Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Been Wicked Sick

I tried, but I just can't do Wicked Awesome Wednesday this week.  I've been wicked sick.  Please come back for WAW next week!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wicked Awesome Wednesday #43

I've been sick.  And Christmas is creeping up on me!  

It's time for our 43nd link party:  Watcha got this week?

Bethany at A Fish Who Likes Flowers made a really pretty wreath out of felt roses:

Katie from Blah to Beautiful spruced up some inexpensive garland:

Angie from Burton Avenue made these powdered sugar stencil cookies:

Kara at Happy Go Lucky Girl came up with an easy way to display Santa photos:

Kristina from Real Made Simple made a fabric rope bracelet:

Kara at Petals to Picots made these pretty yarn ball ornaments:

Marla at Better than I Could Have Imagined made this Christmas tree with red burlap:

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wicked Awesome Wednesday #42

It's time for our 42nd link party:  Watcha got this week?

Karen from Homemade Glamor made enough soap for a year for only $4:

The Scrappy Housewife made pockets for an Advent calendar:

Tina from Twinkle Toes fixed up a dining room set:

Ambreen at Simply Sweet 'n Savory baked a pretty coconut cake:

Rebekah at Somewhere in the Middle made this simple, but gorgeous wreath:

The Home Organisation Project created an art wall for her kid's artwork:

Emily from Bargain Bound revamped some candlesticks for Christmas with .49 bowls and .99 candles:

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Antique Christmas Decor

We went antique shopping recently, and I took pictures of some Christmas decor made using antiques and vintage items

Love this Christmas tree made using kitchen items

A metal Christmas tree stand.  Great graphics. 

 
 
These cubbies are great for stashing little decorations.

 
I like the old ball ornaments here.  You can find packages of them in antique stores around this time of year, they are pretty inexpensive.

Do you have your decorations up yet?  Our tree is up, and our decorations are set up.    

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wicked Awesome Wednesay #41

Look who's 41: our blog party!

Watcha got this week?

Here are the projects that caught my eye this week:

Sarah from Alderberry Hill made a wicked cute matchbox Advent calendar:

Sarah from The Space Between made a snow man sea urchin:

Melissa from Shabby Love showed us her vintage Christmas decor:

Barb from Turtles and Tales made some ornaments inspired by a beach vacation: 

Ange from Decorating the Dorchester Way made some easy Christmas artwork:

Kendra from At Home with K made some Christmas tree twig art:

Allysabeths1 made a cute Frosty the Snowman with Dollar Tree crafts: 

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Basement Shelves

Handy Man found a project to do in the basement over the weekend.  He took down some of the old, crappy metal shelves we used to have, and  set up new shelves.  I don't have pictures of the old shelves.  Believe me, they were awful!

New shelves.  Nice and sturdy. 
What IS all this stuff?!

This brand is called Real Organized, here's a picture of the box.  Handy Man bought this at Lowe's.  They were on sale on Black Friday for $50.  They usually cost around $80. 

I don't know this for sure, but if you need shelves, you might want to wait for the new year.  Stores put a lot of organizational tools and shelves on sale around January first.

We need to spread out the purchase of these shelves, but it will give Handy Man and Handy Boy something to do in the basement when it's cold outside. 

How about you? Do you have any organizing projects you need to work on? 

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wicked Awesome Wednesday #40

Look who's 40: our blog party!

Watcha got this week?

Here are the projects that caught my eye last week:

Ami from AliLilly made this Pottery Barn inspired wreath:

Karah from The Space Between made a photo display with shells:

Katie from Raising Oranges made peppermint crunch brownies:

Jessica's husband at from the ground up restored this nice, old card catalog.  I love these things:

Linda at it all started with paint painted a rug on her porch:

My from Space 46 made jewelry holders:

Little Miss Maggie made flowers from book pages:

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Our New Miele Vacuum Actually Sucks

Our old Miele vacuum finally died, after repeated attempts by Handy Man to fix it.  He MacGuyver'd the heck out of it, giving us an extra year or so of usage.  We bought it fourteen years ago, so it doesn't owe us a thing.

After much sighing and foot dragging, Handy Man went out and bought a new Miele.  We had some money saved, and we knew what we had to do.  

Besides, the floors were getting narrrrsty.

This review is our opinion, we are receiving no compensation for this post.   

Here is the page on the Miele site that lists all the details.  This vacuum retails for about $799.  Pretty steep, but it's worth it.  Handy Man looked around and found it for a small discount at an appliance store.  He bought it for $729.  Miele vacuums don't really go on sale, so that's the lowest you're going to get.  We've had cheap-o vacuums in the past, and they just...suck.  Or rather, they don't suck enough.  And I use the crap out of the vacuum, so it's worth it to me.

I like the canister style, but they also sell an upright.
S 6270 Topaz Canister, for those following along at home

Space ship or vacuum cleaner?

We live in New England, and track in a lot of sand, dirt, dust and mud.  I have bemoaned the lack of mud room or entry way in this house.  Everything gets dragged in.  Everything.  Even though we take shoes off at the doors, dirt and crud creeps everywhere.  I hate the feeling of grit under my feet, so I vacuum near the doorways almost every single day.  Every day in mud season.  (Mud season = March and some of April.)

I don't even bother with a broom. Brooms just don't cut it here. I feel like it just pushes the grit around.  It just seems easier to pull out the vacuum and suck up the crud that settles around the door every day.  Of course, I vacuum the rest of the house when it needs it, too.  I don't just vacuum doorways, I promise.  

Reasons I like the Miele vacuum:
  • It's got a lonnnnnng cord (I love this feature, because I'm lazy.)
  • It's good on smooth flooring and low pile carpets
  • This one is lightweight and rolls easily.  Our prior Miele was a bit heavy; I was glad to see the newer ones are lighter and easier to handle.  
  •  It has a real HEPA filter.
  • The bags are easy to change.
  • Six adjustable power settings!  If you want to get all Martha Stewart and vacuum upholstery, you can turn it to a lighter setting so it doesn't suck the curtains into a vortex.
Miele vacuums are made in Germany.  Do you have one?  Does your vacuum suck? 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wicked Awesome Wednesday #39

It's Turkey Week!  Are you ready?

Time for our 39th Wicked Awesome Wednesday.  Watcha got?

Here are the projects that caught my eye last week:

Angie from Burton Avenue made some turkey favor tins:

Love this little burlap turkey from A Creative Princess

Kristine from The Painted Hive did a small dining room makeover that made a huge difference: 
 
Lisa from Our Homemade Happiness has a recipe for whole wheat bread:

Kerri from The Pleasures of My Life shows us how to make canvas pictures on a budget:

Sarah from Hallway Happenings made over an old mirror:

Kellie from My So Called Green Life changed an old tray into a chalkboard serving tray:

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