Monday, December 3, 2012

Never Before Seen Footage...

Over this last weekend my third roommate moved out and into a new place. It was definitely a good move for her, and it left my third bedroom empty!

 I don't think that I have ever posted a picture of my third bedroom... ever.

Nope. Never ever.

Well here is the time! I have started to put some decorations in there. (We haven't decided if it will be rented out furnished or unfurnished, or if at all at this point. All very up in the air.) But I have a lot of extra decorations so I figured I may as well make it look pretty.

My previous roommate painted 2 of the walls grey and the third a teal blue color.
The closet takes up almost the entire fourth wall.

It's a little spare right now but I think once I get a bed in there and a rug it will be wayyy better.
I won't lie it is nice having a little extra space for once.

Hope everyone is having a good Monday so far!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Master Bedroom. Awesomeness.

I've finally got a few things done around my house, now that I have finished my graduation portfolio! Thank goodness! I now officially only have 15 calendar days left as an undergraduate student!

Whooo! I'm super excited about this.
 Technically only 11 work days until I walk across the stage triumphantly.

So it celebrate I finished some projects in my room... mostly related to making it cozy. I still need to pain the door frames but that's a post grad project. :)

Pardon the puppy photo bombs. Lol. But I hemmed up the curtains over my closets so they don't look as messy. (I did that with the iron on hem tape stuff, AMAZING.)

I've been contemplating redoing my white dresser... maybe with a pattern or possibly some color? I haven't decided yet. I've been pouring over Pinterest for some inspiration...

I'm going to need another bookshelf to store my shoes on. It would be amzing to have more space for shoes! Many of those books would go to my classroom later on so I could use that whole bookshelf. Just for shoes.

Sebastian's newly painted puppy crate! It used to be a horrific maroon color and spray painted it white and silver. It looks amazing! I also put his name on it, in case anyone got confused :)

My students know me for always painting my nails and having a wide variety of colors. I stole this spice rack from my Mom's house since it was just sitting on her floor and put my favorite colors on it. Of course... that's not all of my polish... hehe.

I love my soaker tub! I especially love to store all the Christmas gifts I've been working on in said tub. Puppy and kittens don't get them in there! Though that does remind me... I need to post pictures of my Christmas decorations!

Here's a shot of the bedroom from my bathroom. Not so bad I think! I definitely love my room, I can't wait to make more little changes to make it even better.

P.S. Thank you to those of you that read my blog! I know that I've been slacking lately but I can say that I am at the successfully at the end of my college career and will be able to actually invest time in things I enjoy and spend more time with my amazing family, friends, and puppy dog!

Again thank you so much for everyone who has stuck with me through all of this. :)

Friday, November 16, 2012

Free Furniture Re-do!

I am relieved to announce that I have finally, for the first time in about four months, done a re-do worth blogging about! Yay! Let's just say I've been super crazy busy with this whole graduation thing, college ending thing, student teaching thing, and working thing. It happens. But! Back to the redo.

My parents picked up this buffet/dresser/furniture thing on the side of the road. For Free! I love people's garbage sometimes. I have been looking forward to being able to put my coffee pot and other items in something (remember my house has zero storage) and this was perfect!

And free.  But ugly.

The top of the buffet was a little rough.... It had some anti slip contact paper that they put on it right after painting it. Not good. It stuck to the top. I sanded as much off as I could...

The only part that wouldn't really come off is that ring part. Oh well. I used the paint that I had already from my cabinets (read: free) and painted the top and sides...

While Lucy-kitten explored...

I actually kind of liked the hardware it came with.... It was a cool vintage bronze and so I kept it. I figure I can just replace it later if I decided. I free handed some chevron stripes across the whole thing. I accidentally painted the bottom drawer upside... my bayyy-d.

And I placed it in it's new little home in the back of the dining room! My table is a mess. Don't look at that. But my new buffet is totally cute!

Total investment?

Zero Dollars.

My kind of project! Yay!

Linking up with: House of Hepworths Lil' Luna

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Post Graduation To-Do List:

So as many of you are aware my college graduation is looming! I have approximately 21 days left at my current college job (quitting day is December 12, come hell or zombie apocolypse) and only 25 left as an actual college student.

But really? Who is counting?

That's right. I am! I feel like that light at the end of the tunnel stuff is actually true, and everyday it gets a little brighter.

Recently I made the announcement that I may be moving to Phoenix, AZ in December. Well I have actually been informed that a teaching position may become available in the school that I am at, so that plan may not be happening. It would be awesome to move! But smarter to stay where I am at. However that means I need to line up some new goals. Here they are:

  1. I've lived in Colorado since I was 3 years old and my parents have encouraged us to do extensive travelling, but I want to do more. I found this website that has a list of 99 Places to Visit in Colorado and I want to go visit all of them. I'm going to get a bike rack for my car and a better camera. Have puppy will travel!
2. I am going to repaint my living room. Currently it is peanut butter brown. A color my parents and I selected when I graduated high school. Now I'm graduating college. It is time. I am also going to paint that ceiling if it kills me...
3. I'm painting my front door. Again. Yellow.  {Source}
4. I am going to actually rebuild the back porch so that it is usable. That is going to require getting a new back door so that in the morning I can use it to let Sebastian out. It would be much much easier if we could do that. Also the porch would be open on both sides so that you don't have to squeeze your hinny  through an eight inch space. Oh. And I want to put up a privacy fence along that back fence. Yay! No more neighbors tire collection!

5.  I'm going to build new seating for my front porch that is more effective than the various chairs. Plus I would be able to add more pillows. :) I like this idea {here}
(sorry it won't let me make the picture any bigger)
6. Maybe get a garage for my current place? I could store things inside! Like my car! And bikes! And.... decorating crap!
7. I want a sectional couch. Like this one: {source}
Obviously all these things will take some time and saving (especially with student loans coming up... eek) but it feels good to know that I will actually have the time and ability to work on new goals and dreams for myself. I'm excited. If you have any post-graduation tips... feel free to share!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pinterest Spooks

I've been on a serious "haunted house" kick lately. Practically obsessed with finding them and seeing them on Pinterest. It always gets my imagination going, what happened? Who lived there? Is it haunted? If I bought it could I manage to fix it to it's former glory? Here's some of my favorites, just in time for a little Halloween action :)

Abandoned school for the girls... {source}

According to the source this came from there are still three cars left in the garage. I guess someone left in a hurry?


 Awesome abandoned house in Cleveland, Ohio {source}

Abandoned house in Alabama {source}

Hope everyone has a Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A Gala Affair

The company that my Dad works for was hosting a formal event as a fundraiser recently and my Mom was unable to go soooo that means I got to get all gussied up to spend a little fun time with my Dad! It was awesome, I feel like I don't get to do that enough anymore since schedules have been so crazy!
Here we are looking all #fly! lol

Not gonna lie I definitely got my dress at JCP but I received a lot of compliments on it! The theme of the gala was "Mardi Gras" so the sparkle worked out great for the theme. Plus the food was AMAZING. Oh and the free wine! It was local Palisade, Colorado wine. Probably the best stuff you can get.

We had a lot of fun! I even got him to dance one dance with me! It was really special and reminds me just how important family really is, especially your parents. I don't think I would have traded that night for anything and I'm very grateful that I got to go!

Love you Dad!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Ole Hallow's Eve

I love Halloween and Fall! I get excited to decorate for this season every year! I have several boxes of decorations from the different parties and celebrations that I've had over the years. Like my three fake pumpkins... (because I don't have the time to carve them myself...)

They light up my front steps all season long!

And we all know how much I enjoy fake plants! So I put out a vase of some awesome fake mums and sunflowers since I packed up all the summer stuff that was on the porch.

Creepy skull pot... works well for these nice yellow mums though!

My roommate Erin had this great wine bottle that featured a gorgeous Colorado mountain fall scene. I loved it! It was way to pretty to recycle. So I put some fake flowers in it!

Hung up some creepy cloth to really give it a Halloween feel.
 Replaced my mini chalkboard with a skull and crossbones image.

I even switched out the vases and fillers around the TV! Little pumpkins in a jar!

I like to do a center piece on the table every year too, I have a cute one on my coffee table but I forgot to take a picture of it. Anyways. I mixed up a bunch of vintage pieces from thrift stores that were all in the same tones and colors of fall and  put them together along with some pumpkins and sunflowers. I love my little things of candles! I also layered two table clothes together, one is a vintage lace and the other is just a cream colored table cloth. I think they look perty cute!

If you follow me onFacebook you've probably already seen some pictures of Sebastian in his Halloween garb as well. He is so small that when the temps are so low in the morning here (I have to get up at 5am to get ready to go to the school I teach at) he starts to shiver and shudder. So he has to wear his little fleece jacket!

I hope everyone is just as excited about the holiday season as I am! Also I would like to mention that I have 37 days left at my current job, and 58 until I graduate from college!!!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Dining Room Ideas

The dining room in my house is in general.... well pretty boring. The thing that I struggle with when it comes to decorating is commiting to wall art. Mostly because I'm afraid once I buy it and set it up I'm not going to like it and then I will be just stuck with it. But! I am trying to broaden my horizons as much as possible.
Here's what we've got going on so far in the house...

The space is sort of crowded in that back corner. And yes my cat sits on the table. She hides from the dog up there. I dunno. She's weird like that.  Anyways...
Anywaysss.... where the wine rack is right now I've been contemplating putting a little coffee bar or something like that. Here's an example that I found on the interwebs:

{Found Here}

I feel like this would be a very simple and pretty cheap thing to create. I already have some shelving that could work. It used to be in my room and now it's just collecting dust in my storage closet. Or I could pick up one that is similar from Hobby Lobby using my coupon for 40% off... I already have perfect little light cups to hang up... (we wouldn't actually use them and I wouldn't want them to be heavy) I even have all the necessary containers for sugar. I would just have to figure out the cabinet. I do have one that could work but it is black and might be kind of bulky...

My only concern is what to put on the other side to create a balance in the space. Something that offers more storage, that's for sure. But I'm just not sure of what yet... hmmm

Any ideas for creating a surface to put the coffee pot on?