Witchy Wreath

What a fast weekend! What a fast month! Can you believe that October will be here tomorrow? Have you started your Fall and/or Halloween decorating? So far, this Witchy Wreath is the only thing that has gone up in the house, which I finished just this past weekend. All my other decorations are still up in the rafters of the garage in boxes and tubs.

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Have y’all made a new craft for this Fall? I would love to hear what you are making.

Capiz Shell Chandelier

As some of you know, Mr. and I recently returned from a cruise. At breakfast on the last day,  we sat with a couple we didn’t know. After our good mornings, I asked, “How are y’all?”. The gentleman immediately replied, “you must be from Oklahoma or Texas”. (he was an Oklahoma transplant originally from California)  I love living in an area where someone knows where you are from by just saying one word! And if any of y’all are wondering….yes, we are! Born, raised, and lived in Oklahoma until 10 months ago when we moved to Texas!

Mr. and I are still trying to recover from our vacation and get back into the swing of things. He really dreaded putting on slacks and socks yesterday, instead of shorts and flip flops! Five years ago, you would have never caught Mr. in a pair of flip flops. But now-a-days, they are a way of life! And that is the atmosphere I’m hoping to create for our home here in Texas. Relaxing, fun, and beachy. So this weekend, we worked on a lighting project for the hallway between our bedroom and the guest bathroom.

A couple of weeks ago, I was at Home Goods and I saw a tea light chandelier made out of capiz shells. Absolute gorgeousness! The only thing is, I didn’t buy it. That is a huge mistake I have made in the past at Home Goods. If you see ANYTHING that you think you might want, you MUST buy it right then! Why, you ask? Because it will be gone when you decide that you really do want it and go back for it! This has happened more than once to me. Anyhoo, a few days later, I saw this on Pinterest and was completely ecstatic!!

Capiz Shell chandelier

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/139752394660153981/

I’m thinking, “Oh my gosh, that’s the light at Home Goods with directions on how to turn it into a light”! Then reality sets in and I remember I didn’t buy it! But in the back of my mind I’m kind of thinking it might still be there. I make a mad dash to Home Goods with no such luck. But I did get a really cute orange, wire basket for my laundry room! As I’m checking out, I decide I’m going to try one more store and see if they might have one. So off to Katy I drive, which is about 30 minutes away. And lo and behold, THEY HAD ONE,,,,AND a little one to match! And what’s a girl to do when she finds two capiz shell, tea light chandeliers? Buy both! Which is what I did. When Mr. got home that evening, I showed him my prized possessions of the day and how we can make them into chandeliers.

So this past weekend, that is what we did. This is the light that we started with. Ugly and boring, right?

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We used the directions from the above pin from Pinterest just as a guideline, as Mr. used different items to mount the light socket inside the chandelier.

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We started by removing the tea lights from inside of the chandelier.

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Mr. used a crossbar with two mending brackets on each side to screw the metal rod into. (the rod is from the old light fixture that we removed and painted silver before using) He wired the light socket and threaded the wire up through the rod. (Mr. is an electrician by trade, so we used a brand new socket and electrical wire) He then zip tied the crossbar to the frame of the chandelier. (be sure and pull the ties tight and trim the excess)

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We pulled the wires through the ceiling canopy and tightened it to the rod with a washer and nut. Mr. wired the light in the ceiling and attached the canopy to the ceiling.

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All in all, it took less than two hours from start to finish. I’m so excited about my new light.

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I love the design it showers on the walls and ceiling at night! Sort of like a disco ball, don’t you think?

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The Beach is Always Calling My Name!

Once again, I went MIA from my writing. I get a little sidetracked, a little off kilter, or maybe just distracted!

My first reason for getting sidetracked was a trip to Galveston, TX. I love Galveston and I love the beach! Anything and everything about it. And we live less than one hour away from Galveston! It was rainy the first day, but who cares? I would have sat on the balcony in the rain the entire time, if I had to.

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Thankfully, the sun came out and it was great weather the next two days! Mr. was attending a conference, so I hit the streets and did a little shopping. We ate at a quirky little hamburger place called Blue Water Grill; a bit eccentric and odd. Something you might see on “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives”. This one would definitely qualify as a dive, but they have the best burgers!

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Number two was just me not writing. That’s it, nothing else.

But the biggest distraction was a wonderful distraction. Mr. took me on a cruise for my 50th birthday! We love cruises. This was only our second one, but we were hooked after our first one. Me and Mr……we could live on a boat! It was a quick, five-day cruise, with two stops in Mexico to do a little shopping to get my favorite color-changing nail polish at Del Sol and a little beach bar relaxation at Fat Tuesday’s.

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And yes, if you look close, you can see  (or maybe you can’t see it) we sailed on the Carnival Triumph. Yes, the same one that broke down and left all those people with only Spam to eat! My daughter couldn’t believe that we were brave enough (or maybe she thought we were just down right stupid) to sail with Carnival, much less on the same ship! But we weren’t the least bit worried. (Okay, maybe just a little…in the back of my mind) Therefore, I did hoard some banana bread every morning after breakfast in our room…just in case! This is probably one of the reasons that Mr. and I both gained several pounds this cruise!

After we got back from our cruise, Mr. took me to Corpus Christi for lunch. We had eaten at Fajitaville in Corpus last spring and they had the best fried stuffed avocados. We were sooo disappointed when we found out they were under new management and were no longer on the menu! No worries, we had some good fajitas, a drive along the water, stops at the tourists shops, and a ferry ride at Port Aransas, complete with pelicans.

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So you see, distractions are always good! Especially if it involves the beach!