The View from my Phone: Week 15

Posted on April 15, 2012 and tagged Art & Photography with comments

Happy Halfway-Through-April day! Is that not a real thing? I guess if you live in the US, it's not a very happy day for you since your tax returns are due. We get another 15 days. I'm proud to say I actually filed mine long ago! I worked in an Accountant's office for a few years doing tax returns and while I was there, I would always file mine on the very the last day. I guess now that I don't have to prepare hundreds of returns, doing just mine doesn't seem so hard.

This week, two of my photos are of my favorite pieces of art from my home. Top left is a reproduction of a classic The Music Man Broadway poster that I painted in high school. It sat rolled up in my closet for many, many years until my mom had it professionally framed as a gift. Now, it's really a reminder for me to not get intimidated by big projects. I feel like if someone asked me to recreate a Broadway poster now, I would panic a bit. But back when I was 16, I didn't even think twice, I just dove in. It's definitely not perfect, but I'm pretty impressed with my 16-year-old self for doing it with such confidence.

Caturday: Belly Rub

Posted on April 14, 2012 and tagged Art & Photography, Personal with comments

Marshall wants a belly rub, and who are you to say no to that face?

Here are some things I found on the Internet this week that I thought you might like:

  • Before I know it, every piece of furniture I own is going to have colorful legs.

  • I could basically buy everything in this shop right now. You can never have too many office supplies right? Heads up: All my invoices will be covered in stickers and tape from now on.

  • I told my husband that I wanted this bike in yellow and he laughed at me! Can you believe that? I told him that I wouldn't carry anything for him in my little bike basket if he was going to act like that. He didn't seem to mind. Guys are so weird.

  • Lastly, the Theatre Clouds Etsy shop is blowing my mind. Her work is so beautiful and the prices are fantastic. There's really no reason not to buy a couple prints.

Have a great weekend everyone! Now, go give someone a belly rub.

Still Crosshatch Crazy

Posted on April 13, 2012 and tagged DIY with comments

Happy Friday the 13th everyone! I've always loved Friday the 13th, since I was born on the 13th and it's very exciting for me when my birthday lands on a Friday. Some people get very grumpy over Friday the 13th, but it's all in how you look at it. I always felt like everyone focuses on the bad on this day and I'm one of the few who looks for good things. So I always felt like Friday the 13th was a day where bad things happened to everyone but me, and it was my special day. How's that for schadenfreude?

Hey, remember that time I was crazy for crosshatch? Well, I'm still crazy. (In more ways than one.) The day after I published that post, I found an awesome orange ultra fine point Sharpie on the ground! I don't normally pick up things I find in the street, but this was special. So here's another card I made with my like-new street pen! Have a great weekend everyone. Come back tomorrow for an adorable Caturday.

DIY Anxiety

Posted on April 11, 2012 and tagged DIY, Personal with comments

I've got DIY anxiety! Ever since the terrible Ikea coffee table incident I fear that I've lost my knack for the bigger projects. But this painted-furniture-leg trend has me itching to try it myself. I desperately want to paint my sofa legs! There's tons of great inspiration on the internet that make it look so pretty and easy.

I'm bascially 90% sure I'm going to try this on my couch now, and I'm thinking either a bright yellow or blue. There's not a lot of color in our lives right now, since our walls are boring rental-white. Btw, we live in a teensy apartment. Basically in Toronto you have 2 choices: brand new shoe-box condo or large decrepit dump. That's my my experience at least. So that means that if the sofa is out of commission for a few days, we literally have nowhere else to sit. Did someone say... pillow fort??

While I'm on the subject of our apartment, have I mentioned that we're buying our first house this year? We'll probably start looking around August if all goes according to plan. I'm so pumped about this. I can't wait until we don't share walls with anyone and have a little more space to spread out. It's going to be great to have more than one room! It gets a little tedious eating, relaxing, working and doing bascially everything all in the same little space. First world problems, right? But seriously, I'm so proud of us for being able to save up our down payment so quickly. Once it was decided that we were ready to buy, we completely changed our spending habits. Now all we spend money on is the fixed expenses and groceries. No entertainment, no shopping, no eating out, no cable and no Metro passes. Well, we stick to this for the most part. We still rent movies sometimes, and ordered vegan pizza once. No eating out and walking everywhere has had a nice side-effect on our waistlines too!

This might seem really strict and boring to you but if you really want something, you'll make the sacrifices. How about you? Are you saving up for something special right now? Finding it difficult to keep your eye on the prize? Should I paint my sofa legs? (Wow, this post got completely off track!)

Photo Sources
1. Apartment Therapy 2. Martha Stewart 3. Traditional Home 4. 2Modern Blog

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