Monday, February 27, 2012

A little taste of Monday

Oh Monday, we meet again. If you weren't so cold and rainy maybe I wouldn't mind you so much, but you are, and I do. This weekend was too enjoyable to be over so soon, so Monday, I blame you.

Well first things first... Everyone, meet Vaeda, the cutest little nugget in the whole world.

I went to the Animal Shelter in Georgia this weekend with my roommate, Chels, and she couldn't leave without this little baby. The majority of my weekend was spent snuggling with this little girl, and food, lots of food. 

Friday night Hunt and I made the most delicious Bleu Cheese and Bacon Burgers. We just put a little worchestire sauce on both sides of the meat, salt pepper, bleu cheese crumbles on top and wrapped each patty in two slices of uncooked bacon. We put them on a piece of foil on the grilled and cooked each side for about 6 minutes each. All I can say is HOLY YUM! 

Saturday I worked on an old headboard that I'm turning into a chalkboard for the kitchen. The chalkboard paint is taking a little longer to dry seeing it hasn't stopped raining in three days, have I mentioned how much I love that? ugh. I'll post some before and after pictures later this week. 

Went on a hot date Saturday night- Ain't he a looker? I think so :)

Okay, so back on track- food. Last night I was really craving pizza, shocker there huh? We already had chicken, cheese, bbq sauce, bacon and a pack of pizza dough (just add water, my kinda dough) so Kate and I just ran to Winn Dixie (high class shopping) and picked up two onions. 

1. We rolled out the dough, placed it on the lowest rack at 425 for 3 minutes.
2. Added 1/2 cup of bbq sauce on the dough.
3. Topped the sauce with 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, 1/2 cooked shredded chicken, 1/2 red onion, 1/2 white onion and 4 slices of cooked, crumbled bacon. 
4. Put the pizza back in at 425 for 8 minutes and BAM....

Maybe my healthy eating will start today...nah, maybe next week.


Friday, February 24, 2012

Fabulously Friday

Friday, OH YEAAHHHH! Know what that means? Come five o'clock I'll be running, yes I said running, out of my office chair, to my car, and home to see my honeys.

Look at those faces, too darn adorable. I die. 

Can't wait to spend my weekend in my sweats, thirfting, crafting and snuggling. Yup, I'm a wild one these days. Anywho, I have a few of my DIY projects done that I forgot to take before pictures of- GRRR kicking myself now, but oh shwell what can ya do? 

1. Earring holder from an old frame

Step one: Find an old frame. Found this little number at goodwill for a whopping $3.00.

Step Two: Remove the glass and apply a light sanding to the wood.

Step Three: Dry brushed a light white onto the frame.

Step Four: Apply a light coat of Spray Paint, I believe this color was pistachio (Walmart, again only 3$)

Step Five: After allowing this to dry sand it down to reveal some of the white paint under and some of the wood. 

Step Six: With wire cutters (or scissors if you're a poor college student who has no place to store anything... this gal) cut 2 pieces or more depending on the size of your frame. Hot glue the wire down on the edges....

And then WAH-LAH! You're very beautiful, and easy earring holder. 

2. Magazine table re-do. 

Gah. I really wish I had a before picture of this little guy. Bought him (yes, it's a he) a few weeks ago for 5$ at the junior leagues sale. With a little TLC I ended up with a magazine table that I la la la love. 

Step One: NO sanding, oh yeaaah I said it, no sanding. Another perk of the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I started by applying a dry brush coat of her "Old White." And let that dry for about 20 minutes.

Step Two: Apply a coat of the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint "Paris Grey", oh  how I love grey. Grey everything. 

Step Three: Sand down until you've reached the look you're going for. 

SIDE NOTE: Chalk paint, or how I like to call it- crack paint (it's so easy to use you'll become addicted too, trust me) truly dries into a chalk. AKA easiest sanding you'll ever do, and allows you to sand in layers. Parts of the table is sanded down exposing the old white color and other parts are exposing the dark wood under both layers. 

Step Four: Apply the Annie Sloan Soft Wax. It's really important you DO NOT skip this step, without the wax, your furniture will chalk right off. 

Step Five: (Optional) I had some left over scrap booking paper from hunters Valentines Day card, (maybe I'll share that one another day) so I cut it to size to fit on the inside of the table and applied some Mod Podge and BAM.....

I'm in the progress of redoing an old window into a picture holder, which is caaa-uuute and should be done within the next few days. Try and contain your excitement. 

Welp, I guess I should get back to work. And by that I mean sitting at the front desk watching Netflix until the phone rings again. OH just another day in the life. 

Happy Friday ya'll! 


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Take One

First off- Happy Thursday! Pretty fran-freaking-tastic seeing as that makes tomorrow...wait for it, wait for it... FRIDAY! Nothing like the thought of the weekend and a glass of wine to get me through a long day of class. So come five o'clock, cheers!

What better way to start of my blogging than a walk through my very first furniture re-do using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I took a beginners class on the paint a few weeks back with Hunter's sister, it was decent but the paint is FABULOUS.

I found this table from an old second hand store for about 7$- Hellllllooooo Jackpot!

The paint only takes about 30 minutes to dry, even faster if its outside (the perks of living in Florida, 80 degrees year round.)  This is what it looked like after 2 coats. I used 'OLD WHITE.'

Depending on how antiqued you want your furniture to look adjust the coverage of the paint. 

I let the paint completely dry then used sandpaper, 150 grit to sand down the edges and legs. It looked a lil' something like this-

After all sanding has been done I applied the clear soft wax with an old rag, (an old ducks unlimited shirt, I'm sorry dad) I was wanting a matte finish to my table so I only applied one coat. The shinier you want, the more wax coats to apply. 

I let my piece dry for 24 hours before placing it in it's new home.... the garage. Don't worry little table, I'll find you a home soon enough!

What do you guys think? Loving the Annie Sloan Chalk paint as much as I do? 



Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Welcome to my blog- please excuse my first time awkwardness, try and embrace it. I've been following the blog world for a quite some time and figured it was time to join myself. I figured a space to share my own DIY projects, thrifting finds and every day thoughts is exactly what I need. 

Ready for the low down? Okay, good. Here we go. 

 Meet the family:

  1. First we have Lu, the sweetest, most caring and talkative woman you will ever meet. Did I mention patient? Incredibly patient. 
  2. Next up, Dave, my one and only Dream Boat. A real life Hercules who has a way with stringing together colorful words when frustrated. I think that's where I got it from. Anywho, he's taught me everything I know about work ethic, loyalty and enjoying the moment. 
  3. Then we have Christa- A pretty fantastic sista, friend and therapist. Oh, she also has a great closet that she loves to let me raid. Thanks gal ;)
  4. Last up- My self proclaiming comedic brother David and his wife, Erica (who might I add is a perfect addition to the fam.) They're living in North Carolina now but are moving back to Florida this summer- WOO! 

Meet the Mister:

See that good lookin' face? Yup, that's my boyfriend Hunter, a real gem. He's funny, goofy and pretty darn amazing if you ask me, but maybe I'm bias. He thinks my DIY hobbies are my inner 50 year old coming out, but he loves me anyways.

Meet my hairy, 90 lb baby:

Tucker, Tuck Man Jr., Tucky Fresh, Tucker Max, Monkey Man, etc... You'll hear and see a lot about this little man so get used to seeing his precious, furry face. 

Well there ya have it, my very first awkward post, with many more to come!