My twitter account was hacked! So, let me share these dog tweets before I delete my account....
I liked (PAST tense) having a twitter account to rant and document funny quotes and life happenings. HOWEVER, my account was hacked over a year ago by a porn hacker; my bio pic was replaced with a large (close-up) vagina and I had "liked" 3000+ NA-HA-STY tweets. I deleted the vagina, but could only "unlike" so many of those tweets before my thumbs were sore. I'm over twitter anyway, but I've been holding onto my account because I didn't want to forget these goofy dog tweets that only people with dogs will understand....
My pit-bulls never cease to make me laugh and totally gross me out!
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Breast is best.... As a new mom, I know that statement is easier said than done. I made all the mistakes there are to make when it comes to breastfeeding....
1. INTRODUCING A BOTTLE
From what I know now, this was my number 1 mistake. I didn't have enough education in the beginning to know that introducing a bottle too early can be a breastfeeding death sentence. Most experts recommend waiting 1 month (as long as baby is latching well) before introducing a bottle. Too early may confuse baby (and end up very painful for mom). Breast nipples are very different from bottle nipples. Duh. Bottle nipples let liquid flow much easier and quicker. Whereas baby has to work harder to get milk from the breast. The way baby drinks from each is different. Which is why this leads to latching issues.
We introduced a bottle in the first few weeks. Probably due, in part, to mistake number 2....
(Tilly was also a preemie. So, we had to use this crazy syringe and tubing situation. It was inserted into her mouth while she was still latched on. It didn't seem to work correctly. Another reason things went array.)
2. WANTING DAD TO HELP
I wanted him to help. I wanted him to feel needed. I wanted ten minutes to myself.
There are better ways to have dad help:
3. NOT SEEKING HELP SOON ENOUGH
Before leaving the hospital, they asked if I wanted to make an appointment to see the lactation consultant. After spending 8 days in the hospital, all I wanted to do was go home! I turned down the opportunity to possibly save breastfeeding for us by getting the proper education I was lacking. Oh, the repercussion of our decisions....
I had been having pain/ trouble for weeks before finally seeking help. I had tried a million or so home remedies. I tried the sheep sweat (lanolin), ew. I was in so much pain, I was only breastfeeding twice a day and pumping 4. Baby was getting the majority of breast milk (the little I was making) through a bottle!
I think I was a bit ashamed that I didn't just naturally know how to make it better. I thought that breastfeeding and motherhood was going to just flow naturally. For some stupid reason I thought it was supposed to be easy or just come to me naturally.
We mother's are human. We don't always have the right answer. Find someone who does. Check out groups like, La Leche League. There is a local group in my area called, Bosom Buddies. It's like a playgroup for babies and a support group for mommies.
Find support from family and friends too! The only person I asked for advice from at first was my mom, who had zero problems breastfeeding. So, she was little help (sorry mom). I took to social media after things started to hit the fan. A friend on Facebook had similar issues with nipple sensitivity. She suggested I put lettuce leaves on my nipples before breastfeeding. Apparently, this is really a thing. Cold cabbage or lettuce leaves placed over the breast soothes and reduces pain and swelling! I wish I had asked for advice sooner!
4. STRESSING OUT
There is so much to stress about after having a baby! Are they healthy? Will I ever sleep again? I'm gonna need how many diapers? I may have to breastfeed (gulp) in PUBLIC?? Is someone gonna stop by my house while I'm topless? (yes, topless)
You need a certain level of confidence to breastfeed in front of people. I attempted my favorite, 'fake it til you make it', approach. When I feel nervous or uncomfortable, as you can imagine, I pretend that I'm not. So, I'd just sit there on the couch with my boob out, like it was nothing. Gawd damn I was so friggin uncomfortable. Especially because people came to see baby. Having them look at baby sucking my boob was super awkward.
It's unfortunate that society puts a sexual emphasis on breasts. I'm sure we've all seen those posts and videos where the girl with the low cut shirt gets hit on, but the breastfeeding mom is called disgusting. WTF?! Seeing things like that puts a certain level of paranoia in place.
Free the nips! Due to my breastfeeding issues, I walked around my house topless. I needed to let my sore nipples breath. This caused a lot of anxiety because people would show up without calling. I'd be vacuuming topless and someone would just show up out of the blue, stay for 3 hours, and completely ruin my, "air out". And that was frustrating! I NEEDED to walk around topless. I NEEDED to air out. I felt, by people showing up, I'd have to cover up, and then in turn, I was a bad mother because I had trouble breastfeeding. When really, I think I would have done better if people had given me the space I needed those first few months.
After introducing a bottle, breastfeeding and pumping became difficult and painful. The stress of me not being able to produce enough milk to feed my baby was daunting. Tilly was born 5lbs and everyone seemed concerned that that was a problem. I was under the assumption that she was going to stay small and fail to thrive if I couldn't fix my breastfeeding issues. I felt horrible that I couldn't do better for her.
The stress, pain, and little milk I was producing wasn't worth it anymore. I finally stopped beating myself up and quit breastfeeding and pumping all together by the time baby was 3 months old. She had already started formula anyway because I wasn't producing enough breast milk.
Once I came to terms that it was really over, (returning the breast pump was a bit emotional) the stress and anxiety disappeared. Needles were no longer exiting my nipples. I still feel bad that I couldn't fix things and keep trying, but I am happier as a mother and that is more important to me. A happy mommy is a good mommy. Yes, breast milk is liquid gold and whatever, but is liquid gold worth it if you suffer in other ways to get it?
5. TRYING TO MAKE OTHERS HAPPY
I royally screwed things up by introducing a bottle because I wanted others to feel involved. I believe this was due to me wanting my boyfriend to feel needed by our baby, as well as, worrying about visitors feelings. I felt bad taking baby away from people when they were there to visit. That is such an unfair feeling! You just had a baby. You need time to bond as a family. Not your ENTIRE family. Your new immediate family unit. This is where I messed up, putting others feelings before the health and happiness of me and baby.
Including people in this new adventure is great, but don't include so much that you miss out on precious time with your baby! You'll just end up bitter and jealous, believe me! Don't be afraid to put a set of rules in place. Maybe you have people visit on Wednesdays and Sundays with a 2 hour visit limit. Maybe you'll even be barbaric and ask people to wash their hands before holding baby. Even better is when you ask people to stay away if they are sick. Miraculously, people tend to get better real quick. (eye-roll) LOL!
No one wants to miss out on a baby visit! Babies make people happy. If your family is like most and normal, you have some with depression, anxiety, mental illness, whatever it may be. Babies are unaware of such illness and anxiety. I think that's comforting for people with social issues. They aren't being judged by a peer or even someone that knows anything about them. So, do your best to be understanding of this need in your circle.
I struggled with this at first. I was, on-top-of-the-world, happy after having Tilly. It was hard to remember that my family/ friends were happy for me, but still had their own personal struggles. If you are like me, you are sensitive to peoples energy. It was difficult having sad people visit. Because of my newfound happiness, I could feel their sadness more than ever.
Whew! I know that was a long one, but I felt like I needed to explain, apparently in great detail, why breastfeeding went wrong for me. Breastfeeding isn't just, suck boob, get milk. I went through a lot emotionally that absolutely affected my breastfeeding abilities.
It's natural. It's painful. It's emotional. You might gain a grey hair or two in the process. And, $hit, you might fail all together. It's NOT the end of the world. We live in a modern, convenient society where someone invented formula.
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Studies show that pregnancy alters our brains in order to be more responsive and helpful to our babies. This change can be permanent!
In college, I worked with a women that had 5 kids. One day, out of the blue, she says, "Don't have kids. The lack of oxygen to your brain during delivery kills brain cells. It's been proven. I've had 5 kids. How many brain cells do you think I've lost? A lot." I thought she was making a joke, but her facial expression never changed. She was 100% serious.
This awkward conversation made an impression on me. I believe, because lately I've been feeling flighty and scatter brained. Which is what my coworker was getting at with the 'loss of brain cells'. I wondered if she was really onto something. Whatever you want to call it; momnesia, pregnancy brain, mom brain, or loss of brain cells, from what I've found, it's the real deal. She was absolutely right; something indeed happens to our brains....
Using MRI to scan the brains of pregnant women and their partners before and after their first pregnancy, researchers determined that the first time mothers had less grey matter than that of the comparison group, 20 women who had never given birth and 17 of their male partners. The first time fathers in this study showed no brain change, suggesting that the changes a woman's brain goes though are real and not just sleep deprivation and being new to parenthood. The volume loss was mostly seen in areas associated with memory and social understanding. Women whose brains changed the most showed higher attachment to their baby. These changes were still present 2 years later! Research doesn't go beyond the 2 year mark, so we don't really know how long mom brain can really last.
Apparently, this is much like the brain changes that happen to us all during adolescents. The increase in hormones decreases our grey matter. This does not necessarily mean decreased brain activity. Actually, there seems to be increased activity in the now thinned out areas of the brain. It's as if our brains reorganize themselves. This makes sense for postpartum women. Our brains are now maternally wired to take care of our babies, NOT remember what we ate yesterday for breakfast. LOL!
Pregnant or planning to get pregnant? Here's what to expect:
YOU WILL FORGET EVERYTHING
Your baby will be quietly playing or sleeping. You will be droned out watching TV or surfing the net (mindlessly. Because you are sleep deprived and really just sleeping with your eyes open) when it hits you..... OH $H!T I'm someone's mother! You frantically try and remember where you last put your baby. Then you look over and realize she is still right where you left her 5 minutes ago. Three feet from you.
Inevitably, you will forget something when packing you or your baby's bag. You will THINK you have your shit together. You will be so falsely confident in this thinking. Case in point; Tylan dropped Tilly and I at the grocery one afternoon while he headed off to run a few other errands. We try and run errands around Tilly's nap time, so she can sleep through mundane adult necessities. LOL! Anyway, half way through shopping, the cart was already overflowing (damn toilet paper and paper towels!) and Tilly started to wake up. She sometimes wakes up hard, as if she was having a nightmare. Without opening her eyes, she starts crying right there in the middle of the canned goods aisle. It was at that moment I realized I forgot to pack her bottle. My stomach dropped. I started to sweat. I felt weak. I frantically texted and called Tylan to hurry up and come get us because we didn't have a bottle. I was in full on panic mode. He level headedly reminded me that I was standing in a grocery store and that grocery stores sell formula in a convenient ready made bottle. O.M.G. I felt pretty silly. I swear, when your baby cries, your brain just sorta turns to mush.
YOU ARE DUMBER NOW
Your spelling suddenly reverts to that of a 1st grader. I shared a picture of Tilly and I dressed alike on Facebook. I spelled the popular hashtag, #twinning, as #twining. You know, twine. Like a ball of string. No one said anything. I'm not sure if I appreciate people not pointing out my stupidity, or annoyed that they let me look like that. Either way, I did it again when sharing a news article.
A manor in England is an estate, main house, or mansion ;)
Speaking isn't any better. Stuttering and stammering over words, Recalling stories out of sequence. It's like giving the punchline first and everyone is left confused. So, they just smile and nod awkwardly to make you feel as if you really completed a comprehend-able sentence. When really it sounded more like gurgling.
TIP: Keep your stories short. Don't bother trying to remember details. Even better? Stay quiet unless you are talking about baby. That's all your brain is wired for right now anyway.
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I can't even tell you how many times I was prescribed antibiotics for sinus infections when I was a kid. Twice a year, when the seasons changed, I had sinus pressure, runny/ stuffy nose, and swollen lymph nodes. Nowadays, we call this, allergies.
I was in college before a genius doctor told me to start taking loratadine during this allergy season we speak of. I took that for, maybe, a week. I've never been good at taking medication regularly; I took 'Plan B' one too many times in my 20's if you catch my drift. LOL! (birth-control joke. Is Plan B even still a thing? Am I aging myself??)
Now that I have your attention ;) here are a few of my go-to cold and allergy remedies! You'll find most, if not all, of the supplies in your kitchen!
Method 1: Chew a raw piece. I will chop a large clove into several small pieces and chew them throughout the day. It's definitely not tasty, but the benefits out-way the taste. Well, it's worth it if you're single (or married. LOL!) or you don't work in close proximity with other humans. Your breath will smell and taste of garlic for hours! I find that my breath and taste buds feel normal a full day later.
Method 2: Chop finely and add to a shot glass of water. Do as a shot. This may upset your stomach. So, take with food.
Side Effects: Heartburn, upset stomach, body odor
Method 1: Eat or add to tea- 1tbsp raw local honey every day. Everyday? Erryday. Supposedly, this will keep a constant, small amount of pollen in your system. Which, should lessen allergy symptoms come allergy season.
Method 2: Eat or add to tea- 1tbsp of honey mixed with 1tsp of cinnamon.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Method 1: Do another shot. Be hardcore.
Method 2: Add 2tbsp to tea or water and drink 3x a day.
Natural clays have been used to heal since the earliest recorded history. Bentonite is not a mineral, but a term for rocks derived from volcanic ash.
Method: Using *non-metal utensils, take 3-4tbsp of clay, add ACV a little at a time until you create a pudding-like paste. Spread the mixture on whatever body part you want to detoxify. I use this on my face, neck lymph nodes, armpits (once in awhile), and my belly over my liver. As the mixture dries, it will harden and may start to flake. The less you move, the less you will crack. LOL! Wash off in the shower. Beware of drain clogs.
*Non-metal utensils? Clay absorbs metals and becomes less effective.
Method: Add a handful of Epsom salts to bathwater and soak for 15 minutes.
SUPPLEMENTS (I take zinc, vitamin c, and Chaga mushroom powder)
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stay gold.... or healthy. Yeah, stay healthy.
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It's hard to find studies with concrete evidence on food/ supplements due to study funding. Pharmaceutical companies back the majority of healthcare studies and medical schools in general. They can't patent or profit from garlic or Epsom salt. So, there is no point in backing a study on them. -The More You Know ;)
References: http://www.healwithfood.org/commoncold/eating-garlic-prevents-flu-study.php, http://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0715/p153.html, http://www.healwithfood.org/allergies/local-honey-for-hay-fever-studies.php, https://healthyfocus.org/honey-wraps-for-coughs/, https://draxe.com/health-benefits-cinnamon/, https://draxe.com/the-top-5-natural-allergy-fighters/, https://draxe.com/apple-cider-vinegar-uses/, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2904249/, http://bodyunburdened.com/bentonite-clay-what-is-it-and-how-to-use-it/, https://draxe.com/epsom-salt/, http://www.epsomsaltcouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/report_on_absorption_of_magnesium_sulfate.pdf, http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/common-cold/expert-answers/zinc-for-colds/faq-20057769
Hey! It's been a while! I am finally feeling better! Thanks mostly to a little drug called, Zofran. We have been VERY busy; childbirth classes, weekly ultrasounds, midwife appointments, planning our baby shower, working full time....
I have gained 35 pounds! IDK how my baby could be considered small when I feel HUGE! I swear, the food input does NOT match the output! I am so uncomfortable! I'm 37 weeks here! Soooo close and getting nervous! We have been carting our butts to Burlington every week for ultrasounds and stress tests. Thank goodness Tylan drives. One day I was so tired, I slept the whole way home. I know, I know.... I will never sleep again, so take it where I can, right? LOL!
We hosted our own baby shower. So, we really CLEANED house! I swear, our house has never been as clean and organized as that day. It will never happen again. Picture worthy highlights....
We received such great baby shower gifts! A bit overwhelming! Now, where to put it all?! Baby's room needs a lot of work still. By the way, we do not know the gender of our baby. It will be a fun surprise!
Bought a few bouquets from Hannaford's. They really made things extra special!
The pumpkins are from our garden! IDK what happened, but they all ended up mini! LOL!
I changed out the hardware on this thrift store chest my mother found. It will make a great changing table.... at some point. Like I said, baby doesn't have a room yet. So, we'll be diaper changing in the middle of our dining room. Appetizing....
I reused an embroidery hoop from my Embroidery Hoop project. My mom gave me some cool food themed dish towels. I thought the graphics on them were too cool to just dry my dishes with. So, I decided to use them as art! I just squished them between the embroidery hoops and hung with a tack!
Tylan whipped together a cool wood storage system out of wood slabs and metal poles.
He also welded a cool spider sculpture for a little Halloween decor! I HATE spiders, but how cool is this?!
Our new grey couch covers from eBay are a little tight, but they really lighten the look of the room. Because the slipcover wouldn't stay put, I decided to wrap the cushions in a fleece sheet. Looks cool and keeps the slipcover in place better. Most importantly, LuLu the pit-bull finds fleece comfortable ;)
We have been going to weekly childbirth classes. Our last day of class, everyone brought in food to share. We were sooo proud to bring deviled eggs made with our chicken eggs, salsa made with tomatoes from our garden, and BBQ chicken dip made with our chicken meat! Those are peanut butter cookies too! Not from scratch, but still good.
IDK if the furbabies realize a real baby is about to terrorize their lives....
See you in a few weeks! I'll have a BABY to introduce you to!
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The tiny house revolution is catching on. What is it about these houses? The freedom to live or travel anywhere you can drive to? The low cost upkeep?
My boyfriend and I bought some land a few years ago. We tried rebuilding a camper a couple years ago to put on the land, but the camper ended up being too far gone. It was a total rebuild, from the studs, roof included. It wasn't worth it. We scrapped that camper and had to wait a couple of years to get another one. This is it's story....
We'll start with the pretty parts of this camper! Yeah! I decorated with loads of faux fur, plaid, fleece, and velvet.
I bought most of the "luxury" fabrics online; blue crushed velvet, more unusual faux furs, fleece sheets. I found the top bunk decorative pillows at TJ Maxx. My dogs ate the majority of the pretty jewels and beads off the white pillow. LOL!
We bought one of those cool dorm style bed frames and mattress' from Big Lots for around $300. I knew this bed would be perfect for this camper. Loft style twin bed and a full size bed underneath that folds up to be a couch. Perfect.
The tiny wood stove really pumps some heat! My BF had to cut lots of tiny wood chunks for it!
He painted the propane tank stove and extension pipes with special black stove paint. He wanted a flat surface stove top so we could cook on it!
No electricity. We have some solar lights to install still. For now, a few lanterns do the trick.
A friend of ours brought the wooden fish back from Alaska! My BF mounted it nicely on a painted wooden plaque. My BF also made the wooden bench! Those wood storage bins are actually old industrial lights turned upside down. Look at them closer. Do you see it now? Don't mind the mouse trap sitting behind them ;)
The windows in this camper were actually saved from our last camper that didn't work out. So, that window with the red lever is a safety window! Pull the lever and the whole window swings open!
A lot of the wood was from our previous camper attempt as well.
I made all the curtains in the camper. Scroll to the bottom of this post for a roman shade tutorial!
My boyfriend added this thin shelf under our largest window. It's just the right size to set things on, but small enough that it isn't in the way.
I think I watched too much Beauty & the Beast before decorating this camper. That's where the crushed blue velvet and gold tie backs came into play!
I've had these skies for many years. Actually, they were mine when I was a kid. I stole them from my mom's attic a few years ago. I spray painted them white. I like to use them in winter/ Christmas décor.
Check out my 2 wreaths in 1! Even though the big faux green one is pre-lit, we'll never plug it in. We don't have electricity and I don't think Christmas lights are a good enough reason for a generator. The second wreath is tied into the green one. Both are strung up to the camper. Makes a cool, free decoration.
Once the camper was in place on our property, we added an extension with leftover roofing material and two thin trees. It will be a nice place to keep things dry and out of the elements. My BF scored the siding from a friend.
I wish I could find a before picture! I don't think we took one before my BF added walls! He bought the camper from someone for a few hundred dollars. The previous owner used it as a storage trailer.
While I was preparing my designs for the STRUT Fashion Show, my boyfriend was hard at work; doing frame repair, adding walls, a new floor, windows, screens, door, carpet....
This may be the best part of the camper. We have a friggin' wood stove in our camper! I feel so cool. A propane tank wood stove at that! Oh man, we cool. My boyfriend came up with a design, cut and welded the whole thing! He built a stand and wood storage cabinet. The doors are reused kitchen cabinet doors. Those are burl wood handles! Love burl.
We have lovely views throughout the year....
....and lovely visitors....
Roman Shade Tutorial
-Sewing machine or needle & thread
I started with two pieces of fabric, cream satin and crushed blue velvet. I cut the fabric a few inches larger than my window on all sides. Lay the fabric out just as you will hang it. As in, right sides out. Hem the left and right sides. I did a 2" hem. Hem the bottom leaving the opening for your dowel. FYI: Depending on the size of your curtain, dowels come in certain lengths. One of my windows is 70", so I needed a super long dowel that doesn't exist, at least at my local hardware stores. My boyfriend improvised by using an iron rod cut to size. It's much heavier than a dowel. Just something to be aware of and plan for.
Using your stapler, staple the fabric to the 1" by 1" header board. Use your hammer to tap in any staples that aren't flush.
Add your eyelets to the header board. I added one every 6". Use my image as a reference so you don't add the eyelets to the wrong side of the header. Remember, when your curtain hangs, your eyelets will be hanging DOWN. All of your raw edges and staples will be hidden. You can see in the image below just below my eyelet, there is a black dot. That is where my screw will go to secure it to the wall.
Time to add your rings. I read somewhere that brass rings are best. They will last forever. Whereas, the plastic ones will deteriorate in the sun. Great advice! Get the brass rings!
I used coordinating thread so nothing is seen on the front of the curtain.
Lining up with your eyelets, add your rings every 6" or so. You will be sewing each and every one by hand. Yeah! It will take a while, but worth it.
Below: This is a super important step! Have a pit-bull lay on your curtain for an extended period of time. The pit-bull body seems to help flatten the fabric adequately ;)
Ok, Hulk's job is done. Time to string this thing....
Tie your string a few times to the eyelet nearest the dowel. String it up your curtain and across your header board. The string will dangle from your top, outer-most eyelet. This is where ALL the strings will come out and you'll want to knot them to keep the curtain even.
So..... I ran out of string. Really, I went to the craft store 3 times for string. I just could not get the amount correct. I was too embarrassed to go back again and tell the girl behind the counter I needed MORE string, AGAIN. So, I improvised. I used ribbon! LOL! It looks funny from the back, but no one will ever see the back of my roman shades, so I guess it's ok.
Predrill before you hang the beast. You risk splitting the wood of your beautiful project without predrilling. I speak from experience here people! LOL!
Two of my curtains were super easy panel curtains. I sewed 2" hems all around. At the bottom hem, I added washers from the garage as curtain weights. The top hem is left open for the curtain rod.
I adore our little slice of heaven. Doesn't it look like a great place to take a nap, read a book, or sip a cup of cocoa by the fire on a cold winters day?
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I stole this from my mothers front porch. This cute stool was covered in cobb webs and brochures to places my mother was never going to! I have had my eye on it for awhile, thinking I could make it into a cat feeder. I knew it wasn't going anywhere. You can rest assure a hoarder will keep everything, FOR-EV-ER!
I finally...um... "moved" my mothers sacred brochures and cleaned away the cobb webs. I had my boyfriend help me cut the holes with a jigsaw. We found small stainless steel bowls at Wal-Mart. We turned the bowls upside down and traced around them. We used a jigsaw to cut the holes just slightly smaller than the bowls. Then, I sanded the whole thing.
I love natural wood, but I also love the look of fresh white paint. So, I did both! I stained the top and bottom and painted the sides white. I wanted to get creative with the hearts on the sides. I had a few different ideas. I thought maybe I'd paint just the inside of the hearts red to help them stand out. Instead, I decided the heart reminded me of a cat face. I used a permanent marker to draw the whiskers and ears!
My cat is so spoiled. She does whatever she wants. A life I admire. I swear, she sleeps all winter and runs all summer. Winter has been nice cause I can always find her in the house to cuddle and annoy. Now spring is in the air and she's running. I am now ONLY the hand that feeds. No longer the lap that cuddles. Boo hoo :( Until next winter....
In the meantime, I'll be on Hometalk, looking for my next project. Hometalk is my crafty little secret. It's like Pinterest, but all about home stuff. There are so many projects you'd never see anywhere else. I swear, check out my boards. I guarantee you've never seen people get so creative.
What if you used two doll sized chairs, like the one pictured above, and used it for cats or small dogs? How Cute?! Or I guess, if you have a huge dog, you could use a human size chair?! Right? LOL!!
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Who doesn't need more storage space? I needed book shelves, bad. I had all these drawers leftover from my Dressing Room post, so I stacked them on top of each other! I unified the drawers and made them look more like actual shelves by painting them all black with leftover paint.
Sometimes I find it hard to decorate a cohesive space that represents both my boyfriend's style as well as mine. This is it. Perfectly. Bright colors, a mix of our art and accessories all pop with a light blue neutral as the background. Tons of storage- see my giant tub of fabric?! Never enough craft storage!
I bought these plastic letters off eBay a few years ago. They were red and spelled "CINEMA". At the time we had a movie theater themed living room. Makes sense now, right? I've played with the letters for months now, spelling new words. I have fallen in love with my newest phrase, "WE CAN". For half a second it was, "ME CAN". Then, I realized I could flip the "M" over. I spray painted them orange to go with my new theme.
This day of the dead holographic poster was a gift from a friend. I based my entire design off this poster. I love the bright, fun colors and I love anything with skulls. My friend must know me well.
I spray painted the big frame gold. Everything is better in gold. (I have a future project planned for the picture that once lived inside this frame, so stay tuned!)
This banana fabric is fantastic, isn't it? I found it at a thrift store! I found a whole pile of bright, fun fabrics. I put them all in this wire trash bin from the dollar store.
This is an easy tip. Spray paint your ceramics white. This pitcher and bowl were a mix match, Mexican motif. I unified them by spraying them white. Now they can work in any room and any color scheme.
Ok....I think you get it, I spray paint everything. Spray paint is the cheapest and easiest DIY. I should own stock in spray paint, especially gold.
I found this great candle stick at a thrift store. It is a SERIOUS candle stick. The kind you'd think would be in the game, Clue. Killer candle stick. I used it for a while as it was, but soon it got the 'Kara do-over' in gold. I love it more now. Obviously.
The ornate mirror was less than $10 at Wal-Mart. The amazing art piece was a gift from a friend. The colors are great and the monster-ish subject is funky and interesting. The clock is cool, right? It looks like it's melting over my Harry Potter collection. Reminds me of Alice in Wonderland.
I've always loved cowhide. My teenage bedroom actually looked very similar to this now that I'm thinking about it. I even used to have a black and white cow rug I made out of faux fur fabric and carpet backing from Jo-ann's!
I think this library area came out really cool! Funky and bright. Eclectic and kinda weird. I LOVE IT!
What do you think?
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I love decorating for the holidays. I don't decorate inside my house at all, which makes me think I just like to be outside working in my gardens. So, when the opportunity arises, such as a holiday, I cease and spend hours outside with my dogs.
Above left: I tucked ceramic skull candle holders in the rock border.
This Halloween, our garden beds became graves with $4 worth of tombstones from the dollar store.
We've all seen painted pumpkins. They are so versatile. I reuse mine every year. I reuse them for Thanksgiving too! I bought these on clearance a few years ago at JoAnns. I painted them white with acrylic paint, also from JoAnns.
Happy Halloween 2014!
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How simple is this? It's a pallet on its side. A PALLET ON ITS SIDE! Seriously. How great does this look? Very rustic. Very cozy. Very EASY.
-Get a pallet
-Set it on its side
-Set stuff on it
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