So without further ado, let's get started.
Friday, November 12, 2010
So without further ado, let's get started.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Nice, huh? I thought about making a slip cover for it. I have a little of the fabric left over from my bench redo. The only thing is, even with a sharp new cover, I still needed to control the gaping hole in my ottoman. Classy gal that I am, my mind immediately went to duct tape.
But wait! The last time I was at the local craft store I saw a whole bin of crazy colored duct tape. They had neon, metallic and even some prints. While the zebra print didn't do much for me I could definitely see some spotted leopard in my living room. Armed with my 40% off coupon I purchased my funky duct tape.
Then I slowly taped the monster rip, bringing all the seams together. After closing the hole I laid the strips of leopard duct tape from one side of the ottoman to the other, smoothing it out as went along. This is a bit of the finished product.
These images are a bit more grainy since they were taken on my phone, but I wanted to be able to show my mom right away. She was appropriately impressed. For the price of a roll of duct tape I was able to save my leather ottoman. Now that is thrifty!
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Thursday, October 21, 2010
I've been wanting a rice cooker. I've even gone so far as to buy one at a big box store and then return it the next day. So imagine my utter delight when I came across this beauty for a cool $5.99 on a Saturday afternoon Goodwill run.
Brand new in the box, but no instruction manual. I went cruising their dot com to see what I can see and the manual was there fully downloadable. I also found out this gem retails for $27.99. I've used it a couple of times and I am in love.
See what else I found? Some yummy pillows for the front porch swing! They even have the tags still on them. From 19.99 each to 3.99 each. Score!
I love the colors and the patterns. I'm thinking about using these colors when we repaint the house this year.
Christmas is fast approaching and I was amped to find photo Christmas cards for .99 each. I'm going to try to do most of my cards electronically, but there are still some people that get the real deal. At least I got them at a thrift store.
Of course this all presupposed I actually get my poop together enough to send out cards this year, electronically or otherwise. Good intentions and all that donchaknow.
That's it for this episode of Third Thursday Thrift Store Finds. You're welcome to play along if you want to share. I'd love to ooh and ahh your finds.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
1. Did you have a pen pal when you were little (or now)? Where were/are they from?
I did. I met her in elementary school and then she moved to Brussels, Belgium. When you're 10 years old you and live half a world away friendship becomes about letters and being pen pals.
3. Do you remember your biggest fear from when you were little?
Yes. Being kidnapped. Now it's my biggest fear for my own kids. I try not to get all crazy about it since I don't want to them to become afraid, but yeah, scares me witless.
Meetings. Specifically team building and status update meeting.
I hate them. I try to get out of as many as possible. I hated meetings when I worked outside the home. Now I hate them as a part of volunteering. Most of this stuff can be done via group e-mails or even Skype. Meeting just meet is a waste of time. I love to volunteer and to give back to my community, church, neighborhood and school, but since I work in a virtual world now it's hard for me to deal with IRL meetings.
Me when I'm standing in it...*snicker*.
Seriously it's my college sweatshirt. I got it when I started undergrad in 1989 and I still wear it. I know the fashionistas out there are cringing, but you've got to respect the 21 year old history it holds.
Another great round of 5 Question Friday. Join me next week won't you?
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
I'll remind everyone later, but in the mean time take pictures and notes of all your really cool finds before you head on over later to tell us all about it.
I can't wait!
Monday, September 27, 2010
So we rolled the digital dice and ...
Creative Disaster! The Silent Setter is excited to be headed to a new home. It has enjoyed it's time here, but can't wait for Craft Tour. Enjoy!
Thanks to those of you who came by to support my first time down the give away chute. I learned quite a bit and that's what it's all about...oh, wait that's the hokey poky.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
decorating my mantle back in March and now I spend my time purging big things from my decorations box and looking for cute, small trimmings. I can stack the picture frames like I have here or maybe all three on top of one another? It'll be fun to figure out.
Oh, and you're probably wondering about the last part of the title. One day when Tracy and I were out thrifting at Salvation Army and saw this sign posted:
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Well, if I could get away with it then I'd go whole hog and get me a Lady Gaga outfit. I get a the huz from the idea of raw meat couture, but how about that that Kermit the Frog ensemble? I would so rock that outfit.
Hello, dumb ass?! The only person I was hurting was myself.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Hey there, Antonio!
The Man came home the other day and needed a quick card for a co-worker who was transferring to another location. Everyone makes fun of us, okay him, for having a chicken. I thoughts I'd play off that for the card.
I started out with black cardstock, cut in half lengthwise, then folded in half to 5.5x4.25.
Then I stamped the wood plank background on white cardstock (from the scrap pile, thankyouverymuch) and trimmed the edges. I used Tim Holtz ink, Old Paper, and inked the stamp. I concentrated on the edges since the the center of the image will be covered with another layer.
my version and make your own set of cards.
I trimmed around the rope using a "bubble cut" (that's how I tell the Kinder kids to cut when they don't have to hard, straight lines), but you tear it to give the image a more rustic look. Go crazy. Add eyelets. I used the Provo Craft Silent Setter.
Here's the thing though, I don't need a silent setter anymore. I loved this when my kids still had nap times and that was the only time I could scrapbook in peace. Now though they're getting closer to adolescence and frankly I enjoy using a hammer. It's therapeutic. So I'm giving this one away. Here are the rules:
- Follow this blog.
- Post a comment telling me how you found Embellish. It's my first giveaway, so if you let everyone know how you got here I think we all win.
- Giveaway runs through Sunday, September 26 at 9:00 p.m. CST and the winner will be announced on Monday, September 27 right here. I will do my best to contact the winner though their profile information.
- Sorry, I'll only ship to the US for this giveaway, but feel free to post anyway.
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Friday, September 10, 2010
Look what landed on my doorstep this morning! I can't wait to open this bad girl up and start marking up clothes.
I've wanted a dress form for so long. I made one of those duct tape ones, but it never quite did what I wanted it to do. And by the time you invest in all the materials and the put in the time, might as well get a manufactured form. Right?
Any tips from those of you that already have one of these gems?
Saturday, September 4, 2010
This is a job for the front porch!
I used two lawn bags to protect the brick tiles out front. We're actually hoping to make some improvements to this area since we've got a bit of a drainage issue, so I'm not all that concerned about keeping things pristine. Still you don't want to look like your front entrance is gangsta art studio so I try. I use lawn bags and then I can fill them with the refuse that's supposed to go into them. Two uses for the price of one.
I'm just very conscientious that way.
I primed the back of the star first. Since the piece is pretty transparent, the shape not the material, I knew I'd have to do both front and back. I don't on all my makeovers. Shhh. Keep that one under your hat. Still I did the back first so if I had mistakes or drips they'd be less visible and I could give the front, read the part seen, a longer time to dry and set.
Then you bring out the paint of your choice. I use spray paint. I know, I know...environment, but this works for me. If you'd like to even out my carbon emissions, you should use low VOC brush on paint. I promise I do my part in other areas.
Paint the back first and let it dry.
When it's completely dry, hang it on your wall and admire your work. You deserve it!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Which probably doesn't reflect well on me.
Still I think this is a great idea for a home improvement gadget. I can't count how many times have I walked up to the front door with an armload of sumthin' or other and stood there helplessly. The boys just stand there on the front porch.
Looking at me.
In other news, I was in a hurry to get somewhere today and scooted out the door full of purpose. I turned around after locking the door and met head-on with a bill poster (those rodents who leave ads on your doorknob).
Not just a little "eeek" mind you. A full-on neighbors-looking-out-their-front-window scream. The bill poster seemed to be just as startled and told me no one has ever screamed before while she was delivering.
Well then, that'll teach her to leave stuff on my door.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I'd been disappointed with most of the other recipes I had tried. They'd been too thin and crispy or too doughy or too cakey. I wanted the right, balanced combination in a cookie.
This is it.
8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 cups (I use 3 and ½) semisweet chunks
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt and baking soda.
Add chocolate chunks and mix thoroughly until combines.
Refrigerate batter until cold, preferably overnight. (Suposedly the longer the better, I aim for at overnight, but I'm told the cookies still turn out good even if you don't refrigerate them at all).
Drop heaping spoonfuls of batter on the lined baking sheets.
Monday, August 2, 2010
Worked on cleaning up the garage (understanding this is a work-in-progress and will never be "done".) Check.
Applied the second layer of paint to plastic outdoor chairs I took off the curb during the last bulky pick up. Check.
Baked (because I turn the oven on mornings only) banana bread using the overripe bananas and last of the blueberries. Check.
Threw beans in the crockpot so we can have tostadas for dinner. Check.
Fed the kids. Fed the dogs. Check.
Scheduled an appointment to pick up paperwork for a potential new client. Check-a-roo.
I feel like I've completed so much today that I'm going to take a nap!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Jealous? You just wish your medicine cabinet was organized this nicely. I found these bins at a thrift store and I knew just where they would work in my house. They were calling to me!
I also got to pull out my label maker. It's a good day when I get to use both containers AND a label maker.