Thursday, July 31, 2014

water launching

Until she figured out how to swim this is how Toaster propelled herself through the water. I died.


Monday, July 28, 2014

The Leopard Slugs Live

Garden slugs were abundant at my childhood house. My sister and I found great joy in killing them with salt. We were heartless sickos, hunting around the garden, Morton canister in hand. We would watch them shrivel and then leave them.
Now, I am totally mortified about the whole situation and feel very guilty.

Keith saw these first. He told me there were "two big slugs on the garage" but I was not prepared for these beasts. I'm not sure if it is because I'm older and now have an appreciation for nature, or if I feel the need to recognize all the slugs I slaughtered, but I spent some quality time admiring these slimmers.

First, do you see the size of these things!? MONSTERS. Way bigger than my thumb.
Second, see that hole in the side? That is called a pneumostome and they breathe through that. Let me just say that I'm rather glad that my life is not spent in slo-mo with my lung exposed. 
Third, that tiny slug eye is kinda cute, right? Let's agree not to salt it. 

Parting ways

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Before: The Family Room

One of the questions we've been getting is, "What project are you going to work on once the garage is done?" Well, truth be told, the garage has been done for a few weeks and we are half way through our Next Project. I don't always blog in real time.
Let me rewind a bit and share the before pictures of The Family Room so you know what we started with...

As you can see, we are dealing with a few home decor sins. On the list of things to be addressed:
Paint: This room is on the North side of the house so, in my humble opinion, the deep beige paint is way too dark. Even the skylight can't make this color peppy.
Flooring: The laminate floor is alright for being on the cheap end of the stuff.  Really it needs something to soften the look of it.
Drywall: The water damaged drywall from when the chimney had a rotten roof.
Charming details: There is no mantle, we need some lighting, and and what are those brown cabinets!? 

Am I leaving you chomping at the bit wondering what we've done and what are we doing?
Currently, we are in the it-gets-worse-before-it-gets-better phase.
How are the changes going? Well, you'll just have to pop over to my instagram feed for a sneak peek.

Friday, July 25, 2014


I want to play with fabric. Create some fiber art or piece a quilt. Maybe it's because we've had a few unseasonably cool nights. Or maybe it's because we've been so busy with the big spaces in our house that I want to do something focused, that doesn't leave me feeling grimy. (although, tearing our a loft is totally enjoyable in it's own right.) Whatever the reason, I have the itch to sew. And thus I've been spending lots of time filling my Quilt board on Pinterest.

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

PS - If you like quilts (and family history) you should check out this sweet baby blanket that was made for my grandpa. It's so cute it hurts.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Garage Makeover: PAINT! - p. 4

If you've been keeping tabs on our garage revamp then this is the post you've been waiting for. Because really, as much as you've enjoyed part 1, part 2, and part 3, I know that you just want to see the before and after already.....

Let me rewind a tad and talk you through what we did since power washing.

Paint was the biggie. Primer, if you will, because technically, the only thing we applied to the walls is Kilz (my fave, my hero). We originally had the idea of using the paint sprayer but quickly realized that that was not the best option for the thirsty, bare cinder block parts. By rolling we were able to apply it thicker and quicker. We did, however, spray the window trim and doors bits to spare ourselves from the horror of cutting.

Once we got the paint on the walls it felt so bright and big we might have done a bit of frolicking. Toaster just laid in front of the fan looking unimpressed with our moves.

Now let's talk about the floor. 
Originally, we wanted to put epoxy down. In a perfect world we would have but here is how the situation went...
We bought the generic, boring grey even though we had a pretty color picked out because the size kit we thought we needed was not customizable. Then we got home and realized that our garage was about 100ft bigger than we thought. Crazy what you learn when you take the time to measure, right? Because 100ft is a decent number we decided that maybe we should up-size the kit. At this point I got excited because that meant we could get a COLOR! That night, instead of rolling epoxy, I read a few more forums so that I would be extra prepared for the next days rolling. But after reading the forums (the best place for advice, amirite?) I realized that our cracked and chipped concrete floor was really not in the best shape to paint. We were being overly optimistic. In fact, it probably would have looked worse had we painted, since it would have not held long term because of moisture and flaking issues.
Thank God we had a returnable grey kit and had not just spent $200 on colored floor epoxy.

I will say that I am glad we had planned on laying epoxy because it motivated us to degrease the floor. The grime was quite thick in a several spots. The floor needed a good soaking AND a date with the scraper to get it back to a respectable state. If you are wondering about our choice of degreaser, we selected Green Envy because it had a rebate. Happily, it worked.

The best part about finishing all of this? My kitchen is no longer housing the garage contents. This makes me sooo happy.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Word crimes

Just in case you aren't keeping up with the cool...

PS - Back in the day, I totally thought his name was Weird Owl. D'oh!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pretty Prints by Art and People

Just wanted to share the Art and People Etsy shop with you. I cannot get over the colors!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Life Lately

 1_ Keith and I worked a booth one afternoon at the fair. We didn't do the rides, but we did do the food.
2_ This little guy was hanging out by our hose. See how big and scary he is?
3_ New reads.

Would you agree that some weeks are just hard?
That some weeks make time travel so much more appealing because if only you could go back and undo a few things. Last week was one of those - the sort where it took serious effort to remember God's goodness. Honestly, I'm glad last week is long gone.
This week is already better.

4_ Summer treats for Toaster. Would you believe me if I said that she eats ice cream cones slower than i do? I couldn't believe how delicately she ate it.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Garage Makeover: Powerwashing - p.3

This is what the garage looked like when we finished cleaning up the mess we made ripping out the beam in Part 2. So, so much improved from what we started with, but it still had a thick coat of grime.

To give the garage a proper cleaning we decided that a powerwasher was the obvious way to go.
In my mind, powerwashing was going to be the easy, no-brainer part of this whole process. And it was, but first it was the most infuriating. You see, we were on our third powerwasher before we got one that worked. Here is how everything went...

Borrow first powerwasher. Hook it up and realize that while it does put water out of the hose, it's not pressurizing it.

Here is a picture of Keith admitting that the powerwasher was winning the battle and calling to ask what the powerwasher "trick" was. Turns out there was no trick. BROKEN!

Admit defeat for the night but source another powerwasher that could be picked up first thing in the morning.

Rise and shine! Drive across town to get said powerwasher. Get back home, hook it up and immediately realize that all is not well. There should not be water gushing out of the bottom.

*Enter visions of scrubbing the entire garage by hand with a bucket of dish-soapy water and stiff bristled brushes*
**try not to pitch a Fit of Frustration**
*** Decide that I am done trying to be cheap. I will rent a powerwasher. From a place that has rooms and rooms full of the things so at least one is guaranteed to work. ***

Drive back across town, return the offending piece of machinery, rent the most glorious water spouter there ever was.

Get the garage clean.

Friday, July 4, 2014


Hope your holiday is full of fun and family.

We started ours off with a visit to the downtown festival.
Also, we decided to start practicing our pin-Toastie-down-for-the-picture technique so we are ready by Christmas ;)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Hand Lettering | July Desktop Calendar

A hand-lettered calendar, delivered straight from my Dropbox to your desktop.

Just for fun, this one was created using good ol' Bic pens :)