Project “build a cabinet to hide our gas meter” has finally started. The cabinet to hide the water meter was done last spring, and now it’s time to get the other cabinet done. As of right now, the plan is to divide the column in half—the top would be a cabinet with two doors that would give us access to the gas meter, and the bottom half would house a wine rack.
The process to building the walls of the cabinet are basically the same as the water meter cabinet—sanded pine boards cut and attached to the studs on either side of the cabinet. We will have to fill in the gab where the two walls meet, and then it will eventually be painted to match the rest of the basement. In the two pictures below, the sides hadn’t been attached to the studs yet, but now that they, are the gap isn’t as big.
After we had the two sides put up, we measured for a shelf. Since the bottom half will hold wine, we thought it’d be good to have a shelf for us to set bottles on to open.
While the shelf was being cut and stained, framing to the bottom half was added. We want the cubby holes for the wine to be a diamond shape and hold at least 4 bottles each. We’re even considering adding a stemware rack under the shelf to hold wine glasses since the space is so large. Now we love our wine, but we’d have to buy quite a bit to fill that space!
So here’s where we are today…framing started with the shelf done! The next step is to build the front side of the cabinet so we can start thinking about doors.
One of my favorite things about the Christmas and holiday season is the ability to wear oversized tacky sweaters with no reservations. One of our friends holds an annual Ugly Christmas Sweater party. It’s pretty amazing. I raided my mom’s stash of ugly vests a couple of years ago and she’s never gotten them back. I went all out last year and made my own sweater. I used a hot glue gun to attach gold garland around the neckline and wrists of the green sweatshirt, along with a scalloped pattered around the body. I also had a giant red bow on the front (can’t miss that) and battery powered lights wrapped around me.
I ordered a new one for this year, and thought I’d round up some of my favorite from around the internet. Of course the best ones are taken from your mom or grandma’s drawer/closet or found at Goodwill, but when those aren’t options, it’s nice to have other sources. FIY–eBay and Craigslist are gold mines.
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With Christmas fast approaching, there’s traveling in our future. We plan on making the 7 hour drive for a quick trip to see my family. For quick trips like these, a weekender bag is the perfect size instead of hauling a big piece of rolling luggage. No need to check any of these if flying! I love that the Catalina bag (#4) has a separate area on the bottom of the bag for things like shoes or dirty clothes.
Holy moly…I can’t believe it’s already December and 2014 is just a few weeks away. This year has FLOWN by!
November has been a relatively “laid back” month, which is nice considering September and October were crazy busy. We honestly didn’t do much. The month started off with a late Halloween party—Tim went as Si Robertson from Duck Dynasty and I went as a 50′s housewife complete with freshly baked cookies.
I got back into my running groove just in time to do the Skippo Race in Castlewood State Park. I think Tim is more “nervous” in our pre-race photo.
We saw Joshua Radin and Matt Nathanson in concert. We have seen both performers before (at separate times), and I had almost forgotten how funny Matt Nathanson is in concert. It was a good show!
I tried out making some caramel apple cupcakes, and then also made some Mexican chocolate cupcakes for my work’s taco themed Thanksgiving potluck.
And one of the most exciting things to happen during November….the gas meter and wine cabinet project finally got underway! How long have I been waiting for this to happen? I plan on doing a whole post about it once it get’s further. The shelf for the cabinet has actually been made and stained, so now it’s onto the front of it. Finishing the door under the stairs is still on the to-do list. We have to take the door off and basically start over on that. We want to trim the door out, but can’t with the way it is now.
The month ended with my family visiting for Thanksgiving. We had a full house for four days with way too many leftovers in the fridge. I’m still working on them!
We use the third bedroom in our house as an office, and lately I’ve been concentrating on getting it finished. The wall art and travel map are up, I finally hung some curtains, and I’m also having my chair reupholstered. So now, I’m currently on the hunt for a new lamp and task lamps are what I’ve been gravitating towards. At first I wanted a colored lamp, then I changed my mind to wanting a gold or dark bronze one, and now I’m thinking more of white. I’m in love with the lamp from IKEA (#3), but IKEA doesn’t ship and the closest one is 5 hours away. I may change my mind again, but I’m seriously tempted to drive up to Chicago one weekend and buy it!