Inspiration Happens

Over the past few weeks I’ve been working on ways to decorate my new apartment. I want to give it a feel of warmth,  inviting, functional, and draws the eye to say , “WOW THIS IS A GREAT LOOKING APARTMENT and it looks expensive!”  I don’t want to spend a ton of money doing so.  David and I have been working hard to save money. Going out and buying expensive furniture to achieve the look that I’m going for just isn’t going to happen. So what do you do?  I’ll tell you.

UNLOCKING MY DIY:

On my way home from visiting my boyfriend’s parents, I saw a sign that said Vintage and Consignment Shop. I didn’t pay much attention to it and passed right by it. A couple days later, my neighbor, whom I’ve become friends with, and I,  had a discussion about what I wanted for my apartment.  I told her that  I love vintage items, that I’m pretty handy and that I do have an eye for design, and I want to save money. She said, “I have a great idea!” She thought that we should head to a vintage shop and a few consignment shops. I’ve never been to one before. I was ok with that. So guess we’re we ended up. We went to the consignment and vintage store I passed several days before.
While walking around the shop I didn’t see much that appealed to me, but then it hit me, I thought, what if I just searched around for some old pieces of furniture that I can buy at a decent price and refresh to give it that elegant vintage feel that I was going for and save some money.  Now looking around the shop became a totally different feel. I didn’t find anything to my liking that day, but, the employees told me that they get in new items every day so stop back often.

We got some vintage beat up end tables from David’s aunt whose 96 years old and I saw some potential in refreshing them that would make them fabulous. We saw those beat up end tables before and I thought they were old and not going to work for me. Once opening up my creative and inspirational side of my artist mind, those end tables were perfect.

It seems DIY projects have been in my mental storage box and I just needed to find the key to open that box and unleash the goodies

The Results:

So I started a blog on Decorating and Refreshing Furniture in which I call it “Inspiration Happens!”  

I’ll be starting my blog with the refreshing of those vintage beat up end tables I got from David’s 96 year old aunt. I hope my inspirations of design and refreshing furniture inspires others to channel into their creative minds and do the same.

Here’s the link – http://inspiredbyroyaltee.wordpress.com/about/

 

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Scary Movie & Home Alone Don’t Mix

I am such a horror movie lover. I know there a ton of bad horror flicks and I’ve probable seen them all.
I usually watch horror films with someone. It’s a know fact that I get freaked out watching them by myself at night. So, what did I do last night? Yes you guessed it. I watched a horror flick by myself.

Scrolling through the movies I saw they had Paranormal 3 and I didn’t see that one. I figured what the hell.
I was completely fine at first, bu all that paranormal suspense left me totally scared. So going to bed that evening was a toss and turn one.
Then, when my dog Lexi barked it freaked me out. She was barking at my neighbor coming home but I associated her barking with something paranormal like. Just me being freaked out by that movie. I’m totally fine now and thinking about it now the movie Paranormal 3 wasn’t that good and the acting was terrible.

Knowing me, at some point, I’ll probably scroll through Netflix again, find another horror flick, and scare myself to sleep.

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Early Morning Workouts Make The Day

I guess the saying, “Early Bird Catches The Worm”, really does hold weight.
I never really had a specific workout schedule. I would try and make sure I get a workout in at some point in the day.
Yesterday I decided to try and get a VERY early workout in. Early as in 5:30AM. Initially, I set my alarm for 4:45 and planned on working out at 5AM but, being the snooze button queen I ended up getting there later.

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After that early morning workout, my energy was high and my mind felt so positive and fresh, like I could kick the days ass. I did. I had such a great day that I am going to do my best to continue to do early morning workouts.
One of the coolest things is that some days I can get a double work out in. Playing tennis, or basketball, running with my dog, or hiking.

So here’s to the early birdies.

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Grilling is Good

FINALLY!

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I’ve been dying to get a grill for the new place in Boston, since we moved in this place in February. I’ve just been to busy, and quite frankly, good grills are expensive.
I wanted a grill that was small, but big enough to look decent in my backyard. The good thing about waiting until now is it’s getting close to the end of the summer season. Grills in many stores are going on sale. So being busy and not actually having one for this summer didn’t really bother me as much. I’m enjoying getting to know my all new neighbors and I’m looking forward to inviting them over for some grilling and drinks.

Today was the perfect day to break the new grill in. It was 79 degrees with a warm sunnily breeze. I had my Black Keys, Gaslight Anthem, and Kings of Leon album blasting in the background, and some good food on the menu.

Grilled some eggplant and zucchini. Had some chicken thighs marinated in barbecue sauce and cracked open my Reserved Martha’s Vineyard Malbec wine.

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David’s Going to throw some steaks on tomorrow and I’ll try for the first time grilling fresh corn. I’m sure I’ll be posting the results.
Hope your having an awesome weekend .
The best part is David loves grilling, so although, I love to cook and try new dishes, it looks like with this new grill, I’ll get to hang up my oven mitts more often. We’ll be using our grill throughout the winter I’m sure.

So YAY! Here’s to the new addition to the family. I guess I’ll have to think of a name for it.

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NASA’s LADEE Moon Launch

Just sat outside in my yard and watched NASA’s LADEE up in the sky. It was pretty far being I’m in Boston but it was clear that I jaws viewing the rocket. So awesome. Yes I am very much a GEEK.

NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE, pronounced like “laddie”) is a robotic mission that will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the surface and environmental influences on lunar dust. A thorough understanding of these characteristics will address long-standing unknowns, and help scientists understand other planetary bodies as well.

For more info go here. – http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/ladee/main/index.html#.UiqmWsu9KSP

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Appreciation Seems To Be Getting Lost!

I am starting to notice a huge trend in the lack of appreciation within today’s generation. It’s like it’s becoming the world of spoiled brats.

Here’s a funny spin, but of course some very real tidbits on NOT forgetting about APPRECIATION.

Take Me Out To The Ball Game

There are two reason,s this year, I’m loving the Boston Red Sox. One I love the Red Sox and two their in first place as of now in the American League East division. Woo yeah!

The Green Monster, the fun name given to Fenway Park, has such a warm enclosure. You ready for this, I’ve never been to The Green Monster, except, for the outside.

I’ve been to several Boston Bruins games, a Patriots game, and many other sporting events, just not a Red Sox game. Not yet anyway.

I was in Boston doing some shopping and on my way back home i decided to drive past the venue I’ll be playing a show in with my band on September 27th called Copperfield’s and wouldn’t you know it, it’s right around the corner from Fenway Park. So I snapped a few shot of The Green Monster.

I will be attending a game at some point this year and I’ll be taking snap shots from the inside.

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