Thursday, October 11, 2012


It has been quite a while since I posted last and boy have things changed in that time! When I started this blog I was going to be taking a month off work to recharge, reassess, and redecorate. About a week and a half into that break from work my husband and I found out we were pregnant with our first bundle of joy! A week later we found out that he got the okay from his boss to move home! So needless to say, things are not only different for our small family they are absolutely wonderful.
So why the long break from the blog? Well I was kind of confused as to what to do now. I had no idea what to do and what direction to take the blog since we wouldn't be living in the house much longer and would be kind of silly to spend much more money decorating it the way I wanted to. Once everything had some time to sink in and we talked about things I realized that we still have to live in this house for a few more while I might not do all the things I had in mind at first, I can still make the house enjoyable and liveable as well as document the building of my business. So there it is, change directions and keep on moving on!
I have really been working hard the past few weeks to build up my stock of wreaths and other house and holiday decorations. I am signed up for three festivals in the next few months so I will certainly be keeping busy trying to prepare for those!
I am so happy to be back and have new life to bring to this blog! Can't wait to spend the holidays crafting and blogging! Speaking of holidays...I thought I would finish this post up with at little Halloween spirit from a spooky Snugget (that's what we are calling baby since we aren't finding out what we are having).

Hope you enjoy this little skeleton face as much as we do. It is such a joy to watch my Snugget grow!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Fourth, Family, and Fun

Last week was absolutely crazy! I had the house to myself Monday and Tuesday so I was able to casually get some things done at my own pace, slow and steady! The rest of the week was on drill sergent Ryan's time. We finally got a night on the town Tuesday when we went to watch the fireworks on  his company's 11th story balcony in Addison, it was really beautiful and we had a great time with good food and friends. After that our free time was dedicated to getting our house ready for Ryan's family to come over, what a whirlwind but we really got the house in good shape, toddler proofed and ready for a crowd.

The main thing that I am of course happy to show off are my dining room curtains!!!! They were quite a feat but worth all the work!

I am so happy with the way they turned out, I made the blue panels and really the hardest part was keeping the blackout lining straight while sewing. As for the two khaki panels they were at such a great price at Lowe's I couldn't pass them up, I bought one 84" that lined up pefectly with the ones I had sewn and I bought one 63" which fell perfectly above the window unit! I wish I could link you to the blue fabric, but I had to drive to another city to pick up their last few yards of it and can not seem to find it online, it is a Waverly fabric and after working with it it seems to be a great interior fabric brand. Overall I love the way they turned out and enjoyed the copliments from the family!

Also on my list of things to do was to hide my crooked failed attempt at a roman shade on my back door. I must say that this quick easy fix really did the trick! What do ya think?....

I simply bought a rounded curtain rod, made a loop to slip it through and finished the edges, I used the same fabric as my dining room to tie everything together. Then I used the existing holes in the door, that I was wanting to hide anyway, to hang it (no husband needed!)

As for other projects I made a wreath for my front door that I am absolutely in love with!

After all the projects were done nd the family rolled in we had a fabulous time. We broke out the smoker and had a tasty pool party, Ryan bought me a propane burner and we boiled some fresh Louisiana gulf shrimp, and I got to use my brand new KitchenAid mixer to make the most delicous sweet in the world...German Chocolate Cake! It has been sad these last two mornings to not hear a little one running around but...maybe I should just enjoy quiet mornings while I have them...

Monday, July 2, 2012

The Weekend & Day 6:

I had a wonderful weekend!... Ladies night to see Magic Mike (yep I was one of those cackling ladies in the theather!), then finally I got another man in the house to help move the last of the bachelor pad out of my living room, and my dear friend Claire brought my sweet godchild Olivia over for a little pool time!

So for the reveal.... here is a reminder of the bachelor pad:

and now...

Ahhh!... I am so happy! It looks so great and I cannot tell you how excited I am about this. This could have been so bad, we had to buy them sight unseen because this was a model they did not have in the showroom! Luckily it turned out exactly how I wanted and now we have a real living room!

The next thing that I wanted to point out was....yes...those are terrible ugly window units in my house :( As I believe I have mentioned earlier we are renting for now until we feel like Ryan's job situationis more stable. What this means for us is we have to have some extra window units to supplement our insuffcient central AC. So since that is what it is I have done my best to dress it up! This is the easiest project ever! We wanted to make sure that we blocked as much outside heat as possible (we live in Dallas so that means 3 plus months of 100 plus heat!) so Ryan taped bubble wrap over the panels, that is a great way to insulate from the heat!

Next I took some 1 inch foam and covered it with a linen fabric I had left over from an old project. No sewing necessary a hot glue gun and you are good...

So that is the final look, its not the prettiest thing but it really finishes the sides if it is something you must have, and belive me here in Texas we MUST have these!

I am off to more adventures in sprucing up this house... can't wait to share more!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Playing catch-up...Days 2&3:

Well I have had quite a long two days and not gotten as much accomplished as I hoped. I have however continued to get at least one project accomplished per day!

Monday I finished a panel of my curtains, I didn't hang it because I didn't have a rod and I want it to make sure it hung correctly before I started the other panel.

Then there was Tuesday...So project wise this is what was accomplished...

So while this doesn't necessarily look like a big deal it is!! This lamp was such a beat up eye sore, but my husband loves it because he hates our over head lights so the lamp had to stay, luckily
Rust-Oleum Hammered Dark Bronze came to the rescue! And honestly it is so much better now.

As for the rest of Tuesday it was spent at the store, like the brilliant person I am I took my car to Lowes to buy a 10ft. rod, so of course, I had to come home get Ryan's truck and go back then I spent a whole hour at The Home Depot looking for a bracket to hang the thing..litterally no one could help me...ahh I could continue on about this disaterous trip but I won't!

Wednesday was a bit more successful, so I wanted to create a roman shade for my back patio door that I found on Pinterest... Let's just say at least it is doing its job to block the sun and heat because it does not roll up! annnd maybe it is a bit crooked, but luckily I am just going to be able to add a valence to hide the fact that we had to hang it slanted in order to get the bottom even... I just have to laugh and hope i do better next time :) So here is a look pre-valance...

Regardless of it being crooked, I would still need to cover the holes from a previous curtain. So next up is valance pictures!

Woo! That was a long post but we are all caught up and ready for the next project!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Day 1: Where do I start?!

So technically, today is my third work day off but...I am going to call it the first day since its Monday and, let's face it, I was pretty lazy Thursday and Friday. It was great though to be able to just enjoy a break from work!

So I have been up since early this morning, and while I have gotten a few things done I have really just been wandering around the house just thinking to myself  "where do I even start?" So I cleared the packing material from our new couches (over do I know) and pictures to come as soon as we get another man to help move our old bachelor pad couch upstairs, now I just sit in my craft room trying to finish up some half done projects, all the while looking at the large roll of fabric I bought to make curtains...yes, I am going to have to bite the bullet and get to it, there are just sooo many windows and this is really going to be a long project, but one I have been looking forward to finishing!

Hopefully by tomorrow I can post some progress photos of my curtains and the living room, those are my main priorities for now. So I guess I have decided where to start! Curtains and reassembled living room!

Friday, June 22, 2012

My 'Bachelorless Pad'...

Today is my second day as a housewife, and well, let's just say it was a little more productive than the first! I hate to admit that I spent the whole day yesterday being the biggest, laziest bum ever! But today I was very productie, reshipped a wreath I made (long story), bought groceries, and thoroughly cleaned downstairs...well except for my craft area ;)
Anyway the main point of this post is to give the first view of my house and how I am doing my best to turn our rent house into a home!
While I have done my best to decorate, the bachelor pad couches just take over my living room!! I appologize for the monster T.V. in the background, another part of the bachelor furniture that will be moved to the man cave in the morning!

I am just more than excited to help anyone else that is stuck in the dilema that I am, in a rent house that you just want to feel like home! So over the next month I hope that I not only transform my home but give ideas that help you to spruce up your own!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Welcome to Yep-Er-Doodles

Welcome to Yep-Er-Doodles blog page! I am so very excited to document and share my adventures. I am fresh off my honeymoon and back in the 'real world' well...sort of... My wonderful husband has given me the opportunity to 'retire' from bartending and take a month to work on all the DIY projects I've been saying I want to do around our house as well as grow my small craft shop! I am absolutely the luckiest girl in the world and I can't wait to start crossing all these projects off my list.