11 August 2010


Two years ago I bought a storage ottoman.
1. It was cheap.
2. I needed extra storage.

I didn't care for the 'nautical' look and for a while I just stapled some 100 yen store felt to it and shoved my files in it.
But, after parusing (which I originally spelled as par-oo-sing) the do-it-yourself blogs out there, I thought about recovering it. So, I read the tutorials, bought the supplies, and recovered it. It took about 2 hours to complete.

I bought a light weight fabric, because it was on sale and we don't sit on the ottoman, we just use it for storage. But, in the future I now know to splurge on a medium to heavy weight fabric due to the tugging and pulling that naturally happens on furniture. I thought it was a great way to get my feet wet in the do-it-yourself world. There are some wrinkles in the fabric, but I think it came out really nice.
And Justin was pretty impressed with my gumption to take on this project. But really, the credit should go to the fabulous tutorials on countless blogs that gave me the confidence to do this!

It is yet to be seen if this little guy can handle an overseas move, 
but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he will be included at our next base! 

For my seventeenth outfit, I decided to show off the ottoman and get back on track with taking daily photos of myself. I've missed my narcissistic hour or so, where all I do is self time & critique my photos, edit them, and post them. 

This is a casual outfit for yet another hot day in Japan. I'm back to school after a small break for Justin's nose surgery. And I'm teaching this afternoon. Justin is back to work and I am happy to say that we are back on a normal everyday routine. Yesterday I posted about spontaneity. Which has been the theme during his recovery. We could wake up whenever we wanted. Go with the flow of the day and wherever it takes us. But, eventually order must be restored and it is refreshing to get back into normalcy. 

[Do you see Bruce, our camel, sneaking in the picture on the bottom right??]

This is another outfit that is under $30! 
Skirts are my new favorite thing to wear. 
I was skeptical about them at first, but they are forgiving and now we are friends.
I'm going to have to figure out how to continue wearing them while biking to work.. 
Maybe I can throw a pair of bike shorts underneath! 

My friend Mickenzie is a crafting goddess. 
She has more talent in her pinky than I do in my entire body. 
Those bracelets were a Christmas gift from 2 years ago. 
They are fabulous. & So is Kenz.

I'm so happy today is Wednesday! 
Enjoy the sunshine!


  1. The ottoman looks great girl!!!

  2. nice fabric for the ottoman!! cute! :D and you look great and chic in that outfit! :D

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