Monday, February 24, 2014

Ugly bits


Last week had its moments. Frustrations, if you will. And so I came to the conclusion that sometimes life is like this grilled cheese sammie: The cheese might not melt, the guacamole might ooze everywhere and the bread might burn but it will still taste good as gold.
Life is good. It's just not always picturesque.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Once Upon a Time...

This made me laugh.
Click and take a moment to remember.


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Birthday celebrations

My oldest younger sister celebrated another year. Whoop! Whoop!
Just for fun, my mom made a pinata and crammed her little gifts into it. Kali whacked and whacked that bird but it wouldn't break. Then she went all Hulk on it and busted out her prize: llama socks :D

Monday, February 17, 2014


Keith and I honeymooned in Seattle and Portland. While we were there we noticed that people in the Pacific Northwest don't call shrimp 'shrimp', they call them 'prawns'. Which, to me, makes shrimp even more disgusting than they already are. Prawn is not a pretty word.
You know how in Lion King the word 'Mufasa' makes the hyenas shudder? 'Prawn' does that to me.

Regional dialect is a funny thing.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Pyrex Kaleidoscope

As a little girl i remember being fascinated by kaleidoscopes. Awed and perplexed at how a tiny movement could completely change the image. The color and pattern that was being contained in that small cardboard twisty tube totally captivated me - for about 3 minutes. Then my attention span expired :D

This is my digitally created adult version of a kaleidoscope.
I created these by manipulating pictures of my Pyrex hoard in Photoshop.

If you enjoy comparing before and after pics, you can find original pictures here and here
So, did you like them 3 minutes worth?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Monday, February 10, 2014

Statement wall! DIY Geometric Wall Makeover

Ever since laying eyes on the wavy wall by Kristin Davis I have been smitten by the gloss-on-matte paint effect. Then I saw this hexagonal wall decor and decided that looked pretty cool too. But then I saw this geometric hodge-podge and my heart skipped a beat. *Yes. Thank you for sharing your idea on Pinterest. I will be replicating it immediately.*

So began Part 2 of our stairway transformation.
One wall of the stairway was already painted since it is part of the living room but the other wall, which was still the brown, was in need of some sweet lovin'.

The bland before.
1_ Apply the background color that will be the stripes. I used Kilz primer. Since this is the white stripe in the pattern I did apply 2 coats so everything was a nice even color.
2_  Bust out the painters tape. As you can see, I taped so there was a mix of big and small spaces.
3_ Roll on the paint! I used the left over dining room and living room paint to keep the color scheme cohesive throughout the house. I left a few spaces white so I could apply a different color without having to wait for dry time. While getting the darker paint and brushes ready, the first round of paint dried and I then determined which spaces would get a second gloss coat - hence the sticky notes. (Apparently I didn't need to worry about dry-time)
4_ Remove tape.

And I was finished!!!


You see, I had failed to take into account that our ancient plaster walls, which have layer upon layer of rolled-on paint, are not baby-butt smooth. They are eggshell smooth. Paint had seeped under the tape, filling the little dimples.
What step 3 should have been_ Roll another coat of Kilz (white paint) on the wall OVER the tape creating a seal. Paint still would have seeped under the tape but it would have been white, the desired color, and prevented the other colors from seeping into areas they did not belong.
Live and learn, right?

Fortunately, this wasn't a costly mistake and was easy to fix. At this point in the wall makeover I busted out a small artist's brush and carefully applied white paint over the sloppy edges, smoothing out the lines. It was a bit time intensive but the end results were worth it in my opinion.


So what do you think? We really love the way it looks, especially because it adds some personality to the wall without adding nail holes in the plaster (ACK!).

Thursday, February 6, 2014

making plans


In an effort to accomplish as much as I think I can, I picked up a planner from Target. The thought is that if I can write my ideas down and assign a post date to them, then I will actually do the work to bring the idea about.  Does this work for you?

I'm kinda obsessed with this planner right now. Partly because I love making lists and partly because it's so dang pretty. I love the typography on the cover, the contrast of the gold on craft paper, and that there are polka dots on the inside pages. I'm pretty sure this thing was designed with me in mind.  I *might* be carrying it around like a kid carries a safety blanket.

Since January is long gone I thought it would be fun to turn that month into a goal page by slapping a tag and some pretty washi tape over the month/day info. It's actually a bit challenging to come up with 31 goals that are NOT house related since that is on my mind most of the time. I have a separate list of house to-dos / goals and didn't want to double up. As you can see, I still need to come up with a few goals...

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

In the Wild

cathrineholm bowl4

My mother has accomplished the impossible: she found Cathrineholm at a thrift store.
Not one, but two beautiful striped bowls. Eeeep!

cathrineholm bowl1

She confessed that she actually put them back but picked them up again because she thought I would like them. Which, obviously, I do. Very much.
You see, she didn't know they were Cathrineholm since they don't have the seal on the bottom. She only realized later what a treasure she had found when she was looking at my Pinterest boards.

Can you tell I like them? They are mixed in with the Pyrex in a high-traffic spot to they can be admired on the frequent.  Quite near the Lotus pan. I am *officially* a collector :D

Sunday, February 2, 2014

open house invitation

I tried something a bit new with these invitations. Simpler, more textural. Just wood bits glued on the front of the invite.
People liked them :)