Thursday, April 14, 2011

Whoo Shiny thing!

I'm not sure how your brain works, but I will be thinking about, say, the color white. White makes me think of snow, which makes me think of cold, which makes me think of getting warm, which makes me think of how to do that, which makes me think of fireplaces, which makes me think of bricks, which makes me think of mantles and the next thing I know, I am Googling "white fireplace mantles". See how that goes?

I know Alaina from Live Creative Yourself's post was supposed to be about clothes.

I know, I know, I KNOW. But.

:::Le sigh:::

I mean, who can concentrate after that? Not this girl. 

Damn you, J. Crew. You so did that on purpose. I love the cardi, but pair it with a hot guy with a camera in his hand, a confused look on his face and some (seemingly) unintentionally messy hair on his head and then I'm all, "I want to see hims fotos!"

The next thing I know, I'm stalking Mark's photography, Tumblr and have already Googled him, within the span of 22.3 seconds. I mean, we have a tattoo on the exact same spot on our right inner wrist, that means something, doesn't it?

Nah. I totally doesn't.  

I guess I'll have to try another angle. 

Feel free to suggest other angles.

And by other angles, please know that I am totally kidding. He's married. Don't worry, he won't need a restraining order. While considering other angles and Googling, I found Deidre Zahl Design. She is this adorable designer and now I am totally in love with HER! I know, "Whoooo shiny thing!" but anywayz, she is friends with Mark and his wife and went to their wedding and. His wife? Yep. You guessed it. Totes adorable. I know some people are all, "Man, his wife is cute too?" but not me.

I'm the kind of gal that sees someone adorable with someone adorable and gets teary because I'm so gosh darn happy for them. If you want to be weird like me and find her, she has a clothes blog. Which means, she has adorable clothes, too. 

(See what I mean?)

 Yes. I might be crazy. But they're all so cute.

The end.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Well I'll be darned.

Nearly (8 years?) ago, I bought this antique armoire thingy at a garage sale for $25.

That was pretty steep for me. I'm damn cheap. But, since I had been on my way to the lake, saw the garage sale sign and pulled an immediate U and there it was, I thought it was kind of kismet-we were meant to be together. I called my Dad and had him come meet me with his truck and he stored it for the next two years until I could work on it and knew where to put it.

It was missing the top and instead there was just a square, gaping hole. I always wondered what had originally been there. It was dark green with these lovely floral decals on the door fronts. Somewhere I have photos of it before I painted it black, if I find it, I will post an update. Sadly, I couldn't see how to save them and not paint it. It was in bad shape and rather wobbly. My first attempt at painting was a giant bucket of fail. I was attempting to match all of my bed room furniture pieces by spray painting them all black. Ew.

As soon as I moved into my now-home I took the time to reinforce it, sand it down, and carefully hand paint it a lovely shade of aqua. I also made a make-shift top out of foam core lined with my favorite fabric (no judging!) and I swapped out the original hardware in favor of glass knobs.
I know, how shocking. 

I've always wondered about the person who originally made it. I assumed it was a one-of-a-kind piece. I wondered what the top looked like, if there were others in a series, exactly how old it was, etc. Now, I might never know the answer to all of those questions, but I do know that it is not the only one. 

Imagine my surprise when I saw the exact same piece on Real Simple today. Not that it was as shocking as me learning that poor Pluto is no longer a planet, but it was pretty up there.

And there it is. If you look closely, you can see the same square hole, but even with the white blending in, I can just barely make out what the top looks like. The thing I love about furniture and houses the very most, is the story they tell. It fascinates me and makes me feel connected to other people and their lives. I'm not exactly sure why, but it moves me. What I think is funny, I nearly painted it white instead. But, a girl can only have so much painted white furniture.
Or can she...