Me going green … and dragging my family with me, kicking and screaming!

Baby steps toward self sufficience and greenocity

From nearly trash to treasure! June 30, 2009

Filed under: frugal living,green living,recycling — razberiswrl @ 5:14 pm
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Soooo … I’ve always had a space issue in the kitchen.  It’s very poorly designed, and in order to have a full size table in there, I have to sacrifice a door.  There are 2 doors in my kitchen, one leads to the back yard, and the other leads to the garage.  If my chest freezer weren’t in the garage, sacrificing that door would be no big deal … but it is, and I get something out of that freezer nearly every day.

Anywho, we had a big ass table in there, and had to scoot it back and forth whenever we needed to use a door.  So, I’ve been on the lookout for a smaller table for quite some time.  Friday was my lucky day.  I ran across a listing on Craigslist.com for a round tile top table with a leaf in nice condition for $15.  Yep.  FIFTEEN BUCKS.  CHEAP!  I jumped on it.

Here it is all disassembled (didn’t have the foresight to take a BEFORE before pic, LOL):

As is, it was livable.  There was no need to do anything really other than wipe it down and get on with life, but I wanted something a little bit different.  Something with jazz hands.  Or spirit fingers.  They are pretty much interchangeable … as long as one or the other is there, my life is good.  So, I went to Lowes and bought some stuff.

So … I taped off the tile and sanded like a mofo:

Then I painted!  And laquered, and let it dry …

Then I put it in my kitchen.  Perfecto!

Now I just need to figure out what to put in those pretty jars …

Oh, and yeah, I know, my chairs look like crap.  I know.  I know.  There’s a certain kitty cat that uses them for scratching posts.  I can’t imagine I will ever change him, so he can destroy those babies (they aren’t mine anyway, the chairs OR the cat, HA!), and I’ll continue to bide my time until I find a set of matching chairs that I can paint  … or not …

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I’m a contributor!!! June 24, 2009

Filed under: Beauty — razberiswrl @ 9:28 pm
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How cool is that??

Check out mine and all the other contributing ladies’ fab nails at Manicure Mommas!

 

What kids value June 21, 2009

Filed under: frugal living,gardening,green living — razberiswrl @ 10:47 pm
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This is something I meant to share weeks ago.  When the kids and I went strawberry picking, I sent them ahead of me to pick, so I could come behind them to get everything they missed.  When their containers got full, they could come back to me, dump in the larger tray, and go back to pick more.  It worked out nicely.

So, here’s what I found when processing the fruits when we got home:

And a slew of others with deformities perhaps not as grotesque, LOL!  When I asked them why they picked THESE berries instead of the normal shaped ones, they responded whole heartedly that they were COOL.  Well, I guess they are kind of cool.  LOL!

 

Interlude for a birthday

Filed under: cooking,frugal living — razberiswrl @ 10:29 pm
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Ugg … I have all these half written entries staring at me from the right side of the screen.  It’s both embarrassing and crippling.  I’m sure that doesn’t make sense to most.

Anyway …

My daughter’s 6th birthday was this Wednesday.  She had an odd cake request.  She heard the song Single Ladies by Beyonce a while back, and just loves it … She asked for a Beyonce CAKE!!  WTH?!?  LOL!!!  Who am I to say no though??  So, I gave it my best:

Now, I know, I know, that is NOT a Beyonce doll, but I’m just a mom with a budget, and I couldn’t see spending $30 or more plus shipping on a doll from 1998 on Ebay or whatever.  So, off to the store M and I went.  We scoured the aisles for a Beyonce lookalike.  We ended up choosing the lovely Sasha from the Bratz collection, which was a MAJOR gift in and of itself.  You see, until NOW, M has not been allowed to have any Bratz toys … I don’t find them all that appropriate for little girls …  Sometimes one has to bend.  *shrug*

I think it turned out pretty good, and The Divine Ms. M was delighted, so, mission accomplished.  If you want to know how to make a similar cake, just google (or Bing!)  “princess cake,” and you’ll find lots of pics and instructions.

Here’s a funny pic of Beyonce’s near miss:

AHHH!!  FI-YAH!!  Heh.

Just for fun, here are some pictures of cakes past …

For A‘s 30th birthday last month

This one nearly didn’t make it.  What a mess!  I‘s 9th birthday, Kingdom Hearts.

Easter treats

Zelda ice cream cake for E‘s 6th bday

Dragon Ball Z