Saturday, June 2, 2012

- Christmas in June

My last "Christmas in..." was in February when Tiberio sent me a jersey.  Today he, and rugby in general, have me totally pumped up again.

I woke up at 6:30 this morning.  It's Saturday.  If I had a religion, waking up early on a weekend would be a clear violation of my dogma...but this weekend is a MAJOR weekend for American rugby.  In Philly we have the Collegiate Rugby 7's Championship going on and not only did NC State qualify - but Tiberio is still eligible to play for Arizona and I can guarantee you he's going to making plays All.  Day.  Long.  The best part about the CRC?  It's on TV.  Coverage is starting on NBC Sports Network then will switch to NBC.  Rugby on my TV is infinitely greater than rugby on my laptop - which is pretty much exclusively how I watch games.

On top of that the Rugby Super League (the closest thing America has to "professional" rugby, which is still at best amateur) championship is happening between Old Puget Sound Bay and New York Athletic Club.  I'm an OPSB fan but I'll have a hard time watching that game because it overlaps with the men's club championships in Glendale, CO.  And for the first time in their history my local team (I say "my" because I have donated money and am officially a "booster", so I feel like I have that right), Metropolis, made it to the final four this year!  Later today their game against Belmont shore will be streaming live and yes, I will be that person watching rugby on my TV and computer at the same time and yelling for both.  It's probably good I'm in this alone.

Well Emma's here - but shockingly enough, she's not as into this as I am.
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At 6:30 this AM there was no American rugby happening.  I was just so excited that I knew I wouldn't be able to go back to sleep.  So, I went to hot yoga at 8AM and I'm pretty sure that I've never in my life managed to attend an 8AM class.  It was actually really nice and kind of made me wish I was a morning person.   Then I came home and the CRC had started but not TV coverage so I tuned in to the Wales/Barbarians game for a bit before showering.  At this point it's 10:30 and there's still a lot of time to kill.  I ended up tuning into Super Rugby game from South Africa for a bit before deciding to get my project on.

Before I get to that - I painted my table white.  It took forever and like a million coats of paint.  The top has gotten really scratched up in the last two moves and while I'm working up the courage to sand it down and re-stain it I thought I'd try something really different (for me) - a tablecloth.  I'm not thrilled that the only one I could find in a print a like is one of the outdoor vinyl ones but since it cost $4.99, you know, whatevs.  Painting the table white has only made it abundantly clear that the dining room chair covers I have (they're in the background) do NOT work.  I am also working up the courage to sew my own.
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And speaking of chairs...I bought some.  For my patio.  It's been so temperate here that I like to sit out there a lot, but haven't had anything to sit on.
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They're in really good shape - as are the cushions even though they are faded from the sun.  I love the way the metal is made to look like bamboo and the best part is that they are hollow so they're super light.  Which is great because I had to carry them myself.  They were pretty scuffed up when I got them, which I figure didn't matter since eventually I would like to spray paint them a really fun color, but spray painting takes a lot of time and space that I don't have readily available.  So, in a moment of genius I decided to try a magic eraser on the scuffs and wow they were not kidding when they named in "magic".
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Before.
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After.

There are 4 in the set, but my balcony only fits 2 comfortably.  In an effort to keep as many out of my storage closet as possible, I wondered if I could use one in the living room.
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I liked it in that space, but clearly something had to be done about that cushion.  Taking inspiration from these lovely wingbacks Jamie Meares posted on I suwannee - I worked up something similar using some scrap fabric.
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I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out, but the only thing I didn't realize would be an issue is that I didn't have a lot of the gray print, so I didn't continue the stripe on the back.  And it shows.  
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Also, because I was working with scrap fabric, I didn't have enough to center the seam on the back.  I do have enough of the grey to patch a piece in and make this more aesthetically pleasing, but that will take a lot of work and I just don't know if I have it in me.

Plus the rugby has started, so my focus is elsewhere.

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