Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Cleaning Hardwood Floors

When we first started our building project, Brett and I were discussing how we (I) would tackle cleaning the hardwood floors. After researching the best products to clean the floors, we settled on Bona floor cleaner.  It gets great recommendations and is easy to use - just spray and mop.  Here's the thing...I have the WORST luck with spray bottles, and the idea of squeezing the sprayer over and over and over....well, I wasn't on board.  Then, Brett jokingly said we could get a "chemical" sprayer and put our cleaning solution in it to spray onto the floor.  For about a year now, I have had this idea floating around in my noggin.  Now, friends, it's time to clean floors and get ready to move in.  Last week, I purchased this one gallon sprayer

and the Bona floor cleaner concentrate from Amazon.  I have a dust/ floor mop with pads that you can change and wash.  Armed with my new cleaning arsenal, I was ready to try out the new tools this past weekend.  It works FANTASTIC.  I pump the sprayer until the pressure builds up.  I then point the wand and pull the trigger, spray a manageable area and mop.  Easy peasy!  The cleaner is also fantastic because it repels dust and foot prints.  Trust me.  We still have subcontractors coming in and working, and for some reason they just can't stay on the paper path. 

Happy cleaning!


Sunday, April 15, 2012

Fingers Crossed

Final inspection is scheduled for this week.  If we can get our CO, we will begin moving out the door, through the back yard and into the front door of the new house.  It will certainly be a process, but one I won't mind AT ALL. 

All of my crafty items have been packed up for a while now.  I craft vicariously through other crafters and their blogs, posts, and photos.  I thought I would share a project from before the craft room pack up.
4x4 card created using the August Key ingredients kit from Taylored Expressions.  The die cut is SU and the stamp is from Taylored Expressions.
This card was created using the September Key Ingredients kit from Taylored Expressions.  I used SU buttons for the centers of the flowers.  The stamps come from a clear flower set I picked up at Michael's.  I cannot remember the company, and well, it's packed up. :)

We'll be back to crafting soon!


Monday, April 09, 2012

Let's Talk Craft Room

Inspections for the new house should be happening the end of this week.  Oh, I am SO hoping that we can get our CO by this weekend.  I won't hold my breath, but it sure would be nice. This process has been a long one.  There is still so much work to do that cannot be done until the old house is moved.  It will just be so nice to be in the new place with new space.

If you know me at all, you know I am passionate about educating my children.  I also love to scrapbook, sew, and do anything crafty.  (I'm terrible at jewelry making - just for the record.)  That being said, I am super excited about our class room/ craft room.  It is essentially two rooms that are joined together.  One side is the classroom with storage for our homeschool curriculum and supplies.  The other side is our space to scrapbook and craft.

The cabinets are melamine white and the counter tops are actually the resin type that you find on science lab tops in schools.  It is heat and chemical resistant so that we can do our science experiments when the kids are ready for that. (It will work awesome for heat embossing, too.)

The wall color is Waterscape by Sherwin Williams.  It is such a creative color. 
This is a view as you walk into the class room.  The large window area will have a rug, bean bags, and comfy chairs for reading and playing games.

These are the class room cabinets.  I am loving all of the storage.  No more books stacked on the kitchen table. :)

This is a view of the craft room cabinets.  When you walk into the room and look to the left, this is what you see.  The craft room and class room have separate entrances on the hallway.

Here is a view from the doorway of the craft room.  Here you can see the opening to the left where the two rooms become one.  We are loving the sink.  It will be a great place to clean up after art projects.

This is a view of the reading area in the class room from the craft room.

This is the craft room.  An island comes out into the center of the room.  All of the counter tops are standard height so I can sit or stand to work.  You can see wire hanging down where the under cabinet task lighting will be installed.  The two sided workspace on the island combined with the workspace in the corner will allow my girls and I to work together without too much crowding....I hope. lol.  Oh, and the cabinet at the end of the island is custom made to hold hanging folders for 12X12 scrapbook papers. YAY!

Well, there you have it...When it's all filled up with our goodies, I'll post new pictures.  There is so much to do before then.  This will continue to be an exciting process.