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Halloweenie Pinterest Challenge

30 Oct

UPDATE: I’m officially dubbing this a “Pinterest Challenge” project. Wanna know why? Because I totally pinned the inspiration pictures…and then I did it! That’s all it takes, right? Yes. I would like to believe that Katie and Sherry would support my decision here.  So… here it is! My first Pinterest Challenge! Now I challenge myself to participate in every. single. one. from this point forward.

Ok, all creativity has left my body. Seriously. I’ve tried to write about a bazillion posts in the last few weeks and WordPress always eats them. I have no idea what I’m doing wrong, but I have to get this figured out so I don’t keep spending hours on end writing a post that inevitably just vanishes into thin air.  Then, pile on top of that the fact that we closed on our first house last week (IKNOWRIGHT?) and have been over there ferociously trying to get it ready for a painting party this weekend to brighten everything up. I PROMISE, I’ll come back with more details on that…sometime.

Let’s just skip to Halloween, shall we? We’re Halloween people in my house. Love it. Like. Generally start planning costumes in July. K and I go to the same Halloween party every year, hosted by two of our very good friends, and it is ALWAYS a blasty blast. The competition for best costumes is fierce, and at least one of us has walked away with a prize for the last 3 of the 4 years we’ve been going together. Ya know, cuz we’re awesome.

This year, with all the house-buying and whatnot, we kinda let the costume planning get away from us, so we settled on skeletons – which are awesome when executed well – literally 2 days before the party. You tell me how we did…

Here’s his – based off Tate Langdon from American Horror Story (if you don’t watch this, set your DVR. Now) oh, and that’s our friend Josh, who flew all the way to Iowa from Washington (state) just to come to this party. He’s pretty hardcore.

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And mine – loosely based off this

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Annd just for funsies, here’s the two of us together…We walked into the drug store to buy adult beverages and pretty much terrified the poor cashier. I tried to smile, but I think it just got creepier.

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Hysterically enough, the award I walked away with was “Sexiest Costume”… probably because that zipper was unzipped more than I had intended. Haha.

Oh! And little miss Love Bug has an adora-scary costume, which I’ll share after she gets her Trick-or-Treat on.

What’s everyone else doing (or done) for Halloween this year? Do you go scary or cute? Or maybe a little slutty? It’s ok. I won’t judge.

Also, head over to Pinterest Challenge Headquarters 1, 2, 3, & 4 and see what everyone else has been up to! I can’t wait to sift through all that Pinterest-y goodness!

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Showing Off – My Ghetto Craft Room

17 Sep

Hey Everybody! I finally did something crafty over the weekend! *Insert super-awkward-white-girl-dance here*  I’m feeling incredibly productive at the moment. I just hope I can keep the ball rolling. It feels great to finally have some order among the chaos that tends to be my life & home. This weekend is definitely at the top of my list of productive weekends of 2012.

Saturday started with a trip to Jo-Ann Fabrics. They had just moved out of a tiny strip mall space and into a HUGE location that used to be a “family fun center” – you know, bumper cars, mini golf, laser tag, all kinds of arcade games, etc – so it’s seriously enormous. As I’ve been describing it to my friends, “It’s like Hobby Lobby and Michaels had a baby and the baby is on crack” – in other words, heaven.

This weekend was their grand opening, so there were sales and coupons coming out my ears. I picked up a 40″ cutting mat for $25 (on sale from $50). But I’m not here to talk about good deals. You’ll have to go see for yourself.

Once I got home, I was itching to sew or make something, but my “sewing room” (aka completely unfinished basement) was in complete disarray. So I got to work – completely neglecting weekly cleaning tasks, laundry, dishes, etc. in the process (so worth it).

After about 4 hours and 1.5 discs of “How I Met Your Mother”, my craft room looks like this –

Janky-Ass Craft Room

So pretty, right? Yeah, not so much. BUT it is perfectly functional – lots of storage, a sewing table, a cutting table, and an extra surface for who knows what. It’ll be great when I have girlfriends come over for sewing/ crafting/ dance-party adventures.

The extra table actually has a drop-down keyboard tray that would be perfect for a small sewing machine, and it was only $10 on Craigslist. Score! The top was in pretty rough shape, but luckily I was completely incapable of passing up a package of chevron shelf liner for $5 at TJ Maxx a few months ago – even though I had NO idea what I’d use it for. About 20 minutes of trying to apply said shelf liner later, now this table is probably my favorite part of the whole space.

But then there’s also the cutting table – first of all, see the tiny pink cutting mat on the chevron table above? Yeah, that’s all I used to have for cutting fabric – 12 x 12″ of scrapbook cutting mat. The new cutting mat is such a godsend – I can’t BELIEVE how much easier it was to cut fabric and actually keep it square with this bad boy. Flutters, my friends…full-blown heart palpitations. The table I’m using is a drafting table I’ve had since I was in high school (you know, when I dreamed of going to art school & getting famous). Needless to say, since the art school dream died, this poor guy hasn’t gotten used except as a catch-all. Lucky me, it’s the PERFECT size for my giant cutting mat – and is being showered in love lately.

Of course, we can’t forget the most important part of the sewing room – the sewing cabinet! My mom bought this for my birthday (in APRIL) from Walmart. It’s not the fanciest or most well-constructed of sewing cabinets – actually it’s pretty much the exact opposite – but it’s got tons of storage & surface area and works just perfectly for a novice like myself.  We put it together right away, but it’s sat unused until I could get all my crap organized – which was tough because we had a houseguest living on the other side of the basement for a couple months, and I really didn’t want to barge into her space to spend hours organizing, so I just let it be for a while. Now it’s got everything right at hand – small organizers in the cabinet front hold sewing essentials, and scrap fabrics & old photos for scrapbooking are on the shelves inside the cabinet. My canvas bin full of fabric yardage I’ve purchased over the last few months tucks onto the big shelf when the cabinet is not in use, but I have to pull it out to sew or else there’s no room for my super-long legs under the table. No big deal though, usually whatever I’m sewing will come out of this bin & I’ll need to take it out anyway. The best part is that if I want to, I can close up the sewing cabinet to make the whole area look a little less cluttered.

Over to the right of the sewing table is a little rolling cart & 3-drawer storage unit that used to reside in my art studio at my parents’ house. The cart is currently holding my minimal ribbon collection, hot glue gun, and general crafting supplies. The 3-drawer unit is surprisingly empty for the moment. Apparently I have tons of storage in this make-shift craft room! Oh, and you can also see a small fraction of my ridiculous DVD collection there. Some women collect shoes, I collect movies. You’ll get over it.

So, there it is – complete with ghetto “wallpaper” (fabric stapled to floor joists above to cover insulation bats) and concrete floor & walls. Not the most beautiful space in the world, but super functional and a nice little retreat.  The TV & DVD player make it that much more appealing because I don’t feel so secluded if there’s something on the TV, plus I can get my fix of chick-flicks when I’m down here.  I can even bring Love Bug down to play with the overflow of toys that we store in the basement. It’s like Christmas for her because she pretty much forgot about all these toys. Oh, to be young and easily distracted.

I still fully intend to get a rug & a ceiling light (but not a hard-wired one) to make the space feel a little more finished. I don’t want to put too much more work into this space because we’re hoping to move before the end of the year and it would just feel like a waste.  At least now I can host those crafting (and dance-party) adventures at my place. Everyone’s invited 🙂

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All my posts are sound the same…

27 Jul

Dude. I completely fail at this blogging thing. I just never find the time to sit down and write, and honestly? It makes me angry with myself. I’m going to give myself a stern talking-to later on.

Anyway, I promised a Pinterest Challenge project, so… well, I don’t have one. We started it. Bought materials, prepped, cut, stained, everything except for assembling. I’m still waiting for K to put the thing together.  You might be thinking “well, if you want it together so badly, why don’t you just do it yourself?” Trust me, not a good idea. Me and power tools have a long-standing history of them basically sabotaging me – and my skin.  It’s best if I just don’t talk about it.

So, it’s Friday, and Friday means tomorrow’s Saturday, and Saturdays are FULL of free time, right? I wish. BUT I’m hoping and praying that while I’m spending 3 hours in a salon chair while the lovely Kelsey erases weeks of damage to my hair, something will inspire my Mister to finish the project that has been sitting in my parking spot in our garage for 2 weeks, leaving my poor little car alone in the night.

In other news – we’ve actually been looking at houses! An incredible opportunity opened up with our Landlord – who is truly the Dalai Lama of all landlords – and he is open to the idea of purchasing a house, which we will then rent for one year and eventually purchase from him on contract.  We’re opting to go this route for a number of reasons –

  1. We have not saved ANYTHING towards a down payment
  2. Anything we DO save is being funneled towards our wedding (11 Months!!)
  3. Our current lease doesn’t end until April 2013, meaning that we would be moving 2 months before our wedding or staying in our not-big-enough-for-a-family-of-three condo until wedding festivities are over, but then we come back to the “no downpayment” issue.
  4. We will be getting a nicer home than what we could finance on our own through a bank.
  5. The market is so good now, we didn’t want to miss out on potentially snatching up a house for a GREAT price by waiting a year.

So, we’re super excited. Unfortunately, after looking at all current listings in the area, we compiled a list of 4 favorites and received responses from the sellers that 3 of them already have sales pending. We had a showing for the 4th house last night, and were pretty impressed overall, but it’s on the opposite side of town from where we’re hoping to be.

Here’s to a successful week of house hunting!

X’s

Somebody to Love

PS – I’m pretty sure I need a “blogging” sponsor. Like in AA how your sponsor tries to keep you OFF the bandwagon, I need someone to keep me ON 🙂 Any takers?

Inspiration Boards

3 Jul

I just wanted to stop by and share a couple inspiration boards I made over the weekend. I love how an inspiration board can bring conceptual ideas into reality and really help you make those difficult design decisions.

Here’s board #1, which I made for my bedroom. [If anybody wants sources for the items on this board, just let me know and I’ll get them included.] Luckily, I already talked my fiancee into the duvet, so we’re well on our way to making this dream a reality 🙂

Does anybody have any suggestions for wall color? I’m not opposed to leaving them white, but I would like a bit of extra color in the room!

The second board is for our guest room, which we have set up in our [unfinished] basement. The walls are actually just muslin hung from the floor joists above. I’m planning to dye the muslin an ombre blue… thus the gradient wall color 🙂

Every. Single. Item. in the guest room board can be purchased at Target. I love Target!

I’m really getting into this whole inspiration board thing. I never realized how much I truly love designing rooms until I started putting it all together!

What do you think? Any suggestions for improvement? You think I’m the bomb-diggity? Feedback of all kinds is SO greatly appreciated – even if you’re just making fun of me for saying “bomb-diggity”.

X’s

Don't Go Breaking My Heart

I Have a Secret Agenda…

23 Mar

I think I’ve chosen our wedding photographer!  I haven’t actually met with her or even discussed it with the fiance, but I’m obsessed with this girl’s portfolio.  Everything she does is magical. The bonus is that she already works with one of the girls I’m thinking of hiring to do makeup for me & my bridesmaids!  I don’t wanna drop too much information too soon, but I am really excited about this one and had to share!  

Her packages are slightly more expensive than I had intended to pay, but I’m realizing how important it is to me to have the perfect wedding photos. If I’m going to go to ALL of this trouble and money to plan an amazing event, you bet your sweet pattootie that I want the whole thing documented to perfection!  I even realized today that one of my ultimate goals for the whole event is not just to make sure everyone has a great time, but to have the images of my event plastered all over Pinterest! Haha. I know it’s kind of a selfish agenda, but how cool would that be, seriously? To have the decisions and money and hard work acknowledged by quite possibly the most stylish and creative community of people in history? I’d probably die of happiness. 🙂

So, I’ll leave it at that for now. I’m going to talk to my man about the photographer tonight and hopefully see if parents can pitch in to cover the extra financial gap… I’ll let you know how things turn out!

I promise I do have a DIY post coming soon! I made the most adorable Paper Bag dress for my 18 month old daughter, which she wore to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade here in town, and a zippered diaper clutch for my friend Maggie, who is due with her 2nd child (first son) in July! Just a matter of finding the time to write out the tutorials and edit the photos… on our crappy home computers– bleh!

Does anybody have some tips about maybe negotiating w/ a wedding photographer? I don’t know if that’s something that’s even acceptable by wedding etiquette! Love to hear from you!

 

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Christa

Declaration of Intent

28 Jan

Well, here it is. I’ve been thinking about blogging a lot lately. I tried starting one a while back, but I simply didn’t have the inspiration. Well, now my life is full of – let’s go with content – thanks to the chaos that comes with a child and an engagement and career plans and homeownership and…I think you get the picture.

The main purpose of this blog will be to chronicle how I am growing as a person – out of young-adulthood and into just-plain-adulthood.  I expect my posts to be ever-evolving as I move from planning my wedding (coming in Summer 2013), to being a new wife & mother, to becoming a homeowner and eventual soccer mom.  I’m also hoping to go back to school to become a graphic designer and editor of any form of printed media, which makes this blog my portfolio… in a sense.

I’m also an avid DIY-er – learning to sew and knit and cook and build things… If you’re interested in those projects, just click on my “DIY” tag in the sidebar —->

I’ll be back soon with a post about our wedding venue, which we booked YESTERDAY!

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