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DIY Hilarious Fail

Pinterest DIY looks so tantalizing and simple. In your own home, away from the perfectly staged online pictures, DIY can be a quite opposite experience. If you are looking for a Martha Stewart Pinterest-worthy DIY episode, move along dear heart.

First, let’s set the scene. My husband and I were hustling to prepare our Dallas-area Condo to become our rental property prior to our move in June. A big project was our small kitchen. We had already replaced the hideous fluorescent light fixture, and the 1980’s kitchen faucet, microwave, and fridge. Never bothering with the cream laminate countertops and stark white walls, they desperately needed to be bothered with now.

One of my closest girlfriends came in our time of need to join me in a “DIY Adventure”, the kitchen refresh. It quickly spiraled into an “I Love Lucy” sketch. She interviewed me afterwards to recount our DIY Hilarious Fail — video below.

There are 2 products I comically review in this video: Peel and Stick Wallpaper (purchased at Target), and Behr Premium Plus Paint (purchased at Home Depot).

This is unedited and a low-budget shoot (she uses a paint roller as a microphone.) It adds to the raw emotion of the DIY misadventure. The last 8 seconds kill me. I hope that this will bring you a much-needed laugh too, as we all really need one after the tragedies of last week.

What DIY fails have you had? Share them with me – leave a comment.

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Operation Head shots

Family is and always has been important to me. Between all of us, God has blessed us with a variety of talents. There’s cooking, dancing, singing, baking, playing guitar, arts & crafters, computer/gaming skills, athleticism, teaching, logistics, photography, event planning, acting, and so on and so forth. We have a lot of fun between all our families!

My oldest niece, Alyssa, loves acting. She has been/and remains involved in several productions throughout her high school career. To pursue her dreams of stardom, good head shots are crucial for “the biz”. With our new camera and DIY portable light-box for our business, Illuvint, we were able to help her along in that pursuit. And I’ve learned a thing or ten about the art of digital photography and perfecting lighting along the way as well!

As usual, our family pulled together to make it happen. From plucking eyebrows, to wardrobe, to make-up and make-shift reflectors, and everything in between – we accomplished our mission, and had a great time doing it!

Here are 2 of my favorites from yesterday’s photo shoot:

A Black Edited Copyright

A Blue Edited Copyright

And for any talent scouts out there, you could just contact me to reach this gem. She sings, acts, is funny and sweet, and is related to me– so is the total package! HA!

Good luck to all my friends and family in pursuit of their dreams – don’t ever give up!

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Non-Extreme Home Makeover: Dad’s House

Dad asked for help in picking out paint colors for the interior of the house.  People do this all the time–run out to the paint or hardware store, pour over paint chips, bring them home and pour over them some more, narrow it down–and then choose their colors.  But it is different this time.

It will be two years in January that Dad will have lived solo in the home that he and Mom built in Florida to enjoy retirement over a decade ago.  Sometimes it can be hard to agree on paint colors, and then life gets nuts, so the walls have remained white all these years.

White walls.  There are things on the walls, and other colors all around, but they are still cold, white walls.  Looking back, I guess that somehow my Mom’s bubbly presence, and all the yummy smells from the kitchen, didn’t make them seem as stark as they now can sometimes feel.

There are still many “touches” of Mom that remain here, some to his liking, and some not as much. Odd how a thing that they picked out together at a time and place in the past can serve a dual purpose at times – a painful reminder.  Ah, GRIEF – a strange and unpredictable “companion” at times.

Picking out paint colors is another step in this journey alongside Dad.  The goal is to make this a place Dad feels is homey and to his liking; definitely not to remove Mom from this home.  I do happen to love decorating, so it’s a lot of fun for me and good practice for when we are blessed with our first house.

All things serve a purpose. Yesterday, as we drove back from dropping my brother and Godson off at the airport, I debated one last time to try to hustle out some Christmas cards still (yes, I’m well aware that Christmas BEGINS in 3 days, thank you).  This year has been one of s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g, and amidst the rush of too many big and small things, cards became low priority.  So we stopped at TJ Maxx to scope out the possibility of making my last ditch effort a reality.

We walked out with 2 new Comforter options for Dad instead, and I feel much better about the whole thing now, HA!

NOTE: That was your heads-up to look out for my Annual Christmas letter, well wishes, and photo shares here on my blog instead of in your mailbox, please and thank you 🙂

Now back to the fun stuff — the Non-Extreme Home Makeover: Dad Edition

Original ComforterThis was the original comforter in Dad’s room

Option #2

Dad had already picked up a new red blanket that matched this option, so we picked this up, as 1 of his top 2 choices, knowing one would be returned.

Dad's New ComforterBut this is the one we decided on. Dad likes how it brightens up the room. I like how it’s simple and clean, yet masculine.

Well, that’s step 1 of however many in this Non-Extreme Home Makeover. We’ll see where it leads – just glad to be along for the ride!

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