Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
An overnight trip. Our first time away from Quinn. See more photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/talinaann
Thursday, June 25, 2009
These are a few pictures I snapped of Quinn and Michael on Father's Day:
So goes a photo shoot with an uncooperative 16 month old. He's cute, though, nonetheless, don't you think? Well, of course, I think they are BOTH cute!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Now, back to the picture. The bottom board is a gorgeous curly maple chopping block. The board on top is a solid cherry chopping block. I was trying to capture the thickness and shaping of the board. I think I did pretty good.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
We have been on Etsy for almost 6 months. We love this community of handmade sellers/crafters/artisans and of course, buyers! If you haven't checked out Etsy, please do!
We are www.ripperarts.etsy.com
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Well, it's officially over. The Cardinals made it to the championship game. The Cardinals beat the Braves Thursday night, but because the Braves were undefeated, the Cardinals were going to have to beat them twice. The game was last night, and unfortunately Aaron and Jacob's team (the Cardinals) lost. Hey, second place isn't bad! Aaron and Jacob had a fun season, and both of them improved in their skills tremendously. I am so proud of them! Next year, Aaron is off to little league, and Jacob will play one more year in the pitching machine league. Here are some pictures:
Friday, June 12, 2009
I thought I'd take the time today to brag on some fellow Etsians. In our home, we have incorporated a new purchasing habit, and that is (if you are a returning reader, you probably already know) buying handmade, local, or at least made in the USA whenever possible. The items cost more, but I put a lot more thought into what I buy, which probably causes me to spend less in the long run. While walking through a store, I used to be such an impulsive buyer. I am sure you can relate. I would go to Wal-Mart to "get a few things" and walk out spending two or three times more than I planned to. With our new habit, I have had the most difficult time buying clothing. But, I found these Etsians: Xenotees I bought Michael, you know, being a woodworker and all, the saw blade tee, while I got the star moss tee. I just purchased Aaron their names of animals shirt. The artist of these professionally screenprinted tees draws all of her designs, so it is original WEARABLE art. She also uses American Apparel to supply her base/blank tees and they are made in the USA (meaning sweatshop free!). For every shirt sold she donates $1 to Flat Iron Wildcats of Philadelphia. So take the time to check out Xenotees Etsy shop and blog! While you are at it, re-think your buying habits.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Here are pictures of us at the Blue Plum festival:
Quinn playing in his "I love Etsy shirt."
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
These photos were taken during our last walk through on Saturday. This is taken from the front door into the open living space which includes dining, kitchen and living.
This is the corner of the kitchen, you can see the concrete countertops, large upper wall cabinets, refrigerator placement, and pantry. Can you believe above the pantry is the water heater? They do all that they can to maximize floor space.
The unfinished CONCRETE countertops. Are these not AWESOME? When finished or sealed, they will look wet. WOW! They are a muted orange, which will go GREAT with the orange pendant lights Michael let me pick out for the island area.
The master bedroom. I let Michael pick the wall color--green of course! As you can see, baseboards have yet to be placed. We are lacking LOTS of finishing touches.
Have you ever seen a rusted metal shower surround? This is for the master bath. It has a clear coat over purposely, chemically rusted metal. The shower will have two shower heads. I am thrilled about this feature!
Michael has been scrambling to get vanities done, moving them from studio to loft, and meeting up with the plumber. We are using substitute sinks until he can throw pots for the sinks. The sink for the master is a borrowed glass vessel sink--it is BEAUTIFUL! The sink for the boys' bathroom is a stainless steel bowl that we purchased at a kitchen specialty shop! I said I wasn't going to show the vanities until they were installed, but they look sooooo good! The vanity pictures were taken today in Michael's studio.
Master vanity with ambrosia maple top, unstained, just finished with a waterproof clear coat. Poplar base stained dark and sanded edges. Michael will (eventually) make some wooden boxes for use as bins to organize the shelves... Maybe one for him, one for me, and bottom shelf with folded towels?
The boys' vanity made out of poplar. Top was stained with a mahogany color stain with a contrasting honey oak for the base. Since we have four boys, we have four spaces for hand towels to hang, four shelves to the right for their personal stuff... Again, I am hoping Michael can make wooden bins for them. As far as the bottom open area, we are considering a metal door of some kind to coordinate with the metal rods that separate hand towels. The top shelf will be used for folded towels.