Friday, July 30, 2010

Remodelaholic Friday

I recently found a great blog called Remodelaholic. She has all sorts of great home DIY projects. Lots of great information and photos on her site!

Today she is having a link party where people post projects, recipes, crafts, etc. Go check it out! I posted a link to our "Before and After" Kitchen renovations.

Click on any of the buttons on her post to go check out the tons of great projects listed.

Do you have any projects planned for the weekend? The weather is finally a bit cooler, so Handy Man has some projects on the Hunny-Do list to tackle. The shed project is getting a rest for a bit, while we save up money for the next bunch of materials we will need.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Roof Shingles are Going Up

Rob has continued to work on the shed. He put a drip edge along the roof, and started putting shingles on one side.

One side of the roof is done! It was kind of hard to work up on the roof at an angle, but he managed, using ladders and a scaffold. Rob used to put roofs on houses, so that is how he knows what to do. He'll complete the other side of the roof soon.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Monday Decluttering Challenge

I haven't talked about this in a while, but has anybody been working on decluttering this summer? I talked about this in prior posts, about how I did a "Declutter 365 items in 365 days challenge." Here is a link about the "rules" I used in my decluttering challenge.

I recently bought this three drawer plastic container to organize the contents under our downstairs sink. I'm still working on it, but I will post photos when I finish.

I recently put an ad on the web site Clean Mama. Check out her site; she writes about decluttering, green cleaning, gardening, cooking, etc. Great site!

In the meantime, here is a list of more things I decluttered during my challenge that we do not miss:
- 2 paper back books I won't read again
- 2 medicine bottles
- 1 watch (sold)
- 1 set of earrings (sold)

- 7 empty jewelry boxes
- misc old business stuff (4 items)
- 7 boxes
- 1 fan that broke
- 2 A/Cs (Handy Man sold them to people at work)
- 2 old plastic trash cans we aren't using anymore (recycled)
- 6 t-shirts that Handy Man doesn't wear anymore
- 5 rubbermaid lids (recycled, don't ask why I had just the lids)
- 4 t-shirts from Handy Man

It's pretty funny to look at this list now...and wonder why we were keeping some of this stuff around.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Summer is Really Here!

Corn on the cob, and playing on the beach...ahhhh, summer is here!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Organized Printer Stand

We had an ancient printer that we finally got rid of this year. We found someone to pass it along to, so it didn't get thrown out. It still has a little bit of life left in it.

Handy Man found this new printer on a great sale at Staples several months ago. I told him that I thought it was too "ginormous", but it does everything we need. One of the biggest benefits was that Rob could set it up so both of our computers could print from it. We had a printer stand for the old printer, but it wasn't big enough for this new printer.

Rob was going to buy some wood to make us a customized printer stand...but sadly, the wood to make one cost more than just buying a stand, and I admit, I got a little impatient. We looked around and found this stand at an unfinished furniture store.

Here is the link that shows how Rob refinished the printer stand himself.

I finally got around to organizing the space under the printer. Its a nice wide space, so I dug out our record albums (yes, we still have some old records), and put them there. I also bought three brown cardboard magazine holders at Walmart. We had looked in different stores for magazine holders, but I liked these simple cardboard ones the most.

Besides, these were $6 each, and I didn't feel like buying magazine holders that cost $20 each! I used them to organize some of our office supplies. we have a place to put those old Whitesnake and Simon and Garfunkel albums...

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

New Stone Pathway

After a lot of digging:

...and sweaty, heavy work...(on Handy Man's part, of course)

The new stone pathway is complete!
You can follow the steps in the projects by following these links:

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Why Do We Collect Vintage Fiesta Ware?

I thought that I would talk about how we got started with our collection.

Back in about 1997, we had a yard sale. We had relatives donate things they no longer wanted to our yard sale. A few of the items that we received were pieces of old Fiesta Ware from my grandmother. Rob wasn't sure about selling them, and he set the pieces aside.

There weren't many pieces; there were some plates and a few bowls. I didn't know much about them. We set them aside because we liked the colors and the look of the dishes. Eventually, we looked into a few books about Fiesta Ware. 

We had also seen some dishes in antique stores, and purchased a few more items. Over time, we bought more and more, and had to decide how to store and display what we had collected.

Since then, we have gathered a pretty large collection. A lot of it is displayed, and we even use some of the regular dinner plates. We also have plans for Handy Man to make more shelving and cabinets to display more of our collection (yet another project for the Honey-Do list!)

More on this as I work on the Fiesta you have a collection? What is it? Where do you buy pieces? How do you display your collection?

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Roof and Windows

Rob put the windows into the shed today. Here's the view out the back window.

Rob's father helped him to put up the heavy plywood boards on the roof. I've been helping him by holding up trim boards, handing him tools, moving ladders, etc. I can't lift really heavy things, but I do help when I can.

Some trim boards also went up. Tomorrow, Rob hopes to add on the drip edge, then start putting up roof shingles.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Scrapbook Paper Organizing

I decided that I really needed to go through my scrapbook paper in order to be more productive for my upcoming scrap projects. I just had too many papers that I wasn't using. Sometimes, when I went to look for a color, I'd see the same old papers staring out at me that I've had for years. I kept passing those colors and patterns by. For some reason it finally dawned on me (!!) that I should just take out the papers I am never going to use.

After taking out papers I won't use, I freed up almost 1/4 of my paper storage! Wheeeee!

I used to be a Creative Memories scrapbook consultant, so these large plastic envelopes and the large black bin are from CM. They are discontinued items now, but you can find similar systems in scrapbook stores, or online.

These clear folders have two pockets; I store whole sheets in the back pocket and scraps in the front pocket.

I also dug out our Brother P-touch label maker and labeled the tabs in a better way. I separated solids and prints. I have a folder for "Reds" and one for "Red Prints", and so on. I also have folders in the back for large ABC/123 stickers.

Ahhhh...maybe this means I can work on some pages now! I have been wanting to scrap so

As for the paper I removed: I saved some pieces for Handy Boy to play with, and I made a large stack to donate to a friend who has a scrapbook ministry.

Crafters (especially scrapbookers): do you need to clean out any crafty items, so you can move along with a project?
I knew that I had to go through my paper first, since it was such a mess. Unfortunately, I don't have a "before" photo, but the black container was STUFFED full of paper, and it was getting very hard to add or remove paper.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Shed Project Continues...

Here are a few more pictures of the shed project. It was soooo hot last week, but Rob just kept working on it.

Rob had to set up a scaffold to do some of the work.

It's looking pretty good, now! Rob will continue to work on the shed over weekends during the summer. I'll continue to post more photos as the work goes along.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

What is it With Men and Sheds?

This is the question I keep asking myself lately. Handy Man has been talking about this darned shed for over a year now. He took this week off from work so he could do a lot of work on it. He doesn't expect to finish it, but he wanted to get the framing up.

We have a garage and a basement, so why he also feels the need for a shed is beyond me. Here is how the conversation has been going lately:

Crafty Woman: Do we really need a shed, too?

Handy Man: Yes, I need more room for my lawnmower, my generator, my snowblower, blah blah blah...
Crafty Woman: Is it possible that you just have too much stuff?
Handy Man: *Sighhhhh*

Rob planned out the expense of all the wood and extra gear by making a few trips to Lowe's and Home Depot. He made a list of materials and wrote down prices. He bought just enough to do the framing and the plywood this week. In order to spread out the expense (and work!), he'll buy more materials and work on it more over the summer and possibly into September.

Normally, we are "git-r-done" people when it comes to renovations...I can't stand letting projects drag out for too long. However, this doesn't involve any kind of construction mess inside the house (yaaay!), so we'll complete it gradually and spread out the expenses a bit.

Of course, it was HOT and HUMID this week in New England, so there's been a lot of sweating and drinking of water and lemonade.

Here's Handy Man with his ginormous DeWalt nail gun. That thing scares me.

I've been helping him a bit, but I stay far away from the nail gun. And we make sure that Handy Boy stays away from it, too. Handy Boy has been entertained by using bits of leftover wood, and his own small tools, to build a chair and a table (pictures to follow).
Looking good so far! So, I've been supervising, ;-) and making sure that the Boys drink plenty of water.

We've been WICKED busy this week. In between shed construction, we've also been squeezing in some fun with Handy Boy. Also, I've been working on organizing my scrapbook paper. Stay tuned for more info on both projects.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Shed Project Continues

It's been hot, but Rob brought home a huge load of wood to continue working on his shed. He covers up the pile with a tarp at night, although there is no rain in the forecast.

He has one of the ends cut out, and he's trying to figure out a way to raise the end up. We may need some help! But I'm sure he can figure it out.

More details to come about the shed construction...I told Handy Man to take a bit of a break today from it, as it was nearly 100 degrees here! He worked for a short time in the morning, but then did take a break for the rest of the day.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Patriotic Trifle

This is a great 4th of July or summer recipe. It's so light and cool. Warning, this takes a LARGE bowl. The bowl I used was big, but it still overflowed a bit.

Patriotic Trifle
1 1/2 cup milk
1 4 ounce package instant vanilla pudding mix
1 8 ounce tub cool whip
1 package angel food cake, cut into 1/2" cubes
1 pint strawberries, sliced

1 cup blueberries

Mix pudding according to package directions, using only 1 1/2 cups of milk. Gently stir in 3 cups of cool whip. Place 1/2 of cake cubes in large serving bowl. Top with half of the fruit. Spread half of pudding mix over fruit. Top with remaining cake cubes, then remaining fruit. Spread remaining cool whip on top. Garnish with fruit if desired.

Here is a photo of the trifle with all of the yummy layers.

Here is my completely pathetic attempt to "garnish" the dessert with a few leftover pieces of fruit. Presentation is not my strong suit, and we just wanted to EAT IT.
This is a picture of the fruit trifle that Handy Man decorated several years ago, when I was having a group of friends over for a scrapbook party.

For the record, my ugly-looking trifle tasted just as good!

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