Thursday, March 20, 2014

Happy (slightly early) Birthday to Me!

Tomorrow is my Birthday and I couldn't possibly be more excited. I have amazing plans for an adventure with some of my favorite people. I CAN'T WAIT.  Last night I was reflecting on my first 25 years and thought I would do something a little different and fun. It's a gif list because I'm a millennial after all. Without further ado: 25 things I've learned in 25 years.

1. 25 is still young enough that being carded is annoying.
    2. Sometimes I still think boys have cooties. Other times sometime I know they do.

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    3. Calories are sneaky, sneaky bullies.

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    4. I have become worse at over-estimating my own abilities as I get older. Or just more stubborn. Same dif.
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    5. I don't know how to respond to recommendations for anti-aging or wrinkle creams. Apparently now is the time for that stuff. Already.

    7. In the past few years I've found all sorts of new ways and reasons to be confident.

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    8. I no longer feel the need to pretend I'm enjoying things I have no interest in.

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    9. I've learned to prioritize, and the importance of saying no.


    10.  I have a different level of appreciation for caffeine.

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    11. I have to admit that some of the best conversations ever will never remembered.

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    12. I don't need to apologize for just being myself. Or to inanimate objects..


    13. We are all emotional about different things that don't seem important to other people. That doesn't mean it's not a valid emotion.

    14. The more money I have to spend, the more likely I am to waste it. 

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    15. It's funny to think of the things that are funny now, but were NOT funny at the time.
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    16. What other people think about me is not my business. 

    17. Even after years of being away from things, like singing and theater, I still see glimpses of them everywhere and love to support it. You never outgrow the things that are part of who you are. 

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    18.  The only long term plan I can count on is that plans will change. 

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    19. Failure is just a part of life. Avoiding that creates mediocrity.

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    20.  Saying something silly is also, unfortunately, a part of life. Learning to apologize and try again is a continual lesson.
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    21. I used to take time with family for granted. Now it seems like the most precious thing in the world.

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    22. Friends are the best investment one could make.

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    23.  It's okay to show happiness and joy even if no one else is. That's when everyone needs it the most.

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    24. Occasionally I'm stricken with a panic that I've wasted my youth by not being "exciting enough" or not going on enough adventures, and them I remember how young I still am.
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    25. Sometimes even we introverts need a night out.


    I'm posting this today instead of tomorrow because I won't want to spend one minute away from the action even if the action is just sitting and talking. Thanks so much for being a part of what made 24 a special year :) What would make your list? I'd love to know!



    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

    "Iron" Headboard (trickery)

    Is there anything better than the feeling of making something yourself for SUPER cheap, and having people think it was store bought and expensive? Nope. Not to me anyway. Especially when it's something that completely changes a room. A perfect example of this type of project was a PVC headboard that looks like iron. #fooledyou

    This bed frame and headboard set from Urban Outfitters is $800. My bed frame and headboard set was about $50. And $35 of that was spent on the plain metal sturdy frame. Enough with the numbers, the other great part is how relatively simple it was to make!

    You Will Need:
    4- 10' PVC pipe poles 3/4" thick
    2- PVC elbow joints for 3/4"
    14- PVC t-joints for 3/4"
    PVC pipe cutters
    Measuring Tape
    Spray Paint
    Plastic sheeting or area okay to paint it

    My dimensions are for a queen size bed but it would be easy enough to adjust the width as needed. Mark off your measurements with a sharpie and use the pipe cutters to cut to length. Here's a list of cuts:

    1 piece- 60"
    2 pieces-6"
    2 pieces- 18"
    6 pieces- 24"
    10 pieces-11.5"

    I know 11.5" is kind of a weird measurement but using the t-joints adds a tiny bit of length. Using a full 12" would make the detailed section too long for the top bar and too wide for the bed. Push all the pieces firmly together. You can use a rubber mallet if you're having trouble getting them as tightly as possible. After this picture, I added t-joints to the bottom pipes too.

    To paint, I used Rust-oleum in hammered finished antique pewter. It has a primer in it and is also suitable for plastic. Give it all 2 coats and a day to try between each one.I just happened to have these large sheets of plastic still around from when I bought my mattress. They were perfect to guard the background from rogue spray paint. Be sure to wear some kind of shoes though - the bottoms of my feet were antique pewter for a week, Ikidyounot.

    After it dries thoroughly just put it behind your bed. I haven't attached it in any way, just let it rest between the bed and the wall in the corner and it's fine. I wouldn't lean on it myself but it's perfect for pillows and looks cute with a blanket over the top rail as well.

    Can you tell it's made of $10 worth of PVC and a good can of spray paint? What color would look best in your room? I'd love to know!


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