Tuesday, February 26, 2013

$20 to floor-to-ceiling curtain time

One of those other projects that happened while my computer was KIA? Curtains for the bedroom. I wanted something nice and luxe looking. I wanted to not be broke. These things are not usually compatible, but with tablecloths, and some clip rings, it happened. I still need to hem them just a bit, but for now, it's WAY way WAAAYYYYY better looking than the silly, short green ones that were up there.

Here's the before:
I know, I know, terrible lighting. I failed to take a specific picture BEFORE, so this is what you get; a picture from when we repainted the entire house, showing the hallway, that just happens to show those old curtains in the background. At least it's looking at the same window as:
YAY! Pretty, flowy, floor-to-ceiling, actually makes the window look decently-sized curtains!

4 - 60" x 102" mainstays white tablecloths (Wal-mart) @ $9.96 each (yep, two windows to do in the room, conveniently located in corners, just to make me &&$#^%$!)

4 - packs of clip rings @ something like $2.86 a pack. This was a bonus since I didn't want to add back-tabs. Which I could have done for less than the rings, but I prefer the easy route. See Pinterest if you want to know how to add ribbon tabs to the back of curtains (or tablecloths). I'm sure I have that pinned.

Dirty Dishes Printable

I saw some cute printables floating around Pinterest today, and since it's snowing (which means no photographing cars) I decided one of my projects would be to make one to fit an oddball frame I had laying about. And then I felt bad about trying to pretty up the kitchen while a mess was laying there, so I got those dirty dishes dealt with :)
(and it seems my picture issues are more than just that one. back to server errors when i try ANY pictures...off to find help..)
(and help FAQ's basically told me what I already knew: Internet Explorer is a lame web browser. Chrome to the rescue!)

UPDATE: here's a link to the file  Dirty Dishes Printable

So here's my "pretty, colorful wall" in my kitchen, which saves the plain gray & white from being boring.

Monday, February 25, 2013

$4 Springtime Wreath

I know it's been a long time since I posted- my poor little computer decided to die a while ago- fisrt a windows update caused an error that deleted all the languages except for wingdings...

which made actually USING the computer rather impossible. And then, for the encore, my hard drive decided to burn a sector (yes, burn, as in scorched, unusable patch) while trying to load windows in from scratch. Windows, suitably freaked out, showed me lots of doom & gloom messages about imminent failure of borky hard drive.

So I ordered a new hard drive, even decided to go the upgrade route and get a solid state drive- much faster type of drive less prone to death by useage. By the time that got here, well, it was tax time, and a lucky sale, the promise of guidance and help from a techy friend, meant I bought the pieces to build my own significantly-better-than-anything-i-could-buy-premade computer. Tomorrow should see the install of the last little cord that wasn't included with the dvd-rom drive (ps, tech companies, INCLUDE THE NECCESSARY CORDAGE!) and the start of what I hope is the beautiful love story of one girl and her new idiot box. That is hopefully not so idiot-y. And I can stop using Chris's computer. His is nice an all, and plays SWTOR so much better than my old tonka toys version of a computer ever dreamed of playing it, but it's... just so not set up to my preferences. And his desk is... uncomfortable. And my camera hates his computer too, which is why the no-posty. It's a pain to upload to facebook from my phone and then save to the computer and then upload to the web again... bleh. So here is my latest craft (that I can post about and adequately show with just one picture):

$4 Springtime Wreath

(and just for laughs, I'm having a devil of a time getting this single picture to upload)
(no, no, interwebs, keep it up, I LIKE things not working properly)
(/sigh, this stupid thing isn't going to upload tonight. maybe tomorrow?)

(update: it was the browser I was using- evil, evol IE. Rescue courtesy of Chrome)

3 bunches of white tulips, $3 total
1 (?idk wtf type of sticks make this thing, but it's cute) wreath base $1
Dollar Tree special, saving that weird space above the tv since the Packers Christmas ornament wreath is down until next Christmastide.