Monthly Archives: November 2010

oh snap.

The following conversation happened over dinner at my parent’s house last night.

Dad: “Liv I need my headphones back”

Me: “Why, you don’t use them”

Dad: “I was going to work out tonight, but I couldn’t because you have my headphones”

Mom: “oh really, that is what held you back from working out”

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all you need is love…and a glass of wine.

I have been looking for artwork of sorts to spruce up some of my barren walls. Everything I found was 1.too expensive 2.not the right color scheme or 3. too girly or 4. too lame to grace my walls. There is a lot of lame home decor out there.

then I saw this. At $300 it fit into the too expensive category but I loved it!

Then reading crafty blogs (as I do more than I like to admit) I found this rendition. The wheels started turning. I didn’t know about the wood I thought a canvas art piece was more suitable for the space but I wanted something that looked a little worn and had some dimension. Then I found this. Off I was to Michaels for the needed supplies.

I thought I would use my silhouette to cut a contact paper “stencil”. I had tried it on a smaller canvas to test this technique. It worked great on the small canvas so it seemed like a good idea at the time.

It seemed to work ok at first . I am very impatient and wanted this project done yesterday so I took a hair dryer to the canvas after applying the pages from the phone book, modge podge, my stencil and another layer of paint.

This is what happened heat + modge podge phone book pages + contact paper = not a good combo . I don’t recommend this method.

One glass of wine in I didn’t see this as a set back, I dabbed some paint on the hole and convinced myself this was the ‘worn’ look I was going for.  I continued on with the end product looking like this

Yes there were other tears as I continued on. What a craft fail! And in this photo the canvas already has paint dripped on it  for a re-do.  So yeah I didn’t do so well the first time around. I let the new coat of brown dry overnight and started from scratch the next morning. My new plan was to use paper letters and modge podge them on. I opposed this before because I didn’t think it would be the right look. But I cut out the letters in old paper that I didn’t like to test the look of it. It was exactly how I wanted it to look. Off to Michaels again for scrapbook paper in the appropriate colors. An then we have finished product #1

As fate would have it I got so excited about getting this project wrapped up I stepped away from my silhouette while it was cutting the LOVE for the second canvas and it got caught and ate the paper. So off to Michaels again for a single sheet of ‘parakeet’ cardstock.

ta-da! now I have to decide if I want to hang them side by side or one on top of the other. Hummm

Price Stats: (not including the supplies for the initial craft fail)

2 Canvases- $8.99
2 bottles brown paint -.89 cents each
1 large sponge brush- .59
1 medium sponge brush- .79
6 pieces khaki card stock -.41 cents each
3 pieces of parakeet card stock – .34 cents each
Modge Podge- on hand

grand total: $15.63 compared to $300

Now taking orders. Totally kidding! I love this project but I’m done. haha.

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a little comic relief

 

I love me some Chelsea Handler. I wish I was going to see her preform at the Murat this weekend but tickets were BIG bucks.

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progress

It is Thursday and sadly my list is not really shrinking all too much. However I have done 1 load of  laundry, continued working on my save the date design (yes friends and family they will be printed soon I swear), clipped a stack of coupons that has been sitting on my coffee table for two weeks, and I made a proto-type of a new art project for my apt. (more details on that soon) oh and my body decided that it would be fun to produce copious amounts of snot to drip down my face this week (awesome!). If my go-off list week is not a testament to my ADD I don’t know what is.

  • Get an oil change (my future father in law may blow a gasket if he knew I was about 3,000 miles over-due oops!)
  • Get a Hair Cut
  • Mail Deposit and Contract to DJ- yes! one more thing off the wedding list.
  • Buy fabric to recover my pillows (mom picked up the fabric for me, isn’t she a peach?)  and dining room chairs (still have to pick up the fabric for the chairs)
  • Start my Christmas Shopping List – yes another list
  • Devise a plan to a. take out my air conditioning units or b. keep the cold air from coming in.
  • Install my curtain tie-backs – Mom and I tried to do this a few weeks ago but she almost got a drill bit stuck in my wall.

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the short list

my to-do list is out of control. I mean it, out of control. Do you ever get the feeling there are not enough hours in the day to do everything you want? Well I feel that way a lot lately. I want to get it all done yesterday, never you mind that I spent an hour watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills last night never you mind. We all need some trash TV every once in awhile right?

So here it is the short list to get accomplished this week and I already have a few things to check off.

  • Get an oil change (my future father in law may blow a gasket if he knew I was about 3,000 miles over-due oops!)
  • Get a Hair Cut – to be accomplished today thank goodness!
  • Mail Deposit and Contract to DJ- yes! one more thing off the wedding list.
  • Buy fabric to recover my pillows and dining room chairs
  • Start my Christmas Shopping List – yes another list
  • Devise a plan to a. take out my air conditioning units or b. keep the cold air from coming in.
  • Install my curtain tie-backs – Mom and I tried to do this a few weeks ago but she almost got a drill bit stuck in my wall.

seems like a reasonable list considering one of my evenings is lost to work at Old Navy, gross!

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finders keepers

I am very thankful to the man who moved out of my apartment. He left me all his curtain rods and curtains, some of which actually matched my color scheme, woot! He also left me a TV stand which I sold on craigslist and a coffee table that I eventually had to haul to goodwill because I was tired of looking at it and no one was interested in buying it. ( a week later I saw what goodwill was asking for it $90 and I thought.. HA! good luck with that).

After re-habbing my nightstand a few weeks ago I feel empowered to do more furniture and as I was putting away my paint, stain and sandpaper to my great surprise I found a brand new can of ebony stain in the utility closet that I prefer not to look at or even think about.

I may just need to find a new piece of furniture to rehab so I can use this to create something lovely like this….

I think it’s a dreamy combination, yes furniture can be dreamy. Eventually my mother will ask for that pottery barn desk back that currently occupies my office nook. Perhaps I will start trolling to see what I can rehab to look like this.

 

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difference between here and there

Do you ever find yourself in that total negative funk where you’re just a pill to be around? I have found myself there more recently and most commonly when I am at my second job at the irritating Old Navy.

I get my nose out of joint easily between incompetent managers and demanding customers. And yesterday as I drove to this second job I found myself going to the dark and dreary place. As I walked through the parking lot I tried to snap myself out of it. Because really who wants to be around a Debbie Downer or a Negative Nancy even if I was just joining in on an existing pitty party.

Last week I wrapped up my Women in the Bible Study at church and as I walked to the dreaded doors something the leader said to me rang in my ears:

How Can I be a Graceful Woman Today?

That is the challenge I am taking upon myself and the attitude I hope to portray in many aspects of my life. Sure it won’t be easy but, it will make me a better person to be around and more of the woman I want to be.  Wish me luck I work again tonight.

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