Thanksgiving recap

Oh man, I love Thanksgiving. Its all about hanging out with your loved ones, lounging around the house, talking, napping, eating, and being thankful....and its all done at a slow pace with football in the background, weather that's chilly but not bitter cold yet, and sans the pressures of present-buying. So basically my point is that Thanksgiving is superior to Christmas (sorry, Al) :)
I had so much fun prepping for this big day. Well, it wasn't all fun I guess...trying to get the kitchen, living room, dining room, and bathroom all painted before the family got here was a little stressful. But it was so worth it. And now I can finally relax and do the rest of the rooms at a normal pace, plus I can finally start putting things on the walls.

So for the big meal, my mom did most of the cooking and I was in charge of figuring out when everything needed to go in the oven/on the stove and at what temperature, plus I did all the decorating. I looooove decorating a table for a special meal, always have. I think I get that from my Grandmother.

The buffet worked out really well, and it was fun to use leaves and berries from the yard to decorate it.

Can you spot my adorable Mom in the background? She really went above and beyond to make Thanksgiving great. There's no way it would have all come together without her.

I also found out that the shelves between the kitchen and the dining room work really well as an extra buffet when you're trying to find room for rolls, broccoli & cheese, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, corn pudding, deviled eggs, mashed potatoes, stuffing, a turkey, a turk'y, gravy, pumpkin pie, and apple pie.

The turk'y was DELICIOUS, by the way!! I highly recommend it, even if you're not a vegetarian (it has 77% less fat than regular turkey). I put it in a roasting bag with a mixture of olive oil, rosemary, thyme, salt, & pepper and it was really tasty.

Once all the food was ready, of course I had to run around and take pictures of all of it. Seth is used to me taking pictures of food, but the rest of my family isn't and maybe they thought I was a little odd? I don't know...I definitely don't think I'm the only odd one in the family.

Leave it to my dad to stick his head in the picture :)

I guess the next big thing around the corner is Christmas, and really...its JUST around the corner. Less than a month away! Hopefully one of these days Seth and I can finally recoup from moving and refinishing the floors and painting and hosting Thanksgiving dinner so we can get the tree up. Hope everyone has a great Tuesday!

Finished bathroom

BEFORE (with the Willy Wonka wallpaper and the raggedy green valance):

AFTER (several coats of primer and green paint):

I just love how much cleaner it feels in there, which is why I definitely needed to finish the bathroom before some of my family gets here (tomorrow!!). I'm so excited for them to be here. And I'm so excited for Thanksgiving dinner! I am most excited to eat the following things: corn pudding, green bean casserole, and deviled eggs. And pumpkin pie. And trying out Seth's Turk'y! I really hope its good because Seth hasn't had turkey in 13 years and I want him to be able to enjoy it on Thanksgiving again.

In other news, Al came to visit last weekend and she bought the most adorable pair of space-themed, footed pj's in the boy's department at Target:

I mean, gimme a break --

She couldn't be any cuter! Thanks for coming to visit, Al -- I had such a great time :)

I hope everyone has safe travels, delicious food, and good times this week. Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

What a difference hours & hours of hard work makes...

This is the first time I've compared the before and after pictures of the kitchen, and I've known it was a big change but I don't think I realized it was that big of a change. I had already taken off most of the hardware when I remembered to take before pictures, so here's what it looked like:

And this is what it looks like now:

Yea!! :) The kitchen won't be completely finished for awhile...I still have to put stuff on the walls and figure out what kind of curtains to put on the window (suggestions anyone?? I've never put curtains in a kitchen and I'm lost...I don't want to block out any light, and I want something with pattern). But regardless, I'm still really enjoying how much cleaner it feels, and just the fact that all the painting and hardware replacing is done.

So as far as painting goes, the kitchen is done and the living room is done (I finally got the 2nd coat on the walls last Friday)...2 rooms down, 4 1/2 to go! The dining room, both bedrooms, the hallway, and the half is for the 2nd coat of green in the bathroom. Hopefully more progress and pictures coming soon!

winter + office job blues

Right now I'm feeling so inspired to paint and decorate and rearrange and make art and its REALLY BOTHERING ME to be stuck in this cube instead. Because I know that even though I'm all pumped and inspired and motivated right now, all that is going to magically disappear when 5 o'clock rolls around and I drive home in the dark. UGHHHH.

Thrift store finds

When Heather was here visiting from Portland, we spent a huge amount of time looking for 50's furniture to put in my 50's house. On our first day of looking, we decided to trek out to Clinton, TN to find some awesome antiques....what a mistake. Yes, Clinton has allot of antique stores, but good grief! they are SO expensive. Way way waaaay out of my price range. It wasn't uncommon to see a piece of furniture priced in the $500-1,000 range. So we came back empty-handed and discouraged. The next day we decided to stay in town and hit all the local thrift stores, and there was a treasure in every single place we walked into! It was by far the very best thrifting luck I've ever had in my whole life. Here are 3 of the treasures we found:

a great metal outdoor chair

a yellow leather footstool ($5!!!) and a metal desk ($8!!!! Heather and I had forgotten that everything in the store was 50% off, so when the lady behind the counter said $8, we practically danced a jig of joy right there in the store, haha) :)

I haven't taken pictures of the other stuff yet, but I will soon. I'll also take pictures of the finished kitchen soon, too...I just keep forgetting and before I know it, its dark outside already and the light is no good for pictures. Hate winter.

I cannot believe that Thanksgiving is only 15 days away. Its unreal how times flies! And I've got so much to get done before then...mainly painting. Lots and lots of painting. I've had a few recent setbacks, mainly with the bathroom. Remember it was wallpapered when we moved in? Well, Seth stripped all that off in September, and I finally got all the holes patched up, so last week I was all geared up to finally get that room completed. I sanded and primed all the walls last week, then started painting on Saturday. Warning: Never use Ace Hardware brand Lotus Queen paint. It is HORRIBLE. I can't stress this enough. I spent a good 5 hours painting the 1st coat in the bathroom and it looked terrible, but I just chalked it up to being the 1st coat and assumed that a 2nd coat would do the trick. Not the case. The 2nd coat went on just as badly as the 1st one did, and I could already tell that a 3rd coat still wasn't going to look good. I called Ace Hardware and found out that this particular color has no white in it. WHAT?! What kind of paint has no white in it? No wonder I could see every brush and roller stroke. Needless to say, I'm pretty pissed about the whole thing...I planned to get the bathroom finished last weekend and I've already put in about 12 hours of work into it, and now I'm looking at paint chips again. But, such is life I guess. Everything can't go exactly according to my carefully crafted plan :) Hopefully I can get the bathroom painted this week and the dining room painted on Saturday. Stay tuned!