Wednesday, June 22, 2016

DIY photo backdrop.

Several weeks back, we threw a surprise wedding anniversary party for Z's parents.  I remember itching to blog about some of the projects leading up to it (I obsessed over the invites), but in true form, as soon as it was over, I was on to the next project.  That's why many posts are missing pictures and glossing over details - I'm a serial deleter and rarely focus on anything but the project while we're in it.  

Many of the party details were personal and thoughtfully executed with the help of my mom and aunt, but I did make a photo backdrop that I thought quite fun.  Apart from the party being held in a fire hall and requiring decorations apart from the walls and ceiling, Z's parents love photo booths.  Er - I think Z's parents love photo booths.  As I consider it, who doesn't love photo booths? To that point - they enjoy photo booths at weddings as evidenced by many of the cute strips printed and hung on their fridge or leaning on their mantle.  I looked into renting one for the party, but the price tag was exorbitant.  Most people probably know this.  I did not.  I wasn't satisfied with scrapping the idea and tried to find a DIY version.

At a particularly boring training, I start brainstorming and sketching.


After conceding to PVC, Z picked up the supplies.  In predictable fashion, he wanted to use 2x4's.  Considering the dimensions and store stock, it was 4 10-foot lengths of 1.25" PVC, two elbow joints, and 6 T-joints.  I had a picture of this all assembled, but surprise parties stress me out.  I was convinced I would randomly text the picture, ruining everything.  It was deleted.  

I cut the pieces of PVC to length with the miter saw.  It was incredibly easy.  I do caution on breakdown - don't stand over the PVC while trying to yank it apart.  I have a scar on my chin developing.  

Before the party, I picked up two white plastic tablecloths and silver and gold fringe.  Along with packing tape and scissors, those were the supplies.  We started by covering the PVC frame in the tablecloths.  I wanted a solid background in case the fringe was spotty.  Then, I alternated and layered the fringe, allowing a 3-inch overlap.  Setting the numbered balloons in front was the final touch.


The result was better than I anticipated.  My one critique was that I wish I had thought to make it wider.  Rather than a fun photo booth (it was lost in translation due to a lack of props, I suspect), it became a backdrop for pictures.  This was another great use, it just wasn't wide enough for larger groups.  I'm writing this late at night, so I didn't ask around to use pictures of people, so here's Z.  Image four more of him side-by-side.  With that face? Terrifying.  That's all that would fit, and even that would be to the edge.  


I'm going to need to brush up on my photoshop skills to repeat the background in other photos, particularly to block the chairs and exit sign.  

Monday, June 20, 2016

Picture This: Week 25, 2016.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I usually debate its continuation annually, but it was a no-brainer this year.  This series keeps me posting when nothing else will write itself.  I will be trying to post more regularly otherwise! Besides, as last year, I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag. 


June 13, 2016

 Scavenger hunt preparations.


June 14, 2016

Jam!


June 15, 2016

Henry has started sitting on my lap like a human while I work, occasionally.  She's such a little bear. 


June 16, 2016

Strawberry rhubarb pie, with freshly picked strawberries and rhubarb.  It doesn't get much better than that.


June 17, 2016

Impromptu dinner date after successful phone plan purchase.


June 18, 2016

Team green, the true winners of the scavenger hunt.


June 19, 2016

Copper, the crazy man after a weekend home along. 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Picture This: Week 24, 2016.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I usually debate its continuation annually, but it was a no-brainer this year.  This series keeps me posting when nothing else will write itself.  I will be trying to post more regularly otherwise! Besides, as last year, I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag. 


June 6, 2016

Copper, disguised as a human at the table.


June 7, 2016

Starting the day with computer issues is the worst way to start the day.


June 8, 2016

It was later than usual, but the garden is planted and as with every year, we are hopeful this will be the best year yet.


June 9, 2016

Henry, cranky.  It was a week of late nights between the Pens and the Cavs playoff series.  She was less than amused at staying up late for poor performances (namely from the Cavs).


June 10, 2016

I crack up every time I see this picture and that judging, little eye slit.


June 11, 2016

Sweet hammock summertime. 


June 12, 2016

Zach was coerced into strawberry picking on Sunday in order to replenish jam reserves.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Laundry room shelving: paint supplies.

I continue to procrastinate our basement renovation.  I'm paralyzed thinking of it.  I funnel that into new projects, rationalizing that I can't prepare to move everything out of the basement unless the other areas are optimized for storage.  As the laundry room is directly off the basement, it was an obvious place to start.

The room is large, which is awesome.  We're working how to best use all of that space, but that's meant piles of things in corners for the past few years.  The collection of paint was an easy place to start.  Gallons, cans and samples started spilling out in front of the freezer and required sorting every time I needed to find a paint.


In the meantime, the suitcases didn't have their spot.  They were hanging in the middle of the room, in a pile. 


I grabbed some 2x4's, 1x3's for shelf slats, and used a previously under-utilized corner to make a shelving unit for the copious amounts of paint I didn't realize I owned.  Seriously.  So, Steph, when you say you want a colorful end table, I have over 20 paint samples.  


Taking the paint off the floor allowed the suitcases to have their spot back.  There's still some miscellaneous in this shelving - namely those wire baskets.  I imagine a chunky wood counter in the laundry room (much like our office desk), and the wire baskets might be useful as storage underneath that.  Until then, everyone, furbs included, have their travel boxes in one place.



This room has potential.  That empty space next to the dryer, the area under the windows - it needs to percolate.  I'm imagining that wood counter extending along the dryer and under at least one window so the laundry sorter can slide under. 



I digress. The shelves are deep, holding four gallon paint cans in a row and all of my spray paint, sample pots, and miscellaneous supplies within eyesight.  They were housed in boxes before, requiring an excavation before locating.  


The space below will evolve.  In the basement renovation, I plan on storing items here, but once that's complete, it may house more tools that don't like the cold garage in the winter.  



I love the multifunction of this area.  The paint supplies are easily accessible, but it also supports the DIY drying rack, tying the space into the laundry room and really making every surface functional.  I can't do anything about that morning sunlight though.  Harsh. 

Monday, June 6, 2016

Picture This: Week 23, 2016.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I usually debate its continuation annually, but it was a no-brainer this year.  This series keeps me posting when nothing else will write itself.  I will be trying to post more regularly otherwise! Besides, as last year, I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag. 


May 30, 2016

Henry did the best with the dogs, mostly because she didn't know they were there.


May 31, 2016

She also did well, being a very food-motivated furb.


June 1, 2016

Copper, performing flips off his shelves. 


June 2, 2016

I didn't realize this week was so cat-heavy.  How could I resist their playing in cardboard, much like I did as a child? I couldn't.  That's the answer.


June 3, 2016

Our first CSA haul! That's a lot of butter.


June 4, 2016

We had the loveliest Saturday at the winery celebrating Kate's impending move.  


June 5, 2016

Nostalgia on the Mac.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Picture This: Week 22, 2016.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I usually debate its continuation annually, but it was a no-brainer this year.  This series keeps me posting when nothing else will write itself.  I will be trying to post more regularly otherwise! Besides, as last year, I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag. 



May 23, 2016

She's back!


May 24, 2016

Long overdue drinks with one of the bests.


May 25, 2016

Stumbling into fawns may be my secret power.


May 26, 2016

So much for keeping our clothes out of his reach.


May 27, 2016

Fireworks are my favorite part of baseball.


May 28, 2016

Good pizza and company at a new local gem.


May 29, 2016

We did it! We pulled off a surprise 35th anniversary party for Zach's parents.  So, so happy with the turnout.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Picture This: Week 21, 2016.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I usually debate its continuation annually, but it was a no-brainer this year.  This series keeps me posting when nothing else will write itself.  I will be trying to post more regularly otherwise! Besides, as last year, I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag. 


May 16, 2016

Yoga made better with new leggings and painted toes.  My toes are nasty after the marathon.


May 17, 2016

I nearly tripped over two fawns sleeping in the graveyard. It took all I had not to scoop them up and cuddle them.  Momma deer showed up and I backed away slowly out of there.


May 18, 2016

I'm so thankful to have a family that enjoys reading.  We're constantly recommending and borrowing books between ourselves. On my nightstand alone, I have a book from my dad and a book from my brother-in-law.  Not pictured are the several I swiped from my sister.


May 19, 2016

We found a couple small puddles around the house, in weird places where it wouldn't be a rogue ice cube melt.  I caught the culprit with his tail in the water dish.  And he didn't care.


May 20, 2016

Michigan.


May 21, 2016

As a party planner extraordinaire, it is required to test all equipment before the party starts. Here, Zach tests the toddler bounce house before my uncle's 60th surprise party, and is very uncoordinated.


May 22, 2016

Packed in with treasures after a trip to the grandparents. 

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