Thursday, January 29, 2015

Time to Get Active

After weeks (months) of barely exercising, I'm going to be starting up again soon!  Yesterday I signed up for the new Planet Fitness that's set to open up in my city in a few weeks.  I was in a great routine in the summer, running a few times a week, but when it's gray and foggy out I have no motivation to run even when it's 40-50 degrees out.

I'm hoping when the gym opens in two, I can start a great routine of going home after work, eating, then heading over for a run or bike, maybe some easy weights or core.  I'm always starving after work, and I think part of my problem was that I didn't get to eat if I ran directly after, but then once I'm home I don't want to go back in the cold.  Now that I'll be paying for it, I'll have the motivation to go work out! I was really glad to see a Planet Fitness opening around here, since it's so much cheaper than the average gym, just $10 a month!

Now it's time to get mentally prepared to be dissatisfied with my performance -- and very sore, too.

And yes, that is a dalek on my keychain.  

Monday, January 26, 2015

Vintage Suitcase Redo

In the early fall at some point, I found an amazing vintage suitcase at Value Village for around $5.  I fell in love, carried it around the store for a while, and then bought it, planning to find a use for it and fix it up quickly.  Not it's the end of January, and I've finally accomplished it.

Not pictured: the suitcase with its original nasty vinyl inside.  I ripped that and the batting out.  It wasn't too hard, the tiny staples came out easily, but some of the batting did kind of linger on the cardboard.  For my new lining, I used some fat quarters from JoAnns (super cheap) and some thick ribbon from Michael's.  I didn't entirely think it through, because the glue shows through the thin cotton fabric.  If I ever decided to re-line it, I think it would work better to use something heavier, like felt. Since that has more structure and strength, I think I could easily sew pockets onto it too.  Is it bad that I'm already thinking about the future of this suitcase (or a new one?).

I didn't have time to do craft stuff in college, so I'm just now starting to re-accumulate a bunch of random supplies.  Random leftover beads from one project, a small bottle of acrylic paint here and there, the rest of the ribbon spool from this project.  So I grabbed some plastic containers at the grocery store, filled them up by item, and now I have a great little box with the majority of supplies in one place.

I think it would be fun to eventually have a bunch of these with different supplies in each kind.  Mostly, I have this dream in my head of eventually picking up scrapbooking, and having everything fit perfectly into a little vintage suitcase.

Every time I write a post, I feel like I'm getting closer and closer to becoming a full on 65-year-old cat lady/grandma.  But as long as I'm having fun, I don't care! 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Here and There

Accidental hiatus there.  I've been trying to at least post once a week, and I fully intended to follow through in the new year, but I took a trip to Philly, and then wasn't really in the mood to blog from Oregon.  But now I'm back!  With two posts in the next few days! 

So what have I been up to? Well, obviously hanging out with this kid:

He always looks out the window to see me when I come home from work, so one day last week I decided to say hello through the window too.  And then he smooshed his face up against it.  I'm not sure if this is adorable because it means he loves and misses me when I'm gone ... or hilarious because that's how hungry he is.

My most recent projects? An embroidery with some of my favorite Taylor Swift lyrics to hang on my wall, and reinforcing my trash can.  That green/gray square on the right is a big block of solid cement. Neville likes to knock my plastic trash can and its contents on the ground while I'm sleeping. Not fun to wake up to. Luckily, there's this totally Oregon place near me that's like a Goodwill for household/outdoor supplies.  Got this cement block for just $1.  that in the bottom and a taped trash can flap, and it appears to be Neville-proofed (knock on wood).

For food projects: I made roll-up lasagna again.  Delicious.  And the colors are also very photogenic. 

As always the weekend was way too short.  Yesterday was a good day though, very warm, and a skirt at this adorable boutique in downtown Eugene had a sale, so I grabbed up a skirt I've been admiring for a few months.  I've also continued watching the Star Wars movies.  Brian and I watched the first one together in Philly, and now I'm finishing them all up.  I feel like I finally understand so many things in life haha not sure how I missed out on these movies for so long.

Coming soon here ... a vintage suitcase redo I finished up yesterday to keep my craft supplies in one neat container.  

Monday, January 5, 2015

Silouette Kitchen Art

I changed up the look of my kitchen this weekend with some fairly easy artwork!  I've had the EAT letters for a while, and I used to have a bulletin board under it ... but my cat apparently thought it was a scratching post, even after I covered it with fabric.  I've always loved art like this and this for a kitchen, so I decided to try it out myself!


- 3 canvases (you can often find 3 packs on sale for $3)
- black poster board or construction paper (Dollar Store)
- black frames (Dollar Store)

I already had
- acrylic paint
- foam brush
-painters tape
- nail scissors
- x-acto knife
- glue
- paper and pencil for planning designs

overall cost: $7
If you don't have the other supplies, they're fairly inexpensive and wouldn't bump up the cost too much.

Start by painting the canvases.  Create the white edges by placing painters tape flush against the side of the canvas and painting the inside.  The make the middle, inverted canvas, use the tape to create a rectangle inside the canvas, and paint the edges. Mine took about three coats, with drying in between.

While paint is drying, pick your kitchen items for the silhouettes.  I decided to pick items I use a lot, so I chose a spatula, cheese grater, and a stirring spoon.  The next part was the hardest for me: sketch the items to size.  I'm not really an artist by any means but trust me - once it's cut out in black, it will look much better than it does in the sketch.

Once you have a final design, cut the items out and trace them onto the black poster board. Use the x-acto knife to cut the outlines, and the nail scissors for the details. You can use regular scissors for everything of course, but the x-acto knife helps get a cleaner line, and the nail scissors are amazing for the small curves.  Trying to cut the cheese grater holes with regular scissors? Definitely wasn't going to happen.

Once everything is cut out, place them on your canvases to make sure everything looks right.  Text a friend a picture if you have to! I did, and they helped me realize that I needed to thicken the handle of my spatula. It's better to figure out your mistakes before you glue them down.

And that's obviously the next step! Glue the silhouettes down, and you're done!  Frame them if you like, or just hang them as is.  I was afraid they'd turn into cat toys without the protective glass.

Mine are hanging over my built in table (not pictured, because it's super ugly) but these would also be great along any blank kitchen wall.