Basement Finishing Begins!

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When we moved into our new home last May, the basement wasn’t finished. The walls were framed and toilet stubbed in but that’s about it. We had a contractor start the finishing project a couple of weeks ago. First, though, we had to move all of our extra stuff into the small storage room through the doorway on the left of the picture! It SHOULD be done by the end of the month. Stay tuned for more pics…and maybe an invitation to our Super Bowl party!
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Channeling our Inner MacGyver

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We went to visit Mike’s dad & stepmom last weekend. As usual, there was a short “Someone-to-do” list ready when we got there. Most of it was usual stuff: help with some computer/internet issues and things like dusting & changing light bulbs. Except this time, the remote to their Sleep Number bed wasn’t working. When the buttons were pressed you could hear the mattress inflating and/or deflating but the display was completely blank so we have no idea what the actual setting was. Thanks to Google and YouTube we were able to fit it with a hair dryer and rubber spatula! Here’s the link to the video in case you have a Sleep Number bed and remote with a non-working display! You’re welcome.

We’re Home!

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We moved into our new house on May 29th and have been unpacking and organizing our little hearts out! The change of address postcards have been sent out but here is a little slideshow of some pictures for those of you who haven’t stopped by to see our new place yet. It’s still a work in progress. By the time you get here, we’ll be done!

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The Price of Nostalgia

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Did you ever see something that reminded you of your childhood that you needed to have really bad? Even though it probably didn’t look that special to anyone else but you but knew you wouldn’t be able to have the original item because your mom is probably still using it? That’s how I felt when I saw this bowl at a resale shop in town last week. I carried it around while we were browsing then put it back on the shelf because we’re moving and I should be getting RID of stuff, not bringing more IN. Well, I couldn’t stop thinking about it and went back today and bought it for a whopping $3.99. All is now right with the world.

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Treasure Hunt

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Audrey and I made the drive to Milwaukee last weekend for a mini Christmas celebration with some of my family. The day after we got there 8″ of snow fell leaving us with a little extra time to spend indoors at my mom’s. THAT meant hunting through the basement to see what goodies were still stored away there from my childhood. I was able to come away with a few goodies: a Battleship game (before they made it with noises and lights), a couple of puzzles (not pictured is my coveted Duran Duran puzzle), some Snoopy comic books, my Spirograph drawing kit and my still-unsolved Rubiks cube (also not pictured)! Thanks for saving all my crap, Mom!

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Decorating Surprise

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I decided to make an Advent calendar for Audrey this year. My great idea had to take a little detour though, because I didn’t have a place to hang it. I did, however, have a green & red small bushel basket in the storage room that would do just fine (post coming soon). I dug out the basket and found a bunch of pine cones in it. There were come big pine cones on top from Jo-Ann’s which thankfully no longer wreaked of cinnamon. After taking those out of the basket, I found tons of itty bitty pine cones that I had used as basket filler one year. Ahh, the decorating that could be done when we didn’t have a cat…

Anyway, I quickly realized that these little pine cones were from when we lived in Milwaukee! I still remember bundling up in my winter coat and crouching under the giant tree on the front corner of our lot to gather as many non-crushed pine cones as I could. Of course now that these were uncovered, I had to find a nice place to put them on display!

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End Table Redo

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I bought this end table for $7 at Goodwill:
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Then I got out the $5 paint sample I bought at Lowe’s for my footstool project, some leftover scrapbook paper, Mod Podge and spray polyurethane and turned it into this:
table-afterI love it!

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