Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Let's go on An Adventure!


"not all who wander are lost"



Good morning friends!
Super exciting news... I'm sure you guessed it from the pics here, 
but we bought a travel trailer!

We found out last spring that my husband will be switching his MOS and will be going to a school up in Missouri. He will be there for 6 months and get this it's a PCS move... which if you aren't familiar with the military lingity... it stands for Permanent Change of Station. Which means they will pay for you to move you and your family.

Well it's for six months? Like I'm going to give up my home and job for six months... come on we have already done two tours, so six months is really nothing.

But because it is a PCS move, it means they won't provide on post housing, so my husband would have to find an apartment... 
So now your talking major money in addition to still paying on our home.
Plus Missouri is a lower cost of living so our BAH changes and we lose money there too.
Soooo..... so far this really blows....

But then....
we had a brilliant idea,
let's buy a camper, fix it up and have something to show 
for the money we will be spending.
Plus we have always wanted one since we first got married. His parents are big campers and have always taken vacations in a travel trailer.

So you know I'm dreaming and scheming of a cross country trip to Yellow Stone National Park...
But first things first...
 let's get rid of the grossness...

So I give you our newest project...
A 2007 31ft Jayco travel trailer.


We started searching this summer but if you have ever searched for a camper in the summer, they go fast and they go for a premium price.


We knew we wanted an older used one, cause A. we weren't looking to spend a tone on this... and B. we knew we would completely transform it so we didn't really care about the cosmetics, as long as the bones and electrical were good. 


As you can see, it's a pretty typical camper with the pretty typical 
camper decor that can only be described as less than sexy.

We have 3 months to revamp this camper to a sexy glamper.

And I can't wait for the challenge.


I will be painting the camper from top to bottom and will install new flooring.
I plan to update the kitchen by painting the cabinets, installing a backsplash, refreshing the counter-tops and new hardware.


It has a very open floor plan and really does feel like a small apartment. It has a large corner shower and open sink cabinet with a medicine cabinet and descent size water closet.


We got a really good deal on it cause it had a few minor issues. The outside looks to have some sort of dents on top, like a tree branch fell or something. Also, the slide works, but has some issues and needs some help to operate, however, my husband can fix it. So we are really excited to get such a modern looking camper that has many upgrades, at a really good price.


I have been reading tutorials and scouring Pinterest for previous camper renovations, I have been so impressed and inspired by the ones I have found. I can't wait to restore this camper to a gorgeous little home on wheels for my hubby.

Honestly six months is a long time to live in something this small ( I know some live in smaller) so I want to make this as lush and full of the creature comforts that I can.

I have already started priming and gathering goods off Amazon:)
I can't wait to show you!
I'll be back soon to share more progress.

If you have restored a camper before, please let me know if you
 have any tips or tricks of the trade:)









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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Neutral Fall Decor: My New Blanket and Pillow

Good Morning friends!
I hope life is faring you well:)
I honestly don't have much to talk about...?
But I did want to share a couple of snaps of some new fall décor I have been putting out.


I picked up this faux fur pillow and blanket at Marshall's a few weeks back and
 I have been so in love with the soft hues.


Again this year, I'm keeping things in the neutral family and really just trying to
add more texture than anything else.

There's a shot of that finished wall again....
it still warms my heart every time I see it.

Now I don't have to crop out this black hole of nothingness!
Happy Days! 


Well that's it for me today folks... hopefully I will have something
 new and exciting to share in the next few days;)















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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Konmari Method: 10 week Declutter Challenge



Good Morning friends!
Hope this day is finding you well. I wanted to share with you what I have gotten myself into.
I'm not going to lie, I'm a little intimidated and frightened by this.
What is it you ask?




Well... it's the Konmari Method 10 week Declutter Challenge hosted by Sarah of SheholdsDearly.
Sarah and I are IG friends and she has the dreamiest farmhouse in a picturesque background that is the Pacific North West, where the trees are as tall as buildings...
ya..
 I'm a little Jealy..

But that's not what we are here to talk about.

No, today my friends we are talking about the Konmari Method... and what the heck it even is.
So maybe you have heard, I hadn't, but maybe, just maybe, you are little more enlightened then I... but basically {I'm paraphrasing} there is this chick named Marie Kondo who is a professional organizer in Japan. She wrote this book called... something about changing your life with organizing... honestly I don't even know, nor am I going to Google it... but you can visit Sarah's blog for a more in-depth view...
So basically there are a lot of people who have read this book and that are doing videos on it,
which is a big score for me... cause I don't read... let me clarify... I can read... I just don't...
But basically, there is a certain way/order to purge your home.
And.. according to the Konmari Method,
you will only have to do it once in your life time....
Current Feels upon hearing this statement...errrrr...I call bullshit?...
at least for me personally but...
I'll be optimistic here...
Maybe after this challenge I'll be a changed woman!

I'm actually really excited about this,
I'm just sharing my initial thoughts, feelings and reservations...
cause we can all feel excited and dreadfulness at the same time right??

So for the next 10 weeks, I will be covering purging my home,
the struggles, the triumphs and the absolute fears of letting shit go.

Oh and btw... I made a vow to keep this blog real. So here it is... I'm not perfect and I don't pretend to be... well maybe a little on IG... but I actually have a messy home,
a hoarders mentality and a potty mouth...
ya it's true...
and working with soldiers everyday and married to one doesn't help any...
but you have been warned... I'll  refrain from f-bombs...
unless the situation just really, really calls for it...cause let's be honest.. sometimes it does..
but all else is up for grabs.
So get ready for it, or click off now... cause the next 10 weeks...
shit is gonna get real.
I have already committed to it.

I'm going to show you my real home, not my curated IG home... and the real me.
And... I'm a little nervous about it.
But what I am really nervous about  dreading, is the amount of work that I am really going to have to put into this challenge. Not to sound like a lazy sack, cause I'll move mountains when it's something I enjoy doing... but organizing is not one of those things... so I'll look for any and every excuse to procrastinate. I'll even take a billion snack breaks or go to the "bathroom"  like a child just to
get out of something like this.

 But I have already made up my mind, that I can't live like this any more.
I want a home that you could stop by at any time and
I won't be trying to crawl under the rock of shame
because you saw it in it's real state.


I don't want what I currently have...
 a home that I would rather light a match then clean.
When the idea of burning your home down literally seems
 like a better solution then cleaning it,

you know you have a problem.


So for the first week, we will be tackling closets and I am petrified. Period.
Here's a pic of what I'm dealing with.


Yup.
This shit is unreal.
Who lives like this?


We are suppose to ask ourselves when we look at each article/item of clothing etc.

 "Does this spark joy"?

Which is going to be hard for me, because I'm a fickle bitch.
What sparks joy this week, I will despise next week, and vice versa, 
so I'm really going to have to dig deep and really dissect this question.

And ask myself, "what is J-O-Y...?"

I really have no clue...
so that sucks...
But hey, I'm going to give it the ole college try!


If you would like to join in on this challenge and do it with us, look for the FB page called
She Holds Dearly Decluttering Challenge and ask Sarah to join, tell her Summer sent you:)
So far (last time I looked) there is a little over 40+ women in the group taking the challenge, which is pretty cool, at least you have someone (40+) feeling the same pain as you.
Misery really does love company so they say..
Plus an encouraging word can go really far... trust me...

I won't blame you if you don't tho, it's gonna be tough,
but I think the results will really be worth all the hard work,
it usually is....

I'm going to start on my closet tonight,
I plan to have it finished and have an updated blog post for you on Monday.
But if this mess is hilariously daunting like I think it will be...
 I'll have an in progress post..
with some super raw feelings I'm sure.

I know... you can hardly wait... right;)

So update you guys!

I wrote the above while sitting at work dreading and contemplating this challenge and 
I'm so glad I did cause I captured my true feelings and anxiety.
Below is my experience with the first challenge which is closets. I have a few more closets upstairs but they are just junk and crafts so they shouldn't take too long. I'm going to start those this weekend.

I started on the closet and it was amazing!
No seriously, it really was.
I couldn't stop and finished the whole thing.. 
well close to it, in like 3 hours.


Asking that one simple question, as silly as it may sound,
seriously was a game changer.

"Does this spark joy?"

This one question allowed me to purge so much more than I have ever done before.
I looked at items and was like no, no this doesn't bring me joy.

And so I discarded it. Just like that with no emotional attachment or any 
other weird hang up about an item.


I was able to fill up two construction bags full of donation clothes and one large construction bag just full of junk and garbage... you know like socks with no mates that you hang on to, cause you are convinced you will eventually find the other... but you never do...
Ya crap like that...



I got rid of tops, bottoms, skirts, belts and shoes.. etc...

It was so liberating!

I however did not do the Konmarie Folding Method.
All my good clothes hang and the drawers just house workout clothes and junk paint/project clothes.
I know my strengths and weakness and if I can maintain a 
barren floor and hung up clothes, it will be a win. 
But there is no way in hell I will fold. 
Ever.

So I will not bother with it.



I also found twenty bucks, so this purge was super stinkin awesome for me.
I love finding money.

Once I got into it, the whole thing really flew by and I seriously can't wait 
to purge the rest of my home.

Current Feels

I'm not sure how long this will last, {the whole me staying tidy bit} but 
I am hoping and praying that I am on the path to becoming a changed woman:)


I hope you will consider joining us. Again, the link to the FB page is above.
I hope this as sparked you like has me to "get your life right".
I can't wait to see what the next 10 weeks will bring!





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Monday, September 12, 2016

Farmhouse Accent Wall


Ta-Dah!!!!

I finally got it done you guys!
I can't tell you how pumped I am. I got it done all by lonesome too.
Never mind the fact it only took me..say about 6 or 7 months.. but who's counting
 and the bottom line is, I got it done!


It was really pretty simple... I just did a faux board and batten... or really just board and wall...
I used construction adhesive and tape to hold each board in place.



The wall was a bit weird and curved in. So I had to cut two pieces, I'm not skilled enough to do angled cuts, so I just cut them in two and used wood filler to fill in the gaps.



Once it was dry I sanded and painted it.
Turned out pretty good if I do say so myself.



I painted it in Behr Silver Polish which is the same color I painted
the ship lap wall in the living room. They are adjacent from each other so
 I wanted them to be the same. 
Plus there are no windows shining on this accent wall, 
so I really wanted it to be light and bright.



I had some horns that I mounted to this burl wood plaque that the previous owns had left behind. I covered the skull part with some buffalo check print fabric.
I think it pairs nicely with the modern water color of the crow, which yours truly painted...
and off sets it with a bit of country flair.



Oh and their is my $5 dollar basket I picked up from the swapmeet.
I honestly can't believe the old guy only wanted five bones for it. 
I practically did a snatch and grab when I heard it.



I'm working on my fall decor, so I'll be sharing that soon.
I'm also ALMOST done with the master bath as well, we just need 
to make a custom handle for the louvered door.

Waiting on the hubs to weld that for me.

Well, that's all I have for now guys, I had a super productive weekend and am really excited about that. Hopefully the week will be just the same.

Thanks for stopping by.


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Sunday, September 11, 2016

It's good to be home

I'm not sure what it is about vacations, but every time I go on one, I am so happy to be back home. It always gives me a new sense of appreciation for our house and renews my DIY spirit.

I came home revamped and renewed to tackle some projects that I have been procrastinating on.
I have been working hard on finishing up my Master Bath Refresh, hopefully I can wrap that up soon.
I'm going to try and tackle that darn wall that has had unfinished wood on
 it since probably last Christmas or close to it.

I also want to redo the nook that leads into our bedroom...
sometimes it feels daunting all the things on my want/to do list...

But for now, I want to share another glimpse of the kitchen...why.. well because for one, it is the most picked up space and two, I'm getting ready to bust out my fall décor, so I wanted to share one last peek before it all changes.







I'm going to add very subtle fall décor all around my home... I really don't plan to change a whole ton, because to be honest... I really like what I got going on...
finally
I know right....


Oh and do you remember how I have been talking about replacing my island, because I want something more white... I think I found the perfect solution.. I'll fill you in soon!

Promise!


Thanks for stopping by friends!


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