01.24.2014 § Leave a comment
01.21.2014 § Leave a comment
I think that someone’s New Year’s resolution was to get back at the gym. That AND to make bold moves in 2014.
Well, this person is obviously tackling both at the same time.
Yes, to put your shoes in the cubby despite the posted “request” is bold. To place them in the cubby right under the sign? BOLDER.
Congrats on your successful resolution.
12.12.2013 § Leave a comment
Somehow Christmas snuck up on me this year. Well, I should rephrase that.
The time when I should have started my DIY Christmas tree ornaments snuck up on me … and then also passed!
Sure, my friend and I started discussing our Christmas tree themes back in July. Yet my build started the weekend before Thanksgiving. Not the ideal conditions for prime crafting.
Luckily I was able to save Christmas (you’re welcome) by building on last year’s Reduce, Reuse, Resparkle theme instead of starting over completely.
The additions? Burlap leaves with white and gold pinecones. Simple, yet devastatingly gorgeous. Or devastatingly simplistic. I haven’t decided.
As for next year’s theme, our lesson is to start planning discussions in January with actual crafting commencing in July.
Anyone up for a Fourth of July Christmas Crafting Party?
Hope so. Save the dates are going out next week.
10.24.2013 § Leave a comment
So this call that I just had with the doctor’s office surely boosted my confidence today.
Me: I need to set up an appointment.
Receptionist: Sure. What’s your name?
Me: Nathan Koch
R: Oh, is this for your son?
Me: No, that’s me.
R: Ohh, I’ve never heard Nathan for a girl’s name.
Me (confused and hesitating): Um, I’m a guy.
R: Ohhhhh. I’m sorry. You have such a nice soft voice.
And just so you know, doctor’s receptionist … my voice is appropriately manly and pleasant.
… I think.
10.20.2013 § 1 Comment
For several weeks now my sister and I have been sending each other pins from Pinterest of DIY Sharpie mugs that we wanted to try out as part of our brother/sister weekend. Pretty much because brother/sister weekend is never complete without a little DIY. #Truth
But while we were sending each other examples of cool mugs that had already been made, what we should have been doing was reading up on how to actually make these mugs … as opposed to reading what we should have done after we had already completed each step.
For example, buying cheap dollar-store type mugs work better for having the marker adhere to the cups after baking. This is great advice when you already have 7 cups purchased from 2 different stores after 4 different stops in search of plain white mugs.
Also, found out we should have baked them at 450 for 30 minutes instead of 350 to make the color have a stronger bond. This we figured out after we started washing off one of the designs after the first attempt. (Good news is that after a second round of baking at 450 for 30 minutes, the color held up perfectly when being hand washed.)
Here we have our own Sharpie mug making magic, which after a day of working on, turned out wonderfully:
And in case you want to try your own and don’t trust our “instructions,” here is the blog we started to follow as soon as things weren’t working as planned. I recommend reading this before starting: Tips & Tricks to the DIY Sharpie Mug / DIYopolis
10.18.2013 § Leave a comment
09.24.2013 § 1 Comment
Just so you know, typewriter man …
You may be thinking that your actual typewriter circa 1973 is so hipster-ish of you to bring to the coffee shop to write your memoir. But I have something to tell you. When I’m sitting as far across the coffee shop as humanly possible and I am looking around for what the loud clicking noise is only to find out it’s YOU with your typewriter, it’s a little inappropriate.
And I think you know it’s inappropriate too, since you’re blocking out the noise for yourself with headphones that look like they’re big enough that if I were to give you two orange sticks you’d be able to flag in an airplane.
Now I enjoy a good typewriter as much as the next person. But I enjoy it in the privacy of my own home with it sitting decoratively on a refurbished desk …
… just as Nate Berkus and new technology have intended.
Photo disclaimer: I apologize for the blurriness of the picture. Not only did I find it rude to show his face, but I was so far away that my phone could focus on everything BUT him in front of the windows.