Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Tuttle To-Dos for 2012

Here it comes y'all. It is the obligatory end of the year list of goals and whatsits for next year.  This list isn't so much a list of resolutions as it is a list of things we are going to accomplish over the next year. Jared and I discussed them together and this is a plan of sorts.  At the end of 2012, I'm going to re-post this list with the things we accomplished crossed out. This is kind of a long list, so I apologize in advance if it bores you or whatever, but this is the best way we could think of to hold ourselves accountable! I've broken the to-dos into different categories to keep us organized!

House/Yard Goals
  • ·         Decorate the hall stairs with funky frames
    • I have a ton of framed pictures, but I don't want the stairs to look plain and boring, so I'm planning on painting them and thrifting some other cool frames to hang up.
  • ·         Finish the deck
    • The deck is almost finished, but we still need to add some more pickets, a concrete landing and stain as well as decorate and move my giant fountain I made over to the house to put on the deck! How exciting!
  • ·         Fire pit
    •  Jared and I really want a fire pit, but we want it big and we want to do it ourselves, so we're still in the planning stages.
  • ·         Fix the bathtub 
    • It does weird things. It needs fixing. 
  • ·         Build a gun room
    • Jared loves guns and has envisioned a room with jail cell doors and the way he describes it sounds really cool!
  • ·         Fix the attic for storage
    • Too many Christmas decorations, not enough space.
  • ·         Replace light fixtures
    • We've already replaced several, but the ones left are builder's grade and UGLY AS SIN.
  • ·         Finish insulating the garage
    • Jared started but he's got big insulation plans!
  • ·         Landscape front and back yard
    • This would include a flagstone stepped pathway to the fire pit as well as some nice bushes, perennials, yard elements, etc.
  • ·         Build swings from old kitchen chairs
    • I found it here on Pinterest, and it leads to a website in a mystery language. It looks awesome and Jared and I already bought the chairs for it!
  • ·         Have a better compost set-up
    • I currently keep a compost keeper on the counter and when it's full, I take it out behind our fence and dump it. It's better than throwing all that food away, but it's not a very effective way to compost.
  • ·         Find a stained glass window to hang in our home
    • I just think they are beautiful and I stalk Craigslist looking for one out of an old church or something. and I will find one some day.

Personal Goals

  • ·         Get more organized
    • I have a crafty corner that is in such disarray it is embarrassing and ridiculous. 
  • ·         Set a schedule for housework, crafts, music and business
    • I really need to do this. Poor Jared ends up with no clean clothes because I hate laundry, so I put it off to the last minute, and then he's got his 7th grade basketball uniform to wear and nothing else. Maybe Wednesday could be laundry day. 
  • ·         Setting aside more time for bible study
    • I fail miserably at this, and Jared and I both want to make this a priority in our lives.
  • ·         Be healthier 
    • Jared suggested this while eating skittles.

Business/Financial Goals
  • ·         Try to average a certain amount of sales each month
    • I'm still trying to figure out what number would be a reasonable goal and what I should do to help me get to this goal.
  • ·         Set aside one day a week to craft towards Upcycled Downriver stuff
    • Maybe Wednesday when I'm done with laundry?
  • ·         Get more music students
  • ·         Get more work like I do with Parrie
    • I love working with Parrie. She is so wonderful and I'm learning so much about gardening and life and how to be awesome. 
  • ·         Do more freelance work for different publications
  • ·         A new job for Jared
  • ·         Set up more booths
    • This is already in the works! Stay tuned for new locations!
  • ·         Start investing our money
  • ·         More computer business for Jared through advertisements, etc
  • ·         Collective income increase by $500 a month by year’s end 
  • Save more money with more effective couponing and homemade cleaners, etc.

Travel Goals
  • ·         Go to Savannah
    • The plan is to go for our 1st anniversary!
  • ·         Go on a road trip out west
    • June 22!
  • ·          Go to the Gulf of Mexico in Florida
  • ·         Go to the Bryson City cabin twice
  •      Go on a Crafty Day Camping Excursion to Blue Ridge in April
  • ·        Go to to better festivals as well as the old standards
    • I'd like to go play music and sell my arts and crafts at a bunch of different festivals in the coming year! I love the festivals we go to now, and I want the chance to make new friends and see new faces!

Craft/Skill Goals
  • ·         Learn to knit
    • Connie has promised to teach me!
  • ·         Make my own bath scrubs and salts
    • Found cool recipes on pinterest!
  • ·         Learn Linux
    • This is obviously one of Jared's goals! I didn't even know how to spell Linux.
  • ·         Improve my painting skills
    • I got so much painting stuff for Christmas, and there's no excuse for me not to become a better artist!
  • ·         Learn to be a better cook 
    • Jared and I both want to improve our skills! I'm going to try for 3 new recipes a month and see how it goes.
  • ·         Build a found object mobile
  • ·         Use my welder
    • Jared gave me one for Christmas last year, and  I haven't had much of an opportunity to use it.
  • ·         Build a go-cart
    • Jared is obsessed.
  • ·         Make more things I've pinned on Pinterest
    • PINTEREST IS WONDERFUL and is basically a giant to-do list in itself.
  • ·         Practice and improve on guitar and mandolin
    • There's no excuse for me not to be a better musician than I am. This is on every list of goals I ever make.
  • ·         Banjo improvement
    • Jared says ditto for him on the last bullet.
  • ·         Jared’s mom’s windchimes
    • Jared made us some windchimes that are taller than I am, and he promised some to his mother.
  • ·         Make bunting
    • I love bunting and want it hanging over every available surface in our home. 

So, there you go. The Tuttle To-Do list for 2012. I don't think these things are impossible to accomplish, and I think we can do it. 

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Crafty Christmas Party!

Here are some photos from our Second Annual Crafty Christmas Party! All photos were taken by Katie Weeks Photography!

I hope your Christmas was full of love and wonder for Jesus and his wonderful gift to us.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Cheer!

Things have been crazy here at Headquarters, so I have neglected blogging. I hate that. So, to make up for my lack of posts, here is an incredible picture my friend Kim made of Puck in a Christmas scene. To see all of the wonderful hilarious photos she made, go here.

Merry Christmas from Puck!

Friday, November 25, 2011


Hey y'all! I hope your thanksgiving went well. Mine was wonderful and I'm so glad that I have such friends and family to celebrate with. After the festivities were over, I overheard Nanny and Mama in the kitchen talking while washing dishes.

Nanny told Mama, " I'm so glad I have a loving family."

"Me too, Mama."

I'm glad too.  Now that Thanksgiving is officially over and the shopping madness has started, I'm hoping some of y'all will buy things from my shop. I'm really excited about the things I've been working on and I want to offer them to y'all for cheaper on Cyber Monday! If you want to save 15%, use this coupon code: CYBERMON15. I'm offering free shipping on most items already, but if you see something you'd like free shipping on, use the coupon code FREESHIPPING1. This coupon code is only good for domestic shipping, however.

I hope y'all have had a safe Black Friday! Happy shopping!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Chalkboard Ornaments!

I told y'all before that I like chalk-boarding things. I thought it would be a good idea to add some chalkboards to my shop for the holiday season, she this is what I came up with! These shapes are painted with chalkboard paint on the front and cream paint on the back with a signature. Here they are on the tree!

I hope that they sell pretty well this season, so if you're interested let me know! I can create a custom listing for you! Click here to go to the shop section with all the Christmas goodies!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

I'm Thankful for Crafty Day.

It's November and it's the time of year where everyone starts thinking of all the things we have to be thankful for, so I thought I'd talk a little about something I've had on my heart to discuss with y'all. I've mentioned before that every Tuesday we have Crafty Day at my house. Traditionally, Crafty Day has been an excuse to get together and shirk our responsibilities while eating  large quantities of Ramen. We sometimes craft while doing those things. Sometimes we don't. I cannot tell you how much Crafty Day has come to mean to me. Every Tuesday my home is filled with laughter and food, music and fun. Crafty Day is a sacred event in my home.

This is some of us on Halloween at the Crafty Costume Party. What a motley crew!

Crafty Day started as a day-date between me and my dear friend Jess. During our summer break from college before we both got married and had houses, we got together once a week and hung out. We made a wine bottle chandelier, a light fixture out of Dixie cups, mosaic windows, paintings and all kinds of things. We raided thrift stores, our toolboxes (and Daddy's toolbox but don't tell him.) and our own creative minds to come up with cool ideas for our future homes and upcoming marriages. School started back and Crafty Day was a fond memory of summer. Months passed and eventually Jared and I found a house. Once it was all set up and he moved in, I wanted everyone to come see the house and hang out. Soon, Crafty Day was reborn.  I love that. I love that we all get together. I love that we're all still in each others lives because of Crafty Day. I love that I can hear Connie's and Ashley's laughter from upstairs. I love that I can hear Kim and Christina carrying on about Doctor Who. I love that I can hear Kate's singing and Josh's guitar playing from outside.  I love that Jared and I get to be a part of such a great group of friends. I love the idea that when we have children, they will be a part of this too.

Some of these people I've known since I was a little kid, others I met in high school, a few I've only known since college, but it's like we're all old friends.  Sometimes Crafty Day is the only time I see them. Now that we're all mostly out of college and spread out across a few counties, Crafty Day is even more important to me. Jared, Katie, Kim, Christina, Melissa, Ashley, Connie, Robbie, Jared F., Jess, Josh, Hannah,  Heather and little D-Man are the family I choose. Everyone doesn't always come every week, but they are always welcome and I hope they know that. I hope they know how much I love each one of them. I hope they know they are my life-long friends.

We've come a long way as a group of friends. Babies have come along, weddings have been planned, family issues have arisen, etc, and there have been blessings and stresses along the way. I think that's why I love this little group. When something good happens to one of us, we're all happy, and when something sad happens, we're all sad. We've cried together out of sadness and out of happiness. We've laughed until we've cried, and we've been with each other when we needed to cry. I think that Crafty Day is a little like my own Ya-Ya Sisterhood (minus the excessive drinking and depression spirals). I sincerely believe that God put these people in my life and they will be in my life for a long time. I hope we're still having Crafty Day when we're old.

As adults (I'm considering myself an adult even though I don't ever feel like one.) we don't always take the time to do things that make us happy, to be with people that fulfill us, to pursue friendships like we once did. It's worrisome to think that had the idea of Crafty Day not come along, I might not be as close to these incredible men and women as I am. I think back to those wonderful summer afternoons in my shady garden with Jess building weird contraptions and coming up with new crafty ideas and think about what a great impact that has had on my life. We didn't even realize it at the time. That's what is wonderful about life. Sometimes blessings just sneak up on you without you even knowing.

I know it's kind of cliche to talk about how you're thankful around November, but I'm truly thankful year-round for these fantastic people that have come into my life. I'm a better person for them being in it. If any of y'all read this, I hope you know I love you. See y'all on Tuesday.

Monday, November 7, 2011

And the winner is...

Morgan! I've already contacted her and will have her Sips of the South in the mail soon. I'm so glad and happy that everyone participated. There were 23 entries into the contest and that blew my mind! I expected just a few at the most! Y'all are incredible!

This giveaway was a lot of fun and seemed to draw quite a bit of attention. As of this posting, Upcycled Downriver has 127 fans on facebook! If you're not already a facebook fan and you'd like to be, click here.

I've got quite a few ideas in the works for new blog posts including a tutorial! Hopefully you'll see them soon!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Giveaway Rules and Info!

Howdy y'all! I'm so happy that we've reached 107 "likes" on facebook! TIME TO CELEBRATE!

I'm doing a giveaway, and you get to choose what you want to receive! (well, within reason.) Here are your choices!

1. My Grass is Blue painting (with blue background)

2. My Grass is Blue painting (with green background)

3. One Sips of the South Mason Jar Travel Cup (pint or quart size. Ophelia not included. )

4. Floral Magnetic Pin Holder

5. Be Curious Not Judgmental painting

6. Go. Do. Explore painting

Now for the rules: In order to enter the contest, you have to leave a comment on this post along with some way to contact you if you don't have a blogger account! If you 'd like an additional entry in the contest, go to the facebook page and recommend it to your friends. There is a link in the right-hand sidebar that makes it easy to write a little recommendation and send it to the friends on your page. Be sure that if you choose to enter this way you click the link in the sidebar. If you share it with your friends other ways, I will love you forever, but I won't know you shared it and I can't count it as an entry! If you entered both ways, you'd end up with two entries into the contest! I'll pick a winner on the morning of  Monday November 7th and post the results sometime that day! I'll then email (smoke signal, telegraph, etc.) the contest winner and find out what you want me to send you and your mailing address! If I don't hear back from the winner within two days, I'll pick a new winner!

So, does that sound like fun? I THINK SO!!!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


I am obsessed with chalkboard-ing things now. Ever since I worked on this chalkboard project, I am seriously looking at everything and envisioning chalkboard paint covering it.

Here's a little tutorial showing y'all how I made my chalkboard mirror complete with pitiful cell phone photos because my camera died.

This chalkboard started out as a mirror that I bought from a yard sale held by a nice couple down the street from my parents. I paid three dollars. It was originally white, but in a fit of ridiculousness, I painted it all spotty and weird to bring to craft shows. There are some remnants in this first photo.

Before I began painting, I took the mirror off the back and separated it from the frame. Then I picked out the awesome blue paint that I had floating around in my paint box and began painting.

After it finished drying, I took it to the garage and sprayed Valspar clear-coat sealer over it and let it dry. While that was drying, I scuffed up the mirror with sandpaper so the paint would stick to the mirror and followed the directions on the chalboard spray paint.

I followed the instructions applying two coats both horizontally and vertically and then waited 24 hours before I tried writing anything on the chalkboard

It was so hard to wait! As soon as it was dry, I rubbed chalk all over the surface to "season" it, and then it was ready to use!

This was a seriously easy and fun project! If y'all try any chalkboard projects of your own, let me know in the comments!