Spending My Tax Check

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Each April I wait in desperation patiently wait for my tax check to arrive. And as I wait, I daydream over how to spend this glorious gift from the government. I’ve considered so many things:

  1. Spending it on a Caribbean vacation
  2. Saving it (boring)
  3. Purchasing an overpriced hand bag (like last year)
  4. Sending it to my parents in an effort to reduce the tab I’ve built up over the years
  5. New work wardrobe
  6. More flooring for the house
  7. Billy bookcases

I’ve finally decided… drum roll please… to buy a…HOT TUB!!! Now of course since I can’t afford the classier, in-ground model, I’m opting for the budget-friendly, take-it-with-you-when-you-leave-model:

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Isn’t it beautiful!??? I’m going to buy some plants to cover up the blue but I kind of like it. It reminds me of Sea World, except no one gets killed by a whale. And the sound will be just lovely. I’m sure all my neighbors (who live literally inches away on either side of me) will appreciate the soothing sounds of squeaky rubber and Aaron and I cussing because it’s leaking and/or the chlorine levels are all off.


OK…. HAPPY APRIL FOOLS DAY!!!!!!! I mean… can you imagine? This thing is hysterical. Did I get ya???

– emily

Making Progress in the Black Room

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The Black Room is coming along little by little. I’ve done two things: find cabinet items and make my first set of no-sew curtains.

Let’s start with the cabinet items first. I’ve decided I want to have the middle cabinet (the one that will be in the corner) filled with white ceramic things, so as I’ve been shopping/thrifting I’ve been picking things up. Linda (who is sort of like my “work mom” and is the awesomest) shared some of her finds from a recent estate sale here in the city. Here’s what I have so far:

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I need about 20 more things to fill a 6′ cabinet! It is a slow process, but I want to make sure each of the items has some sort of meaning. Don’t you love the baby hand? It creeps people out but I think it is funny. Both hands are from High Street here in Over The Rhine. They also have a newly launched site.

Now, one thing to mention about these cabinets is that I’m painting the inside backs of each cabinet black (surprise, surprise) so everything will pop nicely. That idea is one I can’t take credit for, Young House Love recently did it with their built-ins and I loved it so much. I’ll post photos when I have all the cabinets here and assembled (remember… I’m still saving for the rest of those Billy’s!).

Ok, now on to the curtains. I made them myself! I am not a good sewer. Sewing reminds me of my mom, who would painstakingly make each and every one of my sister and I’s Halloween costumes growing up. I can never be as good as her so I stick with what I know – no-sew hemming tape (I’ll post a tutorial soon – the photos are on Aaron’s phone). This was my first time using it on curtains, and I did OK. Here they are!

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The fabric is very similar to one I’ve been pining over but that one was way too over my budget. This fabric in a miraculous, never-t0-be-repeated find in the Ft. Wright Wal-mart. Yes, WAL-MART. And it was $4.24/yard. Yee haw!

And here’s how the room is looking now (sans ceramic things):

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I would have loved to do the “pooling” effect on the curtains but little doggies are not conducive to floor-pooling panels. Rats! It is slowly, slowly coming together. Next up is new lighting (Edison from PB if I am a good birthday girl) and a rug (cowhide – also if I am a good bday girl). Oh and I need to get the rest of my Billy’s, which I think will be next weekend if I can convince Aaron to spend most of his waking weekend assembling furniture. How do you think that will go? Ha! And, of course, more searches for ceramic “stuff” that won’t take my entire paycheck (I’m talking to you Jonathan Adler).

Before I sign off, everyone wish a Happy 4th Birthday to my furry dogbaby, Biggie Smalls:

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I am going to go snuggle with the birthday dogbaby and his little brother. Happy evening everyone.

– emily


Etsy Stuff: Chalkboard Labels

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Hi all –

As promised, more posts on some of my favorite Etsy items. These are chalkboard labels from the Bradens Grace shop on Etsy. I love chalkboard labels as it’s an easy, instant makeover to an existing container and it’s super inexpensive. I’m particular to the Bradens Grace shop because of the quality of the labels – no cracking, no pealing and easy to clean. I’m currently using mine to hold “stuff” like doggie treats and chalk.

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I picked the 3″ x 5″ scalloped labels and I received 8(!) for $8.99 including chalk. The containers I already had, but can be found anywhere – Walmart, Ikea, Target and are also pretty cheap. I  love this idea for my office.

It might help that I’m already a chalkboard freak (remember my wall?) but it does really add an instant something. I also have seen some amazing ideas being used at weddings. Check out a few of those here (the seating chart banner is to die for).

Let me know if you integrate chalkboard into your lives and I’ll post it here!

– emily

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