Sunday, September 18, 2011

Changes for the fall!!

So September 23 is the start of the fall season and I don't know about you but I'm very much looking forward to it. It seem like this summer and even spring was the hottest yet that I've ever experience. I'm ready for cooler football weather! ;)

So the first thing I did was cut my hair. LOL!! Now if you know me or seen the pic in header of the blog, I had really long hair. It was almost to the small of my back. I got really, really, really, tired of it. It was a battle every morning to comb out the knots and to just put it in a pony tail. So last Friday I decided to go get it cut off. I went to JC Penny salon cause I saw a ad for haircut and style for only $20. I told them I wanted to cut off about 10 to 12 inches to donate to Locks of Love. The ladies there were absolutely amazed at how long my hair was and happy I was donating it.

The hairstylist, Jackie, put my hair in a ponytail and measured and proceed to start hacking away. After it was cut off, my head felt lighter and free. lol.. I felt like I lost 5 pounds. She then shampooed and rinsed and started cutting some more off and shaping how I want it. Jackie really took her time and getting it right. I love it. It's still kinda long but not as long as it was before.

Shorter hair. teehee.. :)

I love the fall season!

So for the next change for fall.... is... fall planting! The Twin Ninja and I started planting fall vegetables in our small container patio gardening. This year is the first year that we tried growing our own vegetables. We did alot of research on container gardening and our spring/summer crop we produced alot of cherry tomatoes, better boys tomatoes and roma's. Lots of cayenne peppers, cucumbers, squash and zucchini, beans, okra and alittle bit of strawberries (although the birds and rabbit ate those.) We also had two small herb containers as well with lots of rosemary, basil, mint, and sweet basil. Even with a small garden, we ran into alot of issues and problems with disease, insects and whatnot's eating our plants. :(

So for the fall, we are planting, carrots, lots of various lettuces, cabbage and collards. :) Wish us luck!

We still have some peppers growing as well. :D Also, picked up some pretty flowers to plant.

Until next time! :)

Friday, September 9, 2011

This what a ninja does to a bathroom

NinjaGrl here to blog about my new bathroom. So recently, I took time off from my job to relax and revamp my bathroom. Relax?! HAHAHA! I actually wanted to redecorate many other rooms that week but wow, who knew it would take all week just for the bathroom.

I had painted my bathroom a long while back and now those colors are just tired and dated. It was a yellowish beige and I painted a horrible boarder of blue and green at the top of the walls and it was crapply done. So a change was needed! Badly!!


Inspiration came from a shower curtain I got from Ikea!!(luv it) It has a lot of bright colors and a nice design. I kept many of the items in the bathroom just refreshed them.
The wall color was a mix of a blue we painted in the kitchen with a grey/blue my sis painted her bathroom with. It was all leftover paint, so I saved $$ using it and it turned into a great color!! Really matched the curtain and is flexible for future changes I can make.

So beside painting the walls, I painted the over-the-toilet cabinet a bright Island Orange. Orange is my favorite color. So it makes a ninja happy! It is also one of the colors in the curtain and I feel it adds interest and a pop of color in the space.

I added a new shower curtain rod. One that curves out to make my shower stall feel bigger and its a double rod. I can hang clothes to dry or towels on the outer rod! By the way, It was really hard installing it by myself. Many curse words and praises could be heard.

To finish the space, I added a basket with some towels(orange), mason jars with flowers and hung the same pictures up. I got some acrylic bathroom containers from the Container Store and a blue rug from Ikea to finish it out.

What I learned from this project:

(1)When sanding anything; walls, furniture, etc.
Use a mask.
(2)When spray painting anything.
(3)Make sure your painting in a well ventilated area and not in direct sunlight or high heat.
(4)Patience is a virtue. Take your time painting and sanding between coats. It will look professional in the end.
(5)A good brush is worth its weight in gold!
(6)Use your own stuff, no need to buy all new accessories unless you need to.
(7)Bring a friend. Have fun!
I really like the new bathroom it looks fun, fresh and shows a ton of personality.

...mixed my own paint from leftovers
...shopped in clearance and reused items
...we already had a lot of paint supplies
...Have a budget and stick to it.

Here are some of the finished pics!

If anyone has any specific questions on how I did it, just ask!