Monday, May 31, 2010

Rainy Day Earrings

I welcome rainy days because I know it means I will accomplish much around the house with my projects, or I will laze around watching movies and catching up on much needed rest. Today was both welcomed and thoroughly enjoyed.

My very best friends (baby brother and sister-in-law-to-be) Colin & Megan, were my Memorial Weekend guests at the ole' beach house.  We had a fantastic weekend with much laughing, lounging, and sand.  I felt like I was on vacation, too, in my own house . . . the best feeling ever!  

Today we ventured to town to visit the lighthouse and have some lunch.  As we were just about to the end of the pier watching all of those crazy tourists sprinting back to shore, we carried on--a few dark clouds can't scare us.  Suffice it to say, by the time we made it back to the car we were completely and totally drenched, but still in good spirits.  It absolutely helped that we had first perused the bead shop.  Once home and out of our wet clothes, bundled up in robes, Megan suggested that it was time to create with our beady finds.  We started a Netflix InstaPlay and each made a pair of earrings.  If only we could be neighbors.  I can only imagine the inspiration we would be able to provide each other.  Once this rain stops, I will absolutely post the amazing adirondack chairs that Megan so kindly painted for me.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Razor Cami

This is my latest project that I've been working on (it seems like) forever!  I had gotten a good way through and decided there were way too many mistakes, so I started over.  I can't wait for it to be finished, so I'm trying to dedicate all of my project time to it until it's finished.  It should be a fabulous summertime cami once it's finished.

This particular project is special to me because it will have so many memories attached to it.  I bought this great Kollage yarn in Louisville when my good friend Rachel & I were on our Spring Break adventure.  I have spent several recesses knitting this one with my friend and 5th grade student KT.  She's an amazing self-taught knitter and more recently crocheter.  So my fun cami will always make me think of Louisville, Rachel, and KT.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Thrifty Finds

I've been on the hunt for a dresser for awhile.  I just couldn't find anything new or used until I stumbled upon this "junky dresser."  The size, the lines, and definitely the price were perfect ($39.99).  It took several trips to get it done because I kept running out of paint, but finally, it's in place and I love it.  I used Light Blue/Violet Liquitex mixed with a little Brilliant Yellow Green and Titanium White.  I found the pulls at Hobby Lobby.  I bought 2 different styles to see which one I liked best and settled with the smaller green pulls.

The mirror was an antique store find in Illinois.  I liked it just the way it was, but with white walls, I knew it would look terrible on the wall.  I painted it with Titanium White Liquitex and then mixed the Brilliant Yellow Green with a little more white and brushed it lightly over the detail.  I love the effect, though it's a little tough to see in the picture.  I smile every time I see my fabulous finds.  The vase and wild daisies also came from Hobby Lobby--love that place!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Managing Pesky Birthdays

I am notoriously late for birthdays and just plain forget them constantly.  I've succumbed to the realization that I will never be good at it.  However, it never hurts to try.  This is my attempt.  I started this book about 5 years ago, set it aside, and decided today that I should get back to it.  This is my start.  I still have 5 months to go (Mar, Set, Oct, Nov, & Dec).  I am determined to finish them tomorrow.

The left side of the page is where I can list names & dates.  The right side of the page is a pocket designed to hold those cards I've worked had to create throughout the year.  ;-)