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I have quite the dilemma. At the off-ramp of the highway I get off at everyday, I see my fair share of homeless beggars. Recently, I have been really in a pickle as I try to discern which of 2 guys is really homeless.

This is why it’s tricky: one wears a 2010 Blackhawks Stanley Cup Champions shirt, the other wears a Chicago Bulls 3-Peat shirt.

At first, I called bullshit on the Stanley Cup guy–that win is pretty recent so he obviously had the 20 bones a month ago to purchase that shirt. But what if they were passing those shirts out like candy and I just happened to miss it? Maybe they had a lot of extras after they realized no one in Chicago *really* likes hockey.

So then you’re telling me the guy in the 15+year old shirt isn’t the real homeless guy? That shirt has a lot of miles on it, a lot of beggin’ miles–it’s a part of the classic homeless look. OR IS IT?

Because if I had a Bulls 3-Peat shirt that I could find, you bet your ass I wouldn’t be parading it around everyday. That shit would be worn only on special occasions. That shirt is an ANTIQUE. Worth millions. A RARE antique that this guy obviously had enough money to buy because clearly he was over in ‘Nam when the first 3-peat happened.

Basically, what we have here at the Kennedy off-ramp at Irving Park is an antique enthusiast and the only hockey fan in the city of Chicago.

So I ask: Will the real homeless person please stand up?

Pet Peeve of the Day: Fall not being here soon enough

Quote of the Day: “You can look back but it’s best not to stare.” –Tom Petty

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04.07.2010

DIY Candlesticks


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I saw these awesome candlesticks over at Drab to Fab and knew I had to make some.  And I thought great big ones would perfectly fill out this empty corner I had next to my dining room table.  So I took a trip to Home Depot for some 4×4’s.  To say I stood out at Home Depot would be an understatement.  I had no idea what I was doing or where I was going.  But I found the 4×4’s and a crazy old guy to cut them for me.  (Honestly I was nervous for him to operate a power tool…)  He seemed really perplexed by what I was doing since I was asking for various lengths.  I explained it to him but I still don’t think he got it.  ANYWAY…

I bought the tops and bottoms at Michaels and glued them on with Gorilla glue.  Then I painted them with a white-ish paint I had, and stained them with the infamous Ralph Lauren Smoke glaze (FYI Home Depot informed me they will no longer be selling Ralph Lauren… recession I guess).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The total cost of these was suuuuuuper cheap.  I forget how much the 4×4 was but I don’t think it was more than $12.

I think they fit perfectly in the corner but I might have to spiff up the candles a bit!  (And why is one darker than the other??  Annoy)  How easy!  Thanks for the great idea Drab to Fab!

Pet Peeve of the Day: Your friend’s band

Quote of the Day: “A woman has got to love a bad man once or twice in her life to be thankful for a good one.” –Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

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Let’s see what a dollar can get you these days…

I bought this ugly table at my favorite antique store for a dollar.  That is correct, I dollar.  I figured for that price I would find something to do with it.  I needed a side table on the other side of my bed so I figured this would fit perfectly the long way.  And if it didn’t work out, well, it was only out a dollar.

 

 

A can of $.96 black spray paint later…And of course, I distressed the edges a bit with sandpaper because I need to have everything distressed and shabby chic-esque.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The Dollar Tree is another fave spot of mine.  The items below actually weren’t that bad on their own, but I wanted better:

 

Fleur de Lis finials?  Yes please.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 A thin layer of turquiose acrylic paint applied with a foam brush gave these a perfect, rusty, patina-ish look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the birdies?  I made them look old and springy.

This guy got rubbed with Ralph Lauren Smoke glaze which I have to resist glazing everything in my house with.

And these guys got some spring spray paint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I covered a dollar store frame with the same turquoise acrylic paint for a simiilar antiquey look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, I wanted some decorative balls (hahaha) but it was impossible to find cheap forms for them.  So I came across these at the Dollar Tree and decided they would work:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hotglued strips of sheet music to them and burned all 18 of my fingers in the process.

 

 

   

DIY Day @ ASPTL 

 

 

Pet Peeve of the Day: People who live in Chicago and complain when it snows one day and is 60 degree the next.  MOVE.  Because that is WHY I live here.

Quote of the Day: “We got to roll with the punches, play all of our hunches, make the best of whatever comes your way. Forget that blind ambition, learn to trust your intuition — plowing straight ahead, come what may.” –Jimmy Buffett

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03.04.2010

Book Wreath My Way


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I have spotted this awesome Book Wreath all over blog land and decided that I wanted to make one.  But then I was experimenting with these acordian-like flowers and decided to make a book wreath my way, using them.  Here is the step-by-step (and I am not a good photographer so my apologies):

First I started with pages from a book from Goodwill.  I got a tour book of Chicago to make it more personal and this actually worked out well because there were little maps inside that helped to mix up the patterns.  The size of the flower will depend on the size you cut your paper (book pages).  Then, do something you haven’t done since grade school when you used to make paper fans:

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 Basically you fold the paper back and forth until you make as many as you need.  (You will need three acordians for each flower).  This is the most time consuming part of the project.

 

 

 

 

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Next, fire up your glue gun.  Each acordian piece must be folded and where you fold it, you glue the insides to one another:

 

 

 

 

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That part is kind of hard to explain but hopefully you get the idea.

 

 

 

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Now you see how you have three pieces that should fit together.  You glue the sides of one to another and so forth until you have glued it together (3 spots).

 

 

 

 

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So that’s how you make the basic flower.  Repeat as necessary.

 

 

 

 

 

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I cut out a crude wreath form from some old cardboard to glue my flowers onto.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I glued buttons of various colors into the center of each of my flowers.

 

Then, you arrange your flowers onto the form as you want them, and hot glue them on.  This is a bit tricky because the flowers don’t lay flat.  I used a lot of hot glue!

 

 

 

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And here is the finished product!  I added ribbon to hang it with and a bow (a good bow tie-er I am not)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And here it is bringing a little springtime to my dark door!

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Day @ ASPTL

 

Quote of the Day: “Stay with me till time turns over – I want to feel my feet leave the ground.  Take me where the whispering breezes can lift me up and spin me around.  If I could I would… Hear you laughing as we go – Flipping backward through the doors and through the windows… I’m melting into nothing.” –Phish

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03.01.2010

DIY Kitchen Window


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All of the lovely ladies whose craft/decor blogs I follow always highlight their mantles.  And they are always so awesome and wonderfully decorated.  Alas, I lack a mantle.  Such is the life of a condo dweller.  So, I spruced up the window above my kitchen sink as my makeshift mantle:

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I have had a recent obsession with colored glass, my favorites being the light blue mason jars.  Luckily, my antique spot in Indy sells them for cheap.  I’ve seen them on Etsy and in Chicago antique stores for a lot more money than is necessary.

 

 

 

bThe frames to the left are dollar store frames.  On the top and bottom ones I took old sheet music and made it the base, then cut out the fleur de lis with my Cricut and modpodged it on.  The middle frame I covered in burlap and hot glued old keys I picked up at an antique store.  (Another craft I’ve seen circulating around blog-land.)  Antique keys similar to these sell at Pottery Barn for $19 for 7.  Mine are way cheaper, and way more authentic! 

 

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The birdhouse I got at Michael’s for a dollar.  I spray painted it Robin Egg Blue and then distressed it with a brown stain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I love how the light from the window shows through the glass.

 

 

 

 

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I would also like to add that the plant is from Ikea that my mom got me when I first moved in.  That’s right– I have kept this baby alive for almost three years!!

 

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Keeping It Simple

DIY Day @ ASPTL
 

Pet Peeve of the Day: Bank of America

Quote of the Day: “People only see what they are prepared to see.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

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