Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Selling my Macbook Pro

So I've finally decided to upgrade my laptop, as much as I LOVE my Macbook Pro, it's time to pass it on to someone new, who will love and take care of it for the rest of it's days.

I'm not sure about pricing, so please make an offer and I will think it over. If you want to send your offer privately, just DM me on Twitter, message me on Facebook, (if you know me), or email me at: smbriones at gmail.com. If I get a good offer, I will be able to send it, or pass it within 3-5 days, (or when my new Macbook arrives). We'll talk payment details in private. If you'd rather see lots of pictures, and aren't the reading type, here are lots more pictures on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/brionesphotos/sets/72157615899237650/
( Be sure to read the descriptions below the photos for more info.)

Things that need work:

The power supply broke this afternoon, so you will need to purchase a power supply. ( $79 ) If you would rather I take care of getting the power supply and mail/give it to you all together, I can get one and add the price of the power supply to the price of the laptop. No problems. You can thank our Daisy for that!

The battery is ok, but may need to be changed for longer life. I mostly keep it plugged in because it only lasts about an hour - hour and a half unplugged. Maybe longer sometimes. This may be easily fixed by replacing the battery. (I'm not sure.)

The laptop does have Apple Care until September '09. I don't know if that works if your name isn't on the contract, but it's there, if you want to see if it's usable.


80g hard drive.

It will also have a fresh install of Leopard. And comes wrapped nicely in it's own original packaging! :)

I'm sure there are things I have left out, if you have any questions, you may leave them in the comments section below or email me if you prefer at smbriones at gmail.com. Thanks for looking!

Monday, March 23, 2009

studio inspiration board

I really wanted to put up some cork tiles in my studio to use for my inspiration board, but I didn't want to just put them up and make one big square, I wanted to do something a little more interesting. So, I got the idea to cut the tiles into hexagons and make it look sort of like a honeycomb. After a lot of time trying to figure out how to get a 12" square into a the shape of a hexagon, I made a pattern and traced it onto all of my 8 - 12" tiles then cut them out using an x-acto knife. I thought it would be even more interesting to paint a couple of them. So, I painted one red, and one yellow-green. I arranged them all on the wall somewhat randomly. I think I like the results, and now I finally have a place to put all of my little scraps, notes, and business cards.

Friday, March 20, 2009

is there a solution?

Ok, so I'm addicted to Tazo's liquid concentrate chai latte mix. It tastes great, and you just mix it with equal parts milk, simple. I had been buying them at Starbucks, but for a few weeks now I have been buying the carton of concentrate to make them at home. Now that it's so easy to have one, I'm having at least 3 iced chai lattes a day. At least I'm getting my calcium... but I'm going through these cartons like crazy. The price isn't awful if you consider that I can make about 6 for the price of one of the same size at Starbucks, but at $3.99 each (Target, Whole Foods) it seems to me like there must be a cheaper way to enjoy a chai latte without too much work. The problem I see is coming up with something just as tasty after rounding up all of the spices. I don't want to waste $20+ on a bunch of spices and then not get the results that I want. I want a concentrate I can keep in the fridge and use just like the Tazo brand mix. 

So if anyone has any thoughts, ideas, recommendations, have made some before, etc. please let me know! I would love to see your suggestions. 

Here's what I'm considering:

Purpose Design's Small Chai Tea Kit, $16 on Etsy - make a concentrate?
Tazo Chai Tea bags, 20 bags per box - make it very concentrated and mix with milk?
Keep buying the Tazo chai mix - maybe it's the best I can do?

Thursday, March 19, 2009

the greenhouse: week 2

Last week I showed you a couple of photos of the greenhouse that I started, I took a few more photos to show you what it looks like this week. I'm happy to report that we have sprouts! It's so exciting to see a plant grow. I can't wait until they're big enough, (and it's warm enough) to plant them! Hope you're having a beautiful day where you are.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

a few thrift store finds

A small vintage blue and black enamel dish. $3.99 

Straw nesting baskets with lids, I got 2 sets of 5 of these, $0.99 each ( I had no idea there were 5 in each set! It was a huge bonus when I got them home and opened them. )

I found these 2 vintage school books, $2.99 each. I was lucky enough to even find a note in each one.
The New Chardenal Complete French Course by Grosjean

Inside of the French book, there was the above sick note. 

A stamp on the inside cover where the date of purchase was filled in: September 17th, 1935.

Inside cover of the American Government book from 1940.

Inside the AG book there was an old quiz folded up, and on the backside, some notes from class were taken.

The quiz (above) looks like a carbon copy from a typewriter. 

I love really old books and we've started sort of a collection of them. I love to find books with a history. If I open a book with a really nice note from someone or some notes written by the reader, it just makes me smile. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

my wall stripes

Yesterday while painting the stairway with a color that I mixed from leftover paints, I decided to paint some stripes on the wall at the landing using some painters tape, sponge brushes and some more leftover paints. You can see some more photos here: 

Sunday, March 15, 2009

yard work

Today it was so nice out and a perfect day to work in the yard. I was able to pick up tree branches and start raking in the back yard. I took several pictures of the plants that are emerging from the ground. I just love seeing that bright green bursting through the old dry leaves. But I also got a few clippings from some of the budding trees to bring a little of the fresh outdoors in. I put them in the blue-green glass mason jar that I found today at the thrift store. I purchased a few more items as well and maybe I'll take some photos of them for show and tell tomorrow. Visit my Flickr page for more photos I took out in the yard today: http://www.flickr.com/photos/brionesphotos/

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Greenhouse Kit

I picked up this greenhouse kit by Burpee today at the Home Depot along with some seeds in order to get a head start on gardening in a couple of months, these all range from 5 to 10 weeks time for transplanting. I can't wait as this is our first time EVER having a yard to take care of. We've wanted an herb garden for so long. I even bought our first rake today. So, I'm going to try to keep a photo log of the greenhouse so that you and I can see the transformation happen. 

In this greenhouse I've planted things that will take approximately the same amount of time to sprout. The backs of the seed packets will tell you whether or not to put the seeds directly in the ground, or if you should start indoors. I chose seeds that should all be started indoors, and that (cross my fingers) should be ready right around the time that our risk for frost is over, in May. 

I think I spent about $6.50 in seeds and $7.99 for the greenhouse which comes with soil pellets. So fun to watch the soil grow when you pour water on them. If you have kids, you have to do this with them. I was greatly amused, myself. 

So here's what I planted today: Lavender, Thyme, Rosemary, Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm' (black-eyed susans), Shasta Daisies, and Cherry Tomatoes. I'll let you know how it goes!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

michele maule print

I'm so excited because my print from Michele Maule just arrived! Can't wait to frame it and display it on the wall. It's so bright and cheery.

Wondering if I should frame the packaging too? It's so cute! :)

home organizing

the organized dressing room. flickr for more photos.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

thrift store finds:

I love going to a thrift store when they have so much stuff that you have to dig through piles on the shelves. That seems to be when I find the most interesting and lovely things. Here are my finds from today and the prices I paid for everything, because that's important to me, so it may be important to some of you reading this.

magazine rack - $2.99

nut bowl set - $1.00 & fireplace tool set in background - $5.99

glass pasta jar - $2.99

vintage ice bucket - $4.99

wood wall clock - $4.99

Friday, March 6, 2009

DIY Window Film

Window Before.

Window After.

I was so inspired by a post I saw on Design*Sponge yesterday that I just had to do it immediately. So today I went out and bought a roll of clear contact paper and a white paint pen and got home as soon as possible to start working on this project. I had the perfect window to try this out on. A kitchen window with an old plastic shade on it from the previous tenants. The old shade kept out all of the beautiful light that the kitchen could really use, so I knew this would be a great solution. Here are a few photos of what I did with the contact paper ($5 at target) and white paint pen ($4 at michaels). The best part is, I have a whole roll of contact paper to play with now. If I get tired of my design, I pull it off and put up a new one! Thanks so much, Kate for this great project! 

Oh, and just in case anyone was curious, those splotches on the window are on the outside of the window, not on the contact paper. The contact paper looks very crisp an clean itself.