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Loretta Cornbread and William Woods

Meet our new addition!  Miss Loretta Cornbread Bryant came to live with us about a month ago.  We adopted her from the Oregon Humane Society here in Portland.  Some of you may know, most of you do not, that our Avey cat passed away on the airplane on the way to Portland.  He had heart disease and his little ticker just couldn’t handle the stress.  Losing him was a horrific experience.  I was so thankful that my mom happened to be flying with me (William was already in Portland).  I was a mess but would have been much worse had I been alone.

We lived for several weeks without a kitty in our house.  It is a strange feeling though to be used to another beating heart in the house.  I would be at home by myself and would have such an overwhelming feeling of loneliness.  Avey was my constant companion for so long.  He and I bonded quickly once he finally came to live with us.  It felt all wrong to be there without him.  It felt even worse to know how close he came to making it here.  Our landlord was kind enough to let us bury him in our backyard.  We visited the Humane Society once and left without a new pet…I guess we weren’t ready yet.  When we went back the second time, Miss Loretta stole our hearts.  We watched her picture on their website for several days until Saturday rolled around.  I actually had sent a few pictures of kitties to my wonderful sister-in-law and my almost 3 year old niece had picked Loretta out of the line up and chosen her as her favorite.  (I can’t wait or the two of them to meet!!)

Loretta on her leash. Crazy cat actually likes this!

She has such a funny personality.  She has been perfect for us and learned quickly her role with each of us.  Snuggle and love on me, play with him. Ha!  I still miss my little guy Avey though.  Such a funny thing how attached we can get to our pets.  Loretta is no different–she’s got us wrapped around her…tail I guess would be the way to finish that statement in an animal’s context?  I’m not quite sure. She sports a brown and white houndstooth collar (subliminal Alabama shout out) and is READY FOR FOOTBALL SEASON.  She’s an Alabama fan, she already told me.  None of this playing Switzerland stuff for her.  She’s going to straight up cheer for my Tide.

Here’s to a long life for this little lady who has stolen our hearts!

Us girls on our way home from the Humane Society.
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Drum roll please…the bed is finished.  It actually has been finished since I posted about the headboard but I wanted to write about it in two parts.  (which I might add caused a very interesting conversation between Mr. Fancy Pants and I as he wanted me to write the process all in one post-it’s conversations like those that remind me how differently our minds work).

I am happy to report 1 thing.  It is still all in one piece.  Not that I ever doubted our abilities, but let’s call a spade a spade.  We had no idea what we were doing. Don’t get me wrong, we did a lot of research but I can affirmably say neither of us brought into this marriage “bed building skills” on our resume.

So, without further ado, I give you our bed. (silent applause)

Completed headboard, lighting and bedframe for our room in Portland!

Suffice it to say, I have been to the Home Depot in Portland more times than I ever wanted to/thought I would need to.  Our design was pretty basic.

Rough sketch we worked off of (emphasis on the word rough). We were winging it.

Here’s the step by step process:

First we laid out the exterior and interior boards. We staggered the vertical boards between the horizontal ones for maximum sturdiness. When all of those lined up to our liking, we started with the wood screws!

Working hard into the wee hours of the morning.

Some of the screws were a little difficult to get in…and William’s drill was dying so we stood it up on its side to give him some additional leverage.  Didn’t really work…

Drill starting to die on us…

We tried to mimic the design of our living room shelves (post to come) and used the same piping for the legs of the bed.  We decided 9 legs were plenty.  MORE than plenty probably.  We screwed the base flanges into the frame before we carried it inside.  Also note, this is outfit #2 for William (same night).

9 legs = 18 base flanges

After carrying it inside, we stood it up on its side and screwed all of the legs in to the base flanges.  We pulled out the gloves for this part.  This far in to the home projects process, we both had blisters on our hands.

Legs in place!

Momentary pause for small victories…it seems sturdy.  Success.

Mr. Fancy Pants: Artist by day, Bed frame maker by night

To make sure it was extra sturdy and the mattress was fully supported (we do not have box springs) we placed 6 horizontal slats across the frame to give the mattress a level surface.  Side note, I never knew the purpose of box springs until we started this process.  We always had them growing up and when we considered just a mattress I thought “surely we have to have box springs…because you have to have box springs??”  Turns out they aren’t as useful as I thought.  Made for interesting reading though.  Wikipedia it.  You’ll see.

6 slats will finish it off!
Yup. Not going anywhere.
Curiosity hasn’t killed Miss Loretta…but she did almost get squished by the mattress because we couldn’t get her off the bed frame.
View from below

TADA!!!!

And we’re done!  William also installed those amazing lights.  They are custom fixtures he wired himself.  And yes, I will admit to all of the internet that I did almost electrocute him.  I’m not so good with electricity.  We’re about 2.5 weeks in to the bed and we haven’t woken up in the middle of the night on the floor yet so I think we did a pretty good job!

Side note, isn’t this picture great of Miss Loretta looking up at the lights?  She is still pretty fascinated by them!  And one more shout out to dirtsa on Etsy–our pillows look amazing!  In case anyone was wondering:

  • Bedding: Restoration Hardware- Belgian Linen Provence Stripe (Prairie & Fog)
  • Pillows: Etsy- dirtsa studio Letter Pillows
  • Lighting: Hippo Hardware (PDX) Marconi Perma-Glow Signature 60 Watts
  • Cat: Oregon Humane Society
The finished product!