Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Projects Galore!

So for a while there I'd been working on quite a few projects.  The first is this one...

Wanna see my laundry room?  Well, it's more of a laundry closet actually.  I'd been seeing chevron walls all over the blogging world and wanted to try my hand at it. Surprisingly, Remy was all for it!  So I called up my mathematically inclined sister to come over and help me figure it all out.  After some trial and error, and sheer luck...


I mean skill...we figured it out.  And it turned out awesome!  I'm seriously impressed.  I have a habit of just jumping into projects with only sort of  thinking all the details through and I did NOT want to do that this time around!  Luckily Heather (the mathematically inclined one) was able to slow it down and figure it all out.  It definitely took some time to work through it all and finally get the system down, but it was worth it!  Remy even jumped in and helped me out!

Wanna know a funny story?  When we went to the paint section I found the color I wanted and had the guy mix up a quart.  Well as it was mixing we were looking through the "mistake" paints that are discounted, and I found the EXACT color in a gallon size for like $2 more or something.  The paint guy was really nice and let me take the gallon.  I felt kinda bad for wasting that quart, but I got over it.  :)

So here it is:

We finally figured out the right technique for the taping!


Here it is all finished, but before I moved all the crap onto the shelves (obviously).  Sadly I didn't take a before picture, but esentially it was all white walls, with one tiny shelf that wasn't screwed in properly so if you put too much pressure on the right side of the shelf it would flip up and dump detergent everywhere...not like we know from experience or anything. {shifty eyes}  And everything was just piled on the shelf and it was just a mess!  Originally I had wanted an EXPEDIT shelf from IKEA to mount to the wall.  I wanted the one that had like 6 cubes, but after looking at them, we decided they wouldn't really work for our space.  So we started looking around and wound up in the kitchen cabinet section where we found the shelf you see.  It's not pictured here, but for the bottom shelf we actually purchased the microwave shelf which sticks out a good 6 inches or so farther than the regular shelves, just to have a little more workspace.  It's been REALLY nice.  If I get around to it (don't hold your breath), I'll take a pic of the space now with everything in it.  It's awesome!  I can't even fill up the shelves!


We had been wanting to replace the two chairs in our livingroom and had looked and looked and looked for a love seat or something that would work, but we just never found anything we liked.  The chairs are a dark brown vinyl that match the couch, but the freaking cats run all over them with their claws and little Grey, who is an angel in every other way, decided to make them her scratching post.  Which is weird because it's the only thing other than their scratching post that has ever been scratched. 


The point is they were looking bad.

So one day I had an epiphany and thought, "I can sew, why  not make some slip covers?!"

And that's what I did.

I did some searching for some fabric and after consulting with Remy, who again surprised me with his acceptance of the brown zebra print, put in the order for the fabric and got to work!  I made templates out of paper first because I'm REALLY bad at measuring directly onto the fabric.  Then I started piecing the first one together.  Most of it went really quickly, until I got to the top corners of teh seat part.  I had cut the pieces a little larger than I needed it took some finagaling.  THEN I realized I had completely forgot to cut out one of the pieces for the skirt part.  THEN I realized I cut all the skirt pieces too short because...I'm not sure why, it just happened okay? 
So all in all the first cover took me 20 minutes to put together 90% of it.  Then probably another week or so to finish the last 10% because of the order I did everything which caused me pain.  The second chair cover was probably done in like an hour since I had figured out everything I did wrong in the first one. 
I also made some covers for the pillows that we have that go on those chairs.  They aren't pictured here because I hadn't made them yet, but they're white and really cute.
Just trust me.

And last, but not least, I painted this night stand for my youngest sister Amy.  I found this at the DI for like 6 or 8 dollars and it was just white wood. I think it was homemade actually.  So I gave it a sanding, spray painted it with ValSpar Grass Green.  I made the mistake of only buying one can which wasn't enough.  And I had to go back to freaking Lowes about 50,000 times before they finally had more.  Every time I went, and I went to probably 3 or 4 different locations too, they were out.  One time I bought one that I thought was right (really knowing it wasn't, I was just hoping they changed the name or something :) )it was too light.  But it worked out because I ended up using it for the chevron on the top.  And it was glossy and the rest is satin so it gives it even more dimension.  Then we just picked out the knob from Hobby Lobby.

So there you have it...oh wait, I forgot...we also painted our vanity cabinets.  But we haven't finished with the hardware so we'll get to that another day!

Thursday, September 29, 2011


Everyday as I crawl down Foothill Dr. in a sea of fellow commuters, I pass bus stops.  Bus stops full of strangers.  Strangers who are probably laughing at all of us that make up this massive river of metal and exhaust, just trickling down the street.  Maybe these strangers want to do their part to save the environment.  Perhaps they want to save a little cash.  Or could it be that they just like other people driving them around?  Who knows.  One thing I do know is that while they're laughing at me, I'm laughing right back.

See, in case you don't know, bus stops are marked by these metal posts with signs on the top letting everyone know where the bus will stop.  Sometimes the bus pulls up a little past the sign, while other times it comes up a little short.  Now when I take public transportation I usually stand, you know, by the sign indicating where the bus will stop.  And if someone is already standing there, I join them.  You know, create a little line if you want to be polite or start a little cluster that others would join. We become a group of people all tied together by a common goal with the sign as the center, a beacon if you will, calling the bus to us.

Not these strangers.

These strangers seem to be afraid of each other.  Or maybe they all smell funny.  Or maybe each person is afraid THEY smell so they're trying to do everyone else a favor.  Whatever the case may be, these people stand as FAR                          AWAYfrom each other as possible.  So far away it just looks ridiculous.  Awkward.  Silly.  Superfluous.  (not really that last one, I just like that word).  Seriously, there are about 6 people waiting for the bus and they are spread out in a line that covers the whole block.

I wonder what the bus driver thinks when he pulls up. 
Because I think y'all look a little foolish.

Maybe the driver opens the door and coasts by and all the strangers jump on when he passes them.  I mean, he can't wait all day for them to finish walking the rest of the way to the bus just because all these strangers are afraid of each other.  And it's not just these strangers who do it.  Oh no.  Everyone up and down the street is doing the same thing.  I think they're all lucky the bus even stops.  No one is even standing by the sign.  If I were the driver, I'd probably just pass right on by (guess you're lucky I'm not a bus driver).

I know we all like our personal space.  But come one people!  When did personal space become a 15 foot bubble?  Get a little closer.

Unless you want me to keep laughing at you.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

New Orleans

For my work I had the opportunity to attend a conference in July in New Orleans (can you say sweat fest?).  I was really excited to go as I've  never been to Louisiana before.  I was also fortunate that Remy was able to come with me.  Now Remy's traveled around the west coast a fair amount, but he hadn't been east of Denver before.  And he had only been on an airplane once to California I think.  So this was a big trip!

We had a really great time.  I was a little nervous for Remy having to explore the city on his own since I would be in the conference most of the day.  I wasn't sure how much he'd enjoy it.  Turns out, he loved it and he did an awesome job exploring.  Luckily our hotel was right on the Mississippi just a short walk to the French Quarter as well as right by the streetcar stations.  We had some AMAZING food, I want to go back just to try more restaurants.

 This was the view from our hotel window.  Nice right?

 I loved sitting in the chair watching the boats go by.

 They had this ferry that just went back and forth across the river between New Orleans and Old Algiers.  It was nice because the dock was right by our hotel and it's a free service.  Basically it's a commuter ferry and people drive their cars on it so they can go across.  I was just happy it was free.  :)  I wasn't about to be right next to the Mississippi and not ride a boat on the river!

 While we were wandering around the French Quarter on the first day, we were trying to figure out where to eat.  We ran across a local guy...well, more like he ran across us.  He pulled out a map and gave us a bunch of suggestions on places to eat and things for Remy to see while I was gone during the day (of course we had to tip him...but it was actually worth the few bucks).  He recommended this place, Coop's Place.  He said the jambalaya would make "you want to go home and slap your mama."

Really.  He said that.

It was pretty delicious.  We got a real Southern meal with fried chicken and everything.  I loved it anyway.

 This is Bourbon St.  It got a little CRAZY at night!

 Here is a mix of my two favorite things I ate down there, beignets and bananas foster...yum!  These were beignet good!

I LOVED it there!  Even though it was SO STINKING HOT!  Seriously.  The nice thing though, is that you didn't have to be embarrassed when you had sweat spots all over...'cause everyone else did too! :)

Denver Trip

So, thanks for joining me as I breeze on through the summer.

Next stop....Denver.

To see these guys...
And it was awesome.

I love Denver.  I'm not sure what it was exactly, but we both really like it there.  We also took a few little adventures.  We went down to Royal Gorge which was really cool.  It's a 1200 foot deep gorge that you pay admission to and they have rides and stuff.  It's sort of a weird combination, but it was entertaining.  They have a bridge you can walk across, and a gondola you can ride across as well as little car things that take you straight down the side of the gorge to the river at the bottom.  It's pretty intense.   They also have a Sky Coaster like they do at Lagoon.  Except with this one you swing out over a 1200 foot drop!  Remy REALLY wanted to do it, and I'd done the one at Lagoon like 100 years ago and lived so I figured I'd suck it up and try it with him.  Well I had to keep my eyes shut for most of it, and I screamed harder than I had my whole life, but I did it!  And it was pretty awesome.

Then we headed to Georgetown.  It was POURING rain on our way there, luckily it stopped for our nighttime dinner train ride so we were able to enjoy the scenery.

 The last day we did some quick sightseeing around the city and had lunch with one of Remy's friends.