Thursday, April 17, 2014

Map Scrap Side Table

You saw my last post that had different map prints I framed to go in my living room, now here is one project I finished with the remaining paper.

I found this small table at a thrift store in Austin. It was cheap, cute and I could just see the possibilities so I bought it!

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Lesson #1 for today- if it’s not breathing and it lives in a thrift store,  you have every right in the world  to take it home and paint it.

The only problem I saw with this table is the side was peeling off exposing the particle board. One thing you’ll see on this blog is I usually don’t let things like “it’s not real wood” scare me away from a transformation.  It’s harder but still doable.

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Lesson #2 for today-  because a piece of furniture is not real wood does not mean you can’t change it up…you just have to be a little bit more careful.

The way I fixed it was I removed the part that was peeling. This left a jagged edge that I needed to be smooth so I sanded it down lightly to fix that problem. Once it was smoothed out, I painted the entire piece then added the map to the front drawer using 3M spray adhesive. I tried to Mod Podge it at first but I think the paper was too thick because it would not stick whatsoever. Needless to say I got frustrated and glued the darn thing into place. What can I say, sometimes I’m cool and calm, and sometimes not so much…bottom line is it worked like a charm!

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Lesson #3 for today- think of paint and paper like make up. You can always cover up that blemish and no one will know the wiser unless you tell them.

Lesson #4 for today- remember if at first you don’t succeed, use any means necessary to get there!

In all, I’m happy with the result and will add this little guy to “things to sell”…eventually.

*disclaimer- I am not a professional nor do I claim to be. I’m just a girl who likes to paint pretty furniture, dance to the beat of her own drum and make the world a happy place.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Fulfilling Frame Fix

You know that feeling you get when you want to do something, anything creative but you don’t know what it is and you’re to lazy to figure it out???? Well goodness almighty that’s where I’ve been this past week!! I just needed a small little creative fix without busting out the tarp, tools and paint cans. 

I actually had this in the back of my mind to do but hadn’t gotten around to it. Now I’m glad I did!

I don’t remember if I mentioned while we were in Austin, Sammy took me on a day of THRIFTING. Yes… A DAY OF THRIFTING (sound gates of heaven opening and little angels singing)!! Unfortunately, he didn’t quite share my enthusiasm as he asked to use my hand sanitizer a few times and even at one point said I should be wearing gloves.  It sometimes cracks me up how different we are. I’m in hog heaven while he’s kind of in hell :( I do have to say that he was a great sport about it!

In one of the thrift stores we visited, I found these great frames for $5 each. They were a great size and too good to pass up so I bought them.

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I had already envisioned using these to place over the stupid ugly Ikea shelf in my living room that Sammy wants to keep. I really don’t hate it that much, I guess I just hate the idea of it if that makes sense?? It’s basically everything I don’t like in furniture…too new, way to straight lined, DARK BROWN (blagh!), no character…Ok I guess I do hate it but that’s not the point! The point is, with any marriage, you have to compromise. He wants to keep the shelf, I hate to look at it so I’m adding something nice to that area!

What I decided on were these three map prints my sister Olivia gave me for Christmas. They are perfect to add to a cool piece of furniture which I still intend to do however, I knew they’d be perfect for my pictures as well.

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I measured the size of the frame and subtracted 4 inches to get the size I wanted for the print.  This would allow for 2” on each side.  The good part was I just used the paper that was already in the frame as the background. I just turned it around and used the white side then centered the map and taped it down using double sided tape.

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While I cut and taped, I had Ashley paint my wood frames. We picked a kind of tan color that would pop against the wall but still tie into the maps.

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TOTAL COST: $15.00

TOTAL TIME SPENT: 1 1/2 – 2 Hours (drying time – two coats)

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I still need to add some small things to put on top of this shelf but that’ll come later. For now I can at least just smile when I look over at that area and see these pretty pictures smiling right back.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

If I Were an Animal, I’d Be A Unicorn

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I hit a wall today and being the girl that I am, I question myself a lot about a lot of things. Granted, for the most part I think I’ve come a long way from the depressed lunatic I was in December but then my baby turned 17 and it all hit me…she’ll be out of the house soon and then what? I started to ask myself things like what will I do, who will I become, if I were an animal what would I be?? I’m just kidding on that last one, but since I’m on the topic of ‘questions’ I hope you’ll let me ask you a few questions and humor me by answering at least a couple of them in the comments below.. come on you know you want to…

If you can’t comment below, you can go to my FaceBook page and play along there too!

Here they are:

1. If you were an animal what would you be and why (mythical creatures are accepted)?  EX. My answer is a unicorn because they are strong, whimsical and graceful but they have a horn on their head to poke someone if they get out of line.

2. If you could share a talent or passion of yours with the world and get paid bookoos of money for it,  what would it be and why?

3. If you could share one quote that you would love your children to live their life by, what would it be? (your own quote is accepted and even better in my opinion)

4. If you’re a mommy to a dog or cat and could literally have a conversation with them for one day, what would you talk to them about?

5. If you met me for coffee, what is one thing you think I NEED to know or that we NEED to talk about?

Ok so those are my totally random questions for the day that all stemmed from Brianna turning 17- that’s just how my crazy mind works! Do me a favor and play along. I think we all need a little “play time” in our lives and more often than not, we try so hard to get our brains to think clearly we forget about thinking creatively. And if you want to take it step further, copy my list and add to your Facebook page. It’ll be fun to see what your friends say. If you do let me know so I can see too!

 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Goals/Achievements

Each year I make a list of goals for myself that are not so much “New Year’s Resolutions” but actual goals that I’d like to accomplish that year.

This year I tried to stay practical but still force myself to get out of my ‘norm’ and change things up a bit. If you know me at all you know I’m frumpy at best and a home body. But this year is already starting to look good and I can actually say I’ve crossed a few things off the list already.

So here’s a reminder of what my goals were.

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Again, this is a work in progress but I’m happy that I’m getting there and proud of myself for it.

1. Wear a skirt/dress at least twice a month- This wasn’t as dreadful as I though and I’ve found out that I actually like them- Go figure!! I’ve worn a skirt or dress (maxi dresses are awesome) at least twice each month. Turns out I am a girl after all! 

2. Buy jeans and bras that actually fit- Let’s just say I HAD to buy new sizes lately  (giddy with excitement) see #3

3.THIS IS MY BIG ONE- lose weight to where people will actually notice. This past Saturday (Mar. 29) Brianna celebrated her 17th birthday and I wanted to show you a picture of me last year on her Birthday and one from this year!

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4. I can definitely say people are “learning “ about my little curbside frontier and I now have business cards to hand out at my furniture parties. Remember lots of little baby steps can equal one BIG step in the right direction.

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5. Sammy and I took a small vacation to Austin for my birthday and we had such a great time!! It was needed and we had a blast. Can’t wait for our next get away!

So that’s where I am to date. I’m pretty happy that I had some updates but even more, I hope I inspire you to do something you never thought you would or could for that matter. Lord knows Chocolate used to be my best friend! I never thought I’d be this proud of myself (but I am).

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Scenes From My Weekend at SXSW

Don’t let the title fool you. I was “technically” at South by Southwest in Austin but I only saw a portion of it. My main point of interest was the Renegade Craft Fair.  It was my birthday gift to get to go kid free, with Sam and it was WONDERFUL. The only downside was when anyone asked Sam where he was going, he had to say a craft fair rather than “to see bands”. That’s love isn’t it!

Without further ado, here are pictures of my little vacay and what I deem “inspirational”. I left Austin with that feeling Crafter’s get when they are amongst other crafter’s - inspired, refreshed, and lucky to be a part of “art”.

(and these are iPhone pics so sorry in advance!)

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HOPE YOU ENJOYED- I DID!!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Going Out On A Limb (and praying a coconut doesn’t fall on my head and send me spiraling down)


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What’s Insanity? Well I learned this years ago from a dear friend who would yell it at me every time I did something over and over again and would then cry to her when nothing changed (You know who you are and thanks).

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

This week of looking outside the box and spilling my guts on my blog, I wanted to let you in on something new I’m working into my life…muahhahaaha. For some reason, this week, I’ve become all kinds of empowered and light bulbs are flashing around in my head. So I’ve taken a step back to look through that murky bubble I call life and what I see is how limited I make myself. I just never saw it before.

This my friends is what I call a trip into Rita gone wild.

I’m adding to my list of things I do, the following services to local Dallas-ites:

1. One-on-One Furniture Painting Sessions- I know there are people out there who want with all their might, to finish a project that they just don’t have time to do. Or you’ve seen something similar and you want the look. You know you do so don’t hide behind that cup of coffee!  Ok, so what stops you, time, gusto, energy, knowledge, a friend…hello, have you heard me say this over and over on here?? I’m here, ask me, call me, I’m friendly, I promise.  Sessions can be held at your house, so I’ll come to you, we can shop together, we can have coffee together, we can work that piece of furniture like no one’s business. All you have to do is call me up to schedule a date.

2. Furniture Painting Parties- OMG doesn’t that sound like fun!?! Again, I’ve never done this before and don’t know what I’m doing with this one yet but it sure sounds like a blast, doesn’t it?? By the way, I realize this last sentence makes me sound super crazy but I’m sure Disney Land was built on a crazy idea, so I digress.  Come on girls, call up your friends, bring your crappy furniture and don’t be embarrassed, we’ve all got ugly in our lives.  If you’re interested let me know and we can work on the details, like what kind of creamer to bring for our coffee (are you seeing a trend here?)

3. Total Furniture Make Over- This one’s not as fun for you as it will be for me. I’ll basically paint a piece of your furniture for you if you don’t want to partake in anything painting related. I get that some of you are like “just do it for me and I’ll pay you”. There’s never anything wrong with that.

*Also,  I can always be on the lookout for something you’re looking for so if you have a wish list, let me know. Just keep in mind, that because you want it, doesn’t mean it will be there at the snap of my fingers. Sometimes it takes time but it never hurts to ask.

Some things I’m bouncing around is freebies I can do to help my community.  I don’t quite know what they are yet and honestly speaking, it may be a sure fire way to burn out city, but I doubt I’ll be inundated with requests so I think I’m good.

Now that you know what I’m doing differently to get out of my “insanity”, what are you doing differently to get out of yours?

(Gotcha thinking didn’t I?)

Have a perfect day because you deserve it!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Who Needs A Workshop To Create!

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We get to a point when the creativity stops,  the brain cells just refuse to work,  we find ourselves in a  funk, and nothing we say or do, is ever CREATIVE enough. Or, you’ve actually created something and then you look on social media and everyone else has done it better and someone is actually PAYING them to do it!  The thing we forget to look at, is the everyday creativity we possess and we all possess it. Yes, YOU are a brilliant creative person even if you can only draw stick figures!!

I’ve joined a girls group recently that is technically still in the works and I can’t tell you how inspired I get from everyday women and their stories. The sad thing is they don’t see how magnificent they are until someone shines a spot light on them and then they get a glimpse of what others see.  I think we are all guilty of doing that to ourselves. In the end, we doubt who we are and what we’re good at.

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The problem with lots of women is we don’t consider ourselves to be “creative” if we can’t draw, sew or paint.  We especially beat ourselves up if we are some of the few that think we’re really creative but don’t have a thriving business of some kind, whether it be online or an actual brick and mortar shop. But because we don’t have those things doesn’t mean we are not creative and don’t deserve to be called a “creative”.

In fact I’ll give you an example of someone who never in a million years would say he was creative but he actually was.

When Brianna was in kindergarten, Sammy used to make her lunch all the time. The only thing that little girl would eat is Bologna. Not in a sandwich, mind you, by itself.  The thing is, Sam wouldn’t  just throw a slice in a sandwich bag for her. Nope, he’d take a two liter bottle top and cut circles for her. He cut them around the perimeter of the bologna so that it left a star in the middle. So every day she got her bologna circles and one star. He created a perfect and “creative” lunch for his little girl.

As a parent whose money gets tight, what do we do? WE get creative with our spending and we make it work. Or, if you’re somewhere (I hate when this happens) and an article of clothing decides to malfunction on you or your child, what do you do? You dig in your purse for a Mcgyver gadget to get you out of that situation. Again, CREATIVELY!

The fact of the matter is we are all creative! We may not think we are and we may compare ourselves to the wonderful world of Pinterest, but I’m sure if Pinterest were a webcam filming its contributors actual life, we’d all see some major crapola going on back there.  So stop beating yourself up already.

HOMEWORK- Think of 5 things you’ve done creatively this year. Whether it was painting the Mona Lisa or finding a creative place to hide your husband’s TV remote. You’re the creative one, and you don’t have to share your story here if you don’t want to but at least start thinking outside the box when you think of your attributes. Some days we just need encouragement and it’s better to start with ourselves.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

What Do You Do When You’re A Round Peg Living In A Square World?


Do you love to write?
Do you love to paint?
Do you love to color?
Does Pinterest call your name and sing it’s lovely music straight to you ears?

Yes, Yes, Yes and YEEESSSSS is my answer to those questions! But the bottom line is I’m a big time round peg and I live in a square world.

My problem is I’m a creative type working in a non-creative environment. By that I mean, I have a VERY good job that takes care of me and my family but my heart and rainbow colored soul seem to be left out of that equation. I’m one of those people where everything is fluffy, comfy, colorful, bright and sun shiny…and my job…not so much! Don’t get me wrong, I get that any sane person would either quit or put on a pair of big girl undies and get over it. I do. But at this time in my life, it’s just not as simple as that.

So this is where it got all hairy for me and the boundaries of work/ hobby, got all discombobulated.

A couple of days ago, I had a review at work. It was a good review but I can’t tell you the weight I’ve had on my heart since that day. It has literally been on my mind and it all stemmed from when my boss asked:

“would you be willing to step up in a better role if there was an opportunity which would mean more money and a  bonus?”

For me, it wasn’t a quick, “heck yes!”. There was actually a pause, followed by these words from my boss that struck a nerve I guess  “obviously if it’s not painting furniture or coloring of course”.  But all I heard was  “because you can’t paint or color for a living”. Now, that’s obviously not what she said but it made me do some serious thinking.

The thing that bothered me most as I drove home that day was that I questioned myself and my ability. I doubted the creativity that lives inside of me and the fact that maybe I couldn’t do it as a living. Which had my head spinning but also had me looking at the bigger picture.

I am creative, I have a passionate heart (sorry ladies of my church group that saw that side of me this past week!), I like to draw, and I want to inspire others!! But then reality comes and hits me in the face with it’s always lovely brick to the nose that says something like “but wait, you have bills, you have children to put through school, you have a mortgage, you need insurance …” and all that sweet smelling creative flow comes to one big halt.  In other words, reality tells me not to quit my day job.

So you know when you’re at that place where you think you know what you want to do in your life and then you stop and think, what am I crazy, I can’t do that?? Well,  I was stuck there for a minute in my car on the drive home.

I know you’re probably wondering where I’m going with all of this and I’ll get there soon I promise. I just need to get it all off my chest(every little piece) so it’s out of me already and I don’t scare church people anymore.

So it took me a while to get here but it I figured something out! First, I trust that God puts me in these sometimes painful situations to learn something that will help in my future whether its creative or not.  I’m leaning toward the fact that I need patience and thicker skin because where I work, you don’t get by without it. Second, my family depends on me and the resources I bring by having a full-time(yet colorless) job. That fact won’t change and I know that.  Lastly, I finally see that because I have a source of income, I don’t have to sell my furniture for food which means I can color, I can draw, I can play... yes even as an adult. We are all entitled.  I think there’s magic to be found, friends to meet, a community of creative souls just like me and maybe a little inspiration that even I can share. We never really know for sure but can’t wait to find out!

Thank you , thank you for letting me get that all out (whew, I was going to explode)!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Creativity Spark and Course Changer This Week

This week I’m doing something different on my blog and It all stems from:

1. having my creativity stomped on and shoved down my throat (figuratively speaking of course)

2. getting the creative juices flowing again

3. writing just because I miss it

Often times, I think if I over write, I’ll lose readers or I’ll bore people to death. But let’s face the facts, those of you who read my posts are either family, or aren’t mean enough to tell me I suck and I appreciate that! And if one person gets anything useful from me, then it’s always worth it!

Consider that your warned and I hope I bring you some joy ;)

Friday, February 28, 2014

OH MY GOD I’M A DORK – and if you’ve left me comments you need to read this

 

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Sooo…it turns out I have not gotten any comments in the last month or so…or so I thought! Typically, when I get a comment on a blog post of mine, I get an email which I’ll respond to,  then “post” the comment to my blog. Well apparently, something changed and no one told me. I seriously have not seen one single comment since before my birthday.  NOT ONE!! I seriously thought, man.. not even my birthday…(tear).  I promise, if you left me a comment that I did not reply to in the past month or so, it’s because I didn’t know I had a comment…like AT ALL!!!  I feel like an idiot!

I just happened to stumble upon one today (by chance) and saw I had three comments. I was like “what?” nothing showed up on my email, nor my little comment moderation section  (if you have a blog, you know what I’m talking about). Oh my  goodness, I felt so unloved for far too long and it turns out you do love me, and you think my projects are pretty and I just want to cry now.

So basically, “THANK YOU” to everyone who has commented in the last month or more, when I was oblivious to the fact that you took the time to comment at all. I didn’t write you back, not because I’m a bad person, but because I didn’t know you left me anything. Also,  I now see a ‘reply’ button but I can’t get it to work (darn it)but I’ll keep working  on that.

Ok, one more thing because I am all full of girly emotions right now…I really in my heart, think this happened because of something I did today. I have overlooked these comments for this long and today (for some reason) I saw them.  It’s crazy, but then today (alas) they are there, even the birthday wishes I didn’t know I had (can you imagine!).

So what did I do to deserve this…well I’ll tell you. But this really has to stay between us because if Sam finds out I’ll have some serious ‘splainin to do.

Ok, I went to Starbucks for a ‘skinny’ vanilla latte this morning and while in line, I got bumped from behind. IN MY NEW CAR.  I looked up pretty pissed off at my rear view mirror while yelling, “WHAT THE HELL?”.  You know what I saw in my mirror? An old lady with her daughter in a car that had a handicapped sticker on it. It made me feel bad for getting mad. She didn’t mean to do it. Part of me wanted to get out and check my poor car, but I could only see the frazzled look on this little lady’s face. I sat for a while then moved up. The lady looked at the back of my car (oh and her car was white and my car’s bumper is black) and shook her little hand which I’m assuming was to say it was ok.  I moved up and so did she but she kept a safe distance and just had this frazzled look to her the entire time. When I got up to the drive through speaker, I gave the guy my order and said I wanted to pay for the car behind me too. I figured this would maybe show her that it was ok and not to worry about it, not to mention calm her nerves a bit.  Anyway, I left feeling better and hope she did too AND THEN I GET LOVE COMMENTS FROM MY FRIENDS! That was truly my reward!

( I think I just wrote this entire thing in three minutes flat).

Ok, I’m gonna get back to reading my comments since I’m not done yet. I literally stopped in the middle of reading some to write this.

Thank you again!