Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Design Star 7, Episode 5

This week the designers picked a card, any card and designed a lounge in that style for a Hollywood Chamber of Commerce party. Basically a white box challenge with only a floor to start with.

A few things were abundantly clear from the beginning of the episode:

  • Kris says, “Amazing” a lot.

  • Rachel complains about pulling the Victorian style card ALL THE TIME.

  • Brittany thinks too much about designing a space that is in her professional design style.

And I completely agree with Kris when he said the 1970’s were a time of pure design tragedy. I don’t agree with the last part of his statement when he said the 1970’s were also a time of purse design brilliance. Nope, nay, never, tacky, yuck!

Not that I have a strong personal opinion of 1970's style or anything.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

My Craft Wars Audition Video

Finally, finally, FINALLY! There is a new craft show on TV. It is called Craft Wars. The first episode airs on TLC tonight. Now I can spill the beans. I auditioned for it.

Yep. I made a total goof of myself in my audition video. I sound like I have a lisp because of the microphone on Husband's point and shoot camera. Despite that the casting people asked me to reshoot it and add bigger projects to my audition video. That's why I'm wearing different clothes during the last part of my video. I took it as a good sign.

I had to sign a contract that I wouldn't tell anyone until after the show airs even if they didn't cast me. I figure it's OK because the first episode airs tonight.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

15 Tie Dye Projects

I'm no longer a Girl Scout camp tie dye failure thanks to the tie dye drop cloth shoe project I made for Tulip.

I wear these shoes everywhere

Researching and trying different types of tie-dye techniques besides the hippie dippy circle thingies that never came out for me (see Girl Scout camp tie dye failure and mean girl mocking) might have turned me into a wee bit of an addict.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Save Money on Benjamin Moore and Rust-Oluem Paint!

Hey DIYers! There are two new paint coupons available on my printable coupon database. If you have a paint related project in your future, you should print the coupons now and buy your supplies before the coupons expire. When you are ready to do your product in the future, you'll have sale price paint to do it.

That's the method to my coupon and money saving madness. And why I have two gallons of paint in the garage and an accent wall crying out for attention. Trust me my sweets, your day is coming soon.

Benjamin Moore Paint - $5.00 off one gallon of paint or stain, including the low VOC version.

I haven't used either of these paints, if you have let us know how they worked for you in the comments below. Personally, I've been eyeing the Rust-Oleum cabinet kit with my kitchen cabinets in mind.

If you don't see a paint project in your near future but cook a lot of food with fire like we do in the summer there is a propane coupon available you'll want to print.

You can print two copies of each coupon per computer. I print mine in black and white on the back of scrap paper to save resources because that's how I roll.

I' am a affiliate and earn a smattering of money for every coupon you print from my database. It isn't much but it goes toward the Blitzkrieg Cancer Treatment Fund. Most of all, it is a convenient way for me - and you! - to find coupons for the green and healthy things you use at a discount.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Design Star Season 7, Episode 4

Hey, hey, hey! It’s Design Star time one of my favorite times of the year because I arm chair quarter back the designs, designers, and decisions. I planned on reviewing season 7 from the beginning but a couple ofunexpected vet hospital visits, computer malware that would NOT leave quietly from my machine, and my alternative of making a You Tube vlog fell short because my iPad and You Tube suddenly didn’t want to be friends. Sometimes being your IT department isn’t all fun and games and building super sweet computers.
Let’s just dive in with talking about Episode 4 shall we? We shall.

This week’s challenge is every audience member’s dream – to transform a real life room and outdoor space for two real life homes and families. From the final designs, you can tell Design Star upped the project budget and it is about stinking time too. I still haven’t forgiven them for the season where they challenged the designers to design a Trump apartment with cheapo New York souvenirs and then eviscerated each and every one for not creating a high end look with the remaining dollar ninety eight in their project budget.

Another thing that’s perfectly clear, well besides the blatant spot the sponsor shots of Command Strips, Glade something or other, and buying it all at Target, these people have to learn how to pronounces the word Voila. 

Kids, voila is not pronounced wallah. It is a French word that has been around for a bazillion years. It means "here is" in English. If you are going to use it, pronounce it properly vawh – la accent on the first syllable please. I’m stepping off my took way too many French classes in high school and college soapbox now.

The Good

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Mod Podge Rocks Giveaway

I am always excited for and supportive when a blogging friend writes a book. Sometimes they ask me to review the book - then I panic. I want to be a good friend and gush crazily over something they have worked  so hard to create. On the other hand, my hard and fast rule has been and always will be to give as objective and balanced review as I can because I write the reviews I want to read and will help me make buying decisions.

Apparently this is why Amy Anderson of the blog Mod Podge Rocks! gave me a copy of her book  Mod Podge Rocks! Decoupage Your World to review.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Bandana Tablecloth

When I mention my love of cloth tablecloths and napkins (I never run out of either. I just do laundry!), one of the first objections is usually the expense. Especially if you have children who frequently spill things, which mean you need more tablecloths and napkins while the spoiled set is in the wash.

Photo courtesy of My Insanity

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

How to Organize Cancer Medications

Blitzkrieg had what the oncologist called a “spa day”instead of a chemo treatment last week. They did blood work, exams, played with him, and feed him a redonculous amount of chicken baby food all day.

I'm a dog. I like food, see?

Blitzkrieg let them because he is kind like that.

The doctors feel Blitzkrieg is responding to the new cancer treatment protocol and sent us home with an oral form of that week’s chemo medication.

We are cautiously optimistic.

This is what it takes every day to keep our boy alive.

The only prescription missing from this photo is Blitzkrieg's prescription dog food.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Tie Dye Drop Cloth Shoes

I lived in black cotton Chinese Mary Jane shoes in high school because:

  • I also wore them for my color guard uniform.

  • China flats are one of the styles that always fit my weird kid sized feet and don’t give me blisters.
I need some kick around summer shoes.  I figure I’ll pick up a pair of China flats in a cute color since I don’t need black as part of a uniform anymore and I’m trying to stick to my One Small Green Change of only buying shoes that fit.

canvas drop cloth tie dye shoes
I dyed these shoes with a Tulip Tie Dye Kit
It was easier and less messy than that  fussy stuff in a bucket.  

I didn’t anticipate how hard it was going to be to find a pair of China flats! I finally bought a new pair off eBay for $2.99. The price is right but the color is a bore.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

I'm in a Holding Pattern

It only took a few weeks after Blitzkrieg started chemotherapy to put his cancer in remission. Blitzkrieg still needs to keep his weekly appointments and daily medication to keep the lymphoma at bay. As we deal with side affects, good days, and meh days these last two months I didn’t dare utter the word remission because I thought I might jinx things.

Hi everyone.

Last week I started to feel confident about using the word. I was going to update the Blitzkrieg Cancer Treatment Fund page using Remission as the post title.

After Blitzkrieg’s Monday chemotherapy appointment, the oncologist said she wanted to talk to Husband and I. That’s never good.

Blitzkrieg’s lymphoma is back.

Monday, June 4, 2012

LOLCat Drop Cloth Grill Cover

If it doesn’t move, grill it. That’s my summer cooking mantra. Vegetables, fruit, meat, and fish are all fair game when it comes to grilling.

LOLCat grill cover
Learn how I stenciled this grill cover with help from my friends at Plaid Crafts.

A few Christmases ago, we got a gas grill upgrade and a cover to protect it from Ohio winters.

Two years later the grill looks great.

The grill cover does not. 

ripped grill cover
Mother Nature is the reason we do not have nice things.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Red, White, and Blue Party Test Run

I am not a sports person, unless you consider DIY and home d├ęcor a sporting event. But every two years when the world comes together to compete in The Games, I go fan girl. From the lighting of the caldron to the closing after party, I. Am. There.

This year I’m going to throw a party/get together/any excuse to hang out with friends party for The Opening. Well, that is unless I win Cost Plus World Market’s Red, White & Blue London Sweepstakes. The grand prize is a trip for two to the London Games, including tickets to the Opening Event and three sporting events. That’s my only chance of getting to London to see the Games in person because they won’t let me the towel girl for the men’s platform diving team.  *pout*

What do you think of my test run buffet table?

But if I don’t win tickets, I want one of my friends to win so you should enter via the Cost Plus World Market Facebook page or enter the Sweepstakes through the World Market site through June 16, 2012. Be a pal and take some up close and personal photos of athletic men in teeny tiny swimsuits for me, K?

Friday, June 1, 2012

How to Remove Furniture Marks from Carpet

I borrowed a steam carpet cleaner to clean the wet and explosive surprises Blitzkrieg left in his wake on an hourly basis when he had a bladder infection due to the chemotherapy.

Fortunately, Blitzkrieg is now back to his fine and fluffy self. My carpeting is another story. I spent an entire afternoon steam cleaning pet stains on the carpeting by the front door. I couldn’t move on to the rest of the living room or house like I normally do. We lived with the living room in the kitchen for several days. And then our bedroom in the computer room. And then the computer room in our bedroom. And then the guest/sewing room in our bedroom.

This is about the time I was considering maid service.  Or a box of matches.