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New blog

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If you’re getting this post via e-mail, that means you’re a subscriber.  Hurray!  BUT, now that I’ve got a new new address ( and have forwarded all my blog details there, some of you might need to change your subscription to the new one.  Hurroo.  Sorry about that, you guys.


I’m Kind of a Big Deal!

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Like this guy.  Actually, a HUGE deal.  Wanna know why?  BECAUSE THE PENNY WALL IS BEING FEATURED ON DESIGN SPONGE TODAY!  For serious, I think I should quit my job, you guys.  I could probably power the world with my excitement at this point, so that could probably earn me some dough, right?

And as a special treat, I will gift you this picture of our new acquisition and our still-kinda-new-acquisition, Ted.  It’s a rusty, old ampersand!  And Ted.  And Ted’s fox tail.

Craft Fails

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Ugh.  I know I didn’t post any tutorial yesterday.  I took the day off of work because…I wanted to.  Who doesn’t like to take a day off?  I figured I had FOUR FULL DAYS to finish up my “art project” and all the remaining decorations I’m working on for the art party.  Wrong.  It was a weekend of sickness.  Ryan nicely passed along the Spanish Influenza, aka, his cold (I’ve been watching A LOT of Downton Abbey.  You guys, I would have bet my life that Cora was a goner).  Add that to blog design and utter, utter craft failure.  FAILURE! 

This is the overall sentiment for the weekend:

Don’t I look beaten down and sad?  (Side note – Ryan HATES this picture of me as he says I look so “negative.”  Exactly…)

First – my Yudu hates me.  Apparently.  My art project came to a screeching halt when I couldn’t get the ding dang image to burn onto the silk screen.  I realize that if you’ve never done silk screening, this makes little to no sense to you.  The worst part (besides the deflating feeling one gets from utter defeat) is that it’s because of the supplies I used.  You see, Yudu sells their own supplies from paint to [all sorts of stuff].  I worked around one very expensive aspect (emulsions) and it’s been great.  I figured I’d give another aspect (transparencies) a generic try as well.  Nope.  They don’t work.  And I tell you that without any reservation.  I know because I tried a million (five) different variations.  I won’t even go into it because it is too painful to relive.  So, when I looked up online why on earth it was hating me so much, it (the internet, not the Yudu) told me something about light coming through other transparencies and blah, blah, blah, they’re not as good, blah, blah, blah, you should just spend the money on the Yudu ones.  GAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!  So, I’ve ordered the EXPENSIVE transparencies (which I will now treat as gold leaf) and will give it another go.  If it doesn’t work, I’m going to take a hammer to it.  This time, I mean the Yudu.

Second – balloons  hate me.  As part of the decorations, I’m making some of those string ball thingies.  This time, I tried to drudge the string through the glue to see if it would work better.  It was messier and I don’t think it would become as sturdy as it did when I brushed the glue on.  Honestly, I don’t know, though.  You know why?  BECAUSE THE BALLOONS KEPT DEFLATING!!!!!  When I originally did ALL MY EXPERIMENTS on the string ball thingies a while ago, balloon deflating wasn’t even on the list of “things to think about while attempting this project.”  It didn’t happen.  Once.  I did two balloons first with the drudging through the glue process and by the next morning, the balloons were half the size and the string was all droopy.  The next day I did two more with the brush-on glue technique AND THE BALLOONS DEFLATED AGAIN!  I’ve got a new batch of balloons now, so hopefully it was just the bag.  Maybe some doucher poked a tiny hole in every single balloon in some random bag of balloons at Party City.  Little did he know he’d bring a girl to her knees in exasperation. 

Third – my blog re-do hates me.  Ok, that’s not true, but the rule of three…  I honestly feel sorry for the nice girl who is helping me with the blog.  I change my mind so much that I can only imagine how stressed she must have been (or may still be).  Especially when you only give someone a few words/colors/fonts and send them on their merry way to build your dream.  Needless to say, I changed my mind about a thousand times and just ended up making my own header to send her which she wonderfully tweaked and made awesome.  It’s just about done, so hopefully you’ll all be able to see it next week.

My weekend and “vacation” in a nutshell…  Ugh (see picture above).

Blog Facelift!

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Okay.  I’ve kept this under wraps as long as I can (not even a week).  HIP SOIREE IS GETTING A BLOG FACELIFT!  Like, professionally.  Not just me, Photoshop and several all-nighters trying to figure out how to implement HTML code into WordPress.  Oh, and also…Hip Soiree will be moving to a new address.  I got my own domain now, peeps!  No, not as that is apparently taken (even though it has no content).  Funny story, though – in requesting the name “Hip Soiree,” the web hosting company gave me SEVERAL options since it was taken.  My favorites were “ThighParty” and “ThePelvisNight.”  Now I kinda wish I’d taken ThePelvisNight.  I’d probably get a lot of traffic since porn is so popular and stuff.  I’ll announce the new name when the site is up and officially operational. 

SO, that being said, I’ve got two things to say.  One, if you’re a subscriber, you’re going to have re-subscribe to the new website (thanks for nothing, WordPress), and TWO, I’m having an Oprah-like giveaway!!!  And when I say that, I don’t mean I’m giving anyone a “CAAAAAaaaaaar” [said in an Oprah sing-shout].  BUT, I’m willing to take some suggestions.  Maybe a project I did in the past?  A choice of something Yudu’d?  Sorry, but I can’t agree to a quilt.  I’m excited, but I haven’t taken a turn to Crazy Town. 

What do yo think?

Feed Me, Seymour!

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Or should I say feed me, Ryan.  Right?!  This is the ACTUAL cat grass Ryan planted.  From seeds.  It’s not plastic grass even though it looks like it because it’s so perfect.  I’m both impressed and a little irritated.  Why can’t I make things grow like this?  Do plants just hate me?  I think they might.  I mean, this thing is so hearty that I’m a little afraid I’m going to wake up one morning only to find the carpet has been replaced with a lush covering of grass.  Or, in a Fringe-like incident, it will become a grass person and try to enact judgment upon me for all my plant killing.  I’m a little melodramatic…  Oh, and I forgot to mention that, even though you can’t really see it in the picture, it actually has DEW on it every morning.  DEW!  DEW!! (I wish I could make that caps lockier to show you how my voice went up ANOTHER decibel).  I told him that if it grows any larger, I won’t need to make a curtain because the grass will eventually block out the sun.

Side note – notice the change to a planter instead of the paper plate and plastic container.  He’s a keeper, that one!

The Penny Wall is FAMOUS!

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You guys, I’m (the penny wall, really) being featured on the blog Remodelaholic!!!!! [Insert ear-exploding scream here]!!!!  Should I go ahead and quit my day job?  Probably, right?  I mean, I’ll have to give them two weeks and stuff.

Regardless, you all get it.  The penny wall is super sexy.  “She’s” the Joan Holloway of penny walls.  They couldn’t resist “her.”

Straight.  Up.  Sexy.


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OK.  I’m going to admit something that’s a little sad.  I’m not a big reader.  I know, I know.  I used to read a lot more than I currently do.  In fact, I actually got a library card a couple of years ago and would CHECK BOOKS OUT!  Like, on the regular.  Oh, and I’d also like to admit that the books I always chose were pretty trashy.  Not TRASHY trashy.  Things like Bridget Jones’ Diary.  Light fiction.  I’m not a big fan of non-fiction.  I LIVE non-fiction.  It’s not fun.  Anyway, it’s a moot point now as most of my free time is spent crafting. 

SO, that being said, I obviously don’t have a lot of books lying around the house (Ha!  House…).  But of the ones I want to keep, I don’t want to stash them away somewhere.   There’s no space to stash books in the shoebox apartment (or “house”) where we currently reside.  I decided to ram them on the top of the bookshelf Ryan made.  They were quite unsightly, honestly.  It was a mish mash of chick lit, photo albums and Ryan’s “Electrical Work for Dummies” type of books.  It was an eyesore to me.  Blerg.

Of course, during my blog surfing, I saw a post somewhere about different ways to display books.  Fiction/non-fiction, alphabetically, by subject, etc.  And then I saw it.  The idea that was for me:

BY COLOR!!!!  Granted, it’s still a little unsightly with all the different sizes, but I like it SO much better.  Don’t you?!  Actually, don’t answer that.  I really don’t care what you think. 

PS – how do you like the picture of Beatnik Ted?  Oh, and there’s unused terrarium container I talked about.  It’s on the top shelf.  Still taunting me.