Decorating


For some reason lately I’ve been kind of fascinated by DIY clocks. I think it’s because I couldn’t find a clock in a store that I liked, and I really wanted one because when you spend all day at home like I have been (I don’t want to talk about it), it’s easy for time to get away from you. So I made this one.

I started out looking around online, and I really liked this one, and these two, and this one. But when I saw a pack of those pre-dyed popsicle sticks for $2 in the craft store, I knew they were for me!

Here are the materials for this project:

  • Ikea Rusch clock
  • Dyed popsicle sticks
  • Cardboard craft box (optional)
  • Sticky tack for affixing to the wall

Step 1: Deconstruct the clock. All you need is the mechanism and hands. (Alternatively, you can buy a clock mechanism.)

Step 2: Poke a hole in the lid of a cardboard box (these happened to fit perfectly, but you could also just use a piece of cardstock or some other creative way to cover up the black plastic mechanism- or just not worry about it). Stick the doo-hickey through the hole (um…) and then replace the clock hands on the doo-hickey.

Step 3: Play around with different arrangements.

I settled on the yellow, blue, and green.

Step 4:Stick it all to the wall with sticky tack, using the original clock face as a guide.

Or, if you’re nerdy, use math.

Step 5: Enjoy knowing what time it is!

Admittedly, it’s a little “kiddy” or maybe even modern for me. It might go better in a kids’ room or a nursery. But it was so easy to make, and would be so easy to take down, that for now it will stay in our wannabe grown up apartment.

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In our quest to finish off the bedroom one chunk at a time (and with some help from some wedding gifts) we bought a pretty new capiz chandelier.

It’s from World Market. Since Martha Stewart’s Gray Squirrel made the room pretty manly, I wanted to add some *~*sparkle*~*.

You know how people talk about that “collected over time” look? Well, we are actually collecting things over time. We obviously still need lamps and stuff.

Here it is glowing at night:

I love it. And when the window is open (or if we turn on our fabulous new swamp cooler) it blows around like a faint windchime. So nice! That and our fountain, which is right outside the window, make for some really relaxing late summer sleeping.

In other news, we watched The Graduate this weekend. I kinda liked it, though it was weird. And what is with the ending? Did they live happily ever after or not??

I hope you all had a lovely weekend!

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away (or rather in a house that happens to be the one in which I live) I built a table. I built it in the scary serial killer room in my basement.

I even stained and finished this table, and it was beautiful. Then it continued to sit in my scary basement for a number of weeks. All because I don’t own a hole saw.

But then one day, I whined enough that Stan went and got the table, and drilled a big ol hole in the back of it with his half-inch drill bit. Then he cut the hole bigger with a hand saw. Then he filed the edges until they were somewhat smooth. The hole didn’t look terribly pretty, but it served its purpose of being an opening for cords to run through.

Then we put the table in the living room and put the TV and DVD player on it! (And the bunny ears, because I’m awesome like that.)

And it looked like this:

I actually like the way it looks better like this:

but a) then I wouldn’t have anywhere to put my feet and set my drink, and b) we can’t block that heat grate. So the top option is how it will stay, but maybe with a classier DVD storage system. Yes, that is all the DVDs I own. Actually, a bunch of those are borrowed, so that’s more DVDs than I own. Hooray Netflix!

Here’s a shot of the whole room. I chose that particular console table because of its slim design (thank you Ana White), which really does make a difference in a room this tiny.

Here’s the old coffee table I was using before for comparison:

Oh and I got a new mirror. It was cheap and round and I liked it.

And just for fun, here’s a shot from pre-new floors and rug, pre- new flat screen TV, and pre- DSLR photography:

The table has some flaws (I need some more practice with stainable, or should I say “stainable” wood filler) and yes it was like the easiest plan I found, but I am still very proud of it. I built that!!! That’s what I plan on yelling to everyone who comes to my house from now on while pointing at it and jumping up and down.

(To be sung to the tune of “Oh Christmas Tree”, or “Oh Tennenbaum”.)

The other day, as I mentioned before, I found myself wandering through Robert’s Crafts with a huge goofy grin on my face. Having completely forgotten why I went in there in the first place, I was smitten by their 50% off sale. Sure I could have held out for their almost-certain 75% off sale after Christmas, but I suddenly wanted a Christmas this year! I called Stan giggling and said “Want to decorate a Christmas tree tonight? Giggle giggle giggle!” (I don’t know what was so funny either.)

I’ve never owned a Christmas tree. My family was the type to drive up into the mountains with the ol’ 4WD and chop one down ourselves (complete with peeing in the snowy woods because as a child, of course you have to pee right when you summit a mountain with 4 feet of snow), and I plan on carrying on that tradition with my own kids someday. But for now, I’m a 25 year-old city girl and let’s face it- I’m not going to stuff a Christmas tree in the back of my ’95 Saturn SC2.

Unless it’s 4.5 feet tall.

And skinny.

And fake.

And 50% off at Robert’s.

Is that not the most pathetic thing you’ve ever seen?

Except for maybe this?

No matter. I wanted the tree to bring joy year-round, by not being a behemoth of a thing to store. And Stan and I had a great time decorating our first tree together (cheesefest- mmm, I like cheese). It turned out quite cute, I think.

And yes, I strategically cropped a few things out of the pic. Don’t worry, you’ll find out why soon enough.

I’ve never decorated for Christmas on my own before- just with my mom. I used to love pulling out the boxes of Christmas decorations and rediscovering all the trinkets from the year before. Now, I have a new goal- keep Christmas decor to 1 Rubbermaid container. ONE! Also, keep it cheapo, schmeapo.

I found some red beaded garland stuff at the DI (Utah version of Goodwill) for $1 (for 4 strands) in the summertime. I liked its simplicity, so I bought it.

Then yesterday, I found a wooden wreath there for $3. Here it is!

It was super dusty gross, but I microfibered the crap out of it. Next time I borrow an air compressor, I’ll give it a blast with that (sure, that’ll happen).

I then wrapped one strand ($0.25 worth) of red beads around it. Voila- a Christmas wreath!

It looks kinda sloppy, but that’s my trademark. It matches my hair.

I was going to wait until after Christmas to get a few (JUST A FEW) decorations, but Roberts sucked me in with their 50% off all-things-Christmas sale (and I totally forgot what I went in there for in the first place).

So for $4 each I bought some garland.

Looky there- my front porch is all pimped out (well, as pimped out as I want it to be) for Christmas for a total of $11.25.

Mailbox, you gots ta go.

Except then Stan wanted to put lights on the big tree in the parking strip…

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