Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Queen B

This is going to be a long post. Kind of like the hate emails that I used to get from parents and I would just skim the email and pray that at the end of the 10 paragrapher there wouldn't be a request to contact them back. I would rather eat cow balls, thank you. Hopefully, you don't feel the same way reading this, but it is going to be long one.

-Side note- Jeremy just kicked me out of the bedroom. He said either the TV or the computer, not both (he is headed to bed). So I picked the laptop so I could blog. Three minutes later he turned over and said "are you serious?!?" And I am now in the living room typing AND watching the TV. His loss!

Memorial weekend was a ton of fun! Staci and Brad invited us to the lake house, so of course we got our watermelon and headed out! It was raining off and on, so we weren't out on the lake all too much. But we had a great time! Sadly, I had to work on Monday because it was our bad weather make up day. Don't feel too bad for me though, I am out for summer!! Friday was our last day for the students and we turned in our keys on Saturday morning, literally I was done at 8:05am! I love teaching, but I LOVE me some summer! I think I might start tutoring a few students from a different district, so that will be good for me. Who doesn't love spending money?!

Why the title of the post?! Please, let me explain. Sunday we had some friends over to play pool volleyball and to just hang out by the pool. By the way, Angela hit me in the face Meet the Focker style with the ball. My sunglasses were almost implanted in my face because of the force of the hit. I don't know how my nose didn't break, again. And, she was on MY team!!! Anywhom, my fingers were starting to prune so it was time to get out and work on getting dark, so I took my towel and wrapped up and I instantly felt a little sting on my back. I threw the towel off, but I didn't see anything fly away. I asked Angela if it looked like something bit me; she said it looked like a mosquito bite. Now, I get mosquito bites on a VERY regular basis and I haven't had one that stung... but they could be mutating because of the economy. You never know. Here is where this mosquito bite gets even more different from the regulars, it stung for a few days and was getting dark red and just strange! I came to the conclusion that this mosquito was actually a BEE! AND... it's freaking stinger was still IN my back! No freaking wonder it wouldn't stop stinging. Thankfully I was hanging out with Staci tonight watching SYTYCD, we will discuss later, and she acted like my nurse and got the poison out of my back! I will update on if I have to get surgery later this week.

So You Think You Can Dance; I love this show, always have, always will. But they made a HUGE mistake tonight and cut Natalie!! I loved her and I wish they would have picked her last season, although Katie turned out to be great. I just couldn't believe it! They should have made her 'dance for her life'. Oh well, I am ready for next season to watch that 17 year old from last week. Watching this show makes me realize how out of shape I am, and I wish I had danced my whole life so I could have an amazing body. Oh well, I would rather eat my baked cheetos and work out for hours and still be a lard-ass. Oh wait, that is me now... check that off the list of To-Do!

Real Housewives of New Jersey.... interesting group of gals, aren't they? I am loving Caroline, isn't that her name?! Her kids crack me up!! Teresa's girls are adorable, but they might grow up to be a tad bratty. Not sure what gave it away, could be the moving into the new house scene. Tell me you watched this! Plastic Face is strange, her kids look nothing like her.... I wonder what she would look like now if she didn't re-do her face.

I am hoping to make some money this weekend, we are having a garage sale. I have no idea how we have so much stuff. We had two garage sales last year, but I think that was more because we got a lot of great gifts for the wedding. We don't have NEARLY as much to put in the sale as we did before. It is just a lot of clothing, decor, bathroom stuff... just random! It will be great spending money for our cruise! Which, we leave for on the 28th!! SO EXCITED!

Onto my last topic! When do we want to get together to make our upholstered headboards?! On the amazing blog, Pink Wallpaper, she gives us instructions that seem super easy. Here is what she has on her blog:

Supplies:
- wood
- foam
- batting
- fabric
- saw (if you are going to cut it yourself)
- staple gun (the kind you plug in is a must)


Getting Started:
-First you are going to need to decide on the shape of the headboard, if you are going out on a limb, you might want to make a template so you have a pattern to use when you are cutting the wood....we didn't want to take chances so we stuck w/a nice rectangle!


-Next determine the size of the headboard; the width should be a tad bit wider then your mattress and the height is totally up to you.....

-Now that you have the shape and size, it's time to purchase the wood...we used MDF, but plywood would be fine too. You want to make sure that the wood is at least a 1/4" thick.
*if you stuck w/ the rectangle shape, get them to cut it right there (make sure to take the scrap wood, it will work for your legs).


-Okay, now it's time for the insides...here is my money saving tip, use one of those egg crates for beds for the foam...it saves a lot of money. if you don't want to save money, you can go and get foam cut (2" thick is what they usually use). You will also need batting, it looks like gauze and is in the quilting section of the stores (remember to get enough to be able to wrap it around the headboard)....if it helps we got all of this stuff at walmart.


-Fabric is the next step, make sure that you get enough to wrap around the back of the board and for the legs (this gives a more 'professional look')...i got 3 yds for my king.


-Putting it all together: Start w/ the wood on the bottom, then add your foam (if you are using an egg crate, make sure that the smooth side is facing up), next is the batting, finally the fabric...
*note to self: make sure that the foam, batting, and fabric wrap around the back and sides (probably about 6")
**at this point, i got out the iron and ironed my fabric to make sure they weren't any creases showing.


-Now, you are going to need to flip the headboard over and start stapling the layers down onto the wood...we stapled four ones first and then looked to make sure the fabric was sitting right before securing the whole thing in place....you will want to keep smoothing your hand over the face of the fabric as you staple.
*the corners can be tricky...leave this task to the anal one in the family...you just have to keep tucking until you get a nice clean edge.


-Last step, attach the legs....we wrapped them in fabric and stapled the back...looks very nice to have them covered vs. seeing raw wood. We used flush mounting hardware to attach the headboard to our frame.


**Voila** a beautiful headboard for under $50. (well, that's if your fabric doesn't break the bank)....hope this helps for any DIY'ers out there!!




Ladies, when do you want to get together to try this?!!? I am so excited!! It will go with my soon to be painted, again, guest bedroom :) This was Jer's reaction to me wanting to paint that room, "Mark my words, I will NOT help you!" This was my mature response, "Turd."

Anyone still there?! Hope you made it and you don't want to eat cow balls, or any balls for that matter.

1 comment:

JenBrown said...

I am still here...wanting to eat cow balls. I bet Jer Jer will help paint after all, although it is funny that you got kicked out of the bedroom! That has happened to me a time or two with the TV and I just sleep on the couch and Brad feels bad the next morning. :) Anyways, I want to make a headboard! And I bet we can doctor up some pillows and make them look like they are monogramed with my sewing machine! :) There are about a million things I want to sew this summer. Good thing I may not go back to work next year!