June 30, 2013

refashioned tee shirt

With the arrival of summer I've been looking for creative ways to dress up my comfy tee shirts. Our Southern California summer's can get really hot really fast! This week has been especially hot with highs in the triple digits...on Saturday it got up to 110 degrees. Before starting my tee shirt project, I searched pinterest for inspiration. I found this cute tee shirt refashion and decided to try it for myself.

I apologize for the poor quality of the photos. I was juggling the camera, on a tripod, with Denny and Lucas underfoot. I followed the instructions provided by Merrick's Art. For the base shirt I used a target tee shirt that was already sized for me. The fabric was from JoAnn's fabrics.  

June 24, 2013

Stenciling Project Phase #1



Lately, I've been oohing and aahing over designer stencils projects on pinterest. I love the look of all over wall stencil, especially in small spaces. Designer stencils are beautiful, but pricey ($50 +). I decided to do some research. I found several inspiring bloggers who designed and created their own stencils. However, in the end I found an inexpensive stencil at home depot that fit my needs. It took several days to complete the project. I had to work around Lucas's nap schedule and I had to wait in between each stencil to allow the paint to properly dry. I'm really happy with the results.

June 9, 2013

Pillars of the Earth and World Without an End

One year ago, my husband introduced me to books on tape by audible. My life was changed forever! Back in the olden days, pre-baby and pre-housework, I had time to read and finish books. Now, I'm lucky if I am able to read a chapter or two per night. However, on a positive note Lucas's ever growing love for books does ensure that I read "Go, Go, Cars" and "Dig, Dig, Digging."  

I recently finished listening to "Pillars of the Earth" and "World Without an End" by Ken Follett. Each novel is approximately forty hours long and took several weeks to complete. "World Without an End" was written as a sequel to "Pillars of the Earth." However, the novels (in my humble opinion) could be read in any order, or stand alone as individuals.

The novels take place in the fictional town of Kingsbridge, England.  In "Pillars of the Earth," Follett weaves together a 12th century narrative surrounding the events of the building of the Kingsbridge Cathedral during a time when England was in a civil war. One hundred and fifty-seven years later, "World Without End" takes place. The novel incorporates the start of the Hundred Years' War between England and France and the Black Plague.

I read "Pillars of the Earth" first, and I'm glad that I did. It had a better story, the characters were interesting, and I liked how the author used the building of the Kingsbridge Cathedral as a framing device. The first half of "World Without an End" was too similar to "Pillars of the Earth." However, towards the second half of the novel things start to pick up when the black plague hits Kingsbridge. Compared to "Pillars," the character development isn't as good in "World Without an End." 

Overall, I'd give "Pillars of the Earth" 9 out of 10. And "World Without an End" an 7 out of 10.