Welcome to the Babe Cave

Right now, my roommate Jillian and I are what you would call “house poor.” We have a lovely apartment in a great neighborhood, but have spent all of our money on rent and Chipotle burrito bowls, so things are pretty sparse in the way of furniture and decor.

Everything is beige and the walls are bare. My living quarters especially look like a child’s hospice room. Like, there’s a bright quilt on the bed to brighten things up a bit and a sad little plant on the window sill, but no pictures hanging on the wall because let’s just say it’s not worth putting them up since they’ll be coming right back down when the next kid moves in.

We were starting to go crazy in here, which I guess is what happens when your apartment looks like a sterile mental institution, so we decided to sass things up a bit with a chevron accent wall:

photo-1 photo-1At least I’m really self-aware and know I’m being conceited. And at least I know that calling yourself self-aware might be a good indication that you are not. Which makes me aware that I’m not aware. A real catch-22. That’s what that word means, right?

941909_10152833208905144_1129537525_nThat’s my sewing machine in the white box in the corner. To save money, I bought a bunch of fabric so I could make some curtains and pillows, but when I sat down to do it, the thing wouldn’t work. I took her in to the sewing machine hospital, and I’m sure once I factor in the cost of the repair+fabric it would be the same price just to buy some curtains and pillows from Target. But I’m in too deep now, and I really have my heart set on smugly telling dinner party guests that I reverse Maria Von Trapped our curtains.

DIY Kindle Case

I’ve been really heavy on long essay posts about nothing lately, so I thought I’d break it up with a little DIY. Judging by this stupid, stupid blog name, I wanted to be Cupcakes and Cashmere when I first started writing, but long essays about judging people based only on their Facebook profile or occupation come a lot easier to me.

Either way, I’m stuck with this blog name, so I’ll try and live up to it.

So this is my DIY Kindle case. It started out black, I painted it with acrylic paint, taped it in a design, painted it again, then spent hours fixing the paint. This took me practically all day with meal breaks, and I would recommend that you just go out and buy a new Kindle case. I am poor, (which is why I have enough time on my hands to commit to such a project) so I didn’t want to sink the money into a new one. I guess this is a good option for the impoverished (who had money at some point to buy an e-reader).

I sprayed the case with some clear shellac- but we’ll see if this holds up. I think it will last  for at least a little while until I have some disposable income to buy a brand new kindle case of my very own (or maybe if I didn’t buy leopard print loafers today I could afford it sooner… who am I? I need to be stopped).