wall hanging.

posted on: August 4, 2014

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I’ve had this obsession lately with wall hangings, they are everywhere. These are a few of my favorites: here, here and here. The last one obviously being my inspiration for this project.

As I have said before I am not good at decorating, particularly when it comes to hanging things on the walls. It just never occurs to me. But I had been thinking lately how much I would love to have something to hang over the couch. I’m not big on spending money in general but especially right now knowing that in a years time we will once again be starting fresh.

Total cost for this project was $4. I already had a spare sheet that I was able to cut into strips. The stick came from the side of the road and was then hacked at with a steak knife (I know, I know but at the time it was all I could find). I used white sewing thread to hang the fabric from the stick and I had leftover faux suede leather (from a birthday gift project) that I used to hang the stick on the wall. The only purchase I made was black fabric dye.

It only took a few hours to make. Most of that being the time it took to dye the fabric pieces. I used 3 pieces of fabric per section, each the size of a ruler.

Overall it’s not perfect, there are some visible flaws but I’m ok with that. The whole time I was making it I kept thinking what a great gift something like this would be.

So, what do you think?

dinner menu.

posted on: August 1, 2014

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A themed dinner for two…

A few weeks ago I had this idea that we should start doing themed dinners. Nothing fancy, just a meal paired with complimenting drinks and music. We started with something easy that we are no stranger to, Italian.

I’m not even sure you can call this Italian because it was so easy. Typically when we make pasta it is a no fuss ordeal. It’s noodles with olive oil, garlic and sun dried tomatoes. This time we made our own red sauce with roasted tomatoes and fresh basil. We drank wine and played classic Italian on Pandora while we ate. We talked about what makes parmigiano reggiano actual parmigiano reggiano. We pictured ourselves eating in Italy and we imagined what we would be eating for dessert if we were actually there.

We rarely get the opportunity to eat dinner together so being intentional is important for us. Picking a theme only made it all the more enjoyable.

Any suggestions for our next one?

around our home.

posted on: July 28, 2014

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This is the first place we have lived that I haven’t hated in some way. For years we just had brown furniture, cheap furniture, stuff we had collected and hoarded and just never got rid of. We bought things with intentions to refinish them and then never did.

Moving to Seattle gave us reason to purge more than we ever had. We loved it. We said goodbye to all the junk we owned and almost all of our furniture. Despite getting rid of nearly everything living in 400 sq. ft made it hard to enjoy the things we did have. We had kept too much to make that space work. Things we had put thought into keeping or purchasing. Decorating, making spaces homey, these are things I am not good at. I don’t frame pictures or hang things and for the most part I despise anything colored.

Here though, here this all works. We live in 800 sq. ft with room to spare. Our color scheme is a mix of whites, greys, blacks and hints of brown. Most all of our furniture is from the Goodwill, now refinished. It’s simple and clutter free, everything has a home. It may not work for everyone but it works for us.

These little touches are some of my favorites. Fresh basil on our balcony, our kitchen stools, camping lights outside and the Ikea rug everyone and their brother owns. It really is the little things.