Archive for the ‘brilliance’ category


December 29, 2008

The boy and I have been wanting to get a chair for the living room, but we can’t agree on a style for the life of us (I favor something like a Queen Ann, he wants a huge, ugly¬† Lazy Boy type thing).¬† I saw this chair at a yard sale this summer though and thought that it might be a good temporary placeholder if I fixed it up a bit. Well, guess what? We both love it! AND it was only 5 bucks! Can’t beat that! (Yes, it sat for like 4 months untouched. deal with it. I was busy.)

OK, I suck at remembering to take before pictures, but this thing was in pretty bad shape. The wood was painted this gross fake cherry color, and the seat had a big ole rip.

(I don’t know why this picture insists on posting sideways?)

So yeah, pretty bad shape. But only 5 bucks! I painted all the wood white, which brightened the whole look up a ton and did my best at stitching up the rip. Then I got a nice, cushy piece of upholstery foam from the craft store and made a new seat for it (it makes it way more comfortable and -bonus!- covers the rip). I covered the new seat with some fun fabric, and made a little pillow with what was left over. Yay! So much better now, right? (ignore the electrical tape, that was temporarily holding the fabric down until I could find the fining nails. It has been removed.)


Mad Mats!

November 14, 2008

So I found this store that sells the most random things. Awesome things, but totally random. Its like an old fashioned general store on speed, and fancy. I could spend an enitre day there and not get bored.

Anyway, they sell these rugs there that are awesome. At first, I was attracted to the patterns and bright colors. Then I realized the were outdoor rugs. THEN I found out that they’re made out of recycled soda bottles. I mean, how freaking awesome is that?? Recycled, and totally plastic so you can just hose them off and its good as new. And they’re reversable! To top it all off, the brand is called “Mad Mats” which I think it hysterical. Love it!

I want to get a huge one that will cover my entire back deck (ok maybe II’ll just have to buy a few). And then have a fabulous Gatsbyesque party on it. And since the price is right (the largest sizes are barely over $100) I just may be able to do that.


August 2, 2008

The gods must have been reading my old post complaining about shave cream leaving rust in my tub. A few weeks ago, another blog did a review of a cheap (around $5) shave cream that some in a plastic shampoo-like bottle. Well, she didn’t like it very much and the company decided to give some samples out to her blog readers to try it out for themselves.

I got a sample, I have to say that I honestly like it quite a bit. the cream is nice and thick- more like a lotion. The scent is nice- not overly sweet (I got vanilla and I usually hate things that are food scented). And….no rust stains!! Awesome. Its not a bad cream either, I get a nice close shave and my legs feel all nice and smooth after.

So, get thee to thy local Target and pick up some of this stuff. You’re bathtub will thank you.

*I do feel like I should disclose that the other blogger said that it stung her legs. I did not have this problem, not did any of the other people that commented on her blog. I also do not have sensitive skin.


July 12, 2008


June 27, 2008

So I’ve really gotten into the show So You Think You Can Dance? this season. This has to be one of the most beautiful and sexy things I have ever seen. Seriously. I want to sign up for dance classes so I can do this.

While I won’t go so far as to say that I don’t think I can dance, my version of dancing is more like this. Actually, my little sister is in this video. My dancing years predated digital video and youtube. She’s a lot younger than me. Anyway, not quite what you would call sexy.


June 8, 2008

Kelly’s recent post about bra-sized swim suits really caught my eye. I’m cursed with a pretty large chest for my small frame (shut up, it is a curse!) and it makes fitting things pretty tricky sometimes. Especially things like swimsuits that should be pretty tight. I usually go the two piece/ different sizes route, but I visit the beach maybe twice a summer and really, noone needs to be subjected to my blue-white stomach.

So I’ve bee looking into the swimsuits that are sold by bra size, and I saw a few rack’s of them in Macy’s today. Some were pretty cute and they had my size (and they were on sale!!) so I tried some on. Oh. my. God. Why did noone think of this before? The fit is so perfect! Enough coverage in the chest, but still tight enough everywhere else. It’s also the first time I’ve been able to do a plunging neckline… the attached bra keeps everything nicely in place. Its the most flattering swimsuit ever. Seriously.

The one I got is a solid black maillot* style, with a plunging neckline and a twist detail on the front. Very classic and pretty sexy but still suitable for the upcoming trip with the in-laws. I’m loving the idea of wearing it with this hat, my huge gucci sunglasses, and my gold sandals.

Normally I dread the beach, but this year I say bring it on!

* doesn’t maillot sound so much sexier than “tank suit”?


April 30, 2008

When we bought out house last year, the kitchen was the first thing that I tackled. And by first thing, I mean we closed on a Friday and I had about half of the wallpaper pulled down by Sunday.

This was what I started with. RIP. I won’t miss you.

Pulling the paper down and painting helped a lot, but I still wasn’t thrilled. Everything in there just screams “cheap” and something about the cabinets looks very unfinished to me.

For the past year-ish, I’ve been living with this. Not horrible, but not fabulous either. (I also hung a curtain on th window)

This weekend, I decided that I just can’t stand to look at the cabinets anymore. But I also have a long list of projects to get to before I start a full on kitchen remodel. I wondered about just filling in the inset cabinet panels with some fabric. I found some that I thought might work on sale for $3 a year and figured it was worth a try. (I just stuck it up there with some spray starch) Well, I love it! It really adds something to the kitchen, and it helps a lot with that unfinished look. Oh, I also stuck up some of those “press on, press off” lights under the cabinets.

Anyway, here’s the most recent “after.” Crazy what a difference $3 worth of fabric can make!! (If only there was some way to cover up the counter top…)

I’m also going to combine my stimulous rebate with soem cashed in amex points to buy a new oven and fridge. that should help a ton too. Oh, and one of these days I’ll get around to taking those boxes that the husband stuck up on top of the cabinets and storing them in the basement.

*please forgive the constant messiness of my kitchen. I cook. A lot. And as hard as I try to keep it neat and clean, it somehow never stays that way for long.