Me Gusta | Vol. 1

I’m home from my amazing trip to Argentina! My Pinventures have been on hold since I’ve been out of the country and try to get readjusted to my daily routine, but I will catch up as I can… I actually did one while I was away! It was a hair one – I didn’t even need to pack my glue gun.

In the meantime, I’ve been rolling around an idea in my head… to do a post every once in a while listing things I’m really enjoying right now. There’s lots of stuff I dig, and some of it I think more people should dig. So here’s my first-ever semi-regular list of awesome shizz.

Me gusta RuPaul’s Drag Race

I could probably watch this show every day for the rest of my life and never grow weary of it. Ever. Take the best of Project Runway (creative gay men) and every other reality TV competition show ever (drama drama drama) and roll it around in glitter and latex until it spews glory and joy from your TV. No lie, when Squirrel was teeny tiny, one of few things that would actually catch her attention on TV was RuPaul’s Drag Race and I am convinced it’s because of all the bright colors and glitter. (I should note that the other televised events that caught her attention were basketball, baseball, and football. She is thus far a well-rounded child.)

Drag Race Season 4

And with this year’s addition of the fantasy-football-inspired Fantasy Drag Race on the Logo website – which among other things awards your queen a point if she is bleeped and deducts two points if she cries – there are so many reasons to watch. Despite all the tom-cattiness and furious application of eyeliner, it’s a show with a heart. It’s on every Monday at 8 CST on LOGO – but hurry, there are only four five queens left. (they’re bringing one of them back next Monday, and my money’s on that fish Kenya)

Me gusta no-heat styling

I started my 52 Days of Pinterest with a no-heat style, and since then I’ve been making the technique a regular part of my hair routine. I feel like I’ve come a long way since that first documented attempt, and I love that all I have to do is put my hair in a twist or a bun the night before I want to have a pile of awesome on my head – or even just a few hours before – and I don’t need to plug anything in to make it happen. My favorite way to get waves without heat is to spray my hair damp, put it in a bun all day, then take it down and hairspray it all over before it’s time to party (or see family, whatever). It’s not perfect and it can look a little messy… but I am the very definition of messy and imperfect, so it’s a match made in heaven for me.

Me gusta MFing Wunderkit

I was introduced to Wunderlist as a tool to use at work, where one can create lists of things to do and check off. I quickly translated this list-making into my personal life – groceries, Christmas gifts, craft stuff to buy – and then along came Wunderkit. It takes list making to a whole new level. I have all my lists partitioned now based on project – work, blog, Special Pals, and home. And not only is your life so organized you could scream, you can invite people to these lists and assign them tasks. Honey-do’s just got high tech, baby!


I have blog posts planned up through week 26, a running idea list for my eventual etsy shop complete with notes on wording and jargon, all of the pet holidays for the year mapped out with blog ideas, and of course I still have my grocery list. It is a digital organizer’s dream come true and it’s free! You should try it out. But do note that it’s still in beta mode so it can get a little wonky.

Me gusta my daughter

I missed this little squirrel muffin while I was away. Her feet outgrew all but one pair of her shoes. Luckily, I have a Freecycle stash of shoes that goes all the way up to size 9.

slide fun

park partyin' with juice breaks



enjoying the Texas wildflower season

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Week 9 – The One Where I De-Fuzz

Well now that I’m almost all caught up… my Pinventures are about to go on hiatus again, but at least this time I’m giving notice. Why a hiatus? Because tomorrow, I’m going to Argentina and Peru for 11 days. It’s going to be a nice combo of work and play. I’m going to tango, ride a horse, and go on a hike on a glacier and try not to bust my ass on the ice. And who wouldn’t want to celebrate St. Patties in an Irish pub in the middle of Buenos Aires? I sure as heck would! And I am.

Aside from the million questions about currency conversions (unnecessary), visas (very necessary in Brazil), and how The Guy I Married is going to manage work, side jobs, rehearsals, and remember that he has a daughter to care for too (that one is easily answered – my parents are going to pick up the slack) it occurred to me that since it’s summer in the southern hemisphere right now, maintenance was in order for my own southern hemisphere, namely my legs.

diy sugaring

DIY Sugaring by TipNut, click through for the Pin and the link

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Week 8 – The One Where I Cut Up the Cast of Jersey (Shore)

Not really. I’m cutting up old theater shirts. Cast? Jersey? Hush, you loved it.

As aforementioned, t-shirt projects are a favorite of mine. Between my days of thrift store obsession and my husband’s many, many years of theatre shows and free t-shirts, we have more jersey in our house than Snooki has bronzer.

Although the warmer months are fast approaching down here in Houston, I am of the opinion that one can never have too many scarves, and that said scarves transcend chilly weather. Especially if they’re made of jersey and full of holes.

scarf pin

recycled tee scarf by Shwin and Shwin, click through for the Pin and the link

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Week 7 – The One Where I Tame The Ribbon

Before I get to the meat of the post, let me note… 1. that just because I don’t blog about a Pinventure doesn’t mean I don’t actually complete it at the appointed time, and 2. that my slacking off can be blamed entirely on the musical Grease, the Studio VII Theatre Company, and basically being a single parent for the past two weeks because of both of those monsters. To be fair, Grease was just the first week – since then it’s been another show and outside events. Anyone who thinks teachers have it easy because they get to go home early needs to talk to a fine arts teacher. Preferably a theatre teacher. Preferably a hyper-anal technical theatre teacher who worked professionally for years and is an insufferable perfectionist.

And now, speaking of craziness and chaos and general clustereffery, let me present my craft space.

craft desk

can you count the Pinterest projects?

See that striped box on the left? Half of that box was filled with ribbon, the other half was yarn. Well, actually it’s more 25-75 ribbon-yarn but I digress. It was a mess. And I’m going to show you how it became not a mess.

Week #7 –

ribbon drawer organization

ribbon drawer organization by Blue Cricket Design, click through for the Pin and the link

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Week 6.5 – The (very short) One Where I Realize It’s Called MOD Podge

I feel like an idiot, because hello, it’s on the damn label.

But I’m not changing it.

Modge Podge sounds cuter.

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Week 6 – The One Where I Fall In Love With Modge Podge

My jug of Modge Podge has been sitting unopened in my house for quite some time. It predates our dining-room-turned-home-office, even. It’s one of those things I bought because I saw it, and I knew I’d get around to using it… eventually. In hindsight I probably should have bought some fabric glue for clippies instead.

Anyway, I’ve heard Modge Podge can be great to work with. Yes, it’s technically of the hated adhesive family, but it’s much easier to control because you paint it on, and not only does it glue stuff, it seals it too! So, paint with glue? Easy enough right? Let’s go, Week 6.

modge podge letter

Modge Podge letter by Sarah Ortega, click through for the pin and the link

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Pinventure Bonus! The One With the Burned Fingertips

When I was pregnant in 2010, Pinterest wasn’t a thing yet. It would have been helpful for nursery planning, but I’ve since made up for lost time with my mommy & baby-related pinboards. So many cute clothes, toys, and ideas to hoard… it was probably best I didn’t have Pinterest to give me unrealistic goals and expectations. I was good enough at doing that by myself. For example, Squirrel will be 16 months old in two weeks and I’ve still not completed the mobile for her room. DIY ambition is the mother of baby nursery regret, or something.

Also, baby stuff is like wedding stuff. Tack “baby” in front of any product and that means an instant markup of at least 25%. Sofaking ridiculous. Frugality is in my DNA – so is crafting – and as I am not yet fabulously wealthy, buying very simple stuff at jacked-up prices is just not gonna happen when I know full well that I can make it myself.

Enter Pinterest.

ribbon hair clips by Jones Design Company

ribbon hair clips by Jones Design Company, click through for the Pin and the link

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Week 5 – The One With The Fanciest Apple Corer Ever

Like with everything on Pinterest, the picture has to be good to draw you in. There’s no telling what’s one the other side of the click sometimes. Quite often I find a broken link, which is frustrating, or a pin pinned from another pin, which sends me into a click-click-clicking Ring around the Cluster-eff of pin after link-less pin, which is of course equally as frustrating. Sometimes on very special days I’ll find my senses assaulted by color and an animated banner ad explosion on someone else’s blog. But sometimes, I find a nice surprise.

Week 5 –

apple rings

apple rings in pancake batter by Carla on "The Chew" - click through for the Pin and the link

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Week 4 – The One Where Joan Crawford is Proven Right

The first time I saw Mommie Dearest I was too young to understand it. My first viewing of the flick was as a tween (before the term tween was a thing) and I was drawn to it because the commercials for the Saturday midday movie on our local UPN station made it appear to be a horror film. It kind of was, even for all its campiness, but the themes were lost on my junior high brain. What I did understand was that this crazy bitch with the cold cream on her face did NOT like wire hangers.

She wouldn’t like this week’s Pinventure very much, either.

Week 4 –

yarn-wrapped wire word from Family Chic by Camilla Fabbri

yarn-wrapped wire word from Family Chic by Camilla Fabbri - click through for the Pin and the link

Bendy! Yarn! Adorable! I can totally make this happen, right? The original tutorial calls for clothesline wire. Wire hangers are free and in ample supply at this house – the horror! – so I went with them instead.

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Excuses are like…

I know I’m just a few weeks in with this whole blog thing (at least this incarnation of a blog), but have I ever pointed out that 52 tutorials in 52 weeks is ambitious for a busy-all-the-time working mommy with a theatre teacher husband?

Because it totally is.

Long story short, it’s Sunday at the end of week 4 (or the beginning of week 5, however you look at it) and my project for the week is not yet done.

What have I been doing (aside from working) that has taken me away from my Pinventures? Running, for one. The elliptical and I are fast friends again, and as my intake of DVR’d trash television increases, my waistline decreases. No one else knows this, but on any given day you could easily pants me without exerting much effort. Unless of course I’ve tapped into my stash of “skinny pants” I keep under the bed.

What else, you say? Volunteering. The no-kill animal shelter I’ve been an advocate for since 2009 had its first official face-to-face board member meeting on Monday night. Things are looking up for them, finally, and with the dedicated pieces of the board of directors puzzle coming into place, I have a feeling it’s going to be a good year.

And? Finally starting on expanding my collection of templates, invites, cards, and other digital craftiness that will eventually live in my yet-to-be-created Etsy shop. Also, creating logos and shop graphics for some hot mamas… something that I offered them months ago. Upon completion I’ll post them here.

I also have a wicked pieceofshit cold. I’m doing my best to kick its ass totally and completely, and will be doing my tutorial this week. I might even get crazy and do Week 5 this week too. Maybe.

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