Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Sammy or Marley?

I really could have a whole blog devoted to my crazy dog's antics. Maybe you'd find it more amusing. Once we settle down from the initial shock of what she has done, we do find it more amusing than lets say, wiring a new light fixture. Last weekend we went out to dinner and left for only an hour or two. We were already home for a while when Dave walked around our dining room table and said, "uh I think the dog ate something." I responded with," great is there puke over there?" Which I should have known was not the case since our dog has the stomach of steel.

Dave was staring at this:

We did the stare down at the remains of whatever it was for a few minutes when we both realized that it was the remains of an...
artichoke! I am guessing Sammy thought it was real just like all of you do when you come over. Dave made the comment that she thought it was feta cheese filled. To her surprise, it wasn't, and then we started to realize that there was styrofoam all over the house. We also saw the remnants of the poor artichoke on our walks for the next few days, if you get my drift. Now my centerpiece looks all out of whack. I hope Crate and Barrel still makes them.

This incident reminds me of another one where I couldn't figure out what she had done. I came home to this:

Oh, just the remains of a cantaloup. That was all that was left. Those few seeds, no rind, no fruit. Oh, and I should mention that I left the cantaloup on the top of the fridge when I left for work. My kindergartner's loved that story.

How does a dog that looks like this:

or this:

and this:

cause all that trouble you ask? Well that's her ploy. Look as damn cute as possible so the humans don't know that dogs are taking over the world, or at least residence at 366.

Or maybe, it's to get back at us for this:

or this:

and this:

Unless she starts talking like that Bush's Baked Beans dog, the world may never know.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Apparently it's called a cornice

When I was doing google searches for photos of wooden window valances I discovered that is actually called a cornice. Go figure. The cornice is finished a lot sooner than I thought. It was one of those house projects that did not need to be done right away, so i thought the roll of fabric would sit in our screened porch for months. I discovered that Dave is as goal oriented as I am and likes checking things off the list. Last weekend Dave left the house saying "I'm off to Lowe's to get the wood for the valance." Really? Oh, okay, sounds good to me!

I already (with your help) picked and got the fabric from Joanns on special order.

The Robert Allen, Cats Cradle fabric that was supposed to take 4 weeks arrived at the store in about a week! I had to order 4 yards, when I only needed 3 1/2, so now I have a whole lotta extra fabric hanging around.

After I picked it up, it sat around for a week or two. Last weekend we decided to tackle some jobs around the house and to my surprise, the cornice was on the list. Dave got the wood from Lowe's and measured and cut it to hang over the 101" wide dining room window.

Then we took it down to cover the wood with batting. Dave just stapled it to the wood.

Dave added that middle piece of wood that is sticking out to act as a frame on the window. Instead of having to hang the valance by brackets on the edge which would show, he added the extra piece of wood to sit on top of the window frame. That way he could just put a few screws across the top and you would never seem them. Ain't my hubby clever? I didn't marry an engineer for nothing! Oh and please excuse our hideous basement, that's a project for a much later date.

Then we cut and measured the fabric a few inches wider than the wood on each side.

The hardest part of getting the valance, sorry cornice, to look right was making sure the fabric was straight. Since it is a geometric pattern, it would not look right if the squares did not go straight across on the wood. Dave just stapled the fabric at the same exact spot all the way across the wood.

And then continue stapling all the way around.

And of course Sammy had to check out what was going on. It was 11pm, so she was wondering when we were going to go to bed.

Stapling the fabric around the corners was the trickiest part. We had to make sure that the fabric sat flat against the wood.

Done! There's the screw in the top ready to be drilled into the window frame.

And here's the finished product!

(Really) Before:



Now that I'm off for the summer, I'm ready to tackle another project. Maybe I'll get the spray paint out again...

Monday, June 21, 2010

Checkin things off the to-do list

Or maybe I should call it a honey-do list. In any case, this Saturday we cranked out house projects like it's nobody's business. Imagine if every day was Saturday! Dave painted four doors of the six he hung and mowed the lawn. Then I put together a bookshelf and we made the valance for the living room. Yes, we were working till about midnight but it was still Saturday.

Sammy helping out as usual. It was almost put together and I was patting myself on the back for putting together a bookshelf that in the directions said you need 2 people to assemble, when...

Really?? Really? I put the shelves on upside down?? Although, I wasn't saying really. Back to square one.

Another twenty minutes and, ta-dah! Finished!

The reason I wanted the shelf in the first place was to take up space on the long wall next to our couch. We would have placed some art work over the couch to take up more space on the wall but, alas, the awful wall ac unit is directly above our couch. Lovely. Nothing a trip to Homegoods couldn't fix. I found a canvas print that fit directly over the unit. It fit perfectly, except that there is a whole lotta space left on the wall. And that's the reason for the bookshelf.

Besides staying cool for 2 months out of the year that we actually need an ac, why did someone think this was a good idea?

Can you tell there's an AC under there?

See how the shelf on the other end breaks up the wall a bit?

I wonder what we'll get done next Saturday? Up close photos of the valance coming soon...

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Keep Calm and Carry On

And this is what I say to myself daily. Yes, it's a replica of a sign used in England in WWII to keep up morale, but I think the inspirational quote can help us all. It's hanging in our bedroom, and I can read it after a long day of chasing 5 year olds around my classroom, and then again in the morning when I realize that I have to do it all over again.

I know what you're thinking, that turquoise does not match her bedroom very well. And, no, you're right it doesn't match anything perfectly. But that's the art of decorating, just like the days of matching your shoes to your handbag are gone, so is being matchy matchy in home decor. The turquoise in the print picks up the small aqua lines in our bedspread.

I already had a vase in the bedroom that adds another turquoise accent.

And now I'm off to go read my sign again before I re-make a 162 photo slideshow for my classroom that has an error and won't burn correctly to a dvd. Keep calm...

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme

I don't exactly have a green thumb, so I was excited when friends came and brought potted herbs and plants. They're sitting outside, so hopefully the sun and rain will take care of them and won't die like all the house plants that I forget to water. I planted some rose plants out front and they already look I am thankful other people planted things for me. My friend Beth potted the herbs in the photos and labeled them on small stones. Clever huh?

I love having the fresh herbs! I've already used the basil and parsley in a pasta salad (thanks Julie!)

And can't wait to use the mint in some mojitos! There's some Lemon Balm in there, which is good in drinks as well! tasty!

Dill, Sage, and Boxwood Basil.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

And the winner is....

Thanks for you input on trying to pick a fabric. Ultimately, I did not listen to you...just kidding, it was hard to pick, but the Robert Allen fabric just went the best with the room.

Actually making the valence will occur another day. We're slowing down on our house projects here, so who knows when we'll get to it. Maybe I'll have motivation this weekend...