Fabulous Finds and Fashions 2

Finds and Fashions-January 17, 2017

Hello again! It’s time for another Finds and Fashions…except I don’t have any (sigh). I really haven’t been out shopping or buying much lately, unless you count paint and primer, but that’s not too exciting.

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I did take the doors off the coat closet that is right in front of the front door. It’s so close, you practically run into it. I want to remove the insides and the wall in the front, just to give a little more room. There is another coat closet in the hallway, so we really don’t need this one. (really bad picture…sorry!)

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After I took the doors off, I realized I could put them together and form a kind of screen in front of the water heater. The water heater sits right inside the door into the laundry room and you can see it from the family room. This at least disguises it a bit. I want to do something pretty with it in the future.

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We also brought this big window from the old house and are in the process of installing it between the dining room and kitchen. Can you guess what it is going to be when it is finished?  You also get a sneak peek into the dining room! This is the only room that is even a little bit decorated.

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That’s going to be it for today! I hope you have a wonderful day and hopefully I can show you a little more progress on Monday!

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Master Closet Makeover

Good Monday morning! Are you off today for Martin Luther King Jr. birthday? I am! Even though I just had time off for Christmas, I still enjoy another free day. I just feel like I have so much to do at the house. It is slowly coming together. The painting is just about done, just the kitchen is left. Yay! It is so nice to see the fresh white paint and to have the house slowly getting cleaned up. I have worked in the living room the most, just because I seem to have an idea of where I want it to go :)! The other rooms haven’t really formed in my mind yet. But they will! Until they do, I have another makeover to show you.

This is the Master Room Closet. It’s not very big, but I have tried to make the most of the space.

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Here is the before:  The bar wasn’t even hung on the rack!

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We took everything out and I gave it a good coat of paint. I also took off the sliding doors and added folding doors so I could see everything better. I knew I wanted plenty of room for my shoe collection :), so I planned around the shoe organizers. I hung two bars on one side of the closet, one for tops and one for pants and skirts.

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I also am a little OCD with my hangers. I have all my summer and winter tops in there, plus my scarves and belts.

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After everything else was fit to the closet, we added the shelf back in. I have my jeans and extra pj’s up there.

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Down on the lower rod, I have my pants, some jackets and my shorter skirts.

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And my pride and joy…my multiple shoe organizers! I bought 3 of these from Target (I had one from the old house). We stacked them and attached them to the wall so I wouldn’t have shoes raining down on my head. On the lower organizers I left out one of the dividers so I could fit my boots in.

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I just love how I can see everything at one time. I really helps me use what I have and not buy multiple items because I can’t find it or see it.

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Here’s a before and after for you:

That’s one more step to getting the house to normal! Maybe next week I can actually show you a whole room…or maybe just part of one! Hope you have a wonderful week!

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Lauren is Back with a Hobby Lobby Haul!

Hello eveyone!  And welcome to the new year!  I am so excited to see what 2017 has in store for me!

Speaking of stores…have any of you been to Hobby Lobby?

If you have, you can completely understand what I am talking about.  If you haven’t, then you might understand after this post.

Now, I just recently moved into a new place with someone I met on Craigslist.  Long story short, she is probably the best roommate ever because we are so alike.  We have so many similarities, it’s scary.  Oh well, Amber is awesome!

Except that she mentioned that she had never been to Hobby Lobby.  And I had to change that immediately.

So we made a pit stop at Dutch Bros Coffee (we are part of the Dutch Mafia lol) and continued to Hobby Lobby.

While shopping through the store, we bought some stuff for our back patio which is going to be a trailer park/camping/gypsy theme.  So we bought some awesome stuff to go on the patio.

First of all, how awesome is that flamingo wind chime????  I said that if we were doing the camping/trailer theme, we had to get a flamingo of some sort.  And this one is adorable so why not?  And the camper bird house?  ADORABLE!  We also bought some geckos to hang on the fence.  They were so cute we couldn’t pass it up.

And finally I bought this sign for my crafting area.

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Perfect right?

Now I don’t normally plug my own stuff, but I want to tell you about my Etsy shop.  I started a shop called BlitzyBlingArt where I have stuff that looks like the British flag that I blinged out last fall.  If you want to check it out, that would be great!  I try to post stuff regularly to let people see what I sell!

Thanks for stopping by!

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What part of the house is NOT a Mess?

Good morning!  How are things in your neck of the woods?  Our weather is pretty crazy right now with buckets of rain! We need it so badly, especially the snow in the mountains, so it is pretty wonderful!

Our house is still a complete disaster! Before we moved in, Steve had removed all the popcorn ceiling, but we hadn’t had time to do anything else. So now we had the ceiling textured. What a mess! Even though everything was covered with plastic, there is still dust everywhere! We have had everything primered now and the family room and dining room are done.  There is still the living room, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, the hallway, and the entry. Still a ways to go, but at least we are seeing progress. So since the house is still a mess, I had to find a project to be able to show you.

I knew I wanted to do something different with my spices, especially since I have so much more storage in this kitchen. This worked great when I didn’t have much storage space. I was able to see all my spices at once. I ordered these from Amazon. This is what I did before:

But I had seen this idea, and knew it would be perfect.

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Here is the link to the original post I saw: How to Make a Spice Drawer Organizer

I am not going to add all the measurements, because every drawer is going to be a different size, but you can get the general idea from the pictures.We used 1/4 inch thick wood and cut 4 pieces the width of the drawer. We also made sure they were tall enough for the spice jars.

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The risers were cut so that the spices could sit on them and the drawer would still open and shut.

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The bottom of the jar is going to rest on the riser of the shelf in front of it.

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Here is a side view so you can get a better idea of how it works. The jars in the back were a little bigger than the others., so the riser had to be shorter for that one.

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I really love how this turned out! I have it right near the stove so I can reach for whatever spices I need. It also helps to keep track of what I already have or may need the next time I go to the store.

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I hope your new year has been off to a good start! Thank you so much for following along on our new house adventure!

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Here are a few other posts you might enjoy! Just click on the picture to be taken to the page.

Top Yarn   silver gum and heart candy valentine box   valentine mantel pixie stix flower vase 2016

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Finds and Fashions

Good morning! How is your first week of 2017 going? We are busy working on projects in our home.We have a huge mess right now. Steve removed the popcorn ceiling before we moved in, but now we had the ceiling textured and next come the paint. We have been living inside a plastic wrapped house for the last couple of day. I will be very happy when this part is done and I can actually put the house together!

The post today isn’t really Finds and Fashions. I received these from my mom, but I thought they were pretty neat.

My Grandma made this quilt for one of my uncles. Each white square has one of the 50 states’ flower embroidered onto it. There was a lot of work put into this. I have done a lot of embroidery and cross-stitch, but I have never done a quilt. They always impress me.

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The second item is this trunk. Hopefully I get the story right. Mom, let me know if I miss anything! My Grandma (same one as above), was born in 1903 in Colorado. Her parents decided to move and traveled in a wagon towards California. According to a great-aunt, this trunk was one of the items to travel in the wagon. They stayed in two other places, where 2 more daughters were born, before finally ending up in Lemoore, Ca.

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My great-aunt had some items inside the trunk that were going to be used to repair it, but it was never done.

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I think it is pretty cool just like it is! It looks like a pirate chest to me! I love having these family heirlooms in my home, especially when they have a cool story to tell!

Hope you have a great day!

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