Make It Friday: Nice Rack


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Nothing makes me giggle as much as a good innuendo, so I am all for any home decor trends that pack a whopping triple entendre potential. What hostess wouldn’t want to hear her guests proclaim, “Nice rack!” All thanks to these great DIY antler shed projects.

Now off to the woods to find some antler sheds of my own so I can make this scenario happen.

Here’s to a weekend of good projects and better jokes!


The Hardware Store — A Love Story


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In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m THAT girl. The one who goes into the hardware store at least once a week with a half-baked DIY idea, no vocabulary for the tools I need, and detailed questions communicated primarily through hand gestures and crude drawings on the backs of receipts fished out of my purse.

I drool over the tools. I ogle the work goggles. I faint when I see the paint. Literally every quick dash into any hardware store for just a [insert small useful item here] turns into an hour-long perusal of all the cool copper plumbing thingies and the circular saws and some neat grates that I don’t know what they are but surely if I buy one I’ll find a way to use it.

love the hardware store. I love the hardware store so much that a 20-something male employee recently mistook my enthusiasm for flirting and gave me his number.

(I, in turn, mistook the number and accompanying comment of “We could talk about this idea over coffee sometime,” for a genuine interest in how to rig up a retractable laundry line for under twenty dollars, replied “That sounds great!” thinking I had just scored a knowledgeable DIY friend, and got all the way out of the store before I realized what had just happened. Apparently my social skills are even less developed than my DIY ones.)

But I gotta say, guys, there’s nothing like an involved project to make me love the hardware store just a little bit less. Too many trips and too many dollars spent, and not very much to show for it just yet. Here’s waiting for the light at the end of the tunnel.

What great fiascos have you been through at the hardware store?


Make It Friday: All the Neon


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Spring fever is in full force in our household, and for me that means COLOR! I’m laboring under the theory that some bright, summery neons will chase away what’s left of the chill New England weather. And if that doesn’t work, at least I’ll have some pretty things to look at while my teeth are chattering.

Here’s to warm and colorful days ahead!

P.S. I PROMISE I’m working on some projects of my own to show you all! It was hard to do “normal” things the past two weeks, but I’m ready to dive back in to some great DIYs and will be sharing them with you soon!


Thoughts on a Tumultuous Friday


It’s been a devastating week here in the greater Boston area to say the least. As we hope for a safe and speedy end to the chase of the perpetrators of the Boston Marathon bombing, it seems entirely too frivolous to try to write a normal blog post.

Instead, I will leave you with this:

Wise Words from Gandhi

source: Apartment 34

May you all be safe and well. My heart goes out to all those directly affected by the bombing and its aftermath.


How I Spent Five Hours at Home Depot


Confession: I know nothing about making furniture.

This is particularly funny/sad because my dad is a Master Cabinetmaker AND an engineer.

But I’m not going to let little details like utter ignorance and lack of tools hold me back.

My fabulously ambitious plan:

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Fabulously Ambitious Plan meets Delightfully Crappy iPhone Photo.

I desperately need a space for crafting that doesn’t involve me hunched over the coffee table while Alan is trying to watch soccer. So I am building a bookshelf with a drop-leaf crafting table. It’s going to be amazing! If I can ever figure out how to actualize it. Apparently trying to support the weight of a 25lb sewing machine on a drop-leaf without any sort of wood-joining knowledge is not so easy.

So yesterday I took a trip to The Home Depot, carting along my measuring tape and the above notebook with its scribbled sketches highly technical design plan.

FIVE. HOURS. LATER. I emerged with a glazed deer-in-headlights expression and some supplies.

How could it have taken you so long? you wisely ask. Aren’t you a DIY expert?

Ahem. No. But DIY is all about the spirit of learning and improvisation and leaving expertise out of it! Right??

It turns out that when you don’t have any vocabulary for hardware (doohicky doesn’t count), aren’t really sure how to construct what you need in the first place, and failed those Spatial Reasoning Aptitude Tests in elementary school, you end up resorting to an ongoing game of Charades to explain yourself. Or at least, you do if you’re me.

On the plus side, I learned how to navigate the gargantuan labyrinth that is The Home Depot, developed an intimate knowledge of where exactly the right casters for the right project are, didn’t get trapped in the paint aisle (my usual downfall in hardware stores), and met half of the employees on duty. Thank you, Peter, Angel, Keon, Robert, and others, for all your help and patience while I used my notebook and phone as props to literally show you my crazy idea!

On the down side, I’m still not really sure how the support component of the table is going to come together.

Clearly it’s time to consult my dad.

Do any of you have advice for a wannabe furniture maker? What hilarity has ensued in realizing your grandiose DIY dreams?