Have you heard of Pinterest? No? Well get your hiney over there and you can thank me later.
I know, yet another social networking, time sucking website. I thought that at first too, but it opened me up to a whole new world of awesome. It’s a little bit like Google Images, but without the scary random things that pop up, and with lots and lots and lots of pretty things to look at, and pin to your boards.
What I love is that there are links with most of the pictures, telling where the picture came from, so in most cases, you can find tutorials for DIY projects, recipes for delicious foods, etc.
I think you have to have to have an invitation to make an account, so leave me a comment here with your email address if you want me to invite you, it’s so much fun!
I’m sure I could have found tutorials for these, and I probably could have been nice and included them here for you, but they’re SO simple!
For the framed chicken wire, just buy a package of chicken wire at Home Depot (I got a roll of 24 inch by 10 feet for $6), and snag a frame at Goodwill or another thrift store, or take the glass out of one you already have. You can spraypaint it any color really, I went for a sage-ish green and mustard yellow.
Cut the wire to size (wear gloves!) using tin snips, and use a staple gun to hold it in place against the back or inside of the frame. To protect the walls, I hot glued strips of felt against the back to cover the edges of the chicken wire, but I suppose you wouldn’t have to do that step.
I think they came out awesome and I LOVE that I don’t have anything cluttering up my fridge now except Jax’s magnets down at the bottom!
For the wreath, I just bought a twig wreath at JoAnn’s Fabric, and 5 fake flowers (I went for peonies, my favorite!), along with some numbers for your street address. The numbers can be spraypainted any color you’d like, and then you just hot glue the flowers and numbers into place! Voila, gorgeous wreath!! :)
Trav didn’t love that the numbers aren’t on straight but
1) I didn’t want them straight, and
2) I dare you to be able to perfectly place a flat object against a surface like that wreath and secure it exactly where you want it with hot glue. Not easy, folks.
So I decided to tackle getting supplies and making both of these projects on Saturday, which was apparently enough to jolt my body into this never ending state of OUCH. Chiro, here I come.
I plan on making a similar one for the fall too!
And some pictures of our evening.
Because the last two days, instead of the temps ranging from 80 to 95, they have been between 40 and 65 and left me wishing I lived somewhere much, much cooler. Like Seattle. Or London. Or anywhere but Texas. Triple digits are already in the 10 day forecast. Whoo boy, this summer will be interesting.
First, my Bella girl. She is doing AWESOME. I’m pretty sure she’s close to her normal/healthy weight, her thyroid levels are finally back to normal, and after rocking the last dose of her chemo-like drug, she’s just on a maintenance dose and doing so good. She also has so much more energy and for the first time in nearly a year seems close to her “normal” self.
Pardon the fact that she probably should have been groomed a month ago. We are taking her soon, I promise! The *one* thing I dislike about lhasa poos/long haired dogs, the grooming!
Jax looks like he’s 4. He’s seriously just growing up way too fast now. Talking up a storm, forming sentences, counting, learning and becoming so sweet as he’s recognizing happy and sad, and says “I’m sorry” and “excuse me” like a pro. I’m one proud mama. :)
Oh and my melty momma moment of the week:
Last night at Chick Fil A a little girl in the playscape pointed to her mom and said “That’s my mommy. Where’s your mommy?” And Jax turned, pointed to me and said “Dere her is!”
I *may* have gotten a little misty-eyed.
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