Thursday, December 27, 2007

on the horizon

Hello people, I am back.

After an insanely busy month and wonderful visit to Utah, I am back at my desk with some time to spare. After spending half the morning scouring the Internet and working out the details of our move this weekend, it occurred to me that I should blog. Blog, what is that? I think I remember that, vaguely.

Anyway, with the move looming large above me, that means the little wheels in my head are whizzing and turning with all sorts of ideas and projects, and materials and ideas- so much so that it is literally making my head spin with excitement. I thought putting a few of those ideas out here might free up some room in that crowded brain of mine, so here are a few things that have been on my mind.....

silhouettes- I bought the materials about a month ago to make these but haven't gotten around to it yet, still this is one of my all time loves and this year these have been big and back in style. I am planning on making my own, but if all else fails, I'll employ this guy to make some for me.

Chalkboard walls- ever since I went to friends house in junior high who had a whole wall painted like a chalkboard I have wanted one of these for my very own. there is a perfect wall in our new kitchen and if I paint it with magnetic chalkboard paint, it can double as a bulletin board, recipe holder, and message center. I can't wait. That one will hopefully get taken care of this weekend.

hooks and more hooks- Tell me are there ever enough places to hang things? I think not, I am the worst about hanging up my bag or coat or anything when I walk in the door, which is why I decided to put plenty of hooks up right by door so they knock me in the face when I enter. And all I'll need is a piece of wood, some paint and a few hooks. Cheap and easy storage.

Maps- hmmm? Still not sure about this one, but we do have french doors in our new apartment leading toward the bedroom and I like this idea instead of curtains for privacy. In our storage unit in Utah, I have a couple of really cool maps framed but unfortunately shipping them would be a nightmare. I have had my eye on a couple of vintage NY subway reproductions and Maps of Manhattan from Kate's paperie that could work here though.

Clean closets- of course we all wish for this one, but now that we will actually have multiple roomy closets, I really want them to be organized beautifully. One of my goals for the new year is to stay organized, I am great at getting organized, just not at keeping things that way.

Once we get settled in the new place, I am sure there will be lots of blogging and excitement to follow.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

recycled materials

Any of my family members and Dan especially can attest to the fact that I am great at starting projects, In fact I love projects, unfortunately though, I am terrible at finishing them. Which often means I buy craft supplies for elaborate ideas I have in my head, and then they sit around my house for a couple of months. One of the latest and greatest such projects I had be itching to make was a wreath out of old newspapers. I have the wreath form, and I have the newspapers, but nothing has yet to you can imagine my delight when I spotted this lovely little wreath from etsy on absolutely beautiful things. This picture was just the inspiration I needed to get my little project off the ground, maybe I'll finally get around to it by Valentine's day.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

'Tis the season

Tis the season to be busy! Things have been crazy for us the last few weeks between work, getting ready for the big move, visitors, holiday events, Primary, and life. I promise we're doing okay, I have just been very short on time to post and right now considering I haven't done any Christmas shopping, that is taking priority! Happy Holidays! Hope you're not already as exhasuted as we are!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Monday, December 3, 2007

a fun visit

This post is long overdue but I couldn't ignore two of the greatest people who have come to visit us, Dan's parents. Does Dan look like his Dad or what? Swap the color of hair in this picture and I am pretty sure you are looking at Dan in 30 years! Dave and Joan are loads of fun when they come because they like to jam pack every second, which means lots of adventures and lots of fun. While they were here they were nice enough to treat us to Wicked, and some yummy meals, and they even got to see our primary program and attend our ward Halloween party, which I am sure was the highlight. They even snuck in another show with Dan and spend a day out at Ellis Island while I was at work. I'll have to add some more of my photos later, but here a couple they took when they were in the Big Apple.
Dan, all smiles as usual
Gazing out of the windows at Ellis Island

Walking down the very wet street on rainy day

Lady Liberty in all her glory!

and us waiting for the Subway.

Come back soon Joan and Dave, we miss you already!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

done and done

Look how far she has come.The chair is finally done! Lesson learned, reupholstering is not as hard as it looks, adding the trim to cover up the staples is a lot harder than it looks. I am so glad it is finally finished!