Merry Christmas!!!

The hubby and I are in good ol’ Mass visiting my family for the holidays. As J says….we’re in Baaaaaaahhhhhhhston (in his terrible, but endearing, attempt to speak with a Boston accent).

I just wanted to send a quick note to our family and friends who read our blog (all 5 of you maybe?)…I hope that you have a very Merry Christmas filled with lots of love and laughter 🙂 Cheers to all of you!!!

 

And yes, you read that sign right. Our little ol’ town of Grapevine has been given the title of “The Christmas Capital of Texas”. No joke.

I’ll prove it to you next week with some photos of Main Street in all it’s glory.  Happy Holidays!!!! –DP

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Thursday Purse Day

Tis’ the season….for some sparkle! Here’s a fun clutch to add to any outfit.

Happy Birthday Sabrina!

Today is my very special mother-in-law’s birthday – happy birthday Sabrina!! I hope that you have a wonderful birthday, and know that your family loves you very much!! Cheers to you!  xoxo

Kitchen Reno: weeks 9-10

We’re back in action folks! Lots to share and as you can see- it’s almost coming to an end….minus the painting. Anyways- the photos will speak for themselves! Enjoy!!

Here’s Jim (our contractor) installing the framing for the soffit! Yay soffit!!!

hmmm…. I don’t think he wanted to be “documented”..oh well…”smile Carlos”!

Soffit, lights, and sheet rock: check.

Next up: Drywall.

Voila! we have FLAT walls!!! ….(and as you can see “baby” is still in the corner…waiting to be sold).

Trim, panels, and ceiling!!!! Originally we were going to add those cool tin ceiling tiles…but to keep things simple and my husband sane, we went with the cedar planks. The kitchen smells like a hamster cage but I think it looks pretty cool! 🙂

Notice the “glow” effect in the soffit! We had Jim install rope lighting on a dimmer…inspired by my parents’ kitchen! Thanks Mom&Dad! 😉 Also big thanks to my cuz Kevin for all the pre-wiring!!

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So that’s all for now! Oh and if you were wondering…we finally found “baby” a home!  😀

-AY

The other kitchen.

We’ve all been watching Punk’s kitchen renovation with eager anticipation week to week, so on the same topic I thought I’d finally share some photos of my kitchen facelift.

My sister, Mrs. Bunches, had the pleasure of visiting Texas back in September (yes I realize I’m very late on posting this project). I’d like to think her sole purpose was to hang out with her awesome sister, but she had other objectives. Since we moved into our house over a year ago she’s been DYING to paint our kitchen cabinets. As you can see from the before shots below, the oak cabinets are a shiny orangey eye sore. Just not my taste (or more importantly it seems, my sister’s)!

That’s some shine!

Initially we planned to use Rust-Oleum’s cabinet kit for the project, but after some serious googling we discovered it wouldn’t be best for the final look we were going for – crisp, clean, white cabinets. We’d have to do this the old fashioned way – sanding, priming, and painting. Thank goodness my sis was in town for a few days – because it was quite an undertaking.

Now she documented the whole project on her website, so I’m not going to bother with the play-by-play, for that you can read all about it here. Let’s just say it was a lot of sanding, then priming, then painting, more painting, and even more painting, with some trips to Lowe’s and the paint store thrown in. Since we didn’t have all the new cabinet hardware on hand before she left she didn’t get to see the completed project. So here you go sis – all our hard work really paid off – we love it!!  And to top it off we recently purchased a new dishwasher, microwave and oven, so we have a shiny new kitchen!!

Check out the process and the “after” pics! Oh, and Brutus supervised the entire project – he’s gotta be in the middle of everything.

Sanded and ready for priming.

Our living room looked like this for two days. It was too hot and humid to leave the doors and drawers outside to dry.

Time to put the doors back on…

Handy tool for marking spots to drill holes, for the new hardware.

They’re done!!!!

And here’s the AFTER after photos, with our new appliances!

One day I’d like to replace the countertops and add a backsplash. I may have to bribe my sister for another visit!  — DP

Thursday Purse Day

Back to the camera bag hunt. I found this one courtesy of “The Daybook” blog that I read often – Sydney uses this as her bag. I like it!

Happy Birthday Mrs. Bunches!!!

That’s right, the famous Mrs. Bunches turns another year older today!!!!

Two thumbs up for birthdays!!!

Oh yea, party time!

Happy birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy birthday day dear Mrs. Buuuuuunnnnnnccccccchhhhhhheeeeesssssss
Happy birthday to you!!!!

Hope you have a great birthday sis, I know this will be your best year yet!!! Thanks for being the bestest sister EVER! 🙂  xoxo Doodles