Thursday, June 30, 2011

Antiquing - very thriftily

While the dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer are simultaneously running in the background, I'm taking a quick moment to blog about today's adventures. Mom and I took some time to go antiquing (am I making up words again?). It's always an adventure and loads of fun whenever my mom and I do anything together. And today was no different! I started the morning by making my "looking list" - that list of items for which I am currently hunting. What was on my looking list you ask? I'll tell you!
  • Some metal baskets, vintage style - I'm thinking these will be great for storing DVD and PS3 under my coffee table. I'm also thinking about getting a couple for the bookcase I'm using as a vanity.
  • Globes for two milkglass lamps I have - these will be going in my craft room
  • A side table or wooden crate - again for the craft room. I already have a chair in there, and this will be a great little reading (or blogging) spot when I find a table to go next to the chair and globes so I can have light.
After 8 or so stops, getting in and out of the hot car and nearly getting m
y toe stabbed by a metal bird cutout (I made that sound way more dramatic than it actually
was), I walked away with some great finds. Although none of them were on my looking list, I'm very pleased!

First up, this adorable vintage hamper. I'm not a fan of the avocado green color (which I'm sure my husband finds shocking), but it has these cute little daisies on the lid and the front. With a good cleaning and a coat (or two) or paint, it will be great as a trash can in the craft room. It was actually in the bathroom of a store we stopped at (Charlie's House on 7th Ave. next to Qcumberz), and it begged to come home with me.

Next up, this great metal "b" from Modern Manor. Jon and I went to Modern Manor on Sunday, and quite frankly the prices scared me. But with the 20% off Fourth of July sale, I was brave enough to venture back in with my mom. They have a whole room of metal letters - different sizes, styles, and colors! And, I brought home this treasure with me. The little wheels in my mind are spinning with where to put this beauty. The front runner currently is in the backyard once I create my garden area. But of course, as I wander through our house, I'm sure other ideas will come into my head.

I also managed to find the metal part to fit on these lamps (that I already had). I made lampshades this week using this tutorial. It was a pretty easy project, but be forewarned adhesive spray never stays exactly where you want it to!

And those are the adventures of the day. Not bad for a Thursday!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A trip to the fabric store

Weekend plans are coming along...I'm hoping to have an update with pictures to post later today. In the meantime, I'll tell you about my very successful trip to the fabric store last night.

JoAnn's can be a frustrating place for me. On one hand, I love all the different fabrics. On the other, sometimes I get lost in the amount of fabric. Sometimes, there's just too much stuff in their store. Last night, Jon and I set out to pick up some more stars and stripes fabric. Over the weekend, I made 6 napkins to go inside baskets for cookie deliveries for his company. Turns out they were well liked, and the owner wants four more. I'll be making the rest today, and I'll post pictures as soon as I'm done.

We also ventured to look at fabric for our new lounge chairs. Back story: Saturday, Jon and I went to Ikea (in the middle of our epic painting event) to pick up the cover for the chaise part of our couch. We always walk through As-Is furniture (just in case, you know). Jon looked at me and pointed to somewhere behind me. As I turned around, I spotted the lounge chairs we had been longing for...and they were 40% off...and they were already put together! I'm convinced buying As-Is furniture is almost worth paying more since it's already put together. I have quite a few projects around the house for now and not putting together a new piece of furniture sounds quite lovely, thank you. So Jon and I left with big smiles on our faces, managed to fit both chairs in his car, and set off towards home. Yes, we did find the cover we originally went for, it had been very elusive on our previous visits over the past few months. But finally, SUCCESS! After deciding we would like cushions for our new lounge chairs, I decided I could make them. Yes, I like to be crafty and ambitious! I spotted some outdoor living fabric in the Red Tag section that I liked. And Jon concurred, it would work. :) Then I saw all Red Tag fabric was an additional 50% off! WAHHOOO! That made the fabric for our lounge chair cushions only $3 a yard, and made me a very happy lady.

While at JoAnn's, we also found some home dec fabric in the Red Tag section to make floor cushions/fireplace cushions. Sometimes when we have people over, they end up sitting on our fireplace, and to make it a little more comfy, we decided we should have cushions. So another project for the summer will be making the fireplace cushions!

Back to painting the fireplace this morning and really hoping I can finish it today!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Weekend Plans!

I'm fairly certain I've declared my love of lists before, but just in case: I love lists! And I'm ambitious, once in a while, it's a fault. But mostly, it drives me to want to complete lots of projects in a smallish time frame. This weekend is no different.

First on the list is the family room. When we moved in, large oak cabinets covered the better part of two walls. I don't have a picture handy, so use your imagination. They surrounded our fireplace and the adjacent wall. We are guessing they had a collection of some sort or else really like showcasing their entertainment (due to the track lighting along the ceiling about 6 inches from the wall). Immediately, Jon and I wanted the cabinets to come down. Then I decided maybe I liked them, they did offer a fair amount of storage after all. And then I changed my mind again, I wanted them down. Before I could change my mind again, my in-laws took them out. I walked in the door to find Jon's brother on top of the cabinets helping their dad take the cabinets down and out. And now the cabinets are down. So painting is a must. My husband is currently sanding the spackled spots (more of the necessity of this in a later post). Tomorrow I'll spray texture on the walls where the cabinets ripped the drywall away. Then priming and painting!

Next on the list, the Indiana Room. Being the wonderful wife that I am, I graciously agreed to let my husband have an Indiana Room for all his IU and Colts memorabilia. Truth be told, I'm about as excited about this room as he is. The walls have been painted, with help from my fabulous best friend, Stephanie. While Jon's parents were here the week before the wedding, his mom laid the wood floor in the room, and it looks fabulous! This weekend, we'll be hanging a shelf, painting an IU logo on the wall, and mounting a TV if all goes as planned. Next step in that room is to paint the court lines of Assembly Hall on the floor, and me making the NCAA Championship banners for the curtains.

Third, if I'm lucky, we'll get to hit some garage sales and estate sales. Even though it's heating up quite nicely (read: getting hotter than heck!), there are a plethora of garage sale signs out. I'm looking for a neat piece for DVD/game storage and a cool piece for in our guest bathroom. I'll be sure to share our painting experience since it will involve painting a fireplace too. I'm super excited to see it all come together!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Bread Baking Bonanza!

As Jon and I began discussing which items to register for, Jon expressed a lot of interest in a bread machine. As a carb-o-holic, I readily agreed. My previous experience with a bread maker (detailed here) resulted in some frantic phone calls to my momma and some great takeaways about making bread.

Yesterday, I broke out the bread machine to make some beer bread. I gathered all my ingredients and set them all out (so they could get to room temperature before I tried to make the bread). After a couple hours, I put all the ingredients in the machine and hit start. It immediately sprang to life and began whirring and mixing.

An hour into the bread making cycle, I anxiously peered into the window. To my delight, the bread was rising! I excitedly proceeded to make sure Jon knew how pleased I was in my ability. Our house began to fill with the smells of bread being freshly made.

About an hour later, Jon cautiously approached me, "Honey, the bread maker smells like it's burning." I confidently replied, "Oh no, it's fine! The instructions say that it might even smoke the first time, but that's totally normal and nothing to worry about." Precisely 3 hours and 18 minutes after I hit start, the bread machine began beeping at me to signal it was done. I proudly took out my pot holders and transfered the bread pan to a cooling rack. After a few minutes, Jon and I decided it was time for a taste test.


The results were unanimous - it was a success! Spurred on by my success, I decided to try my hand at pretzel making today. After a brief bit of juggling with my too big cookie sheet and my too small oven, from which I emerged the victor, my pretzels emerged cooked to perfection from the oven! And now...there's another loaf of bread rising away in the bread machine. 24 hours, 2 loafs of bread, and 12 pretzels in, I'm loving this machine a lot!