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Thursday, February 18, 2010

My First Picasa Photograph!

After reading some great tutorials from Funky Junk Interiors and Censastional Girl, I decided to download Picasa3. It's a pretty cool photo editing program that is easy enough for a beginner like me! And I'm only using a Canon Powershot 1200....look at the difference in this pie!

And for those of you who are interested in that sweeeet pie, here's the recipe:

Frosty Toffee Bits Pie

1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup half-and-half cream
1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 package (8 ounces) milk chocolate English toffee bits, divided (I added Butterfingers!)
1 graham cracker crust (9 inches)
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
Beat in cream until blended.
Fold in whipped topping and 1 cup toffee bits.
Spoon into crust; sprinkle with remaining toffee bits.
Cover and freeze overnight.
Remove from the freezer 10 minutes before serving.

And trust me, if I can make it...anyone can.

Cute Tray!

I bought a really cute tray from Big Lots a while back. It was only eight bucks and went along with the color scheme in the Master Bedroom, so I picked it up! When I unpacked it last week and put it on the dresser, I invisioned a few candles and pretty accessories sitting on it.
Upon my husband's arrival at home, he said, "Is this for all our junk?" I replied, "Yes." I didn't think telling him that I bought a tray that I didn't really know what I was going to do with yet would go over well. Well, I should have...because after a short time, it looked like this:

I think he approves!! :) So much for those pretty candles and accessories...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Lonnie Magazine Issue No. 3 is out now! You can go check it out here:

Friday, February 5, 2010

Love, Love, Love

Since this is the month for love...I thought I would dedicate one of my first post to some things I LOVE about the new house!

1. The Garage
  I've never understood why people use garages for man-caves and playrooms! Although, I can appreciate the beauty in one...such as this one:

cary bernstein architect

  But really, I just want to park in it. I want to warm up my car during the winter without having to go outside, protect my car from the elements, and store stuff in my various stages of undress in the morning! :)

2. The New Fridge
I eat crushed ice like it's I have my FIRST, very own candy maker!

3. My Bedroom
...that allows us to have TWO bedside tables. We did not have room for that luxury in our old house and it was so annoying to have to reach over my husband to get something off of it! Luckily, the furniture store we bought our bedroom set from still had them available at 20% off!

4. The Neighbors...on the right side
In our old neighborhood....our neighbors didn't like our smallest dog, Bentley. Although, I admit, he IS a bit hyper but due to the empty lot next door, we only have to worry about ONE set of neighbors!!

5. The Neighborhood
We came from a four-lane street, one of the busiest in our city. Directly in front of our house was a street light. Lovely. So we've relocated to a much quieter part of town...hopefully not the opposite extreme since most of them are retired!! So far, we love the peace and quiet!

Our Staircase Transformation

I recently bought Lance both the first and second Transformer movies and like a little boy he watched them over and over again. :) Now I can relate to my husband's fixation with the Transformers... It reminds me of my fixation with a good before and after. You can never see enough!! I still get awe-struck and amazed over some of the before and after pictures I see on blogs like Design Sponge, DIY Showoff, Better After and don't get me started on In the Fun Lane's BEAUTIFUL furniture makeovers!

It's from those amazing bloggers, that inspire me to do a little transforming myself. Step over Optimus, and take a look at the before of our staircase:

Pretty rough, huh? There is no telling what that nasty thing would have done to my man's allergies! But I had hope with inspiration from House Beautiful like this:

So after buying a few supplies, I am pleased that the staircase now looks like this:

I kept the original railing and cleaned it and applied polyurethane to it. I did have to replace the bottom tread because underneath all that was broken. The best part is a friend installed it for free!
I love the way it looks up against the hardwood..

Cost Breakdown:
Runner Installation $100.00
Runner: $80.00 LOWES
Hardware: $10.00 LOWES
Kilz: $15.00 WALMART
One Tread: $9.00 LOWES
Polyurethane: GARAGE FREEBIE :)
**carpet padding was included in installation**
TOTAL COST: $214.00

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Yeah....I Can Fly.

This was the title to the email I received from my husband this morning. Quoted from the movie, Iron Man. After several attempts, Iron Man realized that he had fixed his suit in such a way that allowed him to fly. Basically he was saying...I'm the man!! :) This is my husband's humorous email to my sister-in-law, her husband, and I:

"For all of you who have been follwing the many creative and courageous acts of Lance Maximus. I am here to announce yet one more. Now we need to have a moment of enlightenment and look at all the events that have gotten me here. Now I have learned to install the kitchen backsplash, change electrical sockets/switches, install dishwashers, hardwood flooring, and tile completed with a heating system. With the help of my lovely assistant (ME!) I installed a over the top neutron accelerator better known as a microwave oven. But all these things pale in comparison to what I did last night. That is......wait for it............ installing a water line from under the house! Yes, you heard right faithful Lance Maximus followers I have installed a water line. I had to drill a hole in my lovely harwood (dont tell my wife) and then I had to slowly and percisly lower a petroleum based water aperatus down the hole (better known and a plastic tube) and then hook that aperatus to a copper preinstalled water line under the house. Yes you heard right. I said under the house. So as of 6:52 PM on February 3, 2010, the water line for the fridge has become a reality. So taking a line from my fellow awesome entrpreneuer Iron Man, Yeah, I can fly.

Awesome is who I am, Amazed is what you should be............."
LOL, humble much??