On Friday I delivered abrooch bouquet to a client. I decided to take the dogs with me to get them out of the house. The wedding venue was in Needville, Texas which is about an hour away from the house. Before we headed back to the house, I decided to let the dogs out into an open field (on venue property) to have a run about. Little did I know that Kate was going to find herself a pile of cow poo. That dog…poor Toby and I had to ride all the way back with a smelly pup. Friday evening we met our old neighbors (who are now living back in Canada) for dinner. We miss them so much!! They came back to the house and they had a few rounds of Hendricks, soda and a splash of lime with Hubs. I had water…stupid Interstitial Cystitis. Oh well, didn’t drink any calories.
Saturday morning I woke up early and I couldn’t breath out of my mouth. My tongue was swollen so much that it was blocking my oral airway. Talk about scary. I haven’t figured out what caused it but I think I have it narrowed down to two things which I will now avoid until I meet with a doctor about the issue. 1. Shellfish. I’ve never been allergic to shellfish before and I eat it almost weekly. 2. Lavender essential oil. That night I diffused some because I wanted to get a restful sleep and then I put some on my lower abdomen (over my bladder) to help with my bladder spasms. I’ve done both before and this never happened. Once I calmed myself down, I took a chance and swallowed a Benadryl (note: don’t ever do that if your tongue is swollen…but as a medical professional I took the chance..not smart). Thankfully it worked and my tongue swelling went down. Hubs made pancakes and Texas shaped biscuits using the Trader Joe’s pancake/biscuit mix and THIS cookie cutter.
They were very tasty and even better with Trader Joe’s Strawberry Preserves. While he was cooking I read a few articles that said adults can develop allergies to certain foods/substances. Hopefully an allergy specialist will have more information on that. I REALLY don’t want to submit to allergy testing.
The Benadryl made me really sleepy so I ended up sleeping until 3pm. So productive right?! Ha. We decided to go see the new Insurgent movie. It was pretty good. I think I need to see the first one over again. I was surprised with how well I slept Saturday evening. Whenever I take Benadryl I have really trippy dreams. I was in my old neighborhood being chased by alligators. Weird because Virginia doesn’t have alligators and I’m not afraid of them.
Sunday morning we met our old neighbors again. This time we went to brunch…we went to Karl’s in Richmond. Best brunch. I always get them to make me an omelet and waffle. Yum! Afterwards we took the dogs to the dog park. When I got home, I bathed them and worked on a trick that I started on Thursday. She finally has it. She will now go around objects on command. It’s pretty cute…bias. Here’s a video of what we have so far…and our horrible fireplace.
While Hubs studied, I took advantage of the beautiful day and started painting out entry table again. I HATE painting. Seriously, it’s been in our garage for over a year. I worked on it for a little bit and then grew sick of a sore back. First the paint was wrong and then someone used the wrong brush on the top and it left brush marks...the top was PERFECT with the wrong shade. Typical right?! So I sanded it down and used a Purdy brush. I think it still needs a little sanding (bugs stuck to the paint) and another coat for good measure and then a coat of poly.
I learned how to properly clean paint brushes today. It's a pain in the ass but when you buy expensive brushes, it's worth it to clean them.
The paint dried a lot darker than this photo but you get the idea.
I’m thinking these knobs for the drawers. Thoughts??
Remember these are the pulls for the larger doors on each side. I'm worried about the brass on the side of these being too shiny for the above brushed brass knob. Has anyone every brushed brass to make it less shiny?
Now that the bride has finally seen her bouquet, I'd like to show you all what I've been working on the last month. The bride wanted a rustic brooch bouquet with a burlap and lace stem. The brooches are family heirlooms. It was a true honor for her to trust me to make her wedding bouquet with such precious items.
If you missed my wedding bouquet and my bridesmaids go HERE.
Note: All images are copyrighted. Do not steal my images please.
I am so excited to share the following post with you all. I have a background in health and safety education so today I'm mixing business with pleasure with my new series on home safety.
I spent the majority of my teenage years hanging out around a firehouse where I volunteered as an EMT. I quickly learned which household items can be a fire hazard. The toaster is one of them. Today, I'm hear to teach you how to properly clean a toaster to decrease the risk of fire.
Don't believe that toaster fires are an issue? Have a looksy here.
How to Clean the Toaster
Before we get started, please unplug the toaster and place it in an area away from water.
((I'll wait until you're done)).
Thank you. Next gather your items needed for this task.
Does your toaster have a removable crumb tray? Empty tray over the trash can and wipe it off.
Fold your bath towel to the size a little larger than the toaster.
Next, tap the toaster onto the towel. This motion should be between a tap and a slam (word isn't coming to me). A forceful tap? This will loosen any crumbs from the inside of the toaster allowing them to fall onto the towel.
Tap to toaster at different angles to allow any loose crumbs to fall.
As you can see in the photo below, I didn't use a towel. It was very loud and crumbs were everywhere.
This next step is VERY important.
You don't want to get water inside the toaster so read carefully.
Take 1 teaspoon of water and put it on the corner of the Magic Eraser. Then squeeze the magic eraser to ensure most of the water is out of it. You want it to be damp enough to work but not wet enough for water to drop out when you push down on it.
Use the Eraser to clean the area around the opening of the toaster
(see photo below).
Once you are done, the Magic Eraser should look something like this.
Next, I used the stainless steel wipes to clean the outside of the toaster. The vinegar solution linked above works too.
Use your vacuum cleaning with a small brush attachment and clean the inside of the toaster. This will help remove any crumbs stuck on the wire cages inside. And lastly, tap the toaster on the towel one last time to remove any crumbs unlodged by the vacuum brush.
Another toaster safety tip
Never remove anything from a toaster using a metal utensil.
Use plastic! You'd be surprised how many people use metal.
Well, that's a wrap for the first part of my new series.
If you are looking for something relating to home safety or if you have a good idea, leave a comment in the section below and I will happily consider it in the future as a part of this series. I hope you enjoyed it.
Where did the weekend go? I feel like we haven't stopped but such is life.
On Friday morning I took the dogs to the dog park. They really enjoyed it and it was nice to not have to walk them in the afternoon. I did have to bathe them because they both love the mud and the pond.
That evening, Hubs and I did schoolwork and went to the gym and then ate the calories back by ordering pizza delivery. It really wasn't that good which was disappointing but at least we didn't have to cook. There's something hard about stopping studying and starting again. I also worked on finishing a brooch bouquet for a client. That should be done soon and I will share.
I also finished some plans that I shared on Instagram. In my spare time, I'm teaching myself how to draw building plans. I really enjoy it because my drawings NEVER make sense to anyone. It's nice to have another tool to explain my thought process. If you missed them, go follow me on IG. But I'll share here, but only this time :)
I've been having trouble sleeping at night so I started taking melatonin temporarily until my body returns to a normal sleep cycle. I have also been drinking this tea and diffusing lavender in an oil warmer when we sleep. I think it helps. Something is working....well until i slept until 1:30pm this afternoon. Should be interesting trying to get back to sleep tonight.
On Saturday morning I woke refreshed and continued working on the brooch bouquet. Here are the majority of the brooches and the overall color of it. I think I love it more than my brooch bouquet!
Hubs and I took the dogs to the park again and bathed them AGAIN. It's worth it. I really think that it's helping with the shedding. Saturday evening we went to the gym and I worked out with Hubs...which I NEVER do. I usually do my own thing and he does his but sometimes it's nice to workout together. I'm sore today but a good sore.
On Sunday we went to church. We haven't been in quite a while and it was nice to be back.
Hello and happy Friday. I had every intention of sitting down and completing a few blog posts in my draft folder but life happens. Right now I'm sitting here listening to classical piano music, hoping it will help me fall into slumber (at noon, yes). I am extremely exhausted; I haven't had restful sleep in about three weeks and on days that I don't exercise I will stay up completely. I'm not sure where this energy is coming from but I REALLY wish it was around when I was completing my first degree at JMU. I usually crash around this time of day. I tried melatonin last night and it helped me sleep but only from 8:45p to 1:30a. Anyways, less about that and more about other things.
I'm working on a four part home safety series which I'm really excited about. I'll share that as soon as as I finish. :)
I cleaned part of the garage this week. It's been on my list for quite sometime but I wanted to finish projects before working in there to make room for stuff. My goal is to get my car back in soon. HA!
Brace yourself for the following photos. Just keeping it real people. The garage has been the catch all. You can see the entry table in there that still needs to be finished. It needs another coat of paint but I'm waiting for the temperature outside to increase a bit more.
And After (but still not complete)
The plan is to make a shelf for the bins on the left similar to THIS.
Here are the contents in the bins:
Offshore Gear--for when Hubs goes to oil platforms off the coast of Africa to check project progress
Pool supplies--filter stuff, chlorine tablets
Pest Control--bug spray, citronella candles, oil, and bug fogger. Texas bugs are bigger.
Sports--life jackets, softball stuff, boxing punch pads, etc. I think we need another bin for this stuff because I still have stuff that wouldn't fit.
Paint Supplies--brushes, paint trays, rollers, sponges. Basically anything that I need to keep sawdust off of. :)
Beer Making Supplies--bits and bobs that are used to make beer. Hopefully someone picks that hobby up again soon. It takes up a lot of space and the end product was really tasty and I don't even like beer.
And if you look closely you can see our pegboard wall inspired by the lovely Creativity Exchange! I still need to paint it (story of my life and the project I put off the most because I don't really like painting) and share that process on here. This weekend I plan on adding wheels to the work bench to make it easier to move. I like the idea of having everything in the garage movable (with lockable wheels) since our garage is smaller. AND it will help keep sawdust out of the garage because it would allow me to move the saw table outside into the driveway.
I'm still debating on a color to paint the walls are pegboard but once I do, I'll share. Garage To Do List
Decide paint color
Add Shelf above work bench
add wheels to work bench
Decide what to do with power washer, push mower, seed spreader
Reorganize yard tool wall.
Paint garage floor
Add more electrical outlets (we only have ONE!)
Are you up to anything fun this weekend? I'm going to study and watch the Oscars. And hopefully sleep.