Monday, September 1, 2014

Hand Lettering | September Desktop Calendar

A hand-lettered calendar, delivered straight from my Dropbox to your desktop.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Life Lately

1_ This little succulent got a new home, which is still sorta Pyrex-y, like the first. Now it sits next to the revamped retro planter looking all snazzy and such. See the theme going with my planters?? One more like it and it will be a Collection.
Anyways, the above succulent didn't seem to be doing well. Maybe it's just a slow grower but I figured a bigger pot with fresh soil couldn't hurt. If you were wondering, I'm using a cottage cheese container as the pot liner. Use what you got, yo.
2_ Work on The Family Room Makeover is still in progress. Currently I am trying to figure out these things called curtains. Trying to find the RIGHT curtains. I've never had anything but blinds in my apartments and am feeling overwhelmed by options and under-impressed with what is currently hanging. I remember my mom dinking around with curtains, switching them out on-the-frequent. Now I understand. Right now, the pictured coat hooks (using what I got) are supporting painted pipe, clad with the WRONG curtains. As to what I want? I will know it when I see it.
3_ The chimney needed some masonry repairs. Someone else is doing it. It is expensive.
4_ This is how Toaster naps. And how she glares at me when I creep around taking pics.

In general, we are entering a new season. Literally and figuratively.
Keith's final semester is swing, so his, and therefore my, daily schedule has shifted. It's going to be a long 16 weeks of not seeing each other much. The other day we literally waved hello and goodbye as we passed on the road. It sucks but I am endlessly thankful for a job that affords me a bit of wiggle room in my schedule so I an squeeze in time with him.
Have I mentioned that we have roommates? Shout-out to the Ms because they are awesome! So far, the adjustment has been painless. For us, at least. I suppose I should get their opinion on the matter ;)
Also, it is getting dark earlier. This makes me sad, because I like getting lots of things done in a day, and happy, because Fall and Christmas.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

2 sisters, 1 art journal | How to create an awesome page using trash


This is the first Art Journal page I ever created.
If you haven't yet read the intro post to this little series, you might want to just so you are more in the know of the back story. For those of you who have read that post, remember how I was living in Texas, far away from the ones I loved? Well, to expand on that a bit, I was in a dorm, sharing a room with four, yes 4, other girls. It wasn't a teensy tiny room, but it was tight with five girls. As you can imagine, space was a hot commodity so unnecessary things like scrap-booking materials were just not something I had around. Therefore, this and many other pages I created for this book, were composed using trash. Seriously.

The smiley face was cut out of a Design by Humans package. The foil squares are gum wrappers. I didn't have any pretty, patterned paper so I created my own by writing quotes on a sheet of notebook paper.
While at the time I felt a bit lame for not having fancy embellishments but it was actually a good thing. It forced me to see things in new ways and push my creativity, instead of letting premade stickers do all the work.
I guess that would be my Tip to all you [new] art journalers -  
Try using materials you originally dismissed.
The results will surprise you.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Brick Landscape Edging

If you recall, one of my seasonal goals was to gather bricks. For landscaping purposes. While I have been picking up vintage bricks here and there, I had no plans to use them until NEXT year. Keith and I decided back in the Spring that there were too many other projects to focus on when the landscaping that is already in place is, ummm, passable.
It never crossed my mind that people like to give gifts of Plant in the warmer months.

Me: "Let's weed this bed and stick the Hostas in the ground."
Keith: "I think we should put the brick edging in to make sure we like it and it will work."

See how simple my idea was and how landscape-y Keith's was? But hey, if he wants to conquer a project on the to-do list, then so do I.
Thus at 7 p.m., Saturday night, we started our first landscaping project. And you know what? It went much quicker than anticipated. From start (weedy mess) to finish (brick lined) it only took us 1.5 hours. Maybe to you that is not good time, but we were happy to be done before dark :)

1) First we weeded. Weeding ALWAYS takes longer than it should.
2) Then we raked the mulch onto a tarp to save for later.
3) Digging the trench. This sounds awful but I promise, it is not. We only needed it deep enough for the bricks to be flush with the ground so not much digging involved. The square shovel was perfect for getting a crisps edge and an even trench bottom. We put the dirt from the trench in the flower bed and now we have a slightly raised bed. We had not considered that this would happen but are very happy that did. Love a good happy-accident!

4) Brick laying! We put our bricks directly on the dirt. *Gasp!* I know that all the pinterest tutorials for this style of edging have a bed of sand or pea gravel under the bricks but we just didn't do that. I guess we will see how this looks next Spring and revisit it if need be.
For the back wall of the edging we flipped over the tombstone edgers that you see in the Before picture. This was not the original plan - we thought we would use bricks - but it ended up working really, really well. They were super easy to keep level and since they are a uniform width, unlike the bricks, it keeps things looking crisp. Not to mention, we already had them. Use what you got, yo!

To even out the any little bumps in the bottom of the trench we used... an ice scraper. This worked perfectly and Use What You Got. (Truth be told, we have no idea where we put our hand trowel.)

5) Once all the edging was in place Keith dug holes for the plants, we leveled the dirt, and filled in any gaps in front of the brick. We also put down landscaping fiber. Then we spread the mulch out.
I realize part of the "wow" of the Before and After can be credited to the fact that the bed is weed-free BUT we are super happy with how much crisper the brick edging looks and how much easier it will be to just roll the mower on top of the brick. No weed whacking!

The After one more time...

P.S. - If you have a brick or two you aren't using, we are still collecting.