Early July Morning, Cocoa Beach, Florida

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Treasures by Terry

Just sitting here looking at my Treasures by Terry Facebook page and noticing I've been getting more traffic lately. That is so exciting! 
I love playing with beads and creating fun stuff to wear.
I love to see people enjoy my pieces.
Coming up with unusual things are fun, like this crochet wire and bead Christmas necklace I made several years ago. I just got it back out to wear next week.
Even making jewelry from stuff that you would not think to use....
Like paper....
and guitar string.

Come pay me a visit at my Treasures by Terry facebook

Tacky Dressing

My husband and I were invited to a Tacky Birthday Party. Everyone was asked to dress as tacky as possible and the winner gets a prize. I know my husband won't want to dress weird, but I like doing stuff like this. Since we have most our stuff in storage, I really don't have much to choose from, but I did manage to come up with something.
Today, my daughter in law and I went to the Habitat for Humanity Restore, and I saw these earrings. Talk about TACKY! Perfect, and they were only $1! They were clip earrings, so I just came home and switched them out to pierced.
I don't normally wear flannel shirts, but I decided to bring this one for around the house. It pairs nicely with some black and white plaid pajama bottoms I have. Then the purple chain stitch scarf from my DIY Gift Ideas video and a green silk flower from Thirty-one. I think that outfit is pretty tacky. What do you think?
Oh, one more picture.....
How funny is this!? She used Laffy Taffy (heated in the microwave) to look like chewed gum. Now THAT's pretty tacky!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Easy DIY Gift Ideas

Here's a video I shot in Kentucky just before it turned REALLY cold and snowed. It was a gorgeous day. I just shared a few ideas for some quick, easy and inexpensive ideas for gift giving. Oh, by the way, when I say "single crochet" I am meaning chain stitch. 

Here are some good tutorials for a couple of the projects I show:

Curly Scarf

Beaded Wire Crochet Necklace (I did my a little differently, but this gives you the idea. Maybe I'll do a tutorial soon...

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ity Bity Kitchen

Today, I tackled the kitchen. We NEVER use the front door, except to check our mail. EVERYONE and EVERYTHING comes in the back door, which is the kitchen door.
With all the traffic that comes in through this area, also comes the dirt, so I am constantly vacuuming and moping this kitchen. 
There are a lot of weird things about this kitchen. First off we have the tiny hot water heater that was not properly vented when my husband first moved in. He had to fix that. The landlord supplied what he needed and she was very appreciative of his service. She had just bought this duplex, and it needed some work done to it. So this helped her out.

One other weird things is the washer hook up. Seriously? I'm not sure a washing machine would even fit there, lol.
When my husband first moved here, the fridge and stove were not in proper working order. Playing the part of a bachelor and not being home much, he never mentioned it to the landlord. When I got here, I NEEDED a fridge and stove/oven that worked....I like to cook, besides home cooking saves money and CALORIES.

Notice the bookshelf? I remember that from my childhood years. My dad made it and it is a very nice, sturdy bookcase, perfect for my cookbooks and other books we have here.
Again, I did not do much with this space, just used a lot of what I already had. I had made a wood wall hanging almost a year ago, and it fit perfectly over the washer hookup. Since we have three drivers and two cars, we are always playing musical cars, so I had painted a wood key hanger and put it in a central location. I added one other picture to that wall on a nail that was already there. Our landlord really doesn't want us putting holes in the walls, which I am having an issue with :P  Anyway, the picture I chose to put there is where we got married....The LDS Washington DC Temple. It is a reminder of our marriage covenants we made over 31 years ago.
I only have about 2 feet of counter space to do my cooking on, so the only thing I have on the counter are my knives. 
Not much cupboard space either, but I store some stuff over head. Mostly my Thirty-one thermal shopping bags.
Having a 72 hour emergency kit is very important. Even during our recent tornado clean up, I used it. We did not have to evacuate, but to save the food in our fridge from going bad, I chose not to open it and eat out of our emergency kit. It is now restocked and ready for the next time we may need it...hoping that will be never. It gets replaced every six months. This area kinda bugs me, but this is pretty much the best I can do. I have all my baking stuff...flour, sugars, chocolate chips, etc in the purple Thirty-one Square Utility Tote and Organizing Utility Tote. I find these bags great for storage.
We like to travel and when we do, we usually bring food to make sandwiches, etc on the way. That's why we have a couple of coolers, and they store nicely by the fridge along with my mop and broom.
The rugs I used at the sink and back door I brought from storage in Kentucky. This redo cost me ZERO. We do have to expand part of our kitchen into our living room. We have a small kitchen table where our microwave and small oven set. I tried putting that into our kitchen, but it was just too cramped. 
So, I guess my next room should be the living room? Hmmm....maybe? Not sure. This may take me some time to figure things out. Our living room is pretty much acting as a living room, bedroom, office, kitchen. blah! SO......my creative juices need to flow for awhile....

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Beautiful Mess

Happy Handmade Home
Painting, Crafting, and Decorating a Cheerful,
More Inspiring Space
from the creators of a Beautiful Mess
Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman

When I first ordered this book, I was a little reluctant because many were saying how they did not like it. One even called it "juvenile." Personally, I have enjoyed this book and plan to try some of the projects in it.  Currently, our family is in temporary housing until we can sell our home, and I am not able to really spend much money to decorate our small duplex. This book is ideal for people like us, or for students, newlyweds, anyone who is on a tight budget and/or in "limbo" as we are. 

After we do get settled, there are a few things I would like to try, like the scarf curtain on page 29. Elsie and Emma even give a few tips on entertaining and share a couple of their recipes. I believe I will be trying their, "Our Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies" this weekend. 

"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

Teeny Weeny Bathroom Redo on A Budget

I was pretty busy today...took my daughter in law to work, met some friends for lunch and went shopping. Sox was getting really low on food.
When I got home, I started in on the bathroom...organizing and decorating. As I mentioned, I was just going to make this little place a home for now, but I don't want to spend a lot of money. We don't have any clocks (except our cell phones) in this place, so I bought a $3 wall clock for the bathroom. I know myself, sometimes when I'm hurrying to get ready in the morning, I like to know the time.
Remember my last blog I mentioned I bought a rug? Well, that is it in the background. I love the colors. The Thiry-one bags I already had. I bought the piece of fabric and a tension rod and I was pretty much good to go.
Our bathroom was a HUGE blank slate. The walls are painted that renter's beige and everything else in there is white.
The closet is pretty much our vanity. We store boxes in the bottom and I hated seeing it all the time, soooo....
That's what I used the fabric and tension rod for. I plan to go get another shelf to put in there, but it looks so much better having everything organized. 
The shower curtain was a little boring, so remember those button flowers I showed you how to make on a video?
Well, I added them to the rings. Some of the rings are missing anyway, so instead of buying a new set for one or two, I just looped the button flowers to hang the shower curtain. It adds a little pop of color.
More Thirty-one bags for storage. I love the Snap It bags. I have razors in one, soaps that my good friend in Kentucky makes and always shares with me in another, and hair clips and stuff like that in the last. I have a Large Utility Tote on the shelf with our towels and another storage bag from Thirty-one with our washcloths and small hand towels in it.
Of course I have my Doterra essential oils all organized and within easy reach.
I added one of my recycled guitar string wreaths to the clock for a little added interest. 
So, there you have it. For less than $20, I was able to get this place together. I used things I already had, and then spent $8 on the rug, $5 for the fabric and tension rod, and $3 for the clock.
I will need to spend a little more on that board for the shelf, but it's pretty much done. It is simple and clean....and cheap! 

I wonder what room I will do next?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I'm Being CREATIVE!!!

Going from a 3100 sq ft house to a 230 sq ft duplex has been a struggle, but I'm finally ok with it. HEY! It's less to clean!!!  Anyway, it's gotten my creative juices flowing and I am ready to get organized and decorate on a budget!

When my son got married, his bride and I had so much fun trying to create a beautiful wedding on a budget, and I think we did a pretty good job.
We did all the flowers,
made the jewelry,
we even made their Hillbilly "Wine" glasses.

My daughter and I did a pretty good job with their wedding just two year before by doing an all DIY wedding too.

If I can do two successful weddings on a small budget, I think I can "decorate" our small duplex on a small budget too.

So...what are some ideas I have? Well, first thing I did in the bathroom was decided on a color scheme.  Since I have been selling Thirty-One, I have accumulated a lot of black and white 
 bags. My husband already had bought a white shower curtain, and so I decided that I would go with those colors. We needed a rug, so I brought out a pop of color by purchasing a colorful rug. It only cost me $8, so by using what I already have and purchasing one thing, I got of pretty cheap.

Anyway, I have some other things boiling in my brain, and can't wait to get it all put together.

By the way, I just found out that there is a neat little store in town that have old doors, windows, you know stuff from buildings that are being torn down...for sale. They are open weird hours, so my daughter in law and I plan to go Friday to check it out. Not sure, it maybe be too $$, but we shall see.

Hoping soon I will be able to post some pics of what I wind up doing...