Sunday, September 25, 2011

In a corner

Many, many years ago, my in-laws gave me a corner cabinet.  It sat in the eating area of our old house and when we moved here, I hurriedly shoved it in a corner in the family room. 

I love the look of built in corner cabinets in the dining rooms of old houses, but I knew I'd never get Brian to build me one. 


So, I used what I had to try to get a similar look.

I took the corner cabinet and sanded that sucker down like my life depended on it.

I was a little sad because 10 years ago I had refinished it in a cherry stain to match the old house and it really was pretty.  

C'est la vie....

I painted it the same color as the bottom of the walls  and dresser/buffet - Camembert (Behr).

The I painted the hinges (oil rubbed bronze) and got some plain oil rubbed bronze knobs for it.

I just put some of my transferware in there (for now) and I'd love to get some lights in there - I have an idea but Brian cringes every time I say "Honey, I've been thinking, and ......" because he knows it's just going to be more work for him and I've had him doing some other projects lately. 

I'll give him a break for a few days weeks.

So, there you have it.  It's not a perfect look, but it gives me storage and fits in there nicely.

And we installed the new front door this weekend - YAY!!!!!

Pictures soon!


Dresser Feature !!

So, without my computer I've been going through a backlog of e-mails....

And I TOTALLY missed the e-mail from Cassity over at Remodelaholic, telling me she'd be featuring my dresser - ACK!!!

I actually just saw it come up in my feed....

Cassity, forgive me - and THANK YOU!!!

Check out the site - she always features the coolest things and I'm on there everyday getting ideas.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Look Ma! No Smart Phone!


The black death screen has been repaired.

Not having a computer has been horrible.  And wonderful.

Horrible because I'm an Internet junkie - Facebook, my blog reading, Pinterest, emails - and I was going through withdrawals.

Wonderful because I didn't have any distractions - Facebook, my blog reading, Pinterest, emails - and I read like, 10 books and got to bed early every night.

But now I'm back baby!!

And I have been a pinning FOOL on Pinterest - I guess  that lost week and a half has kicked my be-hind into high gear and I am MOTIVATED people!


Monday, September 12, 2011

Thirteen Years and counting

My laptop may be toast, but I couldn't let the day go by without telling my wonderful husband how much I love him and need him and look forward to spending the rest of my life with him.

I never thought that after thirteen years I would still feel like a Newlywed. 

Brian you are my heart, my soul and the love of my life. 

Thirteen years later I don't just love you - I really, really like you.

I like being with you, I like talking to you and I like laughing with you.

I like everything about you (well, the stinky feet I could do without but I'm willing to sacrifice my olfactory system for you)

I love you.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Black screen of death

Yup.  That's what my laptop gave me earlier this week.

Along with a message:


The black screen of death.

So, I'll be out of commission for a few days while we try to salvage what we can.  

I'm absolutely sick about it - especially since the stupid thing is ONLY TWO YEARS OLD!

Although I have to say, for the first time in months, we have no plans this weekend other than a football game Liv is cheering for and with no computer to distract me, I should be able to get a lot done. 

Although, as you can see, I am the world's biggest I might just read a few books instead.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Wedding Pics

It's been a VERY long couple of days between rehearsal dinners, bridal lunches, an all day wedding and a Sunday get together with the family and out of town guests of the bride and groom, my wonderful friends Sharon and Justin.  So, I'll try to make this somewhat coherent.....

Friday night was the rehearsal where I received my first (notice I said FIRST) Tiffany's box - with a beautiful Tiffany necklace from the bride.

You have never heard six girls squeal so excitedly as we did at the sight of those little blue bags.....

The next day we traveled to the Church to get ready.

The back of the dress
It took me twenty freaking minutes to lace up that dress perfectly.  I'm pretty sure she couldn't breathe very well.  Ah, the sacrifices we make to look gorgeous....

Since the bride and groom are huge Capitals fans, it was only appropriate that we ROCK THE RED!!

I was, to say the least, apprehensive about a strapless tight dress on my 41 year old hot mess of a figure.
The bride's sister and me
I bought full body spanx, and quickly decided against them because it took Brian and I a good half an hour, a lot of grunting and pulling and hysterical laughter and a gallon of sweat to get into them.  And yes, he helped me.  There's no way I could have gotten them on without him.

And they were hot.  

Not "you look hot girlfriend!!" hot, but rather "ohmygod I'm burning up and these things don't breathe - how do people wear them? get them off get them off get them off!!!" hot.

And really they just squished everything around rather than making me look thinner, so I said fuggedaboutit....

Next, I bought a corset type thing.  But after wearing it for all of 15 minutes and feeling like my boobs were being pushed up into my chin, I was so uncomfortable, it came off.

So, bought a strapless bra - a really NICE one.  It held the girls up just fine, and held up to the jump test in the dressing room. 

Yes, I jumped up and down in the dressing room and the girls didn't pop out. Now that's a good bra. 

But the back of the dress was too low.

So I ended up going au natural beneath the dress.

Up top anyway. 

$150+ spent on underwear only to end up going commando at the last minute.

Good thing I still have receipts and tags....

Most of these pictures were taken by Brian or the girls, so forgive the quality.  But you get the idea.

First dance as husband and wife

It was a beautiful wedding - not a dry eye in the house. 

Sharon and her dad - a wonderful man

And the reception was held at a local country club and was quite possibly the best reception I've ever attended.

The kids outside looking in at Sharon and Justin dancing

The Girls dancing

We danced all night long.  The dance floor was packed for 3 hours straight.

Brian and Sydney

Brian and his girls  - Olivia and Sydney

All of the kids had a blast, but their favorite part was the candy buffet  hands down.
I didn't get a picture of the actual candy that night but this is the idea...

The groom 

Sharon's nephew - the ring bearer

Justin - being Justin...

The beautiful bride

Justin and his groomsmen/fraternity brothers...

One of the best parts of the weekend was getting to spend time with one of my oldest and dearest friends and her boyfriend who came into town for the wedding.

Staci & Patrick

I'm pretty sure I'll be attending another wedding soon :)