The Only Piece I Really Cared About

We made it. We are here in San Jose and enjoying the beauty of California. While I'm positive we will only be in this location for a year or so, I think it's safe to say that California will be our permanent home. My husband is from Sacramento so his family is only about 2 hours from us. This will basically be our first time living in the same state as family, I only wish mine were here too!

We picked up my mom in Utah on the drive here from Denver and then she stayed a few days to help out with the chaos of unpacking etc. The house we moved into was built in the 1920's so needless to say... it is old, small and struggles with storage capabilities. I've found myself pretty frustrated with trying to find a place for everything. We spent our last month in Denver selling all of our stuff and donating a lot. We made sure to only come here with the things that we absolutely love, and unfortunately the size of this house makes me feel like we didn't get rid of anything!

I am continuing to organize, unpack and clean each day. As far as being inspired and having ideas for projects, my mind is always full. It's just the time that I'm trying to juggle. We finished our campaign dresser before we got here, it was a huge job. It deserves a post and a half! Sadly (and I mean VERY SADLY), it has a HUGE ding in the front on one of the drawers. And it didn't even happen until after it was moved into this house, in the room and place where I wanted it. My blood boils when I think about who did it and how they did (and yes I know exactly how it happened). I don't regret finishing it prior to the move, it was so much work and I'm so happy we don't have to worry about it here. We will have to just do some touch ups.

There's Crap Everywhere

I feel like my life is in a big jumble right now. Boxes are everywhere, piles of who even knows just spread out all over every bedroom... moving is chaotic. A week from today I'm crossing my fingers that we'll be in our house with a lot less crap. Someone said to me that moving 3 times is equal to having a fire. I'm working hard to make that true, I feel like all I do is fill bags for donating. Which is good, it really is good. I just want to be done! This blog is a little unorganized as well, I've been contemplating making the switch to Squarespace so I'm still trying to get to know their platform and just familiarize myself with how things work (who knew I should have majored in graphic design!) I'm hoping to really get down to business here in a few weeks. Looking forward to a simpler and more organized life. Follow me on my instagram for moving updates, I'll be back to this blog next week!

Project Updates

Hello! We've been hard at work with 3 different projects lately. My hands are dried out from paint thinner and mineral spirits and covered in paint. Not very pretty. I finally decided on a color for the campaign dresser and we are nearly done with Trudy's play kitchen. My 'to do list' is looking quite different so I'll have to do an update on that.

The quote above is something I've had on my mind since the new year. I've really been trying to buy less and spend my money wiser. We are moving in a week to the bay area (dream!), so we've been purging and selling practically all of our furniture. Not all of it, just keeping only the best. It is crazy though, how much of it we are totally okay with getting rid of. Any time I go through our stuff (whether it's a closet or pantry or garage), I'm shocked at how little of it we actually use or even love. Grant and I love to collect cool things from antique or thrift shops etc. and while it's fun.... we kind of sort of start to gather quite the garage full of projects, most of which we never get to. Anywho, it's always nice to get a fresh start somewhere. I want to have a suuuuper organized house with only things we love. Amen.

Scentsa at Sephora

I've been wanting to do this post for a long time now (seems like that is always the case!). I never wrote the post because I took pictures inside the store and then erased them because they just didn't really show up that well. Unfortunately the ones I found online really aren't any better but hopefully you can at least see what it looks like.

A few years ago, I was browsing through my Albuquerque Sephora. I decided to check out their "Scentsa" or better known as a "fragrance finder". In case you are unfamiliar with it, this magical machine is a touch screen that starts with the option to search fragrance types or fragrance notes. I wanted to look up a few different perfumes that I have, to see if I could find any commonalities between them.

When clicking on a certain perfumes, Scentsa tells you anything and everything you've ever wanted to know about it, as well as similar perfumes or perfumes with the same notes (which is perfect if your 'go to' perfume has been discontinued). In a matter of like... 3 minutes (extremely user friendly), I found that Jasmine is in every single perfume that I own. When it gave me recommendations for perfumes that I might like, I found one that is absolutely amazing and has been on my wish list ever since. I also learned that I'm drawn to fresh, floral and sometimes citrus scents. Never sweet or spicy.

I will always be a huge fan of learning more about what makes us all different from each other. I love to learn about things that I like or better, things that I didn't even know I liked! Next time you're near a Sephora, I highly recommend checking Scentsa out.

Check out my post on the difference in fragrance strengths as well as my favorite Sephora purchase to date!

DIY Table Runner Pillow

A few months ago I was browsing through TJ Maxx. I noticed a piece of gold fabric on the bottom shelf in the clearance section and picked it up. It was a beautiful Tahari table runner (!). I turned the price tag over expecting to see a high price when I was pleasantly surprised with a red tag that read $6.00. I'm not a huge fan of table runners but I knew instantly I'd be able to figure something out, it was just too pretty to pass up.

Fast forward a few months to a quick Ikea trip where I spotted this pillow. It seemed perfect to use with my table runner. I loved the idea of long rectangular shape for adding more visual interest. I planned to use the pillow on Trudy's bed. 

My plan was to fold the table runner in half and sew it together. Easy peasy. I was so excited about doing this project because a) the pattern was beautiful b) the quality of fabric was thick and just good good good and c) it was lined so I knew the pillow would be stiff and hold it's shape.

Before I started, I "measured" it more than a few times to make sure that the pillow would fit inside. I'd place the pillow on the fabric and fold over the fabric to cover the pillow so I could imagine what it would look like. I planned to sew the seams with about an inch of room on both sides. When I "measured", I'd pinch about an inch and a half on both sides (giving less room for the pillow inside than I thought there would actually be after sewing the sides together). This was just to make sure that if I accidentally sewed the seams more narrow than planned, there would still be enough room for my pillow to fit. On that same note, I cringe at floppy juh-loppy pillow covers so I was going for a REALLY tight fit.

And then I went for it! I turned the fabric over so the lined side was right side up and just sewed them together (pattern facing pattern). Since one of the ends would be just folded, I only had to sew 2 straight lines. I put the pillow in and then grabbed out my trusty permanent adhesive. This was the trickier part. One of my pet peeves is sewing a cover for something... why? Because I loathe having to stuff batting or stuffing (or a cushion in this case) into a teeny tiny hole. Since Fabri-tac is sooooo amazing, I was able to put the pillow inside without having to sew 3/4 of the edge and cram the pillow in. After inserting the pillow I just tucked the end seams inside and put the adhesive on one side and held them together for a few minutes. It worked fantastically and looks like a store bought pillow!

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And speaking of floppy juh-loppy pillow covers... I'm absolutely going crazy with those floppy flanges on the euro sham. I've looked up ways to stiffen them up and have only found two options: a technique recommended in the way that you fluff up your pillow (stupid and doesn't work) or to sew buckrum fabric to the flange. Has anyone done this?