Sunday, August 28, 2011

This Post is Brought to You by the Letters A D & D

I have had 1 ADD project filled day! I thought I'd show you how I mounted photos to a canvas with spray adhesive, made amazing lasagna rolls, and was part of an amazing trade! Curious?

I am OBSESSED with Pintrest these days. I want to show all of my pins to you. But that's linked to my Facebook. My Facebook has a little more info about me than I'm willing to share with strangers around the world! I saw a post on there where someone mounted photos to canvas. I was looking for a solution to improve the sad state my photos were in in my living room. I headed to Michaels and grabbed a bunch of canvases. I found some nice, thin, ones and stocked up!

They had black ones too, but they were thick. And they were more expensive. No thanks! I knew I wanted them black, and didn't want them glossy. I remembered my flat porch and floor paint from the stairs that I had and figured that would work. As I was browsing the paint isle (in my basement) I saw the black spray paint primer I had. I knew that would give my the flat look I was going for and would go on a lot faster and dry a lot faster than the alternative. I also found some glossy hammered black spray paint. I grabbed both and went to work in my studio backyard. 

After laying down some newspaper to keep the lines in my grass to a minimum I went to work!

It was a little breezy out and I grabbed anything heavy I could find to keep the newspaper weighted down!

I only had enough primer to cover my smaller canvases. The edges would show through around the pictures so I used the preferred paint on those. The other three were going to be completely covered by the photo. I only needed the edges black so I used the hammered spray paint on that. While I waited for them to try I had another project (or two) going on inside! I like to cook in an orderly way... Not chaos. Yet, I was working in chaos.

I grabbed a TON of fall stuff to do projects with while I was at Michaels. I was too excited to cook and do projects to put it away. The mixer is holding some of the lasagna ingredients. That's also my bracelet on the counter. When I start cooking I end up throwing off anything in my way. The bracelet was first. My rings quickly followed.

This was my first lasagna noodle cooking experience. Also my first time working with feta cheese. I got this great and easy recipe here:|04-13-2011|

Now here is where I explain the deal I struck up. I am BAD at maintaing my yard. BAD. After trying to cut wet grass and having my lawn mower quit on me multiple times I walked off the job halfway through my front yard. Not my finest moment! My baby brother that moved near by hates to cook. Loves lawn care. I love to cook and hate lawn care... Match made in heaven!!!! Every week I make him a meal and he takes care of my yard. This is a shot of it from today:

It looks great huh? So anyway... The big pan of lasagna rolls is for him. The two loaf pans (yeah I need more cooking stuff. I keep holding out for marriage thinking I'll get to register for stuff) are mine. I popped that in the oven and went outside to learn how to glue the pictures to my now dry canvases.  

This is my test canvas. Pretty nice huh?

So this is the before. I love my shadow pictures and the memories of how they came to be. I wanted them to look the same but hated the glare from the glass/plastic. I also hated that I can't find floating frames anywhere anymore. Some of the plastic is cracking and the clips aren't tight and I can't replace them. It was time for something new. 

I also made my own mattes out of construction paper. They were not perfect (as you can see)!

This one's glass broke. It was a strange size and therefore, it continued to exist glass free. This was all fine and good when I was 22 in my first house. But I'm approaching 30 here and I need something a little less craptastic! After I unhung them all things started looking pretty empty. 

I headed out to my work area and grabbed my spray adhesive and a towel. 

After spraying the back of the picture really good I carefully laid it in the center of my canvas, put the towel on it, and smoothed like crazy (the towel mainly keeps my fingerprints off and any glue on my fingers off of the picture). 

As you can see my fingers are now ringless. I tossed those off in my cooking frenzy!

It was quickly time to take the food out of the oven. And cover it with cheese... YUMMMMMMM. I adore cheese! Did I mention I can cook? If I'm not DIYing something I am cooking to relax. After cheesing the lasagna it was time to hang the pictures. I used little Command adhesive strips. 

Here are the big guys. I love that they look more like they're floating than the floating frames!

Here are the little guys. Not a big change, but to me it was! I got my same great pictures back on the wall but a lot less shiny, with non cracks, no crooked pictures, and no jagged mattes.

Look at how smooth and perfect they look! And how black! You'd never know they were white a few hours earlier!

And, look at how perfect the yard looks! 

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Dog Days

I'm coming off of one lazy weekend! I thought I'd show it to you from the eyes of a dog.
Thursday I woke up and went for a run. Then I threw on my Toms and grabbed my heels and left for work. Right before walking in the door to work I switched the shoes out for my professional look and tossed the Toms under my desk for when I was sitting there. My drive home had me switching back out of the heels. When I got home I put on the black flip flops and took miss Zulu for a walk. 

When we got back I built my new coffee table and confirmed my massage for Friday. Then after some hanging out we went to bed:
I was off on Friday. After a long breakfast I went and got my massage. After the massage I headed over to my parents' house to pick up Bailey. Have I talked about Bailey before? She's my brother and sister-in -law's dog. They're deployed to Iraq for a year with the military. Bailey is staying with my parents. I steal her for long weekends because she's the coolest dog I've ever met. My cat begs to differ. 
Once we got back I took Zulu to the vet. When we got home we all went out for a walk:
Or Bailey walked both of us...

She's also one of the laziest dogs ever. When she's not chasing cats and squirrels she's napping. 
Here's the princess after our walk. I hopped in the shower to get the massage oil off of me. When I came out this is where I found her:
Then I went grocery shopping and took Bailey to Petsmart. Zulu is afraid of everything so it was nice to have a dog that was happy to be in there! She was super excited when we got to the toy section. 

On Saturday we slept in and had another long breakfast. After breakfast I put on my running shoes and grabbed my buddy. I got stress fractures in my shin in the fall running and have gained some serious weigh being lazy since then. I'm all heeled and signed up for a 5k around Halloween and it's time for me to get moving again. I got this great app for my phone called Couch to 5K that has been super helpful! By the end of our 2 miles we were both tired! We both walked in the door and chugged water. And rested:
Are you in love with this dog yet? I am! I hopped in the shower.

When I got out it was raining. We ran just in time! I grabbed a book (I'm reading the Confession by John Grisham) and headed out to the screened porch with the hounds. I don't know if I ever showed it to you aside from in my blizzard pics. Here it is:

It's super relaxing. It also doubles as storage for my bike during the summer, since I don't have a garage.

My next big project is to redo the floors out here...

When we were done with that we made a video for my brother and his wife:

Dog days are fun :)

Everything On My Brain

I just synced my iPhone and realized I've got lots of pictures (which tell lots of stories) on there!

I've been having some "me" time since my most recent break up. This is me leaving my massage with a big table crease on my head!

I LOVE my french doors:

 I'm really atrocious at lawn care:

I bought something else from my furniture wish list. This one was taped off in my "Planning for new furniture" post. It's hard to tell what it is from the skinny little box huh? 
Here is the beauty:
Isn't the coffee table lovely? The rug was being cleaned. And the poor old table is by the front door. My baby brother that bought the house took it to live with him. RIP my first piece of furniture!

So that, ladies and gentleman, is what's new in my life. A lot of "me" time. Ugh I hate it. I'm ready for my days to be filled with more than just me!
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