Thursday, December 22, 2011

Quote: "But out of limitations comes creativity". -Debbie Allen

The above quote sums up my decorating style. I am limited in funds (aka poor recent college grad) and because of that I have to use my creativity in order to decorate/make my life cute.

I love being thrifty and creative so much though. It's so fun to me when I see something cute at Pottery Barn for like $100,000,000 and think "I can make that for CHEAP". My friends always laugh at me because that's basically my motto... "Don't buy that...I can make that".

We just added a few DIY touches to our apartment recently.

Have you every tried Chalkboard spray paint?  If you haven't you SHOULD. It is soooooooo easy and soooooo awesome.

I went to the local Goodwill and bought this framed picture for $7.23. The picture was ugly but the frame was super cute. It's cream and distressed looking. Bingo Bango.. just what I was looking for!

I took the glass out of the frame and spray painted it with a can of Chalkboard spray paint I got at Home Depot for like $4.

I sprayed it 3 different times and let it dry between each coat. I only ended up using 1/2 the can of paint to spray 3 coats so I can probably make another whole chalkboard with the same can!

Once it was totally dry I put the glass back into the frame and BOOOOM...

How cute is that!? I LOVE LOVE LOVE the way it turned out. I think the black looks awesome against the cream frame.

We hung it up in our kitchen and use it to write notes, jokes, and bill amounts (boo for bills).

I also have done a few other DIY projects lately so hopefully more to come...

Smell ya later.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Pound Puppy Love

Quote: "Money will buy a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of his tail." -Josh Billings

The above quote cracks me up because it's so true. I love how people spend hundreds of dollars on a pure bred puppy and half the time they end up being psycho high strung terrible dogs.

***not all purebreds (shout out to Ruthie Hart who has a wonderfully behaved purebred from what I hear!! Read about them at her lovely blog here:***

Since we were young we've been raised with mutts. We have had WONDERFUL experiences with all our pound puppies and have been blessed in so many ways with our dogs.

A few Reasons I LOVE mutts:
  • I love that we have been able to save a dog from the pound
  • I love how inexpensive pound puppies are...Reecie girl was only $150 and that's nothing compared to the 10-15 years she'll give me love
  • I love how you never know what you're going to end up with. We got our dog Coe and were told she was a Lab/Rotwieler Mix. This is what she grew up to look like...


She grew up to be like a corgi/beagle mix. She looks more like a pig than a dog. In the above picture she's looking very studious wearing my Dad's glasses. Although she wasn't quite what we expected she's been the most incredible and perfect dog for us. She just turned 14 and is starting to show her years and although she's a grouchty old woman now she's still wonderful.

There was no doubt in my mind that I would get a mutt when I got myself a dog. So that's where this little whack job comes in (sorry for the poor quality pictures. I am not a good photographer and my model never sits still)...

 I was told she was a lab mix but the more I look at her the more doubtful I am. The vet says he sees alot of Min Pin in her....OH CRAP. I keep whispering ni her ear everynight "Please grow up to be a good girl and try to grow up to be medium sized. I don't want you to be a little woosie dog."

I hope she's listening ha. Whatever she grows up to look like I'll love her no matter what.

ALSO- Sorry if you aren't into dogs. Or my life. Because if you aren't then this post was probably B.O.R.I.N.G for you. If you read all the way until now you're probably bored/annoyed (ha got you sucka...).

Smell ya later.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

24/7 Puppy Patrol

Quote: "Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot about little puppies."
-Gene Hill

So as of late my life has become 100% committed to being the Puppy Police. I literally have to keep my eyes on the puppy at ALL TIMES.


As tiring as it is it's totally 100% worth it. I love her so much. She makes me so happy. She's a huge pain in my tush but eventually (fingers crossed) she'll grow out of the infant stage and be a little more trustworthy when I turn my back on her.  

I decided to call her Reecie. She looks like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup and we all kept calling her Reecie and it just stuck.  

She likes to burrow into crevices of any kind. She loves trying to dig into armpits, pillow cases, under couches, etc. When anyone sits indian style she DIVE BOMBS head first into their crotch and tries to burrow. It is hysterical. IF she feels like nipping while dive boming it's hysterically painful. I definatey got a little nip to my butt cheek the other day.

I guess I'll have to teach her that most people won't want her diving head first into their laps and burrowing.

She is also so small that she get super cold when I take her out to go "potty". My mom suggested a sweater. I'm not really into dressing up dogs so I improvised and put her in a sock. She's so small she fits into a sock ha.

Training is going ok. Any suggestions/tips on potty training, crating, etc are more than welcome!

Smell ya later.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Early X-Mas present to myself

Quote: "A dog is the only thing on the earth that loves you more than he loves himself." -Billings

Today I bought myself an early Christmas gift. Meet X (havent named her yet).

I literally picked her up from the Humane Society at 11am today and had to be back at work by noon. My dad was kind enough to meet me there and take her home for the day so her first day wasn't lonely!

SO I've got her, left her right away, and now am watching the clock tick by until I can drive the 30 mins to my parents house to finally get to play with her and bring her back to my apartment in Atlanta to start our lives together!

Wish me luck... this is a HUGE commitment and responsibility!

Smell ya later. Woof.