Terrorized (And Battling Back)

August 12, 2011   //  Posted in: Bedrooms, Closets, DIY   //  By: Emily   //  2 responses

The terror attacks that I speak of are minimal in the grand scheme of things… but they’re destroying my wardrobe. And I like my wardrobe, so I’m taking it personally.

Moths, the little terrorists I’m apparently housing, are never seen but apparently active, and doing things which destroy my closet, dresser drawers, and shelves.

Bye-bye ruffled J.Crew henley, you were so nice to me:

I hope that J.Crew shirt was yum-yum, little beasts.All down the front, back, and sleeves. It was the most brutally attacked of the whole wardrobe:

I hope that J.Crew shirt was yum-yum, little beasts.For the last year, it seemed like I had been winning the battle by infusing my drawers and shelves with some of these little cedar beads.

A few of the cedar balls that I had tucked into shelves and drawers.

I won’t turn them down completely, they’re still needed on active duty, but I needed something more powerful along with them.

Cedar boards. I lucked out by finding some 1″x2″ non-premium cedar boards at Home Depot for $3 each; I only brought home two, because I wasn’t exactly near where I lived and didn’t feel like hauling more more than I needed. Turns out I did need more, and having expecting them to be more readily available, but I’ve since been back to two other Home Depot stores with no luck. Anyways, I was able to make a big dent in my combatting efforts.

Cedar boards. And a very uninterested dog.I cut them down to 28″ lengths (and 2 12″ lengths for the smaller IKEA drawers) and sanded them down with the power sander to make them a little smoother and less rugged (as I mentioned, they weren’t premium quality boards to begin with, but nice-smelling and just as hated by moths.

Trimmed and sanded cedar boards.How’s this for full-combat mode against the moth enemy?

Lining the back of each IKEA drawer with a custom cut-to-fit cedar strip.

I’ll let you know how it goes before taking stronger measures. There’s much more cedar presence in there now so I’m optimistically anticipating success.

Swimmin’ With The Fishes

August 11, 2011   //  Posted in: Helping The Economy, Kitchen   //  By: Emily   //  Leave a comment

Fish’s Eddy.

If you’re ever in NYC, add this shop to the top of your excursion list. If you love the online shop, you’re probably going to need to buy another suitcase for all of the goodies that’ll come home with you. That’s not meant to be a deterrent, you’re just going to be that blown away by their products in person. Seriously.

I didn’t see this collection of exclusive Fish’s Eddy flatware when I was there, and with that said I don’t actually have any idea when the set was released, but I want it. All of it.

Fish's Eddy. Fork.

I melt for fish flatware. The whole set has me seriously considering whether or not I’m insane to want a whole second set of flatware. A girl and her man only need so many spoons. But oh, the spoons.

Fish's Eddy. Spoon.

Oy vey, there are fins. See the fins? Fins. On my must-have flatware.

A full set of 8 will only set you back $158, which in the grand scheme of things isn’t bad for stainless steel with fins and a tail that will serve you (and undoubtly your children, nieces, and nephews) very, very well. That calculation I whipped up included both sizes of forks and spoons, but not the dessert spoon.

The Charley Harper collection of dinnerware had me click-click as well. Not sure where my new-found love of the aquatic came from, but I’m feelin’ it. If you remember from a few months back, I confessed to being a collector of mix-and-match dinnerware, so these fit right in.

Fish's Eddy bowl by Charley Harper.

This plate caught my eye too. I can only imagine that the colors are amazing and vivid in person.

Charley Harper Plate at Fish's Eddy.

Go see collection to swoon more. And sorry in advance if it’s your payday. Cha-ching!

All images were provided by Fish’s Eddy. And no one over there perked or persuaded me to write about their products, I’m just a long time fan with a new found adoration for the aquatic life.

DIY Canopy Lighting

August 10, 2011   //  Posted in: Backyard, Casual Celebrations, DIY, Lighting   //  By: Emily   //  4 responses

I’ve been wanting that coveted Parenthood backyard since Pete and I began watching the episodes last summer.

I’m nowhere near it. And won’t be any time soon considering how slowly the vegetation is taking over the property.

But I decided could temporarily light the space in a similar style, by stringing otherwise stored-away Christmas lights over the backyard. Pete’s surprise fiesta last weekend seemed like the perfect time to give it a try.

Exterior lighting at Pete's surprise party.

All in all, for the number of lights I wanted, I needed 4 strands straight from my Christmas supplies, and an equal length of wire. I bought a $8 roll of 16-gauge wire at Home Depot, and wrapped the strands of lights around it carefully to reinforce the . Said and done, I probably could have gone for a higher gauge that was a little easier to manipulate, but this did just well.

16-gauge wire to reinforce the hanging lights.I should also mention that getting that entire coil of wire wrapped into a mammoth knot while sitting on top of the garage, in tar, in what felt like 150-degree heat after just having tipped the ladder to a seemingly unsteady angle (meaning I wasn’t sure I could get down) was really, really bad idea. While wearing jeans. Sweating profusely. And cursing while the dog looked up at me with curiosity. I took no pictures during that half-hour block of angst-filled time. So be careful with the damn wire, because it tangles easily.

And I did speak with Pete for about 10 minutes while I was melting down on the roof; because it was a random project for his surprise party, I couldn’t let on where I was, what I was doing, or what situation I had put myself in. Go me for keeping my cool.

I found by trial-and-error that securing the wire and the lights to the pergola first was the easiest solution; they were going to be evenly spaced, so I placed them before extending them to the garage roof across the yard.

Wiring the lights to the pergola.I didn’t want the wire or the light strand being pinched or tugged in such a way that would be electrically skeptical, so affixing the wire to the strand and the wooden girders was a careful process but I did manage to balance and secure the end of the strand well without causing an issue. No hiding it though, it was still a little sketchy.

The end of the light strand attached to the pergola.My goal was to make 3 long strands extend to the garage; two strands were spanning a shorter distance, meaning I could run single lines of lights from the pergola to the garage, but the third required me to double up the length of my light strand, which is why I noted earlier that it took 4 strands of lights.

Anyways, I brought the wired light strands to the top of the garage using a fancy little pulley system involving hanging another wire over the side of the garage from the roof, and wrapping the three loose ends to it and pullin’ her up.

To secure the strands to the roof, I brought 3 leftover pieces of 4×4 pressure-treated boards from the garage; the heavy boards acted like cinderblocks that I was able to wrap the 16-gauge wire around and anchor each strand of lights into place.

The wire that held the strands in place wrapped around 4"x4" boards on the garage roof to act as anchors.

Worked like a charm.

I was able to set my own tension between the pergola and the 4×4 boards on the garage roof, and opted for a just out of arm’s reach height for me (I’m 5’9″) so that it was sure to clear any guests heads.

I had also planned well in having all of the plug-end of the strands up on the garage roof, because I was able to extend a single outdoor extension cord from the shed to the rooftop to light ‘er up.

The last thing I did (once I tested out that all of the wiring had worked out and the lights went on) it out was wrap part of the wire and light strand with electrical tape; I did this because the tiles on the top edge of the garage that the wires were sitting on were really, really hot in the sunshine, and in addition to wrapping the 16-gauge wire in such a way  that helped prevent the actual strand from even touching the tile, I wanted to reinforce the coating on the lights just a little bit more. Just in case.

Exterior lighting at Pete's surprise party.

I think it turned out pretty fabulously. I wish I could leave it up all year round. Maybe sometime in the future when my yard is more Parenthood-lush.

Exterior lighting at Pete's surprise party.