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here’s to the ladies who lunch

Just a quick post because I finally have a picture of the lunch bag I made.

It’s flat on all sides and closes with a button at the top. I’m pretty much in love with it.

I used some vacation time today and, thanks to Memorial Day, I’m off until Tuesday. No plans for the weekend, which is fine by me. Probably just the usual weekend laziness, only extended. Today I slept until Darren came home from work. He got home at 9:30 this morning, though, so it’s not actually impressive.

If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go polish off a vat of faux ice cream.


there are never enough comfortable chairs

Yesterday Kate and I did a bit of shopping. Partly out of necessity. She needed some stuff, and I had been desperately wanting to replace a chair in our living room that had seen better days. I don’t have a picture of that one and I am not sorry. But here is the one I purchased:


Kate and I wrestled it into her car and went about our other errands, which included a trip to Joann’s. Kate needed fabric for a curtain, and I needed some so I could transform the 70s orange cushions of that chair into something more attractive. I grabbed a bolt of some lovely grey fabric but there didn’t end up being enough left. I found some cream-ish stuff instead, similar to Darren’s Ikea chair. The grey would’ve coordinated with the couch, but whatever.

I did run into some problems while sewing the cushions. I got pretty far along on my first one, but then the thread started snagging. Constantly. I fiddled with tension and stuff, and it would work for a little bit but then snag again.

Long story short, my machine apparently hates heavy thread. I switched to regular all-purpose stuff and had no problems at all. Ugh.

It all came together in the end though, and I am pleased with the final result.


Now I just need to try to keep it clean.

lucy approves

I have enough fabric left over, I think I’m going to re-do the director’s chair in an attempt to make it something that can hold the weight of a human. Perhaps that’ll be next weekend

Oh hey. I just realized this was number 18 in my 30 by 30. Nice!

unruly Sun, why dost thou thus through windows and through curtains call on us?

Last weekend I bought a sewing machine.

She’s very basic, but does what I need her to.

I also picked up a couple canvas drop cloths and other necessities for a project I’ve had in mind for quite some time.

New curtains.

The drop cloth idea came from the Nate Berkus Show. Truth.

After lots of cutting, pinning, and stitching over the course of the last two weekends, today I finished my new bedroom curtains.

Here is what we had before:

Just some standard thing from Target, one panel per window. I had to pin them up at the bottom because they were way too long.

Here is what we have now:

Let there be light.

I wish we had nicer blinds. Stupid rental apartment.


A couple o’ ribbon stripes, some buttoned tie-backs, and two panels per window like adults. I love them. Our bedroom is really starting to take on the earthy/natural/slightly rugged look I’ve been working toward.

Drapes for the living room are in the works. All I have to do is add the ribbon stripes (three per panel), so that won’t take long. I’ll probably finish those tonight.

a single tyrant ensconced on her throne

Remember the necklace thing I made, here? Well, when I purchased the burlap coffee sack I used for that project, I actually bought a second one for another task I had planned.

Early in the summer, I snatched up a wooden director’s chair frame I saw sitting by a dumpster just up the block. I stuck it in my closet, thinking I wanted to paint it before making a new seat and back. At some point I changed my mind, and yesterday I finally got around to dragging it out.

Can’t sit on that. Yet.

I spent most of yesterday measuring, cutting, gluing,  sewing, more gluing, and hammering. Fortunately I had Law & Order: SVU to keep me entertained.

I have more hammering to do today. Upholstery tacks, y’know. They are tedious. I think I’m going to need to reinforce the seat more before I trust that I could sit on it without falling through. I don’t have enough faith in the strength of those tacks alone. there’s also some concern regarding the strength of the burlap, I guess, but whatever. The cats can use it, and that’s good enough for me.

Mmm, rustic.

Buck was snoozing on it last night, too.

Lucy approves.

humble nest

Well! Productive day. Weekend, really.

Friday evening we headed up to Pequot and stayed at my parents’ house so Darren could get up early Saturday to help haul in docks at the “cabin.” The dog and I sat around at the house all day while mom worked. Kate came over (hooray!), Darren finished his tasks pretty early, and we all watched movies. Oh cable, how I’d missed you.

We drove back home last night so we could sleep in our own bed.

Today I finally took a carload of clutter to Goodwill. Of course that necessitated a stop inside as well. I left with a pretty scarf, a new planter for one of my succulents (I’ll have to pick up a generic planter for the second succulent tomorrow. I’m hoping replanting prevents untimely deaths), and a large picture frame for a project that’s been on the back burner for months.

With that frame, a burlap coffee bag, and some vintage buttons, I made this:

Also, Ringo says hello.

I didn’t realize I had so few necklaces. I sense more in my future.

While I’m at it, I suppose I haven’t yet posted pictures of our new shelves, all hung and decorated.

Between the bookends: Darren’s D & D books.

Sorry for the crappy pictures. I tried to brighten them up a bit, but… well. Maybe I should stop being lazy and use an actual camera instead of my phone. But those are lofty aspirations for a Sunday night.

Anyway, the “nerd” bookends were made with generic metal bookends from Office Depot, and the letters came from Joann’s. Plus some hot glue. Easy peasy. The idea for that arrangement of yellow balls came from here.

That’s all I’ve got, y’all. As usual, the weekend was not long enough. But I’m looking forward to a week of warm weather, so I guess there are worse things.

Swimming through birch and bark

It’s been a pretty slow week, hence the lack of updates.

There’s construction happening at work. We’re downsizing out suite now that half the office has relocated and we don’t need or want to pay for all the extra space. So the construction is mostly just noisy and messy. Today, however, a cordless drill came crashing through my ceiling. So that was something. Nothing by the ceiling tile sustained any damage (or injury).

This weekend I’m heading north again, this time with a bunch of ladies. Kate’s birthday is tomorrow (!) and we’re celebrating with a long weekend at her grandparents’ cabin. There will be skinny dipping. It’s supposed to be hot as balls all weekend. it’s supposed to rain too, but you can bet your bottom dollar (what?) that sa long as there’s no lightning, I’ll still be in that water.

I must remember to pack Kate’s gift tonight. Also the brownies that I made. Brownies! In my haste to get them in the oven, I forgot to add walnuts. I think they’ll still be awesome though.

Darren has to hold down the fort at home. I think he’ll manage. I suspect I’ll come home to find him playing video games in his underwear.

Too much?

Here is a sneak peek at Kate’s present, complete with a handmade bow.

May flowers

I’ve spent a good chunk of this holiday weekend crocheting presents for a certain little peanut that’s due in a few months. I don’t want to go and give away the surprise, but I do need to say one thing.

I learned how to make a flower and it may have changed my life.

It’s a wonderfully simple thing to make, I just never thought to try it before. I already have visions of hair clips and brooches dancing in my head.

Flowers for everyone!