Thursday, May 12, 2011

new weekly feature: Timeout Thursdays

So here I am, riding the couch. no sewing, no crafting, no cleaning, no anything. I awoke Sunday morning (Happy Mom's day to me right?) with a headache, sore throat, fever and feeling like I'd smoked about 5 packs of cigarettes...and I've been tobacco free for 2 years. Anyhow long story short, I went to my docs and I have bronchitis.

 Today marks the 3rd day of antibiotics, which is another way to say that I feel almost 100%, as long as my rear is parked on the couch not doing anything.

The bright side is that I'm getting caught up on my blog reading, the down side is that I have to restrain myself from getting up and doing any of the items on my oh so long to do list, and because I'm getting caught up on my blog reading I'm adding more and more projects to that same list!

This got me thinking, Why not institute a feature day?
Thus Timeout Thursdays is born!

This will give the the chance to stay current with my fave blogs, and introduce my readers to blogs and projects they may have been missing out on, Like this one from Flamingo Toes;
Love, love, love the chicken wire!

Or this beauty from Dreamingincolor

so sweet!


and this Vintage sheet turned dress from The Cottage Home just makes me wish I had a little girl to sew for:
and her bowl covers are so cute and perfect for every pot luck gathering!


Hopefully I will be back soon with projects of my own to share in the meantime I will just continue to drool over everyone else's!
M


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Jumping on the band wagon!

So I am totally in love with these star quilts that are cropping up all over blogland..and now AmandaJean of Crazy Mom Quilts is also working on one and I figure it's perfect for when my back just isn't up to sitting at the sewing machine. So after a quick stop at Joann's today to get some template plastic I'm going to get some prepping done in time to start sewing tonight while we watch our DVRed DWTS and Glee. Can't wait to snap some pictures of my own!


Pictures tomorrow!!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

A sewing weekend!

It feels like it has been years since Jan Ome (janome..get it? yeah I'm THAT dork! LOL!) and I have been able spend any time together, but we've been making up for it this weekend!

It feels so good to be getting some projects ticked off my list! Michael (AKA Minion 3) got a TV in his room for his 13th birthday (yes, we are those parents..all of our boys had to wait until they were teens to have their own personal tv) But after putting so much work into refinishing his vintage dresser, Hubby didn't want to put the table straight onto that painted surface. Sadly, that means that Michael's TV has been sitting on his bedroom floor since Feburary 6th waiting to be set up.

Now, I don't feel too awful about it, he pretty much uses the tv in the living room constantly since that is where the Xbox and Wii are, but in keeping with my quest to end the procrastinating and getting our house in order It's time to get his room Finished! At least as much as possible for now, the major construction of the reading nook won't be happening until the decluttering and downsizing is complete.

So today I took an hour to whip him up a simple quilted table/tv pad (Runner) He picked the fabrics (kid has a good eye!) and it will fit right in in his room! My only wish is that I'd used smaller strips of white and used them between each fabric. But he loves it and that is what matters!

Last Night I also whipped up some Mug rugs, they are just waiting for the bindings to be sewn down and then they will be winging their way to Ireland :)

I've got more news and some great thrifty finds for you, but I'll save those for later in the week!

Have a great Sunday!
M

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Fantastic Giveaways all month at Rusty Rooster Vintage blog!

Let me tell you, even if you don't enter the contest, you will definitely want to NOT miss a single post!

Please show my new bloggy friend, Vicki, some love and check out her blog!


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Getting the house dressed for spring!

So last night was one of my insomnia nights..I couldn't even get sleepy, let alone actually fall asleep. So I did a a couple of quiet chores and then got some more work done on some projects, and started and finished a couple of others.

One of the started and finished projects was this Rabbit. I knew I wanted a Rabbit to center my easter/spring display on my kitchen buffet around and I had an picture in my mind of what I wanted. I didn't have a lot of luck until I walked into Walmart last week to grab some masking tape.

There he was, the bunny I had been looking for! The only drawback was that he was grey, and I wanted white. I bought him anyway and with a little help from my Favorite shade of Americana paint (bleached sand) I have a white rabbit for my kitchen!

Now, my kitchen buffet has been taking a beating here lately, Have you ever noticed how whenever you are working on a major project or if you are feeling down that the hot spots in your home go completely crazy and out of control?
Exhibit A.
Really?
I wish I could blame it all on the guys..but I'm just as bad about it, especially when I am in one of those funks. This is just an example of pure laziness on all of our parts, it took me all of 10 minutes to gather everything up and..GASP...Put it away!!!

Ahh..Now isn't that better? Clean and tidy with a new White Rabbit center stage!
All that is missing are my stuffed eggs that I haven't made yet...and I think the rabbit needs some glaze.. I will have to think on that one!

hehe the little chick was a dollar store buy for the fun of it, Nefferkitty isn't real sure of it when it is hopping around, but CleoKatra doesn't even spare it a glance. She's such a Diva.
The little blue birds are actually salt and pepper shakers that I scored at Loot last week, and the plate they are sitting on was the goodwill buy I posted about last post.
And don't the vintage Milk bottles look great with the fresh daisy stems?!
Once I am able to uncover more flat surfaces in the house (it's been a several week funk..At least I was awake and fairly even tempered!), I'll probably do some shifting around, try to get away from the symetrical feel it's got going on, but this works for now ;)

What about you? Are you ready for spring yet?

Monday, March 28, 2011

Antiquing with Hubby, Craigslits buys and Goodwill Scores!

Ok, I can hear what you're thinking..How on earth is going shopping going to help decrapify our home?

Well, in an odd way, it does.

See, as we find new accessories and furniture we are able to get rid of the rattier, crapified stuff, which makes the place look nicer, which in turn means that we are better about not letting crap build up.

The rules of acquisition are thus:
Does it have a use?
Will it have a "home"?
Do you love it?
Does it fit the budget?
Will you discard something else in order to bring it home?

If the answers are yes, then it's all good, if I answer no, it needs a bit more thought.

Since I did a major decluttering when we painted the loft, we were able to get a couple of accessories to replace those that were no longer...Us.

 Bill got this really cute masculine candle lantern that he plans to use in his office, and I got the Owl candle holder and the 2 milk bottles.


The milk bottles are going to be so sweet on my kitchen table as vases with single stem flowers in them.  
The owl? Well, it's just the perfect touch of whimsy and will eventually live in our bedroom.
We have also picked up a couple pieces of furniture, all of which are project pieces, but now that spring is almost upons us I will be able to get to them!

First up is this Chair, It was a $10 Craiglsit buy and really, if the fabric weren't so dated and ugly, it wouldn't need any work!
I also got an antique vanity ($35!! A major steal!), but I don't have pictures yet, and it DOES need work! And for the kitchen, this Stand was a great bargain and allows me to store my glassware out where I can see how pretty they all are when they aren't in use!

And yes, I do use the vintage glasswares, even the Pyrex mixing bowls That were a new in the box gift from my SIL a few years ago(thank you again Lisa!!!). What's the sense in having them if you aren't going to use them, Right? .
And finally, last week I started scouring used furniture stores and thrift shops looking for a tv stand for the new tv. I knew what I wanted, but I was having NO luck!
Finally, on my way home from what I thought was my last attempt I spotted a goodwill..How I'd missed it on my way (I was enroute to a rummage sale) I have no idea..I guess I was paying too much attention the the GPS LOL!
Anyhow, I zipped into the parking lot and popped inside. I looked around at a few things, and found a cute vintage plate to add to my dining room wall, a very small chicken wire egg basket for my easter display and was on my way to check out when out of the corner of my eye I caught a glimpse of This:

Is it perfect? No, It's scratched..fairly deeply on the front there, and the chrome knobs will be going sooner than later. But other than that it is *almost* what I was looking for in a tv stand. BUT it was $20! SO when it warms up it will go out to the garage for a makeover, and I will not bemoan the lack of shelves or drawers between the glass doors, nor will I cringe over the modern lines of the legs, because really? once it's painted and distressed with some awesome new knobs, I am going to LOVE it!

I will be back later this week with the rest of my latest finds, and hopefully a craft or 3!
Later!
M

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Let Freedom Ring!!

No, I'm not singing God Bless America, I'm referring to the fact that as of today, We are officially free of all Credit Card debt !!!

This is a giant step towards being completely debt free (not counting the mortgage) And I know that with sticking with a budget we will continue to chip away at the wall until it finally comes crashing down! 

In the meantime, as a reward we did splurge a bit..and are really enjoying the picture quality of our new Aquos!

Let the search for the perfect TV stand begin! Tomorrow I plan on hitting the used furniture and thrift stores, I haven't found what I'm looking for in the big chains as of yet, but for tonight, some more TV is in order ;)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Library walls are painted! and other things

wow...this should have been posted over a week ago, but I didn't get the chance to get the pictures edited. Oh wel, here it is now :)


I finally finished painting the library walls!!
 Now I just need to go over the baseboards and trim, put up the crown molding, make the curtains and the rug and finish the footstool and it will be done until it's time to make the built-ins.

There's not a lot to report on from here, I went antiquing with my best friend and her daughter (Hey Sarissa and Bethany!) last friday We had a ball, there were no large purchases, but a lot of oohing and ahhing and dreaming, and we spent over 3 hours walking the mall, but we covered every inch! (The olde Shoe Factory Antique Mall in Lancaster Ohio for those who may wonder)




I did get a couple of things, This owl pitcher was just too adorable to pass up, And is my favorite buy of the day!


a bit of feedsack and a cool hankie,

and this fabulous Atlas Mason Jar with a zinc lid was filled with these old clothespins!

Hubby and I went antiquing as well, a week after this post, but that is for another post :O)

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Library mini Update

Well, As usual, I gave myself an unatainable goal with the Library. That's something I need to work on. I'm only 1 person and there was really no way I could have gotten the entire thing done in 1 day. Of course after the first day I got very busy and haven't had the chance to work on it since :/

Here's an update of some of what I did get accomplished on it the other day.

This corner is completely done for now. After all of the painting (whole house) is done I will hopefully start working on crown moulding, But that is later..Maybe by the end of summer. The book shelf has been loaded with some of the classics made simpler for the younger set, and a few favorite series (unfornate events, Twilight etc) As well as all of my crafting books and binders. These will eventually need to be gone through as well, but for right now at least they have a home.

I do really love the color, It still feels light and airy, but with some warmth. I will be making my own window treatments for the space in the next month or 2, and I'm hoping to purchase some White Bamboo blinds as well. This afternoon I'm off to pick up a teacart that will serve as a table, and then I will back to painting!
Later!
M

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Project Decrapification

I'm going to let you all see some of the craziness that is a Bipolar, thrift store Junkie, shopaholic, crafty, OCD's space when let go unchecked, and the journey to reclaiming it. Today's mission? The loft Library.



Once upon a time the books were all put away and organized but the space lacked character. I've been slowly working on that, and now that most of the pieces have been collected it's time to put them all in place and get rid of the clutter that has been living here for far too long.
Eventually the space here with the 3 unmatched bookshelves will be a long section of built-ins, Unfortunately that is a ways off so for this makeover we will use what we have.

The mattress is Minion 2s old nasty mattress, and is already scheduled to be picked up tomorrow ( In the Columbus ohio tax area Trash pick up is free, but if you want to dispose of anything that won't fit into your minidumpster, you have to schedule a special pick up date..but you can't put anything in any kind of bags...annoying but what can ya do? LOL) along with up to 5 boxes of junk (non donatables like old toys that have been banned under the new CPSIA laws)

The rest of the things lying around are decor items purchased or repurposed for the room that just haven't been placed, more books that have been aquired, or older books that haven't been put away (one of my biggest pet peeves!) And you can see stacks of quilting magazines and cross stitching supplies that need to be gone through and thinned out, a lot. My goal today is to get the space cleaned, organized and possibly painted, We'll see how it goes :)

Later!
M

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

shhhhh....

I have a secret! I'm so terrible with secrets, I have such a hard time not just blurting them out (I should clarify. My secrets are hard not to share...Others' secrets I have no problem keeping)

But it's so exciting!

Whatever could it be?!?!


(ok SSA Groupies..not. one. single. word.!! LOL)


Sunday, February 27, 2011

I Won!!!!!

Oh my goodness..I was totally dying to spill yesterday when I came home to an email Saying that I..ME! was the winner of the Ramsign Giveaway over at FleaMartkettrixie!


Oh I am SO excited about it, we are going to order a nameplate like this that reads McCoy Manor for our house :)

I just want to say thank you to Trixie, And to Ramsign for Offering such a fabulous prize to one of her readers (ME! LOL)


Later!
M

Friday, February 25, 2011

Ahh..Where there's a will, there's a way!

I am Happy to say that the towel tutorial is at the testers, and has been since yesterday, so hopefully I will be able to post it this weekend. This is very exciting for me, Since the decision to end Shee Designs as a business and fall back to a hobbyist level, the creative ideas have been flowing like crazy. In the past week I've completed the totwel tutorial, a fabric rosette ring (tutorial coming soon) and a new pattern titled "In a clutch" (Thank you again Carolyn for the name..it's AWESOME!) Plus about 4 more project ideas in various stages of development.

I've started printing out some inspiration pictures for our house, now that all of the children are older, we will be mostly toy free. which allows for a LOT more flexibility design and decor wise.

In other news, Bill has just this week changed over to a job in the company that will allow him to work at home, which could be fantastic..or an utter disaster LOL.
Seriously though, I think the fantastic days will far out number the sick of each other days.

The new meds are a mixed blessing. The pristiq I take in the mornings for depression really helps to get me moving and rocks the anti depression angle, however the seroquel I take at night for the mania basically overrides this effect and leaves me groggy and sleepy for hours after I wake up the next day. My doctor assures me that this wears off after a couple of weeks so I should just give it time, But I have to admit that, at times, it is so tempting to drop the seroquel and ignore deal with the mania just to be able to get things done!

Maybe if I'd started them both at the same time and not realized how good I felt on the pristiq alone I would be more enthusiastic about waiting out the sleepies, but I didn't, I had almost a week of getting more than should have been possible accomplished before starting the make me sleep Seroquel. Oh well, it is what it is and there's no sense in dwelling on it. This too Shall Pass.


Well, I will leave you with this peek at In A Clutch sans straps, and am going to go see about making another one for pattern writing purposes.

Later!
M

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Technical difficulties

Well..I have 2 tutorials ready to be shared here, and am working on a new clutch design as well, But it seems that something is not quite right as Both mine and my Husbands efforts to convert my word documents to PDFs have been fruitless thus far. Something is causing an error. We have a couple more ideas, but they will have to wait until tomorrow. Right now I'm off to sew up my new clutch, and will leave you with these sneak peeks :)




Later,
M


Monday, February 21, 2011

Coming Soon!

I will be starting off with a bang In the next few days with a Fantabulous Tutorial for the kitchen! You won't want to miss this!

I heart Olive Rue and How about a tutorial?

Last week I was able to take advantage of OliveRue's Valentines Sale, but it was so hard to choose what to get, I LOVE her images, and they are so versatile!

While I have a lot of projects lined up and some even started for many of the sale designs, I'd like to share what must be a particular favorite of mine..(after all, I bought it a few days before the sale..and then again AT the sale! LOL No worries though, Crystal is Fantabulous and a quick email about this and one other duplicate purchase and she swapped them out in no time flat :)) her Bon Appetit image.


Last night I was in the mood to do some playing sewing and remembered a package of flour sack towels I'd bought at walmart previously. I wish I could say I'd thought to snap a comeplete before picture, but I'm a bad blogger and didn't. They aren't hard to find, they are with the kitchen towels and come in a 5 pack for $5.47.
So anyhow, these towels are HUGE! They come in at approximately 29" x 30".
Which is a bit too large for my purposes. So with a bit of a snip from my scissors and a tiny bit of humming from my machine I ended up with these:



Today I'm going to share how I made the Second one, Stay tuned for the pattern for the 3rd towel to for sale in my shop soon! :).

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Thrifting haul and a challenge

So here I am again..and I've been noticing a trend of mostly shopping posts here lately..I need to fix that..really.

Today Mom had an appointment downtown so I planned a quick (NOT! LOL) stop in at the thrift store.

With a little help from my absolutely wonderful husband I was able to whittle a cart FULL of things I didn't need down to this plus a few articles of clothing:

My only regretted non purchase was a mirror/picture frame with knobs..and I might go back for it.

Grand total was $35. In addition to what you see in the picture, there was a pair of Sonoma jeans for minion 2, and 3 shirts for me. More on one of the shirts later.

I have achievable plans for everything here.

The arm chair tray will get a coat of paint to match my tray and be of use during family movie night, or when I'm stitching.

The airplane picture frame will go into Minion 3's room..it's metal and the propellers actually spin..So cool!

I go through so much stitch witchery that it isn't funny, so I will put it to good use and the tiny package is actually a pair of joints for a jointed monkey I plan to make soon.

The spindles and finial are for wreath hangers.

These metal containers seem to have been made for herbs (there were originally from world market and marked at $3.00 a piece, I scored these babies for $0.90 each!!) But I will use them for glitters and beads.


And the glass globe was originally for a porch light or similar, but I have an idea for it that I will share with you after the weekend.

I love the pebble like texture of the globe.

And this wasn't part of the thrifting haul, but it didn't arrive until today, Hubby knows just exactly what to give a shopper for any occasion...Guilt free shopping!

With my Valentines mad money (Thank you again Honey! SMOOOOCH!) I/Bill got me this really cool vintage magazine rack..Which will of course get a nice new coat of....., Well, I haven't decided that yet lol!

It's double sided, and the plan is to keep my Country Living magazines (from the new subscription that I/Bill also got me for Valentines) and softcover crafting/needlework books close at hand and showcased here.

Love it :)

And now for the challenge..and one of my new to me shirts.

Over the past many years I've been really losing my battle with the scales. I could give many, many, reasons and excuses for this, but it doesn't matter. What matters is that I need to lose weight.

I will never be "skinny", I will never be like many of the young little petite bloggers that I follow, nor would I want to. I am too big. I'm 5' 6.5" tall, and even right after Highschool when I *wasn't* overweight, I couldn't wear the same clothes as the rest of the girls, my frame is just too large. I couldn't (and still can't...now I'm allergic LOL) even wear bracelets, watches or anklets without special ordering them.

And I'm ok with that, this isn't about trying to look like a fashion model, this is about becoming healthy, this is about elongating my life expectancy so that I may (with grace and luck) live a long life full of *doing* and not just being.

So today I bought this new to me shirt. 2 sizes smaller than I am now.

(I do have to say that, I heart this shirt, it is totally "me" as even hubby will agree, and I cannot wait to wear it!)

The challenge?


To lose enough weight and tone enough muscle to wear this shirt before the first frost of next winter by making healthier food choices and excercising..lots and lots of excercising. Anyone up to joining me?

The shirt will hang there on my wall (where everyone coming over will see) every day from today until I am able to wear it. It hangs directly in front of my cardio glide, which, unfortunately, I haven't used consistantly in years.

I know that using this machine works..I've had success with it and NOT watched what I ate. So I will be using it to ease back in and strengthen some muscles before going on to more jarring (3 herniated discs...) and strenuous excercises (like jogging).


Once I find one I will be adding a weight countdown to mark my progress, and plan to post weekly updates of my meal journal in order to create some accountability.


But for tonight, my last night of indulgence, I'm going to have Nachos, smothered in meat, cheese and sour cream..they will be the last I get to have until I'm at my first goal of 15lbs off!


Later!

M

Sunday, February 13, 2011

My shopping and crafting list...



Ok, here's my shopping list for the upcoming spring project..My Dining room!

Cost: $16.95






Cost: $17.95




Cost: $16.95





Cost: $4.95 ea Qty: 3



Cost: $7.95 ea. qty: 6


And though they are OOS..Iwould love to have a set of the crown China..Hopefully they will get more in stock.





These aren't for the dining room, but I've been looking for the perfect towel holder for my vintage tea towels in my Kitchen and I think this is it :)


Cost: $9.95 Qty: 2
And this I just love and think it needs to reside in my craft room, don'y you?
Cost: $5.95


On the list for creating my own versions:




And wow..I love these curtains..I borrowed the picture from The Shabby Chic Cottage
Gina is amazing, Click on the picture to see her fabulous cottage bathroom..Love. it.!
I guess I'd better get my rear in gear decluttering so that as soon as it warms up I can get started!!!