:}
-Greys Anatomy
-The Office
-American Idol
-Martha Stewart
-Any show on HGTV
-DIY network
-CNN HLN (every morning} w/ Robin Meade

I now tag anyone that would like to join

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Other Uses for Aluminum Foil

{How cute is this dog}
*Make cute hats for your dog! ;)

*Keep birds out of your fruit trees. Hang twisted strips of aluminum all over your fruit trees using fishing line. The light reflections and the sound will keep birds away from your fruit.
*Re-soften hard brown sugar. Many people put hard brown sugar in the microwave to soften it up, but this can actually backfire and make the sugar harden even more. Instead, wrap the block of hardened sugar in some aluminum foil and bake in a 300° (Fahrenheit) oven for 5 minutes.

*Put a wadded-up ball of aluminum foil in your dryer with a load of clothes to reduce static cling.
*When ironing, put a piece of aluminum foil under the ironing board cover. The foil will reflect the heat from the iron so you can essentially iron both sides at once.
*To keep your silver jewelry from turning, put a small piece of tinfoil in each jewelry box.
*A cake decorating tube - shape heavy-duty aluminum foil into a cone or tube with a small opening at one end and a larger opening at the other. Pour frosting into larger end and squeeze out the smaller end.

*When your scissors get dull, I layer about 7 pieces of foil and cut through them, and the scissors are sharp once again.

*Ball up some foil and use it to clean the gunk off your grill . It cleans just as well as a wire scrub brush.
*Use foil to start your seedlings.
*Place a piece of foil under the napkin in the serving basket and hot rolls will stay warm longer.
**To stave off hunger in a hotel room when traveling, buy bread, cheese and aluminum foil. Make a cheese sandwich, wrap it in foil, then press it with a travel iron. In minutes you’ll have a toasted, melted cheese sandwich. {How Clever}
*Protect hardware from paint
*Scrub glass or metal bakeware clean
If you have any more tips...add them in your comments! I would love to hear them!!!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Random Home Decor Inspiration

I really like this furniture...It is light but with the pillows it is just the right color amount. I too love the floors.

The element I like about this photo is the built in storage...Even if it is not built in, it looks like it and I love it.
K I pretty much like everything about this space...the rug, the wall color and the wall word art, the book shelf, the dog pillow, you get it! I like everything in here.

I posted this picture because I like the hutch in the back {I am looking for one like it} I also am curious of your opinion on the Drum Shade light?
I want one but my hubby said "the 70's called and they want there light back" :) He is going to freak when I put one up!

This is just cheerful!

This would fix the problem in my house in Virginia...In the master bedroom we have only a window on the right side and not the left. This would balance it out.

I like the shabby feel. I can only enjoy photos because hubby wont let me decorate in Shabby! He is old! ;)

K so I ordered lighting like the above picture on Ebay for a steal of only $24.00 for 5 of them {beats $200.00} But then I get an email from the seller saying that she refunded my money today because her husband ran over the box in the driveway backing his trailor in!?! Grrr! I am so mad! I was looking so forward to them, I am going to have to just look for another deal. I'm Bummed though!

I love these shades... I also love how the cabinet doors are like shutters. I also like the medicine cabinets dual doors!
Enjoy! Happy Monday Ladies!