Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Spring Things

One simple word can pretty much sum up my life as of now... INSANE.

In the past two weeks, on top of my already crazy school schedule & planning my wedding in July,  my fiance Spencer was offered an amazing full time position with Southeast Toyota in Jacksonville, Florida.  For all of you who don't know, we currently reside on the opposite side of the country in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  In other words this means that our lives have been recently turned upside down.  (Not all bad though :) Spencer graduates on the 7th of May and we are moving two days after...UGH.  We had never been to Jacksonville before and needed to find a place to live ASAP. We flew down there this last weekend and did a ton of apartment hunting.  With the help from our awesome realtor we found a beautiful two bed/two bath apartment in Orange Park, Jax (Southern Jacksonville).   Now that it is all taken care of I can go back to my normal life of school and of course blogging!

Amid all of the insaneness (if that's a word) I did manage to finish a fun project.  I thought our quite bare apartment needed a little sprucing up so I whipped up this easy peasy little wreath:

For the finishing touch I crocheted circles and a strap then hot glued them to the wreath
Simple but I love it. 

My cousin just posted these cute pics of a fun project she finished, a Jewelry Organizer.  She has my brain turning now to come up with a cute way to organize my jewlery...hmmmm...we will see what I come up with later.

She went from this...
...to this!

She started with these supplies...

 Painted the frame blue, and then once again with a light blue lightly over top for a distressed look.  The stapled the chicken wire to the back.
She then covered the edges of the chicken wire with some felt fabric & glued it on to keep it from scratching the walls.

 And added some hooks.

and once again the awesome finished project.  LOVE IT.
Thanks Chelsea for the super cute project!
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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Curio Cabinet turned Chameleon Terrarium! Part 2

Hello bloggers!  First off I want to say that I am so sorry for being away for too long.  To say that life has been crazy these past couple weeks would be a serious understatement, for example about 3-4 hrs of sleep was a 'good' day...yuck.  Buuuuut this weekend I finally accomplished something other than my mounds of homework and "end of the semester" projects and I am SO excited about it!  Remember my earlier post about turning an ugly curio cabinet into a terrarium for the chameleon Spencer said I could get?  Well here is a little reminder:
 After a TON of work and elbow grease I turned it into this!!!
 Okay so not the greatest picture (its still living in the storage room until we move next month), I still have to find sticks/branches and such for chameleon climbing material but unfortunately it decided to FREEZING RAIN today so I wasn't about to trek outside in that nastiness.  I will have to post again when I do and I can introduce the little guy.  We still have to come up with a name...SUGGESTIONS?? (As long as its a boy name of course)

Spencer took pictures as the process went along.  To start I sanded and primed the entire thing.
Then I painted it this pale robins egg blue.  Its hard to tell in the pictures, the bright lighting makes it look pretty white but you can tell in this pic
 I just absolutely love the details at the top of the cabinet and the door of the cupboard at the bottom.
Since the cabinet didn't have a door Spencer helped me make one.  I went to the local hardware store and purchased wood to make the door frame, hinges, locks, screening and wood trim.  I forgot my camera the weekend I did all that so sorry for no documentation.  I measured for the door and Spencer cut the wood and nailed it together.  I used my staple gun to screen in the entire cabinet and door frame then used the wood trim to cover up the staples and frayed edges of the screen.  Once that was all done I screwed the door onto the cabinet with the hinges and locks I bought.
To finish it off I cut some terrarium green liner for the floor and added the CUTEST little door knob I found at World Market Cost Plus.
I am SO HAPPY it is finally finished and I can't wait until the new babies arrive and we can make this house a home
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