Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Basement Blues

First off, let me make it clear I love having a basement.....BUT with basements comes some negative aspects as well.
It started about two weeks ago when my son comes up explaining to me the basement carpet was wet.  So I head down to see why and what was wrong.  It was one long line of wetness and that was all I could see.  So I grabbed a towel and began soaking it up saying "ellie must have spilled her sippy cup of water".  Well, about 3 days later my son comes up once again and says "mom, the same spot is wet again".  This time I rush down and do a bit more searching.
I open up the basement closet that goes under the stairs and wow.....stench galore!!  Smelled like stale water.  Once I walked into the closet my socks get soaked!!  Then I notice this.....
 so I pull up the carpet just a bit and see that the entire nail boards that hold the carpet down are drenched.

So I call nick and ask if its ok I start pulling up carpet so this can dry?  He doesn't think its necessary actually and so I get out the fans and start drying it out as best as I can.  In the meantime I figure out where the leak is (from the heater) and put a dish under it to catch the water and will let nick figure that out when he gets home.
Ok, so I really really knew this needed dried out properly as the baseboard was soft from the water sitting there and the closet smelled so bad.  I was afraid of mold to be honest so I went ahead and removed the door.  (solid wood mind you!!)
 Well, I didn't stop there.....I pulled up the carpet anyways.
 and propped toys under the carpet to allow air flow underneath.
 And I am happy to report two weeks later the door is back on, the carpet is laid back down without any damage done and our kids are happily playing in the basement again.
Oh the joys of owning a home with a basement!!!

Ellie's Bedroom DIY

Back in August I tried my hand at my first ever furniture DIY projects.  I accomplished bookshelves and also a kitchen table for our basement.  Then when school started I decided to attempt an entire bedroom set for little miss Ellie Mae.  This was my furniture when I was living at home.  My parents so kindly gave it to us for Ellie and because I wasn't very careful as a kid with water glasses I ruined a lot of the woodwork.  Here are some pictures of the process and the finished project.

filled in with wood putty where the old hardware was and then primed it with 3 coats!!!

Nick has a sprayer so that made the process so much easier.  No paintbrushes involved for the paint.

cant really tell here but have two different turquoise knobs

Ellie's first night in her new bed.  She loved it and we had NO problems in the transfer!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

School's In Session

 School year 2014-15 is now in session.  Can it be that I really have a 7th grader, a 4th grader and a Kindergartner???  It just me and Ellie at home and wow, the house can be quiet and wow.....I can get a lot done in one day:).  Our usual large morning breakfast that Nick stays home a little longer to make for the kids.  Then takes pictures and away he goes to work while the kids head off to their first day of school.

 Liam was beyond excited to go.  Entering the school building as a Kindergartner for the first time!!!
 Love you boys like crazy and pray that you can be a light to those around you and a good example.  Here is to a wonderful year at Cornerstone!!!!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Summer Projects!!

So I am usually NOT a DIY girl.  I like seeing others do it, and Im always impressed with the results of others.  I just never think mine will turn out and I won't be happy with the end results.  Well, this spring Nick asked me if I wanted some cheap bookshelves that would need "help".  A bookstore was going out of business and his coworker bought them for cheap and wanted to know if we wanted one??  I figured since we had been looking for a while for some bookshelves for our office that I might as well give it a shot.  If it goes poorly then I'll know to leave the DIY to others!!!

 This is the bookshelf we got.  It was a one piece(back and front shelving unit).  Nick cut it into two bookshelves for us and I set to work on reading up on how to stain and finish.

 I have to admit it wasn't to hard, but we obviously were learning along the way.  The stain we got wasn't dark enough so I think I ended up putting on 4 coats!!  Darker stain perhaps equals less coats??
We also didn't do a good job of sanding and taking off the existing varnish if there even was one???  Hard to know since it came from a bookstore.  The shelves were very smooth and we couldn't get that smooth feel to leave so the shelves took even more patience with the new varnish we used.
 However finally after a good week of me working on it we finally got it into our office space.  We love the shelves for now and they totally were worth the money spent.  (not fond of the office walls though and eventually that will change too)  We have never done anything to this room since we moved into our house 4 yrs ago!!!!
finished project
WELL......since that project didn't go to shabby I decided to read up on how to paint furniture(old furniture for that matter:))  My grandparents sold their lake cottage and thus giving us a FREE kitchen table!!  It was actually made by my grandpa so I was for sure not going to let this slip away:).  It had quite the wear and tear on it, but the table top was definitely intact and looked nice.  We stuck it in our basement and it will be our basement table (once we ever put in the kitchen down there:))

chair before- a worn out brown chair

primed the chairs (will use a foam brush next time on the primer)

primed the table legs
 And once again set to work learning how to paint furniture black and what paint is the best and what top coat to use. Oil based paint?  Latex Paint? Polyurathane? Polycrylic?  So many options and choices.

In the end I LOVE the paint I used.  Yes it is expensive but it is amazing.  I loved the fact that it is a paint that doesn't bubble and leave bubbles once dried, it can be used on laminate for future projects if needed and it doesn't need a top coat if you don't want one.
Am I happy with it??  Yes and No.  I love the color, I love the paint, I loved my primer, but I didn't like the paint brush lines it left in my dried product.  That was because I used a paint brush for the primer and so you can see paint brush lines in it.  Had I known it would show through Id have sanded it all off and started over with the primer, but it was to late.  I had already painted a black coat on it.  So would I do it again??  Absolutely yes....with a foam brush for the primer!!  I did use a foam brush for the paint because that is what I read was best:).

up close chair
For now my garage remains a garage....my van is parked back in the garage:).  Till school starts that is:)
Then I will begin my next DIY project:).  Ellie's bedroom furniture!!!  Stay tuned.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Summer perks!!

Two posts in one day???  Im doing great:)  Actually our computer finally is cooperating with me.  Seems everytime I attempted to blog our computer would just shut off.  Soooo frustrating!!!

Not only does summer bring lots of fun activities, but it brings us lots of yummy treats we enjoy.  This year we decided to try our hand at watermelon and muskmelon. Plants are doing well and we have about 10 watermelon growing currently.  Our biggest one is the size of my palm.  A ways to go before we get to cut it up and enjoy it.
 Had an abundance of green beans at one point so I went ahead and tried my hand (yet again) at freezing them.  Did it last year but left them whole.  We didn't like how much water they retained so I cut them up this year and we are giving it another go.
 Our yearly pick.....this year I invited Kelli, Avery, Alivia and Austin to join us.  Between all of us we picked 50 lbs of blueberries.  YUMMMMM!!  Of course we ate 10 lbs fresh and I froze the rest.  Love having these in our freezer during the winter months.
 As a child one very fond memory I have is heading to Minnesota for christmas eat year to visit my grandparents.  We always ate their canned dill pickles and I have always wanted to know how to make them just like grandma!!  I am SOOOO excited to say that I got the recipe finally from my aunt nancy and this year we planted picklers!!!  Thanks to AJ's going on vacation I was able to go pick some of his picklers and Elijah and I set to work canning pickles.  Some of them were to big so we cut them into hamburger slices and a few of them we made into spears but most of them stayed whole(they are baby dills).

 Ellie wanted to help!!!  She was glad to pose with the canning salt:)
 Wonder what these are for???  Well, you place the jars into coolers and then put boiling water on top of the jars covering completely and leave over night.  In the morning they are sealed.  We have done many batches as the picklers come in.
 Here are just a few of the ones Ive done this year.  And we have obviously eaten some already and yep........it brings back a flood of memories as I munch on them.  OH what a blessing to have my grandma's recipe!!

 And yes, of course we have just now been enjoying sweet corn.  My parents 12 rows are ready to be eaten and "put up".  Need to do that next week sometime.  Want to freeze around 20 quarts or so.

Summer Fun!!

We have done really well at getting the boat out this year.  The kids really enjoy it, and its a fun family event.  Elijah asked Nick if he could try slalom skiing.  Nick told him he wouldn't be able to get up. (I didn't realize Elijah had asked him this).  Then Elijah came to me and asked if he could try slalom skiing.  I immediately said "yes, but its tough, and you get water in your face, and you have to crouch low, and you have to stay balanced".  He was excited to give it a try.  With two coaches from the boat and much to nick's surprise Elijah was up and out of the water within a dozen attempts.  And he has gotten up every time since.  Way to go buddy!!  We are so proud of you.  Great form of exercise and endurance!! (oh and for the record, because he doesn't weigh nearly as much as nick or I his face remains pretty dry when getting up and he doesn't have to stay crouched nearly as long as we do!!:))
 Even Ellie gets into the lake.  Crazy she does this because after our Tennessee vacation I was pretty sure water was NOT her thing!!!

 After seeing the boys go tubing she was pretty sure she wanted to do it.  She LOVES it!!  She bounces around on purpose and we sing songs about monkeys jumping on beds:) while she is jumping around.  She usually does not like it when she has to get out and let someone else have a turn.

 No they didn't all go tubing, but we wanted a picture anyways.
 We also had a fun saturday this summer going to Nick's work picnic at Indiana Beach.  Elijah was unable to go as he was at JR boys camp, but Caden, Liam and Ellie enjoyed it.