Monday, April 30, 2012

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My good pal Susan and I are embarking on the world of business ownership!  We are so excited, and I am so excited because Susan will get to put her two cents in on this ole bloggy blog.  She has a delightful sense of style and we hope to get to work with some folks out west (she's in San Francisco and I'm in Laguna Beach), and create mind blowing interiors that will stand the test of time...even if the world ends in 2012.  So check out our website, give us a like on Facebook, or you can get to know our style on Pinterest.  If you are reading this blog (thank you so much) you're off to a great start on getting to know us!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Easy Art / Gallery Wall

Art can transform a space.  I am always on the hunt for easy art I can make.  I needed a little more pop of color on my gallery wall and looked to an old paint deck of mine for some inspiration.  If you don't have an old paint deck you can always run out to your local hardware store to get some paint chips.

Step one:  Gather paint chip colors you dig.

Step two:  Get a frame with a mat, or if you are extra crafty you can make your own mat.  I got mine at Michael's.  You'll also need glue and tape.  I just happened to have these sitting around.

Step three:  Organize your colors into a pattern that suits your eye.  I intentionally offset all of mine so I didn't have to worry about aligning the lines perfectly.

Step four:  Put a piece of tape at the top and bottom to hold those babies in place.  Fold over the extra hanging bits.

Step five:  Glue the inside edges of the mat.  Place the mat over the paint chips, then flip back over and add a little more tape to the sides just to be sure there is no wiggling.

Step six:  Hang and enjoy!  Can you find my easy art hanging in our new gallery wall?

Note to self...get a better camera so all my images don't turn out so fuzzy!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Spaghetti and moving

My family loves a big bowl of spaghetti, and we hate moving.  Say wha?  That sentence may sound like jibber jabber, but stick with me.  Because we love spaghetti we end up with a boat load of glass jars.    Because we hate moving (we have moved four times in the passed 3 years), we have the bare minimum of kitchenware needed to get by.  We are now on an uber budget with no glasses and a lot of glass jars to glasses + glass jars = glass jar galsses! 
I want to put these and a tasty beverage in them!

This really isn't a new phenomenon.  Folks have been drinking moonshine out of mason jars since mason jars existed.  And here are 50 other things to do with your left over jars!  (click on the image to go to the link)

*I want to make wall planters with herbs for my kitchen, and toiletry holder for my bathroom!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Upcydown revisited

I had an epiphany this morning.  Yes, I am a big fan of the environment and keeping the old gal safe and clean, BUT I'm also a cheapo.  Not by choice really, I just live on a budget like pretty much everyone else on the planet.  And honestly, I think being green really just helps justify me living like a cheapo.  For example, was my vow to only buy used clothes for one year an effort to save the planet or me trying to save my wallet.  The answer is....BOTH!  So from now on my blog will start highlighting the cheap-ness going on in my little life.  Maybe the more money I save the more time I can spend doing this: