Archive | September, 2010

{this moment}

30 Sep

She is my baby. My eight year old baby.

She loves horses. She would ride her horse every day if we would let her…or if our wallets would allow it.

She learned how to ‘canter’ this week. To canter a horse is to gallop…fast.  Really, really fast.

It was completely terrifying for me to watch.

And the most exciting moment of her life…thus far.

Capturing this moment, right after the ‘big canter’, is magical. She was out of breath, giddy with adrenaline, and ready to do it again.

I love the sun setting behind the barn.  I love the dirt from Kaluha’s hooves.  I love the concentration on her face as she listens to her coach.  I love her more than words.

I don’t have a fancy camera. I don’t own fancy lenses.  I take pictures of things I love…my children, my friends, my home, my life.

Sometimes I get an amazing picture and most times, I don’t. But these are memories frozen in time and for that I am thankful.

Canon XS, 50mm, f1.8, ISO 200, 1/1300

Now it’s your turn to grab your camera and catch a memory.  I would for you to share!

Countdown to…

29 Sep

Countdown to…

Round Top weekend!  Two weekends a year, I take a roadie with a few friends to Round Top, Texas.  Home of funnel cakes, hand-spun potatoes chips, and miles upon miles of junk heaven.

Some cheap junk.  Some expensive junk (you might call them antiques).  But it is heaven on earth and so much fun!

This year is a little different.

One:  I will be there for 3 days!

Two:  I have saved my pennies for months!

Three:  We are bringing our daughters with us!

Four:  I’ll be sleeping in a camper and I haven’t camped since my parents took 4 kids and a 2- person tent to the state park in West Texas and made me pee outside.  Gasp!  I know….

Here are some of things I came home with last year:

This ladder was at the back of little tent.  I spied her and marched in flip flops through 10 feet of mud.  The owner did not want to sell it.  She wanted to make picture frames out of it.  But cash talks…and $30 later, the ladder was mine.

And then I had severe buyers remorse when I got home and my husband shook his head at the sight of this raggedy old ladder.

He quickly changed his tune when this 7 foot, perfectly worn, chipped blue and green ladder found her home in our bathroom.

And this little baby…my heart skipped a beat when I saw her laying on the ground.  My bathroom needed a lot of attention and was crying for a make-over but I didn’t quite have a plan.

When I found this:

…it set the stage for my poor, neglected bathroom!  A before and after of my bathroom will be up soon.

$20 and I love the mismatched knobs especially this rusty blue:

And this little stool was a last minute find.  It was $10 and the perfect size for my vanity.  I recovered it with the leopard print but the jury is still out…it needs to be a bit more…funky, right?

And then my final purchase…the greatest, never will I ever find this deal again…3 chairs for $60.  She wanted $75, I offered $60 and she said SOLD!  The chairs are amazing…distressed the way I like it and recovered with a super soft creamy chenille.  And I only needed 3 chairs to mix in with two parson chairs in my kitchen…they were meant to be mine!

So come Friday at 11am, these little cuties are getting out of school early:

and we are making our way to Round Top!  The little red head is mine…and she is ready for a new bedroom so we are looking for some really fun, unique things to go along with the beast I found a few weeks ago.

And after the girlies are asleep, us moms might enjoy a “Hop, Skip & Go Naked” by the fire after a long day of shopping.

Here is the recipe if you care to try one for yourself.  I promise, you’ll be glad you did!

2/3 c. cold beer

2/3 c. frozen pink lemonade concentrate

1/4 c. vodka

straws or stirrers

Fill blender halfway with ice. Pour in beer, lemonade, and vodka. Blend and serve!

I’ll fill you in next week with all the details!!

P.S. The paint color in my bathroom is Restoration Hardware Silver Sage. The most amazing paint color on earth!

Have a wonderful weekend!

28 Sep

I shrieked with joy earlier this spring when I discovered this amazing Sauvignon Blanc by Cupcake Vineyards at Whole Foods!  The price was even better for a wino such as moi ….. A mere $9.99 a bottle!

This became my go to wine for the summer; I could kick myself for not getting the discount by buying a case. This wine has great flavors such as Meyer lemons, key limes and a little bit of the green that I adore in a Sauvignon Blanc.

I am DYING to try the 2009 Red Velvet: A blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The website says “It’s reminiscent of a blackberry chocolate cupcake with a mocha coulis.”

Forget dessert, I am going for the Red Velvet.

photos via thefoodsection.com

{this moment}

24 Sep

{this moment}

Inspired by SouleMama, here is my moment:

New rain boots.  Perfect for rainy day shopping.

This photo was taken with my iPhone using the “ShakeItPhoto” app.

It is my new favorite application and the inspiration for a new photography project I will share soon!

Enrique made me….

24 Sep

Enrique made me….

These came after my first baby was born in 2002:

They took me through a marathon, 4 half marathons, and a triathalon.

Now they have become the dog’s chewy.

I loved running.  Running was my outlet.  My time.  Instant gratification.

Then my second child along in 2008 and I got these:

And they took me through Oreo cookies, goldfish, and lots of Mexican food.

I really bought these shoes for the color.  I liked the chocolate and pink but they didn’t come in my ‘running’ size.  I need a size bigger than my normal shoe size for running.  I learned that lesson the hard way after training for my first marathon…black toe nails with Aldo peep toe wedges are not so cute.

I convinced myself I could run in these adorable chocolate and pink Nikes at my regular size 10.  Not happening.  Not. at. all.

So they have sat in my closet while the Oreo cookies comforted me.

And then he came along:

and got me back into my running groove.  And he told me to register for a half marathon…and I did.

I am scared.

And excited.

And scared.

And I need a new pair of shoes…fast.

I will have his song “I Like It” (click to hear it) on repeat the entire 13.1 miles.

And then I will eat an entire box of Oreos when I finish.  Kidding on the Oreos.  But I will go eat some  greasy, cheesy Mexican food.

Hand-Me-Down Headboard

20 Sep

Hand-Me-Down Headboard

That’s right…a hand-me-down headboard and that’s what friends are for.

The lovely Cory purchased a new, beautiful, very grown up bedroom suite from Z Gallerie [heart!].  It is my most favorite room in Cory’s home.  As a result, the old $25 Goodwill rescued, circa 1990′s, knotty pine headboard was going in the trash.  It had seen better days but alas, I would take her home with me.

Here she is…mismatched to the heavens…I really cannot believe this picture is out in the world for everyone and their grandma to see:

Something had to be done…she was pleading to be painted.  Ask and you shall receive!

A quick trip to Lowe’s for 4 cans of $3 Black spray paint and my trusty 80 grit sanding block:

We, meaning my husband, brought her into the garage.  Pay attention to the scroll bar:

Recruited my Sweet P for assistance (scroll bar still there)…

Literally 2 coats of spray paint later…she is drying, waiting to be sanded down.  Notice anything different??

She has great lines and the scroll-action on top was not working for me…so off it went and what a difference!

Here she is…nice and relaxed with crisp white sheets and a soft Ralph Lauren down duvet.

I was a a little nervous embarking on ‘white bedding’ with children and a puppy but honestly, it has been the best decision.  No trips to cleaners…just drop it in the washer, throw it in the dryer and it is brand new again!

The white duvet was actually covered by the heavy chocolate duvet cover (note top picture!).

The oversized white Euro pillows are from Marshall’s, $19.99 for both (crazy, I know!)

And I no longer have a mismatched bedskirt.  It is just a simple, box pleat skirt from Marshall’s…$29.99!

She is a fabulous…and I love her.

But I love Cory even more for giving her to me in exchange for lunch at The Salt Lick.

Check out these fun blogs for amazing inspiration!

Between Naps on the PorchDIY ShowoffDomestically SpeakingFinding FabulousFunky Junk InteriorsHouse of HepworthsMiss Mustard SeedMy Backyard EdenPerfectly ImperfectPrimitive & ProperRemodelaholicSAS InteriorsShabby NestWhipperberryToday’s Creative BlogThe Thrifty HomeSavvy Southern StyleSome Day CraftsEisy MorganGreen Door Designs,  At Home with KHome Stories A2Z

 

 

A wall of planters

20 Sep

A wall of planters

I’ve seen people installing planters on a wall but this takes it to a new level. I discovered this masterpiece on the side of a building next to the farmer’s market.  The side of this wall is some sort of cement mortar.  They made thousands of little pockets in the mortar and filled them with a small amount of dirt so that plants could grow.

Restoring my baby – Day #1

20 Sep

Restoring my baby – Day #1

I started on my baby ! (See baby here)

First I used a scraper I bought at an art store ($2). I don’t know exactly what this tool is called. Maybe it is really intended for artists to put pigment on their pallet board? That’s just a guess. Whatever it is, it works great when removing loose paint.  It’s thin like a razor blade but not sharp. The edges will not cut you.  Since it is slim, it slinks under paint layers very easily.  Strong but flexible and actually bends a little.

Most of the paint was so loose on top, it fell right off in matter of minutes with my scraper. Yes, you see orange paint because I also tested an orange sample paint.  BAD idea!  Still going with the red! (This red here)

Then I sanded the remaining top paint off with my orbital sander.

Even though the sander has a dust bag, there is still some dust that needs to be brushed off. I use a brush with soft but strong plastic bristles.

It may appear clean but there are still fine particles of dust. I use baby wipes to really get the wood clean.   Any brand will due as long as they don’t have lotion – Wet Ones were used this time.

Next step – repair the top cracks with caulk.  I used leftover silicone caulk from a home improvement project.  This one is waterproof and intended or indoor or outdoor use.

Filled the holes.

Then wiped off the excess with a terry cloth kitchen towel. I bought a huge bag of about 20 of these at Smart and Final for about $6. I wash and reuse for all my restoration projects.

Then I took off the hardware with an electric drill.

All the above took about 1.5 hours.  Now I can start removing the paint on the front drawers and the body.  I work a full time job so I may not be able to start on it again until maybe this weekend.  But at least I got a pretty good start on it and can’t wait to finish the rest.

Lady in Red

19 Sep

Lady in Red

I was anxious to start painting my baby – my new vanity. I wanted to do something big and bold.   I bought a sample tester of a bright blue paint from Glidden – GLB03 Cool Cobalt.  I love Glidden samples…they only cost a few bucks and have a little paint brush attached to the lid.  Another really great thing is that you don’t have to have the Glidden samples mixed at the paint store.  They are already prepared and stocked on the shelves. Grab and go.  Convenient!

I liked the blue but… since I had a other samples left over from prior projects, I decided to try them out to see if another color was a better fit.

Some of my samples were Behr.  Behr samples are good because you get quite a bit of paint in the container.  7.5 ounces.  The Glidden samples only have 2 ounces.  Behr samples do not have a paint brush but they are the same price as Glidden – approximately $2.99 depending where you buy them.  Not a bad deal for the quantity of paint you receive. Sometimes if a project is small, I can just buy 1-2 Behr samples to complete it (as opposed to buying an entire quart or gallon).  The bad thing about the Behr samples are they have to be created at the paint store.  Sometimes lines are long and waiting for paint to get mixed can take forever.

I decided on Glidden GLR06 – Red Geranium.  I was never anticipating painting the vanity a red color but I love how the sample paint looks. It’s a beautiful shade of red with a very slight orange hue.

I Declare!

19 Sep

I Declare!

Today is one of my favorite days, I get to go into my closet and rotate out my fragrances. I say good-bye to my summer friends and say hello to my fall/winter ones. It’s like visiting old friends.

I instantly realized why I fell in love with one of my particularly special friends. His name is Cartier Declaration! This fragrance was initially launched in 1997 when I was working at the men’s fragrance counter, and I instantly fell in love with it. It is a very woodsy fragrance with top notes of bitter orange and bergamot. The middle notes consist of rosewood, coriander, oak moss, and patchouli.

I bought this for my husband and he is not very fond of it so, I stole it and have been wearing it ever since. This fragrance makes you feel like you should be draped in leather and cashmere from head to toe! Sometimes I love the feel of wearing a man’s fragrance because I know that I can create a unique scent that nobody around me will be able to mirror.

Find it here!

Back in Black

18 Sep

Black is really in now.  I have seen so many items restored in black lately.  The Rose Bowl Flea Market was loaded with vendors selling black items – all matte smokey black with tan wood peaking out. There was lots of of stuff but here are some of the best things I found.

Click here to see more Rose Bowl Flea Market finds.

She’s a big mamma! With CLAWS!

18 Sep

She’s a big mamma!  With CLAWS!

I’ve never been a “girly” girl.  Soft pinks and florals were never my thing.  But some girly trait hidden deep inside me has always yearned for a very girly make up vanity.   An elaborate piece loaded with perfume bottles and flowers where I can sit and relax and do my makeup… as opposed to hovering strained above the bathroom sink.

I finally found it.  And “she” is gorgeous.

Yes I am giving her an identity.  I’ve never named a car or a piece of furniture before but I might name her.  She is special.  Right now I am calling her my baby.  Ironically she will serve as a my girly vanity but she is anything but girly.  She is big and bold.  With claws!

Did I mention she is big.  Very big.  The pictures are a little deceiving. She is heavy, thick and deep.

Here is a picture of the side.

I went to the Rose Bowl Flea Market hoping to gather new ideas and inspiration.  I definitely was not expecting to buy anything.  And there she was.  I had to have her.

When they delivered her it was a big surprise. I was in dreamlike state of bliss when I first found her and did not realize that the back was just a gorgeous as the front.  This piece would like amazing in the center of a room!

She looks great far away but there will be many challenges.  It’s a total rehab – needs to be completely repainted because all the paint is flaking off.

There are cracks on the top.

And cracks on some of the drawers.

Another challenge will be to maintain this decorative trim line that borders the exterior edge on the top.  At first it appeared that the line was engraved  but it is actually just drawn on. When I sand it, the line will disappear and I am not sure how to recreate it.

One of the things I love about this vanity is that it has a glass top.  That will be just the perfect thing to protect the top later from makeup spills. I took the glass off so that I can start working on the vanity but here is a picture of the vanity at the flea market when I found it and you can see a section of the glass.  It is beautiful and thick, just like the vanity.

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