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A big, huge overdue update

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First things first; I believe an apology is in order.  I’m so sorry that I have been absent from Crafty Cobras for so long! A few things have happened since the last post.

I got a new job. I am working in retirement services now. Thankfully I’m still able to do children’s theatre and able to continue to do community theatre projects around Jacksonville. It was a big change and preparing for the job took a long time.

I got in a car accident, and a friend got into a near fatal car accident. In September of last year I was in a car accident that totaled my car. It was scary, and it was as I was on my way to my final dress rehearsal for Young Frankenstein. Thankfully the only thing that was hurt in that accident was my car. Cars are replaceable humans are not. A few days into the run of Young Frankenstein the woman playing Inga got into a horrible car accident and was in the hospital for many weeks. One of our performances became a benefit for her and we sent love and gifts to her as much as possible. I am happy to say now that she has made a fantastic recovery and we will be in Les Mis together this summer!

I’ve gone on quite a few fantastic vacations these past few months. Disney World, cruises, and staycations galore.

My brother got married! My brother and his lovely lady were married on the Carnival Fascination on January 25th of this year. The wedding was lovely and we got to go on a cruise afterward!

Now probably the biggest piece of information for this update would be the fact that I’M ENGAGED! John proposed to me on December 21st of 2013! It was one of the most magical days of my life, but more on that later.

I just finished a run of a play called Dirty Blonde, by Claudia Sheer and I play Jo and Mae West! It was an absolute blast and I got to use some of my crafty cobra tips when painting the floor for the set.  As well as make some really adorable opening night present!

This past weekend has marked the beginning of wedding planning, and restyling my nieces room! I’ll have photos of that soon! Image

I am so excited to be back blogging and I can’t wait to share a lot of new crafts with you!

Quick Tips: Keeping the Couch in Line

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John and I are gearing up for another big project this weekend, so this week is dedicated to sharing little tidbits about our apartment.

One of the final things left for our apartment is area rugs and curtains. I’m sort of kicking myself because I didn’t take advantage of a HUGE sale at rugsusa.com . It was an awesome sale, I missed out. I’m a little sad about it, but I’ll keep waiting and watching for another sale.

Well that being said we do not have a rug in our living room, and we got some new couches in December.

My life slowly became pushing the couch back where it belonged. After sitting on it, it would inevitably be too far back or tilted at an angle and it was getting SO frustrating. I was starting to get worried about our floors, they weren’t in the best shape when we moved in and I wanted to keep them as nice as possible.

I started researching options on google and amazon. The dura-grip non-slip pads were something like 20 dollars and it was a lot considering I was planning on getting a rug eventually anyway.

Enter my obsession with dollar store crafts and organizers.

So in the kitchen section I found these gripper pads.

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And you know what? They come in packs of 4 for a dollar and they look just like the things I saw on google and amazon for way more money.

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And the best part? They work AMAZING. The couch hasn’t moved an inch. They work so well that when John and I tried to slide the couch out of the way for the wall project we couldn’t! We had to pick it up and move the gripper pads out of the way so we could move it more easily.

Success! This is such a great option. They also sell full liner sheets like this for cabinets and I am definitely thinking about using those as a rug pad when we finally take the plunge and get an area rug.

 

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Crafts and a whole lot of quirk!

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Hello there! Welcome to my new blog: CRAFTY COBRAS. I started this to chronicle my DIY crafts as well as showcase the arts and quirk of Jacksonville, FL.

So let’s start with the basics:
My name is Katie, I’m 24 years old living in Jacksonville FL with my wonderful boyfriend John. We are movie and art connoisseurs, so many of my projects will most likely have to do with Film and Theatre.

Inspirations: I love all things disney and dinosaur related so there is definitely a youthful element to all of my work as well.

I also have a passion for food and the goings on of the southeast region so hopefully you’ll see some documentation of my adventures around FL and GA.

Why is it called crafty cobras?
– That one is a little harder to explain. This past October I was cast as Kate Monster in a local production of Avenue Q. For those of you who are reading who don’t know much about the show it is a parody of Sesame Street with adult themes that involves puppets. Prior to this show I had no experience with puppeteer-ing and I was constantly practicing with and without puppets. When I didn’t have my puppet on; John lovingly named my arms the cobras. And thus the cobras were born, even after the show every now and then I’ll still talk as though I have a puppet on my arm. I thought this was a good homage to one of my favorite shows.

I can’t wait to get my first real blogging experience going!

Kisses and Hisses,
Katie