Sunday, February 26, 2012

Bliss is the word

This is one of those times pictures don’t need words.

Finally meeting Gail of My Repurposed Life, was pure Bliss.









And Blissdom was great too!


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I think there’s something wrong with me…..I’m a Blissdom fraud

Did you know I was going to Blissdom this week? 

In fact, this time tomorrow I’ll be halfway there!

I haven’t really written much about it.

Guess it seemed so far away.  Gail and I signed up for it way back last fall; why that was MONTHS ago. 

I got my flight booked in January, and Gail got the room at the hotel booked for us to share. 

I even made sure I put my vacation time request in and got approved.

All set, right?

So here I’ve been happily going along as normal totally oblivious to the fact that I’m supposed to be:

  1. In a panic about how my blog presents itself- (I’m supposed to be tweaking and revamping it)
  2. Planning multiple outfits that will wow everyone I meet (Do you think my paint clothes will do the trick?) 

    (Oh yea, I’ll be styling….)

  3. Practicing an elevator speech…..(speaking in an elevator?  I’ll be too busy trying to get over my claustrophobia to even think of talking!)
  4. Researching sponsors (cause someday they might want to advertise on my blog?)
  5. Deciding on how to brand myself (a picture of a fruitcake would probably say it all)
  6. Having business cards made (Ha! I did this one!  Staples in-store printing to the rescue!)
  7. Tweeting and facebooking to all the other bliss attendees so they know me when I get there? (Does it count that I finally got signed up for social media even though I don’t know how to use it yet?)
  8. Signing up for the sessions I want to attend (oops, I need to see what’s on the agenda, hope they don’t give tests)

Uh oh.

I’m way behind.

I haven’t done any of that. 

Well, I did sign up for Facebook and Twitter……

and I did go get business cards made on Friday, albeit very basic ones.  (printed at Staples in under 2 hours!)

Then I got signed up for the Blissdom newbie group on Friday and found out that I’m not doing any of the stuff I should be doing pre-conference.

So what on earth is wrong with me? 

Do I just not “get” the whole blogger conference thing?

Apparently not!

My whole reason for going to this is so I can finally meet up with


My Repurposed Life


in real life. 

Yes, it’s true. 

I’m a Blissdom fraud.

I’m not trying to grow my blog, start a business, understand the legal ramifications of blogging or even connect with sponsors.

At least, I don’t think I am, but you never know.

I might change, especially if I get infected by any of the Bliss that’ll be everywhere I turn at this conference.

And if I do, maybe I’ll get better about all those things listed above that I’m supposed to be doing.

But for now, I’ll stick with being very happy to be meeting my best friend for the very first time.

Watch out Gail, here I come! Got my flannel jammies packed for the pajama party too!


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PS   I just printed my boarding pass for my flight.

It’s official, I’m really going!.

Eek…excuse me while I go freak out for a bit!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Laundry Room progress report

Bet’cha thought I gave up on Jason and Yurah’s laundry/mudroom.

I didn’t.

They’ve been a little behind on getting their homework done.

You know, like painting.

I spent some time there this weekend and made a little progress.

It’s really getting oh-so-close.

Except for paint.

Which will make a world of difference.

(Do you hear me, kids?  Pull out those brushes and have a painting party!)

Saturday I got some of the crown molding up.

Don’t you just love the difference trim makes on a project?

Like icing on a cake.

Trim hides all flaws.

Well, almost all.  It’s kinda like makeup. Sometimes you need concealer too. 

Like caulk. 

Lots of caulk!

This is one of the before trim pictures.

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Same area with a little trim.


Here we go with another angle.


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And now with trim.

We ran out of the crown molding and need to get more to finish along the ceiling.


Got a bit more done in this section too. 

See the lower cabinets and countertop?

That’s called my cop-out cabinet.


You see, I had started to build the base cabinet from plywood.

And then decided it was more work than I wanted to deal with.

(you can see it in this next picture)


So I went to a local building supply store called Bargain Outlet and bought a couple unfinished base cabinets and a countertop to fit the space.

It cost less than $200 and got me off the hook for that section. 

I’m calling that a bargain!

This last corner was going to be enclosed.  On second thought we decided to change that plan a bit and leave it open. 

The sidewall can always be added later if they want it. 

Besides, it was feeling like a little too much going on.


News Flash!

It seems my son pulled a painting marathon last night, because when I woke up this morning there were a bunch of pictures in my Inbox. (sent at 3am)

Yayyyy Jason! 

He stayed up late and got his homework done.

These are all taken with his phone, but you can get the idea.  Everything has at least one coat of primer on it now.




Oh hey, this next picture just reminded me.  Do any of you know if you can buy those plastic plugs that usually come with the metal doors?

J has 2 of these that don’t have the screw holes plugged around the windows. 

It looks awful!






We’re getting there!  I still have to finish the crown and some filler pieces.

The top cabinets need doors.

Then, after the final coat of paint is done we get to install the floor.

I can hardly wait.

That bare plywood floor is getting on my nerves.


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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Curbfound Futon Frame gets a new Job

Do you ever randomly come across something that immediately strikes you as a solution to a problem?

Way back when Erin and I first started planning out her Attic Bedroom reno (that would be 2 years ago now) I came across this futon frame at the side of the road.  It was rather busted up, but the finish on it was beautiful.

I really liked the wood.


And it looked a lot like a railing to me.



One that would make the open landing to Erin’s attic bedroom so much safer!


Added bonus, it was a very close match to her floor color!

That’s how this broken down, discarded futon happened to get a new job.


No more worrying about someone stepping off the landing and down the stairs!


I’m not entirely done with this part yet, we held off installing the other section so we could move the furniture up there easier. 

And I still have to fill all the screw holes and touch up the stain.

And trim around it….

But at least you can get the general idea!

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Erin’s Attic Bedroom project part 3- aka plan a party to get the job done

Don’t think I forgot about Erin’s bedroom project, believe me, I could never do that.  I just got a little sidetracked with my Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter issues, along with trying to get myself ready for Blissdom.  Well, actually, I haven’t done much to get ready for that….but I will!

After all, I’ve got 9 more days to get some business cards designed and printed, my suitcase packed, and lose about 15 pounds. What’s that you say?  I can’t lose 15 pounds in 9 days?  Drat, guess I’ll drop that one off the list and focus on the first 2. (and maybe add clothes shopping for a larger size to the list instead).

Who says you can’t procrastinate and get away with it?  ;-)

Ok, enough of that, let’s get back to Erin.  I think she’s been bitten by the DIY bug.  Why?  Well, first of all she commandeered my tool belt, made her own kneepads, and actually seemed to be enjoying herself while working on this project!


See?  She was really getting into installing the floor! 

Actually, she was dying to be done with it as she had a big party planned for Saturday night and needed to have this room ready.

While not advised by most experts, we procrastinators find it a great incentive to have a specific goal, like a party, to get something done in a hurry.

Why, we’ll even work around the clock to meet a lofty goal like that. 

But sometimes it backfires, just a little.

That’s when you realize that everything is taking longer than you think and there is no way it can all get done. So you start modifying the plan, changing up the expectations and eventually, well, just going with it.

Our mantra soon became “well if we can just get this end of the room done for now”……then it became “if we prop the doors up against the closet at least people can get an idea of what it will look like when it’s done….” yeah, I know, weak, but it is what it is.

Let’s see, where did we leave off?  I believe we had just finished laying the floor down.  Once that was done Steve (Erin’s boyfriend) went on to install the baseboards and shoe molding.  His brother came over to help out and they got it all done in one night!


Meanwhile, I was busy making a bed for the room.

Yes, a bed.  See, Erin was using a mattress on top of 2 box springs for her bed.

For this room we wanted to get fancy and make a modified platform bed.


She decided to stain it to blend in with the flooring.


It also made a great spot to dump all the tools and stuff……


Then the closet needed to be finished.  First the spackle, then the trim, then the painting.


Very tedious work!

Meanwhile I had to install the hanging rod and some shelving on the inside.






Then there were the closet doors to deal with….

I found some 24 inch hollow core doors for $5 each at Bargain Outlet.  I had to cut them down quite a bit to fit the height of the door frames.

Can you believe how hollow these are?


I used some 2x4’s cut to size to fill the top and bottom where I had cut off the original ends.


Here they are, testing out the fit.

Erin painted them her favorite green.  It’s called Safari Green.  She loves it!

Next I needed to install the hinges.  Alas, this is where we ran out of time so I just leaned the doors in the opening.


Curtains needed to be hemmed and hung.  I bent some silver spoons to make the brackets for one end of the room.032

On the other end we used a pair of Shutter Dogs I had in my stash of hardware. 


On party day we quickly got the bed made up with a new quilt and arranged the furniture.




After moving the furniture up it was decided that there were too many desks.  No time now, but we’ll fix that problem later.


The last bit of arranging was done just as the first guests pulled in.

“Whew! That was close”, I said to myself as I quietly slipped out the back door.

This is Steve.  Wish him a Happy Birthday!


He had no idea he was helping to get the house ready for his very own surprise birthday party!

Happy 30th birthday Steve! 

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