Get In Line

Yep, it’s true love, the kind that lives forever.  I mean, just look – can you blame me for falling head over heels for this sucker?

Get in Line

He’s got it all.  Fun colors?  Check.  Lively stripes?  Check.  Ridiculously affordable?  Double check.

I made him mine for a grand total of 36 bucks (including shipping!!) from Dash & Albert.  What a score!!  This little rug is now bringing a much-needed dose of personality and life to our newly remodeled kitchen.  I love how the earthy colors of the rug play off the cream and chocolate tones in our granite (and looks pretty great with the mossy green backsplash – sorry no picture!), and will work equally well in the summer and winter.  And no more puddles from drippy dishes on our hardwood floors . . . ah, life is good.

Get in Line

I’m also digging those cute little magenta cone flowers by the sink – they’re from our backyard, and I’m constantly (and pleasantly surprised) by the fun flowers that I find popping up back there.  Kudos to the former homeowner!

But I digress – back to the rug!  If we ever want to switch things up, our snazzy rug would look great in our entryway by the front door for a little splash of color.  Recognize that fab oversized glass vase?

Get in Line

Found any awesome deals lately that just made your day?  Got any advice on where I can find a rug that’s just as cute (and hopefully as affordable) for our living room?  Spill the beans!

For the full line of Dash & Albert’s gorgeous and totally affordable rugs, click here.

Care For A Fry(e), Anyone?

Bueller?  Oh, I’m sorry – I got a little distracted.

You see, it appears that the famous house from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is on the market.  You know, the one where Ferris’ best friend Cameron Frye accidentally shoots his dad’s Ferrari backwards into a ravine??  Yeah, that’s the one.

I know, I’m experiencing flashbacks, too – I can’t even imagine how many times I watched this awesome movie during slumber parties while I was growing up.  Ahh, the memories!

But I digress – let’s get back to that awesome house.  Here are a few pics of the 5,300 square foot, cantilevered, contemporary steel home in Chicago’s schmancy Highland Park neighborhood that could be yours (along with a little piece of history) for a mere $2.3 million:

Care for a Fry(e), Anyone?

Care for a Fry(e), Anyone?

Care for a Fry(e), Anyone?

Care for a Fry(e), Anyone?

Care for a Fry(e), Anyone?

Care for a Fry(e), Anyone?

Care for a Fry(e), Anyone?

Drooling yet?  I know I am – that view is ridiculous.  And not only is this contemporary home famous for being featured in the 80’s cult classic, it’s also highly revered for being designed by renowned architects A. James Speyer and David Haid.  Not too shabby, heh?

Okay, enough about that house – I need an estimate of how many times you watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (hopefully it’s really high so that my 1,000,000 viewings seems a little more normal . . . ).  Okay, go!!

Click here or here for more info on the Ferris Bueller house.

An Engaging Gift

When two great friends of mine recently got engaged (yay!!), I immediately started pondering what I could give them for engagement gifts that would be fun, personal and affordable.

I remembered the cross-stitched sachet that my sister made for me when I got engaged, and how excited I was to receive my first gift with an “H”, symbolic of what would be my new last name:

An Engaging Gift

Perfect!!  I knew that my friends would be just as excited about their new last names as I was, so personalized initials seemed like the perfect engagement gift.  I whipped up my version of this great gift in an afternoon – here’s how they turned out:

Decoupaged Initials

Too cute, right??  You can make this awesome gift for your friends in no time.  Here’s what you need:

An Engaging Gift

~ cardboard or wooden letters from the craft store

~ Elmer’s glue or Mod Podge

~ Exacto knife or craft knife

~ cutting board or craft mat

~ foam paint brush

~ fun craft paper

~ craft paint

~ spray adhesive (optional)

Once you’ve got all the goodies assembled, roll up your sleeves and get down to business!  Here’s how to make these cute little guys:

1.  Follow the lines.  The first step is to cut the craft paper into the shapes of the letter that you are using.  There are endless ways to go about this, such as tracing the letters with a pencil and then cutting them out with the Exacto knife, but here’s what I did – first, I sprayed the letters with a light coating of spray adhesive so that the craft paper would stick to the letters:

An Engaging Gift

Then I laid the letters face down on the craft paper and cut around the letters with the Exacto knife.  The spray adhesive kept the letters from sliding around so that I could cut the craft paper as perfectly as possible – then I just peeled the craft paper off and cleaned up any ragged or uncut edges of the paper with the Exacto knife.

An Engaging Gift

2.  Paint by numbers (um, I mean, letters). After I finished cutting out the shapes of the letters, I painted the sides and back of the cardboard letters with a foam brush dipped in craft paint.  Go ahead and use complementary colors for the sides and back for a little extra interest – I used brown for the sides and a robin’s egg blue for the back of the “R”.

An Engaging Gift

I found that a couple of coats of paint were necessary to get an even look without any splotches.  Also, it’s helpful to paint the top edges of the letters to cover any “oopsies” just in case your Exacto knife skills aren’t perfect.  And be patient – it takes these suckers awhile to dry!

3.  Flash back to kindergarten.  Now it’s time to bust out the Elmer’s glue.  You can also use Mod Podge, but I like the Elmer’s since it’s so cheap and readily available.  Some people like to add a little water to the Elmer’s glue but I find that watery Elmer’s just makes the paper stretch out into funky shapes – not so great when you’re trying to make letters that actually look like letters.  Just dip your foam brush into the Elmer’s and brush a thin layer of glue over the unpainted top of your cardboard letter – then place the paper letter on top and smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles.  Easy!

4.  Protect and personalize.  I painted a thin coat of water-based, satin-finish polyurethane over my letters to protect them, and then wrote a little message to my friends on the back of each letter with a silver Sharpie.  You could also use some of the leftover paper from your project to make little gift tags for your letters (tied with a fun ribbon, of course), which would be pretty darn cute.

5.  Bask in the glory.  You’ve just made a fun, easy, and completely adorable gift to celebrate your newly-engaged friend.  Trust me, she’ll totally love it.

Decoupaged Initials

How’s that for a fun and personal gift?  And as a bonus, it’s totally affordable – each adorable finished letter cost less than 5 smackers.  It doesn’t get much better than that!  And don’t worry – if you want to do this project but you don’t have any newly-engaged friends to give these cuties to, they would be perfect to spell out a new baby’s name, spelling out “LAUNDRY” in the laundry rooom . . . you get the idea!

What do you think?  Are you ready to bust out the Elmer’s glue?

We Were Plumb Surprised

I’ll spare you photos, but the hubby and I were in for a big surprise the other night when the main plumbing line for our house backed up – right into one of the bathtubs and the utility sink in the garage.  Pleasant, it was not.

You see, the hubby did a load of laundry and when the washing machine drained the bathtub and the utility sink filled with water.  Obviously we were a bit concerned, so we did a quick bit of research and realized that something was clogging our main sewer line – we crossed our fingers that the problem was something small and that tree roots hadn’t grown into the line.  Armed with a bit of knowledge, we called our home warranty company, American Home Shield.

Some people swear against home warranty companies, but our home warranty has already saved us buckets of money (like with that leak in the crawl space) and we’ve only been here about 6 months.  In this case, a plumber came right out, snaked the line (and found a Clorox disinfecting wipe in the line – weird!), poked around a bit more and voila – no more surprises in the tub!  Whew, we were so glad it was an easy fix!

We Were Plumb Surprised

We’ve had our fair share of plumbing woes, but I’m certain you guys have some stories that will make ours seem like a walk in the park.  Spill the beans!

Image courtesy of Cartoon Stock.

Sometimes You Just Want To Chill

On three-day weekends like this, it’s nice to chill out and just curl up somewhere:

Coolest Cats In Town

maybe have a little alone time:

Sometimes You Just Want to Chill

take a little nap:

Coolest Cats In Town

or hang out with a friend:

Coolest Cats In Town

Happy Memorial Day, everyone!

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