Monday, October 26, 2015

Picture This: Week 43, 2015.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I debate its continuation annually, but I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag.


October 19, 2015

I took my mum and aunt along on a quick trip to DC, catching up with them late in the evening as they toured Embassy Row.  Above is the Cosmos Club, an exclusive club in Dupont Circle, and a really pretty building.


October 20, 2015

I worked all day.  My mum went on a food tour of Georgetown and unknowingly brought back my favorite cupcakes.


October 21, 2015

Poor Fluffy is resigned to borrowing toys from her spoiled pup siblings.


October 22, 2015

Ohio is the best in the fall.


October 23, 2015

My fur babies were so happy for me to be home, and even happier when I returned from work again. Though maybe they just wanted by bookbag. 


October 24, 2015

I wish I had a more clear picture of our two string beans running to the car in during the hurricane rains. 


October 25, 2015

We carved pumpkins, and got fancy with designs this year. I'm so impressed with ourselves!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Picture This: Week 42, 2015.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I debate its continuation annually, but I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag.

October 12, 2015
 
 Best friends means ladylock forms.


October 13, 2015

We're hosting Thanksgiving again, but the first time for Zach's family, which means we're kicking projects into high gear.  The trim will be painted!


 October 14, 2015

It's not comparable to most, but it's my best run yet.


 October 15, 2015

 The new chair in the living room takes Henry's pirate status to a whole new level.


October 16, 2015

Backyard buck.


October 17, 2015

 Chris and Lea's wedding was wonderful.


 October 18, 2015

Rhonda, ready to groupon.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Front porch updates.

Last year for Christmas, the cats got me a set of modern house numbers. I know, they're quite thoughtful. In an effort to not make it a year without putting them up, we set out to blast into the brick a couple weekends ago.

But first, we had to address the light. It wasn't our style and looked original to the house. That would make it 60 years old and showing wear from its permanent life outside. I had something in mind,  Zach liked the look, thus making this one of our quicker decisions.  We sauntered off to Home Depot, were directed to another Home Depot, then finally brought it home. 

Zach quickly replaced the light, making this again one of our quicker projects and maybe our only light with fortunate wiring.  It seems like I'm foreshadowing this to turn into an unfortunate project, but it was really just a strangely fortunate day.

I really liked the seeded glass. Apparently I snuck that feature by Zach because he asked if it was dirty or if those were water drops. But the glass is a little dusty and I was too lazy to pull out the ladder to remove and clean.  I don't love the swirly light bulb within, but its a special one with a sensor that turns on at dusk and off at dawn, so in this case, function overrides style.


This picture was also taken before I traced that white line of caulk with a layer of brown to help camouflage. 

Then, using the templates that were packaged with the house numbers, a hammer drill and silicon caulk, we hung the house numbers. 


We'll be filing this face lift under 'Why didn't we do this earlier?!' Game changer.

For comparison and posterity's sake, here's where we started:


Here's what we look like lately in unintentionally better lighting:


 Now we need a door knocker, right?!

Either way, it's comforting to know our cats can now know which house is ours and will hopefully let the new neighbors move in without trying to take over.


Monday, October 12, 2015

Picture This: Week 41, 2015.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I debate its continuation annually, but I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag.


October 5, 2015

Target has metallic paints.  All of the things will be metallic.


October 6, 2015

Fire drills mean stop overs at Starbucks and pining over new mugs.


October 7, 2015

After years of debate, I scrapped my first concept for bookends and opted for metallic books, following a DIY by Emily Henderson.


October 8, 2015

The headless cat.


October 9, 2015

Henry's in a cone again following the latest incident of the same dog chasing her up a different tree.  Poor girl.


October 10, 2015

The first of our Playhouse Square series was Saturday with Bullets over Broadway.  I'm so excited we're doing this; it's a show we wouldn't have seen otherwise because we didn't know much about it, but it was hilarious.   


October 11, 2015

October date day was quintessentially fall: petting zoo (with piglets!), hayride, corn maze and pumpkin picking.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Super simple coffee table.

I intended to write a quick post on how we built our coffee table months ago.  At this point, it may be nearly a year.  This is going to be a boring post, but my phone is telling me I'm running out of storage.  I either need to delete these photos or write a post about them, and I've kept them this long.  

Many moons ago, our living room - and this is the space in the basement with the fireplace and TV - was furnished solely with a leather loveseat.  Thinking about it now, that piece has moved from my parent's living room to Columbus during my college apartment days, then to DC, and finally, back to Ohio. I didn't realize I'd lugged it around so far or for so long.  Anyway, it was quite lonely in the big basement.  Also, nonfunctional. Is that a word? We like to eat when we watch TV, and the kittens would like to lick our plates, but they don't do that on the table. We needed a table.


This room really has come a long way since this August 2014 picture.

Using 2x6's we originally intended for the standing desk in our office (before ruling them out for being too heavy), we created a super simple design: a plank top with straight legs. I stained everything our favorite dark walnut before assembly, so we're glossing over that and starting with assembly.


Laying everything out, we decided a frame would provide more support for the table and make it look more finished.  The frame is scrap 1x2's that we were also using for the legs.  There wasn't too much thought, and we weren't getting too fancy with mitered corners.  In fact, the frame is as simple as one knuckle's distance from the edge: 


Seriously.  We kept it real simple. To attach, we started by joining all of the planks with the kreg jig.  We measured and drilled pilots six inches from each other and moving opposite directions for the most security. 


We then used 2-inch kreg screws and the assistance of a ratchet strap to join all of the planks in the top.


Once the top was done, we used the kreg to build the frame.  We also used the kreg to attach the frame to the top.  We probably used smaller than 2-inch kreg screws for that, but I can't remember.  The kreg screw boxes have helpful guides on the sides telling you what length of screw to use for a respective width of wood - pro tip.


Finally, we added the legs in each of the four corners little metal corner brackets.  These come in packs of four, complete with the screws, which is super helpful.


That's it! Actually, I did poly this for additional protection. This is how it looks now, albeit in a terrible combination of morning, lamp, and overhead lighting.  

 
In the past year we've added a rug, sectional, and some cat toys underneath.  We also took out a plank so it could fit more nicely into the couch. 

 
We've been so happy with this table in the past year.  It's durable, not precious enough to fawn over, but also one of our first furniture projects.  Zach has a special place in his heart for this one - there was serious concerns when we got the sectional as to where the table would go and if it would be considered. All this to say - this was a long overdue, simple project, and we love it.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Picture This: Week 40, 2015.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I debate its continuation annually, but I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag.


September 28, 2015

Rush hour traffic was something so unique last week.  That's the nicest description of my extreme rage. 


September 29, 2015

I was disappointed that this wonderful apocalyptic-sky didn't turn into a thunderstorm.


September 30, 2015
Jen and I cleaned up well on wine night.


October 1, 2015

Theater tickets!


October 2, 2015

We popped back to Pittsburgh for the night and as my room was taken over by dogs, we were adorned with the mementos of SLH.


October 3, 2015

Bri hosted the CUTEST surprise baby shower for Alicia on Saturday.  I successfully carried out the surprise, then we had tea and treats and watched Lish open so many cute things for the first baby girl in the clan.


October 4, 2015

Sunday night meal prep: a line of my favorite apple cinnamon refrigerator oatmeals

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