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DIY Coasters and Rent House Hunt Musings

It’s been a minute since I’ve posted…  All kinds of interesting (to me) things happening at jhbhq.

My efforts last week were focused on the fella, who had a little visit to the hospital after suffering severe dehydration on a particularly tough day at work.

He spent a few days there, and as soon as he got well enough to be out and about, we were on the search for a rent house.  So far, not so great.  We’ve seen some really cute houses but there’s always some sort of deal breaker… Like this house, a 3 / 2 at an affordable price (with a pool!!!) that had updates and was super cute… with a great little breakfast nook…

rent house breakfast nook

lots of natural light… and no stove top…  yeah, seriously.

sans stove

See that vent hood with a counter underneath it?  Weird, right?  So… No go.

Then there was this really cute house with foundation issues and horrendous carpet.  Also a 3 / 2.  I didn’t get pictures of anything here except for the chandelier in the outdoor workshop.  Maybe a fancy meth lab?

workshop chandy

We saw one that was pretty promising (designer paint colors, tile flooring throughout etc).  But it’s a 2 bedroom, the second of which is 10 x 10.  Yeah.  I don’t think we fit in there.  Sad face.

All of the others that we have seen have had various benefits and drawbacks but we just haven’t found “the one” yet.  No matter.  There’s time yet.  For now I’m in with a fun little craft.

After I made our headboard I was on a pattern kick in the bedroom and decided to make some coasters.  This little lady needs a cool glass of water at her bedside, and she shant be getting water spots on the nightstands she worked so diligently to make.

diy ceramic tile coasters


  • Ceramic tile
  • Felt
  • Hot glue gun and accompanying glue sticks
  • Sharpie
  • Acrylic spray (I used this)
  • Liquid gold leaf

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I’ve actually used pretty much this same method several times before – Shannon even wrote about some that I made on her blog a couple of years ago before I started my little corner of the internets.

diy ceramic tile coasters

Here’s the quick and dirty…

I started by cutting felt slightly smaller than my tile to protect my tables from being scratched.  I used hot glue to stick ’em to the underside of the tiles.

diy ceramic tile coasters

Then, a little liquid leaf on the edges.  Fancy.

diy ceramic tile coasters

The original plan was for me to paint the design on top of the tile but evidently the liquid variety of gold leaf doesn’t like to adhere to glossy, non-porous ceramic tile.  Meh.  Metallic gold Sharpie to the rescue!  I just free handed a chevron / herringbone esque design.

diy ceramic tile coasters

Then, two coats of my acrylic water resistant spray and these bad boys were ready to protect my nightstands from their nemesis – condensation.

diy ceramic tile coasters

diy ceramic tile coasters

Since you’re wondering, I totally never ALWAYS drink water from stemless wine glasses.  Pure class.

Anyone else making crafty creations?  Or maybe you’ve got some strange house hunt stories of your own?  Do tell…


Project Arrested Development

Anyone who has known me personally for more than a half-hour probably thinks that this post centers around what I deem to be the best television show in the history of ever (based upon the post title).  Put down your forget-me-now’s hermanos, because that is most definitely not the case.

Here’s the story of some old film rolls, that were lost for 14 years, and the one girl who had the guts to develop them.  Its… Project… Arrested Development!

developing old film

The back story here isn’t complicated – I had several rolls of film and disposable cameras sitting in a box for about 14 years.  I consulted a coworker (who is also an accomplished photographer) on whether or not they could be developed.  She told me as long as they weren’t exposed to harsh elements that I should go for it.

I went for it.  With a few of the rolls, that is.  Two of the disposable cams had exposures left on them, so I’m using them up now to see if I can get some cool fades / light leaks on the pics I take.  I’m sure I’ll post about that at some point.

Anyway, the real humor in this story, friends, is that even 14 years ago I seemed to have a propensity to curate my environment and preserve its memory in photographs (hey, just like I do on this blog!).  I feel like I’ve maybe improved, even if just a little.

I now present to you my room – at age 15.

Here’s the entry.

developing old film

You can’t see it?  Let me bring you in closer.  This is where my friends wrote all kinds of notes to me.  An analog “facebook wall” of sorts…

developing old film

And no wall is complete without photos… and pockets from jeans that are hopefully no longer being worn.

developing old film

Stickers are so en vogue…

developing old film

As is Freddie Prinze Jr…

developing old film

But lets actually move into the room, shall we?  Hey Jame, I think your finger is on the lens…  Wait is that Freddie Prinze Jr again?

developing old film

Here’s a weak wide angle of my bunk beds… Please make sure you notice the HUNDREDS of Beanie Babies on the shelf… (it was the late 90s, early 2000s… what?!)

developing old film

Hello wall gallery… I think I see someones faaaavorite band in there!  Also – fun fact – I still own that trunk table!  And it still looks the same as in this picture.  BAD DIYer, BAD!

developing old film

Oh in case you guys didn’t know, I like Blink-182 a little bit.  I almost typed “used to” in that last sentence haha…  I don’t like lying to you guys.

developing old film

And seriously, did I put a bumper sticker on a perfectly good wood dresser?!  For shame.

No teen room is complete without a desk at which you never always did homework, right?  Please direct your attention to the top right hand corner of the below photo, wherein you’ll find a cartoon I drew of me and my future husband, Mark Hoppus of Blink-182.

developing old film

Oh and because I’m not finished having a sense of humor about my 15 year old self, here’s me that next Christmas, where I received tube lights to hang over the whiteboard I got (both of which I relentlessly begged for).

developing old film

And the whiteboard?  Well I wanted to make sure EVERYONE got a sweet, sincere Christmas message as the first thing I wrote on it apparently…

developing old film

Pure class.  Stick that in your #TBT and smoke it.  I’ve got more pics of my bedroom after we painted over the green and the wall writing (but not over my Blink posters!)… but those are for another day.

Have you ever developed an old roll of film?  Did your parents let you scribble on your walls?  Are you a fan of ARReSTeD DeVeLOPMeNT?  We should be friends… Do tell…



Some News

Well friends, I suppose I should spill the beans on a semi-recent development at jhbhq…

Our landlord is selling our his condo.  Womp and double womp.

Jamie's Home Condo

So it is highly likely (unless the condo is sold to someone looking for investment property) that there is a move in the near future for Mr. Fella and me.

This isn’t great news, but I suppose it’s not terrible either.  Worse things have most decidedly occurred.

What isn’t so cool, is that we really weren’t planning on moving again until we are ready to purchase.  That just isn’t an option right now.

Another big bummer is that our landlord is really cool.  I mean really really cool.  He and his wife have been so welcoming to us.  They let us hang whatever we want on the walls, decorate how we want to, and encouraged us to do our own thing in the courtyard gardens.  I’m really nervous about trying (and possibly failing) to find another landlord who will allow us to put our own touches on our home.

And mostly, I am really sad about leaving our neighbors.  It’s hard to find good neighbors, and mine are awesome.  Not looking forward to saying goodbyes.

The fella is out of the country with the great United States Air Force, and when he returns in a few short weeks, we will probably begin the process of rent-house hunting.  Joy.

One thing is for sure.  This little blog is gonna keep on rolling, no matter where I live.

And I still have ongoings and upcomings that I’m eager to share in the interim.

And… to be honest, there are some things about this little condo of ours that I’m not too sad about possibly leaving behind.

Numero Uno on that list is the lack of natural light.  I need sunlight to survive, yo.  I need brightness.  The five windows in our home (all but one of which face either north or south) just aren’t doing it for me.

And both of us have pretty crummy commutes, so improvement could be made there.

So there you have it.  Some news.  Moving.  Meh.

Anyone else about to move?  It is that time of year, isn’t it… Wanna help me?  I’ll pay you in friendship and beers.



Blogiversary – Year One: Done

Friends, today marks exactly one year (!!!) since the first time I mustered the courage to post about my little diy and craft projects online.

Let me first say that I am so thankful for every single reader and every last view my posts get.  I cannot express that enough.  Thank you.  All of you.  I started this blog to share my DIY and decor adventures – good and bad – with the world in hopes to provide relevant information to other diyers out there.  I hope I am accomplishing just that.  But even if I’m not, the friendships I’ve made and the community I’ve found on this adventure are a huge and important piece of my life, one that I am happy to have and excited to grow.  In short, you guys rock my socks.

Now, if I may move on from the mushy stuff, I will say that although I’ve learned a lot on this adventure, I know there is much more to discover.  I am committed to continually improving the content I post here.

One area that I am excited to work on and develop is photography.  Being a visual, pinterest addicted, pretty image lover – I am aware that my shutter skills are… ahem… quite lacking.  For the past year (and several years before that) I’ve been taking photos with my point-and-shoot.  The one that I bought when Canon first released their digitals with colorful bodies (mine used to be a vibrant blue but has faded considerably).  It’s old.


While this camera is wonderful in many situations, a poorly lit condo is not one of them.  My pictures are just, well, flat.  On top of the lighting being bad in here, I also face the challenge of night photography.  Being away from the house a minimum of 11 hours per day for work and doing my best to tend to my social life on weekends means most of my pics are taken after 8pm.  Not so bueno.  So, as a one-year-blogiversary present to myself, I went out and got my first big girl dSLR!  I’ll pause while you snicker at the absurdity that I’ve taken a fuzzy cell phone picture of a fancy camera….

new swag

I’ve read lots of reviews and have been watching sale sites for this guy, and when the opportunity arose to get one at a crazy good deal, I pounced.  The Canon Rebel T3i is supposed to be a great beginner dSLR, and I’ve been a big fan of my Canon point-and-shoot, so I’m really excited to push and challenge myself with this brand new hardware.  Here are some pics of The Turk (who was quite curious of the cam) that I took right out of the box on full auto.  Not works of art but definitely an immediate improvement to the point and shoot.

The Turk The Turk 2

Another area where I want to improve is content organization.  My tags and categories need a re-work, so you may or may not see some minor changes here and there in that arena.

I also want to be better about posting more of my projects / crafts here.  I do at least three a week – I should be writing about them.

Enough of my declaration of accountability, though.  Here’s a gallery of a handful of my most popular posts over the past year.

Thanks again to all of you fine folks for sparing some of your time to visit my little corner of the internets.  Here’s to many years to come!



The Liebster Award

I don’t know if you know this, but, I’m kind of a big deal…

Not really, but hopefully I’ll make some new friends after this!

liebster award


You see, Annie was kind enough to nominate me for a Liebster Award, along with 10 other fine bloggers, and I am super excited about it!  This award helps new bloggers connect with others in the blogosphere, and encourages participants to promote each other.  I’m so glad and thankful that Annie nominated me!

She’s given me a set of questions to answer so here goes:

1. Why did you decide to start blogging?

I’ve always loved to create things and have also enjoyed writing, and have spent a considerable amount of time doing both of these activites.  When a few friends and family members encouraged me to start this blog, it just felt like the natural next step.

2. Do you think your blogging has encouraged you to create, explore, read, etc more?

Absolutely!  I definitely still do crafts and diy projects on my own terms and timeline, but I also feel a responsibility to this website and its readers to create interesting, meaningful content that people will enjoy reading.  I want what I write to be useful and entertaining.  I want to write a blog that I want to read.  That has definitely caused me to stretch my legs and explore things that I hadn’t before I started writing.

3. If you could leave next week for a paid vacation to live anywhere in the world for one year, where would you go?

Tough question!  Somewhere in Europe, preferably with pretty architecture, delicious food and sandy beaches!

4. Why did you choose the subject of your blog?

I’ve been doing crafts and diy for as long as I can remember.  My parents tell me I used to take my toys apart and put them back together as a child!  Growing up, I was a Girl Scout, took after school / summer art classes and even started several clubs with my sister.  All of these things gave me wonderful opportunities to explore my imagination.  I chose DIY and crafts as my subject because I am passionate about creativity.

5. What’s your favorite meal to cook for yourself?

The cool answer would be scratch Mac N Cheese with bacon bits, but the real answer is instant loaded mashed potatoes.  #keepitreal

6. If you were going to come up with a book or album title for the last year of your life, what would it be?


7. Do you have any animals?

My four-legged child is a black pug / miniature pinscher mix named Turkish.  He owns me.

8. What’s your vice?

Craft Beer (a fact many of my Instagram followers are well aware of, I’m sure!)

9. What’s your favorite museum?

The Kimball Art Museum in downtown Fort Worth is definitely my favorite.  The Bernini and Picasso exhibits in particular are a couple of the highlights from my many visits.

10. Celebrity childhood crush?

Same as my adulthood crush – haha!  Mr. DiCaprio is the bees knees

11. Thoughts on tomatoes?

The fruit itself, thumbs down.  The sauces it creates, thumbs way up!

So now what?

I’m nominating the following 11 blogs for The Liebster Award:

La Vida Lopez

Musings From Providence

Living: Pure & Simple

Amber in Florida

Revived by Delia


Harper Larper

Fox on an Island

Imagination Unlocked

Fact or Pin-tion

Duck Egg Blue

The rules?

  1. Answer the questions you were given by the person who nominated you
  2. Keep the ball rolling and nominate 11 new blogs with 500 followers or less
  3. Post 11 new questions for your nominees to answer
  4. Tag your nominees and be sure to leave a comment on their blog letting them know they’ve been nominated
  5. Of course, you are not required to participate.  But, if you don’t want to accept your Liebster, let me know and I’ll nominate someone else to keep the “chain” going!

Nominees, your questions are:

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What is your greatest passion?
  3. What is your greatest fear?
  4. Of the places you’ve lived, which is your favorite?
  5. What is your dessert of choice?
  6. What was the most memorable vacation or trip you’ve taken?
  7. What is your favorite movie genre?
  8.  If you knew you were about to eat your last meal, what would it be?
  9. If you had to move from your current home to another and could only bring five items with you, which five items would you choose?
  10. Which famous person’s house would you most like to live in?
  11. If you could be someone else for 24 hours, who would you choose to be?

Big thanks again go to Annie for nominating me for a Liebster.  It was a lot of fun answering her questions and finding new friends to follow!  Can’t wait to see everyone else’s answers!