Thursday, June 20, 2013

Mason Jar Pendant Light

We inherited this lovely pendant light that hangs above our sink when we moved into our house. Don't get me wrong. The light is fine. It just didn't seem quite "us", though, and was on my list of things to update.

As I was looking for a new pendant light to buy I spotted some mason jar pendant lights on etsy running between $50 and $100 bucks. Luckily I have many of my own mason jars including this cutie:

I slapped a lid on it and traced the shape of the light bulb hardware that was already above my sink. Then I used a hammer and a nail to hammer holes around my tracing. Lastly I used scissors to cut out my hole. Note* I made some extra holes in the lid to let some heat out when the light is on.

Yes I did use a different jar when I was doing my hammering. I didn't want to bust up the nice one. Once my hole was cut I screwed the jar onto my hardware and voila my new mason jar pendant light was born:

Please disregard the DIRTY DISHES! Agh. I'm learning how to photograph this house of mine. Anyways now I'm on the prowl for an edison bulb and we should be all set. This was a nice quick and easy diy. I am pleased.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Just a taste.

A lot of people have been asking for pictures of the house. I'm going to be honest with you: I'm not even close to being ready to show you my house. Although it's no longer a disaster it's now been down graded to a category three major mess. That being said I decided I could still show you some of my favorite things about the house. Here we go.

We have radiators everywhere. They rule

This room is connected to our garage. It's totally creepy right now and not just because I took a picture of it at night time. We are calling this the champagne room and you had better just wait because we are dreaming it into a screen porch with twinkly lights and plants and dinner parties.

Here's a good corner that I put together. We painted our living room turquoise. It totally compliments the danish modern.

These alters are amazing. They were originally meant to be a place to put your telephone but I like to think they're alters. Anyways I'll get something good in these in the future. In the meantime also check out the yellow we chose to paint the dining room in. Oh yeah.

This is my doorbell. It's adorable. It doesn't work. I'm not going to let that stop me, though. If anybody knows an electrician let me know because I'm looking to get this fixed on the asap.

Built ins. I was dead set on having built-ins in my future home. Although they're not as striking as a built in buffet I am totally in love with the ones I have. You can't tell from the photo but I have two of these in the corners of my dining room. And again, check out that paint color.

We have a giant deck off the kitchen. It's not in great shape and we're planning to have it replaced in the next couple of years but for now it totally does the trick. We also have a giant silver maple that provides shade for the whole back yard. The tree needs to be trimmed back, which is another huge job, but when I'm able to stop thinking about what needs to happen and I instead focus on what's already happening I can't imagine a place better than sitting under my tree on my deck in my back yard.

I love being in the kitchen and whipping up tasty snacks and cocktails. This kitchen is no exception. At first glance you may only notice a stove or a refrigerator but look closer and you will see that there are cut outs especially for these appliances. Also see that little broom closet next to the stove? Classic!

One last thing, for now, that I wanted to share is my bathroom. The only real exciting part of the bathroom (beside the obvious) is that I painted it green and the tiles are original to the house from 1926.

I promise to keep sharing our home updates as they happen.


It's no secret that I'm crazy about cooking. One of my biggest frustrations with moving has been not having access to a kitchen. All of my stuff has been in boxes and we've been eating total crap. I am a Nokomis expert on pizza, subway, caribou coffee, chipotle etc. etc. now. Today was wildly exciting because it was the first day my kitchen was functional enough to cook. I have to share with you the chicken enchiladas I made. Seriously they are dope. The secret is in the avocado sauce, which, you too can make with the help of a blender or food processer. Seriously just put some sour cream, flour, chicken stock and butter on a skillet. Bubble it up and then blend it with an avocado, lime juice, cilantro, garlic and jalapeno. Done.

Oh but wait. I was thinking about how delicious these might be for my lunch tomorrow but then I had a stroke of genius. I should have a fancy beverage with them. Like water but better and fancier. Like infused water. So here ya go. Peach-strawberry infused water. Done. That's just how we're going to roll around here.

True story.

It is true that we bought a home. Home owners in the house! It felt like a long and stressful process but looking back we really enjoyed the search and can say with all honesty that this is the right house for us. We looked at many many houses and I was obsessed with watching the MLS everyday. Initially we lost the bid on this house and went on to bid on another house that we lost as well. Right when we were about to lose hope our realtor called to say that the initial bid fell through and we were next in line. Thanks to our realtor and Keller Williams it was a super smooth process. We are officially all moved in and are slowly unpacking and finding where all the light switches are.

We love living in the Nokomis neighborhood of South Minneapolis. We are super close to lakes and bike trails and Fort Snelling and Minnehaha Falls and great restaurants and great friends. Holy cow there is so much to love here.

We've lived here for a week now and it just keeps getting better and better. We've already painted the living room, dining room and bathroom. My stepmom was awesome enough to come over and get us started on a landscape design and we've really got our work cut out of us on the yard. Not to mention the giant list of things to do inside! We're definitely enjoying each step and are excited to learn about our home. I never thought I would say this but I am so excited to now own a shopvac and a dehumidifier.

Here are some pics to wet your whistle. Here's us showing up for the first time as homeowners and cracking our first bottle of champagne. You can get a teaser of the front door, the living room and the deck:

One last thing. Moving is hard. And totally stressful. We had a lot of awesome help and are very thankful to our friends and family for making the transition as easy as possible. We need to thank Julie, Anna, Danny and Chris as well as our big muscles moving team (pictured below) that featured Eli, Steve, Rev. Dave and Luke. Thank you thank you thank you a million.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Canoe Picnic

 Recently I was honored to take part in a story for Kinfolk Magazine. This is Kinfolk and what it's all about:

Our story was in volume 7:

Our story was really my friend Jill bringing a dream to reality. Jill had a brilliant idea to get a group of friends together on canoes to paddle out at sunrise and feast on a magnificent breakfast of local and seasonal treats. So we did. And we got the beautiful and amazing Ashley Camper to photograph our canoe picnic. Really this was a labor of love for Jill and Ashley. I'm just glad I got to participate. Here are some of my favorite outtakes from the shoot:

You can see more of Ashley Camper's work at:
This woman is a genius with a camera.