May 27, 2010

Finished Projects

**Note: My house is a cave on the brightest day, I apologize for the terrible photos.

I told you that we'd been trying to get some work done around the house before Nick's parents came, right? Here are a few of the projects we got (mostly) finished...

The Guest Room

I made some very bright and colorful curtains for the guest room. I bought some of that pre-patchworked (like this) fabric at JoAnn. I thought it would look good with the quilt that's in the room. It's the most colorful room in our house.

The Dining Room

 This is a photo of the room before we moved in. The door to the kitchen is long gone too, you can see how unnecessary it was with the kitchen just off to the right.

We took the Japanese doors and window screen out pretty quickly, but I only just finished patching up all the holes from all the framing it took to hang them.

We've replaced the light fixture, painted and I made some curtains too. Eventually I will be hemming the curtains and adding some decorative buttons to the tabs at the top. For now, it's just nice to have them hanging, haha.

The Hallway

We've still got a few walls that need some love, but I finally finished the quilt I was working on for the wall opposite the entryway.

Yep, it's the same line of fabric I used for both the living room and dining room curtains. I hope it's not too much of one thing.

Since this quilt was actually for us, I took my time and freehand quilted the whole thing. It took forever but I like the way it turned out. It really warmed up the hall too.

There were some more projects, but these are the biggies. This weekend, or some time soon, I hope we'll tackle the next phase of the kitchen remodel.

We'll be taking out the lower cabinets under the cooktop and replacing them with three new ones. It'll be nice to have the cooktop in the middle and lots of nice storage below and to the sides. Those old cabinets are so gross inside (you won't be seeing any pictures of that, ick). The cabinets are here, so I'm hopeful it'll be sooner than later...I won't hold my breath though. Oh, and yes, we will be putting doors on the uppers, they're just really expensive. I think it's more important to have more new cabinets than to hide my stuff...for now.

May 25, 2010

Back from a Much Needed Vacation

I bet you thought I disappeared, huh? Actually, I did for a while. Nick and I have been super busy around the house, his parents were here for a week and will be back for another visit soon. We used their arrival as an excuse to get some projects done around the house, so we were very busy in April and May (I'll share some pictures soon).

We went on a gorgeous day trip through the Cascades when Nick's parents were here, this is just one of my photos.

Last night we got back from a 10 day trip to California. We spent some time with our friends who let us get married at their house a couple years ago. We went on a great hike while we were there.

 The weather was a little hot for my taste (that's easy to do), but it was a beautiful day.

Next we headed down to the OC and, of course, went to Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure.  I think of Disneyland as my home, so it was great fun to visit.

This is my favorite body of water at the resort. It always looks so refreshing!

It was nice to get away for a while but I'm so glad to be back! Sorry about the blog break, I didn't mean to be gone for a whole month.