Tuesday, July 12, 2011

More Trader Joe's signs since March..

Here are some more Trader Joes Signs I've been working on since March...

The Restroom sign

The New Bake Shop Sign

How much do these fruit cost per pound? (didn't end up going up)

Lemonade and Vanilla Waffers

A 4th of July Chalk board

The frozen grilling bunker chalkboard

The Ice-cream bunker chalkboard

Creating a Cowboy costume with thrift store finds...

My Nephew turned 4 earlier this month, they were planning a cowboy themed party for him, where we all had to dress up in cowboy attire. I picked up these items at my favorite thrift store in town for my husbands cowboy costume. 

The challenge to turn this women's suede dress into some cowboy chaps was on....

First I cut the dress down the middle and then at the waist line. There was about a 2 " facing on the underside of the buttons and button holes, so I just took the buttons off and cut around the button holes on the facing (the old facings will now become the fringe on the chaps).

Then I started to cut 1/4" strips on the old facing for the fringe and create a style line on the hem. I also cut off the arms of the top in case I needed the extra fabric (you could also use the top for a women's or child's cowboy vest).

I picked up a cowboy hat at our local costume store and a cap gun to complete the outfit (which fit perfectly inside my Trader Joe's box cutter holster. :) What you don't see is the back which is just a strip of fabric that goes above the knee... the bottoms of the chaps are supposed to be loose and the belt loops are mainly what keeps the chaps on.

I decided that I didn't care for the original welt pockets that were on the waistline, so I cut off the buttons (to avoid unnecessary bulk) and instead sewed on a yoke with yellow bias tape for embellishments.

I also added a fun little button detail on the side, since real chaps have some sort of embellishment on the sides. Then I attached the old suede belt to the front, and belt loops so that they would stay on.

Howdy Partner!

If looks could kill...

There's a Snake in my boot! Perfect timing for the garter snake to crash the party! The kids loved it! Mustaches were also very popular at the party... both men and women wore them :)

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Creation of Annie's Sunshine Cafe

A lot has happened in the last month... one of the major things that has happened in my in-laws life... that has carried over to our lives, is quitting their old jobs and purchasing the equipment for a cafe of their own (which has been a dream of theirs before my husband was even born).

It's located in Lincoln, about 15-20 minuted from their house in an area called Arnold Heights. There is a lot of industrial buildings, a small airport and a small town of residential houses, just outside, the main part of, the city of Lincoln.

My hubby and I have been able to go down and help them with remodeling the restaurant to get it ready for opening day, which has been pushed back a few times, but is looking more and more to be this upcoming Monday June 27th, 2011. We are all really excited for the restaurant to open, and by the look of all the foot traffic, it seems that the locals are pretty excited too.

Here are some fun before and after pictures of the improvements made to the restaurant:

In front of the restaurant:


(One of the things I got to help with was cleaning off the windows and making a window sign for Annie's Sunshine Cafe... the next project will be the billboard sign on the side of the building)

The grill and front bar:

(note the pop machine in the background and the broken fridge holding the sodas)


Pop machine and broken fridge are gone... new use for the pop machine stand... a beverage center for coffee, iced tea, lemonade etc.


(note the cash register at the corner of the bar... limiting another possible seat)


Cash register is no longer at the corner, but now at the end where the fridge used to be... two more spots at the bar for customers!!!
(all of the wooden trim is all painted grey to match the weather beaten styling of the wainscoting)


This doorway leads into the dinning room... Check out the chalkboard!! A blank canvas for the specials :)

This is just before painting all the wooden trim grey. Check out the new Chalkboard I got to work on for Annie's specials...
(these are also a good pictures to show you the difference with the old paint and the new yellow paint)

The dinning area:

(note the "basement" feel of the room with the lighting and red paint on the walls)


My father-in-law, the electrician, re-wiring the lighting...


The ceiling was raised (since parts we sagging), the electrical was re-wired for new sconces on the walls and the old lighting was taken out. A fresh coat of the same color paint (from the front room) really brightened this room up and makes it feel less like a "basement" and more like a cafe.

The bathroom:

My father-in-law had to gut the bathroom because it was disgusting! When you stepped on some of the tiles water would squirt out... enough said! Needless to say the first thing they worked on was the bathroom...


They put all new drywall, and flooring and even a brand new **clean** pedestal sink...
which really opens up the space quite a bit!


At last, the customers at Annie's Sunshine Cafe can go to the bathroom in peace!

Check out the sign I made for the bathroom door :)

Monday, March 7, 2011

St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner!!!

These are a few of the signs around the store that I have been working on lately for St. Patrick's Day.... enjoy!

The front Easel sign

 CAUTION: Leprechaun Crossing

Chalkboard # 8 Irish Oatmeal & Irish Breakfast Tea

... "They're after me Lucky Charms!"...
Chalkboard #9 Simple Life Lager & Honey Roasted Peanuts

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentines Day...

In honor of today being Valentines Day... here is my Valentine to the people of Omaha :) Happy Valentines Day everyone!

Some more chalkboards at Trader Joes

Here are chalkboards 4, 5, 6 & 7 that i've been working on in prep for the flyer drop on the 15th of February.

Chalkboard # 4 Honey Nut O's

Chalkboard #5 Organic Penne Pasta, Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Traditional Marinara

Chalkboard # 6 Organic Tomato Roasted Red Pepper Soup & Oyster crackers

Chalkboard # 7 Tuna Red Panang Curry Sauce, Tuna in Green Curry Sauce & Brown Basmati Rice

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Winter Retreat

We went on a winter retreat with our junior high youth group the last weekend in January. It was so much fun! Our devotional times were about Gods mercy in the book of Jonah. We had fun during free time playing 4 on a couch, the animal game, and even a snowball fight. :) Overall it was a pretty fun weekend.