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DIY: Grumpy Cat painted pumpkin

When I visited the pumpkin patch last Sunday, I knew I wanted to paint a pumpkin this year. Carving is fun, but it’s definitely not my forte; and while all of my craft supplies are in storage, I knew it would be very cheap to pick up everything I needed (like $6 cheap).

Of course I perused Pinterest for inspiration, but I ultimately found my guide while randomly google searching Grumpy Cat and stumbled across this fleece hat.

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I loved that it was simple and very paint-by-numberish.

Here’s what I started out with:

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  • Small cream pumpkin ($3.50 at the patch)
  • 6 AC Moore brand paint bottles ($0.59 each)
  • Small set of pain brushes ($1.99 with a coupon!)

Next, I lightly sketched the outline onto my pumpkin. I tried a pencil, but had to use a pen in the end. I tried not to draw full lines, assuming it would come back to haunt me later.

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And then I just started to fill in areas, allowing them to dry before painting anything else around them.

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One painful part of this project was the paint didn’t really adhere to the pumpkin as well as I wanted to. It could have been because my paint was $0.59 or because the pumpkin is slick. Either way, I was determined to make it work. So I just kind of dabbed in the small areas to fill it in and did several coats. For the larger areas, I did strokes but definitely painted them 3-4 times to get the effect I wanted. Here’s my first run at the eyes:

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I admit I was a little nervous this would quickly become a DIY fail, but a few coats later and I was up to this:

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I know the white doesn’t look brilliant here, but bear with me. I pretty much had to stop at this point because it was getting late and it was a good chance for it to dry overnight. The next morning, I did a quick touch-up on the brown around the eyes and 2 more coats of the white to even it out a bit. And finally, I put in the small details like the outline around the ears, eyes, and nose/mouth.

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I could have probably lined a few more areas, but I decided that less is more in this scenario. I know it’s not perfect, but I did say this was a DIY. In my opinion, it’s the small imperfections that make it perfect. So without further ado, my no carve Grumpy Cat Halloween pumpkin:

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I think I’m in love!

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Weekend review: Same love

I recently made a comment to a friend that I felt like a wedding should be epic and they said ‘No, weddings aren’t meant to be epic.’ And I countered with ‘If it’s going to cost me $15,000 (and that’s on the shy side of festivities), the day better be pretty damn epic.’

This month, I’ve been in 2 weddings and while they were both a beautiful testament to love, they were completely different. All the way from the brides down to the shenanigans. Both featured lots of dancing, laughing, and fun pictures, but it can be said (without a doubt) that this past weekend was an epic wedding.

Cue the iPhoneography!

Sam & Mesha’s big day took place in Gaithersburg, Maryland up on a wee farm with a beautiful old barn as the venue. Fairy lights, candles, and burlap made the decorations classic and rustic. But of course, the day started outside of the barn with the wedding. I was honored to be a bridesmaid, but somewhere along the way, my phone was passed off and I was lucky enough to snag a few ceremony photos.

Here’s Sam’s dad giving away the bride to Mesha.

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And of course, the 2 love birds ready to exchange vows. I love that Sam’s laughing!

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Fast forward a few jokes and a memorably ceremony and we arrive at bridal party photos. Nothing too serious, just a whole lot of fun!

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After the photos, we all sneaked away to grab a few noms and some bevvies.

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And while the brides were still taking photos, BF and I checked out the photo booth. This one was snagged before we went in. I think he’s adorable in a yamaka.

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And of course, no wedding is complete without a few rounds on the basketball court (they also had putt-putt, cornhole, horseshoes, and a playground for kids). BF takes on Casey with an unfair height advantage…

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…and just look at my jumpshot! In a bridesmaid dress, no less.

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Somewhere in between all the fun at the photo booths and shooting a few 3-pointers on the court, dinner was served, toasts were given, and first dances were had. Funny side note, Mesha dipped Sam and totally ripped open the back of her dress. Did I say funny? I meant HILARIOUS!

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Luckily, both brides had a spare outfit handy to change into, but not before the bouquets were tossed from the barn balcony.

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Maybe now would be a good time to mention that Mesha plays rugby, so it should come as no surprise that when the bouquet was tossed, there was also a line-out (I think that’s what it’s called).

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And of course, there was a little karaoke done (paying homage to the first summer we all met and sang karaoke like it was our job!).

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Before we knew it, the night was ending and I still didn’t have a picture with the bride, just doing what we do best…being ridiculous, so here you go…

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I’m honestly still laughing at all the fun we had. BF loved it too and it was nothing short of epic. I mean, look at what came out of the photo booth.

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ps. and that’s a wrap for August’s adventure!

Weekend review: Boston

No throwback Thursday today, I gotta fill you in on the excitement from the weekend. It’s been a busy few weeks, but this past weekend we (BF, BF’s sister and brother, and BF’s friend from home) all went up to Boston for a few days.

Since my boss lives in Marblehead, just outside the city, I decided to head up a few days early, spending a total of 5 days in Beantown. I was seriously impressed with the city and surprisingly not overwhelmed which tells me how much I’ve grown since moving to the DC area. So, to make this easy for us all, let’s count it down!

5. Duck Tour

We had a few people tell us that no matter what we did in Boston, we HAD to do the Duck Tour. I wanted to be impressed and I wanted to tell you all the cool things I learned about Boston, but in the end I was disappointed. Yes, we were on an actual WWII duck (not a replica) which meant that I was sitting on a piece of history, but because the loch was being let out, the current was too much for us to see the city from the water. WHAT?! Yep, we went in and then we came right back out. LAME! I did get a few good pics and we had our craic (“quack!”), but all in all, I’d probably ask for my money back if I could.

Isn’t BF cute when he catches the sun? That’s him with some color. Red IS a color. 😀

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4. Salem

Before the lads came up, I visited Salem with my boss. She took me all around showing me witch shops,  telling me all about the Halloween festivities, how you can walk the witches trail (probably not the official name), and see where the witch trials took place. I was crazy fascinated. I’ve already decided that if I can’t make it to Salem this Halloween, it’s going on the list for 2014! I mean, check out this shop… and this is NORMAL!

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There was also a really cool bookshop there that looked like this on the inside:

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And it was surprisingly organized. This was the thriller section. I kind of/totally geeked out.

3. Marblehead

I’ve only visited Marblehead once before and I remember it being pretty, but I forgot how breathtaking it was. This is what New England does best:

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And my boss has a pup named, Brownie. He was too cute for words, see…

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2. Boston nightlife

It’s not a night out in Boston with the Irish if you don’t make the rounds to all the pubs and clubs. We didn’t make it to South Boston where all the Irish live, but we made our own fun in and around the city.

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1. Everything in between

And the best part of the weekend away? All the funny jokes that pop up when you have that many people together. There was some amount of antics to be had and I smile just thinking about all the fun we had. Here is a random photo that I find amusing, even without context.

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Needless to say, I’m looking forward to a nice relaxing weekend starting tomorrow.

Weekend review: June’s adventure in Charleston

It’s nearly the weekend and I’m only now finding time to post my review from the last weekend. That should tell you just how good my weekend in Charleston was! It was an epic time with girlfriends to celebrate my best friend’s bachelorette. It was also my 6th adventure of the year and the half way mark for my 12 adventures of 2013!

My friend, Kat, wanted all the bells and whistles when it came to her party weekend and I was more than happy to plan it and give her the best weekend ever! I had never been to Charleston, so I asked around and made sure we got a little bit of everything into her special weekend.

We brunched at Poogan’s Porch:

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We tanned at Folly Beach:

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And we partied like neon rock stars with Alan from The Hangover:

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I asked Kat the next day to rate the entire weekend and she gave it a big fat 10 out of 10! Total success or simply put…

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Happy birthday to ME!

It’s my birthday today and I LOVE celebrating, so please excuse the little party I’m having on my own blog for my own birthday. While I’m here, I also thought I’d share the awesome gift from BF this morning:

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It’s a double-sided grumpy cat tea mug, complete with Irish sayings. Isn’t it perfect?! Squeeee!!

Kitteh cradle

Saw this over at Apartment Therapy – it’s a kitteh cradle, to keep furballs off your furniture. I lol’d and thought it was cute. Now, I just need a kitteh!

Read the full article here.

From the archives: Cats for gold

Remember the good old blogging days? When Vox had their daily questions and we all referred to each other as hoodies? I was reminiscing a little bit today after I made a comment over at Cranky’s place and thought I’d take a stroll down Channel M’s memory lane. Part of me wishes I still had my original blog posts here on ZigZagMags (don’t worry, it’s all tucked safely away on another WP account), but then I remembered that I started over in the blogosphere for a simple reason…because I wanted to start over.

I admit, it took me awhile to get into the swing of things (as is evident of last year’s attempt) and I know I don’t have the readership or blog buddies I used to, but it doesn’t bother me anymore as now I blog for me. And I think that’s what was lost over at Channel M, all those years ago.

But don’t worry, just because Channel M is locked away doesn’t mean we can’t open the vault from time to time and enjoy some of the treasures from my early blogging years, like this gem…CATS FOR GOLD

“Go from pretty to kitty”. Classic lolz!

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