Wednesday, July 30, 2014

there is no place like home.

i am not sure how i feel about this piece. actually just the color blue. i had wanted yellow but i wasn't sure if the letters would show clearly. for now it's resting on top of our mantle. i love that i have a mantle to put things on. and i can't wait until the holidays to hang our stockings and use our fireplace. speaking of fireplaces, i can't stand that green marble funk that is going on there and we've put "fireplace update" as one of the things we'd like to tackle in the future... and that folks is how you go off on a tangent. 

for the art piece, i picked up the vinyl letters, canvas, paint brush and paint over at michaelsthe diy is from a beautiful mess

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

a girl and her dog: cherring + tiara.

hello. you didn't think i'd pass by july without featuring "a girl and her dog" did you? 

today i'm delighted to have cherring and tiara from singapore with us here on the blog. i have been following this duo for a while on instagram, but for the past few months i have been enjoying cherring share some her amazing yoga practices and seeing tiara support her human. well as it turns out, tiara has been supporting her human unconditionally since the day they met. 

here is their story. it's a beautiful one. 
the girl: cherring 
the dog: tiara, she is a siberian husky. 
cherring's favorite snack: japanese rice crackers 
tiara's favorite snack: boiled egg yolk 
from: sunny singapore
find them on instagram: @mscherr

approximately 11 years ago, tiara came into my life when she was just 7 months of age. before i had her, something indescribable happened in my family. it was life changing and i never felt so shitty in my entire life. puberty made it worse i guess. i spent most of adolescent days to myself locked in my room. 

i remembered the first day she got dropped off from the pet delivery van. she was so curious with the nose, sprinty at the paws. she was sooo happpyyyyy! we played a lot together that day. so when that day ended, i went back to my room and i thought to myself for a good while and cried. i remembered crying a big deal. it was the first time since a long while that i left my room happy. 

so... that was how she became my happy pill, my furry crocodile, my lady luck, my angel. she was there before i got my first boyfriend, she kept my feet warm and cozy when i studied like crazy to get into the university i wanted, and i did. she is always around. 

today she is old, battling many health problems, but i vow to make sure that my furry angel is in the pink of health, living comfortably and happy. i will forever be in debt to this four-legged dame because: always remember cherr, she is the reason why you come out to breathe the fresh air. 
thank you so much cherring + tiara. 
you can see more of the life their share on instagram @mscherr

photos via cherring. 

read more "a girl and her dog" stories here

Monday, July 28, 2014

awesomely delightful. that was our weekend.

we did some yard work over the weekend. it was loads fun. so many people warned us of the downsides of buying a home, especially a home with lots of grass. it was hard work but we enjoyed it and we look forward to more weekends where we can mow, trim and water. it's our first time so we're learning as we're going. i'm still getting used to the bugs that are outside though and yangkyu is getting bit mercilessly by mosquitos. he even thought about buying mosquito net clothing (!), but i said why not just stick to off? an acquaintance of ours bought some citronella candles and plants, which i think we'll try as well. 

piri wasn't too impressed with the doggy pool we got him and instead hung out on the deck overseeing the yard work like a boss. 

we had cold soba noodles and baked white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies. we have less cabinet space in the kitchen than we did at our rental so i have to do a lot of maneuvering to get to my pots and pans and dishes and bowls, but that's ok. i've been enjoying my time in there. 

the weekday is now upon us. that means it's back to our routine of getting up at 5:30 in the morning to start our day. 

this week i'll be hopefully getting in some reading time {currently reading where'd you go, bernadette} and doing some more research on sewing machines. i want one but not sure if i'll be handy with it. i haven't used one since 7th grade home economics class. and that was a long time ago. 

have a good week ahead! 

Friday, July 25, 2014

settling in.

with everything that was going on, i forgot to thank everyone for your well wishes on our new home. we're settling in nicely. it's a wonderful space and we're going to make a lot of memories here.

piri already has several windows he likes to look out from to see the neighborhood kids play and watch the lawnmower dudes do their thing. we also met a handful of our neighbors who were all so warm and welcoming. it's really nice to hear the words "welcome to the neighborhood". 

a few months ago i thought we would be moving out to washington dc to enjoy urban life and pedestrian culture again, but we're still out in the burbs. well, it's not as bad as i had thought. 

it's been a roller coaster ride of emotions lately - ups and downs. but i guess that's just the ebb and flow of life. 

hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

thank you.

your messages and emails from my last post meant so much to me. i read them all and felt comforted. it may take me a couple more days but i would like to respond back to your emails. thank you for keeping us in your thoughts. through joyful times and sad times, it's good to know that i'm surrounded by such wonderful people in this virtual community.