Saturday, April 4, 2015

A Blanket from Sari Bari

Every now and then I find a loveable company and then spend waaaay too much time on their website daydreaming about future purchases. Currently, that's how I am with Sari Bari.


A friend gave me this awesome scarf for Christmas. It's super soft, matches a ton of things, and I love it so much I wear it about once a week. To give that statement some heft, I own more scarves than shirts. I wear them almost daily (talking about scarves here, not shirts, you weirdo). So, the fact that this one in particular makes it into such frequent rotation means something.

Not long after getting the scarf, I found Sari Bari online. They have the sweetest website and, chickadees, they make blankets
A throw is what I consider a splurge so I debated long and hard about which one to get. I even waited for a fresh release of stock so that I could get one in aqua. It was totally worth the wait. It is so soft, has wonderful, cozy drape, and is remarkably pretty.
Things get even bet though, not only are the products super soft, cozy, and colorful but they also are a force of good. Sari Bari's whole purpose is to give women, who would otherwise be in the sex trade, another option of employment. You should definitely check out their shop and read more about their mission.

P.S. They are having a QUILT AUCTION soon!
  

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Gifted, Thrifted, and Lifted


Gifted.
Remember how last summer we got these white chairs and totally made it work? Well, not to knock those chairs, because we loved them for what they were, but we were given a major upgrade. I liken it to going from a McDonald's Filet-O-Fish to a meal at Red Lobster complete with delicious, cheesy biscuits. It's that sort of upgrade.

Thrifted
Getting something for free totally counts as thrifted, right? All these bricks were a Craigslist freebie. Someone had torn down an old chimney and just wanted them gone. Since I am beyond ready to extend this project around to the front of the house I was more than happy to take them. Most of the mortar crumbles right off but a few bricks still have it firmly attached on one side. No biggie. That side will be buried in the ground and only you and I will know otherwise.

Now for the Lifted.
Say "Hello, Pyrex Cabinet No. 2". This piece was lifted right off the curb. The thing is, it didn't fit in the Jeep so, like a couple crazies, we CARRIED it home. Fortunately, it wasn't too far down the street because otherwise I'm not sure we would have made it. As far as I know, the neighbors didn't take any pics but if I find out they did I'll be sure to update the post so you can see our dedication in action.
(Also, ladies, this is a great way to test how much your guy loves you.)
So anyways, it needs some spiffing up - fix the shelf, add some legs, ditch the celestial seasoning, slap on some paint but it was free! Woot!
Want to know something crazy? This thing came with a working light bulb. Now that might not seem like a big deal but think of it like this: Someone threw away a perfectly functional light bulb. I just don't understand that sort of waste. America, sometimes you make me so sad.

PS - the title for this post was totally snatched from Mandi over at Vintage Revivals. It's the perfect miscellaneous round-up title. How could I not use it!?

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sunshine = projects

It's been a bit quiet here on the blog but let me assure you that it's because it's been anything but in "real" life. There is sunshine! And warm breezes! And we have emerged from hibernation and are in mega project mode over here. I'm thinking that the next few posts will be be showcasing some of the 'round here happenings but check this out first.

So, there's a good chance that this song isn't your jam. That's OK. Just listen to it anyways and appreciate it for being so dang catchy what it is.



Now that you've listened (or at least sampled) Untrust Us, listen to this cover.



Pretty impressive, yeah?

  

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Great Dining Table


Chick-a-dees, last time this room was on the blog was about a year ago and it looked a bit different. Now, I have a giant dining room table. And by giant I mean Keith, Toastie, and I could probably sleep on this thing and not touch. It’s hard to tell because the room is still empty and lacking in anything to give a sense of scale but it is 9x4'.
Basically, it’s a giant slab of glossy awesome and I feel very special to have a husband and dad-in-law that would make such a table for me. We used it for Christmas dinner and I can happily say it comfortably seats 12, which means that we can totally squeeze way more than that at it.   >>> Dinner party, anyone?

I don’t have specific, step-by-step instructions on how to build it. I only took pictures of the progress, but I do know it is a compilation of different tables we found on pinterest, modified to the size we wanted. This table by Shanty 2 Chic is the closest, although our top is quite different. FYI, ours was a tad more than $125 (but waaay cheaper than anything you can find at a store). The rustic, farmhouse table is trendy (and cheap!) but we opted for the more expensive, knot-free white pine for the top. We wanted a classy piece of furniture since the dining room is so central in our house.


I hope you enjoyed peeking into our table-making process. It was definitely work but so, so worth it if you have a vision AND a budget.

Still on our dining room to-do list:
- Floor covering / rug
- New light fixture to replace the ridiculous chandelier
- Add some COLOR
- Benches to go with our table
- Secure 4 parson chairs in a fun pattern to go at the heads