Bringing ’em up right

Saturday at Ikea, I found this.

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And I had to get it. I mean, ya gotta start ’em young, right?

Here’s to hoping his/her first word is “hammer.” ūüôā

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We’ve been mentioned!

We Can Make That was mentioned on a list of 50 must-visit DIY blogs. We are sooo honored, especially to be on a list with blogs like Young House Love, The Lettered Cottage, Bungalow 23, and many other well-known and highly respectable blogs. Thanks to homeownersinsurnace.org for the mention, it made our day!

http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/50-do-it-yourself-blogs-diy-must-reads-for-home-improvement-projects/

House-iversary

 

We closed on our very first house one year ago tomorrow. I can’t believe it’s been one whole year already. We have learned so incredibly¬†much in that year. Before this house I had never painted a room, torn down a wall, tiled a floor, chopped down a tree,¬†and a gazillion other things that we’ve done to this house. I had hardly any confidence in myself to begin a project and had no idea what I was doing half the time. Ok, so I still don’t know what I’m doing, but at least I’m no longer afraid to forge ahead through the muddy waters to making my vision for the house come to life.

It’s amazing how we started out with a list of 30ish things we wanted to get done and now it’s at least doubled, even as we check things off of it. I wonder if it’ll ever be completely done. I’m thinking not…and that’s good, cause I wouldn’t know what to do with myself if I wasn’t always crazily working on a project…or 2…or 3…ok, so we are in the midst of 5 big projects right now. That’s normal though, right?

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You’ve come a long way, old friend. And you still have a long way to go. Happy House-iversary!

Homeland Security

 

We did a few non-decor related updates in our house recently. A couple weeks ago, our truck was broken into in the middle of the night. Thankfully, we didn’t have anything expensive in the truck, but it made us realize how vulnerable we are in our house during the night (and all the time). So, we added some security features¬†to our house.

One thing that has been bugging me since day 1 is not having a peephole in our door. The window from our front living room isn’t angled in a way to be able to see our porch, and, when someone came to our front door, we couldn’t see who it was. So, the next day after the break-in, we headed to our second home (Menards) and grabbed a peephole for $8. About half an hour later, it was installed. All you have to do is grab the correct size drill bit (it should tell you on the package what size you need), find the horizontal center of your door at eye-level (most instructions I read suggested to install the peephole at a 5 foot hight for a universal eye-level fit), and drill a straight hole through your door.

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¬†Then, it’s as simple as putting one piece of the peephole on either side and snapping them together. Sooo easy and cheap! And now we feel that much safer.

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The second security update was adding door alarms to our 3 exterior doors. While not the most attractive update, we barely noticed them anymore after a few days and the payoff is definitely worth it. We found some pretty good, coded door alarms for $12 at Wal-Mart. They came with double-side mounting tape, so that you can install them wherever you want on the door. Then all you have to do is set the code, and remember to turn it off within the 30 second time limit when you come in the door. We might have forgotten a few times, even though it beeps to remind you, and temporarily gone deaf. But it is nice knowing that anyone that decided to come into our house uninvited would also temporarily go deaf and not know the code to make the horribleness stop.

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So that’s a little peek into what we’ve been up to lately. Anyone else making a few changes around the house to feel safer?

In the beginning…

Chris has always been notorious for wanting to make everything himself. In his opinion: “Why buy something when you can make it cheaper and better yourself ?” ¬† It’s only natural that when we got married, I slowly came into the same mindset, and, when we bought our first house….well, the projects became endless. So that’s us…two new homeowners with three dogs and a never ending list of projects.

We figured that with all this project-doing, we learn a lot about what works and what doesn’t. This blog is here to keep our friends and family up to date, keep a record of all the work we’ve done, and ¬†help people who are trying to DIY their own projects. Of course there will be a good amount about our dogs in here too (who could resist these faces?).

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Cassie

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So here’s to another new project…our blog.