High 5 Friday!!

High 5!! We made it another week!  Aren’t you glad it’s Friday?

Here are some things that crossed my mind…


I was looking through the pics of our trip to NYC and came across the one of this fine gentleman playing the flute.  I posted it on my Life With a Side of Awesome Facebook page but wasn’t sure if the proper term was flutist or flautist.  After googling, it seems that flutist is the more common term used in America, which is where I live so I used “flutist” in my post. 


It was my birthday this past Tuesday = YEA for birthdays!! = and I mentioned to my cousin that I hoped to travel north to the Minnesota/Wisconsin area soon to visit family.  He actually lives in Lincoln, NE (I obviously haven’t visited him lately) so I googled it to see how far it was from me.  As it turns out, it would sort of be on the way to visit my son in Rapid City.  Hmmm….may need to plan a road trip soon!!


Coquettish.  I am not sure that I had ever actually heard anyone use that term until the other night on, So You Think You Can Dance

I googled it to see what it meant and found out this:

adjective – (of a woman) characteristically flirtatious, especially in a teasing, lighthearted manner.

I believe that Marilyn Monroe was very coquettish.  Did I use that correctly?

1124369: (00/00/1953) Actress Marilyn Monroe playfully elegant, at home.

A friend on Facebook posted that he had lost his bucket list because there was a hole in his bucket.  *naturally* I googled the lyrics so I could try to play the song on my flute.  Yes…I am a flutist.  Perhaps a coquettish flutist?  😉 

There's a Hole in the Bucket

And last but certainly not least but this is super adorbs is this little Lego man with a camera.  I was googling to find a miniature cookie monster to take on trips with me so I could photograph him in unusual places and spaces.  I stumbled across this awesomeness by U.K. photographer Andrew Whyte who took pictures of a tiny Lego man taking pictures every day for a year on his iPhone, and they’re all the coolest thing ever.  CLICK HERE for a link to the gallery of pics which he calls Legograhy.  

And this folks, is why I love google. 


Stay awesome!! ~lisa


A Flutist (or Flautist) in NYC

When you visit a new city you see really cool things.  At least that is what happens to me.  I’ve often wondered though, are we just overlooking the really cool things in our own city?  It’s something to think about.

As we were walking in New York City we happened across this fine gentleman.


What cool things have you seen lately? 

Stay awesome!! ~lisa

Chain + Ribbon Project Fail…not all my ideas work

Positively Splendid posted this *totally* adorable bracelet that looked super easy to make.  I thought this would make a perfect craft project that I could make the ladies in our family.  

Let me first give you the link to the project so you have a point of reference –   CLICK HERE.


Here are the project supplies as listed on the website:

  • 10-12 links of 1 1/8” silver large chain link trim (found in the sewing notions aisle)
  • 1.5-2 yards 1.5” gold satin ribbon
  • Shears
  • Fray Check

I made two separate attempts to find the chain in the sewing notion aisle.  No luck.  Finally, one salesperson suggested just buying one of the chains in the jewelry section so that’s what I did.


I bought a couple of the packages and some ribbon.  I purchased the size they recommended not realizing the size chain I bought was smaller.  No problem there as I had more ribbon in my craft closet.

Here are the instructions and the point in my project where my version took a turn for the worse:

1. Form a loop with the chain links. Thread the ribbon through the links and secure with a bow.
2. Trim ribbon ends to the desired length. Apply Fray Check to cut ends to seal.

My hubby helped me pull the chain apart after I counted out the 12 links.


Simple enough.  Now the part where I get a little fuzzy is, “Form a loop with the chain links.”  Should I join them back together?  If I do that I can’t get my chubby hand to fit through.  I ended up not joining them together and proceeded to the next part, “Thread the ribbon through the links and secure with a bow.”

Here’s how that turned out:


Not quite the same.


I originally thought that I’d thread the ribbon through, put it on my wrist and then tie it in a bow.  That idea isn’t viable either as the links still collapsed and I would need a second person to tie the bow. 

I think if I join the chain back together that will obviously help *but* I would need more links and I think that it would look and be looser than shown on the website.  That’s what I will try next.

Or I could add a clasp hidden under the bow.  Hmmm….not sure if that will work.

I also thought about making a threaded ribbon necklace but the chain is so chunky I think it might look like some sort of Mister T starter kit or something. 


I’ll keep you updated and let you know how I modify it to make it work.  This is just humbling proof that not all my ideas and projects turn out the first time. 😉

Stay awesome! ~lisa

Wood Tea Light Candle Pillars…and how to make them!

First you need some tree limbs.  Fortunately for me, my hubby was trimming the trees in the front yard anyway so the timing of this project was perfect.


I measured out the size that I wanted.  I decided to go with a trio of tea light holders measuring at 12”, 10” and 8”. 


Since I couldn’t hold the camera to take pics *and* saw the limb I asked my trusty assistant, aka my hubby, to do the honors.  Seriously, he really is very helpful and handy! 


After we cut the limb to the various desired lengths we had to drill out a place at the top for the tea lights.  To do that you will need a 1 1/2” spade drill bit.


The tree limb was not perfectly round so we placed an “x” as close to the center point as we could.  


My hubby then clamped the wood to his work bench and used his drill and 1 1/2” spade drill bit to create the hole that the tea light would set in.


Be sure to wear safety glasses when working as wood stuff will start flying everywhere and you don’t want it getting in your eyes. 

Let the drilling begin.



I don’t know if you can actually tell or not but the “floor” of the hole is uneven.  We seemed to have two areas that had a bit of a bump instead of being flat. 


We may not have been perfectly straight with the drilling and so my dad helped us out and smoothed the hole so the tea light would set in it more evenly.  The tea light should sit just slightly above the wood top to minimize the potential for the wood to catch fire. And of course, never leave a lit candle unattended. 


And here’s the finished product!  You could even set these in a pretty dish or add some greenery.  Think of the possibilities for dressing this up!


I hope this inspired you to upcycle something today! 

Stay awesome!! ~lisa

I fixed my closet step stool…all by myself!

It’s not like the stool was actually broken or anything.  It’s just that the bottom of the legs looked like this.


And we have dark hardwood floors in the closet.  I am short so I need this stool to reach the top rods and didn’t want to risk the stool scratching the floor.

This was my temporary solution to that.


Not quite the look I wanted in my closet so I thought that I’d add some felt to the bottom of the legs.  Sounds simple enough, right?

But first I have to tell you this.  When I turned over the stool I noticed it said this:


I must say that anytime I hear or see the word, “Malaysia” I think of Zoolander and THIS SCENE,

Okay, back to my project. 

I turned the stool over to size the bottom of the legs.  Please disregard the current covering on my craft room stool (yes…it’s an old pair of shorts…I can only get to one project at a time…haha!!) and the pile of books on the floor.  The room is a work in progress.


I figured out that the size of the bottom of the leg was approximately the same size as this paper die cut I just bought!  Hurray!!  This will make it faster and easier for sure.


I had some felt that had adhesive on one side so all I had to do was press out four circles, right? 




As you can see at the top of the pic the die cut only worked on the peel away paper and not the felt material.  I then traced one of the washers I was using for another project and traced out 8 circles total.  I wanted to double up on the felt so there was enough padding between the bottom of the stool leg and the hardwood floor.


After cutting the circles out I peeled off the adhesive cover.  I then applied a small amount of hot glue and put one circle on.  I waited just a couple of moments then put a little more hot glue on and then the second circle.  I repeated this for all four legs.


It looks like it is going to work out just fine.  I am also going to apply the felt to the bottom of my laundry baskets so I can get rid of that bathroom rug that I am currently using. 


Have you “fixed” anything around your house lately?  What projects are you working on?

Stay awesome!! ~lisa

High 5 Friday!


I missed posting my weekly High 5 Friday recap and I am so super surprised that the world kept turning!  ;)  We shall carry on…

Okay – so I don’t exactly remember why this actually came up but my hubby and I were talking and I was trying to remember this video where some guy is being fed cereal.  After googling, I remembered it was Ryan Gosling and in THIS VIDEO you will see him being spoon fed cereal and he doesn’t like it.  I admit it is silly but I find it funny.


In my never ending pursuit of DIY projects that repurpose items, I remembered that I had these small glass bottles.  I think they were aspirin bottles or something at one time.


I was trying to think of something to put in it to be able to give them away as a gift.  I asked my friends on facebook and they were saying spices, sequins, small beads, chocolate chips etc. but that wasn’t really what I had in mind.  I was wanting something that they, whoever I gifted this to, could use but they’d have to pour it out.  It also is a glass bottle so I was trying to think of something that you would keep somewhere that wouldn’t break.  Then a friend commented with the bath salt idea and I thought it would be perfect!  So then I googled bath salt recipes.

{photo credit, A Pumpkin and a Princess}

That google pursuit led to another idea but that will have to wait because first…

I like big butts and I cannot lie.  I googled this because a friend on Facebook posted the first part of the lyrics and I of course felt compelled to add the next line.  And I didn’t want to be wrong on the actual words so I googled it.  Honestly, you would think that I knew the words by heart, but I didn’t.


If you’d like all the lyrics you can CLICK HERE.  You know, just in case it comes up in conversation or something.

This next pic might have you thinking, …what in the world??!!  Or is she…??!!  But trust me, it makes sense and no I’m not. 

About 4 years ago, when my oldest son got married, we took a trip to Lincoln City, Oregon.  There, while beachcombing, we collected some driftwood and other ocean kind of rocks and things.  My idea was to epoxy the driftwood to a glass container but I thought I had more driftwood than I actually have so I realized I would need a smaller container.  Yes I could have gone to the dollar store and looked for something but  I started wondering if they still made baby food in small glass jars and guess what?  THEY DO!!  :) 


If I buy one jar, which I did, that will fulfill the glass jar need for the driftwood project.  But another friend on Facebook said that bath salts dry your skin out (referencing above vintage pill bottle gift idea) so she suggested making a sugar scrub to give to people.  Well clearly the vintage aspirin bottles that I have really wouldn’t be good for that but the baby jars just might do the trick.

But where will I find a bunch of baby food jars?

Enter ::google search:: for ways to use up baby food and one of the ideas was to freeze them in cubes and then add it to your smoothies!  Genius!!  So I *may* be buying some in the near future if I can’t find suitable glass jars with lids while thrifting or garage sale-ing.  :)   <<—And I’m sure that those are two words that I just made up. 

And last but not least I blame my younger son for this entry.  He shared a link with me, THIS ONE, and it was about glass etching.  This goes hand in hand with my above posts about making bath salts and sugar scrubs because I immediately thought, how cute would that be to put an initial or a monogram on the bottle?  I think that would be super cute!!  What do you think?

 glass etching 

Well that’s where I’m at this week folks!  Hope your week was awesome and leave me a comment and let me know what’s on your mind!

Stay awesome!! ~lisa

So we tried a pastrami sandwich at Katz’s Deli…

And it was pretty good.

We definitely either wanted to try Katz’s Deli or Carnegie Deli.  We didn’t necessarily have a preference but a scene from, “When Harry Met Sally” was filmed at Katz’s Deli so that won out.


Here are some shots of the inside.



It was definitely crowded and lots of customers coming in and just picking up food to go. 



Very close to our table was this pic of Mike Logan and Lennie Briscoe.  Yes, I know that is their name on the show and they are just actors but that’s how I know them.


Here’s the menu and when we walked in we were given this blue ticket thing.  The blue ticket thing wasn’t ever clearly explained to us but we were told to hang onto it.


The waitress brought to the table a plate of cucumbers and pickles.  And even though they were basically the same size, the cucumbers tasted like cucumbers and the pickles tasted like pickles.  I’m assuming there was some different process or pickling involved but either way they both tasted good.


So the waitress comes up to the table and said, and I quote, “Whaddya want?”.  And that’s how she took our order…haha!!  We asked about the pastrami sandwich and since we’d never had one she brought us a sample.  She let us know that one sandwich was more than enough to share so that’s what we ordered.  At $18.75 for one sandwich I sure hope it was big.

And it was.


That’s just my half of the sandwich!!  Loaded with meat…actually a little too much meat but it definitely filled us up.

On our way out I had to take a pic of “Where Harry Met Sally”.  In case you aren’t familiar with the scene, CLICK HERE.


A close-up of the sign.


I also saw some vintage looking signs on the way out.


I’m curious to know what liver puffs are.  I may have to google that.


Not sure what the “No Connection with any other store” means but I’ll assume there is some drama and you can just save that for your mama.

Back to the blue ticket that we were told to hang onto.


Apparently it had something to do with paying for our meal as this was written on the back.


And a super important thing to note is they only take cash!

After our meal we decided to try and find a place to have a cannoli.  We found a quiet little place and shared a vanilla and a chocolate one. 

And yes, they were yummy.









Have you ever been?  What did you order?  Did you have what she had?  😉

Stay awesome!! ~lisa