Friday, September 21, 2012

weekly photo show & tell

Heyyyyyy alll -
Check out my latest weekly photo show & tell over at my other blog - 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Hello, lovelies.
I know I've said this on my other blog, but Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for. 
The colors are great, and it just reminds me of being a kid, getting super excited to dress up and go collect candy from strangers [sketchy]. 

This year's kind of going to suck because we'll be in the middle of the move. 
But at least I'll have the wreath I made last year
 it was my very first DIY project. 
So it holds a special place in my heart.

Anyway, I'm still going to try to get the house decorated so the neighbors don't think we're boring.

A few pinspirations I have:

Hope this got you in the mood for Fall, I know it did me!
This is my absolute favorite time of year. And I know I'm not alone - who doesn't love cool weather, wearing hoodies & boots, and leaves changing colors?! 

SO much fun!
Can't wait to move in to the new place & get to decorating!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Weekly photo show & tell

Hey ya'll.

It's time for another weekly photo show & tell!
I'm SUPER excited for this one because this week's theme is:
Photographer's choice

I've got a few good ones in mind already! :) 

But I think I'll settle on this one:
 It's the most fun, by far. I took my little sis out to take a bunch of pics. I told her to "Be silly!" To which she just kind of stared at me.

So I asked her to jump. 
Which she did. One time.

Just this once.
And I caught it on camera.
And somehow got the perfect angle, lighting, and focus.
It was a miracle.

I took this one with my 1.8/f 50mm lens at around 10 in the morning. We walked down a back alley [don't worry, we live in a small town so it was safe. ;)] and I stopped her and somehow got this amazing shot!

Hope you all enjoyed!
Small Things with Love

Thursday, September 13, 2012


 Hello, lovelies.
I'm sorry for my absence. I have no excuse, I've just been lazy.
There haven't been any projects lately [since the chairs] so instead of a crafty post, I'm going to give you a funny one instead.
Everyone needs a good laugh, right?

If you don't laugh at most of these, we can't be friends anymore.

[sidenote] most of these came from theChive or theBerry, but if you cleverly captured one of these screen shots and then put a caption from the original show,
then I'm sorry....but welcome to the internet; the place where shit gets stolen if it goes viral.

Monday, September 10, 2012

DIY weekend

 Hello, beautiful bloggers.
This past week & weekend I did a whole lot of
sanding, priming, painting, and...sweating.

Matt was out of town all week, so I was bored. And I figured I needed to knock at least one thing off my list. I could have packed, but...well, I didn't want to.

So, I decided to finish up the bar stools.

Remember this post from last week?

It got me, I really need to get that done.

I was just completely ignoring them because it was going to be a lot of work.
Which, of course, it was.

Tuesday night, I brought all of the chairs out into the main area of the basement, threw on a chick flick, and got to sanding.
 "Luckily" I had some help from these two:
 Lucy was lucky she didn't get banned from the basement. She kept trying to sit on the chairs when I was sanding them.
Why is it that cats feel it is necessary to sit on any new piece of furniture in our house?

Anyway, once I got those done [which took me allll night on Tuersday], I tapped out and decided to continue on Thursday night.

I wiped all of the dust off them and took them outside to prime them.
I used spray paint for the primer [2 cans per chair]. This time around, I wasn't so worried about covering the chairs completely with primer. I figured just as long as they were mostly covered, that would be fine. 

One thing I did learn in the process: over spray is a real bitch.
True story.

On the "test chair", there is a rough type of surface on the seat of the chair which reallllly bothers me [OCD?]. The same thing happened to these, but I had the bright idea to sand down the grit on the seats & wherever else over spray may have caused this annoyance.


After that, I sprayed the "x" in the middle of the back a metallic silver.

The silver spray I got was much more metallic looking than on the test chair. 
It grew on me, though. I liked it better.

So Friday afternoon when M got home, I convinced him to go to the hardware with me to get black paint.

Another lesson learned: it's worth the extra couple of bucks per paint can to get good advice from someone who knows what they're talking about.
Or has actually painted in their life.

We tell the guy at the counter that I want a solid black for some chairs we're painting. 
He suggests that we get a more "durable" paint that is used for decking & outdoor use.
I'm liking the sound of durable because I will shed more than  few tears when the first scratch goes on one of these babies.

Anyway, so we got a gallon of black decking paint.
We also got tiny rollers & a good paint brush for edging.

The original plan was to use the paint sprayer Matt had bought to stain the fence with, but he decided that was going to be too much work.
We were going to roll instead.

....we're not sure whether that was a good idea or not. 
I think they look better having rolled them, but I can't be sure since I haven't the slightest how a paint sprayer works.

I sat out there all day yesterday. It was the perfect day for it, thankfully. No wind, high of 75 & sunny. SO gorgeous!

I took a break mid-day to take Dex for a run by the river. Other than that, I was rollin' these stupid effing chairs. 

We have a love/hate relationship now.

They look pretty amaze-balls, right?
 Dex was my assistant.
His duties involved a lot of chewing on his own foot and occasionally getting up to chase one of the cats.
I might have to lower his rate of pay..
 I still have some edging to finish, but by the time 4:30 rolled around, I was covered in sweat, I had used over half a roll of toilet paper to blow my nose throughout the day [yay for allergies] so my nose was SO sore, and I had black paint all over my body.

I had some on my stomach.
I have no idea how that even happened.

So I took another detox bath & called it a day.
Needless to say, I slept like a rock last night. It was a fun-filled week/weekend in which I didn't get a whole lot of sleep for a combination of reasons [matt being gone, up at the ass-crack of dawn for yoga, etc], but it was super productive, so I had that going for me.

Alright, kids, I've got to get some work done.
Hope you all had a great weekend too.
I also hope that it wasn't as productive as mine.
I'm exhausted.

Here's to surviving Monday-

Friday, September 7, 2012

Weekly Photo Show & Tell

Hello, lovelies.
I had a wonderful gal comment on my August "Click it up a Notch" picture. She suggested that I join in on their link up as well at her site![consider me flattered!]

The theme for her photo contest is "Family".
This theme is absolute pie for me.

My family is my everything.
Without them I would...well, for one, I would not be alive, nor would I want to be. They're amazing.

My sis & I are BFF's - always have been [well, except when we had to share a bathroom].
So when I found out her & the hubs were expecting, I was beyond excited.

I can't really describe the feeling I had when I got to see my nephew enter this world [officially].

It was like nothing I have ever experienced.
From then on, he has been the light of my life.
I'm a crazy auntie, that's for sure!
Umm...can you blame me?
How precious is that face?

I got this last weekend with my 75-300mm lens.
It takes great effort to get a bad picture of this kid, let me tell 'ya.

Anyway, that's my submission. Hope you enjoyed gazing at my adorable nephew, Mr. Max.

Small Things with Love

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Interior Decorating is not my friend.

I'm already stressing about how I'm going to decorate the new place.
First up on my don't-eff-it-up list is an area rug for the living room.

I've never had all wood floors before [YAY!] so I've never looked at [or gave a crap about] area rugs.

Needless to say, I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing.

So, in keeping with the NYC/neutral tones/ultra modern look I'm going for [rolls eyes at herself], I need your help.

We have [almost] a brand new leather loveseat/couch set that is a dark brown color. Our wood floors in the new place are a standard oak color.

Should I stick with the gray tones that I'm going to do for the paint color on the walls?
Should I throw some color in the rug since everything else will be neutral?
What size should I get?
[I'm feeling another anxiety attack coming on..]

Here are a few of the favorites I picked out.
Please help me.
I am completely inept in this department.

You're awesome,
[only if you supply a helpful comment and/or sarcastic remark in the box below].