Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I'm almost done

I have been working on a cabinet DIY project for a while.
  I must say that it is taking a lot longer than I thought it would.
I am pretty pleased with how it is turning out.
I think that it will really improve the space that I am putting it in.
I will have pictures and all soon.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


“When life inspires our home, our home will inspire our life.”
Melissa Michaels

 I found this quote over at

isn't it perfect?  I absolutely love it. 

She is also having an awesome give away pop over to enter, you'll be sorry if you miss it!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

6 Ways to Like Your Home - Make that 7

As I was blog surfing constantly today, I came upon this blog site.
It was very refreshing I thought.   Don't you just sometimes feel the pressure to make, buy, steal search for great home idea's to make your home a lovely, should I say "Paradise".  I know I do.  Especially this time of year.  So when I found this post I took a deep breath and thought what easy ideas they were and probably would make a big difference in how you felt about your house.  Anywho, to read the entire post click on the link above.  But here are the 6 7 ideas.

1.  Clean Something
2.  Fix One Thing
3.  Make Your House Smell Good
4.  Shake It Up By Shopping The House
5.  Find Something To Paint
6.  Do Something Out Of The Ordinary

I'm going to add one my own

7. Open Up All The Blinds
Nothing makes me feel cheerier (that's a word, right?) than the sun shinning in. With the air conditioner on full blast of course.  Love the sun, not the heat.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

How did this happen?!

So I saved this link in my inspiration file a while ago and I thought that it would be a perfect summer project.  I can do this indoors avoiding the hot outdoors enjoying the air conditioning.  I loved the look of this the minute I saw it.  You can see Amy's idea here at The Idea Room.

So I shopped around for the biggest J that I could find (Joann Crafts) and spent a week or two searching for the perfect paper.  I loved Amy's and wanted something equally awesome.  Finally I had all that I needed. 

I got up early on a Saturday morning and painted my paper mache letter black with some acrylic paint.  

Then I spent hours painstakingly matching up the pattern on the paper...

and mod podgeing it on......

I had to wait several hours for it to dry....
and when I went to put the final coat of mod Podge on, I noticed something was not quite right....


Could I be that dense?
Maybe no one would notice.... Yeah, right!!

It only took HH about two seconds.  I left it propped up on the fireplace and when he sat down at the table to eat some lunch, he calls to me and says,  "Honey, could you come here for a second?"  I knew from the tone in his voice...  you know the, "I don't want to hurt her feelings, but she really messed up this craft" tone.

I came in and said "Are you going to tell me that I just spent hours on my J and that I did it BACKWARDS!"

He replies, "Well, just so you know."

Thanks for watching out for me snookems.

Where's the silver lining in this?  Well after several days of leaving it propped up on the fireplace, I decided that I didn't like that "perfect" paper that I spent a week looking for.  Don't get me wrong, I do love the paper, just not for this....
What do you think?  Any idea's.

I am open for any suggestions, other than putting the paper on the right side this time.  I couldn't possibly get it wrong twice in a row.  Could I?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Scout Camp

So my HH (Handsome Hubby) and Bear (kiddo #4) have left for scout camp, they will be gone all week.  This makes for a very quiet house.  Since (kiddo #2) and (kiddo#3) work all day.  My hopes are to do a lot of crafting and DIY's while they are gone.  So far..... just a lot of blog surfing.  That's important too! Right?!  I am going to have to get busy, however, or I will just be mad at myself for not getting what I wanted done.
Bear finished his eagle project right before he left, so I worked on pictures
and  getting them ordered so that I can get his application turned in.
He is trying so hard to have it all done by his 14th birthday.  Which is in 6 days!!!  Oh, my babies are all growing up.  It will be so peaceful lonely around here when they are all grown.
Anywho, I am off to accomplish some crafts, wish me luck!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

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Set me up with a link and lets have some fun!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


I am so NOT a gardener, having said that, I totally get the spring/summer itch to plant pretty flowers and bushes.  Last year HH and I decided to buy a couple of perennials each year and hopefully make the whole planting thing easier.  This year we added 2 lilac bushes, (this is our 4th attempt at lilac bushes since we've been married, I grew up loving them, but I think they secretly hate me!)  1 Day Lily, and 2 other plants that I can't remember the names of, but I will figure it out and post them pronto!  Anywho, I wish that I had taken pictures of the yard earlier in the summer cuz the Iris's were so pretty this spring and the flower bed was also much prettier a couple of weeks ago, but here is a picture anyway.
The lawn obviously needs a little attention.

Click to enlarge picture
The poor little Snow Ball bush we planted last year got "mowed" over by the kids right
after we planted it.  But it looks like it is starting to grow this year from the root.  Cross your fingers!
We totally put bricks around it to protect it from the yard "help".

Monday, July 5, 2010

Here is the Kitchen all shrink wrapped.  JK  It kind of looks like it is though.  HH (Handsome Hubby) trying to keep as much dust contained to the Kitchen as possible.  We are ready to start refinishing the floor. And by we I mean Him!
There is the HH in action.  This may look like an easy task but it took way longer than we thought it would.  HH ended up having to go back to work (he was attempting this on his vacation week)  so once he was back to work, progress was sloooow.  It actually took about 4 weeks to get the kitchen all put back together but it was so worth the wait.
Taa Daa here it is finished.  We still have to remove the painters tape and move the appliances back in, but IT"S done.  I think he did an awesome job, Don't you?  He is way to critical of his work but I think it's fabulous. 
Well that's one project done.  On to the next.  Don't tell HH, we're gonna have to ease into it.  Shhhhh!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th Everyone

Hope you are all having a fantastic 4th!  This evening my family and I took a walk around the neighborhood, just as everyone was out lighting their fireworks.  DD #2 said, "This is the way to do it, we see all the pretty fireworks and they spend all the money!"  Lol, I thought that was so funny.  Who says kids don't know how to be thrifty.  I only walked a mile with them, they went on to do 2 more.  (I hate my bad feet)  I keep thinking that if I just keep walking my feet will get better somehow.  But it's hard to walk when they hurt.  It's kind of the chicken and the egg thing.  Oh well.  I'm getting ready to post some pictures of some of the projects we're up to here at the Johnson Home, so come back and check it out.  Go ahead and be a "Follower" too!  It will be a fun journey.


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