Friday, May 22, 2015

Try Me!

Just few fun recipes and diys perfect for trying over this long holiday weekend, especially if you are going to a cookout. . . 



Super cute diy watermelon favors!

A yummy macaroni salad (I'm doing a version of this myself).

Fun rope basket that could double a pool tote (not a diy, but awesome none the less).

Fancy strawberry shortcake, a cookout staple with a twist!

Cute diy baby turban headbands (that are just asking to be made in adult sizes).

A lobster boil you just can't beat!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Hustling

As I mentioned before, I started taking silver-smithing classes last fall. In November I had a small table in a local vintage show, the whole show was kind of a bust.  The turn out sucked and I just made enough money to cover fees and dinner that night.

After that show I was a bit gun shy, but I had already made jewelry for everyone I know, so I either had to try to sell some again or quit taking the class. . .

So last month I had a booth at a local Earth Day festival -


Because it was an Earth Day event, I made most of the jewelry out of recycled metals (brass, cooper and silver plate).  


And guess what?  It didn't suck.  In fact I did pretty well.


I really enjoyed myself and I'm looking for other craft shows to tackle in the fall (when it isn't so darn hot) as well as working on getting a website set up. 


Monday, May 18, 2015

Underfoot

So I have tried two different rag rugs in my living room, neither of them were the right match, but I was willing to give it a go. . . Sadly, they couldn't hold up to Emmett and Elsie.

It's hard to believe that two pets under 15 pounds each could destroy two separate rugs, but between all the shed fur and the occasional accident, they just didn't make the cut.

So I am back on the hunt for a foot friendly indoor/outdoor option - I really just want to be able to take it outside and hose it down if need be. 

I found the two options below at CB2.com -


Both are 5' by 8' and reversible, and the best part is that they are both super affordable at $89.95!

My biggest reservation is that there isn't a a CB2 nearby where I can check them out, and before I buy anything I really want see it in person (I've been burned before).


Monday, January 19, 2015

Where I Am

I have trying to write this post for nearly a month now. I would write it, then go back and rewrite it, then delete it and start over from the beginning again.

2014 was a very rough year for me. Professionally my job completely changed 4 times without any real notice or say on my part (all with in the same company). Personally. . . it was just bad. My anxiety has been the worst it has been since college and my OCD crossed the line between being a quirk and bring a problem more times than I care to admit.  I try to keep the personal to a minimum here (which I'd funny, seeing that this blog started out as a place for me to vent), but I couldn't keep my crappy year from infecting what was once my happy place. 

Even when I tried to give it my all things felt half-assed, and I'm sorry for that.

The crappy year was topped off with problems with my internet provider and then problems with my computer.  I started to think it was all a sign that maybe it was time to give up on this here blog of mine.  I tried and tried to write a farewell post, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it.

Turns out in not ready to give it up just yet. 

Now I find myself in a bit of a predicament. . . my anxiety is still at a level that I am not comfortable with and out of pure frustration, I canceled my internet service, oh yeah, and my laptop is still acting up (1 month out of warranty). So while I'm not ready to give up on this here blog just yet, I'm not exactly in the best place to keep it going. 

What's a girl to do?

Well, I'm taking what I'm calling a working hiatus.  I'm taking some time to work out the technical issues, refocus, and reevaluate.  I'm not sure when I'll be back to regular postings, but while on my working hiatus I will drop by occasionally with a DIY, recipe, party idea, etc. . . something worthy of having hijack a friend's computer for the day in order to post (I'm looking at you Kelly).

On a personal note, while overall last year super sucked, there were a few bright spots - my baby sister graduated, moved back south and found her dream job, I finally took a jewelry fabrication class and fell in love with silversmithing, and I had my first booth in a craft / vintage show.

For the few of you who actually stuck around through that craptastic 2014 - I can't thank you enough. And if your loyalty can hold out a bit longer, I will do my best to bring you a bright and shiny refreshed Laurendy Home. . .

Monday, December 22, 2014

2014 Christmas Card

 
Yes. . . I made my pets wear matching plaid shirts.  Elsie still hasn't forgiven me.
 
We're going to be taking the holiday off, so have a very very very Merry Christmas, and we'll see you in the new year!