Monday, March 19, 2012

Head - Lights

Yeah so I didn't end up getting any of the things done this weekend that I posted here. However, we went to visit some friends at their new store they opened last year. The shopping plaza was amazing and had several stores I had never been too. One that many bloggers mention all the time and love, Anthropologie. It was my first time ever being to one and I fell in love with several items, but they were more expensive then I wanted to pay, so I did the next best thing. I took some pictures on my phone to share with you all.

Giraffe Paper-Mache Trophy - $68
This guy was my favorite and I really thought about buying him.

Rhino Paper-Mache Trophy - $68

Giraffe Door Knocker - $32
He was made of a nice heavy metal & I got close to buying him too.

If you didn't notice I have a bit of a thing for Giraffes. Some other things that I didn't take pictures of but I still love were all these great hooks.

Horse Bit Hook
Horse Bit Hook - $32
Stable Hook
Stable Hook - $

I think these Horse related hooks would look great in like a mudroom/hallway for hanging up coats and bags.

View From Here Hook
View From Here Hook - $20
Alphabet Hook
Alphabet Hooks - $12 each

I'm not sure where I would put the giraffe hook but I would love the alphabet hooks in a bathroom.

What am I going to do now. I think I'm obsessed with Anthropologie now and don't have the money for this obsession. I have another obsession Habitat for Humanity ReStore. We just happened to have been driving by ours on the way to the shopping plaza so I talked the Hubby into stopping. Yeah, so now I'm obsessed with this beautiful light fixture that they had there.

I think this is the same as the one I found here.

They actually had two of them brand new in the box. If it is the same lamp it is a Portfolio 23" Chrome Millbrook Pendant with a black linen shade and it is originally from Lowes. If  that is true then the retail price was $169 and the amazing ReStore price only $45. This makes me want to go back and get this chandelier even more. It is such a deal. However, I would just have to store it somewhere for now because I have no where to put it up.

Have you visited a new store recently and fell in love with there products? How about finding a really great deal?

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Project Paralysis & Procrastination

So yeah I'm a total procrastinator. I put off things and put off doing this blog. Pinterest is totally not helping either. You can just lose hours a day on there. Hubby makes fun of me for obsessing about Pinterest but he loves some of the stuff I find on there.
So here are some things that I want to do:
  • Help Dad repair Grandma's old chair that she gave him.
  • Remove the ripped up carpet on Brady's cat tower and replace it with some sisal rope and create some kind of pillow for the bed portion of it.
  • Make pillows from a few of my old sweaters
  • Create some art using reclaimed wood.

So the good news is I have supplies for some of these projects but not all of them. 

Dad's chair - Fixing this should be relatively easy but we'll see when we open it up. This picture on the right is similar to Dad's but I don't think the arms come out this far. The back kind of slopes down to the seat but not all the way to the front of the seat. The legs are a bit different too. His has more of like 4 peg legs attached to a base on the bottom of the chair so it swivels. It is the same fabric but in a brown tweed. One of the boards that the base is screwed into has snapped and most of the screw holes are stripped so the screws just fall out.

Brady's Cat Tower - I bought the sisal rope and may my first tool purchase. I now own my own staple gun. Yeah! Now I just have to figure out how to go about this project. 

Sweater Pillows - My black sweater should be straight forward - cut, sew, stuff and sew closed. But no I ran into a road block. The knit of my black sweater has some larger holes when stretched so if I don't line it with some kind of dark fabric you will see all the white stuffing. As for the other sweater I want to try and make a flower pillow like this:

Nice tutorial for flower pillow from a sweater!
So my main problem here is Project Paralysis. I'm at the point were I'm just afraid to start. I worry I'll start cutting the sweater at the wrong spot and not have enough fabric to finish. Also, I don't have a sewing machine so I will be doing this all by hand. Let's put it this way it has been a long time since I've done much sewing other than replacing a button.

Reclaimed Wood Art - I'm looking to get either some old wood or wood from a pallet. Put several pieces together and paint something kind of like this:

Original Modern Impasto Palette Knife Painting Landscape Tree Branches Birds Wall Decor "The Wedding Day III"

 BRIDES® Chocolate and Ivory Thank-You Cards, large
Thank You cards that matched our
invitations and design  that was
used throughout our wedding.
I love the scrolling branches and want to make them look a bit more like the scrolling pattern we had on our wedding invitations, centerpieces and the wedding cake. See the Thank You cards on the right. That is the look I want to go for. Gee, that scrolling pattern looks familiar, oh yeah it is the background of my blog. :) I guess I'm kind of obsessed. I think the birds are so cute and seem to be a little bird art obsessed right now. This is only one of like 5 art pieces with birds that I have pinned on Pinterest. So what is holding me back on this project? Well, living in an apartment doesn't help making wood projects. So I'll have to get the wood assembled at my parents' house since they have the tools and I think I can scavenge some wood from behind the shed. Also, once I finish I'm not sure where I'd put it since I'd be too afraid to hang something so heavy on the apartment's crappy plaster walls. 

So now I just have to get my bootie going and actually start doing some of these projects. Hopefully, I will have at least one of these projects done before the end of the month and posted here for you all to see. I think I will start one if not two of these this weekend.