Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Necklace Organization

Truth be told, organization doesn't exactly come naturally to me. I have to seek out ways to force myself to keep things in their place and even then I struggle with it. Case in point, a few years ago I made a necklace hanger to try and prevent my necklaces from sitting in a permanent lump on the bathroom counter. The design was good in theory, but there were a few areas I knew I could improve upon and I had been meaning to make another to support my ever-growing collection of necklaces. Finally this weekend, I did just that.

Tips: 
Use a sawtooth hanger (or two) for better stability. I originally used wire hooks, but the necklaces were heavy and pulled the piece forward.

These pretty and intricate knobs may look Anthropologie-worthy, but fun fact: Hobby Lobby carries many of the same ones for half the starting price (bonus: the entire selection is often 50%).

On the first piece, I (my dad) shortened the knobs, drilled into the wood (again, my dad) and secured each with a nut. For this one, I (myself) used my trusty hacksaw to cut and remove the entire screw and used a strong glue to attach them to the wood.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

A Week in Roma, Part II

I don't know about you, but sometime since graduating college I have totally lost all concept of time. Formerly, I was able to distinguish between regular-year-time and summertime, but these days it seems everything just blends together and before you know it, you're staring down the nose of your ten year high school reunion. Ok, that's dramatic and my 10-year isn't for three more years, but still.

Plus with all the rain in Atlanta, it feels even more like summer hasn't come and time has officially escaped me. I feel like I blinked and it has been nearly three weeks since we returned from Rome, yet I've only just now gotten all photos uploaded and somewhat sorted (to the dismay of family members and friends who have asked repeatedly to see what we saw while in the Eternal City). Hopefully better late than never remains true.
Quick notes: St. Peter's Basilica was hands-down my favorite place we visited (so beautiful!). Ryan and I came to the conclusion that we just don't breed talent like they did in earlier centuries. Michelangelo: a painter, a sculptor and an architect? I mean, come on! Plus the sheer size of the Basilica was breathtaking.
We also visited the Catacombs of St. Sebastian which was a healthy mix of intrigue and terror. We weren't allowed to take photos, but I was too busy waiting for the 2000 or so year old underground walls (and 80,000+ bodies) to cave in on me so it's cool.

Religious relics, churches and decor never got old for me. I was amazed by so much of it, like the photo of the stairs below. These are (allegedly) the stairs Jesus walked to be tried by Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem, brought over to Rome in the 4th century by Constantine's mother. There are 28 steps and visitors are graciously allowed to climb them, but you have to do so on your knees. The steps are covered in wood to protect the original marble, so if you're following along: ouch, but totally worth it.
Other things that didn't get old? Gelato and pasta and pizza, though I was rarely able to finish an entire serving (about a pound) of pasta after our typical meat and cheese platter starter and loaf or two of bread.
I feel very grateful for such a wonderful time in Rome. Being able to see such important parts of history was incredible and I can't wait to see more of this beautiful world one day!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

A Week in Roma, Part I

Last week, Ryan and I traded in Fourth of July fireworks and BBQ for a quick tour of Rome (along with some pizza, pasta and gelato, of course). This was my first Independence Day out of the country, but Rome was the most beautiful place and I hear all I missed in Atlanta was rain.

When planning this trip, a lot of people we talked to seemed surprised that we were posting up in Rome for the entire week instead of traveling around. While there are still a lot more places I'd like to see in Italy, we had no trouble filling up a week with all things Rome: Colosseum, Pantheon, Vatican, St. Peter's Basilica, a handful of piazzas, and we even took a day trip to Pompeii and Sorrento.

We got home on Saturday night, but in between finishing Scandal season two and sleeping, it was hard to find time to upload my photos. Here are some of my favorites from the trip. I'll post more later this week with some of our findings and tips.