Thursday, July 7, 2011

In The Beginning...

So, I thought and thought about how to start this blog and what my first post would be and decided I would start at the beginning…no, not the beginning of life but the beginning of how two crazy chicks started this journey.  It all started around sometime in 2002 when this crazy (and in only the very best way), 6 ft. tall blond walked into my office as a new co-worker.  She was a little bit country, with a little bit country on the side and a heart as big as her pick-up truck, Silver Bullet (miss that truck!) and we hit it off immediately.  Two single, blond chicks became peas and peas…she introduced me to the fun that is four-wheeling and I introduced her to the fun that is renovation (not sure that one has sunk all the way in…)  So, in the beginning, Christie and I became friends.

So what does any of this have to do with a pink tool belt and a dream?  Well, I have always been fascinated by building things and HGTV..well, some would say obsessed.  So last year when I needed to get out of my living situation, I turned to buying a house…and of course bought the shiniest, most brand new house I could find.  Sounds great, no?  No. There are few projects I can tackle myself around the house.  I already have granite countertops, everything is in new shape, in other words, booooring.  Then, a couple of months ago, Christie embarked on finding a house in an older neighborhood.  She was looking for something inexpensive with a bit of soul and ended up finding this:

I would say this sucker has soul!  She would probably (now that she is living there) say this house is soul-less (but that is another post and another future blog altogether).  I was so happy for her and secretly (well, not so secretly) excited for myself.  HERE was the project house of my dreams!  The best part?  I don’t have to live there while the projects are happening.  Win, win, right? (Christie, if you are reading this, all the future construction will be so easy and you won’t even be able to tell that it is going on. Promise. Do you believe me?)

Anyway, this blog is dedicated to the two of us as we tackle projects large and small, complicated and easy, messy and messy.  It will show us learning how to use the table saw I inherited from my grandfather and all the tools I plan to buy this year for my birthday (that’s not weird is it?).  It will also follow the few projects that I do around my suburbia-standard house to make it stand out from the neighbors.  Basically, this blog is following two renovation rookies as we figure out one project to the next on how to do things for ourselves.  I hope you find it entertaining and if not, well, the power button is not broken on your computer, is it?


Oh, and stay tuned on where that Pink Tool Belt comes in...


  1. I can't believe it's been almost 10 years since the cute blonde bundle of energy bounced into my life. (Not in a romantic way guys...sorry!) My perfect partner in crime, who I fear one day will get tired of working on my money pit (uh, I mean house). My diabolical plan is to keep plenty of wine around the house and hopefully she'll stick around until she realizes I’m working her like a slave. Shelley is right, at the moment I think of the house as soul-less but she's the one who keeps my eye on the prize (probably just to laugh hysterically at the insanity that is my life right now). Here’s to “Two Chicks, A Pink Toolbelt, and a Dream!”
    P.S. Shelley, did you photoshop my grass greener? If not, I’ve really screwed it up since that picture was taken.

  2. Will work for wine, margaritas, and mojitos as long as you pay for the supplies...I just get to pick the stuff out! We have a good system going