Monday, April 14, 2014

We Are Going Bi-Weekly.

Sorry folks... it is happening. Neverlistless is only going to have one new post every two weeks.
HOW IN THE WORLD did I put up a new post five days a week when I first started. That is some shenanigans. I honestly don't understand how it was possible. Now I don't even have time to shave my legs. You would not believe how long it has been. 
You are probably wondering why I don't go shave my legs now instead of spending the time to continue talking about them on my blog. Actually, I'm wondering that too. 

I have so much cool stuff to update you on but I just cannot make the time to do it. I have the photos, I have the lists, and I have plenty of bizarre stories to tell but just give me a little time. 

Here is a little peak at the massive yard overhaul Scott did and the new little buddy that we added to make it exciting. ps Cora is obsessed with the new yard art, "Roosty."

I hope to see you back next week for a legit post!

Monday, April 7, 2014

THe Hall Closet. Ehhhhhh Would We Call This An Interesting Topic?

Who loves the line in Love Actually where Hugh Grant is talking to someone about a new lady who has started working for him. The person he is talking to refers to the new girl as chubby and Hugh Grant says, "ehhhhhhhhhh would we call her chubby?" That line cracks my sister and I up.

Back to the blog... I have the most minor update in the world but you are still getting it. Sorry! I don't have much time to do home-related updates these days so when I do them you are going to hear about it.

Our coat closet is a disaster. Always! Cora calls it my cubby hole since she has one under the stairs and Scott has his cubby hole office. I guess she didn't want me to feel left out. So I feel personally accountable for it.

We have made some not so exciting changes to it!

You are really going to wonder why I think this is all worthy of being a blog post. I tried to justify it earlier but I changed my mind. It really isn't worthy. So I will include a *LIST* (yay lists!) for you. After this amazing list I will have really lame photos of my hall closet. 

Tricks to add more storage in your hall closet:
1. Fill it up with your junk and then take a look at it. If you are really tight on space in the rest of your house like we are you will find a ton of ways to store all of your random stuff. If you aren't tight on space then you should probably find a slightly more normal place to keep your extra junk so your hall closet doesn't look like it belongs to a crazy person. Either way this tip is all about purging your junk and assessing your space.
2. I mean it... just look in your closet. Is the back of the door empty? Not for long? Throw some coat racks, shoe racks, bins, etc up on there. Make sure to use "hollow door anchors" if your doors are indeed hollow. 
3. Hooks! Go hook wild in there! A hook for a bag full of bags? Yes! A hook for your child's lunch bag shaped like a bee? Yes! (Side story... try your best to send your child to school with a lunch bag. Otherwise you will feel bad when you send your kid to the first day of school with a tupperware container with their name taped onto it. You will feel especially bad when the weekly class newsletter mentions that all of the kids loved showing off their lunchboxes... oops! At least by the time Cora got to pick out a lunch bag they were all half off at Taget!).
4. You may think that that area at the very top of your closet is unusable. You would be wrong. If you are a youngin' you obviously use that area to hide in when playing hide and seek. If you are a cat, you find a way up there and nap. And if you are me (as an adult) you smack a shelf up in that gotta-have-a-ladder-unless-you-are-a-giant-like-me space and store the ridiculous amount of used tissue paper that you have accumulated up there. The first two vertical closet space ideas came from how it was used in the linen closet of the house I grew up in. Poor kitty was constantly getting closed into that closet.
5. When our house was being built we paid a little extra to have an electrical outlet put in our hall closet. It is a great place for the dustbuster. It would also be a good place to keep a charging station.

And finally here comes... Our Hall Closet Updates (I cannot stress enough how fantastically exciting this will be):
Soon after we moved in I added a shelf to it so the super high up space wouldn't be useless. And I didn't even write a post about it. How about that!?!

I added a plastic bin for hats, keys, random things.

I added a coat rack to the door. I liked it so much that I added another one:

The lower one is nice because, not only does it give us a bit more hanging storage but Cora can reach it. So when we want her to grab her bag or a jacket. Tada... she can!

If you need some more terribly unexciting before and after closet photos be sure to check out this post of hall closet reorganization happenings at my old house.

If you want even more organizational inspiration check out my not-at-all-up-to-date archives. 75% of the way down I have a ton of links to organizing stuff and every single one is more interesting than this post.

Next week, I am going to show you the fancy paint part that has attacked our house. And the week after that I will be showing off the awesome (no sarcasm here) art display that we made. I love it and you will too! 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Cora's Art Gets Framed And Hung (Above A Toilet).

Ooooh La La! My two and a half year old is now producing fancy art for my walls. I love it... even though I hung it above a toilet.
Would you like a little peak?

In my old casa I had a couple of random tree photos hanging in a hallway. I think they're nice and all but I have no memory of when this type of art was my style. I'm all about some funky modern. Those little diddies did not make their way back up on the new house walls. In case you haven't figure this out yet I love a good repurposing! Those framerinos did not go to waste.

This is the best photo I have of them up on the wall. Ehhhh... sorry!

I had big plans for this art. I busted out the painter's tape and taped up a random design on some paper.
Out came the art supplies and the old t-shirts and that little artista in the making got to work.
I wanted to ease her in with some crayons before the paint started flying around the room.

The paint happened. And my old t-shirt made Cora look like she had no legs.

The old mat was cream. So I painted it up and made the shiniest white in town.

Cora's art dried and it was time to pull off the tape.
tape does not pull very well off paper.

Change of plans. I pushed the tape back down and went with it. I looked to see where the mat would look best.

I cut the painting and put it in the frame. Up it went.

We painted the bathroom walls the day after I took these photos. I cannot wait to show you! As strange as it may seem, this bathroom is now one of favorite rooms in the house.

ps I painted the frames months ago and I don't think I have any photos of the process. A little paint peeled off after they were painted and I decided to go with it. I sanded a few areas of the frame down to show the original black and gold frame. I like how it turned out! Here is a close-up.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The 2nd Floor Porch Gets An Upgrade (And An Introduction To You!)

Whoops! It looks like I am way behind on letting you in on a bunch of areas of our house.
This particular area was for good reason. It was where all random furniture was laid to rest.

Here's a peak at what's coming your way.

ps I am only showing you this so the before photo is not the first little thumbnail that you see!

This space still has a loooooong way to go but progress has been made. I am not thrilled with it at all but just wait until you see the before pictures.

Scott's brother and sister-in-law gave us a twin bed a while ago that I was sure I would be able to use in our house. It ended up having nowhere to go so we put it on the 2nd floor porch. And for more than 6 months it sat there looking like this:

You would think that I would care more about this section of the house than a lot of others since our neighbors could literally jump onto this bed from their porches and can see how abandoned and creepy ours was looking. But, for some reason, I was totally fine with it looking like it belonged to a crazy person. The reason may have had something to do with a newborn coming my way. It was Scott who finally threw in the towel. He had been asking me my plans for the area pretty much since we moved in and he had volunteered to take care of it himself. After the 30th time he mentioned it I finally got to work. And all it took was one 30 minute trip to Target. I didn't come home with exactly what I wanted and I definitely could have found better stuff. But 30 minutes and a heftier-than-expected Target receipt later I was done! Plus, Cora had a blast sitting on all of the chairs and picnic tables at the store.

I went outside to take some photos for you but Mother Nature unleashed her biggest and baddest wind on me. I was met with this so I held off for another day.

Then Ms. Nature showed me some Dorothy Oz-land-ish skies too.

A few days later, Ol' Mama Nature stepped aside and I snapped a few for you:
That grossy looking rope mess against the wall is a hammock that we have no room for. We loved it at our old house but it cannot find a home here. We are working on getting it out.

Here is the view from inside. 

You may ask the question: "Why did I decide to stage it with some bananas and an empty wooden bowl? "
It is a valid question to ask.
The answer: Unknown.

Future plans:
  • Talk Scott into liking the idea of curtains on either side of the porch
  • A rug? (I would also have to talk him into that one)
  • Paint the mini white table with a cool pattern
  • Change out the pillows so they are a bit less (I feel like a doofus saying this but) cheesy 2013ish pillows
  • Paint the little black table and chairs a bright yellow
  • Paint the frame of the daybed yellow

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Projects All Over!

There is a lot happening in the land of babies and fun and awesome things. Yes, that is the land that I live. Doesn't it sound fantastic?!?! There are a few tantrums and non-sleepers mixed in there along with a bunch of back pain. But other than that it is a pretty fabulous place to be. We are finally coming out of the haze of newborn-ness and are getting cooking on lots of house stuff. It is so nice to live in a brand new house where nothing has to be done! Unfortunately, that doesn't stop me from wanting to do things to our house. And now that we have started a few projects it is hard to take my attention away from all of the changes I want to make to this house.

Here's what is coming your way:
  • Walls are getting painting or at least getting ready to be painted like this photo shows.
  • Closets are getting organized. Trust me... this photo shows a huge improvement!
  • Art displays are going up. Here is a glimpse of Senor Scott staining the boards in our messy garage. There were lots of lessons to be learned while making this art display and I will let you all in on every one of them.
  • Cubby holes are getting better storage. This one included another life lesson that I will be sure to share with you.
  • The 2nd floor porch starts to look normal. You may not think that this is normal but just deal with it.

  • Closets are looking worse but great plans are being formed. This one is going to take forever to plan but the gears are working and ideas are popping up.

I don't want you to worry about missing out on an ounce of the fun... even the most boring topics (most of them) from the list above will be blogged about.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Sorry... again!

The completeld post that went up for a bit day will be up on either Tuesday or Wednesday.
Sorry about that! 

Here's a photo of my cutie lil guy to try and make up for it.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Introducing The Entryway AKA The Most Exciting Post Ever

Happy Happy Wednesday! 
I realized that I still have not introduced you to my whole house. Let's get you one step closer to you feeling at home here.
How about taking a little look-see at the entryway.

Before we moved in, I showed you my plans for it.
Plans changed. This is what it looks like:

And, unfortunately, this is what it looks like on most days... ehhhh we're a bit messy.

Here is the view from the front door.
Soon, I will hang something above the bookcase, probably a mirror.
Who is fascinated by this?

Here is the view you get when your fancy dancy husbandy-dude hijacks your photos for way longer than he should.

Did anyone want to see the exciting view that you get coming down the stairs?

This group of paintings is not staying. Eventually, I will replace it with one big painting.

These are the frames that I had in the entryway of my old house. I framed a bunch of different fabrics and scrap paper.

Here they are in the old house:

Here is a view of my dusty bookcase. Sorry! It didn't look as bad in person. The flash really showed it off.

Close-up of paintings that I will soon change.

And another view going up the steps. I cannot wait to get some paint on these walls!

It is the first thing people see in our house and I still haven't finished it. It is amazing how low house-updates fell on my list of priorities after having a second child. I don't understand how this was happening but a year and a half ago I was posting 5 blog posts per week. Pure craziness is what that is.

Future plans include:
  • painting it
  • hanging a mirror above the bookcase
  • changing out the group of paintings of one big one
  • painting the six large frames white
If you are interested in seeing the rest of our house here are the most up-to-date posts about each room that I have shown you:
2nd Floor Hall (here and here)