Happy Friday, party people! I know I usually have a riveting blog post for you on Fridays, but today is a little different. I had an awesome project to share with you, but the week got the best of me (it was s seriously draining week… I’m exhausted!) and the project was never finished. However, between string art orders today (yay!), I plan to git ‘er done so that I can share it with you all next week.

In the meantime, I’ll share a picture with you instead! Although this is a photo from last weekend, Walker and I have big plans to do some more of this over the weekend. Belly full of grilled food, here I come! :)

Designers, Make It Work!

I am going to put this very plainly: Walker and I are very quickly outgrowing our apartment. A less-than-450-square-foot apartment can be a bit of a tight squeeze for two people, especially people who both have a love for media and cooking. Books, records, DVDs, CDs, utensils, small appliances, ingredients — these things all take up storage space… that we don’t really have.

That being said, we also happen to LOVE our apartment and don’t have the money, time, or desire to move right now. We also don’t have the budget to go all out and buy lots of new storage furniture. So that brings us to our current conundrum challenge: how do we make this apartment function more effectively for our needs without spending a fortune? Since we really have no other choice than to answer this question, I am going to defer to the advice of the one-and-only Tim Gunn: “Designers, make it work!”

And that is precisely what I plan to do: make it work! This brings us to a new blog mini-series that’s one part “Work with What You’ve Got” from Attempts At Domestication (home design on a budget), one part “30 Bags in 30 Days” from Country Mouse Tales (weeding through and cleaning out your stuff, one space at a time), and one part classic Erika ingenuity and delight (sarcasm). I call this beast, “Our Cozy Cubbyhole: Make It Work!”MakeItWork_Floorplan

Over the next few weeks (fingers crossed I don’t get too busy or distracted!), we will be tackling one room/space at a time, asking ourselves what needs to be done in order for that space to function better. Do we need to de-clutter (duh, yes.)? Reorganize? Add storage? Rearrange?

When all is said and done, I hope this exercise will make our apartment breathable again. Our space is truly unique and special… I want to fall in love with it all over again! :)

Before I embark on this mission, any tips, tricks, or advice? Let me know in the comments below!

Zaragoza: Grape Plant Update

Happy Friday, everyone! I would love to tell you that my grapes are growing so well that I will be sending you all wine in the fall. However, my news is the opposite… I’m such a big Friday bummer.GrapesEaten

An animal ate all of Zaragoza’s grapes! Well, most of them — there is still one green one that may ripen and be the only surviving grape.GrapesEaten2

We’re not sure what got to them, but I was actually commenting on how great they looked this weekend (and how I needed to take a picture of them for the blog!). Then I looked over at the grape plant last night and saw that unfortunate sight above. Even though the bunch was smaller than last year, due to my poor second year pruning, they were healthier and seemed like they would make it to harvest. Now, we have to wait until next year… probably thanks to those dumb squirrels because I spiced up their bird food snack. REVENGE.

Since I am an eternal optimist and like to end things on a high note, I’ll share a fun little backyard update with you. While we may have lost the grapes this year, we have gained a bunch of fun succulent friends. Not only did we replant Clifford and surround him with new friends, we planted some succulent clippings from the large succulent crate (which is really flourishing!) to new small pots and added a cute, rustic pitcher with an awesome aloe plant to the area.NewSucculents

Also, our grass is slowly getting greener, after almost dying completely during the heat wave and our vacation a few weeks back. So things are on the up-and-up for our backyard, despite the grape setback. We plan to spend much of the weekend out there, grilling and kicking up our feet. It has been a really stressful but good first week of class (more on that next week I hope!) so I have earned a relaxing weekend! I hope you do the same… have a great weekend! :)

P.S. Apparently, I have a strange habit of naming large plants and talking about them like they are humans. I’m not sorry about it.