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Check & check! January 26, 2011

Filed under: 101 in 1001 — Mandy Sue @ 2:30 am

Numbers 1 and 8 have officially been checked off the list.  Unfortunately I’m a rusty blogger and forgot to take before pictures and only have afters. Sadface.  At any rate, we’ve been putting off cleaning out our downstairs storage area basically since we moved in.  Unfortunately, it had more become something like the land of misfit toys or where things go to die.  It was easy to just toss a couple half emptied boxes down there when we moved in (winter clothes that we didn’t know where to put when we moved in this summer).  Gradually the pile grew til we really only had a walking path down the middle from doorway to doorway.

See the awesome storage rack?  We weren’t utilizing that at all before.  We actually haven’t gotten rid of a lot of stuff, just reorganized and realocated and the room feels like it is 3 times it’s size now!   We have a stack of stuff to donate to Goodwill in the corner:

Along with a few bags of recyclables.  Other than that all of our stuff to store has been alocated to the storage shelf.  I’m loving it!   And we finally had room to put away our Christmas decorations that had been sadly boxed up and sitting in our living room since we took down our tree 2 weeks ago.

Also tackled this weekend was our horrendous living room window.  Again, I don’t have a before picture, but here’s a picture of the front door which has just about the same treatment as the big window had before we took  the awesful window treatment down.

I was truly loving the white metal blinds holder that doesn’t actually fit the window sans blinds look, but it was time for something new.  We’d bought the white sheers a couple months ago, but had yet to buy a double rod, or any actual curtains to block out light.  I finally caved and bought an inexpensive rod at Target as well as some “wine” colored curtains that were on clearance.  I know how much DIY projects like this frustrate my husband so I tackled this while he was at work.  I still need to buy some tie backs but I’m really liking the look.  I think it’s an improvement at least!


Etsy Sunday: Letterpress fun January 23, 2011

Filed under: Etsy Sunday — Mandy Sue @ 10:21 pm

I love letterpress.  No really, I love letterpress. So this week I thought I’d spotlight a few shops with some pressed goodness.

Long Haul by Paper Parasol

Congratulations by Fine Day Press

Many Thanks by Dutch Door Press

Get Well by Green Grass Letterpress

Bicycle Birthday by Sweet Harvey


Etsy Sunday: Vintage Kitchen January 16, 2011

Filed under: Etsy Sunday — Mandy Sue @ 5:45 pm

I love yard saling.  Goodwill.  Thrift Stores.  It’s so fun to pick through people’s odds and ends and try to find the gold in the ruff.  Most times I end up empty handed.  But every once in awhile I find a gold mine!  Etsy is a treasure trove of kitchy awesomeness.

Pedestal Bowl by High Street Market

Flower Bowl by Blue Bicycle

Turquoise Bowl by Lee Lee’s Closet

Pitcher and Glasses byPasse Nouveau Vintage

Yellow Casseroles by Katy’s Jewels


Budgeting January 13, 2011

Filed under: Budget — Mandy Sue @ 8:04 pm

Part of my 101 in 1001 post was to pay off one of my credit cards. Unfortunately I have a long way to go. Being unemployed and not qualifying for unemployment left me hard pressed for any other options. And it sucked. But I’m not going to dwell because Zach and I both have good, stable jobs, and finally have paychecks coming in that cover more than just the necessities. It’s SUCH a relief to actually see our savings growing.

I know that people have been talking about for what seems like ages. But I just created an account last week and I am loving it! I never thought that budgeting for a month could be easier. I’ve been trying to do it on my own for the last few months, but I know that I wasn’t doing nearly as good of a job as mint does!

Being able to keep track of how much we’ve spent on an alotted category throughout the month helps so much in knowing if we need to cut back in certain areas to stay on budget for the rest of the month.

Yes, we have a category specifically for coffee.  Someone in this household needs his Dutch Bros fix pretty regularly.  I wish I could say that we never reach the full budget….but in actuality, the $30 is lower than what has been spent in past months.  $30 is our goal so we can attribute the rest of the funds to things that we want to be saving for.  Or paying off.


I’m so glad for Mint.  It actually makes budgeting something fun to do, because I know I am working towards my goals, and trying to put living month-to-month in the past!


Etsy Sunday: Apple Love January 9, 2011

Filed under: Etsy Sunday — Mandy Sue @ 10:19 am

I love etsy.  I love how regular people can show case their talent and you can find just about anything you may be looking for. If you can’t, then you can request someone make it for you!

Today, as I’m lusting over a macbook currently, I thought it would be fun to showcase Apple accessories and Apple spoof items.  Here are a few of my favorites.

Giraffe Decal by Fast Decals

Laptop Sleeve by Pack and Smooch

Keep Calm and Mac On by Keep Calm Shop

Owl iPhone Case by Lova Revolutionary


AFI’s top 100 movies of all time (21/100) January 8, 2011

Filed under: 101 in 1001 — Mandy Sue @ 7:53 pm

I thought I’d post this in conjuntion with 101 in 1001 since watching all 100 of them is item #

  1. Citizen Kane
  2. Casablanca
  3. The Godfather
  4. Gone with the Wind
  5. Lawrence of Arabia
  6. The Wizard of Oz
  7. The Graduate
  8. On the Waterfront
  9. Schindler’s List
  10. Singin’ in the Rain
  11. It’s a Wonderful Life
  12. Sunset Boulevard
  13. The Bridge on the River Kwai
  14. Some Like It Hot
  15. Star Wars
  16. All About Eve
  17. The African Queen
  18. Psycho
  19. Chinatown
  20. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  21. The Grapes of Wrath
  22. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  23. The Maltese Falcon
  24. Raging Bull
  25. ET the Extra Terrestrial
  26. Dr. Strangelove
  27. Bonnie and Clyde
  28. Apocalypse Now
  29. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  30. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  31. Annie Hall
  32. The Godfather Part II
  33. High Noon
  34. To Kill a Mockingbird
  35. It Happened One Night
  36. Midnight Cowboy
  37. The Best Years of Our Lives
  38. Double Indemnity
  39. Doctor Zhivago
  40. North by Northwest
  41. West Side Story
  42. Rear Window
  43. King Kong
  44. The Birth of a Nation
  45. A Streetcar Named Desire
  46. A Clockwork Orange
  47. Taxi Driver
  48. Jaws
  49. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  50. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  51. The Philadelphia Story
  52. From Here to Eternity
  53. Amadeus
  54. All Quiet on the Western Front
  55. The Sound of Music
  56. MASH
  57. The Third Man
  58. Fantasia
  59. Rebel Without a Cause
  60. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  61. Vertigo
  62. Tootsie
  63. Stagecoach
  64. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  65. The Silence of the Lambs
  66. Network
  67. The Manchurian Candidate
  68. An American in Paris
  69. Shane
  70. The French Connection
  71. Forrest Gump
  72. Ben-Hur
  73. Wuthering Heights
  74. The Gold Rush
  75. Dances with Wolves
  76. City Lights
  77. American Graffiti
  78. Rocky
  79. The Deer Hunter
  80. The Wild Bunch
  81. Modern Times
  82. Giant
  83. Platoon
  84. Fargo
  85. Duck Soup
  86. Mutiny on the Bounty
  87. Frankenstein
  88. Easy Rider
  89. Patton
  90. The Jazz Singer
  91. My Fair Lady
  92. A Place in the Sun
  93. The Apartment
  94. Goodfellas
  95. Pulp Fiction
  96. The Searchers
  97. Bringing up Baby
  98. Unforgiven
  99. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
  100. Yankee Doodle Dandy

101 in 1001 January 7, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mandy Sue @ 7:59 pm

If you look up in the top right hand corner of my blog you’ll see a link to see my 101 in 1001.  I originally was going to do the whole thing as a post, but I figured I’m going to keep coming back to it and updating it as I cross things off the list so it made more sense for it to be readily available.
Last year I saw a few people in my blogging community put up their 101 in 1001 lists and it seemed like a cool idea.  But I was planning a wedding, and I didn’t think I could come up with 101 things I wanted to do.  Well, it was hard, but I think it was worth it.  Some of the stuff I put on there was stuff I haven’t been admitting to myself I need to get done.  Maybe publishing the list on the internetz will help me be accountable and get it done.

Are you participating in 101 in 1001?  If not, did you do any new years resolutions this year?  What is keeping you accountable?