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Friday, June 24, 2011

New Address

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Come on in?

The front entry of our house needed help.  It was so plain and, to me, it screamed, "We just moved in and haven't decorated yet!"

The first step was a welcome mat.  We started off with this $5.00 mat from Home Depot.

I then added tape and and a freezer paper monogram.

(The font for the letter H is called Plantagenet Cherokee.)

I attacked it with black spray paint, peeled off the tape, and voila.

Not too bad for five bucks.

We've already seen the effects of having a welcome mat.  Not one hour after I put that outside, this little ball of fur walked into the house:

He literally just strolled right in through the open door and made himself at home.  He actually stayed here for about six hours before someone claimed him.  I guess there's something to be said about having a welcome mat!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Catching up

We've been so busy moving in and unpacking that we haven't had a chance to sit down and write about the progress at our house.

A few weeks before we actually moved in, my family came over and we had a painting party so that we didn't have to work around the furniture.

This is Rebecca, my youngest sister.  She's a trim-painting beast.*

The color we used for the Master bedroom and bathroom is Behr's Safari Vest.

The image above looks really brown.  Our walls seem to change color depending on the time of day.  It's sort of a light khaki color, and sometimes it's almost grey.  For some reason, it's quite green in the bathroom.  Luckily, every shade of this chameleon paint matches the fabric we're using for the curtains, so no harm done!

*She is not for hire.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

New House

After six months of waiting for the short sale to go through, we have our house!

Let the moving and painting begin!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Book Shelves

We have a lot of books.

My undergrad degree is in English, and I kept the majority of books from those four years. My Master's is in Library Science, so I have all of those as well. Working as a teacher/librarian means getting gifts from students, which usually turns out to be books (better presents than coffee mugs any day!). Add that to the hubs' collection of books from his schools and personal stash, and we've got ourselves quite the library - and nowhere to display it.

Enter Borders.

When we saw that the nearby Borders was going out of business, we mourned for about 15 seconds and then immediately turned into vultures. This particular bookstore is known for its tall bookshelves and gorgeous ladders. We paid $80 each for three cases and beamed as they put a sticker with our name on them.

The ladders and hardware were running close to $400, and with the closing of the new house coming up, we just couldn't justify that.

A few weeks later we were back at the store, armed with power tools and visions of our home library.

As we hubs and my dad took apart our three bookcases, we learned that the price of the cases had gone down to $25. Not only that, but ladders were now $35. Sold! Our name was slapped on another bookcase and a ladder.

After several hours in Borders, we were able to load up our goods. Next up: Painting it all to my liking.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


First posts can be awkward. This one is no different.

The hubs and I will be moving into our new house in the next few weeks, so I thought this would be a good time to start a blog to document us making that house a home.

Welcome to The Story of Us!