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  • Intergalactic cowl

    So…remember the lazy wheels I was crocheting? I had a grand vision of what they would eventually look like once I had them attached to each other, generic cialis check and it actually wasn’t too far off from what I had imagined. However, best cialis cure when I sauntered out into the living room to show my husband he said to me:

    “You look like a Klingon.”

    Hu’tegh! Now I cannot get that out of my head. Back to the drawing board!

  • What do I do next?

    I’ve got the momentum! Now that the bathroom is (mostly) done it’s time to pick the next project!
    Will it be:

    Paint the Dining Room Table Project?


    I’ve been wanting a pedestal table for a while now to replace the gigantic IKEA table we currently use. The dining room is a tiny space in the center of a major thoroughfare and a circular table will allow for better movement, viagra usa sovaldi sale take up less space, recipe yet still allow us to seat the same number of people. I finally found my table at the local Restore for fifty bucks! Woo! This table has been sitting in our living room for a few months now, and as become a dumping ground for stuff. It’s making me crazy, so I’d like to get it into the dining room where it belongs.

    Disruption-o-Meter: 3 out of 5. It’s going to be an involved process painting (and sanding and priming and sanding again) in a cold-ass garage, and the old table will need to be moved into my sewing room (new sewing table, FTW!) which is so messy I currently don’t have room for it. Ugh.

    Or, will it be Finish the Chair Project?


    I am actually almost done with this one. I found this chair a million years ago on the side of the road FOR FREE and finally got around to painting it this summer. This chair is going to be a cast member in a larger Spare Bedroom Makeover Extravaganza. It was also my first time painting with milk paint. I chose to do a “Chippy” paint finish, which is not really my style, but you don’t have to sand or strip or remove paint or even CLEAN the piece, so hey. I’ve been loving everything coming from the awesome Miss Mustard Seed that I decided to just go for it. I chose a more modern print for the cushions so it doesn’t look too “Shabby Chic”. The juxtaposition of styles makes it “eclectic”, right? RIGHT? So now that it’s painted and chipped and waxed, all I have to do is make the cushions.

    Disruption-o-Meter: 2 out of 5. I just need to get some foam cut and sew the cushions. It will involve piping and zippers and MATH, so while it’s not super easy, it’s not anything I can’t handle.

    And finally…our last contestant…

    The Do Something About This Entryway Already, Dammit! Project

    I need a console type thing where I can hang my purse and keys and mail and general stuff that seems to collect on the various surfaces throughout the house (like dining room tables). This distribution of crap is starting to become a big problem. LITTLE PILES EVERYWHERE. We need a PLACE for our THINGS. I am thinking pipe shelving. (Of course.) I’d like to be able to get the paper shredder in this location as well, so that’s an issue I’ll have to solve. I have already painted the picture frames that I am going to use as mirrors and I’ve replace the hideous light that was there before…so…I’ve sorta started on it.

    Disruption-o-Meter: 4.5 out of 5. So…pipe shelves. Have you seen how expensive pipe is? Yikes. I really need to figure out exactly what I need out of this space and then figure out how to execute it. Do I get bins? Do I build a cabinet? Shelves? I need a rug! Do I really need an umbrella holder? Sigh.

    AND THE WINNER IS:

    Chair. Writing this post helped me see what I have to do with each project and considering the fact that the chair is mainly done, I might as well continue with the Finish-What-You-Have-Started-Before-You-Start-Something-Else theme and finish the dang chair. Woo!

  • Bathroom Update: I’m Finally Almost Done. Sorta.


    I was so jazzed after going to the Design Camp back in September that I wanted immediately tear into redecorating my living/dining room. Much like Stef and her kitchen renew project, buy viagra look I decided that it was probably a better idea to finish the bathroom project I started almost three (yikes…really?) years ago before I launched into something new. I was mostly done, viagra but there were a few small things like putting the trim/moulding back on the floor and installing the toilet paper holder that needed to get done. A few things have come up as we have been living with the space for a few years that I needed to fix as well.

    This past week I took off work while Jefe was out of town so that I could focus on Getting! It! Done! without his distracting me. Doesn’t seem like a whole lot now, prescription but I worked my tail off and still didn’t do all that I wanted.

    I won’t bore you with boring trim deals, which was the brunt of the work. So much measuring and cutting and nailing and nail setting and wood filling and sanding and painting and ick. And this was JUST the trim around the tub (the tub is just slightly larger that the space for the tub and the walls aren’t exactly square so I had fiddly bits). I didn’t have time to do the trim on the floor, so I still have that yet to do.

    I moved the hooks for the towels AND as sort of a reward for doing this, I bought fancy turkish towels. Have you seen these? I had never heard of them until AB Chao listed them in her bathroom makeover and I spotted them again in a magazine this month…Allure I think? I have towel issues. I’ve been searching and searching and searching for new towels and after doing yet ANOTHER load of smelly, mildewy, THEY DON’T DRY IN THIS CLIMATE terry towels I decided to spring for something new. Let me tell you this: They are pricer than your average towel. They are worth every single stinking penny. If you are one of those people who like a soft, fluffy terry cloth bath sheets, then these might not be the towels for you. They are super thin. They don’t smear the water around like some of those cheap-ass “quick dry towels”. They come in ton of colors. I love them. I am a convert.

    At first when I started this project all those million years ago I thought I was going to be fancy and mount my toilet paper holder to the wall, so in order to do that I had to patch the hole that was there first. Let me sum up and say that was a dumb idea that cost me a lot of effort to fix. I’ve been living with a role of toilet paper on the end of the counter for so long that it’s clear that it’s going to take me a while to remember to reach the other way. “Where’s the toilet paper?!!! Oh yeah.”

    I got a new rug as well, which I love. I also had found a stool on the side of the road that was painted a chippy-white-and-other-colors that I revamped and added little casters to the feet. It’s the official martini table laptop stand for watching Downton Abby in the bathtub.

    Caulking. I had to re-caulk as well, but that’s boring. So…not a grand “TA-DA!” but I feel so good that I got it (mostly) done. I got sick halfway through the week which didn’t help things and was sort of odd. Either the UPS man sneezed on a package or I picked something up at the Home Improvement Store. Sucks either way. And, of course…I had to save the best for last:

    I found another Ashtray Man Head or whatever they are called at a flea market this summer for a STEAL. Since the Uncle Fester looking one is busy holding Q-Tips, I’m thinking Jeeves can be the Incense Stick Man. And now that this is all (mostly) done I’m feel like I can move on to other things with less guilt.

    EDIT: I should add that I had to call my Dad for help only once!

  • Crocheting Weather

    About a week ago I was overcome with the desire to KNIT SOMETHING. I wanted, best viagra viagra NEEDED yarn like, see right now this instant. Had to have it. I am not really a knitter. I can knit, I know how, I just don’t.

    I futzed around for a bit trying to figure out what to make…I think it was just the mindlessness of the process I was craving, not really the result. As a consequence, there was a lot of ripping of stitches.

    I finally found what I was looking for along the hem of a coat in Teva Durham’s Loop-d-Loop Crochet. These are lazy wheels. They are so fun to make and I think I’m only going to need a few of them for a really pretty scarf. The one on the left has been blocked and the one on the right was fresh off the hook. The blocking process never ceases to amaze me – they look so different!

  • Links: Crafty Things for the Home

    • I love, cialis buy shop love, help love, love, LOVE, these tiny doors. I am SO doing this.
    • It seems like I am needing a shelving unit in almost every room, and  while briefly flirting with the idea of getting something fabricated, I settled on the ole’ plumbing pipe solution. Then I got to thinking that it might be weird to have them EVERYWHERE so I am very much liking the idea of these industrial shelving units made from simple hardware store supplies.
    • Don’t hate me but I am seriously contemplating macrame. I want my cat hanging from the ceiling. Will it suck? And will she even use it? These are the questions. I mean, it’s macrame, so chances of suckage are pretty high…however, I am confident I can style it into the current decade. Added bonus: I recently found every macrame book ever published in the history of the world in a back room of Shipwreck Beads.
    • I think I found a solution to the brick wall/fireplace that must-not-be-painted:concrete stain. I am very excited about this.
    • Tier hanging pots. NOT macrame and I just happen to I have a perfect spot for it.

    Happy Friday!

  • Simplicity 1647

    LOOK AT THIS PATTERN:

    I die. You know what REALLY sold me on it? (It was a bit pricier than what I normally spring for.)  The jacket. It’s a ONE-SHOULDER JACKET. Oh man. No matter that it’s not my size. I HAD to have it. I also might want to rethink the whole “perusing the internet when I wake up” thing.  My self control is not at its best at 5:30 in the morning. I do take comfort however, cialis sale levitra in the fact that I could grade the pattern up to my size. I should start on that now, cialis sales viagra actually. I might get it done in time for summer!

    And since we’re on the topic of impulse pattern purchasing, advice I also recently acquired the Beginner’s Starter Pack from Victory Patterns. I saw Sallieoh’s version of the Satsuki dress and decided that I NEED ONE TOO.

    So…you know…I got this pattern buying thing DOWN. Still working on the sewing part. In fact, I still haven’t finished that blouse because I need interfacing (and buttons) and haven’t had the time to restock supplies. BUT! I DID create my muslin for the Simplicity 2406 – Cynthia Rowley (view C) this past weekend and it fit! and it survived the ever discerning eye of my husband. Houston, we’re cleared for takeoff.

    Just as soon as I get some interfacing.

  • Design Camp Aftermath: I WANT Wish List

    1. Black and white stripe blinds? Yes, buy viagra generic please.
    2. Storm paint from Benjamin Moore.
    3. Awesome fabric for recovering chairs and making pillows.
    4. The Big Lebowski Prints from Visual Etiquette.
    5. “Couple” wall clock to add to my collection.
    6. A new cat bed to replace the scrap of old carpet we currently use.
    7. Rensslear wall sconce from Schoolhouse Electric

    These are easy cosmetic things I can start with. I also need to get a quote from a local metal fabricator for some metal shelve brackets. I’m scared because I’ve heard they tend to overcharge for things like this. I also need to investigate how to mount my TV in a corner. Baby steps.

  • DEWIT Design Camp


    A few weeks ago I attended the DEWIT Design Camp which was held up at The Pantry at Delancy, viagra canada cialis which is an awesome community kitchen attached to the restaurant Delancy.

    I’ve been trying think to about how to articulate the Design Camp Experience in words other than “OH MY GOD IT WAS AWESOME!” It’s hard.

    I learned so much about how to approach designing my home. The Camp Director was Anna Beth Chao, generic viagra find and she imparted her wisdom and experience in a magical format that left me feeling really excited about the prospect of finally turning my home into the space I dream it to be. Not to mention sort of floating around in a little cloud of just—awesomeness. But that may have been all of the champagne. I can’t say for certain.

    I think most important part of what she imparted was a set of rules she lives by, and the “recipes” she uses in approaching spaces. I think we are spoilt for choice in a lot of aspects of our lives and this in turn paralyzes us from making decisions. Or we make the wrong decisions out of fear. Her mantra is BE BRAVE.

    I’ll give you an example: I asked about my particular curtain conundrum – “how long should they be if I have an electric wall heater right under the window”? Aside from it being a seriously stupid energy decision made by whoever designed this house, I was told “You can’t have curtains. You need shades.” You see I totally agree with her in that I think, as she aserts, curtains should fall all the way to the floor.  I could not wrap my head around how I would do this without setting things on fire. I was so locked into the idea that I needed curtains that it didn’t even occur to me that I actually didn’t need curtains. There were other options.  Having that curtain option removed makes things so much easier. Screw you, curtains! I just ordered a bunch of samples of bamboo shades!

    I came back from camp wanting to buy the entire Universe of Home Decorating Items but gave myself a spending moratorium. I need to take my time with this. There is also the delicate negotiation of up coming changes with Jefe. I think he is on board – as long as I don’t paint anything white.

  • Blogging for Eleven Years

    The 25th of September was my eleven year blogiversary. Eleven years!! It’s hard to believe sometimes. The flowers above are from a DEWIT Design Camp I attended earlier this month, cialis generic click and I was lucky to meet two bloggers I have known for almost all of those eleven years. It was an awesome, viagra magical weekend in a lot of ways.

    One of the other attendees asked what I blogged about and I didn’t really know what to say. I started blogging before blogs had to be *about* things or had ads, malady or before there were blogs about blogging. The internet seemed so much smaller back then. This blog has been good to me and I feel bad sometimes for not pay enough attention to it. I’ve met awesome people because of it, people like Flummel, who I can now call my friend and meet for coffee (we are overdue, by the way.)

    Here’s the link to my first posts. I don’t know what happened to the images, and I can’t vouch for any of the links working.

    Here’s to another eleven years! I love you blog!

    P.S. You’ll be hearing more about the Design Camp because it was AWESOME and I am enerjazzed like nobody’s business. My house will never be the same.

    P.S.S. I felt it necessary to tell you that if you do go and read those first posts, the “Kitty” I am talking about is a papier mache Halloween bucket head I was making.

  • McCall 9976

    Oh Sleeeeeeeeeves! You kill me. I just bought this pattern because of those lovely sleeves. INTERVENTION!

  • Sewing Like Crazy

    This is the first blouse I have sewn in…well…ever. That’s not entirely true, viagra buy cialis but it may as well be. I’ve never made one that turned out well enough to actually wear. I’ve been sticking to skirts because they are easy, cialis buy unhealthy but what’s a wardrobe with 9 million skirts and nothing to where with them?

    I am stash-busting and using a beautiful grey linen. I love linen so much, viagra and I am very please with it’s progress so far. Making a muslin version first was incredibly helpful and allowed me to figure out the tricky bits.

    The pattern is a vintage McCall’s which I bought through Midvale Cottage on Etsy. I subcribe to here shop feed (dangerous) and have purchased a lot of vintage patterns from her.

    I am sewing View A, although my collar is not as crisp. I love the use of tucks on this pattern instead of darts and the pleats around the neck. I am about 80% done. I need to do a little finish work like tacking down facings…and the buttons. Buttons. Wish me luck!

  • And We’re Back!

    I just got back from vacation in Wyoming. It was my 20 year High School Reunion *cough* and I had a great time. The turnout wasn’t all that great (what’s up with that?) but in retrospect it was a fulfilling experience and I am glad that I went.

    The images above are from the Wyoming Frontier Prison in my hometown of Rawlins, buy cialis sick Wyoming. I guess when they were divvying out institutions back in the day, buy viagra Rawlins was given the choice of the Penn or the University, and “they” chose the Penn. I often wonder what kind of town/life it would have been if a different choice was made.

  • Pink Things

    I realized a few days ago that I have a lot of pink things going on in the house right now. They are all food projects of some sort and such a pretty shade of pink that I just had to share.

    Happy Monday!

  • Hi there.

    Hellllooooooooooo!

    What’ve you been up to? Man, cialis sildenafil it seems like forever since we talked. I can’t believe June is almost over. Sheesh. Time flies when you are having fun.

    I’ve been good…just cruising along. I just finished a gigantor project at work, generic viagra cialis doing the UX/UI (User Experience and User Interface) design for our Ferries Reservation system. It’s live after eight months of hard work and I couldn’t be happier.

    The garden is exploding and doing GREAT, but because I have been focusing so much on that area, the rest of the yard is a HOT MESS.

    Next weekend is the Olympia Food Swap and am making macarons again. I am going to do rhubarb, a strawberry-balsamic, and I am thinking I need another flavor. I made these chocolate chip cookies recently that Megan from NotMartha linked to and Holy Cow – I am now obsessed with brown butter. So, I’m thinking of doing a brown butter buttercream filling and a pecan shell. I also need to think of the packaging. I don’t have the tubes I used last time so I need to make a run to Michaels and see what I can rustle up.

    I’ve been helping with design work for that gals that run our local craft Fair – Make Olympia, and as such I have a free booth I need to fill in October so I have been thinking seriously of trying to make some purses. I’ve spoken before about wanting to do leather work and I also want to try silkscreening on fabric and think I can combine the two somehow.

    The main thing I took away from the craft fair I did this past December is that people wanted something useful. With my mushrooms I got a lot of “They are SO cute, but what are they for/do?” I told myself that:
    a) I am never doing another craft fair (but that didn’t last long), and
    b) the next thing I make will be functional.

    I am slightly obsessed with purses so it seems like a good fit. I’ve miss my little old blog here, and all of you of course, so I am going be posting about purses in order to help be accountable get motivated. I’ve also been sewing actual clothing recently so perhaps I’ll even give you a little fashion show.

  • Home stuff and other stuff



    I couldn’t help myself and I bought another Jim Flora record to add to my collection! I LOVE it! You know what, best cialis sovaldi sale though? Now I have an odd number which means I need to buy another one to restore order to the universe. This might seem a little OCD, tadalafil but since they are being displayed in a grouping I can blame it on aesthetics.
    And…since we’re talking about restoring order to things…have I shown you this before? I can’t remember.

    Yep. This is my office and it’s a mess.  Not surprising to those of you who are intimately acquainted with my living habits.  Part of the problem (only a small part) is that I’ve been in a holding pattern because I thought that I was going to be swapping my office with another room in the house, but it’s since been decided that it’s probably a good idea if I stayed right where I am.

    So, now that I’m not moving anywhere I’ve decided to get off my duff already and whip this mess into shape. I’ve already got a gigantic pile (Books! So.Many.Books) ready to head to Goodwill and then the next order of business will be to paint everything white. I have a long weekend ahead of me with iffy weather, so hopefully I can finally, FINALLY get rid of the salmon/lime green walls. I can’t believe I’ve lived with this wall color for so long.

    I am also declaring it my “sewing room” henceforth and have been cultivating a collection of inspiration ideas on Pinterest to get me in the mood.

    What else will be going down this weekend? Chive blossom vinegear. Also this Radish Leaf Pesto. What are you doing?

  • The last Month or so in a picture

    Howdy Stranger! April just zoomed past me, viagra try and there it is well into May with nary a peep from me. I’ve mainly been busy over in the garden – if you hadn’t noticed it’s my current obsession. This past weekend, I was working on an arbor I’m building and I looked up and saw that there were people walking around my yard looking at the flowers. It was such an odd moment. People. In my yard. Why are there people in my yard?

    It turns out that they were from the Buddhist temple next door. They were celebrating the birthday of Buddha on Sunday and I gathered from one of the women that she saw my tulips and apparently just HAD to get closer look. I say apparently because she was Vietnamese and didn’t speak much english. She had one word down however, and that word was “tulip”.

    She was particularly enamored with the ones in the picture above.

    Then I showed her the Queen of the Nights that are currently blooming.

    Once I got over the initial shock it was actually a very endearing experience. Her friends were on the other side of my fence, near the new garden yelling at her to get the hell out my yard. Actually, I have no idea what they were saying, but it seems like that was the jist. It also brought to mind one of the reasons I love to garden, and that is to share the beauty. I love walking past people’s yards and seeing what they have done and what they are growing and it made me feel great to know that someone is appreciating what I am creating.

  • Weeks in Pictures

    Another batch of cupcakes!

    The cupcakes were for a joint birthday celebration with friends up in Seattle. We spent a beautiful weekend up there and stumbled into criterium bike race a Volunteer Park. Jefe was in heaven.



    It was also “free Saturday” at the Seattle Asian Art Museum where they had and exhibit of Central Asian Ikats. Erica was in heaven. I’ve been spending every spare moment working to get the garden created. The rest of the yard is jealous of the new kid and is a looking a little dandelion ravaged. Not enough time!

  • The Past Week in a Picture

    Well hellllooooo there! How is your March going? Out like a lamb? Ours is a soggy, discount viagra recipe dreary, troche rainy lamb. Jefe and I were on vacation last week, spending most of it in Portland. Our Lulu Bird was SO happy to see us when we came back. We got lots of snuggles intermixed with angry “why-did-you-leave-me?” bites.

    Our trip was sort of a pre-birthday treat, but I just HAD to treat myself to something I’ve been lusting after for ages:

    I can’t wait for these babies to arrive. I hope they fit. They are a part of my grand plan to start going to work NOT looking like a 13 year old boy. Good bye, my Chuckie All Stars, it’s been fun.

  • The past week and a half-ish in pictures

    Another round of lemon cupcakes! This batch was much better, best cialis medical but I still have more research to do before I declare an ultimate winner.

    I bought some leather paint because Dharma Trading had it on sale. What am I going to do with it? I don’t know but I have a few ideas.

    We’ve had some beautiful weather this week, which is sadly gone, but it gave a promise of what is to come. Hopefully. If we have another dreary Spring/Summer like the past two years I might go crazy. CRAZY.

    A little preview of what’s to come over in the garden. Pre-sproutin’ ma peas.

  • Lemon Cupcakes

    There has been a lack of activity around these parts and the reason is that I have been sucked into the Stephanie Plum Number books by Janet Evanovich. When I read, cialis cheap I READ and do absolutely nothing else. I’m on book fourteen out of eighteen so I should be done by the end of the week and back to my regularly scheduled program.

    One thing I want to tackle is finding the perfect, viagra usa basic cake recipe. I made these lemon cupcakes this past weekend and the cake was SO dense and dry…I didn’t much care for the frosting either – too gooey. The lemon curd, however, was awesome. I am going to go all crazy and try to make a gigantic batch and can it.

    I’ve been wanting to make this Ultimate Vanilla Cupcake recipe by The Cupcake Project for a long time so I think it will be a good place to start. I also want to explore the vegan cupcake arena, as I have found they are soooo moist and delicious and irresistible.

    I’ll also need to figure out a better basic frosting as well. I’ve tried the magic flour one and while the texture is awesome, I felt like I could *taste* the flour. Blech. I think it’ll end up either being a swiss or italian buttercream. I don’t like overly sweet frostings and I don’t mind the fussiness involved with the bain-marie and sugar syrups. Yay! Cupcake Bandwagon!