Thursday, August 30, 2012

Thrown Away Thursday–Awesome, Love, Perfect

I’m gonna have to admit that this title is a little over the top but check this thing out!!

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A M A Z I N G!!!

 

Yep he’s on my list this week. Plus I get my baby girl back this weekend and I couldn’t be more happy!!

Come back next week and I’ll show you what I have in store for this fellow!

Have a great Labor day weekend and don’t forget to enter Susie’s Drawing for free stationary!

http://papiersanctum.com/blog/party-stationery-giveaway

Later,
Rita

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Enter To Win!

Hi Guys, this isn’t a furniture post but it’s even better! My friend from Colorado (she just moved and I’m very sad about it) is having a drawing to win stationary from her shop!!

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http://papiersanctum.com/blog/party-stationery-giveaway

Now you’ve heard me speak about her before because she is sooo Lovely and she does all my photos and stationary stuff and is MARVELOUS!!

And just incase you’re wondering what you could possibly use her for, she does business cards, wedding invites, birth announcements, Every occasion cards, you name it, she can do it. Talent is her middle name!

Here are some things she’s done for me:

Senior Photos:

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Personalized Birthday Card:

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Inside

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Graduation Party Invites:

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all my business cards, postcards, and stationary (which of course I can’t find soft copies of)

Told You, she’s super talented!!

Here are more things she’s done:

Teacher Cards:

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Birthday Cards:

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Birth Announcements:

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Weddings:

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So stop by and tell her Rita from Curbside Creations sent you!! Oh and you don’t have to be local to win :)

http://papiersanctum.com/blog/party-stationery-giveaway

GOOD LUCK!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Good Luck Ashley!

Well she’s off to start her college life. We moved Ashley in Wednesday and it wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought.  Now on the other hand, it’s gotten worse as the days have gone by, but I think I’m managing quite well. Plus, I know she’ll do fine!!

Ash chose to go to A & M Commerce (Lions)which is a sister school of
A & M (Aggies). She chose Commerce so that she can pursue a teaching degree. She’s always wanted to become a teacher. Plus being great with children her whole life has helped! Commerce is only two hours away from us so she’s on her own without being WAY OFF on her own. That puts my heart at ease!

I guess I could go on an on about this whole experience but I won’t bore you with it, not to mention I will cry and all that, so I’ll just get on with a few of the pictures we took.Smile

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Ashley’s Dorm is Pride Rock. Get it “Lions” -  Pride Rock (Lion King). Yeah, Ashley LOVED that!

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Yes, Ashley is a HAM!! Wow just noticed that nice butt view of Sammy. Ha-ha, he’ll love that!

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Ashley and Brianna walking up to the Dorm. And Yes that is Brianna’s blue hair that she’s wearing this year to school if they let her. Believe me, if she let me write more about her, It would be a novel!  As far as the hair…let’s just say you pick your battles!! These two couldn’t be more opposite!

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Inside the Dorm room!

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Must have ART on the wall!

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The FAMILY before we say goodbye!

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I ABSOLUTELY LOOOOVVVEE this next photo!! Sammy is actually “acting” like it was really tough and being a little OVER dramatic for the camera but it was so hysterical, I had to include it!

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Ashley saying goodbye from her “new” dorm room!

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Hope you enjoyed a glimpse into a new chapter of our lives.

Ashley, since I know you’ll be reading this, I love you baby, remember to make your own sunshine, be brave and always, always, do what makes YOU happy and leaves your heart content. You have time to learn what makes you, you out there so don’t get discouraged if you find yourself unsure or uncertain. You’ll get there and you have plenty of time to do so.  You know I’m proud, you know we are ALWAYS here, so take this time to learn, take a leap of faith, and grow.

Thanks again for sharing this with me- as I go off to cry again, darn emotions!! 

Love,
Rita

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Sprucing up the College Dorm!

We just got back from dropping Ashley off at College so there won’t be a huge before and after this week however come back tomorrow and I’ll post pictures from that chapter of our lives!!  Miss that girl already!

This post is about a small lamp we spruced up for her dorm. Remember me saying she is being very conservative when spending “her” money?? Well she had to buy a desk lamp but didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg to get a cute one. Those things are rather expensive!!

She opted to purchase a plain white one instead and have me fix it up according to her bedding. We chose a light gray to match her sheets and I used a Martha Stewart adhesive stencil my sister bought me!

Dull Lamp before:

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Adhesive stencil:

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Stylish Lamp After:

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And my child whom I spent 14 hours of labor for, leaving to her new Adventure!!  By the way she was my proof reader so if there’s misspellings, blame her for fleeing the coop!

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More photos of this tomorrow with one of Sammy you WON’T want to miss!!

Love,
Rita

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Thrown Away Thursday- Sand, Sand, Sand!

I wanted to show you what I’ll be working on this week even though I KNOW I won’t be done by Tuesday!

This little guys needs a lot of work and I mean sanding like crazy!!

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He’s a rocking horse that I just LOVE but his owner wants him stained and kept as close to his original look as possible. Well that’s half true! His owner (that got in contact with me) was going to let me paint him. Her husband (co-owner) wanted it to be kept the same. Men! No vision I tell you. So I’ve been sanding him down daily, piece by piece. I haven’t gotten to his head yet and I’m sure that will be the hardest part but wish me well!

So this is still a work in progress and I have a very busy week ahead of me. Ashley goes off to college next week and we’ll have another going away party for her. Plus I’ve been working TONS lately and a little family drama never hurt anyone so lets throw that in the mix. Not immediate family just extended family drama! More on that later!

For now let me tell you about a small project I’m working that hopefully will leave you feeling like “YEAH, I can do that!!!”. So here it is!

My friend just bought a house and I’ve been looking for something to give her as a house warming gift. I’ve been thinking of a basket of STUFF that she’ll need. That is always a cool idea. Anyway the other day we were back to school shopping when I saw this bin of clearance stuff that I immediately ran to. I found this little sign for 70 cents that had a really great shape and I knew it could go on my “Basket O’ Awesome Stuff!”!

Here is the sign:

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Nice Right!! L O V E  but I wanted it to be chalkboard, so I painted the swirly design white to make it POP! (I only sprayed around the edges, that’s why you can see part of the riesling coming through!)

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And just for visualization, I half sanded this sign. Now I didn’t go to town with the sander, I actually just tapped it with my sander and the white came right on through!

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And this is the final product! I started writing something else then erased. That’s what’s under the  “Happy Friday”.

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Have a great weekend and if I happen to finish the rocking horse, I’ll be posting pics!

Rita

Monday, August 13, 2012

Tossed and Turned Tuesday–Bit O’Whimsy

WARNING!!! This is not for the faint of heart!

I have to warn you that I tend to get a little out of hand when the wheels start turning and I’m on a mission. ALSO, when I spend nearly nothing on something someone almost threw away!!

OK…Monologue over.  Here is what I came up with:

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This is supposed to be my “whimsical tree”. Although it may not look too much like it. I knew I wanted a long vine like tree and I wanted it to look whimsical but I couldn’t get the image I wanted so I googled one and this popped up. Well not this exactly, but similar to it. I carried this look and feel to the slats. See Below:

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You can barely see them from the photo but I drew white swirls all over the back and front of each slat. No rhyme or reason really, just swirls all over the place.

Bottom line is I had a REALLY fun time drawing and coloring and outlining this little “work of art”. I think at the end of the day if it makes you smile, it was worth it.

Not to mention this was an eye sore before! I like the end result and I’m smiling! Are you?

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See Ya,
Rita

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Thrown Away Thursday- What 50 Cents Gets You

I have a great respect for people who know how to do lots with very little. Partly because I’m one of them (wink wink) but mostly because I love to see where someone’s imagination will take them!

That’s why I love it when someone sees something I’ve picked up and I can see the look of “WHY???” in their expression.

Case in point, this little book shelf:

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Ugly right?!?! Well maybe too ugly for $4.00 but not  $0.50!!

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I’ve started to work on it since I had so many ideas floating around but I think I’ve finally decided what I’m going to do with it.

This was also one of my “Wonderful” finds this weekend. So excited to finish it this weekend!

Hope the end of your week is amazing!!
Rita

Monday, August 06, 2012

Tossed And Turned Tuesday–Door Prize

What’s better than a great transformation??? A FREE transformation!!

This project was absolutely free.

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AFTER:

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If you missed Thursday’s post, I showed you the before photo of this table that my friend Massy brought over to my house and left on my porch for me. It was an AMAZING gift to get from such a sweet friend and it cracks me up that she knows me so well to know what TRULY makes me happy.

Keeping the fact that it was free in mind, I decided to look for a color I already had and used it so that I wouldn’t have to spend a dime on it. This table is truly …priceless!

Before I go any further I have to tell you what I found this weekend and it was NOT GOOD! Remember I told you I found some awesome deals this weekend (more on that later) ?? Well I had to make room for it so I hired Brianna (youngest daughter) to help me clean out my sun room. This is where I store all my crap and the reason for my husband’s craziness! I had this one area that really needed help and as I made my way through it, guess what came running out of there!?!?!?!?!?  UGH a rat!!!  AAAAHHHHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHHAHAHAHAAhAhAhA

He was a little one with deathly fangs and huge claws. He was running on one of the rafters and I screamed to the heavens to save me and my furniture!!! And to Brianna…although I don’t quite know why.  Then to KUNU cat to come kill it but he was sunbathing and not to be bothered.

Anyway he ran away and now I must call an exterminator to make sure there aren’t any unnamed pets living outside(or in) my house. Isn’t this embarrassing…I mean I feel like the teacher just told me I have lice..and with all girls growing up, boy I got them too alright!

So disgusting and yucky!!

Now to totally change subjects yet again, here are the rest of my before and after photos. I just had to get that off my chest first though!

MORE BEFORE:

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MORE AFTER:

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I’ll share one of my garage sale finds Thursday and post the rest later!!

OOOHHH can’t wait!! gtcf
Rita