Monday, February 29, 2016

Picture This: Week 9, 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.


February 22, 2016

Weird wants, fulfilled: floor pouf.


February 23, 2016

Catch-up.


February 24, 2016

The weather was the creepiest this week - Cleveland was totally hidden for most of the day, then the heavy fog traveled around, hiding entire sections.


February 25, 2016

Mail surprises! 


February 26, 2016

Henry, hiding in the closet to attack Copper, and not hiding well.


February 27, 2016

Closet renovations, long overdue.


February 28, 2016

Cop is so serious about his bedtime rituals.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Picture This: Week 8, 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.


February 15, 2016

It's a very real possibility that I will become a free-hand state shape cutter. 
 
 
February 16, 2016

And so begins my quest to save my snake plant that I over loved with water.
 
 
February 17, 2016

Cool runnings.
 
 
February 18, 2016

I had a very specific clock in my head.  After months of unsuccessful searching, I opted to make it instead.


February 19, 2016

Zach's wanted a Will Smith party for years.  Specifically, at least seven years.  Finally - finally! - we hosted, and were so please with the variety and accuracy. 


February 20, 2016

I really want this geometric egg swing in my life.


February 21, 2016

After a weekend with all of our siblings, we ran a half marathon.  It's a weird sentence.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Wedding accessory shadowbox.

With the new year, we've focused in on certain rooms with the goal of finishing.  We're good at tackling big projects, but the finishing work - trim, caulking, painting - generally drags as I think I can fit it in between other things.  In reality, I never really want to do it and it's forgotten until we're showing someone the space and it's embarrassing (read: blog).  

During our room by room purge, we made a list of things to address in each space.  The office had a lot of those, including many little crafts.  I was keeping pieces to craft all over the desks, partly to remind myself to do them, but also because storage wasn't great.  We're still working on the storage piece, but now our wedding accessories aren't sitting under the TV.

I started with a shadow box framed ordered from Amazon.  It came with a foam/cork board, so it was ideal for pinning these little pieces.  


I covered the board in the printed burlap we'd had at the wedding and pinned on our accessories with straight pins.  It was one of the fastest crafts ever.  

Within a day, the thing jumped off our bookshelf.  I was sitting right next to it, nothing startled the shelf, it literally jumped over a rock and fell three feet.  It still boggles my brain. It was split beyond repair though (there were metal pieces in the corners), so a new shadow box was in order.


Trusty IKEA.  Trusty Ribba.  Again, I covered the backing in the burlap.  This time, it was a piece of MDF so instead of the pins pushing through, it was more of a fit into the fabric- like pinning fabric together rather than pinning the pieces to a mount. 


Then I put the frame back on the same cursed shelf behind the same aforementioned rock Glares on this glass are crazy. 


So far, so good. 

Monday, February 15, 2016

Picture This: Week 7, 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.


February 8, 2016

Normally, it's where we keep the microwave.  Eventually, there will be a plug and it'll be where we always keep the microwave.  But now, as soon as it's out, it's their hiding spot. 


February 9, 2016

The previous location of the aforementioned microwave, plus boiling water for dishes because of a water leak. 


February 10, 2016

I like repeating patterns around the house, so the extra material from the office curtains are being made into pillows for the guest room.


February 11, 2016

Snow on snow.  The bitter cold cut our run short today.


February 12, 2016

Unfortunately, our makeup run was in even more, unpredicted snow.


February 13, 2016

If/Then was our musical over the weekend, a part of the season tickets.  The lead had an amazing voice (she was Idina Menzel's understudy in Wicked), but it was my least favorite musical. 


February 14, 2016

Last week, my dad bought himself a cake because all three of us had jobs in our degree fields.  Naturally, we also suggested that we get cakes.  We were in Pittsburgh running, but my parents were traveling through from Indiana and snuck a cake in the fridge.  It was a lovely surprise (pun intended).

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Roman shades from mini blinds.

With so many themes of love around the Internet, it's only right that I share my love for blackout curtains.  I lined the curtains in the guest room and one set of curtains in our bedroom, so the logical next step was the office, which doubles as another guest room with its twin bed.  The true logical next step would probably be the second set of curtains in our bedroom.  I am debating those, I'm just afraid I would never wake up if it's too dark and comfortable.  

The office had roller bamboo shades, or shades that looked like bamboo.  Lots of texture, but virtually no light blocking.  I really had to search my pictures for a before shot here, and then nearly missed the shade because it virtually disappeared in the day.  Ignore the bad cat.  It was disappointing, but predictable, because I bought them quickly and was looking at style over function.  


All that was before blackout curtains proved to actually work.

I wasn't about to line the see-through roller shades with blackout fabric because, again, style, or lack thereof in this case.  My go-to long curtains wouldn't work in this room because of the desk.  My only option was roman shades.  I think.  All research on this topic was done in my head, so there may be another great option out there that I don't know about.  Please don't tell me yet though, I still want to bask in the glory of these curtains for a little while yet. 

I knew I would make the curtains because I've never seen an off-the-shelf curtain fabric that I've liked.  Again, I spend very little time looking at those sorts of things, so my lack of options are directly proportional to the lack of effort and time.  I poked around on the Internet and figured I would follow Martha's instructions.  As I usually do, I left the web page open on my computer for a week, my computer slowed from lack of shutdown (but how would I find the page again otherwise?) and I finally forced myself to read the tutorial.  It was going to be hard.  The comments were discouraging, and with the aforementioned lack of patience, it was out of my wheelhouse.  After more searching, I found a great tutorial on Honestly WTF, which I honestly don't read enough.  I can't decide if I intended on that pun. 


I followed the tutorial exactly, making only a tiny adjustment at the end in order to wrap the fabric around the mount when finally hanging these on the wall.

At first, I also left the roller shade underneath.  I thought I'd like the layering, but on a skinny window, it was too much.  It's also worth mentioning that the roller shades stopped rolling up.  It became a manual roll, and when underneath another shade, that's more work than necessary.  Those were removed, so I have another wood filling, sanding and painting project in my future.   For posterity purposes, here's a terrible picture obviously taken at nighttime.   


The fabric is from Minted.  I'm obsessed with that site, and launched myself at it when I learned they were starting fabric options.  It's more and more difficult to validate pillow purchases, but a window shade application was new and exciting. 


I'm so pleased.  Sew pleased? The tutorial required more precision than I usually exhibit in matters of sewing, but it was necessary when my fabric was exactly two inches wider than the window.  I'm extremely proud that I didn't mess this up.   


That being said, the measurements are precise and the shade is the exact size of the window.  The lack of overlap means there's a bit of light that sneaks through, but even still, the impact is impressive.  This is mid-morning, with the other window open to cast enough light to take a picture.  I even pulled the bottom of this window shade up a bit to get some more light.
  

Now to address the glaringly obvious need for crown.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Picture This: Week 6, 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.

February 1, 2016

Bruce and his new shoot.


February 2, 2016

Haircut! It feels so fresh after cringing over my split ends.


February 3, 2016

Ain't no party like a Will Smith party [invite].  That may be the only use of ain't I can condone.


February 4, 2016

Judgment. 


February 5, 2016

Is it the introvert in me that easily angers at the lack of Door Close button?


February 6, 2016

Tobogganing was one of the more exhilarating experiences I didn't expect.


February 7, 2016

I'm proud of these curtains for multiple reasons - the most being the precise measuring it required, but more importantly - that I didn't mess up.  That's a sort of patience rarely found in me, so I'm beaming.  


Monday, February 1, 2016

Picture This: Week 5, 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.



January 25, 2016

It makes it seem so fancy.


January 26, 2016

In all my time in DC, I never made it to the Tombs.  As of last week though, I made it next door to the 1782 Restaurant and maybe one of the best dinners.


January 27, 2016

Jonas the blizzard meant work pants and snow boots.


January 28, 2016

Flying.  Really, really grossed out by the hairs stuck between the window panes.


January 29, 2016

Henry, the sleepiest little cub.


January 30, 2016

I've stalked this doorknocker for years. Literal years. Thanks to Bri, I finally made it mine and cannot wait to hang on the front door.


January 31, 2016

Two years after starting, we're working to finish the office.  Zach framed in the shelves with baseboard, and I'm applying poly, though with mixed feelings as it's turning the shelves an ugly tint of yellow.

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