Thursday, March 31, 2011

Krylon Fusion for Plastic

I stopped at Jo-Ann Fabrics on my way home from work yesterday to pick up some Mod Podge for a project I'm still formulating.  I'll tell you more about it once I get a clearer picture in my head of what I want to do.  It won't necessarily be soon though because I didn't even get to buy any Mod Podge.  They were all sold out of the big bottles and I didn't see a point in getting one of those baby bottles.  Hmmm... I use the word "baby" instead of "small" all the time, but I think this is the first time that doing so changed the meaning of what I said.  I meant I didn't want to buy a small bottle of Mod Podge because it wouldn't be enough for my mystery project.  I have no intention of using baby bottles in a project.  Now that I think about it, is "bottle" even the right term for the container Mod Podge comes in?  If I'd just said container in the first place all the baby confusion could have been avoided.  I'll try to remember that for next time.

My quest for Mod Podge came up fruitless, but I didn't want it to be a wasted trip.  Granted, Jo-Ann is literally on my way home from work, so it's not like there was really a trip to waste, but you get my point.  I was wandering the aisles trying to find something else I needed when I saw they were clearancing out a bunch of spray paint.  Who doesn't {heart} a clearance?  Most of the colors were really ugly, which can be expected of clearance products.  But then in the corner of the spray paint case (does anyone else's Jo-Ann keep spray paint in an unlocked glass display case?) something caught my eye...

It was the Krylon Fusion for Plastic products on clearance for less than $3 each.  I don't currently have anything plastic that needs to be spray painted, but that didn't stop me from buying a can of both white and black in gloss.  Who knows when I'll come across a plastic product that's just begging me to spray paint it, and I want to be ready when that happens.  I was excited to bulk up my spray paint collection, but then I started having buyer's remorse.  Why were the Fusion for Plastic products on clearance?  Do they not sell well at Joann?  Or do the products simply not work?  Anyone have experience using them?


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I {Heart} Quatrefoil

I'm slightly obsessed with quatrefoil.  It's got everything I'm looking for in a pattern.  It's classic, yet modern.  It's curvy, yet structured.  It's formal, yet laid back.  I can't think of a single circumstance where quatrefoil wouldn't be appropriate.

Over the weekend we stopped at the Fred Meyer Red Tag Store.  Are Red Tag stores everywhere else?  I don't know.  But we have one here.  The Red Tag store is where they send all the clearance stuff from the normal stores.  Minus the food.  I imagine they send the clearance food to the dumpster. It's kind of like the Nordstrom Rack of general merchandise.  But I digress.  While we were there I saw some hand towels that reminded me of quatrefoil.  But the pattern was a little off.  Apparently it was from their Moroccan line that I never saw offered in their actual stores.  They were pretty much this pattern: 

Which is a beautiful fabric made by Kravet.  But the colors on the towels were a bit off.  Not that I have the color scheme figured out for my guest bath, but I didn't think the towels were in the colors I would pick.  I almost bought them anyway because of the quatrefoilyness (I know that's totally not a word, but when there's not an existing word sometimes you have to make your own), but I decided to hold out for the real thing.

While I'm waiting to find the perfect quatrefoil bath towels, I think I'll find a way to use this quatrefoil stencil that Jen from tatertots & jello made last year.  She used it to make the most adorable stool that makes me wish I had a step stool that needed some love. 

Check out her full tutorial at The CSI Project.  And stay tuned to see what I decide needs a quatrefoil treatment.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A House to Fill

     My husband and I just bought a house.  I'm probably using the term "just" a little loosely since we got it in January, but in the scheme of how long we'll have it, a couple months isn't much.  We love the house and it feels amazing to own instead of rent, but we have a problem.  Our house feels totally empty.  Apparently we don't have anywhere near as much furniture as we thought we did.

     For the last four years we lived in a tiny rental house.  And when I say tiny, I mean tiny.  Don't get me wrong, we liked living there.  It was nice to be in a house instead of an apartment.  It was great that we didn't have to worry about being too loud, or doing laundry to late (our previous apartment had a "no laundry after 9pm" rule that I had a hard time abiding by), or competing for parking.  And we loved our land lady.  But that house was small and we barely fit in it.  I can't even try to convey to you how frustrating it was to find a piece of furniture at a thrift store that I LOVED, but couldn't buy because there was absolutely no place in our miniature house to put it. 

     Needless to say, one of the things I was most looking forward to about buying our house was having the space to spread out and use all the furniture we had.  Unfortunately I didn't consider that we wouldn't have nearly enough furniture to spread out.  To say our living areas look sparse is being generous.  But we don't have a load of money (we did just buy a house) to spend on furniture and decor.  So I'm about to embark on a mission to scour every thrift store and leave no discount store unshopped until I no longer have an empty house to fill.

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