Wednesday, December 14, 2011

What youve missed

So tons has been going on and I haven't always had time to stop and share with you guys. I threw a couple of things up from my phone quick though. :) Since fire monster started her first year of school this year I decided I should knit her a sweater and here it is. I made jb048 from james c brett and I love the pattern but hated marble chunky!!!

Here is the back you can see the pretty braided cable there a bit better. :) I really do love it.
This is going to be a very random post of things I just haven't remembered to share with you guys so please don't mind me. But here is another milk glass lamp I grabbed and made into a bed side lamp. Found the lamp shade at the ever evil walmart for 5$!!!! I think it works perfect since this is more of a brass then the silver my others have been and I don't have to paint this way besides it was in quiet nice condition.

Here is a little side table I refurbished by painting it grey and yellow with some different disigns I made using painters tape. I think it is super cute. It is still in Italy Ava.

This is what I did with my family pictures I had them made into copies with a plain old color copy machine and we got the to the right size in black and whites and then did the color copies when we got it right and even with paying for all the mess ups it was just over 3$!! then I decoupaged them onto wooden boxes I got on clearance at Micheals and hung them with twine from a sign my sister had given me. It said martini lounge and I didn't need that so I painted it with chalk board paint and there you have it our family wall art was born :)

These are another great find that I am just in love with. These vintage suitcases cost me a total of 2.50!! Granted when I bought them they were ugly and the little one said property of Jane and Tarzan ski on the side but I painted them out and then bought some wall decals and cut them into the shapes I wanted stuck them on the side and I have adorable matching luggage for us and the kids :) I love them too much

Aren't they soo cute. Anyway I am up to my ears in custom orders for the shop and have errands to be running any minute when the hubby gets home from work :) I hope to share more with you guys soon. I will have to show you what happened to some of the mess ups from the copy shop here in town ;)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

So I haven't posted in ages (sorry guys) I have been crazy busy working but I had to share my holiday decorations so far this year :) Here is the tree so far. We don't do one of the fancy matching trees. Our tree is all sentimental ornaments we add to every year. (and I can't find my tree skirt lol)

Here are the pine cones me and evea made last year and I made some christmas trees with foam cones I hot glued yarn around them and added some buttons. I haven't found any thing I like for the tops yet :)

Here is my ball wreath I made last year :)
I chose to stick with the peacockish colors I used on the wreath and I have a unhealthy obsession with Christmas bulbs So I So this is the table this year.
Here is our living room book shelf. :)
and this is something that we whipped up the other day with a thrift shop frame and some ribbon and christmas bulbs

That is mostly it :) I have a swag on the door from a gfs daughters fundraiser. and my big white coffee filter on is on the inside of the front door. Well people time to get back to work. I can't have people getting frostbite on their ears because I am knitting to slow lol.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

crock pot catastrophe

so yesterday was Halloween. Which means a busy day in our house. I was up early showered and ready to drive fire monster to school on time (which is rare in our house) went to grab the spare keys (since monkey butt lots my set) and ben had taken my keys so I was late anyway. So I went to her party came home threw a roast in MY NEW TWO WEEK OLD CROCK POT with all the accompaniments since we were having the neighbors over for dinner and then went down to vacuum where I found someone *cough monkey butt* cough must have vacuumed up a gerbil or something there was a huge clog I had to dig out of my vacuum hose then when that lovely drawn out process was over and I actually got vacuuming done I went up to tidy up and found there was some BBQ sauce leaking onto the counter under the crock pot. I thought that is weird and grabbed some pot holders and went to lift out the ceramic part and that is when this happened!!!


yup still in the bottom of the pan I stabbed the roast with a fork threw it in a pot on low in the oven and added all the onions, BBQ sauce, bell pepper ect. again and went on my way. But seriously. I think I must have a talk with the crock pot people. Every one is like" you should return it" but how the heck am I supposed to return this mess !! and the worst part I don't have a crock pot again and I just replaced my one that got cracked in the move!!! dang it.

This is how my days have been latley lol Well I have nothing happening tomorrow so after my first day of work at italy ava today I crawled into my pjs and I don't plan on getting out any time soon (unless it is to take a nice long bath)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sale and New earflap owl hats

I wanted to update you guys on two new things. I just launched my new ear flap owl hats on my etsy shop!!

They are cute customizable and I can make then in any size. :)
Also I decided it was time to run a sale and I chose my ...
Super cozy chunky soft garter stitch cowls.

Tons of great ways to wear them and they are so soft and warm and come in a ton of colors and...

best of all $22.00 off for two weeks !!! Here is a link if you want to take advantage to grab a new cozy piece for the winter or maybe start your holiday shopping :)And good news the cute yellow and grey side table went in Italy Ava and right back out to some loving home! I thought it was soo cute I am not shocked I hope they love it as much as I did. :)

Monday, October 24, 2011

my latest refurbs

I don't know how you guys spent m.e.a. weekend but I got to drive back up to the cities with my girls to see my family. The time in between visits was a bit longer then usual this time and I was missing my family something terrible. It was soo nice to be home even if my hubby stayed home to work some over time.
I always sleep at my older sisters in my nieces room. She gives up her bed for me and the girls/ hubby since she has a double bed. One thing that has driven me crazy this past few visits is no bed side lamp!! I have to turn out the light and stumble my way back to bed and then god forbid I need to see to grab my phone or something. Sooo I made a mental note to look for a lamp to refurb for her. I found this milk glass one similar to mine and knew this was it and if she didn't want it I would keep it. Well no such luck she like it.

I panted the worn metal silver and then recovered the lamp shade in some zebra fabric and added some ribbon the the top and bottom and there you have it a super cute little lamp that otherwise would have been passed up and it made things more comfy for my trip. I love to use the little flat part at the bottom to throw my chap stick or jewelry on at the end of the evening. :)
After that me and my sis looked around because she was sure we could find something to do with the rest of the zebra fabric and I found this..
My nieces desk chair it is wrote all over and stained on the cushion.
We painted it black and recovered the cushion in the zebra print and bam super cute chair.
another project my sis had lined up for me was a rolling tv stand she had thrifted and wanted to make into a upholstered ottoman. We lucked out that the top of this will just pop off so we removed it then we wrestled (literally) the egg crate out from under my nephews but on his futon and cut two pieces then we lined then up together threw some batting over that and the fabric staple gunned it on and then put it back together and she has a great big upholstered ottoman that cost roughly $20 (7 for tv stand, 8 for fabric, and a few bucks for batting)
then I came home and set to work on some of my projects. Here is a side table I thrifted a while back it is on wheels and it has some water damage that wouldn't sand out. But after a bit of love I still think it is adorable.
I panted it in grey and yellow.
I got these shutters and painted then for some mail/ bill sorters and I am going to put hooks in the bottom for keys to hang. The black ones are chalk board paint.
This is a great little shelf that I found and repainted. I think it is fabulous.
This is another table that I painted. I had decided to try the lace painting technique I am seeing allot lately. I did silver over the wood color.
I also painted the legs and edges and any extras silver also.
I have a few more things that I have yet to finish. :) I will have to save then for another day. I am going to get in a bit of work on some knitting and then head off to bed :) Hope you guys had a great weekend too!
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

chunky cable throw pillows

Last week I made some great throw pillows out of cable sweater for Italy Ava .
I fell in love with them. They are some of my favorite pieces so far.
So I have been busy making a few more.

I apologize for the sub par photography but here is a pretty pear green pillow :)

This is a fabulous grey one with cables and seed stitch.
This is one I made out of the left overs from the first set.
As well as this cream one out of left overs. I am loving these and I am not sure if they will stay with me or go up for sale I am not certain yet. But I am loving them :)
I am having a tough time getting my knitting done my ulnaritus is acting up and has been super painful the past few day so I am on my way to the chiro hoping she can fix me up. So sewing these pillows was a nice break although not easy lol. Well I need to cook some lunch before I head off to the chiro . :) I hope you guys enjoy seeing then great new pieces as much as I enjoy making them. If you make your own I would love to see the pics :) They can go to :)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

rocker and side/ottoman finished product

Okay so I finished up the rocker and ottoman set. Here is a picture collage showing the beginning product and the end after reupholstering, painting, and distressing. I also have the side table that I made into a ottoman.

my hubby is going to take out the extra rung on the left side and it will be good to go.

It has a very thick cushion and is very comfy. The ottoman was a very uncute side table. I sawed the legs in half painted and distressed them and then I upholstered the top and it makes the perfect ottoman for this rocker.

Hopefully it goes to a good home where it rocks many a sweet baby and has many a book read on it by someone snuggled in with a cup or tea and warm socks. :)

As for my own home, I picked this little guy up at gathering of gals. It is a shelf with hooks made out of shutters. But it was white and blended right in with my walls so I painted and distressed it in this blue that fits well in my kitchen. Perfect to hold my pens and dry erase markers and most of all keys because it is right here..

Right inside the back door . I also have my ikea shoe drawers there and the chore chart and this..

The wine crate we use as a shoe box. It used to be my side table when I was very young and lived with my sis!!!
I was shabby chic when that was just broke lol. Who knew lol. Well I have lots of knitting to catch up on and I need a shower because I am covered in spray paint AGAIN. Also we had a sleep over last night that didn't go very well and required me getting out of bed lots of times to sooth many a tear so I am exhausted and cranky. Well I suppose I will hide down stairs from foot ball and kids so I can knit :)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

More family pics

Steph my gf just posted more family pics of me and the hubby she took. I love them. This is me and my hubby :) Who I am missing big time because he has been away for training ALL week!! he gets home today.

I can't wait for him to get home. We have date night tomorrow night :)

and this right here is my favorite. I have on about a gallon of eye make up and this made me cry!!! Fire monster is SUCH a daddies girl and she has always rubbed ears when she gets tired. You know she is sleepy when she is rubbing your ear. This pic was at the end of the photo session and she was tired and getting cranky. This is such a tender little pic of my fire monster.

I am going to get some work done now and enjoy my little break from the monster while she is at preschool. :)

Saturday, October 8, 2011

The girl cave/ craft room rearranged

So I promised you the other day that I would show you the girl cave/ craft room. I had to change a few things since I moved things around. This area mostly stayed the same I have a new magnet board there and this houses yarn and knitting books.

This is my sitting and knitting spot and in the back is where present wrapping stuff goes.

Here is my sewing table/ desk. I also took down the ikea cubbie bar that was next to my side of the bed and it went here but I also did something brilliant to it that we did at my sisters..

I had a broken tape measure (a few actually ) that wouldn't retract so I cut it and taped it to the edge of the table for cutting like so.

but the biggest change was that I moved the sofa table into my room so there was a gap there and since my new dresser is where this shelf was it moved into the girl cave, where is was very much needed for storage of various crafting goodies and mailing things for my etsy shop and blah blah blah.

So there you have it. It isn't perfect yet there are still things I am going to change but I am enjoying the way things are soo much and Mrs Laura (my gf) is right" no person in the right mind needed that much storage in their bedroom" (not that I have ever claimed to be in my right mind) but I really was needing more in my girl cave and this fit the bill.

Soo I have tons of knitting to do since I am super behind. I threw my back out early this week doing all this refurbishing and moving and was worthless most of the week. So I am playing catch up now. I have orders mostly filled but I have a few other things that I want to throw together for the shop and I have a few new pieces I got out thrifting today but I will have to save those for another day. I am only one person people :)enjoy your weekend I am off to knit as fast as my fingers will fly :)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

whats in your crock pot tonight??

Well moving furniture I threw out my back Monday. So I have been baby it since Monday and in pain and today I gave in and went to the chiropractor and I have to coupon shop tonight plus take it easy so dinner is in the trusty crock pot. I am make this recipe from my pintrest board that is from here .

She is brilliant you just throw cream cheese, chicken, diced tomatos, corn and black beans there. I also threw in a bit of left over green chillis from last night and some diced olives from Sunday :)

I have made it one other time and it is super yum as calvin would say