Monthly Archives: September 2012


I have been asking for Photoshop Elements for every gift-giving occasion over the last couple of years.  I say asking, but really I mean trying to convince myself to spend the money.  I finally bit the bullet this year for my birthday.  I was so excited!  I couldn’t wait to get it home and install it!  When I finally did, I opened it and thought, “Okay, now what?”  I had no idea how to use it.  I still don’t, really.  I have looked at a couple of tutorials online about various things I can do; I have installed a few free actions that I found.  I just haven’t really had the time to get into it too much.  Not to mention, I still can’t seem to get my computer to “recognize” (emphasize with annoyed quote-y fingers) my camera.  I have a ton of photos and an almost-full memory card and no way to upload.  *Sigh*

So, today, because I was dying to use it, I uploaded a photo of a house that we have considered buying.  Okay, I’ve considered buying.  Hubby hates it.  He thinks it is too plain and looks a lot like our old house.  There isn’t really anything special about the inside, but the price is great.  I wanted to try to convince him that it has potential.  Please don’t be too hard on me…this was the first time I attempted any such thing in Photoshop, but this is what I’ve come up with so far:

The windows over the garage aren’t much different, but I wanted to show that I would add stronger trim around them and functioning shutters.  It is kind of hard to tell, but the white thing around the garage is a trellis.  I would also add (but didn’t know how to) different siding – shaker-style shingles to the peaks and a stone or brick to the bottom section.  This was just a less expensive idea to get Hubby’s mind thinking about the possibilities.  Also, I realize that the wood things in the peaks are really more Victorian in style than the rest of the house and I feel corbels would look better, but they didn’t show as well on this picture and I wanted more visual punch.

This was very fun to do!  I could easily get caught up and spend way too much time on things like this.

Hmm, what do I work on next?


Making a house a home…

In our various adventures, I have set out to do just that…make a house a home.  No matter where it is or how long we will live there, I desire to make it as comfortable and “homey” as possible.  I have failed in this department.  I have gotten sidetracked by my desires to live in my own space.  It doesn’t help that our leases have been for three and six months.  By the time we have gotten good and settled, it is time to pack up again.  I’m tired of moving.  I’m tired of unpacking and packing boxes.

I’m having an overwhelming desire to knock down a wall or put up some moulding or paint the kitchen cabinets – none of which I can do while living in someone else’s home.

Don’t mind me, I’ve having my own little pity party.

I feel better now.

We are searching for our next (and hopefully, final) home.  I LOVE looking at houses online.  I REALLY love driving all over God’s creation seeing homes in person.  I immediately see the potential, or lack thereof, in each home I see.  Hot pink walls with light blue trim?  No problem.  I envision what it would look like with board and batten trim and crown moulding and the furniture just so.  1980’s oak kitchen cabinets?  Can’t you just see them painted the creamiest soft gray and white.  I know my fellow DIYers out there get what I’m sayin’.

I think I’m just feeling down and funky because everyone in my little family has had a sickness of some kind in the last couple of weeks.  We’ve been cooped up, stuffed up, coughed up, curled up, and spit up (on).  We’re not quite out of the woods, but are on the mend for sure.

One thing that always makes a house a home is making sure the heart of the home – the kitchen – is in full working order.  The rental we are in now has a smaller kitchen than I had in my first little two-bedroom apartment.  There is one drawer, very little counter space, no pantry, and I have to keep most of my pots and pans down in the basement.  However, I have done my best at organizing it and cleaning it up.  We have also done our best to eat at home only, especially for dinner, for the better part of a year now.  I recently signed up with eMeals and I tell you, I LOVE IT!  What a fantastic idea!  I haven’t put pen-to-paper yet, but I know it is saving us money.  And I KNOW it is saving me time.  To us, it has been well worth the cost of subscription.  Check them out:

eMeals - Dinner Done

So, I will continue striving to make our house “homey” and more us (even with its weird yellow-y, kinda beige walls; yuck).  I do have some things in mind to help with that.  Here is my short list that I’ve just thought of while typing this:

  • Start doing our Table Talkers again
  • Reinstate a set night for Family Game Night
  • Bake from scratch more
  • Find a new lamp and side table/stand for the boy’s room so they can read at night
  • Start using my homemade cleaning products again
  • Finish sewing dining room chair covers
  • Make a duvet cover for our bed

I’m sure there are many more things I will think of as we get into the groove of things again.

So, tell me, what things or traditions make your house a home?