Spring photo challenge

It’s Spring!!  Finally.. I didn’t think winter was going to give up this year.  Katie Bower issued a spring photo challenge and I thought that since we actually took some spring pictures that I would join in.  We still don’t have a pic of all the kids together.. this next one is the closest I could get Smile  Crazy kids. I checked out some of the other entries so far and it’s fun to see what other people are taking pictures of.  Lots of kids and May flowers!   I can’t say there is much about my pics that is special than the subjects… I am learning angles and lighting.  I shot these all in auto so until I learn to take some in manual mode I won’t really feel like I am advancing.  I am learning my camera though and I am having fun! DSC_2230 Brantley   DSC_2183   Hannah   Garrett   Ashton playing   Head over to Bower Power and check out the rest of the photos!


Sharing the love–week 3

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It’s that time once again.  If you want to know what I have been reading, you can check out my blog roll, or you can go check out One Project at a Time. The name says a lot, but don’t be fooled into thinking that the “one project” is anything small….these guys tackle some major jobs!  Right now they are elbow deep in a bathroom renovation.    Beautiful penny tile and mosaic tiles galore!  Erin, her husband Jason, and their little man, Ryder, have been putting hard work and lots of love into a foreclosure in efforts to make it a home for their family.  I think they are well on their way…. what do you think?


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A beautiful living area


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What an awesome laundry room!


One project master closet


Serious closet envy


One project play room

My personal favorite, the playroom.

Take a few minutes to go check them out… heck, take more than a few minutes.  We’ll pretend its Friday and you don’t need to be super productive anyway.  Winking smile    Heck, in my book, getting to know great bloggers and getting ideas for projects is super productive.   And the best part of this blog?  They haven’t even scratched the surface on what they want to do with their home.  They have a whole list of projects waiting in the wings.

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While your over there, check out their first house as well.  Gotta love a family with the drive to not only do one home, but start all over again with another!



While I am at it, check out what I pinned today… this little piece is inspiring me to get to work on another project… hope to have some progress this weekend!


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What have you guys been up to this week? Any great blogs to share?  Already a fan of One Project at a Time?  Please share!

Sharing the Love ~ Week 2

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It’s time once again to go check out another great blog.


Update:  Our Humble Abode has moved and I have updated this post with the current location as well as the current spelling of the blog title.  They have also moved since this post and have a new home to show you.  Enjoy!

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I have been following Our Humble Abode for a while now, and let me tell you…this is a blog packed with inspiration, tutorials, and just plain interesting stuff. Amanda and her husband, Dean, are currently finishing up a kitchen remodel. Amanda is incredibly talented, she designed her spaces, and also has some really neat graphic design work as well. And did I mention that her husband is like the current version of “Tim, the tool man Taylor”? Seriously, a duo like this that love to renovate AND blog about it… *sigh*…. This is why I spend so much time reading blogs. Now I know that since I told you about it, you are going to hop right on over there and check it our right?? Well, if you need further convincing….take a gander at some of her home.….

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Here is her living room now… you really should go see the before…as well as the before of her kitchen below.

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It isn’t complete, but wow, what amazing work!



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And a corner of their kids’ room… darling!!!



All images are found at Our Humble Abode

You can check out her “to do” section here….  See what fun stuff she has done??



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And one a DIY lamp shade


And her Etsy shop where she offers the cutest prints at super prices.

So take a few minutes and go see what Amanda and her family are servin’ up. And while you are at it..tell me what blogs you are reading right now… leave a comment and share the goods!

I also have a project I have been working on for, oh, 2 weeks now?  It’s taking way too long, but it should be done this week!!  I will share all the details ASAP!!