Halloween Is Coming!!


I can't wait to make these

Thinking of creating a canvas like below

I think I will use:

Mary Chapin Carpenter, Grow Old With Me Lyrics

Grow old along with me
The best is yet to be
When our time has come
We will be as one
God bless our love
God bless our love
Grow old along with me
Two branches of one tree
Face the setting sun
When the day is done
God bless our love
God bless our love
Spending our lives together
Man and wife together
World without end
World without end
Grow old along with me
Whatever fate decrees
We will see it through
For our love is true
God bless our love
God bless our love

Nesties are so helpful! and Frugal- I love it!

This is the item they are discussing! Made by myst33 (nest.com ID)

soapymoose is online. Last active: 09-09-2008, 7:58 AMNewbie


I love your DIY canvas in the loft library! Do you mind explaining how you made it?

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Hey thanks! It was pretty easy, but time consuming. First, I designed how I wanted it to look in terms of font and layout (I used photoshop) Then I saved it on a flash drive and took it to kinkos to have them blow it up (I reversed it using black letters on a white background) They blew it up to the exact dimensions of the canvas (24 x 30) I then painted my canvas a mix of white and off-white (although it pretty much just looks like white) I then used a carbonless transfer paper called saral to transfer the letters to the canvas. I placed the saral on top of the canvas, then placed the print out on top of that. Using a pen, I carefully traced around the letters. After it was transferred, I used a black sharpie to outline all of the letters. Lastly, I filled in the negative space (the black).

Annoyed with the cost of getting my hair "done"

Anyone tried this? There is a Paul Mitchel School in Tyson's


8090-L Tysons Corner Center
McLean, VA 22102
(703) 288-0008

Monday thru Thursday 9:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Phase One Services Phase Two Services
$ 12 $ 17
Haircut w/Chemical Service $ 14
Bang Trim $ 5 $ 7
Blow Dry $ 10 $ 14
Flat Iron 7" or longer add. $ 10 add. $ 16
Updo or Thermal Curling $ 35 $ 37
Scalp Treatment add. $ 15 add. $ 15
Deep Conditioner add. $ 15 add. $ 17
Roller; Wet Set $ 20 $ 25
Basic Color starts at $ 37 starts at $ 42
Block Coloring starts at $ 45 starts at $ 50
Partial Foil (10 or less) starts at $ 37 starts at $ 42
Full Foil Highlight starts at $ 47 starts at $ 52
Full Head Bleach starts at $ 42 starts at $ 47
Color Shots 3 shots $ 5 3 shots $ 8
Add. Color, Toner, Lightener $ 20 $ 24
Perm starts at $ 37 starts at $ 42
Specialty Perm starts at $ 42 starts at $ 47
Chemical Relaxer starts at $ 37 starts at $ 42
Extensions, Weaves, Braids 1st hr. $ 45 $ 45
Additional hours each $ 30 each $ 30

Do you clip coupons?

Local DC native has a site dedicated to the days deals!


Host a Green Clean Party!

Non-toxic Cleaning Recipes

Here's a few of our favorite recipes. Follow the recipe or experiment a little with the ingredients to make your own!

All-Purpose Cleaner
suggested uses: hard surfaces like countertops and kitchen floors, windows and mirrors

2 cups white distilled vinegar
2 cups water
20-30 or more drops of essential oil (optional)

Tip: Warming in microwave until barely hot will boost cleaning power for tough jobs. Only microwave in a glass container.

Creamy Soft Scrub
suggested uses: Use this creamy soft scrub on kitchen counters, stoves, bathroom sinks, etc.

2 cups baking soda
½ cup liquid castile soap*
4 teaspoons vegetable glycerin (acts as a preservative)
5 drops antibacterial essential oil such as lavender, tea tree, rosemary or any scent you prefer (optional)

Mix together and store in a sealed glass jar, shelf life of 2 years.

Tips: For exceptionally tough jobs spray with vinegar first—full strength or diluted, scented—let sit and follow with scrub.

Dry soft scrubs can be made with baking soda or salt (or combination of both) with 10-15 drops essential oil to scent

Furniture Polish
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
20-30 drops lemon essential oil

Shake well before using
(2 teaspoons lemon juice may be substituted for lemon oil but then must be stored in refrigerator)

Dip a clean, dry cloth into the polish and rub wood in the direction of the grain. Use a soft brush to work the polish into corners or tight places.

Tips: To remove water spots rub well with toothpaste. To remove scratches use 1 part lemon juice and 1 part oil, rub with soft cloth.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Option 1

Sprinkle toilet bowl with baking soda, drizzle with vinegar, let soak for at least 30 minutes and scrub with toilet brush.

Option 2

Put ¼ cup borax in toilet bowl and let sit for at least 30 minutes. Swish with a toilet brush and then scrub. A few drops of pine oil can be added for increased disinfecting. (Note: some people are allergic to pine oil.)

Tip: Let ingredients soak for a while to make for easy scrubbing, especially on persistent stains like toilet bowl rings

Drain Opener

½ cup baking soda
½ cup vinegar

Pour baking soda down the drain and follow with vinegar. Cover and let sit for at least 30 minutes. Flush with boiling water.

Tip: Prevent your shower from clogging by using a drain trap to catch hairs.

Laundry Detergent

1 cup soap flakes
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup Borax

Soap flakes can be made by grating your favorite pure vegetable soap with a cheese grater. Mix ingredients together and store in a glass container. Use 1 tablespoon per load (2 for heavily soiled laundry), wash in warm or cold water.

This standard recipe can be adjusted for soft water by using 1 cup soap flakes, 1/4 cup washing soda and 1/2 cup borax. For hard water, use 1 cup soap flakes, 1 cup washing soda, and 1 cup borax.

Note: Borax should not be ingested.

Tips: Add 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar to rinse as a fabric softener. For a whitener, use hydrogen peroxide rather than bleach. Soak your dingy white clothes for 30 minutes in the washer with 1/2 cup 20% peroxide. Launder as usual.

Love taking pictures of him when he lets me!

It may not be often, but when he lets me I snap away!


My Sunday morning ritual!

I think I have decided that I like Sunday mornings the best!

Normally I get up around 7 and take Bella for a walk, since getting my new camera, I love taking it with me and shooting what I see... When we get back I make a cup of tea and watch "Sunday Morning"

Here is what I saw this morning:

I find that since our neighborhood is so structured I try to add or look for something a little outside of the predetermined!

Happy Labor Day

In my constant quest for new design ideas for the home, here are a few new blogs to visit:

http://blueantstudio.blogspot.com/ Ultra Modern Home Design

http://kec-contentedme.blogspot.com/ just neat things

http://desiretoinspire.blogspot.com/ I am inspired

Etsy Sellers: (suggested by Nesties)

http://www.etsywedding.blogspot.com/ Etsy Blog

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5234529 Photography

http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=9360534 paintings

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5239957 Pillows

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=47165 More fun pillows

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5241165&order=&section_id=&page=1 home decals

Wow what a difference 45 minutes makes!

Ok, so I am ashamed to show you what my front closet actually looked like before organizing it, but it is what it WAS..

Cost.. 25$ baskets from Michaels



this was my inspiration from http://www.thisyounghouse.com/

Linen Closet: Last weekend (no I didnt replace all of the towels with matching ones, lets be realistic), the top shelf/bin is all of our sheets