Anyone who knows me at all knows I have a serious girl-crush on Zooey Deschanel. It’s a big club, I realize. And getting bigger everyday thanks to her website: HelloGiggles which is so perfectly delicious, it’s practically the pinnacle of blogs for me. Serious awesome sauce. Proof you ask?
One of my favorite people singing a song from one of my favorite movies of all time….
Ranger and I finally broke down and bought the correct sized hammock stand for our poor neglected rope hammock and we’ve been spending every free evening and some mornings curled up together reading and relaxing. We’ve termed the activity “time out” for obvious reasons. We struggle to find time to just “be” together with our busy schedules and tendency to DO DO DO all the time, it’s nice to actually crave a quiet moment. Well quiet if you don’t count the 100s of doves cooing all around us. Seriously, it sounds like a zoo aviary in our backyard.
My lunch break errand running soundtrack today was so graciously supplied by “Off the Beatle Path” on Koop Radio. I left the car during a Badfinger song and walked into Jerry’s Artarama to hear “Helter Skelter.” The clerk and I agreed that there are no coincidences and this was divined to be an AWESOME day. Turns out the rest of the world did not get this memo but no one’s gonna ruin this girl’s good mood.
Food for the soul:
Ranger’s grandparents gave us a lovely set of ice cream parlor chairs they has picked up many years ago that were in desperate need of refinishing. They sat in the garden shed for two years before we touched them. I did a little research and narrowed their production down to around the 1910s: pre-WWI because they are iron guilded in copper (to prevent rusting). And let me say removing 90+ years of paint in every color from 1970s peach to gold leaf was not an easy task. 1 1/2 chairs and two weekends into it and we took a break. A long break. I finally called around to a few sandblasting places in the area and found a place to remove the paint and rust for $25 a chair. EUREKA! That process and $12 worth of matte white spray paint later….
They look brand new. I could not be more happy. Originally I thought they would be cute outside but when I saw the finished project, I knew they were my new dining room chairs. Along with the chalkboard paint dining room table, they add interest but keep the room feeling open.
I’m now on the hunt for the perfect armchair for the ends of my dining room table and perhaps some fabric to create seat cushions with. And to reward you for sitting through a post with no before & during pictures, here’s a track that comes from one of my top 10 albums of the 2011. Bold statement? Hells yeah. But a safe bet I tell ya.
The Decemberists – Dear Avery by notplayedontheradio