It’s official!

I have decided to join the May Challenge and post every single day during the month of May!

I am joining Jenni from Story of My Life for this blogging challenge!

So here are the details: You must blog every day during the month of May and she put together posting topics to get the ball rolling, haha. So here they are:

Day 1, Wednesday: The story of your life in 250 words or less (or one paragraph… no one will be counting your words… probably)
Day 2, Thursday: Educate us on something you know alot about or are good at. Take any approach you’d like (serious and educational or funny and sarcastic)
Day 3, Friday: Things that make you uncomfortable
Day 4, Saturday: Favorite quote (from a person, from a book, etc) and why you love it
Day 5, Sunday: Publicly profess your love and devotion for one of your blogger friends. What makes them great? Why do you love them? If you don’t have blogger friends, talk about a real-life friend or even a family member
Day 6, Monday: If you couldn’t answer with your job, how would you answer the question, ‘what do you do’?
Day 7, Tuesday: The thing(s) you’re most afraid of
Day 8, Wednesday: A piece of advice you have for others. Anything at all.
Day 9, Thursday: A moment in your day (this can be just a photo or both a photo and words)
Day 10, Friday: Most embarrassing moment (s). Spill.
Day 11, Saturday: Sell yourself in 10 words or less
Day 12, Sunday: What do you miss? (a person, a thing, a place, a time of your life…)
Day 13, Monday: Issue a public apology. This can be as funny or as serious or as creative as you want it to be.
Day 14, Tuesday: Ten things that make you really happy
Day 15, Wednesday: A Day in the life (include photos from throughout your typical day – this could be “a photo an hour” if you’d like)
Day 16, Thursday: Something difficult about your “lot in life” and how you’re working to overcome it
Day 17, Friday: A favorite photo of yourself and why
Day 18, Saturday: Tell a story from your childhood. Dig deep and try to be descriptive about what you remember and how you felt.
Day 19, Sunday: Five of your favorite blogs and what you love about them
Day 20, Monday: Get real. Share something you’re struggling with right now.
Day 21, Tuesday: A list of links to your favorite posts in your archives
Day 22, Wednesday: Rant about something. Get up on your soapbox and tell us how you really feel. (a pet peeve, a current event, a controversial topic, something your husband or roommate or neighbor or boss does that really ticks you off)
Day 23, Thursday: Things you’ve learned that school won’t teach you
Day 24, Friday: Your top 3 worst traits
Day 25, Saturday: Something someone told you about yourself that you’ll never forget (good or bad)
Day 26, Sunday: Something you read online. Leave a link and discuss, if you’d like.
Day 27, Monday: A letter to your readers
Day 28, Tuesday: Only pictures
Day 29, Wednesday: Five songs or pieces of music that speak to you or bring back memories. Use Grooveshark or YouTube to include them in the post
Day 30, Thursday: React to this term: Letting Go
Day 31, Friday: A vivid memory

Slowly, yet Surely

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I have to keep reminding myself that I need to pace myself and not go crazy and do everything at once. I am slightly insane and when I think of something, I like to do it at. that.exact.moment. This could be considered a good quality, but also a  negative quality.

Yesterday I started making a list of everything that I want to do in the rooms of my house.

I have been living on my new home for almost a month now and I am loving it. I am beginning to get the feel of the place and what I want with it. The only place that I am a little bit lost is in my kitchen, since all of the kitchens seem to be narrow in apartment, I haven’t thought of what I would like to do yet, I am still trying to figure it out and think it through. Again, slowly but surely. 🙂

Collages3Well, I am one month into living in my new house and this is what I have changed, I have painted the living room wall red, bought curtain material and covered my outlet covers.

Three small things that end up making a big difference.

Here is my full list of things to do:

Living Room

1. Paint the living room wall red- Done

2. Hang up a white shelf over tv

3. Fill shelf with decorations

4. buy a jute rug

5. Buy a white sofa

6. Put down laminated floors

7. Paint the window frames white

8. Put up crown molding

9. Make and put up new curtains- Halfway

10. Buy curtain rod for curtains

11. Finish round plate like decorations ( need to add lace around them )

12. Hang up living room picture gallery and mirror

13. Make/buy decorative pillows to match room

14. Make/buy table arrangement pieces

15.  Have basket covers made

Well, So far I have almost completed two… only thirteen more to go!

The Thing that Makes a Difference

Fancy title, eh?

 

So what on earth could teh thing that makes a difference be?

 

CURTAINS! Of course, haha

 

A while back I decided that something that I really wanted was curtains with a design on them. I don’t know, it just seems that everyone uses plain curtains… and if you don’t know me yet, I’m not one to go with the flow! Here in Brazil it seems like people only think monotone colors are nice or elegant, but when my house is done I shall prove everyone wrong:D

A few weeks ago I decied to start looking for curtains, but had difficulty in finding a pattern that was the color I wanted ( red based) After much searching in stores here in Londrina and online, I came to the conclusion that if I wanted curtains, I was going to have to MAKE them. Now keep in mind that Brazil doesn’t have no sew tape, so this is where my sweet sewing mother comes into action:D I have ZERO patience to sew. In my opinion, the most annoying thing in the world is when you are sewing and the thread under the material runs out and then you have to get more… sooooo annoying! Anyhow, As you can probably tell, I wasn’t made to sew!

After looking around all the material stores in Londrina.. I came to yet ANOTHER conclusion that Brazil doesn’t like color.. especially red! I only found red stamped material in ONE store.. and it’s not even curtain material , it’s for upholstering, but I bought it anyway!

So, without further ado, I present to you… my curtain material!

101_2509Pretty printed material on the left

At the moment my curtains look lihe this:

101_2622I only put up the blackout curtain ( which will be behind the printed material curtain) just to cut the light some.. If I didn’t have the blackout curtain, my furniture would be all washed out by now because of the sun. So soon, I shall have to change the curtain rod and buy a double one and hang up my new, lovely curtains.

May Goals

Well, the month of Apil has come and gone and we are (almost) finally in May. Now, I love May for many reasons.. but the main reason is because it’s my birthday:D

For this month of May I decided to make a simple “To Do List”  for some things I want done this month. At the moment I am really tight on cash so I just want to work with what I got, ya know?

1. Hang up my pictures. I have all of my frames for the den.. I just need to hang them up! the problem is that the mirror and one of my larger frames is at a friend’s house and it might be a while before I am able to get them.

2. Put white lace on my circles in the den. I think they look kind of washed out against the wall, so with some lace my mother has I will fix that quickly

3. Make and hang up my printed curtains. I finally bought the material and now I rely on my mommy to make/hem them. Siiiince I hate sewing, my mother offered to do this:D

4. Paint my other three doors white ( I painted one white- need to post about it!)

Now, these are just 4 simple goals. We have all the paint on hand to paint the other two rooms.. We just need courage and time:)

I have some other goals that I do monthly.. Like, every month I buy wooden clothes hangers and glass pots to store my food in.

SLowly but surely ,things will come into shape!

If There Were Ikea in Brazil… Textile

Well, I have recently discovered Ikea and am broken hearted that it doesn’t exist in Brazil…. yet. Here in Brazil everything is SO SUPER expensive and it seems like people don’t like prints here and that everything is so monotone.. Well guess what people… I LOVE colorful prints!! I love matching different prints and working with different colors..

Well, I decided that I would write  a”mini series” about what I love from Ikea… starting with textiles!  Who knows, maybe I will end up finding some material or something similiar here in Brazil and be able to make it, haha. We’ll see.

 

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I love love love all the prints they have going on there. I can imagine any one of these in my house, especially the curtains!!

The red and white curtain panels I would use in my living room.

At the moment I couldn’t find any cushion covers that I would like in my living room, but I would use these in my second and third bedrooms without any problem at all!

mood2I like the look of that white fleece blanket.. I seems so cozy and I would LOVE to snuggle up with it on my couch..

The brown throw is also a good option for snuggling in the winter.

Both sets of coasters would be nice to have.. I like the red colored ones to use in the den, but the silver colored ones have a nicer touch to them. Love!

How To Make Your Own Outlet Covers

Well, if there is one thing that I dislike in houses..it’s outlets.. I don’t know, some are so old.. others used.. others just blah… Well, I thought of a way to renovate looking at my outlet covers.. I decided to cover them in material! So here’s how to do it..

Fotos Camera 100 Cut your material to closely fit around the outlet cover.

Fotos Camera 105 Find the middle of the material and make a small cut in the middle.
Fotos Camera 107Fotos Camera 111 Make a square/rectangle in the middle of the material to be able to glue around the edges and to the backside.

Fotos Camera 112 Spread glue over all of the front part of the outlet cover. ( I used my finger because it would be easier and wouldn’t leave ridges)

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Flatten out the materialover the outlet cover with glue. It should look something like this..
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Spread glue all around the inside edges of the outlet cover
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Tuck in all the edges and cover with glue

Final step: Cover the whole front part with glue and allow to dry well. End result:

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Fotos Camera 121 A view from the kitchen door.. see how my outlet shines? 🙂

Fotos Camera 123Other view from the kitchen

Fotos Camera 124Yet another view, so pretty:)

Slowly, yet surely, my house is beginning to take shape! There are so many things that I want to do here.. but I need to take babysteps and pace myself.. Since I spent a week in and out of hospitals and needed to rest, we ended up not painting anything this week, maybe next week we will go on to paint the windows, doorways, and the other two bedrooms!

Have I Mentioned I Love Baskets?

Well, if I haven’t told you yet.. I am in love with baskets:D
For me, I could have baskets in every corner of house. I love incorporating them into my house..
Slowly, but surely my house will begin to take shape, but here are two ways I’ve used baskets so far…
basketsOn my tv rack to use to organize controls and stuff.. I have material that a friend of mine is going to make na inside slip cover for them.. when she’s done I’ll show you guys!
20130414_105736Underneath my bathroom sink to hold towels.

What about you? What’s something you love to use around your house?