Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Finding Home...And A Place For My Jewelry

You guys I made a thing!!! Dear GAWD it feels like FOREVER since I've finished any sort of DIY. I actually had to dust off the cans of spray paint a little. Tragic.

Before I dive into the juicy details, first some musings. 


Do you ever look around, laugh a little at how you got here, and realize how stupidly HAPPY you are? 


I've had this feeling on and off again for a while now. Eric will send me a random text, I'll catch a glimpse of the city skyline, or someone will compliment my work and I can't help but smile. Hopefully I'm not jinxing things, but I sincerely believe this is where I'm suppose to be. Who would've guessed applying for that design position in Cincinnati (that which I don't actually remember applying to) would lead to a job I love, and a life I cherish. And on that topic, I never thought buying a random Groupon for a pole dancing class would result in a community of women I couldn't live without, a new found passion for my personal health, and a side-gig as a fitness instructor. 


But life's funny that way. 


Cincy has treated me so unbelievably well, opened so many doors, introduced me to so many remarkable people, I get giddy just thinking about it. Moving down here was one of the best decisions of my life. One of those pinnacle moments of importance that changed everything. Shout out to my at-the-time-fiance-now-husband who followed me down here no questions asked. And when I'm driving back after spending some time away, there's a moment on 75 South, just before passing IKEA, where I'll be overcome by a sense of peace. 


THIS is where I belong, THIS is home. 


So! Speaking of said home, over the weekend I crossed off something that's been haunting the to-do list for FAR too long. Last July, while Eric was out of town and I was in the middle of project Mini-Awkward-Bathroom Makeover, I swung by one of my favorite antique malls and brought home this mattress spring frame from a baby crib.

Saved on my phone, I have a continuous list of "keep an eye out for" items I can quickly reference to while out thrifting. Finding a jewelry display/organization system was on that list, and that is EXACTLY what popped into my brain when I laid eyes on this spring frame. I scooped it up, brought it home...and it sat in our basement for 7 months. 

It's kind of domino effect as to why this project has taken so long to finish, but it all leads back to getting our new bed frame last weekend! New bed frame = Beth is ready to rock! 

After wiping away the cobwebs and dirt, I brought everything outside and gave it a fresh coat of Rust-Oleum Metallic Gold. 
That's what I'm talking about! 
Now you'll notice on the left side, there's a lever-type thing that sticks out with a metal bar. After closer examination, I quickly realized it was going to take a bit more fire power to remove than I originally thought. 

Enter my Black + Decker Matrix Quick Connect System. Yes this baby is technically mine, and it's the coolest! It has all these attachments you can snap on to drill, sand, saw, screw, whatever you want. It's f'ing sweet. Eric figured that with the right blade, the trim saw would be our best bet to cut the metal and remove the lever and extra bits. 
Piece of cake. 
Now all that's left is to get it on the wall! 

I honestly can't take ANY credit for the process of figuring out how to hang this. Like 90% of my ideas, I can get about 3/4 of the way there, but have to enlist Eric's help for the final lap. His engineer brain constructed a plan to drill wooden pieces into the wall first, create a "shelf" for the frame to sit on, then secure the frame to the wood. 
He used a piece of wood on the top, another on the bottom, and before I knew it everything was hung and solid as a rock. 
The man's got skill. 
Another 10 minutes later and I had myself a brand new way to display and organize my jewelry! 
I can't get over how fantastic this turned out, I feel like I have a mini boutique in the corner of my room! Now I can see ALL of my necklaces in ONE place, and won't have to dig around searching every morning. 
Some things are just worth the 7-month wait. 
Now let's just hope another half-year doesn't go by before I accomplish anything else! 


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Head, Heart, and Hands

Well hey there stranger! 
It's been like...over a month since my last post, and I feel kind of awful about that. If you're a long time reader, you know this isn't COMPLETELY out of the norm. Instead of having a set schedule, I tend to just write about whatever the heck is going on in life at the moment. So if things are really busy, that may lead to a lot of content! OR it may lead to no content at all, because things are really busy. One of those double edge swords...

But now that we're back in business, let's talk! 

This post is called Head, Heart, and Hands because it's all about what's rolling around in my head, what's currently stolen my heart, and what shenanigans I've been working on with my hands. Catchy right? :) 

HEAD: FRIENDSHIP
As you know (or you'll now learn) I'm fortunate enough to contribute to the fan-freak'n-tastic female-empowering blog Strong Is Our Sexy. Earlier this month, I wrote an article entitled Making Friends as a Grown-Up: How to Find Your Squad. During the writing process, I couldn't help but get a little nostalgic. My track record with friendship isn't entirely the greatest, and as a youngster involved a lot of hurt feelings and a lot of drama. It wasn't until high school when I finally found a rock-solid group of crazies I now consider family. 

How do we connect with certain people SO HARD, and wonder what the hell we would ever do without them? 

Those individuals who impact your world SO MUCH, though you may not get to see some of them that often, but without question are your friends. This thought has been on my mind lately because I've come to realize how precious those connections truly are. Maybe I'm growing up, who knows, but one of my resolutions for 2016 is to get out and spend time with those friends IRL. This may all feel uber sappy, and that's because it is. So to all my buddies out there: I APPRECIATE AND ABSOLUTELY CHERISH WHAT WE HAVE! I LOVE YOU AND THANK YOU FOR LOVING ME!

Alright, enough emotions. Moving on!

HEART: CURRENTLY CRUSHING ON...
1. My spiralizer!!!! Ohmigodyouguys OBSESSED! 
Voodles, veggetti, veggie noodles, whatever you want to call them, that's what I'm making.
I got the KitchenAid spiralizer attachment for Christmas, and since then I think we've used it at least once a week. It's strangely hypnotic watching your zucchini be spun around into curly little ringlets. Honestly it's like dinner and a show. Not only does it slice, it can peel AND core, so apples aren't out of the question either. If you're like me, and have that oh-so-coveted KA Stand Mixer just sitting on your counter, treat yourself to the spiralizer and get cooking!

2. Shaving my face. 

Yes you read that right. Who DOESN'T get frustrated by the peach fuzz that can make your face look dirty even after you wash, or those wiry little black hairs that seem to pop up overnight!? And don't get me started on the upper lip. I used to think it was just another annoying thing to live with, until a friend of mine introduced me to Twinkle Eyebrow Razors.
Ladies, you need these in your life. 
After you've washed and dried your face, gently use the razors to shave your face. Forehead, cheeks, chin, neck, lip, everything. Be sure to move in the direction of your hair, and although it feels kind of strange at first, OMG is it worth it. Your makeup with go on smoother, your skin tone will look more even, and you'll notice a sort of  fresh-faced "glow". Total game changer. 

3. SCANDAL

Yes I know I'm late to the game. 
Yes I've watched EVERY episode on Netflix. 
No I haven't seen any of the current season, so don't you DARE tell me what happens! 

HANDS: SLEEPING AND SET DESIGN

Since we got our California King mattress back in January of 2015, we've been sleeping on the floor. Well not entirely on the floor, we used a box spring, but pretty much on the floor. For a while we trolled Craigslist for a bed frame, but the unique size of a California King made for slim pickings. Then one day Eric had the idea to talk to his crazy talented grandpa, and see if he could build us a bed. Being the generous craftsman he is, Gpa instantly accepted the challenge, and proceeded to build us the coolest bed frame a girl could ask for.
It took all of 10 seconds for me to fill those gorgeous drawers with shoes. Aside from painting them black, this isn't technically a project we can take credit for. But since it's the most exciting thing that's happened to our house since November, I'm counting it. 

The latest thing keeping us busy was painting the set for Shrek the Musical Jr. My hometown middle school is putting on the play, and as the current Drama Department Art Director, my job is to make the scenes beautiful! 

It was a ton of work, and a ton of paint, but when we left I was pretty damn pleased. These are only a handful of the pics, so if you want to see the rest you'll have to go see the show!

Well that got super long super fast. 
Idk why I'm surprised, what else is going to happen when you disappear for a month? The Head, Heart, and Hands format worked out though! Maybe it could be a series! Might help keep me on a schedule of sorts...key word "might".