Friday, Friday, Friday

Happy Friday, folks!  I’m so glad it’s finally here.  This week has seemed to drag on and on!  I think it’s this very confusing weather we’ve been having.  Can it please just be warm and springy already!?!  Unfortunately, this weekend is going to be cool, rainy, and gloomy.  BUT, I’m going to see My Fair Lady at our local theater on Saturday, so I’m excited about that!

So we got the news yesterday…we are OFFICIALLY scheduled to close on May 10th  at our lawyer’s office.  That’s only 2 weeks from today!!!  I could not be more excited!!  Stay tuned for lots of updates and stories…the real ride is about to begin! :)

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A Pirate’s Life For Me?

Well, now that it is “official” I guess I can let the cat out of the bag…

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As of Monday, May 13, I will officially be an ECU pirate.  No, I’m not going back to school–that would just be insane at this point!  I have taken a job with the Foundation there and I couldn’t be more excited to get this next chapter started!  Lots of big changes in this girl’s world!!  BUT…I will always be a Wolfpack girl.

Aaarrrggghhh! (ouch, that hurt a little.)

Dollar Store Dinos

Hey yall!  I hope everyone had a great Earth Day!  I didn’t do anything “earthy” yesterday, but I did use gold spray paint.  What?  No correlation?  Oops!

I’ve seen the trend on Pinterest of spray painted toys.  Some are glued to jar lids, some are glued to bricks and used as door stoppers or book ends, and some are just used for fun.  I decided I’d try my hand at this, so I stopped by the dollar store and got a couple of cute little dinosaurs (for, of course, $1).  I already had gold metallic spray paint from another project.

I was planning to just jump in head first, but Charles suggested I “prep” the dinosaurs first.  He’s a smartie, that one.  He told me that the spray paint would stick a lot longer if I melt away the wax and then soaked them in alcohol.  Since I paid a precious penny for these guys, I wanted to make sure my creations would last! ;)

So, here’s the story….

1.  Buy your cute little toys, and play with them for a bit (if you’re me):

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2.  Run a flame over the entire toy to melt off any wax:

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3.  Soak the toy is rubbing alcohol:

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4.  Go to town with the spray paint:

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5.  Let dry and see your beautiful creation!  Plant on bookshelves, coffee tables, guest night stands, or anywhere else and you’re sure to have a great conversation starter!

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Oh, and in case you aren’t totally convinced of my gold obsession, check out this iPhone cover I picked up yesterday:

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BAM!!

See this post linked at http://www.jenniferrizzo.com/2014/02/fabulously-creative-friday-10.html.

One Man’s Trash is Another (Wo)Man’s Treasure

I found my camera at last (woop woop!), so I can show you the pictures of the furniture I got a couple of weeks ago.  I went to “look around” The Red Collection (http://www.theredcollectiononline.com/) and ended up with three large pieces of furniture.  But I got a lot of bang for my buck, and I learned the used furniture shopping method.  If you see something you like, take the tag immediately!!  If you take the time to linger and decide, especially on a Saturday morning, you are likely to lose your favorite piece.  I could have spent about 827 times what I did and I still would have wanted more!!  The store was seriously awesome.

Anyway, on to the pics.  I have to apologize for the poor quality of the photos.  I’m sure I’ll have better ones at some point!

1.  Blue Antique Settee

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I can’t wait to get this bad boy upholstered.  We will have to wait and decide on our “color scheme” before I decide on a fabric, but I’m thinking something elegant and sophisticated like one of these:

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2.  Chest of Drawers

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I love this for storing special dining pieces, like platters and serving trays.  But I’m more tempted to remove the top drawers behind the doors and make it into a bar.  Maybe something like this:

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I also love the idea of putting cute little knobs on it, like these from Anthropologie:

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3.  Gold Console Table-  Even though this piece may need a little shine brought back into it and a new piece of glass, at a whopping $30, I couldn’t pass it up!

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I plan to clean it up and either use it in the entry way, or as a sofa table like this:

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Spring Has Sprung!

Finally!!  We had an unusually cold and long winter this year, so I am happy to see everything starting to bloom.  In an effort to chronicle the yard during each season so that we know what we have, Charles and I went over to the house on Sunday to take a few pictures.  (Special thanks to my dad for letting us borrow his super nice camera, and thanks to Charles for being the photographer!)

It’s safe to say that we have no shortage of “alive and well” plants!!  We have azaleas (both pink and white), dogwoods (both pink and white), pine trees, wisteria, camellias, holly, daffodils, and liriope, just to name a few.  Most of it is overgrown and needs some serious manicuring, but it was all so beautiful this time of year!  You can consider these the “before” pictures!

Here are the pictures of the dogwoods in the front yard.  We plan to remove the pine tree on the left side (it causes a problem almost every time there’s a storm) and replace it with another dogwood to match the right side.

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As you can see, our front shrubs need a little work.  We also plan to take out the tree on the edge of our property line…it’s hollow and is definitely in danger of falling on the house during a big storm.

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We also have LOT of azaleas all over the front, back, and side yard.  They are beautiful right now, which seemed fitting for the weekend of the Masters.    We also found a huge camellia bush along the back porch, and wisteria was growing at the back of the lot.

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And then there’s just a whole lot of random…

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It’s a little overwhelming, but I’m choosing to look at it as a positive.  This yard has SO much potential, and now we know we can grow just about anything in it!  To start, we plan to just trim everything back and get it under control.  One day, I’m hoping for something like one of these:

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If you’d like to see all of the “before” pictures, you can check them out here.

Lastly, I’d like to give props to my hubby for his awesome picture-taking skills!  I’m super impressed!!  And like it or not, you just earned yourself a new job…project photographer! :)

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