02.08.2010

DIY Candleholder


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A few weeks ago when I was suffering from a broken heart, I threw myself into crafts instead of drinking; fancy that! I’m so grown up! So here is a pair of candleholders that I made:

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First, I started with candlestick holders and cup-ish things I got at Dollar Tree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I glued these together using E600 glue. (I hate this glue because it is smelly but it is nice for this because it doesn’t dry right away so you can move the cup around on the base if it’s not centered on your first placement).

 

 

 

 

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I took some tissue paper that I had lying around and decoupaged it to the outside of the cup. Despite its modern flair because of the zebra print, I think it still works with my other non-modern decor because of the neutral colors.

 

 

 

 

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Then I glued a piece of teal ribbon around the top and glued three maroonish buttons to the ribbon. The pictures don’t really do the color justice, I swear they don’t look as jettie-ish as they appear in the photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I placed tealights in both holders. The total cost for these candleholders was around $6–you can’t beat that and I don’t think they look cheap.

I was originally going to do this with scrapbook paper but was glad I had tissue paper on hand because the light really shines through on the tissue paper.

 

 

 

 
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Pet Peeve of the Day: The intense jealously I feel for the East Coast right now! I want that much snow in Chicago!!

Quote of the Day: “She never stumbles, she’s got no place to fall.” –Bob Dylan

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01.25.2010

DIY Bookshelf


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As I writer, you have to be a reader, so I have found myself with a lot of books– too many for my current bookshelf.  And since I like to keep all the books I read and never give them away or pass on to friends, I knew I needed a solution.  There has been an empty space in my house that I thought would be perfect for a small bookshelf, but again, I lack the funds to spend $80 on one.  So as I was antiquing a few weekends ago, I discovered all these old wooden boxes that were being used to display various antiques.  I thought if I bought 4 or so of them, I could create my own bookshelf.  Awesome.  I found two boxes at a store in Indiana, and two more at a store in Michigan.  The boxes ranged from $3 – $14.  I was very excited to get them home and put my idea to work.  Here it is:

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I really got lucky that these fit so perfectly into this spot as I did not have measurements!

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The box on the bottom left is my favorite– it is an old ammo box.  It has metal handles on the side and weighs about 20 pounds– it was one of the more expensive ($14).

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The vase is a Dollar Tree glass vase that I lined with a piece of scrapbook paper.  The branches I found on the beach in Michigan!

You may have also noticed that I grouped my books on the shelves according to color.  I got this idea from a Real Simple article and I really like the effect it gives.

All in all I am extremely excited about my bookshelves– I absolutely love them and the look they have!  I think they look a lot better than a run-of-the-mill, expensive bookshelf would look!  And we all know I love unique things!!  What do you think??

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I am submitting this project to Do It Yourself Day over at A Soft Place to Land.

 

 

 Pet Peeve of the Day: Rain in January

Quote of the Day: “Let us be thankful for the fools.  But for them the rest of us could not succeed.” –Mark Twain

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01.18.2010

Plant Stand Re-Do


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After taking my Christmas tree down, I didn’t want to put the lamp I had in its spot back.  So that left me with a rather large empty space in the corner of my living room.  I decided a plant stand for one of my plants would be the perfect solution, except all the stands at Target were too expensive.  I mean honestly, it’s a freakin slab of wood with legs, nothing special.  The cheapest option was like $40+, not in my budget at the moment.  So I went to the Village and scored this perfect, basic plant stand for $8:

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The color was too light to match with my other dark brown furniture so I had to paint it.  I wanted to spray paint it, but alas they don’t sell spray paint in the city and I didn’t feel like trekking out to the suburbs.  So I painted on a white base coat that I had on hand:

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And then covered that with a dark brown paint (it’s not this shiny, must have been the flash):

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And here it is in my living room.  For what it is (basic) and what it cost me ($10 after paint, etc.) I am quite pleased with it:

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 DIY Day @ ASPTL

 I am submitting this project to Do It Yourself Day over at A Soft Place to Land.  It’s an awesome craft blog I suggest you check out!!

 

Pet Peeve of the Day: Pizza cut “New York” style

Quote of the Day: “I’d rather learn from one bird how to sing than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance.” –e.e. cummings

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12.30.2009

Reflecting on 2009


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As 2009 (and the decade!) comes to an end, I thought it would be nice  to reflect on the past year considering I’m a huge fan of “end-of-the-year” lists! I’m not a fan of personal info on my blog but I think the following is pretty benign. Also, 2008 was such a horrible year, that I was determined to make 2009 awesome. I think I succeeded… Here are some month-by-month highlights (consider this my supremely annoying Christmas card!):

January

  • Quit my job
  • Turned 26 (sayonara quarter century!)
  • Went to Madrid with my BFF

February

  • Enjoyed living the unemployed dream before it got boring and tedious

March

  • Started my awesome blog!
  • Went to Arizona for Cubs Spring Training, baked in the sun for what I would later find out would be the last time I could do that. Thanks for the tan Arizona!

April

  • Another exciting Cubs season began…

May

  • As quick as the Cubs season began… it was already over.
  • I learned the value of couponing thanks to all the frugal blogs out there on the information super highway! Not sure how much I saved but if my CVS receipts are any indicator, my year-to-date savings there alone is over $800!

June

  • Went to Las Vegas for the first and last time
  • Went to my first Cubs-White Sox game on the scary southside

July

  • Can’t remember much about this… I can only assume this means that I went on the traditional midyear/midsummer bender

August

  • Started grad school!

September

  • Reunited with my long lost lover and became engaged!
  • Went to Seattle with my family for an awesome Bears-Seahawks game

October

  • Formed a legendary karaoke band, “Annette”

November

  • My long lost lover moved in and I said goodbye to my beloved single life forever

December

  • This  month flew by, I have no idea what happened in December besides Christmas and going to Pittsburgh with my Dad for an awesome Steelers game!

So that, in a nutshell, has been my year. I look forward to making 2010 even more awesome, if that’s possible. Thank you also to all of you, my readers, for making my blog and my year worthwhile! Have a fabulous New Years, be safe, and I’ll see you again in 2010!

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One Sunday morning a few weeks ago, I stumbled out of my house towards Walgreens for some much needed G2 Grape Gatorade.  Upon exiting the Walgreens, I saw a poster propped up against a tree.  It said “Expose Yourself to Art” and had a picture of a dude flashing a statue.  (See pic).  I thought that this was one of the most hilarious things I had ever seen.  While no one was standing by the poster guarding it, I figured some rando art person had put it there to inspire the community.  Not being one to rain on someone’s culture parade, I laughed, left the poster where it was and continued my walk back home, chugging the delicious Gatorade.

I was about halfway down the block when this exposeyourselftoartold lady walked past me rather hastily.  I recognized her as being another patron in Walgreens moments ago.  In her hand was a folded cardboard sign.  It was folded haphazardly so I was able to recognize it as the exposure to art poster.  She seemed in a bit of a rage and I was curious to know what she was going to do with the poster; she certainly did not seem like the owner of it.

So I walked a little slower and watched her continue down the street.  About a half a block before I had to turn down my street, I watched with horror as she threw the sign into a nearby construction dumpster.  After waiting for this crazy lady to turn the block, I crossed the street and retrieved the poster from the dumpster, happily amazed that I was now the proud owner of this sign.

I assume that the lady was somehow offended by the sign, which is lame, but without her being offended, I never would have been able to obtain the sign.  It would have sat there under that tree and I never would have known what became of it.  Instead, after a little tape job (thanks to that lady’s reckless handling of the sign), I am now able to proudly display this poster in my home!

Pet Peeve of the Day: The awesome decision the Geek Squad made to only backup half of my iTunes library.  How did they know I wanted nothing to do with the a million Tom Petty songs I had?

Quote of the Day: “When the morning gathers the rainbow, want you to know I’m a rainbow too.” –Bob Marley

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