Life and a Little DIY

We spent the long holiday weekend at the beach.  It was great to get away, but Ocean City, MD was pretty busy because of the holiday.  We did our best at just relaxing and enjoying the time away.  Bob and I found some time to relax by the pool, hit the beach, and boardwalk, and of course had some good eats and drinks!  Over the weekend, I also finally caved to signing up for Instagram, and I’m really enjoying it so far.  Here are a few of my instagrams from the weekend.

Harborside view instagram

That was our view from the Harborside on Saturday, and below was the inside of Harborside on Friday.  It is one of our favorite spots at the beach.

Leslie Harborside instagram

Our beach trip had at least two purposes, to get away and relax was one.  The other one was to take Bob’s Mom, Helen, to the beach to stay for the week.  So, this morning Bob and Puddy and I packed up and headed home and we left Helen at her house at the beach for the week.  And, my goal while she is at the beach is to give her kitchen cabinets a fresh new look!

This is what her kitchen looked like when she left for the beach.

Kitchen Cabinets - before left sid

Kitchen Cabinets - before right side

And, there’s a few more cabinets that I didn’t fit in the picture.  The goal is to paint the lower cabinets “Icy Bay”, which is a fresh mint color, and the upper cabinets will become “Delicate White”.  Both are colors in the Olympic paint line.  The cabinets will also get new knobs and pulls.  There a total of 12 drawers and 23 cabinets, so there is much work to be done.

Today, Bob helped me remove all the doors and drawer fronts.  And, then I began the prep.  The old knobs have all been removed and about half of the doors and drawers have been sanded.

Kitchen Cabinets - Sanding

This week will be a busy one, so I’m sure I won’t be blogging along the way, but I will try my best to share sneak peaks on Facebook and Instagram.

Have you painted cabinets?  Any tips or tricks to share?

The conclusion of our Curacao Trip

As I prepared this post, I got distracted by all of our Curacao pictures all over again.  We had such a wonderful time, and got to truly experience the island.  I’m sharing one last set of pictures to give a few more of the highlights of our trip.  We stayed in two locations on the island.  The first half of the week, we stayed at the Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort.  It was tucked away on one side of the island, and was a very serene setting.

The beach

Curacao - Santa Barbara Resort Beach

The pool

Curacao - Santa Barbara Resort Pool

The main part of the hotel and restaurants

Curacao - Santa Barbara Resort - Hotel and Dining Area

And, the landscape around the resort.

Curacao - Santa Barbara Resort - Property

For the second half of our trip, we moved to the other side of the island, at Marazul Dive Resort in Westpunt.  We chose to stay in a vacation rental by owner, and had a great experience.  We had never done that before, but we are so glad we did because it was great.  The pictures of the place we stayed were exactly how they were listed on the rental website.  The owners provided us with helpful information in advance of our stay, and the property managers welcomed us after our arrival.

We had a beautiful view from our balcony.

Curacao - Marazul Dive Resort - View

Here are some views of the nature of Curacao:

Curacao - Yellow and black bird on deck

Curacao - Iguana close-up

Curacao - Flamingos in water

Curacao - Cactus

Curacao - Pink-Red Flowers

Curacao - Iguana in leaves on rock

Curacao - Tropical Bird

Curacao - Purple Flowers

Overall, it was a wonderful vacation.  Curacao is a beautiful place.  We enjoyed our whole trip.  You can find more of Curacao here and here, in case you missed the other highlights.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?

Master Bedroom and Bathroom

When the sun was finally shining again, I took advantage of the light and snapped some pictures of areas of our house that I have yet to share.  First up is our Master Bedroom and Bathroom.  This was the first room in the house that we painted and I still love the nice yellow color that we chose.  This is the view of the room when you enter from the hallway.

Master Bedroom - view from the door - dresser bed nightstand

The art above the bed is very special; my grandmother cross-stitched it for our wedding.  I tried to take a close up and kept getting a glare, or my reflection in the picture.

It says:

To know Love

Is to know Life

To give love

Is to Know


Bob and Leslie

January 12, 2008

The candle sconces were a Goodwill find that I gave a quick coat of spray paint to freshen up the look.

If you walk to the bed and turn around, this is the view of the dresser and Bob’s side table.  It was definitely a bright shiny day!

Master Bedroom - dresser and side table

And, this is the view from our bed.  The door on the left is to the closet, which I’m happy to say has stayed nice and organized since I revealed my new system here.

Master Bedroom - armoire and diy side chairs

You can see that the décor so far is very simple.  It’s definitely still a work in progress, as is most of our home.  The one picture you see is from the sunrise on one of our first trips to Mexico.

The chairs are one project that I did in this room.  I found a listing on Craigslist a few years ago – it said wooden arm chairs $5 each, 30 available.  It was a local restaurant that had replaced all of their dining room chairs.  Bob went to check it out for me, and came home with 2 of the chairs.  I didn’t think to take a picture before I removed all the fabric, but picture a dark blue fabric worn very well from years in the restaurant.

Master Bedroom - side chairs- before

I stripped the fabric and prepped the chairs for painting.  I used my favorite spray paint – Rustoleum Heirloom White.  After painting, I reupholstered with new fabric and trim.  It was a challenge since the backs were two-sided covered in fabric.  I improvised a bit along the way, but am happy with the end results.  They add some color to the room, while also lightening it up a bit with all the darker wood furniture.

Master Bedroom - diy painted and reupholstered side chair

Now, back to the tour.  The Master Bathroom is through the door right beside my nightstand.  I have worked a bit more on decorating the bathroom with a beach theme of sand and shells décor.  I have taken many liberties in this space, because it is not a space that Bob uses.  We love the beach and have collected so many shells over the years.  I’ve been able to use some of that collection in this bathroom.  The double vanity is on the right as soon as you enter the door.  I got the artwork at Goodwill for a few dollars, the vase at a local consignment store, and the clock at a yardsale (it is intended to help me stay on time when I’m getting ready for work).

Master Bathroom - double sinks with thrifted art

The whirlpool tub is on the left, parallel to the sinks.  The shells are all ones that we have collected.

Master Bathroom - whirpool tub with seashell decor

The shelf is one from my childhood.  I should have taken a before picture.  It was a natural wood – very country style.  It was originally flipped the other way with a door over the one section with a heart cut out of it.  I removed the door, patched the holes, gave it a fresh coat of paint and flipped it on its end.  The shelves are filled with a combination of collected and purchased items.

Master Bathroom - sand and shells - wall and tub decor

The wall décor on the other side, features beach pictures that we have taken in frames that were given to me at my bridal shower.  Puddy loves the beach, so its nice to see pictures of him enjoying it every day.  The starfish were not harmed in the taking of this picture….I snapped the photo and released them back into the ocean.

Master Bathroom - beach pictures and tub decor sand shells and candles

There is a pocket door that separates the sink and tub area of the bathroom from the toilet and shower area.

Master Bathroom - toilet area with thrifted art

The toilet area features some yardsale art that I purchased.  The shower area is not ready to share yet.  It is just a shower stall and I have struggled to find a shower curtain that I like.  I recently found a curtain I liked at a thrift shop, but of course it is for a regular tub/shower combination.  I’m going to try to modify it to work for the shower stall.  For the price, it was worth trying to make it work, especially since I like the material.

Master Bathroom - Shower curtain before

Anyone else have a shower stall and struggle to find a curtain?  What do you do with shells you collect at the beach?  I’m looking for other ideas to use our collection.

Vacation Memories

This weekend, the sun was finally out, but it just made me dream of even warmer weather.  So, to make me feel better, I turned my dreaming into a trip down memory lane with pictures of vacations from previous years.

The first time I was ever to another country was May 2006.  It was the first “big” vacation for Bob and I.  We stayed in Akumal, Mexico and it is a beautiful location.

Vacations - Akumal Mexico May 2006

We went a bit further south on that trip and visited Tulum. The view below is from the ruins.

Vacation - Tulum Mexico May 2006

In May 2007, we decided to go back to Mexico again.  Part of what we love about Akumal, is that it means “home of the turtle”, and it is.  Almost every time we hopped in the water to go snorkeling, we saw a turtle, sometimes a few turtles.  It was amazing.

Vacation - Turtle Akumal Mexico May 2007

We loved Tulum so much, we went back during our trip to find some other beaches that were new to us.

Vacation - Pink Boat Mexico May 2007

Vacation - Bob and Leslie Mexico May 2007

In 2008, we ventured even further south to Belize.  This was our honeymoon trip in April.   It took 3 planes to get us there, but it was well worth it.  Our first stop was Placencia.  We stayed in a little cottage right on the beach.

Vacation - Bob and Leslie Placencia Belize April 2008

Vacation - Placencia Belize Beach April 2008

After a few days in Placencia, we got on another plane and then a small boat took us to our next destination, South Water Caye.   Caye is an island in Belize, and South Water was our choice since it is right on the Barrier Reef.  We could walk from our cottage, onto the beach and get in water that was like swimming in an aquarium.

Vacation - Belize snorkeling fish

We also took a short boat excursion that had us snorkeling around the some of the most beautiful coral we have ever seen.

Vacation - Belize snorkeling elk horn coral

The island was very small, so we got to experience many beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

Vacation - Belize sunset April 2008

St. Kitts was our next adventure in February 2010.  On our first day there, we went to this point where you could see the Atlantic on one side and Caribbean on the other side.

Vacation - St Kitts Atlantic and Caribbean view bob and leslie Feb 2010

We got to go snorkeling yet again, and saw more colorful coral.  We also got to find conch during our snorkeling and the boat crew used it for our lunch.  One of the conch shells came home with us, since we knew it was empty, and it resides on the shelves in our basement as a great memory.

Vacation - St Kitts - coral

This was the beach right outside the hotel.  Bob set the camera on some rocks to take our self-portrait.

Vacation - St Kitts bob and leslie on beach

February 2011 found us in Grand Cayman.  The lighting before dinner was too perfect not to pose for a picture.

Vacation -Grand Cayman Bob and Leslie Feb 2011

The beaches in Grand Cayman were so beautiful.

Vacation - Grand Cayman - Leslie Beach

Bob did his research in advance and knew that Cemetery Beach was the place to go snorkeling.  The fish were so colorful, and they were not afraid of people.  They would swim right up to you.

Vacation - Grand Cayman - Snorkeling fish at cemetery beach

We also took a trip to Sting Ray City.  As scared as I thought I would be, it was so neat to be in the water with all the sting rays.


Last year, we ventured to St. Maarten.  The snorkeling was not very good, so we just enjoyed the beaches and we can’t complain as long as the water is warm!!

Vacation - St Marteen - February 2012

One day was a bit cloudy with some rain off and on, so I was able to convince Bob to go to the Butterfly Farm.  So, instead of pictures of fish and coral, we have tons of pictures of butterflies from our St. Maarten trip.

Vacation - St Marteen - butterfly farm

This trip was also the first with our new camera, so Bob took lots of panoramic shots trying to capture it all.

Vacation - St Marteen panoramic

So, that’s a quick trip down our vacation memory lane.  It doesn’t seem to cure my dreams of warm weather….it really just makes me want it more.  Luckily, we have our next trip planned…we are headed to Curacao.  Has anyone been there?  If so, what should we put on our list to do?

Summer Life

I know I probably have only a few readers out there since my blog is so new, but I also didn’t want anyone that has been reading to think I started this blog and abandoned it already!  The truth is, I’ve just been busy enjoying what is left of summer life.  Fall is approaching all too quickly for my liking.  I do enjoy Fall, but I am not ready to start thinking about it too much yet.  I would rather cling on to what is left of summer. 

So, this is a glimpse of how I have been spending my time lately.

Puddy enjoying the ride to the beach.

Sitting on the beach at Assategue Island watching the horses just wander by.

My Mom and Dad after my Dad’s 3rd place finish at a local tractor pull.

My niece and nephews in the corn at the tractor pull.  These are the poses I got when I told them the picture would be on the internet. 🙂

My niece and nephews at the Lancaster Science Factory.  I enjoyed a day off work and we all had fun at the science factory. 

Puddy on a recent trip to Lowe’s with me. 

I have been working on some small projects around the house, so I hope to have something home related to share soon.  But, in the meantime I am preparing for a Labor Day Weekend family picnic at our house tomorrow.  Puddy was just helping me get flowers to replace the ones I have neglected as summer fades away.