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    Tuesday, March 31, 2015

    In a box, in a box, in a box ... and other updates

    Everything is moved!
    ....(looks around at all the boxes) yay?  eep!?

    A few days ago it looked like Hoarders in here with little pathways all around to get from one area to another and boxes to the ceiling. We've been taking them down one by one and sorting through everything after work and on weekends but the whole process takes a lot longer than I first expected. 

    Going from 790sq ft to 260sq ft requires some purging, and we'd done a bunch of purging before getting here, but now that all the boxes are in the house I'm realizing that there's still a lot of purging to go. With limited room there's only room for the best and favorite of everything. Instead of 10 okay glasses we are down to 4 really funky fun favorite ones. There's no upper cabinets, no pantry, no dresser, and ... here's the kicker ... NO CLOSET. 

    Google "No Closet" and see what comes up. You'll find a bunch of closet solutions, closet organizers, armoires, wardrobes, and Ikea closet tips and tricks. They are all really great and amazing, but none of them are actual living situations sans-closet. Is this a thing people do?

    I have two small built in drawers in the rolling bookcase and three drawers in the side shelves. That's it. I'm good with that. I still have a ton of clothes, (maybe more than I can handle!) but no hangers, no closet, and no separate room with wall to ceiling hanger bars and rotating racks.

    Last night I hacked the rolling bookcase by adding wire shelves from breaking down an unused wire rack. I got to use my new favorite toy - heavy duty wire cutters that were previously used to cut chain link fence for the back yard. Cutting that wire shelving was so much fun! Fitting it into the bookcase wasn't, but I am so impressed by the ease with which those cutters ripped through the shelves!

    The racks are for complete outfits so I don't have to sort through drawers in the morning trying to get clothes together. Pics if it works!

    (rolling bookcase of awesome!)


    In non-box related news:

    The Fiat made it to 50k miles this week. It has been so super awesome to have this car! The moving took a little longer, but in a day to day driving situation it makes for a pretty comfortable, cheap, and happy little commuter car. 

    The Fams is settling in. The first couple of nights he was a little barky. He has to get used to new sounds, smells, a new bed, and new companions. He's been doing better though - sleeping though the night and enjoying going outside to play in his very own big back yard.  

    (Happy Fams)

    This weekend Hubbs and I went to Cafe Besalu for brunch.The cafe is one of my favorite morning spots for pastry and cocoa in the mornings. Located in Ballard, it makes a fine place to meet up, grab a bite, and take a stroll through downtown. 

    We needed a break from all the cleaning at the old apartment and since we won't be living in the area anymore, Cafe Besalu made for a wonderful break and brunch before spending another day scrubbing and polishing every last inch of our old unit. 

    (Hot cocoa, ham & swiss for me, pear tart for Hubbs)

    And last but not least - Florida bloomed!! Florida is my tiny orchid I brought back from vacationing with D in Florida. I got it from a side of the road orchid grower outside of Miami. I had no idea what kind of flower it would have  - white, yellow, purple, neon green or pink. 

    So this was a total surprise!!  
    The color in the picture is pretty true to life - a berry-like magenta with touches of bright yellow and cream. It sits in the garden window in the kitchen but may have to find another home soon since I think the garden window may be a bit too bright. 

    (Hello from Florida!!)

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Night Before Christmas

So many boxes!
Moving involves so many boxes!

I'm taking today, tomorrow, and Wednesday to unpack and organize everything.

Last weekend we built a ton of shelves, built cabinets, and built a pantry last. Today I painted and installed another set of shelves using leftover flooring boards, paint, contact paper, and some brackets. I unpacked and shorted all the shoes, cleaned the counter top, and ran back to the apartment and made another trip filling the car a second time. Phew!

So, like the night before Christmas, I'm waiting with eager anticipation for the last box, the last clean, and the first day my tiny house becomes a home.

Thursday, March 5, 2015


Hello lovelies! 

Welcome to my working, tiled, grouted, shower!! Finally put a coat of sealant over the whole thing yesterday so the last little bit is to attach the finishing chromey-bits.

Things I learned: 

  • Mortar will destroy your nails if it dries - so my advice is to glove up ladies!
  • Cutting those little mosaic tiles takes forever but it is also pretty fun so put on some good music and get to it!
  • Your lines will never be straight. I've taken to thinking of this a "a sign of character" rather than "a problem." 
  • If you think you've added enough water - you've added too much. 
  • Buy more bags of grout than you think you'll need. Why? See above. 
  • Dry fit tiles before putting the mortar on them or returning the tile saw.
  • There is a difference between floor and wall tiles. Who knew!?
  • This Old House makes it look way easier than a first-timer ever could. 
  • If you start to get mad at your tile it's time to take a break
  • and...it will never be perfect, but it is still pretty darn awesome

Parts run down:

  • Mosaic tiles from Home Depot
  • Large grey / black tiles from Habitat for Humanity
  • Grey colored grout from Home Depot
  • Tub from Craigslist Guy (you rock Craigslist Guy!)
  • Trim kit from Habitat for Humanity
  • Toilet from Lowes
  • Sink and sink cabinet and faucet from Ikea
  • Lighting from Home Depot and Ikea
The bottom half of the bathroom is painted a dark grey color and the rest of the walls and the ceiling are Snowstorm white. There will be trim to cover my messy paint lines and provide a chair rail effect.

Also worked on was the path and the painting of the fence! The path runs from the driveway, to the main door, to the backyard. We paid to have it done and I'm super, super happy with the results! The plan is to add two large metal flower planters on either side of the garden window and hostas along the edge. 

The fence will eventually be all black. 

Last but not least - do you see what I see....a countertop!!

Everything is still very much a construction site, but little by little it is all coming together!