Monthly Archives: July 2009

$50 Home Improvement: Small Changes with Big Impact

We are slowly trying to eradicate these light fixtures from our house. They’re perfectly fine, just not our style. We think they look like boobs.

I Want to Know Who Designed the Boob Light?

I Want to Know Who Designed the Boob Light?

This weekend I replaced the boob light in my office with a semi-homemade drum shade fixture.I picked up the shade at the Pottery Barn outlet for $15 and got the rest of the supplies in my tool box and at Home Depot for about $5.

The New Drum Shade Fits Much Better

The New Drum Shade Fits Our Style

I love small wiring projects. I think I could have been an electrician.

Doesn't that Look Better?

Doesn't that Look Better?

Meanwhile my husband hung some gray lacquer picture frames in the hallway. We got them for just $9.97 at West Elm, regularly $34 each.Three for less than the price of one!

I Just Need Pictures to Fill Them

I Just Need Pictures to Fill Them

Rather than hanging them the normal way, we got a metal piece at Home Depot for about $5. I think its intended use has something to do with garage doors. Tim hung it using “L” hooks, creating a ledge for the frames to rest.

Our Creative Hanging Technique

Our Creative Hanging Technique

In all we spent about $50 and an hour of our time improving two areas of our home. Now onto the other 437 things on our to-do list!

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Driving to Denver: My Longest Road Trip Ever

My husband and I logged about three thousand miles behind the wheel of a minivan last week. We drove out to Denver, Colorado for the annual International Christian Retail Show. It’s a great event and I look forward to going. This was my second show and I love meeting great, passionate people. We had a lot of fun crossing North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri and even parts of Kansas. But after you get about 30 miles west of Kansas City there is nothing. Unless you count the occasional wind farm as something interesting to look at. Here are some pics from our road trip, a stop at the Denver Botanic Gardens and, of course, from ICRS.

The St. Louis Arch. This is one of my favorite cities.

The St. Louis Arch. This is one of my favorite cities.

Passing Through Kansas City

Passing Through Kansas City

The Only Somewhat Interesting Thing in West Kansas

The Only Somewhat Interesting Thing in West Kansas

Meandering Through the Denver Botanic Gardens

Meandering Through the Denver Botanic Gardens

Love How This Path Looks Like Flowing Water

Love How This Path Looks Like Flowing Water

Just the Two of Us

Just the Two of Us

Beautiful, Don't You Think?

Beautiful, Don't You Think?

Sonic Flood Kicking off ICRS 2009

Sonic Flood Kicking off ICRS 2009

Alex and Stephen Kendrick, Authors of The Love Dare and Fireproof

Alex and Stephen Kendrick, Authors of The Love Dare and Fireproof

Best-selling Author Karen Kingsbury

Best-selling Author Karen Kingsbury

Hanging Out at the Ambassador Booth

Hanging Out at the Ambassador Booth

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It’s Always a Tough Day

ParasailingShe was born on May 3, 1979 and died on July 20, 2001. Jess had wrinkly hands and a goofy laugh and the thickest, curliest black hair you’ve ever seen on a white girl. We met in kindergarten and she was my best friend. She’s the only person I’ve ever parasailed with, the only person I’ve shared the bond of being ketchup sisters with and the only person I’ve given a eulogy for. This day is never easy, but it makes me remember how lucky I was to have a friend like her.

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The Michael Jackson Butter Sculpture Debate: Should MJ be Memorialized in Butter?

Should the King of Pop Become a Butter Sculpture?

Should the King of Pop Become a Butter Sculpture?

Forget the issue of where the King of Pop should be laid to rest– we’ve got more important things to debate! My home state of Iowa has a bit of controversy churning. Following Michael Jackson’s death organizers of the Iowa State Fair decided to add Michael Jackson to their list of butter sculptures that would be created by artists during this year’s fair. The announcement garnered hundreds of comments– both positive and negative. That lead fair organizers to do one thing– take the vote to the public. Starting July 9 you can vote whether you think Michael Jackson should be memorialized in butter. The online poll will be available at IowaStateFair.org until 3pm on July 16. The final results will be announced on July 17. Don’t let this issue melt away without letting your voice be heard!

UPDATE:  After a week of voting, the results of the Iowa State Fair online poll are in. With a margin of 65.24% “no” to 34.76% “yes,” people have voted down the Michael Jackson butter sculpture planned for the 2009 Iowa State Fair. More than 10,000 people voted in the unscientific online poll.

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