just a-swingin...

So first off, thank you to all my family and friends who made my birthday so special! It was a great day! This is just a quick update, and I will post more on this later. And I have a lot of posts coming up about the house! Get excited! ;P

Me enjoying my new present from Bryant. :D



Who says you can't get anything for a buck any more?

Saturday I stopped by Re-Store after not having been there in several weeks. The last few trips I've came home empty handed. This was a different story though, after making it about half way down the first isle I saw this. A Herman Miller office chair. I wasn't too keen on the brown upholstery as I was walking up to it, but that immediately changed when I saw the price. $1. It actually had a bunch of $2 price tags on it along with the yellow $1 sale tag. Which I'm pretty sure means this has at least been there for a week. I guess it was just my lucky day, it even had a dime under the cushion which brought the total after tax to $0.96. It's no where near perfect shape, the rubber trim around the edges was off on one side. Lucy and I decided to go ahead and fix that tonight so I grabbed Lucy's hair dryer (to soften up the rubber) and hot glue gun. About ten minutes later the trim was back on.

Hope you guys like it!



small hands...smell like cabbage...

Last week there was a small carnival at the end of the street, so obviously Bryant and I decided to spend part of our Friday night "enjoying" the sights and smells. haha So here are a few photos from the fun night and oh so delicious funnel cake. Yum!

My favorite part of the night by far was while Bryant and I were standing in line to get a funnel cake, this little gem of a conversation happened.

Me: Do you need anything special to make funnel cakes?

Bryant: [In a very serious tone] Yes...carney hands.

Bwahahahahaha! I couldn't breathe, I was laughing so hard!



not lost in translation...

The Coppola family is no doubt an extremely talented family. I have always wanted to try Coppola wine and luckily we got a bottle of Sofia Riesling for a house warming gift from Bryant's family. Now normally I'm not a huge fan of Riesling, but this wine was delicious and we will definitely get it again!

 "When his daughter was a little girl, Francis Coppola made her a promise that he would someday make a sparkling wine and name it after her." [taken from the Coppola's website]



my heart goes pitter-pattern...

I'm in love...with a kitchen floor. Like I said before that I love the black and white checked floored, but was afraid it would look cheesy. I think I have found an alternative. :D

Look at this to die for plaid floor! I absolutely love it! Don't you?


ps...what do you think?



So this post has absolutely nothing to do with the house. Katie, my friend that my sister and I use to live with, just had a beautiful bouncing [literaly] baby boy...well not just had him, but I just got the pleasure of meeting him.

 Meet Max. Isn't he handsome?
 He has the biggest eyes that just make you melt.
 The tightest grip with the tiniest hands.
Max & Momma. :)



fancy a shag [rug]...

Bryant and I both seemed to gravitate towards finishing the living room first. It wasn't something we actually talked about, it just kind of...happened. I guess it was because the housewarming party was coming up and we knew that would be on of the main hot spots. So we had the layout for the furniture picked out and had everything in place, but something was missing. We needed a rug. In so many mid century homes [or homes trying to recreate the retro feel] and photos we found had the sheepskin rugs, and neither of us were very crazy on that idea. I mentioned a shag rug, so we started looking at homes that used shag.

We both agreed that we liked that look, now the hard part. Trying to find one that was affordable. Not an easy task. Until one day one of my managers at work asked how the house was coming and I mentioned our dilemma. He directed us to Home Depot where him and his wife just purchased one. So off we went and came home with our new rug. I couldn't help but snap a photo or two of Bryant, he was so impressed at how soft it was. I was sure he was going to sleep on it that night. haha


ps...what's one of your favorite buys?


i saw jimmy...he was pickin fl'rs...

If you have seen the movie "The Secret of Roan Inish" then that line probably sounds familar. I'm talkin to you Chesnut family! :D 

Anyway...so Grandmother and Grandfather just moved up from London to Lexington in the beginning of May, and I know everyone in the family agrees with me in saying that I am so excited about it! Their new house had 3 lonely flower boxes in the front, Rebecca and I decided they needed some love. So one afternoon before Grandmother and Grandfather moved up, Rebecca, Bryant, and I did a little gardening.

 This little guy helped me. :p
 Bryant was the only one who could reach the middle flower box. 
[which was also the biggest flower box too. haha]
Rebecca hard at work.
Makin it rain.

 Even though the whole day was very fun, the best moment of the day was probably this:
When looking for the proper tool, Bryant couldn't think of what it was called. So he just acted it out! haha Rebecca and I definitely got a good laugh, and of course I made him take a picture like that with the tool he needeed in his other hand.



Toys in the attic

As you may remember, after a dusty trip to the attic we came back down sneezing but not empty handed. This is the Dinky Toys model #113 an M.G.B. "sports car" that I found in a cobweb filled box. I was pretty excited to find the car which was burried a bit deeper than its original packaging. Unfortunately it is missing it's little plastic driver and the windscreen. This model was sold from 1962-69 so it's almost as old as the house! One of the neatest things about this car for me is the history of Dinky Toys. A British company that was a precursor for American companies like Hot Wheels and Matchbox who's toys consumed a great deal of my childhood along with Micro Machines. But most importantly I can't help but wonder where the little boy who was playing with this is now and what happened to the little plastic driver.

Do any of you have any interesting toys from your childhood?



us vs. grout...

Like I mentioned before, Bryant and I decided to do what little work needed to be done in the half bath. We quickly learned that everything is not how it seems. haha I really wanted to clean the grout because it was looking really dingy and even black in some areas. Ew! So we got some grout cleaner and I got to scrubbin. However, after awhile of scrubbing with absolutely no results, I started getting really frustrated. So Bryant swooped in and scrubbed for awhile. But no dice. Bryant started to get frustrated as well, all that elbow grease for nothing!

He decided he would scrape up a little piece of grout to see how far down the grout was dirty. And what does he find? They used grey colored grout on the bathroom floor. No wonder we weren't getting anywhere! It was a relief and a pain all at the same time. [Physical pain for Bryant...he got sick because of the cleaners. :( ] We are trying to decide between regrouting the floor tile, but can't make a decision. Suggestions?

I believe this was our second or third batch of cleaner.

Bryant did try scrubbing the grout on the walls in the bathroom, and thank goodness they were done with white grout! They look great now!


half bath refresher...

About two weeks ago Bryant and I decided we were going to do a little work on the half bathroom attached to the master bedroom. We both loved it and it didn't need much work, so we figured we could go ahead and get one room checked off the list.

The main thing we wanted to do was paint. It was a taupe-y color that neither of us really liked, and since that bathroom is so small we wanted it to feel a little bigger and brighter. So we painted it the whitest of whites we could find. And WOW did it make a difference. The oh-so-cute green tile really pops now! 

We also removed an awkward cabinet from about the toilet. 
So Bryant was filling the holes from that.

Bryant hard at work.
I would like to mention that I do do some of the work! Bryant is the main model because I'm the one taking pictures! haha I swear I'm not working him to death.



let the celebration begin...

Yesterday was Bryant's 28th birthday. So our day went a little something like this...

  I got up early to make stuffed french toast with fresh off the vine strawberries before Bryant went to work. [Thanks to Bryant's mom and aunt!]
And how adorable is this little guy! I couldn't bare to eat him.
This is what Bryant saw when he came into the living room. The beginnings of a bar for the living room with a print hanging above it reading "a couple that drinks together, stays together."
Bryant has wanted some nice bourbon glasses for awhile, so I got these and a vintage decanter and had them engraved. The glasses say "His" and "Hers" and the decanter says "Ours". And of course I had to get a nice bottle of bourbon to fill the decanter. ;p
The bunting was actually Bryant's birthday card! Each of the flags had a little something written on the inside for him to read.
He was so cute when reading his card. :D
After he got his presents, we got ready and went out to eat at Onizim's as Bryant requested.
I think he had a good time...I know I did. :D



ohhhh myyyyy gossssshhh...

Today is Bryant's 28th birthday! And what better way to show someone you love them than posting photos of them as babies for the whole blogging world to see!

Happy Birthday Bryant!
Bryant in his "attire" ;p
First self portrait of himself.
 Bryant and his younger brother, Brandon.
 Can you say baller? haha
And my personal fave...Bryant in his "Justin Timberlake" stage.
[I feel like I should clarify, because he will mention it later...
but he didn't try to look like Justin, but people just told him he looked like Justin.]

Thanks to Beverly [Bryant's mom] for the fantastic supply of photos! ;p


ps...more photos from today to come!