Ab Fab is back, sweetie-darling!

29 Aug

This post on Twitter made my day (if not my entire week, and it’s just Monday):

Absolutely Fabulous is one of my most favorite shows. With the booze, the smoking, the drugs, the fashion, the botox, the terrifically off-kilter and politically incorrect jokes and dialogue, and the endless attempts to stay young and hip, watching Edina and Patsy is an addiction unto itself. The show has had a rather sporadic history, so this announcement is pretty exciting since it’s been impossible to know if and when it would ever return.

Jennifer Saunders, who plays Edina Monsoon (she also co-created it, writes it, and produces it), and Joanna Lumley, who plays Patsy Stone, are simply brilliant. I can’t wait to see what their characters are up to a few years later, definitely older but likely not wiser. They’ve already begun filming.

Until it airs, I’ll be watching my old DVDs and videos like this one to tide me over. Cheers darling!

A Brief History of Pretty Much Everything

23 Aug

This flipbook is so much fun. It’s definitely worth the time (just 3:12) that it takes to watch. Be sure to turn your volume up. The music and sounds effects are well worth it.

Exterior Motives, Part 3

22 Aug

We finished the deck! I’m actually quite in awe that Ty and his master-builder friend who spearheaded this whole operation completed it from start to finish in two weekends. They had another friend helping for part of the first weekend, but it was a ton of work for two (and sometimes three) people, and they clocked some long hours. We’ve already been enjoying it and plan to pretty much live out there once the temperature cools down.

I also finished painting the back of the house, except for the two doors, which will soon become a rich red. Here are the before and current progress shots. The before was definitely looking a little tired.


And here are the much-improved in-progress shots.



As you can see, the deck is a bit bare, and the two chairs we do have are dwarfed by the massive deck. We’re planning to acquire furniture little by little, but first up on the to-buy list is an outdoor table and chairs. I’m not married to any particular look and really could be happy with a number of options, so I’m hoping to find something great during some of the end-of-the-season sales going on. More updates to come.

Check out Part 1 and Part 2 if you like.

Modern Baby

17 Aug

This image from Purl Soho has gotten me inspired.

Aren’t these baby blankets gorgeous? I have a number of friends who are preggers at the moment, and this looks like such a fun and relatively simple (although undoubtedly time-consuming) project that I think I’m going to add it to my to-make list.

Purl Soho sells a kit (called The Super Easy Baby Blanket) in the nine colorways shown, but I’ll be gathering my own yarn for a few reasons: 1) I want to pick my own colors. The color combinations offered are beautiful, and I plan to use them as inspiration, but there’s something wonderful and rewarding about creating something that is uniquely you. 2) The kit (including yarn and pattern directions) is $120, which is a little pricey, and 3) it’s also for knitters. I’ll be crocheting mine.

I won’t be starting this project for a bit, but I’ll give y’all an update when I do.

Image courtesy of Purl Soho.

Exterior Motives, Part 2

15 Aug

What a weekend! It was a long, hot one filled with more painting and the start of our deck project. With the help of a few friends (including one who came over, crawled under the house, and replaced and moved a water spigot for us), we tackled a lot, and we owe our talented, hard-working friends BIG TIME. See for yourselves.

Before. It was definitely looking a little tired.

On Saturday. (It was a gorgeous day.)

This morning (Smoky and Mack were surveying the changes too.)

We’ll be working on everything again this weekend—and we’ll hopefully be finishing the deck. The painting is going to take awhile. More updates to come.

From the Archives

8 Aug




These three drawings are ones I did ages ago—I drew the last one in 1998 when I was 17. They were three of my early-ish drawings that I was (and still am) extremely proud of.

Exterior Motives, Part 1

1 Aug

This past weekend marked the start of our house-painting project. We had to get moving on painting the house, at least the back of it, since our deck-building project begins in two weeks.

Here’s what our house looked like before (and still does from all angles except the back).


And here’s a peek of a small patch of the back that has been completed.

The trim and shutters are (or will be) Valspar’s Labrador, the siding is Valspar’s Lyndhurst Mushroom, and the doors will be Valspar’s Cut Ruby. We opted for the exterior primer + paint for the siding to cover the current maroonish color, and the coverage is fantastic. Just two coats got us what you see above.

There’s still a ton of painting left to do but we’re just focusing on getting the back done so we can start the deck on time. The rest might be done in small batches with a big push to the finish in the fall when it’s a bit cooler. It was brutally hot out there. More is certainly to come.