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Do it yourself king headboard

Hubs and I just moved to a quaint new home in Charlestown, Massachusetts. We love the place and the location. However, homeowner annoyance #1 happened when we moved in and found that some of our furniture wasn’t fitting down the inside stairs to our bedroom. We did a little shopping for a king bed, but nothing struck our fancy that would actually fit down our stairs. Until we saw this DIY couple’s creative king headboard solution. We decided to give this a go, with some modifications. Of course, when did we decide to start this project? Early in the weekend, say Friday? No. Surely Saturday afternoon? Nope. Sunday afternoon? Try again. We left our home at 7pm on Sunday night and headed to the fabric store.

We decided to go with a chocolate brown faux leather, and we purchased queen sized quilt batting as the McKevitts suggested. In total, we spent $120 on 2.5 yards by 54″ of leatherette and we sprung for the extra thick batting. Five minutes before it closed, we scampered away and headed to Home Depot. We purchased an MDF board, which was 90″ x 48″ and had it cut to 82″ x 35″. We thought about going 40″ but realized we wouldn’t be able to fit that in the car. We’re happy with the 35″, as you’ll see later. Our total, including a 100 lb max french cleat, a staple gun, staples, 200 decorative furniture tacks (which we didn’t use), spray adhesive (which we didn’t use) and the board was $80.

Once we got everything home, we staple gunned one layer of the batting to the board and folded the other batting over it to form 3 layers. Then we stretched it around the sides to secure there with the gun. Next, we added the leatherette cover and stapled down tightly across the top and bottom. Next, I created corners I liked and stapled down the sides. Finally, Mike precisely measured where to place the cleat, screwed it in, and then we measured and attached it to the wall. Voila! We were done by 10:30, including a 20 minute call with Mike’s Mom, and Mike’s precision job with the end “table” hanging sconces we used (we don’t have enough room there for actual end tables).

Here is the result of our handiwork!

Our DIY Headboard

 

2009 in review

While 2009 isn’t quite over yet, I have been thinking about the year in review and have determined that it is one of the best years of my life πŸ™‚ Click the pics for more pics.

Lotusphere 2009

I started the year working on the Lotus collaborative technology conference, Lotusphere. I worked as part of a great team who built the demonstrations that we showed in the opening general session of Lotusphere 2009. It is an exciting event, and I was honored to help build them demos and present the Lotus portfolio on stage in front of 1000s of attendees!

Running of the Brides, Boston

My best friend and her mother and aunt joined me on a freezing cold February 20th to help me find a dress for my upcoming wedding. We had such a blast and were successful!

Big Dual Birthdays!

Mike and I both hit decade years this year and celebrated with our family and friends!

Mike Graduates – Perfectly!

Mike finished his degree from Boston University’s Metropolitan College Summa Cum Laude!

We got married!!

Yes, we did it! On the 4th of July we got hitched! It was a beautiful day, and we went on a cruise to Bermuda afterward. Click on the picture to see our album, which I custom designed!



An exciting year! What will 2010 bring for us?!

The new garden

Last year, we underwent a project to take over my building’s garden and turn it from this mess –

to something we enjoyed a little bit more. This picture from Versailles in the King’s Garden was along the lines of what we were thinking.

Not so easy to accomplish given we don’t have the size of the King’s Garden to work with nor the number of gardeners πŸ™‚ We decided to go with something a little bit simpler, and finally produced a mound of flowers and plants that we enjoy.

As you can see, there is now a smaller mound, which contains the following flower design.

In case you can’t tell, it’s two intersecting circles, with rows of red and white flowers inside each circle, as well as as pink and green confetti plants on the outside. Here’s a close up of the side.

I think Leo (the king on this side of the Atlantic), is enjoying his new garden.

Maybe more than for the lulz?

On February 10th, I posted this photo to my Flickrstream:

Masquerade party? No, anti-Scientologists!

I didn’t know then that I was taking pictures in the middle of an Anonymous protest against Scientology.

Over the past few days I’ve come across 2 articles which describe what Anonymous is.

Chris Landers does a fantastic job describing Anonymous, the protest, and the Scientology point of view in his article in City Paper. A group like this is very intriguing, and Henry Jenkins posts also on how this type of group is in need of academic attention in his post. He also does a nice job describing the group and the issues with Scientology.

I read in the Landers article that they will be protesting again on April 12th, this time focusing on family lives affected by Scientology. I suppose I should be expecting them again on my block πŸ™‚

Fantastically Entertaining

While some warned me that having front row seats to last night’s Ravel performance with the BSO and Jean-Yves Thibaudet would take a toll on sound, I have to say the seats drew me into the performance in a way it never could have if I was sitting rows behind. For starters, I need to explain exactly where we sat. Row E, seat 21 & 22, which was the first row (not sure what happened to A-D), two seats in from the center aisle. In front of me and to the right was James Levine’s chair. I had an image of his profile all night, watching him frantically draw intensity from his orchestra and then delicately snuff the sound into soothing calm. I felt like I was being tugged up and down right along with them. Imagine my excitement when the Steinway & Sons piano was brought out and the seat for our special guest Jean-Yves Thibaudet was placed right in front of me.

Mr. Thibaudet was the pianist on the soundtrack to Pride and Prejudice 2005, a soundtrack that I cannot tire of. (It’s at the top of my most played in iTunes, leagues ahead of the next set of music.) He was so amazing to watch – intense, expressive, I could hear him grunting to get his music out. (He also had some great shoes, which were again, at my eye level, and a couture suit that I could see the threads, button prints, and even logo on he was so close.)

Anyway, enough about my seats, the music was incredible! The orchestra performed Alborada del Gracioso, Pavane for a Dead Princess, and with a chorus Daphnis et ChloΓ©. Thibaudet joined them for Ravel’s piano concerto in G. You can hear segments of these pieces here. We went to the pre-concert talk by Marc Mandel, which was great because he played pieces of music as he explained them, like the steady french horn in the piano concerto that was adorned with the piano’s filigree (something I also loved in the Pride and Prejudice soundtrack). I’m not a musician, so this talk was very helpful to hear before the performance.

And just when I thought it couldn’t get much better, after the show, another surprise – meet and get CD’s autographed by Mr. Thibaudet!

I heart Jean

Jean-Yves Thibaudet and I

It’s a good thing the BSO gift shop sold CD’s (though at a ridiculous price of course). I think I am more smiley than the time I met Matt Damon.