Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Pinterest Inspiration: DIY Halloween Spider Web in a Frame

I have to admit, I was never much into Halloween until my husband and kids came along. Husband loves Halloween and has passed that on to his children. You may remember how the three of them think it's hilarious to scare the bejeezus out of me every Halloween. 

{That hasn't ended yet, by the way...Rat Bastard has been found in the dryer, the bread basket, and my make up bag since then. I'm about ready to check myself into the funny farm in case you're wondering).

I've really tried to step up my enthusiasm for the sake of the ungrateful crapheads precious darlings I call my own. 

When I saw this cute spiderweb on Pinterest I was inspired to try it myself:

{Here's a link back to the fantastic blogger who came up with this idea}

 It looked pretty easy and didn't involve tons of tools or special skills which is what I like in a craft project.

I found a couple frames at Goodwill and took out the cheesy artwork and the glass.

 I especially liked this one...it's already a kind of spiderweb-y shape!

I spray painted both the frame. Spray painting is so easy! Why haven't I been spray painting things my whole life? Next time I'm bored, I'm totally spray painting the kids. Kidding. {Kind of}. 

I decided to stay away from the predictable orange and black and I went with a lovely purple color for the rectangular one.

And green for this one, just like in the original blog post.

I'm embarassed to admit it took me a minute to grasp the concept of making the web. I have poor spatial skills. Leave me alone.

I just used plain old masking tape to secure the yarn and it worked great. Weaving the inner circles of the web through the base of the web formed by the criss crossed strands was easy once I got the hang of it.

I added some plastic spiders to my webs as a finishing touch! After messing around with glue, I found the best way to secure them onto the web was just to tie them with a bit of left over yarn.

I really love how these turned out! And I scored big points with the family! The kids think I am extremely amazing. It's about time they figured that out. Maybe now they'll stop trying to give me a hard attack with that stupid rat...but I won't hold my breath.


Monday, October 29, 2012

Thred Up: A Review

Happy Monday, Loves!
And a special shout out to all the new followers I've acquired over the last week! I realize the vast majority of you are here because of the giveaways I've sponsored and not because you actually think I'm the bees knees but that doesn't mean you can't stick around and become my new BFFs! 
Okay, maybe being BFFs is a little premature. And even a little skeezy considering I sort of bought your friendship. But our questionable beginnings aside, I'm glad you're here and I hope you stay just cause you want to and not cause I bribed you to. Not that there's anything wrong with that. And not that I'm above doing it again {hint: I'm planning a fun giveaway when I hit 100 followers...tell your friends and your mama!} 
See that? I just did it again. I feel dirty. But in a good way. Now that I've made it weird for everyone, let's just move on, shall we?
I'm excited to share this website I found with you guys. If those of you with kids are anything like me, you are buried in piles of their old clothes. I always say I'm going to have a garage sale but that seems like entirely too much work and not worth the effort in the end.

As I've told you guys before, we made the decision for me to reduce my hours at work this year to increase my sanity and give me more time with these rapidly growing punks of mine. The downside to that is that money is a little tighter around here so I'm always looking for ways to save. This website I found is awesome in that regard...
A friend of mine introduced me to Thred Up, which has turned out to be a great solution to my dilemma. It's basically an online consignment shop for kids' clothes. You can sell your old clothes to them and either use the credit towards purchasing other gently used items from the site for super cheap or you can cash out with Paypal and get some cold hard cash in your hands.
Here's how it works:
You go to the Thred Up website and order a bag to be sent to your house for free. In a few days it arrives in an envelope like this:
Inside is this ginormous plastic bag:
I filled it to the brim with kids clothes. They are totally cool with you mixing sizes and genders. There are some specific guidelines as to what they will accept, though. No clothing under size 12 months and they have very specific criteria for the quality they want. Basically, they're looking for like new name brand stuff. You can go to the website to read the guidelines in detail.
Here's the bag after I filled it up:
The bag comes prepaid with postage for both the USPS or UPS. How easy is that? I just dropped it on the counter at the post office and walked out. Easy peasy.

I will tell you it took several weeks before I heard back from them about receiving my bag. I was about to get annoyed when I got an email from the company apologizing for the delay with a credit for an additional $10 to add to my total once they processed my stuff for my trouble. Sweet! Yay for good customer service!

If anyone wants to know how to cheer me up if you've irritated me apparently, all you need to do is give me $10. That totally did the trick and made me love this company even more. A little something to keep in the back of your minds for future reference. Just sayin'.

A few days later I got an email telling me my bag was processed with a link to my bag's page. It details what I got for each item, if each item has sold or not and my total credit.

I earned a total of $27 for my kids' old clothes (not counting the extra 10 they spotted me). It's not a ton of money but considering the effort I put into this process was pretty minimal, I think it was worth it. Especially, since I will probably use it towards purchasing more clothes from them and each item on the site sells for around $3. 

So that's my story, guys. I'm so excited to use this service. I have no time in my life to screw around with things that are complicated so believe me when I say this was so easy to deal with. Love that.

By the way, I wasn't paid or compensated in any other way to promote this business. I just stumbled upon it and wanted to share my good experience with you. 
That is all.
I'm linking up for the first time with Pushing the Lemons et. al for the Mom's Monday Mingle! 

Have a great week, Loves! I'll be back tomorrow with some fun Halloween crap I found on Pinterest. Me and DIY projects...always entertaining. Stay tuned!



Friday, October 26, 2012

Sugar and Spice and All Things....Crazy.

I used to say that my daughter was the perfect baby. She was. She barely cried, she was world champion breast feeder, she pretty much slept through the night by the time she was two months old.  As an infant she was nothing but pleasant. Jovial even.

 As a toddler. A dream. None of that "terrible two" stuff for us.

And then she turned three. And she started asking lots of questions. And sometimes my answer to one of those questions was "No." And then this started happening...

All. The. Time. People told me that "three is the new two." So, I rode it out and figured it would end soon. 

And then she turned four. And her vocabulary became even more impressive and her opinions became more pronounced. She learned to roll her eyes and do this snotty little hand flip thing and say, "Mom!" (Only she said "Mom" as though it has three syllables). And right around that time she also developed the highly functional coping mechanism of throwing her body to the ground and wailing like Chewbacca when she didn't get her way. That one's awesome.

That move can cause her father to start sputtering incoherently and walk pointedly out of the room with his hands in the air. It's kind of the same move he does when he gets frustrated with me for doing this snotty little hand flip thing I do to him sometimes when he annoys me....(hmmm, weird).

Don't get me wrong...she is still pleasant and jovial and lovely to be with.  Sometimes. But when she is bad she is horrid. Like, seriously horrid. Like, I think her head is going to start spinning and we should maybe put away the knives horrid.

The scary part is how fast she can go from this darling, engaging child:

To this beastly thing I don't even recognize:

Seriously, you guys....what is that? It's like living with an insane person. Let's just say her nickname isn't "Princess Crazy" for nothing.

 My boy never pulled any of this crap. He's either happy, angry, or sad in extremely predictable ways. As Meg Ryan would say, "He has the corresponding face with the corresponding emotion." {Name that movie for two bonus points!}

Do any of you mothers of girls have any advice? Does this ever end? How the hell am I going to deal all this drama when we add hormones to this mix? For the love of God and all that is decent and holy...I can't even imagine that. 

For now I'm going to just focus on the positives. Maybe she's just "creative" and not completely insane. Maybe I should help her focus this energy into something more productive...

Like her interpretive dance moves, for example....

Happy Friday, Loves!


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Time for It's Okay Thursday!

It's Okay Thursday!
Its Ok Thursdays 
I love Thursdays...partially because I work Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays so Thursday = my Friday.  I also think I have a residual giddiness left over from college when Thursdays meant 1$ tap beer and wings and the official start of the weekend. You think that would have worn off by now what with me having graduated from college prior to the new millennium and all but apparently not.  Mostly, I love Thursdays because I get the chance to cathartically justify all the less than perfect aspects of my week. Love that. So, here we go...
  It's okay...

That Husband got a new iPhone and we spent way too much time talking dirty to Siri last night and giggling like 8th graders.

That this is only my second post this week. Life happens.

That I'm experiencing a little "Blogger's Block" lately and am really hoping my blogging mojo returns soon. Until then, you are all going to have to be satisfied with this drivel.

That I just tried to be clever and typed a mash up of "blogging" and "mojo" and while the result was hilarious, I deemed it a bit too inappropriate. Even for me.

That trick-or-treating is on Saturday and neither of my kids' costumes are fully assembled yet. Somehow it will happen...not sure how but it will...
That deciding that I'm probably one of the last women Justin Timberlake touched before getting married has brought me great comfort.
That Mr.Man put fruit punch in a wine glass last night and said, "Look Mom! I'm drinking Mommy Juice!" I'm so proud.

That's it for now, Loves! 
Before I go...make sure you go visit Carly at Lipgloss and Crayons and enter her October giveaway! I'm providing a little somethin' somethin' for the winner!


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