DIY: Lemony Snicket Shelves or Decoupaged Shelves

I had picked up these cheap as heck square shelves a while back and could never decide what to do with them. They just didn’t fit my decor at all and they wouldn’t fit in my craft room. So they sat all by their lonesome for months until I started looking at Pinterest and saw all the amazing decoupage projects folks were doing.
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Fabric Wall Board Project

I found some nice 8″ x 8″ cork tiles at the store the other day and it was perfect for a project I had simmering in the back of my mind. I wanted to decorate the bare walls in my bedroom and thought that cork boards would be an excellent ideas as I could easily change the content when the whim struck me.

Then I got to looking around at some creative blogs and all the creative things folks are doing and decided I wanted to take this project further.

So I had these ideas flittering through my head for a couple of days simmering and brewing up something good. Then the AHA moment struck…

You see, I have to admit that I am a texture whore… I love fabric, yarn, ribbons, and all manner of stuff. And although I had given about 70% of my fabric stash away before I moved, I still had lots left that I couldn’t bear to part with.

In fact I had three fabrics that were my favorites and have not been able to decide what to do with them…

AHA Says I…

Why not use these fabulous fabrics to cover the corkboards???

BLUEGREEN STRIPES Orange Paisley Square Hindi Patterned Square

But I had four cork boards and only three patterns… hmmm.. so of course I go tearing through my stash trying to find something that will work with this theme… But alas, I’m drawing a blank.. Nothing fits 😦

Hmmm says I…

As I peer into my closets… I see the shirt that I absolutely love but refuse to wear because the front had the pattern upside down…

Multi Patterned Square

AHA Says I…


BLUEGREEN STRIPES Orange Paisley Square
Multi Patterned Square Hindi Patterned Square

Oh Noes! It’s unbalanced!!!!

Well dangit all cobble sticks!

So I go tearing through my stash again to find something that will balance out the colors…

And discover the perfect fabric!!!!

Hindi Patterned Square Orange Paisley Square
Orange and Pink Dots Square
Multi Patterned Square

AHhhhhh…. says I…

So now I have my glue gun, spray adhesive at the ready..

I’ll keep you posted on the adventure `;~)

Later Darlin’s

Everything Yet Nothing

I taught my first dance class Saturday to a lovely bunch `;~) I had three girls under 11, one tween, and two lovely ladies join me.

It was supposed to be a 2 hour class, but none of use could do 2 hours. I’ve gotten horribly out of shape since I haven’t been dancing for the last 2 years 😦 I realized this two months ago and was going to the gym regularly until the chaos of moving started. I’m ashamed to say, I haven’t been since I moved either 😦

I’ve meant to go for the last two weeks, but my sleep has been terrible and I haven’t managed to get up in time to go. I have got to get a handle on my sleep!!!

The ladies would like to learn a choreography, so I am thinking about what kind of song and hope to have one picked out by the next class. I’m thinking of something slower and sensual for the older ladies and maybe teaching the young girls a basket dance.

The apartment is coming along. I”ve gotten 75% unpacked. The only major thing is unpacking and setting up my studio. I need to vacuum before I set alot of stuff up and that is waiting to be done during the day… I’m sure my neighbors would not enjoy hearing the vacuum at 4am `;~)

But I am making significant headway and I really love the place!

Positively Positive!

I haven’t posted in FOREVER… Not sure exactly why, I guess I needed to focus more internally for a while. Life has been busy, schedule has been kind of up and down all summer. My routine has been off and it has been a challenge for me.

Lots of really positive changes have been happening for me. I’ve been working on being positive and have seen tremendous changes. Right now, I’m feeling really good about life and that has allowed for many blessings to come into my life.

I’ve found a very special man, who thinks I’m just as special! He is a police officer and a marine. He is also a Gemini of all things… We’ve been seeing each other for three weeks. This relationship is so completely different from every other one I’ve ever been in! At first, his Gemini ways was very off putting. But at the time, I didn’t realize he was a Gemini and then the”duh moment” of realizing this is what I asked for!!!!

I asked for a relationship where my partner was not clingy and dependant upon me. It was the highest priority on my list that I have my time (AND INDEPENDANCE) and I don’t get passive aggressive bs for it! But yet, when I got that I was totally freaked out because I did not realize that I got what I asked for! I thought he was being a jerk. LOL…

But he is so not a jerk! It is taking some getting used to, there are issues, but we actually communicate and talk. We are honest with each other. We talk about what is going on in our lives and we are real with each other.

Yes, it isn’t perfect and neither of us are exactly normal, but it’s working and I don’t believe in perfect or normal anyway `;~) It is taking everything I have to not jump in with both feet!

The second major change in my life is that for the very first time, I’m moving because I want to move and I’m moving into a nicer place that *fits* me better. It isn’t the cheapest place, but that is okay. I am past the “I have to find the cheapest place I can that I can move into RIGHT NOW!”

I just randomly mentioned to a friend that I was thinking about moving and to keep their eyes and ears open for me. Lo’ and behold, my friend says they have a place that may be available soon. Her in-laws own property and their other son lived there until he got sick and had to move in with his parents.. The apartment has just been sitting there for years…

My friend talked her in-laws and viola! I’m in… It is an awesome apartment. A one bedroom PLUS loft with cathedral ceilings and built-in-book shelving all the way to the ceiling.

I am a bit sad that I will not have any yardage or balcony, but I never used them at my current place. On the plus, I will not have to go to the laundry mat anymore!! YAY!!!

I also recieved permission to start my second degree training around Litha. I’m currently deeply fascinated by the current book I am reading, The Secret Teachings of Plants: The Intelligence of the Heart in the Direct Perception of Nature by Stephen Harrod Buhner. It is mind bending in some ways and will be one of my must read books `~)

So all in all, life is very positive right now…

Dancing in the Rain!!!

I posted on my facebook the other day that when your heart and mind are right, things come together as they should… Well, the stars must have aligned perfectly for me cause this has been an amazing week for me!

I had just begun to put out feelers for a new place to live as that gypsy wander lust had begun to enfuse my spirit. I had outgrown my current living arrangement and the lessons I needed to learn here had been learned enough that it is time for me to move on.

I’ve learned that not letting go once the lesson is learned is like driving in reverse with no brakes. Crazy stupid things start happening…. Yeah, can we just say… Car… meet Horse….

So with this in mind, I mention to some friends that I am looking for a place and lo’ and behold, they had one! It is right above the store that I am going to be teaching at this fall and selling my products!

It is an awesome apartment and for once, I’m able to get an apartment I WANT rather than having to settle for what I can afford or move into quickly! It is the most amazing feeling to be able to do that. Yes, it will be a bit tight, but nothing I can’t handle with better budgeting. It also has a washer dryer combo that will save me money too! No more laundry mat!! YAY

This is an amazing apartment with cathedral ceilings and a bookshelf system that goes all the way to the ceiling. It has one bedroom AND a loft. It does not have a yard or balcony, but that is okay. I haven’t used the huge yard I have now and I never sit out on the patio. I’m getting better at keeping indoor plants. My aloe is pretty happy and growing well. My ivy is stable -not really thriving, but still doing pretty well. So I’m hoping to do some indoor plants. Keep some herbs at least.

I’ll be using the loft as my creative studio plus room for the kids. Finally have room for all my work! I can’t tell you how exciting that is. My current place is not conducive to creativity. I can manage to get done things I have to get done, but it is hard to feel creative.