Monday, October 31, 2011

This is me

Photo via Pinterest 

I cracked up when I saw this on Pinterest. I totally feel this way sometimes, okay, maybe more than sometimes. I am stubborn, ornery, and sometimes take pleasure in just being the opposite of what everyone else says. It can be fun. I call it being "helpful" which really means sarcastic on those days. Who else out there is delightfully difficult with me? 

Hmm....I feel like this should be a caption under a picture of myself, or a category I could choose on Facebook to describe me. Basically, I love it. 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Quote of the Day

Quote of the day!!!
"Judging a person does not define who they are. It defines who YOU are."

'Nough said.

Monday, October 24, 2011

How observant are you

My parents are visiting this week. And as we (parents, sister, brother in-law, and I) were all sitting around the dinner table we were talking about different things that have happened in the past year that I have completely missed and how much of a non morning person I am. Within this conversation my brother in law mentioned someone (a guy) had called him at 5am this morning saying they were coming to our house to make themselves breakfast. My brother in law of course said NO! even though the guy insisted he would be quite. And this caused me to comment on how I would react to someone not in our family being in the kitchen when I stumbled/fell down the stair this morning. First I said I would have woken the entire neighbor hood until I really thought about it. Then through laughing so hard I couldn't speak, tears rolling down my cheeks, and my sister being the only one who could understand what I was saying or trying to say, I said how I really would react. 

Here is how I would react if I came down the stairs at any time in the morning to a virtual stranger in the kitchen or any part of the house. 

I would not even realize it until I was in the bathroom either on the toilet or brushing my teeth and then I would have absolutely no idea what to do. I would be freaking out in the bathroom without a phone or way to get a hold of my brother in law or sister. I wouldn't be coming out that bathroom. I have a major lacking in the observation area and slow reaction time. I would be the person to open the closet totally not click that someone is hiding in there until after I shut the door. Yep, that's me! 

And this is the picture I think best fits this story. I couldn't find a cheesy smile photo. My sister was also in the photo doing something crazy. Photo taking skills courtesy of my brother in law. 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Instagram fall love

Have I mentioned Instagram before? Pretty sure I have....I love it. I could get addicted if my phone wasn't so slow. So that means I'll be addicted by the end of next week when I get a new phone. You've been warned. I also love fall. The colors, smells, the chill in the air, the changing leaves. So I decided to Instagram my fall love of the week. Oh and my totally awesome hairstyle today courtesy of my sister.
This is an imprint of a leaf on a metal chair we have sitting in our back yard. I have no idea how it got like that but it's pretty cool. Ya?

Oh ya, this isn't from Instagram. This is from Pinterest (it's on my Christmas board) and I am in love. I want one for my room! 

My fall colors for Friday and probably my favorite outfit of the week. Gotta love my Orange fall coat! And the fabric flower I made from my leftover duvet material.

My Instagram photo of my hair today. Front view with my scarf. It was colorful.

Non Instagram photo of the back of my hair. Doesn't that look totally awesome? I don't know what my sister did I just hope I can do that myself to some extent at a later date. And yes I know, I'm 23 years old and my older sister still does my hair. But really, I'm hair challenged. I swear! 

Did you know that the blogger spell check does not like the words instagram or pinterest. Apparently they haven't been added to the dictionary yet. 

Saturday, October 22, 2011

No Heat Curls DIY

How many of you straight hair ladies wish for curls? I know I do. Ya know ones that are easy, don't possibly have me burning myself, sleeping completely funky, or smelling like a perm for a couple of days.  I hope I'm not the only one! In some Internet surfing a few months back my sister found this awesome tutorial. I wanted to try it immediately but my hair was much too short. I thought about it this week and decided to try it out and I was very please with the results. You can find the tutorial here or here

And here are my pictures from trying this. Please be warned we are about to get very real in these pictures. Like, no make-up, shiny face from just washing, ratty pajama tank, etc. It don't get much realler than that. 

All rolled up. (P.S. I played with photo settings as to not shock you.)

The next morning when I first pulled out the elastic band.

My I woke up at 6 am in case this didn't work out smile.

Not huge curls because of my length and layers but enough wave to add some flavor to what I can do with my hair. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Thought provoking thoughts

Tonight at small groups I received some thought provoking thoughts. I know that sounds funny and I kinda mean it to be funny but we will get serious soon. Back to small groups. 

I really think a lot of times as Christians we forget that the Bible, sermons, God's word, and life are supposed to make us think. There are things meant to move us and become "huh" moments. I know I forget that all the time personally. I get lost in my regular day by day moments or within my own spirituality. We (Christians) become Pharisaical and focus on our actions, our checklist. 

Now we are really back at small groups. We have been talking about Paul and the Romans road. Tonight was specifically about Paul's last days in prison and his last letter to Timothy. It was some good stuff. At the end of our discussion the question was "Think about how long you have been saved. Are you spiritually at where you thought you would be 5/6 years ago? Do you want to be the same spiritually in another 20 years? Or do you want to grow, change, move, learn, and breathe God? Think about it."

All I can say is WOW. I have never thought about it that way and that's sad for someone who grew up in church and has been saved for awhile. To make things even more sad I don't like looking back and thinking that way. It isn't great and not really good. My beliefs, views, and standards have altered and changed from 5/6 years ago so I know that makes a difference but not by much. 

What I do know is that I don't want to look back again and be the same. I would hate to look back 5 years  to when I was 18 and realize I haven't matured, grown, or changed. I think everyone feels that way. But why do we let the things that matter just drift on. 

How's that for thought provoking?

More information about small groups found here

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Yep, that's where I am

Oh ya, that's where I hang out. Feel free to join me! 

Friday, October 14, 2011

Outfits of the Week

So kinda like a what i wore wednesday post but not. If and I mean IF I have fun, different, wear something I made outfit day I plan on posting it. But I wear a lot of the same things working in an office with a dress code so I'm always frustrated with my clothes. This week though I had a "fun" outfit that I had to take a picture of. But I did the whole self photo thing and it didn't work out that well....then I asked my sister but I really don't photograph well at 7am in the morning....or 6ish am like the second picture. 

White shirt: stolen from my sister
Red Polka dot skirt: Given to me from my sister
Grey Fabric flower: Made by me
(horrid pic, I know. Next time I will try the whole take a picture in the mirror thing)

This picture was taken this morning. I had to wake up extra early and I wasn't happy. (If you couldn't tell)
But it's another braid ! Fun, simple, and it didn't make me look 14 yrs old. 

Man, I really need to learn how to braid....

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Be happy even if it's cheesy

This is kinda how I've felt all week. It was a short week at work, the days went by fast, things were light. But this is the top of my bobble head pen I got as a favor Monday from my companies in-service/enrichment day. He makes me happy and I should probably think of a name for him. Sadly I bobbled him so much he is loosing hair. I still love him though. He even writes pretty well. Everyone should have a bobble pen. It will make you happy. 

Just sayin. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Have you noticed the new hair trend? The braid thing? 
Like this girl...Lauren Conrad? I'm not positive. 

Or the more up do's and intricate looks with braids. I would put in pictures but my internet hates me so it's not going to happen. Anyways, braids. My sister saw a segment on some morning talk show. (No clue which one) And there are salons in New York that have braid bars. It's this big thing and girls are getting these braids put in and keeping them in for a few days. So she decided we needed to be hip and braided my hair last night.  (I can't braid, I seriously never learned, but I think that might become a new 2012 goal.) 

Oh ya braids....I like it. Here is a side view and I am sleeping with a scarf covering my hair tonight (did the same last night) to see if they will last 2 days. My hair is fine and whispery so not sure what the morning will bring. 

Have you caught into the braid phase? If not, you should really try it and change it up! I like to change it up. 

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Just wondering...

I'm just wondering...but when did my christian life and walk with God become about how it makes you look?? 

I have never been so ashamed of "christians" as I am today. 

Friday, October 7, 2011

More room decorating ideas

I want to make a headboard and a bed frame for my bed. Okay, well not exactly a bed frame but I don't really know what to call it. It's a lot simpler than how a bed frame sounds. Or maybe it just sounds weird to me and you completely understand what I mean. Anyways, those are my main goals right now. The things I really really really want to get done soon! 

First the bed. I want to make a pallet bed. Like these....the pictures are from Pinterest of course. 
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Aren't they just awesome looking? I want to paint mine black though. And then use the open spaces to store all my books. I would also keep my box spring so my bed would be higher. I kinda have to otherwise my comforter would be all over the floor! It's a queen size on a full bed. 

Then I want a headboard. My bed is my main source of seating in my room. It's a bad thing I know but I would love a headboard to lean against. (I'm hoping to get a desk soon to craft, blog, and sit at for other things soon.) But I still want a headboard! I don't have a specific design in mind but I found some other blogs and tutorials to help me out. Check them out here and here and also here are just some inspiring pictures. 

Right now my plan is to do something with clean lines and with a colored fabric. (Pst the fabric I'm using is a fabric shower curtain I picked up at Marshalls for $7. Ya baby!) But I'm not going to go into all that yet since I haven't gotten the wood base at all. Getting pallets and the wood piece for my headboard is what is holding me up. My little Honda can't hold either of those things. My sister's SUV probably can't get any pallets plus I haven't found any free ones near enough to pick up yet. But I am determined! 

Just so you know pallet furniture is kinda iffy thing. You have to be careful about the pallets you use. A lot of pallets are either chemically or water treated and you don't want to be using any of those in your home or as a used piece of furniture. If you think pallet furniture is cool check out my pinterest or just google pallet furniture. There are some awesome ideas out there! 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Quote of the Day

For hate is never conquered by hate. Hate is conquered by love. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

iPhone Funny

Okay...this is not from my phone. I saw this on pinterest and pulled the picture while I was laughing so hard tears were falling out of my eyes. Then I proceeded to send a whale to every person I could think of whose phone would show it. (Do you see the whale? It took me a minute) I sent it to my sister first and could here her laughing in my room. 

It still makes me smile. 

Monday, October 3, 2011

Shopping Friday

I took the day off from work Friday to go on a shopping trip with my sister and our new neighbor Suzanne. We went to Hobby Lobby, Home Goods, and Ikea. It was tons of fun! I didn't buy as much as I expected to but that is okay. 

Here are some pictures from our trip. 

Mini Beyonce  
The knob aisle at Ikea. I want to redo my dresser
The Ikea entrance and Suzanne
The end of the day. See the loot in the back? 
My most exciting purchase at Ikea. A fun lamp for $9.99

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Initial Art

I wasn't going to post this on my blog until after Christmas because I wasn't going to tell or show my sister until then. But...I caved and told her, got her opinion, and already showed her the finished product. Therefore, I can show you.

I had these canvases from a thrift store for $3 maybe? I don't remember. But I didn't want them, had originally planned to cover them with fabric but changed my mind. 

Then I spray painted them black. I should have moved them inside to dry but I didn't so they got a little rough. 

After they dried I went to Michael's to find the letters for each of my nephew's initials. I couldn't find stencils but there were would letters for about $1. But I didn't take a picture of those. I also picked up some scrapbook paper in colors my sister liked for their room. 

I arranged the letters on my canvas then used spray adhesive (which is still all over my hands) to glue the letters to the canvas. 

Like my green side table? 

I let the glue dry then modge podged all over the canvas. Which I got too much in one spot so we shall see how that looks in the morning. And I have a confession, I'm not totally sure what modge podge does. I mean I have a general idea and know that other real and more intense crafters use it all the time. But that is the extent of my knowledge. I should probably do some research huh? 

Overall I like them a lot. I might do something for the boys room with the last 2 canvases but I don't have the stencils for that yet. Even though my adorable nephews totally won't care about these when they open them at Christmas I know my sister will like hanging them! My goal this year is to give as many crafted gifts that I can. 

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Ya know what I hate

I hate stairs. All of them. There is not one set of stairs that I like or want to walk on. I'm always tripping on them or falling (like today)  and I'm rather over it. I try to be careful. I watch what I'm doing and I don't know what happens. 

Therefore. I. HATE. stairs. 

That's all. Have a great Saturday.