Catchup.com – September

Sooooo – how about September, huh? It’s like the whole month happened, and I slept through most of it. Today is the end of the month, and since it’s been a bit quiet around this corner of the internet, I thought I’d write a little catch up post. Mostly so I can figure out where the hell the time went. Continue reading “Catchup.com – September”

My bed, my choice

Last September — no, it goes farther back than that.

Back in October 2015, I got a slightly better paying job, which meant I finally had the extra scratch to re-do our bed linens: new sheets, new pillows, new mattress pad, new duvet cover, and it was basically the best day of my life. Continue reading “My bed, my choice”

Christmas!

Ah, Christmas. I love this time of year. I’m even accepting that it’s a summer holiday now, and somehow it’s just never going to snow and I won’t get to wear sweaters. And I’m like, almost ok with this. Continue reading “Christmas!”

another WORKSPACE post

Someone I live with might have mentioned to me that the time between my posts is getting longer and longer, and they’re sounding a bit down lately. And that’s totes true. Mostly because when I’m busy in real life, my consistency goes out the window. BUT NOT SO ANYMORE! Behold, a post within 2 days of my last post. AND on a cheerier subject – our new office space. YAY!

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a nerd for all things workspaces, home offices, and stationery. The only downside about moving this years was that I finally got my workspace just so, and I had a whole separate room with two desks and lots of space to play around with. Now we both share one desk and one corner of our combined kitchen/living/dining rectangle. I’ve been plotting and planning how to get our this space working at its optimal form, taking into consideration the following:

1. We can’t hang anything on the walls – including command hooks
2. We have limited wall space thanks to some awesome windows
3. We’re sharing the space – a challenge unto itself.

I knew a shelving unit was the answer – something to corral all our stuff without looking too bulky, blocking the windows, and not costing an arm and a leg. And after weeks of looking, researching, planning, and convincing Joel that yes, this is absolutely essential to my our wellbeing, and with a little help from my pals at Ikea and a 5 day weekend, I finally got to finish step one of our remodel. Nothing dramatic, but it’s much better than what we had before. Take a gander!

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Before, view one: hodge-podge, and stuff stacked on the ground, spilling out of the shelves
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Before, view two: more hodge-podge + desk
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After! New shelves. More space, and no more shit stacked on the floor
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Wheeee tidy desk, too. With a calendar to make me feel guilty keep me on track

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Our old spice/medicine rack re-purposed into a stellar stationery rack (those 4 for $2 fat spice jars from Ikea are awesome for holding paper clips and tacks and other small things)

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Still figuring out with Joel the best way to store all his bits and bobs – another work in progress.
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Mascots.
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The open shelves make the space feel bigger, and they aren’t as clunky or bulky as the ones we had before. Plus matching (+10). And the adjustable, stackable shelves mean we can add and change it up depending on how much space we need. Even if it did take about 2 hours of assembling and reassembling to get the shelves measured juuuust right. And walking in and seeing stuff put away because there is room to put is totes amaze.

I sat in the new workspace and wrote tonight, and it felt good. It’s a new place to help me get stay back on track. Yes, that’s me. Totally inspired by Ikea shelves and a few cute stationery bits.

Here’s to new starts and renewed productivity!

xo

a WORK SPACE post

I love work spaces. It’s a serious business thing for me. Seriously serious.

A) If I’m not happy with my work space, especially how I feel when I’m in it, I’ll get nothing done. It will become my #1 excuse for getting zero shit done. And I’ve always been most productive when I’m really loving my set up.

B) I have basically an unhealthy obsession with office supplies, work spaces, stationery, organising tools, etc. I’ve spent an embarrasingly large amount of time day dreaming, planning, Googling elements of my most perfect workspace. And I love creeping in on other people’s work processes and office spaces. It’s especially cool to me. I am a nerd.

C) I’m super fickle and I can never predict when I’ll change my mind. I can’t even count how many times I’ve rearranged or re-ordered my desk area at home. And at work. And have wanted to do with other people’s work spaces.

I’ve been at a battle with my desk since I was like… 8 and got my first desk. But my latest work space battle has been with my part of Joel’s and my study. I’m pretty sure I only used the study about 20 times in 2015, and that’s being kind. And probably half of those times I was in there, rearranging it to make it more what I want. Even though I took borrowed Joel’s additional monitor so I’d have a dual set up, I spend most of the time working out in the lounge, working from the table or the couch (always in sweat pants, apparently).

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This year, I’ve decided to use our study for working, and the lounge for lounging. And that meant making my work place an area that I want to go into. And not just a catch-all for things we haven’t put away yet or boxes from Christmas presents (hooray!) that we haven’t taken down to recycling. This room always ends up on the bottom of our priority list. So I made it a mission to get the study into fighting shape while I was on break from work.

I started with this:

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By the end of day 1, I got this far:

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And day 3 was all rearranging. Then I scored a $15 dollar shelf and a $10 calendar in Boxing day sales, and a free metal cart with drawers from the recycling area, and the room magically came together.

Day 4 ended with this.

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Joel isn’t done with his side, so I’ll leave that out for now.
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When I brought this home, I told Joel I’ve always wanted a cart like this. To which he said “Everything you find on the ground is something you’ve always wanted.” annnnnd? Free is good. Just a few pieces of duct tape to secure it and it was good to go.
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My nephew drew the dinosaurs for me, and I couldn’t love them more. And Hyperbole and a Half is my spirit animal. The calendar is there to keep me on track /visuals

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I’ve carried these post cards from Ikea around for like, ever. So I’m glad they finally have a new home.
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Thanks, K-Mart!

Who knew all it would take is, switching the wall, a calendar, a cheap shelf and a piece of trash to make this a room I waaaaant to work in, that I want to hang out in.

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And there’s a space for Joel to hang out in when he needs attention and treats. And to practice his centrefold poses.

I love having everything in its own space and at my finger tips, whereas before it was all stored in the closet or in and behind everything else and I’d lose track of it and it’d slip my mind. I’ve been in there almost every day working while I’ve been on break.

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It’s fantastic. And I only spent $25.

Here’s to a productive 2016!

Fantasies

So far in November, I’ve only had one day of work. So I’ve been spending a lot of time by myself at the apartment, job hunting and performing as a Domestic Goddess. Aside from the constant fear of forever unemployment brimming constantly below the surface, it’s been nice. Usually, I’ll have some free time after I put in my job hunt hours and I hit the grocery store, when I’m at that infinity hour between needing to start dinner and Joel getting home, so I’ll try to read or get some writing done. Or, let’s be real here, take a nap. Lately, though, I’ve been having fantasies.

Craft Fantasies.

Like any girl with good mid-west roots, I love a good craft. I’ve clocked in countless hours making collages, t-shirts, cards, bags, sewing projects, even re-decorating rooms. I get a relentless,Type-A like focus and energy when I start a new crafty project. I stay up all night. I skip meals. I obsessively research and plan. I have endless patience to drive around to all the different stores in order to find the exact piece of fabirc or glue or bric-a-brac that I need. I am driven by a successful outcome and I won’t stop until it’s perfect. I mean, I wish I could apply the same craft-borne hustle to the rest of my life. I’d be Martha Stewart.

Wait… maybe I am more Martha than I already know.

Because I’m not working, I’m at a place in my life where I have unlimited time and heaps of inspiration. But, because I’m not working, I have no expendable income.

Life. You bitch-goddess.

I do however, have a blog. So I’m just going to catalog my ideas here. And when I start working again and I’m too tired to do anything but go to bed, I can look back and remember that at one point, I had craft ambition.

Pillow Coverings

I would love to recover our couch pillows. They’re perfect, but they’re a bit on the plain side.

DSCF0733I’d like to make some cool covers that have a graphic, like an animal or a taco or something on one side, and print design on the other. It’d be easiest to make these with a sewing machine, but I could also use heat seam bonding and a couple of hand stitches. And, as long as I’m fantasizing, I’d like to recover the couch. And as long as we’re really fantasizing, I’d like to get a new couch for the lounge, and use this couch for the office. And if we’re really, really, fantasizing, I’d like a lounge that’s big enough for couch with a chaise lounge piece attached. /fantasies

Gallery Wall

In my last place, I had a gallery wall in the living room and one in the kitchen, and I absolutely loved looking at them every day.

Side note, that big red bookcase is the best Ikea 'as is' find I ever had.
Side note, that big red bookcase is the best Ikea ‘as is’ find I ever had.

Joel liked it too, and now we have big plans to make a gallery wall above our table.

DSCF0735 Since we can’t nail into our walls (they’re made of painted concrete), we have to hang prints unframed with sticky-tack, or framed prints on contact strips. We have a handful of prints already, but they’re unframed. And we want to frame them, so the project will take some considerable plotting and funding. But, it’ll look really good once it’s done. I’m waiting with baited breath for this one.

I’d also like to frame some more of Joel’s prints and hang them on this wall.

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Nightstand

My friend Odie left this nightstand behind when moved back to the States, and now it’s mine and I love it.

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I’d also like to find a print, or hang my lantern lights, or do something with the blank space above the bed. I’d also like to find good fabric to make a throw cover.

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I am a champion bed maker

There’s plenty of more, like knitting a loose cable scarf, developing better office space storage, making some prints for the bedroom, make a hanging photo collage… Ahhh… now I want to craft more. MORE MORE.

But, all in good time. I have a potentially awesome job interview tomorrow, so I’m crossing all crossable appendages that I get it.

Because now I really, really want to recover those couch cushions. And put up that gallery wall.

What crafts are you yearning to make?