Turning the Ugly into a Pretty

Here is the ugly, a $4 thrift store necklace:

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Here are the secret weapons:

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Here are the transformations:

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Easy peasy.  

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Around the World

A while back, when Kris and I were in Seattle, we stopped at an awesome map store called Meekster’s.  We wanted to buy everything.

Meekster’s

I’ve always played around with home decor “themes”, but not always for the better (my black cat phase, for example).  So, when we were in the map store, I had an ah-ha moment and we became instant globe and map collectors.

I didn’t want to invest a ton of money into our collection because we have bigger things to buy (like a house and a wedding where we can serve something to eat other than popcorn and water) but we still wanted interesting maps and globes and wanted a variety of fun items.  I turned to my trusty friend:  Goodwill.  Goodwill has an online auction website that occasionally has some globes and maps.  We were off!

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The kitschy license plate map.  I got this for $12 on the auction site, which was kind of a score.  I saw the same thing at a thrift store on the west side of Madison for $20 about three months before I bought this one.  

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This map of North America looked way better in person than on the auction site.  I initially wasn’t that excited about it, but when I got my mitts on it, I was a happy camper.

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This map is my current favorite.  Kris bought this one online.  So fun.

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Moving on to the globes…we stole one of these from Kris’ childhood bedroom, and bought the other two (including Kris’ globe’s twin) on the Goodwill auction.

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The small blue one was my dad’s globe when he was growing up.  I like the color variety here.

I also “made” some maps by cutting up an old atlas and gluing the pages on to small canvases.  Right now, they’re above our couch.

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These are random places.  I took pages that I thought would look cool.  Everyone always asks us if those are places we’ve been.  Should’ve planned that better!

I also made a keepsake of our first apartment and glued the key to an old map.  I painted the key with matching nail polish because I’m fancy like that.  Sorry, kinda blurry.

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Last weekend, we received these globe bookends from my aunt.  It’s pretty funny because I’m 99% sure that last fall we placed a bid on the auction site for the same thing and we lost!  What goes around comes around, at least in the thrifting world.

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Last, but not least, we “borrowed” this book from Kris’ parents.  

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It’s from 1935, and very politically uncorrect and a little horrifying.  Right now, there’s a copy of it for sale on Etsy for $450!  We like to call this book our retirement fund.

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I’ve never been, but I’m not sure what’s going on in Manua.

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Madison:

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Anyway, that’s some of our collection!  I’m really excited about what we’ve found in less than a year alone and I can’t wait to keep finding new things.  It’s fun to see how much has changed on maps.  And is still changing.  Crimea, for example.

Calm Before the Storm

Kris and I keep remarking how calm things seem right now.  We’re 2.5 months from the wedding and about 3 weeks from closing on the house.  We’re busy but we’re really just doing all the prep work to make things go as smoothly as possible.  Boring things, like getting movers and figuring out the internet at the new place and finding subletters for our apartment.

So what else have we been up to?

Kris went to his bachelor party in Chicago last weekend and I went to Wausau with my college friends where we had my bridal shower and later a surprise party.  Yes, that’s a book page banner above us that my friend Nicole made. So cool.  I think I might try my hand at crafting something like that for the wedding.  My good friend, Stef, is getting married in September (her wedding is music themed), so double the fun!

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Tuesday I saw The Naked and Famous in concert at The Majestic. The show sold out so the crowd was a little annoying, but they were great live.  I couldn’t believe how good the lead singer sounded.  She was so cute and tiny but has this clear, strong voice.  Loved it!  Here’s some of their videos:

Young Blood

Girls Like You

The Sun  (my favorite song…careful, I think there’s a naked lady in the video)

This past Friday, we officially decided the buffet food that we’ll be serving at the wedding.  I will take a moment to say that it’s complete bullshit that we were charged $50 by our venue to sample (sample, not even get two plates) the food that, oh, you know, we’ll be spending thousands to serve, but I guess that’s part of the racket that is the wedding industry.  Anyway.  We’ll be serving chicken and beef and we both thought it was tasty.  We also got the cake (marble, chocolate, and yellow) ordered.  The cake place we’re using has an interesting reputation and the baker is known as the “Cake Nazi” of Pewaukee.  I will say they haven’t been very nice to us but their cake is very good.  They did perk up a little bit when we paid in full.

Saturday we went to an interior painting and drywall repair class at Home Depot.  It was free, so we thought why not?  Unfortunately, it was railroaded by one woman who insisted on asking a million questions about painting her bathroom that had a strange stain on the ceiling.  Ugh.  Reminds me why I’m glad I’m not still in school.  There’s always one person, right?  Someone else brought their 10 year-old son who was bored to death.  I actually think dragging a kid to a class like that would be a good punishment.

Today, I drove back to Brookfield (starting to feel lately that I live in the Milwaukee area) and we tried on some bridesmaid dresses for Stef’s wedding.  Just for kicks, we tried on some prom dresses.

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Is it just me or are today’s prom dresses a little…brightly colored?  Sparkly?

And now…I’m gearing up for a busy work week and hopefully we’ll hear some good news this week and our apartment will be sublet.  Fingers crossed!

Happy Sunday!

MØ & MSMR

MØ is dropping her debut album next week and I made sure to pre-order it on iTunes.  She’s been a random obsession of mine since last fall.  She was listed as the opening act for the MSMR concert that I went to, but they replaced her with a different opening act, so I never saw her.  Some people say she sounds like Lana del Ray, but I think she sounds more like a Lorde for grown-ups.  She’s got an interesting look and style and I really, REALLY hope she tours in the U.S. soon, although it looks like she’s booked through fall 2014 with no plans to swing by Wisconsin.  Imagine that!  

Anyway, this is my bet on the NEXT BIG THING.  

Glass

Pilgrim

Waste of Time

MSMR is pretty great, too, if you like melancholy pop.  They were really cute together and great live.  

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Crockpot Sunday

I’ve been cold all weekend.  All winter, too, actually.  I wanted to throw together something spicy to keep me warm during the week nights, so I dug out the ol’ crock pot and threw some things in.  It counts as cooking if you just throw together some ingredients, right?

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Is pork shoulder the same thing as pork butt?  I thought it was.  I was disappointed it didn’t say “butt” on the packaging.  I threw this bad boy in the crock pot first.

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I was so excited, so excited…so scared about these.  I thought about throwing in half a can, but then I thought that would be wimpy. I bravely opened the can, said my prayers, and went all in.

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(Don’t look at my reflection in this bottle.  I’m channeling that girl from the Ring that crawls out of the TV.  Only I chose a Dr. Pepper bottle to crawl out of.)

Poured in about half of this and set the crock pot for eight hours on low.  Then I poured myself a big, tall glass of Dr. Pepper for breakfast.  Then I remembered Dr. Pepper has an insane amount of calories.  Then I felt bad.  Then I ate some potato chips and watched the season finale of Downton Abbey.

Eight hours later, the end result was a big mess of juicy pork that was falling off the bone.  It wasn’t as spicy as I thought it was going to be.   It is spicy, but kinda on the subtle side, where you don’t taste it right away.  

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Now I’m set for the week.  Maybe two cans of peppers next time, if mother nature doesn’t heat things up soon.

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