July 27, 2011

Food for Thought

Since the hubby's car was jacked, we Womacks have been living with one car until we find another reasonable option.

Heworks or practices (he is a percussionist, for those that don't know) every morning and then goes to his part time job from noon to 5:00.  I started out taking him to and from work every day, but with gas being ridiculously expensive and the antique stores being a major spending temptation, Patrick has been taking the car while I stay at home during the day.

And honestly, I am perfectly fine with staying home all day.

When I changed my major to English Education, I have discovered that teaching high school English is the only occupation that rivals my dream of being a stay at home mother.  I wake up, drink my glorious liquid gold (pictured above), unpack, clean, do my workout, cook, etc., and I thoroughly enjoy every minute.  I thoroughly enjoy experimenting with food, crafting on a budget, and working from home.

And it's on days like today that I honestly cannot decide which I want to do more.  Because you cannot be a high school teacher and a stay at home mom at the same time.

Luckily, I don't have to decide for a while.

Random, but I just kind of had to put this out there.  These things swirl through my brain and telling someone is about the only thing I can actively do about it. :)

July 26, 2011

An Overdue Update (via Instagram)

Yeesh, it has been far too long! Life got all sorts of crazy in no time flat, that's for sure. On top of my online World Literature class (that I totally ROCKED, by the way) and that whole moving thing, life just happened.

The hubby's car was broken into a week before we moved - for the fourth time. Yep, the same car has been broken into or stolen FOUR times, all in different locations. This time was different, though. I think they tried to hotwire the car, failed, and stole what they could. Lucky for us, Patrick doesn't leave much in the car anymore - he had to learn the hard way, unfortunately. It is now sitting in the driveway of his parents' house, guts hanging out and all.

During the last week of my class, we moved. And my new spare bedroom looked like this.

Of course, we moved the week before/of the 4th of July. Again.
Unpacking came to a screeching halt, because the cabin at the lake was calling! We go every year with the inlaws - a tradition that I love.

We went into the closest town one day and visited the local antique store. There were tons of fabulous things that I wanted to take home, but I came home with one AMAZING steal of a deal.
An antique postal scale for (get this) $8.75!!

After the trip, it has been all about unpacking and living on a non-existant budget. That means lots of cooking with what you have on hand!
Including this AMAZINGLY delicious recipe, found at The Larson Lingo (I was able to find it because of the blessed invention called Pinterest).

I'll do a blog post eventually about the incredible meals I made from these leftovers.
I also made my first-ever macaroni and cheese from scratch, without a recipe! I used the leftovers to make a super duper yummy bake a few days later. I'll blog it the next time I make it. :)

This past weekend, we drove to Arkansas for a family birthday/mini family reunion. Patrick and I are cheap poor, so we decided to venture out into the heat and camp instead of stay at a hotel! It was the first time that we had been camping together and it was a total success. We already had most of the basics and borrowed what we didn't own ourselves.

That tent is 13' x 10'. Quite comfortable for two people. ;)

(A decomposing leaf. Amazing.)

(That frog was inbetween the size of a nickel and a dime - teeny tiny!)

Last year, we had taken a trip to the same area of Arkansas with the other side of my family. We went to the Pea Ridge National Military Park (aka battlefield) last year as well. Their air conditioning was out at the time, so we were able to make the drive through the park for free. This year, Patrick and I wanted to see the museum and take the tour again. I am SO glad we were able to go both times, because it was the only way we would have covered every aspect of Pea Ridge. This time, there was an epic thunderstorm in the midle of our self-guided tour! It was incredible, but we missed getting to go through the Elkhorn Tavern this time around because of the downpour.

It provided for some incredible iphone pictures, though.

And this week, my largest task is this dang mantle.
It is covered in this ugly paint (or was). My task is nearly complete, and next I will sand and stain it!
Here is how it looked a couple of weeks ago.

And I haven't forgotten about the second part of my last post. It will come! Once I get my act together. ;)

OH! P.S.!!
My incredible siblings-in-law have started their very own blog!
Jonathan and Rachel do awesome and unique furniture rennovation and have started posting about them. Hope on over and give them some love!

P.S.S. - Thanks, Instagram. Without you, I would have no update.

June 14, 2011

Vintage Kitchen Finds: Part 1

A couple of weeks ago, I had the itch to go antiquing. And boy, am I glad I did!

If you remember, I gave a sneak peek of my finds. Actually, it was a pretty extensive peek. But there were more items found after the fact!
I have decided to aspire for a vintage French Country kitchen, and I have found some lovely vintage items to start out with!
(Also, the English Major in me severely wants to correct the previous sentence - you can't end a sentence with "with"! But I'm leaving it be. It's called dialect.)

The items in the basket were the finds of the first day.

*In my next post, I'll show you the fate of the lovely vintage wire basket.*

But this time around, it's all about the kitchen gadgets!

Aren't they just the cutest little family?!

The beater, the sifter, the egg separator, and the cheese grater.
Cuter than buttons, each and every one of them!
And next time...
it'll be all about the basket!

Linking up here:

June 8, 2011

A Vintage Vision - Finally Finished!

There's something that I must confess.
I have been a terrible tease.
For a little over a month, I have had a vision.
A vintage vision to be precise.
And now, it has been fulfilled in
all of it's beautiful, crafty, old world glory!

Just because I am dying to show it off, here's a glimpse...

Ain't she purdy?!

So how do you get this

to look like this?

I'm glad you asked! Here, I'll show you.

First, you need a few things.
- a window frame (without the glass)
- vintage treasures (pictures, post cards, etc.)
- lots o' burlap
- mini clothespins
- eye pins (earring hardware)
- super glue
- spray paint
- sand paper
- wood clamps

Make sure your frame is nice and clean, then spray paint!
I purchased my window frame a looong time ago, and the front had already been somewhat painted. At first I wanted the frame to be a dark brown, but then I changed my mind (imagine that!).

Oh, by the way. I got a little excited as my plans changed and forgot to take the "after" photos of the frame. Oopsies!

Now that you have your frame the color that you want, go ahead and seal it.
Don't forget to sand and distress your frame before you seal it!!
And while you're waiting for all of those coats to truly dry, it's time to make something to hold those gorgeous vintage items!

I found these particular beauties last fall. You can read that story here.

Now, as for the clips to hold the post cards, I wanted to create something that would not be permanant on my frame's background. What to do? Then I had an idea!

I wasn't sure which piece of hardware that I was going to use, but I decided to try out the eye pin (the straight one) first. Good thing, because it worked perfectly!
I superglued the eye pin to one side of the mini clothes pin and let it sit. And sit. And sit.
I guess it never said that the glue was fast drying, but still!

Once those things are super dry, I held onto the base and gently bent the pin into the shape of a hook. The idea is to have a wide enough hook in order to easily slip the hooks in and out of the burlap.

Now, for the burlap.
Lordy, this was by far the part that took the longest!
I started with a burlap sack and cut it open so that it layed flat, then I took the middle "seam" and lined it up with the middle of the window frame and glued the two together.

Of course, the wood clamps held the burlap in place.
Also, I had to place something in the midde until the glue really started to set. I used slippers because they were light weight and it didn't care about getting a little glue on them.
(Actually, they were Mr. Ginger's. Shhh.... he doesn't know!)

Then came the really time consuming part.
And the majority of that time was spent waiting. And waiting. And waiting.
In order to properly glue the burlap to the frame, it had to be tight across the back. The only way to do that was to glue the burlap inch-by-inch.
Gaaahhhh it took forever!
But it totally paid off.

After you have finished gluing the burlap to the frame, you can cut of the excess! You're almost finished!!

To hang up the frame, I took the back hangy-upper part (very technical term, I know) of a thrifted picture frame and put it onto the back of my window frame instead. Genius, I know!

Clip your vintage lovelies and slip the clips into the burlap.

And there you have it!

Don't you just love when a project turns out exactly how you want it to look?

Showing off at these parties!

June 7, 2011

Birthday Bliss

It's official.
I'm in my mid-20's!
To be clear, I am now 24.
(As of yesterday, anyway...)

The actual day was pretty boring and lonely yesterday,
but Mr. Ginger had plans for the evening.

He walked through the door with these.
The redhead knows how to make me happy. :)
Aren't they just lovely?!

Then we went to dinner at my all time favorite restaurant.
Good gracious, I LOVE Italian food!
Then a little bit of birthday dessert. Mmm, can't beat free treats!

We were also able to celebrate a little bit on Saturday night with the fam.
First came the Mexican food. Mmmmm!
Then came chocolate cake galore!

I do believe that I have the best date of birth out of the entire year.
June 6th.
Maybe it's the symmetry that I love: 6/6.
Yes, I had my birthday on "Satan Day" during 2006.
No, I did NOT go see "The Omen". Satan wasn't going to get any glory from me on my birthday!

I am also incredibly spoiled and blessed.
I'll share my gifts later. Right now, I'm going to keep them to myself!

P.S. - Vintage Vision post coming later today! Horray!!
Oh, and I'm linking up to Good Life Wednesdays!