Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Nutella Stuffed Crepes

Friday night, D and I went on a double date with our best couple friend, The O Family.

We had a great time seeing The Avengers together. D and I had our traditional Friday night pizza with the kids but Mr. & Mrs O decided to really make it a big date by going to IHOP. Mrs. O wanted Nutella Crepes. but for some reason IHOP was out of crepes.

I'm not exactly sure how a pancake house runs out of crepe mix without running out of pancake mix, but whatever.

It got me thinking...first about Nutella. And then, about how easy it would be to  make Nutella Crepes at home.

My fridge was not well stocked and I was out of milk. But, I did have plenty of Krusteaz pancake mix...just add water.

Some people think the only difference between crepes and pancakes is that crepes are thinner. That's only partially true. The reason they are thinner is the big difference. It's not more liquid; it's the lack of a leavening agent like baking powder.

I know you didn't come here for me to go all Alton Brown Good Eats on you, so I'll save the lecture on proper crepes...and instead  focus on how to do it the lazy American way by using pancake mix.

Nutella Stuffed Crepes


1 C Pancake Mix
Water, according to package directions + more to thin out

Cool Whip


Preheat griddle to 350.

In a large bowl, add pancake mix and water according to the package. Beat in the egg. Now, for the scientific part: Add in enough additional water to make the pancake mix very runny. Like soupy runny. 

Pour a ladle full of batter on to the griddle. Tilt the griddle from side to side to encourage the batter to spread out, making it even more thin. After its cooked on one side, flip it to the other.

Once you've removed the cooked crepe from the pan, fill it with Nutella. As much or as little as you'd like. Then add bananas, strawberries and other assorted fruity goodness, enough to mask any guilt you may be having eating this for breakfast.

Roll the crepe and top with more fruit (more fruit = less guilt) and  Cool Whip.

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Pipe Dreams

Once upon a time, there was a family that lived in a big, old house.

home sweet home!

It was a nice and boxy house.

One day, Mother went grocery shopping. She came home to find Father and all the children in the kitchen with towels cleaning up water off the floor! This was not a good thing. Mother did not like it, not one little bit. Father said the pipe under the kitchen sink came loose, but he fixed it. They were just cleaning up the mess.

Mother smiled.

Until she took over cleaning up the water. Mother would wipe the water, and more water would come!

Mother frowned.

Mother told father she thought the dishwasher was leaking. Father did not believe her.

Mother frowned. She cleaned the water and left. She came back to find more water.

She told Father again that the dishwasher was leaking. He rolled his eyes but went to look.

The dishwasher was leaking.

Father fixed the dishwasher and all was well.

The very next week, Mother told Father she thought the pipe in the upstairs bathroom was leaking. There was a spot on the ceiling where water had once leaked a long time ago and Mother thought it looked bigger. Father did not believe her. Father took a picture of it, so he could show Mother later that it was exactly the same.


Mother did not believe Father.

That night, she went to bed. She didn't sleep well because she drank a coke at the movie theater. Coke keeps Mother awake at night.

In the morning, Little Sister woke bright and early. Mother was very tired, but got up anyway to make her breakfast. Mother walked across the floor of her room when...


Mother walked through a puddle of water on her bedroom floor!

Mother frowned. Mother was not happy. Father was wrong again.

Mother woke Father. Now Father was not happy, either.

Father began pulling up things in the bathroom upstairs to figure out what was leaking. Father thinks he may have found the leak. Maybe.

Father decides to check from below...

drip drop
Father spends the morning working on the leak. Mother humors him and buys donuts. She then lets Father take her to lunch. Because Father ought to be very sorry he did not believe Mother again.

Now, Father gets to spend the long weekend fixing a ceiling and doing many other tasks Mother has picked up. Maybe next time, when Mother says she thinks something is broken, Father will listen right away!

Please let this be...


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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Cinnamon sugar shaker

One of my most pinned projects was on the many uses for crystal light containers. That project showcased the storage potential but this time, I have a fun practical project...

As a shaker

Depending on how big you make the holes, you can shake out all sorts of things from glitter to seasonings.

My favorite shaker use is for cinnamon sugar.

The process for turning the crystal light container into a shaker is easy.

Using a sharp object, make rounded holes in the lid of the crystal light container. I actually used a tool that removes walnuts from the shells.

I put in nine holes

And now I have a large non breakable cinnamon sugar shaker!

I know it isn't a spectacular change the world project, but it's one that saves me from having a big mess with the sugar!

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Monday, May 21, 2012

$3 Bookshelf

The kitchen in this house is sorely lacking...pretty much everything.

I have four upper cabinets. Four drawers.

And my only "lower cabinets" are under the sink.

This will also give you a good idea of how much counter space I don't have. It's not pretty.

Why, yes, I do manage to cook for my family in this!

Given the window placements, there's really not much I can do about any of that. Can't change the windows without going before the Architectural Review Board. This means, there's really nothing I can do but get creative.

Most of our food stuff is stored on this awesome bookshelf I scored at a yard sale about 8 years ago.

But this post isn't about that. Sorry.

This is about the book shelf I actually use for books in my kitchen.

I picked this up at Goodwill for $3. I don't have a before before picture. I brought it home and painted it grey right away. It was brown. And green.

I'm not sure what happened. I used paint with primer and it just did not hold up. Dings and scratches all over. And not the cool kind we get with distressing. More of the you did a terrible job kind of scratches.

First step was to use some of my DIY Chalky paint (plaster of paris + water + paint) in Sherwin Williams Exuberant Pink.

Very Girly!

After that, I added a chalky coat of Sherwin Williams Peppercorn. And, then hit it with the sander for an intentional distressed look.

I still wasn't feeling it, so I went to my fabric stash a fun, bold print. The pink wasn't really showing through the peppercorn, even with the distressing, so the red didn't clash.

I just tacked the fabric in. Nothing permanent. This way, I can always change my mind and swap out the fabric easily. Also, my crockpot sits on this, so there's a chance something may drip. It's a nice option to be able to wash the back fabric.

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Friday Finals: Saved $115 this week

Sorry the blog has been so silent this week. The feature on Tater Tots & Jello of my vestibule left me with a pretty big grin, but that was pretty much the only good thing that happened this week.

I'll summarize the week in another post when I'm a bit more coherent. I'm in an post-migraine fog right now.

I did make it out shopping this week, which was nice.  I went to a different Publix and was slightly frustrated with the experience. I asked at customer service about their policy and was greenlighted to use multiple $5/$30 coupons in one transaction as long as my overall total was ok. In other worse, I could use two of the coupons if I had $60 in groceries. The customer service rep said to send the cashier over if there was a problem.

Of course the cashier questioned it and when she asked the same rep I spoke with, the rep changed her mind and told me I had to break everything up! Thankfully, the cashier did me a "favor" and "let it slide" this time.

The bright side is I now have a publix where I can use those coupons without having to run back several times during the week.

I didn't even get all the groceries on my list because I have a firm "one cart" rule. When that one cart is full, my shopping stops! No one likes people who clear the shelves. There's really no reason to clear shelves either.

coupon tip #1: Unless you are fiercely brand loyal, an item will go on sale every 3 months.  There's no real reason to get more than 3 months at a time unless it's the lowest the price will be for a very long time. Other items, like cheese or dry pasta, are on a monthly cycle. At least once a month your favorite brand will be on sale.

Once again cereal wasn't on sale at a price I was willing to pay, but there were frozen pancakes. For some reason the family does not like it when I make pancakes and freeze them, but the boxes are ok. I don't get it. I can't taste a difference. But, whatever.

I also stocked up on creamed corn and green beans. They worked out to be about 49 cents per can!

The other awesome deals were were feminine products. Two boxes for $1.39 total! I believe we are now up to a full year's supply and my out of pocket expense was NOTHING if you count the overage I earned from purchasing a few at Walmart several weeks ago.

coupon tip #2: I really like stocking up on healthy and hygiene items. Even if you don't think there are coupons for things you use, this just shows there are! I still haven't purchased toothpaste in forever. The other great thing is, if you don't like the brands, when they are free or cheap like this, please buy them and donate them to a local shelter.

We're going camping next week, so I was able to pick up a few goodies for the trip, including three 2 liter bottles of soda for $1.60.

Here's the breakdown
6 boxes frozen pancakes ($1/2X3)
6 V8 splash (1/2 X3)
5 A1 Steak Sauce ($1/1 X5)
Quaker Oat Squares Cereal
1 box Breakfast on the Go ($1/1)
6 Feminine Products (.50/1 X4 and $1/1 X2)
3 2 liters soda ($1 pepsi max X 2 yellow flyer)
6 motts applesauce (.55/1 X6)
15 cans veggies ($1/5 X3)

$5/$30 X3

My total before tax was just $37 and my savings was $115!

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Monday, May 14, 2012

chicken curry in a hurry

D spent two years serving as a missionary for our church in southern Japan. He has a great love for Japanese food. And, when we lived in Oregon, it was really easy to find great Japanese food. We had a fabulous pan-Asian market. My kids were eating curry rice as a first food. Danger girl was eating octopus and cucumber salad at 7 months. Little B used to love eating deep fried squid.

Sadly, Alabama is not known for it's wonderful Japanese restaurants.

So, we have to make do with what we have. And, it's usually found at WalMart.

Curry is a family favorite and it's my "go to" meal for leftovers.

After the kids feast upon a rotisserie chicken, there's usually just enough left for a stir fry or curry. If we aren't having the curry the next night, I freeze the already cooked chicken. This makes for a really quick meal...aside from the rice issue. There's really no getting around the 30 minutes it takes to cook good rice. And not that minute rice stuff my kids call school rice.

We start with the basics:

Boxed Curry mix (which is actually pretty darn good)
Rotisserie Chicken (about 2 cups)
Cooked Rice
bag of frozen vegetables (or fresh if its summer)
Coconut milk (optional)

In a bit of oil, cook your vegetables. I like mine a bit crunchy still.

Add the chicken. Next, add in 2 C coconut milk and 1/2 C water OR you can just add 2 1/2 C water. The coconut milk gives it a creamier flavor. Add in the curry mix and cook according to the package directions.

Serve over rice.

This feeds a small army. Or my family. Take your pick. I'd wager a good 8 servings. With a teenaged boy in the house, I do have to make two batches, just so we have enough leftovers for D to take for lunch the next day.

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

it's not just mother's day

While the rest of the country pauses to remember mothers, our house doesn't stop for that today.

Not because we don't love our mothers. I adore my mom and my mom-in-law. Both wonderful women.

No, today we pause and remember that 18 years ago today, I married my eternal companion.

It was a Friday the 13th. My lucky day. I was 19. He was 23.

D jokes it set the tone for the whole marriage. One unlikely thing after another.

We met in Idaho. We were married in the Portland Oregon LDS Temple. We moved to Utah, where I finished university. Then, we moved back to Oregon and D started back to school. We added several children to the family. And, almost 8 years ago, we ventured east and settled in Alabama. Definitely not what we envisioned for our lives, but we make the best of things. Through thick and thin...waistlines ;)

As much as we'd love to be back in the Pacific Northwest, Alabama has grown on me. Sort of like Kudzu.

Our children are thriving. And D and I have been together for nearly half my life. That's pretty amazing, He's pretty amazing.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Friday Finals: Not bad for $26!

I made a huge financial goof this week. It was a good goof but also a bad one. I paid something off that I wasn't planning on paying off quite yet. I meant to make a much smaller payment...but hit the wrong button. The good news is we're not broke LOL I was supposed to take that money and make an extra car payment. Oh well. The car still only has like 2 payments left.

The bad news is I need to make extra frugal shopping choices over the next two weeks because what I paid off was bigger than the car payment.

My food budget is basically half of what it is. Not a huge deal since financial blunders like this are one reason why I buy our proteins at the beginnings of the month.

Still, I bought some no coupon splurge items because not only is it Mother's Day on Sunday, D and I are also celebrating our 18th wedding anniversary! CRAZY!

I love love love, and did I mention LOVE the Otria Greek Yogurt dip in the cucumber feta dill variety. I could eat it by the spoonful. My kids love to dip with it. Spread it on sandwiches. When it goes on sale, I buy it. Without coupons and it being frugal week, I only had it in my budget for one. insert frownie face

The big splurge item was the rhubarb.

Rhubarb is, according to the produce manager, a YANKEE thing.

That's a nice way of saying it doesn't grow in the south so we're going to charge you twice as much as a gallon of gas for a mere pound of this stuff. Ok, so it wasn't twice as much as a gallon of gas but it was still freaking $4.99/lb! I bought half a pound then used a $1 off produce WYB tostitos coupon.

I'll end up with a lovely strawberry rhubarb cobbler for one on Mother's Day.  And a jar of Nutella. Which has me wondering what would happen if I combined rhubarb and nutella. Not sure if I really want to find out either...

My garden in Instagram

A bit of up and down in the garden this week.

First, we finally got the cuttings from my neighbor planted!

I found some bricks stacked up along the side of the house and created it's own little space. I was happy to find the soil in this spot was nice and brown. Unlike the clay soil we had at our old house.

Still no idea what I'm growing!

My tomato plant is doing well.

And I have peppers growing, too!

In the backyard, it looks like we're going to have a wonderful harvest from our pear tree.

These should be ready in late summer

And on to the bad news


Don't let the pretty picture fool you. That's Kudzu. That's a bad thing. And it's overtaking the fence and is eying my pear tree. We have to do something about that quickly.

Those would be my hydrangeas. My little sweeties decided to give me flowers for Mother's Day. So they picked ever last flower. And it looks like maybe some of the neighbor's gardenia, too. Maybe it's not too soon to dry them? We're going to give it a shot.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Vestibule Reveal

When people come to my house, there's often a bit of confusion about the location of the entrance.

If you come up the side of the house, there are two sets of stairs, both leading to doors. The first is an awkward very short door that used to be the servant's entrance. We never use this door.

 The second door is to our laundry room, which leads to the dining room. Only really close friends ever come in this way. It's usually filled with laundry in some state of being washed, dried or waiting for folding.

At the front of the house, up on our lovely porch...

We have the front door at the top of the stairs but we also have a set of double doors that lead to our living room.

It would make sense to just knock on the front door, but in our neighborhood many of these larger homes were subdivided into apartments. Ours was. When we moved in, we had to remove a kitchen from the upstairs! It's not uncommon to hear a few "comments" about how we have the "whole house."

When our home was first built, it was obvious visitors were supposed to go to the main entrance at the top of the stairs. The double doors were opened in the summer to help cool the home. As was also typical of homes of it's time, we have a vestibule leading to a reception hall, separated from the living room.

It sounds very fancy.

What it translates to is we have this itty bitty space between a large useless area near the stairs and the front door. Our house has a lot of spaces we don't know what to do with.

The vestibule  is what most people see when they visit. It's the first place they get a vibe for what our family is about.

And it was a total snooze fest. 

:Like I said, it needed some help.

It needed some color.  Something to brighten it up. Something...


good morning, yellow!
I used my favorite yellow, Sherwin Williams June Day. It is such a pretty yellow. Not school bus at all.

I painted old wooden frames with Sherwin Williams Peppercorn so they'd match, then filled them with some cute fabric.  Also hanging on the wall is a really cool little bird house. One day, I plan to find a cute crafted bird to live there.

If you're really paying attention, you'll note those are the same colors I used on my awesome free dresser transformation!

The sign is a piece of craftiness I did with the little girls one afternoon. We used all sorts of supplies we had just lying around the house. Yup, another leftovers project!

My little table... I still haven't done a before and after on her....hope she's not feeling too neglected!

With little felt roses in little pots...again, just craftiness from leftover crafts.

And of course, we can't forget D's Japanese lion ...

who doesn't nearly as scary as he did before...

In fact, I think he almost looks happy not to be completely washed out against the white.

I really love that I was able to put all of this together just using found items around my house :)

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

UFO party Features :)

The first ever UFO project party has wrapped up!  It was a small party, but you know, good things start small and then grow. Be on the look out for other parties, and if you're interested in cohosting a blog party like this with me, let me know :)

There were so many awesome projects. But to be honest, one project stole my heart right away. It stole my heart and it spoke to me. It motivated me.  And, I'm not sure that last part is a good thing. It at least gave me hope because I have a very similar ugly thing in my house that needs work. I knew deep down there was pretty in it, but I needed to see this project to really catch the vision...

It's Lynn's Staircase Reborn.

It's gorgeous. I mean really really beautiful.

Our house...well...it hasn't been updated since around 69. We're working on it. But it's a slow process. And seeing her staircase in such a beautiful state gives me hope that one day, mine won't look like barf. Since my home is also more than 100 years old, I have a feeling the work will be very much the same.

Ok, no more hogging Lynn's spotlight with my own sob story. Don't forget to grab a button if you've been featured!

UFO DIY Feature

If you weren't featured on my blog, don't forget to check out the blogs of my cohostesses to see if you were featured there! And also check out the featured projects and send some love :)

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Food and features

My brain isn't functioning so well right now. Little Miss has been ill and that means she's not sleeping.  I'm in that mom haze today.

Then, I decided it wasn't that hot so I should totally finish putting in the garden. At 330 p.m. In Alabama.

Like I said, my brain isn't functioning too well at the moment.

I can't complete a coherent segue between being sick and what I really wanted to share today:

Remember that free dresser I scored and repainted?

It's been featured as the most clicked link at Domestically Speaking's Power of Paint Party this week! I seriously didn't love the project but the feedback on it has been so positive.

It was also featured on the Shady Porch's Porch Parade!

Oh and on

White Lights on Wednesday    And Radcrafter. And Drab to Fab

The only real criticism I have of the feedback is that most people who are looking at it, the colors are off on your monitors! seriously LOL It's a bright sunny yellow and a dark GREY, not blue. I guess it does have some blue undertones, but it's not blue ;)

In celebration of having my being featured on a project, we need to break out the Nutella.  In case you didn't know, Nutella isn't healthy. It's sin in a jar. But if you bought Nutella between January 1. 2008 and  February 3, 2012, you can file as part of class action suit.  I plan to use my claim money to buy more Nutella.

Meanwhile, my new favorite Nutella dessert is Nutella Strawberry Shortcake.

Yeah. I know, right?

This recipe isn't rocket science. But it is an explosion of flavor. Chocolatey, sweet, summer...it's all there. And, you can make a little or a lot. No real measuring needed.

Nutella Strawberry Shortcake

1 jar nutella
1 small poundcake
8-10 strawberries, sliced then sprinkled with sugar
Whipped Topping

Smother Nutella on your shortcake, pound cake, angel food cake...whatever your chosen delivery method for the Nutella. Then top with strawberries that have been sprinkled with sugar. Add whipped topping.


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Friday, May 4, 2012

Friday Finals: Saved $69

This week's totals were fairly typical. I was able to continue my summer snack stockpile. School lets out in just about a month. Twenty three school days.

DH is keeping track.

As a kid, I never realized the teachers were just as excited to get away from us as we were to get away from them!

To be honest, I'm not looking forward to having him around for the summer. The novelty of having him home wears off in about the same amount of time as the novelty of having the kids home. He gets just as bored as the kids, too.

I don't think he is looking forward to the ever growing lists of projects I have planned for this summer, either!

Earlier in the week, I hit a great sale at WinnDixie. I was able to score a great price ($1.99/lb) on Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts. I bought enough for the whole month and spent $25. It was also time for our Costco  and I picked up 5 lbs of 88 percent lean ground beef for $2.99/lb. If I can score a sale on pork or fish, I'll grab another 10-15 lbs of meat. This should do us for the month. The total cost should be about $60.

This week, my savings was about 76%. This is what a typical savings without the "good" coupons looks like. My total before tax was just $26.

I'm really excited about the Mini Wheats. Kelloggs runs a promotion during the summer where cereal codes can be redeemed for movie tickets. We eat cereal, so being able to get movie tickets is pretty darn fantastic. One year, we earned enough for SIX tickets.

So far this year, we've earned one ticket and the promotion just started!

6 loaves Arnold Bread ($1/2)
4 boxes Frosted Mini Wheats (.70/1)
rice pilaf
cottonelle flushable wipes ($1/1)
6 keebler cookies (.75/2)
cat food (free can + B2G1 free...so all free!)
I Can't Believe it's not butter ($1.25/1)
2 pepsi next ($1/1 store coupon)
blue bell cheese ($1/1)
5 jolly time popcorn (.50/1)

$10/50 competitor coupon

Unfinished Garden

There's still two more days to finish your UFO projects and link to the party! I'm trying to get in one more unfinished project...my garden. 

Earlier this week, I posted about getting my garden together.

Ms. Kat, who may get her own spot in my about our family section since she's making regular blog appearances, brought over a few clippings from her yard. And when I say a few...I mean it seems like she brought over one of everything she's growing.

I don't even remember the names of half the plants she brought over.

Canna lily. Two types of mint. Tarragon. Lemon Balm. Bee Balm. Echinacea. Ginger. Yarrow. Climbing roses. Peppers....

big lilies, yarrow...who knows what else

just ignore the junk

The list goes on.

We pulled out all the boxwoods and hydrangeas on one side of the house. A friend came over and took all those plants to her house and replanted them. Talk about giving back, right? We're just moving these plants from one home to the next!


In the area now void of plants, we're doing a vegetable garden. Leelee needs to grow a garden to pass off some Young Women's requirement for church. I've got the peppers in (I think. I just planted, no idea what I actually put in the ground). I'm going to get some leafy salad greens and some tomatoes.

peppers, I think

We still have the hydrangeas and boxwoods in the front of the house. I'm on the fence on what to do with them. On the one hand, the boxwoods are in front of the hydrangeas, and that's bad. The shrubs are getting so big, you can't see the flowers. I could trim the boxwoods and shape them but that requires effort. I'm not so much into effort for things that are useless plants.

I really love the idea of planting edible landscaping. Like the ginger. It's gorgeous and it's food. I'm more likely to take care of it if it's going to feed my family.

Meanwhile in the backyard, I'm trying to convince the husband to get me chickens for my birthday. And build me something like this chicken coop or maybe something more basic.

Any gardening advice for me? Can you identify anything that I've planted or that is in the big bucket of plants?

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Dresser to TV console

Free furniture is a good thing. Especially if it's sturdy. Especially if you see it and thing "AHA! I know exactly what I'm going to do with that!"

When this beauty landed in my hands, I knew immediately I wanted my TV to live on it

check out the pollen tracks! yikes!

It was a diamond in the rough. I really couldn't decide whether or not I wanted to paint it. The original finish was cool, but it didn't really match anything else.

My first try left me really not loving it. I used my fancy schmancy knock off "chalky paint" by mixing Sherwin Williams June Day with some plaster of paris and water. This was the result:

And there she sat for a couple months. Me not loving. Me no longer inspired to work on it.

Until the UFO Challenge.

Definitely the kick in the pants I needed.

I was totally excited. Ready to go. Then...the sink backed up. Then, it backed up again. And again.

Last night, we had a stressful situation arise not related to the sink. So I took out my frustrations on the dresser again.

Another two coats of chalk paint. And tape. I decided to do a zigzag thing. I contemplated chevron, but that seemed like too much work. I couldn't decide on the contrast paint color. Grey? Pink? Periwinkle? I'm not afraid of color, by any stretch...I ended up using Sherwin Williams Peppercorn.

Then, I took out more frustration by hand distressing. I worked out quite a sweat.

maybe it will look better in the morning?
Still not totally loving it. Maybe I should have gone with pink?  Maybe it will look better in it's "spot" with the TV? Maybe I was just so frustrated with the situation I couldn't like anything.

That's a good sign it's time to stop. LOL


Thank goodness in the morning, it didn't look as bad as I thought the night before. I distressed it a bit more and in the natural light, it didn't look so....school bus-y. This is definitely not a school bus yellow. It's gorgeous. My favorite yellow.

The TV is actually smaller than the last one. YIKES.

I'm ready for my close up...

I'm still wondering if I should repaint the zigzag and go with a pink. Would love some opinions on that. But I'm sooo glad it's finally done!

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