Dining Room Chandelier Wall Decal

The apartment my boyfriend and I are renting in Coral Gables was (thankfully) painted beautiful neutral shades so all of our random furniture and colors blend well. We have lived here for about three months but have yet to hang anything on the walls. (And to tell you the truth, we are still unpacking.) Our dining and living room is one big space. I have been searching for something unique to hang on the wall our pub-style dining room table sits against to help separate it from the TV area. Then, Eureka!, I found a black chandelier wall decal at Target.com. It was fairly easy to assemble and I am very happy with final product.

Here are some tips for for applying it to your wall. This is what you’ll need:

  • My Life My Wall Peel and Stick “Rhinestone Chandelier” Wall Decal
  • Measuring Tape
  • Pencil
  • Black Sharpie
  1. Measure the width of the wall to find the center. Use your pencil to mark it.
  2. Unpeel and carefully stick each of the four decal pieces to the wall.

  3. I found that decals 3 & 4 did not exactly align to decal #2 exactly perfect. I filled in any gaps with the black sharpie.
  4. It came with rhinestones to stick to the bottom pieces but I chose not to use them for a more simplistic style.

*There are also several shops on Etsy that make all sorts of beautiful wall art decals large and small. You can check them out here: http://www.etsy.com/category/housewares/wall_decal

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A friend had me listen to this song about a month ago. I now find myself listening to it on repeat often. I think it’s the sweet carefree melody, gentle whistle, and honest southern voice. It seems not from this era. Especially as everything on the radio these days is filled with electronic sounds and auto-tune adjustments. When stressed or overhwhelmed it reminds me to relax and that everything’s going to be okay.

“Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros*

Alabama Arkansas I do Love my Ma and Pa
Not the way that I do Love you

Holy Moly Me oh My your the apple of my eye
Girl I’ve never loved one like you

Man o Man your my best friend I scream it to the nothingness
there ain’t nothing that I need

Hot and Heavy pumpkin pie
Chocolate candy Jesus Christ
Ain’t nothing please me more than you

[Chorus:]
Home, Let me come Home
Home is Whenever I’m with you
Home, yes I am Home
Home is wherever I’m with you

Lalalala Take me Home
Mama I’m Coming Home

I follow you into the park, through the jungle through the dark
Girl I’ve never loved one like you

Moats and boats and Waterfalls, Alleyways and payphone calls
I been everywhere with you (that’s true)

Laugh until we think we’ll die, barefoot on a summer night
never could be sweeter than with you

And in the streets you run afree,
Like it’s only you and me,
Geeze, you’re something to see.

[Chorus]

Lalalala take me home
Mama I’m Coming Home

‒ Jade?
‒ Alexander?
‒ Do you remember that day you fell outta my window?
‒ I sure do ‒ you came jumping right out after me.
‒ Well, you fell on the concrete, nearly broke you ass, you were bleeding all over the place, I rushed you out to the hospital, you remember that?
‒ Yes, I do.
‒ Well there’s something I never told you about that night
‒ What didn’t you tell me?
‒ Well, while you were sitting in the back seat smoking a cigarette you thought was gonna be your last, I was falling deep, deep in love with you, and I never told you till just now!

[Chorus]

Home, let me come home, home is wherever I’m with you
Home, yes I am Home home is whenever I’m with you!

Alabama Arkansas I do love my Ma and Pa
Yes Home, yes ward! home is whenever I’m with you!
Home is whenever I’m with you.

*Lyrics are excerpted from: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/edwardsharpeandthemagneticzeros/home.html

My favorite Childhood Dessert

I have always been a “desert monster” and one of my favorite sweet treats as a child was a “Vernor’s Float”. My dad used to make these for me when I behaved myself. 0:)

Ingredients:

  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1 can of Vernor’s Ginger Ale per person
  • Flexible straws
  1. Fill each glass with heaping scoops of ice cream.
  2. Add the ginger ale until it foams all the way to the top. As the ice cream melts you can add more Vernor’s.
  3. Enjoy!

Drawing with Charcoal

I am always looking for random enjoyable stress-relieving activities. Last week my mom surprised me with a sketch pad and a set of drawing and charcoal pencils. I used to draw a lot growing up and I have always enjoyed arts and crafts projects of any sort. My mom and her side of the family are quite creative too. I was very excited to try them out and even watched some instructional videos on “how to” use charcoal pencils first. (Yes, I’m a nerd.) I have included photos of my preliminary doodles and typography. Inspired by Jenipher, I’m going to try to doodle at least once a day to keep my creative mind active. You can check out here inspiring doodles here: http://nightlydoodles.tumblr.com/

Party Nails

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“Nail Junkie” by Sinful Colors Professional and Essie “Mint Candy Apple” polka dots

I have been cooped up in the house post-surgery for the last week and a half. It was been fantastically relaxing and stress-free to say the least but I have been getting a little stir-crazy over the last few days. To remedy this, I decided to paint my nails a fun happy color.  I chose “Nail Junkie” by Sinful Colors Professional (sold by Walgreens).

First, I painted a clear Sally Hansen base coat and then 3 thin layers of this glittery shade. I waited for this to dry completely and then covered each nail in a clear Sally Hansen Topcoat to seal it and make it shiny. To complete the unique funky-fun look I was going for, I added 3 polka dots on each ring-finger of Essie’s “Mint Candy Apple”. Ta dah!!

I’m excited to try this with different shades according to the season!

Back to School Time

Thursday is my first day of the Fall 2011 semester.  I am taking two classes at the University of Miami towards my Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree.  The first is “Theories of the Universe” and the second is “Perspectives of Human Nature”.  It seems like they will both be A LOT of work including extensive reading.  In addition to the seven books in the photo, I am still waiting on four more race to class, 6:25-9:05pm.  Needless to say these will be VERY long days.  The more prepared I am the better.  The following is the list of my Back to School essentials.

  • 2 Subject Notebook
  • Durable Folder with pockets
  • UM Campus Map
  • Textbooks
  • Pens (my favorite is the Pilot G-2 0.38)
  • Mechanical Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • White-out Tape
  • Post-its
  • Flash Drive
  • Umbrella (for unpredictable Florida weather)
  • Scarf (to stay stylish and warm in cold classrooms)
  • Change purse with quarters (for vending machine emergencies)
  • Kashi Granola bars (for a healthy snack)
  • Gum and/or breath mints (Icebreaker Wintergreen is my fave)
  • Advil (for unpredictable headaches, cramps, etc.)
  • Pocket Mirror (to check for nose boogies, eye goobers, etc.)
  • Refillable bottle of water

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Last week actress Anne Hathaway was a guest on Conan O’Brien.  She explained her frustration of the constant paparazzi by performing a “Lil Wayne style” rap.  It was quite clever and so catchy!  I can’t get it out of my head.  Here is the clip for your enjoyment.  What do you think?

Speaking of actresses rapping, this is one of my favorite SNL Digital Shorts featuring Natalie Portman, circa 2009.  I think it’s the shock-factor of her contrasting sweet face and graphic language (that was your warning).  Enjoy!