Friday, February 24, 2012

My Bedroom Before Pictures

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to share some pictures of my bedroom. This room has been the least worked on so far, and it looks very plain, but it still looks better than it started. Unfortunately I didn't take any pictures when we first moved in. The room was a mint green with grey carpet. It wasn't terrible just not pretty.


Entrance to my bedroom.
Close up of my desk, I plan to paint this. Also a close up of the grey carpet and tiny baseboards.

After of the carpet and baseboards. Ahh, much better!


A big thanks to my dad for installing the carpet and baseboards. The color on the walls is Indulgent Mocha by Behr. I love this color its a great neutral taupe color. My boyfriend painted this room within the first week of moving in. I am sooo grateful for his help with all the painting, every room in the house was painted except for the kitchen and I couldn't have done it without him. 
Sorry this picture is kinda dark, but this is the rest of the wall that you see when you walk into the room.
The dresser will also be painted, and a flat screen t.v. will be added eventually. 


Here is the wall directly in front of that window. I plan to put something over the bed of course, but I have not decided yet. I am leaning toward a wall mural of a tree. If you check out my Pinterest board for "My Home", you will see what I mean. I am still trying to work up the nerve to go for it. 


This bedding is going to be changed also, I just recently found out my boyfriend doesn't like it, actually he hates it! I was surprised to hear this because I have had this bedding as long as I have known him. Five plus years! I want to add grey to the room so it may end up in the bedding. You can see my bathroom right behind the wall that the bed is against. It's a small master bathroom so there is not much to see there. I am grateful to finally have my own bathroom though so I am happy no matter the size. 

 My favorite thing in this room is the night stand. I have had this night stand for almost 20 years! I bought it in a thrift store and first used it as a t.v. stand and then I used it as a table next to the front door with a mirror over it and eventually as a night stand. It is really heavy wood and in pretty good condition for as old as it is. Another favorite of mine is the headboard. I love the oil rubbed bronze color and the old fashioned style.


And this is from the other side of the room. I like how Riley casually strolls into the room like she isn't trying to be in the picture.Mmhmm, I know better. Oh, so one of the things I like the least in the room are the closet doors. I am thinking about covering them in beadboard wallpaper, very similar to the Kristine's closet doors at The Painted Hive

So that is it, a tour of my bedroom. I have a lot of work to do! I will share my projects along the way. 

Thanks for visiting my blog! Have a great weekend!

Amy







Thursday, February 23, 2012

Upholstery Project Part 1

Hi Everyone! I know I have been MIA lately, but I have slowed down on the home projects since I am getting to the point that I feel like it is home and now am trying to prioritize according to what I can afford etc. I am starting to work on my bedroom and just finished getting carpet and new baseboard installed. I will share that in another post soon, but for tonight I wanted to show you my first upcoming upholstery project. This was given to my by one of my oldest and dearest friends and she immediately knew it would great for my cat my first born "baby". Thanks Delilah!

Isn't it so cute?

Here is Riley on her couch. Doesn't she look like a little princess?

I am not completely sure how I will accomplish this project, but I have an idea of what I would like to do. 
Stay tuned for part 2!

Thanks for stopping by!

Amy

Friday, February 10, 2012

Linky Follower Party Blog Hop

Hi Everyone!

I am sure you have all heard that Google Friends Connect is being discontinued on February 29th. Fortunately there is a great alternative, Linky Followers. I just signed up and added it to my blog, if you are following through Google Friend Connect please follow through Linky Followers so that when Google Friend Connect ends you won't have to try to track me down. Also a quick note about my blog name and blog address. The name is California Dreaming, but when I tried to get it as a blogspot it was already taken, so I went with California Home Dreaming. I need to add it into my title but I prefer California Dreaming so I haven't figured out how to incorporate the "home" into my blog name without it really being the name. Am I making any sense here?

A little back ground about why I chose California Dreaming as my blog name. The first reason is obvious, because I am located in California and I wanted that to be obvious when reading my blog. I read so many blogs and sometimes while reading I think I wonder what state she is in. Then I go reading their profile to find out. My second reason is because I have always dreamed of buying a home and of course I wanted it to be here in California since that is where I grew up. Not saying it is the best place on earth, but I like it because it's where I am from, as I am sure most of you feel the same about where you live. The dreaming is also very important because as a single mom of 2 I have been dreaming of buying a home for me and my daughters since 2006. I know when because I read a book by David Bach, actually several books, titled The Automatic Millionaire Homeowner, Start Late Finish Rich, and Smart Women Finish Rich.  After reading that first book I decided to work to pay off my debt, improve my credit score, and save more money. By 2009 I was ready to start looking and even though I had great credit and some money saved I did not make enough money to get a loan. The prices here in California are outrageous so I searched for the lowest priced house that was not a complete mess and that took 2 years! I finally bought my little house in September of 2011 which was literally a dream come true for our family. So the name California home Dreaming.
That long story was basically to help you find me if you are trying to google my blog name. But there is a much easier way to find me and that is to follow me through Linky Followers. I have added a button on my sidebar right under Google Friend Connect.

Ok, so on to the real reason for this post This is a Linky Followers Blog Hop,  you can  check out all these  great blogs and follow as many as you want. If you have a blog be sure to link up.


RULES:

1. you MUST have the LINKY FOLLOWERS tool on your site to participate.

{You can have both the LINKY FOLLOWERS & GFC on your site but you must have the LINKY FOLLOWERS to participate in this party hop.}

2. You MUST follow the person who has the party on their site as a thank you.

3.Just add your blog button to the LINKY PARTY below.

4.Then grab the BLOG HOP code

You will find the code right under the Linky Party where it says CLICK HERE TO ENTER
just under that it says: WHAT IS A BLOG HOP? GET THE CODE HERE
Click on GET THE CODE HERE and enter it into a post on your site.
You can grab the party button code in the FOOTER at Its So Very Cheri
You can grab info from my post if it helps you with your post.

5. Then you follow other bloggers–(as many as you want)
–leave each one of the blogs that you follow a comment letting them know you are following them and ask them to follow you back.

If you want to add the BLOG HOP to your own site you will get lots of new followers(see rule #2)


Thanks Cheri for hosting this blog hop and allowing us to join in!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Knitted Wristers

Hello!

I finally finished my first knitted project! Whew I can't say it was easy, but I think I finally have the hang of it. I did what is called the stockinette stitch to make some wristers for my oldest daughter. We saw these during Christmas at Forever 21 and I said the usual thing I say when I see something that doesn't look all that hard to make. "I could make these". Except at the time I didn't know how to knit so I figured I could crochet them. I looked everywhere for a crochet pattern but the ones I saw were not what I had in mind. So I learned how to knit. A coworker showed me the knit stitch and I turned to youtube for the purl stitch. Then I found a pattern at Michaels for these.

For Cheyanne- Mid length


The picture shows 3 different lengths that can be made. I did the mid length in gray. Here is how they turned out.


These only require one 3 oz skein and I used Vanna's Choice Silver Heather. The pattern said to use size 9 knitting needles. I did one whole arm with size 9 needles and it was too small. I never check my gauge like I am supposed to and I paid for it. I had to pull it all out and start over. I ended up using size 10.5 knitting needles.


 Aren't they cute? My daughter likes them and I am making another pair for her in Vanna's Choice "Dusty Purple".  These are a great beginner project and I felt pretty comfortable with the pattern from the beginning even though I messed it up a couple of times, I learned where I went wrong each time. Oh and I learned that apparently I knit the Continental way instead of the American way. I hold my working yarn in my left hand and use my right hand needle to grab and twist the yarn. I thought I was knitting like a crocheter but it turns out this is an accepted way of knitting just different than is taught here in America. You can find videos on You Tube if you think you are interested in trying to knit. I found the Continental way a lot easier and more comfortable.  I found a great blog that has short instructional videos to teach you how to knit. If you are interested go to Knitting Tips.

UPDATE 02/22/2012

I finished the second set and wanted to share them.



Thanks for stopping by!

Amy


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