It's a Gem Sweaterrrr

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dress - Target / sweater - Forever 21+ / scarf - xmas gift / tights - we love colors / shoes - sketchers
I love this dress, and every time I've worn it, I've forgotten to take a photo!  Therefore, my new habit is to get to work early and take photos even before the day has begun.  Then, I can't forget to do it, and I can take photos before I spill any paint/smear clay/get bumped into with plaster and the like...

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I love this new long cardigan from Forever 21+.  It's the studs on it, I know.  I couldn't resist.  Todd saw it for the first time, and said "IT'S A GEM SWEATERRRR" in reference to this Leslie Hall video (it's my new bizarre fascination, blame it on Yo Gabba Gabba, which is on at our house most of the time - she appears as DJ Lance's friend.)

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Above, outfit details.  I have a tendency to stock up on neutral items, as in black, gray, and different shades of those two... so I use these bright We Love Colors plus size tights (woot!) to brighten things up on occasion.

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On this day, I used a combination of grey shadows on my eyes.  There's a light silvery color on the center of the lids, and a darker, smoky grey on the outer corners and crease.  Plus, signature cat eye.

Rock on,
Jen @ Hell Razor

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Spring Has Sprung at Calamity Layne!

Hey guys!

I hope everyone is just as excited as I am about nice weather on the horizon! Check out these fun and springy vintage pieces from my store, Calamity Layne!

Sweet and springy over shirt. Looks really sharp over a white tank with jeans!

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Very groovy 60s shift dress! I love the vibrant colors!

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Wear this fun little candy striped shirt with a high-waisted skirt and some kitten heels for a more sophisticated look or pair it with some white shorts and sandals for a more causal look!

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This is a very cute late 60s shift dress with a matching jacket. This outfit features items from Hell Razor!

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Super cute polka dotted half jacket!

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You can see these and other items in my online vintage store Calamity Layne on Etsy! Convo me with questions! I have items ranging from the 50s - the 90s.

Catch ya later!
~Steph @ Calamity Layne
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Giveaway: Win a Hell Razor Flower + More!

win this hair flower!

You can win THIS Hell Razor hair flower pictured above along with several other fun goodies right now over at Life of a Lost Muse!  I haven't done a giveaway in a while, so this is a good opportunity to win something from me for FREE! Yayy!

I have a bunch of new hair flowers to list soon in the shop, haven't gotten around to it yet though due to the time of the year (I'm in the home stretch - one more month and then it's summer vacation!).  I'll have a lot more time to be on top of blog & Etsy stuff soon enough though!

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In the meantime, go check out the Life of a Lost Muse blog and enter to win cool free stuff!  Contest ends May 1st!  Good luck!

Rock on,
Jen @ Hell Razor

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DIY tips to stretch your wardrobe!

Don’t get me wrong, I love to shop. But I get a little feeling of pride every time I can take an existing item from my closet and lengthen its life (if I love it), or give it new life (if I’m otherwise ready to donate it) in my current wardrobe.

So, here are some ideas for both!

1. DYE 

Dyeing fabric is super easy. I usually do it using my washing machine (I follow it up with an empty cycle of hot water and bleach before I wash any loads afterwards – I’ve never had a problem with this method!)

This works well with white cotton items, but light colored items are all worth a try! The important part is to be open-minded to the results – sometimes it comes out lighter than you may have thought, or the fabric blend doesn’t accept dye in all areas/trim evenly. I’ve had some really fun “accidents” happen this way.

Here’s a pillow sham I dyed with purple dye. See how the stitching resisted the dye, giving the pillowcase a fun white stitched border detail? That’s what I’m talking about! You never know how things will turn out until it’s all done. 

Tips to keep in mind when dyeing:

  • I like to pre-soak my fabric in water before placing it into the dye. It helps dye absorb more evenly
  • Dissolve 1 cup of salt into the dye. The colors always seem to be more vibrant when I do this.
  • Depending on your washing machine, you may need to run the agitator portion of the wash cycle several times in order for the dye to set/soak long enough before the rinse cycle begins. I use my iphone timer to help me to remember to re-set the cycle, if needed. 


Clothing with worn areas or holes is always sad, especially if it was an item you really loved. I have the problem a lot with jeans (plus sized girls know what I’m talking about) – chub rub thigh areas that start to wear thin. I’ve found several good tutorials for dealing with this problem (try here or here), and I’m attempting my own version of this fix, only I’m using iron-on mending fabric. I figure, if it doesn’t last and starts to peel away, I can always go back and hand-sew patch fabric on at another time.

Besides traditional patches, you can always add appliqué patches to an item just for visual interest. I love the idea of heart patches on elbows or knees, and I especially love this skull elbow patch idea.
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I had a long sleeved thermal shirt I loved several years ago, but it randomly snagged a little hole on the upper arm. I cut a tiny star shape out of felt, and sewed it over the hole. Voila! Still an awesome shirt, but with one-of-a-kind special detail.


Altering clothing takes a little more skill than some of the above items. Also, it depends on how much alterations you’re doing. I’m pretty decent at hemming, so I’ve attempted it a few times… to varying degrees of success…

I have a new alteration project I’d like to try though with this sweater:

I found a tutorial on how to change a regular sweater into a cardigan, and I think this sweater would be perfect! The fit is a little weird, so being able to wear it open over a dress would be ideal. And super cute.

When I finally get around to it, I’ll be sure to share the results with you! Another alteration project I’m enamored with is this t-shirt tutorial to add crochet trim and make a t-shirt bigger. I could definitely use this trick!

Rock on, 
Jen @ Hell Razor
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Party Food: Easy App Skewers!

Betties N Brimstone: party food skewers!

I was invited to a baby shower for a neighbor a couple of weekends ago, and I had to quickly come up with something for the "please bring a dish" note on the invite... hmm... my first thought was to grab something like hummus and pita chips at the grocery store and call it a day... then I thought, "Don't be lazy.  You can come up with something easy that still takes a little bit more thought than that."  I started scouring Pinterest for party recipe ideas, and almost went with an absolutely fantastic sounding baked brie with cranberry and walnuts, but then I had a whole panic about cheese during pregnancy and thought I'd better skip it, just in case, it would be rude to bring a dish that the mom-to-be couldn't even partake in.

And suddenly I remembered a fun dish my brother's friend used to bring to parties.  They were skewers that had tortellini on them.  But that's all I could remember.  Damn those tortellini were good.  So, a little internet research, a little picking and choosing from a variety of recipes, and here we are: Easy Party Appetizer Skewers.

Betties N Brimstone: party food ingredients

I chose to make these totally vegetarian-friendly, but you could toss pepperoni on here and/or swap out items if that's what floats your boat.  I used black olives, cherry tomatoes, two-color tortellini ('cuz that's fancy), and string cheese sticks.  The skewers I had leftover from grilling kabobs in the summer.

Betties N Brimstone: party food step one

Okay, calling this a "recipe" is a total joke.  All you gotta do is cook the tortellini according to the package, and drain them.  Let them cool off.  While that's happening, drain your olives and wash the tomatoes.  Then hack up the string cheese into tomato-and-olive-sized bits.  I found 6 chunks from each stick to be about right.

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Now, stick 'em on the skewers in a pretty pattern.  I tried to alternate white and green pasta, but sometimes I wasn't paying attention.  It all tastes the same.  Because I was bringing this to a party a few houses down, I discovered that my rectangular brownie pan was the perfect length for these skewers, and I have a lid for it, too.  Score!

I got lots of compliments on my "dish." Yayy!  I really like the ease of picking up a skewer filled with finger foods loaded up already and being able to walk around, as opposed to hovering around a bowl with dip and stuff.

This is also a good idea for kids.  They like stuff on sticks, right?  Sure they do.

Rock on,
Jen @ Hell Razor

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Introducing... Jen Trok!

Hey guys!

Today I am going to introduce you to my awesomely kick ass friend and tattoo artist, Jen Trok!

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Jen works at Speakeasy Tattoo in Chicago and she does amazing work. 7 out of my 8 tattoos are hers and they are fantastic! You can check out some of her other work here! Jen was nice enough to take time to answer a few questions for me!

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Why did you become a tattoo artist?
I wanted to become a tattoo artist because I always loved drawing, even when I was really young. I've been drawing since I could hold a crayon in my hand!

How many tattoos do you have?
I have no idea how many tattoos I have; I've never counted :) I should because my customers ask me that all the time!

What is your favorite part about being a tattoo artist?
My favorite part about being a tattoo artist is making a living from being an artist. It can sometimes be torturous when you are unhappy with your work or get burnt out but the fun and freedom override that. That said, I guess I equally enjoy the freedom of being self-employed.

What style do you specialize in and who are your biggest influences as an artist?
I love doing bold, colorful tattoos with an American traditional influence. I am super influenced by current and past traditional tattooers. I also really love borrowing from Alphonse Mucha. I think art nouveau works really well in the tattoo medium. I've always been influenced by post-modern artists, especially Roy Lichtenstein, even before I was tattooing.

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What is your biggest piece of advice for someone getting their first tattoo?
Advice for someone getting their first tattoo: don't come in hungover and eat right before your appointment!

How many people do you see a day on average?
I always book 2 appointments a day. If I'm doing a small tattoo I can fit in more but its usually two big appointments every day.

Do you have any upcoming guest appearances/ trips?
I'm going to be working in Seattle this summer and maybe OKC. I just got back from Phoenix which was great and warm :)

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How can someone contact you if they want to get tattooed?
The best way to get in touch is through email. I don't have anyone helping me so it might a day or two but I do my best to get back to everyone in a timely manner.

What is your favorite thing to do to waste time?
I don't really have much time to waste but I do work out a lot and paint in my spare time. And I guess I watch a lot of horror movies - that's probably the real answer to that question!

If you are looking to get tattooed, Jen is the best! She's super talented, super quick and she's not heavy handed so you don't feel like someone just beat the crap out of you! I will do another blog about tattoos soon!

Catch ya later!
~Steph @ Calamity Layne

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I am awesome...


Today I'm going to start an exercise that you can use when you're feeling down on yourself.  It's called "I am awesome."  Real simple: just write a list of things that you are awesome at.  Don't worry about being conceited, just feel proud.

Here's my list:
  1. I am awesome... at teaching art.  I truly believe that I am really good at it, and that I do the best job I can possibly do.  I go home at night feeling like my students have gotten the best possible art education that day.
  2. I am awesome... at picking out paint colors.  I love choosing colors for rooms, for myself or even for other people.  I tend to choose more bold colors, but when people walk into my house they will usually comment on how they like it.
  3. I am awesome... at whipping up dinner from minimal items in the pantry.  I tend to keep mostly frozen and canned goods in our house (since they keep longer), and I tend to surprise myself with  my ingenuity at combining things to create a new dish.
  4. I am awesome... at unclogging glue bottles.  Hmm, I guess that is kind of a part of #1, but I brag about this all the time with my students.  They are awesome at clogging them - and I am awesome at unclogging them.
  5. I am awesome... at drawing cat eye liner on my eyes and keeping it relatively even.  That one's a result of lots and lots of practice!
  6. I am awesome... at arranging items on shelves.  You know, so objects are displayed nicely.  I think I have an eye for balance and size and junk like that, so I just know when an arrangement feels right.
  7. I am awesome... at being a devil's advocate.  That's both a plus and a minus.  I have a knack for being able to see various sides of an issue, and sometimes my pointing out another view is seen as confrontational or that I disagree, but that's not always my intention.
  8. I am awesome... at creating stuff.  Mostly, making accessories and jewelry for Hell Razor, but also with other crafty projects and re-imagining things around the house.
  9. I am awesome... at falling asleep.  This one is kind of funny.  My husband always says that within five minutes of laying down, I'm completely zonked out.  I also used to fall asleep at yoga class all the time during the final relaxation.
  10. I am awesome... at being a mom.  I don't always have all the answers, and at times it can be stressful, but I'm proud of how things have gone so far. 
Now it's your turn!  My challenge to you is to come up with your own "I am awesome" list!  Can you think of at least ten?  It took me a while, but I did it!  If you make one, post a link to your list in the comments below so I can check it out!

Rock on,
Jen @ Hell Razor

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Short pants, long sweaters

B&B outfit post
dress - Kohl's / tank - Old Navy / leggings - Torrid / shoes - Sketchers / cardigan - Torrid

I was ditching the ol' outfit post there for a while, did you notice?  Then I started to feel guilty and thought I'd better get back on track.  So here ya go.

This is a pretty old dress that I haven't worn in a photo yet, so it seemed appropriate.  I actually bought this back when I was pregnant with Iggy... even though it wasn't a maternity dress... it's a Candie's brand dress, and it's an XL, but it has a ton of stretch to it, so yayy for something I can get lots of wears out of, right?  The scoop neck is a little low, so I wore a gray tank top under it.  I decided to match gray on gray, but I could have just as easily done black or pink or teal...

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Today was the first real nice weather day (meaning like 66 degrees) so I wore my leggings without tall socks and boots.  And they have lace on the bottoms!  I was glad I found my footie socks in my drawer this morning so I could wear my Sketchers flats without socks peeking out.

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I like the ruffly flower details on this dress.  It's made from frayed and spiraled bits of fabric.  I also like the asymmetrical layout.  I feel like the hem of this dress is a little long, but I deal with it because I like the ruffle.  And it's comfy, so that's always a big plus.

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Spring and summer weather is when my tattoos start to become more visible - they're not new, but there are always a few students that seem surprised, or I'll hear them in conversation suddenly talking about tattoos while they're working on their projects.  It's funny because I've had them for so long, I'm used to it, but I forget that some of them only see me in the cold months, depending on what time of year they're scheduled.  So I can see where that might be a novelty to them.

Mornings are a little hectic right now with a puppy to wrangle and feed and let out, in addition to Motorhead and also Iggy.  Oh yeah, and having to get ready myself as well!  So my morning makeup is  sometimes rushed or cut back in order to save time.

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I've been trying out some quick and easy eyeshadow looks for crazy rushed days.  Today was some shimmery white highlights with really subtle, metallic-y brownish-gray.  But I had just enough time to whip out the liquid liner and wing me some cat eyes.  These ones are on the smaller side of what I prefer to do.  Some days (like when I wear my glasses), I skip the wing liner altogether, since it doesn't seem to be as noticeable anyways.

Do you have any time-saving tips for crazy mornings when you've gotta get out the door?

Rock on,
Jen @ Hell Razor

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Thrifty Tips in Gardening

Happy Spring, Everybody!

Ok, so I got really excited last week when it was nice and warm and went a little crazy at Home Depot. I’ve decided to try and grow my own herbs, tomatoes, and strawberries this year and I bought them all in one trip. After I looked at the weather forecast, I was not so excited…They’re now living in pots in my dining room until it’s nice enough to put them outside. I bought a tomato plant, mint, strawberries, cilantro, rosemary chives, and lavender. I love a bargain, so I thought I would share my super cheap, but fun finds with you!
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Nice pots are outrageously expensive! The larger ones can be anywhere form $25 - $50! Instead of buying one pot for $30, you can always purchase some of those orange clay pots for $8 - $10 a piece and paint them to match your décor or theme! The other thing I like to do, is check out local thrift stores for cute planters and neat pots you can refurbish or use for your new plants! Also, don't be afraid to think cheap! I got my pots at Home Depot in the clearance section, for $5.88 a piece BUT I also found the long pot for my strawberries at Big Lots for $8! That’s way better than $25+! Dollar stores can also be a great spot to check out!

Big Lots! If you are in need of gardening tools please check out your nearest Big Lots before you start spending crazy money on those fancy ones at the hardware store…Everything’s going to get dirty anyway and we’re not tilling up the entire back yard here…I got a 5 tool set for $5…They’re all made of metal and wood and they are great for light gardening. I also bought a small green house for $20. (They have sizes big enough for your back yard and I think they were only $80). It's not the most sturdy thing I've ever seen, but this one serves its purpose nicely! I’m proud of my little $20 greenhouse find! :)
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You will want some nice potting soil…I bought mine at big lots for $7 a bag and then mixed in some Miracle Grow. It seems to be working just as well as the expensive stuff.
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Watering Devices
I have found that watering my plants a little every 2 or 3 days is working for right now. When it gets warmer, I will probably water them daily. However, on days I don’t water them, I have found that using a $2 Lowes “All-Purpose Sprayer” works great just to mist their leaves and keep them happy on off-watering days. photo bottle_zps7325c352.jpg

Do you have any cool gardening tips to share??

Catch ya later!
~Steph @ Calamity Layne


Junk Mail & Telemarketers


Have you ever tried this?  You know, those advertisements for magazines or credit cards with the postage-paid envelopes?  I take the application and write "remove from mailing list" really bold (usually sharpie) and put it into their envelope and send it right back to them.  Let them pay for the postage to get their own stupid papers back.

I hate junk mail.

Unfortunately, I have yet to find a really effective way to stop it completely/almost completely.  Just when I think I've got most of it gone, something new shows up.  Or god forbid I order something online.  Then the catalogs just keep coming (Simply Be, I'm looking at you and your horrible customer service!  What makes you think I'll order from you again?!!!)

And there's also those weekly advertisements from local businesses.  There's a number and an email address you're supposed to be able to contact to make it stop.  Yeah, um, didn't work.  We've called/emailed over a dozen times.  Keeps coming.

While we're at it, let's talk telemarketers.

It's election season, and every jerk under the sun keeps calling my house with recorded messages that just HAPPEN to ring right when Iggy's napping.  AAARRRRRGGGHHH!!!  I will NOT vote for you just because you woke up the baby!  How's that?!

But even companies that I do like are bombarding me with stupid sales calls.  Like Feldco.  We purchased windows last year from them, and we're very happy with them.  But please stop calling me to see if I want to order more!  I'll call you!  And State Farm.  No, I do not want to re-evaluate my insurance and get a sales pitch from you about how I should buy more.  I'm happy right now as-is.  I'LL CALL YOU, okay?

So, my solution is pretty simple.  We turned off the ringer to our house phone.  This way, the baby won't be woken up.  Most people call Todd and I on our cell phones anyways.  And if they don't, they can just leave a message on the home answering machine and I'll call them back later.  We seriously don't use it enough to justify having the ringer on.  I only keep the home line just in case...

Got any tips for alleviating junk mail or telemarketers?  Let me know!

Rock on,
Jen @ Hell Razor

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Iggy @ 14 months


Wow!  It's already time for an Iggy update!  I like to check-in on Iggy every 2 months.  A couple of weeks ago I was cleaning out my art studio and found Iggy's baby book.  It was embarrassing how much I had NOT filled out, how much I didn't document... then I remembered how much I actually DO have written down, thanks to the blog.


Iggy does all kinds of stuff now.  He goes lots of places with me and Todd or with my mom, who watches him while I'm at work (god I'd give anything to be a stay-at-home-mom though!).  Above right is a photo of Iggy at the end of a long shopping day with Lisa and Gunnar.  Notice Gunnar didn't quite make it.  You also can't see that they both have on shirts with velcro capes: Thor for Iggy, and Batman for Gunnar.  So cute!

I had a moment right before Easter when I decided that Iggy "had" to get the Yo Gabba Gabba boom box playset and figures for Easter.  It took three different Toys R Us stores to find everything, and now I'm running around trying to keep them all together so Dio doesn't chew them up.  Ah, puppy life.  But the boom box set and figures are perfect for him.  He seriously loves that show.  But so do I.


Above (left to right): I was able to keep the bunny ears on Iggy's head just long enough to snap a photo of him; the carseat was flipped forward just this week, and Iggy is taking applesauce pouches out of the box at a stoplight; Iggy resisting being fed by me (hence our new love of food in pouches); and Iggy's latest fascination with sitting in things like baskets and boxes.

So, feeding is getting interesting.  Iggy is very temperamental about what he'll eat and how he will go about eating it.  His favorite food right now seems to be graham crackers and anything that comes in a squeezy pouch.  At one point he was completely resisting food from a spoon if I was doing the work.  He wants to try feeding himself, but he does not have the coordination yet, so those darn squeeze pouches are perfect, albeit kind of pricey (even if you factor in the "generic" store brand version).  So I bought these Squooshi Reusable Food Pouches from Amazon, and so far so good.  I can fill them with my regular food purees and applesauces - he doesn't seem to notice the difference.  Phew!

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As Iggy grows older, it's more and more fun to see his personality coming out, and he's beginning to really communicate.  He understands us way more than we can understand him.  I'll ask him, "where is your shoe?" and he'll point to it, or pick it up and hold it out to me.  He'll mimic sounds, like when the dogs bark or whine, or when someone sneezes.  The other day we were in the car and I was stuck at a light, so I said "booooo" and he tried to say it back.  It came out kind of "buh."  He tells the dogs to "go," he says hi to everyone he sees (and sometimes inanimate objects/cars too), he asks for more food... but he still doesn't purposefully say "mama" or "dada."

That'll be a cool day.

Rock on,
Jen @ Hell Razor

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Rehabbing Vintage Furniture

Hello, friends!
This past weekend, I only had one day off and I decided to finish all of the painting in the house…INCLUDING rehabbing a very unattractive dresser I bought at Goodwill for $4.99. Now, being the well-organized and sane person I am, I totally thought I had a “Before” picture of this dresser…turns out…I didn’t. So, you will have to use your imagination a little. Ok, ready??

Things you will need:
- A piece of wooden furniture…
- Paint (I used a paint + primer)
- An electric sander OR (if you want a really good work out) just sand paper
- Paint Brush and Roller
- A sheet or tarp
- Drawer pulls or Knobs of your choice

 photo Dresser1_zps21f3f08c.jpg1) Make sure you have the correct kind of paint for the job. I did some research online and decided that talking to the guys at Lowe’s was my best option. Make sure you tell them what kind of surface you’re painting and how the piece will be used. For instance, I’m using this dresser as an end table by the bed so it will not be scrubbed or constantly in use. I was directed to get Olympic One Paint and Primer in One - Semi-Gloss Enamel finish. The color I chose is “Dover Gray.”

2) Before you start painting, make sure the surface of your piece is clean. I just wiped my dresser down with some soapy water and let it dry overnight. Also, take all drawer pulls or knobs (hardware) off at this point.
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3) Take your item outside (or to an indoor workshop). With your sander, begin sanding all of the areas you want to paint. My dresser was not heavily lacquered so I was able to get away with using a hand sander with 120 Medium grit sand paper from 3M. If your piece has a LOT of lacquer on it, you will want to get an electric sander. You can rent one from Lowe’s or Home Depot! You will want to sand your piece until you can see the natural wood color. When you’re done sanding, take a dry Swiffer sheet and wipe the excess dust from your piece of furniture!

4) Next, pick out your painting spot and lay out your tarp. Mix your paint and you can start! I really like to paint with a roller first just to get it covered and then go over it with a paint brush. It makes for cleaner looking coverage. Let that dry and then paint on a second coat.
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5) Once your piece is completely dry, you can then replace the hardware and…Voila! Admire your new and improved furniture!
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Catch ya later!
~Steph @ Calamity Layne
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kitchen aid mixer

Loving... My new Kitchen Aid mixer. I made corn muffins and chocolate chip cookies so far, and they turned out great! The mixer was my birthday present (my birthday actually isn't until next week). I'm hoping to try some kind of bread dough soon.

Daydreaming... About spring cleaning, fixing up the house, and warmer weather! Opening up the windows always feels so great - the breeze of fresh air across the house is so energizing! We've done some cleaning up already over spring break (an entire day tidying up the art studio!), but I'm having so much fun daydreaming about future plans too. Like about how I'd love to spruce up the kitchen - I have so much fun cooking and spending time in there, I'd love to really remodel and refresh the cabinets and tweak our layout a little bit.

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I found this picture via Pinterest (here is the original post it's from) and I love the idea of shifting cabinetry all the way up to the ceiling and adding a horizontal shelf. I have a lot of cute dishes and kitchen gadgets that would look really great on open shelving...

Thinking about... How much I enjoyed time off during spring break, and how hard it is to go back to work. I can't shake the feeling that I may not be doing what I'm supposed to be doing with my life. I know I'm an awesome teacher. But I just don't feel happy. I don't feel fulfilled in this job. In fact, it drags me down, stresses me out, and makes me feel bad about myself. I often feel like I work my butt off for nothing. I'm constantly being beat down. I'm not sure how much longer I can thrive in that environment. I've started a savings account in the hopes to one day escape this path for another.

Rock on,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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Exciting news!

Ronnie James Dio!

Please welcome Ronnie James Dio, the newest addition to our family! Dio's mom is a French Bulldog, and her dad is Boston Terrier. Yes, we now have a crazy home with a 14-month old baby, a dog, and a brand-new puppy. Crazy, but awesome fun.

We weren't looking for a new puppy, but the opportunity came up to adopt her when our friend's dog had puppies. I couldn't stand the cuteness of the photos via Instagram... Every time one of this photos came up, I gushed and showed Todd and cooed over the adorable-ness of it all. So, when we were offered a puppy a few weeks later, I knew we had an important decision to make.

Oh, some people don't know the origin of the name, but if you're a regular blog reader, you're probably familiar with the late Ronnie James Dio. He was an epic heavy metal vocalist, but he was also a little guy, kind of short and skinny. So I always thought a tiny dog with big personality needed a name like Dio. As far as the fact that Dio (the dog) is a female, well, I just think that she's tough enough to handle that.

Ronnie James Dio!

Right now, Dio is only 5 pounds! Such a tiny little ball of energy! She is getting along with Motörhead and Iggy amazingly. The cutest thing is to find Dio curled up in a little ball against Motörhead, or when she and Iggy run around the living room. I love our family.

Rock on,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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