Monday, August 23, 2010

3 bathrooms

dear internet,

once the following are accomplished, you shall have your bathroom reveal:

1) doorknobs. let's discuss how easy it is to purchase new doorknobs for ancient doors and make them fit. except not.

2) things that go on the wall. procured yet not installed.

probably start sending hate mail to captain fantastic about this, as he's the one who operates the power tools and is too busy going on 30 mile bike rides and drinking bloody marys on greer's ferry lake. i do admit to wearing my perfectionist pants where wall decor is involved. but internet, nothing less than the best for you!

but, an olive branch? i have some things to share. projects. that i HAVE completed. believe it or not. i think someone slipped adderall in my coffee this weekend. or maybe it's just that i drank coffee at all. hmm...

1) coasters

had these picture frame coasters in a large box of frames i rescued from the parents' move:

saw these thomas paul nautical coasters online:

had idea.

printed above picture. executed scribble-on-back-with-pencil-then-trace trick:

cut. inserted into coaster frames for a festive nautical touch to ye olde lake house:

decided maybe they won't make it to the lake house after all:

because one can never have too many coasters.

2) basket

mentioned to my mother that perhaps this basket of hers could use some updating:

she agreed. insisted that i not make fun of its circa-1989 sponge paint job on the blog. or post pictures of her on the blog. so here are her hands, applying stain to the freshly painted basket in my back yard this weekend:

it now looks lovely. mother-daughter bonding! decor circa 2010! good times.

3) cork board

i need one in my office to post newspaper clippings, pictures, articles, whathaveyou to show how good i am at my job. so i got a plain cheap one at michael's and gave it my own spin on the ubiquitous blogger fabric-and-nailheads treatment:

way to stage those photos, huh? now i just have to hang it behind my desk and fill it with episcoparaphernalia. my college diploma that's written entirely in latin can't wait to have company. sorry buddy, still no one will be able to read you or even tell where i went to school.

and? that's not even all i did this weekend! furthermore known as The Most Productive Weekend Ever. now that it's back-to-school time, i'll try to get back-to-blogging and sharing what's going on chez stone.

does this mean i get to shop for school supplies and a new fall wardrobe? i think yes.

Friday, August 6, 2010

dog days

firstly, the bathroom. it is nearing completion. it has been fulling functioning since last friday, hallelujah, but there are still a few touches to be completed before a reveal.

secondly, marley dog. is old. and needed a comfy-er bed than the lumpy petco monstrosity cstone bought in a pinch. so i made him one last weekend.

i cut a twin size egg crate mattress pad in thirds, stacked the thirds together with spray adhesive, then sewed a cover for it. the fabric coordinates with both the bedroom and the living room, so m-dawg has somewhere to curl up no matter where he's standing guard. lying guard, rather. and mama is happy because it's cute.

i mean handsome. and manly. (marbs makes that face at me often. like, woman. get out of my face. srsly. trying to nap.)

i washed and dried both the main and cording fabric before making the cover, and i installed a zipper on one side, so it can easily be removed for regular dates with the washing machine. very regular dates with the washing machine.

gooooood booooooy.

sterling will get one too. no worries. i've got some green and white ticking fabric for just such an occasion.

thirdly, our garden. we haz one.

c-fan constructed the raised bed out of fence posts and planted it a while back. the several varieties of tomato are thriving. and woe unto the squirrel who destroys this crop, because we are EXCITED. the squash were taking over the bed for a long time, but apparently they don't cotton to 115 degree heat indices, because they have perished. r.i.p. but i don't like squash anyway, and you know what? we had our first harvest last night!

monster okra!

we promptly collected a few and tried out the blue jean gourmet's fried okra recipe.

look! i fried! almost entirely by myself! that must warrant some southern belle merit badge or something.

and they were extremely delicious. can't wait for the next harvest.

tgif, girlfriends. tgif.
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