November 25th, 2014

New Dining Room Chairs

We haven’t had proper dining room chairs for ages and ages.  Once our butcher block table was completed, it was very apparent that we needed some chairs to use to actually sit (!!!) at the table.  right, like who needs chairs for a dining table???  this girl.

I found this really pretty white set and debated – debated some more and then bit the bullet and bought them.

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ignore the fact that the stickers are still on there and I said we would take them off

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I turned the table 90 degrees and am left with this view from the retro temp couch.

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Do you like??

It’s a nice addition, just in time for our Thanksgiving.  We will be staying here this year, due to my work schedule but we are lucky enough to have family and friends coming to us.

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November 19th, 2014

Chicken Pot Pie

It is so cold here now and to console myself, I think some Chicken Pot Pie is in order.

  • chicken – cut into bite sized pieces
  • carrots
  • celery
  • onions
  • potatoes (optional)
  • cornstarch
  • salt
  • sugar
  • seasoning of your choice
  • water
  • flour
  • butter

Start by boiling bite size pieces of potatoes in water – boil till tender.

IMG_2933Moving along to some left over chicken breast cut up into small bite sized pieces.  I cooked through and then removed from the skillet.  As those were cooking away – I prepped and cooked the onions, celery and carrots. (saute until tender)

IMG_2934In the chicken pan I added a little bit of water to the little bits left in the pan and then some cornstarch.  Built myself up a nice gravy, make sure you do a taste test to make sure it’s not all bland and stuff.

Back to those veggies and chicken bites…..pile them into your pie pan…..it will smell amazing.  See that Don’s Seafood Seasoning?   I LOVE THIS STUFF.  (Dave discovered this while he was working in the South – the owner cooked dinner for him and we have been hooked ever since)  This is the seasoning that I used in this Pot Pie and it was great.

IMG_2935In a food processor:  take 2 1/2 to 3 cups of flour, teaspoon salt and up to a tablespoon of sugar, add 1 cup COLD butter.  Pulse until it looks like sand.  I dumped it on my counter and added 1/4 cup cold water and then got dirty with the kneading.  I ended up adding in another tablespoon of water and it was a good consistence for crust.  Divide in half, wrap the unused 1/2 in saran wrap and refrigerate.

IMG_2937The other half needs to be rolled out.  Roll it large enough to cover the pie pan.  I placed the rolled crust over the pan and then roughly crimped the edges.  Put some knife slices into the top and put into a 400 degree over for 40 to 50 minutes.

IMG_2941This one was good at 45 minutes…..see how yummy it looks.IMG_2943I love me some Chicken Pot Pie in cold weather.

November 17th, 2014

Retro Living Room – temporary

Well – my beloved Orange couch is in need of some repair.  I am not sure what the damage is quite yet, but there seems to be a popped spring or a broken brace.  *sniff*  Luckily there is a very good furniture repair business in town that I like and trust, so Orange couch will be going to the clinic to get well again.

DSCN1717Unfortunately because the repair needs to be made under the seat it is almost a foregone conclusion that it will be reupholstered when it returns home.  What that upholstery will be I have no idea.  Dave threw out the black vinyl that we used on our other 2 chairs…but I think that may be too much.  White, Cream, Light Grey, Pale Orange….those have all been entertained….but none chosen yet.  What do you think???

In the meantime – I have moved a couch from storage (slated for the future game room downstairs) into the living room.

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One item on my list is to fashion some kind of attachment to keep the cushions in place.  They slide like crazy.  Velcro??

IMG_0268Looking at this pic – I will be moving Giant Lamp to the corner table between the sections.  Beyond that this couch will do nicely as a fill in, especially with the holidays coming up fast.

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November 11th, 2014

Butcher Block Table

For many moons I have been Facebook stalking this regional for sale page for months.  There was this butcher block tabletop that was super rough looking that popped up, but I failed to flag it, like it, comment on it – anything that would have let me track it down.  Miracle of Miracles, it showed up again – for a lower price. Yeah!

Messages were sent, a drive was taken and the tabletop belonged to me.  Dave took it on as his project.  I am happy about that….don’t get me wrong….but this is all his work.

First order of business was taking off all the old weird hardware and putting some putty on the holes.

IMG_2961Dave used Donald Durhams Rockhard Water Putty

Legs were a problem.  I had a ton of ideas on what to do for legs, but couldn’t quite find what I was looking for.  I took to Pinterest to explore the interwebs and found a great inspiration table that had industrial pipe legs.  Decision. Made.

IMG_2963We decided to use the bottom as the top, since the top had a serious low spot that Dave would not have been able to sand out.  He could have taken a layer off but it would have interfered with the bolts that went all the way through the table holding everything together…..so bottom becomes top.

IMG_2967There was a lot of sanding.

IMG_2968I purchased the above rectangles and cut them to size to keep my floor protected from those fittings.

IMG_2986Looking good legs, looking good.

IMG_2988To protect the table top…and us, Dave used Watco Butcher Block Oil and FInish.

DIY Butcher Block Table

 

November 4th, 2014

Stop Comparing

Story time:

 **A close friend recently asked me ‘how do you do it?’  It equals a relatively clean house, full time job, home improvements, cook every night, keep up with 2 young kids and have a husband who is away most of each work week.  This is NOT a bragging post….I promise.  What struck me was that on the surface she is right….just writing those words makes me feel kinda proud….but there is so much more to the picture than just those words….What she missed is the gigantic kid fight I had to break up between the kids before she got to my house, the laundry that I would rather burn than actually fold and put away, etc, etc, etc.

For some perspective:  A number of years ago a very nice girl wanted to be friends with me and as skittish as I am around new people….she really had to pin me down and make me be friends and I will be forever grateful for her persistence.  For the purposes of this story I will give her the name of ‘Emmy’.  Emmy and her husband are a little bit older than Dave and I and married before we did, but that didn’t stop me from comparing.  The worst thing I could do.  Comparing is not fair to yourself or the person you are comparing yourself to.  Emmy and her family had the same outside interests…camping, boating, etc.  We met up on weekends at the lake to enjoy the outdoors together.  One day I made an offhand comment about how envious I was about their things and place in the world.  Emmy did not take that comment as offhand and looked me straight in the eye and said ‘In life, we are in a different place than you’.  I remember being floored.  What a simple concept and she was/is so right.  In general terms I was comparing my beginning to their middle.  Talk about a sure fire way to feel bad about yourself.

I learned a valuable lesson with that comment and I hope you all do to.  Stop comparing where you are in life against where someone else is in their life.  It’s so hard to do to reality….but once you adopt this mantra- your mental health will improve.

Here is a short and sweet recap…  I do it because my kids are old enough to have a set of chores, Dave and I have our routines down……and I close the door to the laundry room so you can’t see the pile :)

 stop comparing

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October 27th, 2014

DIY Bedroom Spray Paint Project

So last weekend I went a little nuts with the spray paint…..and it kind of bled over to this weekend.  Seriously, take the spray can out of my hand.

But First!!!  A completed project that I started:

Here is where I left off……

IMG_2868This used to be a mirror and I decided to change it.  of course I decided to change it……

I spray painted the backing wood a nice chrome and then went about my business with the gold leaf.  Say What?  Yup – gold leaf.

IMG_2876That milky white stuff in the picture above is the adhesive……let it set and then start applying your gold leaf.

IMG_2877I got myself all gilded up….on accident.  apparently there are people out there who rock at this and don’t make a serious mess……but I am NOT one of them.

IMG_2879I layered in white, grey, various shades of blue and kept working it until I was happy with the result.

IMG_2883I like how it turned out……and I put it up in the bedroom.  Turns out I must have unconsciously used that mirror…..as I have been glancing at it non-stop and being surprised that it wasn’t my reflection.

IMG_2908Like it?

IMG_2907Remember when I said I couldn’t stop spray painting stuff?

Here’s a clue…….

IMG_2884OMG make it stop (Dave says silently)

gold leaf art

October 21st, 2014

Weekend Randomness on our Projects

Dave and I were able to put our mark on a few things this weekend.  Nothing all the way completed but progress made, at least.

1.  Spray paint extravaganza.  I went a little crazy with the spray paint.

thehappycrazyhouse_spray_paintI started with little pumpkins…..

IMG_2870and then I decided to update a piece from my bedroom

DSCN1290see that mirror on the wall…..well – I took it down and did this……

IMG_2867and then this…..

IMG_2868it’s a sickness, I know.  I cannot leave anything alone.  Poor Dave, he never knows when things will be moved, changed, or gone.

This is one of the things that isn’t done yet.

Dave also helped me put up an Ikea storage unit to help corral my art supplies.  (Ikea Hemnes shoe storage)

IMG_2858Can you see the coffee can that I spray painted?  That happened….and the knobs…the knobs got sprayed as well. 

My craft area is in the office and at times this room can get out of control.  A few months ago I really went through this room and cleaned it up.  When I put this Ikea cabinet in, I took advantage of the opportunity to do some more decluttering.  (I started in this post and have been working on it room by room)

decluttermake it a party and hopefully it won’t hurt so bad!

2.  Dave lifted our shed.  Last weekend I put a coat of paint on it and that spurred Dave into getting some cement blocks under it.

IMG_2872As you can see…it is level but not done.  We need to build a ramp and put up a barrier to keep small animals and KIDS away from underneath.  Dave did a great job getting the supports under and I am so happy to cross that part off our list.

3.  and then there is the demo in the master bathroom

IMG_2812So I guess this means that I had better get my plans finalized.  AHHH!

Here is my jumping off point.

Bathroom Ideas

 

Although, I am thinking of these for the wall from tileshop.com.  They look amazing, No?

Busy weekend and lots more to do.

October 15th, 2014

Using a paint sprayer for your paint jobs

So when Dave and I moved our old shed to the other side of the yard to use as a playhouse, we purchased a new one to replace it.  Timing was not ideal as the weather turned and we were unable to get a coat of paint on it.  I was working in the yard over the weekend and realized that if I didn’t get my poop in a group….winter would be here and the shed would have no paint job….again

Let me tell you….I was not enthused to paint this thing.  So I decided to invest in a sprayer..  a Wagner Flexio 590….Spoiler……life saver!!!!

Here is a before shot, from when we were working on expanding our parking area.  The shed sticks out like a sore thumb with no paint.

thehappycrazyhouse-before-wagner-paint-sprayerI set aside a few hours on a nice day and got to work.  Here is a pic of my fab new toy

thehappycrazyhouse-wagnerflexio590 Now to warn you…..there was a nice practice sheet to work on before working on the real deal….but I figured that I had a giant wall with no windows to worry about…so I could practice on my shed.  It took me a few passes to really get the hang of it.  You can see in the pic the first quarter of the wall was quite thin, but I got better and better as I went.

thehappycrazyhouse-wagnerflexio590and better and better.  I kept time on 2 sides that I painted….so 20 minutes using the sprayer, including my learning curve.  I had additional work to do cutting in with a paint brush around the door.  So all in with painting and clean up time, it just under an hour.  Amaze-balls!!!  I was seriously concerned about the clean up on the sprayer but it was super easy.

thehappycrazyhouse-wagnerflexio590-paint-projectOverall – my purchase was a great one.  The clean up was easy and it was way faster than it would have been with just my roller.thehappycrazyhouse-wagnerflexio590-paint-projectthehappycrazyhouse-wagner-paint-projectp.s.  I purchased the sprayer all on my own…..I just wanted to let you know what I worked on this past weekend and what a great purchase it was. Crap!!!  The sprayer turned my weekend project into an afternoon project….so I kinda feel like I am getting away with something!!  It’s like those new washing machine commercials…..’Keep moving tiny people’

 

October 13th, 2014

DIY a Fall or Halloween Wreath

This fall I wanted to add a little something to the front of our house in honor of fall.  I looked online, in the stores, etc……but could not find one that I really felt like spending the money on.  Here are the supplies

I started with one styrofoam ring and the chevron ribbon – anchored the start of it with a flower pin…..you know the kind….the corsage kind.

thehappycrazyhouse-diy-fall-wreathThen start wrapping.  I kept the ribbon tight against the foam and wrapped all the way around.  I had left over – but instead of trimming off – I just continued wrapping and then pinned the end.

thehappycrazyhouse-diy-fall-wreathYou can see the bulk of the extra length at the top of the wreath.  I have absolutely no idea how to make a good looking bow without making it in separate pieces…so mine is in 2 pieces that I tied together and then pinned to the wreath.

I then took the orange sheer ribbon and started wrapping it around my arm to start making a bow.

thehappycrazyhouse-diy-fall-wreath-ribbonthehappycrazyhouse-diy-fall-wreath-ribbonthehappycrazyhouse-diy-fall-wreath-ribbonNow I start on the other wreath.  I start by using the large burlap ribbon and wrap it as I did the chevron wreath…..when it came to the extra length, I started making loose curls and pinning.

thehappycrazyhouse-diy-fall-wreath-ribbonI continued all the way around so there is a burlap base with loose waves all the way around. I then looped the last bit at the bottom and left 2 feet hanging straight down.  I then threaded the brown ribbon through the loops and left those ends to dangle as well.

IMG_2820Get those pretty DIY fall wreaths on the doors!

thehappycrazyhouse-diy-fall-wreath-ribbonthehappycrazyhouse-diy-fall-wreath-ribbonthehappycrazyhouse-diy-fall-wreath-ribbonFeels so good!

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October 8th, 2014

How to update a closet in an afternoon

OR
How to update a room in an afternoon….if your closet doors have been removed as ours are. Jane’s closet was looking pretty dismal in comparison to the rest of the room so I decided to kick it up a notch.
Before:
DSCN0736I removed everything from the closet and prepped the walls for paint…..this includes- spackle, sand paper and painters tape.

thehappycrazyhouse-in-progress-closet-updateI am using paint that I already had on hand….both for the wall color and the trim. is anyone noticing that I never painted the trim in the closet???  let’s pretend that never happened…..it’s fixed now :)

Wall:  Behr Premuim Plus in Carolina Coast

Trim:  Valspar white

thehappycrazyhouse-paint-inside-closet-diyIn the before picture you can see that the dresser needs some love. Jane liked to scale the front of it, so it is also missing knobs.

I also prepped the dresser for paint……this includes- wood putty, sand paper and painters tape. HA!!  I used the same paint, Valspar White (from the trim), on the dresser.

IMG_2789Also – a new set a knobs is in order.  These unfinished wood knobs came from Walmart.  I am using Krylon ColorMaster in Champagne Nouveau, a personal favorite, with a Krylon clear coat to top it off.

IMG_2802With some contact paper to keep it clean looking.  You should have seen me with this…..ridiculous.  All I can say is that this brand is pretty awesome.  I made some serious mistakes and was able to fix it all so that speaks volumes.

thehappycrazyhouse-paint-inside-closet-diy-update-dresserA final look

thehappycrazyhouse-paint-inside-closet-diy-paint-dresserWhat do you think??

 


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