Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Lose Weight Drinking Wine

Did I get your attention?  I hope so. 

This post is a little off topic from my usual home renovation projects but there is a fun craft!

After having four little ones in four years I was overweight and miserable.  When my last born turned four months old I was ready to commit myself to Weight Watchers.  My sister was on the program and was dropping a lot of her baby weight!  I was diligent and it worked!  I lost over 50 lbs in about a year.  I was back to my pre-baby making weight and I even fit into my "old jeans" (which is probably one of the top 5 best feelings on Earth, for me anyway.)  I was able to maintain my weight for a few years but since our month long road trip last summer, I've definately fallen off the wagon.  I've gained back 15 lbs and sadly, those "old jeans" have been tucked away in the recesses of my pants drawer.

Lately, I've felt like my eating habits were heading into the danger zone...ya know, when you're just mindlessly choosing whatever you'd like to eat.  I kept choosing WW start dates that would come and go.  Or I would stick to it for a few days and then lose my mojo.  It was seriously starting to get to me.  After the New Year I started to think about the fact that this summer I'll be turning 30.  I would love nothing more than to blow out my birthday candles wearing a pair of my old jeans.  : )

WW works for me so I've committed myself to getting back on track.  One reason I've failed with other diets is because I hate feeling deprived of certain foods.  I love pizza, bread and wine and need to have those options in moderation.  Which brings me to my fun and useful craft.  Before Christmas I used a 40% off coupon at Michaels and bought etching cream.  I had never used it before but I had a few Christmas gift ideas in mind.  With minimal effort, I had some seriously cute gifts! 

So after recommitting myself to WW, a new idea popped into my head.  I love wine!  Sauvignon Blanc to be exact.  It rivals my love for coffee (although coffee always wins).  So I got to thinking that I'd hate to measure out a glass of wine with a measuring cup.  I've done it before but that seems a little excessive to me.  Eyeballing it's also not an option (ya know, a little more here and a little more there adds up).  So I whipped out my supplies.

My pocket guide tells me that 4 oz (1/2 cup) of wine is 2 points.  I use the old plan.  I have tried the new plan and do not like it.  If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

I have a ton of wine glasses so I chose the first one I saw and dug through my drawer of stickers.  You don't have a drawer of stickers?  I ended up using larger stickers instead of the ones in the photo.

I measured out 1/2 cup of water.  I don't waste wine and it's only noon.

With the water in the glass, I placed painter's tape just below the water line and just above it.

And here is the star of the show.  This product is cheap, does it's job and lasts a long time.  And your project will be dishwasher safe!

The coloring in this picture is a little funky but you get the idea.  More is more in this case.  You want to completely cover the area between the painter's tape.  But not so much that it's a drippy mess.  It's pretty thick so no worries.

After about 5 minutes you run the glass under hot water and the etching cream will wash away and the tape will start to peel from the glass.  I dried it thoroughly and took a number 2 out of my stash.  You want the negative of the image and press it down good so there's no seepage.

The possibilities are endless.  You can forgo the line or number and place any sticker where the 1/2 cup mark hits.  I chose to have the 2 there so I could easily remember what to track...in case I were to have two servings and things started getting fuzzy! : )

This is just water and food coloring so the etching was more apparent.  Again, I don't waste wine.
See, you can lose weight and still enjoy treats in moderation.  I think I better make a few in case I have any WW buddies over for dinner!

Linking up with:
Cowgirl Up @ Farmhouse Porch
Rock N' Share @ The Shady Porch
Power of Paint Party @ Domestically Speaking
Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
Be Inspired @ Elizabeth & Co.
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Market Yourself Monday @ Sumo's Sweet Stuff
Thrift'n on a Thursday @ Savvy City Farmer

And the Award Goes to...

Last month I was so excited to receive an e-mail from Tara at Behind the Red Barn Door.  She had received the Liebster Blog award and was passing on the love to five other bloggers, myself included!  Liebster is German for 'dearest' or 'favorite' and the award is given to blogs with less than 200 followers.
   

I'm finally getting my act together and showcasing a few blogs that I love to read! 

First up is Barbara from 21 Rosemary Lane.  She has great furniture transformations!  You also don't want to miss her recipes and reading about her adorable family!

Jeannie from Flower Hill Design Company shares excellent tutorialsbeautiful transformations and has awesome giveaways!  And hello, we have the same name!  : )

Double Take Decor features lots and lots of furniture transformations.  I love the work she does!  She's always thinking outside of the box and she's not scared of color! 

Erin from Lavender and Lemon Drops has a little bit of everything!  From inspirational vision boards, unique home decor or bargain finds...there's something for everyone!

Sherika from Passionately Perfect transforms decor and furniture around her home.  And we both share a love for spray paint and glue guns!  She also hosts a link party every Thursday called Coffee & Conversation!

And I'm breaking the rules to include a sixth blog that I love to read. 

I recently discover Jenny's blog, Northwest Lovelies, when I saw her jute spheres at a link party.  Her tutorials are awesome and I can't wait to see more of them!

So if the six of you ladies would like to pass on the 'torch', I'd love discover more new-to-me blogs!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Thrift Store Jackpot

I love thrift stores.  This is no secret.  I have a handful of favorites but there's one that always tops my list.  The prices are right and with it being located in a great town, the items are usually from high end stores (and not what you'd typically find in a thrift store).  It's located in a tiny cape-turned-thrift-store with the proceeds supporting local charities.  I vividly remember shopping there with my Mom throughout my childhood.  On one particular trip I spotted a colorful, beaded necklace with birds all over it that was perfect for my very eccentric elementary school principal.  It's funny the things we remember because I'm sure my Mom wouldn't but she was nice enough to oblige me. 
What amazes me is that this store is still around, hasn't changed a bit, and now my children will be making memories there.  They always have a promotion running and this week happened to be "kids choose a free toy".  My daughter was trying to choose between a Hungry Hungry Hippos game and a brand new Hello Kitty Ipod skin...see what I mean, quality stuff!
I thought I hit the jackpot last year when I came across TWO new pairs of Abercrombie jeans (tags still attached) in my size for $2.50 each.  Yeah, I was excited!  When I popped in earlier this week, luck was again on my side.  Downstairs in the basement is where they keep glass wares, fabric, pillows, and various cooking/serving supplies.  Down on the very bottom shelf, piled amongst other "junk", I spotted this odd wooden bowl.  I immediately bee-lined it for the bowl.  It was coming home with me.  It was $5 (which I'm embarrassed to say seemed a little steep).  When I turned it over I was happily surprised to see a Pottery Barn sticker.

Here she is...

The second I got home I jumped on the computer and found it on the Pottery Barn website.  My wooden bowl was actually a Hand-Carved Wooden Vessel made of mango wood...fancy!  They aren't currently selling it but after a quick eBay search, I found a used one being sold for $75.  Definite score!
 Some spots were discolored and it looked like it could use a cleaning.  From google searches, I determined that I should gently sand the piece and then "polish" with a mixture of lemon juice and olive oil.  Easy enough. 
This is after some sanding with medium grit sandpaper using a circular motion.

the supplies

I was super excited at this point.  The grain in the wood is so beautiful!



This is the "after" when the oil had absorbed some and I wiped it down with a clean cloth.

Ready for it's closeup.  I have the smaller of the two vessels Pottery Barn sold but it is still pretty large.
Here is the photo from PB's website...

I kind of "stole" the idea of placing books inside.  I'm not sure what it will eventually hold or where in my house it will live...things are always shifting around here!

Oddly enough, on the same trip I also purchased another wooden serving dish.  Sadly, it was just an afterthought when compared to my PB find.  The shape is just too cute and it is huge!  For $2, I think it was a great purchase.


Linking up with:
Lovely Crafty Weekend @ Lovely Crafty Home
Fridays @ Remodelaholic
Hookin Up With HOH @ House of Hepworths
Catch As Catch Can @ My Repurposed Life
Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane Boutique
Get Schooled Saturday @ Too Much Time On My Hands
Flaunt It Friday @ Chic On A Shoestring Decorating
Simply Creations @ Simple Home Life
Latest and Greatest Friday @ Days of Chalk and Chocolate
Open House Party @ No Minimalist Here
Tuesday's Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Frugalicous Friday @ Finding Fabulous
Saturday Nite Special @ Funky Junk Interiors

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I Was Featured...



Cassity was kind enough to feature my Ribbon Striped Curtains inspired by Ballard Designs. 

Hop on over to her blog...not only does she feature lots of inspiring bloggers but Cassity, and her husband Justin, are doing amazing things in their own home!  Love her blog!

Monday, February 13, 2012

I'm Back!

Wow - an almost two week break from my blog seemed to fly by!  I would like to say that I was knee deep in home projects but that's not the truth.  I think I might have maxed myself out in that department in the month of January.  Instead I was busy, busy getting a jump start on Spring cleaning.  I managed to tackle a few areas in my house that were really starting to become quite the embarrassment.  My guest bedroom looked like a laundry/craft bomb exploded everywhere but thankfully, I am open for business should someone need to stay the night.  I also cleared out the finished section of our basement.  For a few weeks now, my holiday decor was creeping out of the closet, waiting to be organized and put away properly.  That area is now checked off my list!  Now I just need to take care of lots (and I mean lots) of furniture in the unfinished section of the basement.  It's beginning to get stacked to the ceiling and that's no good.  I vow to refinish each piece and keep what I love and sell what I don't.

My daughter's birthday was yesterday.  Even though it was just my parents, two sisters' families and a friend, I tend to go "overboard"...according to my husband.  I honestly can't for the life of me figure out how people who blog daily can plan a party/event.  As her birthday was approaching, it was the only thing I could think of outside of my daily tasks around the house.  Here are a few photos of her special day.  (She was so happy.  And this morning she was so NOT happy to realize it was over for another year.)


A sign I made out of a spare cabinet door that wasn't used in our kitchen renovation.  I knew it would come in handy.  This sign may find it's way above her bed.  It is just too cute!


I'm glad all of the Valentine's Day decor was out...and on sale!  It was perfect for her red/pink theme.  These treat cups from Walmart were $1 for 6.  They were perfect for ice cream sundaes.


People often tell me she looks just like Dora.  I guess the cake decorator thought so too.  He drew this from a photo I dropped off!


I flaked on getting a picture of the toppings set up.  Maybe it had something to do with a hoard of kids surrounding me.  Imagine 10 more just like this (whipped cream, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, M & M's, gummy bears, cherries, strawberries, rainbow sprinkles, chocolate sprinkles and toffee bits).  These glass containers from Dollar Tree were perfect with printed labels.


She turned the big THREE!  I had another frame that had the words, "R is for Rosie."  It wasn't photo worthy because I didn't do the greatest job with the spray adhesive.  I looked over at one point and it said, "R is or osie."  Oops!



I'm a sucker for twinkle lights.  I tore pieces of the most adorable fabric (three patterns), along with tulle, and tied them in a knot right on the strip of icicle lights.  It was time consuming but a fun project to do while watching TV.  These can be used next year for Valentine's Day or used throughout the year in my daughter's room.


Glad to be back to the regularly scheduled program...aka...paint and a paintbrush.  I have a bureau sitting,  patiently waiting for a makeover and some stair balusters that are screaming to be white! 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Birthdays, Dressers, Retail Therapy & Mudrooms!

Yeah, I'm all over the place. 

My youngest will be turning three in a few weeks and I've been consumed with party planning on Pinterest.  I'm trying not to get too wrapped up because we're only having a few people over to our house.  It's a pizza and ice cream sundae party.  She chose red and hot pink decorations at the store.  Kinda fitting since her birthday is just a few days before Valentine's Day and her name is Rose!  All I can think about is the ice...cream...bar!





It's hard not to get wrapped up in it when there's so much inspiration out there!  (I was having trouble listing the source for the photos.)

Now, onto my new dresser.  My husband was driving a few weeks ago and spotted some free furniture on the side of the road.  He quickly pulled over and texted me a picture of a gorgeous dresser.  I was beyond excited to get my hands on it!  He pulled into the driveway a short time later with a table (still pretty excited about the table - but where's my dresser???).  He explained that he couldn't fit both, so just grabbed the table.  I was a little heartbroken.  I thought for sure the dresser would be snatched up.  He turned right around and went out looking (he's really the best).  IT WAS STILL THERE!  Yes!  The top is totally broken beyond repair...but I can fix that.  It is beautiful and unique and I have great plans for it.



On to my retail therapy for the week.  I got off easy...only $3.50!

I love jewelry...I wear lots of it but when I get home, it all comes off.  The second I walk through the door everything is placed on the window sill or the counter tops.  During Christmas, I was keeping it in a Christmas dish...but Christmas is over.  Like last month.  So I bought this little beauty for $2.


A little Scott's Liquid Gold later...I swear, I should be compensated by them :) 


This wooden pedestal dish is 5 inches high.  It looks adorable on my window sill and is so functional!


This glass apothecary jar was only a dollar!  It may live in my kitchen or end up in the bathroom holding q-tips.


My favorite find of the day was two old Ball mason jars.  They are so cute and were only $.25 each!  I scored!


But the most exciting information is the possibility that we may be building a mudroom off of our kitchen.  I've said it before...I love our house...but my nemesis is the jackets, shoes and book bags that land all over the kitchen and dining room.  We have no hall closet on the first floor and it's always an issue.  More so in the winter months when there are snow pants, hats and mittens added to the equation.  I am so excited.  But first we have to get the permit squared away.  There's still a chance that this project is a no-go.  Until then, I'll keep pinning away inspiration photos and color schemes...
Source: houzz.com via Jeannie on Pinterest

Source: houzz.com via Jeannie on Pinterest
Source: houzz.com via Jeannie on Pinterest
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