Feb 28, 2013

new master closet curtain

sometimes, it truly is the small things that make a large impact.

today, the small change is adding a curtain to our master closet:
i swear i ironed it.

Feb 25, 2013

crazy rabbit lady...

my grandmother has told me many times in my life that a rabbit in each room of the house is lucky. i blindly believed her. that'll teach me -- trust no one, not even your own grandma! ...or at least MY grandma.

i painstakingly made sure there was a bun somewhere in every room. then, i took pictures...edited the pictures...and sat down to write this rabbity post. i thought i'd better get my facts straight and proceeded to look up the story behind this bunnytale. heh.

...i can't find one darn reference to a house full of bunnies being lucky.
ta-da! i am now a crazy rabbit lady.

luckily, i love rabbits.
so i'm keeping all my little guys.
...would you like to meet them???
(creepy crazy rabbit lady voice)

Feb 23, 2013

DIY: going dotty circle art

<<< psst! you can see a full list of my diy projects here! >>>

time : minutes
difficulty  ★  ☆ ☆  
would i do it again? : yes!

see this super-simple DIY after the jump!

Feb 22, 2013

...now on twitter!

hi friends, i've finally broken down and joined twitter.

hmm, that background looks suspiciously like a sneak peek of tomorrow's post...

if you're looking for a good laugh, follow me @crabandfishblog while i putter around, finding my way. 

hope to see you there!

looking for other ways to connect?
i'm also on pinterest and instagram!

Feb 21, 2013

fish is the big 3-0 today!

since i can't show a bunch of adorable pictures of fish over the years, i made a virtual booger cake...er, german chocolate cake instead.

do you think hours in the kitchen or hours in photoshop count more towards love?
i think hours in photoshop, for sure......

Feb 19, 2013

nipple-lights be gone!

don't forget to check out my post on betty bee infinity scarves...
there's a promotion code that's only good until the end of the month!

so. i'm still loving our new light over the kitchen sink.
in case you were wondering.

(you can buy it here!)

the kitchen is now a place i love to be in!

not to cook or anything.
i pretty much just stand around and stare at the pretty land of nod fixture.

...and try my very best to ignore the nipple light still hanging around:

Feb 16, 2013

FINALLY painting the master bedroom

after ten months in our first house, i finally got serious about painting the master bedroom. over the past year, i've hemmed and hawed about colors. i've flipped and flopped among navy blue, cobalt blue, gray, lavendar-gray, taupe, white. i've debated adding moulding or panelling.

the problem was...i wasn't really in love with any of my ideas.

i was once again browsing for color inspiration when i came across this picture:

Feb 14, 2013

fresh flowers

it's time again for fresh flowers...
(see more fresh flower installments here!)

i decided to bypass all the lovey-dovey red roses and pink carnations...and ended up with a white theme this time. simple. classic.

Feb 12, 2013

preschool valentine's day snack
(...and more!)

<<< you can see a full list of my diy projects here! >>>

when i signed up to be the february room parent at K's school, i remember thinking: oh goody, i'll get to throw the valentine's day party! without any hint of sarcasm. i even started a board on pinterest devoted to planning for the lovey-dovey festivites.

...but then february arrived and i was more: oh CR@P! why does valentine's day have to be so EARLY in the month?? why do we have to celebrate LOVE?? ...kidding, of course...

luckily, that pinterest board did come in handy -- i found this quasi-healthy valentine-themed preschool snack and i made a quick trip out to the grocery store to get the ingredients.

see the recipe after the jump!

Feb 10, 2013

building storage shelves in the basement

*** psst! you can see all of fish's projects here! ***

in a process driven mostly by fish, we are trying to whip our basement into shape. he's the one that put "basement" on our list of must-haves back when we were house-hunting. at the time, i didn't care one way or the other if we had one...but now that i see firsthand how much extra glorious storage it provides, i'm very very glad fish insisted on having a basement.

there are several separate large storage areas in our basement: the "lobby" ((which i'm waaay too embarrassed to show you any pictures of in its current state)) and its closet, the under-stairs "harry potter room" ((which is now empty and blocked by our giant christmas tree)), and the furnace room.

here was the furnace room during home inspection:

Feb 9, 2013

DIY: painted heart stones

<<< you can see a full list of my diy projects here! >>>

time : minutes
difficulty  ★ ☆ ☆ ☆  
would i do it again? : yes!

Feb 7, 2013

etsy love: betty bee infinity
(...and a discount for you!)

i adore etsy. it's full of handmade (and vintage!) treasures and i discover new shops and items i love nearly every single day.

for example...
isn't this {mari bow} scarf by betty bee infinity darling??

(( pictured in real deal teal ))

i ordered it a few weeks ago and have worn it almost every single day since receiving it. i love-love-love it! it's comfy-cozy, super-soft...and toasty warm, of course.

plus, it's so cheerful, i can't help but smile when i wear it.

Feb 5, 2013

new garage door

one of fish's must-haves when we were house-hunting was a garage to house his car during the long, cold, and likely-snowy winters. since we moved in at the end of spring, making the garage usable wasn't our first priority.
   ...or even our seventy-fifth priority. we did a lot before tackling the garage.

however, summer was over, fall was here, and winter was impending before we knew it. fish got the whole parking-his-car-in-the-garage process started by building a shed (curious? here's part one and part two) to house the strollers, bikes, trikes, mowers, blowers, and 'barrows...

once the shed was complete, fish was able to move nearly everything out of the garage to make room for his car.

but, what's an empty garage without an automatic door??
that's right, a gloriously spacious spraypainting station!

Feb 2, 2013

a dino-riffic valentine's day
{FREE treat bag tags}

<<< psst! you can see a full list of my diy projects here! >>>

valentine's day is almost here!

when i consulted K on what kind of v-day cards he'd like to bring to school...he gave me a blank stare. being the persistent mo-fo i am, i tried again, this time laying out some options:


he perked up..."dinosaurs!"
then, he clarified: "happy dinosaurs."

Feb 1, 2013

january in review

whew, january was crazy-busy here at {crab+fish}...

this was mostly due to the fact that i committed to
apartment therapy's january cure.