Finding OUR style | Part 1

Category : Projects

So I’m a chronic blog reader.  A confession, maybe.  All I know is that I’m not alone.  I read blogs about parenting to crafting to food to decorating.  All which provide me with overwhelming inspiration which then gets projected onto my dear sweet husband who takes it all in stride and knows that it may or may not be a short lived idea.  I get replies  like “yeah, looks nice” or “you’re just going to have to do it” when I show him a bright white kitchen (a far cry from our honey colored cabinets, freckled countertops and black appliances) or a lively living room with a red couch and a fun rug.

Beautiful White Kitchen Mismatched Handle Dresser

So with all the beautiful spaces from all over the country, large homes, rental spaces, a lushes backyard, I’ve been struggling to find my design style.  I love taking something from a space and putting it in my own, but it doesn’t all go with our current furniture, feel of our home or us for that matter or a wall color that we don’t plan on changing for awhile.  I love the bright colors, I love the pure-ness of white, I love the rustic feel of wooden beams, I love simplicity.  So where does that leave me?

Looking to my roots.  My mom was an avid antiquer finding old crocks to hold wooden spoons, ball jars to hold spools of thread, beautiful Harlequin dishes in mint condition, old grates to adorn the walls.  All to which at a young age, didn’t appreciate very much.  I would be “dragged” into antique shops on the hunt for the cup that wasn’t on the list which have all become fond memories of my growing up.  My mom’s style was at the time considered plain old country with all the blues, roses, small prints – nothing that I liked as my room was black and white (with pink carpet but we won’t talk about that).  But after my mom’s passing, I found myself fawning over the 40’s fabrics she has chosen for various quilts, the numerous Ball jars, the small spice cabinets, the old tin cans containing hair tar (or something like that).  I kept a box or two of the above items, never really knowing what I’d do with them seeing as I had a modern taste (or so I thought) but couldn’t part with them.

Harlequin Dishes

Which leads me to my current project, a slow and steady one as are most projects in our house, our bedroom. It’s on the smallish side with a small walk-in closet and a bathroom but it does the job as we don’t spend a lot of non-sleeping time in there (aside from Saturday morning Mickey Mouse and Jake & the Neverland Pirates watching).  We have a lovely bedroom set that we impulsed purchased after eating Chinese in our pre-children days.  We still like it and plan on keeping it around awhile.  It’s a espresso brown with an X pattern and raised silver blocks on the headboard and one dresser.  It’s a bit matchy matchy to what my blogs show me but painting furniture scares Gary a bit.  :)   The wall color is the builder color, a nice tan actually, but I’m ready for a little lighter, fresher tan of sorts.  I was trying to figure out how to do a grey wall color for the longest time but I couldn’t get a nice shade that would work with the furniture and our brown bathroom (that is liked and took 3 coats, so it’s staying).  I waved the white flag to the wall color and realized that other elements I’ve made or purchased were leaning towards the antique feel instead of this modern edge I’d been trying to create.

Do you ever try to work in a new trend or style just because?  Ever impulse something as large as bedroom outfit after Chinese?

Project: Grill Peg Board

Category : Projects

We have yet to post an actual Tidd Project!  So here it is, the well needed Grill Peg Board:

Whatcha need:

  • Large pre-cut peg board, already painted white from the Big Orange Box
  • Cordless drill & bits
  • Level
  • 6 screws (more if you’re Gary :) )
  • Box of peg board hooks from said BOB

Where to put it?

The space right above where our grill goes wasn’t being used much, the peg board fit well and it was so.  Welcome Grill Center for the Gar.

How it’s done:

Place pegboard up on the wall, lining up holes centered on the studs and use the level to make sure you’re holding it with great straightness.  Hopefully you’ll have an extra pair of hands to do said task.

Once leveled, have one person hold pegboard up while the other screws in each corner and a couple on the sides for good measure.  For most people 6 screws would be more than enough but my dear sweet husband likes to make sure it’ll survive a nuclear war, so we probably did 8-10.  Love you honey.  :)

Here’s all that we’re hoping to hang from our newest organizational friend:  lots of flippers, flappers, brushes, baskets, pokers and proders.

Open up that box of pegboard hooks and check out the contents.  There are obvious hooks that go right into the holes, some are heavier duty, some allow you to stick things through an opening to hang rather than hang right on the hook.  Then there are these black plastic things.  Never had a pegboard before so theses were new to me.

After sticking up a hook and hanging something from it, it felt really unstable and that everything on the board would come crashing down.  Enter in black plastic things.  They stick on either side of the hook to hold it in place.  Who would have thunk!  These worked great except the 3 holes on and around the stud didn’t allow us to use that space well.  Oh well, we did some rearranging and it all worked out.

And now you have a wonderful, doesn’t take up my under the counter cabinet space anymore Grill Peg Board!

Here comes the clean up crew!

A lovely weekend

Category : Projects

We had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  We kicked off the weekend before the weekend started with some hardcore yard work.  As most parents know, it’s hard to get a lot done in a little amount of time with little ones roaming the yard on opposite sides of the house.  But we gave it a try.  Gary mowed the yard, edged (note to selves, we need to do this more often) while the girls played in the sandbox and dirt and stayed close and weeded the side of the house we were all on.  A much needed bath was given to the girls and put them to bed.  We headed back out right away.  While Gary hauled the mulch over that our gracious neighbors gave to us, I busted out the loppers, you know the giant scissors for trimming?  :)   My initial reason to use it was to trim away the little trees sprouting from the roots of our flowering pear tree.  We still have a giant stake in the ground that held the tree in place and all the effort in the world isn’t removing it.  So on to plan B.  Anywho, back to the loppers.  Well our spirea bushes grew incredibly fast as I thought last year they were the size they were later in the summer.  I decided they needed a trim.  So I started chopping away and what a difference it makes when you have pruned bushes!  Then you add the mulch, a weeded flower bed and some annuals to revive a very sad front yard.

We also had to say goodbye to the the little maple sapling Gary’s Grandpa Hall gave us a couple years ago.  I believe I was weed wacking last summer and knicked it too bad for it to come back this year.  I felt horrible but we bought a replacement, a healthy Kwansan Cherry tree.  In about 5 years it should be about 7 feet tall and by 12 years be about 15-20 feet full of pink blossoms.  So it’ll be beautiful with our white blossom the flower pear gives us.

By this time, the giant mosquitos started hauling us away so we headed in around 10:30 that night.  Can I just say, I love yard work!  Weird, maybe but so therapeutic to get your hands dirty and crawl around on the ground.  What an amazing creation God has placed just in our little piece of land.

Friday kicked off the weekend.  I started a little early only in the sense that I ate my lunch on the boardwalk in Grand Haven under beautiful blue sky and a bright sun.  It was the beginning of tourist season and you can tell as the town multiplies!  We headed back to Grand Haven after dinner to walk to pier with the girls.  It wasn’t as crowded as I thought but I’m sure the rest of the weekend was a bit busier.  The girls have a great time people watching (and getting antsy sitting in their stroller).  Gary and I have great talks on our walks like this, we’re so blessed to have an amazing marriage, even after 7 years!  What a wonderful (but late) night!

Saturday brought on Round 2 of Once a Month Cooking!  Nisi and I were prepared a bit more this time – sorry I didn’t take any pictures of this round!  We spent about $250 in total to create 32 meals for 2 families.  So that averaged $7.81 per meal and $1.95 per person.  I say that’s a success!  Nisi spent a lot of time preparing the menu, grocery list and the prep plan between the 2 of us.  Nisi did all the meat preparation and I did all the fruit and veggie chopping.  For whatever reason, my knee didn’t appreciate walking the pier, spending 2 hours in the grocery store and standing that morning and decided to swell up.  So Gary stepped in and with all that, we finished in about 6.5 hours with a wonderful menu!  Here’s what we made this time:  Mom & Dad Tidd’s meatball subs with homemade sauce, Nisi’s delicious (we all tried some) chicken cordon bleu, tomato basil hamburgers, bacon and bleu burgers, chicken enchillada casserole, mango pork and italian flank steak pinwheels.  I think this is going to be an amazing menu!  I almost forgot, but our disc of family pictures came too!  A whole nother post about that will come soon.  :)

Sheila came out that night to hang out with us and the girls.  We hit up the DQ which helped with the incredible amount of muggy that was going on outside.  We tried to do a little yard work, but again the blood suckers were carrying us away.

Sunday brought a wonderful Memorial Day service that has us all tear up a little.  Great music, great message with a great video of reflection of past and present troops.  Wish you were all there!  If ever in the neighborhood, check out our amazing church!  Then we headed to Gary’s parents for dinner and a little fun in the sun.  Here’s a funny story about the day!  I rounded out Sunday night by planting my annuals for the buckets of rain came.  And again, those darn mosquitos got me.

Monday we woke up to thunder and lightening, well actually we woke up at 4am to Anna crying b/c she lost her pipe.  Then again at 6:30am to I think her crying but it could have been the storms, but either way Anna wanted to go to bed with panties that night instead of a pull up.  So I got her up when we went to bed to go potty, no go.  Again at 4am, no go.  Then the 6:30 wake up call she wet the bed.  Bummer.  So we changed her and came into our bed to watch the storms roll through.  Izzy slept peacefully till about 8am.  We rounded out the day with a cook-out in the raining/sunny weather we were having.


Enter Sandman

Category : Projects

Remember that song mid to late 1990’s friends?  Anyway, Metallica didn’t come visit nor did finally complete our Guitar Hero collection, but…!  But Anna took full advantage of her carpenter grandpa and requested a sandbox for her birthday.  Ok, she really didn’t but grandma and grandpa came up with the idea and said so in her birthday card in October.  So as promised, G & G Tiemens came up last weekend to build her (and Izzy) a 6′ x 6′ sandbox in the space we’re now making into a little play area for the girls.  I forgot to take play by play pictures of the construction but as you can see the air was filled with happiness and the crushing of Uncle Alex’s sandcastles which both girls delighted in for some weird destructive reason.

Anywho, thank you grandpa, daddy and Uncle Alex in the making and filling of the new sandbox!  This will be a wonderful thing for years to come and hopefully we can leave most of the sand in the box and not in our pants.