First Blog Post

Posted on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Well, here goes nothing! And by nothing, I mean I may really stink at blogging. Bare with me, please! I WILL get better at this! I'm hoping to give some useful information, some fun ideas, go on the occasional rant, and give some insight to my life - both personal and business.

The weather today in Chicago is a whooping 51 degrees! That's right - Chicago... January...51 degrees. I have big plans for today - dental appointment (ekk) and spray-painting some frames for my upcoming craft show. I never thought I'd be so excited about the opportunity to spray paint.

Stupid Fact: It is illegal for stores to sell spray paint in the City of Chicago. Way to be proactive, Chicago - You know Chicago is bordered by a gizillion suburbs that sell a vast variety of spray paint, right??

As this is my first blog post, I should probably explain what I do. My husband, Mike, and I have a small at-home business where we create framed alphabet art. You can check it out at www.snapexpressions.com. We take photos that resemble letters - we hand-cut the mats and frame them. Its fun - we've sold quite a few and have many repeat customers. Hearing how people like them make me all warm and fuzzy inside. Perhaps its my longtime love affair with all things a tad 'kitchy' (air-brushed nails, puffy paint, the 'bedazzler') - but I just had an inkling to paint and decorate frames - throw some fun into them. I've been scoping out thrift stores, looking for frames that I can upcycle into something super awesome. I've had a ton of fun with the thrift shopping - especially on the 50 percent off days! I'm sort of obsessed. And sort of cheap. Particularly at thrift stores - to the extent that I won't buy a frame unless its an additional 50 percent off the marked price. It's the thrill of chase!

Speaking of obsessions - I adore Pinterest. I can sit on that site for an hour and feel so motivated for DIY projects/recipes/kids activities, etc. Problem is.....I'm a serial lurker. I have never actually started any of the projects I see on Pinterest.

Well, I put a stop to that today. I WILL be a Pinterest do-er! My first 'do-er' item - Orange Chicken in the crockpot! I made the sauce this morning and everything is in the crockpot. I'm just waiting for the crockpot to do its thing! I'll update and let you know how it turns out. If anyone is actually still reading this...

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