We’re Homeowners!!

For those of you that don’t know, we have been renting my husbands grandparents house for the last 3 1/2 years.


But today, it’s officially OURS!

I feel more motivated now than ever to work on DIY projects!
My husband is just going to love me ๐Ÿ˜€

We were set on closing by the 31st, and then found out less than two weeks before that, AND during the holiday’s that the fascia had to be painted in order to close on the house.
Luckily, our neighbor does this kind of work and was able to get it done in time.
ย I picked Behr’s Asphalt Gray and am so in LOVE with how it turned out!
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The before is a horrible picture, but I forgot to take one and this is from when we moved in. It was previously like a hunter green, paint was chipping and even some of the wood rotting.
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My first project as official homeowners, is the front door!
I’ll be sharing that when I’m finished ๐Ÿ™‚



ย  ย  Cassie
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My Computer Is Back!! (Teacher Appreciation Gifts)

And I’ve got some cute teacher gifts to share! ๐Ÿ™‚
Teacher appreciation week snuck up on me this year. Just this afternoon I decided to browse Pinterest real quick for some ideas, found these ย Thank you goodie bags,ย and then ran toย Target after getting the girls from school.

Considering I was pressed for time, was lugging two elementary schoolers and a baby around Target (talk about wanting to rip my hair out!), and am super busy with a million other things going on this week,
I think they turned out pretty darn cute ๐Ÿ™‚

These are for the lunch ladies.

These are for their coach, music teacher, art teacher and nurses

And these are for their teachers, same as above, just attached to a clipboard ๐Ÿ™‚


Here are the links to the tags I printed for these.
^That last one printed small for me,
I didn’t care cause they worked for what I wanted anyway.
Thanks for looking!
ย  ย  Cassie

Renovation Of The Girls’ Bedroom – Before & Afters

I didn’t want to post this yet cause I still had a few more details to add, but it looks like it will still be a little while before its 100% complete.
They are getting new bedding and some organization items for headbands and necklaces for Christmas, and I still need to make a valence for the window ๐Ÿ™‚
Here is what their room looked like before!
(I took these pictures after I had already started pulling stuff out, so excuse the mess!)
All of the pictures start from the door and go to the left in a full circle ๐Ÿ™‚
I hated having a dresser in the closet and we and still barely had room in the dressers even though there’s two! (My girls wear uniforms to school and on top of that they have a very large wardrobe…
Not spoiled at all ;p)
I painted the walls, all the furniture (kill me), changed the knobs on the dressers and painted and hung a few things on the walls.
These floating shelves are from Target. Love them, and they were super easy to hang!
In this dresser the girls both have their own ‘junk drawer’, the little middle drawer houses undies, and then the rest (Cambria’s on the left, Gwen’s on the right) are school uniform bottoms in the top, pants, jeans and shorts in the next and all of their skirts in the bottom.
These are the knobs I chose for the dressers!
So cute! I found them on Amazon ๐Ÿ™‚
I had plans to paint and hang that chandelier there on the floor, but decided they really need the fan in there. Instead I’d like to get a cute, girly lamp to put on the dresser.
This dresser has all of Cambria’s bathing suites, gymnastic wear and tights that only fit her, in the top drawer. The second one has Gwen’s bathing suits (she has lots cause she’s in swim lessons)
and her tights that only fit her,ย and the bottom drawer is all their leggings,
shorts for under school dresses and under shirts.
That kitty picture in the corner is now hanging on the wall ๐Ÿ˜‰
And my favorite part!
I had this shelf sitting somewhere else in the house not being used, and my amazing dad installed it with an extra rail exactly how I wanted it ๐Ÿ™‚
Cambria’s clothes are on the left, Gwen’s on the right, tops hang on the top rails
and dresses on the bottom rails.
Those bins are holding (from top left to right, not counting the owls cause those were just temporary), hair items, T-shirts, Cambria’s PJ’s, Gwen’s PJ’s, Cambria’s socks and Gwen’s socks.
We’ve been using this system for a while now and its working PERFECT!
ย I got this mirror at Target and hung it so that they can see their full body from across the room ๐Ÿ™‚
I love it so much and can’t wait for it to be completed!
I’ll post another update when it’s done ๐Ÿ™‚
Thanks for looking!
ย  ย  Cassie

Brunnemann’s Halloween 2013 & DIY Costumes

Cambria right away knew what she wanted to be for Halloween… Really, anyone could have guessed that she wanted to be a unicorn, she’s OBSESSED!
I searched and searched on Pinterest for DIY ideas, and finally decided on THISย mixed with THIS.
Mind you, the horn and ears were absolutely not as easy as she made them seem!

I knew that I wanted Gwen to be Eloise, because she IS Eloise! Haha
She agreed to it quite quickly ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s how their costumes turned out!

After I got them dressed and took pictures, I had to leave to make a 12 hour drive to get my nephew who is staying with us for a little while, so Cory painted pumpkins with the girls…
(Cory painted half of his for me ๐Ÿ™‚ )
Aaaaand of course, before they left for Fall Fest at a church down the street, Gwen and Cambria managed to break Cambria’s horn and ears! :\
Pouty face because she’s upset about it ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
Luckily, she cheered up a little
Thanks for looking!
ย  ย  Cassie

Girls’/Guest Bathroom Reveal!

So excited to be sharing this!
It came out better than I even imagined! ๐Ÿ™‚
I don’t have very many pictures, but this is what the bathroom looked like before.
We peeled of two layers of wallpaper and painted the walls a VERY light gray, pulled up two layers of linoleum and put down tile, changed the countertop to granite,
replaced the toilet and modified the cabinet!
My dad and mom did MOST of the work, but the vision is all mine ๐Ÿ™‚
What it looks like now!!
This beautiful shower curtain came from World Market.
I was so excited when I found these at Kirklands!
The color is perfect and this IS a kids bathroom ๐Ÿ™‚
New toilet!
And being the cat lovers that we are, I had to have the kitty toilet brush holder that I
found at Bed, Bath and Beyond ๐Ÿ˜‰
This frame came from Ikea, and the image I bought from HEREย to give the feeling
of this being a little girls bathroom ๐Ÿ™‚

The granite counter! ๐Ÿ˜€
I found this mirror at Garden Ridge, the faucet came from eBay, the pictures on the wall came from a thrift store, the towel hooks and toilet paper holder from Bed, Bath and Beyond and the towels came from Target.

The rug down there also came from Target.
Beautiful, isn’t it! I love it so much!
Thanks for looking!
ย  ย  Cassie
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Gwennie’s 7th Birthday – A Tea Party!

I was so excited when Gwen told me she wanted to have a tea party for her birthday!
I let her invite 4 little girls, so there would be 6 total… I prefer our birthday parties this way ๐Ÿ˜‰
Here’s the girls all ready for the party!
Gwen’s shirt came fromย Jilly’s Mom Made Thatย on Etsy, and I found the skirt at Goodwill ๐Ÿ™‚
Gwen waiting at the window for the girls to arrive ๐Ÿ™‚
Gwennie getting her birthday spankins from her Aunt Mattie!
After all the girls arrived, Aunt Mattie helped them decorate floppy hats with flowers
Then they sat down for tea!
I made this bird banner to hang over where Gwen is sitting.
The tutorial for it isย HERE. I also made a wreath from the tutorialย HERE,
but I didn’t get a picture of it and I already took all the cups off so
I can use the wreath for something else :\
Here’s the table setting. The tea cups and pots and stuff all came from thrift stores,
and some of the stuff came from IKEA which you can seeย HERE.
I got the roses from HEB the day before ๐Ÿ™‚
A lady that works with my mom also makes cakes on the side, so she made Gwen’s birthday ๐Ÿ™‚
I made the 3 tiered stand from the two tray I got from IKEA, the top plate and the bottom pillar I got at Goodwill, and the top pillar was just here with some stuff my mom had and I painted it.
I glued them all together with E6000 glue.
I served the girls peach and blackberry tea, and I made heart shaped chicken salad sandwiches,
fruit cups, andย THESEย Pretzel Crisp treats that I found on Pinterest. They were so yummy!
After tea, Gwen opened her presents and then we had cake!
After cake, we made their party favors by planting
flowers into teacups that I glued to their saucers!
Aaaaaand then I took a nap! Ha! JK, I had lots of cleaning up to do ๐Ÿ˜‰
The girls said this was the best birthday party yet…
mission accomplished! ๐Ÿ˜€
ย  ย  Cassie
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Bathroom Update #2

I’m a little late on this so the reveal is coming really soon,ย 
but I just wanted to give a little sneak peek before I share the whole thing ๐Ÿ˜‰
Here’s the tiled floor all finished.ย Came out awesome!
We bought the square tiles from Habitat for Humanity for $20!
Cory’s dad gave us the glass ones ๐Ÿ™‚
I painted the cabinet blue, and my dad got the plywood in.
Ready for the countertop!
The new granite countertop and faucet is in!
Gravy is testing out his new bed ๐Ÿ˜‰
( Kitty had an eye infection ๐Ÿ˜ฆ )
Aaaand a little sneak at a few other things that will be going into the bathroom ๐Ÿ™‚
Can’t wait to share the reveal!
ย  ย  Cassie

Painting Pumpkins – DIY Mantel Decor

I came across this idea on Pinterest that linked to another blog, but I forgot to pin it.
Soooo I have no idea where it came from or else I’d link to it!
Anyway, I really, REALLY suck at painting details,
so I can’t even believe how good these came out!
I bought these little plastic pumpkins at Walmart for $1 a piece,
then went to Michael’s and bought the brushes, white paint and paint markers.
Note that this paint did NOT work. It was kind of a transparent white, and after coating a couple with it, I pulled out some other white acrylic paint I already had… THEN, after coating them once with that, I decided to reread the tutorial and realized she spray painted hers…. I fail.
Luckily, I had some white spray paint on hand ๐Ÿ˜‰
This is what they looked like after the second coat of acrylic paint.
I used a pencil do draw out some of the designs before I painted them, and used a mixture of the paint pens and some acrylic black paint depending on what worked best for the detail I was working on ๐Ÿ™‚
Love, love, LOVE them!
I wanted these to look a certain way for the mantel in my living room,
but this would even be so much fun to do with the kids!
ย  ย  Cassie

IKEA Haul

There’s been so much going on around my house, I keep putting off making an update over here.
We’re still working on the bathroom, the stove broke so there’s gonna be another project there, Gwen’s birthday was yesterday ๐Ÿ™‚ (We took her to dinner on Sunday, and then to the movies after school yesterday, following dinner and cheesecake!).
I’ve been trying to get things a little more organized, and I started Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred!
I said I would post about what we ended up with from IKEA (though we made the trip JUST to get the workstation!), so here it is ๐Ÿ™‚
I bought two of these SPONTAN magnet boards, in white, to go in the playroom.
In the left of this picture is the DIGNITET curtain wire and clips to hang artwork in the playroom, next is the magnets that go with ^those magnet boards, and then the handles are for the bathroom.
We bought the EXPEDIT Workstation (been wanting one of these for awhile!), also for the playroom ๐Ÿ™‚
I bought this ALEX unit to go next to my vanity in my bedroom to store all my makeup ๐Ÿ™‚
And then Cory bought a few of the RIBBA picture frames for a project he is working on, and we got this lovely for the playroom
And then I was so excited when I found things for Gwen’s birthday party that we will be having in a couple weeks, it’s gonna be a tea party! โค
These two strays are gonna be glue in tiers on stands for food.
And these are napkins, placemats and a napkin holder
(which will now permanently be in my dining room cause I love it!)
Now ONLY a few paychecks later (just kidding!)…
I’d say it was all worth it, though I can’t say that Cory feels the same way ;p
ย  ย  Cassie

Bathroom Update #1

I got inspired by this bathroom I saw atย IHeartOrganizing

I fell in love with the dark blue in this room and the shower curtain she has,
so I went out and got it myself!
The changes we’re making to our bathroom are:
The vanity to a granite top and inset sink.
Floors from two layers of linoleum to tiles.
Walls from two layers of wallpaper to paint.
Replacing medicine cabinet with a pretty mirror.
ย Changing light fixtures.
Putting in a new toilet.
Painting the cabinet and all the trim/doors.
Lots of reorganizing!
Here’s what we have done so far!

Stripped all the wallpaper

Took the medicine cabinet out and the top “drawers” on the cabinet.
My dad is going to cut that opening higher and put larger doors on it ๐Ÿ™‚
And me dad started laying the tiles last night!
Pretty isn’t it!?
I can’t wait for the tile to get finished tonight when he gets home from work!
ย  ย  Cassie