DIY Rug Inspiration

8 09 2010

So, I was going a little personal shopping at the thrift store (I got a great light thermal to pretend it’s cold in) and since my other shop sold 1 book I could completely justify buying 2… right?

Who cares. So, one of them from 1973 called ‘Make it yourself’  had some generic clothing that I can’t knit or sew… pants without a pattern?  Come-on!

But, it did have some fabulous rugs which I will include photos of below. I am going to attempt the braided one but with red or yellow, blue, gray and light or bright blue. It shall be my welcome mat since the ones available for purchase at my local stores disappoint.

So, heres some photos:

If you want to know how to do it right now you can buy the book here (it’s on ebay- my copy stays with me!)

There were other kind of rugs that were a little too much for my home but still cool

It’s a latch hook square thing like my mom used to have us do… but you can move it around into different shapes! LOVE IT. Here’s the original pattern for the square

The book is less than $3 here. Or you can search for 1973 make it yourself needlework and crafts volume 1.

Ackward 30 Momish 90s fashion confusion

1 09 2010

Okay, Nearing 30. I will admit that my body has changed in shape and firmness mostly due to a lack of moving and an excess of white flour/sugar products. But, the thing is. I don’t want to dress like I am a lumpy 30 year old. I want to dress like a nonlumpy 30 year old I guess.

I was hard core about the high waisted skinny jeans at Urban Outfitters until I saw the pants pictured below make her bum slide down her leg. I love highwaisted jeans because they tuck away my little love handles. Low rise pants hit in just the right spot to pooch them up even further. The skinny style is because I am tall and have long skinny legs so it just works well for me.

So, I am torn as to whether I should buy the above linked to pants and maybe have the pockets lowered to have a better appearance or give up my aspirations of high waist skinny jeans.


Onto a happier topic: I made my regular jeans with a looser leg into skinny jeans! Will post pictures if they came out half decent.

Quick Cheap Healthy DIY Frappuccinio

21 07 2010

I am mad coffee addict. Not in an angry sense… in a cultural slang way which means “intense“.

I think of it, drink it, fantasize about it and hate it. I know I need to stop (some people it’s okay for, but I have a few health issues I am trying to naturally dispose of that require my quitting).

Additionally, I am cheap and hate paying others to make drinks for me that I know aren’t good for me and that I have to pay for. There’s also the issue that last week I spent our budgeted food money on a 1970s chrome rocking chair and promised my hubby to pay for it and keep us from going out of budget that I would not get Starbucks or CBTL for a month.

Onward to the goods. I worked as a Barista for Starbucks for 2 years and a barista and then trainer at Coffee Bean for 2 years and decided to apply my experience and frugality to make me a happier person. My at home cheap drinks have been a progress, but I think I have reached perfection for my summer coffee drinks.

Here’s a photo… I find that a glass old salt jar makes a perfect beverage container.

Lady Grunge Quicky Ice Blended with Coffee:

Needed: Blender that crushed ice (I cheat and have a vitamixer 5200), soy, almond or rice milk in chocolate or vanilla flavor. 1 tray of icecubes. instant coffee. Straw.

1. Place all the ice from the tray into the blender.

2. Pour the flavored milk into the blender until the ice is covered

3. Pour about 1tbsp of instant coffee (I started out with less and then added more to find my desired coffeeness)

4. Blend until it’s all mixed up and pour into cup.

Tips: If the drink is chunky and hard to get out of the blender tap the middle of the container against the sink lightly which looses it up.

The whole process takes me less than 1 minute and yields much happiness with a total cost of max 50 cents a drink.

Lady Grunge Quicky Ice Blended Foffee Drink:

(I call faux coffee ‘Foffee’ for fun)

Needed: Blender that crushed ice, soy, almond or rice milk in chocolate or vanilla flavor*. 1 tray of icecubes.  Coffee Substitute**. Straw.

1. Place all the ice from the tray into the blender.

2. Pour the flavored milk into the blender until the ice is covered

3. Pour about 1tbsp+ of coffee substitute. The substitute has a strong scent but not a strong flavor… it requires more then instant coffee to get that yum factor.

4. Blend until it’s all mixed up and pour into cup.

* Look for flavored milks that have vanilla bean as the source of the flavor to keep too much bad stuff out. And my favorite is the Vanilla Almond Milk.

** I have been using Roma because it’s the one I have access to, but if you have any other good brands- let a girl know!

Side Note: Aren’t these adorable? I’m gonna put them in my shop in a bit..

Look Ma, I’m “Stylish”

15 07 2010

Those that know me know that I have deep embedded insecurities about fashion/style related things. It all started when I turned 18 and was show how to use a full length mirror.  Prior to that I only noticed what was from the hips up.

You have to understand that as a 5’10” tomboy with a very limited clothing budget I just grabbed what fit in the thrift stores and special ordered tall pants so I didn’t have to live in mens 501s (this was pre-tunic/ long pants era which started in the 2000s). All that fit me was 1970s Womens ts and other funky randomness I came across.  I would throw it on and walk out the door often without even looking in the mirror. Some-days I would be in converse and a 1950s sundress and others in this weird rainbow tube top and baggy cords with my flip flops or barefoot. They were comfy and I liked them.

Then my homeschool eccentric bookworm bubble was broken by realizing that the other 18 year olds were wearing tight stuff and make up. They even styled their hair and I had managed to miss this whole right of passage. I then was sucked into this nasty try to fit in phase which really sucked because nothing fit me right and I couldn’t afford what did fit me and it left me trapped in this unsatisfied bubble of bleh.

Over the last few years since corporate america chewed me up and spit me out I have been trying to reclaim my care-free style but can’t seem to. I am giving it a try again this month as I whittle down my wardrobe and decide what clothing I have that really represents how I want to present myself to the world.

Part of that was to get a “pixie cut” which after it was done didn’t look like a pixie cut and made me freak out day after day in the mirror trying to figure out what to do about it. Then today while browsing the Sartorialist I saw 3 women with a very similar style. They had 7 year old boy haircuts too! Am I accidentally riding a trend?  Impossible! Then while looking at bobs with bangs I came across this: Lo and behold! There’s my haircut- AND the color I had dyed it.

So, now I am befuddled. I am actually relevant. I don’t like it that much, but am thinking if I am actually doing something stylish, maybe I should keep it for a while… this goes against my trend-hating ways which lead me to mock the simple minded women who waste money on ever-changing trends… which I would actually engage in if I wasn’t a scrooge and if the darn clothes fit me right.

Well, regardless of whether it’s trendy or not, I need to figure out what to wear with this, because most days I feel like a schoolboy.  Will update as I discover the new carefree but stylish nearing 30 year old me.

PS I plan to add some muscle and reduce some flab while I am rediscovering myself.

Vita-Mixing Thru My Day

28 06 2010

Our new Red and Shiny New 5200 Vitamixer has been such a pleasure!

I try to keep everything affordable because if done properly owning a vitamix blender can not only enrich your diet but also your wallet.

I primarily shop for veggies at discount produce locations (in our area called farmers markets). I can walk out with 4 bags stuffed with veggies and fruits for under $15 most of the time. These fruits and veggies are used primarily in soups and smoothies and on occasion as snacks. Example of the discount: Red Bell Pepper bought at Sprouts:79 cents each on special/ Red Bell Peppers bought at Farmers Market: 79 cents a pound and it takes 3-4 to make up a pound. Good stuff.

When i get home from the store I chop up my fruits and freeze them immediately. This keeps them from going bad over the week of use and also makes it really easy to throw together a drink in 2 minutes.

This week I found Oranges for 25 cents a pound, nectarines for 39 cents a pound and apples for 79 cents a pound. I also was able to get kale for 79 cents a bunch and spinach for 49 cents a bunch.

So, this week those will be the flavor of my smoothies.

Morning Use: 1 cup of vanilla almond milk (flavor from vanilla bean), 1/2 recommended dose of the powders shown in below picture, 2 handfuls of frozen veggies and a bit of each fruit that I had frozen. I also sometimes add in a spoonful of coconut oil and vegetable glycerin. Water to create desired texture and 30 seconds blending. This will fill up 2 large cups for breakfast. One for Hubby and one for myself.

I rotate the protein powder source Bi-Monthly to keep from potential allergies developing.


The apples do not blend when cut as large as I cut them… do not freeze them.

Lunch: Normally we like to chew for lunch

Dinner: Dinners from the Vita-Mix consist of a variety of whatever is in the fridge soup or a cream of _____ soup made from the Vitamix Recipe Book.

My favorite combo was: Red jalapeno, garlic, a few red bell peppers, a few tomatoes, a few onions and pinto beans. I also used some veggies stock and a dash of red wine to impress my hubby. I took half of the cooked soup and put it into the vita-mix with a  gank of herbs and blended until creamy. Then I poured it back into the soup and WA-LA: Stuff Soup! Tingling to the palate and a textural feast for the eyes. All together the soup only cost about $3 to make sue to my thrifty produce places.

Snacks: My Fav-Or-Ite thing to do with my red bundle of joy is: A tray of icecubes, 2 tablespoons of instant coffee, 1 scoop of coconut oil and then flavored milk to desired consistency (maybe a cup to start)

Blend for about 30 seconds and it is a AMAZING summer coffee drink and I love it.

We actually had a MAD discount night when we saw a double feature at the drive in for $7 each person and I made kettle corn and garlic popcorn with the coffee drinks. Snacks only cost us about $1.50 because I made them and there was plenty left over.

I drink it to fast to include a photo!

Troubles and Good Music

26 06 2010

What a day…. what a literal stinkin day.

Bad days happen to many people all over the world. Those days when everything goes wrong are a part of life. BUT what makes a bad day near impossible is when it starts out missing a shower and forgetting to put on deodorant and getting sweaty in the early hours of the day- with no ability to shower until the late evening. Yes, I had a stinky bad day.

I would list it all, but why glorify the bad when there’s good to speak of…. such as, before my car started smoking and shaking on the freeway it was running like butter from the repairs at the mechanics. Or that although the property I manage had 4 huge maintenance emergencies happen in the morning, all of the vendors could make it out for the repairs. Or, that when I got home completely exhausted (and stinky) my husband gave me a huge hug and kiss while behind him sat a plate piled with grilled pollo asada, bell peppers, sweet onions and asparagus with an ice cold apricot beer.  I then finished it off with a shower which measuring the dirty foot prints I had upon the first shower steps was MUCH needed. Now I am filled with food, relaxing while listening to Mr. Fantasy by Traffic and hoping my sore throat is a fluke and doesn’t cause my tonsils to flair up.

Enjoy this with me. It totally sounds like his voice has bounced around in his mouth for a bit before the words come out. And on watching this I realize how tired I am because I was thinking that his mouth is big like a cave and if I lived in it I would put a sofa to the left and hang a mirror on the right. No drugs people… this is natural.

Torturing my Wallet- Spool No. 72

17 06 2010

So, I am screwed. All of my issues with stores have apparently been resolved via one website.

I would wear every single thing on this site… with zeal.

What I need now.

Thank you for the eye-candy Spool No. 71


15 06 2010

First off, I LOVE Billy Holiday!

Secondly, Hubby and I have been many things over the last few years to improve health.

I was a “vegan” who still hate bacon for a year in 2004 to help recover from overzealous doctors. (worked wonders and I still reminisce about how fantastic I felt at that time)

We were almost Raw foodist but cooked our beans in 2007/2008.

Now, we are I guess just abnormal eaters?

Combining Raw Food Smoothies for breakfast, wholegrains or legumes for lunch and healthy dinners which are comprised of meats/ faux meats or salads and soups.

I guess maybe we’re wholefoodist? Ugh, but beer is processed so we can’t be in that category!

Whatever we are we are on the path towards being healthy again. My husband has been on a strict hypoglycemic diet for about a month now which has inspired/forced me to be healthier. I can’t stand those looks he gives me when I am scarfing Albertos Superfries and a huge coke  (imagine: layer of fries with carne asada, guac, sour cream, cheese and green sauce- amazing!) but um.. yeah… so… healthy foods…. good for me….

Tomorrow is going to be day one of ___?___ days in which we will be juicing. I constitute juicing as anything I can blend in my new vitamixer so vanilla iced coffee blends are so in! I’ll just do it when he’s gone.

Regardless, I do hope combined with the gym I can drop a few inches before muah birthday… plus have enough energy to enjoy a cocktail without nearly falling asleep.

As for now I am going to down a pile of rice smothered with butter and garlic and enjoy my well deserved Smirnoff.

I shall call my new vitamix Jasmine…. or Jazz for short. I am sure my husband will quickly rename her.

A New Perspective on Graffiti

9 06 2010

Seven years back or so my hubby (then boyfriend) had a friend he worked concerts with that was a graffiti artist who traveled around the country. Now, I had a special hatred for graffiti because when I was younger my parents were more creative then just taking away my radio to punish me. I would have to spend a Saturday morning painting the graffiti on the public walls around our house while my dad watched and old white guys in trucks would drive by thanking him for painting it (note, 13 year old daughter was painting- not dad… whatever). So, when my husband told me that some kid of a UC art professor traveled around tagging to “experience life” I was cynical and rather baffled.

First, I thought it was lame

Second, I thought it was a yuppy thing to do

So, it was placed into  a filebox in my brain Titled “Things I don’t get but someday it might click with more info” I take that brain file out every year or so to browse and sometimes I figure things out that I didn’t get previously.

Then this evening I came across this documentary called Bomb It and I finally got the yuppy kid tagging. I could really appreciate the actual artist that weren’t just putting their names on things and even those who at least made their names cool looking.  I did find the Los Angeles part to be both appalling and embarrassing after seeing what the rest of the world and country was offering. Although the LA taggers think they are rebelling against the culture and system really just end up being a representative of the culture. The culture here in California  is that we are the best because we are here and that we are entitled to do what we want. Almost like there is no having to prove yourself because of who you are affiliated with. There is no real independence, no view of the world but what popular culture has said it is. It’s about wanting the power, wanting the fame and wanting to think you are tough. Maybe I just have an issue with the gangs mentality?  I know in LA there are graffiti people who do enrich lives. I loved driving into LA to go to the fabric district and seeing the bright colors and cute cartoon things on the overpasses.  My favorite one was a little owl on a post. So simply  innocent and friendly. Tis all.. I am going to watch “They Live” by john Carpenter. It was mentioned in the documentary and is free on google video so off I go!

CSI / The Thrifty Barn

3 06 2010

I HATE crossing traffic at a busy street to get to the far lane needed to exit a local thrift store. This lead to a great discovery! I took a back route that I was making up as I was going along and I passed a CSI Truck which wasn’t the great discovery but it was interesting because I have never seen one. I wanted to take a photo but didn’t have my camera…

So after the CSI vehicle I hit  a stop sign and as I looked left  I saw a Red Barn with Bold White letters reading

“Thrift Barn”

I knew I had to weird out the cars around me and make a sudden turn and get inside asap. Once inside I was taken back to the Washington thrift store in a tiny town I stopped at on my honeymoon….

The walls were covered with amazing art and antiques that were solely for aesthetics! There were old bikes, 1940s shoes, signs and knicknacks that lined the walls of this barn. I spent 1/2 hour there and found a few cooking books but can’t wait to go back. If they had a lounge I would be there all the time.

Well, it’s been probably a month since we started to rearrange our humble abode. We got a lot done… but the Office/Etsy room is still unusable.


So, tonight my hubby is gone and I am taking matters into my own two hands.

One HUGE cup of coffee, my MGMT station on Pandora, stretchy pants and my favorite tank top are my companions for this mission. OH, and my trusty converse which I can’t do without!