Recaps, Famous People, and Reality TV

Well, my friends, I am FINALLY back from my oh-too-long vacay. For your and my sanity, I swear I’ll never leave for that long ever again!

Let’s get down to bid-ness…

First off, I just have to give a huge thanks to all the Guest Bloggers that posted here over the last month. Weren’t they all just fab?!! Honestly, I’m now following quite a few of them myself!

Also, if you are just dying to get a recap of our vacation, I made FIFTEEN posts about my vacation while we were on the road. Check all of them out here. I tried to add some humor to each post as not to bore you to sleep. One thing I’ve learned from all this vacation blogging: I hate vacation blogging. I LOVE DIY and decor blogging though, so I’m just going to stick with the home sector. ;) Lucky you.

Okay, FINALLY, let’s just get to the good stuff, shall we?

There were exactly TWO major events that happened to me while on vacation that I think you will get a kick out of…

The first & most exciting:

I MET SHERRY AND JOHN!

My life has now come full circle. Who would have thought in a year and a half of blogging I would meet BOTH of my favorite blogs authors? In January I met Sarah from Thrifty Decor Chick (at Blissdom) and in July I met Sherry and John from Young House Love.

Our last stop on our vacation was in Richmond, Virginia to meet Sherry and John at a cute little coffee shop. They are the nicest, most humble, gracious people I’ve probably ever met. I was blown away at how down to earth they are in spite of being blog super-stars who have graced many a news story, been on the Nate show, and are featured in Better Homes and Garden almost monthly (at least it seems that way!).

I was just hoping they would give me 5 minutes for a photo. I was pleasantly shocked and grateful that they spent two hours with us instead. I’m sure everyone says this about them, but I swear, they were so easy to just hang out with. When we left I told Ben that I really thought we would be friends with them IRL if we lived near them. They are just that easy to be around.

Kinsey was smitten with their sweet adorable Clara. She has the blondest hair and the bluest eyes! And her personality is sweet as a button.

So yes, I’ve met YHL and TDC. My life is officially complete. I can die now.

In other, almost-as-exciting-news, I took pictures of myself in front of three famous bakeries, all from their own hit reality shows about cakes and cupcakes.

Carlo’s Bakery, from TLC’s Cake Boss.

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Charm City Cakes, from the Food Networks Ace of Cakes.

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And Georgetown Cupcake, from TLC’s DC Cupcakes.

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I didn’t go inside any of the bakeries, and I didn’t get to taste any of their famous pastries. The lines at each place were ridiculously long. It was really fun getting to see the actual bakeries though.

And, finally, in other news… (what?! You thought I was going to leave you with no home update at all?!)…

We got home to our yard looking like this:

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It’s just a hunch, but I’m thinking we have a sprinkler issue on our hands…

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Good thing I know how to fix a sprinkler! (You can read my post about fixing a sprinkler here.) I’m really looking forward to digging up my front yard in over 100 degree weather. Yay for summer.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a fun, new, fresh post! Yippie!


     

A mini closet makeover

Do you remember when my ceiling flooded and I had to tear out the sheetrock and replace it with new sheetrock?

Last month I ended my post with my sheetrock looking like this:

Unfortunately this is NOT a follow up tutorial for how to finish installing sheetrock (aka texturing it to look like the rest of the ceiling). Nope my friends, I STILL have not finished the patch job. It still looks like it did a month ago.

However, when I was patching the hole and ended up with the above result, the reson I never finished the job is because I got totally sidetracked on a different impromptu closet project…

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I’ve been keeping this poor saw busy lately!

The reason I borrowed this saw from my dad was for this closet project, not the fence project like you might assume. Fortunately for my husband, I already had this saw on hand when I did the fence job which is the only reason the fence was fixed and not just knocked over. :)

Okay, so what on earth did I do???

The closet looked like this when we bought the house:

  
I put two pictures side-by-side to try to show the the whole closet.

I cleared all the clothes off the middle section and moved everything out of the way.

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This middle section is coming out! It just makes the closet so claustrophobic and dark. I will lose a little hanging space, but do we really need that much anyway?

I made sure that if I removed it it wouldn’t mess up the carpet where it was attached to the floor. To my surprise and sheer excitement this section was installed after the carpet was installed. Basically the side piece of wood was just sitting on top of the carpet. I have the green light to proceed!

I probably should have moved everything out of the closet because of all the sawdust flyin’ but I figured the closet was already covered in insulation from the ceiling drama, so I just kinda shoved all the clothes out of the way…

Next thing I did was to measure where I needed to cut the top of the shelf.

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Then I just took that little saw and cut on my line praying the entire time that this project actually works and I don’t ruin my closet.

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T-iiiiiiii-mmmmmm-bb-eeeeee-rrrrrrrrrrrr!

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Okay, so it really wasn’t that dramatic. I had to wedge it and force it over, but regardless, the center section fell over.

Here are the two pieces I’m left with now – the piece that made the side of the shelf and the piece that made the top of the shelf.

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I removed one of the closet rod holder things from this leftover wood and attached it to the middle section on my wall that I just cut apart.

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I installed this metal closet rod holder right on top of where the previous wood was attached for the section I removed.

Now it looks like this:

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I just need to cut one of the leftover clothes rods to fit in the empty space along the back of the closet.

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Perfect!

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The lower levels of clothes rods on either side of the closet didn’t have any shelves on them. They were just open bars, so I couldn’t set anything on top of them to use as a shelf.

I took my leftover wood and cut it down the middle to form two pieces.

Once they were cut I just set them on top of the clothes bars to create a shelf.

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This shelf needed to be cut at an angle which was really fun trying to figure out the angle to cut it.

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You can tell I made these shelves out of the leftover shelving because there are sections that aren’t painted. Also, I need to add a layer of caulk around the back edge of each shelf between the wall and the shelf.

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Here’s the closet almost finished.

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Here’s another angle of the new shelf above the lower level clothes rod. You can tell I reused the wood.

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I ran out of wood so the shelves don’t go from end to end…

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But honestly, I like having them not finihsed because it created a little space to store less-used items of clothing like suits.

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And the finished result:

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Before I got crazy and ripped out an entire shelf in my closet:

  

AFTER I finished:

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I still need to caulk and paint, but overall I’m LOVING the new space.

By removing some shelves and taking away some storage space, I created a more open bright space that has room for dressing in the middle.


     

Goodwill {finally} rocks

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Goodwill freaking ROCKS.

Yes, you read that right. Allison is actually saying something nice about Goodwill.

I went to Goodwill on the fly and to say I SCORED is an understatement.

For some reason they had tons of brand-new merchandise from Target. I asked if Target just donated it all and the Goodwill lady told me that Goodwill purchases huge lots of unsellable lots from Target (ie: damaged goods).

LUCKY ME!

So, what did I walk away with?

Huge tray:
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Vinyl Coo-coo clock kit:
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FIVE rolls of vinyl for $.99 each!
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I got one each of the chairs and phone booths, and then THREE of the huge pop art phone.

And a brand new large roll of cork.
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Large tin summer bucket (it’s hard to tell, but this bucket is the size of a laundry basket!)
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Charger for $.79. My mom is collecting white plates for a plate wall she’s going to do so I snatched this up and will give it a coat of white paint for her.
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Wicker tissue box.
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My FAVORITE purchase of the year! I found this brand-new bench for $79! The brand-new Target price tag says $259. S-C-O-R-E.
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And finally, I found 8 (EIGHT!!) LAMPS:

I got these FOUR lamps for 20 bucks total. (Both pics are horrible, sorry.)
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These two lams were $8 each:
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And these two were $6 each:
  
We are obviously already using these two lamps. ;) Kinsey promptly added her Minnie Mouse ears to the top of her lamp. I’m sure it’s a fire hazard.

I’ve never found so many fabulous scores at Goodwill. I still can’t believe it!

Keep an eye out over the next few weeks to see what I do with all these fun things!


     
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