Kiss the girl remake by Colbie Caillat (going on my iPod as we speak, if I can find it!)
This print for either the bathroom or the den:
This awesome plate:
As for the home inspection, well, it went okay. There was some rotted wood that needs to be replaced in the crawl space, and there is apparently a leak somewhere in the laundry room closet, b/c there are hints of mold on the base of the drywall. THAT scares me, but the Knight (who used to work as an assistant home inspector) and our home inspector (who is the Knight's uncle) didn't seem to think it was going to be a big deal to fix the leak, replace the drywall, and clean up the mold. Also, a few of the outlets don't work, and a couple of windows have broken glass. All fixable, and hopefully within the seller's repair budget that we negotiated into the contract.
Also, today I need to start packing, start shopping for homeowner's insurance, drop off a check at the mortgage company for the appraisal fee, and pull all of my hair out. Let's not even talk about the several apron orders I have piling up, and the laundry that is piling up beside it! Thank goodness the new Sex & the City movie is coming out this weekend...at least I have a visit with those four fabulous women to look forward to!
Stressed out kisses,
P.S. I have uploaded tons more pictures of the house on Flickr. Go here if you want to see them!
So says Artsy Fartsy at 30.5.08
The Knight and I have been following the South Beach Diet plan for 2 1/2 weeks, with noticeable success. For those of you that don't know what it is, it is basically a lean protein, low-fat dairy, non-starchy veggie diet. Its kind of like the Atkins diet, but more sensible, and it allows some kinds of bread.
Yesterday, I had to cheat b/c I ate dinner at someone else's house, and the main course was chicken pasta salad (white flour pasta is a big no-no on the diet). I tried to eat as little as I could, but I also had 3 glasses of white wine (also is a no no), and when I came home, I was starving, so I ate a piece of whole wheat bread with peanut butter (also not good, but not as bad as the first two things).
When I woke up this morning, I woke up with what I can only describe as a "bread hangover." I felt yucky, I couldn't wake up, and my tummy was all "poochy." Apparently, this is a punishment South Beach superstars experience if they cheat after following the diet to a T. I banged around the apartment trying to wake up, but was basically unsuccessful. Growl. Not only was I having a hard time waking up, but 1/2 through my "getting ready routine," our power went off while I was cooking eggs. At this point, I still had wet hair and no makeup, so I waited around the apartment a little while longer to see if the power would come on. No such luck.
With much chagrin, a dripping head, and a scary face, I went to work.
Fast forward to this afternoon, and the Knight just called me to tell me that he came home to find one of our stove's "eyes" on high, and that Betty had been trapped in our Master Bath all day long with no lights, but with the fan running.
Although I washed up the pan (and with much morose, watched the eggs get washed DOWN the drain, rather than into my tummy), I apparently neglected to turn off the stove.
Then, I put Betty in the bath b/c people were coming to work on the guest bath toilet while we were at work, and they won't come into our apartment unless Betty is contained. Instead of turning on the light, I apparently turned on the fan.
I am such a dolt! What if the stove had caught the house on fire and burned little Betty to a crisp? I am just so glad that she is okay. Seriously, can I be trusted to be a homeowner?
(P.S. I have not forgotten about telling you about the home inspection. I just can't tell you about it right now, because, quite frankly, I don't understand half of the things on the report. ACFIs? 60 amps v. 100 amps? Joists? It is all gobbledygook to me. Our realtor is coming over tonight to explain to us what our next step is...once I know what is going to happen next, I'll be sure to share with you at least 60 amps worth of juicy house gossip!)
So says Artsy Fartsy at 29.5.08
For my blog! Isn't the new design so adorable? And SO me? I am in blog heaven...it has everything I love...aqua, orange, shoes, shopping, cool fonts, and even a cartoon version of me!
Marina, you did a wonderful job! Thank you so much for all of your hard work and responding back to me so quickly. Even the Knight thought it was cool!
Speaking of the Knight, he and I just got back from the craziest whirlwind weekend in Nashville. We went there for Memorial Day to visit his sister and her husband and kids, and see our friends and their new baby! And, for the first time, we left our baby at "camp" (Perk's Pet Kennel) for the weekend, since we knew we were going to spend a majority of our time on the lake. I was so sad leaving her at a kennel, but I know she'll be safe...it was just so hard to say goodbye!
Actually, first, our weekend started here in Memphis on Friday afternoon. I have mentioned that the Knight and I have been trying to buy a house, and I am happy to say that as of Friday, we officially have a contract on a house! We are so excited, and are supposed to close on June 20th. This is what it looks like now, but keep in mind that we are considering painting the brick cream to really bring out the pretty wood stained shutters and front door.
So says Artsy Fartsy at 26.5.08
But not having any problem finding pictures!
I'm going to warn you...this post has at least 30 pictures. You might call this lazy blogging, but I call this a realistic representation of our crazy life.
I promised that I would post pictures of my birthday, mom's graduation, and, of course, the infamous Betty Rascal. Here we go. Mom's graduation and the BR are in this post. I have a birthday post coming.
First, here is an "apron family" I sewed for a lady in my office. You can't tell from this picture, but the orange and blue fabrics have matching white polka dots. They are the same brand, just different colors. Also, the blue of the full length child's apron coordinates with a blue that is in the floral print of the two girl aprons. Finally, the picture doesn't do the orange trim on the boy's apron justice...it really is the same color as the orange in the two girl aprons, but just looks different with the flash from my camera. This was such a fun set to sew...I can just picture the mom and her two kids wearing these and making cookies in the kitchen with flour and chocolate chips everywhere!
She is, by far, my best customer. And a big part of the reason I haven't had any time to sew for my etsy store. I think, to date, she has ordered 9 aprons. 6 of which have been delivered. Here is another mommy and me set she ordered for this past Mother's Day. Right now, I'm working on three BBQ aprons for her brother and his 2 sons. She has been so fun to sew for!
Okay, so, that's what I've been up to in the sewing department. Next I have a picture to show you...
The Knight and I were talking about how dog owners and their animals start to favor one another, and I fear its happening to me! First, I have to admit that Betty Rascal and I have the same hair color (and in the picture, about the same hairstyle!). It's true. If you put my hair up to her hair, it is very hard to distinguish who's who. Second, look at my shiny big forehead and her big white forehead. We both have big eyes for our faces, and similarly sunny dispositions. I know it may seem crazy to think that animals have "dispositions," but I know all you pet lovers agree with me...she has her own personality, and it is about as cheerful, inquisitive, and playful as mine. Don't worry, we aren't going to start dressing alike or anything, but it is kind of funny!
Since we are having a Betty Rascal Photo Frenzy, here are adorable pics my mom took of her while Mom was visiting with us. I swear, she and Betty love each other more than me! After Mom left, Betty was pretty gloomy the next day...no one to play with and no one to give her big yummy treats all day long!
(Family shot at pinning. That's my dad on the left, my mom in the middle, my uncle on the right, my niece in the corner, and my maternal grandmother in the middle. The rest of the people are my siblings. I swear I am not pregnant, nor that fat. That shirt kind of bubbled up when I kneeled, and the sun shining on my stomach doesn't help!)
(Picture of my brother and I. He is 23, and one of the most wonderful people I know. He is a Christian who truly tries every day to live a life of Christ. He genuinely just loves people, and is using his amazing advertising and graphic design ability to help a charitable organization in Tulsa get the publicity it needs. Doesn't that just sound so cool? Makes my lawyer job sound so mundane.)
(My brothers, sister, and I. My youngest brother is 14, and we are such kindred spirits. He and I are the nerdy ones in the family, and we have always had a special little bond because of it. My littlest bro can play the brass off the french horn and is also an excellent piano player. I keep trying to convince him to look at going to college in Memphis to study music...I would love to have him to "mother!" My sister is 16, and the true drama queen of the family. She is also one of the sweetest and most tender people I know. She can sing and act beautifully, and I am so excited to see what the future holds for her! Of course, here's is my oldest brother and me again. See? The shirt isn't so bad in this picture!)
(Okay, Dad took this picture while we were at Sam's Club. Mom's best friend came from Nashville for all the graduation festivities, and we took it upon ourselves to throw Mom and her two best college friends one kick butt party (pictures shown below...let me know if you think we succeeded!). Here, I am trying to explain to the lady at Sam's that I want to order a graduation cake, but I want it to be "classy," and not a cheesy "themed" graduation cake. I felt like she and I were speaking two entirely different languages. She kept showing me all these cakes with plastic balloons and edible photos of graduates that could be printed on the cake. Finally, we settled on this design...not bad, but not exactly what I had in mind)
(Before Mom left to actually go graduate, my sister and her friend decorated my mom's station wagon and my dad's van with all kinds of sayings like "Honk if you love Nursing!" "Hello, Nurse!" "I'm married to the most beautiful nurse ever!" It was so cute, and really made my mom happy.)
(Mom took this picture of our row cheering for her. If you can see the tall guy wearing a black button up over a yellow shirt with his face turned to the right, you've found us, too! Somehow, she managed to find us in the mass of people in the stadium.
(Picture of dad with his colleagues. All ORU professors have to attend graduation and wear their doctoral robes. It is such a Harry Potter convention. He's the one smiling and wearing the red hood/collar thing. Isn't he the cutest?)
(This is where we had Mom's graduation party. Her friend, Noma, was another "guest of honor" at this party, and this is her apartment's pool. I love the gazebo and the lake below it. The weather was perfect, and everything turned out just the way we wanted it!)
(Here's the lovely graduate with her happy cake!)
(Okay, this picture is only on here for selfish reasons. See that girl standing in the middle? The willowy blonde in the black dress? Okay, well she (Hannah) is one of Mom's best nursing friends, and my whole family is scheming to get her and my oldest brother together. She thinks my brother is cute, and I'm pretty sure the feeling is mutual. Anywho, as far as I can tell, they would be perfect for each other. They are both "Jesus hippies" (a term of endearment, I promise), and she is the total package - beautiful, super smart (pretty sure she was the valedictorian of the nursing school), and she just 'fits' in our family. I'm definitely praying about this one!)
(Mom and me...do you think we look alike?)
So says Artsy Fartsy at 22.5.08