Monday, October 17, 2011

This is how my night has gone:
1) Got home
2) started dinner
3) the garbage disposal jammed so I fiddled with that for a while
4) kept making dinner to give the disposal time to reset
5) went to put the delicious pasta dish (link to recipe to follow) in the toaster oven and it was cold
6) plugged different appliances into different plugs to find out I'd blow a fuse
7) had to figure out how to change these weird glass fuses I'd never seen until I'd moved in
8) realized I didn't have any of the 20 amp fuses in the tool box
9) grabbed my purse and keys to run to Lowe's
10) went into the garage to find that the garage door opener runs off the same fuse that's blown
11) had to figure out how to get the garage door open in the dark
12) ran to Lowe's and got the fuse
13) came home and put the fuse in
14) started the toaster oven preheating again
15) went out to the garage to figure out how to close the door
16) spent 20 minutes trying to get the chain to latch in the door's track again
17) disposal was working again so that's good but it's rattling so I'll take a look at it later when I'm not plum out of patience 
18) took some Excedrin migraine for the headache that had formed
19) sat down to eat a delicious dinner that took way too much effort to make after all this nonsense
20) am now writing this instead of doing my homework and it's almost 9pm

21) decided to be proud of myself for figuring out all this jazz instead of getting overwhelmed by all of it

As promised, here's the recipe of that delicious dinner I made!  
Rotel Chicken Spaghetti
This website has a ton of yummy recipes.  I've tried a few, but this one is one of my favorites.

Now, I suppose I should get on that homework, right?  Wait, maybe I need to check Facebook first.  Can you tell I don't want to do my finance homework?

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Halloween is right around the corner and I am as giddy as a tramp during Fleet Week in NYC.  (I should not watch Mad Men while updating my blog.  The references are clearly a little racy.)  Back on topic.  If it wasn't clear, I love Halloween.  The goal this Halloween is to be easy and frugal and get the most bang for my buck.  I did just that with my front door decoration by making it for $1.50, but I'm going to make you wait for that one.

First, my favorite store bought decorations this year came from Target.  They have some new vinyl decals that I'm in love with.  They're only $5-10 and make a big impact.  You just peel and stick! The bats are $10, but go a very long way.  The "Happy Halloween" cost only $5.

"Happy Halloween" sign

Dining room wall after:
These are the bats (see, you really do get A LOT for the $10):
Living room after:

Now, for the front door (and front window).  I like the look of silhouettes, but I didn't want to pay the price for them so I opted to make my own.  I simply taped sheets of construction paper together and drew on my design.  If you look closely at the picture you can see the pencil marks on the paper.

I laid it out on the floor and cut out my design and then hung it back up on the screen door.  Isn't she amazing?!  (I guess those art classes this semester are coming in handy.)

In order to give it a good glow I wanted to cover the clear space with orange, but didn't want seems of paper taped together so I spent a whopping 92 cents on a plastic tablecover at Wal-Mart.  It was the perfect solution.  I cut a piece the size I needed and taped it to the door.

I repeated this process with a tree for the picture window.  Here are the after shots once the sun went down last night.  

  • 5: rooms I have paint for
  • 3: weeks I've had the paint
  • 2: rooms I've painted so far
  • 3: rooms I have left to paint
  • 2: minimum coats each room has taken so far
  • 875: times I stepped on and off a dining room chair while painting the living room (okay, that may be an exaggeration, but that's how many it felt like the next day)
  • 43 (or maybe just 3): coats it will take to get from that horrible wine color in the kitchen to the "Glazed Pear" paint I bought.  (I got the "One" with primer built in, but was warned it may take several coats because of the drastic change.)
  • 26: hours I think it will take to do all the cutting in in the kitchen with the 2-3 coats it will take
  • 2: weekends I've put off painting the kitchen so far
  • 5: paint paw prints I found after putting the living room furniture back in place

Here are some before and after pics of the living room and dining room:

Once I muster up the courage to tackle another room, I'll be sure to post pictures.

Being a Navy Brat, I used get the sudden urge to move from time to time just because.  I hope I've outgrown it because I'm getting too damn old for this moving nonsense.  In the last 6 years I've moved from Las Vegas, NV to Mascoutah, IL to Troy, IL to Tulsa, OK and now I've moved again within Tulsa.  I like the tidying up and purging that comes with moving, but I have come to learn that I DO NOT like the act of moving itself. I hope the next time I move it will be with a rich man who can pay for movers to do all the heavy lifting.

Not to be too sappy, but each time I move I've learned who my friends are.  This last go around I learned that Tulsa has been good to me!  Ashley, Jeremy, Laura, Aunt Linda (aka: Aunt Nanny), Uncle Vaughn, Jimmy, Eric, Thomas, Jeff and Jeremy...THANK YOU! THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

There is now another bad ass tea towel in the world.
These, and many other patterns, can be found at Urban Threads. I have "pinned" so many of their ideas to my Pinterest "Stitchery" board. I have one more skull to sew and then I'm on to these two awesome little gems:

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Until I asked myself that question, it's not something I'd ever thought about. A bad ass tea towel? Come on now. Really? To answer your first question, no, I'm not 87 years old. Mock me if you will, but I learned to hand embroider tea towels from my late mother. Embroidery is a mindless task I can do to unwind and clear my head. If I'm thinking about stitches then I'm not worrying about moving, money or men. Anyway, back to the tea towels...

Pinterest strikes again! While perusing pins the other night, I happened upon some typical retro designs, loads and loads of old fashioned designs. Then I saw them. Some pins from a website called Urban Threads. They have the hippest embroidery designs I've ever seen. Hip embroidery? I know, right? Well, unlike the tooth fairy, hip embroidery DOES exist. For instance...

I was inspired to put some of these designs on tea towels for myself. I always sew for other people, but I wanted to create something for me this time. Brace yourself for the aforementioned bad ass tea towel...

This was the inspiration:

I printed the image and then traced it onto a flour sack towel with a quilting pen where the ink disappears with water after you're done.

Here's the finished product:

There you have it. The tooth fairy does not exist, BUT a bad ass tea towel does.

PS: I suppose this counts as my first finished Pinterest project? Yay me!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

While packing up my apartment, I found this old photograph of me as a kid.

It appears as though my theory of the best pants being no pants goes back three decades. What can I say? It's a good theory!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Don't worry, I'm not into eating sofa cushions or talking with a puppet. There are two things I'm addicted to lately...well...two that I'll fess up to...neither of which are illegal.

The first is one is all Jamie Kirk's fault. She gave me my first hit and now I can't quit. Pinterest is so wonderful! Several people have asked me about the site so I'm here to give you the low down.

Remember life before the internet? (If you don't then I'm questioning our friendship.) If you saw something in a magazine that tickled your fancy you'd tear it out and pin it to an inspiration board. The geniuses over at Pinterest created an online version of this idea. You can post anything you find online or you can browse through thousands upon thousands of other people's pins. (Hold on folks, do we have a new meaning for OPP? LOVE IT! If you don't know what I'm talking about then I'm rethinking our friendship yet again.) Anyway, you can use the boards to get ideas for decorating, holidays, recipes, wedding or event planning, photography, etc.

I've found the fabric for my bedroom and several decorating/organizing ideas. Here are a few of the projects I plan on tackling with my own twists. Fingers are crossed for success and NOT misadventure.
  • Sling book shelf (shortened to the width of my nightstand, hung above it, and made with some of the fabric from my previous post)
  • Canvas pictures (with pictures of my lil nephew, Grant, and niece, Sahari, of course)
  • Spice jars (I'm definitely putting my own money saving twist on this project)

  • Chalkboard tray (picked my lil gem up at Goodwill for $2.25!)
I have many more things bookmarked. As usual, I'll post pics as I go. These are just the four I've got in the works to attempt in the coming weeks. Of my almost 1400 pins, I'm sure I'll try a handful. Yes, 1400. Addicted. Completely. But if it's for the good cause of helping fuel my creative inspiration is it a bad thing? Or is that just denial?

Oh, I haven't forgotten I mentioned I had two addictions. The other is trashy reality tv. I watch Big Brother, Jersey Shore, Flipping Out, and all the Housewives just to name a few. Somehow, watching Snooki face plant in the sand makes me feel better about my own life. Don't judge. I multitask by"pinning" while I'm watching my trash filled DVR. So, feel free to grab your remote, turn on Bravo, and hit up Pinterest.

PS: If you'd like an invite just shoot me an email or leave a comment with your email address and I'll send you an invitation. (Does that make me a dealer?)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

I was making myself dizzy, and anyone who would listen, trying to decide what direction to take in my bedroom at the new house. A couple of weeks ago I bought this amazing chair on Craigslist for $15. You read that right, $15!! People either love or hate this chair. Bill, one of my dearest friends and landlord, is the captain of Team HATE. I use all caps because it represents his five minute tirade about his disdain for the chair. He said he was glad it would be in my bedroom so I could cover it in "yesterday's panties." (He has such a way with words.) I happen to be the captain of Team Love so it's a good thing the chair will be in MY bedroom! It's an odd retro color. What goes with this chair?

On a side-note: After talking with my Auntie P last night, I learned my grandma had the same chair in red and gold brocade. Grandma loved her chair a lot because she got it at a garage sale super cheap. Further proof that this nonsense is in my blood.

Back on topic...with this chair as a jumping off point, what direction do I take?Green/tan/cream/chocolate brown? Green/pink/cream? Green/yellow/cream? Green/aqua/tan? SO MANY CHOICES! Most people would say to just go with the flow and decide later, but I want to paint before I move all my things so a decision must be made. I've been wandering around Joann Fabric, Hobby Lobby, Gordmans and Bed Bath & Beyond looking for inspiration...some kind of fabric to use as a jumping off point. Nothing was working for me. That's a lie. There was a bedding set I fell in love with, but I couldn't bring myself to pay $100. Couldn't do it, but it reminded me how much I love a retro/shabby chic bedroom.

Yesterday, while on a packing break, I was...shockingly enough...surfing Pinterest. Someone posted a fabric sample from Heather Bailey's fabric line. I was instantly in love with her colorful retro designs. Not only are they beautiful, they're affordable! My very favorite quality. If you're in the market for some retro designs you should definitely check out her website.

Before posting pictures of the accent fabrics I selected, I'll paint you a picture of what the room SHOULD look like if my vision comes together the way I hope it does. The walls will be painted a pale aqua, my bed is painted cream and distressed slightly, the lovely retro green chair will be in the corner, my hutch will be painted a pale yellow (eventually, it's white right now), and the bedding will be red sheets with a simple cream coverlet with accent pillows. It sounds crazy, I know, but I have a vision and I'm running with it. Now, check out the fabrics that will tie these crazy colors together...
You can always count on my sis, Bethany (aka: B), and Auntie P for honest reactions. Both said they LOVE it! Ahhhhhh. I finally have a direction!! Needless to say, I'll post pictures as the room comes together in the coming month or two.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I subscribe to the philosophy that "the best pants is NO pants." I can only think of one time this rule did not apply. Have I ever told you about the time I was hanging a light fixture in a tank top and my knickers? I lived in Vegas, it was hot and it was my own damn home. Don't judge. As you can imagine, that did NOT end well.

My old bathroom had carpet...yuck. I'd pulled the carpet up, painted, and was hanging a new light fixture. I had one foot on a chair and one foot on the bathroom counter. At the time this seemed like a good idea but hindsight tells me I was off to a bad start. The chair slipped out from under me and down she went. (I use the third person "she" because it helps block out the PTSD of my mom laughing so hard she couldn't help me up or even ask if I was ok.) Well, since I'd pulled up the carpet, I completely scraped up my left leg on the cement board and injured my rotator cuff on my right shoulder so bad that I ended up in urgent care...AFTER I put my pants on thank you very much.

Wearing pants would not have prevented this incident. I'm fully aware of this. The point of this story is that as I get settled in my new rental house, take on all sorts of projects and share my (mis)adventures with you you'll be rest assured that I will share the embarrassing stories too.