It’s here. The big day is finally here! Welcome to the Imagine the Impossibilities Link Party! First, if you haven’t entered to win the $50 Lowe’s gift card click here to get signed up. The giveaway is sponsored by OPC. One Project Closer maintains a very up-to-date list of Home Improvement Coupons from most of the major home improvement stores that we all love so much. Their site is updated daily by a real person (Kim, one of the editors at OPC). So, after you hopefully win the gift card and before heading off to Lowe’s to get all of the supplies for your next project, you should stop by OPC for a Lowe’s Coupon and save upwards of 10%. I recommend bookmarking the page for future reference! Boy, did this month fly by after we all decided to tackle our most daunting tasks, or what? Or, was that just my 10 day trip to Maine then 9 days of house guests, all the while trying to hang a whole gallery wall on one screw? Yesterday I, along with my fellow challenge hosts, posted my Impossible project reveal and today is all about YOU! Even if you haven’t completed your project, you switched projects midstream, or your project didn’t work out as planned it would be great to see you linked up. We’d all love to learn from the journey. And speaking of love, don’t we all LOVE comments? Well, I sure do, so it would be super cool if you took some time to give your fellow challengers some “Hoorahs” along the way. We’ve set up the party so you only have to link up ONCE and you will appear on the party page from each of the co-hosts blogs. But then definitely click on my co-hosts buttons below to be sure to show them some love today on … continue reading
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Hello again, and Happy Monday Afternoon! I hope you all enjoyed my Imagine the Impossibilities Challenge project reveal this morning. Update: The Imagine the Impossibilities Link Party is here. If you missed it, you can read here about how I made a gallery wall using only one screw in the wall. Heck yeah! I now sit so I can peak at the gallery wall every now and again. :) To learn more about the “I Might Be Screwed (Just Once), A Gallery Wall Experiment” process click here, here and here. Now to the real business at hand this fine afternoon. The first evah TSB giveaway, sponsored by OPC! I am down right giddy about this giveaway. In no small part due to the fact that I have a love affair with Lowe’s! Well, in my mind, I actually have a love affair with this guy. Seriously, could I be standing any closer to him??? :) He’s Chad Knaus and he’s the crew chief for the NASCAR team sponsored by Lowe’s. Due to our long standing love affair with him this NASCAR team, my husband and I have become so brand loyal to Lowe’s it’s just a teensy bit scary. So, for the first TSB giveaway to be a $50 gift card to this company that we love so much … I can hardly stand it! And, it’s all thanks to OPC. That’s One Project Closer. If you do not already know, OPC is a fantastic online resource for all things DIY. They publish How-To articles, Tool Reviews, Crafts and more! If you enjoy home improvement projects, how-to guides, tool reviews, and more, you NEED to check out One Project Closer. Follow along as they shadow contractors on the job site, test out the latest tools, and … continue reading
I did it! I really did! Here’s the proof! (Beware – there are plenty more exclamation points to come!) If you’re new here, you may want to go here, here and here to get caught up on my “I Might Be Screwed (Just Once), A Gallery Wall Experiment”. Because today is all about the result. The glorious, one little screw, only cost me $15 result! Booyah! Although, it did almost cost me my sanity … and the tip of my right index finger. Which I really can’t spare … although I’ve learned I never really needed the left one. :) Unfortunately, I have no pics of the times when all balance was lost. When one suffers in solitary, there are no spare hands for photo ops when you’re almost breaking the antique mirror your mom just gave you. My original layout was this. (Minus the canvas pic of downtown Willemstad, Curacao along the top.) I wanted the canvas silhouettes of the dogs to be front and center – they are by far my favorite DIY project of all time part of this project. And when I had it all laid out on the floor I thought I would be OK with just the 2 canvases in that one column. But, once it all got hung, there was too much space at the bottom for my liking. Don’t you hate it when that happens? :/ I think it is because the frame with the coral, to the left of the center column, is hanging just a scosh lower on the left side than the right. Which is due to the driftwood shelf hanging a little lower on the left. More details on that another time. Let’s just say, driftwood shelf = bane of my one screw gallery wall existence. :) Also, the B … continue reading
TGIF! Although, I was just reminded that I have signed up for an 8k road race on Sunday and I still don’t have the whole gallery wall hung yet. :/ No matter what, I (along with all of my challenge co-hosts) will be posting my big reveal on Monday morning. I’m just not exactly sure what I’ll be revealing just yet. Sigh. AND, Monday will be home to two firsts here at TSB … I will be publishing a Monday afternoon post – 1st time for 2 posts in 1 day because … Monday afternoon will be the very first TSB GIVEAWAY! It’s a $50 gift card to Lowe’s so you will want to be sure to come back and give yourself a chance to win! Then Tuesday is the Imagine the Impossibilities Progressive Link Party! We all go live at 7am eastern time, I am sooooo looking forward to seeing what everyone has accomplished. Down right giddy I tell ya. Now, let’s take a look at some of those projects in progress, shall we?!? Pamela over at Pink Hammers and Sippy Cups had plans to tackle the art of baking pretzels as her challenge. Then a little bit of life happened and she has a whole new, much more challenging, project she NEEDS to tackle. Here’s a sneak peak of one of her inspiration pics, but you have to click here to find out her big news. Suzy over at Saved by Suzy decided to tackle organizing a few closets and her pantry for this challenge and she is making awesome progress. She may have had to toss some pantry items that were 5 years old, but it’s now looking like this, with some empty shelves and all. She still has her master bedroom closet to finish. Be sure to … continue reading
If you’ve been around from the beginning then you know this little blog journey started with my driftwood Christmas trees. And, being that I live on the island of Curacao, I have what seems to be an unlimited supply of this driftwood stuff. And, yes, I do realize that many of you are reading from locations that look (or feel) a little more like this right now. Maybe you can consider this a little summer in January … or just a rude “in your face” sort of post from a girl on an island. ;) I am hoping for the former. Please note that I have refrained from putting any pics of beautiful sunny beaches and turquoise water. But, here are a few of the other things I’ve done with driftwood along the way. Full disclosure on this wreath, the glue I used did not hold up after it had been left out in the rain and slowly and painfully fell apart one little piece at a time. :( This little driftwood shelf has been such a great addition to our little kitchen with even littler storage. And if you saw my 12 Days of Kindness you saw this guy. I’ve got this guy in my blog header. Here’s the whole shelf on the wall. I found this awesome piece along the beach and to hang it I just drilled a couple holes in the wall and a couple holes in the wood. I was able to line them up using a little tape and paper trick I learned from John at YHL. You may recognize the coral pieces on the left from this post. And, I’m happy to report, the clear varnish is still doing the trick. I also have a few driftwood pieces planned as part of the gallery wall. … continue reading
Hello, hello! And happy Monday to all you fine folks. I’m checking in with a little gallery wall update. Yay! If you are new here and don’t know of this gallery wall I speak, you may want to start here and then here. And then when you’re done laughing at my idea you can read on. :) I did actually get started on making some things happen as they relate to the wall last week. And man, did it feel good. Do you ever go through extended periods of time not doing anything crafty and then when you do a little project you get all re-motivated to turn your sheets into a bed skirt and stuff like that? Well, that is a project for another day, but here is what I have been able to accomplish in the realm of “I Might Be Screwed (Just Once), A Gallery Wall Experiment” projects. Remember these beauties from Goodwill? “Ooh la la” now looks like this. And those matching flower canvases are becoming this. I’m not sure what I think of all of the billowing, maybe I pulled it too tight. Anyone have any thoughts? And who can forget the horses and the cross stitch? Those frames painted up quite nice. And that lavender mat got a fresh coat of paint, too. Oh, and I drilled some holes in this guy… And, uh, well, that’s about it. :/ So, nothing has been hung, but things have been painted and drilled and un-stapled and re-stapled. It felt like progress, even though the wall still looks like this. At least it’s becoming a collection of good looking things. I just hope I can get them all hung by my one little screw. Or, my challenge post might turn into a tutorial on how to paint … continue reading
This is definitely not a sports focused blog but I happen to be a sports focused gal so this post is purely because this is all that is on my mind today … and I happen to have a blog to share it. :) Go PATRIOTS! Gallery wall update coming tomorrow. Progress was actually made this week. Finally! I hope you are all having a splendid weekend.
We’re turning impossibilities into possibilities here people, and I’m not just talking about me and my fellow challenge hosts. But, to check us out (our project updates I mean) please click on our names here: Karah - that’s me!, Kari from Thistlewood Farm, Kelly from Eclectically Vintage, Linda from It All Started With Paint, Stacey from A Sort of Fairytale and Andrea from The Cottage Market. And, before we take a look at what some of the other challengers have going on, I need to get my brag on for just a sec. I have been having some fun email banter with an AWESOME blog out of Maryland (I can hear all my MD peeps collectively going “awwww”.), One Project Closer. Being that I am a New England Patriots fan and Ethan is a Baltimore Ravens fan, we have agreed to not discuss the ever important game that will be happening this coming Sunday afternoon. I would hate to have to verbally berate a new blog friend over email right off the bat. ;) Anyway, Fred asked if they could add me to their Blog Community! Are you serious? Heck yeah! And just check me out with my new Community neighbors. I am in such good company, take a look. This is such a great feature on their site that scrolls through new posts from all of the blogs in the Community. You should definitely check it out here. You’ll see some familiar names when you’re there like Centsational Girl and Young House Love, and I was also pleased to discover a few new favs like Emily from Merrypad and Brittany the Pretty Handy Girl. She just made a Valentine’s Day heart out of twigs, and you all know how I heart natural elements. Check it out here! And there are many more, be sure to take a … continue reading
Yep, we’ve been officially hitched for over 2 years now. Time sure flies when you’re living on a Caribbean island having fun. A couple years earlier my brother got married, moved out of state and had a baby. So, in an effort to try to up him, in 2009 I got married TWICE (to the same guy) and moved out of the country. State to state move, whatevah, I’m movin’ to an island. Booyah! But, I personally think all of my nephews and nieces pretty much Trump everything else on this planet so I guess Brother=1, Me=0. Boooo. ;) But, I did end up with a pretty rad husband and too many wonderful memories to count so it all seems to have worked out for me. A couple of pics from wedding #1 on display on our beautiful wedding #2 day. And these were our “what the heck did we just do?” faces. :) Hmmm, the hubs face seems a bit more natural than mine… Anyway, when I was procrasti-cleaning and got sifting through my bag o’ stuff, I got all warm and fuzzy when I came across our wedding stuff. Or, was it just the heat from living 12 degrees from the equator? ;) See, we knew we were moving to Curacao toward the end of the year in 2009, so we had thought that after 10 years it might be a good year to make it all official. You know, for all the unromantic reasons – additional security in case anything were to happen to either of us abroad, visa status, etc. The reality is we choose to share our lives together day after day for all the mushy, romantic reasons. That’s just how we do it around here. You know?!? Hello youngness! This pic was taken in … continue reading
Did you all see that Layla, who blogs over at The Lettered Cottage, posted her idea to come up with a word of the year? Her word is UP, click here to read all about it. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if it was my thing. One word. Just one. For the whole year? I mean, it took Joel and I 10 years of living together before we got married. And I’m supposed to pick one word for the entire year, just lickity split? But, then I got to thinkin’, and you know what happens when I get to thinkin’. I get a headache I get ideas. And, as hopefully you all know by now, my friend Kari from Thistlewood Farm had the idea for the Imagine the Impossibilities Challenge, and, along with these other fab gals, I introduced this challenge last Monday. Click here to read about Linda’s Word of the Year. Stacey is going to sew a purse as her impossible challenge. I will say it again, I didn’t even know people did that! Kelly is sorting and purging 16 years worth of “stuff”. Any chance that’s going to take another 16 years? Andrea is organizing her craft room. I am jealous of this for many reasons but most of all because I Heart Organizing and I don’t have a craft room. Kari, the non cook, is going to be making homemade bread. I wish her luck with all of those finicky ingredients. Click on the underlined text above to skip over to their blogs and learn more. We are all posting project updates at some point today, be sure to keep an eye on their progress! Can you imagine it? Imagine those impossibilities? Imagine what they are, imagine ways to conquer them, imagine how to Take. Them. Down! In … continue reading
Hey hey! How are you? Are you superstitious? Does this Friday the 13th thing mean anything to you? My husband and I actually moved in together on a Friday the 13th so I tend to be pretty fond of them. But a new piece of homemade decor with a few positive thoughts can’t hurt, right?! And, have you all checked out the announcement I made on Monday? We have had an AWESOME response to the Impossibilities Challenge. What is your impossible? Did anyone notice that Sherry from Young House Love even took the time to comment on my intro post? I officially have a YHL crush, and it’s not on John. ;) Weekly challenge updates are coming starting Monday so please come back to check them out. That has me thinking, this pallet piece is 7 different pieces of wood, all hanging from one screw…does it qualify as a gallery wall? Yeah, I didn’t think so. If this doesn’t make sense, check out my impossible challenge here. :) Anyway, I took her from this: To this: She came out beautifully rustic, I think. I like the addition of the wire, albeit, not too much wire. I like the grey of the wood and the cream color of the paint. I just mixed a few paint colors I had together. It’s very similar to the color I used to paint the words on my Mapped Dresser. Not bad, a pretty good-sized art piece for about $2, and if you already have stencils or are crafty enough to freehand the wording, this baby is totally FREE. I’m in love. You? Update: I posted my first challenge update post here.
Now, let me digress here for one second and wish a very happy birthday to my big brother, Shane. He is the bomb diggity! He’s the Abbott to my Costello, the a la mode to my apple pie, the only sane family member I have best big brother that a little sister could ask for. Celebrate big my friend, you deserve it! XXOO (And give that nephew of mine a big ol’ hug from Auntie K!) AND, check out the Imagine the Impossibilities Challenge. I personally invite you to join the challenge and sumbit your “impossible” at the link party on January 31st. Click here to find out more and don’t hesitate to email me if you have any questions. It would be so fun to have you all involved! And, to all of my ol’ faithfuls, sit back and settle in. This project is a winner! (In my humble opinion anyway!) And, of course, I’m always looking to hear your thoughts and chat with you in comments. Update: I posted my first challenge update post here. Now, I am a sucker for meaningful, sentimental things so when I saw all of these Anthropologie zinc letter knock offs around I knew I wanted to make one with a letter that represents us. I started with a regular ol’ cardboard box. I cut off the 4 flaps and then free handed my letter. I cut it out and then used it as a template to make the exact same shape. I did a little measuring and cut out the insides of what would become a letter B with a box cutter. Then I cut a few strips 2 1/4 inches thick. I’m not exactly sure why I picked that width, but I wanted my letter to end up about 2 1/2 … continue reading
Doug Larson once said “Some of the greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible”. source Uhhhh, are you talkin’ to me? Like directly at me, with a harsh glare and aggressive pointy finger? That’s ok, I’m not in denial. I know I’m not the brightest bulb in this chandelier of life. But I sure do try hard. So, when I got an email from Karianne at Thistlewood Farm and Kelly from Eclectically Vintage (yes, the same Kelly who featured my personalized map dresser - Thanks again Kelly!) telling me about their great idea I was all in! Picture me sliding my whole stack o’ chips to black. I didn’t even know about this Doug Larson guy quote until Karianne mentioned it, but man, is it true or what? When she came across it she got to thinking, what was her impossible? What did she truly believe she couldn’t do? Then, what did some of her blog friends feel was impossible? THEN, what if we all decided we were wrong? source “Imagine the Impossibilities”. <img src=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-48OMBRXh_SI/TwnTCyPetII/AAAAAAAAC9U/pdAInhXlGAQ/s1600/itic+Final+button+2.png” alt=”the space between” style=”border:none;” /> As soon as I read the idea I got to thinkin’, what, if I were smart enough to know better, would be impossible? A gallery wall with only one screw hole in the wall? WHAT?!? That’s totally impossible. Isn’t it? Well, we’re about to find out. How many screws do you think went into these walls? source source source See, Karianne and Kelly came up with this awesome idea to challenge ourselves to a little Imagine the Impossible project. They invited a few of their best blogger buddies and we invite all of YOU to take the challenge. The Imagine the Impossibilities Challenge. What would you try if you had no boundries? What ideas do you … continue reading
Hello again! How was your first week of 2012? Hopefully it’s off to a bangin’ start. In a good bangin’ way of course. :) I am so happy to be continuing my little Kindness Project. In the last post I shared how I got started on this little journey and what I ended up doing for days 1 – 6 of the 12 Days of Kindness. Now, let’s get right into days 7 – 12… Day 7 – I don’t know if it’s the same on every island, but one of the things you have to get used to here in Curacao is grocery shopping. There are quite a variety of grocery stores, and they’re all different, and they all sell different types of stuff, and they NEVER have the same stuff all the time or even on the same shelves. So, in the course of a couple weeks I could end up at 4 different grocery stores just to get my usuals. At one particular store there is a guy who loiters outside. He’s there all the time, he sometimes offers to help unload your groceries in your car, he collects carts from the parking lot, stuff like that. But, he’s definitely not employed by the store. He is just always there, but I don’t believe that he is all there, if you know what I mean. I’m actually quite curious what his story is, but we don’t speak the same language. I saw him on my way into the store and decided to buy him a cold drink with my groceries. (We average a temperature of about 90 degrees daily). Turns out he was at the car next to mine when I came out (maybe just a little odd…) but I gave him the cold drink and said … continue reading
Hope the first few days of the new year have been good to you! Don’t you just love the new year? I do. Fresh starts, new beginnings, it’s like a clean slate of opportunity that I always hope to make the most of. I don’t make any resolutions or anything like that. I just like the feeling of starting with a whole year ahead of me and endless possibilities to live a wonderful life. Like turning to a fresh, empty sheet of paper that I can fill with whatever my little heart desires. Or laying in bed with crisp clean sheets, I heart clean sheets. Bliss!
Woo to the Hoo to good ol’, er new, 2012! I just want to drop a quick line to start off the year with a few announcements, in addition to the tidings of good cheer, of course. Hopefully everyone had the opportunity to ring in the new year with the ones you love. I had a splendid evening and am stoked about all that the twenty twelve may just bring my way. You too? First, did you guys see Kelly’s post at Eclectically Vintage on Friday? What? You didn’t? Well, you’re missing out because it was all about ME! Yessirree, Kelly did a whole post about my newly mapped dresser. And while you’re over there checking me out, all you parents should see what creative things she did with her Elf on a Shelf this year. So fun! Thanks for the feature Kelly! And, just because Kelly is right, I do get around, I have been working on some ways you all can try to keep up with me. Here are some new deets for you, it’d be cool if you wanted stalk me on all any of these other social media outlets. the space between has a new Facebook page. Can you guess what it’s called? I’ll give you a minute… ;) Please click here and Like the page so I am not the facebook loser with one follower. I also added the button to the right sidebar, so if you want to think about it for a minute. You know, just make real, real sure we’re close enough to be facebook friends. Then, when you decide later to come back and take the plunge, you can. See where it says “LET’S BE FB FRIENDS!”? Click the Like button there and we’ll be all hooked up. I also updated … continue reading