Skip to Content

More Curtains and a Clock

Look what I finally made!

Yes, after hording the material for over a year, I finally got around to making curtains for the craft room.  I like them, but I wish I had gone with a wider turquoise ribbon.  Speaking of the ribbon, it’s velvet.

My other recent project was a clock.  Whenever I have guests over, we inevitabley congregate in the living room, where there are zero clocks.  Not even a digital one on an electronic device.  So in researching clocks, I came across this project for a DIY clock based on the Monty Python skit, “Ministry of Silly Walks” and decided I had to make one of my own.  I am really happy with how it turned out!

It just makes me smile :)   If you are not familiar with the Monty Python “Ministry of Silly Walks” skit, I would highly recommend that you look it up.

Other than that, I have just been nesting and putting up pictures.  Like these ones in my bedroom:

As for Cooper, he is doing well and has decided that his favorite spot is on the couch, looking out the window:

It gives him a good view of the neighborhood with lots of opportunities to bark at cats, dogs, birds, kids, litter- you know, the usual.  This particular photo was taken back on the brief snow storm we had in January.

A Curtain and a Furnace

Did a quick little project- a gathered curtain panel for under the kitchen sink, held in place by a tension rod.  This normally is not my style- but with the little cabinet wings, it was practically begging for a  curtain.  Plus, now I’m not showing off my cleaning supplies to my guests, so that’s a plus. 

The fabric was a quilting cotton I got on clearance for a whopping $2.50/yard.  The price was right and the green matches the walls perfectly!  I even have enough to make another curtain for the back porch door:

In other news, my furnace motor died :(  

Sad Furnace

It’s been acting up for a while, so I’ve only been using it sporadically anyway.  But it was officially pronounced dead about a week ago, so I’ve been staying warm with space heaters, sweaters, blankets and cuddles from my furry canine. 

I finally had the $$$ to have a repair man come check it out.  The concensus was that the fan motor had siezed up and died.  The furnace is 33 years old and the company that makes it is no longer in business, so the technician gave me 2 options: spring for an entirely new furnace, which is what he highly recommended ($7000) or replace the motor ($7-900).  I told the guy I needed to sleep on it.

I have no doubt that a new furnace would be the cat’s meow, but that is just not a possibility right now!  So I got on the phone to find a reliable friend of a friend in the hvac field to give me some second opinions.  Low and behold, my best friend’s husband’s good friend owns an hvac business, sold him a new motor at wholesale ($140!) and told him how to install it.  Fast forward to 2 days ago, after investigating furnace motors all day, then driving 4 hours to my house- within 2 hours of arriving, Chris had the heat up and running again! 

 He was a lifesaver, and so I showered him with gifts of  home made baked goods and a knife.   Lest that sentence sound odd, please note that I work for a knife company now. 

More and more I am learning that it is all about who you know…which is great when it works out in your favor.  Seriously though, it was very kind of him to go so far above and beyond to help out a friend of his wife’s, and I am so very appreciative to have such great people in my life!

A Piggy and a Basket

Just a quick little post.  I have 2 new additions in the kitchen:

The piggy is a magnetic chalk board, and I am thinking of using liquid white out to turn it into a butcher’s diagram- kind of like this:

Nick Nacks

Picked up a couple of nick nacks.  Knick knacks?  Nik-naks?  Eh, not sure on that one…

First up, this absolutely fantastic vintage lamp that I picked up at my local antiques shop.  It works, the base is cast iron, and this thing is solid.  I am sure it will not surprise you that I intend to put it on the bar area…I tried to take a picture of it turned on, but it didn’t turn out well.

Yes that is a drunken bum hanging off of a lamp post

 The other stuff I picked up is from Home Goods, all from the clearance aisle!  I was sick of how boring and bare the top of the armoire in my bedroom was looking, so I put together this little vignette:

Oh, and I need to show you the arts and crafts project I made for the bathroom.  I picked up this shadow box on clearance from Home Goods too.  The pretty and fancy paper you see as the mat was actually the top of a box that I received a present in, and the eiffel tower pic is from an old calender that I was holding onto.  I am super happy with how it turned out, and think it fits perfectly in my bathroom:

I have been framing photographs like crazy to make the place a bit more homey, and look forward to showing you that soon too :)

Nesting

Well, there has not been too much to report here at the Bungalow.  With my new work schedule I am rarely here, except to sleep- so I am once again a weekend warrior :)

I did do a bit of decorating this last weekend, I finally hung up my milk glass plates in the dining room:

And I have been doing some very uncharacteristic things- cooking and gardening.  I don’t have any pictures of the gardening, because there is so much to do, I have barely dented the space.  But I did take some pictures of cooking.

Here is a meal that didn’t turn out too terribly- pork chops with a dijon caper sauce, couscous, and sauteed green beans with garlic and lemon juice:

And I have been making bundt cakes like crazy.  Here is a lemon one where I discovered how to make glaze:

When I told my friend Darlene how easy it was to make glaze, she warned me: girl cannot live on glaze alone.  Does she know me or what?!  I promise not to live on glaze, but I might needlepoint that phrase on a pillow…

Another thing I did but didn’t take pictures of was that I made a huge dump run and got rid of almost all of the construction debris on the side of my house!  That’s right, no more toilet or sink in my yard- I feel so much less white trash.  My friend Audra said that she won’t know how to find my house now without the toilet :)

Lastly, here is a fun picture for you- proof that my dog Cooper watches TV:

This and That

Well the bungalow is still a hot mess, but that didn’t stop me from having a little brinner (breakfast for dinner) dinner party with some old pals.  I decided that I would cook, which if you know me at all- you know is a small miracle.

Case in point: I have never cooked bacon before.  I don’t know why not, I love bacon.  I should be a bacon cooking master.  I’d like to tell you that it went off without a hitch.  I’d like to tell you that I didn’t absolutely vaporize a piece of bacon.  I’d like to tell you that I didn’t set off the fire alarm.  Twice.  But, you can’t make an omlet (or bacon) without breaking a few eggs!

I also made my Great-Grandma Weezie’s legendary buttermilk pancakes, which turned out perfectly thankyouverymuch…and was left with a ton of left over batter.  I decided to add some clove, cinnamon and blueberries and baked them into blueberry muffins, and those were pretty great too :)

 Anyhow, it was great fun to  have some girl time and catch up with old friends.  Lots of mimosa- traditional and grapefuit, the best banana bread I’ve ever tasted, laughs and hugs.  And Cooper.  Lots and lots of Cooper attention.

Sorry, no pictures to share today, just the anecdote.  Have a good week everyone!

Bit by Bit, Putting it Together

The house is still absolutely disastrous, but bit by bit, little by little, it’s turning into home.

For example, I have a place to hang my coat(s)…

My books are all moved in and organized…

Cooper has a place to keep his toys…

And I have even hung some things on the wall…

And after (incorrectly) putting together my ikea armoire (3 times), my dresses now have a home.

And I have even made a few meals!  For those that know me, you know that this in itself is nothing short of a miracle.  Next thing you know, I’ll be doing yard work :)  Here are the fillings for turkey lettuce wraps that I made the other day:

Of course, like I said, much of the place is still disastrous…guess it’s time to make yet another dump run.

I better get going on cleaning & organizing, because my free time is soon to be claimed by a new job!  It is bittersweet for sure.  I have really gotten used to the freedom that I’ve enjoyed for the last 5 months, and honestly, if I had still been working, I’m pretty sure the bathroom still wouldn’t be finished.  But reality was bound to take control sooner or later, so it was time to go back to work.

I guess what I’m getting at is that I will be back to being a weekend warrior as of today.   Speaking of weekends, I hope you all enjoy yours!

Pedestal Sink

My pedestal sink was installed last Saturday, but I don’t have wireless at my house so I wasn’t able to do any posts until now.

And here it is…

It fits in the space perfectly, and it is sooo pretty!  That means that the bathroom is basically finished.  Yep, the herculean task has been accomplished with the help of my wonderful friends and family.  I am so grateful to them, it would not be finished without their help :)

Mom has come and gone, and we had a lovely visit, even though the weather didn’t hold up the whole time.  Despite that, her husband subdued my front and back yard, which I am most grateful for.  We shopped, she filled my fridge with groceries, she cooked delicious food which I happily ate, we laughed, I did laundry, and we had a Downton Abbey marathon.  Yep, we made it through all 3 seasons in a week! 

Subsequently I have adopted an imperious British accent remiscent of the Dowager that I can’t seem to shake…

And now I have to return to real life- which means getting serious about finding a job, finishing moving in, organizing, finishing up home decorating projects, and cleaning up the place so that I can prepare for the bungalow’s first big social event- my house warming party!!!

The First Step is Admitting You Have a Problem

I have a confession to make:

I have a shoe addiction.  I have filled all of my shoe cubbies, and I am still way overflowing.  I think I’m gonna need a bigger boat.

Today my plumber came by to install the bathroom sink.  Unfortunately this dumb home owner purchased a faucet and sink basin that were incompatible.  Waaaahhhhh!!!!

The good news is that Home Depot has the widespread version of the sink basin instock, but I won’t be able to pick it up today.  So I will be exchanging it, and Bobby said he would be able to finish up by Friday or Saturday.

I would say that I am about 80% moved in, however the place is still a mess, so I’m going to have to find a way to make everything pretty by 3pm tomorrow.  I predict it will be a late night….but atleast the weather is cooperating.  In fact, it is a perfectly glorious Spring day, and it is supposed to last through my mom’s visit.

1 day to go!

Every Girl’s Dream

I was finally able to take some decent pictures, and I just couldn’t resist posting them for you…

That cute little white shelf above the toilet was a gift from my friends Dan & Lisa, the couple that came up last Labor Day weekend to help on the house.  The sides are beadboard, and there is just a touch of bling on the finials.  I love it!

I know what you’re thinking, why did I post the same picture twice?  It’s not the same- this is to show off my cool revolving tower that I got from Cost Plus.  In the first pic, it is a full length mirror.  Then you swivel it, and you get shelving as shown in the above.  Since I will only have a pedestal sink, this tower is going to be invaluable in terms of storage space. 

Here is what the shower curtain looks like.  It’s silver and white, and I got it at Target.  You can also see one of the chrome hooks that my dad put up for me on the left.

And here is the medicine cabinet, and another shelf/towel holder.  Oh, and the ceiling fan is up, though I didn’t take a picture of it as the fan was on and my camera and I are not that talented…but you can see the pull chain hanging down.

And this is the wicked awesome magazine rack that I found at Home Goods.  It’s hanging on the wall just below the window, between where the jack & jill doors swing open.

Okay, enough bathroom- here is every girly girl’s dream, a wall of shoes!

I’m not finished with this wall yet, but it just needed to be admired.

To the right of the shoe wall and under the windows, I stacked 2 Expedit units from Ikea horizontally, which will be the future home of my massive cardigan collection:

You can also see a little corner of my vanity there in the forground with my hot pink vintage chair.  I am planning on painting it at some point, maybe white?  I thought about changing out the material as well, but it’s leather, and now that I see it in the room, the pale pink doesn’t bother me.

And lastly to the left of the shoe wall, I have double hanging racks. You keen observers may have noticed that I do not have any tall hanging space for my army of dresses.  That is because I found an armoire/closet on clearance from Ikea that happens to fit perfectly in my bedroom, so I opted for that. 

I would show it to you but I am mad at it.  I have built it once,  taken it apart once, and rebuilt it because I had put it together wrong.  Well, when I went to put the doors on it, I discovered that it’s still put together wrong, so it’s on a time out in the corner until it apologizes to me for nearly giving me a psychotic episode. 

I am going to bed now as it is 1am and I need to rent a U-Haul tomorrow!

3 days to go!!!