Antique Window + Cotton Wreath

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I’m so excited this project is finally finished! I’ve been hoarding a pair of old windows in the garage for over a year and now one of them finally has a home. 

I bought the windows at Main Street Antique Mall (where I now sell antiques myself). They were marked $40/each, but they were having a half-off sale, so I only paid $40 for the pair. Originally I was planning on hanging the windows together above the entertainment center, but I ended up changing my mind and decided to just hoard the windows until I thought of something different.

After some thought, I finally decided that one of the windows would look great hanging above the bench in the entry. There’s already some much going on with that wall (travel gallery wall), so I thought something simple would be a great way to fill space without looking too distracting.

But before I could do anything I had to clean up the windows. I started by scraping off some of the old paint and sanding some of the rough edges. Oh, and safety note: old windows may contain lead paint, so use caution and test for lead paint before doing anything.
Anyway, once they were cleaned up a bit, I added a couple of hooks to the back and hung the window in the entry. Of course it needed something, so I added a cotton wreath that I got from Décor Steals. I love how it all looks together!

And I love the way the whole wall looks now!

Yay for finally finishing a project!

Travel Tuesday: Coors Brewery Tour, Colorado

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I’m so excited to share my first Travel Tuesday post of 2015 today!

A few weeks ago my boyfriend and I flew to Colorado for two weddings. Yes, two weddings! My friend Dan’s wedding celebration was on Saturday in Denver (Hi Dan!) and my boyfriend’s cousin’s wedding was on Sunday in Colorado Springs.

The timing actually worked out perfectly and it ended up being a great weekend getaway. I forgot my camera so I didn’t take very many pictures around Colorado, so today I’m really just going to share our tour of the Coors Brewery in Golden, CO. Sorry all of the pictures are from my phone…

My boyfriend’s family was in town for the wedding on Sunday, so we all went to the Coors Brewery for a tour on Monday after the wedding. One of his cousin’s friends from college works at the brewery so we ended up getting a guided VIP tour, which was awesome. I’ll be honest, I don’t really like Coors, but they brew a lot of other beers that I do like, so that was a plus when it came to the tastings.

It was really interesting to hear about the brewing process and see it done on such a large scale. We’ve been to local breweries before, but of course this is on a whole other level. The brewery is the world’s largest single-site brewery.

The production line is probably the most impressive part of the tour. It’s crazy how much beer is canned and packaged in the few minutes that you are standing there watching.

The tour ends at the tasting room and I think you get 2 free beers (or soda if you are underage/don’t drink/are the designated driver). We were on the VIP tour so we got to go to the employee lounge with a four beer limit…the fresh Blue Moon and Summer Shandy was delicious! Let’s just say it was a good thing I wasn’t driving!

If you are in the Denver/Golden, Colorado area, I highly recommend stopping by the brewery. The self-guided tour is free and runs 7 days/week during the summer and 5 days/week the rest of the year. You can check here for times.

Here are a few other tips for the tour:
You can bring a camera, but no bags/backpacks/purses are allowed.
Because of the brewing process, it is pretty hot and humid in there, so plan accordingly.
They don’t accept reservations, so it’s recommended to arrive early for shorter wait times.

The Friday Five

Friday, July 10, 2015

One – Paint Nite Phoenix

Wednesday night my boyfriend’s sister, sister-in-law, aunt and cousin took me to Paint Nite to celebrate my birthday. The painting was called Crazy Daisy and it was rated Very Easy…thankfully! I’m creative and crafty, but I’m not very artistic. We had a great time and everyone’s pictures ended up looking pretty good. I love these wine and paint classes so hopefully we’ll get together soon to try it again!

Two – 4th of July

Last Saturday we had a 4th of July BBQ at our house. We grilled burgers and brats plus macaroni salad, baked beans, watermelon, and brownies. Everything turned out great and I think everyone had a good time. We also shot off fireworks in our backyard. That’s always a lot of fun…unless you’re Ringo. He hates them and hid in the bath tub the entire time. Poor guy!

Three – Orange is the New Black

Has anyone else finished season 3 of OITNB? I won’t post any big spoilers, but I will say I liked this season better than the second season, but I thought some parts were pretty boring. I loved the all of the back stories and some of the prison storylines (like the kosher meals, Big Boo/Pennsatucky’s friendship), but I thought that the Norma religion/cult thing went on WAY too long. I also didn’t like Piper’s panty business and her speech on the picnic table had me rolling my eyes. I assume she’s going to get caught and they are going to extend her sentence so the show can continue on, but that’s just a guess.

Four – Sautéed Sugar Snap Peas

I’m currently on a no flour, sugar, dairy or anything yummy diet, so I’ve been eating a lot of vegetables. This sautéed sugar snap peas recipe from Ina Garten is my new favorite veggie side dish. It’s so quick and easy, plus it’s different than the green beans or broccoli that I usually cook. If you’re stuck in a veggie rut, I definitely recommend trying this dish.

Five – Upper Peninsula/Green Bay/Chicago

Next Thursday we leave for our Michigan trip. We’re spending the first few days of the trip in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for our friends’ wedding. After that we are going to drive down to Green Bay for a day and then Chicago for a couple days. If you have any tips for things to do/see/eat, please let me know! 

2015 Mid-Year Review

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Can you believe 2015 is already half over? This year is just flying by! That being said, now seems like the perfect time for a mid-year review of the goals I made in January (see them here). Let’s take a look at what I’ve accomplished so far and hopefully get motivated to work on the goals I’m slacking on (pretty much all of them). Without further ado…

#1 Landscape the Backyard

Nothing new to report here…the backyard still looks terrible. My boyfriend weed whacked all of the weeds so it looks a tiny bit better now, but it still needs professional help. I did get a couple recommendations for landscaping companies, so that’s something, right? I’m planning on calling them after our Michigan trip this month. More to come!

#2 Finish a Room

So, I finished our dining room and I’m *this close* to finishing the pantry. Of course neither of those rooms is on my list, so I’m not sure if that counts or not…probably not. OK, I have six months left to finish the laundry room, living room, office, craft room, and/or master bathroom. Let’s do it!

#3 All the Small Things

I did a few quick Valentine’s Day projects earlier this year, but other than that, not a lot of smaller projects. Honestly, I forgot I even created this goal, so I’m glad I’m doing this recap now! I definitely have a few small projects I want to do over the summer.

#4 Master Bedroom Makeover

Right now I’m planning on working on my master bedroom for the fall One Room Challenge, so I haven’t done anything in there yet. I probably need to finish one of the other rooms listed above before I start on another room. Good thing I have a few months until the next ORC!

Personal Goals

#1 Live Healthy

Continuing on the theme of not sticking to goals, I have not done so well with this goal over the past few months. But let’s not focus on that; let’s focus on the fact that I joined a gym last week! My boyfriend goes to the same gym, so we’ll probably work out together occasionally, but I mostly signed up for the Zumba and yoga classes. I’m also doing the no sugar, no flour, no dairy diet right now too. It’s so hard, but I feel so much better while I’m doing it – plus I need to fit into my bridesmaids dress in a few weeks, so I don’t really have a choice. And this is why you never buy a dress in a smaller size and just assume you’ll lose the weight! Rookie mistake! 

#2 Go Green

Finally, a goal that I’ve actually stuck with! I’m proud to announce that I’ve almost completely given up plastic shopping bags. I started off using just random canvas/reusable bags that I’ve collected over the years, but I ended up buying this set of matching reusable bags. They’re a great size, have a sturdy bottom, and have a little loop that makes them easier to fill. I also ordered these mesh bags for my fruits and vegetables. They are sheer enough that the cashier can see what’s inside and read the codes on the labels. I can’t say enough good things about those mesh bags. Honestly, the change has been a lot easier than I thought it would be. I have enough reusable bags so there’s always at least one in my car and now it’s just part of my routine. I still forget occasionally, but I’m down to maybe 2 plastic bags a week vs. 12 or so a week.

I’ve also gone paperless on all of my bills (when available) and I’ve been better about recycling too. We finally fixed our leaky garbage disposal, so we now have room for a recycling bin under the sink. I love having it there and we’ve both been good about using it. So, overall I’d say I’ve been successful at this goal and have no problem keeping it up.

That being said, I’ve done a terrible job on my other goals, but I still have six months to step it up! I can’t wait to see where I ended up in December!

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