Redo all the furniture!

We got this little dresser from Robert's Nana when we got married. It's been with us ever since, but I was never wild about this green. It looked a little tropical for our house, so I finally took the jump last weekend to try milk paint. This is the before picture (I'd taken off a few of the knobs already)

I just gave a quick sandpaper to the wood to get any big chips off. NO priming. Can you believe it. I'm all for leaving out the intense sanding and priming.

Gave things a couple coats of milk paint (I used Queenstown Gray from General Finishes). I was pleasantly surprised at the lack of fumes and the quick dry! Side note: this is why I need a workshop. This is the second refinishing/painting project I've done in our living room in the past few months. 

After a night of letting things dry...little dresser was ready for action. Yeah, there might be a little dog hair on the floor. Just getting real.

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. And, since there's little prep, and super quick dry time between coats (about 1.5 hours), it's a good weekend project. Next up...painting the couch!


Capsule Updates

Well, it's been over a month now, and for the past 45 days or so, I've stuck to (mostly) wearing only 31 items.

The only exceptions were: workout clothes (which I basically live in on the weekends) and a fancy dress for my company party that I forgot about until the week of. Once February hit, I started testing a service called Le Tote, and wore my Valentine's Day outfits.  

So, what did I learn?

1. 31 items is actually a lot. In fact, there were a couple items that I didn't even get around to wearing.

2. Don't put aspirational items in the capsule. I have some jeans that are a touchhhh too tight. They didn't get worn more than once or twice, were uncomfortable, and took up space that could have been otherwise used.

3. Wear an apron/don't hold things too dear. I splashed oil on a couple items while cooking. They're probably a lost cause now, which is a bummer.

4. I wear a lot of Madwell, J Crew, and Anthro .

5. Ponte pants are the most versatile, awesome thing ever.

6. I wasn't ready to stop at the end of January like I thought I would be.

7. I got rid of a bunch of stuff during this time...not just clothes, but other things. Decluttering in one area inspired decluttering in other areas.

So, I'm more or less going to stick to my capsule for the next week or so. Then, I'm going to Australia (where it is summer), so I will be packing some non-capsule items. When I return, I'm going to try making a springtime capsule, so stay tuned!



Ok, y'all. Obviously the blog's been quiet these days. But I'm back for a little adventure in minimalism. 

Perhaps you remember my Minimalism Game?

Well, I've been feeling the same way about my clothes. I've been watching these capsule wardrobe ideas for a while, and decided to take the leap into wearing a minimal amount of clothes for a set amount of time. There's some people who are already doing this well who inspired me: Un-fancy, Elise Joy, and Project 333

As January began, I picked out 31 items (for the 31 days of January). For the rest of the month, I will be wearing only these 31 items. Of course, there's a few exclusions. I'm not counting warmth-wear (coats, cardis), shoes, or workout wear. So far, here's a few highlights.

And don't worry, our Christmas tree is now down, and everything has been moved back into place post chair-refinishing. If you want to follow along the rest of the month, I'm instagramming most non-workout clothes days (aka weekends). 

If this goes well, I'll try it again in February (with 28 days...and 28 items).


i'm still here

Besides this being the title of that weird Joaquin Phoenix film, it's a checkin, and how I've felt like I start every sentence to friends.

At the beginning of September, I started a new job. It's been almost two months now, and I love it. I'm in a new type of position, and definitely flexing my growth mindset muscles because I landed in a whole new world: digital advertising.

I've kept busy with several big projects and a couple of trips since my last checkin. Now that I'm starting to kind of find the rythym of this new job, I've been making my way back into the real world and real friends.

And I've been reading a few REALLY good books, so maybe it's about time to write a book review or two. But for now, I'll just leave you with the knowledge that I'm still kicking it in Oakland, and with a really important picture of Rufus meeting goats.


have mercy

I have a hard time knowing what to do on days like today. The news kept on coming. A friend struggling through a difficult time, a teenager killed in St. Louis and the ensuing riots, racial tension, continued violent conflict in the Middle East, children exploited through slavery, another soul lost to the lying voice of mental illness.

I let myself feel the weight of these sad things. Acknowledged their wrongness and horror. 

The decisions about what to eat or wear or do on the weekend seemed so unimportant.

But I've also learned that sometimes the most powerful way to fight evil is to do good...even in small ways.

So tonight, I made veggie lasagna. I walked Rufus. I prayed while I stirred the sauce and washed the dishes. 

Yes, there are times for bigger actions. Tonight was a night for small actions, small prayers, small faith, and belief that peace will one day rule on the Earth.


Don't bring me bad news, no bad news
I don't need none of your bad news today
You can't have my fear, I've got nothing to lose, can't have my fear
I'm not getting out of here alive anyway
And I don't need none of these things, I don't need none of these things
I've been handed
And the bird of peace is flying over, she's flying over and
Coming in for a landing

Patty Griffin