Instead, I want to talk about a couple fun things, some of which will prove to be nice distractions while we await our FET.
First up, Buster is building us a dining room table. Exciting, right?!
A couple of months ago I read a blog post about making your own farm table. For the life of me, I cannot remember where I read it. I naturally assumed it was from Sawdust and Embryos, since they are always building/refinishing amazing pieces! After searching for about 20 minutes on that blog, however, I could not locate the post. If any of you know what I'm talking about, please remind me!
I did manage to bookmark the link and plans they (the mysterious they) used to build their table, though. It's something at least, right? Here are a couple photos from Ana White's blog post, where the plans originated:
So that's the general idea of the table! Buster spent about $250 on materials. I realize that's way more than Ana spent when she built hers, but she had reclaimed wood laying around. We do not, unfortunately. So, Buster bought the lumber for the frame of the table at Lowe's, and went to a local wood shop for the pieces for the top. Buster is a perfectionist when it comes to craftsmanship, and he did not like the look of the lumber at Lowe's for the top of the table.
But $250 in materials for a table that can seat 8-10 (according to Buster... it actually looks more like 6 comfortably to me, but whatever)? Yes please!
Here is a photo of his progress so far (he started working on it Monday, and has been doing things here and there for the last couple of days):
I will continue taking photos of the progress, and share them with you when it's all finished! Buster is waiting to get the top lumber in, and soon after he will start distressing.
Now, not only do we not currently have a dining room table, we also lack chairs. So I've been on the lookout for some. I really want to go for a modern, leather-looking chair. I like the mix of modern with rustic. Here's a photo I found that illustrates the look/feel I'm going for:
Ok, so I'm not going orange, or weird shrubs with balls on them. But, I want leather chairs with a rustic table. I'm liking some chairs I see on Pier 1's website:
|© Pier 1 Imports|
|© Pier 1 Imports|
After we get the table and chairs squared away, my next project in the dining room will be the light fixture. It is an ugly, tacky, "gold" chandelier. It is so gaudy and just... bleh. I've been asking Buster to take it down so we can (spray?) paint it black. I think it will be a huge improvement! Maybe some new globes while we're at it.
Next up on my fun distraction list is Belle's March Photo Challenge. If you haven't been to Belle's blog Scrambled Eggs, check it out (I LOVE the simple yet creative design!). Belle is currently in that ever-so-tough place between retrieval/fertilization and frozen transfer. I can relate! She wanted a distraction, thus her photo challenge was born.
I've never taken part in a photo challenge, but why not start now? I need a distraction! Plus, it's (another) creative outlet for me. You know, designing for a living isn't fulfilling all of my creative needs... (ok, that was sarcasm!). But, I rarely take photos. I wish I took more. And this will give me that opportunity!
The challenge starts tomorrow, and it's pretty laid back. Hop on over to her March Photo Challenge post and leave a comment if you wish to participate!
Last and well, probably least... I spent $20 on a Golden Retriever desk calendar. Yep. Well, ok, it was $15 + shipping. I thought it would cheer me up while I'm at work. I think $20 is worth loving my office a bit more, right? Who doesn't love a photo of a Golden frolicking in the flowers?!!
And I'm totally going to be that person who tacks up all the old calendar pictures in her office. I can't throw those happy Goldens away. It would just feel...wrong. So I'd much rather be known as the Crazy Dog Lady...