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dear mae,

i recently gave myself the gift of a new work space.  my poor computer hasn’t had a proper place to live since we moved here. it has spent the majority of the last two years sitting on the kitchen table. that’s class. it cost me nothing to get my little home office set up, just a bit of rearranging.  this desk was tucked in my bedroom collecting dust and junk for a year before i realized that it’s a desk. for a computer. duh, put it in the living room. it’s in really ugly shape so i draped some fabric over it. good as new. kind of.

thank goodness for goodwill! lamp:$1.50, seriously. map:$5.00, maybe, i got it a long time ago, so i don’t really remember. oh, and the desk and chair were dumpster finds. did i mention how classy i am?
is it crazy of me to match my markers to the map? maybe, but who cares? i do, that’s who, and i like it.
hey look! i can see my house from here!

the map is one of my favorite things. it’s the portland metro area and includes little ol’ wilsonville.  tom spotted it rolled up at goodwill and it was so huge we decided just to buy it without knowing what it was.  there are tiny little post-its all over it that were there when we unrolled it.  i’m not really sure what they mean, but i’m thinking that it used to be in one of the distribution centers in town (hollywood video and rite aid both used to ship out of wilsonville, and coke still does).

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dear mae,

while baby is due in a mere 12 days (!!!!) i can’t stop trying to make sure everything is absolutely perfect for him.  boiling bottles, sizing onesies in the closet, buying things like nipple cream (tmi?).  gosh, it’s a whole lot of things you never thought you would see yourself doing.  it sometimes freaks me out, i know tom gets weirded out with the talk of breast pumps and diaper cream, but soon enough these will be everyday normal things around here…. les sigh… parenthood.

but anyway, there is a much more adorable side of pending motherhood and it is all at the end of the hallway in the nursery:

tom and i have always collected vintage board games and for the last couple years we haven’t really been playing them, but the boards themselves make fantastic art.  they are just loosely pinned to the wall so we can take them down if we ever want to play risk or clue or go for broke.  plus my granny square afghan is getting really big! I’m intending on working on it and using it for “tummy time” in the living room until i either run out of yarn (ha) or get bored with it (more likely).
i love these old fisher price toys from goodwill  and i was so excited to get a sophie giraffe at my baby shower! i’m sure she’s gonna get lots of lovin’ and squeezin’!lots of books, with lots more to come i’m sure! my favorite toy is the set of blocks hiding away in the big red basket with the monkey, oh, and the otter pops box is full of matchbox cars that tom has been buying since we found out we were pregnant.

i think the nursery might be done… i keep saying that, and then making another big change.  the dresser is still quite ugly and is awaiting some kind of inspiration. i’m thinking perhaps wood-grain contact paper stripes… or something…

well, just maybe my next post will be an introduction to my little guy, who knows?

❤ betty

p.s. you can see more pictures at apartment therapy, but i wish i would have had the foresight to wait until the room was more complete before submitting it!

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dear mae,

so far for me, the best part about being pregnant is collecting all of the tiny little sweet smelling baby items i’ll need when my little guy finally gets here.  i’ve been painting old furniture, sewing curtains, crafting like a mad woman…. and it’s awesome.  finally his little corner of the world is coming together ready for late night feedings, story book reading, diaper changes, and i’m certain it’s never going to look this nice again, so i’d better get some pictures up before he gets here and destroys his beautiful nursery!

art is from land of nod and ikea, crib is from target and the deer pillow was my very first baby craft

both lamps are goodwill finds, the red one got a fresh coat of paint, but the blue one already fit in just right!baby doesn’t have a whole lot of toys  of his own just yet, so tom’s robot collection is saving a shelf for now.this globe is another brilliant goodwill find, only $6!
oh, my baby stands no chance but to be a nerd…. i spy a dalek and a tardis, a gameboy, superman, number twenty four, maths…. and that’s only on one side of his room!

i’ve been spending a lot of time in this little room, and it’s becoming quite cozy, i hope my little guy likes it in there as much as i do!

<3,

betty

p.s. my personal favorite part is the marquee letter lights! i made them myself for less that $20 with this tutorial!

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hey mae!

it’s been a mere 6 months since we packed up everything and moved clear across the country, and i couldn’t be more satisfied with what i’ve done to this meager apartment in such a short period of time.  this is more like a progress report because nothing stays where it is for long in this place, and there are a few things this place needs in order to be a wee bit cozier.

i’m going to start the tour by saying that we spent a grand total of fifty dollars on all of our furniture in the living room, and not too much more than that on our accessories. talk about decoration on a small budget!

 this area is still lacking some proper coat hooks, now everything’s just hanging on screws.
i’ve been meaning to pick up some taper candles to stick in these bottles, but it keeps slipping my mind.
i worked out some curtains for my front window, but they are just tacked to the wall. keeping my eye out for a reasonably priced curtain rod.  oh, and check out my sweet view of the garages across the street. jealous yet?
this sofa used to be a $30 thrift store disaster, but with the help of my entire fabric scrap collection and one million finger pricks, it is a scandinavian dreamsicle. also,  i’ve had a sudden obsession with scouring the resale shops art isle. you can’t imagine the weird stuff that goes on in there.
florence really needs a better place to stand. she keeps falling over, or jumping out and scaring people.  oh, and yes that’s a bb-gun on the wall there.

i can’t tell if this place is going to turn out to be more wack-a-doodle than our last apartment, but i do miss my mustache mirror and my cardboard fireplace.  it does feel much more grown up in here, and a lot less cluttered, and i’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not.

❤ always,

betty

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dear mae,

the time machine is starting to make progress! i have one little nook in my living room that is completely vintage.  for anyone reading who isn’t aware of project: time travel, the rules are as follows: i will only purchase anything for my home that is older than myself, or handmade, or of vintage design.  for example,  my eames style lounge chair was produced in the 80’s but was designed in1956, so i let it slide. plus it’s my favorite thing in the house.  the way i look at it, only the highest quality design and construction will still be hanging around from bygone eras, and are usually a steal at thrift stores or a garage sale, and worth a splurge at an antique shop.

clockwise from bottom left: 1970’s dinette chair, re-covered in 1960’s merimekko, free ; 1970’s olive teardrop lamp $12; florence, 1960’s italian mannequin$25; and of course, late 1980’s plycraft lounge chair and ottoman$15

this little nook is perfect for working on my knitting, listening to the radio with a cup of coffee, or curling up with a book.  the only thing thats missing is some bright curtains to hide the row of garages outside.  i think i might borrow florence’s outfit for today, she looks so cute!

❤ betty

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let it be cute!

dear mae,

i bought this fabric originally for the purpose of hanging it on the wall, and after it hung out there for a few months, it started beckoning to me to turn it into something more useful.  something i could sit on.  and after an afternoon of measuring, cutting and stitching phase 2 of chair redesign had been completed.

i really wanted to draft up a tutorial so you could try it out yourself, but forgot until i was half way done, so i dug this one up, from ready made magazine, it’s kind of reupholstery for dummies, i used a staple gun and needle and thread for more permanence.

❤ always,

betty

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dearest mae,

i haven’t yet gotten anything into this apartment other than a 1980’s black velvet sofa (complete with big blue and purple watercolor tulips) and a $7 panasonic television from the goodwill. so i’m constructing a wish list of things this space really craves, for the future day when i can get into the city and pick up some zazzy furniture from the plethora of beautiful vintage shops in portland.

i love this little gem! tufted cushions and pointy feet are my requirements for a sofa that costs more than $20.  it may not be as cushy as the velvet disaster, but that’s a price i’m willing to pay.  i’m convinced that we can figure out how to get our wii and dvd player  hooked up to a tv like this. we at one time had comcast cable hooked up to a 1960’s 7″ black and white, and it worked perfect for us.  all we watched on it was turner classic movies, so we wouldn’t have missed the color or picture quality anyway.

there is nothing better than a little scandinavian mcm.  i’m becoming quite fond of blonde wood finishes. mahogany and ebony are soo overrated (and that is not meant to be a quip about your new hair mae!)

 

I’m really missing the furniture i left behind….

❤ betty

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