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2012, whaaat?!?!

21 Jan

The title pretty much sums up how I felt when I realized I haven’t posted since August.  Whaaat?!?!  I’m so bad!  Well, I thought I would just pop in to say it was a great year, and I am really happy to say I crossed a lot off my insane resolution list and I am actually happy I did that.  However, I tried to write a new list and fell short.  I guess I just don’t need too much improvement after all my hard work last year! lala!  Totally kidding.

Here’s my list and I’ll try to match some pictures and be suave like that, but no guarantees.

1 – Obviously, lose 20 lbs.

  • Failed.  But not miserably… happily failed.  I baked and ate as much as I pleased and still managed to lose a solid 9 lbs that stayed off even through the holidays!  I didn’t actually think I lost weight either, it wasn’t until I whipped out this list in January that I realized I DID, in fact, weigh less than last January!  Woo-hoo for the anti-diet!

2 -Paint the wall in LVRM behind the bookcases that I don’t want to move.

  • Crap. Did I seriously put that on my list?  Did I seriously go a whole year without painting that wall?  Oh well – I’ll just roll that one over to the 2012 list! :)

3 – Read my book list

  • Double crap.  Apparently I  no longer read.

4 – Finish this granny square blanket already!

  • Hmmm.  This list has a depressing start.  No, it’s not finished…. but I did work on it!  It’s bigger this year than last, and it has all it’s ends woven in.  It sits pretty on my chair in the living room.  Folded.  So no one can see the un-finishedness of it all.  And for kicks, you can see me laying on it as I seamed it together (photo by a small boy) –

5 – Get new doorknobs

  • Blurg.  Didn’t do.

6 – Organize my linens and laundry room

  • Ah ha!  I did it!!  DIIIIDDDDD ITTTTTT!!!!!! Don’t believe me?  Check out this post of yore.

7 – Actually decorate my office nook shelves and paint the shelves.

see it for reals here.

8 – Get a hair-do

Done, and not done.  I need to actually up-keep said hair-do.  But I think I’ll call it my Anna Wintour bob.  You know, the one you might always have because it just feels right….

I don’t take pictures of myself.  You’ll have to deal with Anna and her crossed arms.

9 – Learn to do make-up (not joking.)

  • I made a valiant effort, and I can officially say I am the wearer of lipstick now.  (I wear eye make-up, but still don’t understand foundation/powder or any “fancy” eye shadow techniques!)

10 – Get glasses

  • Done and done.

11 – Get all my art framed properly

  • Not done.  But started.  I think I have 2 more small etchings to be framed.

12 – Teach my dog some agility tricks

  • Oh, ya right.  Of course I did that.  Top priority!  Tip-top!

13 – Jazz up the master suite with some new bedding/lighting/side tables (Like this minus the poster bed.)

  • Kinda in the middle of that still.  I did change my vision for the decor.  Going with Navy, greens and white.  Grey walls, dark brown furniture.  Check out my pinterest board for my bedroom here.  Love this vibe

14 – Install wood floors!!!

  • Oh baby!  I love them!  Lumber Liquidators Praline birch pre-finished engineered wood.  I worried about how they’d hold up because lots of people are snobs about pre-finished, and others are snobs about the engineered, but it’s been a dream!  It’s in the kitchen, and I spill all the time on it – no prolls!  Dogs wildly running and fighting on them? check.  Three insane boys running, shooting, pushing furniture all over it? check.  Still awesome looking?  check!  There is my review in a nutshell.  I can’t remember exactly what we paid per sq. ft. but it was something stupid cheap like $2/sq. ft. What’s not to love?!

15 – Redo the bathroom

  • Done!  We kinda had to do this sooner than planned, and I’m so glad because it’s done and tiled.  Our first time tiling.  We used white octagon and dot tile from Home Depot and charcoal grout.  New vanity, new toilet, new tile = LOVE!

Here’s an install shot for ya:

16 – Grow grass in the backyard

  • There’s always next year!

17 – Get or make some dang throw pillows for the couch

  • Done, but strangely still need new ones.  Mine have made a few too many forts and fought a few too many battles.  :)

18  – Re-finish the dining room table (liking this style – found here.)

  • DID IT!!  However, I don’t love it and am scheming how to be back in fellowship with my table, but the fact remains that I did it.  So There!

19 – Try a fish recipe (maybe Tilapia?)

  • I did eat fish this year.  Surely that counts for something, right?

20 – Get a good family photo

  • You be the judge –

21 – Sew myself a skirt

  • I did!  And I hated it and never wore it.  :)

22 – Organize my computer photos and files

  • Husband did! score!

23 – Go on more dressy dates with the hubs of my youth

  • Well, we did actually go on some dressy dates, but we need to step it up a notch in the fun category – dressy is fun, but fun is funner.

24 – Be able to do the Tracy Anderson Mat DVD all the way through (I’m just gonna say that is one wicked hard workout!)

  • I am the champion!  I so totally did it!!! *cough-once-cough*

25 – Take each of my boys to dinner and a movie.

  • Nope.  Didn’t.  I’m lame.  But don’t worry too much for their souls, their daddy takes one every week on a night date.

Well, there you have it – In addition to these things, my favorite accomplishment  this year has been painting my boys bunk bed orange.  It’s hilarious and awesome.  We spruced up their room, moved Seth to a twin bed, and I finished the first of the three quilts I have planned for them.  I felt crazy painting with such a wild color, but I’ve grown to love it, and they certainly think it’s the shizz.  Maybe that’s for another post though!  Hopefully it won’t take me 5 months!

Check out the things I knit this year over on ravelry – I finished that teal sweater, and made everyone slippers to name a few!

Happy New Year Everyone!!



22 Mar

My post titles are great.  I’m quite distracted today by a particular dress I’m trying to get my hands on.  This morning I went on a wild goose hunt to make a similar skirt just in case I can’t get the awesome dress in time for Easter.  Oh, the joys of living in the boonies!

So now I’m writing a post to distract myself from my dress distraction.

Here are some of my favorite things I have on my “want to make” Pinterest board right now.  I love Pinterest, BTW.  And I want to make all of these things….

Just crazy cool.  My friend has already constructed crazy knitting needles to make something like this.  (Found here).

Fabric Worm quilt – here.

I want to make some of these for my boys room – and we already have some crates! (image via door sixteen)

Skirt tutorial found here.

And thanks to this lovely, I need to brush up my embroidery skills.  What would not look better with some embroidered flowers on it?!  I guess maybe a men’s shirt… or pants (!!!).  But that’s about it.  Found here.


I gotta run to pick up a child from Pre-school!  Thanks for helping me get my head out of the cute-dress-cloud!


Etsy Faves

4 Feb

Everyone knows that etsy is home to some of the coolest and most creative items to be purchased.  But have you ever dug a little deeper and looked at all the fug etsy has as well?  Crafters with a screw loose?   Ya, I do that when I’m bored and need a laugh.  I highly recommend it.  Anywho, here are some of my favorite things I’ve found on there.

I stumbled upon this artist, Sharon Schock, at some point and really liked everything she did.  Some of her stuff is really reasonably priced for original work too!  Isn’t this one gorgeous?

If you’re a dog person, these dog puzzles are so awesome!  I think it would be cool for kids and grown ups to fiddle with, and it would look sweet on a shelf to boot (although, I would paint it white!)  Found here.

And I’ve loved Sarah Jane’s stuff for a while now – here is her etsy shop, and here is her blog.  I’m totally smitten with her cheerfully nostalgic style to her work.  I love it all!

I’m digging these leather journals and such from in blue.  This one would make a good valentine’s day gift.

Isn’t this necklace/scarf so cool?  I think it’s a fab idea and I like the choice of colors.  What do you think about it?  Found here.

I’m pretty sure every hipster needs this mug.  And I mean that as a compliment.  I think it’s awesome and funny, two things I always look for in my coffee tea mugs.

Link up your etsy faves in the comments!

Vintage Travel Poster Room = Great Idea

26 Oct

I saw Apartment Therapy asking to link up our favorite posts, and while I don’t actually know my favorite post over there (too many!) I do know that I have dreams about this kids room.  I wish I could make it my room 20 years ago.  But I was too into Lisa Frank dolphins back then.  Check it out the awesomeness here.

Cup of Joe

12 Oct

Well I thought I’d offer a “cup-o-joe” every week, but turns out I missed a few!  So now I have a stock pile of awesomeness.

Cup-o-joe is my weekly post all about those things that fill a void and warm you up just knowing they exist.  Kinda like coffee does on a cool fall morning like today!

I’ll start with this uber-cool leather mirror from Serena & Lily.

I can think of about a thousand places I’d like to have this in my house.

Continuing with the home accessories theme, I really want these vases from CB2.  Found here.

I’ve been on the rug hunt for some time now, and this one is out of my price range (I’m looking for an 8 x 10 and woah!  those can be pricey!) but I seriously fancy this guy from Shades of Light.  Found here.

I’ve also been crushing on this rug from Ballard Designs.  I love all the colors!  Found here.

That’s all for now, but I have a lot more for you next week!  Until then, enjoy the fall and have a fab week!


Bathroom Inspiration

4 Oct

I just showed you our one and only bathroom here at the Hicks Casa, and now I thought it might be fun to show you some of my internet finds that will be the inspiration behind the future updates we mentioned.  All that jazz is tentatively scheduled to go down summer ’11.  We will be replacing the toilet, sink and vanity, tub, shower faucet, and re-doing the floor and shower wall with tile.  It’s going to be epic getting the tub out of there, maybe we’ll saw it in half to get it down the stairs?  Seriously though, I have no idea how it got up the teensie stairs in the first place!

I gotta start the inspiration photos with the tile floors that I will NOT be getting.  I love them, but alas they are wicked expensive!  Marble hexagon tile… LOOVE!!!  Photo found here.  And another gorgeous shot found here.

I will instead be getting something plainer, which is fine because it’s like 17 times cheaper.  seriously.

Although I’m not planning on taking our bathroom this direction (not big enough!), I do think this one is gorgeous.  Note the plainer hexagon tile. Photo found here.

Here is the square pedestal sink I have my eye on.  Not sure the faucet is my fave, but I love the light fixture and the mirror with the little glass shelf.  It’s pretty charming. Photo found here.

We want to tile the shower surround with white subway tiles, and update the faucet and shower head.  Pretty basic really.  Photo found here.

I’ll leave you with this deluxe bathroom.  If there are ever more females in my house to balance the powers within, we will definitely be wallpapering a room in this!  :)  Soo Pretty!! Photo found here.

So there you go.  Lots of bathrooms.  Anyone else planning a little (or big) bathroom spruce-up?  What do you think about that girly wall-paper?!


Desk Inspiration

7 Sep

I’ve mentioned before that I plan on having the hubs build me a mini-parsons desk for the nook in which the swivel rocker presently resides.  It’s all true, and now that we have cable internet installed and the modem box is in that nook (all messy behind the chair!)  I’m ready to get moving on the project!  Here are some of my inspiration photos for the quaint desk nook I’m looking for.

Simple and cheery.  Lamp is perfect!  Image found here.

Young House Love has an office corner with the full sized Parsons desk.  I also love the lamp.

I have the iMac as well, so my space might resemble this a bit more… (found here).

And lastly, I love this!  Sadly, it won’t resemble my space much because I won’t have the space for the awesome shelving.  The bright pops of color make it happy and eclectic, so maybe I can copy that aspect a bit.  Maybe…

What do you think?  Do you have a smoking hot office space you’d like to share?  Maybe you want a Parson’s desk too?  Of course you do.  They are totally the coolest thing since ice cream.