Monday, January 6, 2014

Back Door Entryway

Our back door entryway is right off of the kitchen.  Here's what it looked like when we first moved in.

The first little update we did was to add bamboo paneling.  (The post on this DIY project can be found here.)  We had ceiling damage and instead of tackling the daunting task of skim-coating the plaster, we decided to just cover it up.

Then we decided to add some board and batten to the walls to add some visual appeal.  But it could also be very functional by adding hooks for coats and bags.  Here's a look at the start of the project when we were working on our kitchen re-do.

And finally, here is the reveal.

We added the board and batten, hooks from Ikea, and carried the same paint colors from the kitchen.

We also replaced the original door with this full glass door.  It adds so much light to this previously dark nook.

This is the best look- functionality for little backpacks :)

Friday, January 3, 2014

Making 2014 Count

My word for 2014 is live. 

The meaning behind this is multifaceted.  First, I would like to be more present with my family in the midst of the day-to-day routine.  I little less "have-to's" and a little more silliness and laughter.  My mom would always say, "make memories" and that's exactly what I want to do!

Next, I want to experience new things with my son.  Being 2 1/2 years old, he's at the perfect age to take to museums, parks, movie theaters, etc.  The whole world is new to him and I want to be the one to introduce it to him.

And lastly, I want to try new things for myself.  It would be my dream to become a skillful photographer so this is the perfect time to start.  I've had a camera for a few years and have slowly developed my own photography style.  Now I really want to excel in using the camera in manual mode.  My husband gave me Photoshop for Christmas so I'm excited to make my photos awesome!

In addition to making new year resolutions, I've put together a list of Chicago area restaurants we've been wanting to try.  It seems like my husband and I make a mental list of restaurants that seem cool but when it comes time for a night out we can never think of a place to go.  So I typed up a list of restaurants divided up by location- downtown or the suburbs.  The list consists of a mix of brand new, hip hangouts as well as oldie but goodies.  I can't wait to start crossing them off the list.

2014 will be about experiencing the big moments but living for the small ones.

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Very Merry Christmas Cards

On Thanksgiving Day, we had my brother take our family picture for Christmas cards.  We were already dressed up and the recent snowfall was perfect timing.  Here are some of the "keepers."

 I chose the last two photos for the Christmas card.  I used PicMonkey to edit the photos and uploaded them to Shutterfly for the cards.

 And what to do with all the cards we receive?  I have been corralling them in this vintage log planter I found at an antique store.

It also houses some vintage caroling booklets and tea bags.

And here are some photos I took at my mom's house for her Christmas cards.  She decided to capture some shots of her Christmas-y vignettes.

And again, I edited them with PicMonkey to make them resemble postcards.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Kitchen Featured on Remodelaholic

 Today my kitchen makeover is being featured by Remodelaholic.  Hop on over to read all about the process and to see more kitchens with two-tone cabinets.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Homemade Ninja Turtle Costume

My son knew right away that he wanted to be a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle for Halloween this year.  So I immediately started to brainstorm how to make that costume.  I was so happy with how last year's piñata costume came out that I knew I wanted to make a homemade costume again.  Here's how it turned out.


And here's a quick breakdown:

And know that garden tools can be TMNT weapons too :)


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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Senior Pictures

Yesterday I had the pleasure of taking my little brother's senior pictures.  I had so much fun!  And I want to say that he had a little fun too :)

Here's a sampling of my favorites.

These first two were taken in my parents' backyard.

My brother is awesome at playing the guitar.

The rest of the pictures were taken in Milwaukee, in the Third Ward area.  It gave us so many great industrial elements to the photos, like this cream city brick.

And how perfect is this quote that was painted on a building?  Great inspiration for a senior!

I'm pretty proud of myself, since I'm an amateur photographer just starting out.  It was a great day and a special memory that was made.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Printing Instagram Photos

I have hundreds of Instagram pictures and have always thought about getting them printed.  And then I found this awesome vintage photo album at a flea market and the square photo pockets seem to be made for Instagram pics.  So I did some research on a few companies that print Instagram photos and decided to go with Printstagram.  You can choose from 2 different sized prints that come out to about 25 cents a photo.  Not bad!  They also offer things like calendars, stickers and books- all using your Instagram photos.

And today, here is what I got in the mail.  144 prints of some of my favorite Instagram shots.  This is the photo album I found while flea marketing in May.  I think it's from the 60's.

And here they are inside the album.  I went with the 2.5 x 2.5 inches prints but it looks like I could have gone with the 4 x 4 inches ones instead.  Oh well...still looks good.

 Here are some of my favorite shots.