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2012 – A Look Back


Today, I am taking the time to look back, before I plan for the New Year. (2013) It is a good time to reflect on how I used my time and goal setting for the coming year.

This past …



Not just a Housewife

I entered a contest. Stacy from Not Just a Housewife hosted it and I was blessed to WIN with my Playhouse (that I built under my stairs). You can find that story {here} The playhouse was the reason that I started blogging in the first place. After looking for some ideas online and not finding what I wanted, I set out on my own to make what I had envisioned. A whole new world opened up for me in this land of blogging … I have made new blog friends and I have been able to share what I am working on. Just maybe it will inspire someone!

This was the winner … (thank you Stacy!)

Playhouse under the Stairs

A quick peek inside …

Playhouse under the Stairs

That month also found me redoing Mr Dog’s Space. His kennel was by the door, but was not very pretty to the eye. You can find the whole story {here}


I also started making a Murphy Bed. Wow, January was a busy month for me! I must have started the New Year at a full run 🙂 You can read about it {here}

It was started in Jan but it took me until April to have it fully finished. I got side tracked by doing other things … that’s just my way!

Murphy Bed



February found me with a slight interruption while I moved myself out of our shared office and built Mr Man a shelf in, what is now … his office.

(I have yet to make myself a permanent office space …  Do I hear a 2013 goal? 🙂 )


I also took some time to be thankful for my Father, and am so glad that I did, as he passed away September 25th. I miss him! (More on that later.)


Back in the day … this is My father and I building fence on our property. We used to have contests to see how many hits it took to drive in a nail. My best was 3. That’s right … started swinging a hammer helping my dad.


Mr Man and I spent 2 weekends at the “Home and Patio Show” and “The Lake Home & Cabin Show. Good Stuff there to dream about!



Mr Man and I went to one more show … “The Home and Garden Show” where I met Mr Chip Wade. I was in heaven! And of course, gathered more ideas!




I did something new in April. I joined a blog challenge. I blogged every day for 30 days and am proud that I finished. I am planning to do it again in 2013.

(Another 2013 Goal)


I finished the Murphy Bed that I started in Jan! Yay Me!!!

No big projects this month … but we did make a trip to “The House On the Rock” in Wisconsin.



May found the guest room completed. Not only did I make the Murphy Bed but I also painted and hung blinds. Nice change in that room!



I entered a “Mission Impossible” Challenge that you can view {here} A bit of work happened in our front yard 🙂




June was a busy outside month for me …

1. There was a mailbox that got a facelift and new planter {here}

2. Painting the house trim and sprucing up the garage door {here}

3. Including a new color for the front door {here}


4. I put window film on my dining room windows to keep out the sun damage on my wood floor {here}

AND … one of my most controversial posts

5. Staining my front walkway {here}




The month of working on my mudroom …

It started like this {here}


you can read about the new tile floor, washer and dryer, but the complete after will be revealed in Jan!

One of the small things I made was a HUGE hit. Go figure 🙂

It was an almost no cost to make … A laundry tip jar for the change that finds it way into the washer or dryer.




August was about all the small things. I didn’t have any big projects that I was working on, although I still have a mudroom that could be be finished!

We took our vacation and went to Door County, Wisconsin. You can read about that {here}

It was also when my dad had his stroke and I flew out to California to be with him.



September was silent on my blog. I hope that I didn’t lose to many followers but my time and attention was with my parents. Dad passed away on the 25th. I was honored to be with him when it happened but I have to say … it was one of the most difficult things I have been through. I am so thankful that he is at home with God and pain free!



 My first post back was about … yup, my dad {here}

Then I worked a bit on my laundry room, and then yay … I was back in the game again with …

Recovering my piano bench {here}

Before and After 🙂Piano Bench

 And, then there were all the chores to get ready for winter here in Minnesota. I didn’t take any pictures as I was work, work, working! 🙂



Whew, I am tired already!

November saw me moving my blog from Blogger to #Wordpress! That was a goal of mine from last year and I did it!!!

Mr Man and I took some time away for our Anniversary and went to “The Split Rock Lighthouse” {here}


It was time to decorate for Christmas … and out came a wreath that needed decorating {here}




December brought with it the idea for Miss Precious to have a Reading nook. Geesh, last year I made her a playhouse. How do you top that?!

I started by gutting a closet {here}  You can continue to read through the posts from there 🙂


My goal was to finish by Christmas and ….

(Woo Hoo) I made it. The reveal will be in January 1st and I will be hosting a giveaway to celebrate!!!

Hugs and enjoy the last day of 2012!



Newbie with a twist party

Company’s coming!

What do you do when company is coming? If you are a DIY girl, it means that you gather all your tools in one place and make it look like you only work from this one space. LOL Oh, if they only knew! (Well, now they do if they are reading this) 
It is spring and a great time to clean. Company is a coming … Have to clean the carpet where Paxton (our pup) hangs out. In a room that has been dubbed the “White Room” no matter what home we have lived in.
Seriously, this pup gets my white carpet dirty!!!

My “Hoover”. (This carpet cleaner has a rinse cycle too!) But, did you see the dirt that came off my white room carpet? Cover your eyes if you don’t want to see gross water! LOL

What makes this amazing?! Here in Minnesota we take our shoes off at the door and this is still the amount of dirt that comes off the carpet. My white carpet!

Yup, company is coming … we need to clean the rugs in the mud room as well. Is this just a girl thing? that everything has to be spotless? as if they could tell the difference between a vacuumed rug and one that was washed!

It’s all good … having a party helps give me a reason to really CLEAN the house. You know, wipe down the cupboards, doors, clean the furnace ducts … ok, I didn’t do that yet 🙂

The end result of the “White Room”?

4 couples who had a really tough time getting the camera to take the picture!

2 questions were asked that night, after a tour of our home …

1. Does Miss Precious use her “Under the Stairs Playhouse”?

She is in it every time she comes to visit. And I am in there, with her 🙂
Special times that I hope she will remember as she grows up!

and … 2. Do you ever use the “Murphy Bed”?

Yes, I do. This is a picture, in the morning, after one of our sleep overs. She gets the big bed until she gets older … These are memories in the making!

Yes, company came and we hope they will be back again soon!

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Guest Room Reveal!

The Guest Room is Finished!

A quick recap … Made the Murphy Bed {here}, installed the window blinds {here} and all the other changes are shown below. 🙂

Here are some of the before pictures …

Look close and you will see snow outside! Took a while to finish because, I have many projects going on at one time! LOL, Raise your hand if this is you too!!!
The first thing I did, was to change the paint color from this salmon color to Glidden’s “Navajo Sand”.
Of course, then … I added the Murphy Bed and Window blinds. I moved this mirror in from downstairs and added a few finishing touches … Can you have too many pillows? Hee Hee.
I painted all the hardware a Hammered paint in Bronze. (It was less expensive that buying all new!)
A Teddy Bear sits and is always is ready for Miss Precious to come and visit …
And the final picture!
Before and After …
Just in case you missed it … The “Sunday Stop” that I host, is waiting for you to show us what you have been up to this past week!
I am linking too …

“M” is for Murphy Bed … It’s finished!!!

M … is for Murphy Bed and it is finally finished and installed! Can I get a Woo Hoo?!
I have been asked quite a few times if I had finished my Murphy Bed, and the resounding answer is … Yes!
Let me take you back in time, if I may. I found a Murphy Bed plan on Ana White’s website (Ana-White.com) and thought, “I can make that!” I need an extra bed in the guest room for the little ones that come visit and this seemed to be the perfect solution. So began the “journey”…
Making the frame was the easiest part of the process for me, even though I had to adjust the plans to make it sideways instead of up and down.
Before I could attach it to the wall, I needed to paint the room. I had been wanting to do it since we moved in 3 years ago. It was a Salmon color … but I will tell you all about that later in another post 🙂
This is the step that everything fell apart for me! I had this amazing idea (I thought I was going to wow the web world with my brilliance … HA!) I was going to do a decoupage of Paper bags and these really pretty napkins for the added color. I had the bags already and the napkins I got on sale. Woo Hoo, watch me go!
It seemed like a good idea at the time. If you look at this picture… you might even be impressed. Briefly. In a small area it was really pretty. This process by the way … takes FOREVER! I cannot tell you the amount of time that it took! Wrinkle up the paper just to lay it out flat again. Ugh! I try not to think of it as wasted time but, “as a learning experience”. 🙂
This bed front wasn’t turning out as I had hoped. I had in my mind’s eye what it would look like and this was not it! So I changed plans. DIY people need to think on their feet and change ideas when needed. At least that is what I do 🙂 I found this upholstery fabric at Goodwill for $1.99 and it was just what I wanted. It had that Chevron feel and the colors were perfect for the Guest room.
Decoupage to the rescue again … This time to adhere the fabric to the bed front.
I wanted this bed to look like a dresser as it was going to be on it’s side, and there isn’t a  dresser in the room. I will show you the whole room later … but the short version is, I have a luggage rack for guests. (Just like a Hotel) 🙂 I attached drawer handles on the top two spaces to look like drawers. It also helps with opening and closing.
I stenciled the corners of the top “drawers” and then added the
lock. I do not want little ones getting hurt. (I still need to spray paint the lock a bronze color so that it matches the room.)
I attached the front portion of the bed with 4 door hinges.
I ended up getting a twin mattress and of course covered it with a mattress cover. Waterproof!
Are you ready for the big reveal?!
I love it! And it works too. I kid you not!!! I already used it just to see, and it is so comfortable.
So … comments? questions? observations? Share your thoughts with me.
Hope you had an amazing Saturday. For all of you in the storms today … you are in my prayers. Stay safe! Hugs,

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Murphy Bed Progress …

Ok, let’s be honest here … I don’t want to do things just because it is the fad at the moment, but is it me or is it hard to think of new things to do???? So I have the frame to the Murphy bed built but the Front of it should have something interesting to make it look special. Hmmm. What to do, what to do?

I looked at this as a possibility. Stenciling always seems nice to me.


 Or maybe even tape + paint? to make a design like this …

Then again this looked really interesting to me! Now using paper bags seems VERY interesting and different to me!:)


A Big Thank you to Pam. I am so excited to have won a pillow and cloche! I will have to find the perfect place for them and then post the pick 🙂