Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

I'm sure it's no surprise that I chose to be a bird for Halloween!  When I told one of my client's at work that I was being a bird for Halloween, she said to me, 'You must need to be free.' I felt like saying, 'Friend, you have no idea...' 
a bird out of water
I got the idea for the pillow case dress from Seablanket's contribution to A Beautiful Mess' 12 Days of Tricks and Treats, which was awesome! The beak and little head dress were little things I added myself. (in that pic above the breeze is blowing my "feather" down!)
a bird out of water
a bird out of water
JB dressed up as a bee, so that made us the bird and the bee... ;)
the bird & the bee...
We went to a little family party and it was great! My cousin's wife Danielle had decorated the house all up and it was so much fun to answer the door for trick-or-treaters! One little boy said to me, 'Hey, I like your nose.' Umm, thanks... ;)
savvy crafter #4
So the dress was obviously Savvy Crafter Project #4, and I hope to post project #3 in the next few days! It was super fun to make, but time consuming. I definitely spent most of my weekend sewing! And as today is October 31st, I officially made it through my Savvy Crafter Challenge! All 31 days, not a single item purchased and four projects completed! Woot-woot! (But you can bet this week's lunch money that I'll be hitting up Michael's tomorrow, for sure!)

I hope everyone had a great Halloween, I can't wait to see everybody's pictures up on the blogs this week!

the bird xo

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Major Girl Crush

Yep, I'm kinda in love and don't care who knows it! These two girls (with their glasses!) and the videos they make are the cutest, funniest thing I've come upon in quite a while! 
Who else wants to start a petition to get them their own show? I'd totally watch!

A Stockpile of Thrifting Goodness

Recently we have acquired quite a few new treasures and I wanted to share! Let's start things off with this pretty a-ma-zing cathrineholm collection JB happened upon the other day while in our favorite local spot, Our Old Stuff.  This little corner of our kitchen is quickly becoming one of my favorite in the house!
The teapot is actually one of two he got, you can see the other here, and he also found the canisters at the same time. The chip and dip set was actually a birthday present from a dear friend who is about to depart permanently to Australia, and has to pare down his belongings (there are several other items on our little tour from the same source! Thanks Joe, we'll miss you.) Also notice the cart? That was another recent score and we replaced the shelf inserts with white MDF for a quick little diy face lift. The glass jars with the coordinating wood tops were purchased from Goodwill, and were actually meant for my craft room, but they just looked right there, and were perfect for holding up that plate!
Here we have some lovely seating additions to our eat in kitchen, again purchased from our departing friend. I love the color combo and the vinyl is super easy to clean, so perfect for the kitchen.  Below are a few recent glass purchases, again from our friend (that boy's got good taste!), some of which have a found a home, and some of which have not...
And then we hit the thrifting lottery and found this guy!!
This is an original Herman Miller Time Life chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1960 for the lobby of the Time Life building!!! It's brown leather with chrome legs, and I just love that small fabric rectangle on the back!
The bird painting above is one of several pieces of art we got from our friend, and below is an owl that he gave to me!
Slowly but surely over the last year our little house has started to fill up with things that we love! I can maybe even feel a small purge coming on, maybe a garage sale in the near future... I could definitely use a little cash for my impending trip, which I don't think I've mentioned yet....
 I am meeting two of my closest friends in New York City for Thanksgiving weekend!!!! Yea! JB has to work on Turkey Day this year, so we thought it was the perfect year for a girls only Macy's Day Parade/tons of black Friday shopping/eating all the good food we can kinda trip!

Thanks for taking a look at some our new goodies! What awesome thrifting scores have you guys made lately??

~the bird xo

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

What A Difference A Day Can Make

 Ah, what a difference a day can make! Monday night I had reached burn out stage for sure, but Tuesday morning started off with a bit of really good news, and that was all it took to get me going again, and I feel much, much better!  So of course the natural thing to do was bake...
 After breezing through my morning sessions, I came home and made a batch of my favorite cookie, vegan pumpkin cookies.  It really is true how they say that just doing something will lead to getting other things done, because baking wasn't exactly on the to-do list, but once I got that done, it was like things just started to fly off that list! Amazing what one little piece of positivity can do, isn't it? (I'm sure it had nothing to do with a cookie induced sugar rush...)
And so since I spent the better portion of my afternoon yesterday in my lovely little kitchen, I thought I would share a little mini tour! Take a peek.
 After my baking was done, I was able to get caught up with a bunch of photo's that I have been meaning to take for the blog, get a workout in, make a yummy veggie stir-fry, and complete my third Savvy Crafter Project (more on that soon)!  It was amazing how much got done in an afternoon and an evening, and it felt very good! JB and I did, however, decide that a Halloween party was just not in the cards for us this year (sigh) but there is always next year! 

A little later keep your eyes peeled for more on that third Savvy Crafter Project and a post on some of recent thrifting scores.  Ah, it feels good to have some mojo flowing again!

And here I pause to give thanks for good news.  Sometimes one thing can change everything... 

the bird 

Monday, October 25, 2010

October is Running Away from Me....

First, how cute are those shoes.
Second, I'm tired. Like, don't know which way is up tired. I taught nine, count em' nine, sessions today, and my body and mind aren't telling me, they're yelling at me, "that's enough!"  I have so many projects/ideas/dreams that are just sitting on that back burner. I still want to blog some recent vintage purchases and birthday gifts, and as October is quickly coming to close, there are Halloween costumes to make, party decisions to be made, and Savvy Crafter projects to complete...
 But tomorrow is another day, another chance. Let's hope its a good one.

Hugs to you all, and thank you so, so much for taking a peek into my little space,
~the bird xo

ps. Fall weather, can you please come back? No one likes a tease, you know....

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Instax Mini Album D.I.Y.

This weekend I finished Savvy Crafter Project #2 and loved it so much, I thought I would turn it into my first ever D.I.Y. here at A Bird Out of Water! 
'Home' Instax Mini Album
Check it out, it's a mini album, just perfect for Instax Mini Film!  It's super easy and goes quick, and of course since it's a Savvy Crafter Project, I used only suppplies that I already had laying around my craft room! Below is a quick little view of a few supplies I gathered whilst brainstorming...
Instax Mini Album DIY
Instax Mini Album DIY
Supplies Actually Used:
  • vertical plastic badge id holders (mine were 2.55"x3.35" and you'll want to find them that have two punch out holes along top)
  • 1" metal book rings
  • paper trimmer
  • thin cardboard (I used the backing of a pack of scrapbook paper, but a cereal box would also work perfectly)
  • scrapbook paper, fabric or other decorative covering for front/back of album
  • tape runner/ adhesive dots
  • exacto knife
  • sticker letters
  • crop-o-dile and eyelets or small hole punch 
Instax Mini Album DIY
Instax Mini Album DIY
1. Start by cutting your cardboard out using the paper trimmer to desired dimensions. You will need two rectangles big enough to be the front and back covers of your album. I cut mine 2.75"x3.5" to give me just a little bit of breathing room around the plastic badge holders.
Instax Mini Album DIY
2. Next you will need to cut out two rectangles out of desired paper (or whatever material you choose) of the same size as your two cardboard rectangles. I went with two different papers, one for the front and back outside covers, and different paper for the inside. Be sure to test out your inside paper choice to see if you like the Instax photo against it!
Instax Mini Album DIY
3. Using a tape runner I attached my sheets of paper to the cardboard cut outs.
Instax Mini Album DIY
4. Using my Crop-O-Dile (thanks mom!) I put two 3/16" eyelets in one side of each album cover.  If you don't have any type of an eyelet setter don't worry about it, a simple hole punch will do the job, no prob! But be sure either way to measure the correct distance apart for the holes so they line up with the holes in your badge holders!
Instax Mini Album DIY
5. Use the exacto knife (or even just a pencil!) to pop out the pre-cut holes in your badge holders. The badges I bought came in a ten pack and for this album I used 6. As your Instax collection grows, just add more badge holders!
Instax Mini Album DIY
6. Then simply build your album on your rings! You'll want to stack your covers and your badge holders so that the hinge is to the outside/toward back cover for easy viewing!
'Home' Instax Mini Album
7. Next you'll want to personalize your little album! Use embellishments to finish off the front and even the back cover! I wanted this album to be for all the Instax photos of our little house, so using some scrapbooking stickers I spelled out 'HOME'.  Originally I had planned on having more on the front cover, but when I saw how simple and cute this looked, I called it a day!
'Home' Instax Mini Album
8. Last thing to do is insert your pretty Instax photos and your mini album is complete! 

 Check out a few little shots from my 'home' album....
'Home' Instax Mini Album
'Home' Instax Mini Album
'Home' Instax Mini Album
I had so much fun making this mini album, and what's so fantastic about album/journal projects is that they are quick, easy to personalize and a great way to use up supplies you probably already have! I am already thinking of making another one that is nature inspired...better order some more Instax Film!

Please leave a link to a photo in the comments if anybody makes one of their own, I'd love to to see! :)

~the bird

Monday, October 18, 2010

Sneak Peek...

A little DIY coming very soon....
Super fun and super easy!!!! 

Be back soon!
the bird

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Fantastic Fun at Vampire Weekend

This weekend started a bit early for us. On Thursday night we headed north to St. Augustine to stay the night and attend the Vampire Weekend show.  It was A-MA-ZING!! We had absolutely gorgeous weather and the show was held at the St. Augustine outdoor amphitheater, so it could not have been more perfect!
When we got into town we checked into our hotel and hit up the pool for a quick swim before the show.  Check out the crazy nice waterfront view! We can go back there anytime!! :)
View From Hotel Pool
View From Hotel Pool
For dinner we hit up our favorite local fish taco stand, Nalu's, to grab a quick bite before the show.  In a word, Yum.
mmm... nalus fish tacos. Yum.
As though front row seats to Vampire Weekend weren't enough, the opening band was Beach House, and Victoria Legrand's voice live is absolutely ridiculous.
Beach House
Vampire Weekend definitely did not disappoint! They were just spot on with everything from lights to vocals, and the energy of the band and the crowd was so great! It was a great, great night!
Vampire Weekend
The only slight bummer was that, as you can see in the pic above, even though we paid for front row, the pit was on the same level and in front of us, so that felt like a bit of a rip off, but oh well, we still had a fantastic time, and the show itself was unreal!
Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend
Isn't this a funny picture of JB (who is normally extremely laidback!) Apparently he was having a good time! We both had a really good time, and a few of our friends were at the show as well, so we all went out afterwards in downtown St. Auggie, which was great fun! 
(However, we definitely felt it the next day, for sure! HA!)
At Vampire Weekend
I hope everyone had a great weekend too!  Isn't it amazing sometimes how fast Sunday afternoon arrives!
**Also, yesterday I completed Savvy Crafter project # 2 and plan on turning it into a little DIY for you guys so keep a look out for that early this week!

~the bird