Thursday, July 28, 2011

Wednesday afternoon Boots went to the Lowe's to pick up a cabinet they forgot to deliver and Thursday afternoon we went to Lowe's to pick up three boxes of flooring we were shorted.  It must have been a bad day all around for Lowe's-- our favorite cabinet man was at the doctor (so they said) and our backup cabinet man wasn't there either, the flooring man was MIA so it was a duck-duck-goose game getting our three boxes, and we witnessed another customer cut the buck because there was no one there to help her pick out carpet!  Yikes!

The good news though-- Lowe's has kits for painting bathtubs.
Happy Birthday to my Dee Dee.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Etsy Likes

  Its been a long time since I've done an "Etsy Likes" post so I'm featuring two "likes" post.
  Let's start with my love of all things peacocks, but not actual peacocks because they are loud.  Click this link to see further proof of my obsession.  And how much is 18 EUR anyways?

  My love affair with Boots asks for a pretty necklace to go along with the beautiful rings.  Perhaps something like this

  (Let's not forget that our big oh-one is coming up soon (like two months!) and I'm on the lookout for something that rhymes with "paper" and "clocks."  For a man.  ;] )

  And there you have it, my Etsy Likes, decorative in nature they be! 

Saturday, July 23, 2011

One Year

Today is officially one year that we've had our house.  Looking back through the pictures we've made some changes on it but not a lot yet.  Here's the post I wrote about us getting the keys and Boots moving in.  (There's some funny photos in that one, be sure and click "Here's".

We celebrated by eating Subway for lunch (a girl can only handle so many granola bars before she starts feeling like a chipmunk!) and I did a little painting while Boots was at work.

Dear House,

You've been great.  Your roof hasn't leaked (probably because its brand new and I really wish the previous owner had let us pick the color of it) and nothing terribly bad has happened other than our water leak.  We haven't unintentionally caught anything on fire or permanently disfigured/maimed anybody.  We hosted Boots' birthday/our we're-getting-married-in-a-few-days-party,Thanksgiving and Christmas and a few impromptu dinner parties.  We transformed the backyard from a no-man's land into a doggie playground for our puppies.  We painted a few rooms, but we're not
finished with that project yet.  We planted a few flowers out front and I planted tomatoes and squash in the flower beds, none of which have produced anything to eat yet.

In the next year, I'd like to see us put this place back together and make it better than ever.  I want to host lots more dinner parties and repeat performances of our great Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Next year, let's try to grow more than tomatoes and squash and maybe plant some bushes in the back yard since the dogs will probably eat the flowers.  I hope to figure out a paint color for the outside that will go well with our brown bricks and orange roof and maybe the neighbors won't drive by so fast.  Let's try to keep the water leaks to a minimum for the next 25 years because that's how long our floor is guaranteed to last.  No repeats of that mess, 'k?

We love you, House. Let's see what another year brings.

Friday, July 22, 2011

He's So Sweet When He Sleeps

(Sorry about the double photo earlier, this thing acts up sometimes!)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Porch Light

Last Saturday afternoon, Boots got a wild hair to do some changing of the porch light fixture.

(He's really getting into this electrical junk and stuff!)

Here's a picture of the old lamp.
(He'd already got started before I figured out what was going on.)

A little perspective.....

The man said, "Bring me the wire cutters!"

Look where I found 'em!

Oh, here's the top of the lamp.

Here's the thing stuck on the side of the house.

New lamp!

Work station!


It works!

(Taking step-by-step pictures of lighting processes is next to seriously impossible when you're holding up the light.)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Careful!  He bites!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

I Held This Over My Head For 20 Minutes and Thought I Would DIE!!!!!!

Blah and boring.

Painted on.

Can you see where I'm going with this?

Yeah, I did.
I convinced my manly huzzy that we needed a chandelier in our hallway instead of plain ol' plain ol'.

And it looks great!

I just stare at it.
Its so pretty!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Cat Texts

Yesterday when I was still at work, Boots sent me this:

"I left the tv on when I left.  Came back to Frank kicked back on my chair watching tv."

What a mental picture.

Monday, July 11, 2011

My New Friend, Joann

The day before the Great Flood of '11, Boots and I went our separate ways, as in he went fishing and I went shopping with my aunt, cousin, and my Meme (whose not really my Meme, but might as well be.)  Boots caught a few fish and I made a new friend named Joann.

Joann has cute sewing supply boxes like this......

......on the cheap like this!  (too bad I don't sew)
($7.97, kinda blurry)

Joann says that owls are popular baby patterns......

......I agree.

I found some material for my next Pocahontas outfit.

Boots getting his pre-fishing haircut. 
(Picture messages are great, its how we stay together apart!)

And something that looked like a veil.

Gypsy fabrics!

Mourning lace.

Green velvet is very Scarlet O'Hara, don't you think?

Plastic black with glitter!!

For when you feel like making your own blue jeans.....

Oh! Artificial ranunculus!
I so wanted to buy these, but then what would I do with them?
I'll just plant real ones instead.

I was in love!

More owls.  I wondered what I could iron this on.  Leg of my pants, perhaps?

You know I love peacock feathers, right? 
 If I was cute, I'd put this in my hair and wear it.

Peacock themed stationary paper!!

I loooooooove fabric flowers!  How cute!

Eel!  Gross!

Hand Applique with Embroidery by Sandra Leichner
I  looked at everything on every aisle in the store before I started on the book racks. 
I would love to do something like this.

The Joy of Sox by Linda Kopp
This one is for Boots since he used to call me Sox.

A to Z of Crochet: The Ultimate Guide for the Beginner to Advanced Crocheter
This might be helpful since I know zero about crocheting.

Baby catfish.

100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet by Lesley Stanfield
This wanted to go home with me.
I loved it, absolutely adored this book.
(It was kinda high-priced so I left it then bought it the next day at Barnes & Noble.
Now I gotta learn to crochet.
And knit.)

Crocheted Flowers by Nicky Epstein
Very creative!

Yeah, I need this.

Serendipity Quilts: Cutting Loose Fabric Collage by Susan Carlson
The quilts in this book were beautiful!
We spent about fifteen minutes trying to convince my hardheaded genius cousin (who adamently refused!) to make this.
Because she could totally do it.
(Check out my aunt's "modeling hands!")

I leave you with this disturbing image of a gar fish, hung on side of the boat.
Yikes, oh, my toes!

In the end I left with a plastic 6mm crochet hook, quilting needles and quilting thread for less than 10 big ones. 

When we got back from our shopping trip, my aunt, my cousin, my Popaw and my Granny all helped me glue the top onto the cotton inside and back of my future kid's quilt.
It was kind of a reality check moment thinking about preparing for the future in such a physical way since usually we prepare emotionally, spiritually, and financially for things.
Kinda scary.

I borrowed a quilting frame from Meme, but haven't even touched it or the quilt because like I said- this was the day before the Great Flood.