February 25th, 2013
I turned 29 on Thursday and promptly got sick due to my compromised immune system (you know, since I’m an old lady now), so my 29 by 30 list is a few days late.
I love creating annual bucket lists each birthday. It’s easy to procrastinate a lifelong bucket list, but if you only have a year to finish, you have to start working toward your goals now. Last year’s 28 by 29 list is now complete except for fixing up the basement spare room. I did procrastinate it until the end, but the basement has been turned upside down by our water heater fiasco over the past few weeks, so I haven’t been able to work on it. That’s a good excuse, right?
I need to get the most out of my last year as a twenty-something, so it’s time for a new list!
- add 5 original artworks to my shop—3/5
go strawberry picking—Done!
try bubble tea
plant a shade garden—Done!
make my first Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner—Done!
take a calligraphy class—Done!
rearrange the mantle a bit (the zombies print stays)—Done!
learn a ukulele duet with Daniel
try making green smoothies
- try selling my fine wares at a craft show—Done!
travel to a place I’ve never been—Done!
make a video tutorial to answer “How do you get your hair like that?”
finish reading the Old Testament (not just the exciting parts)
add notebooks to the W&W collection—Done!
try to sew something—Done!
go on a real picnic (with a basket and everything)—Done!
12 acts of kindness—8/12
make the perfect cheesecake—Done! (This is the secret.)
transform our bedroom into a space that I love
- paint more
see my first ballet—Done!
- find a new album to love (every song, not just one)—Done!
try 5 new cookie recipes—1, 2,
dye my hair red (per Daniel’s request)—Done!
write a short story (that I probably won’t let anyone read)
- be more proactive, and plan 6 get-togethers with friends—4/6
February 20th, 2013
Over the past few years I’ve been trying to gradually mix a few mid-century modern pieces into our living room. My birthday present came a few days early, and I think it’s the missing piece. Just look at those sleek flared legs and beautiful button tufts! It’s one of those classic pieces that will last a life time.
The fabric looks charcoal grey from a distance but has flecks of brown, grey, beige, blue, and white up close, so it will go with any color scheme I can possibly imagine. The cushions will hold their shape well since they’re quite firm, and the chair is so wide that I can sit with my legs crossed and my knees don’t touch the sides (quite a feat considering I’m 5′ 10″). I was going to replace our love seat with this chair, but for now I think I like having both in the room. It’s a little more crowded, but it’s inviting to have so many comfy seating options.
Daniel claims this is the ugliest chair he’s ever seen, but I’m so in love with it! Sometimes I forget how lucky I am to have a husband who gives me free rein when it comes to decorating our home (even when he doesn’t love my choices). He doesn’t care what color I paint the walls or what style I gravitate toward, as long as he has a comfortable couch to stretch out on. Remind me to give him a big smooch when he gets home from work.
(If you’re wondering, this is the Taylor Chair from Thrive in the Cordova Eclipse fabric. I requested fabric swatches before ordering, and Thrive emailed me a sweet coupon code. I’m not sure if they will always do that, but it’s worth a try if you’re furniture shopping!)
February 18th, 2013
We had a beautiful snowfall here on Saturday! Big featherlike flakes floated down like remnants of a celestial pillow fight. I couldn’t resist the urge to make a little video. My dog, Mabel, is probably the only one who gets more excited about snow than I do!
Watch in HD over on Vimeo for the full snowflakey goodness.
The music is “listening to raindrops knocking on a window” by Lullatone.
February 14th, 2013
I did something crazy this Valentine’s Day. Instead of giving Daniel one of my cards like I usually do, I found the perfect card over at Cool Jane. Daniel has a beautiful beard that he doesn’t really like, and I’m always begging him not to shave it off. He burst out laughing as soon as he saw this.
February 12th, 2013
Our basement has been overrun with plumbers for the past two days, so I haven’t been able to spend much time in my studio. They’re replacing the hot water heater, and it’s a tricky job since our house is quirky right down to the plumbing.
Today I decided to do a wardrobe cleanse while the dogs barked and the plumbers plumbed. You know when you’re getting dressed, and you go to your closet and sort through all the clothes that you don’t like to wear to find the few items you love? My goal is to love everything in my closet, so first I needed to figure out what makes me love some of my clothes but not others.
I chose my favorite pieces of clothing—the pieces I would wear every day if I could. I took everything else out of my closet, so I could see what all my favorites had in common. It turned out they were all either neutral or subdued colors, just like the ones I like to use around my home. Surprise, surprise!
Apparently I like muted colored clothing with subtle texture or pattern to add interest—like sequins, lace, or stripes. I like vintage and menswear inspired undertones (as seen in the photos below), but I also like a bit of an Indiana Jones vibe which is harder to put my finger on—distressed leather satchels, leather lace-up boots, and military jackets with lots of buttons.
I’m probably overthinking this. Do you feel like you lean toward a specific style wardrobe-wise, or do you just buy whatever tickles your fancy? I’ve been pinning outfits I’m drawn to, and while I can’t find exactly what I’m aiming for, I’ve gotten pretty close.
photo from: for the love of pretty
photo from: Prepaganda
photos from: In the City with Crystalin and Trendtation
photo from: Everything Fabulous
photos from: Fashion and Style and Boden
photo from: Prepfection