Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year. New Attitude. New You.

Yep, that's my motto for 2013. 
I'm pretty excited about this new year, more exited than I normally am for a new year. 

Daniel and I made "vision boards" for 2013 a few days ago. Daniel's mom has been doing them for years, and Daniel even made one last year, but I never really got into them. This year, though, I was exited to create my own. 

A vision board is just a collection of pictures, thoughts, words, and ideas to help focus your year. No ambitious "goals" or lofty "resolutions", just a collection of inspiration that speaks to you!

I don't know what it is about 2013 that excites me. 
(Maybe to just leave 2012 behind...?) 
Anyway, this year is my special birthday year- 25 years old!  
Daniel and I will celebrate 2 years married and 1 year as homeowners.
Yogurt will turn 1. 
I plan on sewing, crafting, blogging, creating, dreaming, running 5K's, and getting out of credit card debt!


As it is the first day of the new year, I decided to open up that brand new sewing machine I got for Christmas! (Yogurt helped too!)

I can't really do anything with it yet since I have no fabric or thread (bobbins or spools), but I have feeling it's going to be the beginning of something great!

And here's a cute photo of Yogurt in what I affectionately call our "girl cave". It's our guest bedroom (still with no bedroom door!), with an air mattress, dresser, my crafting supplies, and all of our holiday decorations. I've got my vision board in there, and also my fabric pin boards with crafting ideas. 

Yogurt loves to run in here, flop on the air mattress, and sleep the afternoon away!

The Last One!

The last of the cabinets!

I finally did it! 
The laundry room cabinets were the last to be stained, and my goal was to finish before the end of the year. 
I barely made it, as only yesterday I put the knobs on. 

When we bought the house, all the cabinets were honey oak wood right out of 1990. Now they are all a dark, espresso brown. Many of you have seen our kitchen cabinets, since I tackled those first over the summer when we moved in. A few months later I did the master bath cabinets and guest bath. 
Boy, was it tiring! I took several months off, but kept my goal of doing the laundry room by the end of 2012. Thankfully, I made it!

Here are a few of my tips if you'd like to master it yourself...

  • Pick a great product! I used Minwax PolyShades in Espresso Gloss. It stained as well as sealed and shined, so I didn't have to worry about buying another product once I was done staining. I used about a quart sized can each time I stained. 
  • Buy great accessories! Make sure you don't skimp on the other tools you need besides stain. I recommend a package of disposable gloves, drop cloths, rags (or I used old bath and hand towels), 4 or 5 natural bristle brushes (get a few 2 inch and 1 inch sizes), and a mask! This product is incredibly fume-y! Multiple fans recommended!
  • Trust the process! Every time I began coat number two, I freaked out. It was too dark; it was too light. But, in the end, everything came out even and perfect! Just trust the process and know that when it all dries, it comes out beautifully! Don't freak out and stop mid-way, just keep going!

Best of luck!

Beginning coat #2
All done!