Monday, June 22, 2015

Dad's Day

My sister and I plus Autumn made a road trip to Port Orchard to visit my dad, jannelle and grandpa on father's day. It was such a good visit. My granpda is 92 and going strong. I love that he is so active and still has things he wants to do. I get my go get 'em attitude from him.



My dad wanted a picture with Autumn on this bear because he was photographed the same as a kid.

Here are some cards I made to celebrate the day. Victoria bought a Minc machine so I went to town foiling the word happy and the labels in a copper color. The UR card was inspired by Jamie Pate.

 This card below came from the House of 3 printable. Still gotta love it! I made this one for Christopher's dad.

Linda and I talk all the time how lucky we are to have my dad as a dad. Dad, you are the best of the best!



Wednesday, June 17, 2015

DIY Bathroom Remodel

It's been 67 days since we started the main bathroom remodel and I am so happy to report it is done. I calculated it took us 12 working days to transform our 70's bathroom into a modern 2015 bathroom.
And here it is...


We started (and by we, I mean Christopher did the majority of labor and I was his chief helper and sweeper upper of things) by removing the shower, vanity, floor and a most of the sheetrock.


Funny how we thought we could do this in a weekend! The first weekend we were able to get the shower installed just in time for a Sunday night shower before the work week. I had a back up plan just in case we ran into any malfunction, hello sister i'm coming over, but thankfully I didn't have to call her.

Next came sheetrock and flooring. I bought a variegated faux wood ceramic tile from Home Depot that was heavily discounted, but when we laid it out, the colors were completely different from the store sample. So one of our many trips back to the store and I finally found a dark grey poreclain tile at Lowes that I liked much better. Thanks Mike for letting us borrow your wet saw! It saved us a ton of time.



Day 25 we installed the toilet back. Such a happy day!

A not happy day was determining we had to redo a small portion of sheetrock to install steel support brackets for the floating vanity. OUCH! Brackets are expensive and we found them online for $108 each. Thankfully my dad has mad skills like Christopher and he fabricated 3 steel support brackets which we attached to the studs. We ended up only using 2 because the plumbing got in the way of the third.



Note to self: if you install a floating vanity put the steel brackets in before you sheetrock! You wouldn't believe the satisfaction we felt after we installed the floating vanity and knew it would never fall down! I bought it on Ebay (RoyaltonBath) back in February so I've been very patient. Isn't it lovely? 



After the vanity and faucet, we were down to the home stretch. Christopher installed a shelf for me above the toilet so I could make a nice display of things. And then it was just touch up paint and caulking.
Almost forgot our new pocket door. Since the bathroom is so small we thought a pocket door would create a bigger space.


and now for some more before and after pics.


I can't believe we actually did it. It was definitely a dream of mine to redo the bathroom and now I dream of a new kitchen! ha! according to Christopher there will be no more DIY this year! I need to save up a lot more for that one, but a girl can dream!

Overall, it cost $2,718 in new parts to remodel our bathroom. It would have cost double for sure if I hired out. THANK YOU CHRISTOPHER for making my dreams come true! Love you!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Privacy Screen update

Christopher built me this privacy screen back in August and I have finally started to pretty it up. Not sure where I like the yellow lanterns best - in the box or on the table? I am going to scavenge the garden for two plants to put in the pots. Glad I got options!





and here's what it looked like before...

Up next - fire pit and pavers! 
p.s. the bathroom is finished, woot woot! pics to come :) insert happy happy dance!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Turning 12

Christopher's girl are officially 12! Woot! I made a pink card for Megan and not so pink for Elizabeth.


Thursday, June 4, 2015

Poolside

Last weekend, we drove out to visit grandma Aloma and grandpa Fred in Wenatchee. Life is good in Wenatchee. Aloma spoils us with her delicious home cooking and right out the front door is the central pool at her complex. Christopher's girls are like happy fishes in the water. They would stay in there all day and turn into prunes if it was up to them, but dad makes them get out so we can watch hockey, ha! No children under 18 can be left alone at the pool, so what dad says goes!








Monday, June 1, 2015

How suite it is!

One of the perks of working at the law firm is access to free game tickets. I was given tickets to a Sounders game and couldn't pass up the opportunity to experience the game in our company's box suite. Christopher couldn't go so I invited Skylar to hang out with me. We loved the easy access to the parking garage, private entrance to the stadium, and private restrooms!




We were behind the Sounders cheer squad and to the right. They make the game so much fun!


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Friday, May 29, 2015

In bloom

When I wake in the morning I love to open the curtains and see how much the garden has grown. Two years ago, Christopher planted one lupine and it has successfully increased. The first year I was worried because the leaves looked white and moldy, but this year they just flourished.

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    2015



The purple smoke bush has finally grown taller than the fence, woot! Our neighbor has a mature one that looks 20+ feet tall.



I also bought it's sister the lime smoke bush and it's coming along as well.
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Here's my army of lamb's ear.

For my birthday last year, I asked my dad if he had any steel containers that i could turn into planters. He ended up giving me an older water tank that Christopher cut down and now house these guys.

I planted some stonecrop and some flowering bulbs. The smaller container has onions and thyme from Aunt Kelly to Christopher's girls.

Gonna put in a request for another water tank!  Happy planting!

oh i almost forgot to share the vertical succulent boxes.