Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Grosgrain: The State Fair Frock Grosgrain Giveaway

Grosgrain: The State Fair Frock Grosgrain Giveaway

Yes... this dress too, I want!

Grosgrain: The Romance Novel Blouse Grosgrain Giveaway

Grosgrain: The Romance Novel Blouse Grosgrain Giveaway
This shirt is gorgeous! And I want it!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

new bed pillows

I have been looking for fabric to buy for new pillows. I decided to keep the comforter we have because it is a nuetral brown and I am poor right now so really don't have money to buy lots of fabric. Anyways, I was drooling over Joel Dewberry fabrics. Like these ones...

What gorgeous pillows these would make

Or this one by Alexander Henry... oh the birds! I am SO into them!
So after wiping up the drool and after buying the fabric yesterday at yard sales my mind went racing. I decided I would have to use what I had. I knew I wanted golden yellow still because of the side table, orange because I love orange and the orange chair, and brown because of the comforter. So this is what came out of the sewing machine. Let me tell you... today I have watched 3 movies so far and last night I watched lots of t.v. until 1:30 a.m. making 3 pillows. I read internet tutorials and decided what I wanted to attempt. At 1:30 when I finally went to bed I just sat there staring at the ceiling thinking of what type of pillows I was going to make today. Ok... here is the finished project, and one that was yucky and looked like a jester pillow that just was not going to work.

Sorry the picture is sideways. But this one is my very favorite. A bird of course. I keep going back and forth on whether I really like the birds legs. I wanted them long to kinda be different and artsy but I don't know. I still love this one though. The fabric is from the yard sale yesterday. And I love the golden yellow fabric.

I did the pillow tuck style in the back for all the pillows. It was SO easy! And makes a nice finish if you don't have a zipper on hand and don't want to get one (like me) :)

This fabric I have had for a LONG time. I loved it and picked it up years ago with intention to make a skirt or something. When I saw it in my fabric pile I decided... well it has all the colors I want. Golden yellow, brown, plenty orange and to my surprise the same purple color I just bought yesterday too at the yard sale. None of it on purpose. I just bought those fabrics yesterday just to have around because it was cheap. Rillz was skeptical about this fabric. But now says he likes it, maybe just being nice. I really don't care either way... haha. These were the first pillows I made.

This is the purple fabric I picked up yesterday at the yard sale. And the brown flower is from fabric from yesterday too. I like this pillow too but feel the pillow is too big and the flower too small. Any thoughts? Should I add something to fill some of the space or leave it?

The close up of the flower. The middle is a green square button. I wish I had something more flashy laying around but I don't so oh well.

My bed with it's pillows. Don't mind the red curtain because that is the next thing to go. Maybe golden yellow curtains with something else? I don't know what do you think? The brown pillows we already had.

Ok... this one is a bit embarrassing. It looks like a jester pillow and turned out so bad. Unfortunetely, it took a whole movie and then some to do it and realize it is total crap. But I did learn how to do the ruffle thing from this pillow so that is good. Needless to say... not going on my bed.

Ok so this is the start to the bedroom makeover. Any thoughts on the pillows (more pillows, less pillows, other designs that would look good with them) and any curtain color ideas? Obviously I didn't use Joel Dewberry fabrics, as much as I want to, I thought I should just save a little money for now. On the other hand, I need to buy curtain fabric and maybe something of his or similiar will work. Oh and I already told Rillz I am going to recover the living room pillows too. He was not as excited as I was. He is kinda attached to his boring faded brown and rusty yellow pillows... but not for long. hehe

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Look what I did in school today

Today was my last school day of the semester. People were asking me what I was going to school for. Well, let me tell you. I am going to get my associates in Early Education. Unfortunetely because of my full time job I can only do 1 or 2 classes a semester. I took the whole last year off because of family issues. Anyways, my class this semester is Inclusion in the Childcare Center. So we made name tags that even the visually impaired can read.

This is my school building. If you look closer in one of the windows today you may see...

This. Another art project. This was pieces of stuff on contact paper. Easy and fun for little ones.

Before school I went yard saleing. It was a good time! So excited and a thrill when you find something. The Abercrombie pants were $2, The tank top $1, the super cute dress $1, the book $.25, the fabric was the most expensive. $1 a yard so $4.25 for those fabrics. I didn't bargain the price because it was for a church fundraiser and I figured I can definitely pay $1 a yard.
In this picture... The metal "square" was $.75 and I needed one for the bed frame and dresser I am going to make. There were also air nail and staple guns that I really wanted but I held off. Haha sounds so manly. And then the leather and buckle clasp things were for Ren. I bought a whole box of leather making thingys and offered the lady $5 for the whole box. She said yes and then started looking in the box a little more and regretted it A LOT! I handed her $5 bucks and took off before she really changes her mind because I new I got a GREAT deal on this useless things to me (but not to Ren).

After school I went to go visit my Great Uncle at Elks (a rehab hospital) by my house. But I got a little distracted and went to some more garage sales and then to the Boise Co-Op. I really wanted cheese curds. I got the cheddar cheese kind. I was thrown off because it was white. I thought the cows automatically spirted out yellow milk for cheddar cheese. Hmmmm... oh-well. haha
I also ate half the bag by the time I got to Elks, which is a whole 9 blocks from the Co-Op.

This is my flower box by my front door. I love the flowers I chose this year. Last year I went a little extreme and bought a ton. This year I stuck with only planting four and it looks so good. Now the trick is watering them to keep them alive.

I planted snap dragons on the bottom but I don't think they like the cold as well. They seem a little sad already.

Yesterday Rillz and his friend Joe removed some trees for me. I am so excited! It is where my garden is needing to go so those trees just had to go first. Rillz is amazing and does what he can for me!

The type of trees that were there before
The cut tree pile. Looks like a lot of work to me. Unfortunetely I was working when they did this so I didn't help.

All clear! We just need to burn the stumps away. I can see clearly now the trees are gone... (did you sing that line?)

This is a small section that I have already planted peas, radishes, and carrots in. It looks like a whole lot of.... well, dirt.

This is my beautiful front lawn right now. See all those white spots? Yeah, well those are weeds. And that is pretty much my whole front lawn... weeds. The picture actually makes it look nicer than it REALLY looks.

Well, I am off to Caldwell now to hang out with Heidi and my parents. Then maybe spent more of my Saturday sewing, gardening, weeding, who knows. Have a nice Saturday my peeps! Peace and Love to you all!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Fail blog sign

So Brent and Ren got Rillz hooked on a website called fail blog. It is pictures/videos of things that are just wrong in their context/situation. Some are really funny. Well, I saw this sign and thought it fit into the catagory of failure for a sign. Kinda gives off the wrong message for a pizza advertisement. Had me, Heidi, and Ren laughing. It entertained me, and I am sure someone is more than unimpressed. But I don't care. Haha!

Happy birthday Gunnar!

A couple weekends ago little Gunnar had his 4th birthday party. Really? 4 already. Anyways, he wanted a scooby-doo party. So, of course Heidi and Ren made an awesome scooby cake. I am sure she will write about it on her blog but it took 3 attempts to make the cake. The first one she forgot to put eggs in the batter. The second one the whole cake stuck to the pan. The third one became scooby-doo. Haha. I am sure it wasn't fun but it had me laughing.

Gunnar's grandma Miller bought him a clown for his birthday. Such a cute idea. So, at his party he had this clown lady making all the kids (and adults) balloon thingys.

The cake:

The clown lady

Happy birthday Gunnar! Opening gifts.

Balloon creation. Looks like Pink Panther riding a bike

The kids just loved her.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Goodwill Superstore

Heck yes for superstore thriftstores. I was really wanting to go find cowgirl boots at a thrift store. It is on my want list. Why you ask, well I am not sure about that one I guess I just think cowgirl boots would look cute with a skirt this summer. Anyways, no boots but I did find brand new Nike sandals for $2 some Mudd shoes for $6 brand new converse pants with tags still on for $10 and a usually very expensive motorcycle helmet for $20. So I spent a total of $38. I looked everything up online and I would have spent at least $270 if it wasn't at a thrift store. So crazy! Needless to say, I was excited and it was a job well done. There was also an armoire for $35 that we wanted but it was much to big for my little Scion. And at a garage sale I really wanted this wooden rocking bench for $20 but again, it wouldn't fit in the Scion. Oh well.

Doesn't it just look like loads of fun!

All my goods.

Monday, April 19, 2010


Rillz and I took a much to quick trip to Portland, Oregon this weekend for a good friends wedding. I got off work at 6 pm and then we took off. Rillz had already taken the dogs to their babysitters (my parents for Simon and Kristi and Jeffs for Malu). All 7 hours there I rocked my dance moves and sang my heart out. Poor Rillz had to put with it because I am a bad, and I am sure annoying, dancer and a worse singer. We arrived around 1 AM portland time. We stayed at an EconoLodge motel. Usually motels are yuck but cheap. This one was cheap but very nice! They were re-done 3 years ago and had tile and granite in the bathroom and everything was intact. And best part was it was downtown and walking distance to almost everywhere we had to go.

The bathroom is what I now want to do with ours. It was small like ours but just felt more useful and better setup then ours.

Isn't it nice granite for a motel?

Saturday we woke up at 8 and got ready to head out the door. We went to a farmers market on the university campus and then headed down to under the burnside bridge to look around at the flea market. The atmosphere was everything I wanted and expected. Everyone is so friendly, laid back and helpful. Street music is easily found to just relax and listen to. Not to mention the weather was perfect for when we were walking around.

What nice otters
Rillz feeding the deer

Doesn't the guy on the right look like Mr. Noodle from Elmos World? I tried asking Rillz but he had no idea what I was talking about.

We started to get real hungry! It was only 11 and most places opened around 12. Rillz saw the restaurant Todai. I guess they have one in Hawaii too and it was an all you can eat sushi, noodle, type place. SO YUMMY! I would definitely eat there again. Besides coming out of there 5 pounds heavy and just about ready to fall asleep, it was great! We then did walk back to the motel and took a little nap before the wedding ceremony.
Get in my belly...
This was my last plate. I could not muster up the room to eat these last little pieces of fish. Poor things died for my pleasure and I couldn't even eat them. That is wrong on my behalf.

Plate one

Plate two (not pictured... plate three and four). Yes, big boy!

One disappointment... the desserts were so tiny. I mean, it really doesn't matter because it is all you can eat, but still.

You can't really see the white blob I am holding with chopsticks but... tiny. It looked like a snow covered deer poo drop

Is it legal to make a chocolate chip cookie SO small?

The church was very small and cute! Unfortunetly I didn't take any pictures there or really of any of the wedding. Not sure why but oh-well. The reception was at the Hilton downtown. It was nice and simple. Our table during dinner was enjoyable and good company!

This is how I felt after eating lunch!
Pretty trees

This is the ONLY wedding picture I got. Haha. Horrible of me.
We left the wedding and walked downtown Portland for a while. We heard a fun, energetic band playing on a corner so stopped to have a listen! It was so fun! My kind of simple good time. So I danced while Rillz watched me be my weird self.

I tried to upload the video I took for you all to enjoy but it didn't work. So here is a lame picture that does nothing for the senses.

Sunday morning we woke up and had the idea to go to breakfast. I googled breakfast places in portland and found the most amazing little whole in the wall called Fat Alberts! Great homemade food and great friendly service. We were very very pleased with that place! On our way to the freeway I just happened to see a store that said Goodwill Superstore! Yes, superstore after the goodwill! I my gosh, it was a MUST that I went. Being the very good natured man Rillz is he had no problems with my random stopping adventures. So we went in. WOW! It was huge. I was loving it. But I will save the rest for its own post later, thats how much fun it was!

Yummy, yummy, yummy. Need I say more?

Rillz loved this sign.

We finally got on the freeway after my goodwill adventure and garage sales. We stopped at Multnomah Falls. So pretty! We walked up to the middle bridge and decided that was enough in flipflops and headed back on the road.

It was SO busy at the falls. People everywhere and barely anywhere to park. But the weather was so perfect and the views just gorgeous.

With a little more singing and dancing in the car, we arrived back at 7:30 at pick up our very tired dogs! We wish we could have stayed longer but it was very nice to get away with Rillz for a weekend.