Friday, March 9, 2012

V and Co: easter egg craft

so this last week in-between climbing mount laundry and wading through the sludge of things not done ie scheduling doc appointments and car appointments, grocery shopping and all that other normal every day stuff that seemed to pile up just a little bit larger than usual because i was gone for a week (and had 3 prior weeks of chaotic-ness)... katie ended up having a pretty bad reaction to the routine vaccinations where her legs got super swollen and super sore. so sore that she, as the day progressed, became less willing to walk anywhere, and to where she basically just stayed put and didn't move till someone could pick her up and take her where she needed to go. (read between lines, she didn't ask to be moved till she absolutely had to go to the bathroom).
well, the next day one leg had gone down to normal size and didn't hurt as much, but the other still super sore and swollen. she wouldn't walk on her own...and well we basically stayed put, her and i. and while she drew pictures on my bed i brought in something i could do next to her. we just hung out most of the day on my bed.
i didn't get too much done...but i did get a few of these little eggs done so we could start decorating our home a little for the upcoming season.
i still have a few more to make. i think in twine...
katie is feeling better  both legs down to normal and just normal soreness. :D
 i have a few things i need to take care of and today is going to be spent cleaning and having all the kiddos clean out closets and under beds. oh i know it's friday, but we're on spring break. which should be AWESOME next week because we have a couple of days in the forecast that say 70 degrees! i am soooooo ready to have time outside bike riding and going on the trails again. can.not.wait. my kids are already chomping at the bit to play outside games with friends. sigh. yes our first winter in the midwest and we hardly felt it. well i know the weather's been weird and i've had my few run  ins with the snow...but all in all nice introduction to the midwest winter weather. thank you! :)

the twine egg was made just like i made my potterybarn inspired decor balls
just different twine, and no spray paint...oooh maybe i'll do a couple with spray paint too. hmmm (mental note go buy pastel looking spray paint)

the fabric eggs were created just like i made these balls.
the eggs were found at micheals and were a little (in my eyes) pricey. they were $2.42 for 6 or wait were they $4.24? sheesh...don't know. BUT you could do the twine and fabric thing we did here with those plastic eggs i used in that fabric covered egg how to. those are super cheap and you can get them just about anywhere. for way cheaper. :) just make sure you put your hot glue gun to lower temp if you have the the eggs (either one the Styrofoam and the plastic one) can melt if the glue is too hot.
so whether you place it tall grass.

or do the classy pottery barn look...

or heck throw caution into the wind (walk a little on the wild side if you will) and throw them together. i know.
oooh you notice my newest "find"?
well it's not new NEW. i mean i found it in december...well no it was more like i saw it in september.
yes, a story in order.

i'm talking about that mirror you sort of see in that last picture.
here's a better picture:
yup, that mirror is huge. and it was perfect for my GINORMOUS wall, or so i've been known to call this wall.
and well said mirror was first seen and coveted last september, at hobby lobby. and the price tag was ridiculous to my pocket...for a mirror. it was $289.99 (which i know is still considered a good price in some circles but not in my own little personal circle).
well, i stared and stared at it, i may have even petted it. and it was put aside in my brain of things to buy when i see a 50% off coupon for hobby lobby. and well that day came people. 3 months and i don't know how many people i annoyed talking about it to later....the coupon came. and i was ready.
got my friend with a gps so i wouldn't get lost again...and we headed on down there with her big huge suv that is worthy of carrying said huge mirror. and when i got there. there she was in all her glory.

when i got up and close to it i saw a chip on the side of the mirror on the frame. crap. well maybe they will have another one.
so the manager of the store came with me and we looked at the mirror.
i said "i want to use my 50% off coupon for this mirror but can you get me one without a chip?"
she looked at me and said "what if i give you 60% off on it?"
i sat and stared at her then i stared at the mirror. then i stared at her...then at the mirror.
in my head all i could think was "dang it i don't want to look like a total moron, because i can't figure out how much off that would be just off the top of my head and if that is even worth it..."

she took my silence as trying to drive a hard bargain because she then said:
"okay i can only go up to 80% off i can't do any better for you."
that's when i stared at her and i didn't care if i looked like an idiot and said "so like how much would that come out to be?"
she took out her calculator and said "around $60 with tax."
i calmly looked at her and said "okay i'll take it. but can i lick it to make sure no one else takes it?"
she didn't like my humor.

so my super great deal of a mirror is sitting in the same room as my super great deal of a hexagon table i got for $3 dollars at a garage sale. both won by my internal conversation while others thought i was steping up the game and trying to drive a hard bargain. booooyaaaaa for talking and having an argument with yourself in your head or do some call that having voices in your head?
till we talk again.


Teri said...

First I love the eggs, going out to the storage shed to grab my plastics, and use them.
Second, is that a real plant you stuck them in or a plastic version?
Third, I love your blog, you make me laugh because I totally get how your brain works, because I am right there too!
Glad you lil one is on the mend :D

Leila said...

Beautiful mirror - and sooo funny - but what I really want to know is where you got your lamps. I am in LOOOVE! :)

chris said...

Your mirror story made me chuckle. So glad Katie is feeling better. I hate to be you next time she needs a vaccination. :)

notes of sincerity said...!! :0) What a great deal!
So glad to hear Katie is doing better.
What special memories the two of
you have now, while she healed.

Anonymous said...

a little brown marker (or a furniture marker) and you wouldn't even be able to see that chip

jax said...

I'll have to remember that the next time I go to Hobby Lobby. They have a shutter screen I want to get for my sewing room. Mind you I don't have a sewing room, but one day I will and I would love to have the shutter style screen to put in it. It's been 30% off for a while. I haven't been back to check to see if it has been discounted more or not.

Meredith Daniel said...

I needed this post. I hope you licked it. So funny.

Mindy said...

Your pics are looking gorgeous, V. :) Great find with the mirror!

sonia said...

Lucky you! That room is looking fantastic.congrats!

Heather at Happy Chippy Junk said...

I need you to translate something in spanish to english. I can't find your e-mail!! Help!

jstew51576 said...

Bahahahaha! "Can I lick it?!?!" Don't you hate it when you run into people with NO sense of humor! I think it looks amazing! And we may just have to do some eggs like that, since dying eggs is not an option with an egg allergy!

SuzyMcQ said...

V, The eggs are really and seriously cute and I love your new mirror, but I am writing to tell you how to quickly tell the discount of something. You see, I used to work for Pottery Barn and when we went to the outlet we always had to figure out our discount along with the outlet discount, so we got pretty good at it.

Here goes. Let's say mirror is $350 and you are getting it for 80% off. What that means is that you are paying 20%, right? So, you take 10% of $350 and that's $35, right? For 20% you just double it, so you pay $70!

Does that make any sense? It sure is faster than a calculator!

Leigh Anne said...

That last 80% off story cracked me up! Super cute eggs too. Thx for the laugh....and u scored an awesome mirror!

Nicole @ Patchwork Duck Designs said...

Too funny about the mirror! I just scored an amazing stash of Liberty of London fabrics at a tag sale today. $8 total for about 14 different was hard to keep a poker face when finding out the price!

S`andra V. said...

TOO FUNNY on the mirror....You are my hero...I would have so done the same thing...My mind is not quick enough to calculate in my head even 1% much less 60%. Love your humor....sorry the store manager didn't get it. I can only imagine the look you received...LOL!!! Love your blog too. Thanks for sharing such things. The eggs are egg-cellent idea for decorating too by the way. I am so doing this over the weekend...My hubby looking at me as if...I have lost my mind again...YES!!!Happy easter to everyone and since St. patty's first...may the Luck of the Irish be with you too.
Happily Scrapbooking & Crafting My Memories~S`andra V.

momof3girls said...

I love the eggs..and all your projects. You're super creative. I'm really enjoying your book too. I sooo love to find a good deal. You did so well with the mirror!

Shirley in Canada said...

What a super idea and how great they look!! Thank you for sharing ;)

Evelene S said...

I love the eggs and your mirror story is hilarious! You are too funny! My head convos never get me anywhere but confused:-) Aw to be so creative. It has taken me 6 times with the word verification to get this comment in.

Andrew and Darcy said...

You are hilarious and I'm so jealous of the mirror! You make me laugh and you are very realistic about life. Keep it real!

Amy Lynne said...

I love it! What a deal...talking to yourself pays off sometimes!

The Milloys said...

Nice deal on the mirror, but what I really want to know is where you found the lamps! Love them.

V and Co. said...

plant: totally fake and from ikea...i kill anything that doesnt have a sprinkler system.

lamps: from gordmans, they are a discount store like ross or tj maxx at least that's what they advertise themselves as. :)

and last but not least!:
thank you for helping me figure out that equation on the percentage! but i think the "act confused so they think you are stepping up your game" is totally working for me! and i'll probably forget anyways when faced again with the percentage equation on the spot!!!

Nicole said...

My twins had bad reactions to the shoots last time too. I had never seen a little thigh swell up so much. Love your mirror story - definitely needed a laugh today.

The Prudent Homemaker said...

Well, "I" like your sense of humor. That made me laugh--a ahrad, make the baby in my belly move laugh. I think I'll rememeber your lesson on the value of silence when bargaining!

Sarah said...

these are darling. you are very clever.

Kelly O. said...

Hey Vanessa! congratulations on the craftsy class!!
I just got my craftsy newsletter and I know what I'm signing up for next!
Super exciting!

Carpet Cleaning NYC said...

Thanks for sharing the post here. Keep up the good work. All the best.

V and Co. said...

kelly o please do! it's been fun so far! and a lot of people seem to be having fun with it! hope to see you there! ;)

Bearpawquilter said...

so how did you fix the chip? Love the eggs Will tuck that idea away for next Easter. I made the pink felt peeps garland for my granddaughter this year. So cute! A real hit! N

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