Friday, November 30, 2012

Sparkly Raindeers!!

I started on some Christmas crafts last night!  My friends and I got together to make some crafts, and even though our ornament and wreath projects got messed with, we still made a couple crafts that turned out great!

Sparkly Canvas
Supplies
  • Canvas
  • Picture of whatever you want to glitter-ize
  • Glitter!
  • Glue, Scissors, Paintbrush
All you do it cut out the image you want to glitterize, glue it to the canvas,  paint glue on top of the picture as well, then pour glitter all over it and shake off the excess!

I sprayed a coat of sealer on top as well (like that ever really keeps the glitter off everything though!)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Teal Dresser!!

The moment you've all been waiting for... 
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I think the universe is trying to keep me from blogging!

Seriously!

I've told you about how my computer refuses to upload editted photos already.  Well just recently, I lost a whole memory stick full of images that took two weeks to recover, by which point I was too fed up to go through them.  

Then, I lost my DSLR battery charger.  I'm sure it's somewhere, but I'm stuck with my Iphone in the meantime.

Then when I was trying to upload photos last night, Blogger said I was out of storage space and wouldn't let me upload anything!  But this morning I can...weird.

Anyways, back to the dresser...

We left off with this beauty hanging out in our entry hall, just screaming for some fresh paint and new knobs!
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So one night I set off to start priming the thing- later realizing that I always buy Behr Premium Paint + Primer, which negates the need for primer, and I could have saved all that wasted white paint + primer to make stripes on our TV wall, but oh well!
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I like to dive into a project before properly setting up or buying the right supplies, so here we are one coat in, without removing the old knobs or putting cardboard down so I can paint the legs:
Pretty ugly, but it's only one coat in!

The dresser has these little panels on the side, where I decided to use some of the leftover wallpaper from my first dresser make over.
Then came the most exciting part.
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Painting!  Teal! Hummingbird Blue by Martha Stewart, specifically!  I color matched it to Behr Premium Paint + Primer, which is my personal favorite. 

And behold....
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It only took one coat to get this piece looking fantastic, but I did three, because I just love painting that much!
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I switched out the old knobs for some bling bling diamond ring type pulls.
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The dresser is pretty old, and came with lots of dings that I think add character, so I didn't bother to fill in any of these gems:
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Total cost of this make over:
  • Dresser: $0
  • Paint: $15
  • Knobs: $30
Total Cost: $45

Not too bad!

Here's a preview of the carpet that we're 90% sure we're going to be getting after the holidays:
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You like?  It's a nice gray color; we might go lighter, but we'll see.  I'll be sure to keep you updated, as long as technology doesn't keep trying to keep me away!








Monday, November 19, 2012

Cali-For-Nia Love!

Alex and I celebrated our first weekend in November (also the 1 year anniversary of the first time we hung out outside of work!) by hopping on a plane down to California!
We spent four days hanging out in the sun, going to Universal Studios, and visiting with my brother!  Alex's parents took us all out to dinner at Buca Di Beppo and it was really fun!

I got to meet a lot of Alex's old friends, and they're all fantastic!  I took a break from my camera as well, so these are all the pictures I have to show you :)  It was a nice break from work!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

New Entrance in da Hizzouse!

For month's I've been searching for a good dresser on Craigslist that we could put in our "entry" way.  It needed to be a very specific size, and I wanted it to have plenty of storage inside.  I wanted it to be vintage with interesting lines; something that would look amaHHzing in a nice light teal.

I mean, what's a good furniture makeover without teal?  Right?

After lots of dead ends and one huge @$$ b!tch (yeah, you know who you are, garage sale lady), I was still empty handed in the dresser department.

Until finally I found a gorgeous looking dresser that happened to be located right near my parent's house!  I begged them to go get it for me, and a few weeks later I went home to get it!

Unfortunately, the dresser was way way way deeper than normal.  Also, my mom had fallen in love with the thing.  So, my parents, giggling like school children, stole my dresser from me and it now resides in their dining room holding place mats all all those fun goodies.  It looks great there though, so I was happy to part with it, even if it left me empty handed!
Luckily, my mom had a super old dresser in her room that she was ready to part with!

It would have been nice if she mentioned that two months ago.

Just like when we were searching for a dining room table.  Just kidding mom, thanks for the dresser!!

Anyways, I finally got it to my condo this week and we lurrrrrve it!!!!  It has such a presence!  Much more interesting than our old table from Ikea (that I still love).  I'm making my bff's keep it in their place until I move to a bigger place one day.

But now I've got me a great antique dresser to make over!  I can't wait to slap on some teal paint and switch up the hardware!
Spoiler Alert:  I actually wrote this weeks ago, and I'm all done with it!  Just need to go buy a couple more drawer knobs and I can share it!

The coolest part?  In one of the drawers, my mom and her bff's at the time carved their names:
And they're all still friends to this day!  They get together once a year to this day!  Neat huh?

Monday, November 12, 2012

Road Trip Vol V

And now for the real fun of our trip: Vegas!

We spent four nights in Vegas, staying at the Monte Carlo resort.  It was the perfect temperature; around 90 degrees. 

We drove up to our casino in the late afternoon covered in dirt and lacking cleanliness, as we'd been backpacking for the last two days.  Our car was caked with red dirt, stuffed to the brim with junk, and hoisting two bikes on the back.  This all looks fine most places, but we felt a little scruffy with all the perfectly detailed BMW's and other pretty sports cars I can't name pulling up around us and transporting lots of impeccably dressed men in suits.

We stuffed our faces with some Mexican fast food, then high tailed it to our room to pretty ourselves up. 
He loves penguins!
The rest of the trip was spent eating, drinking, and wandering around.  OK, and maybe a little bit of shopping.  If you buy it on vacation, it goes towards your vacation budget, right?!?!?!




I got us tickets to two shows: Wicked, which Tim and I saw in London last year and looooooved, and Jersey Boys, which we hadn't seen yet.  

Wicked was obvious amazing.  This is the third time I've seen it in the last year and a half...oddly enough, none of these were in Seattle!  Some jerks behind us were talking the entire first act, so we complained and they moved us to the very first box seat and we could see the sweat on the actors faces.  Awesome sauce!
Green for Wicked!
Jersey Boys wasn't my favorite.  Our friends John and Gemma just looooove it, so I was super excited to see it, but I'm not a huge fan of narrated musicals.  I love Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons though!!!  Our seats were great because it was a tiny theater!
After four days in Vegas, it was time to pack it up and start working our way home.  Tim's sister and grandparents live in Idaho, so we stopped for a day to see them.  We explored some parks in the area and a giant waterfall as well!  
We finally made it back home after two weeks on the road, and were soooo happy to pick up our puppy from Grandmas!!  She gained a zillion pounds while we were gone, but we still love her :)!

And there you have it!  Want to hear more about our road trip?  Catch up on Vol I, II, III, and IV, or check out our travel page to see all our adventures!  Next time I'll tell you about my long weekend in LA!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Road Trip Vol IV

We finally arrived in the Grand Canyon National Park shortly before sunset.  We stopped for a few pictures at the first overlook, and saw that the canyon really is as grand as they all say!  We caught a nice show as the sun went down and then continued to our hotel.



The next three days were planned to be spent trekking down to the canyon floor and back!  I had been trying to trick Tim into getting in shape with me for the hike, but like most American's, I forgot about it until two weeks before we left and then I got a cold.  Sooooo I just hoped for the best!  I ran the elevation grade numbers in my head a bunch, compared them to some of the hardest hikes we've done before, and seeing that they weren't as steep as those, I was mostly worried about that heat!

Lucky for us, it never got too hot.  We decided to only backpack overnight instead of two nights and instead go to Las Vegas a day early.  That may have been because I decided I didn't feel like backpacking and Tim did so I begrudgingly did and didn't speak to Tim the first three miles of our descent until I finally yelled my problems out at a rest stop and then we made up and I was glad that we went backpacking.  And that's how Tim and I fight folks.  I get mad and Tim rolls his eyes until I get over it, and that's why we're a perfect match :)
 Our campsite was really nice!  We stayed at Indian Gardens, and it's nice and shaded with places to hang out, nice bathrooms, and pretty views! Seriously though, the canyon's got some really nice bathrooms...I highly recommend. 
The morning of our ascent, we got up at the break of dawn and set out at 6:30 AM (were we on vacation or what??) so we could beat the sun rising.  
We actually did really good!  We high fived ourselves at every rest stop because we made excellent time on a pretty strenuous hike.  We were at the rim in four hours!

We made sure to take a couple emo photos near the top.  Do you see me sitting on the rock to the far right?

(I like how there are hardly any photos of Tim on the days I make him carry the camera :))
See that patch of dark green at the canyon floor?  That was where we camped!  Here's a zoomed in photo:
After a quick victory picture and bathroom break, we dove into the car and drove for 3 hours until we could find a dang Starbucks!
The thing about Arizona?  It gave us the creeps.  I can't even describe it, but maybe it's because almost all our meals here were eaten cafeteria style, or the eerie feeling we got every time we left the car, but there was something about this state that we were anxious to get away from!  I wish I was exaggerating when I said we sped the last hour to cross into Nevada, but we did. 

After a quick stop at the Hoover Dam, we rode on up to enjoy four fabulous nights in Vegas!
Anyways, I'll tell you all about Las Vegas in my next post!  In the meantime, catch up on our adventure with Vol 1, Vol 2 and Vol 3 of our road trip!