Monday, October 28, 2013

Procrastinating

Well I have been procrastinating, and now its catching up to me. I have not worked on my kids Halloween costumes and Halloween is only a few days away! I'm usually pretty good at getting their things started early. so this will be a very short post because i'm off to get the supplies needed and will be back with updates for now I will be leaving you with their costumes from last year.

all costumes were made by me including the zombie make up, for the zombies I used unflavored gelatin, oatmeal, glycerin, water , corn syrup , food coloring and regular make up to match our skin color. my son was Bumblebee transformer that actually transformed he won first place in a Halloween costume contest. his costume consisted of cardboard lots and lots of hot glue, yellow and black acrylic paints, solar lights from the backyard and a mask and suit bought on sale the previous year for about 3 dollars. my smallest trick or treater's costume consisted of a hand crochet cherry hat with a pipe cleaner for a stem, cotton batting from an old pillow, paper sprinkles, hot glue, pink acrylic paint, and a thrifted lampshade that I purchased for about two dollars.
original photo taken by our local radio station

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Paper floor update

Hi there I just got my camera back from the repair shop! yay whooo hooo uh huh uh huh doing the happy dance over here. I can now have way better images on my blog again. Anyways here are some updated photos of my paper floor just don't mind the unfinished decor and broken furniture. I managed to break one of my bookshelves when moving them back in, I should have waited for the hubby to be here to help me out. I also need a new entertainment center. there are so many things that I need to get done and I just don't have enough time or energy.
Involving the update the floor is doing beautifully for almost a month now, the kids are definitely not easy on the floor, they spill they scuff and bring in lots of dust and dirt. We also have two chihuahuas the are always on running back and forth. It still looks great! super shiny, the only other thing I should have researched was the color. There is nothing wrong with the color I love it so much but since its a dark color every little speck of dust shows up. Its still 10 x better than it being stuck in the carpet. I dust mop every morning and mop with vinegar every other day and that's about all I have to do. I did place all the furniture on little felt pads so they could not scratch up the floor.

and if you look closely you can see exactly how dirty this floor is and i'm sorry but this is reality and we do live here. just keeping it real.

again very dusty and needs mopping, keeping it real

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Cast iron

I have fallen in love with cast iron. I originally started with my round griddle which I use to make tortillas. Reheat tamales, and make quesadillas yes I'm such a mexican lol! Then I found an old rusty pan at my moms house brought it home and did my research on how to clean it up and season it. After that I was hooked I got rid of my non stick aluminum cookware  and began the search for some more cast iron pieces. We live right next to a flea market. I found various pieces but the prices were a little steep for me.they were asking for 20-30$ a pan. I kept on searching I finally found a set of three at Wal-Mart for 20 bucks. Returned home and read the reviews and they were not great. I was determined to make them work I washed them and began the seasoning process. And  low and behold it worked they seasoned beautifully!! It has been six months since I have been using them and I am still very much in love with them. I also have a 6 qt dutch oven in my arsenal.
What's your favorite cookware?

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Shower curtain re-do

I love my shower curtain and just recently painted my bathroom gray with a half a gallon that my neighbor gave me. The bathroom sat there with no other color other than grey black and white, and it was starting to get me bored. I tried adding in some pops of color but the colors I liked still looked to bland ughhh. and to top it off my walls feel like they are a mile high maybe because they are about 12 feet tall! Anyways I began looking online for some good colors to add into the bathroom and finally I came up with YELLOW!
Youngest DD and I took a trip over to Walmart and began the search we found a great cotton fabric for only 2.44 a yard two yards later and a few other items to redo the bath and we were home. washed the shower curtains and began to work. Here is a quick tutorial and I apologize for the bad photos my camera is still being repaired and it doesn't help that the bathroom is tiny and dark.
Measure out the shower curtain
cut the two yards of yellow cotton in half. see the line I cut right down the middle and that became the new addition







After measuring out the ruffling. I had about a foot left over that I cut off.  I used my serger to serge the three sides that would be fraying and left the selvage unserged



























I used my ruffler foot to create even ruffles but the easy way to do this is to set your machine to the longest stitch and turn up your tension to the highest number. and sew a straight line you will see the ruffles gathering.






Lastly attached the new ruffle skirt to the underside of the shower curtain. I also purchased another inexpensive shower curtain liner and serged it to my exsisting shower liner to compensate for the additional length and cut off the excess. Now place everything back on the rod and hang up.
Total cost for this project was $7 pretty nice if you ask me.
Now I have to try and rescue my poor fridge because it is making a very loud and annoying squealing sound so I hope its not on its last leg. Keep your fingers crossed







shower liners sewed together

blah BEFORE

The finished result!!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Still Here

Sorry for being missing in actions. There has been quite a few goings on here that have kept me from posting. Our oldest DD had surgery last friday 9/27 nothing major just a septoplasty to correct deviated septum, she has been slowly recuperating from that. I also had to send in my camera for repair so no photos until it returns back to me hopefully they are able to fix it. I will be back tomorrow with a few photos from my phone and some more DIY's thanks for stopping by and see you soon.