Friday, December 30, 2011

Updates to the Blog

Hello All! 

Just a quick note to say that a few of the ole' navigation bar buttons up top have been updated (finally!).  So far, I've completed "About," "Home Tour," "Fave Posts," and "Contact."  Obviously, many of these buttons will need to be continually updated as things change around here, but at least we have a start.  Still working on "DIY" and "Before/After" and then I'll have those up and running as well. 

Our hope is that these buttons will make finding things on the blog a bit easier.  Enjoy!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Goals for 2012

In the spirit of the new year, Andy and I have been discussing ideas for 2012.  What do we want to accomplish?  What is reasonable to change in a new home?  What projects do we need to budget for? 

I think the second question is the most "gray" for us.  After all, the beauty of a new home is that nothing really HAS to change immediately, yet at the same time, there are things you naturally want to tweak to make it more your own.  We have already created a master list of things that could stand to be changed over time, but I think the conversations will continue as to what needs to be altered more quickly.

Anywho, here is the list that we've come up with for this year.  Unlike last year, these are projects that will likely take us the majority of the year to complete.  Note that the last 2 are not as home-related as the others.

{The Bozemans' 12 Goals for 2012}

1.  Paint master bathroom.  I'm thinking of a deep blue--watch out.

2. Add crown moulding to upstairs bedrooms.  For his birthday and Christmas, Andy received a couple of different tools that will help us with this project.  We have heard horror stories regarding installing crown, but we are willing to give it a go.  Learn along with us!

3. Learn to use new power tools.  Andy now has a miter saw, jigsaw, and kreg jig to learn to use for projects, and I jumped on the tool train as well and asked for a power sander for Christmas to use in refinishing furniture.  We both have a bit of a learning curve ahead, but we are looking forward to the challenge.

4. Blog more regularly.  Do I really need to expand upon this thought?  I think we all are aware that I struggle with posting consistently.  My full-time job sometimes sucks the life out of other areas of interest, but I am committed to find a better balance.  One idea I've had for improvement:  Plan ahead.  Although this goes for many areas of my life (meals to cook for the week, laundry loads, etc.), I plan to think through my posts for the week and add them into my planner to hopefully increase my chances of getting things done.

5. Continue organizing the garage for 2 vehicles to be parked there.  The reality of the situation is that we have a 2-car garage and 2 vehicles, but we are not making the best use of space.  The other reality is that we just paid to have several things fixed on our "outdoor car" that might not have needed correcting had it been parked indoors (insert sad face here).  Long story short:  Clean out the garage.

6. Finish Alabama room.  I did make a good start on this yesterday when I purchased what I hope to be the correct size frames for Andy's vintage football posters (second time's a charm, right?).  Once we get those up, I need to choose curtains for the windows (maybe a fabric with a good crimson?), choose pillows for the couch, and I'm considering striping a wall in the room.  All of this with Andy's input, of course.

7. Organize master closet and pantry.  Kind of disaster areas right now.  I don't have a good reason why, other than we moved several months ago???  I've put it off, but with The Container Store coming to town, maybe I can be motivated to get organized around here.

8. Put 2nd guest bedroom together (IKEA bed).  Yeesh.  I bought this bed a while ago, told the blogosphere about it, and proceeded to do nothing at all with it.  Going to get on this, STAT.

9. Fancy up the laundry room.  To be honest, I'm just so darn excited to have a laundry room at all, and I am just dying to get in there and pretty it up.  We have 2 giant sheets of bead board that were left over by the builder (it was used around our island) that can definitely be used (and painted).  I'm also wanting to switch out the wire shelf we currently have above our washer/dryer for a set of cabinets (stock, cheap cabinets).  That way our gorgeous detergents, shout sticks, and dryer sheets can be hidden rather than spotlighted.  I've been pinning ideas away on Pinterest, so hopefully we can get something done in there.

10. Kitchen backsplash??? OR French Doors???  Andy and I still have some discussing to do regarding which of these projects we will choose to budget for in the new year.  I am really wanting to change out our sliding doors on the back of the house for french doors for a number of reasons (loss of heating and cooling through glass, lack of privacy with full glass, etc.), but we are unsure if we are jumping the gun too soon on that project (due to the sliding doors being new and in working condition).  So a backup project we may do instead is the installation of a kitchen backsplash.  I already have my sights set on subway tile, but the big question is whether or not we are brave enough to try it ourselves.  If not, we are looking at potential labor costs for either project.  Long story short:  One of these projects will be taken on this year.  Hopefully.

11. Travel somewhere new.  Ahh.  The first of the personal goals for the Bozeman family.  We've been fortunate to travel somewhere new each year we've been married, and we don't want this one to be any different. 
12. Read more.  I've been lucky to find another lover of reading in Andy.  Honestly, when he gets on a reading kick, he can fly through a book.  However, life happens, and we often don't read as much as we would like.  Many times we are both too tired to read at the end of the day, but we want to do better.  After all, we need to be setting a good example for Duncan.  We keep hoping he'll decide to try his paw at reading.  Only time will tell.
And there you have it.  Although this list likely doesn't include all that will go on at the Bozeman Bungalow this year, we hope that we will at least be able to reach these goals.  We are excited to see what this year will hold!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Last Year's Goals...

So, in looking back to last year's goals for our home, Andy and I were a bit dishonest.  We mentioned things that needed to be done like cleaning the carpets, refinishing the kitchen floors, and painting the white trim in the house, yet all of these things were in preparation for the largest goal we had for this year--to sell our first house!  So, technically we accomplished all of 2011's goals and more. 

To think all of this happened in one year...

1.  We finished our half bath re-do to start the year.  This included framing out a mirror and changing out a faucet for starters.
2.  We had our kitchen floors refinished.  Much better!
3.  We changed out the landscaping in the dead of winter like crazy people.
4.  BIG NEWS:  We put our first home on the market last February.
5.  I posted a couple of different times about keeping the house in order for selling.
6.  We revealed the news that we had sold and were officially moving.  We were technically a little dishonest on this note as well, considering we had accepted an offer a month earlier and kept it quiet.
7.  We celebrated HERE that the papers had been signed and the keys had been handed over.  I can still remember the relief we felt on this day!
8.  We discussed the joys of moving in this post.
9.  We gave you a sneak peek of our next home here.  We were SO excited!
10.  We shared a few of our first big purchases for the new house here and here.
11.  We got a brand new blog design around this time as well.
12.  We finally closed on our new home.
13.  After moving in, we showed the complete "before" shots of our new home.
14.  I striped the half bathroom.
15.  We added some new curtains around the house.
16.  We painted the dining room.
17.  I painted our front door.
18.  We changed out some lighting.
19.  My granddad built a bookcase for us and we finally completed the installation.
20.  I painted out the columns in the house.
21.  And of course, our latest project was pretty exciting.  IKEA to the rescue.

If you made it through the list, you are likely blood-related to us, but thanks for your time.  It really helps us to remember all that we've been able to accomplish in a year's time, especially when it seems that so many things go undone.  Stay tuned and we'll share all that we intend to do in 2012!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Quick Update...IKEA Frames!!!

First off, can we Tennesseans please gather together and form a petition for IKEA to bless us with its presence?  I mean, getting all the way to Atlanta is not always the most convenient.  It's also a lot of pressure to purchase exactly what you need every time you visit (since that is like once to twice a year, if I'm lucky). 

Honestly, if I could just consistently get a hold of their photo frames, I think I'd be okay.  They just have such a great variety of sizes and styles.  Now stepping off of the soap box to show you our new "art" in the master bedroom...

So, we used the 20.5 inch square black Ribba frames for the grouping.

Needing to fill these frames rather quickly (due to the upcoming Christmas celebration at the house), I simply filled them with some 12x12 scrapbook pages that I felt would bring out the colors in the bedding.

A very cheap way to fill frames!

A major shout-out to the Hubster.  He actually bailed me out when I was having a lot of trouble getting these lined up.  He is VERY particular and mathematical about hanging frames, so he was just the man for the job.  Thanks, Handy Andy!

The grouping actually helps make the mirror look a little less massive, and it helps to draw the eye up--we actually have pretty high ceilings in here!

And a picture with the flash so that you can really see the coloring in the pages.  The two yellows are actually a shade different. 

So there you have it.  A last minute "art" project to make the bedroom look more finished!

In other news...

Our little Bozeman family opened stockings together last night.  It was our own miniature Christmas celebration before we begin the various runnings around to see all the family.

Of course, the only child got to open first.  A new toy!
(Ignore my outfit--blue on blue?  Really?)

Meet Gus the Monkey.  We found him at TJ Maxx, and every part of him squeaks.  It is driving Duncan crazy!

Love at first bite...

Best buds...

You always want your friends to taste good, right?

And in front of the tree.  We are blessed with a very sweet pup!

Side note:  This morning Duncan keeps looking up at his stocking and back at me.  I think he must assume that his stocking will magically grow a new toy each day.  Too funny!  Typical kid not wanting Christmas to be over. :)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happy Holidays!!!

Well, the Christmas festivities are officially being kicked off today, beginning with Andy's office party.  We've also got plans to host our first-ever Christmas event at the house tomorrow, so we'll also be working hard to make sure everything is in order.  All of this to say, blog posting may be hit or miss for the next few days, but I wanted to make sure I sent some Bozeman well-wishes your way!  May you have much quality time with family and friends, eat lots of good food, watch many cheesy Christmas movies, and give/receive all that you hope to.

So long for now!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

a little crafting...

So, after filling glass ball ornaments with my students at school (which were then featured at the governor's mansion--woohoo!), I was inspired to get my crafting on.  Oh, and click here to visit a sweet friend's blog post about the governor's trees covered in adorable kid-crafted ornaments.  My class did the "Where's Waldo?" ornaments...

Anywho, I decided to try a couple of ideas I had seen online with a couple of glass ornaments.  I started with the cut-up wedding invite idea...

Truth be told, we ended up with a few extra wedding invites.  I framed one that we have up in our house, and the rest are stored away in a file folder.  So, when I spotted an idea that made better use of an old wedding invitation, I decided to go for it.

First, you cut the invite up into strips.

Then roll the strips into curly-cues (making sure that the words are visible, of course).

I used a small paintbrush to help roll the pieces.  Since the invite was made of heavy cardstock, this seemed to work best.

The pile of curls...

Then I shoved them into the ornament...

Cute, right?  There are so many possibilities with this.  First birthday party invites for a little one, sweet notes/cards from a loved one, etc.  So easy!

Next, I tried the marble paint ornament idea we have all seen on the internet. 

I left my red and green craft paint at work, so I was left to use the paints I had at the house.  The first ones I came across were yellow, white, and gray wall paint.  I just squirted the paint into the ornament, put the top back on, and shook and swirled. It took a few tries to ensure that the entire ornament was covered. 

It kind of looks like a caramel sundae melted in the ornament, but that's fine by me.   

On the tree!

There you have it.  A couple of ornaments that took just a couple of minutes!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

ThE hOliDaYs

So, it's been a while.  It's been busy, busy around here.  Cue highly random post...

I finally decided on a tablescape for the dining room...

I stole the green trees from my mom--aren't they cute?

Duncan helped me hang garland along our stairwell...

Had I had more garland on hand, the swags may have worked better, but as this is our first Christmas in the house, I figure things can only improve each year.

We went to the Opryland Hotel this year with another couple to see the lights!

Opryland never disappoints...

From inside the cool!

A bunch of girls from work went to a painting party before school let out.

We likely won't quit our day jobs to paint for a living, but we did pretty well!

We visited Atlanta this past weekend to celebrate Crump Family Christmas with Andy's side of the family.  An IKEA trip was made!!!  Will keep you updated on this project...

We added a few new ornaments to the tree.  This is a Hallmark "Bungalow" ornament (how perfect) with 2011 written on it.  To celebrate our new home!!!

Red rain boots...too cute.

One of my new faves--looks just like my ZGallerie owl!

And our journey through Random Land has come to an end.  Will try my best to consistently post this holiday break, but with Christmas travels, we'll see how that goes...