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Thursday, May 31, 2012

around the blogosphere…

Since there’s been nothing but cleaning going on around here I thought I’d share some things that have tickled my fancy from some of my favorite blogs…

Love Jenny’s stool makeover…

This fabulous x-bench makeover…

Red’s not my favorite color, but this is fabulous…

Our yard is total whitey…I in desperate need of a backyard facelift

Loving these DIY monogrammed pillow shams

Who doesn’t love a pelmet/cornice?? 

All this work everyone else is doing has really made me feel like a lazy s&@!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

back to reality…

I hope you all had a lover-ly holiday weekend!!  We enjoyed the sun, water,  jet skiing, lots of eating and a good defunking upon our return home…

A few things I realized this weekend while sporting my two piece…1. I do NOT have the rockin’, hot summer bod I had wished for by this time and  B. I am at an age where I really need to have a hat on in the sun…starting to look like an old shoe with a tan face…

Now that we’re home it’s back to reality…

and this is my reality…

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I’m taking this week to get the house clean so I can start on chez lemonDrop mini boot camp…one project at a time…

Also, I’d love to start date night with my older two.  I’m thinking of making a jar for each of them, let them come up with things they’d like to do with each of us separately…then when it’s date night they can draw what they’d like to do…hopefully they don’t shoot for the moon and spend all my money!!

Perhaps this summer will be “The Better Mommy Project”…stupid name?  Absolutely!!

Friday, May 25, 2012

It’s Summer…time to reengage

 

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Tuesday was the last day of school for my wee one’s…yes, mommy had tears…my 5 year old is going to Kindergarten next year.  I didn’t cry with my older ones, but I realize I’m getting to the end of having “little ones”… my oldest just turned 13 , will be in 8th grade and I can barely remember him being a toddler…time is slipping away…

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With that, I realized I have not been the best mommy I can be…too much yelling, always saying no, house always a mess, letting the boob tube babysit while I use my time selfishly, yada, yada, yada…Also, I have such control issues that I have come to realize my kids are as self sufficient as my 3 year old…I do everything for them, granted that is my job as a mommy, but that’s not making me a good teacher, which is also my job as a mommy…

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So, after yet another hubby/wife therapy session after the kids went to bed we came to the conclusion that we need to get our shizz together…STAT!

I pulled out my 2012 goal list, which I am not going to share because who really cares except me, I haven’t crossed ONE thing off my list and the year is half gone!!  Well, looking at it  renewed my motivation

My older kids are out of school come Friday…after a couple days of decompressing I’m going to kick things in high gear around here, a bit of (tender) boot camp…there will be some major organization so I won’t be so frazzled, house wise and mentally…I feel so overwhelmed with the amount of clutter, nothing being in a set spot, etc…if I don’t get this fixed I pretty sure I’m going to pop a blood vessel!

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It’s time to get back on track and get this train running smoothly…it’s time for us to be one big, happy family again…

I’m going to come up with a list and tackle it little by little…by August we should be a new family…my adopted philosophy will be “work hard, play hard”…

So boo hoo, enough crying…please tell me you feel like an a*!hole mommy too, I’d hate to be alone…those of you who can do it all, who’s life is all sunshine and roses… keep it to yourself!

Summer…bring it!!!

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

you’re so vain…

If you recall I had my photo taken for my blog…

I think I have one chosen but decided to let you see the rest…there’s a couple I don’t love, no fault of the photographers…I made it very painful for her and am surprised she was able to find as many usable ones as she did…

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I think I was mid sentence in this one…I was either laughing or talking the whole time…

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trying too hard to pose…

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I will say, she gave me some GREAT plastic surgery…not a wrinkle, and she got rid of the “bubble” under my eyes!!

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Before/After Dining Room…

I wasn’t planning on a room reveal but since we had such a productive weekend, I figured what the hell…

This poor girl has had so many makeovers she’s unrecognizable from where she once started…

Round 1…

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Round 2…

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Ding, ding, ding…we have a winner!!

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My triple pinch french pleat (these drapes were almost the death of me!!) using this tutorial…still need to be hemmed, trying to figure how much pooling I want…

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This mirror was originally gold…painted black then Rub n’ Buff (ed) back to gold…

The lamps got a coat of white lacquer paint so they now match…the shades were trimmed out with orange twill ribbon…still need to add a little more color  to that side of the room…

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Although I haven’t gotten my needlepoint art exactly the way I want,  I figured I’d hang them as is for now…

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Lots of little things still to be done, but I think it’s a hell of a start…

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Friday, May 18, 2012

am I a granny??

I found these needlepoint art at an estate sale yesterday…

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While this is not normally my thing, there was something about them I couldn’t resist…

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They were $15 each but I’ll be changing the matting and doing something with the frame, perhaps gold or just leave it wood and shine it up a bit…

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I think they’ll go great with my new curtains

Thursday, May 17, 2012

pinch it…pleat it…

I’ve been working on the curtains for my dining room…it’s taking forever!!  I really wanted box pleats but just couldn’t get it to work…I switched to triple pleat using pleating tape…well that was a waste of time and a huge pain in my ass and basically made me feel really stupid because I couldn’t get it right…

Thankfully I found a great tutorial online and did it the old fashioned way…so by Monday I should have my new curtains in the dining room…if not, I’ll be sticking a pin in my eye!!

Here’s a visual of the fabric I’ll be using but pinch pleated…

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Monday, May 14, 2012

slow moving progress…

I’ve been sloooowwwly working on my bedroom…

I’ve gotten about as far as my nightstand…

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I found this picture at First Fridays for $12…

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I finally got these lamps fixed…I originally wanted to use them in the dining room but with all the pink and green they work perfectly in our room…

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And who can resist a monogrammed anything …it holds the remote and my chapstick…yes, I said chapstick

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

happy birthday to me…

My b-day was on Monday so yesterday the hubby took me to the Mother Land, aka Kate Spade, and let me pick something out…

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I went on a hunt for this necklace

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since Mother’s day is this weekend, I got a 2 for 1..

I picked this little goodie to hold my rings…

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Friday, May 4, 2012

4 days later…

I’m done…

This was my first attempt at slipcovers…they’re not perfect but no one will be looking that closely

This is what the chairs looked like when I bought them…

They were pretty sloppy looking so I tailored them be fit tighter…also they were on casters which I took off, hence the long skirt…

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I ripped them apart and used it as a guide…and voila!

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I LOVE!!!  I’m pretty proud of myself, it was a little intimidating but thank heavens for my inherited sewing skills and of course the boob tube which kept my little ones hypnotized while I worked…

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my friend B said I could charge for them…I told her hell to the no!  I can’t wait to knock out head chairs and my drapes…

Thursday, May 3, 2012

can’t blog…busy sewing

I’m in the process of making slipcovers for my parsons chairs…hopefully when I’m done I’ll have something that looks like this…

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

happy may day…

April passed in a blink…last week went so fast and we were crazy busy all weekend with a basketball tournament…

The house got done yesterday but it's been pretty yucky weather so I haven’t gotten a good picture yet…for now just a tease with an in progress photo…

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That’s my mom playing Vanna White…

I squeezed in a quickie project before the weekend, a shade/curtain for my friend K…

I added some white fabric to the bottom of the curtains for length…ribbon and a monogram to pimp up the cheap roller shade, which sadly isn’t rolling…

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I’m hoping to work on some things around my own house this week but I’m so damn exhausted I don’t know how much will get accomplished…