You know you’re in a full-blown remodeling project when you get excited about things like refrigerators. Case in point. Not only does this crazy kitchen have crazy old wallpaper, but it also had a unique, vintage, old refrigerator. Interestingly, it still worked. As much as it pained me to get rid of something that still worked, we needed a new refrigerator. Check out our new Frigidaire.
Last weekend I was able to get into one of the bedrooms to setup a place for us to sleep. The room was originally painted a yellowish color with wood trim. Check out the images below for an in-progress update (and the cats enjoying it).
I wanted the walls to be a light blue. Here are some of the samples.
What I think is a very tranquil blue.
Although a tight fit, our furniture its. I love the blue and purple look.
I’m really big on replacing old hardware. I replaced all the face plates for the light switch and outlets. There is a telephone outlet that I spray painted a metallic silver.
My husband, our two cats and the Great Dane have moved to Colorado. Well, so far I am the only one who has actually moved. I’ve been here working since mid-September… sleeping on a somewhat comfortable air mattress and dining on camping chairs in an apartment. However, we close on our new house in two days. After the paperwork is signed, the husband will haul all of our belongings and our pets and finally be here with me. Back to the house, when I say new…it’s new to us. It’s actually a 1968 model and needs a lot of work. See below.
That’s right, I said it…quilts are cool! Maybe it’s because I turned 40 last year, or maybe it’s because they are so darn cute, but I’m crazy about quilts these days. If you know me, you know I’m not a real crafty person. I’ve tried over the years to make random things like snowglobe ornaments, floral arrangements, felt wreaths and scrapbooking, but they’re just not for me. So you may be surprised that I’ve fallen in love with quilts! So much so that I’ve started to make my own. And I’ve astonished myself at how it’s turning out.
This particular block pattern is called Arkansas Crossroad and I found my inspiration at the Fussy Cut blog and the pattern here. I’m having a really fun time working with the pattern and I find it to be completely relaxing. I’ll post back periodically. I’m using just some really fun, vibrant colored fabrics along with the black essex. As a newby, I’d love your feedback for tips and tricks to quilting.
I belong to this amazingly fun book club with women from work. We meet once a month, eat, drink and discuss the book. Plus, I love to read, but it seems like I never have the time so belonging to a book club forces me to read the “book of the month.” For January, we chose The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. Yes, she’s the Eat, Pray, Love lady who in Signature has written a brilliantly entertaining novel base in Victorian times about a women named Alma.
I won’t spoil it for you here, but Alma was raised in a wealthy Philadelphia household. She has a love of knowledge and science, especially botanicals, which stems (no pun intended) from her fathers profitable plant and tree business. The book goes on to chronicle her life and how she discovers who she really is meant to be. There are some sad points in the book, touching on mental illness, lost love, sacrifice and selfishness. Of course, in the end there is self-redemption.
I definitely recommend this book as one for your own book club, or just to curl up with this winter.
This month marks two years since we’ve been in Oklahoma City and I must say it’s a pretty awesome place to live. The vibe is cool, food is delicious, folks are friendly and there’s something to do everyday of the year. Here you’ll find several of my favorite things to do and places to go in OKC.
Oklahoma City Thunder Basketball. A serious NBA team that’s seriously fun to watch! Even though they are out of the playoffs this year, they are still an awesome team to watch and so glad they are in my city. KD and Westbrook rock the house!
St. Patrick’s Day Parade and/or Run Lucky. In 2012 I went to the parade and it’s pretty awesome. Lots of fun and lots of green. This year I ran with my friend Stacie in the Run Lucky. The weather was freezing and I didn’t do so well in the run. BUT, there’ was FREE green beer at the finish line, so that kept me motivated. Plus, I got a pretty cool t-shirt and medallion. Gotta love this generation where you get a medal just for participating. I’d like to forget about the painful experience that was a blow to my fragile running ego.
Upper Crust Pizza where you must try the Farmer’s Market Salad. Yummy! Their pizza is amazing too, and I’m dying to get over there for happy hour someday. It’s a great casual, upwardly mobile restaurant.
The Outlet Shoppes of Oklahoma City where I go to find all my favorite shops like Ann Taylor Outlet, Banana Republic Outlet and Yankee Candle. I’m so frugal, that this a place where my dollars go further.
The Rink in Bethany. Oh my gosh this place is cool and fills my every vintage want and need. According to Oklahoma City local lore, this place used to be a skating rink. Now it’s a huge building with tons of antique dealer booths tempting the decorator within.
AMC at Penn Square Mall. They have just remodeled with large recliner seats. Cannot be beat! If the movie isn’t any good at least you can take a nap. It’s seriously more comfortable than my couch.
Remington Park Surf & Turf night with all-you-can-eat crab legs. My hubs ate his fair share. So here’s the deal. You get a Club Remington Membership, which is free and you’ll want it if you want to play the slots. It’s $16.99 and includes AYCE prime rib, shrimp, Alaskan snow crab, sides and bread. It is a must!
Cooking classes at Francis Tuttle. Okay, this is a new discovery for me. Francis Tuttle, a local vo-tech college offers community classes for a small fee. Last week I took Crockpot Crazy where I learned some new tips for my crock-pot. Plus, it reminded me of some of my own crock pot recipes. Some of the next classes on my list include Meatless Mondays, Knife Skills and Let Them Eat Pie.
As we roll into our third year in our fair city, I’m sure there will be much more for us to see and do…and we’re excited for the possibilites.