Long Time No Blog

Can’t believe it’s been 3 months since I blogged last, life has been too crazy! This is just a quick note to say that I am migrating servers right now, so if things look wonky please be patient! I am working on it! Have a great week everyone!

Currently Reading

I have to say, I’m really loving this link up. It’s really pushing me to read so I can have something new to report each week! With that said, let’s take a look at the shelf…

Erin’s bookshelf: currently-reading

Beautiful Chaos
0 of 5 stars true

Break, Blow, Burn
0 of 5 stars true

0 of 5 stars true


Lolita, The Road Less Traveled, Break, Blow, Burn are gathering dust. But I do have a finish to report!


I finished Beautiful Redemption, the final book in the Caster Chronicles series. I wanted to finish it before I could forget any plotlines!!

This was a great finish to the series and I really enjoyed the writing in this one, too. Lots of beautiful imagery and strong character development. You can definitely tell that the writers took inspiration from Dante’s Inferno with this book.

I’m linking up over at Patchwork Times! Check out what others are reading!

Dining Room Mood board

So as I pointed out on the floorplan, the dining room and the living room are actually one big room. We have done pretty much nothing in this room since we moved in. Evidence:


The lovely mirrors (no sarcasm there, I actually love them) were left behind by the previous tenants. Thanks!

So I’ve whipped up a mood board for what I would like to do to the dining room area of this room. This will all likely not happen for a long while; this room is pretty low on our list of priorities and I actually like having it kind of empty for big parties and such. Anyway, on to the mood board!

1. I’ve been obsessed with this dining room set from Plummers since we saw it in store a couple of months ago. All of the pieces (table, 8 chairs, sideboard, cabinet) will cost over $7k so that’s on our dream list for now, haha. Maybe someday!

2. The current brown color in the room won’t work with that dining room furniture, so we’ll need to paint. Maybe the same grey as the kitchen/family room?

3. Of course, that ugly cream carpet will have to go and be replaced by a dark wood.

4. I’m loving this rug from Overstock.com.

5. We actually already bought and installed this light fixture from Costco! It takes the place of that ugly brass chandelier in the picture.

6. How awesome are these curtains from Ikea? They really tie into the high glossy luxury vibe.

I know there isn’t much color outside of grey in this mood board… what can I say, I love that color! Maybe once I get some inspiration for the living room area of this room I will think of some ways I can tie color into the dining room portion of the room.

Family Room Updates

So as we discussed in the kitchen post, these rooms are really one big open room, so we are keeping the color scheme pretty much the same in both rooms. With that being said, moodboard!


1, 2. We painted the walls the same Sparrow by Behr color as the kitchen. I love the idea of accent walls, so we painted one wall (the wall the TV is mounted on) a green color by Behr, which I have now forgotten the name of. It’s close to this spring green by Glidden. We also painted the baseboards in this room which really helped the paint on the walls pop.

3. Like I mentioned in the kitchen post, someday I hope to refloor the entire house with a dark flooring like this one.

4. The drape shade I loved in our kitchen’s moodboard also comes in curtains! We have a larger window I am thinking of using this on.

5. This bar cart is sooo cool, I’d love to get something like this and place it below the large window to the right of the room.

6. We have a weird recessed area in one of our walls that I’d like to put some sort of white cabinet in to hold our DVDs and other assorted living room items in. This white one is from Overstock.com.

7. Love this coffee table from Plummers! I love different looking coffee tables and this one will bring more of the white into this room that is happening in the kitchen.

8. We already bought a dark mocha couch pretty identical to this one within a week of moving in. I had originally wanted to go with a charcoal color, but all of the sofas I liked either didn’t fit into our price range or were not comfortable enough for Mike. We compromised on this one. I am hoping once we upgrade the floors, it won’t stick out like such a sore thumb.

9. Really struggling with rug choices. I know I want something low pile and preferably solid, not sure if I want to do a lime green (worried about the room becoming too green) or a grey color. This rug is lime green AND grey, but seems a little too matchy with the curtains.

I didn’t include any artwork, but that’s another thing I’m really struggling with. There is one really large wall that I think I will do some kind of collection of artwork on, but I’m not sure yet. It’s not on the mood board but we did buy that awesome standing lamp within days of moving in. It’s been hard getting used to not having overhead lighting, in all of our apartments there was plenty so we’ve been buying a lot of lamps.

Also not included in my mood board was a wall mount Michael bought for the electronics (PS3, receiver, Wii, etc). That will go below the TV.

Here is a picture on move in day (excuse crookedness/darkness please!)


Here are some pictures of the family room as it is today…

View of the family room from the hallway leading to the garage and bedrooms.

View from the sliding glass door leading to the backyard.

View from the same door, but turned more to the left. You can see the weird recessed area on the bottom left I was talking about before.

Here is my to do list for this room:

      Move TV mount down a foot. It’s too high as is.
      Install electronics wall mount.
      Craigslist or give away current media shelving.
      Buy rug to go under sofa and coffee table.
      Buy coffee table (and end tables?).
      Fix fireplace.
      Remove ugly pink tile around fireplace, replace with something else that actually matches the room.
      Purchase and hang curtains for small window next to sliding glass door, the sliding glass door, the window above the bar.
      Replace the ceiling fan with something else (pendant light? Another ceiling fan?) or remove altogether.
      Get some art or pictures on the large wall next to the TV.

Kitchen Updates

So before I go any further, here is a mockup of our new house’s floorplan:


Totally accurate rendering.

Totally professional, right? 🙂 Anyway, as you can see the kitchen and family room are actually one big room (gotta love open floor plans!) so we are doing both in the same color scheme. Here is a moodboard I whipped up for the kitchen…


1. White Cabinets/Long Nickel Hardware/White Countertops: This site happened to have a pretty exact picture of the cabinets I’m envisioning. We are refacing our existing cabinets to make them white through Home Depot. Those will be installed within the next six weeks. We are also replacing the hardware from dark knobs to these long nickel handles. We’re still debating where we want to go with the countertops, but my vote is for white Corian!

2. Stainless Steel appliances: The appliances in the kitchen look to be original to the house (almost 20 years) so we are slowly upgrading. We had to replace our refrigerator within a week of moving in and got one similar to this (it’s one door on top instead of two).

3. We already painted the walls this grey sparrow color by Behr.

4. Someday I would LOVE to upgrade our flooring. Right now we have cream carpets and pink tile (ew) but I’m dreaming of this dark handscraped hardwood (swoon). However, to do this throughout the house will cost upwards of $7k, so we’ll probably go for a more affordable dark laminate.

5. I already bought this Young House Love Farmhouse Pendant Light from Shades of Light to replace the globe light above my sink in the kitchen. Can’t wait until it arrives!

6. These happy Limeade Metal Stools from Overstock.com arrived just in time for our housewarming party and I’m so happy with them! They will be a great punch of color against the white cabinets.

7. I’m loving this Soaring Bird shade for above my sink, but I’m worried that the pendant light will be lost against this busy (but beautiful!) print. Guess there’s only one way to find out, I need to measure the width of the window and see if it will fit. That may make the decision for me!

For reference, this is what we started out with:


Beige-y glory!

You can’t see our kitchen’s main amazing (imagine sarcasm) light fixture or the pink tiles in that one. Here is the progress we’ve made so far…


I took off those basic blinds, we painted the area grey, added appliances like a microwave and refrigerator, and added the stools. The new light fixture for over the kitchen sink is on order as are the cabinets, we’ll see which gets installed next!

Currently Reading

Again, shelf looks much the same as last week:

Erin’s bookshelf: currently-reading

Beautiful Chaos
0 of 5 stars true

Break, Blow, Burn
0 of 5 stars true

0 of 5 stars true


Still got Break, Blow, Burn, The Road Less Traveled and Lolita on the shelf. However! I did make some progress.

A couple of weeks ago I talked about how I left off on Beauiful Chaos because I couldn’t remember the story line. Well, I re-read the first book in the series, Beautiful Creatures (now coming to a theatre near you!), read a summary on the second book and got back on track with the third novel, Beautiful Chaos and finished that Sunday night.


Beautiful Creatures is a Southern gothic Young Adult novel, the first in The Caster Chronicles series. The book starts out with a young man named Ethan who falls in love with a girl named Lena… who is not all she appears to be. Turns out she is what is called a Caster, or a person with magical powers. On her sixteenth birthday she, like all of the members of her family before her, will become either a Light (good) Caster or a Dark (evil) Caster. Other Casters can choose which side they will become but in Lena’s family, fate chooses for them. However, when it comes to her birthday she is able to choose for herself, throwing the world out of balance and resulting in the deaths of people close to her. The next two books, Beautiful Darkness and Beautiful Chaos explore the consequences of her choice. There is a fourth book in the series which (I think) wraps up the story.

Lots of people compare the books to the Twilight series but I actually think they are better. If you enjoy reading YA books I definitely recommend them!

I’m linking up today with other readers over at Patchwork Times. Check them out!

Design Wall Monday

I’m still working on this project that I started around Halloween (jeez, was that almost 5 months ago??) Last Thursday night I finished cutting the squares and started assembling the blocks…

Design wall

So that’s what’s on my Design Wall today! There are 100 blocks in this quilt, but depending on the size (I’m not a great planner :blush: ) I may cut that down and make it a bit smaller. We’ll see.

I’m linking up over at Patchwork Times. Head on over and see what others are working on!

Cutting away…

Cutting, cutting, cutting and I have tons of little squares to show for it!

Work in progress.

I’ve actually started putting blocks together, too. I’ll be posting what I have so far on Monday for Design Wall Monday.

I wanted to get an entire row done before I stopped for the night last night, but I didn’t feel like sewing anymore around 8:30. After getting totally burnt out on quilting at the end of 2011, I haven’t done much quilting. I finished 11 quilts that year and then in 2012 I didn’t even get to half that, only 5 completes (honestly, I’m surprised it was that many!).

This year I want to build my love of quilting again, doing it not because I feel like I have to because someone is having a baby or getting married, but because I really WANT to. So little of my life is made up of things that I want to do or enjoy doing; I don’t want my hobbies to become a chore, too.

Look out for the finished blocks on Monday! 🙂

2012 Quilt Finishes

2012 was a crazy year for me. Our catering business really took off and I had almost no time to myself during the summer. After my crazy amount of finishes in 2011, I got a little burnt out on quilting and took somewhat of a break in 2012.

Here are the quilts I did manage to finish in 2012… (even if this post is a couple months late :blush: )

The Zig Zag Quilt

The Baby Clothes Quilt

baby clothes quilt

Chasing Chevrons Quilt


Positively Perfect Quilt


And finally, the Granny Squares Quilt


I have to say, I’m proud of the way my skills progressed over the year! I was extremely happy with how the last two quilts turned out. 🙂 Here’s to more finishes in 2013!