Benches! I thought we might build some legs, but then we asked upcyclers Mandra Design if we could buy some of their hairpin legs instead! And the nice part is, next time we move, we can just unscrew the legs and find more scraps of wood in the next place we live.
On the first bench we screwed the legs a bit too close to the edges, so we might re-attach them at some point. On the second bench, one of the legs appears to be slightly longer than the rest, we’re currently using a wine cork to even them out.
We entered Apartment Therapy’s Small Cool contest because we live in a tiny, tiny apartment. We screwed up the form so just Matt’s name is on it and they made up the title but it’s fun to see up there.
As you can see in the floorplan I drew, we wanted to call it “Damhnait & Matt’s Peculiar Piso” but we didn’t get to pick the title. This is my second go-around in the Small Cool Contest, I won the Southwestregional in 2008. Damh says I bragged about that on our first date but I don’t remember, I was probably bragging about a lot of things.
While we were in Vienna, I walked through tiny plaza flea market and found a box of beautiful old books. I didn’t buy any because they were all in German and I thought that would be pretty extravagant, buying a bunch of books I couldn’t read simply because they were pretty. But they were really pretty you guys. I should have bought one, but every time I picked up one I wanted to buy the whole box. Instead I committed the flea market sin of just writing down the publisher’s name so I could look up the books when I got home.
Guys! How do we make a bench? We need a bench/shoe-shelf in the hallway and we found these two tiny doors while going for a walk yesterday. Some mid-century-mod-wire-legs would be lovely but I’m not sure if we’ll find any here. I drew up a few quick designs. We could make two benches and put them side by side, but it might crowd our hallway and I think one bench with a shelf would be better. What do people think? Any other styles or designs I haven’t thought of?
Helene and I made a delicious Pecan Pie this weekend with the last of the precious imported pecans. The crust was from Smitten Kitchen and the pie filling was from Pioneer Woman, but instead of Corn Syrup, Helene had an idea to use caramel instead, so we made a simple caramel and mixed it with a bit of sweetened condensed milk and the melted butter. It was really hard to mix the pie filling with the caramel constantly cooling and hardening but despite the lumpy batter it all melted again perfectly in the oven. Served with a bit of whipped cream. I forgot to take pictures before bringing the pie to Kate’s so I took pictures there with her amazing view. I want to take all my baking pictures there from now on.
Allotment update! The mint has started to sprout and there’s a few leaves popping up in the strawberries. We shuffled the pots to make room for our newest addition: seedlings from an Austrian sour-cherry tree!
I’m really enjoying the Penny Arcade reality show Strip Search, fans have been using the elimination challenges as drawing exercises, so this week I decided to play along. It’s REALLY HARD. This is what I came up with in 90 minutes, as you can see I didn’t finish before pencils-down so I would have been eliminated! I spent a few more hours cleaning it up and posted the finished version to Non-Gravity. « Also NSFW of course
The seedlings we planted five days ago have already started to sprout! I should have taken pictures yesterday when we first noticed them popping up, I’m not so good at timelapse photography. Our avocado root also reached the bottom of our small glass, so we gave it a taller glass.