Monday, November 29, 2010

I Do-It-Myself.

Are you ready for another guest blogger?  I am!!
I can't even remember how I discovered Mandi from Tidbits from the Tremaynes.
Most likely from a blog that led to a know how that goes.
Once I read her lively posts and saw her adorable kids, I was hooked.
Mandi is funny, down-to-earth, a real sweet heart and funny (did I already mention that?).
I so wish that we were neighbors.  She's the type you could totally go ask for a cup of sugar and you'd go home with something else!  Maybe some scraps of trim!  heehee
Maybe one day we'll meet in real life.
So without further adieu...

Last year, we searched for our first house.

And while I knew I was full of all kinds of cuh-razy decorating ideas, I only had two main priorities for this new house of mine: location and an "open" feel.

Um, yeah. My house is a full-of-windows peepshow, man. Felt like I was getting snowed on the other day. That'll do for an "open" feel.

Anywho, this house: it's new-ish, from a real estate perspective. From a decorator's perspective? Hehehe. . .

Yee-ah. It was built at that age where there is now a lot of need for an update. Are you thinking lots and lots a brass? The original builder's white? Then we're on the same page.

So, for a gal with all kinds of crazy ideas floating in the noggin', a new house to torture, and a hubby that works all kinds of crazy hours. . .

Oh. Crap. The hubby works all kinds of crazy hours. And I couldn't even really use our drill. Dang. I's in a tight spot.

That was when cold, hard reality gave me a good B-slap to the face:

it's you. Or it's not getting done.

So I guess it'll have to be me, dang it.

(excuse the hair; that totally hist 'do is an "I've-got-a-project" 'do)

Now would be a good time to tell you that I love molding. It goes with everything. Including chips.

(On my favorite project list)

Now, I'm not telling you that I have no fear when it comes to a saw. They scare me so bad they might make me pee a little. Might.

I'm not telling you that I don't make mistakes.

(also on that favorite project list)

Ahem, my bed might be covering up a slight spacing discrepancy with that wainscoting. Might.

I'm not gonna tell you that I don't have a close relationship with spackle (the mistake hiding wonder),

Or that I haven't accidentally drilled my finger, sanded my hand, wasted an entire piece of molding with bad cuts, spilled paint on the carpet, pulled out crooked molding with a crow-bar, snapped the measuring tape back in so fast that it flipped back, broke a blood vessel, and I thought I broke a finger it hurt so bad. . .

All I'm sayin' is, besides that my house is a hot mess, is that practice makes perfect.



Mandi said...

Thanks for letting me guest! Have I mentioned I adore this background? I totally do. :)

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [30 Nov 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Creative Decor by Brooke said...

So funny, I love Mandi too. She is very inspiring.

Lori @ In Pursuit of Martha Points said...

Yep. Practice makes perfect.

And paint hides a multitude of sins.

We all know it's true.

Pressed Petals said...

Great post Mandi. And thanks for liking the blog background. One of my faves from you is poking out from under your bed. heehee!

Layne Bushell said...

Luckily for me, I AM Mandi's neighbor and your assessment couldn't be more spot on! She's great and amazing and completely funny! Love all the work you've done to your house Mandi! Looks great! She even gave me the trim bug and I've now got molding in 2 rooms!!! More to come later.

Joanna said...

Good grief Mandi, can you get any funnier? :) Fun post!

Mandi @ Vintage Revivals said...

Love the post! And gurl you are looking hot with that nailer!

Love your guts

Trina said...

You're my hero, Mandi!

Dara said...

Oddly enough I am also Mandi's neighbor and happen to be the seller of the house in need of updating with brass fixtures and white EVERYTHING. That house was not my favorite so I did not put any time or love into it. It is exciting for me to see all the updating and transforming Mandi has done...AMAZING and I actually like the house now...she has done wonders! Oh yes, and she is a hoot too!

Cathy M~(checkitoff) said...

Mandi cracks me up!! She is always amazing me with her tools & projects. Wish she was my neighbor!

AM from White House, Black Shutters said...

I wish Mandi was my neighbor and I've got old trim to offer her. HA! So there! Maybe she'll pick me first... ;)

Thanks for the great guest post, I've been following Mandi for a while and now I'm following you. :)
-Ann Marie

Teri said...

Mandi, you MIGHT just be the funniest handiwoman ever. Might.

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

Mandy is HI-LARIOUS! And she has an awesome house, full of awesome power tools! She's pretty much a rock star!

Pressed Petals said...

Man, what a nice thing to wake up for my friend! How nice for those of you who are her neighbors.

AM from White House...thanks for being a follower.

Mandi said...

Man, I am feeling like people are too darned nice to me.

And I DEFINITELY don't deserve it.

Jen said...

You have an awesome talent, Mandi. You're a DIYer, photographer, decorator, comedienne, writer and probably a million other things I haven't listed. All of which inspire those of us that follow your light hearted, fun, ispiring blog!! We're not nice because we have to be. We're nice because you make us all happy and you do indeed deserve it! =)