Saturday, April 30, 2011

Friday, April 29, 2011

No Dollars = No Decorating

Today my slacker attempts at decorating our apartment came to a screeching halt.

Just when I thought the finances couldn't get any worse....they got worse.

My husband lost his job today.

So instead of trying to locate artwork for behind the couch, a small bistro table for the patio, or the perfect sized bookshelf, I will be learning how to become one of those nutty women on TLC's "Extreme Couponing".

Have you seen that show??? Those wackjobs buy over $1200.00 worth of groceries and end up paying only $32.00 after a 2 hour check-out and 500 coupons. CRAZY....but fucking awesome at the same time. I am lucky if I can even find one coupon for a product that I actually use!!! is what it is and I will now spend more time in my undecorated apartment as to not waste gas driving from store to store looking for great shit on clearance or funky stuff in a thrift store.

Man..I am about to get real bored real quick!

Cross your fingers a super-duper high paying job lands in my husbands lap because I really don't want to get evicted. (Boy wouldn't that make an interesting blog!)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

On the Cheap

So...Lamps Plus has an amazing floor lamp that I have been drooling over for months but at a cost of $150.00 that lamp ain't gonna end up in my house. Plus, they stopped selling it in wonderful, shiny screw them and their overpriced lamp.

What's a girl to do when all she wants is a shiny, chrome floor lamp with an attached glass table but doesn't want to go broke buying one? She goes to Lowes and settles for this $35.00 bronze one instead. Not what I craved for this space but it does the job.

Now we can chill in the leather recliner, have plenty of light to read a book, and a spot to sit our drink. I think if I change out the boring white shade for something a little funkier then maybe I can call it DONE!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Work Is Overrated.

First let me stress that I like my job. After being unemployed for almost 19 months, I am super happy to be back at work.

NOW that I have said that...I still wish I could win the lottery and never have to work again a day in my life.

I am exhausted. I mean really, really tired.

Who knew that sitting behind a desk for hours on end could drain every ounce of energy out of you. I work all day and come home to a mess of an apartment. Decorating is the last thing that I think about anymore. I don't have the energy to shop or to haul stuff up three flights of stairs if I did manage to go shopping.

Our lease may very well be up before I even get artwork behind the couch!

I am just waiting for the weekend to get here. Perhaps then I can get a small burst of energy and at least finish up my balcony.

Until then, enjoy this lovely photo of me at our most recent apartment shindig! Ya...our complex throws a bash with free food and drinks. Gotta love that.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Craigslist is Awesome in Other Places!

Why is everything listed on my local Craigslist a ton of crap but Burmingham, Alabama has these awesome chairs that I would bitch slap a baby for?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Thrifting here is bad. Really bad!

I had today off and went to so many thrift stores that I lost count.
They suck here.
I mean S to the U to the CK.

Whoever is doing the pricing is on some crazy pills and I wish I had taken a camera to show you the insane pricing on some of the stuff that I was looking at.
$189.99 for a funky painting. (I flipped it over. Nope. Not a Picasso)
$599.99 for a fabric wall hanging thing.
YES...I just said $599.99...for a fabric wall hanging....IN A THRIFT STORE!

I'm no art follower....but I am pretty sure that if someone gave it to the thrift store, FOR FREE, then the damn thing sure as hell is not worth $599.99.

Am I right?
Yes I am!

It pisses me off quite frankly.
It's a thrift store.
They got the stuff for free.
People who are poor, like ME, shop there.

Goodwill, Salvation Army, ARC Thrift Store, King Thrift Store, I hate you all!

All I want to do is find objects for my home that no one else has. I am tired of Ross, TJ Maxx, and Home Goods. I want something unique. Something I can hold up and say, "Check this awesome thing out. I got it for $3.00 at a Thrift Store".

Oh well.

I'm gonna have a drink now!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

How NOT to decorate your outdoor space!

So....first let me make you all aware that I do not like being a renter. I HATE IT! I hate it with every fiber of my being!
Until September of 2010 I owned a home. I owned several homes prior to that ....but due to some stupid shit on my part, I am now back to renting and I HATE IT!

I hate renting for two reasons.

1. This place is not MINE. So anything I do it is temporary which makes it harder to decorate. I mean who wants to spend a lot of time or money on a place when you hope to be outta of it ASAP?

2. I hate the stigma of being a renter. You know what I am talking about, don't act like you don't! The majority of renters do not give a shit about the place that they live in. They will have a pet even when they are not supposed to and let that critter shit and piss all over the place. They will let their kids draw on the walls. They will tear shit up and not give it a second thought. (I was a landlord I know what I am talking about) Renters will be..well...renters!

Which brings me to this.....THIS is the view from my balcony. THIS is how to NOT decorate your outdoor space; bikes, a fridge, bags of cans, a sofa, toys, a table saw, and various other non-balcony items! THIS is why people have a negative feeling about "renters"!

I wake up each morning and want to go to thier unit and smack the shit out of them. What a damn mess! These apartments aren't get your ghetto shit off the damn balcony and outta my site!

Because of these LOSERS I now not only need basic patio furniture for my balcony but I also need tall plants and outdoor bamboo blinds! More money that I have to spend on a place that is only temporary!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Holy Shit. People Are Reading My Blog

SIT DOWN and maybe even grab a strong drink because I just discovered that...people ARE actually reading MY blog!

After a few days of feeling all boo-hooey for myself, I decided to give a stab at posting something on my blog..and there they were......COMMENTS...from people who were reading what I had to say! I almost fell over!

A big SMILE and THANK YOU to all of you. It really did make me feel better!

Now spread the word about my blog because I have an apartment that I need to decorate, on a very tiny budget, and I want to share it with whoever is interested!

In the is a pretty picture that I stole from My favorite And My Best. Just one of the blogs that I follow like an addict!

The photo makes me calm!