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Cubes o’ Coffee & Bubble-wrapped Baryshnikov

Warning:  Rambling post ahead.  I blame coffee(ha!).  Rambling!

I’m a coffee late bloomer.  I don’t remember when I decided I loved it, but I was an adult (those who know me would argue then that I can’t be a coffee lover yet…behave).  Probably was in my mid to late 20s before I truly enjoyed a delicious, steaming mug of coffee and never looked back.

I don’t drink it daily, but when I do?  Boy, do I enjoy it.  I don’t discriminate either.  Why should I?  I love an iced coffee, gulping it with no shame, and then bouncing off non-existent walls because caffeine is like a bull in a china cabinet in my system.  Doesn’t stop me though.

And this has nothing to do with anything, but it popped into my head just now…

Years ago, I had the most delicious French pressed coffee (my first) at an endearing little restaurant right before I saw an alternative ballet production starring Mikhail Baryshnikov.  I’m no ballet connoisseur (in fact, I know nothing of ballet except that I love it), but I sat for 3 hours while dear Misha and multiple ballerinas danced around on a stage carpeted in bubble-wrap. Continue reading

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Cottage DIY Project: Powder Room Curtain

I’ve wanted to make some type of window curtain/covering for our powder room for years.  Years–as in about 6.  My mom sews, but I didn’t take an interest in learning until I moved away and had my own home.  Tragedy!  If I could turn back time, I’d sit my booty down next to her and get to learning.  Just as how as an adult I’m learning her kitchen tricks and delicious recipes, and wish I would’ve spent more time in the kitchen with her as a girl. 🙂

Unfortunately, I don’t live near my parents now (sniff), but fortunately I’m blessed with my mom-in-law living nearby who taught me to make curtains early last week.  She’s just as patient a teacher in her home as she is in her classroom.  Lucky me!  Thank you, Pam!

I’ve been on a toile kick for several months and I found just the toile fabric I had in mind.  Yippee Skippy!

I went with black toile although the red teased me.  But I had a vision and was determined not to second guess my choice.

Much to this novice’s surprise, after some measuring and simple sewing, my little curtain was done.  I wanted to add a little something to them to give them a bit more cottage cuteness.  I’d picked up a spool of twill black ribbon when I bought the fabric so I stitched them at the top of the curtain and tied a pretty bow.  Just what they needed!  I also chose a simple black curtain rod.

Here’s a little before and after for your viewing pleasure (or because I love before and afters ;)).

Before: Bare window and new shelf that didn’t quite fit.   I (my husband) installed this black rack since I’m often irritated that I have nowhere to put spare squares.  It was the only black accessory/hardware in the room and one reason I wanted to go with the black toile fabric.

After: Tough to get good pics in this small room, but here it is 🙂  All but a few windows (including the powder room & laundry room) in our home are framed in molding.  I prefer them that way which is partly why I wanted to cover up the top of this window.

This room gets a lot of light, but the window is high.  I didn’t need a lining, but I chose to line it because I like the depth & weight it gives curtains and how it leaves it all less sheer. 

I have a few other things to change in this room to cozy cottage it up.  I’ll be replacing some hardware including the toilet paper holder and the unseen towel bar on the opposite wall.  I have a picture to frame and hang as well.  Eventually, I might paint this small space, but for now I’m just enjoying it as is.

Spare rolls on hand at all times!  Rejoice!  Hallelujah!

So there you have my first foray into curtain making!  I’ll share my laundry room project soon and hope you’ll stop in then to check it out!

DIY Project: Homemade doggie biscuits

It’s about time I get back on my own DIY 2012 wagon.  It’s May 5th already!

So yesterday little Bunsies and I made Duke pumpkin dog biscuits.  I told him we were making something extra-special for him. Continue reading

DIY Project: Homemade Coffee Creamer

Today I tackled another do-it-yourself project on my 2012 DIY list: homemade vanilla coffee creamer.  Why haven’t I been making this homemade creamer all my coffee-drinking life?

I followed Deliciously Organic’s recipe and it could not have been easier.  It was so easy, in fact, that I let my 3-year old do all the work.  I merely set out the ingredients and took pictures.  I have a sous chef!  Continue reading

DIY Checklist

Since I’m not doing anything constructive right now (well, I thought I was.  I was laughing really hard and really loudly (burning calories) while reading Ryan Gosling Hey Girls and my Little Munchie said, “Mommy, please.  Please don’t laugh SOOO loudly, it hurts my ears.”), I thought I’d share something that IS constructive.

I’m an old-fashioned pen and paper type of girl–I’m not interested in keeping dates and notes in my phone.  I like a pocket calendar, notepads, binders, and clipboards.  Continue reading

DIY Project: Homemade hair detangler

When I discovered hair detangler last year, I knew instantly I’d be eternally grateful to Hair Product Developers of the World.  Trying to comb through my little girl’s head of curls each morning was no small feat.  Even if I brush it while giving her a bath, the morning is still no fun.  And I had no idea this gift from the Hair Gods even existed until that fateful day at Target.

Cut forward a month and I was going through detangler at a rate that was not making this mama too happy.  I don’t know why I decided to check the ingredients, but I did and I realized that the detangler is essentially watered down hair conditioner.  Interesting…and then not one, but two blogs I read posted about making homemade detangler.  Word.  Up.

And this is all you need to make your own detangler:

Yes: water, squirt bottle, and conditioner.  And since you only need a smidge or two of conditioner per bottle, I used up a sample I received in the mail.  How frugal of me.

You will need:

  • Warm water
  • About 1 to 2 tablespoons conditioner
  • Spray bottle (I used an 12 oz. bottle)

Instructions:

    • Squeeze the conditioner into the empty spray bottle and fill with warm water.  Shake bottle until mixed.  Spray on hair and brush through gently.  ahhh.

I’ll see how well I like it after using it a few times.  Also, I think I’d like to research a bit and use a conditioner I feel more comfortable leaving on my little girl’s hair.  Until I perfect the homemade version (get the right scent and the safest ingredients I can find), I’ll use this as a back-up when we run low on our store bought version.

DIY Project #1: Complete!

My 2012 DIY list

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Let me just say this:  I am not crafty.

Crafting and DIY projects simultaneously scare and excite me.  I can usually follow directions and come up with a pretty good replica of a simple craft, but there have been failures.  Many failures.

But this is the year I take the bull by the horns and go for it!  I’ll be proud of myself for trying, but I also hope to “succeed” in some crafty projects this fine year of 2012.

It might not be pretty nor pleasant, but I will try each project on this list.  I just might not show you each final product…:)

I’ll do a couple each month which gives me plenty of time to research (beg friends and family for help) and prep each project.  I love working in the kitchen so my DIY list involves bunches of cooking.  I’m going to split the Food DIY into 1 per month.  I figure those projects have a better chance at success than the others–that’ll give me a boost of confidence and the will to go on when I want to throw measuring tapes, Mod Podge, yeast, and scissors through the windows.  I have a bit of a temper.

You might notice how simple many of these DIY projects are…ridiculously simple.  And I like it that way.

Since I have to go with what I’m “in the mood” for, I haven’t decided when I’ll do each project.  But I’ll let you know what I do each month.  Here goes…

Home:

  • Embroider a “vintage” dishtowel/bathroom handtowels
  • Sew curtains for our powder room
  • Sew curtains for laundry room
  • Make a chalkboard frame
  • Sew basket liners
  • Make chairpads
  • Make seasonal placemats
  • Create Family Picture Gallery

Kitchen:

Personal/Family:

  • Create a digital family cookbook (I bought a Groupon for this and it expires soon!)
  • Homemade dog biscuits
  • Sew a phone pouch

Kiddo:

  • Sew a cuddling pillow
  • Make hair detangler
  • Make a clip holder for daughter’s room
  • Embroidery to frame for daughter’s room

Because I’m determined (but unproductive thus far) to complete a scrapbook this year, I’ll also be continually working on that.  I’ll add that to my weekly goals and do a page or 2 (or 10?) when I have time.  I’ll also be slowly decorating and cozying up our home which will take me all year.  Or all decade.  eep.

Do you have any DIY projects you’re hoping to tackle this year?  What projects have you already completed?  Love to hear about your DIYs!

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