Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Photo Credit?

Photo Credit?

Can anyone please tell me where this image came from?
It has been saved on my computer
for a year or so(before pinterest), so I'm at a loss
of who to credit this great example of
how I would love for a Summer Vacation to feel.
Please and thank you.

Friday, June 24, 2011



Sweet Retirement is far far away for me, but just around the corner for my boss, Mr. Charlie, who has been with my office for 25 years, and with the State for 28. 
To think,
I was born the same year he started working here.
Thursday, we gave him an in-office party with decorations, punch, cake, cookies, veggies, and coffee. 
I will admit, that I did not do very much in terms of helping prepare for the party, but I did contribute two touches.
I made printable food labels and made a "Congratulations" bunting. 

For the food labels, I found some printable pantry labels on How About Orange that were originally published by Just Something I Made.  Basically, I printed the labels out, then glued them to cardstock, cut them out, and folded them so they would stand up.  Why not just print them on cardstock? 
Well, the only cardstock I had was a sort of confetti-print so I just used it for the background and stability.

Now...this bunting...
I am way too proud of myself for this, considering all I did was print out the letters, glue them to cardstock, cut them out and hot glue them to ribbon. 
I found the letters on ...It's Simple Love... and they are originally by Two Brunettes.  I'm only one brunette, in an outfit similar to a box of highlighters(which I looove!) and I managed to do just fine.
We had beautiful tablescapes by, and personal touches abound.  Charlie is a professional surveyor and weekend golfer as well as our faithful leader, so we tried to incorporate him as much as possible.

Clearly, I'm no professional surveyor, but I work with a few of them.


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

"Can I Rent A Love Doctor?"

"Can I Rent A Love Doctor?"

As we all know, I dearly love my two bears...but sometimes Sasha is a little difficult to deal with.
She was a puppy mill dog who was not given much human contact before she found herself at the local pound and then at my house...and sometimes when new people come around, she gets scared, starts shaking and pees on the carpet...or the sofa if she happens to be there.  I will giver she and Beau props for being 98% housetrained though.   

I figured I would rent a Rug Doctor from a grocery store, and although I hate Hi Nabor(a small local grocery store who is not coupon friendly, too expensive and not staffed with helpful people), it was the closest place to me to rent one.  They were also more expensive than every other place in town, so I went to the Rug Doctor's website and printed a $5.00 off rental coupon and was surprised when they let me use it.

While the lady was filling out the rental paperwork, there was a five minute conversation between the her, the cashier and another guy about how one thought I said, "love doctor".
Yes, I would love to rent a love doctor.
Just not from Hi Nabor.
Maybe one bright eyes and nice teeth.
I digress.

So, I rolled this cumbersome machine out to my car with the help of my friend Julie who decided to join me on this adventure, maneuvered it into my trunk and brought it home.

After I moved my coffee table off of my flowerdy rug I decided I would also wash one of the covers to my sofa cushions too, just to make sure all the funky smells were gone.  Just one because, I wanted to make sure I wouldn't mess it up.  Not that it matters all that much, because I usually have a slipcover on my sofa after stupid me bought a preppy colored striped sofa which matches nothing in my house(oh and because its easier to clean than upholstered furniture).  I didn't even find any money in the cushions.  All I found was Arnica Muscle Pain Relief Gel that I lost three months ago. 

I push push pushed the Rug Doctor around my area rug using a solution I eyeballed of laundry detergent and hot water for about thirty minutes.  I didn't buy the cleaner but it probaly would've worked better if I had but I was being cheap and the people at Hi Nabor weren't being helpful. 

I had to refill the jug thing twice and let me tell was pretty gross.  There was a lot of dirt in my 5 x 8 rug from

It was still wet last night, so in this picture, it appears darker than it really is.
I can say that the Rug Doctor worked pretty well for being $20.00.  Next time I would buy the cleaner to make sure it does a great job, but most stains were removed and when I walked on it this morning, it felt softer too.
So, Sasha...lets make a deal.  You try to keep the rug clean for another year or two and I'll try to do something about that phone jack thats been uncovered for two years.   

Monday, June 20, 2011

My Search For A Non-Lame Garden Flag

My Search For A Non-Lame Garden Flag

this is not it.

Hello friends!
I'm on a blogging roll!
This past weekend, when I was running errands all over creation, one thing on my list was a new garden flag.  The smallish ones, because, as you remember, my house is not big.

old photo.  now I've got fleurs in the front!
Not big.
As we all know, I'm anything but ordinary and my old flag is feeling a little worn and suburban for my colorful self.  It was one of my first purchases when I started my journey of home-ownership but I feel like it doesn't really fit my personality.

I've looked at Target, Pier 1, various party stores and Hobby Lobby.  No luck.  Saturday, I decided to look at World Market.  While I found no garden flags, I saw a slew of other things I wouldn't mind having if money weren't an option.

Hmmm...I'm a little surprised there is nothing coral in that mix of yellow, gray and white.
No matter.
I then searched etsy and came up dry once more.
I'm tempted to buy some outdoor fabric in a pretty pattern similar to those I saw at World Market and make my own...but if anyone has any suggestions as to where else to look, please let me know!
The search continues. 

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