Thursday, June 30, 2011

New England Summer Thursday

I thought I'd start a small photo series for the summer.  I wanted to share some photos and facts about New Hampshire and New England.  These posts will be short, and I'll only be putting them up for about six weeks.  Enjoy!



  • New Hampshire has the shortest ocean coastline in the United States.  It's less than 20 miles long.
  • The Isles of Shoals are nine islands divided between the border of New Hampshire and Maine.
  • New Castle is the smallest town in New Hampshire, and it's the only one located entirely on islands.
  • New Hampshire has two light houses on its coast.
  • There are twelve beaches along the New Hampshire coast line. 
Do you have any more questions about New Hampshire?  If so, I'll see if I can answer them in this summer series. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wicked Awesome Wednesday #18

It's that time again...Our 18th Wicked Awesome Wednesday linky party is here.


You are all so talented; it's so hard to pick projects to feature each week.

Cynthia from simply chic treasures made over this dresser that she found in a yard sale:

Ashley at Domestic Imperfection gets an "A" for effort.  She did this yard work in over 100 degree heat, during her child's nap time, and while pregnant!!

Marla at Better Than I Could Have Imagined made the cutest lollipop party invitations:

SJ from Homemaker on a Dime is doing a bathroom upgrade a little at a time, and on a budget:
  
Julia at 551 East Furniture Design made over this sweet little desk:

Elizabeth from Hydrangeas and Harmony made a fun little sand table for the kiddos on a very small budget.  Great idea, since these items are usually very expensive:

Just in time for the 4th of July, Angela from Love Sweet Love made a distressed wood flag for under $5:
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Monday, June 27, 2011

ReStore Shopping and Projects Galore

This weekend, we went on a shopping trip to a local ReStore.  Habitat for Humanity's ReStore sells reusable and surplus building materials to the public I've been reading a lot about the great things that bloggers have been finding in these stores, so I've been eager to visit one.  I have to say...

I wasn't all that excited about the store in our area.

I feel kind of bad saying this, as I've seen a lot of posts lately from bloggers who buy and refinish some great pieces from these stores.  Perhaps I had unrealistic expectations.  I was expecting more furniture, but we only found a few pieces.  We only saw one set of kitchen cabinets.  We don't need cabinets for our kitchen, but a small set of cabinets can be good for storage in other areas. 

The best "stuff" was in the basement, which was very dark.  It was hard to take pictures, but of course I had to try.  They had great prices on light fixtures and globes.

The 1980s called, they want their hot tub back!

Handy Man wished he knew about this store before he built his shed, but we couldn't find two windows in the same size.  (He used three in our shed).

Rob would absolutely love to install steam radiators into our house.  We had them in our last home, which was built in the 1850s.  They were selling these for $5 per fin, or section.  This is a good price, since these radiators can be expensive.

I've been using this Bin Primer to cover some knot holes in some of our wood trim.  We painted all of our door and window trim white, but I noticed a few spots had bled through since I first painted in early 2006.  I used this primer, than some more glossy white paint to touch up the spots.

I've also been painting some trim around the side door in the kitchen.  When we installed new doors, I somehow forgot to paint the wood around the door.  The framing came pre-primed, but I wanted to give it a coat of glossy white.
How did I miss this??


I also tried taking some photos of our Fiesta Ware using a light box that Handy Man made.  I was inspired by this light box tutorial on Cheri Quite Contrary.
Salt and pepper shakers posing for me

I think that I need one more light.  It's not bright enough with three.  (Really!)  I have positioned the lights a million different ways, and I'm still getting some shadows and "off" colors.  As soon as I get it right, I'll be taking pictures of our Fiesta and start showing you more of our pieces.

Phew, I'm all over the place lately.  What have you been up to?

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Wicked Awesome Links

Here are some links I found interesting this week:

Sweet Sugar Belle
You must see this blog, The Sweet Adventures of Sugar Belle.  She makes the most beautiful cookies!  I always make a mess when I try to decorate cookies.  These are almost too pretty to eat!  Take a look at these ingenious cookie cupcakes.
 
Jessica at Decor Adventures is such a crafty girl!  Jessica and her husband had a travel theme for their wedding.  She made really interesting invitations that looked like passports, and her wedding bouquet was made out of brooches.  Don't worry, she also has plenty of DIY projects, like her master bedroom makeover.

The Graphics Fairy
I'm loving this blog called The Graphics Fairy.  Karen kindly shares her collection of vintage graphics and free blog backgrounds.  She also shares elements for digital scrapbooking.  With through over 2,000 free clip art images, you're bound to find something! 

Hope you're having a great Sunday.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Guest Post: Kuzak's Closet

I'd like to introduce Amanda from Kuzak's Closet.  I found Amanda's blog a few months ago.  She's a professional organizer, and has some amazing before & after photos on her blog.  She also talks about recipes, fashion, shopping and more!  Take it away, Amanda!


Hi, I am Amanda from Kuzak's Closet.  I am so excited to be guest blogging for Laurie today. Handy Man, Crafty Woman is one of my favorite blog sites.  They always amaze me with their projects around their house and their teamwork!

I started my blog in 2009 after my husband and I relocated to California.  I thought it would be a great creative outlet for me and a way for me to stay in touch with my friends and family.  

I have a full time Professional Organizing business and often share my favorite organizing tips and tricks and client before and afters.  In addition to organizing I write about topics that my friends and clients enjoy like fashion, recipes, and a little bit of my daily life.

I help my clients organize a lot of spaces within their homes, toy rooms, living areas, kitchens, closets, and much much more.  Here is a taste:


Creating makeup drawers with velcro...

Creating a jewelry nook in an old laundry cabinet...

I help my clients organize their paperwork and streamline their home offices:

I also love to cook and bake and I believe that being organized with your budget and your pantry will help you save time and money.  Here are a few of my favorite treats:


Toffee Bit Triangles

As an organizer, I'm in so many homes and I often give advice on furniture placement and basic design.  From time to time, I share my favorite furnishings and accessories on the blog.  Recently my husband and I moved into a larger home and we needed to furnish a living room in a flash.  I love to shop, but this room wore me out!

I offer personal shopping services to my clients and I love to give fashion advice on the blog too...

Thank you so much for having my guest post Laurie!  I hope you all have a wonderful and organized weekend, and don't forget to stop by and visit Kuzak's Closet.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wicked Awesome Wednesday #17

What?  Is it time for our 17th Wicked Awesome Wednesday linky party already?


Please remember to link back, and link up no more than two projects.  This week, I'm going to start deleting people who link up too many projects.

Here are the links that caught my eye last week:
Lauren from The Domestic Librarian made a fun word cloud gift for Father's Day:


Kylie at Stylish Settings used slate to make a fun party sign:



Sarah from DIY or Don't has a great tutorial for making coasters:


Terri from A Creative Princess made a clock out of some old books:


Fonda from Southern Scraps used some clip art to dress up a gift bag for Father's Day: 



Jil from Gone Thrifting shows some different ways to use tree stumps for decor: 


Melissa from Popsicles & Paint did a gorgeous laundry room makeover:


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Monday, June 20, 2011

We're Cracking Up!

Do you have a project you've been meaning to do for ages, but you just keep putting it off?  That project here is our "crack" project.  *snicker*  

The last few winters have been harsh, with lots of extreme temperature swings.  The house has been settling, and cracks have been forming in some of the walls.  (I promise, there's nothing wrong with the house).  The cracks are in the drywall.  I've been meaning to patch and repaint the cracks, but I just kept putting it off.

I finally dragged out the ladder, spackle and paint.  Part of the reason I kept putting this off was because it involved dragging the ladder from place to place, and climbing up and down, up and down... I spackled the cracks, and let it dry.  Then I sanded the spots down lightly.

Handy Man bought me this new little paint roller and tray.  Isn't it cute?  It was great for getting into hard to reach places, like above the window trim and below the ceiling. 

Here is an awful picture of me painting the cracks at 7:00 at night, with my hair up and a ratty t-shirt on:

I painted two coats of the wall color over the patches.  This project took place over several days.
Here's the after:
I think it's time to tackle those other small projects!  I have to touch up some spots on the ceiling, and around a few doors and windows.  Do you have any projects that are making you procrastinate?

Linking to: Funky Junk Interiors/ My Romantic Home/ Tidy Mom/ It's a Hodgepodge Life/ A Little Knick Knack/ Finding Fabulous/ Fingerprints on the Fridge/ The Shabby Nest/ Delightful Order/ House of Hepworths/ Fireflies and Jellybeans/ Beyond the Picket Fence/ somewhat simple/ Tales from Bloggeritaville/ Sew Much Ado/ A Beach Cottage/ We are That Family/ Blue Cricket Design/ Type A Decorating/ Not Just a Housewife/ Reasons to Skip the Housework/ Homemaker on a Dime/ Dittle Dattle/ Keeping it Simple/ The DIY Showoff/ Between Naps on the Porch

Friday, June 17, 2011

If You Give a Crafty Woman a Project...

So, if you give a Crafty Woman a project to do...

...she'll wander into another room thinking about something, and see the ladder, from patching the walls...

...and then she'll look down and see a huge pile of papers that need to be shredded...

...then she'll wander into the office and see some scrapbook projects that she started to work on, then stopped...

...and then she'll see a project from a blog post in the fall, where she used fall leaves, which are now all withered up and dried, and that need to be thrown out...(ewwww)

...then she'll wander over to the couch...
...and pull the laptop out and start working on her blog:


Please tell me I'm not the only one who does this?!
Linking to: I'm an Org Junkie
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