upstairs!

There isn’t too much to these rooms so I think we can cover the upstairs in one day. It’s just a landing with a bathroom at the top and two bedrooms off to the side; there’s no hallway or anything. Ready to see?

This is what you see from the bigger bedroom’s doorway: bathroom on the left, office on the right. The stairs are to the left of where I stood to take this picture, so the stairwell shares its right-hand wall–on the ascent, anyway–with the bedroom we sleep in. (As opposed to the bedroom I use as my office, in case it sounds like I’m playing Captain Obvious here.)view of bath and office from bedroom {right of stairs}The bathroom looks like a bathroom; very exciting…. Although I have to say I really enjoy having natural light in the shower. That’s a new one for us.

sink and mirrorWe got a new faucet since this picture was taken a week ago. Now we have a shiny chrome knob on each side instead of the faceted plastic thingy, which I’m sure has an official name in the Plumbers’ Lexicon. (That exists, right?)

Moving on, here’s the other bathroom project that’s still underway: tile replacement. Two of the tiles in this area were cracked, sharp edges protruding, when we moved in. This was news to the landlord because the previous tenant kept a rug over them. I’m a fan of textiles everywhere except the bathroom, so I wasn’t planning any cover-ups. The landlord’s tile guy (an all-around handyman, really) has another full-time job working nights, so he comes on Saturdays and Sundays in the afternoon and evening hours. The first time he pulled out tile, he discovered that twelve were completely unmortared so he stuck ’em back down (seen below):

bathroom tileI trust that even the least tile-literate among you can tell that of all the adjectives that might describe that sight, “even” is not one that springs to mind. The diagnosis was bad mortar. (If there’s a Diagnosis Murder pun in there please extract it and send it to me; I couldn’t quite make it work. Thanks in advance.)

I’m making this story long. Let me wrap it up. He came back to re-mortar and three more tiles had come loose. He put down some kind of moisture-blocking base and mortared again. So for the better part of three weeks we’ve had to tiptoe around our toilet. The retiled area was a strictly off-limits area for the 24 hours after he mortared, but until he comes back to grout we’re still supposed to shield this 15-tile block from all moisture and avoid walking on it if we can. I’ll leave it to you to imagine how much more fun basic human functions have become. (SO much more fun!)

Here is my office. For real. I do work there. I am writing a book. Except that doesn’t feel like work, really. I’m waiting for the part where I smack myself in the forehead and say, “I knew that someday this was going to feel like torture!” But that hasn’t happened yet. Four chapters–yay!

As seen (sort of) in the bathroom/office shot at the beginning of the post, there is a window at the left end of my desk. At first I had my desk scooted toward that end of the room, but sitting in front of a window while trying to look at a laptop is pretty distracting, at least for me. Looking at a lamp that’s been the subject of about four painting-technique experiments? Not distracting at all.

desk in the officeBehind me to the right is a smaller window surrounded by built-in shelves and what, for a child, might function as a window seat. Oh, and not pictured is this room’s closet. It’s on the wall on the right in the photo below. I thought it would be my very own closet of crafty stuff, but actually most of my crafty stuff is out and the closet is holding our bulky coats, snow boots, etc. (It’s not very big.)

built-in in officeAcross the “hall” is our bedroom. You know, the bedroom where we sleep. This is what you can see of it from the hallway. I know I said there wasn’t a hallway–and there isn’t–but it’s just easier to call it that. Do you swoon for that reading nook or is it just me?

bed, dormer, table as seen from landingHere’s the other side of the room. Upon upload I realized that this was a blurry photo, but it’s nighttime now and I want to post this for the morning so I’m not waiting until I have a better photo. You get the idea. This was taken while standing in the dormer (you can see an edge of it at the top left), so there’s a window behind me as well as one at the head of the bed. Both have pretty curtains on them, but I guess those aren’t going to show up here.

Lovey's side of the roomAnd finally, this is the view from the head-of-the-bed area. I love it that we each have our own closet in this room. Why that matters, I don’t know; it just feels special. Like I could hide Christmas presents in there and he would never know. See? It’s fun.

my side of the roomWell, that’s all she wrote, ladies and gentlemen. It really is. I’ve decided that’s it for this little blog. I’ve enjoyed rambling at you, and I’m happy that you stayed around reading my ramblings. This doesn’t have to be the end of that.

After opening the door to our new house, I also open to you the doors to my new blog projects, should you choose to explore them. I already linked to one, My Itty Bitty Kitchen, in the kitchen post, but if you missed that here’s your second chance to see it. The other, Meta & Minutiae, is going to be even more random than this one. I’ll write about whatever I want, whenever I want, and I make no promises (Mom). Okay?

If this is goodbye, thanks for being here.

If not, see you next time at one of the new locations!

Thanks for reading! And if you want something else good to read, there’s this and this to get you started!

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green eggs and spam

This might surprise you but reading spam comments is one of my favorite parts of keeping a blog. I thought it would be fun to share some of my G-rated favorites from the spam filter–with thanks to WordPress for keeping these oddball comments from becoming public before I was good and ready!  I usually have only about ten spam comments a week, which I consider mild, and these are the crème de la crème–comments in blue and sass-back in green. Ready? Here we go!

*This web site really has all of the info I needed concerning this subject and didn’t know who to ask.

{Glad I could answer your secret, burning questions about crafts and food and home décor. I’m always here if you need me.}

*I’d have to check with you here.  Which is not something I usually do!  I enjoy reading a post that will make people think. Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!

{I can’t tell you how pleased I am that you checked, even though you usually don’t check! What an honor to have you here, crook@gmail.com!}  …and if that’s a legitimate email, like “C (as in Chris) Rook” I don’t want to know.  Pretty sure from the style that it’s no “Mr. Rook,” though.  Probably a robot.  (Rookbot?)

*Keep good men company and you shall be of the number.

{Hey, Fortune Cookie-Fortune Generator, I’m glad you stopped by because I have LOTS of questions about things you’ve told me in the past–but for now let’s just focus on the present. Obviously it is my main goal in life to be of the number. Who doesn’t want that? But do I have to keep the company of multiple good men? Isn’t one good man enough? Please get back to me soon because I do not want to mess this up!}

*An intriguing discussion will probably be worth comment. I believe that you can write read much more about this topic, might nicely definitely be a taboo subject but generally folks are inadequate to chat on such topics. To a higher. Cheers 332926

{Whoa there with the adverbs, buddy! But I get what you’re saying. After all the write reading I’ve done on this topic, I was getting a little discouraged, so it’s a boost to hear that you believe I can keep going. I can only hope I’m intriguing enough to merit another of your comments. Cheers to you, and your higher too! P.S. Are the numbers some kind of code? At first I thought you were giving me your digits but I’m one short, so…clue me in, will you?}

*I see this post will start a holywar in the comments section.

{I certainly hope not! I’m not in the mood to host a holywar right now; they can get a bit ugly from what I’ve seen. If you’re feeling anxious about the content of this post please allow me to redirect you to something a little lighter, like this.  Mmm…cupcakes.}

*It’s these decorative components which are known as modern day dwelling decor. And for a lot more enable, you are able to take a appear into some style and decorating thoughts below. Alternatively, for bigger bedrooms, darker colours need to make the room look smaller sized.

{Thanks for the info! I know “wellcrafted” is ambiguous, so I’m glad you realized what this blog was all about. As for the advice about dark colors, you have a good point. Maybe that’s why apartments tend to be painted white. What do you think?}

Okay, for real now: if you’ve ever wanted to start a blog but hesitated because of the commitment, let me tell you, the entertainment factor of spambots and shameless SEO-hawkers will make you forget every second of writer’s block! every blurry photo! every night you stayed up until 1:45 because there-is-supposed-to-be-a-post-tomorrow-so-heaven-forbid-there-not-be-a-post-tomorrow! Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little. But I did laugh out loud at these. I hope you at least smiled.

purdy on pinterest

I wish I could say my desk is cleaner thanks to Pinterest, but it’s still a mess. Despite not being able to immunize my physical space from entropy, I do enjoy finding tools that help me organize and, what’s better, visualize my projects.  This spring I compiled a personal lookbook that mixes trends with the tried-and-true.

As you can tell at a glance, I’m crazy about a few things this season: stripes, florals, yellows and corals.  (I couldn’t resist that chance to rhyme.)  I’ve always liked the shorts-with-long-sleeves look, so some of these photos grabbed my attention right away.  Especially the one of the gal with the navy shorts and yellow anorak–so fun!

This board is guiding my thrift shopping for the warm weather.  I haven’t found any colored pants to love yet–they’ve got to be skinny but not second-skin-y.  (I’m young but I’m not 12.)  So here’s to a patient search, all you who are now mapping your fashion quests via Pinterest.  May it go well with you!

P.S. Pantone’s official color of the year is “Tangerine Tango.”  Are you feeling bold enough for this color?!

P.P.S. Want to know how to put a Pinterest board on your blog? I use the free version of WordPress, and this is what I did:

1. Use the Function and Print Screen keys together to take a screenshot of your Pinterest board.  (I took two: one of the top half and one of the bottom half.)

2. Paste your screenshot (or two, one at time) into Microsoft Publisher.  If you have two, change the view to major percentage–I used 500%–to make sure you can see well enough to line things up just right.  After that you have to draw a box that encompasses both screenshots, then group them so they become one object.

3. Right click and choose “Save as Picture.”  I saved mine as a JPEG.

4. Upload as you would any photo.

5. For extra fun, once the photo is inserted into your blog post, click on it and then click the link button.  In the URL field, copy and paste the URL of your actual Pinterest board.  Then, when anyone clicks on your image, they get swept away on a magic carpet ride to the actual board. Ta da!