Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Upcycled Spool

If I would look for a new place to live, Home Depot would be on the top 5 list. Can you imagine? I would have my garden in the outside area, the bathrooms and laundry as well as the kitchen in the appropriate aisles, the living room in the paint section and the bedroom in the lumber area.
Oh how cool would that be.
So since we are not (yet) looking for a new place to live and I'm not sure if Brian would agree to my plan, I just go there to visit.  
I love strolling around thinking of all the projects I could do. When we were up in Blue Ridge the other weekend, I needed something from the home improvement store and went into town. Walking around I saw this amazing empty spool just standing in the aisle by itself. I looked at Brian, got so excited, and he had no idea what I was showing him. I tracked down a staff member while Brian had to patrol the spool. Asking if I could have the spool, he looked at me like I was insane. Boys. They just down know what's good. 
He got me a cart and even helped me put it in.
I smiled from ear to ear and got it in the car.
Isn't it so cool?
While I used it for a couple of weeks like that for our new side table at the cabin, my fingers were twitching to do something to it. 
I bought a 3/4" rope to wrap around and fixed it to the wood with our nail gun.
Doesn't it look so good already? 
On a rainy day up at the cabin, some leftover pallet wood laying around, I decided to cover the top with it.
I was cutting the pallets to size, drilled holes for the screws with our new round hole saw bit, put wood glue on it and let it dry.
I put some legs on the bottom to not scratch the floor.
After everything was dry, I turned it around and put wax onto the top.
And finally here is the new gem.

Saturday, September 13, 2014


I can't believe its been a year since we got married.
What an amazing time we had, family and friends from all over the world in town and one party after the other. We loved our wedding, the amazing venue and the beautiful weather.
We will never forget this day. 

For our first anniversary, I will be in Germany for work, such a bummer. 
We decided to celebrate a little early and went to Aruba for Labor day and spent four amazing days at the beach. 

We left Atlanta on Thursday morning after we both went to Chicago for three days for work. Different hotels, different areas and different airports. Very weird. A 4 hour flight in business class, how better to start a vacation.

The Holiday Inn that we stayed in (with points) was amazing. Three different pools, nice beachfront restaurants, amazing beach, turquoise water and right in the middle of all the buzz.

We laid at the pool, swam in the ocean and enjoyed the sunset every day.

Iguanas strolling around everywhere.

On Friday we had an amazing dinner at a restaurant right next to the Aruba Lighthouse overlooking the ocean.

Saturday morning, we got up very early and went on a Jeep tour.
It went all over the island, we sat in the first row and the wind was blowing like crazy. My hair was a mess. I was glad I had a bikini on since my shirt did not stay in place and I couldn't do anything about it.

The view was amazing

 We stopped at the Natural Pool, took snorkels and towels with us and made our way down.

Don't you love our pretty beach bag? :)

Getting ready for the cold water.

Drying off before its getting back on the Jeep.

Next stop was the Natural Bridge

 (The big bridge collapsed and only a small bridge is still there)

The small one is called "Son of a bridge"

Stacking stones for luck

Not only the lense of the camera got sprayed. We came out drenched.


and more off road we go


The island is just beautiful


another natural bridge where a surf contest happened

Huge cactus all over the place.

The oldest church

A cactus tree

The light house

Kite surfers. Do you see the color of the water? Isn't this amazing?

The California - ship wreck

After our tour was done, we enjoyed the rest of the afternoon in the ocean and the pool.

We went to the best Ribs place in town for dinner and lost a couple dollars at gambling afterwards. Oh well, at least my flight and our hotel nights were free.

Our last sun set



Our last morning came and we walked on the beach, passed some surfer shops


Lonely boats

and stopped at the Aruba sign.

And of course..

Love you Schatz.. too many more!