Saturday, May 31, 2014

Living Room Mood Board

Every time I go to Fred Meyer I see this adorable gray sectional and I've wanted it so badly.  I've sat on it briefly and it's just so comfortable but also stylish as well. I can totally see Russ hanging out on it and playing video games together. It usually hovers around $899-799 (and one time last holiday season it went down to $699) but I don't have a reason to buy it now- don't have the money or space. So, I guess it'll just have to live in my goofy little mood board that I worked up.

It's nothing fancy, just for fun. 

1.) Sectional: Ashley Furniture
2.) Coffee Table: Overstock
3.) Rug: World Market
4.) Decorative Boxes: Target
5.) Floor Lamp: Overstock
6.) Aviation Art: Z Gallerie
7.) Curtains: Target
8.) Hemnes Storage Shelf: Ikea

Happy Weekend, everyone! 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

You've Got To Be Kitten Me

This past weekend I was inspired to pick up a paintbrush and a spare canvas and paint a goofy little idea that's been bouncing around my brain for a while. I love lucky cats... I love sugar skulls... so, why not a lucky cat decorated like a sugar skull?! 

I found inspiration via Google images and just did my own take. I first drew everything out, then began with the emerald background. I originally wanted to do a black background but I thought the cherry blossoms with the emerald would be an unexpected combination and would still fit nicely with the Japanese-themed style. 

I love the way the cherry blossoms came out. I put a glob of pink paint right next to white paint and dabbed the brush in so each color was on half of the brush and just had fun with it. It gives the flowers a little more dimension when you use the white barely mixed with color. 

I am really pleased with the end result, my little lucky cat is adorable! I originally wanted to paint him in a similar color that Ian is but with all the ornamentation already covering him I thought it would be too much. 

He found the perfect home among the rest of our quirky game room art. It's probably my favorite art display in the house because it can be goofy, unexpected and just fun. 

Speaking of cats... I haven't mentioned the kitties lately, have I?

Well, they've been really busy lately so...

How lazy, right?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Besta of the Resta

For a while now Mom has been looking for a replacement TV media stand ever since I initially messed up the drawers on her old one. :-/ I'm usually so good at assembly but those drawers confused the hell out of me! As a result of repeated attempts to fix my mistake and shoddy construction, the stand drawers were beyond repair.

Enter: Ikea. Of course. On our last trip we went through the TV and media stand section extensively measuring and figuring out what would best fit in the space. We'd looked at the ones online and nothing really grabbed us. But what I didn't know was that they sometimes have custom models on the floor with parts that they assemble together to create a new unit.

For around $100, we saw one that would work and looked pretty cool. It was made up of multiple parts (which scared me because finding stuff in that huge warehouse at the end can be tedious and it's easy to forget a part!).

This unit was part of the Besta series; gotta love those Swedish names! 


I couldn't find the cabinet door on their website but if you are in the showroom and want to make sure you have all the pieces, you can ask an employee and they'll print out a parts list for you.

I think it turned out great. I love the dvd divider because it keeps everything in line. The door gives easy access to the XBOX and then you can just shut the door and hide it. It wasn't too bad to put together and on the Ikea Assembly Difficulty Scale of 1-10 that I just made up, I'd give it a 6 (just because I had to figure out how to put the drawers in and the cabinet doors myself with no directions provided).

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Chugging Along Nicely

The truck has been transformed with our new paint job and I think it looks amazing! Today we are taking the truck to be painted... she'll finally have a beautiful exterior to match her gorgeous interior. 

Here's what the truck started off looking like when we first adopted her:

Then we had to take her in to get the electrical and plumbing redone, replace the window, add racks, and a new jump seat.

We painted the cabinets and walls and used rubber molding with some strong adhesive along the back of the sink and where the counters met the walls. 

I didn't get a picture of it but we also replaced the old driver's seat cover (that was embroidered with frogs...) for a black seat cover with houndstooth. There's a few more things to add in here (more storage for boxes and paper products, our equipment, a generator) so I'll be updating as we go. So many exciting changes!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Care Package #3

Since I was too dim to realize that the last package I sent should have been his birthday box, I made this one as his birthday box instead. 

I just used scrapbook paper glued to the flaps and some other scrapbooking supplies to decorate. I used a silver Sharpie to draw the stars and other little personal messages. I taped down the 'happy birthday' letter stickers because they could easily fall off if the package is handled so badly as they usually are. I put an envelope on the side so I could place a few pictures and a little handwritten letter inside. 

Inside the box:

-Nestle water flavoring- iced tea
-Little Bites Blueberry Muffins
-Snyder's Honey Mustard & Onion Pretzels
-Chocolate granola bars
-Microwavable tortilla stuffers with tortillas
-Honey Bunches of Oats Granola 
-Pudding Snack Pack
-Milano Cookies
-Extra gum
-Different types of gummies
-Nutella dipping snacks 
-Cliff bars (white chocolate macadamia nut- the best kind)
-New boot socks
-Some fake mustaches
-Silly Putty

But his big birthday/deployment's over surprise is this: The XBOX One. I've been saving for it a little at a time since he left and I'm about 1/4 of the way saved for it (about $10 every week or so).


Today is his birthday: Happy Birthday Russ! :D

Friday, May 9, 2014

Friday High 5

1.) I got to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the only Navy wife friend I'll ever have- I haven't seen her in months so it was fun to catch up.

2.) We picked up the truck!

3.) We started painting the inside of the truck! We used primer especially for aluminum and then we're using a semi-gloss or eggshell to go over that. Everything is getting painted white for a clean, bright look. It's time consuming but it's really starting to look like "ours" now. :D

4.) The Veronica Mars movie came out this week and I bought it yesterday. 

5.) I found this adorable lucky cat for the truck dashboard that'll hopefully draw in the customers! (In the Japanese culture they believe the maneki-neko, or lucky cat, will bring in customers with the left paw raised and wealth and luck with the right paw raised... I need to find one with both paws up! It also depends on what color the figurine is... definitely need a gold one for wealth and prosperity.)

And here's the rest of my collection that she gets to join!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Another Obstacle Down!

Yesterday we drove down to Auburn to finally pick up our truck that has now passed Washington Labor & Industries! :D Another obstacle we've overcome, a huuuuge obstacle! For the past couple weeks we've had our electrical and plumbing completely redone. 

We had the mirror above the sinks taken out, what was begun of the hood and counter (for a cooking area) removed, bakery racks and cabinets installed, the fridge and our new freezer mounted to the floor and wall for stability. 

We also got this sweet jump seat installed so a passenger doesn't have to roll around on the floor or hang on for dear life. Its got a cross-body seatbelt that's mounted to the wall as well. 

We are planning on painting some of the inside and the cabinets to make it look a little more inviting and homey. This truck is all about making everything look amazing, inside and out. Next stop painting and decals! Then commercial kitchen. Then health department... and so on and so on. 

The list never ends!