New Home. New Website.

Greetings! Welcome to the new home of Me Do. Redo. I am embarking on a new and wonderful journey, so it only seems fitting that my website takes a journey as well.

My family (me, a husband, 2-year-old daughter, and two 70+ pound dogs) decided a few months ago that we were going to move to a bigger place. When we bought our home in 2013, we thought our house was the best. I loved the cute little neighborhood, the easy access to grocery stores, and the potential for growth. Well, a 1,200 sqft colonial seems huge when you upgrade from an 800 sqft apartment but add two dogs and one baby and you quickly run out of space. Even living and breathing organization can’t make the space bigger. I got restless. Fast. Add the stress of some resentful neighbors (with the cops on speed dial) that hated dogs and we got more stress than we bargained for.

I started poking around Zillow and casually looking for houses around March of 2016. I knew I was picky so it would be a while to find something I liked. This was going to be it. The forever house. In the spring I went to an open house on a whim and fell in love with the house. It was everything I ever wanted and the right price. As a foreclosure, it needed some work but it was beautiful like something from a dream, including floor to ceiling windows looking out to woods. Only two things stood in my way; the taxes were outrageous and I had to convince my husband to sell our house.

I’d like to say this was a happy ending, but it wasn’t. I lost my “dream house”. By the time I convinced my husband we could afford it and should go for it, the house was sold. To say that I was unhappy was a bit of an understatement. But everything happens for a reason right? I may have lost the house after having it, which would have been worse. In June I lost my job. The house hunt stopped abruptly.

A few months later I ended up taking a new position that I love. Except the commute sucked. 45 minutes each way is tough to swallow when you are working 8-6. So the hunt resumed. We bid on 4 houses and each loss was a bitter one. We were woefully outbid by multiple other people. Our housing market was so hot that our house sold quickly and over value. Closing date came and went and now we are couch surfing with different family members. Not exactly an ideal situation.

But then something awesome happened. A house I had put a pin in back at the beginning of our search finally dropped into our price range, as I hoped it would. It needs some serious updating but the location and land were ideal. And space, SO MUCH SPACE.

3 weeks ago our offer was accepted. This house is a lovely……project. I love the unique character and possibilities. I love the 1.6-acre wooded lot at the end of a dead end street. Quiet and private for my dogs and family. In the school district we hoped for and only 20 minutes from my job. We finally agreed on the inspection results and we should have a closing date soon. I can’t wait to share this journey with you all.

I can’t wait to share this journey with you all. There so much to learn and share. I will also share inspirations from other writers that are encouraging my journey along the way. Many DIY and remodeling blogs inspire me daily and it wouldn’t be fair unless I shared my inspirations for the projects I will be undertaking.

Finally, here it is. Our soon to be new home. Told you it was a unique project 😉 Thanks for embarking on the journey with me.
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Getting Busy, Getting Lost, and Getting Married

I just realized I have been ignoring my blog for a few months (ok, half a year).

Well allow me to catch you up. I have a new job, got married, and still have been trying to be crafty. Needless to say the crafty part took a bit of a hit. I did however make a number of crafty things for my wedding. So let’s work on that before sharing my next few projects.

The months leading up to the wedding went from being fun to being stressful in record time. I blinked and suddenly I had three weeks to go. We had decided we wanted our wedding to have special elements that really represented us.

The most important fact being that we are runners. We love to run. We love to race. And we met a bus to a race. So of course we had to do something about that. Enter the race bib table numbers. I remade copies of all of our race bibs from all the races we have done together and reworked them into table numbers.

We were amazed when we walked into the venue and the tables were covered with 1,000 paper cranes for good luck. We didn’t craft those, but our family certainly proved they could be crafty too.

We made all our escort cards and even had a mailbox where people could send us “postcards” with well wishes and advice for the future. Not to mention the modification of two very stylish salt and pepper shakers as our cake topper.

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Where do we go from here? Well we definitely have some new projects on the horizon. I am working on some crafty ideas for the holidays. I have been experimenting with making lotions and may even try my hand at knitting at last! I have picked up some new colors of spray paint, and an old sewing table, so I have a feeling some more redos might be in progress soon.

Until next time!