pin-it party and a reminder to refill daily ;)

hello again, pin-it party friends!  if this is your first time joining us, welcome!  i am sure that you will find many great things here!  

one of last saturday’s most-viewed pins was this one, ‘refill please’, from cassandra of raising up stones, and boy, do i understand why.  as a wife and mother, myself, i am finding my heart longing more and more of time with God, and i am realizing more and more just how desperately i need it and Him.  i used to pray each morning during my commute to work as an elementary teacher – “God, give me patience and cover me with your grace and favor.  help me to hear your voice.”  every. day.  and on the mornings that i didn’t, i could really notice a chaotic difference in my mood and circumstances.  not that it was always smooth-sailing, but the days that i spent even a little time with the Holy Spirit were far more peaceful, and i handled the stress that comes with schedules, deadlines, little ones, and oodles of responsibility with so much more clarity, grace, sanity, and calmness.  how much more do i need those things as a mother?!  so much!  yet, i am constantly setting time with God aside – behind the chores and the kids and the meals and…and…and…everything, it seems.  thank you for the reminder, cassandra that i need to take my daily ‘refill’ with the utmost seriousness.  it is vital, and although it may seem at times like a sacrifice, it always comes with tremendous blessing.

participating in the party is so easy!
here’s what to do:

1. follow the co-hosts on pinterest (links below)

paula from beauty through imperfection

becky from your modern family

gabrielle from MamaGab

me! kristi from klover house


2. pin our “pin-it party” picture. (one of these)

3. add as many of your great pins as you want!  remember to get your pins from pinterest & not from your blog page. it will make it easier to re-pin a pin instead of a post.

4. hop around and re-pin other pins from this page- lets share the love!

5. adding your link gives us permission to use an image from the pin (or post connected to the pin) to feature on next week’s pin-it party. because of this we ask that you only link up images from your own site, and images that you have taken, created or have legal rights to.

thanks!!!! REMEMBER: when it asks for your NAME, you can put your PIN NAME or your BLOG NAME. essentially, it’s your pin’s title.

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pin-it party and ‘oatmeal smiles’

happy saturday, pin-it party friends!  if this is your first time joining us, welcome!  i am sure that you will find many great things here!  

for example, this post from oatmeal smiles seriously made me grateful for these link-ups.  so often, i find awesome diy posts and advice/tips, but it isn’t too often that i see a post that just ministers so deeply to my mommy-heart…to my woman-heart.  i am thankful that our pin-it party introduces us in some way to one another.  thank you for sharing from your heart, georgia and God bless you in your honest and beautiful words.  you can also pin this great post for later by clicking {here}.

participating in the party is so easy!
here’s what to do:

1. follow the co-hosts on pinterest (links below)

paula from beauty through imperfection

becky from your modern family

gabrielle from MamaGab

me! kristi from klover house


2. pin our “pin-it party” picture. (one of these)

3. add as many of your great pins as you want!  remember to get your pins from pinterest & not from your blog page. it will make it easier to re-pin a pin instead of a post.

4. hop around and re-pin other pins from this page- lets share the love!

5. adding your link gives us permission to use an image from the pin (or post connected to the pin) to feature on next week’s pin-it party. because of this we ask that you only link up images from your own site, and images that you have taken, created or have legal rights to.

thanks!!!! REMEMBER: when it asks for your NAME, you can put your PIN NAME or your BLOG NAME. essentially, it’s your pin’s title.

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pin-it party #43

it is GORGEOUS outside today!  i hope you are inside checking out this party, b/c like me, you’re perusing the internet while cooking a meal, and then you are heading out into the sunshine!  we’re going tree-hunting after lunch!  i am excited.

this is a total rabbit trail (i’m good for those), but since we’ve got our mind on trees…  the girls and i had some time to kill this afternoon, so i drove them past the house i grew up in.  the one thing i loved more than anything about that house was the magnolia tree in the front yard.  it is beautiful.  still is.  i miss it.  i would look forward to it budding every year.  it was like a fresh breeze coming into life.  winter was finally over and good, warm things were on their way.  my mom always did such a nice job with our yard.  peonies lined the back, roses lined the side, a rose of sharon graced the mailbox, lilacs kissed the driveway, and a beautiful white dogwood kept my beloved magnolia company in the front.  their was never a shortage of fresh flowers, and we made bouquets almost daily.  i miss that too.  i hope to have that kind of yard for us one day.  anyway…back to why you are here!

if this is your first time, i’m so happy that you’ve chosen precious moments of your day/night to stop by klover house and participate in our weekly pin-it party.

last week’s most clicked pin was this one from caroline nixon’s blog: anchored in His grace.  what a sweet blog!  be it for work, an event, a date-night, i also personally struggled when it was time to leave each of our girls.  i realize that life goes on past being ‘mommy’ and ‘daddy’, but i am not ashamed to admit that i am addicted to my kids.  🙂  

participating in the party is so easy!
here’s what to do:

1. follow the co-hosts on pinterest (links below)

paula from beauty through imperfection

becky from your modern family

gabrielle from MamaGab

me! kristi from klover house


2. pin our “pin-it party” picture. (one of these)

3. add as many of your great pins as you want!  remember to get your pins from pinterest & not from your blog page. it will make it easier to re-pin a pin instead of a post.

4. hop around and re-pin other pins from this page- lets share the love!

5. adding your link gives us permission to use an image from the pin (or post connected to the pin) to feature on next week’s pin-it party. because of this we ask that you only link up images from your own site, and images that you have taken, created or have legal rights to.

thanks!!!! REMEMBER: when it asks for your NAME, you can put your PIN NAME or your BLOG NAME. essentially, it’s your pin’s title.

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Klover House to Home: Where We Are Today – The Kitchen

A friend recently told me that she had heard that it takes around three years before your house starts to feel like ‘you.’ I bet that’s accurate, because it was around that mark in our previous home that I had finally finished off all of the untouched spaces in our home and things started to feel complete. Rather than filling the space, we had begun to embellish it.

I think that has been one of my greatest challenges with moving into a home that had been built and occupied by a family prior to our’s…making it feel like my own. I have told my husband on numerous occasions that I feel almost like I’m living in a hotel. Not much feels like ‘me’ or ‘mine’ yet. Everywhere I turn I see something to be done and pieces of the previous owners’ style.  I think time has a lot to do with that. Not too many memories are attached to this home yet, but as they are formed, I believe that its identity will grow and the bond between it and me will develop and thicken.  It’ll definitely take memories and a whole lotta paint, I’m sure.  😉

So here’s day one of where we are today.  Making progress slowly but surely.  Taking one baby step at a time.  There are big things to accomplish and little things to tackle, but we’re doing it and I’m happy to share these imperfect glimpses of where we are in the game, because I hope you will rejoice with us when we finally (if ever) reach the end goal.

So here we go:

I posted this image on our facebook page last July (we purchased the home in august 2013).

This picture was taken last September.  We were about to have the floors redone by Home Depot.  So, as you can see, the counters were crammed with everything that had once been sitting on tables, the hutch, etc.

Hubby installed the microhood.  I wish I would have gotten the idea to raise the cabinets prior to doing this, but we still may be able to, if raising the cabinet and microwave won’t expose or interfere with the electrical outlet that he had to install.  I still plan on raising the rest, and if this section has to stay put, then, I will just add custom pieces above for an open-shelving/display area.  We really need the space between the range and microwave though, so I am hoping it works out.

The range also came with the house.  Eventually, we plan on changing it and I would love it if we could convert it to gas, but that is a far day off…

Along with the refrigerator and dishwasher, we also replaced the lighting in the space.  Initially, I chose the smaller chandelier for above the island, but once we saw how large the island was actually going to be, we felt the bigger chandelier (that we had intended for the dining room) would be the better choice.
To make the island, we removed the desk area that was on the side wall and reserved the largest base cabinet.  Then, we purchased a sink base (unfinished) from Home Depot for under $100.  Eventually, we will have to add our own dividers and drawer, since it’s a big open space (the little side drawers are actually drawers).  The existing cabinet was the perfect fit.  The top was constructed using two slabs of Ikea’s butcher block.  Hubs attached them using biscuit cuts and wood glue.  We filled in the slight gap in the center (b/c the edges are ever so slightly rounded) and hand-sanded them for a smooth finish.  using the oil sold at Ikea, we finished the top off adding a seal and some shine.  We wanted room for at least 4-5 chairs, so we opted for a single leg to add stability without eating up space.

This 4-light brushed nickel chandelier with faux jade beads was originally $139.  We waited, and waited, and waited, and finally purchased it on clearance for less than $70!  You can buy one too by clicking {here}.  I can’t believe what a great deal this was!  It’s is quite large, but because of it’s design, you can easily see through it, so it doesn’t have a bulky feel to it whatsoever.

 

On the large blank wall that once housed the desk area, I have two options in mind.  1) an over-sized clock (like one found at Target), or 2) opening the wall up, creating a half wall that allows you to see into the dining room and hanging a stained glass window in the center of the opening.

What we have left to do in this space:
* raise and paint all cabinetry (the island cabinets will be restoration hardware’s ‘stone’ and the wall cabinets will be a lighter shade of gray/white maybe like Martha Stewart’s ‘whetstone gray’.)  this pin inspires me.
* paint the walls (also thinking ‘stone’)
* replace basement door knob (all hardware is going from builder-grade brass to brushed nickel and oil-rubbed bronze)
* replace all cabinetry hardware
* paint all trim bright white for a crisp and clean contrast to the muted tans and earth tones
* find or build seating for the island
* replace windows
* add window treatment
* install exterior french doors (in place of backdoor/adjacent window) like this one.
* update counters
* update sink and faucet
* update range (to gas)
* add mudroom/walk-in pantry/laundry room off of the kitchen (going through the existing pantry door)  like this one.

Please stop by tomorrow for a peek of our dining room in its current state.  The pin-it party will be back on Saturday, and on Sunday, I’ll show you our family/living room!

Feel free to leave your thoughts, comments, advice, etc. in the comments section too!  If you have ideas to share or an eye for design, I would love your feedback!

Thanks for taking this journey with us!  See you tomorrow!

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pin-it party #42

welcome back pin-it party friends!  and welcome to anyone stopping here for the first time as well!  if this is your first time, i’m so happy that you’ve chosen precious moments of your day/night to stop by klover house and enjoy/participate in our weekly pin-it party.

last week’s most clicked pin was this one from the blog jornie.  i don’t know about you, but i always need ways to save more money.  life is expensive, and when you’re raising a family on a smaller budget, saving money is a goal almost always at the top of the list!

participatingin the party is so easy!
here’s what to do:

1. follow the co-hosts on pinterest (links below)

paula from beauty through imperfection

becky from your modern family

gabrielle from MamaGab

me! kristi from klover house


2. pin our “pin-it party” picture. (one of these)

3. add as many of your great pins as you want!  remember to get your pins from pinterest & not from your blog page. it will make it easier to re-pin a pin instead of a post.

4. hop around and re-pin other pins from this page- lets share the love!

5. adding your link gives us permission to use an image from the pin (or post connected to the pin) to feature on next week’s pin-it party. because of this we ask that you only link up images from your own site, and images that you have taken, created or have legal rights to.

thanks!!!! REMEMBER: when it asks for your NAME, you can put your PIN NAME or your BLOG NAME. essentially, it’s your pin’s title.

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pin-it party and a deezer design giveaway! (not an affiliate post)

welcome!  happy saturday to you!  today’s party post is two-fold!  not only would i like to invite you to link up your pins from this week, but i’d also love to introduce you to a lovely friend’s new business endeavor – deezer design!

in the deezer design shop you will find unique, carefully crafted items for your home…your kids…and you too!  the pieces in the shop are the perfect blend of sophistication and whimsy!

this is a wreath that danielle, of deezer design, made for me recently and it’s hanging proudly on our front door!  i simply told her that i was longing for a little purple in my life, and she created this:

i adore these little felt flowers adorned with pearls.  pearls are totally my thing.  i am amazed by the uniformity of the petals.  it is both aesthetically pleasing as well as super sturdy!  

visit her etsy shop for a full list of her many creations.  i personally adore the wreaths that are smothered in roses.  once i get these walls painted, i want to find homes for at least one in a girl’s bedroom.  i have three girls…i have the perfect excuse for rosy wreaths on the wall!

she also makes party/photo props, hair accessories, felt flowers, and wall art!  speaking of, one of you get to be the lucky winner of one of her latest projects – ‘Happy Easter Bunny’ wall art (on stretched canvas, measuring 8″ tall x 10″ wide x 0.75″ deep).

for a chance to win this sweet little bunny, simply complete the rafflecopter form found in this post!  this precious little bunny bottom is a great accent for your spring and Easter decor!  the serene, blue background highlights the stark, white bunny and its cute yarn pompom tail.  

you can also find deezer design’s fan page on facebook {here}.  hop on over (pun intended!) and show her some love!

*also* friends of klover house can receive a discount of 10% using the code: kloverhouse at checkout.  the code will expire after 04/04/14.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

now to the party! participating is super simple as always!
here’s what to do:

1. follow the co-hosts on pinterest (links below)

paula from beauty through imperfection

becky from your modern family

gabrielle from MamaGab

me! kristi from klover house


2. pin our “pin-it party” picture. (one of these)

3. add as many of your great pins as you want!  remember to get your pins from pinterest & not from your blog page. it will make it easier to re-pin a pin instead of a post.

4. hop around and re-pin other pins from this page- lets share the love!

5. adding your link gives us permission to use an image from the pin (or post connected to the pin) to feature on next week’s pin-it party. because of this we ask that you only link up images from your own site, and images that you have taken, created or have legal rights to.

thanks!!!! REMEMBER: when it asks for your NAME, you can put your PIN NAME or your BLOG NAME. essentially, it’s your pin’s title.

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pin-it party time

happy saturday, friends! welcome to our weekly pin-it party! after a random snow storm yesterday morning, i am so happy to see that the sun is shining and there isn’t a flurry in sight! i am so ready for spring! you?

a couple of pins that i found especially helpful from last week’s party:

i have an antique chair (two, actually) that i am planning on painting, so this tutorial may come in handy!

this ‘dutch weaving’ looks fun! i had never heard of it until this. i think that i may try it with the kiddos this week…maybe making easter cards with pastel colors?

participating in the party is super simple!  here’s what to do:

1. follow the co-hosts on pinterest (links below)

paula from beauty through imperfection

becky from your modern family

gabrielle from MamaGab

me! kristi from klover house


2. pin our “pin-it party” picture. (one of these)

3. add as many of your great pins as you want!  remember to get your pins from pinterest & not from your blog page. it will make it easier to re-pin a pin instead of a post.

4. hop around and re-pin other pins from this page- lets share the love!

5. adding your link gives us permission to use an image from the pin (or post connected to the pin) to feature on next week’s pin-it party. because of this we ask that you only link up images from your own site, and images that you have taken, created or have legal rights to.

thanks!!!! REMEMBER: when it asks for your NAME, you can put your PIN NAME or your BLOG NAME. essentially, it’s your pin’s title.

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pin-it party and lots of resources for the expectant mom

welcome back to our weekly party, friends!  i would start it out a little differently, but i really, really do look forward to seeing all of your great pins, ideas, recipes, etc. week after week.  last week’s link-up was excellent.  i have seen so many great pins featuring recipes that i am eager to try, diy projects that i hope to tackle, and even several pregnancy/postpartum related pins that have come at the perfect time!  my sil is due to have her first baby on friday!  i will be sharing those resources with her for sure.  so, all of that said, thank you!

my featured pins this week are the pregnancy-related ones, since i hope to pass them along to my sil:

and here’s my own little advice for soon-to-be-mamas…

participating in the party is super simple!  here’s what to do:

1. follow the co-hosts on pinterest (links below)

paula from beauty through imperfection

becky from your modern family

gabrielle from MamaGab

me! kristi from klover house


2. pin our “pin-it party” picture. (one of these)

3. add as many of your great pins as you want!  remember to get your pins from pinterest & not from your blog page. it will make it easier to re-pin a pin instead of a post.

4. hop around and re-pin other pins from this page- lets share the love!

5. adding your link gives us permission to use an image from the pin (or post connected to the pin) to feature on next week’s pin-it party. because of this we ask that you only link up images from your own site, and images that you have taken, created or have legal rights to.

thanks!!!! REMEMBER: when it asks for your NAME, you can put your PIN NAME or your BLOG NAME. essentially, it’s your pin’s title.

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the first pin-it party of march (and ideas on saving money on meals!)

welcome back to our weekly party, friends!  i truly look forward to seeing all of your great pins, ideas, recipes, etc…

our featured pin from last week’s party is this one:

a great little post along the same lines of saving money:  ‘stretch your meals’ by your modern family

participating in the party is super simple!  here’s what to do:

1. follow the co-hosts on pinterest (links below)

paula from beauty through imperfection

becky from your modern family

gabrielle from MamaGab

me! kristi from klover house


2. pin our “pin-it party” picture. (one of these)

3. add as many of your great pins as you want!  remember to get your pins from pinterest & not from your blog page. it will make it easier to re-pin a pin instead of a post.

4. hop around and re-pin other pins from this page- lets share the love!

5. adding your link gives us permission to use an image from the pin (or post connected to the pin) to feature on next week’s pin-it party. because of this we ask that you only link up images from your own site, and images that you have taken, created or have legal rights to.

thanks!!!! REMEMBER: when it asks for your NAME, you can put your PIN NAME or your BLOG NAME. essentially, it’s your pin’s title.

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date night and the pin-it party!

good morning and happy saturday, friends! dance was canceled this morning, thanks to a never-ending winter… seriously. enough with the snow already! how is it in your neck of the woods? maybe you like the snow. maybe you know how to ski. maybe you have a never-ending supply of hot cocoa. maybe you’re a little crazy. what?! don’t scoff. yes, you must be a little kooky if this cold appeals to you. (or four. you might be four. my four-year-old revels in this. she’s going sledding right after the usa/russia hockey game concludes. she going with daddy, b/c, like you, he is crazy and likes the snow.) okay, enough of that. i apologize.

so, what are we pinning today? i know you have lots to share with us, b/c you, like me, have been STUCK INSIDE FOR WHAT SEEMS LIKE SIX YEARS, AND YOU WRITE AND MAKE MOON DOUGH SO THAT YOU DON’T GO CRAZY! haha sorry. i can’t seem to help myself!

our featured pin from last week’s party is this one from whitney of ‘beauty in the mess’:

so appropriate, given yesterday was valentine’s day! {my valentine’s-related post} my hubby surprised me with dinner and we decided to end the night with some spontaneity and went to an arcade in the burgh. i kicked his butt at skee ball…connect four…and some crazy light game in which you hit buttons on the wall (kind of like ‘whack a mole’). it kept saying, ‘player two is on fire!’ i was, people. i was. it.was.awesome. if i would’ve remembered to put on make-up, it would’ve been perfect. but, hey…at least i got a compliment from the maitre d’ on my dress!

(usa just scored. i have a happy, hootin’, hollerin’ husband.)

okay…the party…

(and we won! the neighbors can probably hear him screaming and clapping. haha)

wanna join the party? here’s what to do:

1. follow the co-hosts on pinterest (links below)

paula from beauty through imperfection

becky from your modern family

gabrielle from MamaGab

me! kristi from klover house


2. pin our “pin-it party” picture. (one of these)

3. add as many of your great pins as you want!  remember to get your pins from pinterest & not from your blog page. it will make it easier to re-pin a pin instead of a post.

4. hop around and re-pin other pins from this page- lets share the love!

5. adding your link gives us permission to use an image from the pin (or post connected to the pin) to feature on next week’s pin-it party. because of this we ask that you only link up images from your own site, and images that you have taken, created or have legal rights to.

thanks!!!! REMEMBER: when it asks for your NAME, you can put your PIN NAME or your BLOG NAME. essentially, it’s your pin’s title.

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