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Pants And Projects

Today, I’m wearing yellow pants.

Wait, before you judge me, I know what you’re thinking…You’re totally picturing me wearing hideous banana yellow trousers, aren’t you? It’s okay. I don’t blame you. When I hear yellow pants, I immediately picture double pleated trousers that my Nana might have worn. These pants are awesomely spring, sorbet yellow, skinny jeans that I bought impulsively last night, because shopping seemed easier than writing.

If you know me, you know that I must have been desperate. Writing comes so easily, but shopping? Oh, dear. Shopping is NEVER easy for me, because I don’t necessarily enjoy shopping the way most girls do. I’m not kidding, check out my “about me” section and you’ll read that I prefer a flannel to a plunging neckline. Case and point.

It’s not that I don’t like buying new things…it’s just that…it takes so much time! If I don’t know exactly what I’m looking for, it could take hours and there’s a good possibility that I’ll walk out of the 10th store empty handed. I end up wasting a day trying on clothes I don’t actually want or need.

Yesterday, I bought sorbet yellow pants, and today…I’m wearing them.

Maybe these pants are all I needed, because I’m writing, and everything is good again.
Apocalypse prevented. You’re welcome world.

I wish a writer’s block deterrence button existed. I wish it was like getting a headache. If you see it coming, and can consume a bottle of water, food, and a Tylenol, in most cases it can be prevented. That is not how writer’s block works. Writer’s block blindsides you. It takes you captive, and leaves no prisoners. Nothing left behind, not even a straggling idea of what to write. I usually get writer’s block for one reason and one reason only, exhaustion.

I mean it. I apologize to anyone out there who suffers from writer’s block regularly, and coming up with writing material seems taxing, but it’s so easy for me. Perhaps I’ve just experienced enough wildly embarrassing situations in my life, that if all else fails, I can revert to self humiliation.

Apparently this is what happens when I get writer’s block:

Oh you have writer's block? Want to play checkers? No? Okay, just abuse your notebook paper with sharpie.

I’ve had an INSANELY busy two weeks. I mean, brain popping out of my head and onto my pillow during the night, busy. Luckily, it was not in vain, because I was extremely productive. I took a two day vacation from writing, because I’ve been consumed by paper, pens, and keyboards for the last two weeks and my fingers were bound to disassemble. To prevent completely discombobulating, I needed a break. Last night, when I returned home from work, I shamelessly put on my pajamas at 5pm, turned off my phone, left my computer in my bedroom, curled on the couch in fetal position, and watched American Idol with a cup of tea. Do I sound like your mother? If the answer to that question is yes, then your mom probably rocks, and we should be friends.

Part of my chaotic few weeks has involved collaborating with other bloggers, photographers, and websites.

On Monday, a photo I shot, while photographing a rugby game in Ireland, was published on a photography contest’s website. You can check out my photo published on Photolord HERE

Today, a humorous piece I wrote for AimingLow has been featured and published on their website. If you don’t get enough humorous self deprecation here on my blog, you can check out my published piece titled “Finding My Way,” HERE

This coming Tuesday, a travel piece I wrote will be featured over at EmmyJuneBornInMay for her Tuesday Travel Diaries, so stay tuned!

The busyness will ensue, because I have a To Do list longer than the red carpet, but not quite as fancy, and on my red carpet I’m wearing yellow pants. I’ve been tearing apart my apartment like a madwoman to find a suitable writing set up, and my apartment has been in shambles for the last three days. Blake was amazing and bought me a writing desk for my birthday, and fitting it in took some serious rearranging. There is a side table in our kitchen and I’ve moved our bookcase three times. It’s like a bad game of furniture musical chairs. That, combined with all of the spring weather we’ve been having, and I’m motivated to start getting creative with our living room space.

I’m reminiscent of the fall when my Saturday afternoons were spent hauling thrift store finds into my tiny black escort, in hopes of sanding, priming, and spray painting them hours later. The more the sun shines, the more snow that melts, the more excited I become to pick up where I left off.

I will leave you now with a few furniture makeovers that I finished last autumn. I didn’t know at that point that I would be blogging five months later; otherwise I would have taken better step by step pictures of them. The before and after shots still show some pretty sweet alterations. In a few of my upcoming projects, I promise to take step by step pictures followed by instructions in case you have the urge to be asphyxiated by spray paint, saw dust, and varnish. If you DO have any questions regarding technique or you would like instructions, feel free to ask!

Dyed class bottles - All of these bottles were originally clear, and all of them were found in various thrift stores! The dying process only took about an hour and a half!

Mod Podged Letters - I used scrap booking paper and mod podge to spruce up these originally plain wooden letter blocks purchased from Micheal's. Fun fact - I bought the C for Carley and the B for Blake, but we realized we needed to make an "&" sign to go between our letters. My initials and Blake's initials are the same but reversed. I'm CB and he's BC...coincidence?

I bought this darling side table up at a thrift store, but it needed some serious spice. The first picture is after I sanded it, the second picture is after I primed it, the third picture shows three coats of robins egg spray paint, and the fourth picture shows my map collage with two coats of Polycrylic for a protective finish.


I hope everyone has a fantastic Friday! Now go out and buy yourself a pair of sunshine yellow pants.
Cheers!

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14 Comments

  1. Ha! I hate/love shopping too. The feel-good of new purchases is offset by hours of walking and indecision. Agh, it’s like a nightmare stuck in a fantasy dream.
    p.s. love the makeovers!

  2. SERIOUSLY. I need a snack and water break after like 20 minutes of shopping haha. It’s such a hassle. I hate trying things on, the lights are always unflattering, and my hair gets all static. First world problems?

    Thanks! I always have a blast being crafty!

    • It TOTALLY did! I will share credit with you. I should have written about my Barnes & Nobel faux-pas! I’ll save that for another day.

      • The man doing sudokus at Starbucks would have thrown his coffee at me. Also, I need a new ring tone. That is now #1 on my list of things to do.

  3. heroldsroses says

    OOO, OOO, I must know how to dye glass. The ideas of things I could do with some dyed glass. I don’t have writers block, I just have times when it slows down. Usually when I’m busy and tired!

    • It’s really messy, but super easy! All I did was mix Elmer’s white glue with food coloring. Add as many drops as you wish to achieve the desired shade. Then apply one coat to whatever glass you’re dying using a foam applicator brush, and let dry. Don’t worry, it will look streaky, but the oven will take care of that, I promise!

      After it’s dried, bake it in the oven on 300 degrees for about 10 minutes, (DON’T LEAVE IT IN TOO LONG!) Take the glass out of the oven and it should be dry. Paint on a second coat of the glue/food coloring mixture and bake again. Repeat as necessary.

      For small pieces, I found I only needed the two coats and two times in the oven. For that fancy big green piece, I painted and baked it three times before I was satisfied. It’s just a lot of experimenting.

      Let me know how yours turn out!

  4. LOVE your blog.

    Came over after your most awesome and flattering comment at Aiming Low.

    Thanks for puffing up my sails.

    I have to get to know you a bit more, before I can propose marriage.

    but, will you accept this promise me ring until then?

    Thank you for brightening up my day… a lot.

    • Of COURSE! Done deal. Your post was seriously awesome. I’m actually an AimingLow newbie myself! My first article was published this morning, titled “Finding My Way.”

      Thank you so much for stopping by and I look forward to reading more of your work.

      [insert multiple exclamation points here…!!!!!]

  5. It’s me.. Chanel from 20sb. 🙂 I am going to hunt those yellow pants down I saw for my size. Thanks a lot hahaha I love those (and ur blog)

    • Thanks Chanel! So glad you stopped by! I’ll have to check out your blog. I’m obsessed with the jeans as well! I bought them at a little boutique, they are by Indigo Rein, but I’m sure you could find them anywhere.

  6. You are a serious crafter, girlfriend. Well.Done! Before my hubby and I got married, my initials were EJT and his were JTW. So we always found it interesting that we shared 2/3.

    The yellow pants are super cute. I think we need some sort of fashion shot of you in the pants.

  7. Thanks! It’s a fun hobby 🙂

    Maybe I’ll post a picture wearing the pants in another post. I don’t consider myself to be much of a fashionista, but colored pants/shorts are my staple for spring. I just bought a pair of fire red cigarette cut pants from JCrew and a pair of purple skinnies from Urban Outfitters.

    I probably look like a walking skittle.

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