A Few Updates

Not a whole lot is new! After I finished painting the hutch blue, I started working on a few materials for a craft store I created. I think it's fun to make stuff (wreaths especially) and got a few ideas from a few local stores, which inspired me to make my own.

Introducing: Bleuhouse Crafts :) I've already made my first sale! Woohoo! AND, every year our new HOA hosts a Christmas boutique and I might be able to be one of the vendors. We'll see what happens.

I've been getting a lot of sub work every week, which is good for our budget. Mike has a few prospective things going on that we're hopeful for. Everything counts.

I visited my parents' house this weekend and got to play with the puppies more. They're sooo cute. If you're interested in adopting, go to http://www.life4paws.org and fill out an application. There are seven puppies altogether, listed alphabetically and mixed in with other dogs on their site: females: Maddy, Ginny, Tippy, males: Tip, Teddy, Brownie, Dewey.

My Mom is so awesome for having rescued Minnie and saved all seven pups! It was a short but great weekend and I'm excited to visit again. That Saturday I also went with Diana to see Melissa get her endowment at the LA Temple. It was great to be there again.

Today feels kinda... bleh, even though it's been a great day so far. I did a little couponing, planned some meals for this week that include healthier foods, jogged 3 miles with Harley, and watched an episode of SNL from the 90's. Hopefully working Tuesday and Wednesday will help me kick the Monday blues. Since we're mostly settled in, we're going to start having our friends over for dinner to repay them for having us to their homes before. Finally! Especially since the dead-rat-in-the-wall smell is gone... not sure if I mentioned that. But we're pretty sure that's what it was. Oh, and no more bees going crazy outside either.


Blue Hutch is Done

Okay so, starting this project, I knew it'd take some time and be a great deal of work. The more I painted, the more I couldn't wait to be done (my parents probably saw it coming a mile away, knowing my patience level). Though I like the previous wood stain, I love the blue. I was also happy to keep the wood texture but instead have it change to blue. Is it perfect? Of course not, I'm no pro. But it's fun for something I got off of Craigslist for $40. Would I do it all over again? NO. haha. But I'm glad I did it.

The inside hinges couldn't come off because the previous owners messed up the screws, so I painted around them. First I used primer, as I had seen on Pinterest. Warning: it's oil-based, so anything you use it with will just harden and you'll have to throw it away. Don't use expensive rollers or paint brushes with it, and wear rubber gloves - it's tough to get off of your hands and dries them up.

Then I did a thick layer of the paint (Glidden - Soft Sapphire semi-gloss). Viola!

I also bought matching knobs and handles from the Home Depot to replace the old stuff.


Andes Mint Chocolate Cookies

Okay, so, I'm a Pinterest-aholic. Not only did it inspire me to make the wreath, I love baking and cooking with ideas from there. These are so yum.

Andes Mint Chocolate Cookies

1/2 cup oil
1 box devil's food cake mix (try to find one that asks for 2 eggs or fewer for easier rising)
2 eggs
1 box Andes Mints

Blend eggs and oil together in a bowl with a whisk. Add cake mix and mix well with rubber spatula. Put into cookie form and bake at 350 degrees F for 8-9 minutes (any more and they get super crunchy). Place unwrapped Andes mint on top of cookie immediately after removing from the oven. Leave cookie on the sheet for firming and to allow the mint to melt. After 1-2 minutes, take a spoon and swirl the mint over the cookie.

YUM! Ludden family (Denise) I'm saving some of these for you.


Feeling Crafty

This is a fun wreath I made with materials from Michael's Arts & Crafts store. Loooooooove. A few people have asked me to make them some so just let me know if you want one too.

It'll go on my front door as soon as the bee swarm gets taken care of. Yes I said bee swarm! Something upset the bees living under our eaves this afternoon and a LARGE amount of bees came storming out. Luckily Harley was inside and I was able to go around the other corner. Needless to say, the HOA bumped up our situation and it'll get taken care of tonight or tomorrow morning.

This past weekend we relaxed at home and checked out our amazing Target around the corner. We found thermal curtains which help block the sunlight from the front bedroom, and a bathroom shelving unit that matches our light fixture for $15 instead of a cabinet ($70, boo). I like how it turned out. Otherwise, we're just enjoying our new ward and the nice walks along Serrano Creek and around the Keys, and hanging out with our pup!