Thursday, September 30, 2010

Chicago Photos

There isn't really going to be any rhyme or reason to this post...
I just wanted to share some photos from my trip to Chicago this last weekend : )
Most of them are from the Navy Pier.
There are a few from Millenium Park and a few completely random.
Like this random macaroni statue...

(please, please, please forgive the crazy look on my face and the I've-done-nothing-with-my-hair-for-days-look. I really did do my hair that day...buuuut, we were in "The Windy City")

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


I'm back from my mini vaca to Chicago!
Well, I've been back since Sunday night...
I've got more photos to post, hopefully later tonight : )

Friday, September 24, 2010


I just thought I would share with you that I will be on the road to Chicago in 6 hours when I get off work!!!
I am so excited!
Well, we're actually just going to the Chicago area...
buuuut, I would love to get into Chicago and check some fun stuff out!
A friend asked me a few days ago if I wanted to go to Arlington Park in the Chicago area and watch Lee Dewyze perform.
I will tell you right away, she was PUMPED, that doesn't even begin to describe how she feels about it.
She is a complete Lee-aholic!
Not so much.
I actually don't even watch American Idol.
At all.
I am still SERIOUSLY excited about this trip though!
I haven't done anything fun in, well, forever!
Actually I am more excited about the road trip, haha.
I'm hoping we will see some fun stuff along the way.
Sadly, I have to drive, so I don't know if I'll be able to take many fun pictures.
Which is okay, since the legally blind woman who invited me...
That might not be so safe!
(I would just like to make a side note...yes, we joke about it, it's okay I'm not being mean.)
Hopefully I will have lots of fun pictures to post when I get back!
Wish me luck with the driving since I'm working right now and have been awake since 4pm Thursday and probably will not be sleeping til late Friday night! : )
It is so worth it though.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


The big reveal!!!
...okay, so not that exciting.
Buuuut, here she is!
The small table I redid the other day.

The green didn't work out quite the way I had hoped for.
I used the wrong kind of paint and a too harsh of a sandpaper.
I've lived and learned now though, so next time it will work wonderfully!
I am sure I will be refinishing it again soon. I really want to change the handles.
On the *fake* drawers I might add...

Please pretend you don't see that pile of clothes in the background there : ) I should have picked up the laundry room before snapping the photos.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Fun little table.

I bought this cute table from Craigslist the other day...

I decided I wanted to change it up a bit so I painted to edges green
and painted it Heirloom White.

I will show the final product tomorrow : )

Monday, September 13, 2010

Much stronger than me...

Bob is so much stronger than I am...
Last night he bought these wonderful cookies, put them in the new cookie jar and simply walked away! He didn't have one, not ONE...not even a piece of one! I could never! I would have to have at least one cookie as I was putting them in the jar.
So, since he didn't have one...I had one for him last night : )
Okay, okay maybe it was two!

PS...I can't wait to show you the cute little label I make for the cookie jar with my "new" (bought used from a friend) Cricut machine I bought yesterday!!! : ) So excited! I have so many ideas I can't wait to test out with it.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

I miss you.

I missed these this summer...

and these...

and of course these...

my aunt always had such a beautiful backyard. Now we have a tiny empty backyard with nothing but an ugly garage that desperately needs work done on it and the wonderful scent of the neighbors garbage and dog turds.

It was a horrible trade. I want the pretties back!!!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Breakfast bar

Remember the weird table that was in our apartment...

Well, I finally got an okay picture to show you what we did with it!
We used the same table top, got longer legs (some simple 4x4s worked perfect), painted it and reattached it to the wall.
Then, added a few bar stools and *poof* we have an adorable breakfast bar!
I love it!
I can't even begin to tell you how much I love it!

It is so much more functional and now we actually use it!
I end up using it for the laptop and magazine reading just about every morning after work.
Its perfect because its far enough away from the bedroom that if I want to listen to music or watch something online, I won't wake Bob up.
(I work midnights and Bob gets a little cranky when I wake him up when I come home.)

I also use it to hang out and chat with Bob while he's cooking! He really enjoys cooking so I get to enjoy not cooking a lot : ) It also extends our counter you can tell the kitchen is really tiny and this is nice to have so I can help out with some prep stuff, yet not get in his way.

New Lovelies

My latest purchases from Target...

They're for our WONDERFUL new furniture!
I bought the napkins to make covers for the square pillows that came with the couches.
I chose the pillow because it matches perfectly (!) with the tablecloths I turned into curtains in the living room...

The curtains aren't finished yet.
Right now they're up, but need a little more work.
I'll share those when I'm done!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


So, today is the day we officially get our new furniture...

I thought it was going to be last week, but it wasn't. *sad face* The sofa came in last Wednesday, but the loveseat, not-so-much. We decided to wait to pick them both up today since Bob has the day off and his brother could help move it up all the stairs. I am so grateful that his brother is guilted into helping happy to help! My dad is getting too old and shouldn't be doing those kinds of things anymore. That doesn't stop him from wanting to help and being willing to do them, but he just shouldn't have to do those kinds of things anymore! He's done enough of that kind of stuff in his lifetime!

Sooo...I am SO EXCITED! No more empty living room! No more sitting separate from Bob to watch tv/movies!

I'm also excited because I have a table makeover to share with you! ...but, the sunlight and my camera are not getting along. I need to wait until I can get a photo that actually works! I can show you the before picture though!

This picture is from when we were first moving in and a friend wanted me to text her photos of the its not really a good photo of the table, but its all I have!

If you look in front you can see the three chairs...well, behind those chairs is a "table." Its actually HALF a table that someone decided would be a good idea to attach to a wall. It was a very strange set up, half a table attached to the wall a normal table height *WEIRD*

It wasn't very accessible and made the whole area look cluttered and much smaller than it actually is. I always knew I wanted to change it and we finally did! : ) Hopefully later today I will be able to share the end result AND new furniture with you!