Sunday, December 9, 2012

dang me, dang me, they oughtta take a rod and hang me

The DIY Drop Cloth Drape. 

It's amazing how much you don't realize you dislike something until you replace it with something better.  (And no, ladies, I'm not talking about your husbands.)  It's also amazing that after you look at something long enough you become oblivious to the fact that something else could and WOULD look mucho better-o.

Who knew I didn't have to keep window treatments forever?  Not me, that's who.

I'm very new to the blogging world, the DIY world, and just cool house stuff in general.  But now that the kids have been kicked out flown the coop (and I have a new, super-fly FAST computer), I'm finding all new ways to get creative and generally irritate the crap out of Philly.

I'm a little late getting on this particular boat, but apparently a really cool and inexpensive way to make yourself some custom drapes is to start with some uber-cheap painter's drop cloths.  I bought mine at Lowe's, but I suspect you can find them at any do-it-yourself box store.

 I picked up a 9'x12' drop cloth.

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

you....light life....

We have a great thrift store in town.  I went in a few weeks ago looking for some lace panties and a toilet brush, and I saw a pair of brass lamps sitting high atop a shelf.

I'd been wanting to play with a brass lamp.  Opportunity presented itself.

These particular lamps were $3.50 each.  While at times I'm willing to blow that same amount on a Diet Coke and 6-pack of chocolate wax donuts for breakfast, I thought that was too much to spend on an actual working lamp, let alone $7.00 for the pair.

So I walked away.

I went back into the shop a week later for a matching bra and toilet plunger.  My lamps were still there.

AND, it was half-off-anything-electrical week!  

I walked out of the shop with both lamps AND 2 back issues of Better Homes & Gardens for a nickel apiece.  Grand total for the shopping excursion:  $3.82.  Score.

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