Dream Craft Room


We are getting very close to closing on our first house!! We should get the keys August 11th! We are so excited. The three of us sit around and talk about all the things we want to do to the house and in the house.

Drew cannot wait to have a playroom. He talks about which toys he is going to keep in his room and which will go in HIS playroom. He also talks nonstop about how we will get a dog. (This was a promise I made him years ago with him. We’ve lived in apartments since he was born, so there was no room or money for a dog. I told him about 4 years ago, that when we bought a house, he could get a dog.) Brad keeps talking about how the garage will be and what new tools he thinks he needs. He wants to rip the carpet off the stairs and make them hardwood. He is so excited to have a small putting green in the back yard. (This actually came with the house!) I on the other hand, cannot wait to have my very own Craft room. Now grant it, it will also be half office, but I don’t care. I have always wanted a room that if I start a project I can leave it without worrying about where we are gonna eat at or who might step on it.

This is the picture of the room we are planning on converting into the Craft/Office space:

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(This picture is from the house listing and contains nothing that I own)

It is a smaller space, only about 11′ X 10′. With having to put a PC desk and a craft table in the room it’s going to be a little tight. I am strongly considering taking out the closet doors and putting the craft table in the nook. With so much craft stuff, I have spent many hours scouring Pinterest for ideas to best utilize my small space. (I of course created a Pin Board dedicated to just my craft room – Perfect Craft Room.)

 

Here are some of the ideas that I have found that I like and will plan on doing some form of in my new house.

 

Idea 1 – Because the room is so small and we will be using as an office as well, I have been thinking strongly about removing the closet doors. Below is a before and after from DIY N Crafts.

Redo Your Craft Closet with This Easy DIY Project

I love the peg board wall and the easy to access baskets under the bench.

 

Idea 2 – Staying with the pegboard thought. Here are some ways to secure items to the board.

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Family Handyman has quite a few good ideas for pegboards and storage.

Short PVC pieces keep things organized

Idea 3 – STORAGE BINS! I love storage bins. Right now all of my craft “junk,” as my husband so lovingly calls it, is in two tall drawer bins stacked on top of each other. Probably not the safest thing, but right now we make do. I would like to get more to better organize all that I have. A separate set of drawers for polymer clay; paints; pen; pencils; glue; etc…

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I’m sure I will find more inspiration before we move into our new house in exactly ONE MONTH!!! Once we get things going I will do my best to take pictures of all the ideas that came to fruition.

STAY TUNED!

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10 on the 10th – Adult Party Themes


Adult Party Themes

  1. Childhood Memories
  2. Neon Party
  3. Wine Tasting
  4. Hollywood Movie Party
  5. Super Heroes
  6. Costume
  7. Minute-To-Win-It
  8. Luau
  9. Las Vegas
  10. Sports

Putting on My Big Girl Panties


Over the last 20 days, my husband and I have gone from renters to house hunters! I/we really weren’t sure what we were getting ourselves into when we decided we were DONE giving our money to apartment complexes and still not having enough room. I will be honest I have a LOT of craft stuff! With that being said we called our local credit union and made an appointment to meet with a Loan Officer on May 27th.

To me this was no big deal we were just going to “talk”. We had been on realtor.com and window shopped some homes we liked just to have some ideas. Then the day came to meet with Holly.

We go in and spend some time talking with her about budgets, home sizes, and how the OHFA Loan worked. Then we showed her one of the houses we liked, so that she could give us actual prices and break downs of the loan. All went well. We had all of the taxes, pay stubs, licenses she needed to start the pre-approval. Once she drew up the pre-approval the numbers and dollar signs started flying!! Money for apprasial, inspection, good faith, credit check, down payment, title fees, mortgage fees, interest rates and APR’s. So many numbers and not enough knowledge to understand what it was all for. This officially freaked me out!!

Luckily, our credit union is awesome and so was Holly. She took the time, like a good loan officer should, and walked my husband and I through it all step-by-step. Everything we pay goes toward the down payment except the inspection. It is not required by the lender to qualify for the loan but highly suggested. We left pre-approved and ready to really start house hunting!

Calmed down now, I still didn’t feel like I was really doing anything major. Most if not ever adult wants their own house. This was just a step in growing up, but it still didn’t feel real yet. That weekend several of the houses we previously liked were having open houses. The three of us went and explored. Having seen 4 that Sunday we quickly realized that the first house was our house (the same one we just happened to use for a number base with the Loan Officer)! By that Wednesday we had placed our first offer on the house. My husband was dead set on the house, I however wasn’t 100%.

After, you give the offer the seller typically has 24 hours to consider the offer. Let me tell you that was the LONGEST 24 hours of my adult life. I sat at work just waiting for my phone to ring with word they accepted. It wasn’t until 20 hours after our initial offer did we get word back that they counter with no budging on their original asking price but they would pay closing costs. My heart dropped! I actually felt like I had been dumped by a boyfriend. This was the moment I realized I too, truly wanted the house.

We went back and forth with the seller from Thursday to Sunday, when on Sunday evening they accept an offer! We were exstatic. We were one step closer to being homeowners. Our next step was to meet with our Sibcy Cline Realtor and draw up an official offer letter/contract and give him the $500 check for the good faith holding money. This was when it dawned on me that I now had to really put on my big girl panties and take another big step plunge, into the adult world. With the check meant we were committing to this house and to the area we were currently living. This was and still is a little hard for me because I don’t want to live in Ohio for the rest of my live. It means putting my working as Disney dream on hold until at least 10-15 years. Now grant it that would make me in my early 40’s and that’s totally an acceptable age to still change jobs and move to the “happiest place on Earth.” I digress, so we signed the papers and scheduled are inspection.

The house we are buying was built in 1970 so we were slightly worried there would be things that would come up in the inspection. Luckliy, there were only minor issues and the only “major” issue, if you want to evem call it that, was that we have/need to put more insulation in the attic. This will cost us roughly $300. Not as bad as if the whole house needed to be rewired, which it didn’t.

Now we have to sit and wait on the home inspection, which is done by the bank. Hopefully it will be done by the end of next week. Then we have a 30-50 day waiting period for the loan to be processed and then we close. We are projecting to close around July 25th (2 days before my birthday!) What a birthday present!!!

So from start to, hopeful, finish this whole process will have taken us a shocking 2 months almost to the day!! I don’t thinl this is a normal senario but I will take it. After 7 years renting I am beyond ready to have a true home that is mine! Plus, not to mention all the DIY projects and parties I now have room to do! Did I mention, that in our new home I will have a CRAFT ROOM!!? Oh my mind is spinning with the hopes of projects that I can do and share.

Stay tuned for more on our house buying journey!

Attempting Funnel Cakes


After last week’s horrible try at Nutella, I needed to redeem myself. Last night, we had company over, so it was the perfect time to take a stab at Homemade Funnel Cakes! Street fairs and county fairs do not happen enough for me to get my fill of funnel cake yumminess. I found a pretty simple recipe on Tablespoon. It only required 4 things – pancake mix, eggs, milk, and the powder sugar to top it off with.

Simple and quick – PERFECT!

Girl Versus Dough does a great job with the Step-By-Step instructions, so I see no point in reinventing the wheel. I do want to give you some pointers from my experience last night.

Pointer #1 – You can use a Deep Fryer. I do not have a candy thermometer, but my deep fryer has a temp setting. It was the perfect size for medium funnel cakes.

Pointer #2 – If you do larger ones, they will take longer than 30 seconds per side. the oil will start to bubble through the holes rapidly when it’s time to flip.

Pointer #3 – Use a baggie or an icing bag to pour your batter into the grease.

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Pointer #4 – The bigger the funnel cake the more time it will take. The recipe says “30 seconds per side,” but this is for mini cakes.

 

Pointer #5 – Experiment! Try smothering cake in powdered sugar, bananas drizzled with butterscotch caramel topping. (Oh, so YUMMY!)

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Enjoy!