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Monday, April 21, 2014

this is the house that bj built.

we had a lovely break. lots of time with good friends. and (despite the fridge fiasco) just the right amount of relaxing!

we visited k's godparents (who happen to live down the road in another great sfv mcm neighborhood - encino village.)

we were all blown-away (especially k!) by their newest addition - this fantastic mid-century inspired playhouse that bj built himself, with all materials purchased from the home depot!

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i plan on working with him to get the plans for this available as a pdf. it is just too good not to share, right?

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watch for it :)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

roygbiv

last year we went with all natural dyes. i loved the mottling. the saturation. the quietness of the results.


this year e requested neon eggs. (oh the influence of instagram!)i have to admit i love the vibrant rainbow results.

happy easter!

happy easter!

happy easter!

happy easter!

Friday, April 18, 2014

weekend to do

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bake a frittata for easter brunch
neighborhood easter egg hunt

around the house
prepare for the arrival of a new fridge (the old one finally died. so sad. this was one lovely fridge and not easy to replace. i owe a post to this subject!)
clear side yards

Thursday, April 17, 2014

field trip :: underwood family farms

strawberry fields

strawberry fields

strawberry fields

strawberry fields

strawberry fields

strawberry fields

we are on spring break. and being quite lazy! it feels good. yesterday, we went strawberry picking. (and sugar snap peas, onions and a couple of ruby red grapefruit.) it was the perfect day. i'm constantly reminded how lucky we are to live where we do. with open space so close to us. the richness of the soil that surrounds us. the access we have to fresh, sustainably grown, seasonal food.

underwood has a lot of other stuff going on. (petting zoo and all.) but i was grateful the kids are older and seemed happiest spending their time in the fields (3 hours!). even the (almost) teenager and her best friend spent the day without complaint!

we came home with 6 lbs of strawberries. so of course, this was absolutely necessary.

underwood family farms
3370 Sunset Valley Road
Moorpark 93021

Friday, April 11, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

wallpaper 101

there's stuff still to do, but i couldnt resist sharing where we are at!

we were a little nervous about this DIY project. in preparation we watched a lot of videos including:

this one

and

read up about it on good old msl

wallpaper 101

wallpaper 101

wallpaper 101


in the end (and d may beg to differ) i thought it went up rather smoothly (no pun intended!) i had experience, a long long time ago, putting up pre-pasted wallpaper with my mom. the kind you soak in a tray then apply to the wall. i must say, though my memory may be failing me, i think this was a much easier, and cleaner process. we had to search a bit for a paste (we found it at Lowe's) but it was easy to work with and set-up and clean-up were quite basic.

items of note:

* have a long clean smooth table top surface to work on. this made applying the paste a great deal easier
* wipe down said smooth surface between paste applications. we did have a minor mishap with the paper sticking to the table and tearing. luckily we had ordered extra.
* order extra (see above). we used the calculator on the wallpaper direct site. glad we did.
* it is a two-person job. sure one person could have done it. but it was great having an extra pair of hands (especially as first-timers). d did the cutting, paste-up, application to the wall and trimming; while i was his spotter, and followed him with the tools to push out any bubbles, roll the seams and sponge down. (it was a great team-building exercise!)
* invest in a good roller. we had a cheap one that came with the kit d picked-up. we ended up using a clean brayer which worked much better.
* prep prep prep! d's careful preparation of the wall (sanding, patching, sanding, priming, and sealing) made a huge difference to the outcome.

wallpaper 101

i really love how it looks. (d is getting tired of hearing me go on about it!) it ties into the theme of the house in color and its retro vibe. the natural wood furnishings keep it warm and inviting. our chaotic neglected bedroom has turned into a "crisp clean space" and a "cozy refuge".

wallpaper: dandelion mobile in porcelain with powder blue by miss print purchased at wallpaperdirect.com (but sadly no longer available).

still to do: walnut shelving, bedside built-ins, baseboards and having ceiling painted. we are close!