Cortinas, Finalmente!

Bem , recebi umas reclamações de uns amigos que só posto em inglês, então esta semana decidi escrever em português:) Vamos ver no que vai dar!

Estou morando na minha casa há quase 3 meses e estou amando minha casinha cada dia mais! Adoro mexer com as coisas e renovar tudo que consigo.. aos poucos vai que vai!

Quando entrei no meu apartamento, eu não tinha muita coisa… mas decidi trabalhar quarto por quarto até terminar tudo. No  momento estou me concentrando na sala de estar, pois é onde as pessoas entram e ficam, onde posso recepcionar as pessoas.  Sempre falo que minha casa está 3% pronta porquê tenho MUITO para fazer ainda!!

Só para recapitular, Quando entrei no meu apartamento, a minha sala estava assim:

20130407_180842Eu não tinha muita coisa, e estava começando a montar o que tinha.. Durante estes três meses, eu pintei uma parede de vermelho, pendurei meus quadros, coloquei uma prateleira, fiz um abajur, e vários enfeites aqui e ali…

Nesta última semana de Junho, consegui colocar as cortinas, e minha nossa- que diferença que fez! Deu outra cara! De isso..

101_2896Ficou isto:

houseDeu outra cara! E ameeeeeei o resultado!

Estou amando o fato que as coisas estão começando a tomar jeito.. mas ainda tem muita coisa para fazer! Na sala ainda preciso colocar gesso, laminado, preencher as paredes um pouco mais, acrescentar mais decoração com coisas pequenas, detalhes pequenos, comprar um tapete grande para a área da sala, terminar o abajur, pintar a janela, terminar o muralzinho de quadros, fazer algum arranjo de mesa permanente, fazer o ottoman com roda de pneu e corda de sizal, encapar os puffes, comprar velas e aromatizadores, refazer a meia cristaleira para usar na sala… ai ai! Tem MUITA coisa para fazer ainda! Agora estão entendendo porque só terminamos 3% da casa?? hahaha

Fiquei muito feliz com o visual novo da cortina, logo logo postarei mais sobre outras coisas que estou fazendo!!

 

It’s the Little Things- Part 2

Ever get a little lost on what to do with all those soaps you have having around?

Well, one time my sister in law gave my some advice.. but a glass bowl and take all your soap out of the packages and leave it somewhere in the bathroom. Not only will it make the bathroom smell good, it actually looks cute!

So Thankyou Kelly for that great advice- I followed it!101_2933There they are!

101_2932A Little Close up- Don’t mind my shampoo bottle!

Slowly yet surely, my house is beginning to look like our home<3

It’s the little things- Part 1

I firmly believe that it is the little touches that make a house come together. I love little things here and there, but I am not the kind of person who likes having trinkets…  mostly candles, boxes, baskets, and frames.

A while back, I was looking through my junk room and remembered that I had few candles that I bought form the dollar tree a while back.. then I remembered that I also had some glass bowls from my wedding.. so I put two and two together and came up with this:

 

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I just put it on a nice tray and set it in the study for now, everytime I look at it I end up smiling:) The only thing that I DO need are some new candles.. but candles are expensive here so I will just wait for someone to come down from the US:)

Recycling Food

Anyone who has been married for at least 2 years knows exactly what I am talking about: Recycling Food.

Recently I started making lunch every single day of the week ( except for Sunday because that’s usually when we eat at family’s house or my hubby ends up cooking). At first I was having a serious problem with throwing food away.. I was making too much food for two people and didn’t quite know what to do with the leftovers. Well, I think I have finally mastered how to cook for 2 now:)

Last month I spent an absurd amount on my grocery bill, so my husband and I agreed that we would go to an Atacado place and make our monthly purchase of bulk foods and clenaing supplies. We went to Atacadão and Macro here in Londrina.

I have always tried to be smart with my money, but when it comes to food- it’s quite a complicated situation. Last month I sat down and calculated everything that I had spent on food ( inclduing for special occassions like my birthday and the one time we ate out on the weekend and the fact that we were eating at a restaurant 2 or 3 times a week). I was appalled when I realized that last month we had spent 650 reais just on food and cleaning supplies.. for two people. That’s outrageous! So I decided that from now I am will make lunch at home during the week and start to reuse leftovers so I would quit wasting so much food.

Thus, our outing to Atacadão. There I bought bulk food such as rice, beans, flour, sugar, cookies, packaged juices, tomato sauce, etc. After leavnig Atacadão we went to Macro and bought cleaning supplies, clothes detergent, detergent, clothes softerner, amonia, etc. The next morning ( which was a Sunday) we woke up early and went to a market nearby to buy fruits and vegetables and meat. At the bulk food stores we ended up spending 150 reais and at the market, 80 reais. Later during the day we realized that we had forgotten to buy lamps, so another run to the store and we spent 30 reais. Anyhow, after calculating everything that we had spent, plus an outing we had this month for pizza since my student got me Lactaid from the US ( THANKYOU ANDREW!!!!!!!!!!) and I was going insane for cheese pizza, I came up with the total grocery bill for this month ( including another amount that I will spend for fruit and veggies): 360 reais.. yeah, that’s right. I almost cut our grocery bill in half. Can you believe that?

I couldn’t. haha

After arriving home and organizing our fridge, I was looking at this:

101_2963So much gorgeous food!

101_2965Frozen goodies- meat, strawberries, pizza crusts, etc.

Well, as I was staring at the fridge and pantry, I started to realize.. that is actually A LOT of food for two people..This has to last at LEAST two weeks.. and from what I have been doing it definitely will!

I figured that for people who are trying to re use food, I would post this week’s menu just as an idea of what can be done. So let’s go. Oh, by the way.. Beans I make fresh at the beginning of the week and we spend the whole week eating them. Rice I make every day and the little leftovers I keep them and one day I week we eat them instead of fresh rice.

Monday: Beans, Rice, Cassava, Tomato salad, and for meat I saw that my husband had crammed a few steaks that he had cooked into a tupperware, so I cut them up and put them in the frying pan with water so they wouldn’t be dry. Good stuff!

Tuesday: Beans, Rice, Cauliflower with Cassava and chicken sausages, and corn.

Look how preeeeeeeetttyyyyyy…

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101_2967Does anyone know how much I love corn? No? Well, it’s right on up there with watermelon and grapes:D

Wednesday: Beans, rice, ground beef, eggs, and cabbage with tomatoes and corn. ( starting to see the pattern here? haha)

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Thursday: Beans, Rice, Cut up meat strips, and cauliflower.

Friday: Beans, Rice, Mashed potatoes, and chicken breast cut up with chicken sausage

So yeah, that was this week’s meal plan. I clearly failed at taking pictures of every meal since sometimes I was pressed for time, but I can promise you that they were all delicious;) I don’t make fancy meals during the week because that would take up too much time and end up rising the food bill a good bit, so we save different meals for weekends when we have more time!

Pick Up Your Feet and Have a Seat!

Well, I have been itching for a while now to buy an armchair, but decided to use one that I already had . At the moment the material is horribly icky and old, so I have just covered it with a throw blanket. Later on when the moolah is better I will buy a nice material and re upholster it, probably something like this:

Fotos Camera 087I love striped goodness:D I am just not sure if this certain shade of red will match my curtains, I will have to get them hung up to see!

Anyhow, here’s the new look:

101_2877 She may be old, but she suuuureee is prettyyyy in my living room!

I betcha while you were looking at that picture you noticed something else new in my living room.. that’s right! I finally finished my side table! It’s all put together! ( all I need to do now is glue, hehe)

101_2878A closer looooooook, see? Isn’t she refined?:D

101_2880The back view- I love my table vase!

Now, about my table/vase. My mother in law remembered that my husband had bought a vase at a stand on the highway about 5 years ago.. and guess what- he only paid 10 reais for the vase! Can you believe that?! It was in its original form so all I did was clean it and spray paint it white ( hey, I’m getting the hang up spray painting! I could spray paint THE WHOLE WORLD!). I found some artificial flowers downtown and stuffed the vase with old books and then the flowers. At a glass store called Art in Vetro, I had a round piece of glass made. All that’s left for me to do is glue the glass to the vase- but I need to buy that special sticky tape that won’t show up so much!

This project was on the cheap side and I paid for everything using my husband’s coins that he leaves lying around:D

Vase- 10 reais

Flowers- 8 reais

Glass- 20 reais

Total: 38 reais ( but I only spent 28 reais because I already had the vase)

During the next month, I hope to work on a few other projects- let’s just see if everything will work out ok though!