You may be asking – What in the world is a Cricut Explore Air 2?!?! It’s craft-lovers dream machine. This thing draws and cuts paper-like materials like you never thought was possible… It can cut just about anything that is flat including fabric, leather and balsa wood!

I had a similar machine called the Silhouette years ago, but it really doesn’t compare. Back then, the Cricut machines still used cartridges and custom designing was not yet available or was very limited. Needless to say, the technology has greatly improved and I’m thrilled about it.

I hoping to put this thing to work for custom classroom Valentines, a laundry room door decal and a wood signs for the cabin. I’m discovering daily the flexibility and endless possibilities for this machine! I have to admit I’m not much of a crafty type, which may seem odd because I do think of myself as creative. But I see this machine making crafting, especially with the kids WAY more fun. I have plenty of supplies to experiment with this weekend. Check back next for our class valentines done Pokemon style. =)

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So this was the state of my office before I finally decided enough! Piles and piles of paper everywhere you look. I just can never stay on top of the paper clutter. So I’m going to go paperless with the help of The Paperless Home ebook by Donny and Abby Lawson.

Before I could do that though I wanted to start with a blank slate. So I pulled everything out of my office and wiped everything down. Goodbye dust bunnies!

It’s so nice to get rid of the clutter and have breathing room. But it was feeling a little too blank. There’s a delicate balance between minimal and sterile. The next step was to add my personality back into the space. It’s not all rainbows and butterflies getting to this point. Just to prove it. This is what happens when your office vomits into your family room…

Now comes the fun part! Only bring back into the room what you need and love.

I’m in the process to going minimal in my home and part of that process involves only having things you love and/or are useful in your home. This actually helped me get rid of a lot of junk that I’ve collected over many years. For the shelves – I started with my favorite art piece – So Much by ClareElsaesser. This gave me a jumping off point for the colors I wanted to use. The tones in the wood add warmth and the glass vases play off the blues from the print. This part is also tricky because it’s a lot of trial and error. I put stuff up, stepped back and asked myself if I loved it. If not, then it came back down. I scoured the house for things I love that didn’t have a home yet…


Up next is my office junk wardrobe which I’m planning on making into a hub for all office gizmos and gadgets…

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Easy Stressfree Fabric Wallpaper

Does the thought of wallpaper give you chills? What if I told you you could wallpaper without worrying about destroying your walls and there little prep involved?

Are you ready? All you need is fabric, liquid starch and a little patience… The best part is when you’re tired of this wallpaper you just peel it off and wipe down the wall.


Head over to Julep to read about my step by step process here.

So here the moment you’ve been waiting for… The reveal of my mom’s kitchen!!
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Kitchen Before
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Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Head to Toe Kitchen Makeover Part 1

Well it has been radio silence here on the blog all summer and you’ll see why. We  drove from Colorado to central Florida and spent 4 weeks renovating my mom’s kitchen this summer. Yes, I’m crazy… I planned on blogging my way through but realized real quick – that’s a lot easier said than done and I’m not the multitasker I once was.

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The first thing to go was this wall dividing the kitchen from the the dining and living space. We actually got this wall out the 1st day we were there. I think this made us a little over confident and we didn’t push as hard as we needed to to finish on time.
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I had the best time playing around in Sketchup and this was my dream for the space…

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So what’s with the pops of red you ask? Well that me trying to incorporate my mom’s personality into the space. She owns every red kitchen item known to man…  No really everything is red from the can opener to the Roomba!

I have to admit I bit off more than I could chew with this reno… It resulted in us driving back from our beach vacation and staying an additional week to get everything done.  I praise the Lord for the hubs being able to work remotely and helping everything into the wee hours of the morning…

When all was said and done the end result was really nice and there was no major unfinished issues. Bad news is that we had some of the worst tradesmans ever! It was so painful at times.

Are ready for the after pictures!?  Stay tuned…