Alrighty, well clearly May was a flop for my blogging about Marriage. Cool. I was super excited about that challenge and then bombed it lol. June really has not turned out much better. I feel like these past two weeks in June have been a whirlwind. I have been super busy and trying to get little things done here and there during the times I am not working. Crazy crazy crazy! And then I just celebrated my birthday! That was way fun. Got to share it with my amazing husband who made me feel extremely special on my day and then had some wonderful friends who came over and celebrated as well! It was sweet!
I think since I am halfway into the month of June, I am going to pass on this months challenge. I will still blog very consistently (hopefully). But we will resume the monthly challenges in July with the next photo challenge! Can’t wait to pull out my camera and shoot and share some pictures!
I am kind of on a creative/eating well/eating healthy kick right now. After Matt moved out my front room opened up and now I have space really get started on quilting or making the couple of pieces of clothing I have been wanting to make or just some other projects I have wanted to do for the house. I have also been reading It Start With Food by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig. It is just talking about how foods affect you and how whole foods are much better for a balance in all areas of your body. It is a really cool read and something I have really been looking in to.
Anyway, those are my thoughts and rambles for the day!
One thing I love about the area I live in at the moment is that there are a ton of Thrift stores close-by. I love thrift stores and have found some of my favorite things in thrift stores. These thrift stores have yet to disappoint. I have found items that I have needed in order to de-clutter my home, and books to read, and another special item I can’t wait to show you!
This little gem just popped up and grabbed my eye while I was browsing. I had been looking for something cute to hold our q-tips because otherwise they were just sitting in a baggie on the counter and that was most definitely not cute at all. So, I found this adorable little mason jar for 60 cents. Can’t go wrong with that. I might make it a little more colorful with some water color paints or I might just leave it. Thoughts?
I am a sucker for reading. (Check out my previous post about my One Year Reading Challenge starting next week!) I read all the time. I spent all day yesterday just reading The Lovely Bones (pictured above) and The Hunger Games at B&N. I spent less than $10 on these two books combined. I love love love to read and I love finding good books for cheap too!
This beauty has to be my favorite item I have found at the thrift stores so far. I had been looking at bowls like this for several months now. I was waiting to get one because they are like $30 and I just thought it was going to be a little pointless with all these other expenses coming our way as we were moving and such. But anyway, on Monday I’m walking around the thrift store closest to my house, just keeping busy so I don’t get too bored and I see this super cute bowl and pick it up. I have no idea what I am going to do with it yet but I hold onto it so no one will take it. As I’m walking around and fiddling with the little handle you see there, I realize, this would be the perfect yarn bowl! When I’m knitting, I have my yarn rolled into a ball and it just tends to roll all over the place sometimes but is still more manageable than the cylinder type shape it comes in. So, I had seen this kind of a bowl and was like ‘I want one but I don’t wanna pay that much yet.’ Here is my solution! I paid $1.50 for this bowl and it works perfectly! I am absolutely in love with it!
Among going to Thrift stores and getting my hair cut, I spent last week doing a little DIY project.
My new chairs looked like they belonged in a restaurant. I mean they were the light wood color with red vinyl seats. It just screamed family restaurant seating. Definitely not my style exactly. But, I knew it would not be hard to repaint them and reupholster them. So, I start the first half of this makeover. I took these chairs, I sanded them slightly so that the paint had something to stick to and then I took a nice dark grey/almost black color and painted them to my hearts content. It took several coats to fully mask the wood but the finished paint project is awesome!
I love the darker color! It already looks ten times better and I have not even done the new fabric yet. I am still on the look-out for the right fabric so that will be done later. I am also going to re-stain my table to a darker shade so that it goes with the chairs a little better. However, that is another time as well. Any thoughts on if I should go with fabric or stick with a more vinyl kind of fabric for the chairs?
Anyway, I have not yet started work. They are having issues with the computer system getting me in but hopefully I can get in sometime this week. I am going a little stir-crazy but I have plenty to keep me busy at the moment.
Well I’m off to keep working on stuff around the house and reading!
Here they are. They need a little bit of work. I want to make the table a darker stain and then paint and possibly reupholster the chairs too. I am looking forward to having fun with this set and make it my own and look classier.
Yesterday I went to Fancy Tiger Crafts in downtown Denver. It is a knitting/crocheting/sewing store. They also have their own clothing store right next door. I found two beautiful recycled glass buttons for my coffee cozy. They look great together! I also got a jelly thimble, because my finger has been getting rough housed with my sewing adventure (to be explained next). I was also drooling over all of their yarn! They sell all organic yarn and are super supportive of small businesses that sell yarn. Love it! I bought two half baby alpaca and half silk skeins of yarn. I am working on the pattern of how I want to use it currently. Will post more details of it later!
I have also started a sewing adventure in the last week. When I am not unpacking or rearranging, I have decided to make a rug!
I had a bucket of old t-shirts that I was never going to wear again along with other fabric scraps. I was trying to figure out what in the world I was going to do with them. I was thinking I could really use a rug for the bathroom floor and that is when I remembered my box of old t-shirts. I had seen so many rugs made out of t-shirt scraps that I just knew I had to give it a whirl. So, I spent two nights cutting up all of my t-shirts into scraps. Yay!
Then I started braiding them.
Those are about 10 inches long. But they were not quite long enough so i just braided in more strips. I have about three rows done and sewn together. Will keep you updated on the progress and show you the finished product later. 🙂
Anyway, there you go!
I am on day 2 of my three days off. It has seriously been wonderful. Love Love love it!!!! Last night I was sitting here wishing I had more super long flowy skirts. Then I remembered I had these long tie-dye flowy dresses that honestly I was not quite fond of the tops. So, I took it upon myself to make skirts out of them. It was honestly the best decision I’ve made clothing wise in the last couple of days. I absolutely love these two dresses as skirts. One is purple tie-dye and the other is green tie-dye. So awesome! Here are some pics!
Standing shot, what do you think? Like? No like?
Seriously, it is super long and flowy! That is my toe sticking out there. 😛
All it took was some scissors, and a little elastic.
Another thing that is awesome is TJ was able to get some big boxes from his work last night, that means I can start sorting and packing things up that honestly we aren’t using right. Things that we can go without using for the next month and a half, two months.
So, here it is:
The first box!!!! What?!?!?! I can’t even believe it! We are moving!! Yay!!!