Destination Anywhere

The Commitments was a new movie back in the day when my hubby and I first started dating in highschool. 25 yeats later and we still listen to the soundtrack, me probably way more than him but I am a sappy music, hallmark movie loving girl.

Todays sign is to commemerate our meeting and added a little fun but incorporating the a favorite song from that era and movie.

Google maps is my best friends most days when I go out and about into Phoenix or pretty much anywhere out of my little town. My husbands jokes and calls me directionally challeneged. I’m lucky I know what way is up but if I didnt have cellular data I would be perpetually lost. This is not a joke. I have GPS in my car and on my phone.  For example, I took a bad left and ended up lost in Compton on a visit in Los Angeles when I didn’t use GOOGLE.

I need GOOGLE maps. Need them like we need air to breathe and water to drink. Anyways this isn’t an advertisement for Google but I am going to talk about a cool feature. When you go into maps you can get Latitude and Longitude Coordinates as well as directions.

So needless to say these coordinates lead to house I lived in when I was 16 years old. Where I met my hubby on my patio for a “blind date” set up by friends. We lived in California at that time and had I been a resturant with a sign that said, “no shoes, no shirt, no service.” He would of been out of luck. As it was I thought my friend had lost her mind. He was everything I didn’t know I needed or wanted and I can’t imagine life without him. To reiterate the point here we are 25 years later. So this sign was for us. Our anniversary.


Happy 25th Anniversary my love. Were may have started at this point but I will follow you to any destination as long as we’re together.

Tick Tock

So we have this wall clock. Nothing fancy but it’s a good clock. I bought it when it was on a  discontinued item sale. I had a lot of compliments on it and I liked it but… it seemed everywhere i turned in town it was there.

Like this thing was the thing to buy. It was in the nail salon I go to. In a few homes I looked at that were for sale, in a friends house, in a classroom, the local froyo shop, restaurant, and the list goes on. I don’t live in that big of a town.

So being that it was a sturdy item and worked well I decided to give it a new look. A wall clock makeover if you will. Being that my style is farmhouse deco this didn’t really match any longer any ways. So I painted it white. Shocking I know right. Like if that didn’t surprise the pants off you the next one will. Wait for it… Then I used chalk paint and put on roman numerals. I told you.

So needless to say it is now an Angie “original”. Like so many other clocks I have seen. I bet theirs doesn’t hang slightly off kilter though. Memo to all  you who decide to do this. Make sure your hole on the back and your 12 on the front are lined up…perfectly. It helps to make it look asthetically pleasing and makes it easier to read. Now it looks like Salvador Dali has been to my house. At least until I can get my hubby to put a new hole in the back.

Anyways here’s the before and after photo. I wish I would remember to take a photo before I actually start working on a project. I had taken the hands off the clock  already when I took it. The hands were a bronze color. Instead of repainting them I flipped them over and have them on the silver side. I wasn’t sure at first but it matches the appliances and kitchen scheme well this way.

 

 

A HUGE HEART

So I know it’s only January but February has my very favorite holiday. I love Valentine’s day. We were married on Valentine’s day. We found out we were pregnant with our second son on Valentine’s day. We all make special homemade cards for each other, including the kids. I decorate a tree for the holiday because we all know it’s not a holiday unless there is  a tree involved. LOL! I love red, and pink, I love hearts. It’s just my thing. Seriously wait till you see the huge herringbone heart I made  just getting a start for this February.

So it took me  a while to get the hang of the layout as I had no cutout or stencil for this. It was the first one I have ever made. My hubby helped of course. He was the reason it actually was finished being he did all the major cutting for me. Let me tell you I LOVE IT!

So it all started with a freehand drawing and a cutout on some 1/4 inch plywood. The hubby cut it out for me. You can see that I had a pattern of boards going on behind it to make sure it fit. I think used some wood glue between the boards and plywood then stapled that sucker down with all that I had. Hubby cut around the back piece which was like a guide.

All cut out and ready for some homemade whitewash.

All cut out and ready for some homemade whitewash.  Then I hung it on a very empty wall in the living room.

Here’s a size reference. It’s a HUGE heart.

I added a string of poms poms to add a splash of color for Valentine’s Day.

SO it happened

I went to my little craft fair that was at an elementary school. My booth cost a whooping $10. Needless to say I was completely prepared. Signs ready, photos ready, car packed and leaving when it happened. (I was sharing a booth with a friend. Emphasis on “was”) Anywho, she let me know 45 minutes before we were to be there that she wasn’t going to make it. She had taught art classes that day and by the time she was done she had a migraine and she was done with school. LOL! I can’t blame her.

At that point I was a bit nervous. My daughter volunteered to come with me to help me and thank goodness she did, I wouldn’t of made it through the 2 hour show without her.

So this wasn’t just a little craft fair, it was also a school function for Halloween. So we were giving out candy, there was pizza, snow cones and all sorts of yummy sticky sweets. Kids and adults were everywhere all dressed up for the fun. Meandering around going booth to booth looking at everyones goods and collecting candy.

As i was watching kids run around (literally run around my booth and others), I started pushing everything back on my table. My daughter and I were catching items as children and adults tried to squeeze between tables instead of going around. Children covered in yummy sweets touching and picking up every single thing. Parents yelling don’t touch as the child puts it down to only pick up another. For 2 solid hours. (Now I love children, I do, I have 4 of my own. I know they they get sticky and smelly, and slimy. However most of these children had no MANNERS. A lot of them were old enough to know better). There were a few very sweet children that used manners and talked to the adults running the booth that made up for it though.

However it happened. One young teen ran between the booths and dragged her hand along my items, and whoosh, just like that one of my arrows went flying. Needless to say it didn’t stay airborne long not being an made as a proper arrow should. It did land tip down like an arrow should though. The sound echoed through the cafe, the arrow broke into 4 different pieces. The child continued running and the lady in the booth next to me seemed to need to confirm to me it was broken. LMBO!

As I was saying earlier, the booth cost me $ 10, and one broken arrow and that was all that I got. NOT ONE SALE. Not that I expected any really. I am grateful my daughter went with my not only to juggle my items but to keep here mom company, we laughed and despite the broken item we had a really good time together.  On a side note, no one there sold anything. I did get a lot moms onto my Facebook and IG page so hopefully I get some business from that. It was the experience though.

So DIY’ers, don’t be afraid to fail. It will happen. Just roll with it and then move on. Thats what I intend to do. Here is our set up photo with my lovely sidekick.

Crafting Momma

My vintage city farmhouse walls were virtually bare except in two places that I claimed years ago when we moved in. The rest I would just stare at wide eyes and intimidated. Vaulted cielings✔️long dividing walls ✔️ to busy to deal with it✔️ I just don’t want to mess up ✔️

So needless to say I bit the bullet. It was time. 3 years in and I just can’t take it any longer. So the last 5 days I have been crafting to slowly add to areas of our city farmhouse.

I wish I could say I had original ideas but alas, that ship sailed with child number 3 when sleep took hold. I am naturally a very creative person. I can take something I have seen and typically make it just like it or even tweak it better to work for us.

Let’s just say Pinterest is my BFF. If you haven’t been there then don’t start now, it is a time paradox. You hop on for one thing and 3 hours later you have pinned 178 different thing you like or want make but yet some how still have yet to get to what you started lookin for. Plus it’s 3 hours and I swear it was only 10 minutes. Or maybe that’s just me. 😂

Needless to say, I can make pretty much anything and when I have the majority of stuff I need lying around it makes me smile. I really don’t like to spend money on things I know I can make. I’m a type “A” and maybe a little OCD as well so those just don’t mesh well.

So here is where my crafting adventure took me this last week. From seeing, to painting and a little wood working in between. That’s what makes my heart smile.


So where am I putting all this stuff? Well my areas are slowly coming together but I’ll share some progress photos. As I am also always looking for others photos to see how they do it as well.

See what I mean about huge walls? The others are worse in this room as they go up to the second floor. Beautiful, but hard to decorate.