Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tis The Season

I should get an award for the worst blogger. A big trophy with my name engraved.
Sigh...I have good intentions, really I do! Life just gets in the way. A big round of applause to bloggers that can crank out awesome, meaningful content on a regular basis.

So... here's what we've been up to since I last checked in.


  • Finished remodeling 1 bathroom
  • Started remodeling another bathroom
  • Cleared out the jungle of a backyard. by hand. in the summer. 
  • Remodeled the dining room
  • Started remodeling the living room. It's about 80% finished. 
80% seems to be our magic number because we lose interest and move on to the next project. I lovingly refer to is at Project ADD. I should probably figure out how to trademark that. 

Since it's Christmas season all projects come to a halt until I finish decorating for the holidays.  If you know me, I start in November planning out Christmas stuff. This is the first year that my built-ins are finished in the living room!! They have been blast to style so far. 

Here is our newest addition, Frank. 
He is adorned by a wreath I just finished over the weekend. I won't mention how long it took, because it was a dreadfully long time. 


If anyone is interested here are the step to making your own gold leaf wreath. 
Supplies needed:
  • Largest Wire Wreath Frame at Michaels
  • Glue Gun
  • Lots of Glue Sticks
  • Aprox 30 sheets of 12x12 Gold Cardstock
  • Leaf template of your choice (I freehanded mine)
  • Aprox 1/4 yd of light colored fabric to wrap around the wreath. This helps give something to attach the leaves to. 

  1. Trace the leaves onto cardstock and cut them out. I did this at ball practices, carpool line, dentist apts, etc because Y'ALL it took a long time!
  2. Wrap the wreath in fabric torn into 2" wide strips. Keep on wrapping until the wreath is covered. I used about 1/4" of cheap muslin. Hot glue it in place. 
  3. Once leaves are cut out make a crease on the center of the leave starting at the bottom. Only go 1/4 of the way up the leaf. This helps give the leaves dimension & depth when attached. 
  4. Start attaching them. I suggest from trial and error to not do all the center leaves and then move to the inside row. I staggered across the wreath with 4 pieces. 
  5. There will be gaps and spaces. It's OK. Fill it in with the extra leaves. I had about 40 extra leaves and believe me I found homes for them. 
  6. Enjoy!

Here's an up close image of how I arranged the leaves. 

I'm off to finish decorating. More pictures to come!!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Latest Happenings....


We always take on too much. Its a habit for us and it's our norm. Its sick and twisted, I know.



There is this little thing called a "deadline" that seems to light a real nice fire under our productive rear ends too.  Our deadline this time is guests! 


Finishing touches this week!!



White the tile was setting up and curing I would head downstair and work on the builtins. The rest of the walls will be painted as well - just wanted to get the hardest part out of the way first - the stenciled backs.

More before and after pics to come as we finish up projects and start one ones! 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Texas House Tour

House hunting is enjoyable when its for fun. If there are deadlines, money, transactions, or movers involved its is no longer fun.
Luckily, we found this little gem back in March, and luckily due to several circumstances (in our favor) it was still on the market in May and ready for an offer.

When I say it looks like Anchorman was filmed in my great room I'm not lying. No joke, Jack! Floor to ceiling walnut batten board wainscoting, a nice wet bar, beige (borderline) shag carpet, a fireplace, and built in books cases for our many leather-bound books. Oh, and yes, it smells like rich mahogany.

All joking aside, we loved the house for the walnut batten board wainscoting, 10' ceilings, fireplace, built in book cases & the potential that we could see under all of the smoking robes and sex panther cologne.

Without further ado.....a house tour.


 The Great Room. It's a great big room!


With lots and lots and lots and lots of DARK paneling.


We are totally diggin' the floor to ceiling bay window. We *need* to put in a bench or a spectacular light above and make that a separate sitting area. 


Check out the wet bar, peeps! It wont be there for long, so enjoy it while you can.


Hopefully the wall in the dining room wont be around for long either. 


The wall on the left that is shared with the kitchen will be taken out for a more open area. 



There's my partners in crime. One loves to go shopping with me and the other does not. 


The master bedroom. Yes, that's wine carpet. And we are so lucky that it continues thought the bathroom as well. The bathroom is a whole other post. Seriously! Its an untamed animal. 


My mini-me in the first floor hallway. Did I mention the walls are peach? In all the rooms except one bathroom!


The Hubs and our sweet realtor in awe of the light fixture that is about to be removed. It's hard to tell but the peach/pepto color is in this hallway too. 

The Plans:
The Great Room
Removing the wet bar & closing up the pass through to the kitchen.
Painting the paneling a lighter greige color, Eider White by Sherwin Williams.
Install new white plantation blinds & maybe a light fixture in bay window area.
Install a built-in bench in bay window area for extra seating & storage.
Replacing the carpet with porcelain wood tile in 6x24 in a rich walnut color. 
Adding more beams and creating a coffered ceiling. 
Resurfacing the brick fireplace with stone veneer. 

The Dining Room
Take out the wall that is shared with the kitchen. 
Remove the grass cloth wall covering.
Install new white plantation blinds. 
Continue the flooring from the living room into the dining room and kitchen. 
Continue the color on the chair rail from paneling in Great Room. 
Still on the fence about possibly putting up a bold wall covering above the chair rail.

The Kitchen
I don't have the strength right now....
Maybe next week. 



Wednesday, September 4, 2013

How to Easily Remove an UGLY Popcorn Ceiling

**EDITED** Our ceilings do not contain asbestos because we had them tested. Most asbestos applications were in commercial construction, NOT residential. The use of asbestos was intended to create more fire retardant surfaces in schools, workplaces, factories, etc. If your home was built before 1978 there is a slight possibility that your popcorn ceiling has asbestos.  The only way to be certain is to have it tested. Western Analytical Lab can do that for you with a simple sample. 

My first DIY since the move and it's a needed one...at least for us! We found a house we loved in TX and it was a total 1970's Brady Bunch palace. This sucker hasn't been updated in 36 years!! 

One of the first things to go was the popcorn ceiling in the kitchen. We still have 11 rooms after this, one with 10' ceilings, & 3 hallways. Eeesh. 

Finding out how easy it is to remove popcorn ceiling was a complete accident. I was in the middle of removing THREE layers of grass cloth wall covering in the kitchen (I guess they updated with more grass cloth?) and over sprayed the walls onto the ceiling. Once wet the popcorn practically fell off on its own. 


Let's get started!
Supplies:
Spray Bottle (typically used for bug spray) $19.99 at Home Depot
Fabric Softener (used cheapest our store had) $4
Drywall Taping Knife (make sure edges aren't bent & nicked or it will scratch ceiling) $10
Plastic Drop Cloth to keep mess confined


1. In the Sprayer mix 1/2 gallon HOT water and 1C of fabric softener. It's pointless to use more than 1/2 gallon at a time because it works best when hot. Having a helping getting another batch of mixture ready as the first person scrapes will make the project move very quickly. 

2. Spray onto ceiling with enough of the mixture to only WET the ceiling. Anymore can damage the drywall underneath. Wait about 15-20 seconds and scrape the popcorn off. 


Make sure to keep the blade parallel with the ceiling as to not have the edge of the knife gauge the drywall underneath. 


It will come off in sheets!! 




It does tend to make a mess so beware! Wear old clothes and section off a room with the plastic drop cloth. 



It looks so much better and we were only finished with half of the room! Stay tuned for more "after" pictures of the kitchen projects. 

*EDITED*  Our ceilings do not contain asbestos because we had them tested. Most asbestos applications were in commercial construction, NOT residential. The use of it was intended to create more fire retardant surfaces in schools, workplaces, factories, etc. If your home was built before 1978 there is a slight possibility that your popcorn ceiling has asbestos.  The only way to be certain is to have it tested. Western Analytical Lab can do that for you with a simple sample. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Guess Who's Back?? FINALLY!

Finally applies to so many things right now.

We FINALLY sold our house.
Good bye IL!


We FINALLY moved into our new home in TX!!
Hello, Sunshine!


We are FINALLY starting renovation projects.
4 weeks was too long to wait to start projects.


I am FINALLY getting through the 300+ boxes we moved.
I have a lot of fabric. and paper. and shoes. and craft supplies. and paint.


The kids FINALLY started school this week.
These lucky dogs had 14 weeks off school this summer. Not so lucky for momma.


I am FINALLY posting on my blog again!!
FINALLY! For reals!


Since I've been preoccupied with a *few* things lately and haven't been able to blog, I've been wanting to get my blog up and going even more.  Cant wait to share all the fun projects, DIY's, Before and Afters, Crafts, & fun things going on around here.

Stay tuned. :D

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

we have some exciting news....
we are headed to TX and will be selling our house


here is more info

facebook page
or
House Blog

stay tuned!!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Sewing, sewing, sewing.... & Giveaway Reminder!!

Have you "liked" Pink Posie Designs on Facebook yet?


Simply "Like" Pink Posie Designs on Facebook for your chance to win a free clutch. One lucky follower will be chosen on September 1st!! Let's get to 200 LIKES!! Tell your friends!! Tell your family!! For 2 entries Pin it on Pinterest with the title "Like Pink Posie Designs on Facebook for a chance to win a free clutch!" for a second entry!!


It's that time of the year....
Time to sew like a mad woman until Thanksgiving and then take a hiatus for a few months.

In a month I will be a vendor at The Strange Folk Festival again!!! I *think* this is my 5th year as a vendor. Pink Posie Designs will be expanding into a tent this year. There will be too much to contain on one table! :D At least I hope so!!
September 28th & 29th, 10am-6pm
O'Fallon, IL Township Park
www. Strangefolkfestival.com

The following month I will be preparing for our Annual Holiday Open House Nov 3rd in Bethalto, IL and Nov 10th in St. Louis!!! This has become a wonderful tradition and has expanded every year. Our participants this year are:


















For more information on the Bethalto or St. Louis Holiday Open House please email pinkposiedesigns at gmail dot com.


Friday, August 3, 2012

144 Days Until Christmas

Just the other day I mentioned that it was 146 days until Christmas. Am I the only one that will act surprised when it sneaks up on me again and catches me off guard again?

I have vowed to not let that happen this year.
Which means..... I am planning out the gifts now that I will be making. We'll see if it actually happens.

For Ella:
Saw this super cute Dress Up Center at Ana White
And these super cute dresses on Etsy

They inspired me to use this pattern to make my own:

And some darling cloth diapers, wipes, bibs, & a bag for her babies

Keeping my fingers crossed for a productive Autumn!!




Thursday, August 2, 2012

Ella's New Room.... (progress)

Warning! This is a photo heavy post! It's worth the wait though. :)

This was my old sewing room and soon to be Ella's new room.

Upon pulling the pressed board and paneling off the walls we discovered that there was ZERO insulation in the walls. Awesome.

Check out the restaurant carpeting. You know you're jealous. ;)

The low ceilings - exactly 1" above the door casing. 

All of the paneling, spline ceiling, carpet, & casings removed.

I think my nephew is always on the phone. ;)

Andy is in the old closet knocking the walls out. 

Better look at the old closet. We are taking the framing out for a larger room and moving the closet under the eave to the right of the window.

Taking the old rafters out and raising the ceiling 2 feet.

The walls have also been bumped out two feet. 

I spy a new closet!!

New rafter supports are in!

Insulation goes up.

After we installed the insulation we started sweating in there!!

Next comes drywall!

Don't know what happened to the drywall pics... 
These are flooring pics...

Flooring all installed and ready for sanding. 

New closet.

Old closet. By moving the closet to a new location and bumping the West wall out we gained 60 square  feet in her room!!

Standing at the window looking to the door. Both old closet area (on right) and new closet on left.

Final coat of poly!!

Letter the poly dry!!

As of right now the trim is up and painted. Too bad the big boys have moved in temporarily while we gut and demo their room. We just can't sit still long enough to keep from tearing something up. :)