Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Monday, December 30, 2013

Livingroom mood board

 Now that the walls in the living room have a fresh coat of paint my focus has turned to the furniture.
And pillows. Whoop whoop!I love a good pillow.

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Check out this mini mood board with a few faves.
If you'd like to see more feel free to scope out the full Pinterest board. 

Keith and I are big fans of clean lines and bright colors but we also wanted to work with the style and structure of our house not against it. This has brought us to expand our interior decorating horizons and try new things. While moving slowly has helped us not to blow our money on things we don't really want, Pinterest has, by far, been the best thing to happen to our interior decorating mojo. I mean, let's be really here. How did we come up with ideas before that site?
So, as you can see, we've decided to go grey, with chartreuse/lime and mint as our accent colors. But, typical us, we have, oh, 4 or so other colors we'll be adding pops of. CANNOT wait to get it all finished and looking snazzy. One day at a time though, right?
  

Saturday, December 28, 2013

With care



A few dozen or so Christmases ago, my great grandma made her family snazzy, felt, Christmas stockings. As the family grew, so did the number of stockings. At some point my Aunt became the stocking maker, stitching together countless cousin stockings.

Since these stockings are a the only ones I've ever known and pulling them out each year is a holiday necessity, I decided it was crucial that Keith get one and long, long over due that my immediate family's stocking collection be rounded out. Seriously, my dad has been waiting nearly 3 DECADES. So, on Christmas Eve the felt, sequins, and pinking shears were passed around and 3 man stockings were made. I say "man" stockings because you will note that the accent colors are reversed. We didn't intend for the guys to get white backgrounds and girls to have green. It just worked out that way with the felt we had on hand. Happy accident.



Oh, did I mention that we were up till 3 a.m. working on those 3 man stockings? It made for good memories (of a sleep deprived, sequin stingy mom that we couldn't help but snicker at) and a slow start on Christmas morning.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Ornament Swap 2013

Since Christmas is, uhhh, tomorrow, I figure it's about time I show off the Ornament Swap goods.

Ayla was my partner and she sent me these cute little bits of Christmas joy.


Now, as for what I sent to Ayla...
Just as I did last year, I busted out the sequins and thread to make something snazzy. Only this time I didn't make a pair of turtle doves, instead I stitched together a little painters palette just for fun.


Monday, December 23, 2013

Put some paint on it

A few weeks ago I showed you the brown on brown on brown glop that was our living room.
It is no more! Things have been changing colors around these parts. Getting lighter and brighter, if you will.
A couple weekends ago, Keith and I had a burst of ambition and decided to stay up all night to prep the living room walls for paint and then get up early and roll the paint on. It was a total fit of new-home-owner giddiness.



Pretend that those wet paint splotches above the mantle aren't there.
I'd just gone back with a brush and touched up a few dips in the plaster the roller didn't quite get.

We are thrilled with the results. The room seemed like it got loads of light before but now... *sigh*.
It's the complete opposite of the apartment we were living in before which, literally, only got minutes of sunlight a day.
Another reason we are thrilled is because of how it makes the woodwork look. Honestly, we weren't in love with the dark wood when we first moved in but now we adore it contrasted against the pale grey.


We also painted the brick fireplace surround, a slightly darker grey called Grey Ghost by Dutch Boy, but I forgot to take a picture before it was obstructed by the rubble of our current project.
So many projects!
 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Getting our Christmas craft on

As tradition dictates, we had to bust out the glitter and glue for our Christmas Craft. Since my mom wanted to try out a white tree this year we all had great fun making a new set of ornaments. Even my dad got involved - and ended up with a beard full of glitter :D

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For a DIY Christmas Craft check these out:


Monday, December 16, 2013

Wren and Stimpy

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puppy love.
  
 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

A month of home-making

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It's kinda strange. It feels a bit like we moved in last weekend but also a bit like we moved in ages ago. We've been doing so much dreaming, changing of this and that, AND PIPE SNAKING. Fortunately, our pipes are now clean and our drains are draining, but on a side note - remember that feminine products and rubbers should NOT be flushed. The future owners of your house will thank you. However, this post is not about removing giant quantities of roots and yuck from pipes. It is simply a teensy peek into what's been going on lately on the Home front.


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We picked out some colors and painted some walls! Every, I repeat, EVERY wall in our house is the same color. While it isn't the worst wall color, and really is quite liveable, it also reminds me of baby poop. Yummm.
Want to know what we picked? They are Dutchboy colors: Willow Springs, Grey Ghost, and Grey Marble. You can see the chosen chip taped to the brick in the next picture. Which brings me to...

The stove! We found a wood burning stove! Brand new and on the cheap! It was actually turning out to be a challenge to find one petite enough to fit in the fireplace while also not sticking out into the room 3 feet. We found one though. And it has a WINDOW. That window. It just makes my heart so happy. I did not expect to find a small stove with a window and I am thankful that we did. Seriously, i just want to fast forward to next year when we are using it. You see, currently it is just sitting there looking mighty adorable because routing the flue up our lofty chimney is a project for this summer.

And finally, a blurry picture (sorry!) of me sanding. This was taken just a few days after we moved in because I could not handle that black hole of a door one moment longer. You will do a little happy jig when you see what color I painted it but that will have to wait till it gets warmer. The cold moved in before I got a final coat of color on.

So there you have a  [small] peek into our happening. Onward we go!
Wish us luck for this weekend! We are going to try our hand at drywall. Tearing out and replacing an old, water damaged plaster wall.

  

Sunday, December 8, 2013

donkey

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This is our pet, Donkey.
He is a small and annoying (hence the name) house fly that moved in the same day we did.
He is a social little creature, following us into the living room, or finding us when we are upstairs. In the picture he is hanging out with me while I worked on a few things in the craft room.
 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

done. almost.


Staring at the calendar, my logical self says, 
"girl, there are 9 days left til your college career is completed. You can totally do this."
But the emotional part of me, the part that is so hard to ignore, feels like those 9 days are actually 9 decades that will ever be looming.

And so I sit. Feeling drained and overwhelmed. Thinking about the papers I need to write, the projects that need to be completed, the Christmas party I need to put together. 
Are we even going to get around to setting up our beloved tree this year? Because all I actually want to do is paint the walls in my house.


 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Confession

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While my sister was helping us move she accused me of having hoarder tendencies. I, of course, denied this vehemently.
That is until I found this pencil.
I really struggled to toss this little shard of a pencil.
Is this normal? Anyone? Anyone?
 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Design Work: Candy Cane Express

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Behold my most resent design side project!
If you were wondering, which I know you were, it's not teensy ticket size. Since it's an invitation, it is a bigger, in-your-face size.
But not too big ;)
 
 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Lichen

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This awesome little bug is a Lichen Katydid.
It makes a normal Walking Stick look kinda lame, yeah?
  

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Saturday

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We love our house.
And our dad. Who lets us raid his garage at all hours and spends his day off helping us fix things. 

PS - that dishwasher was hauled to the trash :(
Fortunately, our DOUBLE basin sink feels like a luxurious upgrade to dish washing after using the single basin in our teensy apartment kitchen for years. Sometimes, it's the little things. :)
 

Monday, November 4, 2013

A green house

So, if you’ve been wondering what’s going on in these parts on the lately, let me tell you... WE BOUGHT A HOUSE! An awesome, 100 year old home to call our own. We feel so incredibly blessed to have this house, but that is a story for another time. Right now you get the quick "hello, house".

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Now, I know you’re thinking, “Gee, that’s a mighty big house.”
You are correct.
We are the first to say that it’s hilariously huge for two people BUT we really love it and, contrary to what I tell people who are obnoxious enough to ask about our reproduction, we don’t plan on staying a duo forever. But until babies come about, we shall be busy making this house cozy and perfectly ours.

So, I’m not sure what’s going on in this snap but I’m including it because if you look past our goon-ness, over Keith’s shoulder you will see a window. It has some snazzy beveled glass at the top which everyone comments on. I figured you’d like to see it. It’s one of those original-old-house-charm features that wooed us into buying it.

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Here is a peek into the front two rooms, a la moving day.

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Do you see those gorgeous (dusty) hardwood floors!? Do you see that mantle!?  Do you see that door frame to nowhere with the bright white outlet in the middle? (Errr what??) 
As you can see, we have untold amounts of customizing, beautifying, general de-funkifying and furniture acquisition to do. 
We are excited.
 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

So, it's October already...

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You know how sometimes life gets really busy and you're just going along, staying on top of the day-to-day, feeling pretty good about it... until you really look at the date you just wrote.

And then suddenly you realize that September is OVER and GONE and there are only 3 months left of 2013.

And wait...
Is our 3 year anniversary TOMORROW?

What else have I forgotten?
Is it true that I haven't posted on my blog in over a month?
And when was the last time I got my oil changed? Because it actually feels like it's been ages since I sat in a folding chair inhaling eau de garage....

Life is busy, I guess.

Anyways.
I hope all is well with you and that this up-coming season is full of goodness :D
  

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Wheel


If I biked this poster would already be on its way to me.

Monday, August 19, 2013

I love a good documentary

It's dawned on me that it has been ages and ages since I last shared what I've been watching. People, there are some great documentaries on Netflix. There are literally dozens that you should check you but here are some that I've enjoyed recently.

My Life As a Turkey

Now, if you are like me, you are raising your eyebrows and thinking that this is likely as dumb as dumb gets. But, if you are like me, you are also thinking, "Hey, it's Netflix. I'll give it a go because, if it blows, I can always turn something else on."
I am glad that I "gave it a go". This is actually a super entertaining, well done, pull-you-in documentary. To put it simply, I appreciate turkeys in a whole new way.



Hot Coffee

I had not read the description when I started this film so I was expecting it to be analyzing the rise and effect of Starbucks and the coffee house industry. It is actually about that snafu of the spilled McDonald's coffee. It examined the misconceptions that surrounded the ordeal as well as the social and political fallout that resulted. It was interesting. I enjoyed it. You should watch it.
**Prepare to be shocked at the burns that woman received. They were much worse than I had imagined.



Secrets of the Viking Sword

This was good because, 1) it was made by Nova, 2) it's about metalsmithing -something I have an appreciation for after taking a Metals class- and 3) it's about Vikings. Now, maybe it's just me, but the Vikings were so badass that they seem mythological. Case in point: The Ulfberht sword. Watch the documentary to learn the secret of it.





Ben Franklin's Pirate Fleet

That title totally grabs you, right? While I did learn a few new tidbits about American history and the esteemed Benjamin Franklin, it wasn't quite as interesting as I'd hoped. Not nearly as scandalous. You see, Poor Ben was just trying to swap some prisoners of war and hired the wrong people to do the job.
 





You know the drill. If you've recently watched an awesome documentary and think I'd enjoy it, leave a comment below!