Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Door Sign

Howdy Y'all.
I made a sign for my front door with supplies I had in the garage.  Spray paint, wood paint, a Texas and a star stencil.  It was really simple and super fun. I'll make it fancy for each holiday season.

I practiced spraying out HOWDY on the back side first. Then I went for  it. 

I hand painted the stencils and let the board dry.

I then added some Texas touches to the stencils and let them dry.

The final product with fall decorations!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas Trees with wings

This holiday season I met up with some friends for the National Rodeo Finals in Las Vegas, Neveda. I flew from Houston to Salt Lake to Vegas and back again. Each airport had very unique and festive ways of spreading the holiday cheer. I had to share. 

How amazing are theses trees?!?! Great Job Las Vegas.

Creative and traditional Salt Lake City. 

WTF, Houston????

Friday, November 20, 2015

November Baby!

November is my birthday month and this is my new birthday bike.  Riding a bike is a lot like life, you never really forget how to ride, you fall and you have to get back up and get back on, the more you pedal the farther you'll go.  I'm not sure how many bikes I've had in my lifetime but I LOVE bikes and riding them. I hope you have a bike and that you have a nice place to ride it.
Huffy Panama Jack Cruiser in Orange Tango. So Cute!

Enjoy Life.  Keep it simple.


Thursday, November 19, 2015

She's Crafty!

How I turned this into this, this FALL Season!

Glitter Acorns

1. Go outside, take a brisk fall walk, pick up acorns and put them in your pockets.
2. Rinse the acorns in your pockets off in the sink and let them dry for an hour or so.

3. Grab your glue, glitter and a paintbrush. There's about to be a party up in here.

4. Grab a glass of a wine and your cat for spot on creative judgement, I mean good company. ;-)

5. Paint the acorns with glue and gently drop into glitter, coat with glitter using a spoon. Let dry 10 to 15 minutes.

6.  Spray clear sealer over glittered acorns.  DO IT.  This will keep glitter off of you, your cats, your furniture, family, friends, floors, etc. Trust me, do this or your boyfriend/husband/girlfriend/wife/significant other will bitch, a lot. Let dry for 30 minutes.

7. Glue the acorns back into a stem that fits nicely. Let dry 15 minutes.

8. Use all of your sparkly acorns around a fall scented candle or whatever you see fit. Be festive.


Friday, October 30, 2015

Crafty Pants!

How I turned this into this, this Halloween season.

  1. Rake the leaves all over your yard.  You know you need to do it so just do it.
  2. Put a handful of leaves into a white, plastic trash bag.
  3. Tie string around the pile of leaves at the bottom of the trash bag.
  4. Rip out the plastic handle/tie of your plastic trash bag.
  5. Use a black Sharpie to draw on eyes and a mouth.
  6. Use a zip tie in the top of the Ghost's head for tying the string through.
  7. Grab a stool, box, ladder, whatever you can to get yourself up your tree branches. Be CAREFUL. Don't fall. Don't be dumb.
  8. You can throw the roll of string over the branch, holding one end of string instead of any of the above.
  9. Hang up your Ghostly Ghost for all the neighborhood to see.
Happy Halloween, Jelly Bean!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Crafty Pants!

How I turned this into this this Halloween season!

  1. Do your laundry.
  2. Rinse out your Tide Pods container and soak the front sticker off in a sink for a couple of hours. Use warm water with dish soap to really help get that sticker off. It isn't easy.
  3. Scrub the wet sticker off with a coin, a scrubby sponge, your finger nails, whatever, this part sucks but just do it.
  4. Let your orange Tide container dry.
  5. Draw your pumpkin face on your container, go CRAY CRAY and have fun!
  6. Cut your pumpkin face out with a box cutter or kitchen knife or whatever, DO NOT CUT YOURSELF, don't be stupid and don't blame me if you do cut yourself.  I didn't make you do it. 
  7. Use battery operated candles ( 2Pack for $1.00 at the dollar store)
  8. When the sun sets and the sky is dark go outside, turn on the fake candle, set it inside your adorable pumpkin, pick the best spot for your pumpkin, set it there for the world to see and enjoy.  

Happy Halloween, JELLY BEAN!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Lake Blanche Hike Wasatch National Forest Utah

Lake Blanche is a beautiful, steep, hike in Big Cottonwood Canyon near Salt Lake City, Utah.  The trail head is located in the S curves on your way to Solitude and Brighton resorts. 

It took me 3 hours to get to the top. I was passed by a girl wearing a dress and Teva sandals on the way up and she was coming down before I even made it up to the lake. Mind you, I was wearing brand new, one hundred dollar, water proof, hiking shoes from REI, waterproof shorts, also from REI, REI wool hiking socks, none of which I needed and definitely didn't improve my speed on the way up. The girl wearing the dress clearly remembered passing me on the way up because as she passed me on her way down she told me "you're almost there."

I had just moved to Utah in July of 2015 from Texas and I haven't been on a hike since 2011, Rattle Snake Lake in North Bend, WA. 

This hike kicked my butt. My legs burned for 3 days afterward and I had two very intense bloody noses the next day. My Sea level lungs were not ready for the altitude. It's a great hike, beautiful, peaceful and a great workout. I'll do it again once I've built my lungs and legs up on easier trails nearby. It took me 2 hours to get down. Just an FYI.

Because I can't play roller derby until December or January, I am trying out hiking as a means to please my soul which needs physical activity that is not only major cardio but causes several forms of pain as well as the threat of possible injury.  I have an addiction to feeling my heart pounding in my ears, pain, sweat and breathing hard to remind me I'm alive and to LIVE!

More hikes coming soon.