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My Budget Kitchen Makeover
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Kitchen update: new tile backsplash and more

  Hello, all!  Today I'm sharing with you some long-overdue pictures of a DIY budget kitchen makeover that I finished earlier this year.  If you recall, my condo needed LOTS of cosmetic help when I bought it (over two years ago now!).  In addition to being the Crayola Condo (it seemed as if it had 64 different paint colors), it was also very dated.  Updates are happening little by little as the time, energy, and…
Life is Good
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Life is good outside my front door

Life is good. That's not only what it says on my front door, but also how I feel when I pull into the driveway now and see the cute little shade garden that my mom and I planted on Mother's Day weekend. This little garden area has needed attention since I moved into the condo last year on July 2. There was a random mix of oddly placed plants, including some unkempt ivy, a smattering…
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Patio Project

Ok, so, after a long dry spell, let's try to get back to normal life here, shall we? It's finally springtime in Ohio!  And my new place has a patio, which until recently looked like this. When I moved in last summer, working on this patio was the least of my worries.  (Remember there was a crazy long list of indoor projects that needed to be tackled!)  So I used it a couple of times…
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Saying goodbye to the Pepto-vinyl bedroom

It's been 3 months now since I moved into my new home, and the list of projects I wanted to tackle is slowly but surely getting done.  I've been keeping a little list in Evernote of work that's getting accomplished - I love watching things get moved from the "to do" list to "done."  Here's what's on the "done" list now: Replaced a window in the living room that had a broken seal Paint dining…
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My makeovers are wrecking my manicures

I've been less than attentive to my blog for the past month.  Let’s recap the occurrences of this last month, shall we?  July 2, I bought a house. (Well, a condo, if you’re a stickler about these things.)  July 3 the DIY projects began.  July 4 - more DIY, plus a bad case of the African death flu or some other horrible virus that laid me flat and caused me to miss FIVE consecutive days…
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A week from heaven (and hell)

So, it's Tuesday evening.  Let me tell you about what the last week has held. For starters, last Thursday morning, I closed on the condo!  It's all mine, and that feeling of being a homeowner and putting down roots after a year in a rental home is - well, heavenly.  I feel very grateful to be in the position to buy a home at all, let alone one that's so cute and adorable and totally,…
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A new look for a new me

A month from today I’ll be moving into my new home.  Closing is actually July 2, and I’m not moving until July 11 - but I have big plans for those 9 days in between.  The former owner painted the inside walls a riot of colors, and before moving my furniture I’m hoping to neutralize some of that craziness.  Right now, the living room and kitchen paint is a super dark hunter green, with half…
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A new home to call my own

Here's something new - I'm buying a condo! Or at least, it looks that way.  These things are never final until the ink is dry. But, I'm in contract, and I couldn't be happier.  If all goes well, this will be my new home:   I'm tickled pink.  And, in fact, so's the condo - it has walls inside of every color of the rainbow, including approximately four shades of pink.  There is painting in…