the view from Sunday: plant life

I posted a plant “tour” a few months after I moved into my apartment, and have been meaning to do an update ever since. Some of the plants have relocated, and I recently lost the original jade plant to spider mites, but the others are thriving, happy trees (or so I call them). I may redo this as a video, but today is a bad joint pain day, and I’m just not feeling perky enough for all that.

There’s also a storm brewing, so lighting is just no good.

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the shelf lives!

Hallo lovely readers. So here’s the latest on the shelf situation…

I give you *drum roll* the EXPEDIT! YES, ALL CAPS! FEEL MY EXCITEMENT! I LIVE FOR SHELVES!!!

Actually, the boy noted that I do have an awful lot of shelves now, to which I said, “One can never have enough shelves.”

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There are still some books to haul over from my mom’s place, but most of them are now home. I’ve made a major overhaul to the collection and parted ways with most of the leftovers from grad school. Such is life, some books need new homes. I’ll take a better picture when the shelves are filled.

I also put up my curtains a few weeks ago. There was much ado about putting up those curtains, but now that they’re up, I am finally able to block out the light that was filtering in from the street lights across the way.

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The details…
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And here are the pretty string lights I added to the bedroom window. I mostly use them while writing in the evenings. They add a touch of magic to the room 🙂

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a tour of the hobbit hole (re: my tiny living space)

Or, what happens when I go on a painting and crafting frenzy. Really, apartment therapy and DIY goodness was the goal of my holiday break and I think it was a task well done. Some of you gentle readers may recall last year’s post on moving out and moving in… and all the IKEA fun that ensued. Well, I’m not planning on moving anytime within the foreseeable future, so some decorating and freshening up was in order. My color scheme: Valspar paints in Exaltation, Paramount White, and Brushed Lavender.

This whole project required more paint than I imagined, but that was due to the highly porous nature of my walls, rather than the actual size of the rooms :/ oh well, work with what you can.

It’s small and a bit cluttered (a bit? ha!) but it’s full of comforts, books, and kitty cat love [note: kitty cat rules all. just look at all those cat toys… and by cat toys, I mean random junk he enjoys playing with in the middle of the night].

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Little things everywhere…

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My kitchen counter still needs work, but at least I have a table now and can shift stuff around.

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I’ve been painting stuff I already owned and adding personal touches on the cheap to perk up the decorating, which led to a round of Sharpie-inspired crafting. The & is on the door to my tiny linen closet, while the G hangs outside my bedroom door.

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Don’t mind the off-centeredness of the type in the framed quotes, I’ve never been known for managing straight lines while drawing.

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My writing and reading corners are both in my bedroom (it’s not a short desk, my bed is just ridiculously tall).

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Yes, that is an ancient iPod from many moons ago atop the shelf. I’m cheap and careful with my stuffs.