Friday, April 30, 2010

6 Month Anniversary

I can't believe it!  Today I have been sharing my ridiculousness with you all for 6 months - I believe every day I have blogged! 

So thank you for going along with the adventure that is my life.

You've put up with my run on sentences, random conversations with myself, and thousands of pictures of my family & home.  I appreciate you all so much.  You have also touched me in many ways with your stories, kindness & glimpses through your own blogs into your every day adventures.

God Bless you all!

Oh & if you want to see what I wrote 6 months ago - click here.  I promise - my first one is probably my best Aubrie story every.

Sweet cheeks

I've been a bad Mom.

I keep taking pictures of my house and forgetting to take pictures of my beautiful growing babies!  Seriously - where does the time go?  Please enjoy - they are pretty aren't they!

She kept putting her head in front of his - she just had to be in front!

He's seriously so ornery!

She's always posing.  See those wild eyebrows he's rocking - that's when you know he has an idea!

It's never a good idea!  Some how he has used the apple to grease down boy eyebrows.  This just cracks me up!

She's posing again & forcing Trudie to be a part of her game.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Up My Sleeve

It seems that I'm always up to something...

This coffee table was originally a weird pinkish off white.  So I painted it red.

I liked it, but the red just didn't cover well enough, and it just didn't seem right.  That's when my Mom suggested hot pink.  And I said - YES!

So a trip to Ace, and a quart of Hibiscus later - it's fabulous!

Aubrie adored it & said please don't sell this - which I wasn't going to.  Even Everett said - WOW!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I'm a big kid now!

There is something about a little boy in underpants that a Mom has to love!

(Please note - he gets this "I'm zoning you out" look just like his Dad - however it's when he's watching the beloved Tom & Jerry)

Especially when that little boy is mine!

That's right, this ornery booger is potty trained!

It's killing me that he keeps posing with his hands on his hips - so hilarious!  Also, gotta love the band aid remains that just won't go away!  Oh how this boy has me around his tiny little fingers!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Where All The Dirt Comes Out!

Boy - you guys are lucky!  Lately I fixed up my kids/guest bathroom to give you guys a tour.  Now it's the laundry room you want to check out!

My laundry room is right off my garage.  It's painted a bright monarch orange - which is often teasingly called my Tide room.

It's not a huge room, but this is where all my dirt comes out.  I have a normal washer & dryer.  I would have LOVED a fancy colored front loading set when we were building, but we have to be realistic...  The big joke here is all the brackets Jade put up for the shelf - there are actually 5 - that's right he thought a lot of weight would be up there apparently!

The little cabinet holds all my paper towels & Kleenex boxes.  I go get groceries & supplies every 2 weeks so I always stock up!  Up here is y dog collection.  It's kind of funny in a laundry room and that's why I like it.

This little bin is the same as the one up high, but it's PERFECT!

See that - the door swings open and ta da - shoes!

Behind the door we have our coat rack for all the stuff we're using daily.  It's handy!

Mom gave me the rug, and of course it matches perfectly in here.  So there you go - our laundry room. 

Geez - what do you guys want to see next?

Monday, April 26, 2010

Parade of Homes @ The House That Jade Built

Andy at Poppies at Play invited me to be a part of Parade of Homes, a virtual home tour featuring at least 3 rooms of 20 different homes. All this week 4 homes a day will be featured! I am home #4 on the list, so be sure to visit Poppies at Play to start at the beginning of the homes so you can tour all 20 houses on the list!

For those of you stopping by for the first time, my name is Annie. I'm married to my high school sweet heart Jade. I'm a mother to a sweet & imaginative 4 year old daughter, Aubrie, & a wild 2 1/2 year old tiny farmer, Everett.

(We obviously need a new family picture! This is from last spring!)

The House That Jade Built is the name of my blog because my husband built our home from the ground up with his own two hands. I'd like to welcome you to our colorful home, and thank you for coming by! Please come on inside.

Once you walk inside our front door, you immediately see the kitchen and the dining room straight ahead. You'll see that I am definitely not afraid of color. Every room in my house is painted a very bold and cheery color. It always makes a statement, but feels inviting as well.

This is the entrance to my home. I find my house to be very eclectic. I don't feel that I have one particular style because I buy what I love and I end up mixing many styles. Here I have paired old floor grates hung on the wall along with a vintage science poster about flower development. A large pulley rests on the cabinet beside a glass head filled with marbles. These are all things that I have fallen in love with. I am a huge fan of junk stores, flea markets, and rummage sales.

This large cabinet was a steal at $80. Originally it was a very dark but poor quality wood. I decided to paint it a very cheery yellow, and I topped it off with my vintage fan collection. We opted to purchase a cabinet rather than building a coat closet, and we love the look we have gained.

Immediately to the right of our kitchen is a small hall. This leads back to the master bedroom. The little cabinet was from my Mom's old antique store. I have a thing for old gray paint & little chairs.

Our master bedroom is bright an airy. It's painted a limey green color.

Our headboard was made by my husband from a 6 panel door when we were first married. When we built this house, I painted it red. I just love the color red and it works perfectly in this space. The decal above the bed is appropriate for us. We are high school sweet hearts, and 13 years later we are still the best of friends.

I sewed the throw pillows on our bed to match my bedding. The R is made from scrap fabrics braided and then sewn into shape for our last name. We have a down comforter and also pull the quilt up at night. I think there is just something about a down comforter that makes you sleep better!

My armoire was given to me from my Aunt when we were first married. It had a very dated 80's finish so I painted it red to match my headboard & distressed it so it would look aged. The tiny bed is for my beloved pug. On the wall is our marriage certificate along with some other gifts we were given about love.

Trudie says hi! If you are wondering, yes she often really sleeps in this bed!

The painting was done by my sister, Abbie. It's really unexpected & I love it! She actually made it for my husband before we were married. It's one of our favorite pieces in our house. Our bedroom is large enough that we put a turquoise desk in the corner. This is where I do my blogging & my husband does his land surveying / drafting work.

I have a clock collection so I displayed them on this old box wrapped in newspaper and strung them up on some twine. It's a great way to show off this interesting collection.

Now that you've seen the master bedroom, let's head back to the dining room. We have a very open floor plan so my kitchen is open to the dining space as well as the living room.

My harvest table was made for me by my Dad. I paired it with 6 leather parson chairs - the head chairs are larger more substantial chairs. It's the perfect size for our space and our family.

I painted this table first black, then a green color that I mixed on my own. I really distressed it to make it looked aged to better match to my kitchen island.

Right beside the dining area is our kitchen where I spend a lot of time preparing meals for our family of four. This is the view from my family room.

My kitchen island is one of my most prized pieces in my home. My husband & I purchased it at an antique show when we were building our house. We didn't want an island built to match our kitchen cabinets & we hit the jackpot when we saw this baby! It was $325, a steal for the age of it. It is an 1800's old store counter. It's the perfect size for an island in our kitchen, plus the patina of it is fabulous!

My kitchen is one of my favorite rooms in the house. I have a lot of vintage and quirky finds in my kitchen as well as some funky collections. I started collecting chickens when I was first married, after a very failed attempt at raising chickens! The rooster picture was painted by my sister, Abbie. I have paired the 5 sign with my hand collection. Another favorite in my kitchen is the Do Not Spit On The Floor sign. It is very appropriate for my wild 2 year old son who is often spewing chocolate milk all over the floor!

The R is an from an old movie marquee sign. The other signs I've collected from flea markets & junk stores.

Above my pantry door are old chalk vegetables from my grandma that I absolutely love. Behind my stove are actual iron door mats that I hung side by side. Oh and if anyone is available - I'm looking for a good Counter Girl!

Now that you have toured the kitchen, come on into the living room. This is where we spend a majority of our time. This is the view from the dining area.

Our TV cabinet is another fabulous treasure. It was actually given to me from my Mom. She's an old antique dealer, and her home is filled with treasures like these! The vintage eye charts I found on EBay. I tend to gravitate toward old rusty metal and industrial items. I have a collection of old head lamps in this cabinet. I think they are fun and unexpected.

This smaller cabinet came out of my Mom's storage shed. It's perfect for our family because it's filled with shelves that hold the piles and piles of puzzles & children's books that we have. On top of it I have an old divider bin and another sign I have collected.

I recently painted this coffee table hot pink. I'm loving it, and so is my 4 year old daughter. She was thrilled with the color when we finished it. The pillows on the couch were all made by me to go in this room.

This corner of the room holds another one of my favorite pieces. I scored this metal looking saw horse for $75. I put old tool boxes on top of it and it's a perfect fit. The cow painting was done by my sister, Maggie. I love it because my Dad is a cattle farmer & my house now sits on part of my Dad's old pasture land.

That's all folks! You have officially toured my three favorite rooms in my house! To see more of my house, as well as more pictures up close and personal with my furniture there are buttons on the sidebar to access all of the rooms in my house. You can also click on any of the pictures to enlarge them to see more.

Be sure to stop by house #5 tomorrow morning. Blue Cricket Design has an amazing home to show off!

Thank you all again for stopping by and I'd like to add a special thanks to Poppies at Play for inviting me to be a part of this exciting event!!


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