Friday, August 24, 2012

Well That's Just Crate!

When I first introduced you to Percy, I left you with this photo of our unfinished dog crate.

What I had left to do was to create a top for it, and then STAIN!.


It's finished!

To create the top, I took a beautiful piece of Purebond Plywood in birch, and added a "lip" out of 1x2s that would fit snugly into the top of the crate, so that it'll stay in place but be easily removed for transport.

The same thing is going to happen with a bottom. Eventually. Except I'll also line it with some vinyl flooring that the previous owners of the house had left. Waterproof AND stylish.

Lucky pup...

So far, Mr. Percy isn't too thrilled with the crate, but I'm sure he'll grow to love it... In time..

Baby Goats will give it the attention it needs, 'til then!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Trip or Dip?

When we knocked down the wall between the dining room/living room, I was left with this 26'' wide wall opposite my bar. So far, there hasn't been any attempt at decorating it... 

One of my biggest concerns is that, if I hang art there, it has to "work" with the gallery photos on the wall behind the love seat. Naturally, I ran around the house trying to find something to give me a visual of what does or doesn't work.

Cue in some old canvases I had stashed away from when everyone was in their burgundy decorating phase.

(remember, we're close friends, and I don't clean for close friends ;-))

These are some 16x20 canvases that I painted burgundy, and let the then-two-year-old-big-kid take a paintbrush to two of them. I wasn't sure that I liked them going 3-high on the wall (probably because I've been so used to there not being anything there for so long!), so I took the top one down to see how it looked.

That.... didn't work.

As less invasive as it is to have the two, they just don't fill up the space well. I thought about moving the canvases right next to each other to create a solid 20x48, but then realized that I was putting too many tack marks into the wall, and decided against it (because we know laziness couldn't have been a factor).

So, the decision (for now) is that I'm going to have three 16x20 canvases up there. I'm leaning toward a triptych, so that it's less busy (as opposed to having three totally different things there, such as photos or individual paintings). What's left to decide is.... WHAT kind of triptych!!!???

Friday, August 17, 2012

Hard to Write

You guys, I'd like you to meet Moses.

For those of you that have been around for a while, you've noticed Moses has made appearances on my blog before.

He and unfolded clothes seem ever-present in my living room photos.

And he's been ever-present since I met Mr. Goats 9 years ago.

And Mr. Goats took him everywhere.

Moses has been with Mr. Goats for the past 16 years. And those two's love for each other is more than I've ever seen a man/dog love each other.

Over the past 9 years, I've grown to love Mosey more than I imagined I could love a pup.

We had to put Moses down yesterday.

An integral part of our family is missing today.

We miss you, Mosey Wosey.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Welcome to the Goats Family

A few days ago, there was a small chihuahua-mix pup running around near the big kid's school. Apparently it had been running around all day (and in the middle of summer in the desert, that's just not good for a little pup!), and I was able to catch her before school got out. I went over to ask my neighbor a few questions (she works in a vet's office), the doggie got out of my hands and ran across a high-traffic road (unscathed, thankfully!) and my neighbor caught her. She volunteered to take the dog home so that she could take it into the office to be checked out.

The next day, I was told the vet said the pup was fine.


So I started to try to plant the idea of taking her in Mr. Goats' mind. He's not a fan of small dogs (he doesn't MIND them, but he doesn't want one. He wants a dog that he can wrestle with and put his weight on) so I knew it was a stretch.. but Baby Goats liked the pup!

The day after that, my neighbor said that her friend was going to take the dog.


I think my little attempt at saying we should get a new dog took root in Mr. Goats' mind, and the FOLLOWING night, we got Perseus (Percy).

This so-totally-adorable-rottweiler/blue heeler-mix is only 6 weeks old, so very high maintenance.

And he needs a crate..

I'm sure you guys have noticed that I haven't built anything since mid-July, right?

Seriously. I haven't built anything in almost 2 months.

Man that felt good!

I followed these plans, but instead of using a project panel for the top, I'm going to use some beautiful Purebond to match the ply on the sides.

Of course I'll show you all the finished product. For now, I have something nibbling on my toes ;-)

Monday, August 6, 2012

The $5.14 Gallery Wall + Improved

I know you guys have all been waiting on the edge of your seats for me to finish this project..

Wait, am I dramatizing that?


I know you guys have been waiting patiently for an update from me! School is back in session over here, so I really do have more free time! With that, I was able to make a trip to IKEA to get some frames to finish my gallery wall!

I know you're excited. Contain yourselves.

This is where I left you last.

With ill-placed/ill-proportioned 8x10s on the right side of the picture (thanks to my big "OOPS" moment). I told you that I wanted to replace those with two 11x14 photos, but at the same time, I didn't want to just discard those two prints!

So I moved them up and tried to figure out a better arrangement. This turned out way better than my original plan with the 11x14s!

I love that the entire area above the sofa is filled in with this asymmetrical gallery of family moments. Or.. it will be once I add pictures to my new frames.

The new frames are the RIBBA frames from IKEA. The black one is a 12x16 that was $9.99, and the smaller ones are 5x7s, purchased at $1.99/each. These additions take the total for my $5.14 gallery wall up to $19.67 (including taxes).

One of my favorite things about this is the new black frame. I LOVE how it brings some more dimension, while still keeping totally in-line with the black/white scheme.

Now I just hope it doesn't take so long for me to FILL the frames!

So how was your weekend? Any photo updates in your home?