This is a slacker blogger alert from your local public address station. It is October, I repeat, October, but yet we are recapping August’s projects in a little monthly roundup. At least with a month plus delay in recapping the month in projects and general shenanigans, they all seem a little new and exciting. You know, like when you’re in your early thirties looking through your old high school yearbooks and start poking fun of the sweet perm you were sporting. Good times, good times, delicious dish (please tell me you fellow high school perm sporters remember “Delicious Dish” from SNL circa 1998?!).
Etsy Success Tips: We had some crazy early success with our Etsy shop when we opened up in May. So we recapped what we learned about Etsy in the first few months of opening our shop. Everything from packaging tips, dealing with damages, and my favorite the three P’s of Etsy (product, price and photography).
Inspired Design Challenge Anthropologie: Our bedroom lamp shades were a tad on the boring white side. So we used the Anthropologie rosette lamp shades for inspiration and performed an Anthropologie-esque lamp shade makeover. It only took about four Red Sox games and twelve beers…definitely not a one (hour) and done kind of project.
Holy Haven Mavens: I went to my first blog conference in early August, the Haven Conference. Not only did I learn so much about the blog world and how to make my blog absolutely amazeballs (although…following through with that blog plan is a whole other story), but also had a blast! Here’s to Haven 2014!
In This Corner: We did a little water based vs oil based stain trial. In my book, oil based stain pulled through for the win but it was a squeaker! But the ease of use and color of the oil based stain trumped its pain of cleanup.
Fly Like An Eagle: For the final installment of our Inspired Design Challenge, I painted an old switch plate cover that we originally removed from our house and even distressed it a bit using a candle wax trick.
Pillow Panache: Yeah, our couch has it now. Pillow panache. After a day of “playing Pillows” and trying out all possible combinations of my favorite pillows, we picked a combo and upgraded our couch pillow situation.
Shears And Shades: The couch couldn’t have all the fun, we also upgraded the living room window treatments with some cheap shears from Target and some budget friendly bamboo blinds from Lowes.
Inspired Design Challenge Recap: We came, we saw, we inspired design conquered. And recapped the entire Inspired Design Challenge in all its highlight glory. Some of my favorite projects from the challenge included Lindsey’s light fixture, Sara’s jewelry organizer, Jennifer’s pillows, and Kristin’s art. Seriously talented and amazing women! Then there was my awkward self thrown in the mix. Who invited this girl?!
The Cheap Basket: I love a good basket. Better yet, I love a good CHEAP basket. I picked up a $5 basket from a local antiques store and gave the green basket a white spray painting makeover. SO much improved.
The One That Got Away: We had ourselves one of those moments. You know, the one where you find your dream home, it’s amazing, you want to buy it on the spot, but your house is by no means ready for sale…wop, wop, wop. Although, even if we were ready for sale, we still probably wouldn’t have pulled the trigger on dream home. Oh…and it was affordable too! AFFORDABLE dream home. It was just on the wrong side of town. But now we’re invigorated to finish up our current home so when dream home part deux comes around, we’re ready for it.
Ship Shape: I bought a ship art print from Etsy back in December. Yes, December. And finally framed and hung said ship art. Why?! Why do I wait so long to do such simple projects yet I’m the first to volunteer to start ripping apart and fixing all eleven of our porch windows?! Which we still haven’t finished!
So there you have it. August in projects. Maybe I’ll come back tomorrow and recap September?! Cough cough…slacker…cough cough.
Pssst…What did you guys all tackle back in August? Or does your memory fail you like it does mine since it was sooooo long ago!
Well, I guess since September is just around the corner, which means snow season in Maine is just around the corner (yup…I said it…you’re welcome for that happy memory of winters of yore), that it’s about time that I hopped to it and rounded up our July projects and general shenanigans. Here we go.
Rock Removal 101: Note to self, when the city repaves the sidewalk and tears up the GINORMOUS piece of granite from your walk way then does not put it back, a year’s worth of angry phone calls will not, I repeat, will not get them to fix your granite walk. So we called in the big guns…aka…our neighbor who knows a guy that knows a guy and finally got the piece of granite removed for FREE. I sense a front walk makeover in our future!
Pssst…Now’s my time to challenge y’all to put your memory caps on as I ask, “what did you all tackle in July?” Bueller? Bueller?
Psssssst…HUGE shout out to Beckie from Knock Off Decor for featuring our West Elm Inspired task lamps which you can read about on her blog here. Eeeek! So excited! So excited!
Ummm…about time we got around to the June monthly roundup, huh? After all, July is almost over. June kind of got away from me there. Every month, we like to take a load off all the crazy DIY we tackle to just sit back with our favorite adult beverage, and recap all that we’ve accomplished in the month. It really helps keep up the momentum and more importantly the motivation, when we see how much we actually accomplished in a month. So here we go with the June monthly roundup.
Beefiest Moment: When we built a beefy Etsy work desk for the office. We scored some clearance wood, threw together a big ol’ desk, and setup shop. Since we built it in the room, we’re pretty sure that desk is gonna die in there. Or we’ll just cut it up and take it with us if we ever should move someday.
Now In Store: We launched our second product in the Etsy shop, a rustic wood cookbook stand to complement the iPad stands. It’s not nearly as good a seller as the iPad stand but there is definitely a market for it.
Swivel Me This: First we contemplated ordering a pair of industrial stools for the Etsy office, which you all weighed in on. Then, like magic, just before we pulled the trigger on ordering a pair of stools online, we found this tractor seat stool goodness at Home Goods. Sold! And I’m still contemplating what color I want to paint it.
A New Series In Town: Since we’ve gone all crazy up in Etsy shop business, we started a little weekly series to pay homage to our Etsy home and all our crafty colleagues. At the end of the week we like to roundup some of our favorite Etsy items as treasury lists and share them with you all. And as it should, each treasury list is themed. First there was the Pillow Panache list and then Beachy Keen list and even a Put A Bird On It List.
Garden Hard: Meanwhile…in the garden…we expanded our veggie garden with a pair of monstrous, new raised garden beds. Update…we’re learning that they’re a little too big, meaning you have to get into the beds to weed them (kind of like when Joey on Friends had to “get into” the map in London). So we have grand intentions of cutting them down a bit for next summer’s garden. Apparently we took the “go big or go home” mantra just a bit too far.
How To Teach An (Almost) Old Angie New Tricks: I’m almost old since my 30th birthday is quickly approaching later this week….eeeeeek! Anywho, I learned a new trick…how to lighten stain. And used said new trick on the beefy new Etsy office desk.
Our Art Likes To Move It Move It: We relocated the map heart art. I made the art way back when for the bathroom but when we repainted the space a fresh minty color, the art got the boot. Now it hangs proudly in our second floor hallway.
The Weirdest Thing That I Just Had To Bring Home With Me: This antique pet carrier which I still have yet to turn into a succulent garden. Slacker. That might be a fun project to tackle this weekend as I’m wallowing in my “I just turned 30 woes”.
Remember That Time…When We Impulsively Built A Garden Fence: Yup…one minute I’m cruising annuals at Lowes, the next minute we’re loading up the truck with fencing material to build a fence. Someday we’re hoping to fence our entire yard for Goose containment purposes, but at least with the garden fence we can keep the pooch out of the veggies, which just so happen to be one of Goose’s top five napping locations. Other favorites include underneath the shed, underneath the table saw in the basement, in “his” chair in the living room, and underneath our bed.
And What’s A Fence: Without a Goose gate. Of course we built a fence gate to REALLY keep the Goose out of the garden.
Mirror Mirror On The Wall: And finally, we end with my favorite project to date, the West Elm inspired wood tiled mirror for the bathroom. You can get the full tutorial on how we upgraded our basic, builder grade mirror with wood tiles here.
Ahhhh progress! And July is shaping up to be a project filled month. Just another week-ish to go! Where is summer going?!
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I’m officially playing my lazy blogger card tonight…and busting out the May monthly roundup. This way, I don’t have to go and resize photos and upload them. That requires too much effort. Although, pretty much anything that requires removing my butt from the couch tonight requires too much effort. I told you I was playing the lazy blogger card! For this month’s roundup I decided to mix it up a little bit and do the roundup Jeopardy style. Let me explain. Pretty much my default blog post title, when I can’t come up with something witty, is turning the title into a Jeopardy category. You know…like Things I Should Have Thought Of Before Starting That Project for $200 Alex. So I’m doing the roundup Jeopardy style and getting all my Jeopardy nerdiness out of me tonight. I’m so sorry for you having to read this. Without further ado….
Uses For Glass Bottles For $200 Alex: As vitamin storage bottles for a bathroom medicine cabinet. It cleaned up Colby’s mass of vitamins in a neat, organized, and shamelessly cute fashion.
Challenges That Get My Pinteresting Butt Off The Couch for $600 Alex: The Spring Pinterest Challenge. This time around, we tackled a nautical inspired rope shelf to hang in our bathroom. You can read the good ol’ tutorial for how to tackle the shelf back here. I really milked out that project…three posts on it…sheesh!
Good Reasons To Go MIA On The Blog for $800 Alex: When we announced opening an Etsy shop, which is still keeping us super busy! Holy successful shop Batman! In just four short weeks we amassed over 5,000 views, 1,700 favorites, and 80 orders (some of them for multiple quantities). I still can’t believe the number of iPad and cookbook stands we’ve sold so far! You can check out our shop here. We still just have the two products, which we can barely keep up with, but have big plans for some new shop items so check back soon!
Cheesy Mustache Jokes for $200 Alex: Our “I Mustache You A Question” post about how we made a new back splash for the old, Craigslist buffet turned bathroom vanity. Doesn’t Colby look good in a wood mustache?!
Long Winded Explanations for $800 Alex: When we wrote up a nice little…scratch that…more like long winded post about where we get color inspiration for painting projects and coming up with a whole house color scheme. Sources included Chip-It, Houzz, and the infamous, needs no introduction, Pinterest (you can follow me on Pinterest here).
Ginormous To-Do Lists for $400 Alex: When we put together a whole house progress report on where we stand in getting rooms finished up and what’s left to-do. Still…soooooo….much….to do! Especially in the barely touched kitchen. Bring on the painting and staining and sanding…oh my!
Rhianna Inspired Blog Posts for $200 Alex: I cannot confirm nor deny that during the whole DIY an umbrella stand project that I was belting out Rhianna’s under my um-ber-ella-ella-ella song. And by belting out I really mean belting it out in my head because nobody needs to hear me sing….nobody.
Nerdy Moments for $400 Alex: When we fleshed out all our blog stats during our blogiversary. But don’t worry…we kept it nice and fluffy for you and included such uber important stats like “number of cookies Goose has consumed” and the “number of times I use the word “Colby” in a post”. I dive into the numbers about as deep as a kiddie pool in this post.
White Spray Painted Things for $800 Alex: The towel hooks that we spray painted white for the bathroom. One hook (the old cast iron, three hooks in one hook) is hanging out by the shower for our shower-in-progress towels. The other was the old hat rack that we spray painted white for our towels to hang out and dry in between showers.
Boring Lives for $800 Alex: As you’ll quickly find out after reading my little “Day In The Life” post in honor of our third blogiversary. Really riveting stuff in there including day job bathroom cleaning.
Room Switches for $600 Alex: When we decided to switch the guest bedroom with the craft room. We hadn’t really started decorating the guest bedroom and decided to turn it into an Etsy office and turn the smaller, craft room into a guest bedroom.
Favorite Etsy Finds for $200 Alex: Neon…I’m obsessed with this mix of neon products found on Etsy. I seriously want to bring every single one of those neon items…especially the pink planter…swoon! And those coin purse monsters!
And with that, we conclude another month’s worth of projects and blogging. I honestly think the monthly roundups are my favorite posts to write each month. There’s just something so motivating to recap the month and look back at all we’ve accomplished. And recharge a little bit before tackling a few more projects.
Pssst…Sooooooo, today I was reading Mandi’s blog at Vintage Revivals where she asked her readers what they thought about blogs with truncated posts. General consensus…readers hate it! Panic set in, the sweats started, and the stress eye twitch began since I had truncated posts on this good ol’ blog. So I reformatted the blog to show full posts. What do you all think? Good? Bad? Ugly?
I know, I know…I promised a tutorial on how we made the rope shelf for the bathroom, but I used the infamous “ish” as in “I’ll post this tomorrow-ish” so that buys me a little more time, right?! It’s just been one of those days where I don’t want to spend time in Photoshop…AND the Etsy shop has been BLOWING UP! In a good way. Production is having a hard time keeping up with sales! I think it’s time to fire our production staff…how does one fire themselves?! #bloggerproblems Anyway…since I’m precisely nine days past due on a little April monthly roundup, it’s about time we got ‘er done! Without further ado, a little recap on what we accomplished in April.
Most Likely To Get Busted By Their Husband For Taking Self-ies In A Pink Mirror: Me, after hanging the new, pink mirror from Home Goods in our entryway. I’m still mad in love with this mirror!
Best Conversion: The buffet that we converted into a bathroom vanity. This post could also get the award for best hackers as we hacked the snot out of that buffet.
The Biggest Hoot: When we gave three “hoots” for Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore and used the shade to paint the bathroom vanity. I’m still so very much in love with this color. Watch out Colby…you have competition.
Best Blog Post Title Spoofed From Anchorman: The “I Love Lamp” post about our new Target Threshold lamps. Brick would be proud that I love lamp.
Most Overdue Project: Demo-ing the “temporary” bathroom vanity. Seriously…it was just plywood nailed to the wall and had been there for three years. And we also primed the bathroom in preparation for the great bathroom painting project of 2013.
Okay…I Lied…My New Most Favorite-est Color: Mantis green by Benjamin Moore. We painted the bathroom mint and couldn’t be happier. It’s bright, light, airy and makes our bathroom feel even larger. AND it’s SOOOOOO much easier to accessorize the bathroom with bright, cheerful accessories with a slightly more neutral wall color.
Most In Denial Moment: The announcement from Google that Google Reader is going away. RIP Google Reader…RIP. After going through the five stages of grief, I finally accepted this (not really) and have moved on (not really) to BlogLovin’. Follow me by clicking the link in the sidebar!
Most Stalker-Ish: Us after scoping out the updated view of our house via Google Maps. AND (get this) they shot pics of our house during our yard sale! What are the odds?! Is it sad that I’m slightly ecstatic…scratch that…super ecstatic that we have a strange Google Maps shot?!
Most Likely To Be Committed Due To Their Obsession With Die Hard: Yup…me again on that one. I’ve been watching way to0 much Die Hard these days, I’m quite obsessed with John McClane, and naturally decided to do a little series about our gardening escapades called “Garden Hard” with the first installment all about starting seeds inside.
Most Overrated Necessity: Running water…wait…never mind. After a couple of weeks of brushing our teeth in the tub, which started to feel normal, we installed the bathroom vanity and hitched the water back up. Oh the little joys in life!
Most Likely To Jump Into My Cart At Home Goods: A trio of mermaid canisters. How could I resist?! And they make such a nice little, organized Goose cookie storage system. Goose appreciates good cookie storage.
The Website I’m Most Impatiently Waiting To Launch: The FleaQuest website to help me find all the great flea markets during our travels. The site is taking flea market listings that anyone can submit, and putting together a flea market directory.
Best Use Of Leftover Crafting Materials: Turning them into a little rope/twine wrapped toothbrush holder for the bathroom. The twine was leftover from wedding projects along with the rope.
Best Way To Entertain The Goose: Hiding a cookie under a frisbee. We caught it on film. Classic Goose. And it doesn’t take much to entertain us apparently.
Best Way To Entertain The Angie: Send her to the Brewer School House Antiques shop. There, she will likely make purchases of old wooden boxes, hooks, and port holes…yes…I said port holes.
Easiest Way To Make A Medicine Cabinet: Turn an old box into a medicine cabinet. We found an old, beat up, wooden box at the antiques store, added a shelf, painted it, and hung it on the wall. Voila. Instant medicine cabinet.
Most Insta-Addicted: Us and the Instagram monthly roundup for April, which included this gem of cuddly Goose and Colby.
Ahhhh…nothing like a little rehash of all the projects of yore to keep the motivation up! Bring it, May!
Pssst…So what about you guys? Have you been checking things off the good ol’ to-do list? Or sitting back and reflecting on your accomplishments?