Like A Box of Crayons

So last night while sitting on the beach watching the sky & surf change colors in its nightly sundown moonrise show, I had an idea.

My fortune cookie at lunch yesterday may be to blame.

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Or perhaps it was the effects of the “Monster” full moon.

Whatever it was, I just had fun with it.

Chalking has been all over pinterest for months & of course I wanted to try it.  I made the mistake of thinking that I needed to buy hair chalk to do it & why would I waste money on that?

Ha.  Nope.  No special expensive supplies needed.  Funny enough I already had most of it at home!  Hair – yup.   Water – got tons.  Rubber gloves – got fresh ones under the sink.  Flat iron – on the counter waiting.  Chalk – actually, I did had picked up some for a certain baby shower I am prepping for!

See you don’t need some fancy hair supply chalk.  Regular (non-oil based) pastels chalk, like I had picked up at A.C. Moore, works great & comes in a lot of colors.  So no need to pin away at the ones on Etsy or Pinterest anymore.  I went for it!

The colors of the ocean.

Start off with separating the hair into sections you want to color.  No.  Start by PUTTING ON THE GLOVES.  Trust you will want them on.  I tried to just skip it but the chalk is going to get all over, so you may as well toss on the gloves from the get go instead of first getting it on your hands, the water knob on the sink, the counter… it was all over.  So I stopped & cleaned it up & went for the gloves.  Also recommend you wear something you don’t mind getting chalk on shirt wise or use a towel on your shoulders to prevent staining your clothes.

Get the section you want to color damp with water then just color it with the chalk stick.  Keep rubbing it til you get the color you want.  Then set in with the flat iron (I also used the hair dryer because I didn’t want to wait to see the color).

Then brush & style as you would with your hair any other way.

Simple.

Way too simple!  This is going to be way too much fun for me to play with.

I did notice that the flat iron & hair brush ended up with some “color”, but it easily cleaned up without any issues.  I have a black pillow case & it didn’t end up looking like a city sidewalk on a hot day, but I have read where others who slept with their hair chalked have gotten it all over.

So how did it look?

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the before. my everyday color.
(why doesn’t my tank top show? I promise I was fully clothed through this whole process. Sorry for the pics. )

Well at first I wasn’t so sure.

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hint of mint showing up

Seafoam was the look I was going for.  Mermaid inspired.  Part of me had to wonder if I was being too conservative.  In a way it looked like I had moldy hues from swimming in a pool after a bad bleach job.   Almost not very noticeable.  Which could be good, but I wanted more.

So I kicked it up some.

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there we go!

This really is too easy!

Best part is I washed my hair & now it is gone.  I could theoretically match my outfit each day.  Like I have that kind of time.  I could though.  Wash out easily & I don’t see any left over color.  Just like I wanted.  Temporary truly.

My world just got a lot more colorful.

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Let It Go

Today was all about change.

Started out as a declutter session.  Get the chaos out & get organized.

One room in one day.  Then it snowballed.

Thankfully I wasn’t solo in the endevor or it never would have happened.

The couch was kicked to the curb!

don’t let it fool you, that was a fresh recover

No more wondering what to recover it with now.  No more UGLY furniture with old memories.  That couch has had its day.  Plus there is a new one on the way…. sooner or later thanks to my sister thinking of me.  She knows someone who moved & seeing the great condition of the couch & the FREEness, she snagged it.  So hopefully in August we can coordinate schedules & get it here.

Rumor is a table & chairs may actually be coming too.  What am I an adult now!?!  No more coffee table dining? whaaaa?  (yes please)

Still once the “trash everything” ball got rolling, we really got carried away!  Maybe it is all the get rid of the extra in your life, clutter is holding you back, etc talk I have heard lately, or maybe it was just time.

I tossed the ottoman with the wobbly leg that never stayed fixed.  The ugly side table that went with the couch and didn’t match the two other black Lack tables in the room.  Then it hit me when we were going through all the drawers & doors of the entertainment center – why not toss this massive beast too?  With the wood stuff gone, it matched NOTHING.  Plus it was MASSIVE!  Seemed like a huge change & isn’t that what all this is about?  Less space to stash the stuff, less stuff.  So we did.

Right to the curb it went.

My yard looks like someone could live out there.

Who knows what the neighbors think.  Who cares?  Feels much different in here.  In a great way.  The TV did need a spot to sit, so cheap fix it was.

Wishing IKEA was closer to dream in, but these work for now.

I feel very inspired.  The assistance of the man is a huge boost  – who can move a couch solo? Plus a book I just started reading, Throw Out 50 Things by Gail Blanke, is fueling fire.

Her method to declutter & organize is to toss 50 things, but unlike the previous challenge you can’t count each thing and you don’t have to rush.  Donate 4 books, only counts as one thing – books.  Toss 3 pairs of old worn out shoes, 1 thing to the list – shoes.  So you really are focusing on the stuff not the number.  Proud to say I am up to 36 things.  Yes I love a good challenge.

Now to decide what room to attack next…

Dreading my closet the most.  Maybe its time to climb that mountain again.

How the heck do we collect so much stuff?!

That blog cracks me up so much.  Nope I may never be an adult, but for now…. its ON!

Admittedly at first I had to wonder what on earth I was thinking.  I’m unemployed.  I’m in school.  I do not have the cash flow to be replacing furniture or anything really right now.  What if I need it again?  What if?  I will survive.  I do NOT need all those exercise VHS tapes that were collecting dust in the back of the entertainment center.  No one does.  Dog toys that Baxter never even looks at? Trash.  Incense cones that were free… never going to use them.  All this crap I don’t need…but what if it were to come in handy?  Who cares.

Letting it go.  If it doesn’t do me good right now, I don’t need it around right now.  Feels liberating, but yes a little scary.  Change always does.

Never get to where I want to be by living where I was.  Relocating doesn’t seem to be in the cards, but reinvention just takes imagination & motivation.

Hope Glows Like a Chandelier

Remember how I dreamed of redoing my bedroom & then put all that on hold after changing & then leaving my job?

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I wanted so badly to just change it all from top to bottom.  I really did mean start at the top!

Even tried to make a faux capiz chandelier that basically would fit over the existing unit & replace the cover!  That stupid thing is STILL waiting around for me to finish.  It may end up chunked in the trash very soon. I tried to make lemonade out of the lemon of a bedroom light I had, but without the sugar it just ended up sour & unfinished.

 This weekend I got offered some free handy services from the Crab.  He had noticed a few things that to me would mean expensive outside professional help, but having previously built a few houses himself, he had the knowledge & ability to fix.  Some seemed simple,  but annoying – like the bathroom door that seems to enjoy trapping people inside with its required random number of turns to open.  Some seemed monumental to me – like the dripping faucet IN THE BATH TUB! No clue how to even begin to tackle that one.  I seriously had visions of needing to rip thru a wall to get to the pipes.  Deal was I bought the supplies and he would give free labor, I tossed in dinner for good measure & we were off to the home improvement big box.  Several trips & hours later, I was beaming at all that had been accomplished.

thankfully it wasn’t THAT drastic!

Then he mentioned the fact that the two bulbs in the ceiling light in my bedroom were driving him crazy being two different wattages or shades or whatever it was.  Honestly I didn’t think it mattered as much as I hated that light.  Course I agreed that installing new matching bulbs would be a good thing & off we were…. almost.  Then I brought up the chandelier & how I had dreamed of popping it up one day.   I’m sure he probably regreted the next statement, but there it was “I can put that up if you want. Its not hard.”  HA!  Not hard my ass.  It is when you have no clue what’s what.

Out came my crystal laden beauty!  After some adjusting for height, there it was – up and on!  The dream was one little step closer to being reality.  We talked of moving stuff around & replacing this or that.  But mostly all I could do was stare in wonder at the light, finally where it should be lighting up my room.  It already felt/feels cozier & more me.

Maybe the dreams aren’t totally dead just yet.  Sometimes I guess it takes a few steps back & letting go to move forward.  Then again a great side kick certainly helps too.

Tomorrow I attempt to tackle the summer clothes purge – 100 things gone (yes I have more than enough clothes to wear! Sadly I may be a clothes hoarder).  We dropped off one bag at the Goodwill today with 26 things no longer needed.  Tomorrow going for at least another 75!  We shall see.

Also looking forward to registering for classes in the morning & figuring out what the next few months are going to look like.  Hopefully I can get into the classes I need & maybe even have some time left over to get a part time job & bring in money to assist in taking a few more steps to home improvement.  We shall see.  But tonight I am going to be snoozing under my very own chandelier – feeling pretty proud, pretty loved & just plain pretty.

My One Night Stand

Dream mode again.

Another long day at work followed by wishing.  Spent a little while browsing houses online & wondering why on earth some people are allowed to use wall paper.  Some of its is just so wrong.

Still I have white walls.  No room to toss the stones here.  At least they attempted to make the statement with more than just a few things nailed to the walls.

Feeling stuck again.  Now that I am more secure job wise (can’t believe its been a year since I left my old job!) I feel like I should be working toward making more of a dream.  Still do I move? or do I redo?  Investing in one or the other.  Not both.  Focus.

Haven’t found the dream house (at a price that is reasonably in my limits) & haven’t found a dream bedroom (IKEA discontinued a couple of pieces in the other one I had in mind).  So for now dream.  Spread the wings & entertain all ideas.

this had a lavendar inside! too cute! love Home Goods.

Nightstand?

loving this look still.

can you imagine how much I would need to clean this?

maybe?

much better... or at least practical glam

or maybe I should just keep imagining & see where my dreams will lead.

keep the purchases small & easy to move if need be.

loving these! May need to go back & snag at least one.

Who knows what life has in store.

PIER ONE GIVE AWAY WINNER!!!

In honor of my recent bout with the Sinister Sinus Infection, I should give away these adorable tissues to everyone who read thru the sniffy complaining & whining.

But unfortunately I won’t be.  Lets just move right past that whole illness thing & go on to better days! I know I am ready.  The stuffy nose may still be here, but I am feeling better.  Soon back to normal.

Oh & if you really are in love with those tissues, you can easily snag a package at Pier One Imports.  Seriously they are too cute to use, but I would anyway!

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I am lucky enough to have a couple of Pier Ones in town & there isn’t a time I go in there where I don’t feel like a kid in a toy store – wishing I could at least pick one thing to take with me since I’ve been such a good girl.  More often than not, my wishes exceed my checking account, but the dreaming is always fun.

Yesterday I made it through the entire day of work and all the chaos of being out most of the week.  Came home, checked my personal email &  felt like that kid being rewarded for being good! I won a gift card to Pier One!  Not even joking here.  One of my favorite blogs to dream with Courtney Out Loud, was doing a contest & of course I entered.  One of the ways to enter was to comment with what you would buy if you won.  Which lead to a couple of hours of dreaming & the verdict was either the new bed I have been wanting or a chair to replace the ottoman that has been pulling double duty as both the intended ottoman & sewing stool at my desk.  Both choices would be MAJOR improvements.  Imagine my surprise when I won!

So now the fun challenge begins.  Do I keep dreaming about ideas or hold myself to the two choices? Whatever I end up doing, its going to be GREAT!  Spending the $50 prize and more cash will not be a problem in Pier One!

So a BIG THANK YOU to Courtney Out Load & Pier One.

You have truly made a cruddy week wonderful!

Splurging ~ virtually anyway

Instead of actually spending cash today, I’m virtual shopping….

First I want a few new things to wear:

new shirt for not shopping in…

or maybe a new outfit to lounge around in relaxing… sans the shoes of course. Barefeet are the way to go.

New shirt for work wouldn’t be bad either!

new shoes to go with it of course.  With a name like Alli, they should be mine!

Course I HAVE to get something for Baxter & it is Shark Week!

….now off to make some cash that I can spend in reality.  It’s another wedding weekend – and again I’m excited that I am not a guest or host, but able to be part of making the magic – the help.

I’m Sofa King Ready

So the interview today was FANTASTIC! ….why is it always the ones you don’t expect that end up being the best?  I nearly didn’t go.  I got the worst headache & nearly just skipped it but I threw on some clothes & went anyway.  No big primp or fuss, just black pants, a button up shirt & a quick brush through the hair.  Honestly the job listing didn’t have me jumping.  Sounded a but too close to the scam ones.  BUT after I arrive, I got intrigued.  For starters the office didn’t have the office feel. More home like but professional.  The 3 people I met were incredible! I was already loving them & thinking – I want this, when it turns out one of my best friends is the brother of one of the people interviewing! Too funny.

Not positive I will get the position, but it felt great.  Like a few friends getting together to talk about work.  Comfortable.  My fingers are crossed.  What’s best will be.

Has to be a good sign that I saw Herbie the Love Bug on the way to the interview right? how bizarre!

how Earth Day fitting! & a good reminder to me.

Afterward I decided to check out a few places & ended up in Home Goods. Which is where I saw the sign above.  Also feel for a few more pieces, but didn’t need them so just the pictures for now at least.  Might have to add one of the bird feeders if I do land a job this week as a celebration!

fancy duster anyone?
love this bird feeder

BUT the really good find was this…

BIG funky tablecloths!

for a cheap price!

So I got 4 for a project I had hoped to do for a while now.

See a few years ago I got a sofa for free.  I LOVE FREE!  But frankly it wasn’t my color, so I tossed on a sheet to “MAKE IT WORK”.  Which was ok since with the birds & everything else it ended up easy to clean.

trust, I know those purples don’t go together….

But it has seen better days!  I have picked out a few I would like to replace it with but I would rather spend the money on the bedroom… plus I need to get the cash flowing positive again before I spend any real cash so have to make do.

I had toyed with the idea of recovering the cushions in the mean time since it was a cheaper option, but I had hoped to find some great fabric & spend a weekend using my sister’s industrial strength sewing machine since mine is  meant for more cotton than heavy duty decorator fabric.

These past couple of weeks have taken their tole on the couch.  Channel surfing will do that I guess. The rips started & that was the last straw for me. TIME FOR CHANGE.

UUUUGLIEST couch to still exist outside a dorm room

So I was thrilled to find the tablecloths.  Why not try something fun & spring like for a temporary fix?

Baxter was really confused why I was screwing up the comfy spot to cuddle

I live solo, so why not enjoy the moment by doing something girly. Go with the pink flowers for a season.  So I covered the cushions with the tablecloths. The fabric is soft but also water resistant….AKA easy to clean bird poop off which is a HUGE push in my house.

cute huh? works much better with those pillows

Gotta admit I am loving it.

& yes STILL working on the chandelier.  I believe I have burned off enough layers of skin to pay for it.  Also next up replace that wall hanging! But that is a whole ‘nother day!