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Monday, October 29, 2012

Be Kind

This thought is resonating with me today.

be kind
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Help me choose a front door!

I’m looking for YOUR input!  I need to choose a front door, like, yesterday, so head over to facebook and give your opinion!



(Why Facebook?  Well, thanks to the iLoader app, it’s 1000 times easier for me to upload cell phone pictures to facebook than to my blog.  If you haven’t tried iLoader, I’d highly recommend it!)


So, go! Go NOW!  Help this indecisive, stuck-in-renovation-purgatory-until-I’m-crazy person out!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Vintage Map Desk


I worked on a lot of different furniture projects this summer, but didn’t take time to post them, so now it’s time to play catch up!


I bought this desk at a garage sale several years ago.  It was sturdy, but not really cute. 



But now, after a little TLC, I think it’s much better looking!


I started by filling the drawer pull holes with wood filler, and then painting it with a Valspar Spray Paint. 


Finally, I modpodged pages from a vintage atlas to the top.  (I found the atlas at Antiques Iowa, a nearby antique mall where you can find almost ANYTHING you want!)  New white knobs and it was done!




The desk was at The HomeShed’s first sale, but it didn’t sell, so it’s still available!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Why I Blog: New Friends

When I was planning my wedding, I spent a lot of time at  The “knotties” there were my first online friends.  I knew how they met their Fi (short for fiance), their engagement story, wedding colors, vendors they were using, and any drama they were experiencing.  But I didn’t know any of them in real life.image

After we were married and bought our first house, I met some new online friends on the message boards.  My new “friends” shared a love of home decorating, and helped me mull over endless choices – paint colors, furniture arrangements, etc. etc.

Then came work and babies.  My online time dwindled for awhile, and then started up again with blogs.  First, I read them.  Then, I decided to start my own. 

Now, three years later, one of the best parts about blogging is that I have made so many great friends.  Whether my bloggy buddies share an interest in home décor, are fellow farm wives, or have kids the same age as me, I’ve been able to connect with other women who understand a certain part of my life.


imageIn the past year, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a few of my “imaginary” friends in real life.  First, at the Common Ground conference, I met “Gal in the Middle.”  She is a passionate advocate for agriculture and it was so great to meet her and so many other farm-women-bloggers.


I also got to meet up with “Jem’s Mom” and we hit it off like old friends.  She shares an interest in photography and gave me tips as we walked around Charleston together.img_5383(rev 0)

(Jem’s Mom and I)

Then, about a month ago, I saw a facebook post from another farmwife, Jent, saying that she was in Iowa for the weekend.  Less than 24 hours later, she was touring my farm.  It was such a great visit…I’m hoping her oldest daughter decides to go to Iowa State so I can hang out with Jent more often!


(Jent, Emi Lou and Chris)

imageAnd finally, this last weekend, I met one of my first “imaginary” friends from way back in the HGTV days.  Dacia and I both have old farmhouses in Iowa, and we’ve been facebook friends for the last few years, too.  She was in my neck of the woods and came over to see the house progress.  It was so fun to meet someone that I’ve “known” for so long!!


Isn’t amazing how the internet can be used to cultivate friendships?  A couple summers ago, I wrote about my dad’s friend from the Netherlands.  Dad met Wiecher on a message board for antique John Deere tractors, and eventually, Wiecher came to Iowa to see Dad’s tractors in real life. 


Sometimes I hear about how Facebook doesn’t cultivate real friendships, and that you have to have face-to-face time, too.  I think real-life friends are important, too (and I’m blessed to have some great ones!) but I’m also incredibly thankful for my online friends, too!


(Got any good “online friend” stories?  I’d love to hear them in the comments or on Facebook!)

Sunday, October 14, 2012

It’s been so long…

since I wrote a blog post, I almost don’t remember how to do it.


September (remember?  the overbooked month) is over.  And we’re halfway through October, and I’m still not back into the swing of things.  You know when you’re insanely busy, and then it ends, and you’re not really sure what to do with yourself?  Like, “There’s nothing that HAS to be done in the next 15 minutes, or 4 hours, or before tomorrow, so I’ll just sit here and do nothing.”  That’s me, for the past two weeks.


The house remodeling continues – it’s been 7 or 8 weeks now.  Everything is *mostly* done, but things still aren’t back where they belong, and it’s slowly making me crazy.  When it IS done, I’ll do before/after posts for every area that has been changed in the past couple of months.


Adam is doing great at preschool.  It seems like he’s gone from a little boy to a big boy BOOM! overnight.  He wants to learn to read really badly, and is making great progress.  Momma’s proud of her firstborn. :)

And Isaac?  Isaac’s still a hurricane, but an adorably funny,18 month old one.  He’s learning a few more words, but his favorite is, “uh-ooh-uh?” with intonations and gestures that show that he means, “Where is it?”  He’s managed to terrify his kindermusik classmate, leaving me to apologize constantly throughout the class.  He’s also managed to somehow develop an anemia problem.  Iron supplements + chronic constipation = lots of Miralax for this baby.


Anyway, since this has been, like, the most boring-est update post in the world, I think you should go check out my friend Ellie’s blog for some beautiful home décor inspiration.  She’s doing 31 Days of Moodboards and they are all FANTASTIC.  This is my favorite:


I promise, when I blog again, it will be full of pictures of my house, pictures of my kids, or something interesting about the farm.  I promise. :)