Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Thrift Store Finds: Cozy Chair

During one of my recent treasure hunting trips to the local thrift stores, I discovered a vintage metal lawn chair that struck my fancy.

I was drawn in by the retro design and I knew immediately that I had to have it for the porch. I also knew that it would require a little TLC to make it fit my design vision for the porch this year.

Luckily, all I needed was a little spray paint and a new cushion in order to make that happen.

Before:




My trusty can of metal spray paint, perfect for priming and painting. I chose Deep Turquoise because I wanted to match the new rug on the porch. The color, it turns out, was perfect.


I wiped down the chair with a damp rag and a bit of acetone prior to spraying it, but, otherwise, did no prep work, and, I think it turned out pretty well.

After:



The final cost of the project was just under $45. The chair cost $40, and the spray paint was just under $5; I already had the cushion and pillow, so I didn't count them in the final cost.

The chair is as comfortable as it is cute, and, it fits in nicely with the wicker on the porch, due to it's shape and size. All in all, I'm quite happy with the find and with the end product. In the future, I might distress the arms a bit, just to give it a more vintage feel, but, for now, I am planning to love it as it is.

Now, the weather just needs to cooperate so I can relax in it on the porch.

Saturday, May 02, 2015

It's A Girl!

No, I'm not talking about England's new princess, although, Kate Middleton did give birth to a little girl this morning (Mazel tov!); I'm talking about the newest addition to our family.

She was born on May 29th and is about 64" long and weighs about 120lbs. She has blue eyes and blond hair and she is gorgeous!

We get custody a week from today, and, I have been feverishly preparing her room and baby-proofing the house, which, in this case, means locking up the alcohol and hiding my Little Debbie snack cakes. Our new baby, you see, is eighteen years old and, experience tells me that teenagers like beer and brownies, neither of which is good for them.

Ok, fine; brownies are ok for kids; I'm just really selfish with my junk food, still! I'm such a conscientious mother (holy crap, I just spelled that right on the first try!).

Anyway, here are a couple of photos of our new baby. Some of you may recognize her, for those of you who don't; this is Katie.

 


She's going to make a perfect addition to our family-The Teenager loves her, the Man-Cub already thinks of her like a sister, and, she is well past the diaper stage. Win, win, win!

I would totally pass out cigars, but, I've heard that smoking is also bad for babies, so, this announcement will just have to do.

We are blessed.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Too Tired to Throwback Thursday

Last night, the Man-Cub and I volunteered at the annual Senior Sports Banquet. The banquet is a pretty big deal here in Petticoat Junction, and, it requires a lot of planning and manpower in order to execute.

After running around like a chicken with it's head cut off this time last year (Ha! I threw back a little something after all!) for The Teenager's graduation events, I swore that I would try to pace myself on the event planning, but, a friend of mine is the president of the Sports Boosters and I wanted to support her, so, I hit the school at 3:30 and didn't leave until 9:00.

I really like that woman. Otherwise, my ass would have been home on the couch.

Today, the couch looks really, really inviting; I am tired, sore, and unmotivated to go to work, but, it was a hell of a banquet and we are proud of our work.

I'm also proud of the Cub and the rest of the ASTRA kids, who spent the afternoon and evening serving food, filling water glasses, cutting cake, and generally being awesome.

This is what community is all about.


 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Rest in Peace, iPod Touch

While cleaning house on Sunday, my iPod suddenly stopped playing. Actually, it was playing, I just couldn't hear it.

After assuring myself that I hadn't simply gone deaf (that would have presented a whole new set of problems); I determined that the audio function on the Touch was kaput. 

Since the entire purpose of an iPod is, you know, music; this was kind of a major bummer. 

I use the iPod in the bathtub. I use it when I clean house (vacuuming is 99% more fun when combined with white girl dance moves). I use it when I am working at the hardware store (because people hesitate to ask me stupid questions if they think I can't hear them). I use it when I run, and, fine, I haven't been running very much (at all) recently, but, still! 

This is a tragedy of epic proportions. 


Rest in peace, Touch buddy. 

You'll be in my heart. 

Now, to research the best deal on a new model....

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Meanwhile, At the Zoo

The Teenager is counting down the days until school is over and she can come home. She's already finished her final papers for class (two weeks ahead of deadline, who is this child?), and she seems to be confidently staring down finals with nary a panic attack to be found (fingers crossed).

When she came home last weekend, she brought a carload of her belongings with her, so; she is that much closer to having her dorm room emptied by May 8th, which is her last day on campus. Now, her father and I just have to clear her room of the items that have slowly crept into it-the elliptical machine, inversion table, numerous suitcases, etc., etc.,-and she will be able to return to the nest from which she was so excited to fly.

Huh.

Anyway, in the meantime, she and Katie have been checking items off their "urban area must do" list; things like attending a Rockies game, perfecting their country dance moves at the local country bar, and feeding a baby giraffe.

Yes, I said feeding a baby giraffe; some people's must do's are stranger than others.




I hope they got it out of their systems, because that thing is not coming home with them.


Blech.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Rain Delay

I was up early this morning, in order to wake the Cub in time to catch the bus for his baseball game in a town about two hours away. Once he was on his way, I sipped a cup of coffee and tried to relax for a while before Hugh and I left to follow the team; it wasn't a bad way to start the day, but I still would have preferred to sleep in.

Once we were on the road to the game, it became apparent that there was going to be an issue with the weather, and, the closer we got to the town where the game was supposed to be played, the worse it got.

About an hour and a half into the drive, the Cub called to say that the game was being moved...to Petticoat Junction.

We flipped a U-turn at the first possible opportunity and headed back home, where I managed to sneak in a brief nap before heading to the school to claim my spot in the grandstands. I found a couple of great seats and we settled in to watch...the clouds roll across the field..


...and we moved into Hugh's truck to watch the games, free from the occasional sprinkles and cold breeze.

The boys, it should be noted, were completely unaffected by the weather, and, they won both games, quite handily.

Now, I am home and happily ensconced on my couch, with a cozy blanket and the promise of a good night's sleep to come.

Circle of life, yo. 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday Favorites: Spring Porch Decor Edition

Springtime means different things to different people; for me, it means a return to the porch. And, while the weather continues to present a challenge to spending quality time on curled up on the wicker with a good book and a cup of tea; I have prepared the porch for just that.

Fingers crossed that I'll be able to use it soon.





I'm really loving the new color scheme and was super stoked about finding a rug that I liked. I've been wanting one for a long time but didn't want to spend the money on something that wasn't right for the space; this one seemed to fit the bill.

I am also loving the dragonfly pattern on the pillows; dragonflies hold a special place in our hearts and the porch is the perfect place to display them for many, many reasons.



The only thing I need to do now is to purchase the flowers for the flowerboxes; I'm planning to look for red and white petunias, which should go nicely with the other red touches in the décor.


I'm also thinking that red wine will pair nicely with the décor, but, I'm willing to sample the white, just to be sure.

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