Category DIY

A probably-consult-an-expert-not-really-tutorial to make a planter

In a dramatic turn of events last project, my drill died! So I borrowed my neighbor’s, and then immediately started researching which one to buy, which is not very dramatic at all. The first had been a hand-me-down, an inauspicious start for any power tool, I suppose, but I used it all the time and […]

The bench

When we renovated the kitchen, I had my eye on a particular piece of wood in our building’s basement. Untouched for years, it appeared to be an old support beam from when the twin homes were converted into 6 apartment units in the 1910s. I thought it would make a good shelf along the sink […]

The school desk

I’ve been on a TEAR around the house recently. Everything has been cleaned from top to bottom, and there’s not a single room where furniture hasn’t been added, removed, or otherwise rearranged. I’d felt like I’d hit a post-moving wall at 90% complete, and it’s good to move past that. I have to take more […]

Engagement dress

I finished sewing my second modified April Rhodes party dress just in time for the special occasion deadline I set for myself: our engagement pictures! Saturday marks exactly one year to our 2015 wedding, which seemed like the perfect day to do this. To be honest, I didn’t think that doing an engagement photoshoot would […]

Serge, baby!

Hello, gorgeous! This beauty came in the mail for me yesterday. It’s a Brother 1034D Serger, and paired with my sewing machine, I’m going to become a clothes sewing fiend this summer. This purchase was partially inspired/accelerated by the Party Dress I’m working on. This is my wearable muslin, and you may recognize the bodice […]

The 90% bedroom

I hope you had a lovely Memorial day! Ours was spent with friends and family, as it should be, with a distinct lack of paint brushes in hand (refreshing), but also a curious absence of barbecue (regrettable). Happily, paint brushes aren’t beckoning yet, as the bedroom is maybe, sort of, close to being done. It’s […]

Everything is everywhere

MOVING, huh? The movers came to my apartment on Saturday morning, and in one hour-and-26-minutes fell swoop, my worldly possessions were relocated 7 blocks southwest. That was the easy part. (Mambo Movers FTW!) Now everything looks like this: Yikes. REALITY, PEOPLE. To be fair, this is the worst of it, mostly contained in the studio. […]

TNNA!

As I begged off my third social engagement in as many days because of the tired, my friend Carolyn remarked that they have a saying for that in her family: “Feeling like a squashed bug that isn’t dead yet.” Yes. Accurate. Between the recent travel, a low-grade illness I picked up along the way, and […]

The radiator cover

At the end of March, the far wall of the dining room looked like this: And now, at the end of April, it looks like this: Still needs some curtains, but so far? Everything I was hoping it would be and more. The radiator cover makeover was an unexpected project, but my favorite change in […]

Nik’s 30th birthday

We pulled it off! Saturday morning, the dining room was still a work space with paint cans, drop cloths, and hardware all over the floor, but that night, the house was clean and we had 70 people who came by to show Nik love for her 30th and eat cake. There was a LOT of […]