February 28, 2013


After all of yesterday's excitement, do you think you can handle some more? I hope so because today marks the 9th monthiversary in our new house! That means we're 3/4 of the way towards our one year housiversary and I can't believe it!

If you're new here (Hiiiii!), a monthiversary is where I recap all of the projects I've done around our house in the past month. This month's projects included:

My (Completely Unofficial) Macklemore Thrift Shop Challenge finds

February 27, 2013

Winter Pinterest Challenge: DIY Trunk Coffee Table

Last week Young House Love issued the winter Pinterest Challenge and today's the day to share our projects!

I've done my fair share of DIY projects but I've never actually participated in one of the Pinterest Challenges before so today's a big day for me!

Ready to see what I made?

I made a trunk coffee table for our loft!

February 25, 2013

Foyer Progress

I made some progress on our foyer over the weekend. The last time you saw it, it looked like this:

Now it looks like this:

On a whim one night I brought the bench from our bedroom downstairs to see how it'd look. Of course I love it so now I need to buy another bench for our bedroom haha

February 19, 2013

Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner!

It's the moment you've all been waiting for! Can I get a drum roll, please? The winner of the agate bookends is...

Comment #34:

Which happens to be from:

Kelly at View Along the Way! Congratulations, Kelly! Email me your address and I'll ship your new bookends out ASAP :)

I had a lot of fun doing this giveaway and am thinking of doing more in the future so if you didn't win this time, there's always next time!

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February 14, 2013

DIY Network Feature

Happy Valentine's Day!

DIY Network showed me some love yesterday by featuring the $15 chunky wooden floating shelves we built back in September on their blog, The Pegboard.

I sent some updated photos of the shelves to DIY Network since I recently restyled them:

I'd love to show you full shots of the rest of the room but we still need to add some moulding to the bottom 1/3 of it and decide on whether or not we want to change out the mirror again. Soon, my friends, soon!

Thanks again to Emily for featuring my shelves! :)

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February 12, 2013

Gem Show Finds + Giveaway

Congratulations to Kelly at View Along the Way for winning the bookends!

Yesterday I recapped my adventures at the gem show and today I'm back to show you what I got and to giveaway some agate bookends! Let's start with my finds:

I got the citrine crystal cluster candleholder (say that 10 times fast...) on the left for $4.50 and the crystal cluster on the right for $3.28!

February 11, 2013

Gem Show Recap

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? I spent mine at the gem show!

It's hard to wrap your head around how big the show actually is unless you go but it's madness! A variety of vendors are everywhere and there's a TON of stuff for sale.

Ready for a ton of photos? Here we go!

February 8, 2013

Blue French Horn

Remember the $5 brass French horn looking instrument I got for my (completely unofficial) Macklemore thrift shop challenge? If not, here's a refresher:

Update: Thanks to Brandi's expertise, I now know that I have a Trompe de Chasse and not a "French horn looking instrument" :)

I mentioned how I planned on painting it blue as a nod to the blue French horn Ted stole for Robin in an episode of How I Met Your Mother and a lot of you seemed to be as excited about the idea as I was! Well guess what happened Wednesday night? The French horn went from brass to blue!

February 6, 2013

DIY Pyramid Stud Trim Vase

Sometimes I need to remind myself that simple DIY projects can have the same impact as the more complicated ones. Case in point:

I DIY'd a pyramid stud trim vase in about 5 minutes using these 3 supplies I had on hand:

February 4, 2013

Vote For Me, Homie

Update: I'm up to 19 votes! Thank you to Kelly, Michelle, Chelsea, and everyone else for voting for me!

I don't know how it happened but someone somewhere nominated my blog for Apartment Therapy's Homie Awards! Thank you, thank you, thank you! :)

I'm nominated in the 'Best Home Project & DIY Blog' category and currently have 12 votes. There's a lot of competition, and I'm pretty far behind, so I'd love it if you could vote for me to try and move me into the first round of voting!

If you don't have an Apartment Therapy account, it only takes a few clicks to sign up for one and if you don't check the newsletter boxes, they won't spam your inbox! Once the contest is over, you can delete your account and pretend it never existed!

Voting on the nominations ends at midnight on Friday so tell your friends, family, acquaintances, co-workers, the cashier at Target, etc. to vote for me!

Honestly though, even if I don't make it into the next round of voting, it's an honor to have been nominated and to see my blog's name listed amongst some of the biggest bloggers out there! I kind of feel like maybe all of my hard work is finally starting to pay off and maybe, just maybe, I'm starting to get a little bit of recognition for it :)

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February 1, 2013

My (Completely Unofficial) Macklemore Thrift Shop Challenge Finds

Last Friday, Young House Love issued The (Completely Unofficial) Macklemore Thrift Shop Challenge and I gladly accepted it!

For those of you unfamiliar with the song, you can watch the clean version of the video here:

If you don't like rap music, or can't watch the video because you're at work, basically Macklemore goes thrift shopping with "20 dollas in his pocket" looking for a "come up" AKA something of value. It's become an anthem of sorts for those that frequent thrift shops regularly.

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