Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Growing Up Sucks

October 13 2014,

This year has been a tough year for my body image. I weighed 105 pounds before my hospitalization, which was 10 months ago - and since then I've gained weight. How much - I'm not quite sure, because we don't own a scale in the house.

It's not really about what the number is, but it is more about how I feel about myself.

I've always been skinny, and I can eat like a horse and not gain any weight. Now it's a different story. My metabolism has slowed down, my pants don't fit, my tops are too tight... and I will be hitting my 40s soon - it all just doesn't help.

I use to shop in the junior's department because I could never find clothes in the women's department that would fit. In the junior's department I would stick with t-shirts and not so revealing tops, and shorts that weren't too short, and pants that weren't too tight.

These days - I have migrated from the junior's department and into the women's department. It is all foreign to me. Buying clothes that are not t-shirts, buying pants that are not jeans. Looking for a size small instead of an extra small.

Here I am now buying "grown-up" clothes in the women's department. Yes, I still have those junior's t-shirts, and I do still stroll through the junior's department, but I am getting more comfortable in my sophisticated clothes. Bring it on.

Quilt & Bitch

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Renovation :: Dining Room

October 8 2014,

We finally did it. We finally were able to tackled and start and finished what the contractors f***ed up. It has been four years since the contractor left and left us with a house that was half done. Basically whatever they touched, they f****ed it up.

So we first tackled the dining room. The dining room was originally painted a dark pink. I wanted this room to be orange. We painted a few oranges, but thought it was too dark. We went to lighter oranges, and finally settled on the Sherman Williams Flan (SW 6652).

We had been working on Benjamin Moore and Ace paints, because our local Ace was very close to us. But one day, hubby wanted them to mix some paints and they refused to do so. The guy said we opened the paint can incorrectly, and thus they could not shake it up. I then asked him how to open the can correctly, and he proceeded to show me. And viola, it was the same way I was doing it - I even used the same tool - the paint can opener that they can given to us. This Ace hardware store had recently changed ownership, and the previous owner knew me quite well, because I was always in there buying things, instead of going to the big box store. Hubby said thank you and left.

We drove to the Sherman Williams store which was 15 minutes away, instead of 5 minutes away and gave them our business instead. Good-bye Ace Hardware, hello Sherman Williams.

Before Renovation

Before Renovation

Before Renovation

Before Renovation
We had to paint our ceiling because there was a big crack in it. If you open up the first picture above, you'll notice the crack. Our ceiling is not flat but slightly textured, similar to popcorn. Hubby researched how to paint with the texture, and found Zinsser Popcorn Ceiling Patch to be the best solution. It turned out really well.

We also invested in a airless paint gun. We got the Wagner Flexio 590 Paint Sprayer Kit and primed and painted the ceiling with it. OMG, it is such an amazing tool. It was worth the $150.00 investment. It has already paid for itself. No rolling, no neck aches. The result was more than satisfaction. But we had to make sure we covered everything.

After we sprayed the ceiling, we had to spray the walls, so we covered the ceiling before priming the wall with the spray gun. It was not as successful, but we think it was the paint we were using, rather than the gun. We didn't strain the paint before using it - there were a bunch of blobs in it (the same has been sitting for a while) even though we did have it shaken.

I went onto youtube and found a great video on how to strain paint with stockings / panty hose. I had to sacrifice a pair of mine, but it was worth it, because we did not have to buy another gallon of paint.

During Renovation

During renovation
Below is the end result. Don't look too closely. We had to repaint the trim, crown molding, chair rails, baseboards again, because we had used the wrong color. Oh well.

If you do look closely, on the french door, you'll see paint swatches.

We also spray painted the doors with the smaller paint gun. We first did it by hand and it took 45 minutes each side to paint the panel. My back was hurting too much and I gave up and told hubby just to spray paint and pray that it'll be fine. It turned out beautifully.

The top half of the wall is Benjamin Moore - Strand of Pearls (CSP-395). Now that we no longer will be using Benjamin Moore paint, I have to find an equivalent of Strand of Pearls for Sherman Williams.

After Renovation
Below is a lamp that we found in 2012 at a yard sale for $25.00. We finally used it. The bulbs cost more than the chandelier. They are Sunlite 60T8 Antique Radio Style T8 light bulbs and cost approximately $10.00 each, totally $30.00.

The "chandelier" might not stay, we might get a different one.

So, after the dining room was completed, we are now working on the living room. And guess what the dining room looks like now? LOL.

Give us three more weeks, and the living room should be done.

Quilt & Bitch

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Yard Sale Jackpot :: 2

September 6 2014,

My yard sale finds continues.

This week I scored a less than one year old Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams "Major Chair Polished Stainless Steel Finish" for a whopping $50.00.

This chair retails for $1245.00.

When I got to the yard sale - I scoped the stuff quickly and spotted the chair. I looked at it quickly for any visible damages, sat on it, and said "I would like to buy that please". When I bought it, I had no idea what brand it was until we brought it home and turned the chair over and it had the manufacturer's label on it. Did a quick google and came up with the chair.

In 2012, we scored 4 (four) chairs almost brand new chairs for $10.00 each.

And before that, at another yard sale we got the 4 (four) Crate and Barrel Folio chairs for $125.00. These were brand new and barely used chairs. There was a miscommunication in pricing between the father and son, where the chairs were suppose to be sold for $125.00 each and not $125.00 for all four. Their loss my gain.

I love finding bargains - especially where I feel like I just blindly robbed them.

Quilt & Bitch

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Conversation

September 4 2014,

Me: Can you please pull down the shades in the living room?

Hubby: Why?

Me: So that the sun doesn't ruin the couch and the table.

Hubby: But the sun is not hitting the couch nor the table.

Me: Ok, fine.

Hubby: It is hitting to the right of the couch, more towards the door.

Me: Ok, that's fine.

Me thinking to myself: Should have just done it myself, it would have taken less energy.

10 minutes later...

Me: Can you call next door to see if Les is home yet?

Hubby: I haven't seen him.

Me: Ok.

5 minutes later I picked up the phone and dialed our neighbor... turns out he was home.

Is this for real? Is this how men get away from doing things?

Quilt & Bitch

Monday, September 1, 2014

Pulling Weeds

September 1 2014,

OMG, I answered an ad on Craig's List today. It said, "Help doing yard work needed in XXX town today 10-1 (weeding, yard cleanup).

This was the next town over, approximately 10 minutes away. I wasn't doing anything exciting, hubby was still asleep, so I answered the ad. Emailed hubby telling him that I went to the next town over to weed. Told him to look at my email in case I don't come back home in a few hours (hey, you never know what crazy people are out there).

The next thing I knew I was on my hands and knees pulling out weeds.

I can't believe it - I am actually getting paid doing something I enjoy doing. For 2 hours I weeded and overdosed on Vitamin D. Unfortunately it was hot and muggy. Fortunately we had a good amount of rain the night before, so it made weeding easier.

Fast forward to six hours later, I get another email from the guy asking if I was interested in helping him with yard work 6 - 8 hours a week. I crazily said yes.

It's a small gig, I'm a pro at weeding - I can set my own hours - knowing me, the weeding will be done in a week - and he won't need me till next spring.

Call me crazy - but have you ever heard of someone actually enjoying weeding?

Quilt & Bitch

Yet Another Wedding Quilt :: Part 3

September 1 2014,

So the front of "Yet Another Wedding Quilt" is done, company's gone, I can now make a mess in the living room, I started on the other side of the quilt.

Below is the progress over the pass week.

Slowly but surely.

Quilt & Bitch

Monday, August 11, 2014

Yet Another Wedding Quilt :: Part 2

August 11 2014,

So one side of the quilt is finally done, right on schedule. This piece measures 84" x 97" - but will be used as the back of the quilt. So the finish size will be apporoximately 78" x 91". You don't really see the whole quilt in the picture below, there is 20" that is tucked behind the quilt so that it fits the wall and the wood that this piece is draping over.

We are having guests the next few weeks or so. That means I can't get started on the other side of the quilt until everything settles down. I hate putting things away when I am in the middle of a project, it's a waste of time to have to "hide" everything from guests and then bring everything back out and restart the project. It requires too much thinking and energy.

Five of my quilts will be going to shows in the month or so, and this wall will be bare. I decided to just hang this piece while waiting for the quilts to return.

I've yet to name this piece. Any ideas?

Quilt & Bitch