Saturday, March 24, 2012

Versatile Blogger. {people actually read me}

So, Katie at Little Becky Homecky passed along an Versatile Blogger award & shoutout because she's pretty awesome & she likes my stuffs, people. (I like her stuffs, too! Especially her Smocked Duvet. It's preeeetty and I like to pretend like I could make it)

So, I thought I'd do a little nomination pass along, too. Despite the fact that I write this blog because I am an internet geek & I like to talk, it's nice to know that people besides my family read it. ;) .... At least I think my family reads this...

Even though there are quite a few blogs I enjoy reading (but probably don't comment on enough), I'm passing along some the 15 that I enjoy reading the tactful alphabetical order.
Among these blogs you'll find some seriously awesome crafts, yummy food, posts that make you laugh, things to inspire, cute kids, and more.

  1.  Arlington Mama
  2. Balancing the Dream
  3. Craftberry Bush
  4. Creative Carmella
  5. Handmade by Hilani
  6. HopesandDreams
  7. Life Made Lovely
  8. Mason's Roost
  9. My Life & Kids
  10. My Little Life
  11. Raising 4 Princesses
  12. Shaken Together
  13. The Better Nester 
  14. Type A Decorating
  15. Willow Creek
O yea, and I'm supposed to tell you seven random things about me.

1. I have smelly feet. For real. Even when I wear flip flops.
2. When I was younger, I looked like Billy Ray Cyrus' love child.

3. I love tea. I have a nice cup of hot tea almost every morning...and 1-2 usually every night. I might be slightly over-caffeinated.
4. I'm a little spacey and a lot forgetful. Apparently, caffeine doesn't aid memory stimulation.
5. One time, I actually paid to have my picture taken with the dudes from Thunder from Down Under. It was worth it.

6. I have seven tattoos.
7. I'm not sure if this is a secret with most people I know but I LOVE elephants. Yes, I even have a tattoo of one.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Go fly a kite.

Sunday was a good day. A day where the sky looked like this...

A day for many special things like a picnic and kite flying...
Daddy/Uncle Noah's are wonderful kite flyers.
running the feeling of winter away...

twirling in the sun

being barefoot outside again...
Until Zeke and his weird shoe wearing fetish made me put them back on...
rolling in the grass...

Eventually you just have to stop talking because words can't express how appreciative you are of the little things you enjoy in life.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Mercury Glass Look Lamp ... (and vase!

Yesterday was goooooorgeous. I mean, 70 degrees & sunny all day...warm enough in the morning to go on the porch without having to wear my giant hot pink housecoat. Score.
That also meant I was A: off work and B: able to go outside to finish up the mercury glass look lamp I've been wanting to try. Can I get an amen!?

No complicated tutorial here. (Technically I think your supposed to use this on glass but we'll get to that, too in a minute.) Start with one thrift store $6 brass lamp....

 What can I say? I like her shape.

I wiped down the lamp, let it dry, covered the cord & probably sprayed about 5-6 light coats of Krylon Looking Glass Mirror like spray paint over the surface. Yup, that's it. I then used some fabric to cover a plain black faux leather shade I had.

It didn't give it quite the mercury glass look that I thought it would but that's because it really works the best with glass & spraying from the INSIDE of the object so since I had some spray paint leftover I decided to try it out on glass as well. I dug a clear glass vase from under the cabinet & gave it a spray over as well. 

It will go well with my soon to be spring & summer cut flower arrangements that I look forward to every year.

FYI: Mercury glass lamps are pretty ridiculously stupidly expensive so I am totally thrilled with my knockoff. Happy crafter & home decorator here! :D 

(I would have loved to link back to the original blog where I found the lamp tutorial but it's been several months & I have forgotten who to credit the idea to.)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Family plaque.

I was in the mood to complete a mini craft this weekend. I wanted something quick, easy, & with a happy end result so I ended up with this:

I didn't do a step by step picture for a tutorial but it's pretty simple.
  • I wrote out the lettering in Microsoft Word until it looked like I wanted it to & printed it.
  • I colored the back of the paper with pencil, laid it on top of the board, and used the pencil to trace the words. This left a very light stencil I could work with.
  • I used a black art marker to trace/fill the areas. (Unfortunately, the lettering didn't come out quite like I had hoped. Too thick in some areas, slightly uneven in others)
  • I sanded over top of the board & then applied some leftover glaze I had at home to give it a weathered look.

Board: $5
Art marker: $3 (could still be used for a variety of purposes as well)
Glaze: free leftovers

Is it perfect? No. Do I like it? Yes. Will I probably do it over and be a little more precise? Yes. ;) But for a 20-30 minute project that costs less than $10, I am pleased. It provides a little temporary hominess to our front porch.

(Linking up to At Home With K's Terrific Under Ten Tuesday)

long weekend love.

Before our spring season hits at the dayjob, I'm enjoying the ability to take most Saturdays off work. It's nice after a week of work to stay at home with Zeke & relax and not have to really worry about going anywhere or doing anything.

This weekend was filled with the usual. We played around the house, we had a (as usual hectic) lunch date for Tori's 3rd birthday, went to church, & ate slightly burnt heart shaped pancakes on styrofoam plates.

It was cold this weekend; unlike the recent spring-like 60-70 degree weather we've had lately. It snowed, too but worthless snow. You know, the kind that isn't even enough to play in so really it's just a cold nuisance? A good weekend to have Charlene over & make hot cheesy bean dip & mini banana splits.

Unfortunately, I have to work this Saturday but that also means I got Monday off. I had elaborate plans for that day with the amazing things I could accomplish child-free for an entire morning & afternoon. By the end of the day, I was going to be queen of craft project finishing & house cleaning.

I took a 4 hour nap, a bath, watched 2 episodes of Millionaire Matchmaker, and started a new book.

I'm actually glad that happened. A Mommy "mental health" day seemed to be just what I needed. I swear the birds chirped louder, the sun shone brighter, & my hair looked better this morning.

Hoping you guys enjoyed a lovely weekend as well. :)