A revelation was made the other day: Mr. Snuggles was my astrological sign - Taurus the bull. Even more coincidental was another discovery - the constellation Taurus was shaped like a K. It was meant to be.
One problem we have always had is forgetting what food we need to eat, cook, and buy. Food will go rotten, or leftovers will have to thrown away, and we will sadly regret not eating it earlier. Or that feeling in the pit of your stomach when you get home from buying groceries and realize you forgot something. Our solution to this problem was to create a set of 3 chalkboards to keep track of our food. Hence the three:
“But if I move there, you will just take my piece!” she complains.
“Yeah, that was kind of the point of the trap.” I respond.
“I take it back, I don’t like your traps.” She says as she grabs a piece and returns it to its original position. “What if I make this move?”
Some say that we aren’t playing chess properly. Some would say that it is against the rules to tell each other what your move is going to be, to allow them to take moves back, but we prefer it this way. We learn as we make mistakes and try new strategies. We have made it a hobby to go out to a coffee shop and sit for a while, enjoying a rousing game of chess or two!
When we got our new journal from HandLetteringCo., we were extremely excited to start writing in it. We decided to make it into our prayer journal. Only one problem...the journal wouldn't stay closed once we folded it open. So we thought and researched and shopped for a journal clasp, but couldn't find one we really liked. The solution? Make one. But it was harder than we thought, because we couldn't find the circular clasp anywhere. We finally found it as a set of premade envelopes, and decided to just cut them out.
Crafting can be both an budget-saving and expensive hobby. While many DIY projects tout themselves as being cheap ways to make expensive projects, they can also often require buying expensive tools or materials. Through exploring and attempting many projects, we have found how to best save money while still making unique, beautiful pieces.
We don't believe in waste. We try to reuse what we can, turning the leftovers of one project into a new project. This IKEA Frack mirror was sitting in my drawers for a while after we had made the Edison Retractable Light. The moment I realized the mirror could be taken apart and sprayed gold...a new project was born.
Walking down the streets of San Jose, I stumbled upon this half finished woodshop project. As the students began to move out for the summer, they discarded many things, leaving bed frames and couches out on the sidewalk. When I saw this wood frame, I immediately called Keith and asked him to pick it up for me. He was skeptical of its potential, but I insisted. Especially when wood was so expensive to come by, I couldn't resist taking it home. And so began our new project!
With the frame already made, we made a few adjustments to create smoother transitions. Some of the vertical wooden pieces were awkwardly placed on the corners, so we used a handsaw ($1.50 from Daiso!) to trim the corners. We also removed the top bar. The original makers of this project had made one triangular shelf, so we took it to Home Depot and asked to have a piece of wood cut to a square of that size. Since we have yet to invest in a good saw, we were able to take it to Ace Hardware to have the square piece cut in half. Much thanks to Ace, who cut it for us for no charge!
Then we stained the entire frame, making sure to cover all the corners and undersides (we were too lazy to do the backside, however, so don't ever peek behind!) Once everything was dry, we used wood glue to secure the three shelf pieces onto the frame.
The last (and most fun) part was decorating! I bought a $1.50 vase from Michaels and spray painted a small gold strip between the white and cream colorblock, immediately upscaling it from a cheap vase to an elegant Anthropology piece. The other pieces came with their own story, a book folded page by page, a typewriter restored from history, and a lantern glowing in the warm late nights.
The Treasure Island Flea in SF is often a hit-or-miss - it can have all kinds of random objects and paraphernalia. But true to its name, it can also have hidden treasures. We have visited this flea market over 3 times now, and though many vendors are the same, the true flea market vendors always vary in their goods. We found this gold candle holder hidden between antique cookingware and murky bottles.
After buying the gold candle holder for $1, we took it home and contemplated what to do with it. We perused Michael's (our go-to crafts store, due to its perpetual coupons) for ideas, and stumbled upon some faux leaves and floral pieces we liked. We took some home and hot glue gunned them to the hoop, using fishing wire to secure the bottom pieces to the hoop. We then hung a black candle holder from a different candle holder we already had, stringing fishing wire to hold it in place. A candle holder perfect for a greenery-inspired living room!