Monthly Archives: May 2013

BHG Kitchen+Bath Makeovers Magazine

BHG Kitchen+Bath Makeovers Magazine via Farmhouse38

Ummmm….I have been a fan of this magazine for a long time….with all the house-gutting that’s been going on around here, I’d always grab a copy for some much-needed inspiration (and hope that one day we’d be finished enough that our house might look like all the pretties that were featured there!).  So imagine my surprise when I was contacted by one of their lovely editors about using our master bathroom remodel.  My answer? “Duh, YES PLEASE AND THANK YOU!”

Run on out and pick up this awesome issue, and give a little special attention to page 39!  FUN!!!

Garden Tags, Tomato Towers, and Transplants

Tomato Towers from Farmhouse38I am always very obsessive and gluttonous about my tomatoes.  I tend to go overboard with too many varieties (for our little lot), and should probably be giving up a few of them in exchange for some other veggies.  But, no.  Mine is a tomato-heavy garden.  And that’s the way I like it.

We are currently in the process of tucking all of our precious little seedlings (tomato and non-tomato) all throughout the garden.  I figured I would show you one such spot, and a couple of corresponding projects.

Last year, we bought these great little ladder-style free-standing trellises from Lowe’s, and I decided to see how they did with the tomatoes.

Last Season's Tomato Trellises at Farmhouse38

In a nutshell, they were okay, but not great for this purpose.  I figured out pretty quickly that when I used them this year, I would be making some modifications.  So I split them all in half, and then, with some handy-dandy zip ties, I put them back together as an actual tower (if I had had enough, I would have preferred to use some raffia-covered wire instead of zip ties, for aesthetic purposes–but I was out and too impatient to get this done….so, zip ties, it is!)

Modified Tomato Tower from Farmhouse38

I simply put three ‘halves’ together in triangle formation, and zip tied each corner, top and bottom.

I attached a strip of burlap around the base for one very important reason: CHICKENS.  This is to prevent them from sticking their interloping little paws in there and innocently digging up the seedlings.  Additionally, I did a little ‘companion planting’, and added some marigolds and basil around the base of each tower; these plants are supposed to help the tomatoes by deterring pests (chickens included).  Last season, I was amazed at how the girls were completely uninterested in the marigolds (aside from accidentally kicking a few young plants over as they do their little chicken-boogies in the dirt).  This season, I’ve been planting a lot of basil (due to its alleged fly-repelling properties), and lo and behold, the chickens steer clear of it, as well!

As we have been transferring plants out into the garden, I’ve been in dire need of tags.  You may remember my Chalkboard Plant Markers from Old Gift Cards–which are all well and good, except for the fact that I am out of gift and club cards to use!  So I was scrambling for something else, when I suddenly realized that I have been keeping all the little plastic markers that come with nursery plants.  Lightbulb moment!

Nursery Plant Markers About to Be Upcycled by Farmhouse38

Yet again, I cannot believe that these have been staring me in the face for SO LONG. I have SO MANY OF THESE stored up!

So yeah….hit these with some chalkboard spray paint, and then take a white grease pencil to them:

UpCycled Nursery Plant Tags from Farmhouse38I wanted to use these as tags tied to my tomato towers, and many of them actually come with a built-in hole in the pointy end (but those that didn’t, I just used a hole-punch to remedy that), so I strung them with twine and tied them on:

DIY UpCycled Plant Tag from Farmhouse38For plants that don’t have a cage to tie to, you can just pop them in the ground like they come in your nursery packs.  However, in this garden, those things do not stand up to scratching chicken feet; they get flung like tiny frisbees across the yard.  I usually punch a hole, once again, in the pointy end, and then anchor them into the ground with a landscape staple.

DIY UpCycled Plant Markers from Farmhouse38

Hello, blurry photo!!!

DIY UpCycled Plant Tags from Farmhouse38

Once securely in the ground, these are pretty chicken-scratch sturdy.

You may have noticed the chicken wire that has been mounted on the fence behind the tomato towers.

Tomato Towers from Farmhouse38That is for our hops to hopefully train up on (and simultaneously protect the current little seedlings from chicken demolition).

Baby Hops from Farmhouse38

Baby hops, tucked safely under the chicken wire.

This is our first time growing hops–so I have no idea if this is going to work!

But….back to the tomatoes….hopefully very soon I’ll be sharing photos like this again:

Tomatoes from Farmhouse38


And this:

Ginormous Tomato from Farmhouse38

Super-sized joy!!!




An Impressionist Art Lesson from the Chickens

Impressionism Chicken Art from Farmhouse38I don’t do a lot of kid stuff on this blog, because, well, we don’t have any of the two-legged, non-feathered variety.  But from time to time, my ‘loaner kids’ come over for a visit (good friends of the family–the two girls were our wedding flower girls!) The chickens were thrilled to have three of their favorite kids (we refer to them as C2, C3, and C1, respectively) over the other day for an ‘art lesson’ on Impressionism.  (There are only a handful of subjects that I possibly know enough about to try to ‘teach’ anyone: decorative wreathes, cocktails, and Impressionist painters….for this ‘lesson’ it was a close call between subjects 2 and 3.  No one wants to learn about wreathes.)

We began with some print-outs of a few well-known Vincents and Claudes, so the kids could get a feeling for how these painters concentrated less on specific form, and more on color and light.  I also wanted them to notice the deliberate brushstrokes, and the layering of color upon color.  We were going to paint the chickens in this manner, but we weren’t going to paint what our brains told us a chicken looked like; we were going to paint based on the colors we were seeing.  To help with this a bit, I selected photos of each of our birds and applied a painting filter effect to them in Photoshop, then printed them out…they looked something like this:

Photoshopped Painting of Millie from Farmhouse38

This may seem a bit like ‘cheating’, but I wanted the kids to see the chicken more as bits of color and light, rather than just a chicken.

So each kid picked a chicken, and we began.  Because the focus of this project was the bird, I had them ignore the backgrounds in the photos and simply fill their entire canvas with simple, bold color.

Impressionist Chicken Paintings from Farmhouse38

We filled the entire canvas, and then let them dry while we had a juice break.  And yes, those are trash bag painting smocks.

Next, the kids drew the outline of the chicken in white, and filled it in so that we could layer other colors nicely over the top.  (This is mostly due to the type of paint we were working with; non-toxic kid paints tend to be very transparent and don’t work as well for layering as the oil paints of the Impressionists.)

Impressionist Chicken Art for Kids from Farmhouse38

The face of concentration.

Impressionist Chicken Paintings for Kids from Farmhouse38

Impressionism Lesson for Kids from Farmhouse38

A darned fine Gertie silhouette.

We then let that layer dry thoroughly (yay for the quick-drying powers of acrylic paint!).

Accidental Face-Painting from Farmhouse38

So while we waited….this happened!

Accidental Face-Painting from Farmhouse38

Epic photo-bombing.

Next, it was time to start layering on some color, Impressionist-style:

Impressionist Painting for Kids from Farmhouse38

C1’s face paint is still cracking me up.

Impressionist Chicken Painting for Kids from Farmhouse38

Another comprehensive animal photo-bombing.

Impressionist Painting with Kids from Farmhouse38

I urged the kids to paint the colors that they were seeing.  For instance, instead of falling into the trap of thinking a chicken’s comb is red, look closer: it’s actually rather pink.

Impressionist Chicken Art for Kids from Farmhouse38

C2 couldn’t help but embellish the background.

Impressionist Chicken Art for Kids from Farmhouse38

C1 really got into the ‘dappling’ brushstrokes. Very Monet!

Impressionist Chicken Art for Kids from Farmhouse38

Yeah, Southpaw!

We layered and layered the different colors until we got some pretty good results!

Impressionist Chicken Paintings for Kids from Farmhouse38

Gertie has never looked better!

Impressionist Chicken Paintings for Kids from Farmhouse38

‘Millie and Eloise in the Garden’, acrylic on canvas, by C1

I somehow didn’t get a close-up of C2’s finished Clementine portrait (she was still working till the bitter end!)….but please enjoy the final group shots:

Impressionist-Inspired Chicken Paintings from Farmhouse38

Impressionist-Inspired Chicken Paintings from Farmhouse38

Impressionist-Inspired Chicken Paintings from Farmhouse38

Not sure who wins best face….but we got some pretty awesome paintings here, if I do say so myself!!!

Super Simple Starfish Wall Decor

Super Simple Starfish Wall Decor from Farmhouse38I know what you’re thinking….starfish aren’t really very ‘farmy’.  But aside from the facts that I grew up near the beach, and we’re in Los Angeles which is technically on the beach, these starfish hold some pretty heavy sentimental value.  You see, the Texan and I got married on the beach, and instead of flower petals scattered down the aisle, we had starfish and sea glass.  We tried very hard to gather up as many of them afterwards to bring home with us (I also have a large jar of the sea glass, as well as a small jar of sand from the very spot we took our vows….I’m not usually so mushy, but this was important to me!)

Here’s a few shots from our wedding:

Ceremony Set-Up

Our ceremony site: on the beach in Los Cabos, Mexico.

Our Wedding Site

A shot of how the aisle was set up.

Wedding Starfish

Close up of the starfish in action.

Our Wedding

Gotta throw one of these in!

From Our Wedding

And this one’s fun….this was about a thirtieth of a second before we both doubled over laughing.  (BTW, this was the morning after the actual wedding–it was our ‘wreck the dress’ shoot–good times!).

All right, enough of that!  Back to work!!

I really wanted to display our starfish in a unique way.  I didn’t want to do anything cheesy–framing seemed too obvious and we just have so many of them!  I finally decided that I just wanted to stick them to the wall, and at first, I put a glob of earthquake putty on each one and just stuck them up like that.  This was all well and good until we had a really hot day and I walked in to find that my painstakingly-lined up grid of starfish was now a detail from a Dalí painting.

It was then that I had my ‘Ah-ha’ moment.  Thumbtacks.  All I needed was thumbtacks.

Here is the world’s most complicated how-to:

Supplies for Wall-Mounting Starfish from Farmhouse38

Starfish, white thumbtack, and hot glue.

Put a decent glob of hot glue in the center of the back of the starfish, and sink your thumbtack into it so that the glue rises over the first lip of the head of the thumbtack.  Hold it in place until the glue is set.

Starfish Wall Decor from Farmhouse38

Let that glue harden and cool completely.  Meanwhile, mark off a grid in the shape that you want it on your wall.  I did a grid of twenty-four starfish: four across, six down.  The marks represent the center of each starfish, and I went ahead and spaced mine six inches from each other (every starfish is, obviously, a different size, so this winds up being an imperfect science–but it works!)

Now, take your fully-dried starfish and gently press the thumbtack into your mark on the wall (if you have drywall–if you have some sort of paneling, you may want to pre-drill a bit so the thumbtack goes in easy).

Super Simple Starfish Wall from Farmhouse38

Press into the wall straight-on–if you angle it at all, you risk snapping the thumbtack off.

There you have it!

Super Simple Starfish Wall from Farmhouse38

The offset of the thumbtacks really makes for some amazing shadows on the wall.

Super Simple Starfish Wall Decor from Farmhouse38

Super Simple Starfish Wall Decor from Farmhouse38

DIY Weathered Wood Headboard

DIY Weathered Wood Headboard from Farmhouse38

As part of our master bedroom makeover, the Texan and I decided that it was way past due that we have an actual headboard.  Our guest bedroom bed has a darned headboard; shouldn’t we?  How fancy of us!  That being said, we aren’t quite fancy enough yet that we want to spend much money on it (ie: any money, at all).  So we turned, yet again, to our scrap wood pile for a few leftover 2×4’s and some dinged-up pine boards (all of which can be acquired for a nominal fee at your local home improvement store).

We started by building the frame; this took a bit of baffled staring at the wall where the headboard was going to figure out the exact dimensions.  We’ve got light switches and window frames to factor in, but really, it boiled down to a personal preference on how we wanted it to look.  We figured out roughly where we wanted the peak of the arch to be, and roughly where we wanted the edges of the arch to be, height-wise.

Legit, Professional-Quality Headboard Plans from Farmhouse38

Our professionally-drawn plans.  Hey, it isn’t on a napkin!

Once we had decided on all that, it was time to build the frame.

Basic Headboard Frame from Farmhouse38

We cut the four pieces according to our height (42 1/2″) and width (72″) requirements, then screwed them together with metal straps from the home improvement center.

Next, we cut our 6″ wide pine planks all to length (29″, which is the length from the bottom cross piece of the headboard to the highest point of the arch).  Here’s a little tip: before you assemble these, use an electric sander or even just sandpaper (I used a Dremel) to knock down the corners along the lengths of the boards–even though they sit side-by-side, those edges still tend to be rather sharp….if there is one thing you don’t want your headboard to be, it’s sharp.

Headboard Assembly from Farmhouse38

Line your boards side-by-side and face-down, and place the frame on top of them. Screw through the frame and into the boards, one screw in each top and bottom. We used 1-5/8″ length screws–long enough to go through the 2×4 and into the boards, but not long enough to go all the way through the boards.

Headboard Assembly from Farmhouse38

Millie monitors the Texan’s progress.

At this point, the basic headboard is assembled.  But we wanted to get crazy with the top edge and do an arch.  Which is a little tricky.  This, I’m sure, could be done by one person, but it is a lot easier with two, trust me.

You want to start with the headboard laying flat, face up.  You also need a pencil and a long length of twine.

Making an Arch from Farmhouse38Find the midpoint of the top edge of the headboard (which is where the highest point of the arch will be), then measure straight back a ways (we used an extra board as a straight reference, because the eventual point you are looking for will fall somewhere below the headboard).  The farther back you go, the more gradual of an arch you will wind up making–you’ll have to fiddle with it a bit and figure out what shape arch looks best for what you are doing.  But basically, you just need to have one person pin one end of the string down (this effectively, is the center of the circle that your arch is a part of), and then tie or hold the other end of the string to a pencil, carefully drawing your line by moving the pencil along in an arc at the end of that string.  You’ll have to practice a few times without making a mark to really figure out what works best.  I am sure there is a more precise way of doing this, but I was never any good at math, so this is quite mathy enough, thank you!

You’ll wind up with a pretty legit arch:

Cutting and Arch from Farmhouse38

You can see I screwed up a few times. (meh.)

It was time for my favorite tool: the Dremel Trio, which is a handy-dandy little multi-function router-thingy (it routs, it sands, it cuts, it slices, it dices!  JK on the last two–I got carried away).  Carefully, I cut along my not-so-painstakingly-done guidelines.  You can see I didn’t make the cleanest cut….

Cutting the Arched Headboard from Farmhouse38The arch I wound up cutting was wobbly, at best.  But I figured that because I wanted this headboard to be pretty weathered and beat-up looking, having a wobbly top edge wasn’t the worst thing in the world.  I did sand the living daylights out of the top, which took the wobbliness down quite a bit.

Next, it was time to beat the wood up.  I wanted some glaring imperfections, so I gathered a few weapons and took my aggressions out on this poor, innocent headboard.

Lovingly Distressed Headboard from Farmhouse38

Some of my favorite distressing techniques/tools include: tapping a nail in little clusters to emulate worm holes, letting a grinder skip across, repeatedly hitting with both ends of a hammer, etc. Distressing wood is fun.

If there are any splintered wood bits from all your abuse, be sure to give those a quick sand.

Time for stain!  I began with a layer of grey stain (Varathane Weathered Grey).

Weathered Grey Base on Headboard from Farmhouse38

Next, I layered on a basic brown stain (what we had sitting around: Minwax Early American):

Wood Stain on Headboard from Farmhouse38

I hate the smell of stain.  I cannot think of anything worse than that smell, right next to my head, soaking into my sheets, as I try to sleep.  Ugh.  So, at this point, we left the headboard outside for several days to air out.  I’ve also read that if you scrub white vinegar on it, it helps to neutralize the smell.  So I did this….a few times.  I like to believe it helped.  Honestly, I think it did.

As is typical of most of our projects, there was no rain in the forecast, yet it began to rain, so we had to move the operation into the garage (which ain’t great for photos).  The next step was to do a white-washed effect over the top of the stain.  I used some semi-gloss Behr Swiss Coffee white paint that we had sitting around.  Using a cheap wooden brush (I like the effect the coarse bristles create), I would load it up with paint and then brush most of the paint off into a rag before rubbing and brushing it onto the headboard.

Drybrushing Technique from Farmhouse38

This is what a ‘drybrush’ looks like. You can brush this on for a streaky, wood-grained effect, and you can also use it to smudge areas and create a sort of color haze.  You don’t want there to be any areas of thick paint–if you accidentally get some, use a dry rag to rub it off as much as possible.

White-washed Headboard from Farmhouse38

Finished white-washing.

Again, we let this sucker sit in the garage for a few days to air out (also, before I started painting, I mixed a tablespoon of vanilla into the gallon of paint, which helps neutralize the paint fumes without affecting the color).

The final embellishment came in the form of metal star ‘nailhead’-looking trim.

Metal Star Trim from Farmhouse38My source for these little pretties is one of my best. kept. secrets.  And I’m gonna go ahead and reveal it to you….deep breath: King Architectural Metals (  This is where I acquire all sorts of metal bits and bobs (wrought iron fence pieces, cast iron star washers, barn stars, etc.) It is pretty much my most favorite, random, wonderful place to shop.

I went ahead and drilled a center hole in each little star (taking care to remove or sand off any resulting sharp spurs).  I then pre-drilled a hole into the headboard where I wanted each star, and then nailed them each into place with a little furniture tack (acquired from the home improvement store).

We finally placed the headboard and secured it to the wall with a couple of screws in the legs.

There you have it!  A nice little addition to our nice little bedroom, if I do say so myself.

DIY Weathered Wood Headboard from Farmhouse38

Close-Enough-to-Finished Master Bedroom Makeover

After of Master Bedroom Makeover from Farmhouse38Well, it’s finally pretty darn done.  I can barely believe it.

Let’s do the before and after tour, shall we?

Before Shot of Master Bedroom from Farmhouse38

Master entry hallway, before.

Master Bedroom After Makeover from Farmhouse38

Entry hallway, after. Closet curtains are still there….the closet deserves its very own makeover post when our bank account recovers from this one.

Hallway Frame Wall from Farmhouse38

A close-up of our hallway photo wall. It is my intention to fill this whole wall, but all things in due time!

Before Master Bedroom Makeover from Farmhouse38

Remember this? The main bedroom, before.

After of Master Bedroom Makeover from Farmhouse38

The main bedroom, after. Love that plank feature wall. Love it.

After of Master Bedroom Makeover from Farmhouse38

A great shot of the ‘starfish wall’ (tutorial coming soon!).

Before Master Bedroom Makeover from Farmhouse38

The opposite wall, before.

After of Master Bedroom Makeover from Farmhouse38

The opposite wall, after. Those collage photo frames? I was never really in love with them. But I had to use them somehow! See how I hacked them into this ‘stained-glass window’ wall decor in an upcoming tutorial post.

Before Shots of Master Bedroom Makeover from Farmhouse38

Remember this before?….the all-important dog bed and cluttered nightstand.

After of Master Bedroom Makeover from Farmhouse38

Same view, after. It wouldn’t be fair if Chance didn’t get a dog bed makeover, now would it? Those are the same ole Ikea Hemnes nightstands, with a bit of a color and distressed-finish upgrade.

DIY Weathered Wood Headboard from Farmhouse38

Here’s a good shot of our DIY weathered wood headboard (tutorial coming soon!). It’s nice to have an actual headboard….such grown-ups, we are!

Master Bedroom Nightstand Vignette from Farmhouse38

Here’s a little close up of the vignette on my nightstand. I heart pink peonies in a blue mason jar. I just heart them.

Before Shot of Master Bedroom Makeover from Farmhouse38

Remember how the wall opposite the bed looked before? Abbie does.

After Shot of Master Bedroom Makeover from Farmhouse38

After. It’s amazing what a little bold color and crisp white trim will do to a wall, eh?  Although, it feels like something is missing….

After of Master Bedroom Makeover from Farmhouse38

Ah. There we go.  Now we can move on.

After Shot of Master Bedroom Makeover from Farmhouse38

Tree branches: no master bedroom is complete without.

After Shot of Master Bedroom Makeover from Farmhouse38

The french door leading out onto what will soon be a lovely pergola-covered back deck. Right now, it is the deck of death; old and rickety and consummately terrifying.  We don’t go out there.  We don’t look at it.  We don’t even speak of it.

Before Shots of Master Bedroom Makeover from Farmhouse38

Before: the view back down the hall towards the living room–aka, the escape route.

After of Master Bedroom Makeover from Farmhouse38

Alas, the unfinished closets still require our attention, as does the attic hatch in the ceiling. Such is why this post is called ‘Close-Enough-to-Finished’. Close enough, it’s close enough.

That’s about the gist of it!

A few random notes here:  after doing our master bathroom makeover, and slapping that dark, dark, dark grey on the walls in such a small space, I arrived at two decisions.  The first is that I love dark walls with white trim–I adore the contrastiness of it (I like to make up words).  The second is that since the master bedroom is also a small and innately dark room, we should just own it and go dark on the walls there, too.  If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.  Of course, we tempered the darkness a bit by making the plank wall, as well as a lot of the linens, white.  That always helps.  So do pops of cheerful color.  I think part of the reason I drug my feet on this room for so long was that the voices in my head were at odds with each other over painting the walls some light, gentle color (as logic would dictate you do in a small, dark room).

We were also on the fence about whether we wanted to swap out the existing blue glass pendants for something else.  And when I say ‘we’, well, you probably know what I mean.  Functionally, the pendants are completely awesome–it is brilliant to not have a lamp to knock over on the nightstand (I may or may not flail my arms when I am asleep).  I personally love them, but I’m not 100% sure that they are 100% what I am looking for in those spots.  But do I ever need to be 100% sure about any design choice?  Nope.  I’d say pulling the decision trigger at a respectable 85% is fine.  So the pendants stay; I like the color, I like the transparency (they do, after all, hang in front of those windows), and I like the price tag (ie: already bought).  Works for me!

It is abundantly satisfying to be sleeping in a ‘finished’ room.  The bare drywall edged windows, primed walls, and mish-mashed furniture were great and all, but….change is good.

After of Master Bedroom Makeover from Farmhouse38

The Start of the Finish of the Master Bedroom

Original Master Bedroom of Farmhouse38

For those of you who have been keeping tabs on us, you know we’ve been through a pretty serious top to bottom renovation of our 105-year-old house.  After five years of of these shenanigans, we have finally gotten to the master bedroom, and as we put the finishing touches on it, I thought I would regale you with a series of ‘before’ shots to really get you in the mood.

The photo above shows the original master bedroom of the house when we bought it….I didn’t take many photos because we ripped into that part of the house so fast the ink was hardly dry on our escrow papers.  This isn’t a totally fair ‘before’ shot, either; you see, we didn’t even make this the master, or even a bedroom.  But you can see the master bath there, leering at you from the right-hand door….that awful, awful bathroom–we let that stay where it was, but did some pretty major tweaking to it (see that makeover here).  We chose to put the actual bedroom on the other side of the bathroom, in a room that was….well, we don’t even know what it was.  And strangely, I took no photos of it until we started ripping down ‘walls’ (I use quotes because what we found was that most of the walls in this house were actually 1×12 boards nailed up and covered with wallpaper.  The structure of the house defied physics and basic common sense).

Before Shots of Master Bedroom from Farmhouse38

As you can see, we started a touch of demo when I snapped this picture.

Here’s a photo of the original master bedroom once we had started our gleeful destruction:

Before Shot of Master Bedroom from Farmhouse38

Here, you can see where we are opening up the hallway that will lead to the new master bedroom.  You can also see the shards of ‘wall’ that are coming down.  Good times.

So eventually, we got some legitimate structural walls put up, you know….since this is a house with a roof and all, and arrived at a master bedroom that was finished but not finished.  You feel me?

For five years, the master has looked like this:

During Shot of Master Bedroom from Farmhouse38

The entrance hallway: to the immediate right is the master bath, and to the left is a series of curtained closets. Curtained closets are for people who can’t afford closet doors.

During Shot of Master Bedroom Makeover from Farmhouse38

I give you….the bedroom. In all it’s primed-wall, trimless, paintless glory.

During Shot of Master Bedroom Makeover from Farmhouse38

A hodge-podge of cast-off furniture completes a very sophisticated college-dorm look. Dang, this place really needs some black-light posters. The white dog would look pretty epic in black-light.   I digress.

During Shots of Master Bedroom Makeover from Farmhouse38

The all-important dog bed and cluttered nightstand.

During Shots of Master Bedroom Makeover from Farmhouse38

Looking back towards the hallway and closets.

During Shots of Master Bedroom Makeover from Farmhouse38

The escape route back to the living room.

I hate to do this to you, but this is it for now.  I just wanted to set the scene and show you how we’ve been living for the past several years.  The Texan is constantly baffled by my lack of initiative with this room and how I have let it stay like this for so long.  It’s very unlike me.  But I only just found my inspiration….so stay tuned, because the ‘After’ post is coming soon!  I swear.  Really, it is.

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