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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no fortunate son.

You know what is fun?  What is really, really fun?  Taking a hundred bucks to Ikea and pretending you are rich.  You can get a lot of crap there for a hundred bucks.  I'm really trying to resist the urge to list off all the things I got there because I don't think anyone would find that remotely interesting.  Or would they?  Maybe I should.  No.  Definitely Not.

I will tell you this though, I did find an 8 foot long curtain rod for my front window.

And I bought this gorgeous red fabric to make curtains for my front window.

I actually did that thing my mom always does that makes the ruffles at the top of the curtain.  Man, that sure makes them look better than not doing that.  The fabric was $8.50 a yard and I had a 25% off coupon so it actually wasn't bad on the money front.  I bought 5 yards though when I actually only needed 4, but I always worry about not having enough fabric.  Better safe than sorry.  I watch Project Runway so I know what happens when you don't buy enough fabric.  Some poor model has to wear an obscene skirt down the runway.  It's not a catwalk, it's a street walk.  And all because you skimped on the chiffon so you could get more boning for the bodice.  Nobody is looking at the bodice.  We are all looking at that model's behind.

Anyhoot, here's the curtains:

I couldn't get them to look right, so I closed the shades and took one with a flash:

I love them!  I love the color which I am glad because sometimes I will buy fabric and by the time I get it home I am already second guessing my choices, but this is perfect.  The fabric has a good weight and hangs very well too.  Lori helped me pick it out.  Yes, my friend Lori was in town this weekend.  Yay!!  No photos.  Not one.  Can you stand it?  Oh was I bummed out about that after she left and I realized I had no photos.  Luckily I have all my Ikea crap to remind me of her visit.

It was so nice having her here and having a much bigger apartment to entertain.  I also made her watch the North & South British miniseries that I love and we got some crafting in so it was pretty darn fun.  I can't believe all the beautiful sweaters she is knitting.  I remember back when I MADE her learn how to crochet and now she is way better at yarn crafts then I could ever imagine being.

We skipped all over town shopping on Sunday.  Ikea, Michaels, The Mall, Mill End Store, Scrap and Target.  It was pretty fabulous because I had been saving money for the last few months anticipating this and what is even better is I got everything I wanted and I didn't even go over budget.  I even have fabric for the office window and I think I have enough left over fabric to make some curtains for the kitchen as well.

Is it wrong that I totally want to get this set?  I just can't think of anything cooler for my bathroom.  I don't know if my mother would approve.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The family that crafts together...

Man, am I tired!!  I had the best weekend though because I got to spend it with my niece and nephew Jasmine and Mikey.  Not only are they sweet and kind and little anti-depressants, they are also crafty.  Especially Jasmine.  She was constantly asking me for scissors and pipe cleaners and every time I turned around she had finished another craft project.  It was pretty awesome.

The first thing Jasmine made was a diorama of a lion's habitat while Mikey made dinner for all his puffles in his tent.

Jazzy crafting:
Mikey being crazy:
Jazzy crafting:
Mikey being crazy:
I was really impressed with how well her diorama turned out.  That girl has mad skillz.
It was a project to earn a girl scout badge and you had to make a habitat including food and water.  So she put a zebra in for food.  That girl kills me.
On Sunday it was raining pretty hard all day so we stayed inside and played Uno and Parcheesi all morning.
Aren't they just the cutest?  It's 11am and they are still wearing their pajamas.

Here they are at 3pm painting their bird and butterfly houses in their pajamas.
I love watching Jasmine work.  She is so serious and really takes a lot of time working on things.  Mikey is more of a fly by the seat of your pants crafter.  It's more about how fast you can do it than how it looks when it is done.  He did do a pretty awesome job on his though.  He painted his puffles on the side of his house.
If you don't know what a puffle is, it looks like this:
And Katie and Jesse bought Mikey a new puffle on Saturday so he was pretty stoked at how many he had.  I think he did a pretty awesome job capturing them in his paintings.
I really liked how Jasmine birdhouse turned out too.  Those kids are awesome.

I'm just going to start posting photos because they are so cute.
Then we tyedyed some new clothes.  I forgot to take photos because tyedyeing by yourself with two small children can be really stressful.  I did remember at the end of the day, but then I forgot to take photos of the completed work, but it was really fun and the kids did awesome.

Alright, that's all I got right now.  I'll try and do better about writing.  I've just been so busy lately!!  I did start a new craft project though and I'm totally loving it, so hopefully I will share soon!!