Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Friends visiting can spark heightened motivation to complete scary projects! Original Hardwoods/Painted Wood Floors in a Bathroom/ Wallpaper Removal

Today at Wold Farm:

We are excitedly anticipating the arrival of our friends, Brian and Rynessha! This will be the first time we’ve had friends overnight at the farm. You may remember my post back in November about our couples’ trip to Des Moines? Well since then, Rynessha and Brian have gotten engaged! We cannot wait to see them and celebrate with a long weekend full of small town adventure.

In preparation for their arrival, Zach and I decided to tackle a minor bathroom update over the weekend.  What started this little endeavor was Zach’s decision to pull up the carpet in the bathroom.  With a tiny bit of apprehension (but of course encouragement) I went downstairs to cook dinner while Zach ripped up the carpet from the bathroom.  Under the carpet was a layer of wood painted linoleum. Under the linoleum was a layer of 1969 newspaper. Under the 1969 newspaper were a few patches of other various “linoleum” patterns and finally…the original (yet painted and glued) hardwoods. 

With the downstairs laundry room and bath under construction, our only functioning bathroom in the house was a complete disaster zone.  Panic almost crept in. With plans to rent a floor sander to refinish the downstairs bath/laundry hardwood flooring, we only hoped it would easily clean up the upstairs main bathroom floor too. On Sunday morning after church, Zach headed to the hardware store to rent the floor sander and edger.  As if removing the flooring wasn’t enough, I decided to begin removing the pink floral wallpaper while Zach was out renting the sander.  

Between Sunday and Monday, Zach sanded both projects. I stayed up all night Monday and late Tuesday, removing wallpaper, painting the upstairs bathroom floor, brushing on the protective finish to the bathroom upstairs and our laundry/bath downstairs.  I even snuck over to our friends’ house to do a quick load of laundry yesterday. (Did I mention we haven’t had our washing machine for a week and a half?) Exhausted was an understatement. Nonetheless, coming home to the once glue-covered carpeted laundry room floor transformed back into the original rustic hardwoods was unbelievably rewarding. It gave me a second wind and I headed back upstairs to begin taping off the bathroom for priming. When Zach got home from work he helped me finish up priming the multi-textured never-ending bathroom walls.
Exhausted, but too excited to sleep, I finally got to bed around midnight.  (In our college days midnight would have been calling it an early night! Time’s do change!) 

This morning as our awesome neighbor and architect extraordinaire applied the last coat of mud to our freshly sheet rocked laundry room. I had some extensive cleaning up to do and made a few last minute touch ups to my bathroom floor paint job. While there is still much to do in our bathroom, it feels nice to have the major work done. Maybe Rynessha and I will find a good paint color while she is here!

I may need to catch a quick nap before our guests arrive! I'll admit, it was a little crazy to start such a big project three days before having overnight company. Then again, panic can spark intense motivation. 

I will say, it’s been so interesting to uncover Grandma Berniece’s style layers and realizing how similar we are. I can totally understand why she chose to do things like popcorn her walls, use wallpaper to hide cracks in the plaster, and cover up one layer of flooring with the next.  The funniest discovery occurred in the wee hours of the morning as I finished removing the wallpaper. I looked around to see each and every color from the swatch I had brought home from the hardware store.  I had to pause and giggle a little. In my state of exhausted delirium, I imagined Grandma Berniece laughing with me.  Both the wallpaper and carpet removal made me feel more inherently connected to Don and Berniece. Uncovering the phases of their lifetime, noticing the similarities in our style, and understanding the thought process behind some of their choices…a sense of life’s cyclical inevitability washed over me.  We are all so different, and the same.

Stay tuned for our laundry/bathroom debut!!  
Hopefully... coming soon! 
Cheers Jillian

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Happy Birthday Brigid!

Happy Birthday to my beautiful friend Brigid!! 

Last night, Saturday night, Zach and I began a renovation project... the upstairs bathroom! I am sure this project will take decades and I cannot believe we decided to begin just days before we are having overnight company. It was a big risk but there's no time like the present, right?!

Today we got up and went to church. After church Zach headed to rent a floor sander and I came home to remove wallpaper. I can't imagine what Brigid's getting into today but I hope it's more relaxing than bathroom renovations. Although, renovating a bathroom is pretty exciting!! Wow, how things change over 10 years! So on this chilly spring day while we work on our bathroom project, I hope my girl Brigid is having a blast and drinking margaritas somewhere in the sun like old times. Love you! ♥ J

Friday, March 21, 2014

Miss Lily!

 Sweet Lily Primm
   her first week home:

so adorable, cuddly, & silky soft...

She's grown to a whopping six pounds of total precious! 

With ten tiny perfect toes...
chubby cheeks and a scrumptious nose!

We couldn't be happier for our friends and their sweet baby girl. It's hard to imagine that she was nearly two months old when we made these photographs. Lily was a few months early and only weighed 2 lbs 11 ounces at birth. You'd never know it now!

I'm so happy Lily is growing healthy and strong. She got to come home from the hospital the week Zach and I were in NC! I loved photographing her baby belly, her tiny fingers and toes. Watching Lily interact with her mommy melted my heart. I can't imagine how hard it was those first few weeks and months, but I do know Lily's a tough cookie, and she has a huge support network and two amazing parents. She's one lucky kid because she's got really cool parents! I cannot wait to watch Lily grow over the years, to take her first steps, and develop her taste in music, fashion and video games.  

Thanks for asking me to take Lily's newborn photos. Thanks for sharing your little munchkin, those precious moments, and your afternoon with me. I'll always cherish our first-week-home photo session, poo and all! 

aunt Jilly

...a few more because I just can't get enough!!

coming soon:
A look at our 
Laundry Room 


I cannot believe how fast my sweet Luke is growing up! He is such an adorable kiddo. I cannot get over his little elephant sound effects, his quizzical expressions, his soft springy curls, those big beautiful eyes, and that sweet smile. Witnessing one of my best friends in the whole world play with her gorgeous baby boy makes my heart smile. It is hard to imagine he will be two years old in just a couple of months! Love you guys.♥


coming soon... 
I promise:
Lily's Newborn Photos!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

New Nautical Art @ Crabby Chic/ Wilmington/ North Carolina

These happy original paintings are available at Crabby Chic in Wilmington, NC. 

Zach and I just returned to sunny Saint Olaf after an impromptu business adventure in my home state of North Carolina. The timing was perfect.  We were able to visit with our brand new babies, Miss Lily Primm and Carly Maria, spend time with family, and work.  We crammed so much into two weeks it made my head spin! 

In two weeks: I spent time with family and friends, delivered two new paintings to Tidewater Gallery in Swansboro, NC, made newborn photos of sweet Lily and Carly, celebrated our niece's third birthday and my dad and brother's birthdays, delivered a new series of art-o-mat works to AIC headquarters, picked up and painted my 100x100 canvas to support the Center forVisual Artists in Greensboro, survived an ice storm and power outage, did a coastal Carolina senior portrait session, did our taxes, stocked up on cheerwine, visited numerous galleries in downtown Wilmington, and... I dropped off these three new pieces for sale at Crabby Chic!

Whew! Talk about a whirlwind!




Coming soon:
miss Lily's

Newborn Session   

Monday, March 17, 2014

Krista's North Carolina Senior Portraits!

I just got back from an awesome two week trip to North Carolina. I enjoyed time with my family, took tons of photographs, and even dropped off a few new paintings at Tidewater Gallery! While I was in Swansboro, I was able to take our friend Krista's senior portraits. I love taking photographs on the beach and the weather was perfect! Isn't she absolutely gorgeous!!!

 We had so much fun photographing Krista's senior portraits! 

Krista's friend came along and got in on the action...

 Can you tell we had a blast!? 


coming soon:
Miss Lily Primm's 
Newborn Photos