August 31, 2011

The Terrible Awful

For all of those fellow English majors out there, I didn't forget the noun in my title. The Terrible Awful IS the noun (has anyone else read "The Help?" :)

Take a look at that beauty of a staining job. Doesn't it look like I took a flame thrower and charred the entire thing?

This is what all of the hand rails on our railing looked like after I got through with them a few weeks ago. I've never stained anything before, and didn't realize that you're supposed to wipe off all of the excess stain that the wood doesn't take. Brilliant. I thought that this was normal and that the entire thing would darken after a couple of coats.

I WRECKED our railing.

After some tears (mine), some kind and encouraging words (my husband), Jimmy Johns (my favorite!), and a movie (HBO's John Adams (I think)), I was able to wistfully give up my dream of dark stained hand rails and white painted everything else, a la the photograph below:

The most frustrating aspect, besides the charred railing, was that I'd finally met my DIY match. Without vigorously re-sanding and chemically re-stripping the rails, or replacing them all together, the stained rails were a no go. Up until this point, I've prided myself with seeing something that I like and then being able to create that look on my own budget. A girl's gotta be humbled now and again, I suppose.

So on to plan B. The whole thing is getting whitewashed. And I'm about 75% done, but the finishline feels far, far away. I'd post some "during" pictures, but wouldn't it be more fun to just see the whole thing in its completed entirety?

The moral of the story? I thank God for an encouraging, understanding husband and Zinsser (stainblocking!) primer.

August 21, 2011

Cabin 2011

We're back! I've been silent for two weeks for two main reasons:

Reason No. 1: Last week, we were up at Clamshell Beach Resort for our annual summer get away.

Reason No. 2: The week before, I thoroughly, completely, and absolutely botched part of my painting/staining-the-railing project. I'll give you a hint. It wasn't the painting part. Think big, like "EPIC FAIL."

So I've got some fun cabin pics, but no fun railing pics. There will hopefully be some fun "plan B" railing pics eventually.

To be honest, I didn't take many- I was too busy reading/sleeping/beaching/eating to get many good shots. But there are a few!

Here's Mr. Miles. Isn't he a cutie?

There were some beautiful sunsets:

And a couple breezy boat rides. Except not on this boat. But we do vacation with it's owner, so there is SOME connection:)

I got to spent some time with this guy (he's my favorite):

He's the one who basically took the rest of the 300 photos. Enjoy these last few weeks of summer!

August 9, 2011

Cookies? Meatballs?

Yesterday, my grandma and I made a recipe of Laura Bush's Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies. Isn't that a mouthful? So are the cookies! My wonderful chef of a friend made them a few weeks ago, and I just had to give them a try as well.

The the recipe calls for 1/4 of a cup of dough for each cookie. Yum! The dough balls are so huge, that they look more like chunky meatballs.

Isn't that crazy?

August 7, 2011

Inspiration: Pops of Yellow

Do you ever go through color trends? I'm currently in a yellow one. If it's yellow, I like it. Or of it's not yellow, can it be spray painted? :)

Here are some inspirational pops of yellow, all via Enjoy!

See the sign? "Yellow is the new black." Love it!

And my personal favorite? :

August 6, 2011

New Look

Pardon me while I state the obvious.

I've freshened up the 'ol blog. And I'm rather excited. Why? Because I used CODE to do it. Is this even the right word? Please correct me, nerdy programmers, if I'm incorrect.

This is an entirely new world to me, and it's rather fabulous. I wasn't able to achieve the look I wanted on some details, and did numerous google searches to figure out how to proceed. It's amazing how much you can customize things by delving into the complicated world of html coding. I feel a little giddy at the moment.

My dad would be happy- He used to be a software developer :)

August 4, 2011

Cha-cha-cha Changes...

I get a slap on the wrist for how often I've managed to post this summer. Yikes!

We just celebrated our two year wedding anniversary a week ago Sunday, and made a decision: year three will include far less house projects than the previous two.


I know. Can you believe it? :) We're a bit burned out. Actually, my husband is a bit burned out, but he's the one who does 90% of the hard labor. We decided there is, and should, be more to free time than improving out living quarters. And that I should spend less of my day dreams on paint swatches, woven baskets, and grout colors.

And I'm actually really okay with this. This isn't to say that everything will come to a screeching halt (I actually started the huge task of painting our railing on Monday- more later). We're just aiming to spend more of our free time together focusing on other things. And maybe more of our finances on making memories rather than a new patio. I'm also trying to take a step back from my desire/hobby/(obsession?:) to constantly improve things.

I think it'll be great, and I think it'll be hard. And I pray that God will use this decision to bless our marriage AND our relationship with Him.

So if I start posting much to frequently about house updates, hold me accountable! There are other, more important, things to focus on.