Category Archives: creating

{30-in-30} itching to get decorating, and pinterest isn’t helping!

This is an abnormally busy week (don’t they all seem that way lately!), and we didn’t have a chance to get any decorations up last weekend, but I am itching to get some Christmas stuff up!  It doesn’t help that I am finding all kinds of awesome stuff on pinterest that I want to make.

Here are just a few of the things I am hoping to knock out sometime soon (you can click on any of the pictures to get to the link)!

a wreath for the front door

a pvc wreath for our front hallway

I would love to use the pvc wreath in the center of this!

I have wanted to make this garland for years


we need new stockings, and I think these would be awesome

I had an idea for this one using an Ikea lantern, but when I went back and looked at them, I don't think they will work...

these are on the books for this weekend because this is the first year that we are going to be able to have a tree in forever!

So, that’s just a few of the things I would really like to make for the house.  I share what I get done!

{30-in-30} a sad day, but a plan is born…

So, it all started for me when John and Sherry posted about making their new desktop. I started longing for a new desk.  A two person desk where the boy and I could park our computers.

young house love desk

And, then Mandi posted about her husband’s creation.

mandi's desk!

It is truly amazing, with pull out keyboard shelves and everything.  And, it was decided!  We need a new desk.  However, this is one of those moments that the boy and I looked at each other and did a quick count in our head of all the stuff we have on our list.

And, then I got a sad email!  My beloved ReBuild Warehouse lost their lease.  They are closing tomorrow.  The ReBuild Warehouse is amazing.  I have found a ton of really cool things including doors and cabinets there, and I feel awesome about supporting their company because they are a local, non-profit business that takes donated and reclaimed building materials.  They aren’t in it for the money, and their main goal is to keep all these items that can be reused out of the landfill!  And, for someone like me, who likes stuff a little crusty to start anyway, it is a perfect marriage.

The funny part is that we are borrowing my brother’s truck right now because he is on his honeymoon, and we steal his truck any chance we can get because we are usually trying to get something too large for our Explorer home.  So, we had already planned to run by ReBuild and Habitat ReStore to see if we could find the cabinets we needed for a little plan I have for our kitchen.  So, we knew it was meant to be, and we made sure to run by today.  While we were there, we didn’t find any cabinets that would work for my our kitchen plan, but we did spend extra time looking longingly at the large supply of reclaimed lumber they almost always have on hand.  This is wood with character that has come out of old houses.

Last night, while we were at Home Depot picking up a piece of plywood for part of a gift, I had dragged the boy over to the thick framing lumber and showed him the 2 x 10s I was interested in making our two person desk out of.  So, when we saw all the 2 x 10s at ReBuild, we started discussing the possibilities and coming up with a plan.  When one of the workers came over and talked to me about the price and we figured out that we could get six 2 x 10 x 14ft boards for $30, the decision was easy!  From Home Depot, the 2 x 10 x 14ft boards we got today would have been $13.22 a piece or $79.32 for a the six boards we got today.

So, the plans are in motion!  And, a 2 person desk look like it could be in our future!