Thursday, September 6, 2012

DIY Wreath

It's been a while since I've done anything remotely crafty and unfortunately, that streak has yet to be broken.  But someone, of the male persuasion, wanted something pretty to put on our front door as folks arrived for showings.  

Inspired by this pin, I set off to Jo Ann's to buy a grapevine wreath and some faux flowers.  That was five months ago.  The goodies sat in the basement for months and each weekend J would ask if I was going to make the wreath.  I'd say yes and then inevitably forget.  This weekend, he was done asking and decided to take matters into his own hands.

I was out of the house for several hours running errands when he called to see if he could make the wreath.  After giving him a rundown of how I wanted it done and that he better take pictures, he sent the following:

Step 1: Gather Materials

Step 2: Cut Stems off of Flowers and Affix with Zip Ties and Hot Glue When Hot Glue Alone Fails to Hold
Step 3: Arrange Flowers Nicely on Wreath
Step 4: Hang the Finished Product on the Front Door
Not too shabby for a boy, huh?  I'm thinking we need a weekly segment called "J's Kraft Korner" in which he completes all of the projects that I've bought supplies for but have failed to execute.  Thoughts?

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Finished Product

Be warned, this post is going to be 99% pictures and 1% narrative.  

Before putting the house up for sale, our realtor brought in a photographer and had professional pictures taken of the house.  Having done a ton of scouting on the MLS website, I can tell you that there are some pretty jenky pictures out there of homes.  And I truly feel that the pictures below represent our house so accurately.  So let's get started!

 I'll miss this view!

As I mentioned, we've already had several showings in the one week the house has been on the market and we've began our search for our next home.  Don't worry, we'll be taking you along for the ride!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Times, They Are A Changin'

To say that I haven't posted in a while would be an understatement.  Since I started this blog, I'd never gone more than a month without posting something and here we are, a month and a half since my last post.

I left off recapping the vacation J and I took the week after he proposed.  It's been two months since that vacation and things haven't slowed down yet.  Since then, we have finished all of the projects around the house and officially put it on the market.  In the seven days it's been listed, we've had seven showings.  Three alone on Labor Day!  

But before I get ahead of myself, let's start by sharing the last big project: the floors.  In this post waaaaaay back in March, we were debating what to do about the floors.  And in this post, we mentioned that our realtor recommended just refinishing the floors and calling it a day.  After much consideration, debating the pros and cons of refinishing versus buying new cheap flooring, and getting quotes from contractors on screening them, we opted to go with our realtor's suggestion.

With his referred contractor, we made the determination to have the floors stripped, holes patched/boards replaced, and stained the dark color of the staircase.

So off to a teeny tiny hotel we went, for three days and two nights, and our floors went from this:

To this:

I need a better camera...

I am so in love with these floors, it's ridiculous.  And it's made me even more reluctant to move now that the house is complete.

This is just one of the many things we've working on to in the last month in a half and I've got plenty more pictures to share with you tomorrow.

Hopefully I still have a few readers out there, and if so, what have you all been up to?  It's good to be back!

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