Saturday, October 29, 2011

Using the Cricut for Halloween | T Byrd Style

Hey Daddy-O!

My Cricut Expression Personal Electronic Cutter and I got kookie and cut some fabric for my 50s costume. Thought I would share with you how I did it and how it turned out!

My Pink Lady Jacket

I couldnt find a real pink lady jacket and I was not about to spend $20 or more on a  Women's Pink Ladies Jacket . So I had to figure out how to make my own. So I went to Goodwill! I found a few interesting things and then I found this perfect satin half shrug.

But how to add the letters without making the jacket unwearable the rest of the year. I want to make sure to get the most out of $4. ::grin::

Friday, October 28, 2011

Sharing Grandma's Recipes

Did you come by on Wednesday and see my pictures from WWWNineteen? Everyone that commented said the pictures were making them hungry. Both these are not from Grandma... but they are both good enough to be!

Well, as promised, Finish it Friday is filled with recipes for::

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Thankful Thursday | Halloween:: You can be anyone!

I am thankful for Halloweens past and those to come!

I love Halloween and it is so fun. It is the one day of the year where everyone seems to embrace being anyone you want without limits. People that are passed and people you wish to be like or even just something fun!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wordless Wednesday Whirl Nineteen

It is Wednesday! Today is the day after the first day at the gym so it only seems fitting to share with you the following::

Finish it Friday will be featuring these recipes this week!

Cant wait to see your Wordless Wednesday... what would you say about my pictures?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

That's Obese | The Wii Says it best

I bought a Wii Fit more than three years ago. The Wii gladly told me this morning it was my 1209th day. As though I have been a diligent Wii Fitter the whole time.

I haven't. It was 180 days since my last "weigh" in.

I am a firm believer in not believing in resolutions. If I really want to do something why wait until a day in the future or new years or Monday or next week.

So when I realized it had been about a year since I had taken my health and wight seriously and I have gained fat, not weight but fat since then I have had it.

I went to the store last night and bought everything needed to change my diet and eat better. I told a few people ::cough:: and now all of you:: cough:: about my plans so I can stay accountable.

Apryl encouraged me to select a motivation picture. I had one last year.  I can't find it. No surprise there.

Last night I made myself a mixed dinner of fresh and canned vegetables over brown rice. All portioned correctly and I made enough for two so I immediately split it and half went into the fridge for tonight.

I will share with you later more about my meal plan. It isnt a diet, but a meal plan to help me be more conscience about what I am eating.

If you have ever played Wii or Wii Fit you know about Miis

Here is my Mii, and I'm obese

weight:: 178

So now that I have shared that with you. Here is my motivation picture::

Byrd circa 2001

That is currently on my fridge. It is from high school. No I do not plan on being that small so I can wear booty shorts and crop tops, but the confidence to do so would be nice. That is what I would wear on a regular basis and it was no big thing to anyone. Crazy to think about. 

So according to Wii Fit BOB is obese and I am set to change that!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Going to the Sock Hop | Made a Poodle Skirt

I have massive amounts of felt at the moment so I decided to make a poodle skirt. I already own saddle shoes and I found the perfect black shrug too that I am going to embellish with my Cricut. look for that post later this week.

This skirt was the easiest skirt to ever make!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Spooky Tables and Mantles

Halloween is right around the corner. I love decorating for holidays and seasons but I haven't done it in the past because I didnt have a great table to showcase stuff.

Now that I do I change out my decorating with the seasons by changing my placemats and centerpieces.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Motivation is lacking but Friday is here!

Friday is here!

Seems like it took forever to get here. Would you believe that I actually went to bed at 7:30 last night. That was after falling asleep on the sofa.

I went to bed, flipped though a catalog and turned the light off before 8:30 and only woke up once before my alarm went off. Guess I needed some sleep.

I feel like I have been a little out of the blogging groove lately.

The seasons are changing and it is getting dark earlier and my house is dirty and it ruins any motivation I might have. Does that ever happen to you? How do you get past it?

I am going to get past it by cleaning my house this weekend and starting back at the gym. It was about this time last year when I joined the gym. I went 6 days a week and worked out with a personal trainer. I lost 12 lbs the first month and then lost motivation to go.

It is hard to be self motivated to do something you don't enjoy.

I woke up to a text that let me know the Rangers won last night. So that is always good.

My Wednesday picture was a play on that. The picture was last years World Series Banner with a few edits :-)

You can see the picture here:: Wordless Wednesday Whirl Eighteen

Enjoy your Friday!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Bounce Houses are a Simple Joy

As an adult I love a bounce house! My senior year of high school, after prom a friend had a bounce house and we all stayed there and swam and slept in the bounce house.

Take that excitement and joy and multiple it by a million. That is how much kids love a bounce house.

I whine from time to time that since I am not a mom blogger I am not in a few different circles. I whine for being excluded but, honestly the things a person has to endure to be in that club... I am good being on the outs looking in.

When standing outside looking in that also means I get to be the most awesome aunt there ever was!

Today I introduce you to one of my favorite people, my niece. I am her AunTee and she is my ER.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Baby Shower Invites with Cricut

DIY weekend presents:::

It's a Girl!

No, I am not expecting. I am not even the one throwing the baby shower. But since my Cricut helped in the making of these ultra cute invitations my friend Amber is letting me post her creativity.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Thankful Thursday | Zombies and Ghosts

Hungry for Brains
Okay, so maybe my title is a little misleading. I am not really thankful for zombies. But I am thankful for the photo editing website that has allowed me to be zombie like during the Halloween season!

I use Picnik for all my blog and personal photo editing needs. I do have the premium version. 

A lot of the tools are part of the basic program but since I use it so much I like not being limited. 

Seems the ones I like the very most are always the premium features.

So what do I really use Picnik for? I used it to create my buttons. I use it to watermark and resize all my pictures. I even used it to create my new banner logo for my blog.

I have used it to create some of the collages I have put in blogs and I also used it when photo editing pictures I took at a wedding.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A new Look

A new look just because I wanted to...

What do you think?

Wordless Wednesday #17

This is a sneak peak WW...

Cant wait to see your Wordless Wednesday... what would you say about my picture?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Texas Rangers Walk off Grand Slam?

Credit:: Texas Rangers Facebook
I live in Texas and I consider myself a true fan but not a big fan of any sports really.

Why do I say that? Well I am not a fair weather fan in that I don't pick other teams if my teams are not doing well.

But I am not a big fan in that I don't follow every game and I don't know sports terms.

So when I woke up this morning to Facebook feeds that only talked about a walk off grand slam I had no idea what that meant. I knew it was talking about the Texas Ranger's game... and that we won.

So while my blog is not really about sports, I hate feeling out of the loop.

Did you know I could not find a more reputable source containing a clear definition than Wikipedia?

A walk off home run is a home run that ends the game.
As defined by Wiki

Sounds simple enough. It is called a walk off because both teams walk off the field after the home run is hit. The rest of the inning doesn't have to be played.

Well in last night's game the Rangers were down and Nelson Cruz was up. He hit a grand slam, meaning the bases were loaded and he brought everyone home.

This is a big deal for the Texas Rangers for a few reasons. A main one being we are in the play offs and this was a win for game 2.

I know many people who were at the game, or stayed up late to watch it. I was in bed. But I am glad I know what is going on now.

To read more about it check out these news articles::

NY POST:: Walk-off grand slam gives Rangers 2-0 lead
DALLAS NEWS:: Cruz Control: Walk-off grand slam gives Rangers extra-inning Game 2 win
LA TIMES:: Texas' Nelson Cruz goes overboard with walk-off grand slam

Monday, October 10, 2011

Good for a Monday Laugh

Need a good laugh for a Monday? I did, coming back to work after 5 work days away.. whew!

Try this on for size...

That is my sister Brooke and I rocking it out on her last night here in Texas.

It was so much fun just being silly and having a good time.

It is posted to my BitofByrd YouTube Channel. You should subscribe! You never know what you might find.

Spider Wreath for Halloween

This is my DIY Weekend post... that is delayed a day!

Time:: Less than 1 hour
Cost:: $5
Skill:: Easy

The pinspiration for this post::
Credits:: Crafts and Such via Pinterest

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Byrd has new Jewelry

Let me tell you that this week has been the longest, shortest, fun filled, emotionally packed week ever.
Brooke and I went to the state fair, we did painting, we went dancing. We had people over and played drunken Jenga. We played dancing with Kinect, we went to the stockyards. We had fast food, fried food and we made food. She met so many people who are important to me and now the week is over.

I have been blessed when seeking out my family I didn't know to be greeted with curiosity and open minds. I have been able to meet my family and have us understand that the choices our parents or other relatives made do not negatively affect our relationship or us knowing one another. This has been true with my cousin and now with my sister too.

Sadly, that is not always the case when people search out relatives. I have no regrets. I am glad I took the risk of being shut down and shut out. Some risks in life are just worth it.

This week has taught me some important lessons. Some that I already knew, some that are good to be reminded of. Some are simple and some are just plan silly.

:: Read a recipe all the way through before doing it. Actually read it twice.
:: Include the people in your life when important events are going on
:: A week is not long enough to shove 26 years of missed time and memories
:: Candied apple and caramel apple kits lie. They are not easy and they do not come out pretty
:: Franks Buffalo Dip is just as good with canned chicken as regular
:: Don't play Kinect barefoot
:: Wearing a cowboy hat is just fun
:: Wearing said hat is required when playing a singing game and singing country songs
:: Making your own rap music video isn't only cool when you're little.

Apryl got me a necklace last Christmas. It is a puzzle piece... because we just go together even though we are so different. I wear it all the time. Today Brooke gave me a Path of Life bracelet. It is from Alex and Ani, and its label says this::
Source:: Alex and Ani
Emblematic of life's zenith and nadir moments, this charm illustrates life's twists, turns and unexpected winds, all the while complimenting the beauty in its pattern. Wear this charm to proudly celebrate your own willingness and strength in traveling toward life’s fruitful moments. 

I don't think there is a better way to explain everything that has been going on lately. I already have it on.
While this week has been all about Brooke and trying to get to know her and spending time doing stuff it has reminded me how much I love Apryl. I am so glad that I have 18 years of memories and laughs that have been created and that are treasured. I am so glad that there are more memories and laughs to be had with both my sisters.

On an unrelated note, today it is raining in Texas and it is a slow steady rain. The kind that can soften the earth so they rain gets absorbed not the hard fast kind that washes everything away. You have to be glad about the simple things because sometimes in life... things aren't simple.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Thankful Thursday | Memories and Cameras

I am thankful for a mind that can hold memories. But I am also thankful for the camera to record those memories for days when the mind just cant pull it together.

I'll share with you some of the memories I captured on camera yesterday at the Texas State Fair!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wordless Wednesday Whirl #16

Okay... today is a wordy Wednesday!

Painting with Brooke and Byrd

No Bob Ross here. Note:: No happy trees were harmed in the writing of this post. Over at Painting with a Twist they made it so easy!

Have you ever heard of Painting with a Twist?? Well they help you step by step paint and encourage drinking of wine.

So it is a wine win win. We went to the Grapevine Location. It was so much fun!

Doesn't painting look awesome! I was really happy with mine too! Mine was the first picture... I even signed it Byrd and might have a new visitor Cindy that sat next to me. Her painting was great too... everyone's was!

I hope you had a great Tuesday.. ours didn't end there! We went dancing and had fun and today we are off to the Texas State Fair!

Cant wait to see your Wordless Wednesday... what would you say about my pictures?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Byrd's Family Tree

My first trip to Texas
I have been talking about my sister Brooke coming to Texas for months now. Today is the day!  Above is me... on my first trip to Texas. Yup, that's right I wasn't born here... but as they say, I got here FAST!

In all my talking about Brooke I haven't told you how I have a sister I haven't met... wait,  you have a 26 year old sister you have never met? Yes I do!

Well today I give you a little insight about the tree branch that cut it self off from the rest of the tree.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Finding Treasure on Trash Day

Copyright (c) 123RF Stock Photos
Money doesn't grow on trees but people all too often throw it away.

I'm not talking about leaving the lights on or letting the water run when you brush your teeth.

I am talking about on trash day. People are very frivolous when they purchase something new and they often just throw away the old item regardless of its value or use.

Not me! My LeeEllen and I often drive around on trash day and look to see what people are discarding. We don't call it trash diving like some do. We call it curb shopping.

Well yesterday my friend Amber was over working on my Cricut. At one point I went outside to see my neighbor was throwing away 3 older bikes that need basic repair.

I went and knocked on their door, confirmed they were throwing them away. (Something I don't do if I don't know the person) They confirmed their trash status and Amber and I rolled them to my backyard. I then called LeeEllen too let her know of the score because we had been looking for bikes on craigslist.

As if that isn't awesome enough... I had just got done telling Amber about how my backdoor's double pane glass is currently only a single pane and when we were driving back from a quick grocery shopping trip (where I saved $40 using coupons off a $100 bill!!!) and someone had my backdoor laying on the curb!

So Amber asked if I want to go back and look at it.... yes! So we do, and the glass is in good shape so we loaded it up and brought it home. When the glass was broken in my backdoor my mom priced a new grid and glass piece and the store wanted $250 for it!

I found it for FREE on the curb. I felt like I was loading money into Amber's trunk like the picture.

For those of you who still think it is below you or it is trash diving... here are some other things we have picked up over time.

::three chairs that roll and are in great shape and make the perfect sitting area in my back room.
:: a glass top table that sits between two of those chairs.
::the tables in my craft room
:: the shelves in my guestroom closet
::soaker hoses
::hose carriers
::bird bath
::garden bench
::bookshelf with doors
::TV tray stand
:: Pool table

That's right... a pool table! just needs new felt! LeeEllen scored that... and the lady even gave her the cues and the balls!

So we find money all the time just laying around. I will post pictures of some of my finds another day.

Happy Monday. My sister Brooke comes in tomorrow!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Review | Gardex Hand Poly Leaf Scoop

The name of the product is:: Gardex Hand Poly Leaf Scoop
Cost:: $6.99

I have had my leaf scoops for almost two years and they are by far my favorite yard work companion. I decided to write this review not because I was asked to by Gardex but because while I was out in my yard yesterday using these I filled up my whole yard cart and decided I had to tell you how much I love them.

I had seen them at my local hardware store but didn't pick them up. Thought that they seemed like a silly purchase at first. Come-on, it is just a trash can lid with teeth right? Let me tell you that after raking all my leaves I understood why I might want one.

I went to Home Depot and I looked and looked and finally asked someone where the trash can lid with teeth to pick up leaves was at.

Luckily my description was met with a "Oh.. I've seen those! They look cool... we don't carry them." instead of a look of confusion.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

DIY Weekend | Pumpkins:: Fall Decor

Fall is here! It is October, can you believe it?! I barely can. Since this is now fall.. here is a project for your weekend... Fall decor with pumpkins and 2x4s!

As usual Pinterest was a great source of inspiration in this project.

The only downfall was it seems like even the pin source didn't give a lot of detail about how the pumpkins were made. So I tweeted my BFF Brittany from The Butterfly Mom and told her what craft we would be doing that weekend. We craft at her house almost every weekend. It is really awesome and I love spending time over there. 

Well here was my pinspiration (just coined that term.. pretty genius. I love it now.)

Picture is JK Made post  Craft Night
Idea is sourced to Brown Paper Packages post {2x4 Wood Pumpkin}

Time: Afternoon
Cost: $4 (paint and liquid nails; I already had wood and everything else on hand)
Skill: Easy to Meduim (use of a saw or someone to cut wood is a must)