Archive | June, 2011

A Little Taste of Austin

29 Jun

Our little vacation from two weeks ago consisted of one night spent in San Antonio visiting with grandpa, two nights camping at Garner State Park with extended family and kiddos, and two nights spent in Austin (just me and Rob) dining, shopping, relaxing, and spending time together.  Even though the water was low in the Frio River (which made it a tad less frio) a fun time was still had by all, especially the kids who spent a significant part of their days rope swinging:

After two nights of roughing it in the woods:

(Ok, “roughing it” is a bit of a stretch)

Rob and I spent two much-needed nights together in Austin.  Here is the lovely view from our hotel:

Side note: I am very proud to say that I did the whole “name your own price” thing from Priceline for the first time, and couldn’t be happier with the outcome – we paid $80 a night for a $150 night hotel!!!  It was perfect.

Our first night there, we went to a show at Red7 and partook in a little of the Austin night life scene.  Then on Saturday we strolled up and down South Congress to hit up a few shops.  But first we had a lovely brunch at Serrano’s:

As lovely a patio area Serrano’s has, we didn’t actually sit out there since the temperature was about 104 degrees farenheit.  It was hot that day!  But we braved the heat and set out to check out the shops and boutiques South Congress has to offer nonetheless.  First stop was a little outdoor artists market, but the heat had us quickly moving along into the cooler, indoor shops.  Like this fancy-schmancy boot shop (at which the owner not so gently told me not to take photos after snapping this pic) :

Then in another shop, we came across this HUGE skeleton walking none other than a skeleton chihuahua:

I will find me a cute little chihuahua skeleton like this one day. 

The next shop we went into, called Uncommon Objects, had a combination of both weird and awesome vintage items:

I love all that vintage glass, and of course (you may not know this, but) I am on the hunt for some affordable skull head mounts,  preferably a ram (since I am a Capricorn and the curves in their horns are lovely and feminine) just like this one:

But the $185 price tag did not scream out SOLD to me (not at this time at least).  Another out of price-range item was this gorgeous Capiz chandelier:

Oh how I would love to have one of these beauties!

But I did walk out of there with one little item to add to my collection of vintage Fisher Price toys – a little seal pull-toy, with an oh-so-right price tag of only $10:

How cute is that?!

After coming in and out of the heat, we were both feeling a bit on the tired and thirsty (and light-headed) side, so we made a little stop at Geurro’s Taco Bar (where they filmed Death Proof) for a water break, and along the way picked up a newspaper from one of my favorite satirical news sources, the Onion:

We really should have one of these newspaper dispensers in Fort Worth, I mean after all, the Onion is America’s finest news source. 

Any who, after our water break, I decided to play photographer and snap a few shots of me and Rob with some help from my camera’s self-timer and my handy-dandy tripod:

Oh, and notice the marquis in the background?  That is the world famous Austin Motel:


Well that about sums up our Saturday afternoon adventures.  We took in a movie back at the hotel (Inception = total disappointment) and had a expensive nice sushi dinner at Uchi.  It was lovely.

And finally on Sunday, we ate my favorite for lunch – Mediterranean – and then hit up what is known as “the Drag” for a little more shopping and Austin insperado just before heading back home:

So there you have it, a little taste of Austin!  Please, do share your own vacation adventures 🙂


Entryway Progress Part II

23 Jun

Just another quick little update post on what progress is being made in the entryway.  This is by no means a “final reveal” so that’s why I opted to go on ahead and post pictures that I took with my cell phone even though their quality is quite under par (warning: these pics are B.A.D.)  But they do show what has begun to take shape in the room, so here goes…

As you may already know from checking out our “Entryway” page, (found under the “Nested Spaces” tab) the messy “other side” of the entry was not addressed in Part I of our entryway progress.  So now, here in Part II of this very exciting adventure (you guys get sarcasm, right?) it finally has!  After removing all the junky mess along the wall on the “other side” of the room (you can see more on that here)  I made the executive decision to rearrange not only that side of the room, but the entire room as well.  Check it out:

I’m loving it! [so far]

There are still some things to get finished up in there, like get matching lamp shades, finish painting the areas that I somehow overlooked in between the drawers on the credenza, finish glazing the credenza, clean up and organize the ladder shelf (that’s what all those dresser/credenza drawers are for!), address that ugly paint job on the round table in the center of the room, and deck the walls and further accessorize (oh yeah, and deal with what’s behind that lovely curtained doorway – the junk place we call a closet).  What do you think of the progress so far?  I am super pleased with the outcome of centering the credenza under the window and having the coat rack over there by the closet (where I’ve wanted it to be this whole time, but just couldn’t seem to figure out the placement of everything in this room until now).   Rob told me via text that it is, ” Very impressive.  Highly functional, and visually pleasing.”  I’ll take that 🙂

Sneak Peek at What I’ve Been Up to Lately

14 Jun

As usual, I have several overlapping projects happening in unison.  So instead of waiting until everything is “finished” (ha – more like “picture ready”) I will go on ahead and share what has been keeping me busy for the past couple of weeks with an “in progress” post.

So, let’s see, we’ll start where we left off in Olive’s room.  Here is how things were looking in her room after the big dresser and table switcheroo that took place in April and in this post:

In the above photo, her room is actually ten times better than it was before, but is still in, oh, about phase 3  of about 10 phases of “total room completion.”  (Read about her closet overhaul here and dresser renew here.)  A lot more has been done in her room than I am sharing with you now, but like I said, this is just a little sneak peek and blog update so you don’t think I have fallen off the planet (actually, we will be roaming the planet soon, not too far off though… vacation!!!)  Anyway, back to business… let’s zoom in on something that I finally got finished after about 3 years:

Yeah, that bookshelf over there in the corner has had unfinished edges for at least 3 years (I painted it back when we lived in the rent house).  So I decided to get er’ done once and for all. 

First, I pulled everything off the shelf and then gave it a good wipe down:

Then, after deciding that it would fit better and also make her room more balanced by centering it on the wall between the two windows, I removed everything from that wall and then filled in and painted over all the nail holes:

Ahhh, a clean slate… for about 10 minutes.  After the paint on the wall dried, Rob so lovingly helped me move the gigantic bookshelf over.  Then, I got busy painting the edges with a not exactly matching pink “oops” paint that I found for only 3 bucks, can’t beat that! :

Hooray for painted edges (and for finally getting a long-awaited paint project done)!!!

And here it stands in all it’s almost completed glory:

The books on the floor have since been placed on both the top and bottom shelves, and I still want to cover the backs of 2 or 3 of the shelves with wallpaper or scrapbook paper, but that will be a project for, oh, maybe phase 5 or 6 of this whole bedroom overhaul!

Again, I have been working on several more projects in here, which I will share when we get back from vacation, but I just wanted to give you a look-see at what I have been up to.  With that said, I will leave you with a series of photos showing a little sneak-peek at what’s been going on over in the entryway of the house in conjunction with all the aforementioned bedroom progress:


So there you have it… a quick look at what’s been keeping me busy – Olive’s bedroom and the entryway overhaul for the most part, with a few other random projects sprinkled in here and there (I glazed a piece of furniture for the very first time!).  And, as always, I will be sure to share every little detail as things progress along the way ! 🙂

DIY: Hula Hoop Canopy

7 Jun

This is a very quick and inexpensive “princess” canopy that even a 4-year-old can make!  This was actually a project that I did last year before I started blogging, but took pictures knowing that I would one day blog about it… anyway, kind of a side-note there, but here’s what it looked like when it was all said and done:

Cute, isn’t it!  This was something that I came up with in an attempt to get Olive to sleep in her bed after about a three-month long battle of resistance after our move into the new house. 

Materials I used for this project:

A hula hoop

Thrifted curtain panels (2) and valance

2 inch wide ribbon

Sewing needle and thread

And a ceiling hook

First, we popped open the hula hoop.  This was one of those hula hoops that easily snaps open so you can put water in it  (at first I thought I was going to have to cut the hula hoop in order to feed it through the curtain tab, but to my astonishment, they actually make hoola hoops that snap open so you can put water or beads (or whatever) in them!)

Next, Olive fed the hula hoop through the tabs on the curtain panels and the valance:

I had these thrifted curtains stashed away and thought there was four panels in the set, but realized there was only two when I pulled them out.  I really would have liked more panels so the canopy would be fuller and hang around all three sides of the bed, but it wasn’t something that bothered me enough to hold off on getting this quick, little project done, so we just used what we had (two panels).  But if I were to do this project again, I would definitely use at least four panels instead of just two.

While Olive was doing that, I got busy mounting the ceiling hook in place.

Next, I snapped the hula hoop closed and evenly distributed the weight of the curtains and valance so that the hula hoop wouldn’t tilt and/or look lop-sided.  Then, after measuring three strips of ribbon all the same length (about three feet each), I sewed one end of each piece of ribbon around the hula hoop (sorry no pic, but I’m sure you get the gist) evenly spaced apart on the hula hoop (think triangularly spaced apart), and brought the other ends of the ribbon together in order for it to easily hang on the ceiling hook:

Easy as pie!  Here’s what it looks like from the side:

And one more time from the front:

And a gratuitous photo of a hula hooping happy child:

HA!  Love it!

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