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Hi! I'm Kim- a wife, momma, daughter, sister, friend. I love UK, going out for a good glass of wine, cooking, spending too much time on pinterest, and making new memories. I love my life and you're welcome to read about it!
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Friday, September 16, 2011

Copy Cat

That's what I am. I admit it. I take other people's design and I copy them.. And guess what? I do it cheaper. A whole $60 dollars cheaper might I add. So take that big retail stores. You ain't got nothin' on me (forgive all the grammatical craziness in that last sentence. It is hard to sound tough while talking correctly. Go figure.)

Let me show you what I am talking about.Shall I...
I love browsing design blogs and stores online to look at all the goodies I would just love to get my hands on. Most of the time I'm just drooling and wishing and hoping that maybe one day I could get it. It really is hard to fill a new home all-at-once. Sometimes we forget that it takes time to get to your home finished because I DO NOT want to be house poor and that does include the house and everything in it.
So I am used to sitting behind my screen and looking at pretty things to fill my home that I will never really buy. I'm okay with that for the most part.

Then it happened. PINTEREST happened people! No, I'm not late to the game... I am very much all-up-in-that game's business. But I found something one day that reallllyyyy caught my eye. This....

Say whaaaaa? Did my eyes just see that? Why, yes I think they most certainly did! And I got giddy...because this little DIY project looked a lot like a pendant I had been eyeing on West Elm's very site.

One in the same, I do believe they are! So I hunted down the original directions for making the hemp pendant light and found it at Crafy Nest. Off I went!

So, I gathered all my supplies and I made almost an exact replica for...... wait for it..... $26. And it looks good too. Not that I am trying to brag or anything. :)

So yeah, I'm a copy cat.... and add bragger to the list too. I'm okay with both descriptions. Actually, I'm rather proud of both descriptions.

Stay tuned for the big reveal! (Ok, I'm a tease too) hehe

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

DIY? I Did It!

Remember in this post where I talked about trying to paint my new dresser that I scored off Craigslist? What, that was so long ago you don't even remember what I'm talking about? Yeah, I got the point. Good news for you, you can click back on that linky loo and see what the heck I'm gabbing about!

Needless to say, a project that takes the average person a couple of days, takes me about a couple of months. I move at a snails pace people and I'm proud of it!

Seriously though, here is what the china cabinet looked like before the paint.

I went to my local paint store (if you are from around here you MUST buy your paint from BJ Andriots. Trust.) Their oh-so-knowledgeable staff pointed me in the right direction (like always) and suggested some cleaner and primer to start my project.

I lightly sanded my cabinet even though it wasn't recommended because this cleaner is supposed to be wonderful. I then washed my cabinet with some TSP. Basically I just read the directions, added water, and went over the cabinet with a sponge. Easy enough, no?

I then used a primer called Stix to put an overall coat before I started my painting. Sorry I have no photos, I haven't really gotten into the habit of being a play-by-play kinda girl. You understand.

After that I put on a couple of coats of Benjamin Moore... forgive me but I don't really remember the name of it but it is a soft blue with a hint of green. Side note... follow me people---------> I will NOT ever buy any other brand of paint except for Benjamin Moore. If I find another color I like in a different brand, great, awesome, fabulous but I will march my booty over to my paint store and have them mix it in a BM base. Why, do you ask? I've used other paints before... lets just say I happen to get lazy from time to time... and every time I have completely regretted it. I finally came to my senses the last time I bought another supposed-to-be-good-I-have-commercials-all-over-tv paint and I seriously had streaks running down my walls to a paint that wouldn't dry.

Ok, enough of my soap box moment.

After I put on a couple of coats it was ready to move into its rightful place in my dining room, where it will be cherished and adored every time I turn the corner.

Ahhhh so pretty! I am going to eventually line the inside with a some type of design or wallpaper, but for now I am content just how it is.

*Please note that I am only promoting the paint store and Benjamin Moore because I seriously love their product. That's it, they did not offer me anything to talk about them on this blog (besides I have all of about 2 readers). Plus, I am a small town girl and I believe in promoting small town business. So Ha!

Friday, September 2, 2011

I'm Ready... We're Ready

I've been thinking a lot over the past couple of months about where I want to be next year... where do I want my marriage to be? What do I want my family to look like? All my friends seem to be having babies, getting pregnant, talking about trying to get pregnant. Did I want that? I wasn't sure.

I wasn't sure because while it all seemed exciting, I was actually scared of what a pregnancy would mean. It would mean that I would have to become a *mom*. Yeah, technically I knew that but with that I started to think about all that would entail. It would never just be me and Nick... I would have this whole little life completely depending on me for everything... I don't even know what to do with a baby... Would I even be a good mom? It still scared me. All of it.

At the end of last year, a very best friend found out she was pregnant after already being 5 months along. It was a shock to us all and I can't even begin to process her emotions. Just the thought that that could happen had me running out and buying a pregnancy test. The whole time I was taking it I was praying "Don't be positive, Not now, Don't be positive". Sure enough that in itself was my sign. I wasn't ready.

Slowly, though, things began to change. I was no longer worried that it could happen. I believe the turning point happened in June when it was just about our one year anniversary. Nick and I said from the beginning that we wanted to wait at least a year. A year of just being us and being married. When that deadline was approaching it was like all of the sudden it was okay. Then each month I was secretly wishing and praying that it would happen.  I knew I was finally ready when this month I shed a few tears when I found out I wasn't.

That's how I know I am ready. I can't really speak for Nick, but I think he is too (at least he tells me he is! lol)  My husband is truly remarkable. He will be a wonderful father. I know because he has such patience with me and my crazy emotional antics. I can't wait until we start a family and I get to see him hold our baby for the first time. Just thinking about it melts my heart.

So that is where we are. Where Nick and I see ourselves and our family a year from now could possibly move us from a family of 2 to a family of 3. Eeek. That is incredibly exciting. Right now we are just praying and hoping. It will happen when and if it is meant to happen. We're ready. 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Work Work Work

Whew, I feel like I haven't been posting as much since I started my new position. I mean I KNOW I haven't and there have been a couple of reasons for that.
The big reason is probably because I can no longer post while I am at work... darn. That also means I can't read as many blogs at work either. My previous position had a lot of down time. Being in customer service can be really hectic or really slow and it was during those down times when I could catch up on my blogger.
With my current position, I don't really have the same work schedule and it is something that I am still adjusting to. I am no longer "on the line" so I have a completely different feel to my day. I have tasks and deadlines and things I need to do here and there.
So far though, I LOVE it. I really do. Hopefully once I get more acclimated I will find a better balance in catching up on my blog reading/blog posting.
I do have my own cubicle now! Oh, the little things to get excited about! I seriously need to decorate my space a little bit more because right now I am embarrassed to even post a picture of its dullness.

Honestly though I don't even know where to start but I'll get there and when I do, I'll be sure to share!