Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Weird Seattle Part II

On a walk this evening, I took a new route through my neighborhood. It brought me home a different way, so I passed a house I hadn't taken a good look at before, even though it's just around the corner from where I live.

How cool is this art installation in their fence? The rest of the house is also kind of hip and modern, but this mural is the stand-out feature.

It's entirely made up of those giant shooter marbles encased in a wire cage. Given that this house sits in a neighborhood slowly being taken over by beige townhouse developments, I love the rebellion of this weirdness.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Homemade Wrinkle Releaser

During the school year, I am addicted to this stuff. It's perfect for mornings when I don't feel like getting out the iron. My routine is: I wake up, grab my outfit for the day (I hang all my clothes and our closet is packed, so clothes inevitably end up wrinkled in there), spray it down with Downy, then throw it in the dryer. By the time I get out of the shower everything is toasty warm and nice and flat.

So that's the upside. The downside is that a bottle of this stuff can cost as much as $8.99 a bottle, and a bottle only lasts me a month or so.

Solution? Make my own! Here are the ingredients:

-fabric softener

I got my fabric softener at Dollar Tree. You only need a couple of teaspoons of fabric softener for the whole bottle. I'm pretty sure that works out to like, 2 cents a bottle.

Have I mentioned how much I love Dollar Tree?

Monday, August 2, 2010

Weird Seattle

Friday evening I took the wrong exit to Chelsea's house, and found myself in a part of Seattle I'm not familiar with. Taking it as a chance to explore a new area, I meandered up and down streets, until something caught my eye.

In a fairly industrial part of Seattle, I spotted a green city park.

Seeing such a green space in all that brown was surprising enough.

But that wasn't what caught my eye.

Yup, you read that sign right...

Apparently these gigantic boots and hat used to be a bit of a roadside attraction, bringing in business for a gas station. When the gas station closed down, this whimsical western-wear became part of Oxbow park. If you live in Seattle, you must drive down and check this out. I'm sure any child would love the novelty of this playground.
I also think this would make a really cool site for wedding photos. I'm sure I'm not the first person to have that idea, but I can totally see some fun, funky couple posing right between those cowboy boots.
After living almost my whole life here, I love that Seattle can still surprise me.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

4 Years...

This past week my husband and I celebrated our fourth anniversary.

...All true. I always thought turkey was gross and dry growing up, and his delicious roast turkey changed all that. He does a fabulous waltz with the cats, but I think they prefer the cha cha. And he is indeed my very best friend in the world. Happy Anniversary, honey. Here's to at least four more years. ;)
Peel-and-stick chalkboard came from HERE. We love it and I recommend you get one.