February 23, 2011

Blog Baby {6 months old}

Marni over at Sassy Sites
(which is, by the way, one of my most favorite blogs to follow)
is hosting a linky party for new blogs. Since she said that I still qualify (being in my 6th month of blogging), this is a special post for the event.

A little bit of info about myself:
I am married to a lovely man. His name is Patrick, and he happens to have a gorgeous head of red hair (he is currently growing it out for Locks of Love - again; the picture was taken over a year ago, obviously on our wedding day). The Irish ties between Patrick and his hair color were simply coincidence; his parents named him before they saw his lovely locks.

Patrick is 11 months younger than me, but he is a very old soul.
In fact, we are both old souls. Something that I love.

In my family, I am outnumbered by redheads. I have 1 redheaded husband, 1 stepmom, 2 sisters, 3 (of 4) aunts, and 4 cousins; they are all from my dad's side of the family. The child that births the largest number of redheads get's my dad and stepmom's "estate" (a family joke that probably really isn't a joke). You can see where the blondes and brunettes stand.


 It takes a great amount of brain power to count the entire amount of people in my family, and math isn't my best subject. So I won't. Just know that I have 4 siblings, 17 cousins on my dad's side (I think), and my dad is the second oldest of 8 children.

Patrick and I have a cat. Her name is Chloe. And she is our baby.
She is not a normal cat. She obeys what we say (most of the time, she still likes to go into the kitchen from time to time). And get this.
SHE PLAYS FETCH.
I kid you not. We didn't teach her to do this, she just started playing one day. We had a small piece of crumbled up paper laying somewhere. Of course, Chloe starts playing with it. Then she picks it up in her mouth, trots over to us (literally trots), and drops it. She then proceeds to meow until we pick up the paper and throw it across the room. After which she races toward the paper, plays with it, picks it up in her mouth, trots on over, and the process starts again.
She is the coolest cat ever. And she's amazingly sweet. And hysterically funny.


I am currently a nanny for a family with a 2 and 4 year old pair of sisters. They keep me busy, but never fail to amuse me.

I am also a student at a University. Coming back to school was not a hard decision; I couldn't wait to delve back into my nerdy side.
Yesterday, I was an Elementary Education major.
I changed my major today, officially, to English Education. This change excites me so very much! But there is much more to be discussed about this in a later post. But I am so excited at the idea of teaching high school English.

The majority of the rest of my "surface" details can probably be explained through a copy of my info from my personal facebook page.
"Chapstick. Extra Polar Ice gum. Good coffee. Without these, my daily life would come to a halt. I swear, at my funeral it will be mentioned that I was always losing my chapstick. Because I am.

I would be completely content just reading a book and drinking coffee on a rainy day. Or curling up with a big blanket watching the fire with snow falling outside. Or soaking up sun on my favorite beach, falling asleep to the sound of the ocean. These things make me infinitely happy."

Make sure to go visit Marni over at her site, and link up if you are a new blogger!

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Now, back to that bugger of a study guide...

February 21, 2011

Create-a-Cloche

Saturday was a very crafty day. Most of the projects turned out well.
My lamps, however, are another story.
A sad, frustrating story.
I've decided that they didn't turn out they way that I wanted the first time.
So I tried again with a different color.
And it didn't work. Sigh. Another time.

The most exciting project was my diy cloche.
I purchased this cheese dome a couple of months ago for $8. Even though I would have liked to pay less, these things are rare to find around here for such an inexpensive price.
So I statched it.
Because I am impatient.


Not looking the best, right? But I knew that it had potential.

My (again, so fabulous) mother-in-law knew of my potential project and let me raid her candlesticks.
We came up with this:

Grab a can of spraypaint (this "Perfect Finish" line might be my new favorite for wood) and get to work!


After everything was painted and dry, I realized that I might have needed to glue the two pieces together first.
Oops.
Oh well. I took a pencil and mapped out the placement of the candlestick.
Then I sanded the top of the candlestick and the plotted center of the dome base.

That's the thing about diy projects.
You live and learn.
Then you get Luv's.
...wait, that's not right!

Next, I used Elmer's wood glue to secure the two parts together. Make sure to weigh down the candlestick to ensure that they are glued securely.

And now you have your very own
create-a-cloche!


The rest of the weekend's projects will be updated as I finish putting them to use.
Those dang lamps.
Third time's a charm.

Happy week, everyone!

February 18, 2011

Thrifted Table {SO in love}

Super duper quick update! I ran into a local Goodwill on my way home from school. I found an amazing table for the bedroom for $5.00! It is in perfect condition! Score! I found a couple of adorable baskets for super cheap, too. But that's for a future post.

Here is the table in the store. Instant love!


Adorable, right?!
Needless to say, I snatched it up immediately.
And proceeded to speed home and put it to use.
Okay, I didn't speed. But I didn't prolong my trip, either!


Recognize the vase??


Ah. Natural lighting makes my lack of camera life so much easier.
The picture is of my grandma and grandpa from so many years ago. I've grown up with this picture in this frame in my mom's house, and I took it with me when I left. Oops. ;)

I am just so excited about this find! What do you think?
Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend! Happy Friday!

February 11, 2011

Photo Project & Thifty Treasures

Today was an incredibly productive day in my world of decorating. That's right, I finished my "upcoming project"! I was also able to snag some beauties for great deals as well. But first, the project.

As you may remember, I purchased a shutter for either $6 or $8 (I can't remember, it's been that long ago) at an antique store. It needed a little bit of love, but I knew that it was perfect for me. Especially for the price. A few weeks ago, inspiration finally hit and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with the shutter. All I needed to do was be patient (a very difficult thing for me to do, by the way) and search for a set of 4 wooden frames that matched each other and the look of the shutter. I finally hit the jackpot and got all frames, plus 2 extra, for 99 cents a piece.

Next, I visited my local Lowe's. I prefer Home Depot, but this was on the way. I simply needed a small bottle of Old English for light wood. This stuff is MAGIC, and I don't know how I was able to live this long without having to purchase it for myself.
My next trip was to Hobby Lobby. I should have gone elsewhere, but I was impatient and didn't want to search high and low for something as silly as photo mattes. I ended up purchasing 2 that I love and 2 that aren't as fabulous but still match the others.

The next day, during a half snow day, I worked on the shutter and frames. The shutter just needed cleaning and a little bit of Old English to make it pretty. I also had to remove the hardware. No big deal.
The larger frames were pretty scratched up, but no worries! Nothing a little Old English can't fix.

I also used my new "Economy Size" bottle of Windex and my favorite Viva paper towels (I'm a paper towel snob, by the way. Along with a few other items, mainly in my kitchen.) to clean up the glass itself.
Now let it be said that you get what you pay for.
Any time you pay 99 cents for a frame, don't expect one that will do the things you ask it to do. These frames were all ones that held the backing with staples. Perfectly efficent, but a pain in the rear to mess with when taking out the glass.

After I cleaned the glass, I put in the photo mattes and pictures, and voila!

Oh, I forgot to mention one thing. I did decide to take the hanging dohickey (you know, the metal thing with teeth) off the back of one of the frames and put it on the back of my shutter. This made hanging the shutter a breeze, and was fairly easy to accomplish.

Next, they hang! Actually, I had to wait to hang these until the next day. By the time I got around to hanging them, it was about 11:30pm. And if you live in an apartment, it's just not very nice to hammer into your walls at that time of night. I complain about my singing neighbor quite frequently (he is a vocal major and feels the need to practice at 1:00am), so I didn't want to be one of those people. Also, Patrick can be very persuasive if he things I am doing something that isn't very nice.

So today, they hung! I swear to you that the pictures are all even. Let me rephrase: I swear to you that the pictures are as even as possible. I have had a sneaky suspicion that our apartment leans for a while. This project didn't help that suspicion.

Let me go on record as saying that me posting this picture is an effort of ridding myself of some pride.
I hate my couch.
Don't get my wrong. I am completely blessed and thankful to even have a couch. It was given to us, instead of thrown out. Also known as FREE. It is a very comfy cozy couch. It has a pretty comfy pull out bed.
However, it is not a very flattering pattern or color of fabric. It is also a very old couch and normal slip covers don't fit the couch like, well, normal. The cushions slide out from under your butt every time you sit on them for an extended period of time (and let's face it, what's a couch for if you don't sit on it for a while?).
And the slip cover fight just drives me absolutely bonkers.

Another tidbit about this photo. The pillow on the right was made by my great grandmother (my Gigi) a long time ago. I will never get rid of it.

Today was a thrifting and antiquing day. I set a budget before I went, and it's a good thing. Sheesh. There is just so much cute stuff out there! Most of it is really expensive, which seems to be my taste.

Here is what I found!
2 LARGE burlap sacks - $4 each.
1 One Gallon glass jug - $3.
1 small glass jar - 50% off $1.50 = $0.75.
1 small birds nest with eggs - 75% off $0.56 = CHEAP.

My friend Lindsey discovered the amazing gallon jugs. She got one for herself and told me that there were more waiting at the thrift store! I am forever thankful. :)

Yet again, I'm in love.
:)

February 10, 2011

{Best Ever} Snow Ice Cream

So yesterday we had yet another snow day! Gasp! Inconceivable! (Sorry, I've been on a "quoting The Princess Bride" kick today.) What did I do for the first time ever?

I made snow ice cream.
And it was fabulous!

***WARNING***
The pictures are horrid. I have no camera (something that pains me every time I think about it),
so I have to stoop down to using the camera on my phone.
Sometimes, it takes fantastic pictures.
Other times (mostly in my apartment, you know, where all the crafting is done), it craps out on me.
So I'm sorry.

What you will need:
8 cups fresh, clean snow
1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla

1. Gather your snow.
(This was before measuring.)

2. Measure out 8 cups.
3. Add the delicious sweetened condensed milk.
(If you want it less intensely sweet, I would add a cup or so more snow. It's awesome, but very rich! Patrick and I could only eat one small bowl each! By the way, like that nicely recovering blister on my thumb? So photogenic! What you can't see is the mirroring blister on the other thumb.)

4. Add the vanilla.
(These are Patrick's manly hands, not mine! Taking a picture while you're doing something is harder than it looks.)

5. Mix it all together.
(At times, it seems like it won't all mix, like somehow there isn't enough moisture. And it gets a little thick to mix. Don't you worry. Just keep on mixing!)

6. And enjoy!!
(Seriously, eat immediately after serving. There's a reason that Frosty can't stay indoors! Again, this is Patrick's manly face with crazy long hair. Not mine.)

And there you have it. The world's best snow ice cream recipe ever.
Thanks, Paula Dean!

February 7, 2011

An Upcoming Project

In a last ditch effort to avoid my homework that is due tomorrow morning, here is my success story for the day.


This lovely shutter was purchased a while back for either $6 or $8, I can't remember. I have been patiently waiting to find matching picture frames in order to put some of our engagement photos (yeesh, taken almost a year and a half ago!) to good use. And today, I hit the jackpot. I only needed 4 matching frames, but I found 2 more as well.
And they were all 99 cents a piece.
Gotta love a deal. :)

A preview of what is to come...

Second Super Duper Snow Storm!

Here we go again...


Yep. That says 7-12 inches.

....I actually love the cold and the snow. My hubby and I just need to be home before it hits! And our state needs to invest in more snow plows. Duh.

February 6, 2011

Hodgepodge of a Post

I know, I know! I am such a lazy blogger! Not a single post during 3 free snow days?! Ridiculous!

In all honesty, there haven't been any posts because nothing significant has happened worth blogging about (besides our city shutting down for several days due to a certain blizzard/snowmageddon/snowapalooza). But today, that has all changed.

First off, I'll recap our lovely lazy snow days with a few pictures.
Just in case the power went out, I made some chocolate chip cookies. You know, because we needed things to eat that didn't require refrigeration....
....and because they are, in one word,
DELICIOUS.

So those were made, and then it looked like this the next day.

And it just got worse (or better, in my personal opinion) from there. Patrick and I don't get cabin fever very easily, so we were quite content staying home and doing absolutely nothing for a few days. The two of us ventured out once or twice a day after the initial blizzard was over in order to get some fresh air, and had a little bit of fun while we were at it.

After the sunshine came out and melted some of the gorgeous white stuff, Patrick and I went out to dinner with his parents. It was there that I was informed of Ree Drummond's (aka The Pioneer Woman) book signing the next day at a local book store! What?! And I already had plans and I couldn't weasel out of them! Drats!

Today, before antiquing with my favorite mother in law, she surprised me with
one of the best gifts EVER.
I repeat. E.V.E.R.!!


Dangit. She's beautiful, super talented, funny, apparently SUPER sweet and has gorgeous handwriting. Of course she has gorgeous handwriting.
AND I CANNOT WAIT TO MAKE THESE RECIPES!!! :)
I have already read through the entire cookbook. And it is as fabulous as you can possibly imagine.
P.S. I have the world's most amazing mother in law. Period.

After receiving this amaizng gift from an amazing person, we went to our favorite antique store. And I found this:

I put in the spanish moss at the bottom, but I need more. It was all that I had on hand. Needless to say, I love it. It was a little pricey at $14, but it just HAD to be mine. It was calling my name and everything!

Later on, I went to a thrift store and found these dolls. They are Hoosier Glass bud vases. Very dirty but similar to the one I found here.
Not too shabby for 79 cents each. :)

And tonight, in a random organization effort, I grabbed my collection of buttons and extra mason jars. Then, I organized.

I use them for these:


Wow. This is a huge hodgepoge of a post. Maybe I should try posting more often. :)

P.S. I love the fact that both my husband and I, although not always together, watch Criminal Minds. But I probably shouldn't watch the dang show alone. The freaky ones always air when I am by myself!! No nightmares, please.