June 4, 2010

Japan April 8th-11th

Filed under: Asia, Travel — maryparadox @ 2:44 pm

I went to Japan again for work, and this time my mom came with me (last time my sister came). We were lucky and this time it was cherry blossom season and we came at almost the peak week.

This is the street our hotel was on (before we switched to the work-provided hotel), it was definitely the most beautiful street in the neighborhood so we felt really lucky.

We got to spend a lot of time walking around town and looking at all the parks and waterways. Luckily we happened onto the big (we think) cherry blossom park:

Everyone was outside enjoying the trees and the beautiful weather. The park was full of people walking and having picnics (though everyone stayed within the designated areas!)

Renting a boat and viewing the trees from the water was really popular:


The Sink Room Reconstructed Part 2

Filed under: House, Kitchen — maryparadox @ 11:21 am

Since the doorway to the back room was boarded over, and we were too lazy to go out the front door and through the garage to get to the back yard, the following photos were taken either through the kitchen window or through the cat door. I’m sure you can figure out which are which.

The first pass of electrical, almost all of which was changed later:

We put chairs in the new room to check out the window height but the cats got more use out of them than we did:

May 29, 2010

The Sink Room Reconstructed

Filed under: House, Kitchen — maryparadox @ 10:35 am

The new view of our upper deck and back yard, the latter of which beautifully frames our lemon tree (though, yes, there is still a post in the way):

The new view of our neighbors deck. We’ll have to get a curtain or something in case he wants some privacy:

The pipe of doom. This one item has caused more remodel woes than any other:

May 28, 2010

The Sink Room Gone

Filed under: House, Kitchen — maryparadox @ 9:18 am

After we gutted the sink room I meant to take pictures of the back of the house before it was rebuilt. Unfortunately I didn’t get around to it and one day I came home to find the whole thing gone:

It was kind of nice and almost made me want to just put a deck on instead, but then the cold San Francisco wind hit me and I came to my senses!

We put the cat door into the fake wall so that cats could still go in and out, even though we couldn’t:

May 27, 2010

The Sink Room Gutted

Filed under: House, Kitchen — maryparadox @ 7:51 pm

First you have to get rid of the kitchen sink:

Then the kitchen cabinets:

Then the layers and layers of linoleum, which unfortunately leaves very little wall left:

And of course the snail graveyard:

And finally the ceiling:

Ta da:

The Sink Room Emptied

Filed under: House, Kitchen — maryparadox @ 5:39 pm

Then we took everything out of the room when the kitchen we done and started playing with paint swatches:

Be sure to note the sagging ceiling and the door that swings into the middle of the room.

And of the course the view of the backyard which is tiny and has a post in the way:

The Sink Room

Filed under: House, Kitchen — maryparadox @ 1:57 pm

Our house, prior to remodeling the kitchen, had the kitchen sink in a separate room tacked on to the back of the house. Now that the kitchen is done (which I now realize I never posted pictures of) we are working on turning that back room from the “sink room” into a breakfast nook/mud room.
Here’s how the room looked when it was in use:

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Wardrobe Remix: Second Week in March 2010

Filed under: Rachel's Wardrobe Remix — maryparadox @ 11:05 am
Monday March 8th, 2010

Hand-knit sweater

Scarf from the lost and found

Wool sailor pants from a surplus store online.

Fluevog boots.

Tuesday March 9th, 2010

Hand-knit cardigan.

Dress on sale from anthropologie.

Wool Betsey Johnson leggings.

Clark’s sandals.

Thursday March 11th, 2010

Cardigan on sale from Anthropologie.

Dress from T-bags.

Prairie Underground jean leggings.

Michael Kors shoes (I think)

Friday March 12th, 2010

Hand-knit hooded scarf (first draft in gray).

Hand-knit sweater.

Anthropologie dress from eBay.

Socks from sockdreams.

Fluevog boots.

Very old wool coat I’ve been wearing since High School.

Corky Saint Cloud Pin.

April 17, 2010

Wardrobe Remix: First Week in March 2010

Filed under: Rachel's Wardrobe Remix — maryparadox @ 6:32 pm
Tuesday March 2nd, 2010

You can tell I have more energy at the beginning of the week for getting dressed up.

Wool dress from the Goodwill, recently hemmed about a foot.

Black slip from a yard sale.

Broach from a vintage shop in Melbourne, Australia.

Frye Liv Platform boots from eBay.

Wednesday March 3rd, 2010

Scarf from the lost and found at work.

Dress from Etsy.

Black wool coat from high school.

White ghost pin from Corky Saint Clair.

Black wool tights from

Harley Davidson boots from high school.

Black leather bag from eBay.

Thursday March 4th, 2010

Not a flattering camera angle; I look like I’m four feet tall.

Scarf from the lost and found.

Free shirt (perfume advertisement).

Hoody from O’neill surf shop.

Praire Underground denim leggings.

Classic chucks (not the most comfortable).

Friday March 5th, 2010

Sometimes I just can’t get dressed in the morning. This day I changed three times. First I didn’t like my sweater, then my shoes, then my socks and my shoes…

I blame it on this dress from Anthropologie. It is really cutesy and I always expect it to be shorter than it is. I put it on expecting to feel sexy and instead I feel like I’m five — it totally throws me off. The cutesy shoes does help, nor the socks.

Dress on sale from Anthropologie.

Cardigans handmade and on sale from Anthropolgie, respectively.

Shoes: Dansko, Fluevog Frye, respectively.

Socks from sockdreams (not recommended, very loose and the cotton is rough).

Saturday March 6th, 2010

Sometimes I wake up in the morning and I look like this. Death (and this was the best photo out of the set). Can the rings under my eyes get any darker?I should probably buy some sort of heavy duty concealer or something (anything) for days like this… (i.e. the end of the week).

Dress on sale from Anthropologie.

Cardigan on sale from the Gap.

Silver pin found on the ground.

7 For All Mankind on sale from a vintage shop.

Smartwool socks.

Dansko Sally maryjanes in Chestnut.

April 16, 2010

Knitting with Leftovers: Baby Cardigan

Filed under: Knitting — maryparadox @ 6:21 pm

I had some leftover yarn from a cardigan I made for a pregnant neighbor and I didn’t know what to do with it. First I tried making a hat, but I didn’t really like the results:


Then I tried making felted flowers, but how many of those do you really need:


Then I had a great idea — how about a baby sized cardigan to match the original?? So I frogged the hat and made this:

Nauseating, right? I love it and it was a huge hit with the mom. The only problem is that the child will grow out of it in about a week, but I figure then they can put in onto a stuffed animal or cabbage patch kid (do those still exist?).

Mom sized cardigan can be seen here (though modeled by me, not by the mom).

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