Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Summer Overload

I've got so many fun things happening right now but in between our car over heating and the messy state of our home and just wanting to sit down (you know the feeling?) I haven't had a second to either take a picture or upload an existing picture onto my computer. Yes, it's one of those kind of summers. The kind where I try desperately to take advantage of each sunny day but also attempt to keep up with my regular going-ons and seem to fail at all of it. Last nite we ate dinner at 9:30 and, I swear, there was a time where I thought we weren't going to eat at all. Well anyway, we had these Mediterranean stuffed chicken breasts from Trader Joes which were surprisingly delicious and only took 40 minutes in the oven. I also successfully created a yummy and spicy cucumber salad. Delicious!
Alright so in lieu of something creative and fun that I did myself, I will link to this wonderful tutorial from Angry Chicken on Fold Over Elastic. I've never used it but after watching this I am planning on trying it out. I love how easy and nonchalant she seems about it. It's so similar to how I approach sewing.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Shop Update

My screen printed onesies had a lovely shout out on one of my absolute favorite blogs West Coast Crafty about an Storque article on etsy for handmade baby items. I'm so flattered that Susan picked my onesies as one of her top 12 favorites! Susan and Pearl, her new baby, stopped by my booth at Crafty Wonderland last month and picked up some cute onesies and it looks like they were a hit.

I also updated the shop with a couple new onesies. I included my new design, a deer bust, which I just think looks so cute printed.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Urban Outfitters Home

I've posted goodies that I found at Urban Outfitters before on this blog. I'm an especially big fan of UO's sale items. I was browsing around on their site earlier and came across a few super cute sale items for the home.

I love this rug, it's 3x5 and on sale for $19.99 which I think is a great deal. I could easily see this in our second bedroom but I'm super loving it with this red couch too.

This curtain is a great floral pattern but the black outlining makes it really modern and not too feminine. This is also on sale for $19.99 which is decent for curtains. I kind of said I'd sew the curtains for the dining room, second bedroom and the kitchen so I'm on the fence about if I actually need this or not. I should probably just head over here for the fabric.

Lastly, I scoped out these awesome bowls. We need more bowls in our home like we need holes in the head but I just love these. They look mildly '50's retro but not too kitschy which I appreciate. Anyway, these will undoubtedly stay on my wish list an out of my house.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Rehder Recap and More

I thought that I'd finish up on some pictures I've been promising before I move on to the awesome home stuff that we've been doing. I finally got around to downloading some of the Rehder Reunion pictures off of my camera. There are so many great pictures but these ones are my favorites so far. The barn had windows still in tact which is sort of amazing for a 100 year old structure thats only repair is a re-roofing. When I peaked my head in this room, it said "Ron Rehder" in big inky letters on the wall inside.

The boy, Kurt and I had to get our picture taken in front of the barn drinking our Keystone Lights. There was beer everywhere we went and the best part was being able to say "Can I get a Keyster from you?" Hilarious. So look at us in our Rehder tshirts. Pretty rad.

And of course there is the group shot. I got a few different shots of this on my camera and I chose this one at random. As we left the old barn and headed toward my second cousin Jim's house where he and his wife Sally so graciously hosted us, someone tore a piece of wood from the barn to take with them. I wanted to go back and do the same but somehow it felt wrong. I want that barn to stand for as long as possible. We drove back through farm country the next day to get to Seattle where the boy and I took the train home to Portland. We saw dozens of barns on that drive and, most likely, half of them were older than the Rehder barn. With all that competition, it needs all the wood it can get to be the oldest one standing.

This past weekend I made it up to the antique sale. It was really great. Overwhelming but wonderful. The inside was collectibles while the outside was much more like a flea market. I bought this super great stool/chair for $7 and a few other things. I got about 2 yards each of this colorful vintage fabric. I'm definitely going again next year.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

DIY Home Ideas

The thing I was so excited about when we bought a place was being able to do my own renovations and changes to it. I found a few things this week that I'm inspired to try and recreate myself and while they're not "renovations" per se, they're improvements that will hopefully be a stepping stone to actual renovations, such as replacing lighting fixtures and removing our hideous medicine cabinet. Alright, so these drawer pulls I found on Apartment Therapy are leather with 2 bolts on each end. This seems like a super easy project to add to these small set of drawers as pulls.

I'd keep the natural wood of the drawers and instead of painting them, add color with different leather or suede pieces that I already have in my stash. I think I'll try it out this weekend if I can make it to Ikea for a set of these drawers.

I also peeped these cat boxes on AT. Somehow I'm convinced, regardless of the fact that I don't own a circular saw and haven't "built" anything from wood since my 7th grad shop class, that I can recreate this. Seriously. Dude selling these wants $250 bones. For real? We need a new cat box and I'm kind of lovin' up on this one. Maybe if I can find a piece of wood with a circle already cut out? Do they sell those at Home Depot? Man. I really don't know what I'm doing but somehow I'm still convinced I can do it. I guess we'll just have to see what happens.
The past weekend was lovely too! Sorry for dropping off the planet. Pictures of old people in Rehder t-shirts to come. This weekend I'm headed to this. so I need to measure some walls in our place in case I find furniture. I'm also planning on a trip here for raspberries and a look at the new Sauvie Island bridge. No more waiting 2 hours to get off that island you say? I'm in!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Rehder Reunion

This weekend, in lieu of bocce ball and croquet in the park with our friends, we will be in lovely Cottonwood Idaho attending my family reunion. I believe it's the 100 year anniversary of the barn my great great grandfather built in Cottonwood, though I can't be sure. The details are a bit sketchy. All we know for definite is that on Thursday, we're taking the train up to Seattle to join in a caravan across the great state of Washington to Spokane, where we will be staying and then on to Idaho, our final destination. At this point I'm just along for the ride. I plan on drinking beer, watching the boy play golf and trying to "fit in." I tend to get annoyed at the questions people ask me at these sort of things. "So, what do you do?" "So, when are you two getting married?" "So, what part of Portland do you live in?" Please. No. It's so uncomfortable. And why do all your questions begin with "so"?
Anyway, the last time we did one of these trips we bought scratch tickets and scratched our way across the state. At least I'll be in good company. I also designed the commemorative tshirt for the occasion. The design is above and that's the barn we're commemorating. I'm mostly happy with the way it turned out. The tshirts are white ink printed on navy blue shirts. I didn't screen them myself because we just don't have the capacity for 100 tshirts right now at our place. Where would they go to dry?
Expect pictures from our excursion next week. Hopefully we'll have the shirts on and you can see them in all their glory!
If I don't get back on this thing before we take off, happy fourth. I hope you have more fun things to do than drive across a huge state with your family.