Touches of Blue

March 20th, 2012

I’ve been in a funk for the last week and I think it’s a combination of too much rain and daylight savings time.  But I decided to thumb my nose at all the dreary weather and create a little bit of spring indoors instead. Over the weekend I brought in a new umbrella plant to replace the wintery branch that once stood in the corner and bright pink ranunculus bring a breath of spring to the living room.

I also added some touches of blue in the form of those paint swirl vases on the mantel, a bold but cozy throw, and some new blue and white pillows I scored at Joss & Main.

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spring is here ranunculus

Today is spring equinox, derived from the Latin meaning “equal night” so that today (and only once more in autumn) we experience equal parts daylight and dark – the bonus of spring equinox for us in the northern hemisphere is the longer days of spring and summer are just ahead. 

I think I enjoy the spring season even more than autumn now.  Is it age?  Perhaps, but the idea of everything growing again, of nature coming back to life in all its marvelous ways, gives me hope of great things in the days ahead.  

Linking up to Layla’s Spring Mantel Party today!

 

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DIY Pet Bowl Stand

March 19th, 2012

As I mentioned several weeks ago, as a birthday present for my daughter we adopted a sweet gray tabby kitten and we named her Coco-Nut.  She’s quickly become a beloved member of the family, the first thing the kids ask me when I pick them up from school is “What did Coco do today?”  Like all kittens, she gets into a lot of mischief and a few things have been tipped over and broken as a result of her exploration into every crevice of our home.  Despite the broken tchotchkes, the kids and I adore her and her sweet personality.

I bought her two little bowls for food and water and they used to sit at the base of a cabinet in the kitchen, but over time we all kept kicking them, spilling the contents, and it was driving me crazy.  So I decided it was time to build a little stand for the food bowls in the hopes it would prevent future spillage, and also to add a little color and personality to the kitchen.  This past weekend I designed and built this elevated pet bowl stand for our little feline for under $15.

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Here’s the step by step so you build one for your pet too!  Of course you can modify the height to accommodate medium to large dogs.  Supplies: Two ¾” x 8” x 2’ wood boards; 1” flat head screws; jig saw, Kreg jig or “L” brackets, wood stain + polyurethane, or primer + paint, pet food bowls.  All supplies found at Lowes, pet bowls from Petco.

First, you need to design the template for the feet.  Since the top board adds height, subtract its height from the total height of your stand’s feet. I wanted ours to be 5” high for a full grown cat so I designed the feet to be 4 ¼” high since the ¾” board would sit on top.

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