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February 9, 2011

Oh And Also?

by Cait

West Elm sent Robert a present for my birthday!**  Aren’t they nice?

My Super Sleuthing Skillz (in other words, me reading the top left corner of the box and spoiling any ounce of mystery left in Robert telling me that he maybe, possibly ordered something) tell me it’s the Flat Stock Flush Mount Light I wanted!  Woohoo!  Now we just need to add a switch for it, since the fan it will be replacing only turns on with pull chains (despite there being two mystery switches that don’t do anything near the door to the guest room).  Any volunteers to crawl in our super tiny attic and install the necessary wiring? ;)

PS- And by “sent Robert a present for my birthday” I mean, he bought the light I wanted when I oh-so-helpfully mentioned they were having a lighting sale a while back (and then it was on backorder, so it didn’t show up until now, but it did come before they said it would), because we are still way, way too small of a blog for anyone to even think about making offers of free stuff for us to decline.

PPS- I like the pretend to make a big deal out of my birthday by drawing it out for about half a month and calling any purchases “birthday presents”, when in actuality I don’t really care all that much and I rarely ever tell anyone when my birthday is.  In fact, Ryan (who I’ve know for over 8 years) still asks me every year around March or April “when is your birthday again?”

February 9, 2011

A Ledgedly

by Cait

Ok, the title of this post is a ridiculously bad pun, please forgive me.

A while back we had the idea to make metal picture ledges the ran the length of our living room windows, which are 105″ long.

images from West Elm

The shelves from West Elm only come in 2′, 3′ or 4′ sections.  We were going to have Robert’s best friend Ryan make us some, but the metal brake he and his dad have only bends 2′ sections.  To save him the effort of welding and smoothing at least four 2′ sections together into one long section, we decided to ask a buddy of Robert’s who works at a machine shop how big their metal brake was.  Unfortunately it turns out that the machine shop’s brake is only 6′ long.  I’m trying to decide if that is long enough, especially since there will be long curtains on the living room windows soon, meaning they will covering the ledge area part of the time.  (Yes, I want long curtains and I am also semi-married to the idea of ledges below the windows.  Is that weird?)

Anyone have any advice for us on the subject?  Should we just abandon the idea of long shelves and get Ryan to make us a couple 2′ ones for over the tv?