Monthly Archives: June 2013

Creativity is Messy & I am Very Creative.

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Let me make a little secret public.  My guest bedroom door is always closed and not to keep the room pristine for a future guest.  Heaven knows I would love for you to believe you could eat off my floors, and that my toilet is always clean, and not a speck of dust hides in any nook or cranny of my house.  But I must confess, most of that is untrue 😉 and that closed bedroom door hides a big fat mess.  Fabric, empty picture frames, scrapbook papers, glitter, ribbons, paint, and every project that I have in progress.  Everything creative lands there until I get time to do what I love.  If you saw it you might think I was awfully hypocritical for harping at D all the time to clean up after himself.  If you saw it, that is.

You will not.

So what have I been up to?  For June I’ve already made good on my “something nice” resolution and cleaned up one small portion of the room in the process.  One guy signed up to be one of my Creative-Pay-It-Forward gift recipients and I couldn’t let a good opportunity to craft for a dude pass me by.  Not all guys would care or appreciate a handmade anything, but I think that’s because most of you boys ain’t in touch with your sensitive side.  Shame on you!  Brandon is very special to me, and he’s been around about as long as D has.  Brandon, Lauren (his wife), D and I dated at the same time and we did all kinds of stuff together (and still do).  And because the boys were so close, it kinda felt like we were a “friend family” which made Brandon my boyfriend-in-law/husband-in-law.  Very complicated I know, but they are the forever kind of friends.  Brandon has gotten into homemade salsa and makes all kinds of flavorings.  At their Super Bowl Party, his salsa concoctions lined the table and people couldn’t get enough!  So I thought, shouldn’t he have an awesome chip & dip bowl to work with?  Yes, he should.  I found a ceramic dish at Target and got to work.  I used chalkboard paint from another project and painted the whole thing.  Turned out pretty awesome!?  Now when someone throws a party he can use that bowl to tell what the salsa is, or (let’s be honest here) to write inappropriate phrases for his friends to enjoy.

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But have bad news to break.  I was surfing Pinterest one night and found out that chalkboard is not a safe serving surface.  Awshitaw.  I had painted that bowl forever ago, and there was no fixing that.  BUT I think that all you would need is a small container for the salsa sit in, inside the dip portion of the dish and you would be fine.  That’s what we decided anyway.  Kind of a Housewife Fail there, but not all the way.  He was happy, I think?!

And Mother Nature paid a visit by way of a wicked Thunderstorm last week.  It knocked the power out for a number of hours, leaving me disconnected from the things that rot my brain: TV namely, and the internet.  So I opened up the guest bedroom to find a project to initiate.  I made that burlap wreath for my mom weeks ago, and I dreaded the thought of making my own.  But there the stuff sat, right where I left it, begging to be used.  So I got to work and by the time the power came on I was ready for some glue gun action to complete it.  It came out perfect!  I love it!

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I hope you all have a great week!  Check back soon for some more adventures into home decor and crafting.  I have tons of cool projects in the works.  And Happy Birthday to my husbing, D!!  Love you!

May Days

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May is my favorite month of the year, and it just flew by!  Flowers are in full bloom and the weather is perfect for driving with the windows down.  We always celebrate graduations (Go Dr. Jess!), birthdays, and the coming of summer.  We  squeeze in a little vacation.  May just makes me want to give the house a little love by way of cleaning, reorganizing, planting and my general ramrodding of all household chores.  Spring Fever is catching honey, and I got a temperature.

As if our house wasn’t already in a constant evolutionary state… I’ve got the itch to redecorate.   Everything felt too settled and I can’t stand to be stagnant.  Sometimes all you need is a little revamping and here and there to make an entire room feel brand new.  So  let’s get moving!

I know I’ve already mentioned them before, but Grandma and Papa rock my socks.  My Papa is a master craftsman, and has toiled for years in his woodworking shop.  When Grandma picked her dining table out, Papa got to work crafting a fine china cabinet to match.  He cut down a huge oak from his front yard and crafted “Big Ben” from it too.  It was the first clock he ever made, and it was made to accent the table and cabinet.  When I bought my first place, Grandma offered a “fair price” for those pieces and I brought them home.  At first I wasn’t all too sure they were all my style, and still may not be.  But I have some serious emotional attachment to this stuff and it’s all one of a kind.   I think I got complacent with my dining room and realized its full potential has not been met.  So I set out for a facelift.  I found these plates from Anthropologie a few months ago and it was love at first sight for me.  Sissinghurst Castle…doesn’t that name sound incredibly important? 

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I love a good tablescape and it gave the room a little more interest!  The napkins were a steal at HomeGoods a year ago, the placemats are from Ikea and spraypainted dark brown.  The solid white plates are Ikea 365+, and that’s about as “fine china” as D and I have ever wanted to be.  We’ve NEVER set foot in a housewares or department store to select fine china…so don’t hold your breath and I won’t hold mine either.

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Guest Bath right before purchase of the house

Boring, right?  We decided to give our guest bath some attention right when we moved of course.  And for a long time I was happy with that space.  But over the last few months I started thinking that the room looked like some gender neutral bathroom for the children we don’t have.  And it didn’t look like anything special really, all the pieces were bought right off the same shelf so no real thought went into it.  I need that “oh my gosh this piece is perfect for the space” moment for me to feel like my idea really came together.  I’m not boring, but my sad attempt at decorating that room sure was.

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Revamp Job #1

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Revamp Job #1

This time I feel like I’ve achieved the image I had in mind.  It’s brighter, youthful but mature, versatile between seasons with different linens, and I took my time collecting pieces from my favorite spots to get to the “I LOVE it!” moment.  Shower curtain is Threshold by Target, glass jar and Polo bath mat from Marshalls, striped linens from World Market, milk crate from HomeGoods, light fixture from Lowe’s, and Ikea is responsible for our shelving, wicker basket, frames and mirror.  And the artwork is from Charleston from a trip last year.  That was relocated from the guest bedroom since its undergoing surgery as well.  What do you think about the new space?!  Would you be so pleased to brush your teeth in there?!

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So since May is over I should let you know that I was successful in maintaining my resolutions this month.  I tempted fate with a Powerball ticket and woke up the next day to find myself 3 bucks poorer since I had opted for the “double your winnings” SUPER ticket…of misery.  It was fun to hypothetically spend my winnings the night before.  Oh well. 

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Here I am with my losing ticket!

For my something nice I sponsored my friend, Jenn, in her first Iron Man Triathalon.  She’s a Hokie, her pride runs deep, and she’s running in honor of the victims of the VT tragedy, so if you have some extra dollars maybe you could sponsor her too?!

Oh and for the four of you Creative Pay it Forward gift recipients-to-be…anybody think this belongs to them?

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