Saturday, August 10, 2013

K-Town Saturday Ramblings

The nice thing about being unemployed is you have time to do things you were always “too busy” to do. Although, I think we should all stop the glorification of busy.

For me, this is traveling and crafting and decorating and cooking. (That last one surprised me too.)

I don’t want to brag because I know not everyone is afforded this luxury. I did just want to point out how for the first time in my life I finally feel stress free.

Not free of obligation for the afternoon, but free from a rent to pay, a job to excel at, and a never-ending to-do list to keep.  Some could say this is a temporary freedom, and I would agree with them. But for now, this is my lifestyle and I plan on embracing every moment of it.

Thought I would share what I’ve been up to the last few weeks when I’m not traveling. 

ONE: I took 6 old tee shirts and turned them into an entryway rug. This project took a lot of time! If you’re going to attempt- make sure you have at least 3 bottles of wine and 3 chick flicks handy.

TWO: This was a build-your-own wine rack. It was all wood, so I spruced it up by giving in some color. Then I screwed it together and am now having a more difficult time than I thought keeping it stocked.

THREE: We have 2 planter boxes on our balcony and they were looking rather grim. We headed to the local nursery and found some arrangements to make a little outdoor garden.

FOUR: I wanted a unique way to display all the places Dan and I travel together. We’re not much for knick nacky souvenirs that are inevitably forgotten about or throw away a few years down the road. I’ve always loved maps, but didn’t want the hassle of finding the perfect frame and then hanging each one. So we got some twine and clothespins and Volia! Map Wall. It’s looking rather bare, but that will change very soon!

FIVE: Turns out when you have someone else to cook for, it’s a lot more enjoyable. I’ve never hated cooking; I just made it quick, easy, and boring because for the last few years I’ve been cooking for one. Now I find myself becoming a bit more adventurous in the kitchen. Just recently I tried these stuffed peppers. They were a hit!

SIX: Since Dan had to essentially build our entire kitchen, (I’ll get before and after photos soon) we accumulated a lot of scrape plywood. Instead of filling the dumpster with them, I scoured my pintrest craft board and turned them into DIY Wall Art. 

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