This Cat



She loves the windowsill in the kitchen but I’ve found her hanging out



on my little rocking chair in the living room



on the counter (I know, I know, I shooed her off after I took this picture!) hiding behind the groceries



and of course, in every single box in my house.



Finally Framed

My brother and his girlfriend gave me an awesome poster for Christmas.

It’s humongous-27″x39″.  I searched online for a frame that big but the ones that weren’t outrageously expensive had crazy expensive shipping.  So today I finally found one at Hobby Lobby:

Even Prudie loves it!




I’ve already learned 100% more about vegetables.  Plus it’s really pretty.

frame5Obviously it was going to go up in my kitchen and I knew exactly where:






I don’t think I can tell you how much I love this!

(that wall is odd-the picture really is centered on it!)

Obviously this isn’t the project I posted about last week.  That one is not 100% done yet but I should have a post for you about it tomorrow!




Sanding and Staining

I’m writing this from my living room.  Sure, it’s where I usually write but today I have no choice.  I applied the last coat of stain at 7:00 PM and I can’t get to my bedroom for another hour or so.  And Prudie is locked up in there.  Hope she’s all right in there!

Oh, I also can’t get to either of the bathrooms so I had to drive to the gas station to pee.  It reminds me of when we were first working on my house and my water wasn’t on yet.  I don’t miss that.



We went out bright and early this morning to pick up the sander.  I reserved it for two days but hoped we could get it all done in one.  My dad did the majority of the sanding and we got the whole room (minus the edges) done in just a couple of hours so instead of paying for two days ($80) I only had to pay for a half day ($25.)  Sweet!

Even my dad was impressed by how good the floors looked when the sanding was done.  That burn is tricky though.  After some steps it looked like it was going to be easily covered up and after other steps it looked worse than ever.



Henry hated the sanding.  It was loud and threw up sawdust all over the whole house.  I gave him a bone and he found a little peace in his little dog cave.



So pretty!



After spending hours with our faces in the floor hand sanding my mom and I finally decided that we were ready to stain.  My mom vacuumed the floor while I gathered mineral spirits and some towels.  We wiped the whole floor down and let it dry.



Then we applied a pre-stain conditioner.  That dang burn!  The conditioner really made the floor golden but it was supposed to reduce blotchiness when staining so we went for it.



I’ve been having a lot of scary moments since we put the stain down.  I’m kind of freaked, actually.  It’s blotchy.  I did go back over the whole floor and put down a thicker layer of stain over the light areas but it’s still not perfect.



I’m trying to keep this picture of the floor before it was stripped and sanded in my mind.  It wasn’t pretty.  It was rough and dry and grimy and gross and the color wasn’t even.  I’m working on making peace with my imperfect refinishing job by reminding myself that if I wanted perfect floors I should have put down Pergo.  (I don’t want that.)



I’m watching a lot of Rehab Addict to make myself feel better-her floors are never perfect either.

This floor is 107 years old.  The forest these trees came from is probably a strip mall now.  I’ve (and my parents) shown this floor more love in the last week than it’s seen in years so I’m going to embrace it.  As my dad says, if you were 107 years old you’d have some scratches and an uneven complexion too!

I’m off to see how my second coat of stain is drying and hoping I can get to the bathroom.  And my cat.  And the shower.  And the q-tips.  And my bed.

Poly goes down tomorrow!  Stay tuned.


One of Those Days

This morning I though I’d finish up cleaning and preparing for my brother to come on Wednesday.  I dusted and then vacuumed.  No I didn’t, I dusted and then spent THREE HOURS trying to get my vacuum to work.  Henry’s fur is long and my vacuum is was cheap and so I had to stop every couple of swipes to clean fur balls from the tubes.  This drove me insane so I resorted to using the Shop Vac while on my hands and knees since I didn’t have the right attachments.

While in my own little world close to the ground, unbeknownst to me, the Shop Vac was spraying dust out it’s back end.  Of course I had it placed in a way that it covered not only a large portion of my living room but also into my kitchen, shooting dust all over every surface I had already dusted and all the clean dishes I had in my drying rack.  Yeah, not my day.

Long story short, I broke my vacuum but my mother came over with the right attachment for the Shop Vac so I was able to vacuum standing up.

For anyone interested, the Shop Vac has enough suction but I found the best way to get up all the dog hair was for me to brush the rug (with Henry’s brush) while my mom vacuumed up the loose hair.  It wasn’t fun and by the end of the day my house was dirtier than when I started.

So, because I don’t have any awesome project to share with you, here are some pictures of my cat (and my cluttered desk):

prudie3Do you see her?  I love this new sleeping spot she’s got.




Christmas Tree 2014

Can I leave my tree up year round?  Because I’m pretty much in love with it.



I love how its lights reflect on my floor



and how Prudie has claimed the space under the tree as hers.  Sorry friends and family, I can’t fit presents for everyone under the tree anymore because I’m definitely not stealing her sweet new sleeping place!



I got the topper at an after Christmas sale at Target last year and turned some silver tulle into a garland.



I’m a strictly white lights kind of girl.  I love the glow and how shiny everything is!



Originally I thought we’d make ornaments at my Pinterest party so I bought a bunch of these big clear ornaments from Wal-Mart but then I found a project I liked more so I decided to keep them for myself.  I ended up filling them with mod podge and silver glitter and I love them!  Pinterest tells me to use floor polish instead of the glue but I didn’t have that on hand.  Mod podge works but the coverage is more uneven than the pictures I see of the ones that used floor polish.



As I was finishing up the tree last night I realized another bonus to living alone.  I get to have my pretty silver, matchy matchy, sparkly tree!

The inside of the house is pretty much done and now all I’m waiting on are some solar powered outside lights to come from Amazon so I can do the front of the house.

Is it crazy that I’m a little sad that Christmas is coming up so fast?  I already don’t want to have a living room without a Christmas tree.