Friday, October 19, 2012

Sketchy Canvassing

Post-its are the best. I sketched out an idea for the canvasses in the breakfast nook awhile ago. 

And then got bored one night and did this to the edges. 

The little stalagmites/stalactites made me think of a pencil cactus plant I have outside.

Little alien fingers.

So, what do I do now? Big graphic shape in the center? Wide "X"s or "O"s done with visible brushstrokes? Delicate sketches like the post-it? Paint over those little gold stalagmites and stalactites and start over?

Friday, October 12, 2012

Shopping and Thrifting

Ah, the thrill of the hunt. You know my immense love of craigslist (through my Pinterest board if nothing else), but I also can't turn down an opportunity to stop at Goodwill or a pleasantly crowded antique store.

I stopped in an antique store during a recent visit to Tucson and here are some of the treasures I thought were cool:

Maybe if these were reupholstered? The base was metal.

I took this photo to document the candy. 

The wire basket reminded me of the baskets in my pantry.

So cool and detailed, so out of my budget!

I almost went home with a ceramic stool as a gift (like the one I have in my bathroom, but with color). I'll have to explore a little more in the area the next time I visit. There's never enough time! :)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Rooted in the Weekend

The weather is starting to cool down (in the mornings and at night, at least), so I went plant shopping with the folks and gathered these new additions to the backyard:

Check out that vine that's nicely filling out that frame in the background! And that teak bench (via craigslist) that my father made lovely with many hours of sanding and treating.

I haven't done any seasonal color in my yard before, but it's time to put those garage-saled and Goodwill-purchased outdoor pots to good use!

I'll take some photos of them in action the ground soon. 

Also got a shrub for the front yard. After the second July/August demise of a small fruit tree, I've come to terms with the fact that it is just too hot and the soil is too sandy to support a little tree. Super sad, especially after singing to the plant, using a giant awning contraption to shade it and watering it the perfect (I swear) amount. Sigh, I'm holding out for this shrub. Moment of silence for this guy.

With this weather I'm thinking I can start getting motivated for some refinishing projects...foyer credenza, perhaps?