Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Joyful Song AND a Project? Believe it!

This song makes me dance around like a goofball.  You can HEAR the joy pulsing through all of the performers.  Listening to Mumford & Sons makes me happy anyway, but then add in Laura Marling and Dharohar Project?  Wow.  It makes me grin from ear to ear.  I just wanted to share it with you all because, well, it's awesome and you deserve some awesomeness.

Now, the project.  Do you remember the post I did last week about my recent thrifty finds?  In it, I showed you this frame that I bought it at the Salvo for either $5.99 or $6.99.  I can't remember now.  Either way, pretty steep price, but I HAD to have the frame.  Had to.  
Well, I spray painted it Apple Green by Rustoleum and glazed it with a dark gray.  Then I added 6 wires in silver and copper.  Each strand of wire is actually a double twist of wire.  It alternates between silver and copper.
It can be used for pictures, earrings, or even a memo type board.
I love that you can put all different sizes of picture on it, and that it's so easy to switch them out.  
I LOVE the color.  I'm actually going to buy more sometime this week because I like it so much.  

Today when I got home I gathered up all my earring so I could show you what they look like hanging on the wires.  Of course, I had to clean them first, so the project ended up taking me a lot longer than I had planned.  Oh well, they look wicked cool.
It turns out I have waaaay more pairs of earrings than I thought I did!  I might have to use this frame for earrings after all!  I want to wear all of them right now!  See the watches hanging amidst the earrings?  Up until a couple of weeks ago they were broken.  My brother's girlfriend makes awesome jewelry and she fixed them for me.  Thanks Bethani!!!  (She also made the teal pair of earrings hanging on the second wire down.  I love them.)

What do you think...jewelry or pictures?  What would you use it for?

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Great American Backyard Campout=Huge Success Again This Year!!

The National Wildlife Federation sponsors a program called the Great American Backyard Campout.  It's a program that raises money to help connect kids to outdoor programs and helps promote awareness about the benefits of getting kids outside.  We did it here at the Dandoislion for the first time last year and had a blast.  This year, I think, it was even more fun!!  We had a total of 14 kids and 16 adults here for different portions of the weekend.  Some folks only stayed a few hours, others stayed overnight or for the whole weekend.

We had a lot of fun stuff for everyone to do.  We searched the woods for firewood and caught some wildlife to look at.

Those are just a few of the newts we found in the woods.  All of them were released though, no pets!  We saw lots of little snakes.  
My husband caught one near the barn so the kids could get a closer look.  We also saw a snake, in the creek, eating a fish!!  It was the craziest thing I've ever seen in my yard!  My camera, of course, was inside at the time.  

We also climbed trees, made up battle forms, and fought imaginary bad guys.
We had a water balloon fight and a completely epic slip and slide.
We took everyone on a hike to the waterfalls near our house.
There was some swimming, rock climbing, and dam building while we were there.

The walk back to the house was nice too.  We had many different groups strung out along the road.  It was almost like a parade.
And of course we played in the mud and hung out by the campfire.

We also laughed, talked, watched fireflies in the pitch black night, caught more frogs than I can count, roasted s'mores, ate like piglets, and had more fun than I can really describe.  I think the kids AND parents agree on that one.
Thank you to the National Wildlife Federation and The Great American Backyard Campout for inspiring us to spend more time together and get outdoors!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Mini Bulletin Board LOVE

Alright, so, I have yet ANOTHER Pinterest inspired project to share with you.  Someday, I swear, I will do something a little more original, but for now, I will let Pinterest "inspire" me.  After our yard sale this spring, my Mom let me take a frame that didn't sell.  When I saw this project, I knew that that's what the frame needed to be.

I don't have a picture of the original frame because I got a little excited and forgot to take one.  To get started, I sanded it a little and then painted it with the paint I used on Barn Drawer #2.
Then I glazed it while the second coat was still just a little wet.
It smeared around so nicely that way.  My problem came when I put the cork in.  The backing for the frame wasn't very thick, and genius that I am, I used my staple gun to secure it.  This is what happened.
It's okay though because my Mom also gave me a whole bunch of vintage games after the yard sale, and that meant I had letter tiles.  Here's the finished product.
And again with some stuff attached.  I happen to really love this picture of my husband modeling one of my hats and pins.  He's such a good sport and a goof.
I'll definitely be making more of these now.  I love the way it turned out!  I'm sure I'll be linking this project up with all the parties in my sidebar, because they rock!!

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Oh Holy Awesome Batman

Sunday, Father's Day, I FINALLY made it to one of our local flea markets.  I had less than 2 hours to get through everything, so I had to fly.  I got some good stuff though!!
Okay, I have to be honest, the jewelry came from my Mom.  It was left over from the 2 yard sales our family did this spring.  Thanks Mom!!
I found soooo many blue mason jars!!  I only bought 3, but I could have gotten at least 30!!  Now I'm wishing I'd gotten more.  
This I actually got at a junk shop near my house.  I never go there because I either don't have cash or there's no place to park.  Sunday though, Sunday there were spots AND I had cash.  I'm in love with this birdcage.  I think I'm going to paint it turquoise or teal.  (Shocker, I know!!)  The awesome tray it's all sitting on was only $1 at the flea market!!!  
It's funny, because the yellow of the tray is almost the exact yellow I painted my barn drawer.  Weird!!  I'm including this chair, even though I didn't get it this weekend....
It's a rocking chair and it's super comfy.  It came from a yard sale near my house.  I can't wait to paint it and get a new cushion.  I'd like to say I'm going to make the cushion, but that might be a bit beyond my abilities.  Oh, and check out the frames I got last week at the Salvo!
You'll be seeing a couple of these again very soon!!!  Okay, I'm off to admire my mason jars a bit more.  

Monday, June 20, 2011

Picture Frames With No Backs? No Problem!

A bunch of the picture frames that I've acquired lately have no backs.  During my search for cool things to do with them I saw these picture frames on Pinterest and decided to give it a shot.  

I only did two frames, but I will definitely be doing more in the near future.  I really like the variability it allows for.  Plus, I'd really like to do a gallery wall with these.  Maybe in my stairwell.
You can't really see it in this picture, but I used a pinkish wire and the tiny clothespins holding the picture on are black.
I should have printed my picture a little bit smaller, but I think it looks pretty cool.
Next time I'm going to use smaller eyelets so you don't see them peeping out from inside the frame.
I'm also excited to use all different colors.  What do you think?  Are they cool?

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Roland, My Sweet Little Girl

I'm in the middle, still, of several projects, so I don't really have much to share right now.  Today when I went outside to take pictures of these flowers...
my cat, Roland, decided to hang out and get her portraits done.  (I don't have kids so I tend to take a lot of pictures of my animals)  It was awesome because she doesn't like to hang out with us when we're outside.  She's usually off doing her own thing.
Stalking me from behind the clematis.
You can't see it in these pictures, but her eyes are really green around the pupil.
This one is my favorite because her pupils are so tiny and she's kind of looking at me from the tops of her eyes.
Gorgeous, right??  Yeah, HER name is Roland.  I named her after Roland Deschain from Stephen King's Dark Tower series.  They told us she was a boy when we got her at the shelter.  She isn't, but the name fits.  She's seriously into the whole cuddling thing, and she searches me out at home by meowing until I answer her.  Then she comes trotting in to get the lovins.  Anyway, hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to post the projects I'm working on.  I had a minor accident (Yeah, that's what we'll call it.  Sounds better than "I screwed up") with one of them.  I think I can fix it.  We'll find out tomorrow!!!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Summertime Equals DRUM CORPS!!!

Who out there has heard of Drum & Bugle Corps??  Anyone?  Bueller?  Bueller??  I'm not going to launch into a description of what drum corps is because it would take me DAYS to explain it all to you.  Instead, I'm going to show you pictures and videos of some drum corps stuff.  But first you should know that I am a huge geek.  My family has been involved in drum corps in some way since before I was born.  There are pictures of me AT drum corps practices and shows as a baby.
I marched a few years in a Division III corps called Spectrum from upstate NY.  Division III corps were small!  The class system changed sometime in the past few years, so I'm not sure what the current class would be.  I spent two years playing soprano, two years playing mellophone, and my last two years in the colorguard.  I made that switch because in the winter I marched winterguard (I'll save THAT for another post) and I guess I was enjoying it more than being in the hornline.  Plus, if you were in the guard, you got to look kind of sexy.
That's me during my final year with Spectrum.  Sexy right?  Those were the days.  My younger sisters, Kira and Jessi, spent some time marching with the Bluecoats from Canton, OH.  Kira marched two seasons and Jessi marched one.  I wanted to show you a video, but I can't find one!!  I found one 42 second clip, but that does no justice to the show whatsoever.  So instead, I'll show you a video of the Coats playing their Corps song "Autumn Leaves" because Kira will appreciate it.

Here's one of my favorite shows of all time.  It's from the Madison Scouts 1995 season.

The Scouts are an all-male corps.  Sexy Sexy.  They've always been one of my favorites because they try to please their fans.  Shawna likey.

Still don't understand what drum corps is all about?  Check out these very snarky, funny videos.  They'll tell you a little more. 

If you get a chance this summer, go check out a drum corps show. It's great entertainment and the kids could use the support.  They really bust their humps out there.  For a complete show schedule, check out the Drum Corps International (DCI) homepage.

Before I go, I want to thank Stephanie from Luxe Boulevard for giving me the idea to do a video post today.  Go check out her blog.  She's funny, sweet, and super talented!!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Giveaway Winner!! And Some Pics from our Rail Trail Adventure...

Okay everyone, here it is, the moment you've all been waiting for!  Well, those that entered the giveaway anyway.  I used random.org to draw the winning number.  We had 52 entries, and the winning comment was....

Lauren LaRae!  You're our winner!!  Congratulations!!  Send me your address and I'll get that out right away!  Now, folks, don't despair, if Lauren doesn't contact me by Tuesday, I'll do a redraw.  

This weekend I had plans to get a bunch of projects done.  I didn't accomplish that at all.  I'm in the middle of one project and might finish it today.  Friday night the hubs and I went to play poker with our friends and had a blast.  Then yesterday we were going to take the canoe out for National Get Outdoors Day, but, well, we didn't.  Instead we took the dogs to the local Rail Trail for a nice long walk.  As we got there the clouds rolled in, so our walk was a bit rushed, but we still had time for the pups to hang out in their favorite watering hole.
Greene likes to get in the deeper water and then drink, drink, drink.  We weren't the only ones out on the trail either.  Check out this little guy (or gal?).
Isn't it cute??  Ryndham slobbered all over the poor turtle's shell.  
And she was VERY nervous when he came out of his shell and started walking right at me.
The hubs had her leash and she was whining like crazy.
Can you tell I love turtles?  We live in the middle of nowhere and still, we rarely see turtles!  So, I get a little excited when they do appear.  
Bye little turtle!!  I'm so glad I lugged my camera with me on this walk.  Not only did it add to the fitness factor, but it came in VERY handy.  Did any of you get a chance to get outside yesterday?  Did you do anything exciting??