Wednesday, March 31, 2010

File This

How awesome are these little office trapper keepers?

Probably not suitable for the workplace, but for my home office desk, they are perfect!

Speaking of the awesome 80's velcro binder, I was sporting a hello kitty edition paired up with xuxa jelly shoes. Bodacious. 

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Dear QVC,

It's been thirty-six days (and counting) since I placed my 'hello, lover' (a la Carrie Bradshaw) online order and have yet to hear so much as an electronic peep from you. It's torture I say. Torture to fathom that these little darlings have yet to nestle in our home.
Ante up, boo.

And now I turn to you, my trustee bloggers. Have any one of you had to endure through a long and lengthly waitlist via QVC? Did my boo deliver?  

Friday, March 26, 2010

En Route

I am convinced I'm in the process of developing a hunchback...probably because I've been ogling goodies for Oscar's room.

I gotta look the part too, right?

I guess 1 out of 6 isn't too bad. Guess which one is in transit to our house?

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

...The Lines Are Our Friends

Now that the Lego Project is officially crossed off our twenty-ten projects/goals list, we're back to focusing on (fake) Oscar's room.

You are probably wondering why we haven't posted a full room view (and if you're a LOST fan, you're also probably wondering about Richard's permanent eyeliner secret). Well that's because Chris wants to "stage" the room before the reveal... and when I say "stage" I mean moving (all) of our current master bedroom furniture into the room. I bet you dollars to donuts, he just wants another excuse for a workout.

But that doesn't mean I can't show you the vigorous process.

Remember our inspiration?

Well it involved A LOT of tedious (and steady) taping...threefold.




Tomorrow, let's talk about accessories.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

How It's Made: Lego Bench Edition

First off, we'd like to thank everyone for their sweet comments on our George Nelson Platform bench made of Lego (you seriously made this past weekend uber fun!)

Before we close the Lego Project file, we'd like to take you behind the scenes of the lego bench process. Featured below is our Lego Bench documentary dedicated to Sesame Street's "How Crayons Are Made" episode; our inspiration and more importantly, my English teacher (I learned to speak English by watching Sesame Street). 


Monday, March 15, 2010

The Lego Project

Ahhhh the Lego project. It has been talked about for months, but never seen. You know, it occurs to me that this lego project actually has a lot in common with the mythical sasquatch Bigfoot. Both are shrouded in mystery...and both appear blurry in all known photos. (clear shots below).

With all this build up, I can't help but to think that this will end up being a bit of a let down for some readers. After several months I'd be expecting no less than a 1/2 scale model of Mount Rushmore or the Statue of Liberty. But no...all you get is this lowly bench/coffee table. 

It all started about six ago when I became obsessed with the George Nelson Platform Bench by Herman Miller.

I just had to build one. I don't know why, but I did. Like a pregnant teenager on her tenth month, or a gentleman with irritable bowel syndrome after a 12 course Mexican dinner; this thing was in me...and it was coming out!

So what's a fellow with no discernible woodworking skills and no tools to do? Turn to Legos of course.

Actually, first I turned to my good friend Terry. He was able to help me out by granting me access to his childhood stash. After I had become familiar withe the little plastic rascals, it was time to start designing. 

Using sketchup I would eventually settle on a design. A few re-designs later, reality set in; this project was NOT going to be cheap. You see…when you buy legos individually, they are about a 10 to 26 cents per brick…and this bench is just a few bricks shy of a small fortune.

Still, I wouldn’t take it back. It’s cheaper than the real thing (though admittedly, a lot less useful)…but who cares. It goes in the boring room that nobody sits in anyway. It’s an art piece…it will make an impression (weather good or bad) on all who see it. It’s a conversation piece…and it’s an idea that has come to reality. If that’s not worth a couple hundred bucks, then I don’t know what is.


All pictures taken by Chris and Rosemary of Ro Ro Ro Your Blog
(except for the one obviously stock photo of the real bench)

Thanks again...the checks in the mail.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sweet Patty

Homemade strawberry shortcake burger.

We need this guy's (and gal's) review.


(Actually we didn't really eat this. It was just regular strawberry shortcake dessert and Chris had to make a burger-town USA out of it.)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


About a month ago I was at Kohl's perusing the clearance bath section for some tidbits and I found a light green ceramic trashcan dressed in a honeycomb design at 40% off the retail price. It was love at first sight, but I thought twice about making the purchase. I mean did I really need to replace my current trash bin? Of course not, so I let it ago. Until last week...

I saw the same honeycomb bin but this time at 80% off...zoink! Of course I bought it...along with the matching toothbrush holder and soap dispenser.

But I had other plans for them.

You see, I'm a knitter (though I only knit scarfs) and I have leftover balls of yarn scattered everywhere. So, I've been on the hunt for a cute basket to pile my spun wools. Problem?


Next I thought the soap dispenser and toothbrush holder would make darling vases.

Pop out the dispenser, add some water and whala! A set of multifaceted goodies.

Have you ever re-invented a product's intended purpose?

Monday, March 8, 2010

Something Borrowed, Something Glued

This past weekend Chris and I had a long Sunday date with this little guy...

A (borrowed) compound miter saw (thank you Corin and Brent!). We worked on installing baseboards in Operation Oscar's Room and you know what? It wasn't so bad. I do, however, have one word of advice; invest in knee pads! I swear I felt as though my knees and quads were flame broiled by the end of the night. (I think the medical term is "El Pollo Loco Legs")

Coincidentally we paired the date with catching up on the latest season of Dexter (oh mylanta, the finale was a total jaw dropper!) Perhaps that wasn't such a good idea considering how paranoid I was every time the saw was in gear. I unplugged the brawny tool every few seconds when we weren't slicing and you can imagine how ornery Chris was about it.

Three hours later we wraped up the baseboards and dispatched onto our mounds of legos.

And here is what's left.

The glue we used to interlock the bricks for life did a number on my body and lets just say I woke up looking like Quasidmodo this morning. Allergic to pvc pipe glue...check!

Legos are done and pending its starshots shoot.

Speaking of starshots, I have a shoe box full of the Barbara-Walters-soft-filter wallet size pics never to be seen again. 

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Peep Folks and Fun

Every year the Washington Post hosts a Peeps Diorama contest guaranteed to tickle your funny bone. The challenge? Recreate an illustrious scene using the barnyard gelatins. Extra peep-points for pun filled schticks.

Peeptacular, no? So every year I tell myself, 'I'm gonna enter this year.' But I never do...until this year...well sorta. I narrowed it down to two scenes...Peep-peep-Longstocking or McPeepland. I have a thing for Grimace, so McPeepland sealed the deal.

I know we've all made a diorama at some point in our elementary school days, but I don't recall it ever being this onerous! Below is a picture of what I was trying to accomplish:

And here is what got done:

It took me the entire weekend just to get the peeps ready for dress rehearsal. The deadline for photo submission was March 1st (wah). I'm telling ya, next year, I'll be ready. Seriously. 


Monday, March 1, 2010

Oscar In Disguise

I'm stoked to announce that the paint job in Operation Oscar's Room is officially done! Done. Done. Done! Just a few paint touch ups are in order and then we're (almost) golden. 

In the coming weeks we are getting down to the nitty gritty with some DIY baseboards. Wish us luck!

Much like fake-Locke, this is now definitely fake-Oscar's room.

What's in store for us until then you ask?

The 1,060+++ Lego Project is in the works. 

For reals.