Friday, February 27, 2009

Friday's Gratitude List

1. We're having a special date night tonight, beginning at my MOST favorite restaurant

2. I'm married to my dream man, who loves me for "me"

3. Most every member of my family is coming to know Jesus is a very authentic and personal way. And most every member of my family wasn't much interested in God just 5 short years ago.
God is doing the impossible.

4. Today is FRIDAY!

5. I'm leaving work now (it's 3:19pm).

Thursday, February 26, 2009

TGI Fridays...

Stephen and I had lunch together today. That's all I wanted to tell you :)...

(oh and I'm wearing my newly dyed purple sweater...I wanted to tell you that too;).

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

My First Pillow....

Peyton's bedding is brown and Robin's Egg blue. So I made her this:

We had so much fun last night celebrating Peyton's birthday with her, her cute mama, and her husband Jason. Jason and Stephen have known each other for a total of 19 years. Yes folks, "19" years! It was hilarious listening to them tell stories of their adventures at Wal Mart (that's how they met, they worked there together) and many memories after (esp funny to hear about their shananigans with Jason's erratic cousin Andy). We ate dinner at Cafe R&D, an awesome new restaurant here in Dallas and then we ventured over to RISE for decadent French style desserts (souffles, etc). All around wonderful night! Peyton and Jason thank you so much for such a memorable evening (it was so worth staying up wwaayy past our bedtime;). We love you both so much.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Dye me happy...

...First, stay tuned to see what's inside of this:

Now for the weekend dyes:

After color

Before color

After color

Before color

These were shirts I wanted to give away, I decided I wasn't a fan of that rose pink anymore. Instead I thought I'd dye them, what could it hurt?! I think they turned out decently well, but I was hoping for a much darker purple. That's okay, I think this is perfect for Spring.

Monday, February 23, 2009

I bite my nails...

...only on rare occasions. I'm actually a fan of naturally long pretty nails, but sometimes when I get excited I bite my nails. Weird huh? Like today Anna and I have been talking about starting business (we've talked about this for over 4 years now) and the more we talk about it the more excited I get. And now I have no nails.

Oh and Post Scriptum: if you're talking about accounting or computer science and I start biting my nails, don't be confused, I'm not at all excited, it's sheer coincidence.

Angry Chicken

This woman is genius. I want to do stuff like what she did HERE, this is exactly what I mean by "renovating" old things. I love doing this kind of stuff! The trick is having the courage to let your scissors make their way right up the middle of your nice, red, wool sweater. My shoulder muscles still tense up each time I cut something seemingly "nice" and "functional" (but not "cute") apart.

Genius I tell you.

I have more to post on things I dyed this weekend and also something I made for a friend (who checks my blog) and is having a birthday dinner tomorrow. So I'll post of these things Wednesday :).

Christian gettin his grove on....

Christian is my friend Serah's son, and he's darling (...and he pretty much owns the dance floor):


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

From Curlalicious to Timberlake...

I came home on Tuesday night last week and found this:

Since we've been together I've only seen this:

I have always been the main motivation behind Stephen's full head of hot hair (begging him to keep every curl). But he wanted a change, so he cut it all off this week. I think he's so handsome, he rocks either one, but I miss the curls...I must say. (And Eileen you are SO right it's very Justin Timberlake).

The Pre-Party

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Valentines Day Party

We went to a Valentines party this past weekend (for both singles and couples) and it was a blast! My friend Paula and a couple of other people planned this event as a benefit for our friend Chris who is battling a life threatening tumor. It was so much fun! I'll post a video of us dancing later this week. And then on Sunday, Stephen and I had our own celebration over a very very romantic dinner (cause we both had Monday off). Overall, this past weekend was as close to perfection as it comes ;).

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Gratitude List...

I'm grateful for this song (the third one on the list) and in particular the words "Jesus, your name's my reward." I needed that profound reminder, that Jesus' name alone is my reward. And the fact that God is always there, waiting to love on me. Blows my mind.

I'm grateful that my mom's in recovery

I'm grateful that I have a husband who loves and worships Jesus

I'm grateful that I have a kindred spirit in reach (finally!):

And of course, I love being the offspring this creative genius:

Who recently made this:

Making a Gratitude List pulled me out of the "funk" that I was in, reminded me of the fact that God does hear me and he answers me on His time table, not mine. ;).

Friday, February 6, 2009

The Door Mat

You guys encouraged me so much on my last entry, thank you! It kind of caught me off guard, it blessed me, thanks :).

Here's the door mat from "the rummage" (and I'm liking it now, after three coats of gold and four of the orange):

Although I didn't get a before pic---I've decided I'm way too impulsive in my approach to craft projects (not at all methodical like Jess;) to take before and after pics---I'll tell you it was a Santa Fe pattern pre-spray paint (you can see a vague impression of the pattern coming through the top orange circles). More from "the rummage" in the months to come (like a coffee table).

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Free or almost free...

Here are a list of my recent projects and most of the materials were given to me or bought at next to nothing:

I made this yellow broach for $2. I bought the vintage scarf at Salvation Army and found the crystal broach on the side of the road, literally (details below).

I bought this green scarf the same day, place, and price as the yellow. I sewed one of the buttons my mom gave me in the center. I pin the yellow and green together, side by side, on a plain sweater and it gussys up my outfit (for $4).

This is a sweater that I bought in college, about 4 years ago. I did pay full price at the time because I was in love with this sweater (used to wear it religiously) and I also knew it was such good quality that it would last a long time (4 years up to this point). But I haven't worn it much this winter because it became really drab to me. So I swapped out the buttons and now I love it again. I used two of my mothers buttons and bought three sets from Joanns. All three sets were only $4.50 (they were on sale, 40% off). I had to sew buttons twice, the first set I paired together looked awkward, they were all my mom's vintage buttons, but they didn't look unified. So...that's why I went to Joanns and bought several buttons that had either gold or pearl or both. This set looks much better than the first. I think in decorating or designing you have to unify your theme and your colors, but I'm still learning what that means. Facelift sweater: $4.50

This was my first "personal" clothes sewing experience, post baby stuff. I bought this sweater for $5 at the Salvation Army with the intention of "practicing" embellishing. I sewed the two strips on front first (please don't look too closely) and realized that overall the sweater was too small. So...I cut it straight up the back and....

...added this strip of fabric. I probably used 1/2 a yard of this fabric, so I spent roughly $8 total.

Bought this sweater on clearance at Target several years ago and replaced the plain gray buttons with these uniform buttons my mom gave me. And because it's thin I can wear it in the Spring and Summer :). Total: free.

I bought these pants at Target about a year ago. I was tired of the color so I attempted to die them navy and this is the color they came out, I think I like it. I've been wearing it with a mustard color sweater and it looks okay. Total cost: $3.70 (it would've been more, but I used two 40% off coupons (printed offline) at Joanns to purchase the RIT dye). Aren't I such a dork hanging them from a tree?

The color of the buttons was the original color of the pants.

Here's a great story! (I'll make it brief). Stephen noticed a bunch of "trash" on the side of the road, directly in front of a what used to be a nice store. Ding ding ding. So we of course stop the car and rummage. We ended up finding a lot of great stuff, (all in need of some lovin mind you), but stuff that we could use. These pillows for example (and that crystal broach). They were originally a seventies burnt orange/cream/brown, but I attempted to dye them black and this was the result. Crazy huh? Now we need your vote, do you like pillow A or pillow B? (A is inside out; B is right side out)

Pillow A

Pillow B

More stuff from "the rummage" to follow (like the door mat).