Thursday, November 24, 2011

Being hip and cool

We are trying to do some lower cost home improvements in our house. The kitchen is first, we are slowly sanding and re-staining our kitchen cabinets a gunstock color from Cabot. We did a couple of coats so it's darker than the sample appears

Once that is done we will get a new FLOOR! The floor is something we have needed since we moved in and due to some crazy normal life stuff we haven’t gotten around to it. This is the flooring I want, it's a laminate flooring that looks like slate rather than wood floor.

As the improvements are made I’ve been spending an excessive amount of time on pinterest looking at all of the great ideas that float around the internet.

In my kitchen I want to paint a chalkboard wall (like the one I pinned here), but Jim is not a fan so we’ll have to compromise on that one.

In the hallway between my front door and my kitchen I am totally hopping on the bandwagon of all those people with a wall of photos.  We don’t have tons of family photos so I was thinking we would put 1 picture of Jim and me, then we would fill some with pictures of my family and a couple pictures of the tortoises. I also want to scatter a few fun/funny/sweet phrases in a couple frames as well. I will even write/modgepodge a couple on the matting of some of the pictures.

Here are some of the quotes I’m going to use
-I like who we are when we are around us (on the matting around the picture of us)
-The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things
-Life isn’t about finding yourself life is about creating yourself
-Carpe the Hell out of this Diem
-Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful (thinking of knitting a piece of lace and pinning it under some matting that has this quote)

The only thing I haven’t figured out for this wall is the color. I definitely want to paint, but I have no idea what color. Purple is out because as much as I try to convince Jim that purple would be awesome, he keeps vetoing that idea.

What little changes have you been making around your house?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Second Best Day of the Year

I love my birthday. It’s my second favorite day in the year. I don’t need presents, I don’t need cake, I don’t need much other than some birthday phone calls and the permission to do whatever I feel like that day. This year my birthday was fantastic. I got flowers from my husband and awesome presents that made it abundantly clear how well Jim knows me.

 Note the Big Cheez-its which I think are 120% better than normal cheez-its. See the “as seen on tv” item? Jim always gets me an as seen on tv item and this year I had a very specific request. It’s a windshield cleaner. I love the packaging it has a Wonder Handle! What would I do without a wonder handle? Then there are dumbbells which I need for bootcamp next month. Finally a turtle with gem eyes that my dad got me in Malaysia. It’s so sweet!

After work I went to trivia where they surprised me with a cake and candles. Jillian even gave me a bag of awesome goodies. A flower slap bracelet, some matte nail polish and manicure/pedicure kit. She even drew a turtle Zentangle for me. It’s so awesome! I even got a balloon. I can’t remember the last time I got a balloon for my birthday! It’s awesome in so many ways.

After trivia (where we placed third!) I made oreo cheesecakes in my muffin pan. They were cute, yummy/tangy and awesome. I stole the recipe from some other blog, but I think they mentioned it came from elsewhere

2 blocks cream cheese
1/2 Cup sour cream
2 eggs
1/2 Cup sugar (I would add a bit more next time, this was still tangy)

All ingredients should be at room temperature before you start. Beat atogether until it can be beat no more Line your cupcake pan with cupcake papers. Place 1 oreo at the bottom of each one (I ended up with enough filling for 16) Crush up 6 oreos and fold them into the filling. Fill cupcake holders with filling. Bakeat 275 for 22 minutes. I think a little extra time is fine. What you end up with is a philidelphia (rather than a new york) style cheesecake with an oreo as the crust. They were delicious and people at my office gobbled them up!

I did have to work on my birthday, but I didn't have to do any chores or clean up after turtles, so it was fantastic. This week, I went out to dinner with my BFF Amy who shares a birthday with me. It was sooo much fun and she gave me a couple of adorable things. I hope everyone has as much fun on their birthday as I did on mine!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Quilt-y fun

You may or may not know that I am part of a quilt guild near where I live. It's a non-profit and we host a Quilt Show every other year in May. This year it is on May 11 and 12. We show off quilts from people in the guild, there is a little boutique and all sorts of amazing talent to see. One other thing we do is a Raffle Quilt.

It's made by the guild, raffled during the year culminating at the quilt show

The money goes to the guild AND to another non-profit organization.This year the quilt is slightly more modern and I love it.

 The raffle tickets are $1 or 6 for $5

Even if you aren't interested in buying a raffle ticket I encourage you to attend the show. It's so fun to see the talent that these guild members have. It's a great inspiration for color and patterns even in knitting.

If you aren't in the area, but want a raffle ticket shoot me an email pigbook1 at gmail and I'm sure I can get you some.

What has inspired you lately? What events do you attend for inspiration whether it's knitting, quilting or house decorating or something else?