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Saturday, August 30, 2008

More blog things

What Your Back to School Personality Says About You

You are a lively, ambitious, and passionate person. You are driven to do well in life and aspire to great things.

You are most likely to succeed if you are working with other talented people. You thrive on a team.

Your greatest skill is organization. You are good at laying out a plan and making sure it gets followed.

Your biggest stumbling block in life is worrying about what other people think of you. Their opinions matter even less than you think.

You're not quite sure what you're thankful for in life, it doesn't seem like there's a lot to be thankful for these days.


Your Common Spelling Mistake Score: 60% Correct

Your spelling is decent, but you do make quite a few mistakes.

Let's just say you won't be winning a spelling bee anytime soon!


You Are Cheese Ravioli

Compared to most people, you are incredibly laid back and fun.

You love loud, crowded dinner tables and cooking with a crowd.

For you, a meal is more about the overall experience than the actual food.

You enjoy fun foods. You love theme dinners and funky appetizers.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

What kind of tea are you?

You Are White Tea

You are quite delicate and very sensitive. You are easily overwhelmed.

Peace and serenity are important to you. You shy away from intensity of any sort.

You appreciate a simple quiet moment. You can relax easily without feeling bored.

You take the time to enjoy life. Even when things are busy, you make the time.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Back 2 School Tag & Pocket

These are for a swap. Part of the requirement was that there had to be 3 embellishments/alterations done to it. I wasn't sure if that meant 3 per item or 3 total so to play it safe, I did three per item. This is my first time swapping with this group and I didn't want to mess up and make others think I didn't do my fair share. But it's hard to stay generic enough that the item could be used for anyone. I chose green because that's my son's school colors but white seemed too plain so I used gold for the other because that is one of my school colors (red with green would look Christmas-y). I then realized that I just made the color combo for my husband's school. I mounted Yellow tag on Green tag cut with Cricut using Tags, Bags, and Boxes cartridge, and zigzag stitched (to make one) with metallic gold thread, Eyelet and fiber (would that count as only one or as two treatments? again, I erred on the side of doing more) and then wrote a common cheer that is chanted in school (so there's three for the tag). For the pocket, I added three brads (1), chalked the dk. green outer square (had to fill in so item #3 would show up), then used Doodlecharms to create the bus. I hope they like it and that it's embellished enough for the rules.

Monday, August 4, 2008

When we moved in 11 years ago, the bathroom walls were white and the shower walls had this paneling-type wall board (my parents used the same stuff for the entire bathroom but not in the tub). I think they did this to make a quick sale because when we removed the curling wall (water wasn't good for this stuff), we found out that someone did a cr@ppy job of tiling around the fixtures (I'd show you a picture but I can't get Adobe Photoshop Elements to cooperate and show you a photo and the file I keep on my desktop has been burned to a CD to clear memory on my computer harddrive so I can't access it the way I usually do - I just hope I printed them already and can find them so I can make a scrapbook page later).
Anyway, I painted the cheap flat white paint into a semi-glossy burgundy, kept the pink tile sine I didn't want to mess with that, and had installed a nice new tub surround. The window was a bit tricky but my old handy man that I hired to do this, came up with a nice way to deal with it I think.

Here are the photos of the completed bathroom - just please ignore the mess (dirt in the corners, caulking tubes, toilet paper out, etc) since I hadn't put everything away yet when I took the pictures.
Here you can see the painted wall, the new shower curtain and the new cabinet that was bought two or three years ago (bought it the same time as the one over the toilet but never put it up until I was able to get this project done because I didn't want paint on it and I didn't want it getting dinged up with the tub walls).
Here you can kind of see the new tub walls, the new bath mat (on the side of the tub so the cat doesn't pee on it) and more of the new painted walls. The mirror was also bought over 6 years ago but we've been using it. You can't see it but the light over the mirror has a bulb with a short in it that we'll still need to figure out what to do with it (can it be fixed? or does it have to be replaced?). I had to remove it off the wall (but we didn't "un-wire" it (or would it be "de-wire" - guess I'll have to ask my DH what the opposite of "wiring" would be) to paint around it and I had further proof that the wall used to be yellow before the cheap white paint job.

We're still trying to figure out how to have these faucets. The hot and cold handles both turn counter-clockwise while the middle handle turns clockwise to make the water flow from faucet to shower head. They look nice all pointing down, but the hot water handle is in the way of the middle shower handle when you are ready to move it. They are just a little too close and the handles hit each other. :(
I thought these colorful daisies were a nice addition to the tub. One other thing we still need to figure out, how to get the water to drain out faster. The tub didn't have a stopper and everything could go down if it could fit into the hole (and believe me, my boys have stuffed quite a few things down there during their baths/showers) so now that we have a cover over the hole, the water doesn't drain very quickly. I was standing in water up to my ankles during my shower this morning.

Now my next home improvement project is to decide what to paint the dining room & hallway and I'll be rid of that cheap white painted wall. Someday, I'd love to be able to push the wall out from the back of my house and enlarge my kitchen and dining area so not sure how far I'll go with redecorating if I paint it.