Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Don’t Faint!!!!

I know, I know. . . .it’s been, like, forever since I’ve last made a post!  Did you think I gave up blogging?  lol  Of course I haven’t!!  I’ve just been very busy.  We went from major renovation mode to getting ready for my son’s graduation party mode.  On top of that, it seems like every weekend we’ve had graduation or birthday parties to attend.  The last two weekends were the first time we haven’t had to go anywhere and it was great!!  We actually got to spend some great family time around the pool together, cooking out and just relaxing!


I finally got around to taking some photos of my kitchen.  (I didn’t forget!  lol)  It’s kind of hard getting pictures. . .either there isn’t enough light or there’s too much!  Plus, my kids are all on different schedules, so I constantly have someone in the kitchen making breakfast, lunch or snacks at all different times.  And they don’t always tidy up after themselves!!  lol

I haven’t really done anything different with my kitchen other than making the new cupboards, making new concrete countertops, installing a new light over the sink and getting a new microwave and refrigerator.  I think since we did more renovations than what we had originally planned, I kind of got burned out in the “creativity department”.  Trying to hurry and get everything somewhat put back together in time for the graduation party threw me for a loop, also.   We also installed a new roof on the house and did tons of yard work during this time, too.  I even had the fun of passing a kidney stone about two weeks before the party!  Not fun!!  Did you ever hear the comparison of the pain from passing a kidney stone to giving birth?  Let me tell you, passing a kidney stone hurt much worse than having  a baby!!  At least for me it did!!

I’m still in search of new curtains.  Nothing seems to “jump out” at me, but when I finally find the right ones, I’ll be sure to post pics.  I also would like to “tweak” my countertops.  I have no idea what I want to do yet, but, hopefully, I’ll get that figured out soon!

So this is my kitchen as it is now. . . .I also kept putting off taking pictures because I was hoping the creativity bug would bite me and I would have more exciting changes to show you.  But, I don’t so. . . .here it is.





This is a close up of my countertops.  I love the color variation in it.  I wish they were a little darker in color, but other than that, I love them!! 


I’ll post more photos of my countertop decor when I get them tweaked.


I also want to show you pictures of another project I worked on before the graduation party.

Do you remember this little sitting area in my newly renovated Family Room?  Do you see that ugly chair with the sheet over it?


Well, one day I was in Joann Fabrics and came across some Home Decor fabric that was in the clearance section that I really liked.  On top of the clearance price, the fabric was on sale for an additional 50% off!!  I bought 5 1/2 yards of fabric for around $17.00!!  I was originally going to make a slip cover for that chair, but decided to try my luck at making my own wingback chair.

I started out making a frame:


Then I added 4” high-density foam on the seat and back.  Then wrapped the whole thing with batting and stapled in place.



Then I attached the fabric using a staple gun and hot glue.


What do you think?  I’m thinking much better than the other chair!!  (Since this photo was taken, I have painted the register and “tweaked” the table top display.)


With things finally calming down a bit, I was able to make a trip to Amish country and to a couple of local antique shops.  Here’s a few of the goodies I found.  I don’t exactly know where I’m going to put this stuff, but they were fabulous buys!  The oval dough bowl was only $30 and the picnic basket was $8!




Well, that’s all for now!  I can’t promise to be back on a weekly basis, but I’ll try to post when I can!  Hopefully, when the kids are back to school/college at the end of August and they’re not in and out all day, I’ll get some piece of mind and can blog more consistently!!

Until Next Time. . . . .Kris


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