Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Continuing With The Crazy

Thanks for the nudge, Sue-age!

All is well here in the Seventh Circle of Hell. It rained yesterday at lunch, and the steam that followed was literally - and I say that in the most Rachel Zoe way possible ... "Lit'trall-eee" suffocating. Still, I managed to hang my hummingbird feeders at the office because, suddenly, it's nearly August and I've not done that. Why did I decide to? Two days in a row my little hummer lit in the dogwood and sent me a telepathic message. "It's hard out here for a hummer," he said. How can you say "no" to that? How?

Because I'm planning to buy a crib next year, it only makes sense that I suddenly begin treating my apartment like it is, in fact, my own. Save money for closing costs when, instead, you can modify your closet? Yeah, that makes sense. However, for $60, I think I'm close to quashing a lingering annoyance I've had for 4 years now ... I cannot fit all of my clothes into a walk-in closet that, while small, should be better equipped and designed. As my girl Tonya told me yesterday, "$6 a month for your remaining 10 months - and happy - is worth it." She's right.

And even though I edited wardrobe earlier this year, I'm prepared to do it again once my modification with new shelving is complete. If it cannot fit into the space, I probably don't need it. People who reside on the Robby Hand-Me-Down list, prepare. There could be H&M in your near future.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Cymbals and Drums

The results of my pot rack "vision" are included here. I would like to state, for the record, that the only thing I was able to achieve from a goal perspective was staying below $30 on the hardware. Even though I spent $20 additional on dog items since Lowe's now has a pet area and apparently I cannot say no to a Nylabone.

Even though it only took 30 minutes to build the square frame (those were the leftover boards from building the mat platform for the spring wall), installation took several hours, and the box itself isn't 100% square. That's the result of trimwork that really should've been finished in a wood shop with a fine blade saw. And ideally I could've glued the pieces together and secured them with some sort of concealed joint. However, in the spirit of repurposing and utilizing existing resources, I just went with big stainless wood screws. I decided I would call it a very IKEA look.

I didn't plan to purchase another board but once I started seeking a rafter for permanent mounting, my luck took a nose dive. Because the rack itself only weighs about 5 pounds, and because the total pots/pans (excluding 2 cast iron skillets which I never use and, as such, was willing to store elsewhere) are probably another 25, I thought I'd install those on the ceiling with 4 drywall toggle bolts each and then hang the hooks from there. Lo and behold I only had to do one of those per board because I hit a rafter on the end pilot holes so I feel relatively confident we're set for awhile. And I was able to store my two flat skillets on diagonal corners on top of the box.

Yes, I went a bit overboard with chain. Let's just say if I ever need to haunt a house, I'm covered. But inside the box I incorporated a suspended chain with S-hooks for hanging the lids to the pots. This is an image I took lying on the floor because, let's face it, I'm a geek, and all I could think as I was in such a precarious position was playing "Pots and Pans" with my mother's utensils when we were kids. She'd give us a wooden spoon and we'd attempt to make music. I can only imagine how awful that must've sounded, but my mother is aces and always seemed to be able to rise above the small stuff. She did not, nor does she now, have a pot rack.

I also thought I'd stain the wood (and may still, eventually), but for now it matches and is rather pleasant in its natural state. Anyone who has visited me and bonked their heads on the 3 apothecary jars I had hanging from a light fixture in "the library" will be pleased to see they've been relocated and are hovering well above 6'! I think they add a fun touch of color.

And finally, none of this would've been possible without the guarding eye of Glenwood. He's such a sheepdog; he lies in the floor and watches, wherever I am and whatever I'm doing. Pretty cute huh?

Now that I've achieved this goal, I think I need to cook something "pots and pans-y." Maybe a good summer soup is in order. Possibly gazpacho!

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Don't Bother



I don't know why I woke up singing this song but, I did. And hey, it's Shakira - not Karen Carpenter - so I'm counting my blessings. Shakira, in my not-so-humble-opinion, is pretty much a goddess and I a.) love this song and b.) think the video is SMOKIN'. So there. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

It's Recently Come To My Attention ...

NOTE: This is not my kitchen, nor is this my project.

In the days of yore, I had a simple pot rack in my kitchen at the house in Little Rock and I hearted it like whoa. It wasn't as substantial as even this one, but it served my little kitchen needs really well. And it did a few things I find invaluable in the kitchen: opened up valuable cabinet space, made it really easy to grab pots/pans, and served as a semi-drying apparatus. Occasionally it also served as a bump to my noggin but hey, who doesn't benefit from the odd "Stay Proprioceptive" reminder?

Since installing the pilates spring wall, I've decided that life is too short not to have my stuff in even more freakishly structured order, so I'm going balls-to-the-wall and drilling 4 more holes into my kitchen ceiling this weekend. Why, you ask? Well, as part of Operation Spring Wall, I have 4 leftover 1 x 6 boards, 2' long, that have been sitting in the corner. I knew I could use them for something but was waiting for the idea/light bulb moment. It came to me today and I've spent part of the evening sketching/troubleshooting, etc. After I completed those steps, I Googled for some additional images and found this one, which is semi-reminiscent of what I hope to achieve.

My big challenge will be finding ceiling rafters around an existing florescent light fixture, but I'm sure it can be done. Famous last words, right? So here's my personal goal/challenge:
  1. Hardware for assembling + stain/finish for <$30.
  2. Assembly of pot rack < 30 minutes.
  3. Installation of pot rack < 30 minutes.
Stay tuned for the outcome. I should be writing and being more productive in other aspects of my life right now, but sometimes I have to surrender to the construction process. Particularly when it makes the residential environment more functional and easier to navigate. Cancer: 101. We nest. It's what we do.


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