Friday, July 29, 2011

Happy Birthday to Hubby!

Yesterday was hubby's birthday!  I won't tell you how old he is, but he's 10 years older than me!  bwahahahaha!

So, what do you give a civil war re-enactor for his birthday?  A framed collage print of old Memphis Civil War prints!

I found several old Harper's Weekly prints on NYC Digital Gallery thanks to TDC.  To quote TDC:  "The Gallery is such an awesome site that provides free access to over 700,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library's collections.  If you are using the art on their site for personal, educational, or research purposes, they are absolutely free. (They can be used for commercial purposes for a reproduction fee.) Basically, they are free “printables” you can use for art in your home."

 Um, first of all...how sucky would that job be to scan pages of books everyday?--not this ADD girl.  But seriously, just type in what you are looking for, and you will be amazed at what comes up. 

I typed in 'Memphis Civil War' and these prints from 1862 and 1864 were provided.







I downloaded the prints to Walgreens, and made a collage print & framed it for him.  Easy peasy.  This is a 12x18 print. 


I wanted to make a 16x20, but since I just copied them from the site, the resolution was too low for a 16x20.  But it still turned out ok, and you can still read the captions.

When hubby opened it, he said, "Wow--cool".  (which in hubby language means I did REALLY good :)

And we can't leave out another staple present of hubby's favorite TV show...Family Guy.  giggity.


He also got a new pair of shoes...sorry no pic.

Hubby is a huge chocolate & peanut butter fan.  (I mean, who isnt'?)  On Pinterest, I saw this pin of a Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cake and knew I had to make it for me him....mmmmmm.  Chocolate cake, filled with chocolate + PB cups, then peanut butter frosting, topped with more PB cups!  Shut the front door.




Yep, I think he liked it.

For dinner, we got a sitter and went to eat at Celtic Crossing, an irish pub in the midtown area.  It was trivia night, and we completely sucked.  Mr. 'Plethora of Useless Knowledge' wasn't much help ;)  We did good on 50s/60s/70s music round of questions, but bombed on country captials and 4th grade science.  Too bad there wasn't a Civil War or WWII history round or we would have kicked major pub trivia boo-tay!   Other than losing, it was a good time.

He had a great day--he deserves it! 

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Dork for Dave

Last Wednesday was an EPIC day. 

Why, you might ask?

Because last week, I got a Bobblehead Dave Brown.  Yes, Memphis girls...don't be jealous.  If you are not from around these parts, Dave Brown is a local weatherman.  He's been on the air for over 30 years...so he's like a local celebrity. 


Here is a pic of me and Dave a few years ago (I was prego with the Moose).  We saw him at Putt-Putt one day, and I broke out in hives.  He is a celebrity to me.  I can't describe it...it's not like a crush or anything. 


(that's not a cigarette...it's a putt-putt pencil!)

Not like my little crush on Joe Birch.  I did meet Joe one day a year or so ago at Holiday Ham on Union.  I was so flustered, I didn't even think to get a picture.  He was so sweet.


Ahem, anyways...

A few months ago Channel 5 had a 'Win a Bobblehead Dave' contest.  My friend Amanda is a big fan, too, so we both entered the contest several times, but we didn't win.  Booo.

Fast forward to last week.  Amanda lives in Texas now and was in town for a visit.  We like to meet at the Cupboard for lunch.  They have THE best homecooking!!  If you haven't had their corn pudding--you must try it!

Just for giggles, I emailed Dave.  (we are on a first name basis like that, you know?)  It never hurts to ask, right?   Here is my email to him..

Hi Dave,


I feel silly emailing you, but my friend Amanda and I are huge fans. Amanda lives in Texas now, but is in town for a visit. We are having lunch on Wednesday at noon at the Cupboard, and I thought it would be fun to surprise her with a bobble head. (we both tried to win, but didn't) And you are more than welcome to join us for lunch!


I know you have probably been swamped with bobble head requests…I appreciate you taking the time to read this. We do have some mutual friends…I go to Faith Baptist with Keith & Donna Brigham, and friends with the Rittenberry's. (we miss them!)

Have a great week,
Judith

I didn't just want to ask him for a bobblehead.  So I threw in the lunch invitation.  The Cupboard is just a couple of blocks from the station.  I also threw the mutual friend reference in there just to let him know I wasn't some crazy pyscho girl.  Well, maybe a little crazy, but aren't we all?  And I left my work signature on the email, too, again, I'm not a psycho girl inviting him to lunch.  I never thought I would get a response.  But he emailed me back a couple hours later.

Hey Judith,


Thank you for the kind words and invitation. I won’t be able to make lunch, but I have arranged for a Bobblehead Dave to be left at our front desk for you. You can pick it up anytime during our regular business hours at 1960 Union Avenue.

Thanks for watching us on Action News 5!


Dave Brown
Chief Meteorologist
WMC-TV Memphis

How awesome is that?  But wait.  He said Bobblehead.  Singular.  I have to be honest I was a little crushed.  My heart went into my stomach.  I wanted one, too!!!  But that's ok.  Beggars can't be choosers, right?

So I went to pick up the Bobblehead Dave.  There was one with my name on it.  I asked the girl, just to make sure, 'He didn't leave 2, did he?'  She said no.  I made a sad face.  But then she made a face like, oh who cares!  And handed me another box!!!! 

I cannot tell you how happy and excited I was!!  I couldn't wait until lunch to surprise Amanda.  I was about to bust.

By now you're thinking...seriously?  It's a freakin bobblehead.  Of a weatherman.  I know, I know.  I can't explain it.  I am a dork for Dave.

When we got to lunch, I gave Amanda her 'happy'.  And she was just as excited as I was!  We giggled like schoolgirls.  She even got a little 'veklempt'.  I told her the whole story, and we just laughed the whole time while people who walked past us kept looking at Bobblehead Dave sitting at his place on the table.



I did keep an eye out on the door..you know...just in case he decided to join us.  You never know.

Now Dave sits with me at my desk...


And who knew that a Bobblehead Dave would bring so much joy.  It's the little things in life, you know?

Sunday, July 17, 2011

I was featured on Knock-off Decor!



I'm super pumped tonight!  My Pier 1 knock-off mirror is featured on Knock-off Decor!   Special thanks to Beckie for featuring me!

Go check it out!!

New rug for the den

For a while now, I have been thinking that I needed a rug intervention.  Seriously.  Am I the only one who has trouble picking a rug?

The den doesn't look half bad without a rug under the coffee table.  But shortly after the princess was born, it was clear that we needed something to protect the carpet.  Especially that 12"-18" area between the couch and the coffee table.  That's where we live, and where we eat most of our meals.  Talk about wear and tear in that high traffic space.

I know the 'rules' say that you should not have a rug over carpet.  But whatever.  I'm a rule breaker. 

I don't have pics of all the rugs that I have bought..but here are the recent ones...

I bought this black/red one from Walmart (I think).  But a 5x7 is a little too small.  Plus the black was getting to be a little heavy on my eyes.


I fell in love with this Jea Raised Floral from Pier 1.


It was a bit pricey, but it spoke to me.  I loved it, but after getting it home, the beige background of the rug on the beige carpet was a bit washed out.  If we had hardwood, it would be a different story.  No future plans of hardwood, so it had to go back.  I need one with a darker background.

In the meantime, I was at Lowe's and came across this brown beauty.  Knowing how indecisive I am, I got smart and  bought a small 3x5 to take home and see it in my light in the den. 


Well, in the meantime, as I was shopping at Sam's last week they were having a rug event.  The prices were pretty good.  I bought this one...a 10x7 for $165.  Not bad.  I liked the colors...the brown wasn't too dark...so I brought it home. 


I was liking it, until I put the Lowe's small rug on top of it. 






Crap.  I like the Lowe's one better.  So back to Sam's for a return, and back to Lowe's to get the big one.  PLUS--they have the runner to match for the entryway. 

Whew.  Ok..so 3 in a month is getting a little exhausting.  I'm super happy with the Mohawk Eason in brown from Lowe's.  It also comes in a pine and beige color.  I ended up getting the 8 x 11, and so glad I did.  In the past I have been buying a 5x8, which I realize now was too small.  I always felt like the proportion seemed off, and now I know I just needed a bigger one to really act as an anchor.

Check it out. 










Fan Light Drum Shade

If you are a follower of Thrifty Decor Chick, you have seen how she prettied up her fan light.  Ingenious. 

I haven't been a 'fan' of our white fan in the kitchen since we moved into this house.   "But it's a Hunter fan, and it's functional". (said with a fake grin between clinched teeth) 


I had bought a red drum shade for another lamp, but I didn't like it in the space.  And of course I never got around to returning it.  Then I saw Sarah's project and knew that was just what the kitchen needed.

While hubby was at a meeting the other night, I decided to tackle this project.  (am I the only one who waits until hubby is gone to start a project?)

I won't fib...but I struggled with this for a little bit, trying to 'rig' it up.  I had everything I needed:  couplings, washers...


I thought that this little silver thingamajigger could not come off, so I was struggling to find something else to fit around it.


And I also discovered that the the hole on the lampshade was too small for the coupling, too!  So for 2 hours I was digging through hubby's screws, nuts, bolts, and washers to see how I could rig this thing up.

Finally hubby gets home.  He reached up and took off the silver cap on put the coupling on.  Duh. 


Then he took my lampshade out to the garage and drilled the hole, making it bigger. 



Yay!  Hubby saves the day!  Again.  So here is the finished result...





This makes the white more bearable.  And I'm not sure I'm keeping the red shade, I'll be on the lookout for a burlap shade instead to let more light through.  But I do love how it changed the whole look and feel of the kitchen. 

Total cost:  $17.  $10 shade, about $7 bucks in couplings and new pull chains.  Not too bad.

Oh--and by the way....if you are potty training a little boy while trying to complete this task, make sure he has on some underwear or a pull-up.  Because while you are on a chair fighting with a lampshade over your head, wishing you had 4 hands...you will cringe when you hear 'mommy i've pooped'!  And you have a feeling it wasn't in the potty.  Just sayin.  Is that TMI?  oh well.  Just keepin real folks!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Sherwin Williams 40% off sale July 22-24!

Hey friends!

I was picking up some paint at Sherwin Williams on Saturday, and my paint guy told me that they were having a 40% off sale the weekend of July 22-24 for their preferred custormers!  Mark your calendar! 

I've been putting off buying paint for the master bedroom...talk about motivation!

If you aren't a preferred customer, just click here to register

Happy painting!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Out of my comfort zone {Military Cap}

I bought this hat today...I thought it was cute.  My friend thought it was cute.  I got some compliments...But still felt a little out of my comfort zone?  But confident enough that I bought a black one, too.  I need to give my baseball cap a break.


Pier 1 Knock-off Mirror

Like most of my other projects, my master bedroom makeover has stalled.  (you can read about it here and here)  After re-staining the dresser, I decided not to attach the mirror.  I hung an old mirror there in the meantime.

I've been eyeing this Ivory Embossed mirror from Pier 1.  I love the chunkiness of it.  But I do not love the $150 price tag.  Can I get an amen?


After my recent yard sale and looking at my framed canvas that didn't sell, it hit me. 



I haven't used it in years. I keep telling myself that one day I will paint over the canvas. Fast forward 5 years, and no re-painting of the canvas has occurred.  I've tried to sell it a couple of times in yard sales, but no bites. So my theory--it's just meant to stay with me. Because this sucker is NOT going to Goodwill.  The frame is just too gorgeous.  I love the wood carving, and the canvas border.  Idk..it gives it another layer.



I've been so stuck on the idea of re-painting the canvas, I never thought about taking the canvas OUT of the frame!  Duh!

I ripped the paper off the back and removed the canvas.  


haaaay!!!


Then I grabbed the infamous Rustoleum Heirloom White and painted that sucker.  I had a quart on hand from some past project.


I originally thought about glazing it, but decided not to.  I just used sandpaper to rough it up a little, so that some of the brown showed through.





I bought a 1/8" thick 24x36 mirror at Lowe's for $25 and inserted into the frame. 

(um...do you know how hard it is to get a good pic of a mirror??  especially when you are trying NOT to photgraph the mess that the mirror reflects!)









(one of these days I will pick a paint color :)


Before....


and after....


Compare to inspiration


I'm pretty sassified.
And for $25--I'm VERY sassified.




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