Author Archives: allie

MAN CAVE UPDATE

Well the man cave is almost complete.   We tried to get as much of it done as we could before we started the addition.  And there was quite a bit we had done before that I never updated you on.  So I thought I’d share with you where it’s at today. We added this bar table behind the sectional that we made out of 2×4’s and some pipe legs Ryan got from work. It works great for extra seating and also for … Continue Reading »

ADDITION UPDATE–THE FRAMING IS DONE!

Oh my goodness what a week we had!  Summer Whimsy sale was this past Thursday and Saturday, and my brother-in-law and his boys have been here the last two weeks working on framing our house!  This process has been amazing because it goes so fast!  I wish every step of the process was this dramatic and went this fast:)  So I thought I’d give you an update and show you what we’ve got so far… As of two weeks ago we had a … Continue Reading »

A NEW TABLE AND RUG

I was going back through my blog and looking at the before and after pics, and realized a lot has changed since I did the inital “after” photo.  I guess it proves Ryans point that nothing stays the same around here for long;)  I hate that when he’s right!:)  So, I thought I’d slowly update the blog pages and show you what we’ve “changed” around here! Here is the photo I had on my before and after section on the blog.. That seems … Continue Reading »

THE EXTERIOR OF THE ADDITION

I hate when additions look like an afterthought.  When you can clearly tell the addition from the old house.  I am determined to make this flow into the house, so hopefully you can’t tell:)  The exterior of the house will look something like this… The whole left side is the new part. And my inspiration for the dormer came from this photo.. Hello pretty.  I love the cape-cod style feel these dormers give vs. the new build traditional dormer.  I’ve since learned that … Continue Reading »

MAKING ROOM FOR RUBY–THE ADDITION PLANS

Wow, I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve sat down to write a blog.  Actually I feel like it’s been forever since I sat down. period. :)  But all for good reason.  Ruby has been an amazing baby…Beckett is running full force into those 2’s…and Whimsy has been growing, growing, growing.  All of which makes for a busy momma:)  So, I finally have a minute to myself (two babies napping at the same time. winning! ) and I thought I’d share our … Continue Reading »

WELCOME RUBY SUE!!

Well, I am now a month late, but I thought I’d officially share our news that Ruby Sue made it safely into our family on February 23rd:)  She came fast I tell you…a little too fast for this momma!  I always thought that when people said their deliveries were so fast it was a good thing.  NOT. SO.   I mean, yay for no 24 hour laboring…but holy moly the intenseness is just that.  INTENSE! I went from my contractions being 6 minutes … Continue Reading »

A BATHROOM REFRESH

There were a couple things on my “nesting” list that had nothing to do with baby, but everything to do with wanting to get it done before baby came.  One was to get shelving in our toy closet located in the living room.  We didn’t touch it since we moved in, and used the existing shelves that were in there for the last 5 years.  Every time the kids tried to get one thing out an avalanche would occur.  I dreaded it everytime! … Continue Reading »

MY KITCHEN ISLAND–REVAMPED

I have realized that every time I post a picture of my kitchen island, people want to know where I purchased it from.  And although I did purchase it from a big box store, I always have a hard time wanting to tag it because I did so many changes to it that you wouldn’t even recognize it.  And I did write one blog post on what I did to it, but again I realized I wasn’t all that thourough in explaining it … Continue Reading »

WHEN YOU CAN’T FIGURE OUT WHY….

For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come. Hebrews 13:14 There have been times on this blogging journey that I seriously question why I blog.  Why I decorate.  Why I share.  There are moments of clarity that I can see that this “stuff” is meaningless, although it seems hard to attain that mentality.  Yet I know the Lord is the one that created this passion inside of me.  And he continues to encourage … Continue Reading »

CHRISTMAS CLEAN UP

Well, I just took my Christmas tree down today.  And honestly, it was a little painful.  Our real tree this year was an allstar, and wasn’t dropping any needles yet.  We finally got snow outside and the days are still soo short, I was tempted to leave it up til the end of January:)  Twinkle lights are my favorite:)  I must say though, now that it’s done, it feels good.  Opens up the living room again and gives the kids a little more … Continue Reading »

BEYOND THE DECORATIONS…

Holy Moly Christmas is less than two weeks away.  How does that happen every.year.  I think I’m going to be so on top of things.  I start decorating early, I get Christmas shopping done early, my baking is done, I’ve been listening to Christmas music for two months now, but still….it creeps up on me.  Sometimes I wish Christmas was January 25th so it would help to speed up winter.  But alas, Christmas is upon us! So I thought I’d share this little … Continue Reading »

CHRISTMAS TIME–DINING ROOM

I’ve decided that a home school family can’t have a photo shoot ready house.  ever.  I feel like I end up chasing my own tail all.day.long.  So for those of you who think that bloggers actually live in a house that looks like their pictures…don’t be so easily fooled.  At least if they have young children.  It’s just not possible.  And I am a little OCD about my house being picked up.  But picked up, dishes done, coats away, toys out of sight, … Continue Reading »

THE BEGINNING OF CHRISTMAS ALONG WITH SOME UPDATES

Whimsy is done for the year, and as much as I love it, I’m always so glad to be able to take a deep breath, snuggle in, and enjoy a few months off.  Usually that first month or so also is spent doing a few projects around the house that I’ve been eyeing up for awhile.  I’m happy to report that most of those projects have been wrapped up already, and I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been working on:) My … Continue Reading »

THE STORY OF WHIMSY GREEN

As we just wrapped up our last Whimsy Green sale of the year, I can’t help but marvel at what the Lord has taken as a hobby and turned into a full fledged business, and what we love to think as also a ministry.  A lot of people ask how Whimsy Green came to be, and we keep scratching out heads trying to figure out how it has evolved into what it has, so I thought I would share our story with you … Continue Reading »

WHIMSY CHRISTMAS SALE

I feel like I have been non-existent this last month.  Well, not really non-existent, maybe more just home bound.  The fact of the matter is we have only 5 weeks turn around from our fall Whimsy Green sale to our Christmas sale, which is our biggest sale of the year.  And our customers are so amazing that we sold out of almost everything, which means we have to start completely over and create our biggest inventory all within 4 weeks.  So with that … Continue Reading »

PLANKING, PLANKING, AND MORE PLANKING

If you follow me on instagram you saw this photo the other day…. a torn apart living room with walls getting planked.  I picked up these boards the other day at Menards when it was 11% off.  They are called Luann there, and are that reddish color on both sides.  I think they run about $10-$11 for a 4×8 foot sheet.  Ryan helped me cut it down to 6″ planks the other day, so I was ready to start hanging.  I’ve had a … Continue Reading »

WELL IT’S ABOUT TIME….MY FALL TOUR IS FINALLY UP

I can’t even believe I’m blogging the night before our big Whimsy sale.  Usually we are working until 11:00 in the barn and scrambling to get everything done.  Amazingly, we have put the whole shop together in 24 hours this sale.  I don’t even know how that’s possible, if you saw the before and after you would think it’s impossible as well.  Needless to say, I’m excited to have a few minutes to sit down and blog my fall tour.  I snapped some … Continue Reading »

THROWBACK TO MY FALL TOUR 2014

Since I’m not quite ready to decorate my house just yet for fall….although I feel the time is coming..SOON!  I thought I’d give you my tour from last year to help get you all motivated!  It’s always fun to look back and see the changes and how I might tweak or add for this year.  Although I don’t go crazy fall, I love adding texture and neutrals to play up all the colors outside.  Since we have so many windows, I feel like … Continue Reading »

TAKE A PIECE OF STOCK FURNITURE AND MAKE IT YOUR OWN

I’ve been up to a few changes around here.  And I’ve had them done for awhile, I just haven’t shared them yet.  Why? You ask?  Welp, mostly because that requires me to have a clean kitchen, long enough to snap photos, and get them uploaded and on the the blog.  A task that has proven quite hard these last few months with a crawling babe around:) There you have it . True life.  My kitchen is not always spotless.  “gasp” But, I finally … Continue Reading »

DIY WOOD SHUTTERS & A FRONT DOOR FACELIFT

So my last blog post I mentioned how I added New Panes in my front door and picture window.  I just loved the character that it added!  And since I felt like I had a whole new door, I wanted to give the outside a bit of a face lift too!  The last time I did anything with the front entry was when I painted my stairs.   And although the painted steps helped to spruce it up a bit, there were still issues. … Continue Reading »