Thursday, September 15, 2011

Good Doggy

I just have to brag on my dog a minute.

Remi is a selective listener. Guess that makes me a bad owner/trainer but that’s neither here nor there.

And he loves shoes. He is 2 years old and the only thing that he will still take and chew on is a shoe. Flip flop, ballet flat, tennis shoe, boots, it doesn’t matter. If it’s a shoe, he is on it like white on rice. He can’t help it. Poor baby just loves to chew some shoes and I can’t get him to stop. Oh and one other thing is he loves garbage. He doesn’t ever get into the kitchen garbage because it’s in the laundry room, but he is in the bathroom garbage every chance he gets. I always grab his hind quarters and drag him out from the can that is shoved between the sink and the toilet. I then get to remove wads of hair and toilet paper from his mouth. Gross. He really is just searching for empty toilet paper rolls though. He loves those things.


I was in the shower last night and I had my pair of rainbow flip flops on the floor. They are pretty much ruined because I left them out overnight when we were camping and they were soaked and then dried in the sun the whole next day and are stiff as a board, yet curled up and cracked. I need to throw them away but can’t bring myself to do it yet. So they’ve remained on my bathroom floor since I got back from camping.
Well while I was in the shower Mr. Remington came bee-bopping in (I heard the door open). I don’t close it all the way so he can come and go. Hate shutting the little man out after he’s home alone all dang day. So I hear him come in and I didn’t hear the trash can rattle so I peeked out to see what he was doing and he was gone and one of my shoes was missing.

I was hoping they were still salvageable which is why I cared he took it in the first place, but I couldn’t get out because I had a hair full of shampoo. I knew hollering at him was worthless because he wouldn’t listen but I had to try. It was my only hope!

“RRRREEEMMMINNNGTON!! GET YOUR BUTTTT BACCK IN HERE AND BRING ME THAT SHOE!!! COME HERE!!!” (PS this was 11:00 at night and I’m sure the neighbors weren’t happy)
And wouldn’t ya know, that dog came running back into the bathroom, slammed on his brakes and timidly walked up to me and handed me that shoe in the shower? Oh and he looked at me with those big brown puppy dog eyes of his.

*Nearly faints*

I was so shocked he brought it to me that I got extremely excited and got him all wet from praising his little head. I bet he was so confused haha. It’s not that he doesn’t listen, it’s just when he’s got something good, that he really wants, that’s when he turns off all incoming instruction. And ignores me.

I put the shoes up on the toilet and continued my shower.

And then I heard the trash can rustle. Smiled to myself anyway because it was just too funny. And get out to find him laying next to a toilet paper roll. Demolished.

Oh, Rem. I love you. You make me laugh :)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Good Eats

I want to start cooking. Stop laughing! I’ve been on my own now for almost two months and I’ve cooked maybe 3 meals at my house. And one of those was even cooked for me. Whoops. You see I don’t really buy groceries. I buy coke and ice cream. And hot sauce and ranch dressing to dip my fast food in. But I am really bad about planning meals to cook. I just enjoy the eating part to be honest.

Eating out is one of my very favorite things to do. Ever. Even if it’s by myself, something about getting a craving and driving somewhere to let someone else make it and I don’t have to clean up? Bliss.

Fat kid alert by the way.

Anywho, Pinterest has super made me want to eat everything that shows up on that dang site inspired me to start making yummy stuff.

I’ve got lots of finger foods pinned for upcoming events like hosting book club and bunko, but I’ve also got quite the collection of heavy food, appropriately pinned on my board, “Meals I’ll Never Cook”.

So, here’s a few that are on my absolutely must do soon ASAP list. Some full meals, some just sides. All want to be eaten by yours truly. Click the link under the picture for the recipe.

I am just dying to force someone to make them for me so I can pig out try my hand them.

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwhich

Poppy Seed Chicken

Penne with Roasted Asparagus and Balsamic Butter

Penne with Roasted Asparagus and Balsamic Vinegar


Crash Hot Potatoes

Garlic Butter Roasted Mushrooms

Chickpea Crunch

Hungry Yet? I am!

Oh and in case you are still not on Pinterest and want to be, leave your email in the comments and I’ll send you an invite. You are missing out my friends, missing out I tell ya!

In the very near future I see there being a need for a Pinaholics Anonymous group.

“Hi, my name is Tamara and it’s been 3 hours since my last pin”

*Claps for Tamara!*

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Hi there. Well I am becoming a woman of few words when it comes to blogging. I like to let my pictures do the talking with a few random blurbs thrown in here and there.

Been busy again lately. But I like busy. Busy is good. Anywho, lots of crafting going on round these parts.

Recently I made a chalkboard from a $5.50 frame from Wal Mart! I have officially become lazy and am using my iphone cam more than my big cam (sad news to report on it by the way), but crappy pictures are better than no pictures I always say!

SO, I started out with this frame. It was marked down to $5.50 and I actually bought it several months ago knowing it’d be the perfect chalkboard!



Well I finally got around to doing something with it. I scrounged through my spray paint stock and found a lovely avocado green color. I decided the green on black would be a cute addition to my ever evolving new found love of my navy and cream/white/tan/brown living room. Eh, work with what I got.

So I sanded the frame real good and then wiped it down with an old cloth and mineral spirits to get rid of any dust or remaining stuff before painting. I sprayed it over probably a 45 minute period with three thin and even coats of spray paint. It covered perfectly.







Oh and please meet my helper, Remi.


Next up, using my chalkboard paint from Lowe’s I painted the glass that came with the frame for the chalkboard.


Now this step I was extra careful to do right. I painted. Let dry overnight. Sanded the next day. Wiped it down. Painted a second coat. Let dry overnight. Sanded again. Wiped it down. And painted a third coat. Nice and thorough and two days later…I bring it back inside all ready to be popped into the frame and hung…only for this to happen…


While walking in through the sliding door holding my prized possession both sides catch the not-open-far-enough doorway and snap, there she blows.


Now at this point I was leaving to go out of town the next day and was so bummed that a project I had almost completed and checked off the list was now back on hold and for several more days.


So after I got back in town I went to Lowe’s in search of something for plan B. I found a large-ish square piece of ¼” Birch wood and a hand saw. BTW hand saws suck. I am now pining for an electric saw but that’s for another wish list.

I measured and sawed the piece of wood to fit my frame, cut the beast and proceeded to paint it. After it was all done I put it in the frame. It fits alright but the dang this is bowed and now it looks weird in the frame. I am definitely not happy with it and will seek something better for the chalk board part but for now it will work. I plan to pick out and hang it better with some grosgrain ribbon.


It’s reading rather grellow in this pic. The next one reads more true to the real color.



While I was in work mode, I touched up these scrabble-esque coasters I made a while back.


I sanded them down and spray painted them with more of the avocado spray paint. Still debating on putting a design on them…I’m thinking baby chevron stripes in navy might tie it all together. In fact I hadn’t been thinking that but just thought it and now I think I’m gonna do it! Yay for lightbulbs going off.


After one coat.


And while I was chalkboard painting and spray painting coasters, I decided to do this little number that I saw on pinterest.



Mine after the first coat.


“Priming with chalk”

Voila! I should have sanded between coats because you can clearly see brush strokes, but oh well. They’re cute and semi-homemade Smile

I just took a plain set of IKEA wine glasses and a sponge brush and painted the bottoms. So cute and fun for Bunko or any other gathering where wine glasses are involved!


I bit the bullet and bought some nice sunglasses. Some Costa del Mar’s with a pink strap to match. Oh to be a girl and spend money on stuff I really don’t need. Oh well, can’t take it with me when I go!


Put up my “fall wreath”. Goooo noles!

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I coveted this hair style on pinterest


…and got ten inches taken off and donated to Locks of Love!


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I plan to try the blonde’s tutorial above for her big voluminous hair ASAP.

Went on the annual St. Andrews (Panama City Beach) camping trip. More on that later. It rained the whole time and my big cam is no longer working. Gotta figure out what to do with it now…


Took pictures of my sweet labby while he snoozed after a long four days in doggy jail, aka the Vet/Boarding place.



Annnd that’s all I got! Except the craft itch. The bug has bitten me again lately. I think it’s a combo of Pinterest and my favorite season approaching along with the weather, it’s got me all giddy and feeling productive!


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