modern thrifter

modern thrifter

Thrifter & designer. Blogging about life in our MCM home & living on a budget. I also design things with my husband. You can see our work at The Mahoney Studio

Okay Summer, you win. You teased me with promised hours of free time for checking off my to-do lists that have been piling up during the colder months and lazy mornings where I can write and blog. But in reality, I can barely keep up with sweeping the mounds of sand dragged into the house by the kids after an afternoon at the beach. And lets face it, when it comes down to beach or blog, I choose beach every time. Patrick told me this morning that I should just plan on hanging up the blog during the summers, and he’s probably right. The kids will start school in a few weeks and this will be the first year that both of them will be gone all day. I have lofty goals for the time they are out of the house, and I’m probably being naive, and just to ensure that I don’t have too much time on my hands, we decided to get a dog over the summer. His name is Tooey, and he’s a 2-year-old schnoodle (schnauzer/poodle) that we rescued from a shelter in Portland that brings up dogs from the Humane Society in Cabo.Lastly, since it’s been nothing but crickets over here on my blog for the last several months, you can check out my house tour and interview that’s featured on Thrift Core today.

Okay Summer, you win. You teased me with promised hours of free time for checking off my to-do lists that have been piling up during the colder months and lazy mornings where I can write and blog. But in reality, I can barely keep up with sweeping the mounds of sand dragged into the house by the kids after an afternoon at the beach. And lets face it, when it comes down to beach or blog, I choose beach every time. 

Patrick told me this morning that I should just plan on hanging up the blog during the summers, and he’s probably right. The kids will start school in a few weeks and this will be the first year that both of them will be gone all day.

I have lofty goals for the time they are out of the house, and I’m probably being naive, and just to ensure that I don’t have too much time on my hands, we decided to get a dog over the summer. His name is Tooey, and he’s a 2-year-old schnoodle (schnauzer/poodle) that we rescued from a shelter in Portland that brings up dogs from the Humane Society in Cabo.

Lastly, since it’s been nothing but crickets over here on my blog for the last several months, you can check out my house tour and interview that’s featured on Thrift Core today.

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SUNSET & SCOOPS
I can’t believe that I haven’t shared this yet. I know it’s already fall, and we’re all thinking about pumpkin everything, but back in August Patrick and I threw an end-of-summer ice cream party for a bunch of our friends. 
Do you see that flavor list? We had Ice Cream Social, one of our favorite clients, come up from Tacoma to serve their delicious made-from-scratch ice cream, and I got to choose all of the flavors. I seriously wanted to eat all of them, but as it turns out, I discovered this summer that I am allergic to whey, so thankfully they make a delicious dairy-free chocolate coconut. 

The weather the day before the party was beyond awful. I think it rained over an inch and the space we had reserved was completely uncovered. Surprisingly, we woke up the day of the party to glorious sunshine, and we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect evening. 
We had live bluegrass music, happy, sticky children everywhere, and a breathtaking view of the sun setting over the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. I’m already thinking this should be an annual event.

SUNSET & SCOOPS

I can’t believe that I haven’t shared this yet. I know it’s already fall, and we’re all thinking about pumpkin everything, but back in August Patrick and I threw an end-of-summer ice cream party for a bunch of our friends. 

Do you see that flavor list? We had Ice Cream Social, one of our favorite clients, come up from Tacoma to serve their delicious made-from-scratch ice cream, and I got to choose all of the flavors. I seriously wanted to eat all of them, but as it turns out, I discovered this summer that I am allergic to whey, so thankfully they make a delicious dairy-free chocolate coconut. 

The weather the day before the party was beyond awful. I think it rained over an inch and the space we had reserved was completely uncovered. Surprisingly, we woke up the day of the party to glorious sunshine, and we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect evening. 

We had live bluegrass music, happy, sticky children everywhere, and a breathtaking view of the sun setting over the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. I’m already thinking this should be an annual event.

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[ SUMMER WORK ]
Apparently, I’ve been on a bit of a blog break. It’s been somewhat unintentional, but I thought it would be fun to share some of the things that I’ve been working on while taking my break.
I’ve gotten back into illustrating over the summer, and after many years of very sporadic drawing, it’s taken me a bit to find my style again. The little girl and puppy above is one of my favorites that I’ve done so far.
Patrick and I are also taking part in the Cosmic Sans show put together by Constellation Co. on September 6th. We’ll be auctioning off our prints (along with designs from 24 other designers) to benefit Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. and 826 Seattle, a nonprofit writing and tutoring organization for kids.
Here is my letter G (as in Gordo, the space monkey launched from Cape Canaveral in 1958):

And Patrick’s letter A (Apollo):

We’ve also been hard at work on a few logo and branding projects. My favorite is our hand-lettered logo for Ice Cream Social in Tacoma (the company website is still in the works):

Besides designing and illustrating, we were finally able to sand and paint the window trim in the living room. We also hung curtains, but I still need to hem them, so no pictures for now. Soon, though, soon—or maybe not until the kids start school again and my house isn’t covered in legos from sun up to sun down.

[ SUMMER WORK ]

Apparently, I’ve been on a bit of a blog break. It’s been somewhat unintentional, but I thought it would be fun to share some of the things that I’ve been working on while taking my break.

I’ve gotten back into illustrating over the summer, and after many years of very sporadic drawing, it’s taken me a bit to find my style again. The little girl and puppy above is one of my favorites that I’ve done so far.

Patrick and I are also taking part in the Cosmic Sans show put together by Constellation Co. on September 6th. We’ll be auctioning off our prints (along with designs from 24 other designers) to benefit Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. and 826 Seattle, a nonprofit writing and tutoring organization for kids.

Here is my letter G (as in Gordo, the space monkey launched from Cape Canaveral in 1958):

And Patrick’s letter A (Apollo):

We’ve also been hard at work on a few logo and branding projects. My favorite is our hand-lettered logo for Ice Cream Social in Tacoma (the company website is still in the works):

Besides designing and illustrating, we were finally able to sand and paint the window trim in the living room. We also hung curtains, but I still need to hem them, so no pictures for now. Soon, though, soon—or maybe not until the kids start school again and my house isn’t covered in legos from sun up to sun down.

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[ SUMMER LIST ]
It’s that time of year again where I get antsy to start some big(ger) home improvement projects. The days are finally getting long enough to tackle outdoor jobs, and the reprieve from the overcast skies brings newfound motivation.
Unfortunately there are a few things from last year’s list that didn’t get completed, so they are getting carried over to this summer. Here’s what I’m hoping to accomplish:
1. Fence - we really wanted to have this done by now, but last summer we did an unusual amount of travel which ate up a ton of our savings. I’ve been pinning a bunch of fence pictures, and we’re looking into some alternative materials like polycarbonate and plexiglass that we could incorporate to let in more light while still preserving privacy.
2. Window Trim - All of the interior window trim needs to be sanded and primed, then we plan to paint it black to match the ceiling beams and doors. 
3. Bedroom Floors - We were able to paint all of the floors in the main living space last summer, but we didn’t finish the bedrooms or bathrooms. We’re now debating whether we should paint them white like we originally planned, or look into carpeting them (not the bathrooms, of course). 
4. Master Bedroom Walls - We have so many black closet doors in our bedroom and I’ve come to the conclusion that painting the small areas of wall around them black will simplify the room. I won’t do this until the floors are lighter, and I’d never do this in any of the other rooms in the house, but I think the dark moody walls will look nice in our bedroom.
5. Kitchen Cabinets - This is another carry-over from last summer, but in my defense, I did predict last year that it would get bumped. I’ve given up trying to fix the upper cabinets, since we plan on ripping them out anyway. I had hoped to do the open shelves this summer, but I think the fence will take priority in our budget.
So, I’m hoping to at least address the lower cabinets. They need to be sanded and repainted because they were never primed and all of the paint is peeling off of them. I also plan to replace the hardware. The current handles are hinged and so the noise of the metal clanging on itself every time a cupboard is opened or closed gets really annoying. Also, it’s a horrible design for a kitchen—there is a spot at the top that catches crumbs that is impossible to clean. When the handle is lifted, the space becomes completely enclosed and the crumbs just get compacted even tighter into the crack. It makes me crazy. I think I’ll end up going with something like this instead.
Everyone is confident I can get it all done, right? Yeah, I’m not. But, it’s good to write down goals so that next year I can look back at the list and feel crappy about all of the things that didn’t get done. Sometimes, though, it’s worth trading a finished list for a few extra days playing at the beach and eating ice cream.

[ SUMMER LIST ]

It’s that time of year again where I get antsy to start some big(ger) home improvement projects. The days are finally getting long enough to tackle outdoor jobs, and the reprieve from the overcast skies brings newfound motivation.

Unfortunately there are a few things from last year’s list that didn’t get completed, so they are getting carried over to this summer. Here’s what I’m hoping to accomplish:

1. Fence - we really wanted to have this done by now, but last summer we did an unusual amount of travel which ate up a ton of our savings. I’ve been pinning a bunch of fence pictures, and we’re looking into some alternative materials like polycarbonate and plexiglass that we could incorporate to let in more light while still preserving privacy.

2. Window Trim - All of the interior window trim needs to be sanded and primed, then we plan to paint it black to match the ceiling beams and doors. 

3. Bedroom Floors - We were able to paint all of the floors in the main living space last summer, but we didn’t finish the bedrooms or bathrooms. We’re now debating whether we should paint them white like we originally planned, or look into carpeting them (not the bathrooms, of course). 

4. Master Bedroom Walls - We have so many black closet doors in our bedroom and I’ve come to the conclusion that painting the small areas of wall around them black will simplify the room. I won’t do this until the floors are lighter, and I’d never do this in any of the other rooms in the house, but I think the dark moody walls will look nice in our bedroom.

5. Kitchen Cabinets - This is another carry-over from last summer, but in my defense, I did predict last year that it would get bumped. I’ve given up trying to fix the upper cabinets, since we plan on ripping them out anyway. I had hoped to do the open shelves this summer, but I think the fence will take priority in our budget.

So, I’m hoping to at least address the lower cabinets. They need to be sanded and repainted because they were never primed and all of the paint is peeling off of them. I also plan to replace the hardware. The current handles are hinged and so the noise of the metal clanging on itself every time a cupboard is opened or closed gets really annoying. Also, it’s a horrible design for a kitchen—there is a spot at the top that catches crumbs that is impossible to clean. When the handle is lifted, the space becomes completely enclosed and the crumbs just get compacted even tighter into the crack. It makes me crazy. I think I’ll end up going with something like this instead.

Everyone is confident I can get it all done, right? Yeah, I’m not. But, it’s good to write down goals so that next year I can look back at the list and feel crappy about all of the things that didn’t get done. Sometimes, though, it’s worth trading a finished list for a few extra days playing at the beach and eating ice cream.

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