New Kitchen Curtains

New Kitchen Curtains

I finally made a curtain decision.  It's definitely a bolder choice than I would normally make.  Bold equals scary.  I'm now into scary.  Maybe I'm even grown-up enough for horror films?  Wait. No.  Too scary.

I spent one night Googling "Are black curtains a good idea or a bad idea?".  You don't see black curtains often. (Although, I have seen them pop up more and more lately.)   I kept thinking there is probably a reason.  Eh. I figured I'd order some and give it a try.  (I went with the Threshold Grommet in black.)

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Tour Through Blogland

Tour Through Blogland

Today is a big day.  I'm participating in the Tour Through Blogland.  (Google it. It's a thing. I swear.)  My buddy, Caitlin, over at Desert Domicile asked me to join in on the fun.  I can never turn down blog fun.

If you're new here, run.  I kid.  It's not all bad.  I have a super cute dog.

The Tour Through Blogland includes a few questions and snooping through my house.  I'll post some of my favorites but you can take the full tour here!  (The full tour includes sources and paint colors!)

Here's the exterior of our house.  We needed a color besides the traditional tan or white.  Blue it was.  I love this color so much.  We've actually had strangers stop by to ask us about the siding we used. 

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Life Lately

Life Lately

I was hoping to have some big grand living room update today.  Instead, I have some new horse tail art.  It's new abstract art.  I swear.

Over the weekend, I painted the fireplace area white (while Ike napped and murdered dog toys and pillows).  We have a nice color trifecta going on.  I'm digging it.

Nate went to install the built-in on the right.  It's 1/8" off.  Which is a problem because it won't sit flush on the sub-floor.  We then talked and decided at this point it would probably be smarter to just wait and have the floor installed before installing the built-ins.  With our mind changing track record, this seems like a good plan.  Floor installation is still scheduled for Tuesday!

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Grandma's Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Grandma's Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Nate had treat day last week.  He asked if I would whip him up some of my Grandma's homemade cinnamon rolls.  Can I keep a pan for myself?  If so, yes!!!

I have finally mastered Grandma's rolls.   Okay, I still have some appearance issues to work out but the flavor is spot on.  You know how some things just never taste quite as good as Grandma's. These rolls were one of those things but I think I finally have it.  It only took me like 10 years of trying.  These rolls may take some practice but I have lots of pointers for you that might lessen your learning curve.

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Hipster Baby Quilt {Gender Neutral Quilt}

Hipster Baby Quilt {Gender Neutral Quilt}

Whoa.  Monday.  Too soon.

Nate and I were busy little DIYers again this weekend.  Don't worry.  We also managed to sneak in quite a bit of fun and sleep.  Lots of glorious sleep.

I spent a few hours finishing up this hipster gender neural baby quilt.  A friend asked me back in the beginning of June if she could hire me.  She didn't need the quilt until September.  I'm pretty good at saying "yes" and forgetting that I don't know how to manage my time.  I finished this sucker a couple of weeks early.  Check out those time management skills.

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Replacing the Living Room Carpet

Replacing the Living Room Carpet

It's time for a living room update!

Here she is.  Pretty, no?  Ike is just happy his loveseat is back in it's proper location.

We last left off talking about our built-ins and mantel. As you can see, we've made some killer progress.  Actually Nate has been kicking built-in hiney.  They are built and painted.  We are hoping to get them installed this weekend and possibly start on the mantel area. 

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Iowa State Fair Photography Submission

Iowa State Fair Photography Submission

Whoa.  How is it Monday already?  Nate and I were busy bees. 

On Saturday, we hit up the Farmer's Market.  Nate finished building the built-ins.  I did lame housewife chores and started touching up the trim on the first floor.

Yesterday, however, was a very exciting day.  We headed to Des Moines to the Iowa State Fair Grounds (and Zombie Burger.  Mmmm, Zombie Burger.  And the Tile Shop.  Mmm, hearth tile). 

But Michelle, the fair hasn't started yet.  Why would you go without the corn dogs and fried Oreos? Because Nate had two of his photos selected for display at the fair which starts this Thursday!

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