Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Month in review and the Blog Squad!

Howdy all! I’m back with a wrap up with the projects from the month of May. I like to pull everything into one post in case you’re new around these parts or a regular reader that just missed an oh-so-important post. Can’t have that. ;)

I started off the month with the May Before and After Party, where you showed off about 375 ahhhmazing projects!

Next up, I shared one of my all time favorite projects – the closet turned book nook:

You guys liked it a little bit too. :) Thank you SO much for the wonderful comments, emails and mentions! I truly appreciate it.

One of my sweet readers sent me an email not long after telling me she had something that would be a perfect addition to the nook:

It’s metal pirate and it’s the COOLEST! She found it in an old barn and that makes it even cooler in my eyes. ;) I absolutely love it Michelle, thank you so much!

Next up I highlighted the very talented Cassity and her blog Remodelaholic:


If you haven’t checked it out, you need to! You’ll be hooked!

I was a part of my friend Camila’s In Her Shoes series, and you can see a day in my exciting life in this post:


Thanks for having me Camila!

I showed you the how-to of the book nook in this post:

If you asked me a question in the comments, I think I’ve gotten back to all of them!

Next up I showed you how we started sprucing up the front of the house when the weather got warm:


We’re still working on a very, very long list of outdoor projects. I believe we’ll be working on it till November or so. :)

In mid-May I shared how I organize the inspiration I find in magazines and online:


And yes, I’m still obsessed with Pinterest! I sent invites to everyone who shared an email, but if you’d like to join without an invite, check out the link to Beth’s site at the end of that post. You can get in right away!

The Spray Paint Party was pumpin’ – you linked up nearly 500 projects! I showed you how I took some ginormous silverware from blah to bling:


I love you spray paint. Double pound to the chest. Yo.

I am SO excited about our garden – it’s our first year and it’s doing fantastic!:


I showed you how I planted it here. It makes me giddy -- we’ve already enjoyed a bunch of sweet strawberries. :)

And in only two weeks, it’s grown to this:


Wowza! It’s insane!

Many of you mentioned the cucumbers and watermelons will grow out of control, but I’m building a trellis that’s supposed to make growing them possible. I’ll let you know it works out!

Because my herbs are out. of. control, I’ve been in basil heaven lately. I showed you a few of my old and new basil favorites:

Including a basil cocktail which is surprisingly yummy!

Next up, I hit the spray paint cans again, and changed the black chairs at our island from black to white:


I LOVE THEM. I shared the prep and paint process here.

Then I finally changed up our family room mantel, for the first time in forever:


You can read how I went against one of my own “rules” here.

And finally, this week I shared how I take my OK pictures and make them beautiful with the help of


I couldn’t blog without it! Well, I could, but I wouldn’t look nearly as good. :)

And that is the month of May in a nutshell. (“This is me in a nutshell. Help! I’m in a nutshell!” Name that movie!)

I’m SO pleased to announce that I’m one of the lucky bloggers to participate in the True Value Blog Squad again this year!:

Whoo hoo! I am so excited!

The True Value I visit most often is fantastic:


For you locals, it’s in Pendleton Indiana.

I’ve shown you the spray paint mecca inside:


Sheesh. This aisle makes me weak in the knees. Haven’t found a selection to match it yet!

I’ve also fallen in love with their nursery:

They have a beautiful selection and I’ve already found a couple plants I’ve been looking for for YEARS.

I’ll show you those beauties soon!

I’m joined by so many amazing DIY blogs -- the returning bloggers include:

- Katie at Bower Power
- Josh at Bungalow 23
- Kate at Centsational Girl
- Brian and Paul with Handyguys Podcast
- Layla and Kevin at The Lettered Cottage
- Roeshel with The DIY Showoff

And the newbies:

- Bruno with Manmade DIY
- Taylor with Mary Janes and Galoshes
- Marian at Miss Mustard Seed

It’s going to be a great year! I can’t wait to see what everyone has up their sleeves!

You can hook up with True Value and keep up with our projects by following them on Facebook or Twitter.

Whew…another month down, so much good stuff to come! Thanks for going along for the ride.  :)


  1. I'm guessing that May flew by for you, like it did for me...and I wasn't even as busy as you! Congrats on landing another round with TruValue. You'll show us some amazing stuff I'm sure!

  2. Definately Mike Meyers, but which movie??? Hmmm, now it's going to drive me batty!

  3. Austin Powers, Baby! Love it hehe, I often phrase s*its and giggles =)

  4. Great month - as usual! Can't wait for the Blog Squad stuff!

  5. I love this post! What a great idea to do a wrap-up post. :) I try my best to stay up on my fave blogs, but sometimes I miss stuff, so this is perfect!

  6. Orange shoes? LOVE IT!!!


  7. wow, that is an awesome spraypaint selection! I'm so jealou!!

  8. Gah I just love the nook and your little window garden!

  9. Thanks for the heads up on the lattice around the raised garden. I spotted a cute little bunny in the yard this morning--but he won't be so cute once he starts munching on my veggies!

  10. Oh that nook is awesome. When we were very young my little brother would sit in a tiny little closet that my mom emptied and which he occupied to read his picture books. all you would see while walking down the hall was his two little legs sticking out! Blessings, Joanne

  11. I'm so jealous of your spray paint options! I'm heading over to a True Value (as soon as I find where it is) this morning to see if they have more than Lowe's.

  12. Such a fun month! I am so jealous of your garden and can't wait to see more pictures of your crop! And pictures of your TrueValue projects this year!!

  13. I love these round-up posts...I have a few to go catch-up on now!!

    You've been busy!!!!!

  14. i just loved your basil post especially loved the strawberry basil mojitos... yum!

  15. Awe, man - I'm not the first person to tell you that it's Austin Powers!! =)

  16. K, so as I was reading this "review," I kept thinking, "Oh! That's was my favorite ever! No wait, I LOVE that one! I'll comment about that!" K, I ended up thinking all were the best! Love the white chairs, the nook is SO cool, thanks for the editing tips, etc. The "In Her Shoes" post was such a fun read. No wonder you're such a rockstar! I'm also excited to read more about True Value - I actually thought the other day that I hadn't seen you post about it in awhile. And there it is!! Hope you have a great summer!!

  17. Beautiful blog. I have got some home improvement idea from here.

  18. I am so glad I came across your blog!!!! I'm just getting my "feel" for how the blogging world goes - and when I see blogs like yours (which is fantastic) it inspires me to change things up in our house! I love your home - it's beautiful! I can't wait to see what else you have planned :) love love love it!

  19. I love the reading nook!!! I really want a house some day where I could make something like that!!!

  20. Sarah, I'm so glad you and the Bub like Mr. Pirate.
    Come over to my blog to visit....I put up a post with more "found" stuff from that farm!
    Hugs from Iowa,
    Michelle at Pine Needle Hill

  21. Hi I hope it won't be too much of a bother but could you send me an invite for Pinterest? I'd really like to be a part of it :)

    PS. I love the spray paint mecca!!!! I think I'll end up painting my shoes to find an excuse to buy them all if we had that here :))

  22. Love your stuff... Trying to figure out which projects I can take a morph into my (wannabe) British Colonial style home...

    I must be short a brain cell from cleaning with bleach today... but where is the link to Beth's blog to get into Pin Interest?


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