Friday, July 27, 2012

A Birthday Fiesta in the Works

These are the invites that I made for my husband's Birthday Fiesta in August.  His birthday is actually (one of) the dates that is said to be the BEGINNING of the Mayan calendar!  I chose the serpent motif from the Chichen Itza pyramid.  Just so happens I found the perfect paper at Archiver's that had the blue waves on the back and the fun zigzag on the front.  Of course, the fun stickers had to be added too. 

A Taco and Nacho Bar
Tomatillo Enchiladas
Homemade Refried Beans
An assortment of homemade FRESH salsas-my jalapenos and habaneros are growing insanely well-I think I have to pickle some just to save them we have so many!
Tequilas and margaritas will also be served

The piece De resistance:
A Twinkie-pyramid-inspired cake-playing on the notion that Twinkies will survive the end of the world/nuclear holocaust/etc.  Not fully Twinkified, as to make it to scale (9 steps) with solid Twinkies would create a 16"-high and 14"-wide cake!  Who knows what that would weigh.  And surprisingly it'd be expensive. 

Pictures and such will be posted of the food and event mid-August!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Mutant Carrots

My carrots are ready for picking!  They are very delicious and most are nice and straight-which was questionable in the shallow garden area they were in.  I'm going to be blanching and freezing a bunch tonight to get a head start on my veggie supply for homemade soups and stews.  Another bunch will make its way to my sister's house for her and almost 1-yr. old nephew if she's willing to share!

It's not a good harvest until you get that mutant carrot with too many appendages!

Pelmet Tutorial

Finally here it is!  These are super easy, quite quick and don't cost much at all. 

Things you'll need:
Foam board (use your Micheal's coupons!)
Cotton batting-I bought the crib-size and still have leftovers
Glue gun and glue sticks-I used 2 long ones
Duct tape
Picture hangers or small brackets of your choice

Step 1: Measure your window width and cut or tape more than one piece of foam board together to fit the space if needed.  I made sure it was at least 1" beyond each side of the wood moulding.  Remember you'll add thickness and need to attach brackets.  Mine were 64" long, 9" tall and the sides were 2" wide, your proportions may be different depending on the window size and style.  Duck tape holds it all together nicely.  I did add wooden chopsticks to the middle where I taped two long pieces together so it didn't bend.  You won't have to do this if your window is smaller.  Be creative if you need to make it sturdy. 

Step 2: Measure your batting at least 2 inches bigger than your board and go over the edges.  You'll then glue this down to the back/inside with a glue gun.  You can use staples if you have small ones.  I didn't.  Don't glue anything on the front side, as you want it poofy and smooth. 

Here's how you don't burn your fingers pushing the batting down on the hot glue.  The glue doesn't seem to stick to the masking tape either.
The batting-covered board.

Step 3: Cover your board in the fabric of choice.  If there's a pattern, center it if needed.  Do not forget to leave enough on the ends to wrap around the side pieces.  I pinned the fabric to the foam board to hold it in place.  I glued this down the same way as I did the batting.  Make sure you do not pull the fabric too tight, as you want the nice shape of the batting to look smooth and not lumpy.  I didn't get a picture of this step, but the next pictures show the ends and how I folded everything.


Step 4:  You might need help to do this one-hold your pelmet up to the spot on the window it will go and make sure it will fit!  Also, notice where on the pelmet you would want to attach the brackets.  I only used one per side and small nails.  I attached the bracket with hot glue again.  You can also see how the fabric was folded around the corner and I just glued everything down as needed.  Once again, have someone hold up the pelmet and mark the nail spots on the wall.  I had to do this twice, as of course they were crooked.  Eyeballing and final bending of the nails may be needed.  You're done! 

The finished product. 
Many people put shears underneath or just leave blinds...that's up to you.  You aren't limited to just a rectangle either, any shape is doable.  This is great way to add a non-permanent splash of color to a boring room!  Hope this explained how to make a pelmet easily enough!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Beautiful Boudoir-Highboy Chest of Drawers Addition!

I found this awesome highboy (or chest-on-chest,)  FREE on the side of the road.  Not kidding.  The owner was just putting the drawers in it at the end of her driveway when I screeched to a halt and told her I want it! 

This piece is for my hubby and it turned out amazingly masculine-looking, yet still coordinates with my pretty little vanity.  I decided to get big clear bulbs for this one and then traditional Victorian crystal knobs for my vanity.  We still need a couple more for the bottom drawers, but I have to go to a different store to get them :) 

Thanks for all the sanding work done by my dear hubby
I'm still finishing the mirror for the vanity and will post final pictures of that project when I put it back together and have the hardware on.  Last left on the bedroom fix list is painting the walls, hanging some new curtains and art.  My big girl room is almost finished!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

My First Occlusion!

If I seem happy about it, no but I've never had one!  If you don't know, an occlusion is a blockage in the tubing or flexible catheter (needle part) of your insulin pump.  Doesn't happen often for most people, but the pumps are so sensitive they will let you know if it does!  I woke at 4:00 am as usual to feed the cat and test my blood (it's become an agreed upon habit between us) but the inset was in my thigh and the adhesive was lifted up on one side and it felt like it was popped out a little so I pushed it back in and put a piece of tape over it-not really thinking that clearly at this time in the morning and my BG was 103, good.   So back to bed I went.  Woke up for real and BG was 193-not normal, I bolused for that number and the warning bells went off!  Occlusion!  Occlusion!  Hmm, not so smart to have shoved it back in earlier...after taking it out to put a new site in, here's what I saw: