Monday, April 13, 2015

Our Weekend


Friday
Hubs was off work (he has every other Friday off) so we spent the day at Panera getting work finished. He had a paper to finish and I’m currently applying for jobs and nursing schools. Fun times. While taking a break from applying, I worked on a few blog things. I am slowing fixing broken links around here and have a running list of blog posts that have missing photos or dead links. A few that I fixed,
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If you dig around here, chances are you will find a broken link. When I first started blogging I apparently wasn’t posting my photos correctly so they were only temporary. It’s rather embarrassing but hey you live you learn.

Saturday
Hubs had class and I went to get my hair cut! Ladies! Listen to me now. Go see my girl Melanie at Solution for Hair and Makeup on Westheimer. She used to work at my old salon in my area but decided to abandon me move to a salon with better opportunities for creativity and learning. I made the mistake of not following her. I was never happy with my hair unless Melanie did it so now I make the drive. And small world,  my blog friend Ellie over at Uptown with Elly Brown also sees her. Stunning that girl and she’s the sweetest thing! My hair looks way darker now because Melanie cut out the rest of my ombre from a few years ago. It didn’t take long for the Houston humidity to kill my vibe. I’ve been wanting a selfie stick for ages now mostly because they are illegal in South Korea…and I would feel like a total badass owning one of these. I searched everywhere on Saturday and nowhere had them. I was informed that as soon as they come in, they quickly sell out. After five stores (multiple Targets included), I settled for one at Best Buy. I was sort of pissed that it was $20 and found it WAY cheaper on Amazon. Another vibe kill.  Selfie Stick on Amazon 
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Hubs is thrilled about the idea of the selfie stick and jumps in as many photos as possible especially in public. When the neighbors are in the front yard. As you can see I also bought some new succulents that I still need to plant. I was going to plant them in the backyard but aloe is toxic to dogs. Great. Planned ruined. Okay. Back to selfie stick.
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jeans (so affordable), top, heels (old, similar here) watch
Saturday night we went to a boxing match. My trainer was coaching a guy and he won! It's pretty interesting to watch but I can't even think that my husband used to box. I would cut a bitch if I saw someone mess up his pretty face. 

Sunday
I slept in until 9am and Hubs woke me with Starbucks and a breakfast taco. That man knows the way to my heart. I worked on the blog a bit more with broken links and started to get cabin fever. I decided to take the poodles to the new dog park in Houston. I met Carolyn and her baby Schnapps there and they played together well. SO CUTE that little Schnapps.
They’ve been sleeping ever since.
Kate and Toby are shedding like crazy right now so. FUR. EVERYWHERE. They’re lucky I like them. I purchased this amazing lint roller a while back and it’s been a lifesaver especially on the furniture that “no dogs allowed” clearly doesn’t apply.
I was cleaning upstairs in one of the guest bathrooms and noticed a few silverfish bugs. TERRIBLE TERRIBLE creatures really. See our house is almost twenty years old and Houston is HUMID. They love warm, moist places and cardboard….which is why we store our attic and garage stuff in plastic bins. Anywho, we have the bug people come out every few months for preventative measures and they leave me with Silver Fish Packs. You guys. No joke they work. I keep them in our master bath and I went from seeing 5-6 a week to zero--Which is great because I was having to clean the bathtub multiple times a week. So I took two packs upstairs and that should do the trick. Oh the joys of older home ownership. Now I’m sitting here with a cup of bedtime tea relaxing.
What did you do this weekend?

Lura
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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter

  1. DIY Dog Easter Costume Photography

Dogs Dressed for Easter
Happy Easter!!! May your day be filled with happiness and the true Reason for the season. Hubs and I plan on spending Easter together with our dogs after church. 

John 3:16
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 11:25-26
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

Friday, April 3, 2015

Eleven Tools Every Woman Should Own


11 Tools Every Woman Should Own Domsticability. Best Inexpensive tools for beginners.
*this post contains affiliate links, meaning I get a small commission from a sale for recommending products to my readers. As always all thoughts and opinions are my own*
Ladies, it’s time. The time is now. It’s time to stop being intimidated by tools and get those projects done! You can do it!!! No really, you can and the following list of tools will help you complete those tasks.
Tools are meant to help not hinder a project. Remember that. But also keep in mind that learning a tool takes time and practice. Just like doing makeup, nails, and hair—still need to learn how to French braid.
Confession: I too used to be afraid of power tools or using tools in front of people because I was afraid they would judge me for messing up. Fact: Practice makes perfect. Do you know how many “practice” drill holes I had in my old college apartment? Guess what? You can fix it! It’s not permanent so what do you have to lose??  Another fact: Men think women with tools are hot…thanks Dad—that tool set you got me landed me quite a few flirt sessions in college.
Okay now, onto the goods.
1. Level. This is a really helpful tool when it comes to hanging things on the wall. I use mine ALL the time. It also helps with drawing straight lines on not so straight surfaces. This is the one I have and I love it. You can also use your iphone as a level. Here’s how.
Lightweight durable level Best Quality Inexpensive Empire
2. 16 oz. hammer. Generally, I use a heavier 24 oz. hammer but a 16-21oz. weight is a good starter hammer. Make sure it has a claw on the end to help remove those pesky mistake nails.
Generally, the heavier the hammer the easier it put the nail in (less hammering) hence why I use a heavier weight.
Best Great quality Hammer
3. Stud Finder. Hey stud. Can I nail ya? JOKE! Walls are built with wooden support and then covered with sheetrock. This tool helps us find the studs (supports) behind the sheetrock to ensure you are drilling/nailing into a solid surface so your wall décor doesn’t come tumbling down.
Great quality best stud finder Light
4. Cordless Rechargeable Drill. So many women are scared of drills. This is probably my most used tool (I hate using screwdrivers—takes too long and I sometimes lack the strength to aid the screw into the surface). This is the drill we have and I love it. It’s great because it comes with two batteries which allows you to use one while the other charges. You can do SO much with a drill too…drill pilot holes, screw things, mix concrete, sand or polish stuff, and even clean the grout lines in your flooring. Bob Villa shares 10 uses for a drill here.
Bosch Drill Set rechargeable quality inexpensive chargable drill set
5. Flashlight. This one is self explanatory. Sometimes we have to work on things in the dark. I really love this purple one from Maglite. Also effective as a personal protection device—heavy and could potentially knock someone out.
Maglight Flash Light Purple Bright durable long lasting quality
6. Pliers Set. Craftsman is a brand I’ve been using since I was little. They offer a limited lifetime warranty on all products and the quality is top notch! This set is great because each piece has an ergo grip, perfect for our delicate hands. The color combo is really cute too.
Craftsman Plier Set Easy Grip Durable Lifetime Warranty
7. Measuring Tape. For this, you want one that is at least 25 feet. You never know when you are going to need to measure the length of a wall. When buying a measuring tape, it’s important to make sure you can read the marks as some marks are way too hard to see. The mental bit on the end of the tape (by the zero) is the most important feature of a good measuring tape. Cheaper tapes have a wiggly one and that can skew the measurement DRASTICALLY. We still have one of those floating around the house and I can always tell when I use it AFTER I cut something. Must find. Destroy.  This one is a great option, plus it’s pink. Score.
 25 foot measuring tape pink durable great quality easy to read
8. Drill bits. These allow you to drill different size holes. I like these because they are great quality. I drill into metal, wood and plastic. They aren’t great for drilling into brick or stone but you can buy separate bits for those. I like these because they come with a case—which I always forget to put them back.
Drill Bit Set Dewalt Plastic Metal Wood
9. Cordless Glue gun. I don’t think this really needs an explanation. I use mine all the time and LOVE that I’m not restricted by cords.

Best Inexpensive Cordless Glue Gun
10. Utility Knife. This tool is useful for SO many things. Scraping labels, opening those Nordstrom boxes, removing dried paint from windows, cutting carpet or wallpaper. I love this knife so much! The grip is comfortable and great because it doesn’t slip…making it safer than a regular utility knife. You can also change out the blades.
Best Safest Utility Knife Great quality
11. Canvas Tool Bag. This canvas bag is perfect for storing all of your new items. It’s durable and a great color. You can also buy it in black.
Great Quality Canvas tool bag storage organization

What tools do you use that didn’t make the list? Comment below! I’d love to hear from you!
Lura
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Now that you know what tools you need, check out my Projects page and get inspired to get going!

Monday, March 30, 2015

DIY Knob Curtain Finial

I don’t know about you but I hate spending money. I recently priced window treatments for our dining room and WOW! We were going to need a 9-10 rod and the cheapest solid rod (without any seams) was $100+. I decided to DIY my own version. I found these knobs at Hobby Lobby for $10 ($5 when they went on 50% off sale!) and I love them! They are glass and brass and came with the washer and nut.



To fit these snuggly onto the ends of the curtain rod, I assembled them with corks! I’m so happy to see my drinking habits are starting to pay off in the home décor front.

I cut the cork a little to expose the threads on the knob so the washer and nut could go on. You can use a knife but I had a hack saw…because hacking things sounds like fun instead of cutting things. Duh.

Use a knife or hack saw to cut the cork to allow the nut and bolt to fit onto the threads of the knob Domesticability DIY Knob Curtain Rod Finial


Next, I drilled a hole into the cork (this doesn’t have to be perfect as long as it’s somewhat centered. Mine isn’t and that’s okay. If you are a cork drilling perfectionist and you mess up just drink more wine.

Drilling a hole into the cork for the DIY Knob Curtain Rod Finial DOMESTICABILITY

Now thread the cork onto the threaded knob, add the washer and nut. Done. 
DIY Knob Finial for Curtain Rod Decorations Domesticability DIY

Check back later on to see how easy and CHEAP my DIY curtain rods were.




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Friday, March 27, 2015

Weekend Reading


Happy Friday! This morning I woke up at 3am to make it to the other side of Houston by 5:30a for clinicals. Wish me luck, it's my first day. Here are a few things I've collected this week that I wanted to share with you all. 

1. This video. I love Harry Potter and I love Bruno Mars. Hilarious.


4. The Spring Threshold line at Target is AMAZING and as always everything is affordable. I really love this pink ottoman and this tufted back chair in navy. Swoon! 

How do you hang tp? 

I swear by white vinegar. I use it as fabric softener and you BET I'll be freezing it and using it for the garbage disposal. 

Because it's hard enough just being a woman, let's build each other up in the work place. 


Happy Reading. 



Wednesday, March 25, 2015

21 Brilliant Bathroom Storage Ideas

21 Brilliant Bathroom Storage Ideas with Hometalk and Domesticability

Today I've teamed up with Hometalk to share with you some brilliant bathroom storage ideas. Bathroom storage should be organized, pretty and functional.

Check out the board below to see how you can incorporate some of these ideas into your space. 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Our Weekend


On Friday I delivered a brooch 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.
Texas Shaped Cookie Cutter Biscuits
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.
Navy Blue Entry Table--Painting the Long but Best Way


I’m thinking these knobs for the drawers. Thoughts?? 
Brushed Brass Whistle Knob 1-1/4" AM-953BRB

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? 
Anthropologie Geode Pulls
What do you think?

What did you do this weekend?

Lura
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Friday, March 20, 2015

Rustic Burlap Brooch Bouquet

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. 

Domesticability Brooch Bouquet Made of Lace, burlap, family heirloom jewelry and silk floral

Domesticability Brooch Bouquet Made of Lace, burlap, family heirloom jewelry and silk floral

Domesticability Brooch Bouquet Made of Lace, burlap, family heirloom jewelry and silk floral

Domesticability Brooch Bouquet Made of Lace, burlap, family heirloom jewelry and silk floral

DomesticabilityRustic Brooch Bouquet Made of Lace, burlap, family heirloom jewelry and silk floral
 DomesticabilityRustic Brooch Bouquet Made of Lace, burlap, family heirloom jewelry and silk floral

DomesticabilityRustic Brooch Bouquet Made of Lace, burlap, family heirloom jewelry and silk floral

DomesticabilityRustic Brooch Bouquet Made of Lace, burlap, family heirloom jewelry and silk floral

Brooch Floral Bouquet Lace and Burlap

lace bouquet, burlap brooch bouquet

If you missed my wedding bouquet and my bridesmaids go HERE

Note: All images are copyrighted. Do not steal my images please.

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