Random title for a random post.
I’m back from our big adventure to Costa Rica (yes, I’m still alive!) and it was everything I ever dreamed of…
From playing with monkeys to ziplining to tubing to mud baths & hot springs to rock climbing and horseback riding and even a 6.6 earthquake… this trip was one for the recordbooks.
I wanted to bring a piece of it home with me to remember, and I didn’t have to look farther than the beach. Their beaches are amazing. Filled with miles of driftwood, pristine seashells and large chunks of coral.
I’ve been wanting my own piece of driftwood forever now, and had given up on finding any at our local beaches (they are scooped up the second they appear), so I hit the jackpot on this trip.
It was small enough to fit in my suitcase, and just the perfect size for the console table.
I love the black volcanic ash twisted into the wood.
And of course, I couldn’t leave without a stash of shells and coral…
Aren’t they neat? The sand is just littered with them.
After soaking them in bleach (to get rid of any lingering saltwater nasties) and letting them dry, I had to find a place to display them.
I had this old candle jar that I thought would work on the same console table underneath the driftwood:
A quick google search instructed me to freeze it for a couple hours and the wax will pop right out.
After removing it from the freezer, I tried to pry it out with a knife, and then this happeend…
Whoops, time for a plan B.
I didn’t have any more candles in that size, but I did have a smaller one, so I figured I’d give this experiment another try:
This time it fell right out on its own.
I gave it a quick scrub and rinse, and I had a fresh empty jar:
Perfect size for a shell display.
I placed it here for now but it will inevitably relocate in the future.
Now, moving on.
It has been 9 months since we put the finishing touches on our kitchen. So in the time it takes to grow a baby, our cabinets have gone from perfect shiny white:
To slightly less pristine:
Caulk has a bad habit of shrinking/disappearing over time, and it was becoming evident by the cracks in the seams. Not only that, but I felt like the paint was wearing down a bit in some places, like here:
Even though we completely followed the rules, step by step, and even made sure to be a little generous on the paint coverage so this wouldn’t happen.
Regardless, it started bothering me enough to the point where I needed to break out the
caulk & paint for touchups.
After a thorough cleaning, I generously lined all of the cabinet seams and let it dry.
So much better already.
Yesterday I came back in with a paintbrush to cover up any areas where the paint was worn down or the grain was peeking through.
And now they are back to normal!
Let’s hope this lasts.
And now… it’s time to announce the five winners of my customized iPhone 4 template giveaway!
Here are the randomly chosen names, in no particular order: