Archive for November, 2010

November 30, 2010

Bedded Down, Part 2

by Cait

Way back in September I started a post on how we made the frame for the guest bed, and then because I felt the need to wait for the guest post to go up before revealing the room, I moved on to other things and never finished it.  Whoops.  This is the very belated second half of that. Pleasedon’thateme.

When we last left off we had just made the frame, which we then brought in from the shed and wrapped in three layers of batting.

We cut the batting into strips, and at first we started attaching one layer at a time, but because we were using a pneumatic staple gun we found that we were able to do all three layers at the same time.

We then cut our blue-grey fabric into strips, stretched it over the batting and stapled it into place.  Since we were inspired by this bed by Daniel, we knew that it was best to start with the fabric on the footboard so that we didn’t end up with weird, asymmetrical seams that would bother me to no end.  I think our corners were a bit easier to wrap since there wasn’t a leg in place to wrap around, although we did end up going back and trimming around the triangles where the legs attached so it was less bulky.

For our corners we turned the raw edge of the side pieces under and stapled the bejesus out of them.  I know.  Such a detailed and technical explanation.  You’re welcome.

Robert attached the legs through some manly process, probably involving sorcery with a couple of nails and/or staples and then we began to reassemble the bed frame.  Which is when we realized that our frame had a bracket for attaching a headboard that needed to be removed (it’s entirely possible that despite our careful measuring the addition of batting and fabric made things a little too close).  Whoops.

After some fun with a die grinder we reassembled the bed for real.

Once we put the mattress back on top of the box spring we pulled the fitted sheet down over the top of the box spring (this was possible because the sheets were meant for a mattress up to 18 inches deep) and then tucked the flat sheet into the frame.

This bed has pretty much become Dots’ favorite place in the house when we don’t have company.

November 26, 2010

A Black Friday Wish List

by Cait

In the spirit of crazy holiday shopping fantastic sales, this is a wish list of things I’d snatch up in an instant if a) I fell into a giant pile of money, b) I wasn’t working today and c) they were deeply discounted for Black Friday sales.   Especially since Robert’s aunt very thoughtfully scored these boots for me.

So, moving on from fashion, I wouldn’t be at all crushed if a new fridge manifested itself into my kitchen for the low, low price of $19.95. (Hey, this is my daydream, ok? Let’s keep reality out of it!)

And while we’re dreaming, let’s throw in one of these for, say, $5.

And since this is a completely ficticious, let’s say Steve Jobs is my BFF and he decided to overcome production difficulties and buy my affection with one of these.

What’s on your Black Friday wish list?

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November 23, 2010

The One In Which I Break The Cardinal Rule of Thanksgiving

by Cait

I am about to say something that is completly ungrateful and that will probably offend most people reading this.  Seriously.  To soften this blow I have actually edited out the most offensive parts provided this cheerful picture of a Pilgrim and an Indian Native American.  I also fully encourage anyone who is easily offended and/or does not enjoy my bluntness to stop reading now.  Or alternatively I suppose you can continue reading but imagine me as Sarah Jessica Parker’s ungrateful, throat clearing, socially awkward, strata-spilling character in The Family Stone.

 Photo source

 I don’t like Thanksgiving.

I’m not really one for most holidays, but especially recently I feel that Thanksgiving has become more of the beginning of Christmas season and shopping than a holiday to celebrate being thankful for what you have (you don’t even want to hear my rant about Christmas and rampant consumerism, etc).  I think this was partially born from working retail jobs.  Now I just have a job where I don’t get the same days off as most people and I don’t like being expected to get together on a certain day.  Honestly, I hate being expected to do anything.  I enjoyed holidays when I was younger because it meant getting to see family I hadn’t seen in a long time (my mom’s sister and her husband live in another state so I only see them once or twice a year, and my cousins now live in Utah and Nebraska) and my parents always did a good job of splitting holidays in a way that wasn’t hectic because we weren’t rushing from house to house in order to see everyone and no one got offended that we didn’t see them.  I can only imagine that this routine was something they worked out after a few years of marriage and juggling family plans, but I’ve never asked because it has always seemed so normal to me.

Last year and this year my parents have gone out of town for Thanksgiving to visit my aunt & uncle, and my sister since she lives up that way now.  Robert and I have spent the day with Robert’s family, which is lovely but I miss my family.  I miss bickering over pie and ice cream with my cousins.  I miss my grandmother’s macaroni (and my granddad’s attempt to make it one year).  I miss setting the table and making place cards (which usually ended up getting mocked and no one sat in the “right” place anyhow).  For someone who doesn’t like holidays, I miss it all so much that I’ll probably stow away in my parents’ luggage if they go out of town again next year.

November 19, 2010

Panel Judges

by Cait

Does anyone have Urban Outfitters curtains?  Robert and I are considering new curtains for the art room and the library because sometimes our blue and white Alvine Trad curtains from Ikea look a little too “granny”.

Woodland Garden Curtains from Urban Outfitters

Woodside Block Print Curtain from Urban Outfitters

If price weren’t an option I’d buy these in a heartbeat (the first one, although it would have to be shortened, for the art room and the second for the library).  The problem is that they are sold as single panels and we’d need three panels in the art room and five panels in the library.

I’ve also looked for curtains at Ikea, West Elm, Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, Crate&Barrel, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Linens ‘n Things but nothing has really jumped out at me.  I’d love some opinions on UO curtains.

November 19, 2010

A Slight Departure

by Cait

I think I have decided that I’m going to run away to this house.  (As long as someone can promise me it’ll always be 80 degrees and sunny!)

From LOCALE magazine

Now, who wants to join me in daydreaming about that pool?


November 17, 2010

Getting Our Ducks In a Row

by Cait

I mentioned earlier (and some of you may have seen already) that I’ve been gettng a to do list section together so that anyone who has been wondering what projects we’re planning to take one can click over and see them broken down.  I’m likely to revamp the way it’s categorized later, but it’s based on when things are likely to get done.

November 17, 2010

Mid-week Slump

by Cait

In lieu of the real blog post (because the pictures are on a different computer), I am putting together a to do list section (mainly for myself) of projects that need to be tackled, and a question about the hutch for readers.  I’m thinking about moving the hutch back into the dining room space because I feel like it’s a little weird walking in the front door and seeing our china.  And also, when I walk past the hutch in this location it makes a nerve wracking nosie because the floor is off grade (I admit that I probably just need to get used to that noise, since the house is off grade).

Dining Room with HutchThinking about moving the hutch back over here. Thoughts?

In other news, I’m having one of those weeks where I sit down to write a blog post and end up paying Robert’s campus parking ticket and figuring out what classes he needs to take in spring instead.  It is almost at the point where we can stop saying he has two years of school left and start saying a year and a half (after what feels like years of  saying “two years left” this seems like a major accomplishment.  And in my mind’s eye when Robert graduates his dad will have a scotch and an air horn.)  I’m also having a week where I’m trying not to panic that I haven’t heard anything back about the exciting guest room news.  Sigh.  Maybe I jinxed it with my post?

November 11, 2010

Guest Room Locale

by Cait

Just a quick note to say that something exciting involving the guest room is on the way.

November 10, 2010

A Roadblock

by Cait

So, how does a simple update involving my beloved West Elm sconces, some gift cards and a couple battery operated candles end in a roadblock?

Notice that there is only one scone here.

Let’s just say it involved a die grinder.

At least this gives us a chance to buy more AAA batteries?  And contemplate a third scone?

November 9, 2010

That’s Scantastic!

by Cait

Please excuse the title of the post, I couldn’t think of anything else to say.

We break from our irregularly scheduled decor posts to bring you this scanner review.

What’s wrong with this picture?

I have had this HP all-in-one printer since I went off to college five years ago, and today Robert was printing homework for class and accidentally knocked it off the dresser in the guest room (where it has been living recently since we got our new scanner and Robert’s aunt sometimes needs a printer while she’s in town).  Notice how there is no glass in the scanner bed (and the top is taken off, because we wanted to see if we could replace it).  Oh wait,  nevermind, there is some glass left,  See?

The crazy part?  After having the broken glass cleaned out it still prints and scans just fine!  After falling off a dresser onto Robert’s foot!  So if anyone is in the market for a cheap HP all-in-one that can fall off a dresser and survive (ish), the PSC 1400 is for you!  Or probably the newer models that will print directly from your iPhone are just as robust.