Friday, July 29, 2011

The Biggest Sandbox Ever

Dad and Frank spent last Saturday building the most amazing sandbox.  We had one in the backyard when we were little, but the weeds grew in and Tigger started using it as a litter box.



When Dad started designing this sandbox I had one request - make it big!   Camo loves the sand and I wanted to be able to fit in there with him.  I'm pretty sure we could fit 10 Camerons in this sandbox.


Cam wanted to be one of the guys and help out, but he mostly just walked around and grunted with excitement.  I'm sure that was very helpful.


He loves his sandbox and there isn't even any sand yet!  I can't wait til this baby gets in the ground and we can get busy getting sandy!

*all photos taken by Camo's mom, Charlotte.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

An Apology and a Photo

First off, sorry I don't have a nice post for you.  I had originally planned on being back at my apartment to write a post for today, but things didn't work out as planned.  Which was totally fine because I was delayed for a good reason.

This is a photo of me and Camo from last night.  Esther got him a picture book while she was in Spain.   He loves this book.  He points at a picture and then grunts.  The grunt means "tell me what this is."  It's very fun.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Homegoods with my bff

The other day I took a trip to see Kristin so we could have a girls day out.  It was a scorcher.  As soon as we got in the car we were crankin the ac.  We started with lunch at Panera and then headed to Homegoods.


We meandered around the store for about 2 hours and left spending a total of $8.  We had a system, work our way around the outer section and then zig-zag through the middle.  The lighting section is always one of my favorites.  It's so warm and cozy.


We stayed in the bathroom section for quite a while...for obvious reasons.  That rug felt amazing on your toes.  We loved it.  A lot.


We stopped and stared at these fans for about 10 minutes.  Each of us trying to figure out where we could put one if we got it.

We may have left without the fans, but we had a great time judging/looking/critiquing/laughing at Homegoods. If you ever go, spend some time in the Library Decor section, it's a good laugh.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

My Golden Birthday!

Today I turn 26 on the 26th.  It's my golden birthday.  For those of you who don't know the term, allow me to explain.  Your golden birthday is when your age and date are the same number.  We know what I look like now, but lets take a look back...


This is me when I was little...many years ago.  On the left is one of my many soccer photos.  On the right is a picture of Charlotte and I eating our lunch while watching tv.  Mom used to make us a lunch to pack into our lunch boxes, then we would travel the long distance between the kitchen and the living room to enjoy our bounty.  As you can see, we even got to use a thermos.  Zack and Esther got to be big kids and go to school, so mom made us special lunches.


I love this photo of my family, even though I was being a total brat.  I was so jealous that Zack got to have a gun and I had to wear a dress.  Yes, I was a tomboy.


My parents got me this lovely bag for my birthday.  It's a camera bag disguised as a purse.  Amazing.  I love that it's stylish and doesn't look like a camera bag.  Thanks Mom and Dad!


Not to be outdone, I bought myself a present.  I've been eyeballing this version of my favorite book for quite some time.  The lettering is beautiful and the colors are amazing.  I have beautiful copies of other classic books but I didn't have one of my favorite...


or so I thought.  Apprently, I do have a beautiful copy of my favorite book.  I forgot that I have been looking for a special copy of Persuaion, not Pride and Prejudice.  Oops.  Oh well, you can never have too many copies of a good book.  The copy I read is looking pretty grim, especially after the last beach trip.


They sure do look very pretty together.

I can't wait til Saturday when Char and Esther come to visit.  We are having a girls day out which will include lunch on the rents and thrifting at local stores.  Happy birthday to me!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Small Projects

To all of you coming over from Pinterest:
Thanks so much for stopping by!  I can't believe the how popular this little post has become.  If you decide to try this project, please send me a link so I can check it out!  I would love to see your ideas!   Also, there's a misconception going around Pinterest that you can use glue for this project.  Several people have told me that glue does not work.  Just thought I'd let you know ahead of time!  Thanks again!  

Other puffy paint posts:
For Katie
Also, in this post I answer your puffy paint questions.

Now back to your regularly scheduled program....

I found this pattern on Pinterest.  I love the colors together, but I really love the pattern.  I decided to use this as my inspiration for a project.  I've got a lot of blank canvases around so I thought I'd use one up.


I drew my own pattern and then used puffy paint on top of wax paper to draw it out.


Then I used some mod podge to glue it on and I added it to my collection on the wall.  This is the direction I originally planned to hang the canvas, but I had to trace it going to the opposite direction because I am right handed.  I always make sure to trace left to right so I don't get my hand in any paint.



I like!  You can see my other canvas + puffy paint project here.


Another random project:
I made this wreath to hang on my front door.  I'll tell you what, it took forever to wrap that yarn around.  I think it took me about 5 episodes of Scrubs before I finished it.  Oy. It was worth it in the end though.

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Wall



My latest project has been the wall above my dining room table and also, these pictures.  I've been trying to find a way to frame these photos for weeks!  They are hard to frame because they aren't the average size; they are 7x7.  And unless I want to lose some of the photo, I can't frame them in the normal frames.


I picked up these canvases at AC Moore.  I got the smaller ones for $5.99 each.  The larger 2 were on sale for $6.97 total.  I was going to hunt down square frames, but the cheapest one I've found is $15.  There's no way I'm buying 5 frames for that price.


The next step was getting them up on the wall.  I have some empty frames up on the wall, but I'll get to those eventually.


As you can see I framed the two photos from Boston on a large canvas.  What a great trip.  I'm glad I finally got these pictures up because I love them!


It's nice to finally have something on this wall. It was so blank and boring.  I still might add more, but so far I'm satisfied.

I also love that I get to see the following photos everyday...



Thursday, July 21, 2011

Welcome Mat

I picked up this welcome mat at Lowes for $10.  I saw an idea online (and of course I can't remember where) for a fun welcome mat design that sort of made me laugh.  So I decided to make my own.

Update:  I got this idea from Kim, who writes the blog Yellow Brick Home.  You can find the original post here.  Thank you, Penina, for helping me solve this mystery!   I must have written this before I started Pinterest because I know I would have pinned it.  Lesson learned, pin everything so you never forget anything!


Using freezer paper, I cut out the design with my silhouette machine.  Then ironed it on to the mat so that it wouldn't move.  I ironed it on not knowing if it would even stick.  It stuck very well, so well in fact that I was a little worried it wouldn't come off.  But it did!


It took a lot of paint to fill in the design and it did bleed a little.  If I did it again I would spread out the letters more so the bleeding wouldn't look so sloppy.


Last thing I did was cut off the black strip.  I like it much better without that strip.  Now when you come to my apartment you will be greeted with "hi."  When you leave you will be sent away with "bye."

Again, so not my idea.  I completely wish I could take credit for this, but I can't.  All that said...I love how it turned out.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Vacation with Cam and other folks

Last week I spent several days on vacation with Dad, Char, Frank and Cameron.  Needless to say, many of the photos you are about to see are of Cameron.


Each day we went for a walk on the beach and everyone took turns holding Cam.  Well, everyone but me, I was busy taking photos.


This is the face Cam would make each time we threw a rock into the water and then he would whimper.  For some reason, he just didn't like it.  Even when he threw the rock in, he cried.  We also established that Cam does not like bubbles.  What's up with that?


See that dead crab?  Yeah, Frank threw that at me.  Lovely.


On this particular day, our walk started to get into Cam's nap time.  So Char headed back to the house with him.  I think he started crying just so his mama would pick him up.


Cam now smiles on command.  But you have to be very fast.  I kind of missed it in this photo.


As we walked we looked for sea glass.  Char and Frank found a lot of little chips.  Frank also found a large bottle and Charlotte found a small one.


That's Char and Frank in the canoe.  They went out on the water when it was nice and calm.  A much better choice than when we first went out.  It was so crazy that I actually got seasick.  Oy.


Hey Cam, my phone is not a drum.


Watching these two wrestle is hilarious.  Frank throws Cam all over the place.  At times Cam is crying because he wants to get off the ride, then all of a sudden he is laughing uncontrollably.  


Photo Challenge Day 15: Silhouette
Cam spent a lot of time here.  At the end of the week we had to wipe little baby prints off the glass.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Canvas Project

To all of your coming over from Pinterest:
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Who knew such a simple project could become so popular?  If you have any questions please ask!  You can also check the comments because many people have shared tips and tricks they discovered as they've tried this project.  Also, there's a misconception going around Pinterest that you can use glue for this project.  Several people have told me that glue does not work.  Just thought I'd let you know ahead of time!  Good luck and have fun!   

Other puffy paint posts:

Small Projects
For Katie
In this post I answer your puffy paint questions.


Now back to your regularly scheduled program...


A few weeks ago on Pinterest I found this lovely ditty.  I loved the look and simplicity, so I decided to make my own.

One thing you need to know about me is that I'm a font snob. So when I went to Michael's to get wooden letters, I was very disappointed with the one and only choice.  Yuck.  Plus, it would have cost me $16 just for the letters.  No thank you.  The puffy paint cost $7 and I didn't even use both.

I apparently got two different kinds of puffy paint.  I ended up using the Matte paint for this project.


I knew I wouldn't be able to get a lot of detail using puffy paint, so I chose a font that was simple but not average.  I printed it out in the size I wanted and then taped it onto the table so it wouldn't move.  Then I put the wax paper over top and got to work creating my letters.


I didn't want to paint right onto my canvas because puffy paint is famous for getting random air bubbles.  Also, tracing onto wax paper gave me the opportunity to redo any letters I did not like.  As you can see, I made many mistakes.


The next step was to peel the letters off of the wax paper and place them on my canvas.  In this picture I was just getting the layout right, nothing is glued down yet.  I used mod podge to secure them to the canvas since it gave me more control over how much glue was on the letters.  If I messed any letters up I could just peel them off and try again.



Once it was all done, I hung it up over the kitchen table.


I love how subtle it is.  The letters aren't all perfect, but I really do love how it turned out.  And in case you're wondering, the quote is a line from one of my favorite songs.  The song is True Love by Angels and Airwaves.  I'm guessing you're thinking this song is super lovey dovey, sweet, slow and romantic.  Guess again.