The Weekend Edit

The first five days after the weekend are the hardest I think. :)

Weekends are such a precious time. These past few weekends have been just sort of lazy and unplanned and to me, that is the best kind of weekend. We were able to explore a couple local antique stores that we have never been to. Last weekend we indulged in Cooper State Brewery as well as St Brendan's Inn for dinner (my favorite place in Green Bay). This weekend we explored The Creamery Downtown with my mother as well as again, going to a couple antique stores around town. My gosh, just some of my most favorite things to do! 

 
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Sundays then are for getting some things done around the house, such as cleaning and laundry. This weekend though, I accomplished a couple projects I had on my personal list. The main item I have wanted to make from my list: a watercolor painting of our house! 

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Now I am a little rusty as I have not broken out the brushes since the past summer, but I don't think it turned out half bad! I wanted to capture the concept of the house, my goal was not to be exactly photo realistic. That isn't the point of my watercolor work. 

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Why can't every day be part of a weekend where we can sleep in until 8am and accomplish our little personal projects at our leisure. This was such a relaxing weekend full of so many of my favorite things. 

What did you all do this weekend?? 

 

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DIY - I tried. 

Well, I tried out a new project guys! Thought I would share it with you! 

I really wanted to make a new sign for our home with our house numbers on them. I was really inspired by this photo:

So what did I do? I went to the drawing board. Threw it up in CAD to do some measuring of how big the sign should be for where on the house I wanted to put it. 

 

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It also helps to know the exact size of house numbers you want to use. The color tone that I think suited my house best was this beautiful bronze metal house number. I then asked Justin's uncle for some help cutting the wood to make the sign. I loved the idea of the paint sticks but I thought of something a little more challenging for me to accomplish and needed some help from practiced wood working hands. He did an amazing job with the wood sign! Look at what he came up with...

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I LOVE the wood sign in this chevron pattern. It is exactly what I wanted! now it was on to the next phase! choosing what color to stain the wood with. 

I am always a fan of medium warm stain colors so that is the route I decided to go with this. Picked up everything I needed from Home Depot to complete my project. (Minwax Special Walnut 224 is the stain I used for this project) 

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I also decided since I had the stain out and the process started, that I would stain a couple other boards that I have had for a while now to do some future projects with. (more to come on those)

As for the wood sign - I think it turned out amazing! Again, exactly what I had in my mind! I love love LOVE this stain color! The variation in boards also makes for a beautiful range of stain. This just lets the natural wood react to the stain however it wants and I think it is beautiful. I did also put 2 coats of poly acrylic on this also since it will be outside with the elements. It won't make in indestructible, but it will make it last a little longer in our range of seasons.  

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That leaves only one step left and that is to mount the numbers onto my newly stained board! I really love how this project turned out for me! I cannot wait to mount this baby on the house! I wish it wasn't so super duper could out so that I could get this puppy up there for the world to see! Never the less, it is all done and now just waiting to be seen by all who may be searching out our house! :) 

BOOM! Another DIY in the books! 

Our Tiny Colonial

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Justin and I purchased our first home! 

I have been dreaming of this day for quite some time. I seriously had no clue that it could happen so fast like it did. We are officially homeowners! 

We have been in our house now for a couple months and I just wanted to reflect on our first months of home ownership. let me tell you, it is not easy. Not that I thought this was going to be a cake walk or anything. I did however expect us to make some small improvements right off the bat like we did. Those small improvements however, caused Justin and myself to swear, A lot. Before we even moved in our things, we painted this house from top to bottom. I am really glad we did because the paint colors in this house were all over the place.

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I really could not take how many paint colors were in this house. The first order of business was to get this house painted. Just to make sure everything felt fresh and new for us moving into it. Boy did that make a world of difference. The paint colors I went with were both Benjamin Moore paint colors. Simply White and Hale Navy. My two favorites of all time. 

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10 gallons of simply white and 1 gallon of hale navy later. our house was painted. While My mom and I were painting our hearts out. Justin was updating our electrical outlets. So many swearwords were said. I'm not sure that I have ever heard Justin swear as much as he did. He got it all done though! I was very proud of him! 

Our next task for the house was of course moving in and it took us the whole day to do so. So many friends and family helped us move everything in. I was so grateful for their help! Unpacking for sure took a good month. Things are finally in place and organized. The best thing is that Justin hung up our new lighting fixtures that I got for my birthday and Christmas! I love them so much! Little before and after of our dining room light fixture. I went with a black theme throughout the first level. The kitchen light fixture is an Edison bulb exposed industrial light fixture also. Exactly my style. 

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Kevin is loving his backyard. He has his very own kingdom back there. Free to roam where ever he wants. Chasing squirrels to the fence line, running as fast as his legs will let him, and now chomping on snow until the night falls. He is loving this house. I can tell. Really, who am I kidding. For as much of a pain some things can been now with homeownership, I am still in love with every square foot of this house. It feels like home to me now and it is the best feeling.  

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Fall Cocktail

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We are in full fall mode here at the Wetzel abode. Embracing everything apple with cozy blankets and candles lit all throughout the house. Justin tried a new recipe for cocktails that of course we need to share. 

The first thing we did was try out our Cinnamon infused Whiskey from Rokz:

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Cinnamon Apple Jack:

  • 2 ounces cinnamon spice infused whiskey
  • 3 ounces apple cider 
  • garnish with a cinnamon stick

SUPER simple and entirely delicious!

Not to mention it went perfectly with my Apple Dumplings...

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Like I said, we are in full fall mode over here. Everything must contain apple. The apple dumplings were of course my 3rd apple treat of the season. Following my applesauce as well as my delicious apple butter. Those recipes on a later blog. 

Oh and Kevin was right at my side the whole time I was making these treats. I may have given him some apple peals because he was just too adorable. 

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Happy Fall Y'all! 

 

 

Kevin Bernard Wetzel - Nard Dog

Soooooooooo.................... 

We got a dog. 

My life has been entirely consumed by this little fur-monster. We are both learning each other and I know this takes time. 

A little more about this little creature who goes by Kevin Bernard Wetzel. (Nard Dog for short) He was a rescue dog that we adopted from a Shelter Called Free Spirit Siberian Rescue.  He is right around 2 years old (though his exact age is unknown) and he is a spit fire. Justin and myself are doing all we can to get this guy trained up so he is the best friend anyone could meet. He was extremely close to being put down in a shelter in souther california until Free Spirit snatched him right up and put him up for adoption in the Midwest. This is where our story begins with the life of Kevin starting as a Wetzel. 

I tell ya, I have not known love for a creature until this husky came into my life. He relies on us to take care of him and make sure he is as healthy as he possibly  can be. That is just so amazing to think about. I know I am going to love this little guy for his whole life, even when he is naughty and rips all of the fluff out of his bed that he sleeps on every night. :) gosh this guy is just a dream boat! with his one blue eye and one brown eye! He just makes all the ladies turn heads, and then come up and say "oh my gosh! Can I pet him??" :) 

Cheers to you buddy! Love you so much already and we have only known you for a month! 

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Is Tuesday too early for a cocktail?

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I can tell already it is going to be a long week. Might as well have a cocktail. 

 

Here is a Classic Pimms cocktail! A nice summer refresher for these hot days we have been having! I saw a sign while I was abroad in London that was outside of a bar that read: "What time is it? It's Pimms O'clock!" I loved it ever since! I thought I would do a water color of what my drink looked like! (Not very well done but hey, it was my second drink already) :) 

Cheers to Summer all! 

Classic Pimms: 

  • Ice
  • 1 Ounce Pimms
  • 3 Ounces Ginger Ale
  • Fresh Mint
  • Slice of apple

Stir and enjoy!