Thursday, May 24, 2012

internet issues

Im having major internet issues. Can't read blogs from my phone or update my blog. Stupid Centurylink! And my Facebook and Hotmail were hacked, someone wrote fraudulent checks from our account and in general.... things suck technology-wise. Will return when I can.

Monday, May 7, 2012

The living room and a few other things...

A few announcements:
- I have noticed that I have been getting more blog hits lately, so I wanted to let you all know that I have changed my comments to allow anonymous comments. Don't abuse the privilege though. I'm all for constructive criticism, but don't be a butt-face. :)
- This post shouldn't be happening. I should be focused on unpacking the craft room (Haha, I almost typed crap room, which in a way, it used to be like that!)  and getting pictures of that... but it hasn't fully happened. A few boxes have been unpacked, but I became overwhelmed with all the crap I still need to unpack... and I stopped.
- Ophelia was sick today, so let's all send get better soon wishes to my foster pup. She had to see the vet today at the shelter and wasn't happy at all. She has runny butt and a goopy eye. Nothing some meds won't fix!
- The weather is bound and determined to kill my plants. The wind is ridiculously bad and it's cold! COLD! I had to bring in the three flats of seedlings that were hanging out next to my other plants. By the way, the aphids ate my tomato and jalapeno plant. Bastards. I have other seedlings going but still, that was very rude of them! Going to try spraying with Dawn dishsoap and water. Apparently that'll kill them.

Anyway, the reason I'm writing this entry is for Vintage Revivals' Fearlessly Finding Awesome club. I think I know where she's going with this, so why not hop on for the ride? Today's challenge was to pick a room that needs work. Honestly, all our rooms need work, but the living room is different than the others. We LIVE in our living room. Whether it's watching a movie or browsing the internet or just hanging out, we do it in the living room. Out of all the rooms in our house, we like this one the best.

The problem is it's dull and boring. We moved in almost 3 months ago and it hasn't really changed much. We got our couches delivered and I realized how big they look in here. Huge! Oh, and don't mind the play pen. I didn't adopt a baby overnight, it's just Ophelia's "room". I left the living room dirty because... well... it's always dirty.

I think what bothers me is that we have really awesome features in here. Our walls round in making the room feel cozy and interesting. There's an awesome built in next to walk way to the dining room. The fireplace is so nice and pretty. Honestly, this room has so much potential!

 

Why yes, that is a randomly placed hanging candle holder. It was left with the house and I just took it down today. There are still boxes of video game accessories, we haven't put up our pictures yet... the list could go on.

So I really would love to get the room in shape. Those brass lamps were left behind as well and I love them. I switched out their brown super tall shades with the shades from my blue lamps I got at Big Lots a few years ago. I think it makes the lamps look fresher and more modern. 

It's going to take a lot of work, but I have started thinking of ideas and picking up items. I bought this curtain rod at Kohl's for 30 bucks. Our window measures well over 100 inches and those long curtain rods are EXPENSIVE! I got a card in the mail with 10 dollars to spend on anything at Kohl's so I went it. I never shop there, but I found that curtain rod on sale 40% off 60 dollars. Add my 10 bucks and I got it for half off. 

 I got two packs of these curtains in white for 15 bucks each. When I bought cheap-o curtains for my craft room at Target, it spit out a 50% off two curtain treatments coupons. It was essentially buy one get one free. Because our window is so wide, I plan on sewing two curtain panels together to make one large panel. I decided on white because I plan on removing the non-functional blinds (I broke them) and putting up sheers. I can easily sew those myself. Waiting on a decent coupon for Joann Fabric.

Of course, that's basically it. I moved the loveseat into the dining room/dog room. I then moved Todd's ugly man chair into the living room. The room looks bigger in here and nicer. The problem is the room is so dark. SO DARK! It's a cave in here. In the morning there is sun but by 9am, the sun has moved over the house and it's dark in here.

I have no idea what color I'm going to paint or where I'm going with this room.

I'm loving this Moroc-n-roll stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils and I would love to incorporate it somewhere:


I would love to do a light color but then a bold accent color. Something like a light gray/blue with bold peacock blue or a pinky purple or magenta. Something bright.

Well, that craft room isn't going to unpack itself. Thanks for listening to me babble. I can't wait until the craft room is done! I can then start focusing on the living room.

Linking up to Vintage Revivals FFA challenge #3.

Friday, May 4, 2012

How can I get anything done...

With this much cuteness in my house?



I mean, come on! This ball of fluff is such a distraction!

 

Isn't she adorable? This is Ophelia, an Australian Cattle Dog mix... possibly mixed with some sort of shepherd. She is about 2-3 weeks old and was dropped off at the shelter as a "stray". How does a less than a week old puppy count as a stray? People annoy me. My friend whom I shall now name "Foster Guru" was fostering her but had to go out of town for a pet-sitting job. I now have my lucky number 7 puppy. I tend to get Foster Guru's babies when she needs a break or has to go out of town. 

My first set was a brother/sister set of Australian Cattle Dogs named Kaley and Krunchy. They were about this age as well and soooo cute. Surprisingly, Todd really liked those two. At one point I had to drive across town to get preemie baby bottles for Foster Guru then drive across town the other way in the rain to drop them off. I came home and Todd admitted that he spent a good chunk of time snuggling the puppies. Goober!



My second set was a boxer mix brother duo named Rex and Ricky. They were bigger, almost ready to be adopted, and TROUBLE! They tortured my dogs which was pretty funny but kinda overwhelming. They would push Samurai out of the way for his food. They wouldn't play with Ninja which is as close to torturing Ninja as you can get. Ultimate torture would include food but I digress.

The third set was actually three pups. I first had a brother/sister pitbull mix combo. They were only a couple days old so no names at the time. The brother decided he didn't want to eat for me anymore so Foster Guru traded me for another boy who was a better eater. They eventually were named after Sesame Street/Muppets characters. I had Rosita and Cookie Monster, Foster Guru had Deena and Bert while the foster coordinator had Miss Piggy and Kermit. Rosita passed away from parvo. I don't know about the others but Bert is now up for adoption at Animal Humane. Bert was the one who wouldn't eat for me. He is now a fatty patty puppy and will only grow more!

Bert less than a week old:

Rosita almost a week old. Rest peacefully, Rosita:
 


And now I just have my adorable Ophelia keeping me company. Her fur is double coated (meaning both rough fur and a fluffy undercoat) which makes me sneeze and itch like crazy. I adore her though. She could stand to eat more, but she is otherwise doing okay.

So that is why I'm lacking in getting things done. I have managed to move the loveseat to the dining room/dog room and put Todd's ugly man chair in the living room. It feels more open in here now! I've also cleaned up the house, planted some more seeds (going to start another tray today) and in general just putz around. I'm hoping the craft room reveal will happen soon. I can't guarantee anything though.

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