Calling all readers! I NEED help! Like, serious help. Like, I almost backed out of doing this little series because I am shakin’ in my flip flops. (Take a second to picture that … it’s funny.) What series, you say? Blogging without Borders we’re calling it, and along with 13 of some of my favorite blogs we have committed to stretching our DIY limits and working on projects we’ve never tried before. And I am more than a teensy bit nervous about said commitment. I am not going to scare you all off with a ton of before pictures, instead, I’m going to scare you off with show you my plan. ;)
Happy Monday y’all! I am still on my little Florida vacation but I just wanted to introduce you to a fun blog I know. Gotta love a gal who has the cutest dogs … … and is super crafty.
Hey, hey! Happy Hump Day! Right now I am on a flight to Miami…or waiting in the airport for my delayed flight. I would say there’s equal probability of each option. Sigh. But there’s a cutie patootie nephew at the other end of the journey, so I’m stoked either way. You saw a sneak peek of #5 here. Who am I kidding, that post was in November so the only people who saw it were #5′s dad – because I sent it to him, my mom, and maybe 3 others. ;) Aaaanyway, I thought of a few more It’s a Cinch ideas for you.
Hey there! Hopefully the week is treating you well. Yesterday we did our very first month in review and we’re going to follow it up today with a little February rundown. The plan is to keep these posts in the right sidebar for easy access to links to all of your favorite posts. I’ll also be sure to toss in some new things just to keep you guessing. ;) And, if anyone has any navigation tips for this little blog please let me have ‘em…I don’t want any fun information getting lost as we continue to grow. :) Now, February started with all of the nitty gritty details about how I hung a gallery wall from one little screw for $15.
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
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
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?
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
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