Jul 312012

It’s SO close, I can hardly contain myself!

My Sweet C is going to be home TOMORROW and her room is coming along, minus the whole ruffle throw thing I promised.

Here is a sneak peek, in case she happens to be reading this week… if so, I LOVE YOU BABY! CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU!

Sweet C's Room

Sweet C's Room

Sweet C's Room

PS. I sent her a joke today: What do you call a fake noodle?


 PPS. This happened to our bedroom yesterday… IDK HOW that got there ;) Guess I’ll be making that ruffle throw after all!

Yes, A Sewing Table in Our Room

Yes, A Sewing Table in Our Room

 Posted by at 3:54 pm
Sep 032011

There are these crazy birds that keep flying into our [once] sparkly clean windows… because they think they can fly through our house?

Tag! You’re It – Short Cut! BOOM!!!

And this is the carnage left on the said sparkly windows:

Bird + Window = No Bueno

B and I decided we had enough of the bird mauling and killing, so we ordered curtains, as a bird insurance policy.

Here is the Before:

Sans Window Treatments


And now, the After:

Room With Curtain

What a difference a couple of nice curtains make, right? [I realize I need to get the steamer out] These are the 132″ Monterey Textured Lined Grommet drapes in Mocha from CurtainWorks.com. I was a little skeptical of purchasing the curtains online because I couldn’t see and touch them first, however the reviews were very consistent with reports of looking great and high quality workmanship, so I dove in and am glad I did! I love the color, the lightly lined back and I cannot believe how much cooler the room is now – especially since this isn’t even one of our heat seeking windows!

Have you been looking for curtains lately? I would highly recommend cruising through the selection at CurtainWorks.com, you will not be disappointed. They are currently having a Friends and Family Event where all regular priced purchases will receive 30% off at checkout and FREE shipping on all purchases over $125!

Promotional Code: CWFF811

 So now, hopefully, we will have minimal bird carnage and the momma and daddy birds will be thankful. You’re welcome Mother Nature, we love you too!

 Posted by at 9:00 am
May 062011

 welcome to sweetgum way bunting frame

Next weekend is coming so quickly and I am so excited to display my wares to the [non-cyber] public for the first time!

Bringing back its unique blend of indy crafts and creative show environment, AlternaCraft returns to Houston on Sunday, May 15, 12 to 6 PM at Boheme Café and Wine Bar. This event will feature a curated slate of local artisans and craftisians and a wide variety of handmade goods including: Housewares, Gifts, Handmade Jewelry, Remember Tiles, Artisan Stationary, Cotton Necklaces, Custom Vinyl Critters, Mini Monsters, Baby Wares, Original Photography, Handmade Soap, Re-Purposed Unique Garments, and much much more. AlternaCraft is free and open to the public.

Located in the quaint and lively Montrose area, Boheme’s refurbished historical building and 6,000 sf of garden is a perfect location for this creative outdoor market. Enjoy a $5 champagne tasting or indulge in a signature sangria or mojito at the Patio Bar. Coffee and snacks also available.

Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar
307 Fairview @ Taft St
Houtson, TX 77006

Parking available behind Boheme at Hyde Park.

 Posted by at 3:45 pm
Apr 222011

This bad girl has been resting ever so peacefully in our garage for the past 3 years… Have we even lived here 3 years yet? Well, it has been here since the day after we got here, at least. I have had really good intentions to clean her up and make her whole again ever since she came to live with us.

dalescraft buffet

There is a brass-like tag on the inside of the right door that says “Dalescraft Fine Furniture”, but I cannot find any history on the company, so it is getting the whole she-bangle work up to match my style: glued, sanded, primed, painted, distressed and waxed. Antiques Roadshow? Not for this gal.

fixing the broken leg

Step One – Fix the broken leg so it does not have to lay on B’s old quilt. [Side note: Have quilt dry cleaned after completion] Have you ever used Gorilla Glue? I have used it on this project, on my Remember Tiles, and my memo frames and I think it is the best invention for home repair since duck tape. It works on everything and a dab will do ya since the glue expands while setting up - it is really pretty amazing stuff and if you have not tried it, here is your recommendation. You’re welcome.

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 Posted by at 4:10 pm
Apr 182011

I think I finally found the door handles I have been looking for on my buffet remodel!


I said, “Babe, I think these are the ones, maybe someday soon the buffet will move from the garage to the house and you will be able to park in the garage again!”

B: “Don’t tease me…”

HAHAHA! I <3 my husband to the moon and back!

 Posted by at 7:37 pm
Apr 172011

Remember this beautiful piece of art we received for Christmas last year? We are finally getting around to hanging it in it’s final destination.

After we had the piece stretched, and $90 later, we were stumped on what to do about a frame. Custom frames are not cheap, would be extremely heavy and I really do not like the idea of sending out this bad boy for two-three weeks; what if it gets messed up or lost!?

B came up with an idea to make our own frame out of wood and paint it, cheaper and quick… and if it got messed up it would only be our faultadd character. This piece needs something better than snooze fest wood, so I proposed nailing the frame to the wall and hanging fabric behind to add dimension. Eh, OK, it was an idea. We went to Lowe’s last weekend and low and behold, styrofoam polystyrene Architectural Ornament mouldings in a style that match our other frames, it was like having Angel’s from Heaven come down and sing, “Here you are our loves, this is what you want.” So, we came home and B worked out the measurements and we came up with the placement on the wall; it was tough cookies though, he likes the frame centered on the wall but I do not care for looking up at art [one of my pet peeves].

What a sad wall, don’t you think?


 The frame measures 48 x 70; so, for snips and giggles, let’s do some funny math, shall we?

48(2)+70(2)= 236 inches

Fanciful frames start at ~$1.06/inch * 236 = $250.16 plus all of the other service fees that go along with creating a custom frame of this size. CRAZY TALK!

How did we do it? We bought 4 pieces of the styrofoam polystyrene mouldings (we only needed 3, but some where along the way a corner got cut a little to short) at $18/each = $72! We used the staple gun to attach the mouldings to the wall; it was so funny because we first shot it with the brad nailer and it went straight through the moulding and really deep into the sheet rock. We painted the mouldings gloss white to match all of the other trim and the grey is left over from our mantle. I added a 1″ satin ribbon ($2.00) around the edge of the stretched canvas to hide the sides, it is glued to the top of the canvas with Liquid Stitch, easy peasy.

Total Cost for the Entire Piece: $164.00

 Posted by at 1:00 pm
Mar 162011


Yesterday, the FedEx guy dropped of the most adorable paint kit I have ever seen. I suppose I am to paint a really tiny wall or maybe a doll house… Just kidding, this is a complementary color to one I already have on the bedroom wall. More Painting!!! Yay!

The kit includes:

  • Valspar Satin sample in Porcelain Shale
  • Valspar mini roller set
  • Valspar Complementary Colors Palette [to the Porcelain Shale]
  • $5 off any Valspar gallon coupon

Click here to enter to receive your sample, samples are limited.

We love Lowe’s [they sell Valspar] and Valspar paint. The store is always clean and inviting and the paint is always durable and provides great coverage.

Thanks Valspar Paint!

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