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Shower Curtain Wall Art

Hello all!  Long time no update!

I though this would be as good of a time as any to revive the ol’ blog given that I recently completed a project I was pretty proud of…  I came up with it on my own and it wasn’t a total disaster!  WOO-HOO! So we’ve been in the house ALMOST a year now, and things are ALMOST how I want them.  We do, however, still have a few empty walls and a few empty bookcases.  The problem is they’re all BIG walls and filling BIG walls tends to cost BIG bucks.

I love the old trick of wrapping fabric around canvas, but the walls I needed to fill in the upstairs living room probably required something wider than your average by-the-bolt fabric, so I thought “shower curtain!” The next obstacle was the canvas.  A canvas for the size I was needing wouldn’t be cheap, so I went to Home Depot to see how expensive some lumber would be to build the frames myself.

They had 8′ boards that were the perfect width/depth for my project!  And they were seventy-five cents!!!!!  YES! For each shower curtain, I purchased 3 boards.  One 8′ board got cut in half to make 2 4′ boards.  The other 2 boards were cut down to 5′ (which Home Depot does on the spot for free, in case you’ve never done anything like this.) Once home, I assembled them like so (and used some of those U-shaped staple/nails to put them together). From there the process is just like wrapping canvas, although on a larger scale.  Position the shower curtain where you want it, wrap around the frame, pull taught and staple in place. Your frames are not only inexpensive, but also lightweight (which is often an issue when dealing with “art” of this size, so your shower curtain wall-art can be easily hung with even just a single nail.) I must say, I’m pretty impressed with the end result!  These particular shower curtains are definitely inexpensive – I purchased them from Target.com!  (roughly $35 each, making the total cost for each hanging right at $40).

Forgive the less-than-sharp pictures.  I only realized last night (having owned my phone for a year) that I had the camera set to a fairly-low resolution.  HA!

There are a lot of really great shower curtains out there from geometric patters to movie scenes, periodic tables or maps of the London Underground.  Have fun with it!  Just make sure before you click “add to cart” that the curtain you’re looking at is fabric and not plastic 🙂

Dono’s first school project. Kind of. I mean seriously… he’s 1.

It started with this:

A blank poster board with a note from Donovan’s “teachers” asking us to fill it up with pictures and memories for Donovan.

A simple request, no?  But not to me!  I see this and think “OMG!  A take home art project for Donovan’s “school”!  It’s just like you see on TV!  It’s the kind of thing teachers give REAL moms to do!  This is AWESOME!!!  I will decorate the SHIT out of this poster board!!”   And so it began.

My only regret is that I didn’t find a way to incorporate the glittery puff-paint.

And there’s the end result.  A glittery, bejejeweled monstrosity masterpiece for a 1 1/2 yr old who is most definitely too young to ever remember this project.  A child who only recently stopped treating the cat box as his own personal cookie jar.  A child who occasionally (for some unknown reason) refers to me as Mike.

Being a relatively-new mom, I feel like I’m still figuring out what kind of mom I am.  It looks like the early read is “bat-shit crazy”.  I hope I can reign it in before I’m asked to help with REAL school projects.

New hat!

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My inlaws just got back from Alaska and they told me they had brought me a present.  I was so excited when I saw my new hat!  It’s perfect!  Just my taste.  Then they told me the hat was actually Donovan’s.  Very sad and slightly embarassing.

Diet & Exercise – you’re doing it wrong.

So far, The Great Diet of 2011 is going well!  I’m finding it easy to stick to and you could even say I’m enjoying it.

In an effort to mix some activity in to the mix (some crazy extremists suggest diet AND exercise leads to weight loss…. weird, eh??) I bought a little red wagon last night so we could take family walks.  He happily rode in the wagon for maybe 500 feet and then insisted on getting out and pulling it himself.

I think next time we’ll put some toys or something in the wagon so it looks a little less ridiculous.  I can’t help but think this wasn’t exactly $100 well spent.

My Pride: It is Bruised,

Today I joined Weight Watchers.  No, really.

I tried Atkins, which once worked for me, but I get SO bitter over the huge list of foods that are “forbidden”.

I tried eating as little as humanly possible, which once worked for me, but by the end of the day I was so run down and cranky… I didn’t feel it was fair to Dono and Pool Boy.  (or me, probably)

To be honest, I’m not sure why I was so resistant to the idea of WW.  I have several fabulous, glamorous friends who love it and have had great results.  Still, I don’t picture them when I hear “weight watchers”.  I picture these two:

I feel like my subscription should come with a fanny pack, a minivan and maybe some Kotex in case I pee a little when I sneeze.

A hefty dose of Dono-Drama

Last night, as I was upstairs with Donovan, he rammed the baby gate with his fire-truck-thingy and managed to knock down the gate and go tumbling halfway down the stairs.  TOTAL PANIC for both of us.  I later found the book I had been carrying flung halfway across the living room where I must have thrown it in a fit of melodrama when it all happened.

I ran downstairs and scooped up my wailing, clumsy, toddler and quickly realized he was fine, just spooked.  David, who had heard me shout “OH MY GOD!!!” when it happened had joined me on the stairs asking “are you ok????” repeatedly.  Just as everyone was starting to calm down and realize we had averted disaster, Donovan points to the top of the stairs where his fire truck is rammed through the demolished baby gate and says “OH NO!!” as if to say “look!  Some ass hole tore up the gate and my favorite toy!!”  Yeah, that would be you, turd-o-potamus.

At least that kid is always good for some comic relief.

"I will wreck your shit with my happy little cartooney firetruck."

“I will wreck your shit with my happy little cartooney firetruck.”

For my first post: a sampling of the hilarity I work with every day.

The Cautionary Tale of Jay the Intern:

This morning, our company owner and a few of the presidents (everyone’s a president of something around here) hopped on the private jet to go pick up one of our major customers and bring him down for a visit.

The owner called ahead to one of our interns and asked him to pick up some breakfast tacos from a local gas station (because that’s how he rolls).  Intern was SUPER STOKED to be able to do something for the head honchos!

He hops in his fancy ‘my-parents-are-rich’-mobile and takes off like a bat out of hell.  Gets to the Get-It-Kwick, picks up his big bag o’ tacos and heads to the local private airport where he can just drive up on the tarmac and deliver the tacos like the breakfast-bearing hero that he is.

He decides to take the dirt-road shortcut to shave off a few minutes… and that, my friends, was his undoing.  You see dirt roads are tricky if you’re not used to driving on them.  Sudden sharp turns at a high rate of speed are a very bad idea.  Unfortunately Home Boy ended up totaling his car.  Fortunately he was unhurt!!

But he was SO CLOSE!  So close he could see the airport and the jet sitting on the runway.  He thinks to himself “If I run, I can make it!”  So he valiantly grabs his bag of tacos and takes off in a sprint towards the airport…. and gets there just in time to see the jet take off.

Guess who gets to eat gas station breakfast tacos this morning, courtesy of the defeated intern?  This girl.