Variety Pack Day!Tuesday, February 21, 2017
So guys. I'm in a slump. A creative slump that I just can't seem to dig out of. One that's unwelcoming-ly lingering. Sigh. It's killin' me man, I've got tasks to tackle!
I had a flash of an idea on a project I've been pondering for a while, so, hey, maybe the light is at the end of the tunnel. Goodness, let's hope so. Bedraggled and befuddled is no way to get sh*t done.
I mean, it happens from time to time, tumbling into in a creative abyss. I've always longed be one of those people where the creativity just oozes non-stop out of every pore.
Or is it decision fatigue? (Mike would laugh and disagree.) (Intriguing concepts there though, useful stuff, but some may be too black & white regimented analytical, for me anyway. One thing I liked about doing props, every day was vastly different. Routine strikes me as a creativity killer, IMHO.)
In the mean time, since I still feel the mad itch to make things, since I can't seem to drag my sorry a** into the light, I've been doin' small stuff. You know what that means....
New year, new Variety Pack post! All right!
First up? I finally got a door pull into the master bath pocket door. Since I reused the swinging door into the pocket, holes were drilled out for regular door hardware, so, had to hide it all. The door faces were cake -- closet door pulls.*
Of course, because I can typically never find the right thing for anything anywhere anytime, I searched for-freaking-ever to find a pull I liked. For a door pull. I know. Go ahead, roll your eyes, it's fine.
I did unearth one that I wide-eyed over but $30 for a pull? Nah. This was my second choice but I was still choking at sixteen bucks for a mere pull. In the end I went with a flush ring pull,* the Deltana one in that search result, tap tap, that's the one.
|Hey, lookie at that, a door pull!|
Like digging out the hole s'more in the side of the door so the pull ring convex bump etc. will fit. Then zipping around so the face sits flush with the door.
|All right, so it ain't pretty, my routing but guess what -- it was exactly what I needed.|
|Nice! I gotta fix that upper right screw though. Then after some Durhams Water Putty*....|
|Ta da! Yeah, still gotta fix that screw.|
One day as I was laying on the floor doing my dumb arm exercises, I speculated if air was leaking in from our recessed can lights. As we all know, those things are gaping air portals. Or can be.
|See, 'cuz the trim our doofus flipper put in, they're all open up in there.|
Seeing as it seemed the only solution, I wandered over to Menards where I chatted it up with another electrical department person (I swear, they have the best electrical department); he pointed me to recessed light trim*, the fully enclosed cone type.
|Ah ha, fully enclosed! There's some thinkin'. And one of Finn's Chucks* as we call them, or as we named them for Hailey. She amassed quite the varied collection.|
They're not tough to install. Wait, lemme rephrase. They're not tough to install but the hooks, I just, it wasn't until the very last one did I finally get it. Figures.
|If you have cans like ours, unscrew the wing nut and take the assembly out. Pop out the socket, then pop it into the new recessed can trim. Those C shaped metal bits in the can are what the metal hangars sproing onto.|
I stuffed them in our master bedroom and bathroom anyway just for good measure, in case I was hallucinating.
But, point being here, there actually truly is a way to block air from seeping in via below after all despite the interwebs' dearth and I very much wanted to share that outstandingly amazing info with you.
During my brief spat of January clean up/clean out/reorganize/tidy up, I refolded the master closet clothing items. Doing so forced me to take stock of my uh, hoodie collection. It's not a problem....
Rather than refold them and continue to absorb shelving space, since there's a blank wall behind the door, I thought, ah, hoodie racks!
|Before. Wasted space. Yes, that's Gromit on the shelf. Big fan.|
|Nice! Pardon my lame shadow there.|
|Look at all them knobs.|
To hang the racks on the wall I used those spiffy keyhole brackets* (like I used on my 99 cent shelf). Added cha-ching here was the palm router -- I was able to dig out the area behind. I understand there's a keyhole bracket jig for a router* but, eh, didn't invest in it yet.
|Bzzzt, holes behind keyhole brackets. I then reused that handy tape trick, yes!|
|Yes, it was late and (winter) dark out, hence the real poopy picture.|
|Another ta da! Hoodie racks! Sweet. That there is my Exorcist hoodie. Ah, see, it's the fault of all the shows, why I have so many hoodies. (Sure.)|
We got to a point where I was bored from all the lounging though so Mike, despite being perfectly happy absorbed in video games queried, "well then what should we do, babe?" I demurred, "well, we could wash Finn, we could put up the back door awning, or we could rip apart the stairs...."
Ho hum, just like that, la la. Mike took a second to pause, process, turned then said, "just like that. You casually throw in tearing apart the stairs, just like that, as if it's nothing, huh?" I blinked and shrugged in return. "Let's put up the awning," he replied. Dammit. But ok.
|Mike, getting himself up to speed on this wacky task, wishing he were still on the couch playing games.|
So I drilled one smaller hole thinking maybe we could try the enclosed hardware though I speculated we could not. I was right.
|Everything has to pass Finn muster, by the way. Enclosed hanging hardware.|
I picked up these,* but then also these* in 3".
|A hanging hardware collection collage. Ah.|
This time, per Mike's suggestion, I got five inch toggle bolts and he was right as rain. Whew.
And while I was gone, Mike yanked out a trapped errant toggle bolt butterfly gizmo from our first attempt and did a few other things. Because, he said, "I've finally learned that when you're frustrated, the best thing to do is be inordinately helpful and that fixes everything." And he was so right.
|Finn was in time-out as he tried to eat Toby again.|
Our first foray was Thanksgiving '15 with a whole bird at which time Mike asked me to make him some grill lid lifter who-ha thingamajig'ers. He has a Weber kettle* and an innovative grilling brain.
My first attempt, while passable, made life complicated and a two person job. My second attempt, winner winner turkey dinner! How to is way easy:
- two longer pieces of pallet wood (mine were 19 x 3.25)
- string (optional)
|Here's with only one on.|
I'm drooling, I have to move on....
Oh, you've gotta see what reader Eryne made, inspired by our puppy gate!
|First, the puppy, Tilda Swinton. Omg, what an adorable puppy, huh?! Ears!|
|Second, her spiffy gate! She used cedar and rope. Pretty awesome! That's Blaster the laser eyed cat in the background.|
Oh, speaking of dogs, I happened upon these pet emergency cards. No one likes to think about these things but check those cards out as they could very well save a life. We now have the cards and the key tags.
Loooong story short.
The brain fog appears to be breaking. The first floor bathroom cabinets are now finally designed in my head. Thumbs up.
What helped? Surely typing this post. I tried out an app called Unstuck as I was nearing that-stuck. Retail therapy (Ikea!). Seeing this idea on Instagram riled me' brain up as an (un?)attainable wow-that's-perfect thought for our laundry room. And sunshine. Ah yes, sunshine.
Off to ramp up productivity!
Oh! A recipe! I nearly forgot. Wow. Try this: Apple Mosaic Tart. I have a hell of a go with the caramel every single time but dang if this thing ain't tasty. This year's Valentine's Day dessert, awwww.
Happy three year blog-iversary! Yay! Thanks for reading, everybody!
*The closet door pulls, flush ring pulls, Durhams Water Putty, Porter Cable palm router, LED retrofits, recessed light trim, Loofa dog toys, self drilling wall anchors, door awning, keyhole brackets, Weber kettle grill, and Cobra DrillerToggles are Amazon affiliate links. The keyhole jig is a Rockler affiliate link. Mwah, thanks! Please see the "boring stuff" tab for more info. Whew, what a list!