Wednesday, June 22, 2011

It's official!

Today I was able to gather all of the requirements and cash for CNA school! It's official, in some point down the line, I will be a Nurse! Yay me! Now, I'm really not looking forward to changing adult diapers but hope I can get used to it. I'm still excited that I have a more a goal that is becoming reality and that I'm not taking steps to nowhere anymore. Do you have any stories of nursing school or about being a CNA? I would love to hear them because I really don't know what to expect! Wish me luck!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

From old to fabulous!

The other day I went to my local thrift store looking for a diamond in the rough. Sometime I get out of there disappointed, and sometimes I find treasures. I think I need to start going to yard sales. Seems like many people have found treasures that way. So I found this frame:

I didn't love the gold (for those who don't know me, I tend to stay away from gold, it's a little too formal for me) but I loved the shape because of all the detail on it. I got it for $5! Not too bad, but not super cheap either. I came home and wanted something that made a big statement so I decided to spray paint it cherry red.With school and kids, it took me about a week to figure out what to do with it, and finally last night I decided to pull out my Silhouette SD, which has been sitting untouched for over 6 months! What a waste, I know! I spray-painted the back of it and cut a white birdie from my silhouette library. And this is my end result! I think it looks so much better, not perfect but I think it has brought some light into my kitchen. It's very cute...I think!

First I tried putting it on one of the dining room walls but later decided it belonged in the kitchen....

Now I can write notes, shopping lists and maybe even the menu of the week/day! I love that little white birdie! (By the way, the frame it's an 11x14). Love the blue and red combo; It's my new favorite!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A sofa that was crying for help!

A sofa that was crying for help!So today I decided I wanted to try to clean my sofa because it was looking disgusting. I remember that in an episode of an HGTV show, the designer machine-washed two microfiber pillow covers. I wanted to give it a try, after all, the worst that could happen is that it would look clean and not so new... . Style is a choice, clean is not! So I went ahead and googled "wash microfiber covers". I read several comments from women that had excellent results and I got some excellent tips. So this is what I did:

1) Remove the cushion covers and in my case, the filling is just huge rectangles of heavy foam so I didn't have to put tit in bags but if you do have lose filling, put it in separate garbage bags so you know the exact amount that is supposed to go in each cushion.

2) Use regular soap but let it get all diluted in the water before you put the covers in. Fill to large so the covers have space to move around. I washed the first cushion cover in the gentle cycle but then did a load of darks and set the washer to regular wash and forgot to put in back to gentle cycle, so the last two cushion covers were washed in the regular cycle and came out looking great. Your choice!

3)Dry in the lowest heat setting and don't let the cushion covers dry all the way; you want them a tad damp. They will come out looking wrinkly or bubbly so what you need to do is put the filling back in right away so the covers will not lose their shape and so you don't have to iron them out later on.

Your result, or at least mine was a awesome looking couch! It saved me from having to buy a new sofa because I was embarrassed of what mine used to look like. Dear Lay-Z-Boy, I'm sorry for thinking that you needed to be replaced, we still love you!

What do you think?

Yeah, I know gross! This time, I can blame it on my kids! Do you see that huge stain? There were several of those everywhere, maybe not as big, but just as noticeable and all those crumbs are probably chip crumbs. No more eating on the couch!


My kids enjoying the newly cleaned sofa!