Wednesday, November 11, 2009

On one of my recent trips to the junk store, I found a star that looked like this.

Well, not exactly like this, because this is Pottery Barn's version, but it was pretty close. The star was $7.99 and such a good deal that I didn't even pretend I knew what I was going to do with it, I just had to have it. It leaned up against the wall in the living room for a few months while I thought about what to do with it. I wasn't crazy about the color, but I just love the bold graphic shape of stars - and crosses - don't get me started on crosses. During a lunch visit to JoAnn Fabrics, inspiration struck! I found this stuff, and knew exactly what to do!

I sprayed the entire star with flat black spray paint and when it was dry, I used painter's tape and taped off 1/2 inch stripes starting at the middle of each point. I painted the exposed portions with the extreme glitter paint (in black) and this is what I ended up with.

I love it. I’m going to hang it above the fireplace. I think once I tear down the sheetrock and uncover the fabulous brick that I just know is hiding back there, it will look even better. The man thinks people aren’t going to “get it” I’m not sure what, exactly there is to get, but I love it and that’s really all that matters.

Yes, I have an unhealthy obsession with candles. I don’t care, I love them.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

This is the awesome door I mentioned in my last post. It took forever to get it up because I couldn't figure out what folder it was in. I use a creative memories photo manager and I'm just not used to the way the pictures are sorted yet.
Anyway, I'll post more often, I promise, even though no one reads my blog execpt me - I like the thought of a diary. It's been far too long since I've kept one.

Monday, June 22, 2009


The man was grumpy yesterday, which made me grumpy. It's not my fault he couldn't sleep the other night. He knows better than to drink iced tea at night. So, he woke up at 4am and couldn't fall back to sleep. NOT MY FAULT! That didn't stop him from taking it out on me when I found a beautiful wooden door that I had to have - for free! He plays baseball and I was on my way to his game - crossing the school's basketball court, when I saw the beautiful thing I absolutely needed. It's blue, the paint is chipped and most of the hardware had been taken off. I didn't want it to use it, I wanted it for decoration. I talked about it all during the game, so after, Connie helped carry it to me car. I couldn't get it in mine, so when the man got back to his, I asked him if we could put it in the van. He picked it up, almost without help, and tossed it in the back - without speaking to me at all. He then got in the van and drove off. It's a good thing I drove myself, or I'd still be standing in that parking lot! I got home right after he did and was standing by the back of the van when he opened the door. We pulled it out and he walked away - still not talking to me! He never not talks to me. Five hours later, after a very long nap (him) and dropping the kid off, picking the kid up, grocery shopping and cooking dinner for seven (me), he woke up like nothing had happened at all.

I tried to stay grumpy with him, but when I got home today, he had planted the lillys we bought and started putting down the little patio I decided I wanted by the front door.

Have I mentioned how many pavers the people who lived here before us left? Next time, I'll post pictures of the pretty door and the planter that the man and the girl built for the front of our house.

Saturday, May 16, 2009


The girl and I are scrapbooking at Holly's today, but of course I walked out of the house without my project, so now I'm going to have to work on thank you cards tonight. So many people have done so much for me lately and I feel terrible that I'm so far behind on giving thank you cards!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

You can never have too many

When we moved into the house, I dumped my boxes (yes boxes) of shoes into the closet in the craft room with the idea that I would go through them and get them organized later. The man decided to help me and got them all out and lined them up in the hallway. I'm not sorry to say that this picture doesn't even show them all. There are some around the corner at the end of the hall and more by my feet as I'm taking the picture. I think he thought it was funny at first, but I didn't mind them being there and it made it easier to decide which pair to wear the next day.

A couple days later we picked them up and put them back in the closet. I still need to go through them, but it was nice to visit with them for a little while.

orange closet

When I decorate, I tend to lean towards earthy colors - I like the browns and reds. It's rare that I pick a bright color, unless as an accent piece or something. For some reason, this house has me turned upside down. My family thinks I'm nuts and they man wants to put a hazardous waste sign on the hall closet. Every bedroom in this house is a different shade of blue.
The master bedroom has two pink walls and two baby blue walls. The kitchen/living/hall are actually two different shades of green. We've decided to live with the colors as they are until we are able to spend some time on each individual room and make the place our own. That being said, we have a closet in the hall that we think used to house the water heater and I thought it would be fun to paint it orange. I couldn't live with this color in my living room, but it's a pretty color and I thought it would be a cute little wink to whoever opens the closet. I forgot to take beforfe pictures, but the first pic was taken after I had primed the space. The second is the first coat of the orange. It needs another coat, but I love it. I think I'll do the coat closet and the linen closet in the same color :)

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter! We're in the house - for just about three weeks now and I finally feel like it's almost clean. I don't think the boxes will ever be unpacked because I'm convinced they're multiplying in the garage but I think we're getting there. The pool is clean and inviting, though the water is a chilly 64 degrees so I think it's going to be a while before I do more than dip a toe, but it's exciting to think about the parties this summer.

Friday, February 13, 2009

I think I'm going to be sick. We did our home inspection this morning and even though everything went well, I'm still queasy. There's going to be a lot of work to do, and I can't wait to get started on it!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


So now that we've decided to move this weekend, we find out that our house closes escrow on March 15th - finally. Two moves - one month apart.

Friday, February 6, 2009

I love paper! Most of my friends and family know that I love any kind of paper - I love taking something so ordinary and making something different out of it. A friend and coworker of mine is getting married later this month, and I offered to help in any way I could. This included making the wedding invitations for them (you'll see them later) and invitations for the wedding shower - because the Maid of Honor is a friend as well.

The shower invitations are 5x5 square silver cardstock with flowers cut from linen bookbinding tape and an overlay of vellum with the party details printed on it.

This is my very messy workspace. It's about a 2' x 1' space and I'm constantly relocating projects to another flat surface so I can work on something else.

A picture (below) of the flowers - applied to the cardstock and with their crystal centers already attached. The large flower has three heart crystals and the smaller flower has three small, round crystals.
This is the finished card. I used a strip of the same linen across the top to hold the vellum in place.

I think they turned out well. It was fun to figure it all out.