DIY PROJECT: PLANT STAND SCORES NEW PAINT

Like a moron, I had forgotten to take a “before” picture of a simple plant stand I had found at a local consignment store. Even though I have no plans to use it as an actual plant stand, the simple design, the price ($7), and the possibilities persuaded me to buy it. After tightening the screws on the legs (an easy fix), I decided the wood stained plant stand needed to match everything else in my house.

Because the stand was laminate, I covered it with a white spray-on primer and left it to dry for a few hours, which was probably longer than necessary. I was actually surprised how quickly I painted the plant stand despite all the curves and nooks. Two days was all I needed to cover it with two to three coats. After letting the stand dry outside for a few days, I loved the smooth feel when I ran my fingers over it so I opted not to use a top coat.

At first I had no idea how I was going to use the stand, but then a brilliant idea (brilliant might be an overstatement) hit me. A mail stand next to the door leading into the garage! Charlie usually checks the mail when he comes home from work, and after rifling through it, he can leave everything on the stand for me. Brilliant!

DIY PROJECT: FITTED SHEET STRAP FIX

One of many pet peeves is when the corners of a fitted sheet ride up over the mattress. Before heading to bed or after waking up in the morning, I need to tug the corners down because I don’t like the white mattress corner peeking out. The solution — adding elastic straps to the corners — has always been hanging around in the back of my mind, but I was unsure whether it would actually work.
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Thanks to the interweb and Pinterest, my solution is just fine since I’m not the only person with the genius idea. Some stores sell elastic straps with clips on the end, but I fear the clips wouldn’t be strong enough to hold the corners overnight. I have the same fear about sewing elastic straps, which is why I zigzagged the crap out of the elastic to the fitted sheet.
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The entire process was simple and quick (my favorite kind of process!). Sort of. I read a few tutorials to make sure I was on the right track. The only issue I encountered was how far from the corner do I sew the elastic end? Four inches? Twelve inches? Since the various elastic straps measure 12 inches, I figured six inches from the corner would be OK. None of the tutorials gave a measurement so I guessed.
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Not that Charlie and I toss and turn viciously during the night, I wanted to make sure the elastic didn’t pop out. So, I used the zigzag stitch heavily on all the corners. Again, the process was simple and quick, and I couldn’t wait to run the sheet through the washer and dryer and throw it back on the bed. I second guessed my work as I tucked the corners underneath the mattress.

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Instead of six inches should I have placed the elastic 12 inches away from the corner? The elastic straps seemed too close to the edges and corner. However, all my fears and worries disappeared the next morning when all four corners were still tucked under the mattress! Ignore all the cat hair (Riley likes to sleep on Charlie’s side of the bed) and look at the beauty of the tucked corner. Squee!

GAME NIGHT: SUSHI GO!

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Sushi Go! is another easy to learn and quick to play game. Plus, the illustrations on the cards are ADORABLE! I love the cute little dumplings and pudding pictures. So cute!

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Starting with a certain number of cards (amount depends on number of players), a player will pick one card to keep and then pass the rest of the cards to the player on the left.

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If a player can collect three sashimi cards, 10 points are awarded. Collect two tempura cards, 5 points are collected. The player with the most points after three rounds wins the game.

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Charlie and I played this cute little game during a small dinner party. Everyone liked the game because it was easy to learn and quick to play.