August 6th: Paint All Day

I had a very different idea of what this meant when I put this on the list for the year. I anticipated that it would mean fine art painting. But after buying a house that is simply not the case. 

I spent today painting my kitchen. I am overjoyed with how the house is coming along.

Here are photos of my kitchen on move in day:


Now I have taken down some of the cabinets, painted the walls and painted the cabinets. Take a look:


The next exciting step is building these cool shelves to put up in place of the cabinets:


And, I have already picked out a color for the bathroom.

Owning a house is so fun!

July 9th: Go to a Comedy Show

I recently met a guy a work who is a a comedian and currently working on spreading the comedy scene around Denver. He wanted to know if we could put on a show in the venue… and we’ll, what a great idea!

We are doing it once a month, but today I had the great pleasure of hanging out for the comedians.

It was awesome. They were hilarious. 


I think it is going to be a great experience once a month and hopefully we can get more people to attend!

June 15th: Make a Door Wreath

This year is full of so much adventure, creating, eating and relaxation. Some days I need to remind myself to make these things happen.

Today was simple. Make a little door wreath. 

I started with a wood stick wreath and wrapped some green leaves around it.


Then I took some flowers. I picked these ones because I feel like it can kind of encompass all the seasons.


I glued them on using a hot glue gun.


And that was that. Hopefully it stays together.

June 14th: Make Homemade Jam

This really is not as hard as you may think, although quite time consuming. I had some grapes in my refrigerator for quite a while and just could not seem to get rid of them, so I figured no better time than now to make some jam.

Started with fresh grapes:


Put into a pot with a little water and boiled:

Covered and simmered for 7 minutes and then too the cover off and began to boil:


When boiling the water from the grapes really emerges, so you have to boil for quite a while before much of the water had evaporated.

Then I added sugar, 3/4 of a cup for every cup of grapes:


I read to do a taste for doneness you place a plate in the refrigerator. Take a spoon full of the jam and place it on the plate. Put it back to cool for a couple minutes. Push on the jam, if there are creases it is done

So then just take it off the stove and pour into mason jars. The recipe I found said to let cool for a couple of hours, then lid and place in refrigerator.


So now, I am just waiting for it to cool. I cannot wait to try it!

I found instructions at this site: Snap Guide.

May 20th: Create a Herb Garden

So yesterday was truly hitting two birds with one stone! I have been planning on knocking this one off the list for sometime and when I saw the Pinterest task and came across the DIY Mason Jar Herbs I knew that was the one for me.

So definitely check out my post from yesterday! 

I had so much fun creating an herb garden. I only have three right now but plan on making and planting a bunch more.

May 19th: Do a Craft from Pinterest

I have been looking forward to getting crafty this year and was super excited to find this little project: Mason Jar Herb Garden. There are a ton of different ways to do it, and a ton of different examples on Pinterest… I kind of just looked at a lot and did it my own way. 

I’m really happy with how it turned out! Now let’s just hope I get some greens!

I bought mason jars at the grocery store! 12 for just $8.99!


I had some hemp left over from other projects. So took a hot glue gun and got to work.




Then I took a sharpie (blue was all I had) and wrote the names of the herbs I was planting on the jars.


Add some river rocks and potting soil, the seeds, and then another thin layer of soil.



I didn’t really like that the names didn’t pop off the jar once the soil was in so I went out and got an acrylic paint sharpie in white. It blended with the sharpie color (which I didn’t expect but really love!)


And viola! I have some herbs hanging!


Happy gardener!