Thursday, April 30, 2009

Privacy, Please!

So, Nate and I live in an apartment where there are NO PETS allowed. As you know, we are the proud parents of two gorgeous kitties. Cats like to sit in windows, which is okay in our apartment, as they can do so without being seen, EXCEPT for in the kitchen window, which of course, they love. In addition to that, it is very easy for the whole world to see into our apartment from that window, so I decided to take action. I installed frosted privacy film. This serves two purposes:

1. No one can see into our apartment, but light can still come through. Now I can keep the blinds open!

2. The cats won't be able to see anything out of the window, so, hopefully, they'll be discouraged from sitting in that window. Yay!

It took me probably about an hour to install. The directions were very clear and easy to follow. I used Gila brand privacy film.

I didn't take pics of my windows, but here is a picture of the before and after of someone else's window. (Mine had the same effect)



Cool, huh?

Monday, April 27, 2009

San Jose Sharks

On Saturday 4/25, Nate and I were celebrating. We attended Game 5 of the series and the Sharks were back! Not so. They lost the series today against the Anaheim Ducks. We are mourning.
On the bright side, Nate can finally shave his poke-y play off beard!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Shadow Boxes!

One of my favorite things to do is to make gifts. A really neat and inexpensive idea for a gift is to make a shadow box for a wedding invitation. I just use the invitation that was sent to me. I usually make them for brides-to-be and give them at their bridal shower (Yes, Cynthia, you will be getting one of these...Surprise!). Here are a few examples:

Flowers and Tulle

This box has tulle with silk flowers and pearls scattered on it.

Simple Elegance
You can't see it in this picture, but the back ground is a textured piece of scrap book paper. This is an easy way to add visual interest while keeping things simple. There are pearls scattered around the silk flowers.

Calla Lilies and Pearls

It's hard to see the embellishments, but there are little pearls all over this calla lily box.

Black and White Rhinestone
All the little dots you see are sparkly little rhinestones.

Flowers and Pearls
There is a back ground of tulle in this box.

Each box cost about $15 to make (includes the frame and embellishments). To make one of these, just get a shadow box, 8 x 10 is usually a good size, and a piece of scrapbook paper or card stock for the background. Make sure the paper you choose is compatible with the theme of the invitation. Then, you need embellishments. You can use things you have around the house, like leftover ribbon or scrap booking materials, or you can buy a few things. The clearance section of your local craft store is a great place to look. Silk flowers and beads are a great way to decorate these. Then, just glue it all together, put it into the frame, and Voila!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Maui, What a Wonderful Place

So, this past week, the Hagners went to Maui! We had the time of our lives. We had an activity packed week. Here are a few highlights:

That's a crater from the volcano!

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have reached an altitude of 10,000 feet. You may now use your electronic devices.

Nate and Me at a Luau

We saw Spinner Dolphins!

The road to Hana

Two of our favorite stops on this amazing tour were the black sand beach...

and the Bamboo Forest on Pipiwai Trail!

We didn't want to leave. There is so much to see and do on this small island!

Friday, April 3, 2009

TOPS models his new tag!

He looks so handsome.