Oh Happy Day!

Today is indeed a happy day, for multiple reasons.

Reason 1:  That darling little girl you see up there is sister #1, twenty *cough* something years ago.  And today is her birthday!  But these days she looks more like this:

So happy birthday sister #1!  This also means that I got to give her the present that I made here.  She loved it, even with its 4th of July flare!  Whew.

Reason 2:  Finally got some B time in!  I know I know, finally is a bit of an exaggeration considering we just got to spend multiple days together during the holidays, but these days I don’t take our time together for granted.  I can’t get enough of that handsome face!

Yes, he is indeed the one blowing up this photo in the back…

I told you, handsome, right?!  Love you Boo!  It’s prime wrestling season, and since B is a coach for one of our local high school wrestling teams, our time together is usually pretty scarce.  We enjoyed a pretty relaxing afternoon together and had a chance to catch up on our days.  Even just the down time is appreciated over here.  Like I said, happy day!

Reason 4:  I slept on the silhouette dilemma I was having yesterday and with a fresh pair of eyes today I was able to find a more suitable picture and am much happier with the outcome!  Now of course I’m seeing pictures all over the place that I think would make good silhouettes…I think I’ve created a monster!

Reason 5:  I have only one final class left to take in order to complete the graduate certificate I have been working on.  Thankfully, the class only requires one book…and I found a bargain!  More on that tomorrow!

Sorry, no crafts today…but stay tuned for tomorrow…a Michael’s trip with coupons in hand, and some planned decoupage on the way!  But we might just have to see what my schedule actually leaves time for.

I hope that everyone else enjoyed their Tuesday…hump day tomorrow, which means halfway through the work week!  I can do this…

New Years Resolution:  Less stress, less clutter, less complication.  Today’s progress: Less stress…check!  B and I enjoyed a stress free afternoon just hanging out at home.  Less clutter…check!  Organized the shoe closet and put away some laundry, it’s a start to the massive pile waiting to be sorted!  Less complication…debatable.  Nothing of note today…although it did feel pretty good to solve the silhouette dilemma!

Happy Silhouetting!

After an absolutely exhausting first day back at work (a week of being lazy during vacation will do that to you!) I wanted a small and simple project to work on.  For a while I’ve been wanting to try making my own silhouettes.  Who better to use as models than B and I?  Step One: scrounge around on the computer for pictures that work.  I found this adorably pensive one of B :

And after wayyy too much searching this semi-decent one of myself:

Really now, it would have just been easier to take another picture and upload it onto the computer, if you try this project, I recommend that route.   Anywho, Step Two: crop the photos so that they are only of the part you will silhouette, aka, the face.  Step Three:  print the picture, I chose to print 7×9, depending on what size frame you will be using, adjust your size.  I certainly got my exercise in today.  While scrounging around on the computer, cropping photos, and adjusting the size, I was up on the third floor.  Meanwhile, the trusty printer is down on floor one.  I think I ran up and down the two flights of stairs probably a good dozen or so times before finding just the right picture.  There’s a little cardio I didn’t count on…

Ok.  Step Four:  cut out the picture.  This will be your basic template.  I intentionally chose to leave out some of the details, for instance the spikes in B’s hair, eyelashes, etc., but feel free to make it as detailed as you like.   Step Five:  find some dark paper.  I happened to have black construction paper lying around the house and chose to use that, but will probably end up re-tracing and cutting out the silhouettes onto more solid paper before framing.  I taped down the image, traced, and re-cut so that my final product was a black silhouette.  See for yourself:

I might work on B’s a little more…I’m not convinced it looks enough like him

**EDIT**  Here is the new and improved profile I found:

 By editing out the glasses I ended up with a result I’m much happier with!  Looks more like the man himself 🙂

Sorry about the really really poor photo quality…but you get the idea!

 The next step would be to frame and hang.  I will most likely take the extra time to cut out my silhouettes on black card stock paper, so that they are a little more sturdy, before attaching to a photo mat.  And I have yet to find the perfect frame.  But I do have visions of them hanging in our (hopefully!) not so distant new living room.  B and I will be looking for a place of our own in the coming months…look for more on that, and the final product sometime soon!

All in all, I’m pretty happy with the end results, but my simple project turned into more of an undertaking that I had planned on!

New Years Resolution:  Less stress, less clutter, less complication.  Today’s progress:  zero.  big FAIL.  Running endlessly up and down the stairs?  Way more complicated.  Simple project taking way too long, semi-stressful.  And last but not least, if anything I made a bigger mess working on my project…but I took the extra few minutes to clean up the mess rather than leave it for tomorrow…that’s some kind of progress, right?

All that glitters…is not gold!

Giant Christmas ornaments do too!

Today B and I were able to enjoy a super lazy Sunday, the most fantastic way to end our Christmas vacation.  One last day of sleeping in, followed by watching the Patriots kick some major Dolphin booty (38-7!), and then it was home to get my craft on.  It’s the small things that make life worth living!

100+ ornaments, piles of glitter, and more hot glue gun sticks than I can count later…and we have the birthday present sister #1 requested finished and ready!

I started with this:

That’s right…100 Christmas Tree ornaments that I scored on sale at CVS for only $4.99, horray for after Christmas sales!  Each ornament needed to have the top popped off and put back on with my trusty little hot glue gun.  Here I am hard at work!

2 episodes of the Real Housewives, several blisters, and (thankfully!) zero burns later…

Only slightly crazy after hours of hot gluing…

That’s a lot of ornaments!

After reattaching all the tops, and letting them dry, I grabbed a wire hanger I had lying around the house.  I formed the hanger into a rough circle shape and then untwisted the top.  One by one I started putting bulbs onto the hanger.  Once it was full I retwisted together the top, glued the blue smaller bulbs and a couple other fillers in place and tada!  And now for the final reveal!

Came out looking a little more patriotic than I had hoped for, but hopefully sister #1 will like it.  I made a couple of these last year, and she has been asking for one for her apartment even since then.  Too bad her birthday falls just outside of the holiday season…at least she will have decorations for next year!  Now to find the motivation to finish just one more wreath and get it to B’s mom before it’s too late…maybe I’ll save that one for next year.  But now is the time to get the supplies!  After holiday sales are the best time for shopping.

Hope everyone enjoyed their Sunday, back to the daily grind tomorrow.  Ho hum.

Happy New Year!

Hours after finally welcoming the new year, 2011 has arrived!

Cheers to 2011!

Along with welcoming the new year I would like to welcome you all to my little nook in the blogosphere world.

In the past I have attempted the age old tradition of starting “New Years Resolutions”.  Though with every good intention, and every attempt to hit the ground running come January, I have never successfully managed to keep a resolution.  This year I have only one resolution.  Simplify.  The term can be applied to every aspect of my life.  Less stress, less clutter, less complication…just simply live.

B and I ready for whatever comes with 2011!

   I’m not sure yet what shape this blog will take, but it will most likely follow my adventures in the kitchen, craft world, and day to day life.  I’m hoping that 2011 has some good things in store for me, and for all of those that surround me.

Lo and I are ready too!

My New Years Eve entailed a lot of this….

Fumbling my way through Rock Band?  You bet!

Some of this…

Dancing with the Wii!

And, luckily, ended with this!

Kiss at Midnight!

What did yours entail?  Happy New Year everyone!