Prairie Cape wrap-up

As I mentioned previously. I am doing some catch up here.  So let’s do a wrap on the Cape house.

There has been a lot going on in our household over the past while and in the interest of getting everyone caught up – here is a brief recap and then some of the projects that we did in the Prairie Cape before we moved.

Dave and I busted out a bunch of projects on the Prairie Cape (not as much as we would have liked – but when are we ever satisfied?  🙂  )  This past fall my parents decided to sell their place in Montana and move to our small town.  So very exciting.  It ended up happening very quickly because the market there was VERY hot.  Their absolutely amazing Realtor got them all set up and got offers in 24 hrs.  They settled on one offer and the closing date was 30 days out.  WHOA!!  Coincidentally a house on the market in our town was one that Dave had admired – but it was 2 stories and needed a lot of love.  Instead of having my parents there, we got that house, and my parents are in the 1 story Prairie Cape.

Here are the most updated pics from the house before we moved.

Bar Addition

Let’s get into a project that turned into something more than it was supposed to be.

Dave and I had a set of patio doors put in and then wanted to have a screened in porch. Ha!!

It quickly morphed into a room that we could utilize all year round.

Very Quickly 🙂

We still had some work to do on the floor and the back wall – but everything else I loved.

I added the wallpaper to the fridge. A neighbor gifted us the top of a Hoosier cabinet that we were able to put up on the back wall. LOVE. I set up this super cute hot cocoa station for the kids. I love hot cocoa or tea in the winter. Jane uses it the most out of all of us.

Super happy with where it ended up.

Kitchen and Living Room Updates

As I mentioned previously. I am doing some catch up here. 

There has been a lot going on in our household over the past while and in the interest of getting everyone caught up – here is a brief recap and then some of the projects that we did in the Prairie Cape before we moved.

Dave and I busted out a bunch of projects on the Prairie Cape (not as much as we would have liked – but when are we ever satisfied?  🙂  )  This past fall my parents decided to sell their place in Montana and move to our small town.  So very exciting.  It ended up happening very quickly because the market there was VERY hot.  Their absolutely amazing Realtor got them all set up and got offers in 24 hrs.  They settled on one offer and the closing date was 30 days out.  WHOA!!  Coincidentally a house on the market in our town was one that Dave had admired – but it was 2 stories and needed a lot of love.  Instead of having my parents there, we got that house, and my parents are in the 1 story Prairie Cape.

Here is the picture I took the day we got the keys.


We had the walls and floors redone completely before we started working on anything else.  It was tough and we did not end up moving in for months.

I ended up taking out the soffits and moving the cabinets to the ceiling (sound familiar?). It gave us a lot more space. We also took out one lower cabinet and modified it for a small dishwasher. A new stove, microwave, and fridge rounding out the appliances.

The lighting was updated to some easy peasy pendants we found locally and then a custom light fisture over the sink I had done from Etsy.

My favorite light fixture (in the middle of the kitchen) has been with us for 3 houses. Its vintage and so cool. Also, so bright it might hurt your eyes….. 🙂

Kids Gift Ideas – Amazon Finds

I am one of those people that like to get my Christmas shopping done pretty early. Usually well before Black Friday – but there have been times when I wait, so that I can get my hands on something specific.

In the hopes of helping anyone who is looking for something different for gift giving this holiday, here are a few of the awesome things I found and purchased for the kids in my life.

  1. Galaxy Projector: I bought this 2 years ago for Jane and it is awesome. I think I love it more than the girls do. It is so nice to have the bluetooth and control on your phone or a remote.
  2. Cards Against Humanity – Family Edition: I love to play Cards Against Humanity and what a good way to bring the fam into it…..without being COMPLETELY inappropriate 🙂
  3. Kodak Mini Shot 3 Retro: You can print any photo you take and connect to any mobile device with Bluetooth. Digital is great, but it is so fun to have those physical instant photos to share and save.
  4. Young Chefs Cookbook: America’s Test Chicken Cookbook for Young Chefs. LOVE this! My mom gave me a similar cookbook when I was young, and I made almost everything in it. Perfect way to introduce kids to cooking on their own.
  5. Kinco Mittens: Great for those cold days playing outside all day, skiing, snowmobiling, or ice-skating.
  6. JBL Clip 4 – Portable Speaker: My kids have always loved portable speakers. They like a little bit more punch and volume than their phones can give them. This is awesome. Lots of colors to choose from.

Little One Gift Ideas – Amazon Finds

I am one of those people that like to get my Christmas shopping done pretty early. Usually well before Black Friday – but there have been times when I wait, so that I can get my hands on something specific.

In the hopes of helping anyone who is looking for something different for gift giving this holiday, here are a few of the awesome things I found and purchased for the little ones in my life.

  1. Personalized Name Puzzle: I LOVE this. Jane was such a puzzle girl. I have the best memories of Jane sitting on the floor putting her puzzles together. This one is especially sweet because they can associate the letters with their name. Order early so they have time to personalize!
  2. Indoor Playset-Climber: What I wouldn’t give to go back in time and have this for the girls – especially in winter. The best part about this, is if you are limited on space, when it is not in use – you can fold it up.
  3. Lavendar infused Stuffed Animal: Not gunna lie…..Jane, Jules and I each have one of these. They are cute, sweet and calming.
  4. Ugg Uni sex Bixbee Bootie: They come in two different colors and are perfect for keeping those little toes warm this season.
  5. Baby and Toddler Hat and Mitten Sets: The choices available for these sets are awesome. I love the bolts and the white knit the best.
  6. Fleece Hooded Rompers-multiple colors: Who wouldn’t want to cuddle up in one of these rompers? My kids lived in these when they were younger.
  7. Farm to Table Play Kitchen: How many times have you be served a meal by your little ones? Isn’t this just the cutest kitchen? They will love creating you a meal in this play space.
  8. Guess How Much I Love You Bunny: A gentle reminder to your little one of your love. Something to hold on to.
  9. Climb and Crawl Soft Foam Playset: This is another thing that I would have loved to have in the house when the girls were little.

Mudroom Addition

There has been a lot going on in our household over the past while and in the interest of getting everyone caught up – here is a brief recap and then some of the projects that we did in the Prairie Cape before we moved.

Dave and I busted out a bunch of projects on the Prairie Cape (not as much as we would have liked – but when are we ever satisfied?  🙂  )  This past fall my parents decided to sell their place in Montana and move to our small town.  So very exciting.  It ended up happening very quickly because the market there was VERY hot.  Their absolutely amazing Realtor got them all set up and got offers in 24 hrs.  They settled on one offer and the closing date was 30 days out.  WHOA!!  Coincidentally a house on the market in our town was one that Dave had admired – but it was 2 stories and needed a lot of love.  Instead of having my parents there, we got that house, and my parents are in the 1 story Prairie Cape.

Well – after going through a winter in our Prairie house, it became abundantly clear that we need a landing area.  Our family indulges in a lot of winter activities, snowmobiling, skiing, ice skating, etc.  With those activities comes equipment and snow on boots.  I like my wood floors; they are super pretty and in the interest of keeping them gorg – Dave and I decided on an addition to the west side of our home.

Pre-Work – getting those steps out.

That wasn’t so bad!!


ANNNDDDDDDD a big jump to where we poured the pad and worked on getting the walls and roof up.  That wood cladding is staying.  I love it.  Since this is a true mudroom/landing pad for the whole family – we decided to do metal wall panels.  I could even use a hose to take care of any messes.  love

Since this is a true mudroom/landing pad for the whole family – we decided to do metal wall panels.  I could even use a hose to take care of any messes.  love

And just my luck – this is the last picture that I took of this room.  We ended up with shelving for our boots, hook system for our hats and gear, a utility sink, etc.  It was a really great landing spot – so glad that we did it.

A Library Wall

I have had a set of bookcases in every home that we have lived in…..and I always wanted built in’s.  Anything to make me think of a library.  I am in love with the smell and feel of books.  My mom was a librarian and I have very fond memories of going with her to set up the library before school started.  If I was lucky I would be able to finish my task early and go sit in the stacks and read.  I can still feel the book shelves at my back as I sat on the floor and read books in the YA section.  I still have a Kindle but it always comes back to that physical connection you have when you come across the perfect book.

Think of me as Belle.  All I want is a giant room full of good things to read.  In reality I have a wall to work with.  

Step 1:  Measure out said wall and determine how big I can go.

Step 2:  I purchased some Ikea Billy shelving for this project.  as you can see in the pic below, work at it late into the evening.

Step 3:  Live with the shelves for awhile….promising myself that I will buy that trim the next time I am in town so that I can finish my project.  even though I drive to town for work every single weekday…….that manages to not get done for months.  

Step 4:  Dig out all my books and records from storage and fill my new shelving to capacity.  Try to make room for cute tchotchkes but fail miserably and realize that I have too much stuff.  Shrug it off and buy more books!

Step 5:  Finally, the majority of the trim is up but in true to us fashion we are sitting at 95% done.  2 more pieces are still waiting to be installed at the top of the unit.  It will be months before this happens.  LOL!!

Step 6:  Use bookcases for my backdrop for all kid photos.  Time capsule of the kids and what we were listening to at the time.

And Success.  What about you???  Library lover?  Book lover??

Attic Bedroom Update 2

What a wild ride this has been…..but we did it!  A whole bedroom built from the studs up.  

Attic Bedroom overhead view

I am not even sure that I can share exactly how excited the girls were to get this done.  We have been talking about this since we purchased the house last spring.  Let’s take a looksy on where we came from:

Looking back, I can’t even believe this only took 6 weeks.

Shiplap?  Wood Slats?  Whatever you want to call it – we have it and I love it.

And here we go……..drum roll……

Jules and Jane’s Attic Bedroom

the happy crazy house girls attic bedroom

Goofing off in their new space.

the happy crazy house girls attic bedroom

Jane’s spot

the happy crazy house girls attic bedroom

Jules’ spot

the happy crazy house girls attic bedroom

Loungey lounge

the happy crazy house girls attic bedroom

the happy crazy house girls attic bedroom

So pumped to be done with this!!

the happy crazy house girls attic bedroom

I purchased as much as I could from local stores and so if it says similar, it is because I found them at a store you need to come to ND to shop at.  I also pulled from other rooms in our home and from items I was holding onto from our home in MT.

Source List

Lights:  Slim Profile LED Lights – Similar

Art:  Alice in Wonderland PrintPsalm PrintMiss Moon was a Dog Governess

Bean Bags:  Pink,   Teal

Bedding: Pink – Similar, Teal – SimilarSeersucker Bedding

Pillows:  Teal Sequin – Similar,   Pink Sequin – Similar

Lamp:  Organizer Lamp,   Crystal Lamp

Beds:  Quick Lock frame (so easy!!!!)

 

 

 

 

Attic Bedroom Update

I have been sitting on a plan for the Attic Bedroom since we moved in this past summer.  We were just waiting for Dave to have time to devote to putting in the insulation.

Scary phone photo of the stairs leading up.  I did not even see this space until after we bought the house.

ALLLLLLL the stuff the previous owner left behind.

I posted about my outline for the room and the fact that the girls had come to me with a layout and their color scheme ideas…..SO CUTE!!!!!

As a reminder (or introduction) the upstairs will house Jules (13) and Jane (9).  The girls will be sharing ~700 sq ft with their own bathroom.

All the work shown below is the unattractive stuff.  LOL.  Unattractive but necessary.

The base of the room is getting done.

That super fun stuff is getting completed by Dave.  hahahahaha  I have been playing around with the footprint to ensure that we can get a bathroom up here eventually.  When we bought the house, there were plumbing lines roughed in to this area….right next to the stairs.  After some exploration we realized that they cut(!!!!!!!) the floor joists to put those roughed lines in.  seriously, people.  I love DIY – but I love educated DIY.  Dave and I sistered new joists in and took out the roughed in lines so we could start from scratch…..the right way.

As a reminder (or introduction) the upstairs will house Jules (12) and Jane (8).  The girls will be sharing ~700 sq ft with their own bathroom.  In the below layout I put the bathroom back next to the stairs to see how to would work out with lines and layout.

Attic Bedroom Overhead view2.png

In my previous two plans – 1.  I had the bathroom in this space, but way smaller.  2.  I had the bathroom in the center of room on the north side (where the desk with the purple chair is below).

After much back and forth we are going with the first choice.

Attic Bedroom overhead view

Dave has really honed his skills in texturing.  I remember the first project we did with the texture gun….and it was …….interesting.  hahahahahaha   interesting in that you could have cut yourself on the wall with how deep the texture was put on.

But as you can see, it looks fantastic.

Our next issue was the type of lights to install.  Our clearance was quite small so Dave found these ultra slim LED lights.  I am so impressed with how low profile they are.

Seriously!!  Look at how thin they are.  It is a very easy install – a large hole drilled through our wood slats, wire it up and clip it in.

Dave really chose well on those lights.

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Dave was out of town, as usual – but this time he did not get a full weekend at home.  He was here for just over 24 hours, so our finish work was delayed.  Sigh.

More to come!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Planning an Attic Bedroom

Well – the majority of what we want to finish construction wise is complete on the main floor. So I am moving on up those stairs and getting my game plan set for the attic.  The girls will be sharing ~700 sq ft with their own bathroom.  I dropped some info into a room builder to play with layouts and I will start with this:

The plumbing lines were already run when I started on this version.  It was pretty easy to decide where the beds and desk would go based on the walls clustered together on one side of the room.  After some exploration, we found some issues with the plumbing that was roughed in.  Based on that knowledge we feel good about moving the bathroom to the center of the attic.  That aligns the plumbing lines with what is on the first floor and basement…..but it does make things more difficult for me in designing the room.

The bathroom will have the only ‘walls’ extending into the room.  I have decided to either use wooden slats or metal rods from floor to ceiling around the stairs to keep as much natural light flowing through the room as possible.  There are only a few furniture pieces that are must haves from the girls perspective:

  • 2 beds
  • 2 desks
  • 2 chairs
  • 2 toy chests
  • 1 set of cubbyholes
  • TV
  • bean bag chairs

Everything else is optional and I think we will keep it pretty minimal as a start to ensure that I do not over fill it!

Jules and Jane came to me with a plan – they would like the base color to be grey and white.  Then they can each pick another color to highlight what is theirs.  Jules would like blue or teal – Jane would like pink.  Color me surprised 🙂   We will pick and choose what from what we have and then do some bargain hunting at the stores we have locally.

Jane’s Room in MT

Jules’ Room in MT

 

Jules’ Room in ND

 

and here we go!