Monday, November 17, 2014
With #2 on the way it's about time to start decorating. With the nursery, we painted some nice trees on the wall. I think we'll go ahead and update that with some leaves and additional colors. In the meantime, here is what happened to Calvin's new room. Eventually I predict that both boys will share this room, so I want to put more effort into making it look really nice.
Here is the art I picked for the wall:
First I measured the wall and figured out where the light and corner and stuff would go. I would have to add some height to the tree and round out the top to make it look right. I also added a 12" x 12" grid to make transferring the art to the wall easier.
I reduced the colors down to about 12. I am not real confident in blending colors so this is kind of color by number. I searched for a better name for this but couldn't come up with one.
Once I had the colors picked, I went to Home Depot to get the right paint colors. I printed this little color sheet to take with me:
I bought these little paint samples, which worked fine, but I think in the future I'd try tot get something a little thicker. Some of the lighter colors needed multiple coats to cover the blue. Here's a shot of the trees in progress:
And here is the final product! The tree goes behind that dresser all the way to the ground.
Hopefully the boys enjoy it!
Friday, November 14, 2014
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Check out this sweet ride from Mondraker: The Podium.
On paper this is like any other hard tail XC bike - tapered fork, 100mm travel, some code name for hi-mod carbon, PF 30 BB, thru axle in the back. What sets it apart is the styling! Which is very cool. Kind of looks like the Look I wrote about a while back.
The company has existed for a decade or so, but recently started making these killer mountain bikes. The first eye catching bike of theirs was the Summom, a DH bike built in your dreams:
The Podium definitely will turn some heads. Here's a couple parting shots.
Stem close up
Now that your'e all amped up to go ride, take a look at the abysmal forecast for the next week and join me in a collective sigh.
Friday, November 7, 2014
My wife is always telling me I should pay closer attention, or take out the trash, or something I wasn't really listening, but with these bad boys you have no reason not to hear. Enter Cat Ears ear protection.
Full coverage mom-pants style
Try to follow along here an see how they work:
Disembodied ear sold separately
Reminds me of 180s, the pinnacle of style in 1992 (for my mom):
Thursday, November 6, 2014
As with a lot of projects, preparation is key. Installing the actual pavers took nearly a week, but that was on top of about a month of prep work. That all turned out to be for the better as the pavers went in pretty smoothly. Here is the whole yard with road base spread out:
Calvin and Natalie cameo
After getting the road base in place, tome for some manly compaction! I rented a plate compactor from Home Depot and got everything flattened and level. Road base compacts really well. I did the edges and stair area by hand with a hand tamper.
Care to guess how many pavers I used? A lot. Almost 1300. Took about 5 trips with the uHaul trailer.
1 load of bricks
We started by laying down some 1" conduit and then putting sand around it. By dragging a 2"x4" across the conduit, we got a nice smooth surface to put the pavers down on. You can see the edging pavers already in place.
The starting corner
And in go some paver! Once they started going down, it went pretty fast. It was also really rewarding to finally see it happen after weeks of digging.
First pavers going down
We just worked across the patio like this. Along the edges we cut pavers to match the curves with a paver saw also rented from Home Depot. RIP saw blade. After this project it was pretty much ruined.
Top area almost done
The bottom area was about the same. Took a day off due to the rain, but that made the road base extra packed, so it was ok. we also went to a brewery to let things blow over which was also ok.
Lower area with sand
Lower area with some bricks laid
And all done! I was very happy with how it turned out. There was still some little stuff to do, level out some areas that settled and seal the cracks with polymeric sand.
Threw some furniture on there...
Table and rolling storage thing
Even some lights for night time!
That's about it for this project. I'm really happy with how it turned out, but man was it a lot of work! Once the weather changes back to warm and light out, com on over and enjoy a BBQ with us!
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
So we planned this patio with hot tubs, and bar-b-ques and chairs - but what is in it for the kids? A sandbox, naturally! My sister commented once how much her kids loved to play in the sand, so we decided to integrate a sandbox into the patio. First things first, laying out the shape:
Leveling it out
I used cinder blocks for the sandbox because they create a cleaner edge than the red blocks. You can see where I worked around the fence post on the right of this image:
From the top
I saw an interesting idea on reddit of a guy stamping dinosaur shapes into the sandbox bottom for his kids to find. His was really well done and looked like a real dinosaur. Mine, not so much. But there will be stuff for the boys to find if they dig to the bottom of the sand box:
We had some leftover paint form the wall mural (more on that project to come) that I used to spruce up the stamps a little. I also left the middle open so the sandbox would drain if it rained a lot.