Painted Table

I recently bought what I call a Key Dropping Table…a table where I throw my keys when I walk in the door.  It was more than I wanted to spend but it works very nicely so I kept it.  The only thing I didn’t like about it was that it was all white.  I know some people (ahem…Caitlin, I’m looking at you) love all white furniture, but I find it too plain.  I love furniture with bright colors and patterns that may not even go together.  So I decided to paint the table.  I had a collection of drawer knobs already so I replaced those as soon as I got it home.  A yellow one on the drawer and a multicolor flower one on the door.  Green is my favorite color, especially a citron/chartreuse green, and it can be found throughout my home.

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Once I picked stripes I decided to make them get a little further apart as they went down the table.  I started with 1 1/4 inch at the top, 2 1/4 inches in the middle, and 3 1/4 inches at the bottom.  Then I decided I wanted the top to be blue just for fun.

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I measured and taped the stripes off and covered the door and wood parts.  I started by painting with a brush but discovered I would been exactly 1 trillion coats so I ended up buying spray paint to finish the job.

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The top now has my paper succulent garden and a ceramic beer bottle dish that holds my mail keys.

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The door needs a little something and I haven’t quite decided what it will be.  I was thinking of painting opposite blue stripes or polka dots in blue.  I could mix things up and do a pattern in yellow or orange.  What do you think?

DIY Quote Prints

I love the TV show Parks and Recreation and found these awesome prints on Etsy with quotes from the show.  There are so many great quotes and I had been thinking about getting 4 5×7 prints to put up in my apartment but when I thought about it, 5×7 just wasn’t the right size.  I wanted full sheet quotes.  Well, those suckers are $26 a pop and getting 4 was way beyond even my imaginary budget.  It then hit me that I could make them myself.  I went to Google Drive and wandered through their fonts picking out any that I thought might suit the project.  Then I typed the quotes up and played with the size of the lettering and the fonts to see what looked best and took it all to Staples and had it printed on white card stock.  Guess what my grand total at Staples was?

$1.06!!!!

That’s right! It was $1.06 for 4 prints: 3 8.5×11 and 1 11×17.  I could have paid $113 to get the prints I wanted but I made them myself and I think they are spectacular!

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When I brought them home I decided they needed a little something so last night I painted one with gold embellishments.  I really like it so I’m going to do some on the other prints as well.  I taped the print onto the Staples bag so it would stay still and then used two scrap pieces of paper to help keep my lines somewhat straight.  None of it is really all the straight so it all matches.

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Happy Birthday Olive!

It’s my puppy’s first birthday!  We got Olive last November when she was 6 months.  She has been quite the handful, but we love her.  For her birthday she got a beef tendon, a new toy she will hopefully not be able to destroy, and a doggie birthday cookie cake.  I couldn’t resist so she got the beef tendon a day early.

To celebrate my puppy, I will now post an absurd amount of photos of her

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Iceland!

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Iceland is AMAZING!!!!

If you ever have the opportunity to go, take it.  We were there for 4 days and loved every minute of it.  We stayed in Reykjavik but went on The Golden Circle tour which got us out of the city and right before going to  the airport we went to the Blue Lagoon.  What a wonderful place the Blue Lagoon is.  Now here are some pictures!

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And the food was some of the best ever!  I’ll post pictures of our meals on Thursday and some scandalous pics from the Icelandic Phallological Museum…it’s exactly what you’re thinking.

I Heart Packing!

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I LOVE packing for trips and have been packing for Iceland for the past week.  Here are some packing tips for those who are packing challenged:

1) Pack after doing laundry.

I do laundry and then pick out my favorite things from a full wardrobe and place them directly in my suitcase.  That way, I don’t wear them before the trip and end up rushing to do laundry the night before.  This time I did the same thing with the dry cleaners, too.

2) Wear your biggest clothing on the plane.

If you’re bringing flip flops and sneakers, wear the sneakers on the plane.  Yes, that means you spend a little more time at security getting your shoes back on but it also means there is more room in the suitcase for other things.

3) Steer clear of ‘one use’ items.

You don’t need to bring everything you own.  Unless it is for a specific event on your trip you may not need to pack those heels.  Packing items you most likely won’t use takes up room for the things you will use.

4) Double check.

Double check your suitcase before you go.  I have, in fact, left on a trip to the beach without a bathing suit.

5) Don’t overpack.

This goes along with one use items and the next tip on the list.  Overpacking can cause confusion and frustration on your trip.  You end up digging through your clothing and items to see if you actually packed it rather than being able to easily see what you have.  Remember that some airlines make you pay fees if your suitcase weighs more than 50 pounds.  Overpacking could cause you to have to spend.

6) Pick the right sized suitcase.

Going on a short trip?  Probably don’t need your biggest suitcase.  I went to Paris and England for 3 weeks when I was in college and brought an average sized rolling suitcase and stuffed a small duffle inside for just in case.  I packed only enough clothing for half the trip and did laundry in my hotel sink halfway through.  I washed everything- underwear, socks, shirts, corduroy pants.  Having a small suitcase made it easier to travel from city to city and I was able to lift my suitcase on my own, which could not be said for others I was traveling with.

7) It’s all a giant puzzle.

If it doesn’t all fit the first time, take it back out and try again.  Stuff socks into shoes and try rolling shirts instead of laying them flat.

8) Leave a little extra room for vacation purchases.

I have never gone on a trip and not bought something so I always leave a little extra room for those items.  My suitcase has a zipper I can unzip to make it slightly bigger.  When packing to go on a trip I leave this zipper zipped so I know that I can fit more in it for the trip home.

9) Make a packing list.

I don’t necessarily do this for every trip but I do find it very handy.  Each trip is different and you’ll need different things for each one.  I will not be packing for Iceland the same way I packed for St. Maartin last year.  I tend to make a list of everything I need and check it off when I do my double check.  Sometimes I’ll even stick the list in the suitcase so I can use it to make sure I don’t leave anything behind before coming home.  This is especially good when going on extended trips and your items may be strewn about the hotel room.

Future Liquor Library

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I will soon be obtaining an old beat up card catalog and have decided to turn it into liquor storage.  Caitlin gave it the name Liquor Library and I love it.  I have yet to actually see the card catalog so I’m really not sure yet if this can happen, but I’ve started planning for it already.

Here’s an example of someone else’s liquor cabinet card catalog:

I know that one of the drawer fronts is missing so I’ll be asking a friend with wood skills to help recreate it.  I’m going to refinish it and depending on the hardware may replace that as well.  I’m also going to add the following to the top for fun and looks:

First, I want to make this tray from yard sticks.  I should start hunting for some now or maybe I can beat up some new ones.

Then I want to buy the following for it:

Fun glasses, possibly these from Fishs Eddy

A couple of beer glasses.  These are for the boyfriend who is very specific about how he likes his beer glasses.

Of course a fun margarita glass for myself

And two or three of these cute little vases.  They remind me of ink wells.

Any other additions you think I should make to my liquor library?

 

Favorite Bathroom Items

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1. Trader Joe’s Moisturizing Cream Shave  Once I started using this I have never used any other kind of shave gel or cream.  It is amazing and it lasts forever.  I probably have to buy a new bottle every 6 months or so.  The honey mango smell is light and not overwhelming (I’m looking at you Skintimate) and my legs always feel lovely afterward.

2. Lush Buffy bar  My aunt gave this to me last November and it has lasted through the winter.  I use it all over and it buffs away dead skin while leaving my skin moisturized by the shea and cocoa butters in it.  My skin gets to dry in the winter and I hate doing that awkward hand dance to try and get lotion on my back.  This bar has let me stop doing the awkward hand dance.  I use it in the shower and my skin is soft and smooth the whole day through.

3. Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser  Do you have wacky skin like me?  My face is oily through the T zone and I still struggle with some acne.  I also have rosacea on my cheeks making for some tough times when it comes to cleansers and moisturizers.  I use a prescription gel on my face for acne but it’s not the most gentle thing and can cause my cheeks to flare up.  In comes the gentle stuff.   The cleanser does a thorough job getting rid of built up oil and grime but it is nice and gentle on sensitive areas.  It goes very nicely with…

4. Arbonne Calm Gentle Daily Moisturizer  I had been using a moisturizer that I loved but was a little pricey.  It lasted forever and had my favorite thing, SPF 30.  My only problem was that it was sometimes a little heavy, especially in hot weather.  I decided to try something new and happened to be at an Arbonne party.  This moisturizer has been lovely and my skin feels very normal with it.  Not too dry or too heavy.  If only it had sun protection.

5. ACT Anti-cavity Kids in Bubblegum Blowout  Yes, I use children’s mouthwash.  And so does my boyfriend.  And it’s hot pink and bubblegum flavored.  My mouth can’t handle the burn of alcohol mouthwashes like Listerine so I opted for something else.  A few years ago I went to the dentist and they told me I had a cavity and that I have very grooved teeth and would most likely get cavities for the rest of my life.  I was not a happy camper.  The next day I bought this mouthwash and used it every night.  Ever since, there has been no mention of cavities at the dentist and they have always complemented me on my excellent teeth.  Thank you fluoride rinse!

Busy, Busy, Bees!

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Sorry Caitlin and I haven’t posted this week.  It’s been a crazy work week for both of us, but we promise we haven’t forgotten about the blog or you guys!

-Dana

We Heart It

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Have you heard of this new social networking site, We Heart It?  I just discovered it via Source Digit the other day and signed up.  It’s like Pinterest in that you are collecting images to “collections” and “canvases”, but there are no external links or bookmarking.  Just images.  I did some more research on it and found several news articles declaring We Heart It is the new cool thing for teens.  Being almost 27, this made me feel quite old.

I have been playing with it for the past few days and made a few canvases.  It is not as addicting as Pinterest and I don’t find it as productive.  Yes, I find pinning things to boards to be a good use of my time.  On Pinterest, it is not just about the image- there is a link behind the picture.  Although it’s visual, for me, it’s about collecting the links.  We Heart It is more like making a vision board.  While I enjoy looking at all the photos, drawings, and other art formats, I miss knowing where they come from.  There might be a beautiful photograph of a location but I have no idea of knowing where that place is.

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If you give We Heart It a try and would like to follow me, you’ll find me under the name danalovesolive.

Philadelphia Flower Show

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Last Saturday my mom and I went to the Philadelphia Flower Show for her birthday.  It was so beautiful!  I saw the most amazing tulips I have ever seen in my life.  They were orange and pink and purple and red and the petals looked like watercolor feathers.  Unreal.  It smelled amazing too and made me so excited for spring!  Here are some of the interesting displays and scenes I saw while I was there:

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The theme was ARTiculture and I loved all the Mondrian and Kandinsky themed displays.  The Mondrian room above was a backyard scene and I so badly wish I had a backyard where I could recreate that.  There were some really great vendors there too, but I’ll share those on Friday.