2014 IKEA Catalog Plants

The 2014 IKEA catalog is here, and one thing that I just love in the catalog is the use of plants, especially large statement plants like the ones in the following images. I wish I knew what type of plant (or tree?) that was – I could really use a few large plants in my house. The ceilings are so tall and this type of plant would be perfect to fill some of the space!

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Does anyone know what type of plant that is?

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H&M Home

If you haven’t already heard the news, H&M launched their online store in the USA last week. I’m a big H&M fan so I immediately clicked over to their site to see what fashion goodness I couldn’t live with out and was surprised to see that they also have a Home line! Who knew? I’m just in love with their textiles… a girl can never have too many duvet covers, right?

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And who wouldn’t want to wake up and sit quietly at this table sipping coffee while contemplating the days’ tasks? I’m definitely going to be buying me some of those lace tablecloths.

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Weekend Project: Garage Shelving

This post is about 2 weeks late, but I wanted to give a garage update. My IKEA order finally arrived two weekends ago, so that entire Saturday was spent in the garage getting my new GORM shelving unit built.

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It took about two hours to put together, but I’m very, very happy with the end result. The garage looks so much nicer without mismatched shelving units. I still need to do more organizing, but for now I’m happy to have one place for everything.

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As a reminder, here’s what it looked like before. I donated the green cabinet, moved the grey one to the backyard, and moved the black one into the office.

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Jason made a trip to Goodwill for me, so I finally had room to hang the bikes and sport equipment:

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I also decided to paint the pegboard black since I think it works better with the dark workbenches:

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I still have lots more to do in the garage, but all the big projects are complete (whew!). Still to do:

  • Stain the small shelves
  • Hang the small shelving unit
  • Organize the nuts, bolts, nails, & screws
  • Sew curtains for the workbenches to hide the junk below
  • Sew curtains for the GORM shelving unit to hide the junk
  • Hang a few pieces of artwork
  • Spray down the rug
  • Buy a radio
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Weekend Project: Pegboard

I spent yet another weekend in my garage, this time staining the workbenches and getting the pegboard hung up. I used three 1.5″ x .75″ wood slats to hang the pegboard to the wall:

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After that was hung, I pre-stained and stained the workbenches (MinWax espresso color).

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They look soooo much better now, don’t you think?

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The next day, after the workbenches had dried overnight, I moved them to the corner and began organizing all my paint, glues, tapes, tools, and gardening supplies.  I’m going to hang a small shelving unit on the bare piece of wall for some of the smaller items like nails, screws, wood stains, etc.

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I’m still waiting for my IKEA Gorm shelving to be delivered (not until next week, bummer). When it arrives, it will be replacing the mismatched shelving on this wall:

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I’m moving the cabinet on the left to the backyard to store gardening and BBQ supplies, the cabinets on the right are being given away, and the black shelf is going to get a good cleaning and then is going into the office. I’m really looking forward to having shelving that matches!

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Sleeping Like A King

I’ve needed a new mattress for a long time, now. My mattress is nearing 7 years old, which I think is on the higher end of how long one is supposed to own a mattress. I got it when I was a sophomore in college, so sometime in 2005. Because I was in college I went for the absolute cheapest mattress I could find, which meant that the mattress wasn’t the best quality to begin with.

This past year, I’ve really started noticing how lumpy my mattress has gotten – I wake up sore and stiff almost every morning, and since I’m a stomach sleeper, my lower back kills me for the first few hours after waking up. I’ve started sleeping with a pillow under my stomach, but then resorted to sleeping in the guest room the last couple of months.

Why not buy a mattress sooner, then? Two reasons: since I quit my job last year to work for myself, money has been tight, and a mattress wasn’t at the top of things that I needed to buy, especially when I sleep on the guest room mattress just fine. The second reason is silly, but it’s a reason nonetheless: I couldn’t decide if I wanted to buy another queen or upgrade to a king.

A king is what I truly want, but it also requires selling my current bedframe and buying a new bedframe, sheets, and comforter… lots of extra $$$ which I don’t necessarily have. However, the BF and I both like spreading out and having lots of room to sleep, which usually means I’m on the edge of the bed asking him to move over every few hours before I fall off.

So, after much deliberation, I finally took the plunge and decided to upgrade my bed from a queen size to a king size. Now that the decision is made, I’m soooo excited for it to arrive. I ordered the IKEA Sultan Flokenes memory foam mattress, which felt really firm when I tried it out in the store – perfect for a stomach sleeper like myself.

To save some money, I’ve decided to build my own bedframe instead of buying a new one. It will also give me an excuse to build a fancy fabric headboard like I’ve wanted to do since they became popular on Pinterest. Both are great excuses to use my new saws again now that the workbenches are finished.

Even more exciting is the fact that I now get to shop for new sheets and a down comforter. I’ll probably buy the sheets at Target or Bed, Bath, & Beyond (20% off, woot) since I’m pretty picky about sheets, but I’m going to see if I can’t find an affordable down comforter on Overstock.

Also, if anyone in the Las Vegas area is interested in buying my current queen size IKEA Hemnes bedframe, let me know (bed slats are included)!

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<3, Jen

 

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Weekend Project: Workbenches

This weekend I began work on a project that has plagued my mind since I bought my home and has easily been the most neglected area of the house. Most times I can ignore this room and pretend it isn’t there, but sometimes I can’t and am forced to confront it.

I’m talking about the garage.

Since buying and moving into my home, the garage has been used primarily as a place to store junk. Currently, it contains:

  • Jason’s workout equipment (boxing bags, weights, bench, stability balls)
  • Two bicycles
  • Camping equipment (coolers, tent, sleeping bags, chairs)
  • Several boxes of collectible toys
  • Several mismatched shelving units that we inherited from Jason’s mom which contain tools and cleaning supplies
  • A makeshift workbench composed of two sawhorses and an old door
  • A (deflated) blow up swimming pool, pool toys, and water pump
  • A pile of scrap wood/trim/pipe/etc
  • A pile of things to donate or sell (drum set, vanity, clothes, etc)
  • Two trash bins
  • Three recycling bins

Would you believe that this all actually fits in the garage? It’s nearly impossible to walk a straight line in the garage and I’m often tripping on things as I attempt to locate something-or-other. Here are some lovely shots illustrating the utter chaos I’ve been facing.

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So, this weekend I took the first steps towards getting the garage organized and having the workspace of my dreams. A few months ago, I requested a miter and circular saw for my birthday and Christmas, and Jason kindly gifted me both of them. We made a trip to Home Depot this week and bought the materials needed to build a couple workbenches, and then spent a good part of our weekend building them. They are nearly complete, needing only a coat or two of stain for me to be satisfied with them. Hooray!

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[Note: I followed the 'Build A Garage Workbench' video tutorial by HomeAdditionPlus.com for building the workbenches.]

Don’t they look pretty? It was a messy job, as evidenced by the piles of sawdust that now cover the floor:

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While the workbenches are a step in the right direction, there’s a long list of things that I need to do before I deem the garage ‘finished’:

  • Stain the workbenches
  • Hang pegboard above the workbenches
  • Install small shelf unit next to workbenches
  • Organize tools on pegboard
  • Organize and move all cleaning and painting supplies to plastic containers
  • Organize nails/screws/bolts
  • Buy a small clock and radio
  • Bring pile of stuff to Goodwill
  • Donate or sell the mismatched shelving units
  • Install the IKEA Gorm 3-shelf unit
  • Create labels for shelving and plastic containers
  • Install hooks on wall and ceiling for bicycles &amp; sports equipment
  • Store rarely-used kitchen appliances on new shelving

Oh gosh, that sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? Now you can see why I’ve been putting this project off for so long. But now that I’ve started, I feel incredibly motivated to keep going and cannot wait to see the finished product!

<3, Jen

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Goals for 2013

Happy 2013, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful New Years Eve celebration with your loved ones. Are you ready to tackle a brand new year? I know I am.

For a lot of people, making new years resolutions is pointless. They say, “why wait for a new year to start making changes in your life?” It’s a good point, and if a change is truly worth making, you should start working towards that change no matter what time of the year it is. For me, however, a new year is a new start – a clean slate. It feels like the beginning of a brand new school year or the first day at a new job. It’s another opportunity to make an impression and to work towards making good things happen in life.

While I hardly ever complete all my new years resolutions, I feel like I make better progress towards them knowing that I’ve set a goal for myself than I would have otherwise. A great example of this happened to me in 2008: I wanted to complete the “50 books in 365 days” challenge that a lot of bloggers were participating in on Vox (awww I miss that site). While I didn’t successfully read 50 books that year, I did end up reading 35, which is a lot more than I would have read if I hadn’t set that goal for myself. For me, it’s more about the journey than it is the destination (deep, I know).

So without further ado, here are my 2013 goals for myself and for WarmFuzzySweater. I’m really excited about these goals and I did my best to choose goals that were manageable and realistic.

Blogging
One of my main goals of 2013 is to begin a house/decorating/diy blog (this site!), something I’ve wanted to do since I bought my house nearly 2 years ago. This includes designing the site and writing/posting on a regular basis. In addition, I also want to improve my photography skills so I can shoot and post lovely photos to go along with my content. And of course, I’ll continue to post over at my personal blog. ^^

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Get crafty
I really want to do a few more fun crafts around the house this year, such as making more wall art, crocheting a granny square blanket, and other random things I’ve found on Pinterest.

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Read more books
Reading is something that I really love doing, but it’s something that has, unfortunately, fallen by the way side the past few years. Ideally, I’d like to read 2 books per month (about 25 books per year) which is probably a longshot, but I tend to read more when I set these higher goals for myself. I really want to finish reading the 5-6 books that I’ve already started and read halfway through.

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Complete some house projects
I’ve managed to complete a lot around the house in 2012 (including tiling all the bathrooms and laundry rooms), but in 2013 I’d like to turn my attention to some of the most neglected parts of my house: the kitchen and backyard. Sanding and painting the kitchen cabinets, getting a cement patio poured, having a lattice overhang built, and landscaping the backyard.

Organization
This will be the year I finally organize all my printed and digital photos! It will also be the year I upload said photos to the internet in a timely manner.

Be more thoughtful
Call my grandma once a week, write more handwritten letters, and try to remember it’s not always about me me me. Reply to emails, texts, letters when I receive them (not several days later).

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Try some new things, health-wise
I hate hate hate running, but I am going to make it my goal to complete the couch-to-5k program. I figure that maybe I’ll end up liking running once I’m not so terrible at it.  I also want to try going vegan for a couple of weeks, just to see how I handle it.

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Have fun
Don’t forget to have some fun! Play a video game from start to finish, explore some more local places in Las Vegas, and travel somewhere new.

Here’s to a wonderful and happy 2013! ^__^

<3, Jen

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Welcome to WarmFuzzySweater

I never know how to start introductory blog posts, so I’ll just say it: Welcome to WarmFuzzySweater!

This blog has been a long time in the making, but I finally feel motivated and skilled enough to create content on a regular basis. I’ve tried several times to start this blog, but stopped for many reasons, some of which included:

  1. I felt like my writing wasn’t good enough (compared to other blogs)
  2. I felt like my photographs weren’t good enough (compared to other blogs)
  3. I felt like my site design wasn’t good enough (compared to other blogs)
  4. I felt like I couldn’t post often enough (compared to other blogs)

See the pattern? I tried to convince myself that I shouldn’t compare myself to other blogs and that I need to just do my own thing. However, I wasn’t proud of the work I was producing, and hence, I didn’t feel motivated to continue with my projects.

But there’s good news! The last year has been spent working on my design and writing skills, and I’m slowly working on improving my photography and photo-editing skills (one of my 2013 goals). The site design took me a while to create, but it’s a design I’m very happy with, as I think it reflects my personality and voice wonderfully.

This blog is something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time, and even more so when I bought my house early last year. I’m incredibly passionate about everything I blog about and have lots of exciting posts planned. I can’t wait to see where this blog goes, and I hope to meet lots of new friends along the way. Here’s to a great 2013! ^__^

<3, Jen

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