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White Barn Wedding – Prospect, Pennsylvania

August 26, 2016 | White Barn | Prospect, Pennsylvania.
All photos are courtesy of the fabulous John Kendelhardt Photography.
Bride’s makeup by The Pittsburgh Stylist.
Flowers by Posies by Patti.

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Basement Freshening

1One evening after work last week, I decided to take some of my leftover, light blue paint from the dining room, and paint the basement stairs. It was a spur-of-the-moment decision that led to me painting the entire stairwell, stairs, AND the basement floor. Most of my (unfinished) basement was that sort of mint-ish green from the 50’s. It could be worse. The stairs are lined with this god-awful, brown speckled carpet runner. However, that will remain because it serves a safety purpose.

Adam in his workshop area-Jack on the table to the left.

Adam in his workshop area-Jack on the table to the left.

I have to say, painting sucks. Some people find it to be soothing, while others seem to hate it. To me-it’s a necessary evil. Paint is a relatively inexpensive fix that has the ability to completely transform a space, and when you are using leftover paint from a previous project, you are really saving yourself time and money.

Patched crack.

Patched crack.

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Ta da! Floor paint…

So what did I do to prep the space? First I moved the dreaded litter box upstairs, along with Jack’s food and water, and locked the cat door. I’m sure that he would have loved to step in wet paint and mark his palace with his autograph. No such luck, panther kitty. Next, Adam and I moved all of the STUFF to one half of the basement. I had to patch a crack in the floor prior to painting. (Well, I didn’t HAVE to, but I wanted to do this right). I already had floor paint that I had used to paint the outside step (win). So I went at it. A couple days later, we moved the STUFF to the other side and I painted that side. Now it is all back in place. The space feels fresher. On to the next project. 46

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A Martha Stewart Halloween idea…Gone Right!

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Check out this win! I used construction paper, scissors, and tape to create my creepy mice on the stairs decoration. This was a Martha Stewart idea that was straight forward and actually worked. I free-handed the mice but if you are unable to do so, there are templates on the website. Happy Halloween!

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Boo! Happy Halloween!

I love Autumn. The colors, the smells, the tastes, the activities-everything about it! I also have always had a lot of fun with Halloween. So, lately I have been doing a little bit of crafting. I made cheesecloth ghosts and also decoupaged a box with old fashioned Halloween images. Perhaps my decorating is getting out of control. Nevertheless, I’m excited about it. Here are my indoor decorations:

Light up spider,  pumpkin thing, another ghost.

Light up spider, pumpkin thing, another ghost.

Cheesecloth ghost in the middle.

Cheesecloth ghost in the middle.

My decoupaged box in the entryway.

My decoupaged box in the entryway.

A wooden jackolantern that I made a few years ago.

A wooden jackolantern that I made a few years ago.

I cut some bats out of a random sheet of black plastic that I had lying around.

I cut some bats out of a random sheet of black plastic that I had lying around.

Okay-perhaps a little tacky, but I couldn't resist the Halloween caution tape.

Okay-perhaps a little tacky, but I couldn’t resist the Halloween caution tape.

The eyes light up and change color...boooo!

The eyes light up and change color…boooo!

The pot filled with straw stuff-actually, this would pretty much match the study year-round.

The pot filled with straw stuff-actually, this would pretty much match the study year-round.

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Artwork & Glass Ball

The dining room is continuing to come together. I am keeping my eyes peeled for a buffet or cabinet that I can paint black to match the rest of the furniture. Not only would this provide additional storage space and a place to put dishes during a party, I think it would complete the room. I hung the beautiful glass ball that my mother got me for Christmas a few years ago from the chandelier. I also hung a print that my sister Grace made on the wall. The pictures don’t do either thing justice.

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Spring Refreshers

Me with a giant leaf blower!

Me with a giant leaf blower!

It’s finally Spring and I am so excited and looking forward to all of the wonderful things that happen this time of the year. The weather has warmed up, the birds are chirping, that terribly harsh winter has finally taken a vacation (and I hope it’s a long one). My house is doing well, too. I have some Spring and Summer projects in mind, but nothing major. Part of me is relieved about that, but the other part truly loves the larger projects that can be easily noticed. No matter, though. I will notice my smaller details, and that’s what matters.

Audrey "helping" with the sand.

Audrey “helping” with the sand.

As soon as the weather was nice, Adam borrowed a large leaf blower, and we tackled what should have been done a long time ago. The leaf blower was a beast-monster and I just HAD to try it.  Needless to say, I could barely lift my arm the rest of the day.

While he continued to rake, I decided to do some patio maintenance. I headed out to the semi-permanent sand dune that resides in my back alley, and got to work. Audrey helped.

As soon as I had a weather forecast with warm temperatures and low chances of rain, I

The patio survived a long winter.

The patio survived a long winter.

took full advantage and re-painted the front steps. It has been 2 years since they were first painted (I have now owned the home for 2 years!), so they needed a fresh coat due to foot traffic. Luckily, I still had the original gallon.

Front steps are painting, garden is mulched.

Front steps are painting, garden is mulched.

I am pleased to report that my garden looks well! The perennials that my mother and I planted last year are thriving. I took the time one day after work this week to lay some fresh mulch and it made a beautiful difference, as always.

My projects for the next few months include:

  • Painting the kitchen I don’t plan on changing the color very much, but when I moved in, the entire interior of my house had been painted contractor’s beige. While I find the color to be warm and neutral, the paint itself is a true nightmare. It feels like sandpaper, cannot be cleaned, and takes on any and all fingerprints that it can. It doesn’t help that I had an oatmeal incident in the hallway one clumsy day before work.
  • Painting the dining room, family room, downstairs hallway, up the stairs, and upstairs hallway (Please note that all of these rooms have unfortunate fingerprints/wall stains that cannot be removed. This WILL be annoying. The most disappointing part I think is that I don’t know if the new paint will be that big of a change. It’s one of those things that just has to be addressed. Wear and tear.
  • Painting the Garage Door (It’s just cracked and icky.)
  • Cleaning out the yucky plumber drum-ma-bob that links to my bathtub (should be interesting).

Misc. Home Things

I took a few pictures over the weekend of some of the rooms in my house. It’s hard to believe that I am approaching my 1-year anniversary of home ownership (April!). It has certainly been an interesting and exciting journey, and I’m sure it will continue to be. Here are some miscellaneous pictures of little touches around the house. This week I have 2 different companies coming to give estimates for new windows for the entire house! I’m very excited.

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Kitchen! There are some wonderful Italian prints, courtesy of Aunt Jenny. The table is courtesy of my mom. The teapots on display are some that I have gathered over the years.

My family room since I have rearranged it. Looks very..Ikea

My family room since I have rearranged it. Looks very..Ikea

Here is my dining room. I still plan to get a new light fixture sometime soon. The placemats are from the dollar store :-)

Here is my dining room. I still plan to get a new light fixture sometime soon. The placemats are from the dollar store 🙂

Christmas lights

Christmas lights

Not the best Picture but This is my house decorated for Christmas.

Mysterious Snap Dragon

Over the weekend I noticed this snap dragon mysteriously growing out of the cinder block retaining wall next to my driveway. It cracked me up!! 🙂

Scrapping the Awnings

Awning scraps after we lifted them into the dumpster.

Okay Okay. By now you are probably sick and tired of hearing about these aluminum circus awnings, but I doubt this is the last time I will bring them up. This past weekend was devoted to moving furniture from the storage unit into my house. However, my dad and I thought that while we had the moving truck in our possession, it would be wise to take the remaining pile of unsightly aluminum sitting in my backyard to be scrapped.

My dad, friend, and I threw the metal in the back of the truck, piece by piece. We hopped in and headed an exit over to Neville Island. There we followed the river in an attempt to find the proper business that would accept the metal.

Here is the scrap yard. Looks dangerous.

Once we arrived at the proper place, I was amazed by the seemingly endless piles of rusted metal, men in hardhats, and large machinery. At that point I wished that I was wearing steel-toed boots, thick jeans, gloves, and a hardhat. Instead I was sporting some cargo shorts and flip flops.

A hairy, tattooed gentleman instructed us to back into the warehouse area, wait for him to drive a dumpster behind the truck, and then load all of the scrap into it. The entire scrap site reminded me of The Brave Little Toaster.

In the end, we were lucky enough to walk away with $87 dollars. Who knew that I would end up profiting from those ridiculous awnings.