Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Pure Awesomeness: Pet High Chair

I saw these on Unclutterer today and couldn't resist sharing them with you! I love my dogs, obviously, but really? You need your dog to have his/her very own seat at the table? Hilarious.

I think I can find better things to do with $70 and $50, respectively...

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Christmas in (almost) July!

Check out what the Mister got me for Christmas!

He didn't know exactly which color I wanted, so he told me to get it and he would pay me back (romantic, I know, but there are about 20 choices!). I was pretty sure I wanted the Green Apple color, but I had never seen one in person so I wasn't 100%. Plus, I figured we could save a few dollars by using a 20% off coupon from Bed, Bath, and Beyond, which I then had to wait for. So, of course, I sat on it for about 5 months... I finally ordered it and it is superduperawesome, but I have no idea what to use it for! lol

But I love how it ties together my curtains and my stainless counter tops!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Pitiful Patio

Back in April, I showed you our outdoor, above the garage, patio area:

As I mentioned yesterday, I got our patio set from the sandblaster. The Midwest has been insanely humid this Summer, so I opted to have them primed before I picked them up to avoid them rusting on the way home or before I got all the pieces painted.

I knew I wanted a lime green paint color, so I purchased 1 can each of Rustoleum Lime Green and Rustoleum Green Apple, because I wasn't sure which would give me a better color:

 The one on the left is Lime Green, the one on the right is Green Apple. I hate them both. Mister hates them both. Any ideas?
The fabric draped over them is the tablecloth I purchased.
This is the umbrella I want:

Here is the rug I bought:

Are there any other bright green spray paints out there?

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Father's Day Flamingo

My dad hates getting presents. Despises it, really. But we always end up getting him something and so this year he beat me to it.
My parents have a thing for flamingos. Any flamingo. They have flamingo wine glasses where the stem is a leg and you have to be careful not to poke yourself in the eye with the head. They have double-walled acrylic low-ball glasses for sipping poolside. They have some random pink piece of metal that is supposed to be a flamingo which sways in the breeze. They have a metal planter which had seen better days.
When I was picking up my patio set (more to come on that tomorrow) to take to the sandblasters he told me I could take the flamingo along, then spraypaint it for his Father's Day gift. Well, I was totally on board, since he NEVER asks for/wants ANYTHING. EVER. Awesome. Easy peasy, right?
The sandblaster finally got my stuff back to me on Friday evening. This is what the flamingo looked like at that point:

And here's what he looked like after two cans and about a gazillion coats of Valspar Tulip Pink spraypaint:

I wish I had gotten a picture of him in his natural environment on Sunday, but jackass that I am I forgot. Big surprise there, right? I sent both parents this pic on their phones Saturday while I was working:

And asked "How do you like the color? Black on his eyes, beak, and/or feet?" My mom texts back immediately with "Looks good! All three!" My dad calls me two hours later to tell me there's a storm warning and to ask "What's this Google map you sent me?" The fact that my 60 year old father even knows what Google is cracks me up! And how exactly does this look like a topographical map? Anybody? Bueller?

I ended up only painting his eyes black, cause I didn't get to that point until ten o'clock Saturday night and cause he looked cute and I was afraid more black would look awkward. I also made sure to coat him with about six coats of Rustoleum lacquer in "Gloss", to keep him looking nice for a few years, but it didn't turn out all that shiny. Not sure why. It's a good thing spraypaint dries quick though, cause the last coat went on about an hour before I had to leave!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Master Bedroom Progress

I have decided there will never be anything to call a finished "Before & After" here at the Little Pink House, only "Before & During". Remember how I talked about my inability to follow-thru with anything? Well, it doesn't seem to be improving.
I can't find any beside tables that I like or can commit to, I haven't found lamp bases, and I haven't hung the art I have for the room. I did find lamp shades and throw pillows that I absolutely adore at Target a couple of weeks ago, though. I also purchase the Pottery Barn Woodland Organic Duvet Cover on Ebay recently, but I still have to get the shams. There is a reason I don't normally buy things on Ebay; there is no return policy (usually). I should have looked at the bedding in person before I ordered it, there is a lot more brown in it than I realized. Oh, well. Shockingly, Mister actually likes the Duvet Cover. I really thought he was going to hate it!
Anyway, here is a glimpse at where our Master Bedroom is currently.

Things that still need to be done:

*Add trim to the curtains.
*Make or buy Roman Shades for the "radiator season".
*Make a black and white cover for the dog bed.
*Organize the bookshelves.
*Find nightstands.
*Find lamp bases.
*Hang art.
*Decorate the top of the bookshelves.
*Buy Woodland shams to match duvet cover.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Fashion Friday

I made a surprising find at my local Target store a few months ago. Now, don't judge me and I am definitely NOT pregnant, but I purchased a dress from the maternity section. I know, I know. But it was really cute and it turns out I am an Extra Small in maternity! I love it when I am an Extra Small in anything. I am not a big girl, by any means. I am 5'4" and weigh in around 135 on a good day, but I am "curvy". My "big girl" cousins smirks and scoffs when I say this, but I am not using the term curvy as a euphemism for chunky like most people do, I am using it in the original way, like Marilyn Monroe or Sophia Loren. Ha! Not that I look anything like either of them, but you get the picture. My chest and my hip measurements are equal and my waist is 11" smaller. This is a big difference and it's often hard to find clothes that fit well. So I tried on this adorable dress and I bought it, because it fit well, it was cute, and it was on sale! I have worn it multiple times and not a single person would have guessed it was from the preggo section (ya know, if I hadn't told every single person I know that it was).

I went back to Target on Tuesday and scoped out the maternity dresses, thinking I might get lucky, again. I did.

I bought three more dresses! $70 total for three knit dresses that I can wear casually or to work. As my mother would say, "You can't beat that with a stick"!

I also saw these two online and I want them, too!

But my local Target didn't have them... *pout* I think I am going to be stalking the maternity section this summer. Whatever works, right?

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Current Obsession

Every week I wait for Design*Sponge to publish their Before & Afters. It is my favorite day on their site and usually my favorite posts on anyone's blog or site.  So, have you seen the website Better After yet? Before & Afters everyday! Totally rockin' wicked awesome! And the girl (Lindsey) who writes the little intros to the pictures is clever, which always makes a blog more enjoyable. Check out some of my favorites:

I totally stole the ric rac trimmed curtain idea for our Master Bedroom, which I will reveal to you in all it's loveliness if I ever find bedside tables I like and we can agree on.
I have always wanted a table made out of a log and Mister and I talked about it years ago already. Rebekah's concept is much better than ours, so now I must steal her idea too!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Family Time!

I love my family! Is that dorky? I don't care. They are awesome, generous, fun, humorous, etc... My paternal grandmother, Nani, turned 90 on June 14th! 90! That's a reeeeaaaaallllllyyyy long life. We had a birthday party for her at my parents house, by the pool.

I didn't take this photo, my maternal grandmother did. I hope somebody got a shot where you can actually differentiate between people!

Can you see in the photo above, Gidget came along for the fun?
"Mo'om, stop taking my picture"

Do you recognize this room? Probably not, since it was buried under 6 feet of crap last time you saw it!

My SIL put this together using 90 Nips. My grandma is obsessed with Nips, my dad buys them for her and keeps her well stocked. I'm surprised she hasn't developed diabetes thanks to all the sugar! She cried when she first saw this with all the time Angie put into it and all the signatures...

My aunt brought those brownies all the way from Michigan and looking at this picture I JUST realized that I didn't try one... Oh well, I'm not a fan of brownies anyway. We also had a chocolate fountain, but I forgot to get a picture. I think the chocolate in those always tastes like ass no matter what kind you put in.

Happy Birthday, Nani!!

Monkey Love

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Menu for the Week of June 14th - 20th

We are running low on our "joint household" money for this week, so I thought I would try the ever popular Weekly Menu form of attack and see if I can waste less food. I continually buy things we don't need and it ends up going bad before we can eat it. Our house does not have central A/C, so it tends to get stuffy and humid quickly and since (I guess it's part of the reason) our kitchen cabinets are old-skool metal, breads and perishables tend to go bad like *snaps* THAT! Blink of an eye and the bread is a science experiment. Blech!

Menu for the Week of June 14th - 20th

Monday, June 14th

Tuesday, June 15th
The Pioneer Woman's Pot Roast w/Carrots and Mashed Potatoes

Wednesday, June 16th
Blackened Tilapia w/Oven Roasted Corn and Coconut Red Beans & Rice

Thursday, June 17th
Leftover Pot Roast with Rotini and Karen's Caeser Salad

Friday, June 18th 
Pan-Fried Salmon w/ Curried Cauliflower & Acorn Squash

Saturday, June 19th
Homemade Pizza! Yum!

Sunday, June 20th
FATHERS DAY!! Grilled Lime Shrimp at my parents! Boo-yah!
(I'll share the recipe next week. This is, by far, the greatest shrimp recipe EVER!)

Current Obsession: Bath & Body Works Candles

I have a newfound, desperate love for both Bath & Body Works candles and the Slatkin & Co. candles for Bath & Body Works. They may not be soy, but they do have lead-free wicks and the company is cruelty free.

Four flavors I am loving now:

I keep this one in 1st floor bathroom. It smells so delicious, clean, and fresh - just like the name says! I am on my third candle, so obviously this one's a keeper.

This one lives in the living room and smells like summer. Not that cloying coconut "sunscreen" smell that some companies call summer.

I haven't lit the Pineapple Mango, so I can't tell you if it smells as good when you burn it, but it smells pretty damn good in the jar!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

God's Country

We went for a little ride on Sunday with our friend, Dan (also known to the macho biker guys as Redman).
 Check out that sexy mullet! This was Halloween last year, but is not Halloween hair.

He took us on two ferries and through the hills of western(?) Illinois. (Whatever's directly to the east of St. Charles, Missouri. I know, geography and direction are not my strong points.) I wish I could get up the nerve to take photos while on the bike. I did get drunk brave enough to try it on the way home from the Thursday Night Ride this past week.


 I forgot to turn off the flash and Mister freaked out! Probably a good way to wreck the bike. Whoopsie. I just thought our shadow from the streetlights looked so awesome, kinda like this:

But in silhouette and, um, not so stereotypically "bikerey".  Oh, and with a passenger. This guy is too cool for a passenger, though; it would totes ruin his bad-ass biker appeal to have to cart around his old lady.... Check it, there's not even room for that biatch. That'll teach her to ask if she can come along...

 Anyway, some pics of the islands in the Mississippi (I think) and the river:



I want to live in that house up on the hill. 


 It was such a perfect day.

This adorable little farmhouse was at the entrance to the ferry. Can you imagine having people parked outside you house from 9am to 9pm all day? Ick.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The fungus among us

Check out this gnarly fungus growing on our house...



 And before you all start thinking we totally neglect our house let me tell you, this shit was not here yesterday. This is right next to where I park my truck everyday, I definitely would have seen it. Crazy.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

So Cute It's Sick

OMG, how freakin' adorable is the monster mastiff?! I just want to squuuuuueeeeeezzzzeeee his squashy face and jiggle his wringly rolls. Adorable!!

Monkey Love

"Mine, Mine, Mine, they're alllll MINE!"

Friday, June 4, 2010

Fashion Friday

Ridiculous? Or ridiculously awesome? You decide.

I am not usually one for "strange" shoes, but I am totally in love with the 'Wildcat Wedge', the 'Butterfly Love', and the 'School of Architecture! The 'Butterfly Love' remind me of Rainbow Bright and Punky Brewster! LUUUURRVE!