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Odds & Ends

Well I’ve been extremely busy at work and home for the last couple weeks and will continue to be until the end of June. This past weekend we shot another long range match with old friends from across the country that I haven’t seen in five years. It was nice to catch up with everyone and see what they have been up to. Next weekend is our first anniversary. We don’t have any plans set in stone but I know it will be a good time. I don’t have time to write a bunch of huge indepth posts so on to the odds and ends going on with our house…


We thought we might have fixed the oven. Flannel Man found the instructions on how to reset the oven by up to 35 degrees in the owner’s manual. Well as we were cooking dinner that night the oven magically got to the maximum 550 degrees we had it set at and it burnt our dinner. The next night it was back to being 200 degrees off. So we reset it and it was at 400 degrees when it was set to 300 degrees! Will this thing make up it’s mind?! We’ve got to get this figures out so we can cook regularly again. I think we need to replace the thermostat and we found the part number for it but now we have to find somewhere that carrries replacement parts for a 35 year old oven. Otherwise, we might resort to buying a used oven on Craigslist.


While the oven was acting up our pizza oven broke. It was a sad, sad day at our house. You see if Flannel Man was forced to eat one food for the rest of his life it would be pizza. He loves the stuff and has it almost every week. Well I guess we’re down to the microwave, the George Forman, and our uneven stovetop.


We’ve found that the spider I saw earlier wasn’t the only one. We’ve found them in our bedroom, the study, the main and master bathrooms, the entryway, and more in the kitchen. They are big and gross and as one crawled between my bare feet last night I just about freaked out. Slippers are my friends. You can walk anywhere you want and you would never know what kind of bug you almost stepped on. I’m not really sure how you’re supposed to get rid of spiders. But I hope while they’re here they eat all of our ants and moths.


On to some better news, we’re working on decorating our master bedroom. We have a paint color picked out, new artwork for over the bed, and our new bed frame should be coming any day now. I have a couple photos I want to enlarge and hang up over our dressers. We want them matted and in nice cherry frames to match our new bed frame. And since we don’t have a lot of extra cash right now we’ll probably make them ourselves. Hopefully my dad can help. He used to mat and frame prints as Christmas presents to his clients. I also might be DIY a new duvet cover and shams since I’m having a hard time finding a reasonable priced set I like. I just need to borrow my mom’s sewing machine and brush up on how exactly to sew. : )


We also might be adding furniture restoration to our list of things to do. Our dining room table is an antique Grandpa Flannel found at an auction years ago and Papa Flannel recently found the matching chairs for it. The chairs haven’t been used because they are in pretty rough shape but we’d like to try to bring them back to life. They have some cool details that match the table but as a whole they’re kind of ugly. So we have a couple ideas on how to update them. I’ll post more about them later.


My friends over at One Project Closer are hosting a neat Before and After contest that started this past weekend. All you have to do is submit before and after pictures with a brief description and you’re entered in. At the end of the summer there will be a vote for the winner who will recieve a $50 gift certificate to any home improvment store. But the best part of the whole thing is that if your entry is chosen to be featured that week One Project Closer will donate $25 to Habitat for Humanity. What a great way to show off your great projects and help a good cause. I myself have volunteered for Habitat for Humanity a number of times and have experienced first hand what kind of difference it has been able to make in my community. I hope you’ll all join in!


And because this post doesn’t have any pictures I want to post a couple I recently took at work. I work in a business park that is environmentally consensus. There is a minimum requirement of green space and of natural Wisconsin prairie. In an attempt to make up for the prairie that was lost by the buildings in the park there are two big nature preserves with trails on either side of the business park. We have everything from hawks to coyotes (yes, coyotes) that live around our building. There are tons of birds in the area and because I work on the Ground/Garden Level I get to see them throughout the day. Lately we’ve had a flock of goldfinch and mating pair of sandhill cranes come around everyday. I finally brought my camera to work one day and got a couple quick shots. The sandhill crane one is kind of craptastic but my boss wasn’t to keen on my photography endeavors so I had to just get some quick shots.

Sorry for the weird colors. Shooting through tinted glass can be tricky.

The female goldfinch.


The male goldfinch with his bright yellow summer feathers.


According to my trusty bird book sandhill cranes are one of the worlds tallest birds and their rusty brown stain is from the mud they use during preening. You can see their typical gray color under their wings. I’m kicking myself in the butt for not having my camera when this pair were doing their mating dances. They face each other while bowing, jumping, and singing to each other. Next year I’m going to bring my camera to work everyday around that time and try to get a picture of that amazing act. I don’t care what my boss has to say.




It’s Finally Here!

Our first anniversary is coming in a couple weeks and as our main present I ordered a canvas print of our favorite picture from our Fiji honeymoon. Originally it was supposed to be my present to Flannel Man but by the time we decided how much we wanted to spend I had already ordered the print. Whoops. We getting each other a smaller present besides this anyway.


The picture was one we’ve been meaning to get enlarged for over a year and is Flannel Man’s favorite picture from trip. Which is saying a lot considering in the two weeks we were there we took over 6,000 pictures! What can I say we both like taking pictures. After I painstakingly sorted the pictures from both of our cameras, renamed them by day, and deleted the blurry ones there was only 4,000 pictures left though. Our first attempt at underwater photography ended up in a lot of blurry shots.


The picture I had enlarged was of Matangi Island, a tiny horseshoe shaped island where our last and most luxurious resort was. The bay formed by the island is called Horseshoe Bay and is on the list of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. Each day the resort staff drop off one couple with a picnic lunch so that they can have the beach to themselves all day. Fishing and any boats besides the staff’s are prohibited so there is an abundance of sea life in the bay.


The funny thing is these were actually two different pictures I photoshopped together. The brush on top of the cliff we hiked up to to get these shots was overgrown and limited our shots. We were disappointed because their brochures show these great photos we weren’t able to take. So after we got back I painstakingly combined a picture I took with my DSLR and one FM took with his point and shoot. Here are the SOOC (straight out of camera) pictures I combined:


See how those trees were in the way? Notice the difference in the colors too. The funny part is that we were taking the two pictures at the same time and I my picture on the left shows FM’s hand in the bottom corner. I wanted to take out his hand but FM really liked it there. So when you look at the combined picture the camera he’s holding in his hand is actually taking the right hand side of that same picture. Trippy ha?

Here’s how the actual print turned out:


I had it done in a gallery wrap style with the photo wrapping around the sides.


I love the texture the canvas gives it. But printed part it’s surprisingly stiffer than paintings I’ve done on canvas.


I had it blown up to a custom size of 30″ wide by 14″ tall. I didn’t want to make it too big to keep costs down and because I didn’t want it to overpower the space we put it in. It has extremely saturated colors whereas we typically like to decorate with a more muted palette. For now I want to put it over our bed.


It looks smaller over the bed than I had imagined. But our new four post bed frame is coming any day now and I think the chunky square posts will frame it up nicely. Overall, I love how it turned out but I expected it to have a thicker frame so that it would stand out more from the wall. I think it fits both of our personal styles well. FM likes traditional decor and I like a more modern decor. It’ s printed on a traditional canvas but has the modern gallery wrap.

Plus the printing company was able to put FM’s hand on the side like I had requested. That way his hand is still there but hidden on the side. I think it’s a good compromise.


I can’t wait to show FM! I think I’m just going to randomly hang it up the weekend of our anniversary and see how long it takes for him to notice. : )



This is the story of two twenty something newlyweds who are learning to adjust to life in their first house, a 1973 fixer-upper.
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