Derek & Keri Martin

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Kitchen..... our nemesis

Our how I love thee..... KITCHEN!

It has been a LONG work in progress. We bought our house in September 2009 and we are halfway done with our home remodel, we have started several projects all at once and we are finding out the hard way- this is just not he way to go. Well here are a bunch of photos of our kitchen as we have transformed it.. all with starting new projects because we (and I should say I) are impatient!

New Carpet!

We finally got new carpet installed a month ago... it has been a crazy journey with this darn house remodel- but every minute of it has brough us close to completion. We still have a ways to go with the house remodel and lots of posts to update everyone on. So here are the pictures of my new carpet;

Shaw Carpet

Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy New Year

It was a very low key celebratory evening- due to the weather, my husband and I opted to stay in- we are very fortunate to have some neighbors that work with my husband and so I made some desert and brought over some bubbly and had a good time!
I hope everyone had a safe and joyous time and that your resolutions are not too difficult to fullfill. I of course always mention something about taking care of myself- but instead I wished for continuing my education, adopting a new puppy, finish our house remodel and of course- cherish and show my appreciation towards my husband and family.

Here's to wishing everyone a Happy and Joyous New Year!

Monday, December 28, 2009


So with our new office furniture in our garage and my new sewing machine, this has alerted me to think of my first sewing project! CURTAINS!!!
So I GOOGLED "sewing+patterns+curtains" and stumbled across the cutest curtains EVER! OMGoodness you have to check these out- they are GORGEOUS!

Anyway, here is their website if you are interested in creating such a wonderful window piece!

Pate Meadows Designs

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Wood floors

Well we did it, we splurged and bought some new flooring for our living room and hallways! We did some research and narrowed down our colors and then we started the search. We didn't want a lighter colors (too cheap looking and everyone has it) and then we thought Black Walnut- but after seeing what was out there and pricing, we settled for a darker Pine. We purchased the flooring last night and opened all the boxes to allow the wood to "contract and expand" in its new environment! Thank you all that helped us narrow our selections (brother and contractors)... here is our new flooring laid out... take a sneak peek!

Crimus Gifts

Well, since Christmas was a hectic one this year- Derek and I decided to exchange gifts last night. Although I already knew what I was getting (since I wrapped everything), I was excited to open and finally use some much needed items! I got the much wanted sewing machine, in which Derek was the proud researcher and expert on finding the perfect one! He got his air compressor, a few hand tools, tons of books, and more tools! Along with other things, I got Season 1 and 2 of Gossip Girl (xoxo), a bamboo rolling pin, tea kettle, and of course my yearly fav- Cashmere Bubble Bath! WE also spent a BUTT Load on the house- WE GOT NEW FLOORING! And of course we can't forget our baby girl, Cinny! Santa brought her a fun "Hida-A-Bee" toy; a puzzle and sqeeky toy altogether. All in all- we had a wonderful time opening presents and cant wait to start working on our floors!
Take a look at what we got!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Kitchen + Cookies = A Happy Kitchen

As the holiday's are approaching- time for some cookie's to be created by the new "old" kitchen. My husband and I bought our first house together months ago and as the house renovations have begun, time spent in our kitchen has been ignored. Our kitchen has been a victim of torn wallpaper, paint, and neglect. Last night as we tore the backsplash and wallpaper off the walls- I thought how badly I have treated my kitchen. I have given this kitchen no attention to it's true purpose and I plan on changing this as the weekend approaches.
I plan on baking cookies, cookie bars, and random treats. If you are one of the lucky people who gets some of my goodies- then I thank you for your friendships over the last year! If you don't live local- I'm sorry that you have to miss out on my yummy cookies, cookie bars, and random treats! BUT... I have listed the recipes here if you want to tackle the baking yourself!

Happy Holiday's!!!

Betty Crocker Chocolate-Peanut Butter Dream Bars

Sugar Cookie Cutouts

Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies

Lemon Poppy Seed Munn Cookies

Almond Apricot Bars