a reunion of sorts

When an absence occurs people feel as if they have an obligation to reconcile with others. The “I’m sorry I’ve been distant, let’s grab lunch,” or the “I’ve been really busy, can I make it up to you?” rhetoric that people trade as emotional currency (to somehow alleviate their guilt). We’ve grown a lot over…

nightstand crate

turning a crate into a nightstand, another pine-based diy fix

Back in May, I wrote about my adventures in turning a fence post into a hanging wall frame¬†and discussed the process of fulfilling design needs with minimal cost, simplicity of style, and relatively simple execution in mind. Well, get ready for turning-pine-materials-into-cooler-things: the nightstand edition. Personally, I think a nightstand says a lot about a…

how to make grunge image transfer coasters/not take yourself seriously

It’s a very odd road to travel when you realize that you thrive on being comedic and bringing people up to a bubbling cackle when they’re around you…like water when it hits a boil. But alsoooo that you’re simultaneously a ridiculous¬†empath that becomes cloudy when the sky does, uses the word woe literally, etc. I’m…

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the four seventy soundtracks pt. 5: one for all, all for one

So far in this series, we’ve cried, we’ve loved, we’ve danced, and we’ve barbecued. For our final installment, it’s time to do the Y with your littlest cousin and reminisce with your great-aunt over some Ella Fitzgerald. We’re talking family reunions and get-togethers, and how to appropriately provide a soundtrack for them. Back when we…