Saturday, June 30, 2012

4th of July Wreath

We normally don't decorate for Independence Day.
Yes, I feel a bit guilty about not flying the red, white and blue.
But I have been loving all of the amazing decor I've been seeing on
blogland and pinterest.

There was a 5 Below store right next to the restaurant where we were having dinner last night.
Outside was a huge bin of pool noodles marked $1 each.
Didn't I see some cool, pool noodle wreath tutorials?
I can give it a try for $1.

So after dinner, we headed over and I picked up a few noodles and 
some amazing decorative duct tape.
(for my next project)

After reviewing my pins and doing a few google searches,
I put this little number together this afternoon,
 I am really digging it.
And it was so easy to make!
and literally cost me $1!!
(insert happy dance)

What do you need to make your own wreath:
Pool Noodle
Packing Tape
Blue and White paper
Hot Glue Gun
Spray Paint - Optional
Ribbon - Optional

I angled the ends of my pool noodle slightly
so it would make a perfect circle.
Once I got the right fit, tape it up.

Songs from the Vault Saturday #11

Welcome to week 11 of

Songs from the Vault Saturday!

If you missed last week's song, check it out HERE

This week I'm conceding to the extreme heat.
This week has ended with severe thunderstorms and temps in the high 90s.
If you know east coast summers, it is hazy, hot and
(my poor crazy hair).

This week's song shows non-roasting oven,
summer vacation, beachy fun.
It reminds of lots of good times at the shore.
It's in my iPod.

Steal My Sunshine - Len

My observations from this video:
  • How fun are the mopeds.  Need to put that on my bucket list.
  • I need to schedule a beach vacation.


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Songs From The Vault Saturday #10

Welcome to week 10 of

Songs from the Vault Saturday!

If you missed last week's song, check it out HERE

This week I decided to post an 80s song in
honor of the 80s Party my girlfriends are having tonight.
That's right,
I'm whipping out the aqua net, teasing comb and neon.
I heard someone has a crimping iron....
Can I just say one thing?

ok, two things.

My room was plastered with George.
Oh, swoon.
This song epitomizes 80s fun, hair and fashion.
It's a guilty pleasure.
It's in my iPod.

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham!

My observations from this video:
  • I still have no clue what this song is about. :)
  • Frosted tips, dolphin shorts and goofy dancing. No problem.
  • Glow in the dark eyebrows are not a good look.


Monday, June 18, 2012

All Wrapped Up

Hi All!
Sorry I've been MIA, just been busy at work and at home.
But I'm back and wanted to share my latest craft, a

Wire Wrapped Cabochon Pendant

I am a sucker for all things sparkly and intricate.
This pendant has all the things I love,
and it's easy to do,
and it's purple!

You don't necessarily need a cabochon, any oval shaped
jewel, stone, rock would work just fine.

Supplies needed:
22 Gauge Wire - I used Sterling Silver (found at Michael's Craft store)
Needle nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Jump rings

So here is my pretty cab.  I actually made this guys with dichroic and purple glass.
oooooooh, shiny.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Songs from the Vault Saturday #9

Welcome to week 9 of

Songs from the Vault Saturday!

If you missed last week's song, check it out HERE

This week I decided to post a fun summer song.
One we all know and probably sing out loud at weddings or at the bar.
Remember that Grease remix a few years back?
Yes, I'm old.
Whenever I hear it, I smile and want to sing into my hairbrush.
It makes me remember hugging my double album set.

Summer Nights - Grease Soundtrack

My observations from this video:
  • I still think Olivia Newton John is the best singer EVAH!
  • I used to think that Danny Zucco was dreamy.
  • I don't remember high school being this fun. :)

Hope you like it and it makes you sing or tap your toe along.


Friday, June 8, 2012

My Little Graduate

We celebrated Michael's Pre-K Graduation on Wednesday.
It was an adorable little ceremony at his daycare for the 24 students in the class.

Teachers Miss Rae Leigh and Miss Kelly did an excellent job with everything!
Below is the Ceremony portion of the booklet we received.
It had the names of all the children,
ceremony details
and a small message to the kids.
So sweet.

Here are all the anxious graduates.
You can see that Michael is pumped to sing the "Toy Story" theme song.
We didn't think he would belt it out like he did.

But then got very serious as Miss Rae Leigh read the awards.

Here is Michael receiving his special award,
Class Anchorman.
Since he likes to report all the news to the teachers, parent or anyone that will listen. :)
Jaime was proud and leaned over and whispered "Stay Classy, San Diego"
We love the movie Anchorman.

I love his smile and how he is reading his award!

Here you see the kids celebrating and at the end of the ceremony.
They were all dancing to "My Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades"

My little graduate!

Michael posing with Tita.

And then with me.
I promise I am wearing clothes in this picture.

We bought Michael an Avengers Lego Set to celebrate.
He was thrilled. 

So thrilled that he slept with the entire box.
Exhibit A: The top arrow is his head. The bottom arrow is the box.  

And to see how much he has grown,
this is his first day of Pre-K picture.

And this is his last day.
sniffle sniffle.
He looks like such a big boy.

Mommy and Daddy are so proud of you, little man.


Saturday, June 2, 2012

Songs from the Vault Saturday #8

Welcome to week 8 of

Songs from the Vault Saturday!

If you missed last week's song, check it out HERE

In honor of my *gulp* 20th High School Reunion tonight.
I've chosen the Class of 1992's Senior Prom song.
I remember slow dancing with my date at
Dugan's Catering Hall to this song.
I also remember my big hair, but that is another post...

Saved The Best For Last - Vanessa Williams

My observations from this video:
  • She's so pretty!
  • It's an odd mix of scenes
  • Boy, it's a sappy song. :)

Ok, ok, I'll buckle.  Feel free to laugh at my senior portrait:


You can't see me.

I want to apologize to anyone who is weirded out by feet.
I'm sorry you have to look and my goofy ones.
I don't mean to offend.
Feel free to run away screaming.

I wanted to share my solution to a small problem I have.
I have 2 different sized feet.
Like a size and a half difference!
As you can imagine, it makes for interesting shoe shopping.

Some of my shoe problems:
  • Going broke buying 2 sets of sizes for every pair of shoes I'd want to wear.
  • Always having one tight shoe and one loose shoe.
  • Always having to wear shoes with straps; Mary Janes, T-Strap, Ankle Strap, blah blah.
  • Longingly gazing upon Peep Toes, Wedges and slip on Sandals.

Then I had an A HA moment one night while watching Dancing with the Stars.
No, it wasn't how those fringe pants would look awesomely fantastic on me.
I noticed that the female dancers had something on their shoes 
to make sure they didn't fall off.

Invisible Straps!

Immediately, I googled and found you could purchase one pair of "Dance Shoe Straps"
for approximately $10.
Dude, I have a lot of shoes.
So, considering the straps were made of clear elastic, I got to googling again.
I found you can buy clear elastic for pretty cheap.
I got 3 packets of 3/8" Lightweight Clear Elastic (each 5 yards long)
for $10 shipped!
I could make makes lots o' straps and buy more shoes!

When my shipment arrived I got to messing around with the elastic.
Glue didn't work.
I didn't want to sew it.
So I came up with the below process that has worked beautifully.