Thursday, August 30, 2012

The more shoes you have..

the more places you'll go!

I love traveling. 
A lot.

Which was one of the main reasons M&I sold our current house. So we could save some mulah & travel the world.
Or even just the US would be grrreat.

I've been toiling around with the idea of painting my own Toms. 
Having never owned Toms, I thought it was probably time to join the band wagon.

The other day, I saw this commercial for Bobs by Skechers.
We donate a pair of shoes to a kid in need every time you buy a pair! 
Sound familiar?

Very original, Skechers.

But I can't dog on them because they are cheaper, if only by $5 bucks.
Hey, we're tryin' to save money, here.
If I'm going to buy an unnecessary pair of  shoes and defile them with paint, I was going to save every penny I could.

And thanks to Zappos.com, I got them two days later.

[this isn't a commercial, I swear]

My original plan was to do a music staff,
then a New York City theme,
then a Friends theme,
then a Dexter theme.

I had a hard time making up my mind, believe that.

In the end, I decided on NYC.

For those of you who aren't aware...
I'm mildly obsessed with that city.

I've visited twice, and if I could pick up everything and move to any place in the world...it would be there.
Yeah, even over Paris or Italy. Or Lawrence, for that matter.

Granted, I've never been to Europe, but I'm guessing it's prrretty awesome.

Anyway, back to my point.

The shoes.
wait for it.....


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 uhh...not to toot my own horn, here, but how flipping
AWESOME
are these?!

Freakin' A, man.

And guess what else?
Just guess.
Alright, you're a horrible guesser.

I free-handed that shiz.
True story.

I know.

[slow clap commencing...NOW]

Okay, maybe they didn't warrant all of that, but at least some.
Like, 3/4.
It took forever, also.
But it was totally worth it.

These are going to keep a lot better than the others that I made:

 Not even sure what I was thinking when I chose white. 
But those are pretty spectacular, too, amirite?

I'm still debating on whether or not to put them on my shop.
They were a ton of work.

Fun, though.
Much more fun than painting letters with baseball stitching.
[shootmerightinthehead]


Alright, I've got a crap ton of errands to run, and I would like to get home at a decent time to go for a run.
It was nice chatting with you, as always, though the conversation seems a little one-sided.
Let me know what you think in the comments.
Or don't.
But since I asked, it would be rude not to.

As always -

Monday, August 27, 2012

To stripe or not to stripe

 Hey peeps. 

Today is Monday and it appears I have survived. 
It was touch & go there for a minute. 

As I reported on mah other bloggity-blog, M&I sold our house last night. [HOLLA!]

So, naturally, all I can do today is gather ideas on how to make our new place look bitchin'. 

I'm starting with paint.
The living room-slash-kitchen are this super-bland greenish color.

It's very neutral. It could do the trick. But it's not going to.
The walls need a fresh coat of paint anyway, so why not just pick a new color?


I think I'm going to go with a gray-ish tone in the living room/kitchen area.
Since my current living room is "New York" themed, and I adore NYC, I'm keeping it.
And the gray tones would really accent all the stuff I have. Most of it is black and/or silver. So that works out. 

I'm thinking on that wall that butts up to the kitchen
I'm going to do some wicked-awesome horizontal striping.
[Which may also require some circus-style maneuvers since it runs into the stairwell.
My ninja skills are going to need a refresher.]



I'd use just a hair-darker gray than the base coat. 
Perhaps a color such as this:


It's just a thought. I may or may not actually possess the patience to pull something like this off. 
I am a professional edger by now, though, so I feel pretty good about my odds of making this happen.

Anyway, I need some good ideas for decorating. 
As I've explained before, I'm terrible at it.
If you happen across a site or blog that you think I should look at for some awesome-sauce design ideas, by all means tell me.

 That's all I've got for today, kids.
 I've got tutus to make.
Farewell, and

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Take it back..


Gooood morning bloggers.
Okay, so today is Thursday.
THURSDAY! 
Which means....one day until FRIDAY!
I'm excited.....

So, as I was perusing Google Reader this morning, one of the blogs I follow, Veronica over at http://veronicaarmstrong.com/, was doing a "look back" on her photography.

She's amazing.
Her pictures are amazing.

And I've already learned so much from the tips she gives on her blog.
Today, she challenged us to take a look back at the pictures we took a year ago.

Now, my DSLR is not even a year old yet. Needless to say, the pictures I took with my P&S camera were less than high quality.

Take the picture above.
Apart from my beautiful mother & adorable Mr. Liam, the picture is average, at best.
Average as in - you went and bought a camera from Walmart and took this and this is what you got. 

There's no need to comment on what I would have done differently.
Mainly...I would've gotten a better camera.
Which I did.

Like...3 months later.

I can't believe how much I've learned about photography & using my DSLR correctly. It's pretty mind-boggling. 

I've always been the person to take all the pictures.
I get this a lot:
"Oh, you're taking pictures so I won't bother. Will you send them to me?"

It makes me happy.
I'm the designated photographer, no matter how amateur the photos may look.

I took this last night while Kenz was getting her hair chopped off:
 Pretty big difference, eh?

The white balance on this isn't great; I had to do a lot of post processing to try to get that right, and I still didn't come out with what I wanted [I'm working on it]. But I love the moment I caught here. She's biting her lip like she's scared to death of what this lady's going to do to her beautiful hair [a feeling I am familiar with]. 

You live & you learn, right? I'm getting better and better with each picture that I take. 
And maybe - just maybe - one day I can make money off this venture & Matt and I can agree that I really do need this lens:
24-70mm, f2.8/l
I need it, I say! 

Later, kids.
and

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Link Party

I'm new to this whole blogger scene - as far as the whole 
linkingup-and-givingcrapaway-and-goingtoconventions-and-makingafacebookpage-and-takingrandominstagrampictures
thing goes.
 
But I decided to play around in this awesome link party.
Basically it's just a good way to get your name out there.
I'm still deciding whether or not I like this blog or if I should just put it all on my other one.
Meh. Whatev's. I'll figure it out.
In the meantime, if you're into reading random blogs, visit that link & check out the link party. Tons of cool peeps there to stalk get to know.
Peace out, homies.
and

Monday, August 20, 2012

Enchanted Bridal Shower

Hello blog friends!

Today is Monday. 
Which, - and I'm going to be frank here - sucks.
Plain and simple.

But, to outweigh the disgusting-ness that is Monday, I had a spectacular weekend.

 We are in the process of trying to sell our house and buy another one
[so as to not live on the street, ya know] and we had an open house yesterday.
So from Wednesday on, we cleaned like our lives depended on it.

Thankfully, I got a mid-weekend break from that with my cousin's Bridal Shower!

It was a long jaunt [4 hours, to be exact] but I managed to convince Kenz to come with so I wasn't completely bored in the car.

The decorations were amazing. My cousin, Em, did such a fantastic job!

The cake was gorgeous & super tasty! 
My cousin, Kristen, made it. SO pretty!!
We had a ton of food, as usual.

 And Sarah raked in the gifts, 'fo shiz.

 There was a lot of young-dude action, too.
We had three kiddos to gawk at the entire time.

And what a spectacular idea for a theme. I heart it.

Kenz & I made our way back to S-town on Saturday evening and got in around 10.
It was a late night and I was beyond exhausted, but I wouldn't have missed it for the world!
Plus, I was trying to suck it up because Sarah had to drive all the way from Wyoming.
My whining is null & void when you think how far she had to drive to get there.

I feel a lot of DIY projects coming up with the new house [that's assuming we sell ours and no one buys the one we have a contract on] so you all have that to look forward to. ;) 

Hope your Monday isn't completely terrible.
and

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

School's back in session

 Hello bloggers! 
It's mid-week, which gets me all sorts of excited. As of right now, we are closer to Friday than we are to Monday. 
I consider that a win. 

This past couple weekends, I offered my help to assist in the putting-together of my SIL's 5th grade room. 
Talk about a blast.
I never thought I'd say that.
But if I could be a professional organizer, I totally would.

We made these fun tissue-poms:
 and I sorted books & put them in bins:
 and she did everything else.
 I feel like I didn't help that much, but she assured me that I did. 
So I'll just shut up and go with it.

All of this back-to-school stuff is really making me miss being a kid.
Remember when buying a new backpack was the coolest part of going back to school?
And getting textbooks was exciting?
And fresh pencils were the bomb?!

What I wouldn't give for that excitement again.
I suppose I'll just have to visit her classroom to get my fill. :)

Monday, August 13, 2012

DIY | iPad Cover

Hello bloggers -

this weekend, I didn't have a lot going.
Thankfully, I only had two bats to make, so the rest of my weekend was pretty much open.
I decided to do a fun project.

Thursday I took Kenz to Target to get some extra stuff for her locker & saw a composition notebook sitting on the shelf. I remembered a project I had pinned a while ago [pinspiration] and immediately thought.."oh, right, this would be awesome!" I got even more excited when I saw they had them in blue. 
Um...YES!

So I got started:



 And there you have it.
A brand new iPad cover for approximately $3 buckaroos.


 Alright, it's not perfect by any stretch of the word, but I think it's kind of spectaular.