Girly Wednesday ~ xxxix ~ motivational desktops is a website with great projects, designs, and recipes that I go to every so often.  Recently they had an article about 20 motivational desktop wallpapers that were also free!  I LOVE motivational stuff so I had to check it out.  I looked through the post and loved what I saw.  I ended up downloading quite a few of the wallpapers and have them as my computer’s desktop background in a slideshow format so that the poster switches every minute to another one!  🙂

These are some of my favorites:

via – by Breanna Rose

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via – by Design Love Fest


via – by Design Fest Love


via – by Gloria Chen of Little White Whale


via – by Tony Howell


via – by Design Love Fest


via – by Julia Kostreva


DIY dog bed cover

Our pups love to chew on dog beds if they haven’t received enough exercise over a couple of days 🙂  We haven’t had to replace one in a while but let’s just say that Brett and I have bought our fair share of puppy beds 🙂  The current favorite bed was a simple egg crate covered in a cozy top and durable side fabric.  I think we got the bed on sale at Petsmart.  Over time the zipper was a little wonky and the sides were starting to spew tiny bits of foam from the occasional nibbling.


Eventually, I took off the outside covering and just wrapped the egg crate foam in a blanket for the pups but I knew that this wasn’t a permanent solution.  Well, now the bed is fixed and covered in a brand new dog bed pillowcase of sorts!  I found a video tutorial here on making an envelope pillow case.  Brett and I picked out a really cozy fleece fabric.  I cut the pieces and started sewing up the back flaps.


Then the two back pieces were placed good side down, on top of the large top piece to pin it all together.  As soon as the fabric hit the floor though, the dogs kept coming and laying on it!  I literally could not pin the pieces together without Brett distracting the pups for me.  I guess the fabric choice was a hit?  🙂




Once all of the pieces were sewn together it made a kind of wrapped up pillowcase where the place to insert the pillow was in the back, through overlapping flaps.  This way I didn’t have to worry about incorporating a zipper but the pups also wouldn’t have easy access to the insides of the dog bed.


With the egg crate foam inserted into the new dog bed cover, the puppy bed was done!  From now on we are not buying dog beds….you can get an egg crate foam mattress pad for pretty cheap…I am cutting those apart and making the covers myself!





The pups love it 🙂  I texted pictures to my dad and he said that he wanted two 🙂

TJ’s 1969 Schwinn Varsity version 2.0

Last spring, Brett decided that it was time to revamp his dad’s 1969 Schwinn Varsity.  The bike was in moderately good repair but desperately needed a new paint job and some rust removal.  🙂


Brett started by taking all components off of the frame of the bike.  The metallic components were then soaked in oxalic acid to remove the rust that had built up over 30 years of use.  In order to make upkeep easier, Brett put new 700c wheels on the bike (new wheels = easier to find new tires).  The wheels were a slightly different size than the originals though so he had to bend the frame of the bike a little to install them.  🙂  Before installing everything else, Brett painted the schwinn white and added some great orange details.  After the components were all reinstalled, Brett wrapped new orange handlebar tape on the bike and put on a new orange seat (only detail not shown below).  Voila!  The 1969 Schwinn Varisty version 2.0 🙂


I wish I had step by step pictures but maybe just the before and after shots are enough 🙂


a triangle throw pillow

My fourth sewing project has been finished!  This triangle throw pillow is one of the projects included in the Get Quilty eCourse from Elise.  I am seriously on her blog almost everyday…you should check it out  🙂  After the successful foldover clutch that I made for my sister in law and then a quilted tote bag that I adapted from those same instructions, I decided to try another one of the projects and drove into the triangle throw pillow.  I decided to make it winter themed and chose light blue and dark blue.  Though Elise used flannel, I misread the instructions (literally a million times) and bought felt.  I really like the end product though.  The felt is quite cozy and soft to snug up to 🙂





The one downside of the felt is that it wasn’t iron-able during the sewing process….yes I learned this the hard way though nothing was ruined 🙂  The resulting bumpiness of the patchwork triangles made me nervous up until the moment when I put the pillow inside.  You can’t even tell that the patchwork was never ironed!  The pillow looks so nice!  I think the pups even like it 🙂




I think a quilt is up next on the sewing agenda  🙂  Any helpful tips or suggestions?

Girly Wednesday ~ xxxviii~ a Paris nightclub flashback

Musing on relationships is something I very much enjoy.  Meeting up with old friends is always such an interesting experience.  Regardless of the time that has passed in between, I have found that these encounters either illuminate exactly how similar the two of you still are… or exactly how completely opposite you have become.  I rarely find anything in between….we are either in exactly the same spot in life (relatively speaking obviously) or we could not be in more different situations 🙂  Thinking about all of this the other day made me think back to our Paris trip.  (more posts from our Paris trip herehereherehereherehereherehere, and here)  🙂  While in Paris, Brett and I met up with friends of mine during our week long stay.  We reconnected with two of my friends a few times over the week and had such a lovely time with them.  They invited us to their home in the suburbs of Paris and I couldn’t have been happier with our time spent together (except that I didn’t get a picture of all 4 of us together!  I want to get better at that!)  Brett and I also met up with a group of my friends at a Paris night club.  A picture of the two of us with a favorite couple of mine is below.  I was able to reconnect with a few people that night…though many more old friends were present.  With a few of them, after 7 years of not seeing one another, we picked up right where we left off.  It was so nice to see them and for them to meet Brett.  Just makes me want to up and move across the ocean where I get to speak French all day long 🙂