Friday, July 30, 2010

Just Chugging Along

This week has been fairly quiet, at work and with the home life. It's strange having no major plans over the summer - in previous years my summer weekends were booked full with things to do. Now I'm really enjoying the downtime.  It has given us a lot of time to get our house prepped and I must say, it's looking better every day! I love the new ceiling fans we installed in the sunroom and master bedroom.  I can't believe we waited OVER TWO years to finally install them. But they are amazing. I worked on the front of the house last weekend, painting the garage door, front porch railing and light pole and I must say, the new coat of paint really spruced up the look of the house. This weekend will be devoted to the kitchen. We finally will have decent weather over the weekend so Drew will hit the links and play a round of golf and Sunday we'll work on tiling the floor and possibly installing new counter tops. 

I've been spending a lot of my weekday nights with the neighbor crafting new jewelry pieces.  Drew gave me the "I think jewelry making is your new favorite hobby over scrapbooking" speech last night and I told him it wasn't so. I'm a social hobby person - I enjoy working with other people and I tend to get a lot done with I am with other enthusiasts. I don't bead by myself and I rarely scrapbook solo. Since Candice lives right next door, it is easier for me to walk over to her house after work and stay from 7-10 than it is for me to drive to JC's house to scrapbook on weeknights.  I am planning to remedy my lack of scrapbooking this weekend though with a visit to JC - I am sure I'll get quite a bit done and maybe even finish my engagement book! I showed Candice my Europe scrapbook and she decided she wanted to get into scrapbooking as well, especially since they have a baby on the way.  She thinks making a scrapbook would be a great baby book. 

I will now leave you with a few photos of my most recent jewelry pieces. The pictures don't do the necklaces justice - especially with the white background. If you click on each photo it will enlarge it so you can better see the details! Hope you like!

Piece One:
Piece Two:

 Piece 3:

Piece 4:

Piece 5:

I have 5 new pieces but I still need to photograph those. I started my own Etsy shop - once I get all my ducks in a row I plan to post all of these on the site and see if anyone is interested in purchasing any. I think I'm getting better with each piece! What do you think??

Thursday, July 22, 2010

I can't believe he did this...

Sometimes I think my husband is crazy.  He truly does have a heart of gold and he loves giving me things that I don't expect or wouldn't buy for myself because I find them to be too expensive.  About two weeks ago I sent him a link to a pair of really cute Betsey Johnson shoes on Piperlime telling him how adorable I thought they were. That was the end of the conversation.  Yesterday he emailed me at work to tell me I had a present waiting for me when I got home. I had no idea what it was or who it was from and he refused to tell me until I got home. By the time I got home my curiosity was out of control. Sitting on the porch was a box with bright green lettering that I immediately recognized to be Piperlime. Andrew opened the box and handed me a hot pink shoe box and I just knew what shoes they were.
How freaking cute are these?!?!  Okay so they are 4 inch heels and I'm probably going to either break my ankle or have the most painful feet ever but they are so cute! I will need some Dr Scholl's inserts for sure. But they are very Audrey Hepburn-ish if you ask me. I have a gray pencil skirt that I'm going to wear with it but I need a cute/dressy black top to go with it. Super hot! Here is the link for those that might want to purchase them (they come in black as well) or see a few other photos. I still can't believe he paid this much for these shoes - I can't wrap my mind around owning such expensive shoes. I need to wear them at least twice a week to make sure I get our money's worth!

My husband is A-MAZE-ING!!! <3

Monday, July 19, 2010

I think I have a new addiction...

Previously I blogged about my love for scrapbooking but I believe I found a new crafting hobby that I have become addicted to as well. Making my own jewelry. My last blogged touched on my first attempt at making my own jewelry and I was quite proud of the results. Last week I continued to work on my necklaces and thought I'd post some pictures of my most finished pieces. Some of these were made by Candice and some by me. I'll give credit to each necklace. So here they are:

Candice made this using ribbon and a needle, threading each bead through wire and ribbon.  It was very tedious!
She then added a black rose and a pink heart crystal to give it an added punch. 
Candice made this necklace - it is based off of an idea I found online. The design idea came from a Chanel necklace.
 I made this necklace using a beading technique. It took a long time to string each of these tiny, tiny beads!
A close up of the main center piece. 
I made this necklace using tiny birds, beads and a center piece of a nest with robin's eggs.
This was a necklace made by Candice. Love the neutral colors. 
I made this necklace and centered it around the pink crystals in the centerpiece. 
Close up of the centerpiece. 
Candice made this necklace.
I made this necklace using purple and silver beads. 
This is my favorite necklace that I've made so far. 

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A Nautical Experience

Last night I learned how to make jewelry with my wonderful neighbor Candice.  I had no idea how hard yet easy the whole process is.  Candice has some amazing jewelry and she sells her pieces at jewelry shows, which are similar to someone hosting a Tupperware party. At the end of the summer one of her co-workers is hosting a party at her house and Candice will sell her pieces there.  I did not realize how talented she is!

Apparently I started my first jewelry experience on an intermediate level than a beginners level.  I had to learn how to use headpins and how to bend, cut, and twist the wire to properly secure my beads to my chain. I also had to figure out the best way to lay out all the pieces and then use jump rings to secure the pendants. For my first attempt I think I did pretty well!  Candice did a pretty, 1940ish necklace that I think is adorable.  Tomorrow she is going to teach me a few more things and I will make some new pieces. I have a lot of ideas on what I want to make. I also convinced Candice that she needed to set up an Etsy page for her jewelry and that I would take the photos for her using my super awesome camera. I also told her she could make her own boxes using my Cricut if she wanted.  I sense the beginnings of a small online business brewing! :-)  I am still contemplating if I want to keep my first piece or if I want to sell it. I made earrings and a charm bracelet to match - I am going to keep the bracelet for sure, I love it!  Here are a few pictures of our work from last night.  Let me know what you think!

Getting all set up to begin putting the pieces together. 
The final product.
Those are the earrings I made to match the necklace.
A close up of some of the pendants. The flash makes these have a gold tint but all of the pieces are a dirty silver color.
How it looks on a person's neck.The
The necklace, bracelet and broach that Candice made. Aren't they beautiful! I'm going to learn a lot from her!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Weekend Recap

This past weekend was pretty awesome. My Friday was uneventful and quiet - I left work around 5:20 and headed to Michael's to kill some time before Andrew got off work.  From there I decided I wanted to eat chicken casserole for dinner that night. Andrew was thrilled because I rarely make it (it takes so long!) and it is one of his favorite dishes (recipe to come later!). So we swung by Safeway, grabbed a few essentials then headed home.  After dinner we cuddled up in bed watching tv shows until we both passed out. 

Saturday I went shopping with my favorite neighbor. She is two months pregnant so she had a punch list of things she wanted to find while we were at the mall. They included:
1. A new, bigger bra with full coverage
2. Flats - all she owned were heels and boots - when you're pregnant and your feet swell those heels are no longer attractive to ya!
3. Jeans - which she didn't actually realize she wanted. But when she walked out of the house wearing black yoga pants claiming she had nothing to wear because she was so fat, I dragged her into Motherhood Maternity wear and helped her select her first pair of maternity jeans. Her reaction "I'm never going back to button jeans again! These are awesome!" 

After finding jeans shopping was much easier for her. We went into Body Central and we both found about 20 things to try on.  Candice broke the dressing room because she took too many clothes in and the bar couldn't handle the weight! We both made out with some cute purchases.  After a quick pit stop for lunch and a pee break (pregnant lady had to go!), we hit up a couple of different shoe stores.  Some how Candice needing "a new pair of flats" turned into Candice buying FIVE new pairs of flats.  But they were all super cute. Our last stop was Charlotte Russe which was having a buy one get one free sale! I must say, I went a little crazy! I got about 10 new tops and 2 new pairs of super cute flats. I wore my new flats to work today and they are super adorable. The best part was I came in $60 under the budget Andrew set for me. :-)  Which I proceeded to spend the next day.
Sunday was pretty relaxing.  Slept in and then got up and headed to Joanns with Candice.  She is a very talented painter and seamstress and she makes her own jewelry. I asked her to teach me the ropes and she kindly agreed.  We spent about an hour in Joanns planning out jewelry ideas and picking out new pendants and beads. I have enough to make three new necklaces, hopefully they turn out well! I'll post pictures of the results!

Candice told me while we were shopping that she showed her husband her stomach and said "I'm already starting to show!" And he asked if women show at only 2 months.  She insisted that they did and to read the book about pregnancy.  His findings? That women can show at 2 months but it is usually the result of bloating or overeating.  She wasn't happy about that.  But she then happily modeled her new jeans and said "at least this secrecy panel hides it well!" haha

Afterwards I hit up the grocery store (trying to be domestic) and spent the rest of the afternoon/evening with the dogs and hubby. I made a new Weight Watchers meal for nachos last night. It was really good. I'll post that recipe with the chicken casserole recipe next so stay tuned!

All in all, a great weekend.  It wasn't too hot and I got to have some much needed girl time.  Next weekend I'm visiting my parents whom I haven't seen since the wedding! It's been 3 whole months! So I plan to remedy that with some mom and dad time. :-)  Have a great week!

Friday, July 9, 2010

What a great Friday!

Happy Friday!!  I love short work weeks and I was super happy that this one didn't drag on like other short weeks have been known to do. It also helped that I worked from home yesterday. I'm doing a Friday link up - it's been a while since I've done one so I thought I'd do one today! 

Today's link up is from The Little Things We Do and it is Fill in The Blanks Friday.
1.  My favorite thing about this week has been       the fact that is was a short/quick week at work.  All of our management has been out on vacation and its very stress free around here!

2.  The weather this week has been      hotter than heck! Seriously it has been about 102 degrees all week and humid. I almost had a heat stroke waiting for the dogs to do their business outside yesterday!

3.  The last (interesting) item I received in the mail was     nothing of sad that I don't get any good mail!

4.  The last movie I saw was       Law Abiding Citizen.  Very good movie.

5.  If I could be doing anything I felt like today I would     not be at work - I would prefer to be at the beach somewhere drinking a cold drink and reading a good book.

6.  As a teenager I was       hot headed, unforgiving and bossy.  I'm not sure how much has changed! haha

7.  I wish I could trade lives for the day with      Lea Michele from Glee - but I'd want it to be during a time they were rehearsing and filming an episode of Glee. I love that show!
Head on over to The Little Things We Do to play along!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

I give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars...

Last night I went with some girlfriends to see Eclipse. I wouldn't say I'm obsessed with the movies like I am with the Harry Potter series, but I genuinely love the books. While the greatness of the books and its story lines don't translate onto the big screen as well as Harry Potter does, I still have a shameful desire to watch them. I own both Twilight and New Moon on Blu Ray dvd...with Twilight I refused to go see it in theaters.  When it originally came out everyone was comparing it to the greatness of Harry Potter and I loyally stuck by my Hogwarts crew and refused to see the movie. I had no idea that the movie was based on a book nor did I care. 

I guess it was sometime last year when I borrowed the entire series from my future sister in law in law (I'm not sure what you call your brother in law's wife, so I'll just give her the extra in law and call it quits). I read all four books in a weekend. I was engrossed in the story line and dare I say it, but I even dreamed about Edward and living life as a vampire. Of course - these books are total dreamworld. No guy out there is that perfect, that doting or so selfless.  Call me a cynic but I just don't believe it. Maybe that is why it is so popular - it is that fantasy land that every girl and woman dreams of...their ideal man.  Either way, I loved the books so I broke down and watched Twilight on DVD. I hated it. Horrible acting - I thought Kristen Stewart made an awful Bella even in all her natural awkwardness and Robert Pattinson didn't even COME CLOSE to the sexy, eye candy I pictured Edward to be. They hit the nail on the head with Jessica's character and Alice Cullen but the rest fell short. I know that movies take liberties with the plot of books and do what they can to make it fit into a two hour movie, but I just didn't agree with how it was acted out. Edward never spoke that harshly to Bella - the scene on the field trip where he bites her head off and tells her to watch where she is going.  Granted, there was never a field trip either but I just couldn't see Edward reacting so harshly. Eventually I got over it and just came to terms with the fact that all of these movies were going to be so horrible that eventually I would love them. 

Like a moron, I insisted on seeing New Moon on opening night - battling the hormone infested pre-teens and their mothers that got to the theater 3 hours in advance. I braved the wait and the rush for seats when the doors opened with two other ladies that wanted to see the movie, all three of us questioning our sanity. I enjoyed the movie...well as much as I could over telling the stupid tweens around me to shut up and stop screaming.  I think I even told a few of them to get laid so they could get their hormones under wraps. Needless to say, I bought (ahem pre-ordered) the movie when it came out this past March. Like a smart woman, a woman that learns from her mistakes, I decided to wait until after opening weekend to go see Eclipse when it came out at the end of June. BEST. DECISION. EVER. PERIOD.  There were no teeny boppers in our 7pm Tuesday evening show. In fact, it was the 40 year old lady in front of us with her husband that was swooning over a shirtless Jacob and then apologizing her husband for her "OH YEAH! and fist pump outburst in the theater. I enjoyed the movie a lot more than I enjoyed New Moon. The acting has improved and they stuck to the storyline relatively well. I still do not like Kristen Stewart as Bella and she did not portray Bella's anxiety over marriage they way the book did, but all in all, I rate it a 3.5 out of 5. I won't see it again in theaters - not like I've seen every Harry Potter movie 2-3 times in theater, as it was the only way to hold me over until the dvd release. But I will pre-order it to have it on my doorstep when it becomes available for purchase. 

Oh and on another side note - I read on the internet that the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows trailer would play before the movie and it didn't. I was hugely disappointed. Lucky for me, part 1 comes out in November and I'll be in Harry Potter world in about 2 months. So I think I'll survive missing the trailer. :-D

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Top Two Tuesday - Favorite Purchases

Today's Top Two Tuesday from The Undomestic Mamma is Favorite Purchases Made This Year.

I had a hard time at first trying to remember everything I purchased this year and what might be my favorite.  So I started thinking about all those big purchases and I realized I've actually already blogged about both of my favorite purchases!

My first favorite purchase was my new Pink Cricut Machine

 I have now collected quite a few cartridges to go with my machine and I even purchased the Cricut Design Studio software so I can connect my Cricut to my computer. This past weekend we moved a lot of stuff into storage, including a chase, leaving only the couch in the living room.  This meant I had an extra end table sort of hanging out in the middle of the living room. So I pulled the end table next to the computer desk, placed my Cricut on top of it, put all of my cartridges on the shelf below it and connected to the computer.  I figured Andrew would be none to happy when he came home to see my new re-arranged craft area, but surprisingly he said it was okay. So now I can cut out different shapes, weld them together, and make awesome titles for my books. I'm very excited. :0)

My second favorite purchase is without a doubt my new camera.
I've had a blast taking new photos and playing around with filters and shutter speeds. I think I've taken pictures of every plant that resides around our house. Here are a few of my favorite shots so far (remember, I'm still learning/playing with this camera, so it should only get better from here!!!).
I have no idea why there is a folding chair on the floor next to Parker...
He is looking at me like I am crazy. 
Our beautiful hydrangeas on the side of the house.
Blue hydrangeas.
The weathered Welcome sign held by mister frog.
My beautiful best friend hamming it up for the camera!