Table Project – Part 2

Hello all, happy Wednesday! How are you this week?

I’m feeling pretty good today, it’s day 3 of my brief summer break. I’m feeling well rested and excited to tackle this table project I have planned!

I got started on sanding one of the three pieces of wood today, and it is definitely a little harder than I thought it would be. I did some research online to find the best approach with cedar wood.  There was a page on eBay that has been extremely helpful to me, and it advised me to use sandpaper with grit between 140 to 180. This is because cedar wood is soft and porous (the higher the grit, the less coarse the sandpaper). It also said to use tack cloth along with it, specifically after the sanding, to pick up all of the dust and particles sanded off of the wood. You can click here to view the article.

So far this is how it’s looking after the first round of sanding.

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I walked over to Bi Mart for these materials and was able to find sandpaper with a grit of 150, along with some tack cloth. Together these cost me only $4.28, pretty cheap!

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And of course as soon as I was ready to get started, my furry sidekick Nessy was sitting on the table, so properly, waiting to assist me ♥

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While I was at the store, I looked in the paint section to see what my options were and what prices I’d be facing later on. I came across a really nice, soft blue color called Serenity Blue. This light color would allow our hardwood floors to stand out quite a bit I think. I’m considering this as one of my color options, but I’d still like to keep myself open to other ideas. I use blue a lot these days, so it might be nice to break out from that, but we will see.

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I might need to go over the first piece once more, I got it pretty well smoothed out, but I might need to make it smoother. I think I’ll ask my husband first what he thinks and then decide. I haven’t done any wood projects before, and he knows a little more about this stuff than I do.

That’s all I’ve got for you today! Any advise or critique is welcome, and greatly appreciated!

Thanks for stopping by!

Little Things of the Week #6

Hey WordPress friends! What a week this has been! I’m so excited to get into the highlights, I had my finals this last week and graduated yesterday. I’ll go ahead and jump right into it!

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This last Wednesday was date night with Kris. We take turns every week on what we want to do. So two weeks ago I picked a movie night, and this week he chose to take me out to eat at this really cool Vietnamese restaurant in town called Kimhoa’s.

It was really fun! I can’t remembered the name of the soup I ordered, but it had egg noodles, pork and wan tons. It was so good! It took a while to eat though, because they didn’t give us forks in case we couldn’t handle the chopsticks and ladles, haha! I did eventually get the hang of the technique.

We had a really nice time here, and had an interesting discussion about the culture and about geography of that area in general. It was really fun to try and educational too. It was just fun to try something new, I love Asian foods but I had never tried Vietnamese until Wednesday. We will definitely go back!

The majority of my pictures are from yesterday, since it was definitely the highlight of my week! Yesterday, I graduated from college, and it was the best day!

I worked hard for five years, and I finally am getting what I hoped for all this time ♥

I will receive (after my final term this summer) my degree in Business, and hopefully with that, I will be able to have my dream job of being a Home Stager!

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I was really excited to find out that we were allowed to decorate our caps, so of course, for the entire month I was thinking of a million different ways I could do it. I finally decided on my Up themed cap as you can see here.

Songs of the week:

Who’s To Say → Vanessa Carlton – I love this song. It came up on shuffle while I was in the car, and I have been listening to it a lot this week. It has a pretty melody and chorus, and the words are great. It reminds me of when Kris and I were dating in high school and talked about getting married one day. Thankfully our families supported us, but a lot of other people we encountered would constantly tell us “You’re too young” or “marriage is no walk in the park, it takes work and it isn’t always fun”. Of course we knew all of these things, but we knew what we have is the real thing. So this song really speaks to me, because I got so tired of people saying things like that to us.

Also, she has so much talent and I want so badly to play piano as well as she does! I took lessons for nine years but I’m not quite at her level, ha!

That is the only song I have for this week, as well as highlights. It is much shorter than normal, but graduation really was the highlight of my week. Next week is my break before summer term, so I might have more adventures to share with you all.

Did any of you graduate this year? Any fun songs stuck in your head this week? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

 

Entryway Wall Makeover

Hello readers! I hope you’re all doing well and having a good week. I wanted to share with you my recent project in the entryway of the apartment.

One of the first areas that I decorated when we moved in was the entryway wall, and I did it in such a rush that everything looked random and not very well put together (in other words, I was too impatient to wait and needed to decorate something, asap). So I decided to redo this wall and I am really pleased with the way it turned out!

 

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This is the finished product! My goal for this area was to fill up as much of the blank space as I could, and to make it the area of the apartment where the three of us (me, my husband and my brother in law) could find things of importance and keep each other up to date on things. We haven’t been very good about splitting up chores for example. We all do them, but sometimes we do the same one while the rest of the house is in need of some TLC, so I made a chart for dividing up household duties.

Along with that is our whiteboard calendar. I have had this calendar for almost a year now, and it has served as a helpful tool in keeping each other up to date on our work schedules and other events.

I think my favorite part of this project was finding the black wire basket. I found it at Michaels (I know, shocker) for about $15. I decided to make it our designated mail box where we keep important letters, bills, etc. I actually found a cardboard mailbox at Hobby Lobby last winter, and I decorated it and used it as a place for our mail, but it wasn’t helpful. Everyone kept forgetting it was on the bookshelf and mail would get lost and forgotten inside of it. So I figured I would start fresh with this wire basket, and make sure it’s well seen so that everyone will remember to open their mail.

I’ve had the decorative signs you see in the top right corner for a while now. I wanted to add them as the final elements to fill in the small space that was left. I found the “Home” sign at a fun little thrift shop called the Find near my college campus. The “131” drawing was made by me, with printer paper and black pen, pretty simple.

I am so glad I redid this wall, not only does it look more organized and put together, but it serves as a go-to area where all of us can keep up with what’s going on. With all of us having opposite work/class schedules, it can be hard to communicate sometimes, so this serves as another way of doing it.

If you are living with several roommates or family members and life gets busy among all of you, maybe try designating a specific area of your home to keeping each other posted and making sure responsibilities are taken care of.  I chose the entryway for this because it’s a spot that you can’t avoid when you walk into the apartment. I have had this up for a week now, and already my life is feeling more together – as much as it can anyway, I’m only 23 and have no idea what I’m doing.  😉

I hope you all enjoyed this post, let me know in the comments what you think, and follow me to see more of my decorating adventures!

 

 

Putting a Creative Touch on your Potted Plants

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Hello readers, happy Friday! I hope you are well, and thank you for visiting my page today. Really, thank you so much!

I have had a tough couple of weeks! Last week, I had to finish more homework than normal because I was going to be out of town that weekend. This last week, I have been battling a cold; a nasty, unforgiving cold. So needless to say, I haven’t had many opportunities to talk to you all on Little Things.

So with all of that to say, thank you for your patience. I’m still new to blogging, and I’m trying my best to stick to a writing schedule, but sometimes I mess up. I appreciate everyone’s grace and support!

To move on, I wanted to share my new potted plants with you all!

I bought these plants earlier in the day, the left one is called a Water Miser and the plant to the right is called a Shake Cotyledon. I was very selective going into Fred Meyer, I wanted something fairly easy to keep alive. I don’t have the best track record with plants, but growing and caring for them is a hobby I’d like to develop. So I thought these would be an easy starting point. I’m excited to see how beautifully they grow!

I had a last minute thought as I transferred them to their containers: Why not label them by their scientific name?

I had exactly two small chalk labels left in my craft drawer and decided to take advantage of them. So I labeled each plant by their scientific name, as you can see above. It’s my goal to have several plants in this apartment over the summer, and I wanted to come up with a fun way to make them stand out!

Also, I just discovered that at my apartment complex, there is a community garden area and I was thinking of trying out my green thumb there as well. I might make a feature out of it, since I’m new to this and it would be fun to note my progress maybe once a week. I will look into it soon, so stay tuned!

Hopefully this is of inspiration to you all. I bought both the pots and the plants for $13, so it wasn’t too expensive.

So if you are looking for a fun way to decorate your plants, give this a shot!

Let me know in the comments what you think, I would love to hear from you.

Thanks everyone!

 

 

Little Things of the Week #2

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Hey everyone, good morning to you all!

As you may have noticed, yesterday I failed to put this post out as I said I would be doing every Friday. I had some personal things come up that required my attention and I unfortunately did not have any time left over to write. I am sorry!

I take my blog very seriously, and I want to make sure that I am consistent in my writing and as professional about the structure of this blog as I can be, and I messed up yesterday. I apologize, and I can assure you that I fully intend to write for this feature every week. I’m still learning how to fit blogging into my crazy life schedule and I still make mistakes now and then, and I’m sure mistakes will continue to occur and I plan to learn from all of them.

With that being said, I’ll go ahead and dive into this week!

This was definitely a good week, but it was also a busy one. I did twice as much homework as I normally do and Kris was sick, so not a whole lot actually happened unfortunately. But I still have some wonderful moments that I can pull out of it, and I think this week I’ll go for a “top five moments” approach.

#5 –  Monday Movie Night

On Monday, Kris and I sat down and had a movie night together, and it was everything that I needed that day. He normally works until late on Monday’s but he stayed home sick. I was exhausted from homework, and I had studied for a test all morning leading up to my class which was in the middle of the afternoon. So coming home from class after all of that and then having to do more really wiped me out! Kris and I decided that we would put our responsibilities aside and just sit down and watch something with each other, so being the adults that we are, we watched Shrek 2.

I really enjoyed that night together. I have seen this movie a thousand times, but knowing that you are watching it because you are making time to be with another person out of love for them makes the familiar experience a little more enjoyable ♥

#4 – Make Your Own Pizza

On that same night, after the movie ended, Kris and I went to the store and grabbed some ingredients to make our own pizza rather than order one. The interesting thing about our relationship is that I take so much enjoyment out of doing ordinary and simple things together. He loves to make food, LOVES it, and I know that this made him feel better since he was stuck at home sick all day for the second day in a row. I love getting to see him excited over making food, I can tell it is relaxing and fun for him to cook and I’m glad that it was able to brighten his day some.

#3 – Beautiful Oregon Sunshine

I had a really busy day on campus yesterday, but I was so happy to be there because of how bright and sunny it was! This is my last year at Western and I feel both excited and a little sad that soon I won’t be coming back. Springtime at Western is my favorite time because of how green the place looks, there’s nothing like it ♥ There are trees that hug the main campus road and they just engulf the whole area and it feels like I’m surrounded by nature rather than just school buildings.

#2 – Cleaning Up the House

Also yesterday, I took some time after my classes to clean up around the apartment. As you may have seen in my last blog entry A Great Perspective on House Cleaning, I take a lot of enjoyment out of doing chores around the house. I had a tall list of things to work on yesterday: homework, cleaning out my car, running a couple of errands, but cleaning really helped me to calm down and focus on whatever I was doing in that moment.

#1 – Guardians of the Galaxy

The part of my week that made it to number one was definitely the movie night on Thursday when my husband and brother-in-law and I watched Guardians of the Galaxy together! I had been looking forward to this movie all week. Kris and I have been trying to set aside one day every week to be together and do something fun. He has never seen this movie and I was seeing it for the first time myself technically. I say technically because when I actually did see it for the first time, people were talking through the entire thing and I had no idea what was going on. Anyway, we all really enjoyed it! I love the Marvel universe and enjoy almost all of the movies that come out, and I’m really glad that I had a chance to finally see this one. Now I’m dying to see the second movie!

So that was my week this time around! It was not very eventful with homework taking over my time and poor Kris getting sick and having to take care of him. Regardless, there are always a few gems that I can pick out that help brighten a busy week, and I’m glad I had some moments that made this week fun and memorable!

Thank you all for reading!

 

Fun Living Room Project in the Making

 

Hey there readers, happy Monday! I have a fun project I’d like to share with you all! This one hasn’t even been started yet, but the ideas and design are currently being brainstormed and I wanted to let you in on what’s going on.

Kristofer and I currently have a TV stand that we are using for the TV and other consoles we use, and it is small, very small. To add to the inconvenience, the cable outlet is right next to the large (and only) window we have in the living room. So the TV sits awkwardly in the corner and overlaps with the window so that we can connect everything nearby.

We decided that since we can’t do much about the positioning of our entertainment center, we want to build a stand that adds convenience but also accentuates the window in the room.

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What we plan to do is make a large wooden structure that serves as a bench with storage space underneath the window, and an entertainment center at the far left. The structure would extend from the left end of the window to the corner on the right.

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This is what we drew up as our final design, and we plan to start buying wood pieces for it soon and begin building.

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This is the paint color Rain (6219). I looked at a few soft grays and found this one to be my favorite, so I plan to paint the structure this color. This photo can be found at its original source rughdesign.com if you want to learn more about it.

Once we reach a certain point in building it, of course I will want seat cushions and curtains as well. I’m trying to take this project one step at a time though, it’s the biggest one Kristofer and I have ever taken on!

We estimated this whole process to cost at least $200, which is a lot for us, so we will have to take this on in small pieces. It would be nice to do it all at once of course, but it gives me more blogging material to work with if I can write about it for the next couple of months.

I’m excited to share our journey with you on the blog!

Do you have any suggestions or comments? Let me know what you think, I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for reading everyone!

Coastal Bathroom Additions

Hey everyone! Happy Tuesday to you all, I hope you’re all well!

Today I wanted to share with you a couple of additions I made to the bathroom. A few weeks back, in early April, my husband Kris and I decided to decorate the bathroom into a coastal/beach theme, and we got the project started with the intention to add to it later on. You can see that entry here.

Last Friday I made some time to do a little more shopping for the bathroom and came up with some fun and useful ideas!

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So to start off, I’m gonna talk about my absolute favorite piece: This octopus framed photo ♥♥♥ What I love most about this picture is the way that it stands out against these white walls. It makes a statement and adds some fun to the space. Also, I love octopi, they’re pretty darn cute ♥ I have seen a lot of examples of people’s take on a coastal themed room, and I wanted to be a little creative and add some elements that I don’t really see too often, and when I saw this small poster at Michaels I immediately wanted it. I suppose this is more of an ocean thing than a beach thing, but the two are so closely related that I wanted to blur the lines a little bit. After all, this process should be about having fun and making the space my own!

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On the counter, I adde the green jar with the netting around it that holds our toothbrushes. I have been loving the greens and blues lately, so this theme has been a lot of fun for me to work with. I’m trying to stick with green and blue as the basic color scheme.

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I’m not entirely sure, but I think this towel hook is supposed to be a bird feather that is painted gold. I’ve had my eye on this one for a couple of weeks now, it’s sold at Michaels right now for 50% off, and I finally caved and purchased it last week with the rest of the décor. The gold color of it matches the gold rectangular plate that holds the netted green jar among other things that you can see in the photo above. It’s probably my second favorite decoration in here, and I’m lucky to have grabbed one of the last ones!

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These letters were more of a last minute decision, as in last night! My brother-in-law lives with us so three people sharing a bathroom has been interesting. It hasn’t been an issue, except that we get our bath towels mixed up and we aren’t sure whose is whose, and it gets confusing. So I decided to put our initials above the towel rack as you can see so that we can avoid getting confused again. I grabbed these letters at Michaels and painted them French Teal. I LOVE this color!

An additional tip for those who share a bathroom with multiple people: Have different colored towels for each person that help go with the color scheme already present in your bathroom. It is a dangerous game for everyone to be using the same colored towel, and an unsanitary one too lol!

These new additions cost roughly $60, I had a lot of gift card money so I was able to buy more than I can normally afford. Thank you to any family reading this who gave me Michaels gift cards for my birthday! They were much appreciated ♥

So if you are looking for ways to bring a little beach to your bathroom, hopefully my take on it brought you some inspiration! Let me know in the comments below what you think, and follow me if you want to see more of my decorating adventures!

Thanks for reading!