Monday, January 28, 2013

Reusable Produce Bags

Happy Monday readers!  Today I wanted to share a quick green change I've adopted recently:  reusable produce bags!
These things have been on my "list of random things I need/want to buy that I'll never get around to" forever, but I'm determined to get more organized and take care of those little pesky tasks more often.  Do you all have lists like this?  So, I snagged a set of five of these bags at The Container Store for $10, and I love them!
Produce bags are the worse. We literally use them to transport fruit and veggies home from the store and then we chuck them right out into the landfills!  Buying some reusable bags are another awesome step you can take to make our beautiful world last longer!
Easy to clean as well!!
Have you ever used reusable produce bags?  Do you use reusable shopping bags?

Friday, January 25, 2013

Wales Part Three: Stonehenge/Salisbury


Welcome to the third week of Fly Away Fridays!  The last two weeks I told you about hanging out in Aberystwyth and Liverpool. This time, we're ready to talk about a single day during our trip that made a pretty big impact on us:  July 7th, 2005. 


On this historical Thursday, the three musketeers (as my mom calls us) were lazying around Aberystwyth and decided to hop on a train to Salisbury, England, home of Stonehenge

The three of us can be kind of oblivious to the rest of the world while we're together, so it took us a long while to notice that at each of the train stations we stopped at, there were signs all over signalling that all trains to London were cancelled. 

We all just shrugged our shoulders and continued on our way to see Stonehenge, not really thinking that anything out of the ordinary was going on.  I mean, I didn't even believe in digital cameras at this point of my life, let alone have any way of checking the news on the road in a foreign country. 
So, back to Salisbury, when we got to town, we had some time to kill before the next bus to Stonehenge, so we went walking around and wound up at the beautiful Salisbury Cathedral, where the Magna Carta- one of our earliest forms of law- is kept. 
And to add to our weird day, right after we saw these cute swans, we saw a dead person laying on the side of the road.  True story.  Don't worry, the paramedics were on their way.  But the guy was all green and gross, and it freaked us out a bit!

But, we were there to see Stonehenge, and to see Stonehenge we went!



I love this photo!  It shows all the various ethnicity of people who were here that day!
But back to why July 7th, 2005 was such a crazy day:  This was the day that 56 people were killed in the London Underground as a result of a suicide bombing. 

We were due to arrive in London exactly one week from then.  Our hostel was located right next to King Cross's Station, where the bulk of explosions took place.  Scary huh?

We learned of the attacks when we were on the train coming back to Wales.  We immediately thought about our families at home who had no doubt heard of the attacks and wanted to hear from us, but we had no way of contacting them until we got off the train over an hour later.

It was at the very end of the day that we got back to Aberystwyth and we hastily took turns on the pay phone calling our moms, who had been worried all day long (it was late afternoon in Seattle by the time we were able to call). Thankfully we were all fine, but it was a pretty crazy day.  The next morning we were leaving to go spend the weekend at Edinburgh, Scotland, which I'll tell you all about next Friday!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Stripes!!

Stripes!!!!  Who loves stripes?  Cause I love love love them!  Especially gray and white ones!  Remember when I grabbed the awesome shower curtain from West Elm?  Still totally in love with that thing!

So what's a girl to do but paint some more stripes in her home!  Tim and I used to have a wall of vertical stripes in our bedroom before we painted over it with some dark blue-gray, so we were feeling some withdrawals.  Or at least I was.  I kinda stopped asking Tim before I change things. 
Our old stripes!
So one day I invited my friend Alex over and then pulled out some white paint and painters tape and decided to paint stripes on our TV wall! 
I've been dying to add something to this wall for months now! 
And less than an hour later...





Love love love love love love love love love!  Can you tell how much I love it???  They just go so well with everything!  And they're so pretty!!!  Oh boy!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Wales Part Two: Liverpool, England


Welcome to another edition of Fly Away Fridays, or more specifically, Part Two of Wales adventures! Catch the first edition right over here!

So our first weekend in Wales was spent traveling was to Liverpool, England.  Why?  The Beatles, duh!
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The three of us spent the weekend with three guy friends from our class.  We all rolled into town on one of the awesome United Kingdom trains (seriously, how awesome are trains?), and checked into what we thought was a super swanky hotel- hey they had my name on the TV!  How cool to a 17 year old!
There were a million security guards standing in the lobby of the hotel, and since we were hiding six people into the room when we only paid for two, we were sweating bullets thinking that the guards were all standing there waiting to catch us!

Nope, turned out Oasis was staying on our floor.  And got into a fist fight in the middle of the night right outside our door.  I slept through most of it, but still pretty cool huh?  They're only my favorite band! 
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Any who, as soon as we checked in, we high tailed it right over to the Magical Mystery Tour and hopped on the next bus!
We saw all the cool sites you'd expect: Penny Lane,

The orphanage that Strawberry Fields Forever is about,
Ringo's childhood home (the home on the left, far down the street where the white awning sticks out)
As well as George's,
John Lennon's,
And Paul McCartney's!
I think I am missing some photos from the rest of the night...
We went to hang out at the Cavern Club, which is where the Beatles got their start.  I still remember that it's on Matthews Street...

Because the citizens of Liverpool are totally over the Beatles, they built a second, more modern bar on top of the old school Cavern Club, and virtually no one was in the original when we rolled up!  I mean, I get that the Beatles are probably old news for Liverpool, but I'm still obsessed with Nirvana so...

Anyways, we got to the bar, I casually ordered my first official drink, although illegally, but whatever, and we all hang out as a small crowd slowly fills the room.  The iconic stage where the fab four used to play acted s as our background as we danced around like six silly teenagers and have a great time. 
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Obviously, being as innocently annoying as we were, we continued to request Beatles songs over and over as the night wore on.  And obviously Malena, Lindsey and I had to hop up on stage to dance where the boys once stood!  The best part was when the DJ kept kicking off every single other person and kept letting us dance!  Now that I'm older I see why, but we were just a couple of flighty kids back then!

The rest of the bar was obsessed with Oasis and so the entire night was spent bouncing between Beatles and Oasis songs, cultivating in an entire room sing a long to Don't Look Back In Anger.  Perfection.  Seriously.  After that, we ran around on the streets eating fish and chips and made our way back to the hotel two by two.
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Malena and I walked back together and took a short cut through a darkened alley and stumbled upon two men doing stuff in the shadows together.  It took us a few days to put together what they were doing, and then we giggle about it to this day.  Seriously, dumb kids!

Our final morning we made our way back to the train station, passing through the largest Chinatown in the United Kingdom


I actually have no idea what building this was, but here you go!

Then we hopped back on the train and settled in for the ride back to Aberystwyth!
Nighty Night Lindsey!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Mini Mudroom

Guess what else Tim and I did over New Year's weekend?

We turned this: 
 
 Into this:
We've been wanting to create a mini-mudroom in our front closet so we'd have a smoother, prettier system for throwing our shoes, jackets, and scarves off when we get home.  So, the first thing to do with any project?  Drag out all the junk and sort through everything!
 

After I'd realized that Tim and I (OK, I) have way too many shoes, jackets, and scarves, it was time to get down to business!

First thing to do was to take down the old wire shelf, fill in the holes, and paint the closet!
We almost went with a nice teal color...
But we decided that Rockport Gray was the best choice since our shoes and jackets are colorful enough!

I'll skim over the next part, because we already had a sheet of wood cut down into four shelves, and painted everything white.  
I attached four L-brackets to each shelf and Tim anchored them into the wall.
  
 The first shelf went above a row of boots at the bottom of the closet. 
Then we quickly put up two more shelves along the bottom and one at the top of the closet in the wasted space where we could put all our hiking and summer shoes that aren't used as often. 
 

We also planned on putting up a piece of crown molding ala Pinterest to hold my heels...


 But it fell down right away.  Oh well!  I've just been putting my heels on the shelf above!
Next up, we anchored a slim strip of wood along the wall and installed 10 sturdy coat hooks. 
 And wam, bam, first coat up!
After all that good stuff was completed, we lived with everything for a few days to see what we liked/hated.  

And then I decided the leftover carpet in the closet wasn't doing us any favors, so of course I ripped it up and re-painted the whole entry way floor!

And drum roll please...







The last thing we want to change is to extend the coat hooks around the corner so we have more space to spread things out.  So I'll make sure to show you when we do!

Jump on over to my project gallery for more fun time crafts!