Friday, August 30, 2013

Photo Friday 8.30.2013

Welcome to Photo Friday where I show my week in pictures! Follow me on Instagram @tristantuttle ! These posts are a mix of my instagram photos, pictures taken with my Canon, and photos taken by my friends and family.  For more Photo Friday, click here.

Last weekend, Kate and I trekked out to Connie's house for a little bridesmaid get together. We were early (as always). Connie and Rachel had gone to pick up some food, so we waited inside with Early! He looks like a mad scientist!

True friends keep weird pictures of your dog on their refrigerator.

My last post was about this antique ice box. Who says you need a truck to haul things? Zora, my Geo Tracker works just fine.

Ophelia was intrigued by it.

This is my favorite little piano player.

I hung out with Ms. Frizzle while I worked on a frame.

My masterpiece. I can't decide if I love or hate it. Either way, I'll probably hang it in the bathroom.

I'm so thankful for Jared. He helped me make 30 Sips of the South lids in preparation for this weekend's festival!

If y'all are free this weekend, come out and be with us at the Armuchee Bluegrass Festival in Rome, GA! I'll be set up under the Upcycled Downriver booth, and the Bruce Weeks Family Band will be performing Saturday. If you mention you saw this post, I'll give you 20% off your purchase!

See y'all there!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Ice, Ice, Baby!

I know. I shouldn't try to come up with clever titles because I just end up using Vanilla Ice lyrics. I apologize to y'all.

BUT! Look at this antique ice box THAT WE GOT FOR FREE!

This ice box gift is another reason why I think bluegrass people are the best people. The wife of one of the best bass players I know messaged me on facebook telling me that they were clearing out some things to make an office, and she wanted to know if I would like this ice box. Her parents bought it in the 70s from an antique store and it's been in her family ever since.

I'm going to add a plant to this little vignette as soon as I find the perfect planter.

My grandma gave me this little kitty cat. She's sitting on top of some of my favorite books.

I'm using this ice box as a storage place for my paint and various art supplies.

Obviously, I don't have enough paint.

Jared did some research and this ice box is probably from the 1930s!

And since I have more storage space now, this little corner of stuff is all that's on my desk besides a sewing machine. Yay for organizational progress!!

I'm hoping to get another bookcase and put it where that huge bookcase is, move that mirror and shift this bookcase over so I can have even more storage. My current bookcase is about to overflow!

I'm so excited about this ice box! What kind of unusual storage do y'all have?

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Houseplant Roll Call!

It's time to come clean. I have a true addiction. To houseplants.

I know. 

It's a real problem. Most of my plant success (and failure) has been through trial and error, but I really like to try and grow things. My go-to plants are a pothos vine and a peace lily. They are practically indestructible! The peace lily will let you know when it needs water because it will wilt and then perk right back up when you water it!  What's great about a pothos vine is that you just have to break off a piece and stick it in some dirt and it will root. Or stick it in water and it will root. They might root on the moon if you could get them up there. They're great! 

Anyway, I decided to show y'all my collection and come clean about the amount of these things that are living in our house. 

I recently split up a larger peace lily and put one of the smaller ones in this shell planter. It looks so sunshine-y in the window.

My neighbors went dumpster diving at the end of last summer and they gave me this peace lily. It looked pretty sad before, but it looks much better now. I put it in this corner to try and cover up this corner of mystery electronic equipment. It is potted in a pink trash can.

I'm looking for a place to hang this mistletoe cactus. Right now, it's sitting by the fireplace.

This is another peace lily from the one I divided. My mother in law gave me this crock I put it in.

This diffenbachia was given to me by my friend Jess. Her mother gave it to her, but she was accidentally killing it, so she gave it to me to rescue. It's put out new leaves and looks better now!

I put a cutting of my mistletoe cactus in this green glass in hopes that it will root and I can start a new one.

One of my students gave me this pink cactus a couple of months ago. I was worrying I would kill it because I don't do well with these types of cacti but I've ignored my instincts, and it seems to be doing okay!

My aunt gave me these cactus cuttings. I haven't tried to re pot them because I feel like I should and as I said, I'm doing my best to ignore everything I've done in the past with cacti like these.

I wrote about this plant and planter here. This philodendron really seems to like it right in the light from the window.

This pothos vine got really sad after I made this planter. (Here's the original post), but since we moved it to the opposite wall, it looks much happier.

I'm not sure what to do about this spider plant. It doesn't seem too happy here and the leaf tips looks dry and burnt. When I move it away from the light, it looks sad too. Any tips?

This ZZ plant was given to me by Parrie. I kept it upstairs in the bedroom, but it hated it there. It's grown so much downstairs, it tipped over and I had to stake it up!

This pothos vine is about 5 years old at least. It was miserable at my parents' house when I first bought it and now it's taking over our kitchen. I've been meaning to pull off the brown leaves, but I've been lazy.

My aunt gave me a Christmas cactus when we had our housewarming party three years ago. It's still in the original pot and it's bloomed regularly every year. I've killed every other Christmas cactus I've ever owned.

I've been keeping this peace lily (yet another one from the big one I divided) on the table. It seems happy here.

Since I have 800 peace lilies from that one that I divided up, I put this one in water as an experiment. It has put out tiny babies, so I guess it's doing okay.

This pothos vine was a cutting from the pothos vine in my office. I put this cutting in this planter as another experiment. It's got little roots going everywhere!

This is the pothos vine in my office. This is thrilling stuff, I know. 

And of course, here's the pothos vine in our bedroom in the planter I made from my mama's broken candle holder. 

I've also got some outside! These are cuttings I took from the vine in the kitchen. I'll bring them in when the weather gets cold.

Jared's mama rooted two pineapple plants for me, so they are out by the pond until the weather cools off.

Parrie gave me this plant. I'm not sure what it is, but it's very sharp!

Here's another plant like the other from Parrie and the other pineapple plant.

This snake plant has been on the front porch for the whole summer. Some of my petunias went to seed and they fell into this pot. I've just let them grow in it for now. It was a pleasant surprise!

Studies have shown that people with houseplants have cleaner air in their homes, and that will be my excuse for having so many plants. It's for our health.

So I don't feel too bad that I bought these babies on sale at Kroger 10 for 10 dollars!

Now I just have to find places to put my dracaena, diffenbachia, wandering jew, and spider plant!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Photo Friday: 8.23.2013

Welcome to Photo Friday where I show my week in pictures! Follow me on Instagram @tristantuttle ! These posts are a mix of my instagram photos, pictures taken with my Canon, and photos taken by my friends and family.  For more Photo Friday, click here.

Hi y'all! I hope everyone's had a great week!

This dahlia was the most beautiful flower I had ever seen. There's no filter on this photo; that's just God's artistic hand at work!

This not-so-little guy became my pond buddy for the day.

And this beautiful butterfly graced the hibiscus plant by our front door. I've seen this same one with the tattered tail feathers several times this week, which made me really happy.

I cleaned and semi-organized our laundry room. It doesn't look like much, but if you had seen it before...

And yes, that is a picture of Jesus over our washing machine because he washed our sins away. :)

I came across the largest peace lily I had ever seen this week. It's blooms were as big as my hands!

I hope y'all have a wonderful weekend. Happy Birthday, Daddy!!!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Home is Where the Heart is Home Tour: Staircase Reveal!

This project has been in the works for a long time, so I'm super excited to show y'all the results! (If you'd like to see our inspiration for these stairs, click here.)

I just so happened to snap a picture of Puck coming down the stairs, but it was blurry. I thought it would be really cute to use a photo like that, so I made her go up and back down the stairs again. and again. and again. 

 "Come on MOM! Not again!"

It is impossible to get a picture of all 13 steps, but we painted the bottom 4 risers Castille, the next 3 risers Crater Lake, the next 3 Provence, and the last 3 risers are Skyward. They are all paint samples from Olympic paints. The paint only cost us 12 bucks! The very top riser isn't painted just yet because we have to transition the new flooring upstairs. But as soon as that is done, I'll paint it Skyward!  Instead of buying new treads at 50 bucks a pop, Jared cut them himself and I stained them with Cabot stain in English Chestnut. What I really love about it is that each tread looks different. The stain really brings out the character in each piece of wood. Jared also cut, painted, and installed the new white trim along the stairs.

I'm making this project sound really easy-peasy, but a drunk hobo built our house and Jared had to do about a million measurements and weird cuts to get the treads and risers right. In total, it took about 2 months from start to finish with Jared working on it in his extremely rare spare time. It paid off big time because even though Jared gutted the stairs and only had the stringers left to work with, this project only cost us around 200 dollars!

Here are some in-progress photos so y'all can see how sad it was before:

This is what the stairs looked like when we moved in. Nice but not very special. If you imagine at least 2 years of two grown adults, a dog, and a cat tromping up and down these stairs with the added bonus of my vacuum cleaner attachment breaking a year ago and me not being able to properly vacuum these stairs, the end result is pretty gross.


I cut the carpet out and it was absolutely NASTY. Two showers later, I finally felt clean. We were left with white uneven stairs.

Jared knocked out the old treads.

"Um, am I supposed to get down?"

And he cut new ones.

I stained them with the closest stain color we could find to our new floor.

And he installed them along with our new trim pieces.

Then he cut the risers and I painted them!

Of course, then he installed them and we ended up with our beautiful stairs!

Side note: I meant to sweep off the stairs before I took this picture. I just realized I didn't actually sweep them. Oops. 
Anyway, here are the rest of the photos!

The large window is full of our family members' wedding photos along with some wedding advice we received at the wedding.

My sister painted the heart and crown in the clipboard, and I cross-stitched the "Hands to work, hearts to God" circle. The picture in the blue frame is from our honeymoon!

The sheet music is from our wedding, the pants hanger is holding a painting of Lafayette Square in Savannah which was right next door to where we stayed on our first anniversary trip.

The embroidery came from my mother-in-law. She said it was a gift from their wedding over 30 years ago!

I painted this 12 dollar thrift store mirror a while back and I love it!

It might be a little dirty, but oh well.

I made Jared this painting for Valentine's Day a few years ago. It spells out "I love you" in binary code.

That blue frame holds my favorite picture of Jared ever.

My friend Chrissie painted this for me for my birthday last year, and I can't get enough of it! It looks like stained glass!

This side has all of our black frames. They are mostly full of our wedding photos! Those blue bottle trees were centerpieces at our wedding. We pulled the ladder from an abandoned play set we found behind our fence.

And the upstairs view!

I'd like to change the railing to something funkier, and I'd like to get rid of that coat rack with something different because I hate it so much. I.HATE.IT.SO.MUCH. We always hang way too much on it and sometimes I'll turn around and think there's a person standing in the corner. It scares me every time. But other than those things, I'm in love with this project!