Monday, January 31, 2011

What is the Internet?


17 years ago.

I was in 8th grade I believe.

Do you remember life before the Internet?

Check out this video from January, 1994 with Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric talking about "@" signs and the Internet.

I can remember my first instant message seemed so new and exciting!! What is your first internet memory?

SAG Award Fashion 2011

Time for more FASHION...the SAG Awards this we go...

First off we have the "HITS" from the night...

Kim Kardashian - I am loving this Marchesa dress and the color looks amazing on her; but still can't quit figure out why she was even at this event?!?!

Natalie Portman - Seriously, how adorable is she in this Azarro number? Plus, she was wearing earrings worth 2 million from Tiffany & Co. They even came with security guards in tow to protect the earrings!

Claire Danes - I cannot say enough about this gorgeous floral by Louis Vuitton. She looks stunning!

Angie Harmon - I think it's adorable...but maybe a bit Monique Lhuillier.

Diana Argon - The ever so classic chickadee in a glittering tea-length gown by Chanel Haute Couture. 

Sofia Vergara - This Roberto Cavalli gown with plunging neckline is a big hit...but then again she could probably make a burlap sac look gorgeous!

Helen Bonham Carter - No, your eyes are not playing tricks on your...this is the BEST I have ever seen her dressed, so that slide her onto the Hits list...this time. Wearing Marc Jacobs.

Nicole Kidman - In Nina Ricci, she looked so pretty!

Julia Stiles - I feel like I haven't seen her since "10 Things I Hate about You", but she is wearing that Monique Lhuillier like nobodies business and I am loving it!

Now we are moving on to the "ehhhh's"

Lea Michele - I want to like this low-cut, belted, sequin gown by Oscar de la Renta, but I dunno. I'm just not sold on it...+ I think she looks too skinny, she's been sucked into that Hollywood shrink effect.

Mila Kunis - Here's another one that I want to like...and I kinda do...but this Alexander McQueen just doesn't seem to suit the red carpet in my opinion.

Now for the "Me no Likey's"

Eva Longoria - No. Too Boring. Too cut up.

Amy Adams - Wearing Hervé Leroux and I am already asleep.

Julianna Margulies - This was a very classic and chic dress byYves Saint Laurent, but there is just something about red dresses on the red carpet...I just don't like.

Tina Fey - Same with this red dress by Oscar de la Renta...I just feel like you blend in unless the dress is spectacular!

January Jones - in Carolin Herrera...I think she looks like a lamp. Nuff said.

Winona Ryder - She looks unsure and uncomfortable...just like the dress.

So there we have Hits, Ehh's and No Likeys...what were your thoughts on the SAG Awards Fashions?

Friday, January 28, 2011

What Inspires You? - Part 5

Today, I am inspired by Husby. Who did you think I would talk about on a Friday?! :) I am inspired by his drive. The man just gets stuff done.


There are times when he heads downstairs to "clean up" and within an hour he has the place spic-n-span (well spic-n-span for the basement at least.)

Me? I can't finish a job like that very quickly. I get sidetracked, start doing three things at once, get overwhelmed and give up. ha!

He just has such a drive to get things completed. And that inspires me. Babe, you rock!

What's inspiring you today? Have you like the series? I hope it's challenged you to get inspired!!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Design Trends - Lyric inspired Artwork

I keep running across a new design trend and I am loving it.

Lyric inspired art...

"You are my Sunshine" is an obvious favorite...

(image from here)

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Throw a little country in the mix...

(image from here)

And some music for the soul...
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Even a little "Beatles" magic...

(image from here)

And don't forget the 80's...

(image from here)

I love these! I may have to find a way to add some of my favorite "lyrics" to my walls! What would you use? Lyrics? Poetry? 

What Inspires You - Part 4

Today, I am inspired by Creativity.

I love how creativity can spark a bit of inner child-like energy. I know for me...when I see an idea I love or get an idea...I am pushed and driven to complete the task.

Sure. Most of the time I fall flat on my face and never complete it.

But then I have nights like last night or a few nights last week, where I get hit with the hastiness of my energy and I hit a few projects full force. I always get so proud of myself when a project is done.

This is so true as well...

I mean, for us, on a budget. Gifts...are on a budget. So I have to get creative. And you know, for me...making something as opposed to buying them...means so much more!

So, I hope to inspire you to be C R E A T I V E, just like other bloggers do for me! So I will leave you with some of my favorite "creativity" inspired.

“There is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost.”  
— Martha Graham

When we engage in what we are naturally suited to do, our work takes on the quality of play and it is play that stimulates creativity.” 
– Linda Naiman
Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” 
— Mary Lou Cook

The world is but a canvas to the imagination.” 
— Henry David Thoreau

 “The most potent muse of all is our own inner child.” 
– Stephen Nachmanovitch

Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has had an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference.” 
— Nolan Bushnell
God is really another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style. He just goes on trying other things.” 
— Pablo Picasso

Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” 
— Albert Einstein

What's inspiring you today?

I'm Lovin' It - Must Do List

So I have been crawling back and forth all over my blog this week. I read through all of my past I'm Lovin' It posts and decided to come up with a "Must Do" list.

So here can click on any picture to link directly to where I got the idea, although some may just be pictures.

I will be adding some color to the backyard with these goodies this year!!

And adding some sweetness to the front yard with these...

I am just amazing by how cool this looks. So I will find a place to make and use these...

Uhm...this is just cute. Makin' one!!

And I will be adding some pops of color this Spring in my house with some of well as some forced bulbs (thanks for the idea TT!)

and before the chill of Winter leaves us, I want to make one of these...

I have a plethora of cabinet doors just waiting for some projects to be done with one of these is coming up very soon!!

So what great ideas do you have coming up??

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Valentine's Day Crafts - Part 2

Here's another great, and super cute little Valentine's Day craft. My amazingly wonderful Mother knew I was looking for an old Scrabble game and picked one up for me at Goodwill...cause she is super amazing at that!

She got me some great white shelves here.
She helped me find some great stuff for a project here.
She found me this beauty, that I still have big plans for here.
She found me this amazing rug here.
She even finds me stuff on the side of the road, here.

So anyways, like I said...she's pretty much amazing!

So finally, I sat down to crank out a great little project...original idea found at 320 Sycamore.

I picked up a cute little metal heart frame at Target, on clearance...get HOLLA...for $3.98 (regularly $4.99) Then I picked out some sweet heart paper from my mounds of scrapbook paper collecting dust downstairs in the new pantry, the same pantry who's door never seems to stay closed when the Husby and friends work on the basement...arggg! :P

Anywhoodle, that's besides the point.

So I have my paper and my frame. I cut the paper down to the right size...

...I  made sure it looked cute...check!

I picked out the "L, O, V, E, Y, U" letters from the Scrabble game and added some tacky glue to the back...placing them  in order...

                                               L O V E

I sat it in it's rightful place and snapped a few pictures...

I just love it!

So for under $6.00, I have a super cute frame for Valentine's Day...and enough leftover for another fun little project.

You may be asking...So what do you plan to do with the other Scrabble pieces? And, I did have a plan...

Don't mind the background mess in the picture, like I said...I was busy as a bee working on some projects!

I took some old fridge magnets that we never pay any attention to and I cut them up into little squares...then I attached them to the back of the Scrabble pieces with some tacky glue. Let them sit for about 15 minutes and there ya have it...

Some great fridge letters, perfect for an ongoing game of Scrabble, or just some cute little love notes to each other!

I think it was the perfect way to use the leftovers...I even got a "cute babe" response from Husby! :) score.

Great little projecst like this, just make me giddy!!

Valentine's Day Crafts - Part 1

Valentine's Day is 20 days away; and it is a favorite in our house! So this year I just knew I had to whip up some fun Heart Day goodies.

I headed out to Target and picked up some cute Valentine's Day plates and a bowl to match. Then I hopped into JoAnn's to pick up a dowel and some Gorilla Glue.

When I got home, I laid out some paper on the table, snatched up some white paint (just the $.89 kind from any craft store) and painted my dowels that I had Husby help me cut down.

After two coats and letting them dry, I followed the directions with the Gorilla Glue and started attaching my dowels to the plates. This...turned into an ordeal. They most certainly did not want to stick. One dowel in fact fell at least 4 times. Arrrgggg. Just as I was beginning to get frustrated they stuck.

I have to admit though this process took about 2 hours, then right before bed we attached the top tier (the bowl) and went to bed. It fell once, it was fixed and then I went to bed again. Grrrrr.

But...when I got up this morning I met my new sweet little dessert tiered-tray.

I loved it! I can't wait to bake some yummy "low point" goodies for small group next week and share them on my new tray!

Yeah, I know you see it too...the gunk...more on that in a sec...

I must point out one thing. This was the first time that I had used Gorilla Glue. Everyone raves about it and even after the minor topples of last night it seems to have the strength to really hold, however I am not pleased with the foamy hard gunk that I am left with. I'm not sure if that means that I used too much...but I just know that I will have to try and get some of that off.

Isn't it just the cutest! And I saved on making my own! You see Target does sell it's own tray using some of these plates...but it was $9.99 and I just knew that I could make it cheaper. And I did.

Here's the cost breakdown: I got many of these on clearance...whoo hoo! How lucky!? I'm not counting the cost of the Gorilla Glue (which was $5.99, $3.59 with a 40% off coupon, which I used!!), it will lend me a hand in many projects to come.

At Target:
Pink Heart Bowl $1.50 (regularly $2.49)
Red Dot Plate $1.25 (regularly $1.79)
White Heart Plate $1.25 ($1.99)

At JoAnn's Crafts:
Wooden Dowel $.89
Total $4.89

Good enough for a quick little cute project! And I figure you can do this little project for any Holiday! Target always has the cutest holiday plates available! I will however be looking for something cuter to go in place of the wooden dowels.

I know many other people/bloggers have done something similar, so I knew I just needed to try it too! So what do you think of the little project?

Keep your eye out...more to come!
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