"We have more reasons to love each other based on our common humanity than to victimize one another because of any difference."

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Moving in at Work

I decided today would be a great time to set up my office/work space for Something Sunny. I wanted to be able to have a place to work at my house for convenience reasons and also because I wanted to keep overhead costs low so I wasn't willing to rent space at JCEL (the entrepreneurial center).

So I got to work cleaning cobwebs, taking down outdated hideous forest green blinds, killing daddy long legs spiders, and wala here is my official office.

It doesn't exactly compare to the Etsy offices my mom sent me pictures of last week:


But hey, you have to start somewhere right?
Now all I need are customers.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Craft Time

I wanted to get a quick post in before I leave to work this Penn State soccer camp and am trapped in a dorm without internet or air conditioning.

Yesterday was a ton of fun. I woke up early to go garage sale hunting with Bo. Not only did I find two things that I had been really wanting; a scrabble board game and cork board but I got a major deal on it. (We all know how much I love steals) I ended up coming home with four pieces of cork board, scategories, scrabble, a brand new cookie press with icing tips, and english muffin rings for three dollars.

So I went to Walmart, bought self adhesive magnets for 97 cents, and cut them up to fit the back of the scrabble tiles to make magnets for the fridge. It turned out super cute. I think using puzzle pieces would also work really well. I have some magnets left over so maybe next garage sale weekend I'll look out for an old puzzle.

Then inspired by my english muffin rings I decided to make english muffin bread. WHICH IS AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS! We had a bunch of guests in and out yesterday and managed to quickly consume/inhale/hoark down half a loaf. Yes, I used the word hoark. Yes, I am fully aware it's not actually a word.

Then Erin came over that night and we made these cute decorations to hang in the living room once it's all newly painted. It says, 'In the jingle jangle morning I'll come followin you'.

Friday, July 16, 2010

We got a lot done this week

Ben put up cool shelves

We started in on the living room

Got a small amount of decorating done

I added more glass jars to my collection

We washed some very dirty windows

We also stopped at road side ice cream stands

And managed to get a hike in.

It was a pretty great week full of Walmart runs, home cooked meals, and diet soda. Mom and Benny head drive back to Pittsburgh tomorrow to fly back to San Diego and I'll be sad to see Mom and Ben go. We are planning on having lunch at the cute cafe in town before they leave.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Blueberry Picking

This 84 year old widow became a blueberry farmer many years ago. Her husband innocently one day said, "Honey, let's plant some blueberries." He went, ordered the bushes, and a few weeks later called her at work to tell her they had arrived. She asked how many plants he had bought and he said, "900". She said she screamed in the office and from that day on every spare moment was spent on their hands and knees planting.

At the end of our blueberry adventure she ended up giving the six pounds of blueberries we picked for free. Her birthday is next weekend.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

please give me a place for my panties...

I decided yesterday ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! I am tired of digging through my suitcase for sports bras, underwear, and soccer shorts. I NEED a dresser! I'm two weeks into living in my house. My room is in a chaotic state of disarray partly because I've started using my clothes hamper to store socks and bras which leaves my dirty clothes homeless and abandoned in a corner under the bed. Partly, because Mom has moved in and dumped her crap on top of my crap and partly because I am just generally a disorganized person by nature.

Well yesterday the official search for a not tacky, not retro, not too big, will fit in closet dresser began. And let me tell you, it was waaaaaay harder than I could have ever imagined. So after frequenting the Good Will, three garage sales, Little Hearts Furniture Exchange, a Buy & Sell Used Goods, and Barely Used Furniture in MOUNT UNION I came home without a dresser but not empty handed.

Check, out these cute & funky vintage finds I snagged:

This cute animal cracker tin lamp & grey apple crate that I've turned into a nightstand.

& a pair of awesome blue chairs.

Saturday, July 10, 2010


And you're probably like...wow I read all six paragraphs of that and didn't even get a single lousy picture? Don't worry. I got you.
Here are pictures of the desk, Bo the fartster, and my room.

Project of the Day: My Desk

I got up this morning, biked 13 miles, walked and fed Bo and then started in on my project of the day: Refinishing the old wood desk I bought last week for 20 bucks. The top was covered in paint spills, coffee circles, and let's face it some of those divots and scratches could have been made with a machete.

So I borrowed a power sander from coach, lugged the desk out to the porch where I discovered I had no outlet outside and no extension cord. After nagging half the neighborhood and marching from porch to porch in search for this elusive 10 foot piece of rubber and wire I finally found an old couple in their pajamas watching tv. They invited me inside and five minutes later I was out the door and ready to go.

I spent the next two hours emptying the desk out, taking knobs off, and covering my body in as much saw dust as humanly possible. I then stopped for a potato salad and watermelon break and biked down to Sherwin Williams to buy paint stain. I got lost and finally found the place. Austin, was very helpful in finding me a brush that would work and set me up with a nice red oak stain. What I didn't realize when I started this is that stain, polyurethane, and brush cost about 11.95 MORE than I spent on the entire desk...

Pedal forward twenty minutes. I painted my desk, my hands, my feet, and my legs. I also managed to step, bare foot, in Bo's not so solid poop. I then cleaned up said poo and stepped in the remnants about five minutes later.

Now, I'm sitting on the porch eating an otter pop, inhaling paint fumes, feeling awfully accomplished and proud of my newly refurbished desk.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Huntingdon, PA

We found ourselves surrounded in boxes and chaos. A chaos, that four years in, feels rather normal. Except, this year we have a small house to spread out all our junk whereas usually we have a small cramped dorm room. Moving into the house across from the football field feels completely surreal. I have my own kitchen, my own shelves, my own room, closet, basement.

Driving over the bridge that carries us over the Juniata River going into Huntingdon left me a little emotional. And maybe was that was because I was at a frayed wits end at after a long 8 days of driving. Maybe it was because I was tired and Walky had accidentally slipped that Spain won the game I was planning to watch later....or maybe it was because it felt like I was coming back to something familiar, and good, and comfortable after a long vacation far away.

So we began unpacking the boxes and arranging our pictures on the walls for our last year at college. And man, does it feel strange.