Monday, March 21, 2011

Leaning Tower of....

...Fabric! I have been spending a lot of my free moments lately working on what may prove to be an absolutely crazy idea. More details to come.. but here is a snapshot of the progress...

That's 64 squares of fabric that have been measured, cut, traced with a simple pattern, stitched, twisted, and secured into a cute little pucker.

Can you say loonnnggg proocesssss?? :) My poor needle even felt the heat:


Edited to answer a few questions:
  • The expedit bookshelf is slightly off-white. I worried about this a little as our trim is bright white as well as all my storage boxes. However, once I got it in our space, it's not enough of a difference to really notice.
  • The rug in our office space is the Adalusia rug from West Elm. More details on that and a few other Boston finds soon.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Putting Together an Ikea Expedit Bookshelf

On Zane's & my recent trip to Boston we drove down to Providence one night to meet up with one of my besties (& wedding photographer- see her site here). On our way, we stopped at the Ikea in Stoughton. I've had my eye on an expedit bookshelf for a while as they're so stylish & affordable ($129 for their largest size). I thought it would be quite a project to get it together but it wasn't too bad. I love Ikea's instructions.. all I ever look at is the pictures, so they're just right!

It went together quite nicely. Putting it together on the rug was genius. That laminate can chip easily if hit on the edges. We had a great little spot in the corner for it:

It's in Zane's and my little office area & is perfect for holding books, magazines & storage boxes.

The chevron fabric is fitted over a little fold-up table temporarily until I build my own desk (which I have fabulous plans for!). The ghost chair is from Overstock; it was a Christmas present from Zane. Storage boxes from Wal-Mart & Magazine holders from Ikea.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Zane Update

Zane and I went to Boston last weekend for a few follow up appointments. We met first with his audiologist to repeat hearing tests he had a couple months ago. The tests determined that his hearing had not shown any significant improvement, so they have scheduled him to see an ENT doc and have a hearing aid evaluation done.

(he's giving me the evil eye here for taking a photo during his test. Haha)

We also met with his burn surgeon, Dr. Pomahac. He thought Zane's skin was looking good overall, but contractures in the right armpit, wrist, and web spacing between the thumb and pointer finger are becoming problematic. While Zane has gotten a good bit of improvement in the armpit/shoulder in therapy, the skin is preventing him from getting full range back. His joints are also very stiff in those areas. Because of this, they are planning releases of the right armpit and wrist as well as closed manipulations of all three joints. We will go down the last week of April for surgery and the audiology appointments. Zane's surgery is scheduled for April 25. We sure would appreciate your prayers that day.

Zane has been doing fabulous in therapy. In fact, a reporter friend came to therapy on Monday and wrote an article about Zane. It ended up taking up half of the front page of the newspaper!

We have continued speaking at area churches. We have had 3 appointments so far, and quite a few more coming up. We find ourselves truly loving it. We are accepting all offers on days we aren't already booked and are finding huge fulfillment in sharing our story. We do it tag team style- I talk first about the part he "slept" through, and then he picks up with the rest. We are seriously praying about our future in ministry.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Concrete and Brick

Zane and I were hanging out in the hotel in Boston and I found a gem of a post while going through my reader on my iPhone. Pop on over to Urban Grace to see Marla's post about her kitchen.

Zane and I fell in love with it at first sight and it's now serving as some serious inspiration for our kitchen plans.

Would you look at those brick walls?!?!?? So much character and texture. I'm about 80% sure that Zane and I will try to duplicate this look in our kitchen.

We have always talked granite for our countertops. But, after seeing Marla's custom concrete countertops, we may have changed our minds. We may even attempt DIY-ing it and go with granite if it doesn't work out so well.

What do you guys think? Would you go with brick or concrete surfaces in your home?

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Monday, March 7, 2011

Bath & Body Works.. ?

After hearing about some pretty great finds over on Joi's blog, I decided to stop by Bath & Body works on my lunch break. And look what I found:

It's an oil warmer in a stylish garden stool design. Adorable, no?

Saturday, March 5, 2011

iPhone Love

I was super excited to hear that Verizon was getting the iPhone. But, I knew I probably wouldn't end up buying one for myself. Well, a couple days before Valentines Day Zane told me that I was going to have to get up early and wait for my present this year. Well, I got in line early in the morning and was the 5th customer to get one! And, I LOVE it! I just ordered this adorable Kate Spade cover.
I've started to get my feet wet with apps too. I already have a Bible app, a blogging app, RSS feed, Netflix, Pandora, Facebook, HGTV, a daily devotional, weather, the awesome find my iPhone app, and a few others. Any suggestions on apps you guys love?

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Zane Update

It's been a little while since I updated you all on Zane's progress. He's continuing to have therapy 5 days/week for 2 1/2 hours a day. We are super-impressed with the treatment he's getting. He's put back on a total of 10 pounds, and his appetite is much better. He ofter surprises me with how much stronger he's getting.

A very recent development is that he's starting to get a little feeling back in his right hand. It's not like normal feeling, but more like the tingling you get after being out in the cold for a long time & warming back up. In therapy the other day his therapist got his left arm back to a 160 degree angle. This is only 20 degrees away from normal!

Zane and I have had the opportunity to speak at a chapel & church service and are so thankful. We have 6 more appointments coming up over the next few months. We are both humbled and excited by the opportunity to share our story. We feel that this is one way that God is using what we've been through.

Again- I don't think I can thank you all enough for all of your support. We are forever thankful each and every kind word and prayer. They made all the difference in the world

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Fave Boston Finds: Part 1

The fist couple months Zane was in the hospital I didn't get out much. However.. as time went on and we all got a little more stir-crazy, we got out and did a little shopping. So.. I thought I'd share some of my finds with you all. The first was actually an online purchase from Crate & Barrel.

I was going to pick them up at the store downtown, but I was ordering quite a bit for family for Christmas, so I just added them to my virtual cart in order to take advantage of the free shipping offers. I used a 20% off coupon, but they're super-affordable at regular price. Check them out here, here, and here.

The next find is one that was absolutely free to us. Zane and I took the service elevator down to the gym in our apartment building one night. While we were walking by the recycling room something fuzzy caught my eye. I ran into the room and what should I find but a beautiful real sheepskin rug! What luck! Zane thought I was a little crazy grabbing it out of the recycling bin, but when he saw what great condition it was in he got excited too. There was only one barely visible spot that came off with just a bit of cleaning.

Isn't she pretty!? And my goodness, you can't beat free!