Spring Surprise

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Week in Review

More Instagram pics this week…

Rained all weekend. This is what it looked like Saturday running errands.

But of course Monday morning it was all blue sky and sunshine.

Anxious to start planting flowers, but I know I really should wait until May…

Wednesday night we had pizza from a food truck

And yogurt from Huddles our favorite frozen yogurt shop.

I cooked a lot this week too. Manicotti…

Black & White (3/52)

Not sure how I feel about black & white food shots. But that was the theme for this week and I decided to go for it. The pattern of the countertop is much more prominent in the B&W I think.

And here’s the color version. The soup is stuffed pepper soup, which is very easy and pretty tasty. Perfect for the cold weather we’ve been having.

Bird Watching (16/52)

A robin built her nest outside my son’s window. It happened in a day, while he was at school. The shades were drawn and all was quiet.

She probably thought she was choosing a quiet safe location for her nest and potential babies.

I fear she’s like the unsuspecting home buyer who builds a house next to a lovely wooded lot and then learns that a strip mall is being built next door.

Worst part is that it is within easy reach of our cat, which could have disastrous consequences. Location is everything. I’m not sure what to do about this little drama unfolding on my window sill. Maybe if I take enough pictures of her she’ll get nervous and move on. I would like a shot of those lovely blue robin’s eggs first, though.

Before & After (14/52)

We have this chair… it’s big… it’s olive greenish… it’s in my “office”… it has become the cat chair–as you can see by the scratches on the right side (and left for that matter).

It was time to do something about it. So… after staring at tutorials online for about a month I finally worked up my courage, fired up the long neglected sewing maching, and did this…

…a slipcover! I did follow the tutorials and bought the ebook from Pink and Polka Dot. My family is wondering what alien life-form has invaded by body because the most strenuous sewing I’ve done in the last five years is to make pillows and sleeping bags for the American Girl dolls.

My 25-year-old sewing machine was pretty cranky too. I was (sometimes literally) holding my breath that she would make it through.

So with Tasha looking on we made it, although she did have to spend some time shut in the basement… she likes to play with thread. (And a few times midproject I wanted to shut myself in the basement.)

It’s a no-nonsense slipcover. There’s no piping, no ruffles, no zippers. I didn’t have enough material for ruffles, and I wasn’t going to invest all that time covering the piping in advance if the whole project was going to end up a fail. So that was my reasoning.

Tasha’s adjusting pretty well. The chair still seems good for naps and bath time. There are lots of mistakes but what can I say… I am an amateur.

And a sunny day helps everything look nicer.

Spring Cleaning (9/52)

I’m linking up with the gallery wall party at the Inspired Room. Go here to see more walls.

I have been on a spring cleaning tear–and therefore I don’t have many photos to show for myself. I repainted the kids’ bathroom, which took forever–why is it that the smallest rooms take the longest? And I’ve been stewing over creating some kind of gallery wall over the sofa in the living room. This was my first attempt. I pretty much just eyeballed it so it’s not perfect. I’m also probably going to switch out many of the photos here and use all black and whites, but I just wanted to get something up for now. I like this much better than what I had up there before.

I’m also planning to repaint the living room, which is another reason I wanted to experiment now before I have to worry about marring new paint–I pretty much have to drive three nails for every one picture I hang.

Rose Red (7/52)

I don’t have much to show for myself this week. The theme for focus52 was Close Up. I don’t have a macro lens, so this is about as close as I could get–a Valentine’s rose.

On an unrelated note we saw The King’s Speech last night–better late than never. I loved it. If you haven’t seen it, you should. The lady sitting next to me with (appropriately) a British accent spilled her popcorn all over me, so I sat through the whole movie with popcorn up to my ankles. (I’m only exaggerating a little.) And I still loved it!