Tuesday to do do

Well, it has offically been two weeks since my husband left on business. I have started so many projects to keep me busy and even finished a long to-do list. I do still have a few things to accomplish and a few that I need him to help me finish. But it amazing how much one can accomplish without the distractions of your mate.

Things I have finished:

1. The wreath on the front door. Even got it hung up!

2. I ordered the prints for my picture frames from my wedding (6 months ago) and hung them all up!

3. I ended up buying curtains instead of making them. For now it was the better deal and the bonus of this and what I am most proud of myself for, is that I found bamboo rods at Michaels and used them, instead of getting real curtain rods, for a fraction of the price. I couldn’t find a decent Curtain rod for less than $20 each. Well I got 3 Bamboo rods for $5 a piece and they bring an earthiness to the house that I love!

4. I Finished and mailed those shower invites.

5.  I found that stupid King size bed frame I had been looking for and after many failed attempts was able to locate at my favorite GoodWill and so the Bed is finally off the floor and looks half way decent. This was also a bargain $15 vs, the cheapest I could find on craigslist or other of $55.

6. I stopped and bought a few pumpkins for decoration of the front porch. Also, my dearest sweet mother chipped in a bought a few mums and other flowers to spruce up the Front of the house! Which was much needed.

7. I found the perfect fabric for that chair I have been dieing to re-upholster and the fabric was $13.  – Just need to re-upholster now!

Man… after I list them all out it doesn’t seem to be all that much. The biggest problem is the time to do it. I work til 5 I don’t get home til 5:30 then I have to get the dogs walked usually 30 min to an hour and then still cook and then I am playing taxi to KeVaughn and so I have maybe 2 hours to craft or hobby or whatever before I am HIT hard by the Sand man.. haha And, then to throw a curve ball Elijah is back in the hospital which is 45 min to an hour away I have to visit him once or twice a week or go through withdrawals and plus it keeps his Mom from turning  into a nut job… so when I do that, like I did yesterday I can pretty much forget about planning anything else after that!

Tonight my sister with the eye for detail is coming over to help me put final touches on my house so that it looks wonderful for Emily’s shower. Which I am hoping to hear from everyone, no RSVP’s yet… but I’m not going to worry until this weekend then I will start making arrangements for replacement guests… j/k… kinda…

Then I received the good news that Mr.Wonderful will be returning on the 3rd of November. Which is perfect, because I have a small lists of things that I need him to finish before I have a bunch of people in the house.

With just a few to-do’s left I’m getting excited for the 6th of Novemeber

1. practice cupcake recipes to find the right one for shower.

2. Finish making favors for guests.

3. wrap the last present.

4. final touches for decor.

 

Thats it! I love being prepared for parties.. takes the stress away!

Frugal Alert 10/19/10

So, it has been awhile since I have posted a frugal alert! But, it has been awhile since I felt that I found a GREAT DEAL!

Well, I have been wanting to re-upholster this old chair that I have and love but have been putting it off. Well, not so much putting it off I have been busy with other things, and I wasn’t going to spend hundreds of dollars to do it, so I was waiting for the right opportunity! Any WHo.. I did.

I had to run into Joanne’s yesterday looking for Crepe paper which does not exist where I live and thought hey check out the clearance rack. The clearance rack was not just the CLEARANCE rack it was a plus 50% more off the clearance rack !!! Wahoo! I found a few different fabrics that I fell in love with but had to settle on one. So the fabric was originally $26.00 a yard. It was marked down to $9.00 a yard and then 50% off that yes I did! I bought great fabric for $4.50 a yard. I bought 3 yards and so a grand total of….. dun dun dun….. $$13.40

So, I have to run back before the sale ends on the 23rd, because I need new foam for the seat cushion and that’snot the cheapest stuff to buy, but If I can walk away with a brand new looking chair for less than $50 I will be a VERY VERY happy FRUGAL chick! I will have to put up pictures of said chair, because it is fabulous and I haven’t done anything to it. I seen one just like it in the pottery barn mag for like $500 dollars! SO PB eat your heart out and weep!

 

I better save my trash talk for after I finish my project… I don’t want to jinx the situation! Patience is so a virtue!

Projects I have completed

So, I have been busy and lacking on my pictures and blogging period. SO here are a few of the things I have been working on.

Bridal shower invites. Done and in the mail

.Took longer than I thought. But doesn't everything

took forever.. but worth it!

Here comes the bride!

And, I really wanted a wreath for my door. So this is what I created! Now I just have to figure out how to hang it !

This is also a FRUGAL ALERT! this wreath cost less than $10 to make. It may look like it.. hehe but I love it and I couldn’t afford a $40 wreath like I wanted!

tada! I love it!

See my flowers!

I have done more.. I have been working on my living room. So That will be another post after the weekend! Just need a few more finishing touches!

New and Old Projects

So, the weekend is approaching and I have a list of projects that I hope to start and even accomplish this weekend. Which may be a little difficult because Most of Sunday is Dedicated to football. haha! Well I am trying to get my house together as I have said my husband and I got married 5 months ago and moved into a bigger home so I am trying to make it homie-ish. We both didn’t have a bunch a stuff to start with so as any first time home owner knows it takes a little time.

We have all the major items like furniture, Now for the hard part… filling in the spaces. So I have been on a man-hunt to find things like curtains and pictures and vases.. you know the crap that is needed to make the house feel welcoming.

My first instict was to make curtains, but after stopping by Jo-annes picking out fabric and having them cut the fabric.. I realized that making curtains really wasn’t the economical way to go. I found great Linen curtains on clearance at Marshalls for way less then what I was going to pay at Joannes even with my 50% coupon… and buying them was just the start, I would still have to make them… Which I do love a good project, this time though the cost didn’t out way the benefit and I have a bunch of stuff to do to get my house ready for Emily Shower in a month, not to mention plan the shower.

So, I have made of list of what I am buying for my house this weekend to make it fabulous on a budget… When I put up the pics on Sunday or Monday you will be amazed! (I hope) At what I found and what I spent!

Also, I have have have to finish making the invitations that I started. I am half way there so that is a good thing.

I would like to take the fabric off that chair I want to re-upholster and I have a few ideas for art in the bathroom that I want to make.

So…

1. Curtains buy and then put them up.

I bought the curtains I had my eye on…. So let’s keep our fingers crossed that they look good in my living room.

2. Finish shower invites

Invitations are done and in the mail.

3. Guest bathroom wall art.

This one is really at a stand still… But I have a feeling a new inspiration will replace my original thoughts on this “wall art”

4. Take off the fabric from old chair.. and try and find new fabric.

I think that will fill up most of my time.. I also must make time for the beach I’m starting to look like a northerner… I need my vitamin D or I go insane.

So, Like I like to say.. because I am a dork. Don’t B Plastic B green! Have a great weekend and lets all cheer for the Bears and hope that they KICK THE CRAP OUT OF THE GIANTS ON SUNDAY!!!!!

Here is a pic of my GOOD LUCK CHARM! Eli my new football buddy!

 

"good luck charm"

Go BEARS!!!!

 

To follow Eli updates check out his Mom’s Blog… http://emilylhopkins.com/blog/

Invitations my way…

So I am trying something new. I am making or “trying” to make invitations for my soon to be sister in-law’s Wedding shower. These are a few I have mocked up… Haven’t figured this whole thing out yet, and I am trying to keep my budget down, so trying not to spend more than what it would cost to buy invitations in the store. If you have any say so or knowledge on what I am doing wrong or right please let me know.

This is me, trying to be a “Crafty Bitch” love that!


I do want them to look craftyMore to come!

Great decorating tips

Again, I was looking on realsimple.com and found these 40 ways to decorate your living room. They have some really great ideas. I am not yet a professional decorator. I won’t even consider myself an amature decorator, I think I am still trying to find my style and also, what really goes together. So Anyways. I found this article and they have some great ideas.  Just in case you are stuck between what you like and what really goes well together.

I usually figure that if “I LIKE” everything that it must GO together. “Because they are all things that I like” Not so much! I usually figure this out after the fact and I’m looking at what I tried to create with a wonder… of why this doesn’t look like it did in my head stance and then disappointment quickly takes its place in my living room. And, I want to start over but then, I’m just so frustrated I give up, and move on tot he next project.

What I have done though is I have started a decor journal, where I started to paste all the things that I like in a journal, with hopes that I can figure out my theme and remember what I like and then try and arrange them together in the journal before embarking on buying and realizing later that I just don’t have a clue!

Something new to up-cycle!

So… I bought a desk for KeVaughn.

The Thinkin Spot

The Thinkin Spot

a place where he can do his homework and hopefully this will be the year that he figures out “ORGANIZATION”. I found the desk at goodwill for $25.00, In my quest to be frugal I’m  going to “up-cycle” it.  haha lets see how this one turns out. So far I spent $25.00 bucks. I already had sandpaper, and found the perfect color at Michael’s on clearance. $9.00 for paint and primer. sooooo $35. 00 sooo far. I may actually be the true definition of frugal on this one. But then again I always think that in the beginning.

I’m trying something different with this piece. I have found many blogs on people who paint with regular paint and a paint brush. Or they use a mini foam roller. I found blogs on people who only use spray paint. I found blogs on people who insist that spray paint and foam brushes are all wrong.

I usually use a paint brush. But this piece I am going to try the spray paint. If it doesn’t work out it is easy to sand it off and try it again.

Primed

Primed

But if anyone has experience of their own with all three please feel free to share your experience with me.

So yeah… I tried the spray paint and after much frustration I have come to realize that I am NOT a spray painter! So I went down to my local Home depot and they matched the color spray paint that I using and I GOT ME SOME PAAINNT.. (I said this in my Forrest Gump voice… I don’t know why but it just came out that way)

So I have it painted and I decided I’m not SUPER crazy about this… something is missing…. SO, I am debating on trying to decoupage the drawers or what I should do to make it say… “Hey I’m wonderful! and people like me!”

I love the color, BUT....

Gettin er done....

The side view

What you think?

I think I am going to try the decoupage on the drawers…

I will let you know how it turns out…

SO Here are some pictures of the decoupage… I’m not sure. I’m very tempted to start it over from scratch.

Maybe just leave the color. take off the pictures and add some knobs… I need to figure this out KeVaughn wants his desk already… haha

Today I received my answer..(8-26-10) “Mom I’m just going to PUT stickers all over it anyways…” Stickers my child wants to stick stickers all over it. “Why did I spend a week of sanding and painting and what not? Go figure… Well. I guess project done! NOw I can work on the million other things I want to do.

Playing with the glue

I may have ate the glue....