Wednesday, April 16, 2014


I hope you're ready for some more photos of Citizen Snips, for while my blogging had stopped, this cat is still on a roll.

Monday, April 7, 2014

What I'm working on...

Hey all,

For those not following along in real life or on Facebook, I recently moved to be closer to work (which moved to Wilton, CT from Bethel, CT) and I've been very busy fixing up the new digs. I'm living with two roommates and I snagged the grandest room (aaand paying a little extra for it, too). I wasn't a huge fan of the other two rooms - one is in a corner of the house that also happens to be on an intersection and the other is carpeted. Neither of them had the kind of light my room has, either. All of this is to say, I'm fancy now, with the best light in the whole house, and I have my own fireplace (which maybe works, maybe doesn't) and dressing room.

Since I'm spending a lot of time nesting, I figured I'd give an introduction to the house, because I'm sure it'll show up a lot on the blog. I really enjoy the little home improvement and decorating stuff that I can manage. I didn't do very well with taking before shots because I was so impatient to dive into projects, but I'll post the general stuff.

This is my room, through the different stages.

The fireplace side of the room:

Opposite side. (The paned windows requiring 2-3 coats of paint to cover up that blue will absolutely be the death of me).

So glad to start covering up the paint.

I debated color for a while but decided that with the low(er) ceilings and the orange-ish floors, white paint would be best. One of my favorite blogs had her house's paint colors listed, so I went with her shades of white to let all my artwork and thangs shine.

As an aside, I was homeless and drifting for about a month and a half due to a house that we were supposed to be moving into having one problem after another, eventually rendering it unlivable (no heat, no water). It's embarrassingly wonderful to a) know that I have a place to live and make my home and b) have all of my things back and on display. Each thing is being dragged around the country for a reason; I made it or a friend made it, my mom got it for me, I got it while abroad, etc. The room is still a work in progress, and I need to finish making the curtains, but this is the general idea, and it makes me happy.

The cat's particularly happy in the new house. I'm going to sound like a total cat owner, but for some reason Snips really did seem to know it was home and not temporary, like the places we bounced around to for a while. He took to it immediately, which made me feel better about the whole ordeal.

For the record, my two favorite DIY/super classy designer-y interior design blogs are Door Sixteen and Manhattan Nest. I desperately aspire to be like them someday.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Hanging Hills with Rachel

A while ago I went hiking with good buddy Rachel at Hanging Hills in Connecticut. It's got a 'castle' that we decided to hike up to. It's probably a very pretty park in the summer with the river, et al. Conditions were cold with icy, slippery/crusty snow when we were there, but no matter.

Weird castle tower... yay? On the way down we happened upon something really cool, though. This little ditch/stream had the most beautiful topographic ice on it. It must have been formed over a few days, with different levels and temperatures of water. The top of the ice was smooth but underneath there were crisp lines between different thicknesses of ice.

It also made a really beautiful tinkling glass sound when it was broken because it was thin ice and there was no water underneath to dampen the sound. Beautiful looks vs beautiful sound. It was a conundrum. We compromised by only messing around with the areas that were already broken.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Overmountain Launch

This is one of the things I've been up to for the past year or so - working on graphics for the Overmountain line, specifically the Trigger 27.5 and Jekyll 27.5. My favorites are the Jekyll Carbon Team and the Trigger Carbon Team and 2. I've got a soft spot for the Triggers especially.

It gives me warm fuzzies to read an article and look through the photos of pro riders ripping around on 'my' bikes. Like, say, this article on exciting new rider Marco.

I do all I can and it's rewarding to see the finished product.