Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Crunch Time

pro·cras·ti·nate   verb \prə-ˈkras-tə-ˌnāt, prō-\
pro·cras·ti·nat·ed       pro·cras·ti·nat·ing
transitive verb: what Gaby intentionally and habitually does to put off intentionally and habitually
intransitive verb: to put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done my new name

pro·cras·ti·na·tion \-ˌkras-tə-ˈnā-shən\ noun
pro·cras·ti·na·tor \-ˈkras-tə-ˌnā-tər\ noun

The origin of PROCRASTINATE comes the Latin word procrastinatus, from pro- forward + crastinus of tomorrow.  

There always come a point in the time-line of our lives when it becomes quite apparent that we suck at schedules. Then you realize the two months you originally gave yourself to finish a million projects has just turned into one month due to the above mentioned procrastination. Now you're going to have to work like a dog to get everything done in time. Absolutely magnificant. Please note the sarcasm in the use of a (.) instead of an (!).

Without further ado, here's the list of crap that needs to get done before January 31st. Why, the 31st you may ask? Because my last semester of nursing school starts on February 1st and them professors aren't taking any prisoners. Boo.

  • Lots and lots of throw pillows
  • Finish LR roman shades
  • Fix office roman shade that I totally screwed up
  • Paint basement
  • Sand/paint fireplace surround/mantel
  • Paint basement hallway
  • Hang mirror in entryway
  • Paint telephone table
  • Finish upholstering telephone table cushion
  • Touch up paint powder room
  • Built in shelves for power room
  • Touch up paint basement guest bedroom
  • Remove tape from ceiling in basement guest bedroom
  • Drywall inside of basement closet
  • Paint basement closet
  • Install new laundry tub in laundry closet
  • Mount drying rack to wall in laundry closet
  • Paint stripes in guest bedroom wall
  • Paint/caulk guest bathroom mirror
  • Take down Christmas tree and chuck it
  • Create a Christmas ornament storage-box-container-holder-type-thing
  • Paint shelves for office
  • Hang shelves for office
  • Reassemble and paint coffee table
  • Add length to shower curtain
  • Fix copper pipe in shower that isn't secured in place and causes the shower caddy to slip and shampoo to fall on my head
  • Paint around light fixture in guest bathroom
  • Paint master bathroom
  • Sand/paint master bathroom cabinet
  • Repair master bathroom toilet
  • Change electrical crap in master bathroom
  • Change tub spout and valve in guest bathroom
  • Change valve in master bathroom shower
  • Hang glass shelves in master bathroom
  • Fix over-the-door rack in master bathroom so the door can actually close
  • Buy supplies for basement guest bedroom headboard
  • Upholster headboard for basement guest bedroom
I'll probably add to this list as I think of more things to do. The works starts next Tuesday. Hopefully.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas Tree

Our tree is up and presents are wrapped.

This is actually the first year I put up a tree since moving to Maryland 3 years ago. I've accumulated a few ornaments here and there and recently purchased a couple packs, but I think I still need more.

Anyways she looks pretty naked barren.

I've done the color coordinated red and gold tree before, but lately I've been feeling a little more adventurous and loved all the whimsical ornaments I've been finding at vintage stores and Macy's in particular.

I was having a hard time getting a picture of the full tree, so here's a peak at the skirt I picked up at Michael's for $20. It's made out of felt and has bells and puff balls attached to it, but the presents are covering most of it.

I picked up the flower at a vintage shop the year before last (told you I've been accumulating ornaments lol) for about $7. I bought the house ornament to commemorate the purchase of our first house. In gold marker I wrote on the bottom of the ornament "Our 1st home 2010" and included our address for hopefully future generations to see.

Below the house is an ornament of a Bichon Frise I found last year (again, I've been collecting them) in honor of my little man.

 See the resemblance??

I found a lion and an owl at Macy's. They were about $2-4 each. Pretty f-ing cute if you ask me :)
I also found a robot!
And a Baltimore cityscape ornament in honor of the area we live in. We don't live in Baltimore, but it's 15 minutes away. When anyone from out of town asks, we pretty much say Baltimore...

And here are a few more vintage ornaments I found.

Hopefully after Christmas when all the leftover Christmas stuff gets heavily discounted I can find some more ornaments. Crossing my fingers.

Ball-o-Yarn Ornament

The multitude of posts that are clogging up filling my blog roll recently have inspired me to share my own DIY ornament.

This has definitely been done before (hence where my idea came from) so I claim no proprietary rights for this idea and promise not sue anyone for patent infringement if and when you copy me.

Gather your supplies:
Yarn (any color, I went for the color I wanted in the cheapest brand I could find)

Note: You don't have to use clear glass ornaments, you can really use just about anything. Racquetballs or ping pong balls would work wonderfully as well.

Step 1: Take off the thingy at the top of the ornament.
Step 2: Dab a little glue at the neck of the ball and hold yarn in place. At this point walk away for 5-10 minutes so that the glue can dry. If you don't walk away you'll be pulling off the yarn every 9 seconds to see if it's dry yet. Trust me. I pulled it off. Every 9 seconds. For like 6 minutes.
Step 4: Add a few lines of glue going down the ball. Not too long though, it tends to dry up fast.
Step 5: Wrap your yarn around the ornament.
Step 6: Keep wrapping.
Step 7: At some point when you hit the fattest part of the ball it starts to get harder to wrap the yarn around using the glue lines I mentioned above. So I tried the method in this picture out and that seemed to work better.
Step 8: Finish wrapping the whole ball. You can leave it how it is or you can go crazy wrapping the yarn in all sorts of directions. I chose to keep it sorta simple. It was late and I was tired, so I got lazy.

Please excuse the pictures. My camera all of the sudden takes crap pictures. Apparently my iPhone does a better job. Me not happy.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Pottery Barn Knockoff

Pottery Barn has some pretty smoking hot lamps. I especially love these:

Eva colored Glass Table Lamp

Atrium Glass Table Lamp

Problem is the Eva lamp goes for $99 and the Atrium lamp goes for $139. No way was I going to dish out that kind of dough for a lamp.

That is, until I saw a large bottle similar to the above at Ross for $15. Wham-o! The idea struck me, I can make my own PB knockoff lamp!!

bottle vase = $15
 lamp kit = $10
lamp shade = $3
flange = $2


Tips on how to make this lamp can be found after the jump.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Someone Take the Computer Away From Me!

What started out as a mission to find heavily discounted Ugg boots to keep my toes warm, ended with me blowing $40 on fabric.

1 - Island to Island Cotton Fabric $2.99/yd
2 - Waverly Cross Section Charcoal $7.18/yd
3 - Premier Prints ZigZag Kelso Brown/French Blue $5.58/yd
4 - Poppy Fields on Orange Cotton Fabric $2.99/yd

Fabrics #1,3, & 4 I plan to use for throw pillows (in different rooms of course). Fabric #2 is destined for a headboard.

I have my heart set on a tufted headboard, but I don't know if the pattern of fabric #2 will look good with tufts. What do you think?

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Holiday Giveaway

I came across this incredible giveaway and thought I would pass along the Christmas cheer. Today's Mama is  giving away... get ready for it.... are you ready yet? If not, I can wait.... How about now? Ok, ok... I'll tell you.

One XBox 360 250 GB with Kinect 

One Nintendo Red Wii Bundle 

Three Nintendo Red DSi XL Bundles 

&&&&&& a ONE THOUSAND DOLLAR GameStop gift certificate!!

Just follow the instructions at the link below.

Mama’s Holiday Wish List Meme

TodaysMama (link to: and GameStop (link to: are giving away a sleighful of gifts this holiday season and to enter I’m sharing this meme with you.

1. What is your holiday wish for your family?
Lots and lots of good health and happiness.
2. What is your Christmas morning / Hanukkah Nightly tradition?
Sleeping in late. lol
3. If you could ask Santa for one, completely decadent wish for yourself, what would it be?
A European vacation to escape the cold.
4. How do you make the holidays special without spending any money?
Spending time with the family.
5. What games did you play with your family growing up?
Monopoly, Connect Four, Scrabble, Guess Who, checkers!
6. What holiday tradition have you carried on from your own childhood?
It started with opening one present at midnight, and then one Christmas Eve we just opened all the presents at midnight. Now, we open all our gifts at midnight.
7. Where would you go for a Christmas/Hanukkah-away-from-home trip?
Please refer to #3 above. :) But when I'm not dreaming we go "home" for the holidays to Miami to be with our families.
8. Check out GameStop (link to: and tell us, what are the three top items on your GameStop Wish List this year? 
XBox Kinect  and Dance Central for me, and Professor Layton and the Unwound Future for the man of the house.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Christmas Came Early...

... and right in time for Thanksgiving.

Neither one of us is big on surprises, so when it comes time for gift giving we usually just tell each other what we want or agree to get one big awesome thing we can both enjoy. We did the latter this year.

I had been stalking Amazon for a couple of weeks after I found this beauty on Rue La La for about $250 w/ shipping. I became obsessed.

KitchenAid KSM500PSWH Pro 500 Series 10-Speed 5-Quart Stand Mixer, White
KitchenAid Pro 500 Series Stand Mixer
After a little research I decided to skip the Pro 500 series and set my eyes on the Professional 600 series in Empire Red. I figured with the holidays nearing it was bound to go on sale so I carefully placed it in my Amazon shopping cart and continued to stalk Rue La La, Gilt Groupe, and One King's Lane on a daily basis. About a week later the clouds parted and the skies opened up. The stand mixer I wanted dropped from $380 to $275. I proceeded through the Amazon checkout process faster than you can say Amazon checkout process.

KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer, Empire Red

We've already used her twice! He used her to make zucchini bread (which is delicious by the way) and I used her to make garlic mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving. She works like a beaut!

<3I'm in love<3

A quick note on Amazon stalking: In case you didn't already know this... you add an item to your shopping cart and just leave it there and each time you return to your shopping cart Amazon will tell you if the price has changed. It looks something like this:

Courtesy of


Friday, November 12, 2010

I've been a bad girl!

Well, sort of. I've been a bad blogger, a bad housewife, a bad house remodeler, but a good nursing student. As my instructors keep saying... prioritize your actions!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we're hosting this year. And by hosting I mean 10+ people will be staying at our house for the week[end]. Let me paint you a picture of how ready we are to play host to a baker's dozen - we only have one fully functioning bathroom. Oh and the water temperature in the shower sucks so don't even think about showering after someone else.

On a related note, I got a pretty sweet deal on a bed for the basement bedroom! I don't know if you've heard of Groupon.... but Groupon is awesome! If you haven't joined the action yet, you can join by clicking this referral link (it's a deal-of-the-day website that offers special deals at select stores and restaurants in your area and at times they offer nationwide deals). One of the Washington DC area Groupons for this past weekend was $95 for $200 worth of Roomstore furniture. After conferring with Mr. Boss Man, I immediately hit BUY NOW!!!!

I hurriedly typed Roomstore in my browser and began scanning their mattress selection. I'm pretty sure the basement guestroom is too small for a queen bed so I made the executive decision to make our guests sleep on a full size bed. I also made the executive decision to buy a mattress without test driving it at the store because frankly, I ain't sleeping on it so I don't give a damn how uncomfortable it is. Maybe that makes me a bad house host, but whatever... I do what I want.

I settled on the cheapest better quality Hartwick mattress/boxspring set. We opted to pick up the mattress and boxpring ourselves to save us a cool $100 on delivery charges. Hm, hopefully I can add mattress to the list of things that fit in my Prius. I moseyed on over to Amazon and purchased this bed frame to go with the mattress set.

Are you ready for the grand total??

Mattress/Boxspring Set @ Roomstore     $349.99
Cost of Groupon    $95
 Picking it up ourselves     FREE
Bed Frame from Amazon (w/ free "Prime" shipping)     $52.99 
Minus the coupons ....
10% off coupon from Roomstore     -$35
Groupon Coupon       -$200
TOTAL = $269.88 (including tax)

Compared to the original full price of $475.93 (including mattress, boxspring, delivery, bed frame, 's and tax) I think I got a pretty sweet deal! 

I just checked and today's Baltimore Groupon is $99 for $300 worth of Ethan Allen furniture. I was sitting next to Mr. Boss Man as I checked out the deal, but before I could even finish saying "Ooooooh" he shot me down. Has anyone else had any sweet deals lately?

Friday, October 1, 2010

I Hit the Jackpot!!

At Target!


1 - large stoneware serving bowl for $4.24, regularly priced at $16.99!
2 - 4-piece stoneware dinner plates for $4.98 each, regularly priced at $19.99 each!

All for under $15!

The checkout girl couldn't believe it! :)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Still here!

Just swinging by in between study breaks to let you know that I'm still alive. I know it's been almost 2 weeks since my last post, but since school started up again I haven't even had a chance to clean the bathroom. Yeah, I know... I'm disgusting. What.Ever.

I have clinicals every Saturday and Sunday until the second week of October, I also have exam after exam, care plan after care plan, and skills evaluation after skills evaluation. You stop studying for one thing and start for another. I should have been evaluated the day I applied for nursing school and then I should have been committed the day I accepted.

Every time I pass by an unfinished project (or one I haven't started, for that matter) I stare at it longingly. It's to the point that I would even finish the staircase if I had time.... and that is a project I've been putting off for months!

Enough of my rambling. I promise that I'll do something house related on Friday and maybe post about it by Sunday... or Monday. :)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

When in Rome, Do as the Romans!

From the start I knew I hated didn't want blinds. We needed something functional and aesthetically pleasing that would:

1. Allow us to open/close the window with ease. (We like to fry food and frying makes the house way stinky).
2. Block out or limit the amount of sunlight that hits our kitchen window dead on from dawn to dusk, which makes the entire main floor of the house a cool 93 degrees (that's cool, right? RIGHT?!).

Without further ado, here you have my kitchen window!

I kid, I kid! The idea of putting something like this in my kitchen had me screaming H-E-double toothpicks NO!! while running around with a spoon trying to scoop out my eyes. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure these curtains would look just darling in a kitchen that does not belong to me.

I decided upon roman shades. The big box stores have a pretty measly decent selection of expensive roman shades in solid colors. None of which matched my bold style and I say my bold style because Mr. Partner in Crime for Life is a black-grey-brown-beige kind of guy. However, I do commend him for letting me do whatever the hell I please with the house :)

So I asked, why not sew them myself? Easy-peezy I thought. I did some research and found this absolutely wonderful tutorial and followed the instructions to the T (or is it tee?). No guts no glory, right?


3 yards of fabric = $21
2 rope cleats = $3
2 cord condensers = $2
2 cord drops = $1
1x2 poplar boards = $6
screw eyes = $2
cord =$7
matching thread =  $4
lift rings = $2
1/16in wooden dowels = $12
1/2 yard muslin = $2
velcro = $6


Additional pictures, tips,, tricks, and more information about the fabric can be found after the jump.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Kitchen Pantry

So when we moved in to our brand spanking new house the pantry was pretty miserable. She was our very first project!

Two shelves were missing, and you can't really tell in this picture but none of the shelves were actually level.

We started by knocking out all the shelves, applying joint compound VERY liberally, sanding it down, and painting her bright white.

We headed to Lowe's and bought some shelves, brackets, and screws.

Then I bought some wire baskets from Ikea for a little extra storage. The depth of our pantry is about 12in, which for a pantry is nothing! The wire baskets were just over 12in so we had to take wire cutters and chop off the lip on the baskets so they would fit.
And this is my stocked and ridiculously crammed pantry.
Don't mind all the cereal and breakfast foods. My partner in crime for life swore Honey Nut Cherrios and Oatmeal were his favorite, but then we moved in together and I started buying my two favorites (Lucky Charms and Cinnamon Toast Crunch) in addition to his. Now he won't touch his Cherrios or Oatmeal, he just eats my cereal. And well, we just really like pancakes. No excuse for that one.

I wanted to give a cost breakdown for this little endeavor, but then I looked at the Lowe's receipt and realized I am wayyyyyy too embarrassed to divulge just how much we spent on this. I'm seriously ashamed. It definitely was not thrifty.