Tuesday, June 30, 2009

More Happy Mail!!

Got another package of happy mail on Saturday. Too much fun stuff! I can't wait to try on the glittery pink eye lashes...those will be for a special occasion. It's also a must that I make those monkey cupcakes.

Thanks Melissa...your gifts are fantastic!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Garage Sale Score!

This weekend I took Whisky to a dog park and on my way we made a little stop at a garage sale down the street. I saw the sale advertised on Craigslist and was heading there for the costume jewelry. There was some great stuff, but I only bought one piece! I noticed in the back of the driveway there was a stack of old books. I don't buy books much at yard sales, but there is something about the old hardback books that draw me in. Good thing they did because I ended up with a fantastic score!A copy of Jane Erye and Wuthering Heights with the wood engraving covers and inside art by Fritz Eichenberg. Truly collectors pieces in absolutely fantastic condition!! The artwork is beautiful and I can't wait to read them. Total cost = $3!!!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

A piece of art!

I mentioned a couple posts ago about a kick ass painting project that I was going to show you. Have you all just been sitting in anticipation?? I'm sure you haven't, so here we go. Like all things...we'll start with a story. Our BBQ broke. It was gas and we decided to just go back to the roots and get a charcoal grill. We checked them out online, and in stores and decided to just go with a basic Weber. As luck would have it the hubby's sister had an old Weber sitting in the backyard collecting dust. It wasn't in great shape, but we could have it.

When we got the grill it had no handles, one leg was falling off, the inside grates were nasty and it was very scratched up. That's when the gears in our heads started turning. What if we just cleaned it up? I did a little research and found that they made high heat spray paint for just this purpose. So, we bought some new grates for inside, bought a new leg assembly and went shopping for high heat paint. The paint came in black, silver or copper. The gears started spinning again and I bought both the black and the copper.

I wanted a BBQ with flames! The hubby scrubbed the BBQ down and using old fence posts created some beautiful new handles. After hours of cleaning, taping, painting and assembling the new grill is ready for action!I think it's the most beautiful grill I've ever seen. I can't wait to have you all over for burgers! You can see the step by step process on Flickr.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Come and see me!

Today from 3 to 9pm Amy and I will be at the Sacramento News and Review Sammies representing IndieSacramento! There will be some vendors and a total of 5 craft classes and of course some great local music. Come by and say hello!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Mary Mary Quite Contrary.....

the garden is really growing! The tomato plants are busting out with green tomatoes and with the heat this weekend I'm thinking we may start to see some red shades soon. There are a couple peppers peaking their heads out and the yellow squash is just a couple hot days away from butter in a skillet. I can't wait for fresh veggies!!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

On second thought....

Do you ever do something and think, "This is going to be so great!" Then suddenly after you do that thing you think, "Huh, this is not quite going how I expected." I had that happen this morning after sleeping with my hair twisted up all night to get nice waves. Uh, not exactly what I was going for! Ponytail it is.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

M is for....

I felt like the wall was missing an important piece....a moustache. So, using a dollar store wooden plaque and some acrylic paint I took matters into my own hands and made my very own piece of artwork for the wall. Love it! I'm really enjoying painting lately......stay tuned for a crazy kick ass painting project. You fellas out there are gonna LOVE it!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Dress or skirt?

I have this dress that I got to take on my honeymoon in Mexico. I really like it, but it's one of those tie around the neck kind and if you know me you know that this is not something I can pull off without a bra...and a shirt underneath. If you don't know me, well you now know that the girls are on the larger side. Pleased to meet you.

This past weekend I decided to wear the dress and just rolled the top portion down so it was a long skirt. It worked, but I definitely felt very bunched up. So, I took matters into my own "mad sewing skills" hands!

I started by cutting off the top portion just above the elastic. I wanted to keep the elastic there in hopes that it would help it stay on some. Then I rolled the dress down inside so the cut edge was on the inside of the dress. I wanted the top to have a cuff though so I rolled it back out, just above the cut edge. I pinned it all around and started sewing. To keep it all in place I sewed three times, one at the top of the cuff, one in the middle (on top of the elastic) and one at the bottom so my cuff wouldn't roll up. Voila...instant long skirt. I was feeling camera shy so you just get a picture of the waist cuff..sorry. It's not beautiful but I don't tuck shirts in so you'll never see the top portion!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Hello Delicious!

My friend G sent me a picture last week of a bag of popcorn that he thought was scrumptious. I asked him where my bag was and he said he'd have it for me Friday. That sweetie got me three bags and let me tell you it is DELICIOUS! He found it at a gas station so I'm not sure where else to get it but I'm going to hunt it down locally until it is mine all mine!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

As I said Friday, I really wanted to find the perfect picture of my Dad to post here on Pillsplace to wish him a Happy Father's Day. I did this with my mom for Mother's Day, showing you a lovely platinum blond is a gorgeous wedding dress sitting in a sweet chair. Drum roll please.........I figured it would be only fair to also give you a picture of my dad with his flowing platinum hair wearing a gorgeous dress! Before you all start getting concerned, my Dad was Shirley Temple for Halloween one year. This is how I think of him. The tall goofy redhead with freckled arms that would do most anything for a laugh. Unfortunately, I couldn't just stop at one goofy picture....sorry Dad.Lucky for me this is not how I think of my dad. The tall goofy red head in the goofy pants is harder to swallow than him wearing a dress. Check out that sweet bbq! Well, if you can pull your eyes away from those pants that is.

Happy Father's Day Dad!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Happy Mail

I recently signed up to participate in Happy Mail. The concept is to have a pen pal for a month and be able to get something more exciting in the mail than bills! On Saturday my first Happy Mail arrived and I must admit....it made me happy! My fun package had a bunch of stationary and stickers and all sorts of fun things that I can use during the summer. My favorite part was by far the cupcake band aids. Thanks so much for my Happy Mail Melissa!!

Friday, June 19, 2009

I love old photos!

I have a slight obsession with old photographs. I've been handed down photo albums by my mom, my dad and my grandpa and sometimes it is a kick in the pants to look through them. I also love cheesy lines like "it's a kick in the pants!"

I was looking through some albums this morning so I could find the PERFECT picture to post for Father's Day. You got so seem my mom in her blond lovely wedding day glory and I really wanted to do the same for dad. Oh, did I find the perfect picture to represent my dad...two in fact. You'll have to wait for those beauties till Sunday. Man, I wish my dad had a computer!

I did find some exceptionally cute pictures of my sister. I have quite a few pics of my sister and brother long before I ever came along. They are fun to look at and every once in a while I hand them down to them. Tami...I have a BUNCH of pictures for you! Here are some of my favorites...Doesn't she make the cutest cowgirl? A lot of my family are ranchers and when you go there it is a MUST to put on the full attire...well when we were kiddos at least!I don't know where to even begin with this one. The dress/nightgown or the beehive hair?! I must admit though I'd put that chair in my house in a second. And finally...Tami doing her best impression of Farrah Fawcett hair! Loooove the feathering. Oh, and especially love the vest that looks like what my dog's bed is lined with. Oh, the 70's.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

What's in a name?

The hubby has a collection of baseball cards from when he was a kid. Last week we were talking about them for some reason and he brought up one specific player. I was laughing my head off and figured it was just the hubby playing games and using fictitious names. He swore though that the ball player in question was ACTUALLY named that. I was then on a mission to find said baseball card.

While digging through the cards I found other cards equally as fantastic. There are a whole bunch of these..I so love the captions under the action cards. I'm sure it's hard to see in this post, but for example the one on the lower right says "Princess Leia confronts Luke." Bet you wouldn't have guessed that!

There are also a couple of these...Man, I really want to watch Star Wars and Superman now. Poor Christopher Reeve.

Now, for the grand finale, here is the baseball player card that I simply had to find!Seriously? When you were naming your kid...this is the name you came up with? I mean, he's doomed for harassment with the last name alone and then for kicks you thought you'd throw Rusty in front of it? Oh goodness. OK, so his last name is really supposed to be pronounced like Koontz and his first name is really Russell but you know that is not how people remember it!

I must admit it was fun looking through all the cards. There were definitely some sweet hairdos and moustaches in the collection. There were actually two that I recognized, Bobby Bonds and Tug McGraw. So, I only recognize them because of their sons...but that still counts!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

I can't be stopped!

Well, so much for being done hanging pictures on the bedroom wall! I have officially decided that it's going to go all the way to the ceiling. Everywhere I turn I find new pictures to put up there and each time I put them up there I think it gets cuter and cuter!These are the two new ones....I got the Bride of Frankenstein print, with the frame, for $1 at a yard sale! The camper picture I got from Volume 25. She has the cutest of cute prints! Now I'm on the look out for random things that are necessarily pictures to add on there, but I'm not sure what yet. I also think I need some photograph pics in there. The hunt continues!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Herb Garden

Before we planted our veggie garden we started an herb garden. I planted basil, rosemary, thyme, cilantro and mint.The rosemary on the right is really taking over the place. The basil, front left, is ready for picking...and is actually already flowering, YIKES! The thyme, in the middle, is getting a little crowded! I have harvested the mint multiple times and it keeps coming back with a vengeance. The cilantro in the front on the other hand.....bolted! Basically it doesn't produce leaves anymore and just produces flowers and seeds. Bummer. Time to rip it out and plan some fresh stuff! Anyone have any tips on keeping cilantro from bolting?

Monday, June 15, 2009

We're Growing!

The garden is growing, but has been at a stand still the past few days. It's been unseasonably cool here, and while I love it...the garden wants more sun! It's getting warm this week so I'm sure by next week things will have doubled in size. Here is a layout of the garden so you can see where everything is.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Take me out to the ballgame!

Yesterday the hubby, Chris, Bianca and I went to Raley Field to check out the River Cats game. I scored some cheap tickets on Craigslist which turned out to be excellent seats just above the dugout. This was prime time to play around with the fancy camera. I'm trying to figure out the Fstops and all the other shenanigans and nothing works better than trying to take some action shots. I still have no idea what I'm doing, but was pleased with some of the photos.
I loved taking pictures of this pitcher. When I would set up for the photo I would have him from the waist down in the view finder because by the time he crouched down for the pitch he was situated in the picture perfectly. I loved the shot above because you can see the ball in his hand and you can tell he's about to throw with all his might!Then, to my surprise a dance troop came out and my friend Oana was dancing! I had no idea she would be there so it was an excellent time to snap some photos of her routine for her. Smoooch!Finally the game ended with a bang as the fireworks went off. For some reason this picture is my favorite. I love how it just looks like a really starry sky! There are a ton more pictures on Flickr if you want to check them out.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Winner, Winner!

Congratulations to Taylah who was the winner of my blog maker over scarfette contest! I will be emailing you shortly and thanks to everyone that entered. It's fun having you all as readers of Pillsplace!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Gobble Gobble!

At work there are a couple turkeys. Ok, there are alot of turkeys....but only two real ones! Aren't corny jokes the best? The real turkeys live out in the wildlife preserve that is behind our building. This really just translates into bird and rabbit habitat. Sometimes you can find the turkeys wandering around in the parking lot getting spooked by the people going to their cars. Yesterday I spotted them and instead of running away, they walked right up to my car.Once they got directly in front of the hood they just stopped and looked around. I got to thinking....I only see these birds in the lot at 5pm when I'm getting off work. Maybe they are looking to start up a carpool?

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Don't marry young!

I've kept some sort of journal for most of my life. That's probably why blogging mostly daily works pretty well for me. At times it's fun to pull journals down to read through them and see what was going on at a certain time in my life. I was doing just that this week when I ran across something that had to be shared. It appears that back in 1998 I had some sort of wedding catalog in my hands and decided that this would be a fantastic dress..Yep, a flag dress. Oh, and definitely with red shoes because nothing caps this dress off like a pair of red shoes! What the heck?! Did I think I was marrying a government official or something. This is why you don't marry young. At 23 I thought it a good idea to marry in a gigantic flag. In my 30's I knew a cocktail dress and a wedding party in jeans would be sufficient. I can't imagine how I would have worn my hair with this number!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Right now a friend of mine named Sarah is living temporarily in Australia with her daughter and her husband while he is on a work assignment. She blogs about her outings in Australia and it has been a true treat for me because I once went there. All of the sharing back and forth with her got me all nostalgic and so I busted out the photo album and thought I'd tell you a bit about the trip. When I was a junior in high school I got a thing in the mail for the People to People Student Ambassador program. We looked into it and ultimately I got signed up for a month long adventure in Australia. We traveled over there with people from our area and met up with people all over the US. We then traveled by bus for a month going from Cairns to Canberra. We'll start off with just getting there. We were given a uniform shirt and told to wear khaki pants so we would all be in a "uniform" and easy to spot. I was 17, I didn't wear khaki. I decided that the terrible bright turquoise shirt was going to be good enough to spot me from a mile away so off to the airport I headed in this.Bright turquoise polo shirt..check! Khaki pants....uh, how about cut off jeans instead? Of course, I couldn't blend in either because I set off every damn alarm in every damn airport. This was due to something you can't see....the GIGANTIC hiking boots! They insisted we had hiking boots and at the time I don't think I wore anything other than Birkenstocks so it was a huge stretch for me.

Once we got there and settled into our first hotel in Cairns two things were discovered right away, the food was terrible and stuff was expensive! We didn't have to buy our own food, but the buffet was so terrible that we thought if we went to the bar and bought our food it might be a tad better. Unfortunately after trying to bite into a neon pink hot dog that would not cooperate because the casing it was wrapped in was the consistency of a balloon we realized that we were screwed in the food department. I think I lost almost 15 pounds on this trip and lived on a diet of mostly Pringles. When you drive cross country you stop in a TON of gas stations and it is safe to go for food that looks American!

While it was supposed to be educational on this trip, it was mostly just site seeing. We started by going to the Great Barrier Reef.That, my friends, is the one and only time you will see a photo of yours truly in a bikini posted on this blog. If you must know...it was a burgundy velvet bikini! Did I think I was a porn star? To my left is a girl named Natalie and to my right Jeff. Oh heaven, those that know me know that Jeff could be a whole blog entry in himself. We shall just move on. Before boarding for the Great Barrier Reef we were given this frightening lecture on the dangers of the coral. One scratch and you would definitely come down with gangrene. So, to protect us they sprayed our legs and calves with a safety coating.Yeah, this was really just green food coloring in water which left our legs stained for a couple days. Haha, Australians: 1, Americans: 0!

We also went to the outback, a billion zoos, museums and even a couple home stays where we would visit schools in the area. I held a bat for the first time and a koala. This left me more frightened of koalas than bats. That thing stunk worse than anything I have ever held and I immediately threw away my sweatshirt to avoid having to pack the stink around with me. We tried doing things that some of the locals do, playing a didgeridoo and throwing a boomerang.Hopefully you can tell by the look on my face...I'm not really getting how this boomerang thing works. What is with my outfit?! Jeans and a button down...tucked in at that. This was definitely during the wear men's clothing period.

I also have a ton of pictures of stuff like this...The Australian Surfer. We traveled along the coast and the surfers were a plenty. I actually got hit on by one in the airport on the way there. He wanted to sit next to me on the plane, but we were forced to "sit with the group." So, instead of sitting next to whom I am sure was Heath Ledger I had to sit next to the guy that read the Popular Science Magazine the whole time!

All in all the trip was fantastic and I did have a great time. I can truly say that it was a life changing experience and did assist in some of the decisions I made later in life. That's another blog for another time. Oh, one more thing. This is by far the rarest thing I found in the photos. Something that hasn't been seen again in at least 16 years!My natural hair color! Peace out.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Happy Birthday Tami!

Hope you have an excellent birthday party tonight and wear your fanciest party hat!

Monday, June 08, 2009

Call me Betty Crocker

A while ago I was given this little weekly meal planner that sticks on the fridge. It basically has the days of the week on it and you can write in what you are going to eat that night. Now I love to cook, but I am terrible about taking stuff out for dinner and forgetting about it until it goes bad. I'm also bad at leftovers. One day about 3 weeks ago I had taken some meals out and decided to fill in this little planner instead of just using it for random notes. It's the best thing I've ever done! In the 3 weeks since doing it we have only gotten take out for dinner twice. It saves a bunch of money and I have been using the leftovers in different ways in later meals.

Now my Sunday ritual is to look in the fridge and see what we have and start filling in the planner. Then I start to make a grocery list to fill in the blanks. It's nice because most of the time I only have about 10 items on the list!

This Sunday I decided to fill the list by going to Trader Joe's. I really love the store and although there is one close to my house I rarely go. That is all about to change! The food is so nice and it is definitely cheaper in most cases than the grocery store. While I was there I picked up their newest insulated bag so I'd have something to put the cold stuff in, and let's be honest, it was just too darn cute! I think I now have enough of these bags to grocery shop for an army so I am not officially going to put them all in the car and take them to the store with me all the time.

Oh, I've also been eating lunch out only once a week! Last week someone else treated too so that was an added bonus. I know I made all these rules back in January but it just took me a while to get it kick started. It's also been 2 months since I have had soda or caffeine for that matter! Woot Woot!

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Helping the gimp.

Recently my dad had knee replacement surgery so the hubby and I went over and spent the night with him to give him a little help. I was surprised by how self sufficient he was, taking care of most things himself...just enjoying the company more than anything.

When we arrived we noticed a bird that kept flying in and out of a plant that he had on the front porch. The hubby thought that there was a nest in there so I went and took a closer look. Super cute with 5 pale blue eggs! My dad said they had been in there for a while now and should be hatching anytime. How cute!

Another high point was a little gift that he gave me while I was there. My dad has been enjoying the watch jewelry that I've been wearing lately and he had a box of old watches from my Grandpa. My grandfather had quite a collection of watches, most of them pocket watches which my dad has displaced in a gorgeous case in the hall. Pops gave me the box of watches with some great treasures inside...two of which I'll have to have made into jewelry. The other three are wrist watches and I plan on changing the batteries and wearing them. This first one is my favorite by Langine. It has a gorgeous green face and that perfect antique gold shade. Second up is a Paul Buhre. Also a fantastic vintage face. This one is ticking, but needs a new band. I think I'm going to put a leather one on there just to jazz it up. And finally...a good old Timex! I can't wait to get these beauties fixed up and start wearing them!

Saturday, June 06, 2009


Sometimes as one gets older one notices that things just don't look right. You might start to get bored with your looks and so you change your hair, lord knows I've done that a time or two! You might start to feel old and so you go out and get yourself a little face lift. I've really been feeling a combination of both, old and boring. So, I called in the troop and got some help!

After 3 years I finally have a custom looking blog! Thanks to the face lift by Peptogirl I am feeling young and revived again. The banner is absolutely adorable and what I have always wanted. Now, you might be looking at it and trying to figure it out. Why is there is bug on Pillsplace? Well, the hubby is the man of nicknames. Typically he can't know you for more than a week without calling you something. This might be something simple, just a variation of your last name or it might be something a bit more complex....like Pisspants. A name that will make you wonder for years.."Uh, did that guy piss his pants or something?" In the almost 11 years that we have been together I have had a million nicknames. Too many to count or fill a post with. The two that stuck the most were ladybug (still called bug by many of the hubby's friends) and pillworm. I always liked pillworm for some reason and this evolved into my standard nickname of P. I got pillworm because when I got in bed the hubby thought I curled up like a little pillbug....or rolly polly as some may call them. So, now I have my pillbug curled up in bed knitting!

So, I hope you enjoy my new face lift. To celebrate we are going to have a little contest. This is open to friends, family...EVERYONE that reads the blog. All you have to do is leave a comment with your nickname. If you are a friend of the hubby, then let me know what he calls you. I know I have alot of people that feel like it's too hard to comment on blogger so to make it easy, just click on the Anonymous comment option and leave your name in the body of your comment and a way to contact you if I don't know you already. You will win a custom scarfette by Bouton Blue! You choose the color, the style (standard or bowtie) and the button. If you are a dude and don't want a scarfette we can do a studette or a hat insead!

Deadline to comment is Friday, June 12th at 12pm PST. Good luck and I can't wait to read your nicknames!

Friday, June 05, 2009



These dresses are FANTASTIC!

Houston we have tomatoes!

The garden in the backyard is coming along very nicely. Of our inside starter plants only two survived, one pickle bush and one tomato. The tomato plant has been the same size for 3 weeks and I figured it was toast but this week it started to grow! We have a huge row of yellow squash that get bigger every day. Also, the two store bought tomato plants are doing fantastic. The cherry tomato plant has a bunch of flowers and the other already has to baby tomatoes! I can't wait to start eating fresh tomatoes!!! You can see all the garden pictures at Flickr!

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Oh Etsy......

Obviously if you haven't noticed, I really love Etsy. I love selling on there, but I also love buying on there. I used it a TON last Christmas and a couple times since buying prints for the bedroom wall. Recently I tried something new on Etsy and I'm in love already. Etsy has this option called Alchemy. It works for both buyers and sellers. Basically, you can go to the Alchemy and make a request for something you have been looking for and how much you'd be willing to spend for it. Then, sellers on Etsy get to bid to make the item if it's something they are capable of. I've gone on there a few times as a seller looking for people requesting knitted items but so far I haven't completed a request. When I started watching "US of Tara" I noticed that when Toni Collette was Tara she always had this necklace on and I loved it. It was a simple necklace of circles and a delicate chain. I looked all over online for it, figuring it would be way out of my price range, and had no luck. It was then that I thought I'd check out Alchemy. I posted this pic of the necklace and immediately got a ton of responses. I went with Soms Studio Supplies who provided the best sample pictures and communication. I'm happy to say that I received the necklace and it is gorgeous! It's exactly what I wanted and I think I'll be wearing it all the time. So, next time you see something on tv or in a magazine...just keep the picture and sent it to someone on Etsy. Support Handmade!!

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

I gotta say it was a good day!

Yesterday I woke up in the morning thinking it was going to be a day like every other. I got myself together, got myself to work and flipped on the computer. That's when I saw it....an email that said "You won!" Jaymi of Little Brown Box was the first to let me know that I won a contest on the RVA party yesterday. Not only did I win a prize, but in my opinion I won a grand prize which was a pass to be part of Elsie's online class. That is so exciting and I'm sure it is going to get my creative juices flowing. I'm going to pace the floor waiting to get the log in!

Then, to be honest, the day got a little boring. I kept waiting for more excitement, but it didn't seem to be coming. I decided to go to the thrift store at lunch instead of eating outside since it was a tad chilly. I had strict rules though......no spending more than $10! Well, I got through the whole store minus one row and had nothing in hand which is pretty rare. That's when I made it to the last row, the furniture row, and saw this.....for $9! Can you believe it? It is in excellent shape and doesn't even need to be repainted. The top of the desk is formica and the inside and body is pink while the legs are green! Such a score. Man, thrift stores are fun!

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Message Board Tutorial

Remember this?I had all these good intentions of going and getting a new mirror. Well, that never happened! Then I got to thinking I'd just get rid of the frame. I only spent a dollar on it and didn't want to spend $20 more to put new mirror in. Then I got another idea. Turn it into something else!

To get started I got some simple supplies together: cardboard, scissors, hot glue gun and ribbon.I used the old mirror backing to measure out the oval on a piece of cardboard and cut it out. I used a thick refrigerator box for this.Once this was cut I lay it on top of an old table cloth that I also got for $1 at a thrift store. It had a couple marks on it so I always knew I'd only use some of it. I then started hot gluing the fabric to the cardboard, doing the top and the bottom first to keep the table cloth from sliding around.When the fabric was glued down I cut the excess fabric off as close to the hot glue as I could. Now you could stop here and just make it a tack message board, but I wanted to do one with ribbons. So, I lay out some pieces of ribbon in the rough pattern that I wanted on the front.Then I glued down one end of each ribbon so it would stay in its place. I flipped the oval over and glued down each ribbon to the back.On the front side I put a dot of glue under each place where the ribbons crossed so my items would have some support and not just slide down the ribbons.Now, I decided that it wasn't done yet and last minute threw some fabric covered buttons at each cross section.I attached it back to the frame and hung it proudly on my wall!A super cute shabby chic message board that cost me under $5 to make!


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