Headboard Project!

In CategoryNavel Gazing
ByDeb

So I got a few negative comments about my Sheepskin Rug Headboard idea.

If by “a few,” I mean every single person who heard about it gagged.

And I do.

However, I was still pretty married to the idea – until in an effort to vindicate myself, I went to Google and searched for the Super Expensive Fancy One that’s in a Celebrity’s House . . . and failed.

So. Disappointed.

Nate Berkus hasn’t installed one of these in Jennifer Aniston’s bedroom? Or Brangelina’s?

Come on, Brad and Angelina look pretty wild – a sheepskin rug headboard would totally be right up their alley.

I still sort of think it will happen one day…and then I will be all AH-HA! And rub it in everyone’s faces.

Side Story:

You know those wreaths made out of Christmas ornaments hot-glued around a frame?

I made one of those about 15 years ago.

And everyone laughed at me.

And now they sell them in Pottery Barn for seventy-five dollars.

Just sayin’.

ANYway, I DID abandon my fantastic, fashion forward, avant-garde headboard idea and decided to get some foam, a store-bought quilted coverlet, and slap that sucker together.

Ta Da!

Love, love, love the texture and the color. Our summer quilt will go great with it.

I know these pictures aren’t great. It was dark and snowy outside, and I have a crap camera, and I am a crap camera operator.

So, there’s that.

I have some ideas about painting the lamps and replacing the shades. I’ll take better pictures if I do.

What do you think? (she said, blatantly fishing for compliments)

And the dog was wearing a pink sweater

In CategoryNavel Gazing
ByDeb

Last week when I was at the THIRD GROCERY STORE IN TWO DAYS (ironically, shopping for the Christmas dinner that did not happen), I saw a lady with a DOG in her CART. Her cart was all outfitted with a nice, soft, pink cart-liner like you use when you have a baby. The lady was cuddling the dog while she was talking to the butcher.

THE BUTCHER.

Also known as an EMPLOYEE OF THE GROCERY STORE.

WHO WAS MAKING SMALL TALK WITH A WOMAN CUDDLING A DOG.

Aren’t there rules about that?

Seriously?

Butt Wrinkles and a Poll Question

In CategoryNavel Gazing
ByDeb

Tonight after my daughter’s bath, I noticed that when she blows her nose, her little tiny-heiny cheeks wrinkle. It was quite possibly the CUTEST THING EVER.

I have a plan to make a padded headboard for our bed. I have done this several times before. The first time, I bought a $25 headboard from a used hotel furniture outlet store (google it – you can get stuff SO CHEAP), and covered it with about 4 inches of padding and a really pretty fake-silk moire fabric. I even made fabric-covered buttons. It turned out great, but after a few years and a little exposure to my son (aka Super Puker), it was time to say goodbye. So I want to make another one.

Here’s the thing: I decided that instead of covering my MDF with some boring old fabric, I would think outside the box. I had lots of ideas – cover it with wallpaper, paint a design with stencils, decoupage random bits of handmade paper onto it… But the idea that really grabbed me is to cover it with sheepskin.

That’s right – a HEADBOAD made out of a SHEEPSKIN RUG.

What do you think of this idea?

a) Wow Deb, you are Super Cool!

b) I think I saw that in a 70’s porno.

c) Why would you nail a rug to the wall?

I floated this idea to mah peeps on Twitter, but they were decidedly unsupportive (Hi Melanie! Hi Applie! Hi Celtic Muse!) so I decided to cast a wider net before abandoning it. I don’t know, though….Melanie all but killed it by wondering if human hair will get stuck in it.

Ick.

In case you are wondering what my husband thinks of this, he professes not to care as long as it doesn’t cost anything and he doesn’t have to help.

*This blog-post title is so enticing, I am completely enthralled by my own cleverness.

Christmas Non-Dinner

In CategoryNavel Gazing
ByDeb

After the Thanksgiving debacle, I started to think about trying something different for Christmas.

The whole idea behind these elaborate holiday meals is to add to the happy memories and create something really special that enhances your family traditions.

Right?

Well, after Thanksgiving, I realized that while I thought I was making a special meal for my family, I was really just spending a bunch of money and time cooking something half of them didn’t even like. And that was, in fact, not creating something special and memorable. I don’t want my kids growing up remembering that mom cooked stuff they didn’t like at the holidays.

I do think they will grow up (and hopefully out) of their present state of picky-eater-ness; but in the meantime they don’t like the traditional holiday dinners, so why am I killing myself making them?

Not only that, but my own memories of the past few Christmases are of my husband and kids playing with all the new toys while I fretted over when to start the gravy.

So this year I asked Jim what he thought about bagging the fancy meal and cooking something that would a) be less work, and b) garner fewer complaints.

He was up for it, so I made a plan: Cook something nice on Christmas Eve (like a turkey), and assemble a casserole (like turkey-noodle) to be heated up on Christmas Day.

It was a great plan, but we were so busy on Christmas Eve, that I did not make the nice dinner.

Or assemble a casserole.

Even so, on Christmas day we had homemade cinnamon rolls –

And homemade cheese dip (it was supposed to be a cheese ball but I do not excel at reading directions) –

And mini meatball sandwiches that were unbelievably delicious –

And it was perfect.

The kids were so busy playing that they had to be nagged to eat anything at all, never mind something elaborate.

And by elaborate, I mean food that requires silverware.