Sunday, March 28, 2010

Too short...

We managed to get away for the weekend and headed up to the mountains for some relaxation. Also, to get away from the 80-degree weather (YUCK!). It was around 50 up at Shaver :)

We also had some visitors...

And got some play time in...

It was beautiful, and I wish we didn't have to come home so soon. Here's to another work week...le sigh! Are you ready for Monday?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Antiquing fun

I have never been a big fan of shopping in general. I mean, Target is fine and all, but I can't shop at those places that have a million things to look at and sift through (Ross, for example). This means that every time I have seen an antique store I never thought twice about wanting to go inside and see what kind of treasures I could find. Also, most times I have tried my hand a garage saling, or taking a trip to Goodwill to find something awesome, I always fail. Never find a thing! And I always see people posting blogs about all the cool things they find an thrift and antique stores, and I'm not gonna lie, I am totaly jealous!

So this weekend we were downtown eating and just looking for something to do to waste a few hours of our time and we decided to stop in a couple big antique shops. Wow. I never knew they could have THAT much stuff in there! I was pleasantly suprised that not all of it was just..junk. I had my eye open for a few things (hint: did you read my last post?), but otherwise I was just looking for cute stuff. Well, the first thing I ran into was miss Talia :) And I am pretty sure she took all the cute things, I saw her grabbing a few adorable items - which I never found anything close to what she had, dangit!

Anyways, it was so fun to wander around. Here are a few things I picked up:

A cute little deer! (Shh..I may have bought more than a few cute little deers!)

Some pretty books, for $1! (Oh look..another deer).

A pair of these sweet little bird cages. Do you think I should put something inside of them?

So all in all, it was a success! Except for the fact that Chris now wants to decorate our house in antique swords...oye.

So who is with me next weekend?! :)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Loving: Vintage + Deer

Fawn & Flower Wall Wear via neawear

Ceramic Deer Figurine via fruitflypie

Michael Miller "Pet Deer" Fabric via SewMaterialistic

Forest Friends Fabric Buttons via aimoobaroo

Deer & Butterfly Print via GreenNest

Forest Fawn Necklace via PrettyParis

Little Hooves Print via WildLifePrints

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A Few New Things

I've got some more shameless self-pimping going on here. I've been slowly trying to spruce up my Etsy shop, and I've made a couple new headbands listed to show you. I am working one some new hair pin designs as well :) Yay! I love me some crafty time!

Double Bow Headband

Pink & Grey Headband

Along the same lines, I'm trying to do a few new things with my shop and will hopefully get those things in order soon. Aaaannndd, that made absolutely NO sense to you. Sorry ;)
Thank you all for looking! :D Hope you are getting through your week, I am trying!


Yayyy, congrats to Lauryn!! You win the Spring Giveaway! Wooohoo! I'll contact you soon to get your address :) Yummy cleaning goodies will be coming your way!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Phone Wars

So I got a new cell phone. I did not get an iPhone. Amazing right? I'm not one to jump on the bandwagon because "lyke omg iphones are so cool and you're totally not cool to not have one". Just kidding, slightly. Sorry to my many, many iPhone loving friends (youknowiloveyou).

ANWYAYS! Chris and I both got new Droids (by Motorolla), we switched from ATT to Verizon. Which, is weird for me. I always cursed Verizon but I have noticed that ATT has had crappy service where I don't want it to suck (like in hour house! And at our cabin!). Does anyone else have one of these things? I am looking for some good app recommendations. It seems like when I search for recommendations it's always based on a guy's perspective. So yeah, halp!! :)

Also, ahem. Did you sign up for my giveaway? I don't think you did! I mean, I know cleaning isn't the funnest thing in the world - but free stuff definitely is! Do it, make a sista' happy! :)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Semi Kitchen Makeover: Paint Job!

When we bought our house, we knew there was a lot of work to be done. Not really necessary work per say, but things to do to get it up to par with our style. Well, in the year and a half that we've lived here, we have done quite a few updates. The kitchen has always been one of the top things to we wanted to work on - of course, it can also be one of the most expensive things to remodel!

Here is the lovely kitchen when we moved in:

Well, we don't have a ton of money stashed away, so we are always looking for ways to a) save money, and b) do ourselves. Every time we head over to Home Depot or Lowes, we wander around (mostly the kitchen and flooring areas) just to check things out. We toyed with the idea of purchasing new cabinets before because we really don't have that many of them to being with. Also, our cabinets aren't real wood, not even the doors (just the door frames?). But, once you begin adding them up, it starts to eat your money.

So we ultimately decided that painting our cabinets would be the best bet for us for now. I did a bunch of online research to make sure we would get everything we needed, especially the right kind of paint and primer for the job. If you're thinking about doing this yourself, this guide from helped a lot. Also, if you have laminates, this article was REALLY helpful for us. So yeah, DO YOUR RESEARCH!

A couple of tips:
  1. As your a removing your doors/drawers, number them. Especially if you are using the same hardware, if you mix and match, after you are done you may find that things aren't fitting how they should. I just ripped piece of tape and wrote the numbers on them.
  2. Make sure you have a BIG work area. We spread out everything in our garage over paint tarps.
  3. Don't be too anxious. Most everything I read said to wait 1-2 weeks (sometimes more!) for the paint to "cure". If you put everything back together too soon, because the paint can still be semi sticky, your doors/drawers could possibly stick to the cabinet base and ruin your pain job!
  4. Hardware. Don't think that everything you purchase will work for you right out of the package. We had to buy longer screws for our handles than what came with them. We also purchased new door hinges, and tried about 4 different ones before we got one that worked correctly (hint: buy several different types to try, THEN purchase the necessary amount. oops). I think I had to go to the hardware store about 6 different times. Ugh.
So yeah, the most important part:

I love love love it! Although the awesome new paint job and hardware make our icky white floors and counters look even more blah, that's okay :)
Edit: Oops, forgot to mention that this only cost about $125 :)

Monday, March 8, 2010

Spring Cleaning: A Giveaway

Let me tell you a little something: in general, cleaning is such a big chore for me. There are a few things I don't mind doing, but other things I absolutely dread and hate (like cleaning the cat box, or the bathrooms..apparently I don't like poop).

So when I get down to cleaning, I need something to get me up and keep me going! That includes some fun music to sing along with and dance with my dogs to (you know you do it!), and cleaning products that make me happy. Yes, a cleaning product can make me happy and actually help me along with my cleaning. Vanilla scented dryer sheets? Yep, they make me want to do my laundry so I can smell it afterwards! Cucumber melon cleaning spray? Yes please - help me get the stinky food smell out of mah kitchen!

So, this is a little GIVEAWAY - and I am going to give the winner some of my most favorite cleaning products to aide them in spring cleaning - yippee!!!! I'm not going to tell you all of what this will include, but it WILL defeinitely be delicious smelling and make you happy!

To Enter: Leave a comment, and be sure to tell me what your favorite cleaning product is and why.

Deadline: Friday, March 12th!
Extra Credit?: I know you all love extra credit, so if you would like to Tweet about it or blog it, you are more than welcome to for an extra entry. Just please leave me a link to your tweet or blog. Thanks!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Ohhh, Fancy!

I came across this on Etsy today:

It's called a "Fancypack" and I am totally unsure of what I think of it. I mean, I know how I feel about fannypacks...totally lame/not cute/unflattering. I am pretty sure my mom still wears one sometimes, and it's old and PURPLE. O.M.G.

So at first glance, I am all "are you kidding me?", but now that I've let it saturate in my little mind a bit, this is actually pretty cute, looks more like a belt, and really is a good idea. The only problem I have with it is that for someone that me who doesn't really want to draw attention to my belleh, probably not the most lovely thing to wear. I think Stacy and Clinton would want to have a word with me on that.

What do you think?

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Happy Things

  • I have been slacking at weddings things, and thus, been sucking at posting on The Bridal Bloggette. But! Today I managed to post a wee little update there, so I hope you can head over there, read it and help me out a bit! Thanks!

  • I have really been trying to get my creative juices flowing again. Over the next few days I plan to be working on our save-the-dates - I found this really cute idea in a book I have, and have been dying to get it going for a while now! I also managed to add a couple new things to my Etsy shop today, and will hopefully add another few things in the next couple days :)
  • I am planning on doing a GIVEWAY(!) later this week, just for fun.

  • I have a whole chicken in the crockpot right now, along with some sliced lemons, garlic cloves, and rosemary. You should smell it. Better yet, you should definitely make it!

  • I had a super fun weekend that included good times with some of my most favorite people, and even met a new one! Check out our adventures over at Mrs. Priss' site.
  • Want to ask me something? I decided to start a Formspring. Ohhh goodie! :)