July 2014 Recap

July 2014 Recap

Oh July – you came and went oftly fast! I am just now taking the time appreciating all the fun you brought me.

1. The beginning of July found us at the top of the big island of Hawaii near Honoka’a.

2. I read on the last three Game of Thrones books over our Hawaii vacation. I finished A Dance with Dragons on the flight home. It’s hard to keep all the plot developments secret from Nate who hasn’t read any of the books, but I am doing my best to stay mum.

3. We arrived home very late on the 3rd of July, slept and then had to quickly switch gears in order to host our annual 4th of July party. #weneverstop

4. Watching the kids in our lives interact this year was adorable. They are all growing up so fast.

5. I declared a pool siesta every night this summer to relax. Sometimes after work I am in such a funk, it is difficult for me to break it. Spending thirty minutes swimming or just chilling in the pool helps a lot. My pool siesta hasn’t happened every night but I still have forty days left of summer to enjoy them.

6. Fresh tomatoes are the best. Maybe that’s why I have four tomato plants growing…

7. And speaking of tomatoes, the Pomodoro Time app has become a new favorite productivity tool. You set the timer and then have 25 minutes to focus on work with a five minute break. The cycle continues for three more runs and then you get a 15 minute break. It’s a great way to focus and get stuff done.

8. While camping, I swam across the Russian River with Teagan on my back. Her excitement that I was taking her to the big kids was the sweetest thing. #auntiesarefun

9. Vacation always brings reflection and these Yoobi notebooks have become a new favorite journalling notebook plus they are a good alternative to the pricy Moleskine ones.

Replacing screens

Replacing Screens

One of the things you have to remember about cats is that they are first and foremost hunters. Loki and Pixel are always hunting bugs, lizards and occasionally even a small mammal.


Now hunting doesn’t mean catching especially for our two felines. Most often, they catch moths and lizards. Nate and I do our best to rescue whoever we can.


Since moths flock to the porch light, the cats are often crouched near by. It doesn’t seem to matter if there may be a screen between them and a potential prey. They will attack without remorse for their victim or the screen. After four years of torture, our front window screen was finally done and ready for a replacement.

Buying spline for my screens

Replacing window screens

For this project, the only thing I needed to buy was spline (cording that holds the screen to the frame). I had already purchased the screening and had all the tools from the first time I replaced the screens five years ago.

Spline buying

I took the old spline to the hardware store with me so I could make sure to get the right replacement. The spline comes in a variety of sizes and colors. I liked how there were samples to compare the old piece to. This is easier than trying to measure through the plastic bag of the products.

One I was back home I compiled all my tools and got started.

Use the old screen as a pattern to cut the new one

1) Use the old screen as a pattern.

After taking the old screen out of the frame, use it to cut your new one out. I usually give myself another 1/2″ of clearance just in case.

Clamp the new screen to the frame

2) Clamp the new screen to the frame.

This was my ah-ha moment on the project. Last time I used tape to secure the screening to the frame which is really silly. Clamps work a lot better. Plus you can easily adjust them as you go.

Press spline into the frame

3) Press the spline into the frame.

After I was all clamped in, I started running the spline into the frame using my spline roller. This is a nice tool to have. The roller makes this process pretty easy once you get started. Press the spline in completely, but be careful not to cut the screen in the process.


4) Use a screwdriver to press in the corner.

When you get to the corners, use a screwdriver to secure the spline in. Sometime I will even start it on the next side and then go back and secure the corner. Whatever works for you.

Cut at the corner and press in.

5) Cut at the final corner and press in the end.

When you reach the end, cut the spline so you finish with a tight corner.

Trim the excess screen.

6) Trim the excess screen.

If you have any excess screening, trim it as close to the frame as possible. I used scissors, but a straight-edge would also work well. The screen will be visible in the window so you want the edge to be as clean as possible.

Once the screen is done, pop it into the window and you are good to go.

Finished screen

Ta da. What a beautiful sight. An untarnished screen.

Finished window screen

Glorious. So pretty I almost didn’t want to put it in because you and I both know it’s only a matter of time until the screen comes between a cat and moth.

Getting the color just right

Coral and Navy Invitation

I was honored to design the wedding stationery for my dear friends Dagny & Dean this summer. Their wedding was held at the California Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento. It’s a beautiful building that houses quite a few antique trains and memorabilia.

Coral and Navy Invitation

The format of the invitation was easy. We went with a modern take on a train ticket with fun borders and a railroad sign inspired monogram.

Dagny's inspiration

Picking the right color combo turned out to be a little difficult. Dagny was inspired by the Tropicana Rose. I could have matched the color perfectly with an actual flower, but in reality it only matters if the client feels it is the right color. So I printed out a bunch of pinkish coral variations for her to choose from.

Color matching for invitations

Its important to know that what a color looks like on a monitor screen may actually print differently on paper. That’s why a print check is super important. I recommend one for all my clients because color is so subjective. What I think looks great, may not necessarily jive with the client.

In this case, Dagny was able to pick exactly the right color for her and I knew that when I printed all 150 invitation sets out, that they would be perfect.