- Wesley Alarm Clock: $60. A perfect little bit of old-time touch.
- Letters Lamp: $60. How perfect is a letters theme for the company’s only writer?
- Grey Pedestal Soup Bowl: $12. My work provides dishes, but as I was ‘shopping’ I realized how much I would prefer to have my own little set, something pretty that I can make sure is always cleaned and ready for my own personal use. Obviously, the fact that it would look great on my office shelves played a huge role in this addition.
- Black Text Pencil Cup: $9.50. More letters!
- Semikolon Business Card Box Ciel: $25. Admittedly, I don’t collect that many business cards. But, I have half a dozen or so and they just… float. I don’t have a proper place for them, so, more often then not, they just end up getting tossed.
- Zen Grey Tea Pot: $24. It’s just pretty.
- Sweater-Weave Basket: $40. This is a crucial one. I’m sure a lot of you have the same experience… my office is cold! If it were a comfortable temperature for me, others would find it uncomfortable warm. I solve this problem with sweaters and blankets. I spend my days at my desk wrapped up tight in an afghan, especially during the winter. Obviously, I need someplace pretty to put my sweaters and afghans. So, a basket!
Monthly Archives: August 2012
I used to do a bunch of sewing. I would save any and every little bit of fabric with a plan to do something with it. I would search thrift stores for bits of ugly fabric people had donated. Walmart’s $1.99/yard bin was my heaven. As I’m sure you can imagine, my fabric stash was pretty large. It was also pretty ugly. Weird fleecy fabrics that you could do anything with. Stretchy t-shirting in a blue-grey that looked like sweatpants (in fact, I made a pair with it!). Bright blue stretch satin, cheap and shimmery.
So, I got rid of it. All of it. Now, my fabric stash is down to this*:
This morning, I slipped on my favourite bangles as I was getting ready for work. They’re a gold bangle with little black and white circles set into the band. I love the little bit of drama they add to my arm, the gold, the tinkling clatter they make as I move.
These bangles have been making me think of other places I could bring in a black and gold motif. Turns out, I don’t just like it on my arm: I love the drama the bold palette brings to a room too.
One: A Black and Gold Bathroom
Two: A Gold Clutch
Three: A Black and Gold Stove
Four: Black and Gold Pendants
Five: A Gold Bar Cart
Six: A Black Desk
My hot peppers have been doing remarkably well. Perhaps too well. I have an overabundance of jalapenos and the number of red chili peppers dangling from the plant has me kind of alarmed. On top of those two plants, I have a mystery pepper plant, one that claimed to be habaneros, but is growing straight up and pointy, green, then turning brown and rotten. I don’t know what they are or, therefore, when to pick them.
I’ve made spicy chipotle sauce that ended up so spicy, a single tablespoon provides enough heat to a pot of tomato sauce. I’ve made jalapeno bread. I’ve made a delicious, tomatoey shepherd’s pie of sorts.
I’m happy with my peppers. Even if we don’t eat too many spicy foods, I’m glad they’re doing so well. If only I could say the same thing about my falling over bushy mess of tomato plants.
This week’s Three Things are about blogging because it’s what I’ve been thinking about this week. I know that this is completely uninteresting for those of you who don’t blog, but please bear with me! I have a few questions about blogs and Facebook for you at the bottom of the post!
One: Blog Design
As I’ve slowly been teaching myself to play around with a little HTML, I’ve begun to develop a new appreciation for those of you who design these things. The whole process makes my head spin just a little. But, I’ve proud of what I’ve managed to accomplish, of the work-arounds I’ve figured out, whether it’s legitimate design or not. I’m no web designer and I will never claim to be, but I’m feeling far more satisfied with the look of this space than before.
Two: Social Media Icons
Do you follow blogs through Facebook? Do you feel like it allows for a greater level of interaction? And, for my blogging readers; do you have a Facebook page for your blog? Why? How do you view the purpose of your Facebook page?
Way back in February, I planted some herb seeds. As they were growing, I built some shelves into my kitchen window frame, intent on creating a little herbal oasis in the middle of the house. And then, I forgot to update you. And forgot, and forgot.
But today, I have an update! That window herb garden that I began? It grew. Parts of it. And parts of it didn’t. Parts of it got a little wild, and spread over the window sill and then were scorched by the sun despite are almost daily watering. And, today, I’m left with the bits that survived.
Naming a puppy is hard. We searched through lists, created our own lists, crossed off names, added new ones. We asked people for advice and tossed around ideas as we walked, drove, bought chew toys (oh, goodness, we need chew toys), watched TV, made supper. This puppy is going to have this name for the next 10-18 years. It had better be good. It had better fit.
He was almost a Cooper. Almost a Zeus. Almost a Whiskey. Our friends would have named him Latte or Cappuccino to go with the drinks theme we had going that we never meant to start. (Ok, Pekoe was purposefully named after the tea. Mocha, though, we just liked!) We easily dismissed names like Max and Charlie (sorry guys…) because they seem far too common, far too ordinary, for a puppy who doesn’t seem at all ordinary to me.
He could have been the world’s most adorable Tippy. (My grandparents have always named their dogs Tippy. Every single one of them. I guess it makes the naming process pretty easy.)
While discussing puppy names with our neighbours over the fence, the 12 year old started talking about her friend, Kingsley, whose teddy bear had a long name because he couldn’t decide what to name it, so he just named it all the names he liked. Her suggestion wasn’t bad (Oscar), but the name she inadvertently suggested seemed to fit perfectly.
World, meet Kingsley.
As I’m sure you can imagine, we didn’t really get much done this weekend. There were far too many puppy kisses and snuggles to worry about. A good chunk of our weekend was spent redirecting attention away from our computer cords, away from the legs of our chairs, away from our fingers and feet, and onto more appropriate toys. There has been a good deal of running around in the backyard and a good deal of cooing over a tired, sleepy puppy.
There hasn’t been a lot of painting, or re-organizing, or building. But, I did want to revisit last week’s projects and share more fully the one I had the most fun with.
Before I made these, I had never painted stripes on anything. Turns out, it’s remarkably easy, and remarkably rewarding, but ridiculously time consuming.
Also, addicting. I started with these hooks and, in the end, turned my stripe hungry eyes on our steps as well.
Step 1: Sanding
Step 2: Prep your holes
Step 2: Painting the base colour
Step 3: Taping
This is the most time consuming step. Using painters tape, tape down the area that will remain white. I made each of my yellow stripes 2 inches so, after I had the first one down at an angle I liked, I used the ruler to mark out 2 inches in two spots and ran the next piece of tape along those two marks. It’s time consuming, but definitely worth it to get perfectly spaced stripes.
Originally, I had wanted to a chevron on the hooks, but decided that, ultimately, it was just too much for me. I didn’t want to give up quite so easily though, so I had another stab at it with the back of the steps. To tape out the chevron, find the centre of the board and draw a line. Now, measure out equal distances from both sides of that line along the edge of your board and put a little pencil mark. Measure down the line the same distance and add a pencil mark. Line up your tape with the mark on the outside of the board and the mark on the centre line. Do the same with the other side. Trim your tape to form a nice crisp corner.
Measure as you did with the stripes from there, always making sure that your corners are nice crisp 90 degree squares.
Step 4: Paint the stripes
Step 5: Remove the tape
Step 5.5: Touch-up your stripes
Step 6: Allow to dry
Step 7: Varnish
Step 8: Allow to dry
Step 9: Screw on your hooks and hang
It’s a little hard to introduce something with no name.
It took us three days to name Mocha. How long do you think it will take us to name this little guy?
Here’s the story:
We’ve been talking about a second dog for a long time.We always kind of knew that, as soon as we felt Mocha was ready, and as soon as we were in a situation that would allow for a second dog, we would go for it. Every few months or so, we’ve been checking Craigslist and Kijiji, keeping our eye out for breeds and prices. We started checking out CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) registered breeders. And, then, the shelters in the area.
Why were shelters our last choice? Especially over online classifieds, which are notorious for advertising breeders and puppy mills and skeptical treatment of animals? For some reason, I got it in my head that humane societies were just as expensive and required an extensive application process involving home visits and multiple interviews, etc. etc. But more importantly, I’m realistic. The Husband and I can raise a puppy – we’ve done it once, we can do it again! – but dealing with the behavioural issues that many dogs come into shelters with is beyond me. I wish this wasn’t true. I believe every dog deserves a happy, comfortable, responsible, and supportive home and walking through the shelter the past few days, I’ve wished I could provide that home to each and every one. But, I didn’t think we could handle the requirements of a shelter dog. Perhaps I’m not giving myself or the dogs enough credit.
This week, though, the Husband checked out the Toronto Humane Society website and saw a litter of four puppies, labeled as rottweiler/wiemaraner crosses. We met on Wednesday evening to check them out and they were as adorable as we expected. Unfortunately, we missed the application deadline for the day by a measly 10 minutes, but were assured that we likely wouldn’t miss out on the puppies if we waited a day or so.
We made plans to return Friday, when we would have more time.
Thursday night, we popped on the website. All the puppies were gone. We went to bed with extreme disappointment, and woke up still feeling the ache of the loss of what could have been. At the end of our workdays, we went anyway. There was another litter advertised and, despite our disappointment, we figured we should give them a chance.
So, yesterday, we visited, submitted an application and interviewed for a puppy. Our interviewer sent us home to think about it for the night and to honestly ask ourselves if we can handle the puppy’s schedule what with our full-time work schedules. We spent the night asking each other how much we really wanted this and arranging puppy visits and dog sitters for the next few months until the puppy is old enough to handle the time by himself.
This morning, with plans in place, and all questions answered and uncertainties laid to rest, we loaded Mocha into the car and took one last trip to the humane society. Home he came.
He’s adorable. He’s smaller than Mocha, but nowhere near as small as she was when she was a puppy and, the shelter staff think that he’ll grow to be around 40 pounds, double the weight of Mocha. He’s a Schnauzer Terrier cross, and was born in the shelter after his mom was admitted.
Speaking of Mocha?