It’s my big sister, Meg’s birthday today!
(the original pong!)
I can’t even really explain how much impact my sister has had on my life. We’re 11 years apart, but like most siblings, the distance lessens with age.
When I was little, I remember playing “hairdresser” with her. We lived in North Carolina, and she’d put on a super thick southern accent and braid my hair.
I’m sure I was super annoying. She was my only sister and I wanted to be just like her. I’d raid her stuff and barge into her room all the time. I can’t imagine being a 17 year old girl and having your six year old sister begging for all of your time.
(I love this photo minus my crazy braces teeth!)
She and my mom receive the blunt of my emotional breakdowns via phone. She’s given me so much life advice over the years. I can’t even express my gratitude.
Love you, sissy!!!
Items of Note:
More natural light! It’s nice and bright ALL day long.
Vintage metal “Meteor Coffee” sign.
Black and gold State of Michigan tray.
Gnomey salt n pepper shakers.
Red non-vintage clock. (It’s from Target. shhh!)
Rainbow measuring utensils from Bed, Bath and Beyond.
Old-school trivets for spoons n stuff.
The only problem we’ve encountered is that there is no ventilation. Almost every time we cook, we set off the fire alarm mounted 10ft up in the hallway and the whole house smells like bacon!
But I do really like our kitchen. I just haven’t had a whole lot of time to spend in here. I need to get some real ingredients soon and cook some stuff up.
Items of Note:
We actually have a table and four chairs! We can actually have a sit down meal if we want to! Our landlord found some old floral curtains and asked if we wanted them. The pattern is really great, so we’re hoping to use the fabric to re-cover the chairs at some point.
The Bar: I didn’t include the full photo, but we’ve got an armoire full of dishes and table linens that’s topped off with a bar on top. Pictured is a little vintage mixer set that Sam and Laura gave me.
A set of cheery yellow tea cups that I got from a vintage seller downtown (if I could remember her name, I would link it).
Window ledge friends: Abby’s girl and boy figurines and my floral ducks.
(I also forgot to take a photo of the pair of owls hanging up on the opposite side of the room. whoops! They’re cute.)
Up next: Part 4: Kitchen
Part 1: My Bedroom
My brother Sam’s 31st birthday party was a downright classy affair. Here are some snapshots.
(I should probably note that Sam and I share our excellent posture.)
Items of Note:
The size: uh, it’s huge. It feels spacious with three couches in there.
Natural light! There’s so much of it!
Painting on the wall: I forgot to get a close up, but it’s an old-timey man riding a bicycle. Abby said it’s been in her parents’ house since she can remember. Moustache, ho!
Invisible Double Shelf: Abby got this fun thing from Urban Outfitters. Sadly, I hung it a little high, especially for a room in which you usually sit, but oh well. (I’m almost 6ft tall, gimme a break, sometimes I misjudge.)
Book Clock: A gift from my friend Tyler. He made it himself!
Mantle Pieces: Abby’s mini terrarium, vintage clock, and owl bank. Abby collects owly things, which I think is pretty fun. As long as she doesn’t mind me quoting Twin Peaks all the time.
and Batman: ‘nuff said.
It took about a month, but Abby and I have finally settled into our new place. It’s about four blocks from my work, right on the edge of downtown Grand Rapids, and still within walking/biking distance of my favorite Eastown spots.
There are a few projects we still want to do around the apartment, but last weekend I finally decided it was just time to take some photos. It was a lovely sunny day, I had just finished a cleaning marathon, and the lilac bush outside our house was blooming!
So in part one, I’ll show you around my bedroom.
Items of note:
Bedspread: My mom just bought a new sewing machine and has been looking for projects. She made me this blanket from a floral sheet I bought on Etsy and a super-soft pink sheet from my sister-in-law.
White Shelves: A silhouette made of me when I was three years old, and freshly cut lilacs.
My new bike! I had a really old bike of my dad’s that was just too heavy to lug up and down the stairs. Found this little salmon-colored number on Craigslist. It’s called a Sundance Sparkler and was part of a promotion by Hi-C in the 80s.
Organizing cubes! I find it much easier to utilize all of my clothes when I can see them.
Floral box: A wooden box that belonged to my grandmother.
My budgeting jars: Managing my money is much easier for me when I have visuals. So I keep my cash in jars with a corresponding photo on each jar.
Sam Elliott: Do I really need to explain this? I don’t think so.
Floral bowl: Found this matchy-matchy metal bowl at an antique store a couple weeks ago. Now it holds my laundry quarters.
I really don’t mind Valentine’s Day. Putting up the ads on December 26th is quite ridiculous, but I think the actual day can be quite a nice idea. Then again, I’ve always been a sucker for kitsch and nostalgia.
So here are a few of my favorite Valentines from around the interwebs. Let go of your bitterness for a minute (I know it’s difficult. I get it. Really.) and give yourself a giggle.
Butthorn (I posted these a couple weeks ago, but thought they deserved to be in the collection as well)
via Comics Alliance