I built something-

I really built something!

Hey, look at that! I built a couch! 

In the great purge this summer I sold all of the odds and ends of furniture off our patio. I wanted to replace it with a sectional couch, but have you ever priced those suckers? Yikes. I'm not going to pay that for an outdoor couch. Especially, when we really could use a new indoor couch.

So... I found these plans and I think I spent about $200 on the whole thing, including stain and cushions. I bought the blue cushions years ago for a different project and they've been in the basement unused. I was so thrilled to work them into this project! I did have to hunt down the back pillows at the end-of-season clearance at IKEA.

As far as the plans and execution went, it was straight forward and fairly easy. But after sitting on one and having it collapse underneath me, I ended up using TONS more screws than she recommended to sturdy the whole thing up. And we borrowed our friend's paint sprayer for the stain, which was soooooo fast. Brian sprayed and I followed with a brush. If you ever make something this big, use a sprayer. It was a life (and back) saver!

Anyone want to come over for a cocktail on the patio?

a little getaway


Devil's Den State Park for a long weekend with a quick stop at Crystal Bridges on the way down.

These people and this trip. It was delightfully cozy and easy, mostly unplugged and completely relaxing. We have been thinking and talking about the types of people we are (and want to be.) We are pretty simple people doing small things that, with any luck, will add up to a good life in the end. So much in life is far too complicated. Family and home should be uncomplicated, like this trip. And comfortable like these people.

I have been reading lots of websites and books about minimalism lately. Wishing and purging stuff and planning, feeling optimistic. It's Spring!

another year passes

More than anything now, even more than my own birthday, I mark another year by the passing of their birthdays. In January they turned fourteen and ten. Really?! Both double digits. One of them is about to get his learner's permit. To drive. A CAR. What?!

It's flying by. They all said it would, and it really is.

my gift from Brian

If Brian and I get anything at all for each other for the holidays, it's usually something small. This year he stalked my Pinterest page and found something perfect- this small and modern hanging planter. I just love it, so I had to share. Pretty, isn't it? I got some tiny plants for it and hung it in the new bathroom upstairs, the one he remodeled all on his own for us. It's been done quite awhile, but that in itself is still a gift. Man, I still love that bathroom. It's not fancy and it's not perfect, but it's fancy enough and perfect for us. I need to find a few pieces of artwork to hang in there. Maybe a larger sized print of this