snap, crackle, pop

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

We had to send our vacuum back to Dyson for repairs, and finally got it back a couple of days ago.

Note:  A 2 year old, a dog, and no vacuum will make you insane.

Well, this time (yep, had to send it back twice) they wanted to make sure nothing happened during shipping and sent it back wrapped in bubble wrap and LOTS of peanuts.

I couldn't help but let Izzy play around in the peanuts. 

And, the bubble wrap has provided HOURS of entertainment over at our house.


How about you?  Could you walk away from bubble wrap without trying to pop a few?

I didn't think so.

Oh, and in case you're wondering what is up with the dress over the jammies?  Izzy has been putting her "ballet dress" as she calls it over everything lately so she can dance.  Apparently, you can't dance without the proper attire.  I'm thinking I might need to take the hint and get this girl in a real ballet class :)

kristina j.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

If you guys aren't already familiar with the blog Kristina J., I suggest you head over there quick fast and in a hurry!

You can find me guest posting at her place tonight too :)

Kristina is insanely talented and has an amazing sense of style.  While you're there, make sure you check out her Anthropologizing posts - you will thank me!  .

See you all there!

izzy's big girl room - sneak peak

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Izzy's room was included in my house resolutions I posted about here.

It was the first thing on the list to get attended to as it needed to happen asap.

Here's a little sneak peak of what I've been working on!

Good news is she's pleased as punch to be in a "big girl" room.

Even better news, she actually sleeps really well in there and we haven't had many issues transitioning her into a real bed.

I'm hoping to get everything finished within the next couple of weeks so I can give you the actual reveal soon!

LOADS of DIY's went into this space.  And, I've got a few more up the ol sleeve to get done first ;)

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seriously google?!?!?!

Monday, January 23, 2012

I'm having a little meltdown... thanks to Google.

Meltdown No. 1 - Picnik

If you haven't already heard, Picnik (the most amazing free photo editor that has ever existed) is disappearing in April of this year.


I'm pulling my hair out over this as EVERY photo I put up on this blog or in my house is ran through Picnik in one way or another.

Apparently, they are moving some of their editing tools over to Google+.  Checked it out, couldn't figure it out.


Meltdown No. 2 - Google Friend Connect

You've probably also heard the buzz about Google retiring Google Friend Connect (GFC) this March from non-Blogger hosted blogs.

From what I understand (and if any of you have a better understanding, please let me know) if you have a Blogger hosted blog you will still retain your GFC followers and will be able to continue following other Blogger hosted blogs as you normally do. Nothing should change for you. However, other blogs that have followers through GFC will lose those followers unless their followers chose other means to follow; email subscriptions, feeds, etc.

Google again, is suggesting Google+ as the place to be.  Not sure why that would be a solution, but whatever.


What's happening here Google?!

Not sure about you guys, but I check out Google+ today and wasn't impressed.

Are they trying to compete with Facebook?  Do we really need something else to keep track of?

I just don't get it, and their photo editing doesn't make any sense either.  I'm so completely bummed.

Another Following Option

In light of the GFC changes, and because I don't completely understand how everyone will be effected, I decided to add Networked Blogs as another following option. You can now find it on my sidebar below my GFC.

Of course, you still have the option of following through a feed or signing up for an email subscription.  Those options are found at the top right hand corner of the sidebar.

So, what are your thoughts about Google lately?

Anyone have suggestions for a free or affordable substitution to Picnik?

I'm so bummed.... I think I need to make myself a bowl of ice cream.

floppy glove fix - tutorial

Thursday, January 19, 2012

So, my gloves don't necessarily "fit like a glove".

The thumbs are so long and floppy I can't even wear the darn things without going nuts.

And no, I don't have freakishly short thumbs.  They just fit poorly.

And yes, it would be easy to buy another pair.  But I keep forgetting :D

What you'll need:

  • ill fitting gloves you're too forgetful to replace :)
  • needle and matching thread
  • pin
  • scissors
STEP ONE:  Turn your gloves inside out and place on hands

STEP TWO:  Insert pin just above the tip of your thumb or whatever fingers don't fit (careful not to poke yourself!)

STEP THREE:  Starting at one end, stitch a curve for the new top of your finger piece.

STEP FOUR:  Snip off the end, and turn your gloves right side out again.

Tada!  They fit!!!

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sweet shimmery goodness I'm in love

Monday, January 16, 2012

A while back I hosted a giveaway with Cutting Edge Stencils.

Well, the awesome folks there also gave me a stencil of my choice to try out!

I chose the Marrakech Trellis stencil in the long size.

Initally I wanted to use it in out bedroom, but never got around to pulling the bed out yada-yada...

But, when my mom mentioned she was redoing her small sitting room I knew a stencil would be PERFECT for that space.

Here's her space before the putting up the stencil

How It Went

The wall's base color is Glidden's Fauna and we used Lowes' Valspar metal and patina glaze in Pewter for the stencil. 

The stencil came with 3 pieces: ceiling/top piece, main body piece, and side piece.  I chose to start with the ceiling stencil piece, and ran it all across the top of the wall.

The main stencil lined up easily with the top portion, and was held in place with painter's tape.

Sweet immediate gratification!

And, would you check out that shimmer?!

Yes please!  Me likey :D

The rest of the project FLEW by.  The main body piece of the stencil is huge so you cover a lot of ground quickly.  Big plus for me since I'm incredibly impatient.  After I finished up with the main body piece, I used the smaller side piece to fill in the edges of the wall.

Here's the finished wall!

The sun had already gone down by this point so you kind of miss out on how amazing the glaze looks and changes in the sunlight.

It really looks like wallpaper vs. paint due to the glaze.

  • Definitely don't over load your roller. The least amount of paint/glaze on the roller is best since too much paint/glaze is what gives you gloppy edges.
  • Try different sheans of paint or glazes together. I think what made this look so great was using a shimmery glaze over a flat paint. I think another fun look would be using a gloss paint over the same color flat paint.
  • Map out how your stencil will be placed before jumping in and painting. I started out by holding the upper ceiling and side pieces in place to see how it would line up with my main body piece. That way I didn't run into any issues with placement after it was too late.

My Thoughts

Initally when everyone started talking about how stencils were making a comeback I said to myself, "NEVER!" 

I immediately thought of the small stencils my mom put up as borders in the house back in the 80's.  She spent SO much time on those things.  Using the little stipple brushes, special paint, etc.

These are totally not your mother's stencils :D

  • Really quick process due to the large size of the stencil.  This wall was completed in 2 hours (with a 2 year old running around)
  • Easy to use.  Directions are sent with the stencil.  And, if you learn best by watching, they have video tutorials on their website.
  • The extra pieces for the ceiling and sides make getting into difficult spots so much easier.
  • Easy clean up.  Since the stencil is so large I put it in the bottom of the bath tub to clean off.  Any paint that was stuck in the smaller parts/edges of the stencil cleans of easily with an old toothbrush.
  • Durable.  There was no damage to the stencil after clean up, and the material is thick enough to use over and over again.  More bang for the ol buck!

Never would I have thought I'd like a stenciled wall, but I've got to admit it, I really love with the way my mom's wall turned out.

She keeps hugging me and telling me thank you so I think she's pretty pleased with it too :)

home resolutions 2012

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

I've never been a fan of New Years resolutions for myself.

Mostly because I KNOW I'll end up breaking them within the first month, if I even make it that far.

But, the thought of home resolutions, or things I'd like to finally get finished in our home, seems much more do-able.  I can count on my house having the self restraint to put down that cookie ;)

So, here is a list of my Home Resolutions for 2012

Dining Room

I don't think you guys have seen a full picture of this room before.  I'm not in love, but I want to be.  The dining room set is my husband's grandmothers.  6 years ago he refinished it and I made slipcovers.  I'm just still not feeling it, but I don't want to get rid of it either.
  • Add picture frame moulding below the chair rail
  • Add crown molding
  • Paint ceiling
  • Switch out chandelier
  • Take hutch off the sideboard
  • New seating (add a bench, different head chairs, make new slipcovers???)
  • Add art

Some of my inspiration:

{via Pinterest via ??}
{via Pinterest via Cottage Living - Tia Zoldan??}


  • Add picture frame moulding up the stairs
  • Add to and update the gallery wall
  • And, if a dream can come true, ripping up the carpet

Here's what's inspiring me:

Master Bedroom

This is another room you've never seen.  I've not done anything to it because again, I'm not sure what to do with it.
  • Try to convince my husband to let me switch up his matchy, matchy bachelor furniture set.  Ugh... wish me luck
  • Re-paint in a gray tone
  • Add crown molding
  • Add interest to headboard wall (thinking more picture frame molding painted the same color as the wall)
  • Do something about the ugly ceiling fan lights
  • New art
  • Update bedding
  • Add in some stinking accessories already!
Some ideas from Pinterest I'd like to incorporate:

{via Pinterest via Abode Love??}
Izzy's Room

This used to be a guest room until I over flowed it with well... junk.  A few days after I took those pictures I dove in, and it's currently on it's way to being completed. I'm still working on getting all the finished touches together, and praying that the perfect nightstand becomes available for the perfect price on Craigslist ;)

  • Paint
  • Upholstered headboard
  • Reading nook
  • Drapes & bedding
  • Dresser & nightstand

I'm wanting to incorporate the look of these rooms, and the bright colors against white, into her room:

{via Pinterest via bhg}


So, here's to getting it all done this year...

or at least started :D

Anyone else going for home resolutions this year?


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