I am not sure if this is me venting or explaining as to why I don’t want to do odd sewing jobs for your mother’s sister’s cousin’s friend. While I appreciate the thought when someone says they have some random sewing related job that nobody wants you think “Tiffany can do it”, I shall pass. Let me just explain to people that don’t know me. I work full time for a pay check. Simple as that. Anything I do outside of said job is for “fun”. Meaning I don’t HAVE to do it for the pay. I do it because I want to either as a favor for a friend or because I get some enjoyment from the process. Selfish I know but time is precious. If I take my “spare” time (whatever that is) away from my family then it better be beneficial to them in the long run. Meaning that I need to be happier or feel accomplished when the job is done. Sometimes I get random texts or calls asking me to alter or create custom clothing that just does not speak to me either because I lack the confidence to do an adequate job or time is a factor. I hate to turn down work but if it means hemming your pants for $20 or cooking dinner for my kids then they win. Always.
Archives for April 2015
A few years ago we decided to do a small kitchen makeover. We had basic builder grade oak cabinets, six inch tile counters and backsplash and white appliances. We had a tile guy come and put in eighteen inch tiles with tiny grout lines. Of course we would’ve loved a solid surface but since this is not our forever house it didn’t fit the budget. I took on the task of changing the wood stained cabinets to a distressed black. It wasn’t too bad but now a few years later the finish is terrible. The problem is the paint I bought from a local paint store was satin finish oil base paint and needed to be semi-gloss finish. In some places it looks flat almost chalkboard like. So the cabinets are nearly impossible to clean. Now we are back to looking at giving them a fresh coat of paint. Moral of this story is don’t let the people at the paint store tell you what they have will work even though its not what you wanted. I prepped my cabinets this past weekend by cleaning them and wiping them dry. I bought a semi-gloss oil base paint and some mineral spirits at Lowes.
The plan is to take one section at a time. I will remove doors and hardware and brush on the paint. After they are dry I plan on distressing them with sandpaper for a causal rustic look. Let’s hope this makes the kitchen cabinets a little easier to clean.
When I decided to start blogging I intended to write about design and things that inspire my sense of style. But lately it seems like all I do outside of work is haul kids to various activities. I am NOT complaining about my favorite people that dominate my spare time but this time of year it gets crazy. Dance and ball and end of school year stuff all over laps. Just about the only Pinterest-y thing I’ve done is search mosquito repellant recipes. Gosh they are already bad here in Arkansas. Both of my kiddos play softball and that is where I have been spending my time; ball practice AKA mosquito-ville. My next post might be about how I am making my own bee keeper suit to wear until the season is over. My kids won’t be embarrassed at all.
Yep, add some rhinestones and this is my new ball park ensemble.
Recently my thirteen year old daughter, Sidney, has mentioned changing her room. She wants something lighter in color and more mature. Unfortunately I have not found anything like what I want. Which is something bright and funky that will still work with her black bed and dresser. The closest I’ve found is the Hibiscus quilt from Pottery Barn Teen.
BUT…it has been discontinued. Now back to searching for bedding. I have looked everywhere with no luck. The trends are still gray and now navy instead of black. So now I am thinking about painting her furniture white. Yuck. (I need to look at paint sprayers too.)
She found this at Bed, Bath & Beyond that she really likes so this more than likely will be the winner.
Here are my plans for the project:
- colorful bedding
- paint the walls (striped feature wall behind the bed)
- touch up trim paint
- new rug
- new vanity table (little sister is getting her desk)
- art above the bed
- side tables
- window treatment
- occasional chair
I will hopefully have an update soon!