Thursday, September 18, 2008

anthropology fun

last weekend i was running errands and made a quick pop into anthropology & boy was i glad i did!!  check out the cuteness below!  as if it couldn't be better... the vases were only $8 each! (the other 2 items were on clearance for $3.95).  so here is the plan....

i don't know exactly what i will do with the yellow & blue vases.  right now they are on the credenza we built over the summer.  they look really good there though... so that may end up being their new home.  

the other items are going to be accessories for the new bathroom.  the green vase is for our toothbrushes, the cream & yellow dish is for my hair ties/barrettes & well... i'll just have to start wearing perfume  ;)  

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

more bathroom decisions

so we went to lindeys this year for our anniversary... & what do you think we talked about most over dinner?  their bathroom tile - haha!!  we actually went back later & dj took a picture of the of it (see below).  we both like the black & white hexagon look & agree that black grout is the way to go... (i like it because i'm hoping it will show less dirt & grime + it is a very classic look that will go really well with white subway tile).  the only problem is we can't find find this exact pattern  :(
lately we've been talking about different black & white hexagon tile options & came across this design (see below).  the flower tile is not glazed though (boo)... so we're going to duplicate it by purchasing the all white design & replacing the pattern tiles with black ones - & then have every other tile be a flower pattern.  cute huh? 

Sunday, September 14, 2008

upholstery class #3

i can't believe i'm already on upholstery class #3.  i'm very excited to finally work on leggy chair!  this one will be all about learning how to make buttons, diamond backs & cleanly folding fabric around arms & legs.  the fabric i'm using is a japanese print by kokka that i got at sew to speak (my favorite fabric shop ever).   it's so pretty!  this is a tiny sneak peak of just how adorable this chair will look... i will update later when it's complete.  (i'm confident that there will be no tears this time - haha)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

i am going to make this quilt...

i've just added it to my list of sewing projects.  reasons:  it's super cute, it will be great sewing practice with my new bernina, we need a new bedcover, & the pattern is free on amy buttler's website!!  now i just have to pick out 11 different fabric patterns :D

ps... amy buttler has all kinds of great patterns on her website.  click here to see them all (free pattern link is at bottom right)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

bernina = awesome

saturday i had my monthly craft day with mom & bev - we have it the first saturday of every month.  of course, as always, it was lots of fun & i promise i will post my crafty endeavors from it later -  hint hint... there may be a gift in it for a lucky someone.  

anywho... as some of you know, i've been saving up my pennies for a new sewing machine, specifically a bernina sewing machine, & i finally bought one on saturday... and it is awesome (see photo above).  i don't have it yet... i'll get it this saturday - yay!  bring on the sewing fun!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

framing progress

dj worked alot this weekend on the bathroom framing... & it shows!! check out the progress below.  it's starting to come together more (or at least it seems that way to us).  it's neat to see where the doors & bathtub will be.  yay!!

fun times at the ReStore

well... it was a fun filled weekend in the brant-mangas household.  friday night we checked out the local habitat for humanity ReStore & although we didn't find what we were looking for (2 identical hardwood interior doors sized 30" by 80")... we did score a couple of other great finds (see below).  

the tile is 2x2 inch ceramic & just the prettiest shade of grey.  we found 48 square feet for $20! we're thinking about using it in the bathroom that we're not renovating right now.  i know that's a whole other project, but i'm already thinking a bold pink & grey would be such a lovely combination  :)  


the other item we picked up is a gold chandelier i plan on painting white or cream - to go in the 2nd bedroom upstairs.   i'm also thinking of possibly painting the little "cups" that hold the faux  candles a contrasting color.  i don't know which color it would be though... the room is mint green with grey & yellow accents right now.  i know....  grey is my new chocolate brown - haha :D

Wednesday, September 3, 2008


hello to anyone who is reading this (i.e. mom & dad - haha).  i promise i am not giving up the blog.  we've just been crazy busy with work, vacations & other obligations.  we're still making progress on the bathroom,  i have a craft day on saturday & another upholstery class starting on monday (we'll call this one filthy chair due to all the dirt that fell out when I was stripping it).   so... please keep checking up on us.  there's lots to come :D