Lasso your ladies and hog tie your britches, it’s May Instagram round up time! Apparently I’m a little bit country tonight. Sometimes I’m a little bit rock ‘n roll too. I’ve just been listening to way too much Eric Church radio on Pandora than what’s good for me. I believe the term you’re searching for is….anyway. Every month I like to roundup all of the Instagram pics that I’ve captured over the last 30 or so days in a nice little post…primarily for my mom who has no clue what Instagram is. And this month’s roundup is extra exciting because (A) it includes outside shots from outside activities which means that it’s finally getting warm outside, and (B) it includes early Etsy shop shots. Which, by the way, is steadily chugging right along and growing every day! I can’t believe the crazy success we’ve had so far with the shop. Without further ado, our little Instagram round up.
Hmmm…like the early Etsy packaging?! What was I thinking gift wrapping every…single…shipment! That stopped the day I received 10 orders in one day that were ALL rush orders! Eeek!
This roundup also included photos from my Day In The Life post. Not that I amount to anything very exciting during any given day that’s worth reading, unless of course, boring bloggers’ lives are your jam. Hmmm…I also think it might be time to upgrade the hot pink, silicone alarm clock for something just a smidge more adult like…or not.
Of course it wouldn’t be a proper Instagram roundup post without showing off our favorite pics all blown up like so you can actually see them. And true to form, Colby and I both picked Goose shots as our favorites. He’s just so gosh darn photogenic! Here’s my fave Instagram pic of the month:
It’s a Goose-In-A-Box (not to be confused with Jack-In-A-Box or a certain Justin Timberlake body part in a box…ahem…gratuitous SNL reference). Doesn’t Goose look amused?! He’ll do anything for a cookie! ANYTHING! That box is actually a planter made out of scrap pressure treated wood from our fence building extravaganza a few weekends ago. I have soooo much to catch you up on.
And now for Colby’s favorite Instagram pic:
Another Goose shot. This pic was taken a few days ago on one of those sweltering hot days we were having here in Maine. It was early evening and starting to cool off so I took Goose for a little run at the Bangor City Forest. We run back and forth over the crest of this giant hill until Goose and myself are both sufficiently tired. Then we hang out and look at the pond…and the beaver dam. This is how Goose and I bond…in fields…overlooking ponds.
So that’s our little Instagram roundup for the month. We’re already snapping away with pics for June’s roundup. And as always, if you don’t want to wait until Instagram roundup time comes again, you can always follow me on Instagram @angiesroost.
Pssst…What have you all been Instagraming these days?! Do you also take ridiculous amounts of pictures of your pet?! We can’t help it…he’s just so adorable!
Have you heard of East Coast Creative’s Creating With The Stars contest yet? No? Well then, you just sit your behind right back in that chair of yours and allow me to enlighten. First up, let’s get a little familiar with Monica and Jess, the brains behind the East Coast Creative blog.
I can’t believe I had never heard of them before learning about the Creating With The Stars contest. Have I been hiding under rock?! A large one at that to hide my honky tonk badonkadonk. Now you have that song stuck in your head, don’t you?! Muah-ha-ha-ha (that’s my evil laugh). Anyway…their blog is chock full of DIY projects and crafty goodness.
But now to the good stuff, the main event, the prize fight…The Creating With The Stars Contest that Monica and Jess put together. I’ve got one word to describe it…genius.
Essentially, it’s a crafting/DIYing contest for up and coming bloggers. There are twelve contestants paired up with 12 super star bloggers (seriously super star…two of my all time faves Sherry from Young House Love and Mandi from Vintage Revivals are just two out of the star studded pack). These twelve teams duke it out for four weeks in a series of “creative” challenges with the winning team taking home some serious loot and of course, my personal fave, bragging rights! Booyah! Is smack talk also involved in this contest? If so I’m in!
So how do you get chosen to compete? Submit a project silly! Now through February 21st you can submit your best, most favorite-est, awesome, bad ass project you’ve got to be considered (go here to submit a project). There’s also a fan favorite contest going on. Thus, 11 contestants are picked by the judges and one is based on fan vote. So here’s where I shamelessly plug my project submittal and beg, grovel and generally throw myself at you to go “vote” for me. To vote, click here, scroll about halfway down the page and click on my project, I’m number 109 circled in this pic:
I submitted my personal favorite project, the ombre staircase balusters. Swoon! The votes are tallied by the number of clicks a project gets so click away dear readers, click away! And if you’re a fellow blogger…go enter! It sounds like such a blast! Fingers crossed I get picked! And you too! Is that enough exclamation points for one post?! Let’s add a few more!!!!!
Pssst….So, did you go and submit your project? Just do it already! All the cool kids
pee their pants are doing it. Name that movie…go! Well…technically it goes “Of course I peed my pants, everyone my age pees their pants. It’s the coolest”.
Ahhh December…we bid you adieu. I love December and all the holiday celebrations that go with it, but I’m not gonna lie, I also like the quietness that comes with January. But looking back on December it was filled with lots of projects (and Christmas decorations) and lucky for you we’re gonna recap them all for ya right here…yee haw…ye ye ye yee haw!
Most Likely To Bring All The
Boys Girls To The Yard: Some of our Christmas card 2012 outtakes including this gem courtesy of Colby and his shenanigans. I love how his eyes are popping out of his head!
Moodiest: The entry mood board I whipped up as a pseudo plan for the entry makeover take two. We redid the entry super quick when we first moved into the house but now we’re looking to make it a little more storage/user friendly.
Most Likely To Go Directly To Jail…Do Not Pass Go…Do Not Collect $200: The board and batten we added to the entry. Pre-painting, with all the vertical trim pieces installed, it felt alot like being in a jail cell. Somebody give me a cup to clang! Painting update coming soon…real soon.
Most Metallic: The “Merry Christmas” tin-like letters we painted up and planted on the shelf in the parlor. They were made with cheap, cardboard letters from Jo-Ann’s Fabrics and painted in metallic paint.
Most Ridiculous Thing To Come Out Of My Husband’s Mouth: This $#*! My Husband Says quote of yore. It’s a little out of context without the background story. Click the link for the info…you’ll be glad you did.
Most Likely To Win: Because it’s in the cards…our Christmas card. This was the first year that we printed our own cards and I’m not gonna lie, I’m never going back to store bought cards. I love you Target…but you’re not gettin’ my
Bud Light Christmas card purchase. I turned to mpix.com and used one of their templates for our card, but you can also design your own card from scratch using one of their blank Photoshop templates. Next year…
The Pun-iest Title Of The Month: ”It’s Ornamentary Dear Watson”, the blog post about how we turned our fridge into a Christmas card display using DIY Christmas ornament magnets.
Sheerest: The white sheers we added to our master bedroom windows, layering them over the bamboo blinds already there. The curtain sheers instantly softened up the room and added some drama and romance. I love me a good layered window treatment…and romance in the bedroom.
Best Finds From Angie’s Home Decorators Basement: The mirror and accessories I added to the dresser top in our master bedroom. The mirror was a lost child, displaced after the start of the entry makeover (the mirror used to live there). The other accessories were picked from various other locations of our house including the kitchen cabinet that holds all my unused accessories.
Best Use Of Leftover Wedding Favor Packaging Materials: Turning them into Christmas candy packaging. A little twine here…a little cedar clipping there…and scene.
Best Use Of Twenty Bucks: Suspending it from the ceiling in the form of 105 dollar store snowflakes. We hung them everywhere…from the window…to the door…and even in the lofted ceiling above our staircase.
Messiest Project Of The Month: The DIY Christmas wreaths and garlands. Seriously…evergreen branches in the house…fir needles…everywhere. I’m still picking fir needles out the carpet. But the project end result…epic. And much cheaper than purchasing wreaths and garlands from florists or gardeners or tree farms.
Merriest Moment: Our Christmas wishes to you, dear readers, on Christmas day. I sense Christmas card 2013 (it’s a recreation of the Uncle Eddy scene from the movie Christmas Vacation).
Grandest Tour: Our ho ho holiday home tour complete with lights and garlands and Christmas trees…oh my.
Biggest Moment: The recap of the best and worst moments of 2012 including not only our successes (hello ombre staircase balusters…my favorite project to date) but also our failures (here’s to keeping it real with that peeling polyed floor).
Most Booty-Licious: Our Christmas recap including a rundown of some of the booty both Colby and I came home with.
Most Insta-Addicted: Me with my Instagram addiction and a December Instagram roundup.
Ahhh…progress. Now with the holidays behind us, I can’t wait to get back into the DIY groove. In fact, I’ve got a slew of new projects just ready to explode all over this blog and into your living room. So hold on to your britches, a wild ride is a comin’.
Pssst…Do you like to take a moment every once in awhile to recap what you’ve accomplished? I love it! It’s so nice to pause and look back at all we’ve done. It certainly keeps up the DIY mojo. Yeah baby…yeah.
It’s time once again for another Instagram photo roundup for those of you who aren’t as Insta-Addicted as I am. I hereby dedicate this post to my mother who does not know what Instagram or Facebook is and therefore does not see these pictures. But for those of you who follow me on Instagram, this will be an old hat to you. Have Instagram? Follow me! I’m @angiesroost.
I loved this month’s roundup of Instagram pics. Mostly because they were filled with Christmas goodness instead of our usual roundup of “here is our dog child”, “his name is Goose”, “here is our dog child doing something cute” that we usually post about. Ahhh…Instagram diversification.
And as per our usual mo, Colby and I both picked out our favorite Instagram pics to divulge upon. Colby’s pic…the GINORMOUS Christmas stockings at my parents’ house in the county (read more about them in our Christmas recap here).
They were filled with Christmas candy, dog toys and bones for the pooches, and other fun little items.
As for my favorite Instagram pic, I couldn’t just pick one. Of course not…it’s like picking a favorite child (or dog child). And it’s my blog so I can break the rules if I want to, right?! So anyway…my favorite pic #1 is the one of my parents’ house on Christmas day. I heart Christmas in the county.
And per one of my blogger friend suggestions, I’m planning on a big ol’ house crashing post of my parents giant DIY house building project. So Mom, if you’re reading this, start dusting cuz I’m a coming!
Favorite Instagram pic #2 is a Colby butt shot…the one I needed for yesterday’s post (you know…the one about Colby’s booty…aka his Christmas presents…reference found here).
Colby and Goose were apparently bad and needed to go to the corner. At least that’s my story. In reality I have no idea what is going on here. But it’s a great picture of Colby’s rear (see…I told you he had a cute butt) and I love Goose with his “Mom…help me” look as he’s planning his great escape
And finally the third pic:
This isn’t my favorite pic because of what’s in it (blue paint and a brush). It’s my favorite pic because of what it represents. I’m getting deep up in here…moving beyond the kiddie pool. Or about as deep as we get here at The Roost. I painted things this weekend…painted things blue. And I can’t wait to share with you what this project was. Maybe Sunday evening I’ll put together a little recap of the project. It’s awesome and I’m excited…’nuf said.
Pssst…Enough about us, it’s your turn to share. Have you taken any favorite Instagram photos lately (or photos in general)? Are all of yours of your dog (or cat)? It’s ridiculous how many Goose pics we have! But yet we just keep taking them!
Hold on to your britches folks, this post is gonna be a doozy! That is if you define doozy by using 34 pictures to illustrate how to shingle a roof.
As I mentioned in yesterday’s “Roofing Tools Of The Trade” post, we finally finished shingling our porch roof. And, of the three roofs going on with our house, this one is was in the worst condition. No joke, it was so bad it was cracking, crumbling and growing moss. No wonder it always seemed to rain inside our porch!
So while I was making a quick trip to Target, Colby started shingling the roof and snapped this pic mid progress with his iPhone, since he knew I wanted to take progress pictures. #boysshouldnotberesponsibleforphotographingprojects
I know it’s not the best of pictures. My apologies. But thankfully, Colby waited for my return before finishing the roofing project so I could photo-document the process. So here’s where we start, about an hour into shingling. But believe me, you didn’t miss much. It’s all pretty much the same process repeated over and over and over.
Shingling is super easy. You basically line up your shingles, staggering them so seams on one row don’t line up with seams on the next row, and nail them in place. So here is Colby lining up a shingle to be nailed into place.
The shingle was coming up to the ridge on the roof, an area where one side of the roof meets another side, so it just needed a little trim. This is where the snips come out to trim the excess off the shingle.
Then just nail the shingle into place. When you’re nailing shingles, make sure to nail on the non exposed shingle part. If you nail the side of the shingle that will end up exposed to wind and rain, you could compromise the effectiveness of the roofing job and the shingles could leak around the nail.
With the shingle nailed in place, you just lather, rinse, repeat and do it all over again, first lining up the shingle.
And then trimming and nailing the shingles. You start this process on the edge of the roof and work your way up to the ridge. Or in this case, this is an attached porch roof, so we shingled all the way up to where the roof met the house wall.
Keep using whole shingles up until you get to the last row.
By the time you reach the last row of shingles, chances are it’s not gonna fit. In our case, the shingle was just about an inch too wide. See how the shingle Colby is holding is just a bit wider than the one nailed to the roof in the foreground?
This is just another case of trimming down the shingle so it fits appropriately.
After trimming up the shingle, it fits perfectly in line with the other shingles.
And then just nail away, securing the shingle in its place.
In the pic above you can see how a typical shingle is split. The more solid left side of the shingle is the part that is meant to go underneath the layered looking exposed shingles. Once we got up to the house with the shingles, the final shingle needed to be just a row of the exposed side of the shingles. So Colby cut one shingle in half, cutting along the line between the two sides, and then trimmed to length.
And then nailed that final row of shingles as close to the house as possible.
This process was repeated over and over and over until the roof was completely covered with new shingles. Here, you can see Colby working the shingles on either side of the porch roof ridge. Don’t worry about the ridge at this point. Keep shingling right up to it because adding the ridge cap is the last shingling step.
Ridge cap time. After all the shingling is done, there ends up being a line where the two different directional shingles meet. In most cases it’s the actual ridge line of your roof. Our porch roof is a little different with different directions and low slopes of the roof.
When working on the ridge you use a different type of shingle. For the majority of the shingling we used architectural shingles. But for the ridge of the roof, we used three-tab, shown here.
First, Colby sliced up the three tab and trimmed it down to a house-shaped-like piece. Taking the shingle, he put it over the ridge making sure the tab portion of the shingle was pointing up towards the house.
Then the shingle was nailed in place, again making sure to only nail the shingle on the side that would be covered up by subsequent shingles.
And since this was the first of the ridge cap shingles, it needed a little trim job so Colby lined it up perfectly with the other shingles below it along the edge of the roof.
Then the process was repeated. Colby first cut off a piece of the three tab and cut it into the house like shape.
Then nailed it into place, layering it over the first shingle.
Leaving a two-shingled ridge.
And kept repeating this process, adding tab after tab after tab, working his way up the ridge until he again met the edge of the house.
When nailing the ridge cap, make sure to secure the shingle in the four corners of the shingle that will be covered up by the next shingle.
With the shingling portion of the program complete, enter the real American caulking gun hero.
The final step in roofing is securing any areas that water may leak through with Black Jack, a roofing tar that comes in caulking gun form.
For this porch roof, we had to seal up the space where the shingles met the house. To do this, Colby ran a thin and even bead of the Black Jack roofing tar using a caulking gun.
Here’s the closeup so you can see how the roofing tar fills the small gap between shingle and house.
And then he smoothed out the Black Jack bead using a piece of leftover shingle. Note, this stuff is super messy thus why Colby is using a broken shingle to smooth the bead instead of his finger, like you would when caulking interior trim.
As he was smoothing out the bead of Black Jack roofing tar, he also made sure to cover up any exposed nail heads along the edge of shingles up next to the house.
With all the gappages sealed up and roofing nail heads covered, we officially called this porch roof complete. Woo to the hoo, where is our ticker tape parade?! Seriously!
So hopefully this wasn’t too confusing for you and we were of some assistance for those of you who are looking to tackle your own roofing project. If you have any questions or if I should clarify anything, please let me know. And is it painfully obvious that I’m not the roofer in the family?! That’s all Colby! Painting is more my thing. Oh painting how I miss thee! It’s been…what…a week since I’ve painted anything?! I’m having withdrawals. Quick, someone get me a paint brush!
Pssst…You can catch up with the whole “Roofing With The Campbells” series starting with the intro about why we needed to shingle our roof, then how to calculate shingle quantity, followed by the “roofing team” shingling the main house, and then yesterday’s roofing tools of the trade post.