Monday, January 31, 2011

Poor Apartment

Let’s be honest. I’m excited about owning my first home. (Obviously, I started a blog just so I could talk about it non-stop.) But I’m starting to feel sorry for my apartment.  It has turned into an old pair of jeans. You know when you buy a new pair of jeans and all of a sudden every other pair of jeans you own suck? None of the jeans in your closet can live up to the fabulously fitting new pair, the new pair that makes your butt look awesome and by default causes all your old jeans to make your butt look fat. The house is my new, look-at-my-amazing-butt, jeans and my apartment now makes me look's being rejected.

Knowing that we'll be moving out in a couple months makes it hard to want to put much effort into the apartment. Old furniture items are being tossed so corners are left empty, boxes are moving in, and craft projects are left hanging awkwardly on the wall. (Yarn Wreath.) 

I know it's only going to get worse as we get closer to the moving date, so I'd like to take this moment to remember the adorable apartment as it was. You've been good to us. (But I still can't wait to leave you.)

I didn't have a good apartment picture, but I think Maeby's face says it all.
Until next time...

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Yarn Wreath: Attempt No.1

I know I peaked everyone's interest by mentioning my awesome yarn wreath in my first blog post so I've decided not to torture you any longer. I now present to you, Yarn Wreath: Attempt No.1, also known as Trudy.

Just cute would this be for a baby shower? Such a great entry
display and an adorable gift for the mommy-to-be.

I'm pretty excited about Trudy, but I unfortunately selected the green color before we found our new home which, as you may remember, has green shutters and a green door. Therefore, this is Trudy's 15 minutes of fame. She sadly won't be making the cut to be our front door greeter. I'll be creating Yarn Wreath: Attempt No.2 in the near future, and I'll be sure to introduce you to Trudy's equally attractive little sister once she arrives. But before we forget all about Trudy, here are some close-ups.

This little project is great because you can be as creative as you like. There are about a million yarn color options as well as button options, and you can make as many felt flowers as your little heart desires. As you can see, I was digging the buttons this time around, but I think Trudy's little sis will be more flower focused. But the BEST part of this project is the price...under $9.

Here's the price breakdown:
  • Wreath Form: $2.99 (I used the straw version, but I'll be spending the extra couple bucks for the Styrofoam version next time since the straw makes the wreath a bit lumpy and it's harder to wrap.)
  • Felt Flowers: $0.60 for 2 sheets of felt
  • Buttons: FREE (thanks, Mom!)
  • Yarn: $2.99
  • Ribbon: $3.99 (Seems a little high, but I only used a tiny bit on this project) 
Not bad, right?

Until next time...

Friday, January 28, 2011

Meet our Future Home

So I was trying to fall asleep last night and all a sudden started feeling like I might be jinxing myself  by starting up this blog. You see, this blog is totally centered around our new home and, well, we don't actually own it yet. But have no fear kids, we are still in business! We got the news today (finally) that the bank has appraised the house for the full purchase price! For those that have not gone through the home buying process yet, this is a super big deal. If it didn't appraise for the right value, we wouldn't get our loan and as a result you would have to miss out on this most amazing blog. 

Now that it seems all the hoops have been jumped and we'll have no problem closing on our proposed date of February 25, I would like to introduce you to our future home...

She's cute, right? Sorry, that's all you get for now. This is just a first date, after all. There will be more to come later.

Until next time... 

Side note: I am now addicted to the Nate Burkus show. The only down-side is it's an hour long show that comes on every weekday and it's filling up my DVR. Hope the hubbie doesn't notice.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Where to Begin

So I must say coming up with your first official blog post is a little daunting. 

I've toyed with the idea of creating a blog a time or two, (mainly due to the encouragement of my older sister and avid blogger, Heather) but I've never quite felt motivated to fully dive in. I always ran into that "I don't know what to write about" and "I'm not witty enough" issue that keeps you from moving forward. Well, oddly enough, becoming a first-time home-buyer combined with my deep need to be creative in at least some way, shape, or form has proved to be the perfect blog motivation cocktail.

As the hubbie and I have progressed in the house-hunting/home-buying process, I have of course been looking online for all types of design inspiration for the new place...especially crafty, inexpensive design ideas. (Every girl loves getting a compliment on some gem she found in the super-sale, bargain bin.) Through my online searching, I've come across some genius blogs full of grand ideas, quick fixes and motivational stories for do-it-yourself home updating. All of which, led me to this. 

This is my blog. This is my personal design diary that will be filled with the true stories of my journey to the perfectly designed house. (Never going to happen, but a girl can dream, right?) This is where I can post the little projects that I work on so diligently and never show anyone. I mean, what's the point of creating an awesome yarn wreath if no one ever sees it? (Don't worry, I'll be posting that one later.) 

My hope is that the three of you that actually read this blog will give me feedback, suggestions and comments to challenge my creativity and to help me develop my first home.

Until next time...