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The Dirt on Bob Vila

Okay, woah… don’t get too excited. I don’t have any juicy gossip on America’s favorite home improvement guru (though I HAVE heard he truly as delightful as he seems on TV!).

In fact, the only gossip I have for today is that WE WERE FEATURED! Blogging is a funny thing. I go away for over a year, and the first week I get back to it, I get not one but TWO emails asking to feature projects from Our Cozy Cubbyhole. YES and YES!!

Our first feature was for a really cool digital magazine called The Dirt on Organic Gardening. It dives into the growing movement of urban organic gardening… so obviously I was immediately excited (especially since it caters to practiced gardeners, as well as brownish-green thumbs like me). They loved our topsy-turvy DIY indoor herb planter and asked to feature it in their “Planting Outside of the Box” series in their 11th issue. SO FLATTERING! :)

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I ended up reading the entire magazine (you should too! Get a free copy by taking a quick survey on their website) and finished feeling incredibly inspired. I need to get my planting skills on in our yard! :)

The very same day we were featured in The Dirt, I got an email from saying they loved our $14 DIY Basket & Twine Pendant Light and wanted to feature it in a round up, 9 DIYs to String Together with Twine, on their website. WHAAA!? How cool is that? I freakin’ LOVE Bob.



Needless to say, it was exciting to have my work being shared out in the world. Now I just need to make some time to create some NEW projects to share… easier said than done! ;)


**NOTE: Though we were featured on both The Dirt and, my thoughts on both of these awesome publications are my own. I was in no way paid for my weird babbling! That’s all! **

Life Update – September 2013

Oh, hey! Guess who’s alive!? It was touch-and-go there for a minute but I managed to pull through. I really can’t remember the last time I was SO busy in my entire life. Thankfully, I managed to survive the last few weeks of school and have had a few minutes to come up for air over the past couple days. So I think an inclusive (but brief… my brain is garbage after all of the nonsense of this past month) update is in order. Let’s do this.

SCHOOL:  This was the craziest quarter ever. I pulled more all-nighters this quarter (including a few back-to-back doozies) than I ever did in my entire four year college experience, thanks, in most part, to Chairing Styles. The class was an amazing experience, but it was NO joke work-wise. The class is really designed to push you to make great progress in a short amount of time. I was very happy with my final design, but due to the confidential nature of the scholarship contest, I can’t actually share it with you until it makes its runway debut in the spring. I will say, though, that my final pitch to the manufacturers went really well, and I got chosen by on of my top picks! :)  We being working on my chair in the next few weeks. My other classes were fine… I barely remember how I was able to give them any attention, but obviously I did because I pulled off all A’s. Woo! To be honest, this semester totally burned me out. Usually, I try and plan productive things during my two week break. NOT THIS TIME. I am going to nap with Bo and read blogs in bed. :)

I did manage to sneak in a couple fun school-related activities this quarter, so I thought they would be fun to share with you. Please be kind… I am by no means a professional so these were just for fun. I will not pretend that I had any clue what I was doing! ;)

First of all, I was featured in an issue of Ragged Magazine (page 10), talking about how I style a pair of jeans and how that relates to my overall style as a designer.RAGGED_FullPage RAGGED_JustErika

Secondly, I was also featured on an episode of The Nick Fix with Nick Verreos. You may recognize this awesome man from Project Runway, among many other fashion television shows! Nick was a blast to work with and we did a lot of laughing! :)


So, I did manage to find some time to have a little fun among all of the work madness! Speaking of fun…

WEDDING: We got a bit of a slower start planning the wedding for two reasons. First, I was drowning in school so it was tough to find time for research. Secondly, because Walker is from Nebraska and I am from New York (and we both live in California!), we were having a hard time deciding where to have the wedding! If you think it is tough to plan a wedding in one town, try doing the research for THREE! Thankfully, after several weeks of exploring a million scenarios that might make things easiest for the guests, Walker and I sat down and had a heart-to-heart about what we both truly wanted out of our special day. I took us only a few minutes to realize that we both had the same vision of our dream wedding in our heads.

We both want to get married in the California wine country where we first traveled as a couple, first said I love you, and got engaged. A casual but elegant BBQ wedding on a vineyard is the dream. We know it makes it tougher for the guests, but the location is such a sentimental piece of our lives that we want to share with everyone. We can’t imagine having our special day anywhere else, so we finally jumped into the planning this past week.

Since we want to get the Save the Dates out as soon as possible (since we are leaning toward next summer and most people will have to plan flights), we have done exhaustive venue research and even drove up to wine country on Saturday to see a few in person. We haven’t quite decided on the final spot (we are still waiting on info from a few vineyards), but we have a couple great contenders. For those who are wondering… no, Shoestring Vineyard, where we got engaged, is not doing weddings for two years while the work on the buildings. Boo. They would have been a perfect fit.

It's impossible to pick a bad venue when you are dealing with these views...

It’s impossible to pick a bad venue when you are dealing with these views…

Walker and I are feeling great about the wedding plans, and I will of course share details soon when we make some final decisions. :)

BO: Broke another toenail. Got a little fat. Cute as ever. Happy as ever. Not much else to say! Oh and no, he won’t be in the wedding… he likes to be underfoot too much to stick in the middle of a crowd.

APARTMENT: It looks the same as it did a month ago, so nothing to report. The heater came on (how was the thermostat still set?) for the first time this morning, which means the temperature in the house was lower than 70. Hallelujah! The temp is supposed to shoot up into the 90’s again soon, but at least the nights are starting to cool down. It is FINALLY starting to feel like fall. Football helps. So do pumpkin beverages.

What am I missing? Does that about cover the gap? What else would you like to know about the activities around the cubbyhole?

Grateful For The Good

The past three weeks have been fantastic around here! After completing another quarter of work (which I will share with you soon!) and pulling off another 4.0 (woooooo!), I had really earned a three-week break. As I mentioned earlier, I began my break with an amazing visit from my best friend and her husband. We spent their 5 day vacation enjoying the ocean, seeing wine country, and talking the hours away in our backyard. Life is good.LauraAndDavesVisit5 LauraAndDavesVisit6 LauraAndDavesVisit4 LauraAndDavesVisit2 LauraAndDavesVisit1 LauraAndDavesVisit3 LauraAndDavesVisit7

A few days later, we left for Nebraska to visit Walker’s family and friends because he got a bunch of time off for Independence Day. We stayed 6 days, and I managed to only take pictures of flowers at the gorgeous Sunken Garden in Lincoln. Thankfully, Walker snapped one picture of his mom and me, but I really blew it on the photo documentation responsibility!
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After 6 amazing days relaxing with his family, we came home to find this bad boy waiting for us in the mailbox:UncommonGoodsFallCatalog1

Walker opened it up, only to find the string art of yours truly gracing the pages of the centerfold!UncommonGoodsFallCatalog2 UncommonGoodsFallCatalog3

I jumped up and down for a while in sheer excitement at the idea of seeing my stuff in print. YIPPEE! Then I checked my email, only to find my string art also featured on their distribution email!UnCommonGoodsEmail

It was a very awesome surprise to come home to! I am really hoping that the string art does well in the catalog (tell your friends — they make amazing wedding and housewarming gifts!).

Anyway, I just wanted to fill you in on my past few weeks! I am so grateful for all of the great things and people I have in my life. The past three weeks have been rejuvenating, relaxing, and a ton of fun. The first day of classes for next quarter is Thursday (TIME FLIES!), so I will be trying to wrap up all loose ends and check off my to-do lists before then!