Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I've been busy... another Changing Season sale!

I figured out why I'm never on here... It's not that I'm lazy, I'm, in fact, WAY too busy!

Now The Changing Season is open two weekends a month, and we practically sell out every sale. So, between my 'real' job, football, girl scouts, and all the committees I'm on... I'm going to bed with glitter every night!

Here are some pix of some of the pieces I've done, along with furniture, and a mix of new things Carrie has added to her store.

See... It's not that I don't like you all...

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Go Iowa State!!!


It's that time of year again. The leaves are changing, the air is crisp... it's football season!!!

I LoVe football. Really LOVE football. I don't know if it's growing up in the Midwest or what, but it's the best thing to watch, next to the DIY network. DH played in high school and college and now my son has his first experience at tackle football in 4th grade... and he's good (no proud mama here!)

I am a die-hard Cyclone. As an alumni, I am so proud to be one...

As they say in Iowa (especially around Iowa City), it must be in the water. So as the Cyclones kick off a very tough season this year, I am going to stay proud to be one...

Good luck to my Cyclones tonight and the rest of the season.

Monday, August 30, 2010

And she's done!

Hello All!

Have you ever decided to redo a piece of furniture with excitement and anticipation... especially when you've gotten a new 'toy' to play with?!?

Introducing Agnus...

She's a beauty, and with a $15.00 rebate at Menards, she's going to be worth the investment...

So,what did she want to tackle first?

How about this...

Yeah, a good cleaning (maybe) could get her by... but what if Agnus could make her look even better? Yes, it was time to give Agnus a chance to debut!

After a few (I won't tell how many) hours with Agnus and cabinet enamel paint we realized that regardless of what the label says on the paint can... thinning the paint is needed. We didn't attempt it this time, but for future reference if we'd like to shave 5 hours off our spraying time with Agnus... it's something to consider.

On the positive side of it, I have learned all of Agnus sweet spots! And at what angle my arm gets tired the quickest!

Now... to give Agnus her props...

I think she did a good job! How about you?

The Thrifty Home Refinished Furniture Party
Beyond The Picket Fence

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

NEVER will I make mom of the year!

Tell me, don't you HATE it when important days creep up on you and you're kicking yourself you weren't prepared even though you KNEW it was going to be here before you know it?!?


Yep, my life seems like that!


Today is the kids first day of school... Reyna in 6th grade, Wiley in 4th... so for over 6 years I've been taking first day of school pictures...


Well, besides the TERRIBLE cold I have (punishment perhaps) I spent all nightlast night at an auction, until 11:30 to be exact. So I didn't get prepared for my kids first day. No pedi and mani for Reyna... no good night-did-you-pack-everything kisses goodnight.


Thank goodness Mike is the new stay at home dad... but it's just not the same... I'm MOM I should do all that!

So, at 5:45 when I'm up and at 'em for work I realize I need to find my camera for Mike to take pictures...

I looked here...

and here...

Do you think with 3 months of advanced notice I'd be a little more prepared?!? Nope... In my 2 auctions in 3 days whirlwind of cold fighting I have COMPLETELY misplaced my camera...


So this is what I have, Mike's crappy phone pix...

I guess it's better than nothing... but the worse (and most embarrassing thing about it is we have no vehicles that provide room to take the kids to school in) Did I mention AUCTION UNTIL 11:30PM!?!?

SO, doing it up in hillbilly fashion, Mike loaded them up in the small available room in the back of the truck (not the load pictured) and off to school they went... (Oh what people in town must say about us!)

Happy 1st day of school everyone, and here's to getting alittle more organized NEXT year!!!


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

What? Summer is almost over?!?!

Can you believe it’s AUGUST? Where has the summer gone? I mean really? Wasn’t I supposed to have beers by the fire? Camping trips? Swimming with the kids? Bean bag games with neighbors?

I guess not… instead I’ve been busy working on projects for my friend’s store, The Changing Season ( I’m one of her only consignors (yeah for me!). She has opened an occasional store that’s open one weekend a month and business has been GREAT!

HOWEVER… that leaves me little time for beers by the fire, camping, swimming, (you get the picture).

Just so you don’t think I’m two timing you, I’ll show you some pix of the store. If I was a decent blogger I’d show you a quarter of what I’ve done and how I’ve done it. But I’m not decent, good, or even close.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Move over Mike and Frank, there's a new picker in town!

Well... it's been an exhausting couple of months! My friend Carrie has opened a new seasonal decor store in town, and I'm one of a couple consignors with her. I'm enjoying having an outlet for my finds, especially when I get to sell my pickins'!

I knew of this old hog building outside of town that a couple got along with the purchase of their new acreage... I told the owners, if they ever wanted to get rid of the stuff in there to give me a call.

*Ring Ring*

"Hey Kim, it's Adam, outside of town here, do you remember?" *heart skips a beat*

"Yep, I do."

"Hey, did you want to come out and look through that building" *doing a MAJOR happy dance*

Calmly... "Sure, whenever would work for you, of course."

"How about next weekend."

"Great! See you then!"


wait, there is more!

He couldn't believe I wanted all this stuff... he was even more shocked when I offered him money for it all! DH and I wouldn't have felt right if we didn't offer him something for these pieces... when we knew a couple gallons of poly and some scrubbing would bring us $$$$!!!

He took the money... and so far I've made 175% of my money back after selling the big counter (wish I took an after pix, it was beautiful!!!) and the old 'rustic secretary' a.k.a. the glass doored cupboard. It was used in barns to hold medicine and medical records for farm animals.

Adam DID call American Pickers... but I got there first! LOL!!

The only down side to the story is now we are called "The Clampetts" around town. People joke I should have been sitting on top of the truck in my rocking chair to make it official!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Whoa... look at the size of that thing!


I must share my uncle's great find. You're thinking some really great cupboard buried in the back of an old shed, or maybe a piece of sparkly bling in the dirt, or maybe a pair of old wheels off a wagon from years ago.

Yeah, I wish.

HOWEVER... this thing is almost as good. Well, at least it tastes much better than the treasures described above....

On a trip back to Iowa he discovered this...

yeah... look at the size of that thing! My aunt is holding up a 2-liter pop bottle for comparison.

You'd need a whole sack of flour and a full pound of butter for that morel!!!

YUMMY! Wish I was back in Colorado with him to share it... cause you know he can't, or at least shouldn't eat that all himself!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

One Year Anniversary...

WOW!!! It’s been just over a year since we started the bathroom remodel project! I can’t believe I haven’t shared it with you. Most of my good friends on here knew I started it some time ago; I believe I even posted a picture of my tub, then HELLO! I disappeared!

So, Let’s get to some pix, ‘cause who cares the steps that I took to tear it out, everyone can/loves doing demo (especially on a room you HATE!!!)

Shower corner before. Yep this retro, yet, festive Christmas-like paneling was covering the walls. Most of it was painted, and painted and did I mention painted? But some of it was left in its 1970’s beautiful state.

EEWWW… Here’s underneath the shower floor. Great support system as you can see, humm, do I blame me stepping through the floor on my weight or the support system. Yeah, definitely the support system. Dig the groovy tar backed linoleum?

Yeah, here’s the closet, bathroom in its massive glory! I’d take you on the tour, but this is it! In 1902 when they built my house they didn’t factor in bathrooms, so somewhere along the line someone decided to take the only closet in my upstairs and convert it into a bathroom. Yeah, that’s a WHOLE other subject!!

We (yes, my DH started helping with the demo when he knew I was serious) gutted the whole room, ceilings and ALL!!

NOW, look what we accomplished, all by doing it ourselves, well, except for some plumbing manifold installation from a plumber.

We did the electrical, most of the plumbing, installed all the fixtures, tiled, everything… and it only cost $3700 for the total remodel! The tub was our biggest cost at $1700. (I highly recommend acrylic tubs on 2nd floors!) Who knew a claw foot tub could fit in a 7x7 square foot closet! Just a little elbow grease, the DIY network, and a few smarts and anyone can do this... you might kill your significant other in the process, but it will be worth it... I promise!

Granted, it took us 7 months to fully complete, only because we took the ‘Hey, we have another bathroom…” “How many ball games this season?” “Don’t forget I’ve got classes every night this week…” “Saturday classes?” approach!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Let's try this again...

O.k. Let's see if the video works this time... *Sigh* Must have been a case of the Mondays...

Monday, April 26, 2010

Reveal at the bank!

My father/mother in law bought the old county bank in Clarksville a few weeks ago. (Built in 1882 they are the 4th owners!) Our hope as a family is to restore it to as close to the original state as we can. (then open an antique store!!)

As we demolish the apartment the previous owners put in the bank we are discovering so many amazing pieces of history.

This video is of my husband and father-in-law pulling the old oil cloth wallpaper off the wall to discover this mural. (We discovered the wallpaper by accident.) We're guessing it hasn't seen the light of day since the early 1900's as no one in town remembers this painting. The date on it is 1889.

We have found more great pieces of history I will have to share with everyone later. This was the most amazing thing to watch. My mother in law, sisters in law, and previous town librarian were all in tears as we unveiled this amazing piece of history!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Under $5.00 porch tea light

I swung by Target the other day and found these (didn't take a before pix) cute lantern tea lights for $1.00 in their dollar section at the front of the store.

Hum.... now what to do...

I have it!

Grab a can of Rust-Oleum Frosted Glass spray paint(around $4.00 at Home Depot) and a cute vinyl decal (could be from your Cricut, just a suggestion)

or a couple cute vinyl stickers...

and spray a light coating... it goes on clear but dries frosted so wait a couple seconds and see if you need more (it dries quickly)

and viola, cute porch tea lights!

(Forgot to remove my son's cap gun from my porch display BEFORE I took the pix!)

I'm linked up with...

Beyond The Picket Fence