Birds of a Feather

Weekend {senses} February 25, 2013

Filed under: Philly,The everyday — kcfeather @ 4:05 am

Magic Gardens: At Night

Last night we went to a shower for some friends at Magic Gardens, a unique-to-Philadelphia mosaic-museum. The textures on the walls were mesmerizing.

On the less-exotic end of the spectrum, we made a few too many baked potatoes mid-week, and so have been working on clearing those out of the fridge. And we’ve been munching on our new favorite snack.

I’ve been a little under the weather – so, not much!

C just helped me set up Spotify, so I can now listen to pretty much whatever I want, whenever I want (so long as I put up with a few ads here and there). Earlier today it was Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition

Really enjoyed Silver Linings Playbook – an escape from yesterday afternoon’s rain. Highly recommended.


Fastnacht February 13, 2013

Filed under: Recipes and food,The everyday — kcfeather @ 2:32 am

Today goes by many names: Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Carnival, Shrove Tuesday. Here in Philly, we’re just outside Pennsylvania Dutch country. We’ve learned that the Dutchy term for the day is Fastnacht, and the day is celebrated not by eating King Cake or pancakes, but doughnuts!

We didn’t make it over to our favorite doughnut shop today so we’re staying in, and enjoying some tapioca pudding. But in future years, we look forward to properly celebrating the day (how can you beat fried dough?)

Happy Fastnacht!


Project: Dining Room Chairs (Again) February 5, 2013

Filed under: Crafty,Home — kcfeather @ 3:29 pm

If you’ll recall, when we moved to Cambridge, we gave the dining room chairs in our apartment a little facelift.

Upon moving to Philly, we had to get all new furniture (our previous apartment came furnished, so everything stayed there). This was quite an undertaking (a fun one, but also one that took lots of time and work…and money).

While my parents were visiting in late July, we found a steal of a dining room table at the Restoration Hardware outlet – but we weren’t quite sure what to do about the chairs. We had placeholder chairs that worked for awhile, but they weren’t a good long-term solution. The greyish stain on the table also made it a little hard to match chairs that had any sort of natural wood stain. When I found a set of bentwood chairs (2 sets actually – a set of 2 and a set of 4) at bargain-basement prices, I was torn. I really love the shape and look of bentwoods, but they just didn’t match well with the table.

Around the same time, I saw a few photos that made me think I could go ahead and paint the chairs whatever color I desired. I wasn’t (and am still not) working, so I had the time on my hands, and I decided to go for it!

I chose a mint green paint color that I am still really happy with (although I think a royal blue could have been fun, too).

Here’s the before:

The during:

And the after (like I said, there were actually two styles of chairs. We have four of the one with the white seat, and 2 that have a wood seat – with pink Ikea cushions):

The full dining room (from the stairs):

And from the other direction (note the beautiful side table – a gift from my dad):

All in all, I am happy with the result, although I will say that this was a more involved “facelift” than the one we did in Cambridge. Sanding and then priming and then painting and then sealing takes a LOT of time. I had the time, but some days it was a little hard to motivate to head down to the basement and paint…and paint, and paint. The project would have been a MUCH easier one if we had outdoor space and I could have used a sprayer. But it was A LOT cheaper than buying new chairs.

I did three of them in September, and then lost motivation for awhile – but made a goal of finishing them all before we left for Christmas. I made it (barely) and REALLY enjoyed coming home after the holidays to a table with a full set of chairs around it!


Friday Five: Games Edition February 1, 2013

Filed under: The everyday — kcfeather @ 2:42 pm


1. We got a bunch of very fun games (mostly board games) for Christmas, and have been thoroughly enjoying them. Our favorite, perhaps, is a cooperative game (you’re competing against the game, not each other) called Pandemic. We’ve also been enjoying Ticket to Ride (which I seem to be better at) and Bohnanza (which C dominates)

2. This being the first football season that we’ve owned a TV, we watched more football than in past years.  And while I was a little sad that the Seahawks didn’t make it to the Superbowl, we’re still looking forward to Sunday’s game…the Har-bowl!

3.  Speaking of which, we found these sites documenting the expressiveness (or lack thereof) of the current and former Stanford Football coaches very entertaining: Faces of Shaw and Faces of Harbaugh

4. We’re still playing a game of cat and mouse with dear Mr. Mouse.  We don’t have a cat, which might explain why he seems to be winning. Actually, we’re sort of at an impasse – we haven’t seen him (or evidence of him) for over a week now, but we also haven’t trapped him

5. Snow flurries this morning put a big smile on my face