Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A man and his dog

 This is just a breath of fresh air in the middle of a super hectic week.
I am learning how to use the camera better and what better subjects :)

Aren't they cute together?

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Speical Guest

This weekend we had a special guest with us all the way from IOWA!
Dad Shanks came for a weekend visit. 
It was perfect weather for high school football, the mammoth museum, garage sales, and hanging out.

We visited the Mammoth Museum that houses a real excavation site.

We made a random stop at a garage sale and scored these rollerblades for $5.00! Yeah!

Then, we made a stop in West, TX. To the best of our understanding, Gramma Shanks had relatives that once owned land in West. It is famous for its Czech culture. We ate at a recommended pizza house.

 And we tried our very first SKUNK EGG!(& zombie pizza-that was really good)
Also, he got to meet our roommate, Marquie! My cousin.
Isn't she lovely

It was a great weekend and of course it went by way too fast. But we had a great time and we even scheduled a trip out to Ohio to visit his family! I'm excited about that. 
Thanks for paying us a visit, dad! Can't wait to see you again!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Deal of the Day...or year!

Months ago when deciding what colors to do the bathroom upstairs, I knew that I wanted black and white floors. So everything kinda revovled around that.

So, I bought this one square foot of tile and it has been lying around the house for six months.

So, now that I gave myself a kick in the rear to get it done, I had to go buy more tile.
Well, something funny happened. When I went to go buy it, I realized it was $4.05 per sq.ft. There is no way I would have thought that was a good deal! No way! So I hunted a little more. I first went to lowes. They didn't have anything cheaper in black and white but they had this cute, vintage octagon tile for only $2.57 (not on sale).

But as you can see, its all white. I bought one thinking that I could buy little black squares and replace them. But, there were no little squares there. So I headed to HomeDepot.

When I got there, I found the same tile I had just bought but with BLACK & WHITE!

It was the same price too! I told this to the guy helping me and he said that they don't price match - they beat their competitors by 10%. Well, I had my receipt (in hand...cause I am crazy like that) and showed it to the cashier and he gave me my 10% off!

The best part is...I had a $30 gift card!

So, in conclusion, I got 20 square feet of awesome black and white tile for a total of $23!!!

take home lesson: always ask about price matching! I wonder how many times I've missed out!

Monday, October 17, 2011

An urge to purge

This weekend I got an purge.?!

I have been super scared to redo the floor in a small powder room upstairs. This is it.

A few months ago I started the renovation (if you can call it that) in the bathroom. I painted the cabinets, countertop, and shelving. But I stopped when it came to the floor. It is only about 20 sq. ft but the toiled scares me!

So this weekend....I broke out the demolition tools and started tearing it up.
I used a chisel and a hammer. It was SO loud, I broke out the ear protection....better safe than sorry, right? Plus, they go with my outfit..not! Neil snuck up on me.

This is what it looked like after just a few minutes!

The rest is pulled up. Actually, I lied. There are six tiles that go under the toilet that I just left there. BUT, I got this far and if this isn't motivation enough to finish the floor, I don't know what is.

I'll keep you posted on the decision process AND hopefully we will have AFTER pictures soon....

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Family Weekend

This past weekend, we had my sister and her boyfriend over. It was good to finally spend real time with him and of course it is always fun to have my sister around.

We visited the campus but had no luck with the bears :(
Then we visited my sisters favorite store SPICE and got OSO's frozen yogurt...yum.
(side note: OSO's is in downtown Waco and is owned by the wife and daughter of Art Briles, Baylor head football coach..oso is spanish for it all makes sense now)

We watched a highschool football game.

(this was a hilarious round of pictures. the newspaper photographer never said a word but got right in our faces...really awkward)

And of course we watched the Bears beat the Iowa State Cyclones.


All in all, it was a fun weekend.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Fall Wreath Round Up

While browsing for fall wreaths, I found a few other ones besides our tulle wreath inspiration so here is a round up for those interested in creating your own!

Source: steamykitchen

Source: LDS Craft

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Fall Wreath

Sticking with the fall theme, I decided to have a craft night with my cousin.

I found this cute tulle wreath is totally different than the wreaths I am used to. And the colors are perfect for fall.

I decided I would try my hand at it. So off to the fabric store I went. I ended up with a yard of various tulle colors. My cousin and I cut up all the fabric into strips. And got a lovely pile of tulle.

While shopping, I found out that foam wreaths are a little pricey. Some were up to $9.99 each! But, once again, Pinterest came to the Creativity rescue. I saw this idea on Pinterest and made a quick trip to the HD and got me a one.

The article said that you could get lots of foam tube for cheap. In the plumbing department, I found 6 feet of foam is only $0.97! We were able to make two wreaths!
After tying what felt like 1000 ribbons of tulle, we ended up with two really cute fall wreaths!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

It's Fall Ya'll

I think summer hit a brick wall. We had 90 days of 100 degree weather! Thursday was 100 and BAM! Friday, Saturday and Sunday have been beautiful! In the 80's, light breeze. I took advantage of the weather by working in the garden, napping in a hammock, reading in the rocking chairs, running outside again, and I even pulled out the fall decorations.

Hope your fall is off to a good start!