Saturday, February 26, 2011

Makin a headboard

So one of the "perks" of living with me is that when I get the remote - you sometimes get to watch design shows. On one such occurrence KTL saw a bed frame that he liked and I knew I could make. One, because I knew it would reunite me with a love that I haven't used since I moved to Brooklyn:

We started out with this:

And on the first day that I could open the garage door and not freeze I brought the boards and stain together (and was thankful that we have garbage cans tall enough to sub for sawhorses!)

After all the stain was dry we added a stripe using this bonus oops paint that KTL saw in the store one day:

Since the boards weren't the same height KTL had the bright idea of turning them over so the strip would be (sorta) straight.

And wha-la - the finished product! (he's very happy)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Cup of Friendship

This book was written by the woman who owned/ran the Kabul Beauty Shop (also on my "to read" list). She says that the book is based on folks' stories that she heard in the shop.

The book follows Sunny, an American that owns a coffee shop in Kabul. She has 3 employees and a few friends that are main characters in the story as well.

In the book I felt the frustration of being in Kabul, the excitement of being in the cafe setting and a bit of the fear of everyday life. She does a good job of showing the struggle between "old" and "new" Kabul.

The thing I didn't like about the book was the ending, but since that would give it away - I'll keep it to myself ;-)