Grab the wine! Grab the Hammer! Single lady craft night.

It’s no mystery -I am unemployed -I am bored. I needed a creative outlet-Craft Night!

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Lately, I have been in a creative funk. Last month I moved into a new place that was much smaller then my previous home. I had to get rid of a substantial amount of furniture for my little shoe box I’m in now. However, it was a relief to get rid of most of the stuff and downsize. Some of the pieces I have kept were a “work in progress” but my day time job had always prevented me from having energy to tackle it. I had this book shelf that was plain and simple like Parsons style which I purchased from ikea (of course). What I love about this bookshelf though is the large size, but also there was no backing. I have always wanted to give it a cool pop of color, and by pop of color I mean black,silver, grey, or gold. Let’s start the breakdown: Supplies: Image

Wine is the most essential supply. It allows patience!

2 Large Sheets of Foam Core, Hammer,Staple Gun, X-Acto Knife, Nails, Pins, and Fabric 

Before Picture:

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I dusted everything off to make sure the surface was clean. Then I took my measurements for the backing and cut down my foam core with the X-Acto knife.

ImageNext, I took my two sheets of foam core to make sure my measurements were correct. Luckily, they were (I am pretty bad at cutting). Then I took my fabric laid it down with the pattern facing the floor. I placed my foam on the top of the fabric and trimmed down the access fabric to make it easier to pin.

You will  want to stay under 4 inches so you can stretch out the fabric. Then take the pins and begin pulling the fabric and pining it to the board. Make sure it stays tight.

Results:

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I flipped it over to check if the fabric was pulled enough. I had to make a few adjustments. Then I flipped it back over to where the pins were to use the staple gun to secure it. Then I removed the pins.

Install the panels: 

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I laid the bookshelf down and lined up the  panels on the back. Then I took the hammer and the nails to secure the boards into the back of the shelving.

NOTE: If you live alone it’s not a smart idea to lay a heavy piece of furniture on the floor because when it comes time to pick it up. Problems my friends. Big problems! 

Panels Successfully Installed:

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Wasn’t totally loving it at first. The pattern seemed super bold and didn’t match up.

Final Product 

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Head On View

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I do love it now that I have some items to break up the pattern.  I have a few more knick knacks that I would like to add, but thus far I am happy with the result. I am still missing a dining room table, and NO I do not want to discuss how unhappy that makes me.

This project took about an hour, 2 glasses of wine, 80$ in supplies. Hope this helps all you creative ladies in a funk! 

Written by:
Ordinary Lady Sarah

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I have given up on being original and accepted I’m an extra dose of ordinary. Consider myself a creator of false worlds working on the TV show Revenge in the Set Decorating Department. There will never come a time in my life where I believe women shouldn’t be helping women. Started blogging because being opinionated on my facebook status was getting old.

We have to talk about more then what we eat, who we are dating, and when we worked out last.

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I wake up in the morning throw on my shoes to walk over to coffee bean for my morning coffee. Phone in my hand I begin my daily scroll through what people have been doing while I’ve been unconscious for a few hours. It’s really never a surprise that the normal posts or status consist of  selfies, working out, food, or feel good quotes. I am certainly guilty of having these on my page too and I can acknowledge that I’m being hypocritical.

Lately, I have noticed when I am talking amongst friends we are talking about things I don’t even care to talk about!

What we ate that day…If we have worked out this week… If we are talking to anyone new…. Like there has to be more to talk about then this ? Right? 

Here are some of the things I look up in the morning to see what is going on in the world I live in today.

 

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Huffingtonpost.com A year ago I changed my homepage to The  Huffington Post with the hopes of not burying my head in the sand on what is happening in the world. It was probably the best change I have made this year. Everyone should really be reading about what is going on in Ukraine right now.

 

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This is a topic I often look into about the progression of  mental illness , and what we know now. I feel like there are so many people in my life that have suffered from some sort of mental illness or even reading about people in the news who are going through it. It only seems appropriate to educated yourself on this because it does help you understand and become less judgmental against those going through this battle.

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CNN is a great source to look at too! They have a great selection of topics , the one I click into most is  Opinions. This article on Aids was something I found interesting because this past weekend I watched The Normal Heart. Being a person who knew only about AIDS from a hospital pamphlet-  articles like and this movies that shed light onto this disease help educate yourself on this global pandemic. For starters did you know the first case of HIV that was acknowledged by our government was in 1980’s? I didn’t. That’s less then 35 years ago. It’s pretty insane because I was under the assumption it was the 1960’s.

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Life.Time.Com is actually a great starter for anyone who  finds the news boring. They have great galleries of photos from the 20’s to present day. It is a great way to pass time other then looking at US weekly if you ask me. Then you can poke your toes into the water of other topics on their site!

 

 

Maybe we won’t stop talking about what we ate today or gossiping about our lives. I have hope that we can all take the time to just attempt to broaden our horizons and discuss meaningful topics that have some substance. That maybe we will learn new things that make us less harsh and judgmental because we have allowed ourselves to be educated. That we can teach each other new things, and learn from one another. Just maybe.

 

Written by:
Ordinary Lady Sarah. 
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I have given up on being original and accepted I’m an extra dose of ordinary. Consider myself a creator of false worlds working on the TV show Revenge in the Set Decorating Department. There will never come a time in my life where I believe women shouldn’t be helping women. Started blogging because being opinionated on my facebook status was getting old. 

Endorphins are bullshit.

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Everyone talks about how great exercise makes you feel because you release endorphins. Endorphins make you happy and happy people are good people.
Bullshit. 
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Then people who love to workout talk about how “You just have to keep doing it then you will love it”
Bullshit. 
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I do it because I have to – not because I want to. Personally, I know I  have to be healthy and proactive because of my family medical history. Aside from that  everyone should be apart of getting out and doing stuff you enjoy. Don’t get sucked into the idea you have to be in a gym trapped in the four walls of fluorescent lighting, and running in place like a hamster in their ball.

Do stuff you like to do!

I love to hike. I hate snakes, but I hate gyms more. So I get up and go to hiking trails , because even though I am lazy it’s something I enjoy (depending on the heat) and can do without a shrugging.

Don’t let people bully you into doing shit you hate. Find something! The hard part is having to try new things, but in the end you might just find something you like and are good at !

 

Written by:
Ordinary Lady Sarah. 
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I have given up on being original and accepted I’m an extra dose of ordinary. Consider myself a creator of false worlds working on the TV show Revenge in the Set Decorating Department. There will never come a time in my life where I believe women shouldn’t be helping women. Started blogging because being opinionated on my facebook status was getting old. 

 

 

Mistakes Girls Make

What I have learned from dates.

1.Guys think it’s sexy when you laugh at their jokes just not with a mouth full of water.

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2. They think we all dance like strippers, but really it’s a Yo Girl dance.

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3. If they talk about how much they love the gym “what about you” your response is:

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4. You show up like this… and they say “I like natural”

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5. It’s cute when you trip and he’s there to catch you. Not when you are drunk and just eat it.

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6.  Then guys  are like ” I really like you, let try this” …  and you’re like “You really like me”. Keep somethings a mystery. Unless you’re into it.

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7. You think it’s cute to tell him how you feel. Guess what, he doesn’t.

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8. Then you try to take it back and……

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9. You see them after you’re over it.

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11. Oh , wait. No.

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Yep- Mistakes Girls Make.

 

Written by:
Ordinary Lady Sarah. 
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I have given up on being original and accepted I’m an extra dose of ordinary. Consider myself a creator of false worlds working on the TV show Revenge in the Set Decorating Department. There will never come a time in my life where I believe women shouldn’t be helping women. Started blogging because being opinionated on my facebook status was getting old. 

Meowing ain’t easy

Had the case of the monday’s and I don’t even work for my cat nip.
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Written By:
I’m a Cat – Milo Hamilton 

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No denying I am a cat. I fell in love with a texas girl who occasionally yells at me for meowing too much. Balconies and sink water are the way to my heart. Not a complicated man, but I do get grumpy & lonely when no one touches me. I know this is ladies only but I was neutered a while back so it’s okay. Meowing 4 Life.

I took the cheat route and was cheated.

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Growing up in Houston for the majority of my life I was surrounded by that southerner hospitality. Generally, everyone is friendly, social, and colorful personalities.

Moving to a city where pretty much everyone you meet migrated here because they consider themselves a unique talented ( insert whatever job title). It’s pretty hard to meet anyone who isn’t anti social or a complete Dick. I mean this in the nicest way that they are dicks. I think much of their personalities are festered from the idea they they need to be overly confident because atleast 100 people are competing against them. Sometimes even with dating it’s like I get it why would you spend $12 on a drink if I’m not going to be interested in you?

 It’s not complicated, but you also reach a point where you don’t know how to make the dating game work. You don’t know how to meet people that know you like them and want to spend 40$ on 2 drink + tip + parking. So most of us LA singles will begin the online dating route. Yes, William Shakespeare is probably rolling over in his grave. 

For the past 3 months I decided to be less judgy and give this option a little tug. I joined POF and Tinder.

***Before you say Tinder is just for hookups and I had my fate served to me from the beginning. I’ll have you know from extensive discussions with all walks of life. Literally, everyone has a tinder.**

On my road to a less judgmental dating life…. I started enjoying it. I was like “This is great! I’m talking to so many normal people that we mutually like each other.” I was sold on this online dating life. Then I realized probably a week in that I had no idea who I was talking to anymore. Everyone was a blur! Was this John? David? Ryan? I couldn’t remember who is who and the actual face that matched the personality of the guys I was digging.

It was all so impersonal. I got all of this attention from strangers, but I wasn’t really getting anything else.

I decided maybe I should focus and find someone I actually would want to go out with for a date. I found 2  different guys that seemed as normal as anyone can seem from online. 

 

It was 50/50 – One guy was great while the other felt like I was listening to a seminar on water boarding, but in the end it  was a crash and burn situation.
As impersonal and fast as our relationship began.. It was impersonal and fast to end. 

The problem with this scenario is there are too many options. I had too many options, the people I was on a date with had a variety of options. If I didn’t talk to them they had someone else sitting on the bench ready to get in the game. This is where I said to myself
Online dating is taking the cheat route, to finding a relationship. 

What I did learn from online dating. 
Be patient. It’s worth it. 
Quality > Quantity  (even if it sounds cheesy)
It’s okay to be judgmental
I don’t want this to be my story with someone I’m dating

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Written by:
Ordinary Lady Sarah. 
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I have given up on being original and accepted I’m an extra dose of ordinary. Consider myself a creator of false worlds working on the TV show Revenge in the Set Decorating Department. There will never come a time in my life where I believe women shouldn’t be helping women. Started blogging because being opinionated on my facebook status was getting old. 

Drunk words are not Sober thoughts.

What do you want when you are drunk?

                Attention 
 
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We are all different. We all have a crazy side and want to let our hair down with no judgement.
Results of the stupid things we do under the influence really boil down to us getting all of the attention. 
 
Don’t trust wasted words and hope they are sober thoughts. 
 
Think of how you have told a slice of pizza how much you loved it when you are drunk. That’s really the  equivleant to the intelligence and mind set of someone after 3 drinks. Most of us don’t mean half of the things we say on a good day after 8 hours of sleep and coffee. 
 
If you do something silly just relax! We have all been there.
 
You can just make an executive decision like me.
Delete all evidence. Close your eyes. Snap a few times while chanting “this didn’t happen”  Open your eyes and move on. 
 
That’s the weekend wrap up. Happy Sunday good folks! 
 
Written by:
Ordinary Lady Sarah. 
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I have given up on being original and accepted I’m an extra dose of ordinary. Consider myself a creator of false worlds working on the TV show Revenge in the Set Decorating Department. There will never come a time in my life where I believe women shouldn’t be helping women. Started blogging because being opinionated on my facebook status was getting old.