Hi, hi! Nothin’ like waiting all off-season to get wrecked on the 2nd lap. I can’t even imagine the disappointment for the team. :( Anyone else watch the Daytona 500 last night? Or, just judge me for the habit? :) And I move on… Do you ever feel like you’re working on so many things but not really accomplishing anything? That is where I am right now.
Hey there! Happy Monday. Hopefully you had a fab weekend. I have to admit we’re stoked in this house about the start of the NASCAR season…rain delays and all. Don’t try to tell me you don’t collect scrap metal, get it autographed by the car owner and get all giddy, happy to have your picture taken with the military men who flew the pre-race fly by. I won’t believe it. ;) But, before we settled in for the big race weekend I got a little lost in blog world last week. In a good way. It kind of started when a blog was lost. (But later recovered, Phew!) Then I came across a Build Your Blog series Kelly put together at Live Laugh Rowe.
Want to hear something scary? Other than my mix up of Thursday and Friday in the order of days of the week after getting it right for so many years. If you missed yesterday’s post, you’ll need to go here for this to make sense. :/ Well, at least scary to me anyway… Someone lost their blog this week. Like when you try to go to her blog, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, you see this… I know, sad. :( And yes, my computer kindly translates EVERYTHING to Dutch since big brother can see we are in the Netherlands Antilles. Gee, thanks! You can still find her on Facebook…and I’m sure she could use some encouraging words right now. Update: Kristin’s blog was recovered yesterday! You might have noticed Foto Friday went up on Thursday…apparently I had some calendar confusion as this post was supposed to go up yesterday and Foto Friday today. Oh well. Note to self – Friday comes after Thursday. Then, I read that Beth broke her Mac. And I decided to get backed up. So all is not lost. Honestly, we’ve been on the external hard drive bandwagon for some time now. Photography is a long lost hobby of my husband, and I like to think of our vacation photos as a never displayed museum collection. These are from Tamaya in 2004. Ok, that second one probably doesn’t belong in a museum…but should probably be on our wall somewhere. (No, I don’t still have that shirt De, but Joel still sports the Grateful Dead one.) And, the untanned strip on my arm…that’s just from a spot where I had a temporary tattoo. That’s how I roll. :) These shots are from Spain in 2009. What, you don’t take pictures of random fishermen and road signs on vacation? We do…it’s so … continue reading
I got so many encouraging comments and emails about last week’s photos so I’m continuing the trend…sharing a few fun things I saw throughout the week here in Curacao. Thanks for all of the support. I sure do appreciate it. :) Now, most Saturday mornings I can be found here…sorry for the sunrise directly behind the sign. And then here. Well, not actually at the dumpster…the dumpster is outside of the bakery. This is a pic I took last year. Apparently I haven’t seen anything interesting at the bakery since. :) On the US President’s Day holiday…otherwise known as Carnival here in the Caribbean…also a holiday…we brought these hooligans to the beach. And they quickly made friends with this lovely couple happy to give Marley attention and feed Mico chips…aka Doggy Heaven. We watched a young boy fishing. What are the chances he knows he can hang a whole gallery wall with fishing line? ;) And we watched the sun set. And… …I may or may not have test painted the back of one of our couches… Let’s hope today isn’t the day Joel decides to start reading the blog. ;) Have a great weekend! See you next week. If you’d like to see the first foto friday you can check it out here. I am going to share Foto Friday with the Wordless Wednesday gals. Flip Flops & Pearls, Live and Love … Out Loud, Nap Time Mom Tog, Project Alicia, and then she snapped, The Paper Mama, Parenting by Dummies, A Fresh Perspective, NOLA Mommy, Baby Baby Lemon, Dagmar’s Momsense, Better in Bulk
And, I have been bestowed upon some really cool blog honors. (Is that even proper English?) Hello, hello. How are you? By the way… :) Truth be told, I probably should have blogged about these long ago. But I’ve been putting it off. I’m not sure how fun these posts are for those who follow, but aren’t bloggers themselves. My “real life” friends, my family…blah blah blah…someone I don’t know, gave an “award” I don’t really understand…blah blah blah. Sometimes I wonder, how bloggy can a blog get? You know? :) But, the truth is, these awards are a great honor in the blog world and I am super duper thankful that someone thought enough of my little blog to think of me when passing the award on. In lieu of red carpets and designer dresses blog awards are more about answering a few questions and sharing a little bit about myself. Instead of taking home a trophy I get to pass along the award to blogs of my choice…and I even get a little bling for my sidebar. So, before the music starts playing over the end of my acceptance speech, I am so thrilled to thank Bri from The Modern Parsonage for giving me the Liebster Award. So what is the Liebster award? Well, it means beloved, favorite, dearest in German. Best of all, it’s given out by fellow bloggers to up and comers with less than 200 followers, encouraging new friendships and community. Upon receiving the Liebster award, you do the following: 1. Post the award on your blog for the world to see! – Ok, so it has taken me about 3 weeks to do this, I’m all up to date now. :) 2. Show your thanks to the blogger who awarded you the Liebster by linking back … continue reading
Well folks, the big a$$ tv has a new home. You’ll remember it used to live here. If you want to see how I upgraded an old dresser with some fun maps and stenciling, click here. Yes, that is in our bedroom. :/ And we had this little cutie in our living room. Wait…is that a plain, dirty piece of plywood hanging above my tv? Hmmm, odd…more on that another time. :) Why? You ask, do we have our little tv in the living room and large tv in the bedroom?? Well, we have this great outdoor space (being as we live on an island and all) and we will often move our tv outside when we are just hanging out on the roof. It is a space I have been keeping under lock and key…well not really, it IS outside. But, I have yet to share it on the blog. The outdoor space is one of the best parts of this house. No, I take that back, the outdoor space IS the best part of this house. :) But, after over 2 years of living here we find we’re not lugging the little tv outside quite as often as we used to and… really people…the house is the size of a bread box so moving the little tv into the bedroom adds an extra 12 steps when we do decide we want to take it outside. Yes, I just paced it off. :) But, clearly the big a$$ tv wasn’t going to fit on this gal. No, not the dog, the cute little Ethan Allan 4 drawer I got for….wait for it…$10. Now…where to put her, hmmmm. A decision for another day. But, I did have this, not real special, hutch. Some of our neighbors actually gave it to … continue reading
Seriously. I mean, who’s into perfect anymore? Well, I’m sure there are many out there. But not this girl. Is there really any better way to set yourself up for disappointment…than to expect perfection? For starters, I would never be living in this house. Oh, how you are imperfect…let me count the ways. But let me only point out the tile…oh the tile of which you have an abundance. But what was it that someone once said…where ever you are, I am home…or, my favorite thing about my house is who I share it with…or, as long as we’re living here together I can overlook the tile…it was something like that. ;) And it really isn’t about the structure, or even the things in it, is it?!? Oh, if it were about the perfection of the things… I would probably shudder at the sight of that silly, un-level driftwood shelf in my new one screw gallery wall every time I walked in the room. Or, I might have finished re-upholstering that chair by now…8 years later. Or, I might not have gotten disproportionately excited when I bought these hideous couches for $65 for the pair. I can’t even tell you how hard it is to find “American” sized furniture for a reasonable price on an island. As an aside, if you’re looking for perfection, definitely don’t move to a Caribbean island…I know some people who learned that lesson the hard way. Please refer back to that comment I made earlier…something about the expectation of perfection = surefire disappointment. :) Now, I have to give a shout out to the Nester for the idea of Celebrating the Imperfect with a link party. And, in contemplating her idea, I realize, that through my never-ending search for a steal deal, my need to find ways, albeit … continue reading
Happy Friday. Just for fun, I thought I’d try something new and share a few things I saw this week. I pass this church all the time and I finally got stuck at the red light long enough to take a pic…too bad it was a gray day in Curacao. Imagine it with a bright blue sky back drop. :) Our view during a little lunch date…luckily not a gray day. :) A typical evening in our house. Me admiring the gallery wall while at least one dog and one husband sleep on the couch watch tv. My Valentine’s Day card from Joel. Someone knows what my favorite price is. :) And, I may or may not have done some dumpster diving. I also carried a 1 x 8 x 16 foot long piece of perfectly drifted wood home from an afternoon dog walk. Now I just need to figure out what to make with it. A coffee table? Shelving? Here’s a sneak peak…picture this sixteen feet long. :) What would you make with a 16 foot long, 8 inch wide and 1 inch think rusty, partially painted piece of wood? Have anything fun planned for the weekend? Do you carry long boards home from the beach? Funny story – when I texted Joel to tell him I might need help carrying a long board home, he was picturing me carrying a long board surf board. Now that I type that…it doesn’t seem as funny as it was in real life. :/ I am going to share Foto Friday with the Wordless Wednesday gals. Project Alicia, Flip Flops & Pearls, Live and Love … Out Loud, Nap Time Mom Tog, and then she snapped, The Paper Mama, Parenting by Dummies, A Fresh Perspective, NOLA Mommy, Baby Baby Lemon, Dagmar’s Momsense, Better in Bulk
Joel (way too early in the morning): We need a new hair brush. Me (still more than half asleep): I know. Joel: Well…then…can you get one? Me: Sure Joel: Or better yet, just fix this one and blog about it. Well, since I will take any opportunity to mock my husband am an obedient wife…here we are…blogging about a fixed hair brush.
Happy Day after Valentine’s Day. Hopefully everyone is feeling incredibly loved. It seems appropriate to finish up my wedding memento during this week of love. So, where did we leave off? Like a month ago…geez, sorry! Ah yes, with this beauty. I had a box that, size-wise, was going to work great to just set my newly made frame (check out part 1 of this memento to get caught up on how we got from California to married and then from Curacao to a little driftwood frame), trace the inside edge and cut. Really, I couldn’t even at least get my pen tip on my already traced line so it would kind of look like an action shot? Guess not. As you can see, my cutting wasn’t perfect. But, my plan was to wrap the cardboard with the brown napkin so it didn’t really matter. I only had to make sure that the cardboard wrapped in napkin was 1) big enough that there were no “air gaps”, meaning that there were no spots I could see in between the frame and the napkin to what was behind it and 2) small enough that it could be wedged in and cover all of the shims so only the driftwood part of the frame could be seen from the front. It was just a process of trial and error really. I also decided I didn’t need to cut the napkin. I just wrapped the cardboard and used some pins to pin it tight on the back side. I did play around with ways I could layer the veil so I wouldn’t have to cut it, but I liked the look of only one layer of the tulle so I ended up cutting a piece that I could then just pull tight and … continue reading
I love love. :) Hopefully you’re at least smiling now. If you’re a NASCAR fan, you might be laughing out loud because you’ve seen this. And really, who doesn’t like kittens, bunnies, and little baby seals? I just figured I would share a little love on this Hallmark day of love. I found this picture unexpectedly in my email a few years back when I was traveling on Valentine’s Day. Is that a collective awwww I’m hearing? ;) And this comment on the recent Lowe’s gift card giveaway made me smile. You had to sign up to be a follower to qualify to win and then leave me a comment telling me you did. Sorry you didn’t win dad. ;) To see if you won click here. And, because we all love a little free stuff here are some fun free finds I’ve recently seen on the worldwide web. Beckie, from Infarrantly Creative (and Knock Off Decor and Roadkill Rescue) created this great planner for bloggers…that she is letting us all download for FREE. As she knows, we are task oriented based on projects and not necessarily time. If I were to create my own, or have any really creative friends who could just whip this up quick, I would use some of Beckie’s format on that left sheet and also have sections labeled: “to make” – to list project ideas and steps to take in current projects “to do” – to list that “back of the house” type of blog stuff – figure out how to add a Pin It button to each post is at the top of this list…and also to list any supplies I need to get for upcoming projects “to write” – to list the posts that need to be written AND… Jess and Monica, those cutie … continue reading
It’s the new must-have…the replacement for the little black dress, or maybe the accessory to…I don’t recommend trying to wear it. But, I actually finally decided what she’s going to wear. You might remember her back story? This entire project only cost the $2 I spent for the canvas at Goodwill. Heck yeah! She did manage to find her way onto the gallery wall, even though she wasn’t done. Now…she’s done. I am quite infatuated with all of the word and letter art out there. I recently turn a pallet into word art. But, as I mentioned here, I don’t have any of those fancy machines that can create what I tell it to. And I can’t always create what I want to. :/ Luckily, this one worked out. I first made a paper template the same size as the canvas. I just scribbled with pencil, used different stencils I had to see what size lettering might fit, played around with ideas. I had received some GREAT suggestions on what to do. Maybe some string art like Zoe. Love the idea, but think this little black canvas is too small for it. Then I got the awesome suggestion to put my word of the year on it in a dictionary type font. Who put that comment? And on which post? I’ve looked all over and can’t find you…I want you to get credit for the awesome idea. Let me know if it’s you! Update: It was Leena! Thanks for the great suggestion!! I had a moment where I thought I might put something kitchy, maybe a funny saying taken from a little DIY group therapy. But the moment was fleeting. In the end, I went with dates that are important to us. I picked 5 different fonts I liked. I … continue reading
… yippie yo, yippie yay … Snoop Dog in the motha … That’s probably enough of those lyrics. ;) Any Snoop Dog fans out there? I love ALL things music. I don’t know music, like people in the know know music. I just love it in all shapes and sizes. Fo shizzle. And who doesn’t love a puppy? Or a silhouette art of a big dog?
Hello, hello!!! I’m just dropping in to let you know you can find me over at my dear blog friend Shannah’s today. She blogs at Just Us 4 and among many other things she shares some of the most mouth watering recipes around. I e-met Shannah in the beginning of the year when I read her post about Cayenne Candied Bacon. Seriously?!? Cayenne. Candied. Bacon. YES PLEASE! In addition to these tasty treats, she did a whole post about great game time snacks. She has also been tackling a whole gamut of organization projects all the while ramping up for a huge basement remodel. It would be great if you wanted to stop over to check her out. And be sure to wish her a Happy Birthday while you’re there…I’m guest posting so she can take some time off during her birthday week. I hope you’re enjoying your time off Shannah!! And, because I feel so inclined, I just want to say thanks a million to you all for reading. I really do appreciate it. And it is no joke to say that this little blog experience wouldn’t be the same without you all to share it with. Aww shucks. :) See you all again soon, hope you’re having a great day.
And the winner of the $50 Lowe’s gift card is…drum roll please… Email me Michelle and I’ll get you all hooked up! And an especially big Thank You! to One Project Closer for sponsoring the giveaway! You guys are awesome!! … And now, my Imagine the Impossibilities Link Party Features! To say that we were overjoyed at all of the awesome link ups we had (361 to be exact) would be an understatement. I really can’t thank everyone who participated enough! This little impossible challenge has turned into such a wonderful adventure. :) And, because there was so much awesomeness, my co-hosts and I couldn’t only feature 5 projects a piece, which was our original plan. I will not only feature 10 great link ups here, but I will be facebooking about others and pinning some beautiful pictures throughout the week. Hopefully we’re connected on Facebook and Pinterest so you don’t miss a thing. :) And (Who says you can’t start a sentence with the word and?), don’t forget to check out who my co-hosts are featuring today! And (Clearly, I don’t say that.), if you’ve been featured, be sure to grab a button below and brag about it. You’ve earned it!! Now, all I can say is, you HAVE to visit these 10 great posts. Some are crafty, some are serious DIY, some are seemingly impossible life lessons. And they are ALL worth a look. I have so much I can say about why I love these posts, but you really just need to click over to check them out for yourselves. And be sure to let them know that you saw their feature here!! Now, let’s get to it… Who wouldn’t want to own their house free and clear before they turn 30? See how Abbie from 5 … continue reading
Good morning, good morning! Man do I wish the Patriots had won yesterday. :( Today, for a potentially slow moving Monday for all of us football fans…and those who just love the Sunday that is the Superbowl party…I have an easy little Valentine’s Day project, a Valentine’s Day book page heart wreath. Did I mention she’s FREE? I always have that exact change in my wallet. ;) See her snuck in the new gallery wall there? You may recall the faux zinc letter B was there for the reveal, or maybe not, whatever. I thought a little pop of holiday, and color, would be fun to switch in that spot throughout the year. For all of the deets on how to make this beauty you have to head over to A Content Housewife where I’m guest posting today, while Lianne is busy moving to Charleston. Hope it’s going well Lianne! If you missed the nitty gritty details on how this whole wall is hanging from one screw please click here. To hang the heart, I just hot glued a length of ribbon scrap to the back and duct taped it behind the framed stencils. To me she’s just the right amount of Valentine’s Day in our otherwise neutral colored wall. The whole deal took about 3 hours…perfect for a lazy evening. I happened to be watching the collapse of Kyle Stanley at Torrey Pines. The poor guy had a 4 stroke lead on the tee at 18…and then nothing went right and he lost the tournament in a playoff. I would gander to say my afternoon went better than his. Sorry Kyle! Now, don’t forget to drop in on Lianne to see some more pics and how I made the rosettes. And then, have a fabulous Monday. Oh, and I’ll be back … continue reading
Update: I’ve installed the new Linky Follower Tool in my right sidebar. As a wordpress.com site I have never been able to have Google Friend Connect, which is rumored to be going away entirely. It would be great if you wanted to sign up to follow along using that tool. If you’re a blogger, let me know you did and I will, of course, follow you back. :) Wow, what a week we’ve had. Over 320 links at our very first Imagine the Impossibilities link party. Are you kidding?!?! That is just awesomeness people. Thank You!! to all who have participated. If you haven’t joined the fun, the party is open until midnight tonight…in some time zone. (Hopefully you’re laughing Linda!) Click here to get linked up…or to just check out all of the inspiration. And, if you haven’t signed up for a chance to win the $50 Lowe’s Gift Card what’s the matter with you? Click here to get your entries in. Now, fair warning as you read on. This is really about the minutia of hanging my one screw gallery wall. If you want pretty, reveal type pictures please click here. If you want to know how to pull something like this off yourself, please read on, but be sure to get your cup of coffee first, and maybe a scone or two. :) First, I created 9 of the items hanging as part of the wall from scratch so that would obviously be step 1 – Decide what items you want to include in your gallery wall. Once you have your selections compiled, play around with different layouts. I used the floor instead of going through the trouble of making paper templates and taping them to the wall because I’m lazy efficient. Here is one option I … continue reading