Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Hey chickies! I hope Santa was good to all of you!

I know it's been a while since I've checked in with all of you on my lil' old neglected blog! I'd like to make a comeback if you'll let me...please???

Anyway, this is how we roll here at Eventually Cottage! I thought you'd get a chuckle out of this pic!

Hugs!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

It's been a long time friends!

Hey there, chickies!

It's been a long time since I've posted...I'm hanging my head in shame.  Sometimes life just gets in the way, ya know?

Anyway, how have you all been doing?

Things here at Eventually Cottage have been crazy!  We adopted another rescue kitty, Sammi, a couple of weeks ago!  She's the sweetest!


Stay tuned, because I've got lots of fun holiday stuff coming up!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Nutrisystem, week 1- my experience

FYI- I am journaling this mainly for myself, but I am hoping that it may help some of you out there as well.

A week ago this past Saturday, I began the Nutrisystem program of weight loss.

I have struggled with my weight all of my adult life.  It began with depression after the birth of my son, seventeen years ago.  The weight just started piling on.  I'm not going to say that I embraced this extra weight...not at all!  Did I try to do something about it?  Mildly.

I rode the wave of weight gain for a couple of years.  I was young, and wight gain sorta came along with motherhood, right?  Remember, I was young.

In the 2-3 years following my son's birth, my family seemed to experience one tragic loss after another.  I lost my Grandfather to lung cancer when I was 6 months pregnant with my daughter...11 days after she was born, my Grandmother had a massive heart attack...when my baby was 3 weeks old, my dear Grandmother passed away from what I've always beleived was a broken heart...when baby girl was 5 months old, my Uncle who was a firefighter was killed in the line of duty.  All of this combined with more depression after my daughter's birth led to more weight gain.

In the years since, I have tried just about every plan going.  Always experiencing some weight loss.  Some good some not so great.  Each time I failed at a program, I gained more weight back.

2 years ago, I was finally diagnosed with chronic depression and acute anxiety disorder and was put on medication to control it.  I have slowly started getting my life back on track.  Culminating in my decision to finally live a healthy lifestyle and get rid of this weight that has been dragging me down.

Nutrisystem seemed like a good choice for me with my crazy schedule.  I can just grab what I need an go.  No need to worry about counting points, or calories.  They've done it all for me!

In the little over a week on the program, I have lost 10 lbs.  This weight loss is not typical.



How is the food?  Well, I'm not going to lie to you...some of it is pretty gross.  Not all of it, but some of it.  I have been happy with the breakfast choices so far.  They are very tasty, and paired with yogurt and a piece of fruit, they keep my full.  The lunches leave a little to be desired.  The first lunch I tried was the chicken salad, the look and the texture of it alone was just about more than I could take.  I quickly edited my shippment for next month so that I didn't get any more of this whatever it was.  Most of the lunch selections that I chose were soups.  They aren't so bad, and paired with a protien and some veggies, they also keep me full.  Most of the dinners are pretty good, there are only a couple that I have not been happy with.  There are even desserts to end your day with.  Most of the desserts are pretty good.  They even have cheese doodles!  Just don't go expecting the bright orange loveliness that you had as a child...hee hee!

All in all, I'd say that I am happy with my experience on the program so far.  I'm looking forward to how life can be once I'm not carrying around this extra wieght!  I'm saying goodbye to each and every pound as it falls off, because I am bound and determined to never see that number again!

Wish me luck!

Hugs!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Do you like me???

On FACEBOOK that is!  Hee hee!



Did you know that Eventually Cottage has a FB fan page?

No???  Well stop by for a special coupon code for new fans!

Also, I'll be giving away a special gift for the top referrer to the page!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Martha Stewart Paints...{love}

Hey chickies!

Have you all heard about Martha Stewart's new line of craft paints??? No??? Oh my gosh! You have GOT to get to Michaels and check it out! I swear I hear angels singing when I enter that isle! No, really! I swear!


This awesome craft paint is good for any surface and for indoor or outdoor! 

Photo courtesy of dollarstorecrafts.com

I knew that I wanted to do a "hot" pink canvas with a black chandelier, so I picked up Martha Stewart Goji Berry.  It's a beautiful berry pink.


While I was at Michaels, I also picked up some adorable chunky 6"x6" canvases.  I've been wanting to get some of these canvases for a while, but they are really EXPENSIVE!  But today they had a 4 pack of them for what they usually sell just one for!  SCORE!

I used a sponge brush and slapped some of my Goji Berry paint onto the canvas.  I didn't really care too much if it was a little light in some spots because I knew I was going to sand the entire piece when I was done.  Oh...don't forget to paint your chunky sides!

Once my canvas was dry, I took the chandelier stencil that I printed with my Silhouette and placed it on my canvas.  I made sure I had it down there good, I didn't want paint paint sneaking under the stencil.

Now that I had my stencil on,  I took a sponge brush and just brushed the black paint on.  Again, no need to be perfect!

Important- wait for your black paint to dry thoroughly before you remove the stencil!

With everything nice and dry, I took some sandpaper and sanded the entire piece.  I sanded it lightly in some spots and heavy in other spots like the edges.

I sprayed some clear coat on to protect my piece and then added some rhinestones for extra bling.

I love love love the way the finished piece turned out!  It almost looks like faded, worn pink jeans!


{love}

I added this piece to my Etsy shop this afternoon and I'm sure it won't last long!  If you're interested in it, email me at dawn{dot}fergusonrinaldi{at}yahoo{dot}com.  It's $14.00 plus $6.00 shipping!

Later gators!!! xoxo

Friday, September 2, 2011

Back to School SALE!

The kiddos are BACK TO SCHOOL...It's MOM time!

20% off purchases from my Etsy shop...coupon code THEKIDSAREGONE



Also, I am now proudly "sponsoring" my girl, TheSoChickChick!  Go check her out...see her button on the side...yup...over there!

Have a great holiday weekend!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Kitchen Table Re-do....maybe

Hey guys!

Happy "Hump" Day!  I hope your week is going well so far.

Last year I showed you the new high top table that we bought when we re-did our kitchen.

It looked like this...


Well now, it's looking a little...let's just say...worn.  It's where it all goes down!  It's where I craft when I don't feel like being in the workshop...it's where I fold laundry...it's where little doggie claws scratch when they are begging for whatever...oh and it's where we have the occasional meal!  Hee hee!

Needless to say, it's a little knicked and scratched...and might just be itching for a makeover!

So...here's my inspiration...

Photo courtesy of Donna @Funky Junk Ineriors...{love} her!
I was thinking of maybe stencilling Rinaldi Cafe on it and the year we were married.

What do ya think?

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Hurricane Irene and a new sign!

Hey guys!

Well, it seems as though we've been spared Hurricane Irene's wrath here in NY.  She came in huffing and puffing and threatening to blow our house down, but I guess NY was just too much for poor Irene to handle!  Hahaha!

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of those along the East Coast who were not as lucky as we were.  Sending hugs!

Anyway, I added a new sign to my shop the other day...


What do you think?

I used a vector that I purchased from My Vinyl Designer.  I posted a pic of it on their FB page and when they saw it they asked if they could add it to the gallery on the site.  Ummmm...YEAH!  In return for me letting them use my pic, they gave me a gift certificate to use on their site to bu more vector designs.  Woo hoo!!! 

I hope you guys are doing well and having a great Sunday!

Hugs!



Friday, August 26, 2011

Custom Grandchildren Sign

Hey chickies!

I've been keeping myself busy...and out of trouble...hee hee...with a ton of custom orders!

I really like the way this one came out so I thought I'd share it with my girls!  It's a surprise gift for a customer's parents...so don't let the cat out of the bag k?
What do you think?

In other news...I ordered some of this temporary tattoo paper from Silhouette yesterday. 


My plan is to make some football helmet tattoos for hubby's pee-wee football team with their jersey numbers on them...can't wait!

Hugs!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Thinking outside the box- tiles

Hey Chickies!

I hope you're having a great week!  I know I am!  Our family welcomed another little man on Monday morning!  My baby brother, his wife and their daughter, Maddy, welcomed Thomas Gregory!

I love this little guy!
K, back on subject...

Lately, I've been making a lot of coasters out of 4"x4" travertine tiles.  They are sooo fun to make!  I'll be giving a lot of them as holiday gifts this year!

So...if it's ok to use travertine tiles for coasters instead of just floors and backsplashes...why not signs???

Y'all know how much I love me some signs!!!

So...I used the same concept and method as I do for my coasters, adding a couple little something specials and made these...


They make the sweetest little accents!  You can put them on an easel or on a shelf with your favorite photos.

Wanna try making your own? 

You will need:
4"x4" travertine tiles
scrapbook paper of your choice
Mod Podge
sponge brushes (for application of ModPodge)
vinyl text of your choice
burlap (for rosebud...optional)

Don't forget to come back and show me what you came up with!

Hugs!


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Puppy Ring Bearer

Oh my gosh how stinkin' cute is this????


I was Etsy "window shopping" and came across this adorable-ness! 

Visit The Back Porch Shoppe for more details.

Have a great day!!!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sweet Little Run Down Camper...

Happy Sunday morning chickies!

So...I have this crazy little dream of finding a sweet little run down camper that needs to be completely gutted.

You're totally laughing at me right now aren't you?  That's ok, 'cuz hubby and the kiddos think I'm completely off my rocker with this one too!  Hee hee!

Hear me out a minute though...k?

I have a vision of taking said sweet little run down camper and turning it into something like this...


Still think I'm nutso????  Yeah didn't think so...wink wink!

But how stinkin' fabulous is this????  I found this little gem on Pinterest.  Would you not loooove to spend the weekend cuddled up in this baby???

K...gotta go...hunting for a run down camper.  Hee hee!

Hugs!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

What makes me tick?

What makes me tick?

These beautiful faces!




They are my biggest fans, my support system, my EVERYTHING!

So what or who makes you tick?

Hugs!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Cool Image Transfer Technique!

Hey guys!

I was perusing Pinterest the other day...shocker...and found this great tutorial on image transferring.


Check out Laurie at Heaven's Walk for the complete tutorial.

I can't wait to try this out on some items for my upcoming craft show!

Hugs!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Red, white, and beachy

Hey guys!

I'm still in beach mode...having trouble returning to reality!  I hope you guys had a great week!

I took a quick minute (or hour) to check out what's new on Pinterest.

I found this beautiful red and white bedroom that I can just imagine in a sweet little beach cottage!



The picture is courtesy of The Brabourne Farm, isn't it lovely?

Also, you may have noticed that Eventually Cottage has started to morph into somewhat of a crafy blog rather than the home decorating blog that it began life as.  I've found that over the past year or so, my interests have begun to shift more towards crafting.

I hope that you will stick with me for tons of crafty fun, tutorials, and a sprinkling of home decorating and life at Eventually Cottage.  Without you guys, this blog would be nothing...and I lurve you!!!! xoxo

Hugs!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Gone to the BEACH!!!

Hey guys!

We will be leaving today for a week at the BEACH!  Woo hoo!

Any orders placed in my Etsy shop between 7/23 and 7/30 will be delayed 5-7 days...sorry.


To make up for any inconvenience, please feel free to use the coupon code VACATION for 10% off your order.

Thanks for your patience!  See ya next week!

Hugs!

Friday, July 22, 2011

My super famous taco dip!

Hey guys!

Yesterday I mentioned on Twitter that I made my super famous taco dip for my coworkers...and I may have hinted that I would share the recipe with you guys in time for your weekend bbq's.

Well...here it is!


First, let me preface this by saying that by "famous" I mean that peeps are always asking me to bring it to parties and bbq's...not that I make it for celebs or have been on the Nate show for it...hee hee!

Now...let's get down to business...

You will need:
(2) bricks of cream cheese (softened)
(1) 16 oz. container of sour cream
(1) small jar of salsa (I use mild)
(1) small can of sliced black olives
(1) envelope of Ortega taco seasoning
shredded cheddar cheese

Mix together in a bowl:  the cream cheese, the sour cream, and the taco seasoning. 

Once blended, spread in an rectangular baking dish. 

Spread the salsa on top of the cream cheese mixture.

Spread the shredded cheddar cheese generously over the salsa and cream cheese mixture.

Garnish your dip with the sliced black olives.

That's it!  Serve your dip with some tortilla chips (I like to use the "Scoops" type) and enjoy!

Hugs!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Fireworks

Mornin' ladies!

Last week our little town had their 89th Annual Italian Festival!  What's that you ask?  It's a mixture of an old fashioned carnival with tons of rides and games for the kiddos, unbelievable food (including zeppoles), and great music!

We are lucky enough to live only about a half a block from the fair grounds.  We are able to visit the festival, grab some grub, and head back home to sit on the deck and listen to the live music from the grandstand.

Sunday night was the last night of the festival and then always finish it off with an amazing fireworks display.  They set up the fireworks on the beach at the end of our street.  We always have our family and friends over for dessert and drinks in the yard and a front row seat for the show...


How amazing is that view????  I took it with my phone sitting in my comfy lawn chair in the backyard!  Hee hee!

Hugs!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Mini White Board

Morning, chickies!

I came up with the idea for a small white board recently and I kinda like the way it turned out!


You will need:

6"x6"x3/4" piece of mdf (sand the edges smooth)
4 14"x4 1/4" ceramic tile (white)
white spray paint, plus another color of your choice
spray matte clear coat
a small vinyl "flourish"
coordinating ribbon
small hooks (2)
sanding block (fine)
Gorilla Glue wood glue

After sanding the edges of my mdf smooth, I spray painted it white and let it dry in the sun for a few hours.

Next I decided where I wanted to place my little flourish.  I chose the bottom right corner. 

With my vinyl secured to the mdf, I took some spray paint in a soft celery color and sprayed the top of the piece (it's not that imporant to paint the edges because you're going to sand them later anyway and I never paint the back unless it's requested).

Let this dry throroughly.  Once it's completely dry,gently remove your vinyl.  Now, take your sanding block and lightly sand the face of your piece until you get the desired "shabby" look.  Once you have the look you want, give it an even coat of your matte clear coat.

Once dry, apply your Gorilla Glue to the back of the tile (don't apply it too close to the edges or it may seep out from the sides).  Apply your tile to the center of your mdf and allow to dry

Once your piece has dried overnight, take your small hooks and apply them to the top of your piece.  Here's a hint for you- start the hole for your hook with an exacto knife.  Be sure not to tighten your hooks too much or you will split the mdf.

K...you're almost done!!!

Now, take your coordinating ribbon and tie one end to each of your hooks.  Take your scissors and give each end of the ribbon a nice clean cut.

That's it!  You're done!

How stinkin' easy was that...and how adorable is your new mini white board????????

Have a great day guys!

Hugs!





Monday, July 18, 2011

New York Yankees Sign

Hey guys!

I haven't posted since June 28th?  Really???  Wow!  I really suck don't I???? 

Any-hoo...I want to share with you guys a sign that I did for my bff's Dad recently.  When my friend, Shawn asked me to do a baseball diamond sign for her Dad, I knew that I was up for the challenge! 

Shawn's Dad is a baseball memorabilia dealer and a HUGE NY Yankee fan!

Here's what I came up with...


I started with a 10"x10" piece of pine.  I sanded is nice and smooth and gave it a few coats of Rustoleum 2x spray paint in Navy blue.  I really like to use this spray paint in a satin finish.  For some reason, the HD only had it in a Gloss finish.  Oh well...adapt and overcome right???

I searched net for a NY symbol like the one used for the Yankees.  I had to import it, re-size it, and cut it using my old Craft Robo software, because for some reason I can't cut some things using my Silhouette software.  Wierd right?  Anyone know what's up with that???

I asked (ok begged) Price Charming to help me with this next step...hee hee!  I needed to cut straight lines and cut the bases out of my white vinyl.  I just don't have the patience for straight lines...I don't know what that's all about!

Here's my cutie patootie hard at work...


Gotta love that man!

Lastly, I took some silver vinyl and cut out "New York Yankees" using a script font that looked like the one they use in the real logo.


So what do you think?