Thursday, January 31

This is why I want to learn Sketchup!

 This is the neatest program and it's really not too hard to learn, if you are taught by the right person!  Did I mention it is FREE?  One of my goals for 2013 is to master Sketchup and share my knowledge with you. Is that something you would be interested in?

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Wednesday, January 30

Here it is, the first project of the year...

So excited to finally be able to share what I have been up to! It's going to be a big project, but I am prepared after the kitchen makeover, I just stumbled my way through, last year. This time around I have the best coach a girl could hope for. Check out what I am working on with Sandra aka SawDustgirl. Read all about it-->  Sawdust Girl  Diaries. What do you think?
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Tuesday, January 29

My Sketchup class Review

  I was soooooo excited to take a seven hour Sketchup class over the weekend. Sketchup is a free software program that you can use to create woodworking plans, floor plans, house designs in 3D and so much more. There is a 3D warehouse that has any item you might need for your plans-- plants, cats, people, sofas etc.  Camden, my eight year old son, has been using it for awhile now and is well versed. He could not believe I was taking a class to learn Sketchup. He watched the videos and jumped in. I watched the videos and was completely lost.  I did not expect to be an expert, after only seven hours of instruction, that would not be realistic. I just wanted to feel like I had a rudimentary understanding of the basics so I could build my knowledge, over time. My expectations for the class:

1) Learn the basics of Sketchup
2) Learn all of the menu options, when to use
3) Make a few examples with my new skills
4) Leave the class with a better grasp of how to use Sketchup
5) Show Camden, my eight year old, a thing or four

 On Saturday, I was so frustrated with the experience. Today, I have a much better outlook on it. Was it worth the money? On Saturday I would have told you no but now, today, I will say yes. Too bad for you though, I believe the instructor was just as frustrated with the experience and he has canceled the next class! He is an absolutely brilliant design/builder and I have no doubt he is really good at what he does. The saying, "Those who can't, teach," it is for good reason! Those who cannot, usually understand how to do it, they just can't do it well. When you just are able to do something and do it well, it becomes almost innate to you, second nature. You cannot teach someone to understand something that you innately understand. Of course there are exceptions but let's just say this was absolutely true of my instructor. He kept going off on these wild tangents and while I enjoyed seeing some of the super advanced techniques, I had absolutely no clue how he got there!

I did find a great online resource for woodworking Sketchup tutorials yesterday and they absolutely made sense, yes! For kicks, I looked at a few of the other video tutorials that confused me before and now they make sense. So I will be working on item number three and especially hard on item number five this week, I have someone to impress!

Here is the link to the woodworking tutorials:
A GREAT source for using Sketchup to build furniture

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Monday, January 28

Yes She Can!

 I was inspired to write this blog for everyone who is always so awestruck by what others can accomplish. A great quote that really sums it up, "Everyone is gifted! Some people just never open their package." I want to help everyone discover their gift and discover the joy of accomplishing things you never thought possible!

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Friday, January 25

SketchUp Class

I am so excited to take a Sketchup class with a real live person! I have tried to use the video tutorials and I am lost. This should be really good since it is 7 hours long. Here is the course description:

"Introduction to Sketchup
Interior, Home, & Landscape Design for Everyone"
Looking to remodel your kitchen and want
to visualize options? Just how would your
house look with a wrap-around porch or
new garage? Sketchup is a dynamic, free
software program that just about anyone
can use to accurately build 3D architectural
or design models. In class, download
a Google Maps image of your property (if
working on exterior) and learn step-by-step
exercises to build a design while mastering basic
 Sketchup skills. Google provides
tons of “components” like tree, plants and
furniture that you can use to really bring
your design to life. Matt Hodel, a Sketchup
specialist, explains how to avoid potential
pitfalls and increase your workflow. Bring
a laptop computer with Google Sketchup 8
already installed and a mouse with a wheel

I will update on Tuesday so check back!


Here is the review:

Sketchup class review
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Wednesday, January 16

Coming Soon!

I am so excited to be working with Sandra from She kicked off 2013 offering a new service-- design consultation and coaching via skype. She offers a discounted rate if you agree to write a diary about your experience, take pictures along the way, agree to work hard at keeping deadlines and let her share your stuff with her readers via "The SawDust Diaries!" I can't say too much about it here but I will link to her posts about it, on here, for you to see! If you are not interested in documenting and sharing your project, but need design help, she also offers design consultation too.
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Tuesday, January 1

The List


Learn coding work in progress
Learn graphic design
Learn photoshop
Learn how to use camera
Learn how to invest money
Learn Project Life 
Learn Sketchup


Lost 10 lbs
Get back in shape
Try cross fit
Bungee jump
Run marathon
Spartan Race
Tough Mudder



Front of House:

Fix Driveway cracks
Remove stains
Fix sidewalk buckling, stain?
Power wash house
Touch up exterior paint house, garage
Replace front windows
Wash windows
Clean gutters
Fix front window screens
Storm door with screen
Yellow Jacket Nest
Fix Fence post, gate
Stain fence
Plant additional plants in flower bed, back row
Power wash decking
Replace bad sprinkler heads
New patio chairs or cushions
Caulk and seal windows
Plan for dead strip-rocks?


Order fence brackets
Replace fence posts
Replace bad fencing
Power wash
Treat yard with pre-emergent
Fix powerbox issue
Replace Screens
Clean gutters
Plan for dead raised flower bed aka big kitty box aka snickerdoodle heaven
Re-seed grass 
Estimates for deck-strip and restain or replace?
Caulk and seal windows
Tree plan (some Aspens starting to die)
Repair woodpecker damage


The Entryway:

Bench, built in? 
New Front Door
Storm Door with Screen

Formal Living Room:

New light and bright wall color
Huge Rug for entire roon
New foam for couch cushions
Slip cover for couch
Paint legs on slipper chairs
Slip covers
Drapes, make longer
New Windows

Dining Room:

Built-in bookcases (in progress)
Bench for window area
Farmhouse style table 
Window covering


New fridge, stove, dishwasher
Microwave over stove
Side pieces over stove
Cabinet doors
Island Plan
New window coverings

Family Room

Fireplace wall
Make drapes longer with trim panel


Rip out carpet
Repaint all trim work
Pine counter for outside master bedroom

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