Friday, April 30, 2010

here and there [happy friday!]

Happy weekend, dear friends!! Just some randomness for you today...

I think I killed my bougainvillea. I just looked up how to care for it (yes, after weeks of ignorance) and I think it needs more sun than it's getting. All of my other plants are doing well, so I'm going to stick it in a sunnier patch tomorrow and see how that works. Poor guy.

See? It's even propped up with one of my sketching pencils. 

Did I tell you that my pillow from Etsy finally came in? While it was beautifully made, the pattern had more pink and purple than I had anticipated. 

It was a little too girly for us (in my opinion) so I exchanged it for another pillow, which is hopefully coming soon! AND I bought two more pillows. I'm excited to share them with you when they come in!

I just have to show you this outfit I sent to my best friend, Emily, who is expecting her first baby (a boy!) in September! I can't believe my sweet friend is going to be a mama! She's going to be fabulous! (And baby Joel is going to be one good looking baby, especially in these duds.)

Remember when I set some goals for deployment? To be honest, I have not been very good at keeping those goals over the past few months. It's not too fun cooking just for myself. Add a kitchen full of dirty dishes that I have to wash by myself and the prospect of eating that pasta for a week straight, and I'm likely to just make myself a peanut butter sandwich. 

But sometimes, I break out the pots and pans and make a real meal, complete with a salad and... chocolate milk (and sometimes I have the eating habits of a 4 yr old).

Yes, I'm eating on my coffee table because my dining room table has looked like this for weeks.  

I finished this painting tonight and I can't wait to show you when it's all dry and placed in it's new home. 

Hope you all have a lovely weekend! 

Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Home for My Bling

Some people are just natural organizers. There is a place for every belonging and after something is used or worn, it returns to it's "home".

That's not me.

I wouldn't say I'm a messy person at all. I keep our home tidied and clean. But I'm not a neat and organized perfectionist. Most of the chaos in our home lurks in drawers and behind closet doors. I've been working on organizing some of the more chaotic drawers and closets over the past few weeks.

One thing that has been bugging me is that all of my jewelry is homeless. For years, most of my earrings have been crammed in a small tin Altoid container. I have no idea when I started keeping them in there but I'm pretty sure it started before a long trip, when I needed a safe place to store my fragile danglies.

I mean, it works, but those pretty little things deserve a better home than that. The jewelry that didn't fit in my little box was scattered about in random drawers and boxes in our bedroom and bathroom. So sad.

Once again, Ross came to my rescue (I really wish we had a HomeGoods, TJ. Maxx or Marshalls here, but alas, we do not). I bought two sweet lacey bowls for 3.99 last fall and they've been gracing our dining room baker's shelf ever since. I looked at them the other day though, and a light bulb went off in my lil' head!

The lacey openings on the handles of the bowl provide the perfect spot to hang my earrings from. And there's plenty of room in that bowl for all my favorite necklaces and bracelets. So now, I can choose easily from the jewelry in my bowl since it's displayed so prettily. 

How do you organize your bling? Do you display it in a pretty case, hang it on a jewelry tree or is it scattered in drawers like mine was up until recently??

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

How to Paint a Lamp (and Get a Tan in the Process)

I've been looking for a lamp for our guest bedroom for a while. I finally found a small cheap one at Ross the other day. Here's how I took it from chrome-alicious to a pretty blue hue.

First of all, here it is with the chrome finish base. It's not really bad at all, just not my style.

I do like the natural texture in the shade. 

Step #1 is to decide on a paint color. This lamp is going in our guest room which has an orange comforter and some vintage style Hawaiian prints on the wall. So, I pulled in the blue from the prints and decided on Peacock Blue from Glidden (I'm on a peacock blue kick this week! I've got a few other projects involving the color!)  Normally I wouldn't use this kind of paint on a lamp but I couldn't find a spray paint in the color I wanted. 

Step # 1.5 --Turn on some tunes to get you in the groove. Maybe some Jack Johnson on Pandora?

Step #2--Take the lamp shade off, set it aside and prime the base. Remember to spray on the grass if you don't want to end up with paint on your patio (did you spot my unintentional artwork on the patio floor in the photo above??)

This is the kind of primer I use. 

Wait about 10 minutes for that to dry. Check your Facebook. Throw in a load of laundry. Whatever

Step #3-- Apply the first coat. Glidden has these great 2 ounce sample pots you can buy for a few bucks at the store. I picked up a few of those and since I'm not a perfectionist and I like to do things the hard way sometimes... I painted the whole lamp with this itsy brush. I know, ridiculous. Don't feel obligated to do anything the way I do it. 

Here's what the first coat looked like. 

Let that dry for, I dunno, maybe an hour. Make yourself some lemonade. Put some mint leaves in it. Sit out in the sun in a pink polka dot bikini and read a good book. At least that's what I did. 

Step #4-- Ok, time for the second coat. I ended up doing 3 coats to get it as dark as I wanted. I let each coat dry about an hour in between. 

Here's what I ended up with. The blue is not as inky as I thought it was going to turn out, but I like the end result anyway! 

Do you like it? Do you think I should have stuck with the chrome? Have any DIY projects on your to-do list? 

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Welcome to the Jungle, Part 3: Bright & Light

 A few months ago, Chris and I rarely went in our backyard. It was full of cobwebs, overgrown grass and the occasional curious mongoose. But I vowed to give it a glam makeover so Chris and I could enjoy when he returns from his deployment.

So here's what we've been working with. A blank slate.

In this post I showed you some bright citronella candles and adirondack chairs I purchased to spruce the backyard up a bit. 

I have since killed that plant and I haven't done anything about the table yet. 

But I have decided to keep the wood tones. So, I guess that's something. 

I also showed you my awesome new herb garden that I planted with some help from my mama

So, that's what's been done to spruce up our little back yard haven up until now. A few weeks ago, I stopped at Home Depot and I was pleasantly surprised by their selection of outdoor pillows. I picked up two of their cheeriest pillows.

 I snagged an orange Gerber daisy plant too. I couldn't resist his orangey goodness. (This guy is still alive and kicking. I'm hoping I get a chance to redeem myself from my plant killer ways.)

I also picked up a string of bistro lights at Target a few weeks ago. It was about $15 for one strand, and it was the perfect way to add a little glitz.


So just some bright pillows and a string of lights, but it makes the space feel more like an extension of our home. I've got a few more small tweaks to the patio before I post "after" pictures, so stay tuned. 

Now that the weather is getting warmer, are you thinking about gussying up your deck, patio or yard? Grilled anything good lately? Wanna come grill me some steaks??

Monday, April 26, 2010

No LACK in Style

Sometimes I feel like Chris and I live in an IKEA showroom.

We have the Karlstad sofa, three natural LACK tables, the JokkMokk dining room table and chair set, the Poang chair, aaaaaand the Hemnes bed (whew... that's mouthful!) Plus a few lamps and other odds and ends.

Some of our furniture I really love--like our lime green couch.

Buying our first couch together. Awww...

The furniture has held up great and it's perfect for our budget right now, but I've been getting a little bored with some of the pieces.

Specifically, Mr. LACK table. 

So, to assuage my desire for new tables, I went searching for some images of LACK tables (or look- alikes) in inspiring spaces. I was amazed at the plethora of beautiful rooms with these little tables! There are oodles of blog posts out there with similar collections of images, but I've pooled some of my favorites  from all over. 

Such a feminine, flirty room!

Ok, I just want to live in this room. Love it!

I love the symmetry in this room. Just add some cushions and you've got ottomans!

A vase of fresh sunflowers will improve any decor!

So, what do you think? Pretty amazing what you can do with an eight-dollar table, huh? Anyone out there with these tables? Do you hide them in corners or proudly display them?

Now I'm contemplating painting mine white... should I do it??

Sources: unknown, flickrEmily A Clarki suwannee, design spongeMaterial Girls Canadian House & Home

Bubbly Toes

It's the end of another weekend here in Pearl City and I'm spending it in the classiest way possible... watching Cops and eating milk & Oreos. I know you're jealous. Come spend a weekend with me and we'll have lots of fun!

Every once in awhile I get off my couch, put away the Oreos and get out of the house. I spent yesterday at the Kokua Festival in Honolulu.

Picnic blankets + glorious weather + sweet friends + Jack Johnson = fantastic day.

(That's the most math you'll ever see me do.)

In other news,  Chris was in port this weekend, and after two long weeks without hearing his voice, the phone conversations we've had have been sweet blessings. I'm so excited to be making plans for his return and so thankful for the way God is taking care of us through this deployment. 

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Hike 22 Miles in 15 Minutes

I spent hours yesterday editing our footage from our Kauai trip in December. It's been sitting in our camera for months and I finally decided to do something with it last night. It wouldn't have taken me so long except that I was watching old episodes of The Office, so I was really only editing on the commercials!

We spent four days hiking the Kalalau trail (22 miles along the Na Pali coast). It was an incredible adventure, with plenty of harrowing escapes from tumbling down steep cliffs, blisters, and mud. We had a blast--I love making those memories with Chris.

So, if you feel like going along with us on our adventure, enjoy the video below. Please excuse the incessant giggling from yours truly... I happen to think my husband is pretty funny.

Na Pali Coast from Lindsay Wilkins on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Pearly Whites

With my home coming countdown slooowly ticking down, I'm starting in on preparations for Chris' return. I'm not doing a whole lot now since I don't want to get ahead of myself but there is one thing I thought I could jump in on.

Whitening my teeth! The box says to do it twice a day, but I like to stretch it out and just apply the strips once a day. That system seems to work just the same for me when I do that. If you've ever whitened your teeth, you'll know what great fun it is to stick those gummy strips on your pearly whites yellows, and tool around the house for 30 minutes while slurping your spittle. Glamorous, yeah? 

I whitened my teeth last year before our wedding and I was pretty darn excited that they worked so well. I even have a distinct memory of sharing a special moment with my mom when she commented "Wow, your teeth look really white!" as we were taking pictures together in the backyard. That's pretty much all I remember her saying to me all day... but I'm sure there were other things.

Do you have any other beauty regimens you must complete before a big reunion or event?  Pedicure? Eyebrows waxed? Have you whitened your teeth before? Do your teeth get sensitive too?

Here's to white teeth and May being just around the corner!

(And of course, Crest did not pay me for any sort of endorsement for their product, though I'd happy to negotiate a deal! Ha!)

Monday, April 19, 2010

here & there [notes from the weekend]

Did you have a good weekend? I know, mine went by quickly too.

 I was so excited to use up some of my monster basil from my herb garden this weekend! I had some girls over for a cooking night on Saturday and we had a blast cooking up a recipe from my new cookbook. We made ...."shrimp with noodles".

Okay, so the cookbook doesn't have very descriptive recipe names, but it was a delicious rice noodle recipe with coconut milk and curry.

I grabbed a $5 bouquet of daisies and carnations at Foodland on Saturday afternoon and I got to use my bud vases from this project last month. It's amazing what a cheap-o bouquet add a little pop to a room.

Yesterday was a full day. I taught Sunday School to my precious preschoolers and we got to talk all about heaven. We also had our last Prophetic Art class for awhile and I painted about heaven too. I'll be posting on that painting later this week. 

Then it was off to an FRG (Family Readiness Group) meeting with the wives from Chris' ship. We are starting to plan for the ship's return--woo!

Chris passed his CICWO board yesterday! He spent days and days studying for it and I know he's glad to have that one behind him. He's got two more big qualification tests to go, so keep the prayers coming. 

Headed off for a little hike this morning. Here's the view awaiting me...

Have a beautiful Monday!