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I’m in the middle of moving my blog, so if you see anything funky going on, don’t worry. It should be up and running in a few days.

Thanks,

Eliesa

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Painted chairs – a round up by Hyphen Interiors…

A few months back, I ran across a post on painting upholstery on Hyphen Interiors. I’d never even thought about painting upholstery before, and I couldn’t wait to try it out.

Since then, I’ve painted this one, using Kristy’s method that called for latex and acrylic paints, mixed with fabric medium.

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And then, I painted this chair, using Tulip fabric spray paint…

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And I used Tulip fabric spray paint and Rit fabric dye on this one…Image

In the months since I first saw Kristy’s post, she’s had a bunch of readers send her pics of the chairs they have tried her method on and she’s created a page just to highlight all of them. Check them out – you will be amazed at how just a coat of paint can take something tired and in need of a makeover, to something amazing!

http://www.hypheninteriors.com/chairs

While you are there, make sure to say hi – she loves a good comment 🙂

Eliesa

Holiday Hookers

This year, I’ve been having a hard time getting into the Christmas Spirit. In fact, I’ve kind of felt like him…

Scrooge

I could bore you with the details of why, but I won’t because I realize what a dope I am for sweating the small stuff. But, the other day I was on Facebook and saw a post from one of my favorite blogs, Rants From Mommyland, that included the word “Hooker”. It had to be good… they are fricking hysterical. I clicked on it. (You can click on this, and read it too!)

Basically, they are hooking up mommies that could use a helping hand with mommies that can help. OMG! As I read it, I realized that it was exactly what I needed. Almost immediately, I started feeling the Christmas Spirit.

Usually, I love to buy Christmas presents for those I love because I know they will like it, blah blah blah.

Yay! Presents!

But to be able to help someone else buy presents for their kids because they are just scraping by is just what I think that Christmas is all about.

You see, many moons ago, I was a single parent, going to school and working two jobs just to keep us in our one bedroom apartment. I know I was lucky because I could always make ends meet and give my daughter  Christmas presents too. But I know how close I was to not being able to on many occasions. It keeps you up at night, mind racing round and round, thinking of what you could sell off to be able to buy your kid the doll/book/stuffed dog that she’s been asking for for months.

Let's see, what can I sell... clothes, old toys... my kidney?

All I could imagine is this scenario on Christmas morning…

Ugh! My Christmas Nightmare

It’s a sucky feeling and one I never want to experience again. And if I could help someone else be able to avoid that feeling, then by golly, I would!!

Immediately I signed up to help, got my hook up two loooonnnngggg days later, and today I am mailing out the gift card.

I don’t know anything about the person I am helping, besides her name, but I hope that she will feel the joy and excitement that I am sending along with her card. Who knew that it would take sending out a Christmas card to someone I’ve never met before, to feel so much happiness?

Yep - I put all this in my envelope!

I highly recommend it.

 

UPDATED: I just sent an email to Kate and Lydia just to follow up on sending out the gift card, and I got an auto response stating they currently have more mommies that need help, than they do that can help. So if you can help out, please send an email to helpinghookers@rantsfrommommyland.com

 

My Week of Thanksgiving

It’s been quiet here for the last few days because I was getting ready to host Thanksgiving at our house, and then recovering from the event for two days. Every year, I think it should be easier since I’ve done it so many times now, but in reality, it’s always a crazy flurry of activity until the day arrives. Then in ten minutes, dinner is eaten, and all that is left is the mess and the memories.

This year, in true Addict fashion, I did quite a bit of experimenting with pins for the occasion. If you want to check out the original blog posts, just click on the picture.  Not going to get too detailed, but here’s what we tried…

If you recall, I posted about some hurricane lamps that I found at Walmart here. I found this pin and knew it would be the one I would use for Thanksgiving.

from My Hearts Desire

This is how mine turned out. The bags of dried beans cost about a dollar a bag, so for three dollars, I love that I got to re-use the vases as center pieces on the tables.

My version

We made place cards using this pin as inspiration, but tweeked it a little because they kept falling over on us!

from Centsational Girl

I swear, I must learn how to just stop what I am doing and take a few minutes to take a good picture! Sorry it’s kind of a cruddy pic, but you get the idea!

Clothes Pin Place Card Holders

And here they are in action…

Card holders...

Many weeks ago, I pinned this recipe. It looked easy, and after reading the reviews, I had to try it.

from Big Red Kitchen

It turned out to be pretty tasty, but heavy. I think next time I’ll only add 3/4 a can of the pumpkin and maybe some milk. No pictures of said cake, because I got a little too busy around the time that dessert was served and I forgot. UGH!

This was the year of the mini Thanksgiving… mini apple pies

from Little Bit Funky

Our version

These tasted delicious, but we couldn’t get them out of the pan without having them fall apart, so we pried them out and put them in a traditional pie pan and called it Apple Pie Crumble.

We also made mini pumpkin pies…

from Make and Takes

Our mini pumpkin pies

I don’t know how the other people make theirs so darn pretty!! Ours always looks like a failed science experiment. These were delicious though, so that’s all that matters 🙂  I did attempt to make fresh whipped cream, but it didn’t exactly work out as planned. It ended up just looking like melted ice cream. My brother said I should have chilled it more. Probably. Next time, I’ll try that. I have a half gallon of heavy cream to experiment with.

I liked all the banners that I saw all over Pinterest like this one…

from The Kurtz Corner

So we made one too! My daughter did an awesome job putting it together. We just used scrapbook card stock, glittered alphabet stickers, little clips and some ribbon. What’s nice about the way we did ours is that we can re-use the letters for different occasions. I can’t find large alphabet stencils or stamps – any one have any ideas where to get them? I tried Michaels, but they only had tiny ones. My artistic abilities don’t go so far as to be able to free hand lettering.

Give Thanks!

And so, that’s how I used Pinterest for Thanksgiving. I can’t wait to try all the ones I found for Christmas so far!

This crazy weekend

Don’t get excited by the title, it wasn’t crazy in a Girls Gone Wild kind of way, but as-in an insanely busy weekend! I started the weekend off by posting a bunch of furniture and home goods on Craigslist. I’ve been tripping over all the stuff that was in the old house that doesn’t fit in the new house. The husband was getting irritated that everything was all over, and to be honest, it was getting on my nerves too. So onto Craigslist it went. Framed art, vases, mirrors, lamps, curtains, etc. When I got everything together in the front room to take pictures, it almost filled up the room!!

One of the first things I posted was our old living room set. For lack of a better picture, this is the old set, minus the chair.

The old living room furniture...

This picture was taken one of the first days we were in the house, before I had a chance to paint and take down the old lady  window treatments. I kept saying that I wanted to lighten up the furniture in the house, both in color and  in size. Everything we owned was heavy, dark and formal. It was clashing with my Mindful Gray color on the walls. And I wasn’t re-painting. Again. Right away we had a bunch of responses, most creepy and some spam-ish. But we got a call from someone coming from over an hour away that ended up picking the whole set up on Saturday!! Yay!

After they left, seeing the living room empty was kind of a shock.  Uhm… where was that little voice inside my head that should have been screaming, HELLO ELIESA!!! It’s almost Thanksgiving and we are having 17 people over for dinner! I guess I didn’t honestly think it would sell so quickly! Oh well, too late to reconsider. Bye-bye dark living room, hello something different!!

Now, how was I going to fill it back up? My self imposed rule for re-furnishing the living room was to not spend more than I just got for the existing set ($750). So, I scoured Craigslist. I found a couch about an hour away and we picked it up tonight, after we stopped by Ikea to pick up a few more things. Hey, when you are in the immediate area of Ikea, one must stop, right? Back to the couch… well, I love it!

new sofa

It’s a light gray, more modern than I would normally choose, but I like that it doesn’t have loose cushions, it was clean, it was long and it wasn’t too “heavy” for the room. I paid $350 for it, but I had looked it up online and I know that they are selling for about $1500, so I feel pretty good about it. Unfortunately, on the way home, it poured and everything got wet where the tarp didn’t cover all the way. Ugh. No worries though, we toweled it off and pulled out the blow dryer and all is fine!

This morning, I was checking Craigslist again and found some chairs at a yard sale that looked promising. Two of them were tailored pieces with older tropical fabric, but that can be fixed. I loved the shape of them. I hopped in the car and headed over. When I got there, they were in great condition. They looked like they had been sitting in a formal room at your Grannie’s house, where no one is allowed to sit on them! YAY!  The ad said they were $30, and I thought that was for each. There were three, but I didn’t need the one that swiveled. Turns out that he wanted $10 a chair!!  I have to admit, that they are kind of not beautiful right now, and I won’t be able to get them re-covered before Thanksgiving, but they will look fabulous once we get them re-upholstered in something gray and black and graphic (maybe?). For $20, even if they didn’t turn out to work well in the space, I could put them back on Craigslist, right?

Moving on… Remember these?

Uhm... yellow side table with Italian marble top, anyone?

Well, I cleaned them up and painted them, and now they look fabulous next to the new couch! The marble table tops are the perfect gray for the space, and the new color breaks up all the gray going on in the room.

Hmmm…Technically, I paid for them last week, before I decided to just re-do the living room, so the $99 doesn’t really need to come out of the budget, right?? Come on…I still need money for the rug, and new curtains, and lamp shades! Oh, and accessories! I am going to re-do the lamps I found at Faith Farm, but none of them have shades. They don’t match each other either… is that a no-no? What if I find matching shades?

I also re-finished these babies. I am using one in our bedroom and I’ll put the other between the two chairs I bought today. They look lovely. Can’t wait to show you!

Glass tables - before

Edgar built the Ikea shelves we bought for our closets, so everything was pulled out of the closets and I’m still in the process of putting things the way I want them. Because I’m insane, I re-painted (as in, I already painted when we moved in here, but decided to do it AGAIN!) my closet last night a gorgeous shade of blue/green called Newburg Green (a Benjamin Moore color). I like the color a lot, but I thought it would be bluer, so I was surprised to see how Philadelphia Eagles green it looked. No matter, it’s fabulous against the white shelves. Now, I have to paint the Thomasville faux bamboo chest of drawers, and I’ll be all set. I can’t believe that I haven’t had a functioning closet since July. It will be nice to hang my clothes somewhere, instead of on the back of chairs in the bedroom.

I did a bunch of other stuff too to get ready for the holiday, but I’m so tired right now that I can’t think any more… which makes typing pretty hard. 🙂 Will reveal the room once it’s all put back together, but right now, it’s still a jumble of stuff all over the place.

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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