I don’t think I’ve been as nervous as I was last night since I presented my thesis in college. We had to go to the Architectural and Historic Board of review and discuss the renovation plan we have had in the works for months. Up until I knew we were putting the final plans in place I didn’t want to mention it here. There has been a roadblock almost every step of the way.
We were finally ready to go apply for our building permits and I discovered we were technically in the historic district, which meant any changes needed to pass review. Yikes. We had to wait a whole month to get our paperwork and samples in order and the meeting public meeting finally took place last night.
We showed up early and sat on the steps waiting for city hall to open. We were the first ones in the meeting room and watched as architects and contractors on the agenda as well filed in with blueprints, huge sample boards, etc. I felt grossly under-prepared. The board grilled the first people up to bat, which only made me more nervous. We were up third and they were very kind to us. I would guess the fact that we were so young (and I was clearly terrified) helped a little. Not to mention, ANYTHING is going to be an improvement. They went over some requirements with us, such as all corner boards and trim has to be at least 4 inches wide.
They didn’t have too many concerns and seemed pleased with the choices we had made. We were very open and asked for their input. It was pretty painless. In the end our project was “deemed appropriate” by the board and their waived the 2 week waiting period. So change is on the way!
This is what our little house looks like as of this week…
It’s pretty stark. Much like the inside of the house when we moved in, it has been stripped of any character or charm. It’s not a very big or busy house, and it never has been. You may notice we have some new corner planters and removed that awful railing (as pictured in my post about the porch from April). The three middle planters have also been moved.
And here is a (very quick and dirty) mock-up of what the proposed finished product will look like. Please excuse the unfortunate clone-stamp work.
Some notes on the plan…
This is only the beginning. I’m sure this won’t be the last obstacle. But it does feel good to finally have to go-ahead from the city and now it’s in our hands.
I would love to hear your thoughts about the proposed changes and details I am still debating.
I find myself inspired by light, fluffy colors today. See the Color Play palette and picks today over on Cotton & Brass.
It was a busy weekend, but I feel refreshed and inspired. Still no luck finding Peter-Bird’s owners this weekend. It makes me sad to think either no one is looking for him, or we are just not contacting the same people they are contacting. He’s chipper and seems happy, but still doesn’t like to be handled. If we still don’t hear anything by Wednesday we’ll start looking for a new forever-home for him.
It’s been sweltering hot here in northeast Ohio. The rain refused to quit on Father’s Day Sunday. Our evening have been quiet for the most part. Sitting outside with the dog when it gets a little cooler out and watching our garden grow.
I melted a spatula to the heating element in the dishwasher. So of course the house smelled like burning plastic all week. And of COURSE it has to be the week I’m hosting a Cotton & Brass shoot.
Wednesday a friend called in the middle of the day having found a parrot flying around at work. We brought over a cage we had left over from our finches and brought it home. We have been trying to find his people all week with no luck. We are calling him Peter (aka Peter Parker, Petey-Bird, etc.) for now. We can’t keep him. We have our hands full, but we think we have a home lined up for him if no one is looking for him. He seems to like me and sings every time I come in the room. I’m being a big girl though and not getting too attached to him.
Busy weekend ahead of me! Hope you are having a lovely June!
As promised, here is a review for my new Society 6 Iphone case. There is not a lot out there in the way of reviews for this case, so I purchased it almost blind. I received my case on Friday and had an active weekend with it. The one I purchased was Animal’s Tea Party by Teagan White. The print is even cuter in person.
Overall I love the case. I think Jared was hoping for more. But it meets my expectation. I will probably be ordering a screen protector to protect from scratching and maybe a sleeve since my purse can get a little messy in the summer.
I have finally opened my Society 6 shop! Thank to the encouragement of my readers you can now purchase Lost & Fawned Iphone cases as well as photo prints, canvases, totes, tees and more!
This product review is unsolicited. I was given no compensation for this review and purchased the product myself.
This Saturday I ran The Color Run in Cleveland. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s a massive touring race where your time doesn’t matter (it’s really more of a 5k frolic) along the route you come to stations where you are doused in colored dust. At the end there is a huge color party. It raises money for a local charity and is one of the happiest events I have ever attended.
You are required to wear a white shirt at the start. In your packet you also get a lovely white sweatband. We made sure to get a clean before picture before we lined up.
We were right about in the middle of the mile of people at the starting line. It was an ocean of white shirts as far as you could see. The crowd of runners was so diverse. From toddlers in running strollers to grandparents in wheelchairs.
It was tough to get photos along the route, so we’ll skip right to the end… These pictures are post-race and post-color party. The packets of color you get in your race kit are saved for the end party and are much more vibrant than the stuff you get hit with on the run.
A couple more photos from my phone. Jared managed to stay clean. He was such a good sport and held onto our towels and clean things. Even after I dusted off and wiped off with a towel this is how I looked. I wrapped the car seat with a fitted towel for the ride home.
All photos courtesy of me, Jared or Kaireese (my sister-in-law). Please credit if using,
I love having a nice camera on hand all the time now. I admit it, I’m totally hooked. It will be nice to have a decent camera in Jared’s pocket as well. Once we gather enough I’ll be ordering some square prints for a little memory box.
First picture is of this beautiful house near ours that needs rescuing. I wish we could help it (or at least the door!). The last picture pretty much sums up how we feel in the evening after work most evenings.
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I toiled over choosing a case for my phone. There are so many options out there. While I ultimately went with a case from Society 6 (which I will be reviewing when it arrives) I explored a lot of options. Here are some of the options that made it into my final choices.
Disclaimer: At this point I wasn’t looking for something super rugged or offered a huge amount of protection. These picks are based solely on aesthetics.
Yep, my birthday came early! Jared and I treated ourselves to new Iphone 4S’s for early birthday gifts. No regrets about upgrading to get the 4S. This camera is awesome. Ordered this case from Society 6. Until then, I’ll be super paranoid to put this puppy in my messy purse.
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PS: Holy cow… I can make .gifs now. This could be dangerous…
Time for my Summer Style series to begin! Ah! The romance of the femme fatale! By no means should anyone strive for a life of crime, but there is no harm in dressing the part a little. I love this mix of vintage pieces (like a classic beret) with modern studs and sleek black leather.
I’ve also included some beach reading, a soundtrack and the perfect summer flick to pair with this look. Stay tuned for more collections as the summer goes on.
Photo above courtesy of Least Wanted on Flickr.
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I’ve been in the middle of a art and craft identity-crisis for awhile. I like to say I have “too many hobbies for my own good” and usually mean it jokingly. But it might be time for me to come to terms with the fact that it may be hindering me a little. In the past five years I have dabbled in….
I have a ridiculous collection of craft and art supplies. I spend a couple of weeks learning everything I can about each of these genres and before I know it, I’m moving on to something new. I can’t say I’ve mastered anything on that list.
I want to be one of these people that finds their craft, hones their voice and masters it. But nothing has ‘stuck’. Maybe I just haven’t found the right craft. I love making things. I want to make that my someday career (or at least a small business to earn us some fun money).
Maybe I need a creative vacation. Or perhaps I need to keep exploring. Or maybe I just need to bite-the-bullet and pick something and stick to it. At this point I don’t know what direction to go. Has anyone gone through something like this? What did you do? Did you ever settle? Or are you a craft-hoarder too? Any book recommendations to work through it? Thoughts?