Laughing at Chips

This cracks me up! I was eating pita chips and he thought it was hilarious. I'm glad that he thinks I'm so funny. 

Miles – Laughing at chips from Home Sweet Oakland on Vimeo.



DIY Art – Stripes

I had seen this project on my favorite website {Pinterest} a while ago and knew this would be a great art project for the bedroom. I figured I would be able to use whatever color I wanted to match the look and feel of our room. I made a stop by our local Michaels craft store to pick up some canvas' and paint. I ended up getting two, two-packs of 12"x12" canvas to make a two by two "gallery" on our wall (were there enough twos in that sentence?). Then I just started taping away some designs that I liked. Obviously where the green tape is, is where the white/canvas color will show through. I used Frog Tape and it was great! It made a crisp clear line and peeled off easily. I used Americana acrylic paint in Bluegrass Green. I did two quick coats of paint and even on all four canvas' I didn't need one whole bottle (and I bought four). Here is the after picture of all four finished pieces. As soon as the bedroom gets painted we'll find a home for these on one of the walls.

Before and After

When Matt and I got engaged I decided to stop getting my usual {short} hair cuts and grow my hair out originally to have some options when it came to my wedding hairstyle. A few weeks after we got engaged in March 2010 my boss/co-worker/friend was diagnosed with breast cancer and began her year long battle with chemo and radiation treatments. I decided that growing my hair out long enough to donate was a better reason than for the wedding. I saw her go through the various stages of hair loss. First the gradual pieces came out. Then she took the dog shears and decided to try and shave her head herself, and laughed about it after. Then she went to her hair dresser for a proper buzz cut and to got fitted for a wig. She handled the entire process with humor and courage and a grain of salt and I admire and respect her more than I think she knows. She has been cancer free for almost a year now and her hair has grown back, a little curlier and a litter grayer than before, and she looks absolutely beautiful.

Here are the before and after pictures from the day of my cut.

I chose to use Pantene Beautiful Lengths because of their partnership with the American Cancer Society and because they help to provide free real-hair wigs for women going through cancer treatments.

Thanks for letting me share my story.

Christmas Ornament DIY – 2011

Every year I like getting (or making) a special ornament that captures what happened in that year. 2011 was a BIG year for us. We became Husband and Wife and also became homeowners. Two pretty big milestones, wrapped up in the same year. I had seen a post a while ago about turning baby announcements into ornaments and decided to try to replicate it with our leftover wedding save-the-date and invitations (and envelopes…for color). Here is what I started with. All the paper products and my handy-dandy Fiskars paper cutter (bought with a 50% off coupon a while back). I also bought a clear plastic bulb ornament, also at Michaels.

After the slicing, and rolling and inserting the finished product looked like this

I added a little exterior tag with our wedding date, secured with bakers twine (also a fixture from 2011), and hung it on our tree. I think it looks pretty good.

I also made use of the address stamp from our old home. I bought it online at my favorite stamp retailer Paperwink and thought it would make an excellent ornament and keepsake. The home was the first place Matt and I lived together and we were there for four years. This new place is our first house, but the old place was our first home.

Rainy Morning

This was the beautiful winter view from our window this morning. The tree looked so amazing with the raindrops hanging on to the branch ends. I hope everyone had a great Christmas and has great plans for ringing in the new year. We'll be staying at home and celebrating with friends.
See you in 2012!

All About the ORB

Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint that is. I have been on a quest for a full length mirror for our room and finally found one that was the right size, and the right price at Home Goods. However I wasn’t crazy about the color but I figured that could easily be changed. Given all the inspiration and instruction from Young House Love¬†I was confident that I could pull it off. Here are some of the before photos all prepped and ready to be painted:

And some during photos. The final product took about four coats of spray paint.

I was quite impressed with the Rust-Oleum metallic oil rubbed bronze. It has a built-in primer and had really good coverage. The extra coats were just to insure that there was deep coverage.

Here is an after shot set up in the bedroom.

And a close up of the finished product once it’s all dry. I love it and it matches the side lamps and is a great addition to our room.

See…look how happy I am.

Cal Cornhole Game

A close friend of ours made us the most amazing house warming gift. Ever. A personalized Cornhole game.
He built it by hand. Sewed the bags by hand. Painted the boards by hand. And secretly dropped it off on our doorstep. Can't wait until we clear some space for it in the backyard. It is going to be the perfect addition to all those BBQ's we'll have when the weather gets better.