Friday, September 27, 2013

Cozying Up the Craft Room

Being productive is easier when people are here.  Mom was here last Friday night, so I took advantage of her company.  We hung out in the craft room and watched Bob's Burgers while I hung frames.  

Symmetry and I just aren't friends.  I don't like symmetry.  It makes my head hurt.  So when it came time to hang things in the craft room, I chose asymmetry.  I started by hanging the chalkboard here and immediately hated it.  So then I changed tactics.  I grabbed the photo I wanted to focus on and worked from there.

Not surprisingly, it was the picture of Charlie.  I love that picture of her.  I put that on the wall first and the rest just fell into place.

Hanging and grouping frames is fun, but I love adding in other elements.  Esther got me that G and the V is from Urban.

On the wall, you'll also see my little cross stitch project and one of the hats Esther scored during our Vietnam trip.  While I love the photos, I love being able to incorporate memories and projects into my wall decor.

This little frame is from Michaels.  I picked up two thinking they would be perfect for some instagram photos.  Both frames had a sort of green stain in the middle, so I knew I would need to paint them.  Instead of just grabbing the white or gray paint like I always do, I decided to try some color.

In this picture of Katie and me in Philly, City hall is a very pretty blue, so I chose blue paint.  I like this pop of color.

I chose pink for the picture of Hannah, but I don't know if I love it.  It'll stay that color for awhile and then if I still don't love it, I'll change it.

As usual, Charlie was with me during photo taking.  She likes when I take photos in this room because she can sit stand in her chair and people watch.

It was about time I hung my picture shelf.  I'd been putting it off because plaster walls make me nervous.  But since I can't rely on other people to do everything for me, I found some long screws and just went for it.  I learned that I really need to find my drill.  Twisting a screw into plaster walls takes quite a bit of muscle.  Fingers crossed that it all doesn't come crashing down.

The art on the shelf isn't finalized yet, but just having it there it has made this room feel so cozy.  It's amazing how adding a few pictures and prints can change how the room feels.

Last, but not least, was the chalkboard.  I bought this at a flea market a few months ago.  It fit nicely on this wall and I can reach it easily.

The chalk and eraser are stored in a baking tin I bought at HomeGoods.  I don't bake, so I bought it for the specific purpose of storing craft room supplies.  It's shiny and I like shiny things.  I bought 3 of them.

We're liking this room.  Now it just needs a rug.  I'd also love to get a table that I can fold up and store away for projects.  I spent Sunday afternoon in this room and it was wonderful.  I still can't believe I actually have a craft room, let alone a whole house of my own.  This place is the best.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

New Knobs for the Bathroom

The bathroom has been getting the bulk of my attention these days.  I have loads of frames ready to hang in the living room and dining room, but I can't commit to anything.  Each time I decide where I want something, I change my mind.  So until I can finally make a decision, I'm leaving it all alone.

The knobs on this vanity are the standard ikea knobs.  I seem to buy a lot of their Hemnes furniture (I love the style of it) and every piece comes with the same knobs.  I always buy the furniture knowing that I will be replacing the knobs.  They are just so blah.

During my last trip to Anthropologie, I found these babies and fell in love immediately.

They are so warm.  They color of the knobs is a perfect match the gold foil in the artwork.  I also have some ideas on how to incorporate this color into the bathroom in other ways, but I'm still working out the details.

“Have nothing in your house you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” - William Morris

I love that quote.  I need knobs on my vanity, but I did not find the first ones beautiful.  Adios standard knobs, hello golden beauties.

Oh my goodness.  I just notice the toilet paper on the sink.  Dang it.  Is that in every photo?  I haven't decided where to put a TP holder, so the roll just kinda gets thrown around depending on where I'm cleaning or taking photos.  Obviously, I wasn't very careful where I put it.  Haha, oh well! 

I like how they look from the hallway as well.  They are much more interesting than what was there before.  Charlie approves.  She's also loving our new Target rug.  It's so comfy.  My feet also love it.

My baby got a hair cut recently.  Don't her ears look so pretty?  Love this pup.

The bathroom is looking really nice!  It's still missing a few things I think.  There's something it needs to make it feel a little cozier, but I just can't put my finger on it.

Also, I finally just gave in and bought standard sized shower curtain liners.  Now that I know that size works, I can start looking for a nice shower curtains.

Here's another look at the old bathroom.

Oy.  This makes me shudder.

This photo perfectly demonstrates the reason that I can't decide where to put the toilet paper holder.  The first thing I see when I look at this photo is the toilet paper.  That is most certainly not the first thing I want people to see when they walk into my bathroom.

Maybe I can hide it on the backside of the tub?

To get that last image out of your head, let's taking another look at what the bathroom looks like now.  Quite a difference!  It's a joy to use this bathroom every day.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Art for the Bathroom

Believe it or not, it's been 6 months since I bought my home.  6 months!  It's been a wonderful 6 months and it's just flown by.  It's about time I started decorating the bathroom.

Thanks to some birthday money from Est, I finally bought frames for some artwork I've had laying around.  And that artwork finally made it into the bathroom.

I bought this print last year.  It's by Melanie Linder, who has recently closed her shop to be a full time mom.  That must have been a hard decision, but I'd be willing to bet she's loving it.  I'm glad I have two of her prints.

Let's just pretend that little scratch isn't there.  Ok?  Thanks.  Perfect.  Yes, we're going to pretend I didn't scratch that pretty blue wall with the corner of that frame.  This conversation never happened.  Moving on...

On the other side of the bathroom are two prints from Emily Ley (these are still on sale btw).  You saw these last week in this post.  The gold foil in the prints is so warm and cozy.  I love how it pairs with the navy blue on the walls.  It also looks really nice with the knobs I got for the vanity (more on that tomorrow).

The problem I keep running into in this bathroom is the size.  It's a perfect size as far as using it goes, but it's so so tiny when it comes to taking photos.  I had to switch from my 35mm to my kit lens (yuck) which goes to 18mm.  I get a better photo of this small space, but it distorts the photos terribly.  Lightroom can fix some, but not all of the photos.

For example, take a look at this photo.  I had the tripod in the tub in an attempt to grab a photo of the frames side by side.  The wall looks like it's bubbling in the middle.   Have you ever seen a fish eye photo?  This can be a really cool effect, if it's what you're going for.  Even with adjustments in Lightroom, this photo just couldn't be saved.

At first, I second guessed putting all of these lovely prints in the bathroom, but this is quickly turning out to be my favorite room.  Maybe, just maybe, I'll be brave enough to try a bold color in another room.

Yeah, let's be honest, that'll never happen.  I love me them gray walls.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Fall Fest Girls Day Out

Our Saturday morning started off pretty early.  I was up before my 8am alarm to get ready for the day. Charlie took her sweet time getting out of bed.

Char and Hannah came over to head to the local flea market.  We plopped Hannah in her nuna and headed off.

It was a crisp almost-fall morning so we bundled up the baby.  Is it just me, or is pushing a baby in stroller the most fun thing ever?  It's so fun.  No idea why, it just is.

We hit up Taste of Crepes for a morning treat and (as always) it was delicious.

This little lady was due for her morning nap, so we headed back to my place.

We didn't think she would like being reclined, but she was all about it.  I love the way she holds on to the stroller.  Those little chubby fingers are just so cute.  And shoes.  How are little shoes just so cute?  I can't handle it.

While Hannah took a nap, Char and i hung out and watched a little tv.

Nap times take forever (though, I'm sure mom's don't agree).  I was very happy when this girl finally woke up.  Charlie and Hannah are very much the same when it comes to food. If they hear plastic crinkle, they are all over you.

Nothing gets between Hannah and what she wants.

We wanted to head back into the city, but Hannah needed to eat first.  Don't worry, when Hannah was on the table we were always there to watch her.  It's juts not possible to feed her on the floor with a dog in the house.  Especially a dog like Charlie.

They're friends, sort of.  Hannah loves to see Charlie.  Hannah is currently saying about 3 words (I think I have that right) - wow, hi and dog.  She loves dogs!  Charlie isn't Hannah's biggest fan, but she seems to like Hannah more than Cam.

There was also a fall festival happening in my sweet little city, so we headed back out.  It was a beautiful day for the festival, which ran from 12-9pm.  Sadly, it started raining around 5 and didn't stop all night.

We had a wonderful girls day out.  Just one thing was missing - Esther.  We can't wait til she is back in the neighborhood and then our girls days will be just perfect.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

A Walk with a Friend

Whenever Mel and I get together we talk, laugh, get serious and just generally have a wonderful time.  We share a lot of interests and passions - one of the main passions being photography.  We're both novice photographers learning as we go.  Mel has recently started doing a lot of photo shoots for engagements, birthdays and weddings.  She's pretty freaking awesome.

We love to learn together, so we hit up a local park last time she was here.

First things first, we headed to the best crepe place around.  Taste of Crepes is a wonderful little restaurant.   My crepe was so good.  Mel and I were very full by the time we left.

Then we headed to Gring's Mill for a walk in the sun and some quality time with each other and our cameras.

This is one of my favorite photos from the day.  I saw Mel taking this shot and I just had to copy her.

I'm so thankful for a 100mm macro lens.  The zoom is very helpful in situations such as these - when the surrounding flowers are covered in bees.  I don't have to get too close to get the photos I want.  At some point in my life, I hope I get over my fear of bees.  No, I'm not allergic.  Yes, I run screaming.  I just can't help it.

It was a beautiful day.  Can't wait to do it again, Mel!