Monday, October 20, 2008

how i spent my weekend

My youngest sister, Katharine, came over on Saturday night.
We had some c-r-a-z-y fun together. The kind of fun that EVERY teenaged girl dreams of having on the weekend: take-out and a rented movie with her pregnant, 30-something-year-old sister, brother-in-law, and their two-year-old.
Good times.

Avery LOVES her Aunt Ka-Ka and I do too. We relaxed and talked about how awesome college is going to be for her next year and how bad it stinks to be in high school. Because it really does.

Anyway ~ that pretty much was the highlight of my weekend.

Here are some other not-as-fun things that I did:

First, I stole from my neighbors.
Well... no... I guess I really did.

It was for a good cause: a little something I like to call Project Keeping Pregnant Lady Sane.

I wanted to fill my s-weet new door basket with beautiful fall foliage. Since it's still stinkin' 80 degrees here, we don't have much of that yet.

So, I bought 2 bunches of slightly over-priced fall flowers at one of my favorite boutiquey garden stores here in town. I couldn't afford to fill the entire basket with flowers AND because I'm chatty and an over-sharer, I shared that little tid-bit with the owner of the store. She suggested that I put some Magnolia leaves in the basket to fill it a little more. Genius, right? I mean, what Southerner doesn't like Magnolia leaves?

Sometimes, it pays to be chatty.

The only problem is that I don't exactly own a Magnolia tree. My across-the-street neighbors (affectionately known as 4:20 around here) do.

Being the crazy, pregnant FREAK Crafter that I've become, I decided to walk across the street and ask my neighbors if I could have some of their branches.

I felt really brave until I started picturing 4:20's reaction to my request (kind of a cross between pity and confusion). Then, I started getting a little nervous.

I half-heartedly knocked on their door and waited approximately 4 seconds before determining that no one was home. Then, I just said to myself, "Oh, I'm sure they won't care if I just take a few leaves..." and quickly grabbed the leaves and ran back home.

Nice. Really nice.

Here is a picture of the stolen goods in all their glory -

Next, I worked on a canvas for Charlie's room.
I wanted to match the cars in his bedding - which is a hodge-podge assortment of sale items from the Pottery Barn Outlet and Target.

Side Note: I'm obsessed with the blue and green color combination lately. So fun.

Side Note to the Side Note:
In this picture, all of Charlie's stuff is sitting on top of Gunner's crate (that's a crate cover in green and pink that you see).

Side Note to the Side Note to the...Side Note:
I'm going to have to (sadly) put Gunner - and his ENORMOUS crate - in our room after Charlie's arrival (the curse of itty-bitty house syndrome), so I'm craft-blog searching for easy-peasy, no-sew solutions for a new crate cover like a mad-woman.

I free-handed the cars (after eye-balling the ones on his crib sheet) on canvas and then painted them with acrylic paint. Sadly, it wasn't until I was about half-way finished that I noticed that the color is a little off, but what-evs. It's done now.

It's time to move along and NOT obsesses.
I'm definitely not obsessing.
Definitely not.

I kinda copied the canvas idea from my friend Maribeth. She did something similar with a train in her little boy's room.

There I go again...stealing. What have I become?!?

Finally, at 11 Saturday night, I had the sudden, Craft-Blog-induced urge to distress my cabinets. So I did.

David and I got a lot done this weekend - laundry, painting, etc. But that's boring and who wants to read about that, right?

Of course a weekend wouldn't be complete without the obligatory trip to Target for diapers and browsing... and the equally important trip to Archiver's for... well...the purchasing of lovely things.
Who says you can't buy happiness?

There you have it: confessions of a crazy, crafting Clepto.
I feel better.


Kris J. said...

my mom steals magnolia leaves every christmas for her mantel. maybe stealing them is really just a tradition for the magnolia-treeless southern lady...right?

jennifer@love,laughter,and lyrics said...

Absolutely. You are a true friend.

Or a really, really, bad influence.

I can't decide which.

Rach@InHisHands said...

Hehe! Way to get those leaves...and seriously, who would mind??
Also, what cute little cars ~ I may need to "steal" that idea, too! :)

Wendi @ Every Day Miracles said...

Those cars are amazing!! And I can tell you aren't obsessing about it at all...

Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

Your craftiness leaves me in awe!

Such cute stuff!

Kris J. said...

enabler maybe? ;)

The Moseley Family said...

cute stuff for Charlie's room! i cannot wait to see the finished product! sometimes Noah will come to the computer and say Avey Avey!! that is how he says her name! he loves her! one of these days they will have to meet and play! :)hope you are feeling good!

Margaret said...

Oh Jennifer,you make me laugh! I love to read your blog b/c you are so funny. Love the door decor and the cabinets too!!

SarahHub said...

Love the stolen goods!

Pumpkin Petunia said...

Beautiful flowers! If we had magnolia trees in New England, I'd steal branches too. They're lovely! Around here, hydrangea theft keeps our neighborhood watch busy. ; )

Magpie Interior Design said...

Ok, seriously, you and I have the EXACT same sense of humor! You are a riot! (Which I guess means I am a little into myself too, huh? Yeesh.) I love sarcasm and backhanded humor! Cannot WAIT to read more of your blog!


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