- Spray expansion foam around pluming openings under the sinks in the kitchen and bathrooms
- Glaze single pane windows around the panes and caulk all windows at the edges to prevent air and moisture from coming in
- Ensure all of the doors leading to the outside of the home are actual exterior doors and not interior doors
- Exterior doors should be sealed on the sides, top, and bottom to prevent air and moisture from coming in (jamb-up weatherstripping and thresholds with vinyl bulbs are recommended for sealing existing doors)
- Attic access doors and pull down stairs should be insulated and weatherstripped if located within conditioned areas
- Make sure your HVAC system is serviced annually if more than ten years old, and on a two to three year basis for systems less than then years oldMaintenance should always include cleaning the coils and an inspection of the condensate drain and overflow system.
- Check for places where air may be penetrating your house and either caulk the openings or add a foam seal where you find the problemThis may include exterior / interior wall receptacles, outside walls at floor, wiring openings, fireplace damper, and / or light fixtures.
After we took down our Christmas decorations, the front entryway seemed so bland.
Solution: Banner across the glass block wall (can you tell I'm really embracing it these days?)
I wanted to make a banner that would fill the entire wall so it needed to be a phrase with either three words of similar length or three phrases that could be made into one.
Micah 6:8 stuck out to me. I could have one banner with "act justly", one with "love mercy" and one with "walk humbly with your God". I got super attached to this idea but it wouldn't work out the way I had planned.
Next idea. Mama E sent us home with a box of old books and hymnals when we came back from our Christmas visit. "Come Thou Fount" had just about the same number of letters, it's one of our favorite hymns and it was the first hymn in sight when I opened up the book. It's a song of redemption and Christ seeking us out while we were but strangers.
It was the obvious choice.
My original plan was to feed the hymnal pages through the printer but they looked like this (two examples on the left) when they came out. The color didn't hold well and the printer devoured the top of the page (see the wrinkled ink-blotted top). Instead, I decided to print each letter off on cardstock and trace the letters onto the hymn. Time-consuming, yes. But so worth it.
Hymnal Pages (I used 14 pages since I made a flower for one)
Black Marker (or whatever color your heart desires)
This is the pen and pencil I used...
I printed two letters to one page since the hymnal page is about half of an 8.5" x 11".
Then I went old school and traced the letter silhouette using a sunlit window.
After you have traced your letters, fill them in with a brush pen or marker.
I like to put a decorative paper on the back for more support and to give the banner a finished design. Hole punch the tops and string jute through. If you use only the hymn, be very gentle in stringing the jute!
The banner is a lovely complement to the three palette frames my dad made us!! I still need to put some photos in them but I'm also kind of okay with them being empty for now.
I used the actual "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" hymn for the first flag and added a paper flower onto it.
What is your favorite hymn?
We signed the contract for it Monday and are having our home inspection TODAY!
I can't believe how quickly everything is going now that we have found a house we love.
The last few weeks have been uber stressful since our apartment lease is up at the beginning of July but we had to notify the apartment complex 60 days before moving out (beginning of May). Time was running out. We were at the point of either finding a house reallll quick or staying in the apartment for another year.
We looked at eight houses in one day. Not gonna lie, that day transpired from complete excitement to a major headache by the end of the home tour. Only one house blew us away though.
It was an older home, vacant, freshly painted in neutral colors, move-in ready, super amazing accents, a huge master bedroom suite and had a FABULOUS garden. Those were merely the small bonuses though. (Yes, an old home was a bonus for us.)
We're waiting to actually close on the house before we show photos or write much about it, as we're still trying to guard against loving it too much (sometimes things don't go as smoothly as hoped). Granted, I have already designed the "We've Moved" postcards with the new address so I guess we're not guarding our hopes too much.
We are so ready to move into the house and transform it into a home. The Pinterest boards have been filled, revamping lists have been created / prioritized and our minds have been racing with tons of ideas. But it will all have to wait until the final documents have been signed.
With the crazy and stressful month we've had, I haven't had hardly any time to read about my bloggin' buddies lives. Please know that I miss y'all and can't wait to catch up soon!!
Obviously the next few weeks will be crazy still because of the house goings-on as well as another big adventure we'll be embarking on (we'll discuss later), but no worries. A few of my favorite bloggers will be taking over Jitney's Journeys in our absence to keep y'all entertained and challenged.
Do you have any suggestions for new homeowners / people who are buying their first home? What was your biggest joy and challenge in the process?