shelves! (and crochet and cross stitch!)

You guys. I have good news. The best news. Squeal a little news. We finished our huge wall unit shelf. It looks so cool and huge and empty and full of promise. I will be writing a full post with pictures and tips, but not a tutorial because there is no tutorial in the world that could explain building this thing. It was really a plan a lot, adjust, plan some more, adjust, mess up, and just keep pushing through kind of project.  
Now the fun part begins – because building that monster was no fun at all. Really. Anderson and I are terrible home DIYers. We are nervous and whiny and we just don’t enjoy it. That’s ok. There’s something for everyone. We’ll leave the home improvement to you ambitious, Home Depot on a Saturday morning types.
It doesn't look like much now (Hello, cords!), but I am excited to style it and re-style it and then make Anderson pretend he can have a say in it and then restyle it some more. I'm working on a solution for the ugly cord situation we have going on. (Side note: I cannot use the word situation without thinking of the guy on Jersey Shore lifting up his Ed Hardy t-shirt, pointing to his abs, and smirking at the camera and saying “I think we have a Situation here.” I spent the first 3 months of Sawyer’s life up all night watching Jersey Shore re-runs, so I guess that hideous show will always be ingrained in my memory. Why did I do that to myself? I blame the lack of sleep.) I think we have an idea for hiding the cords but we are just going to chill out for a few days and bask in the accomplishment of a finished project. I also have to finish decorating the room – curtains and art work and all that good stuff. That’s the fun part.
So that’s where I’ve been. Sanding wood and painting pipes and weeping into my American Walnut stained hands. I’m only kind of kidding.
I also decided that I was going to crochet a blanket. Cause you know, I've got so much time. I’ve made progress but I’m extremely bored with it so I am taking a break for a couple weeks. 
 The pattern is the granny ripple and all of the yarn came from Michael's. I have no idea of most of the colors or brands because I lose those little papers. And if I don’t lose them, Sawyer takes them and adds them to his piles of stuff he has strategically placed in front of doorways or around corners in attempt to cripple and destroy us. I think he calls the yarn papers receipts. He is a receipt magpie lately. He has taken to asking for receipts and even throwing a fit when he doesn’t get one. Weird. That’s my boy.
While I break from the blanket, I started a new cross stitch project. The pattern is this one from SatsumaStreet on Etsy. 
 It’s very Mary Blair inspired and I just love it. It’s colorful, geometric, and the perfect mix of retro and modern. I jump around a lot in my crafts, but I always come back to cross stitch. I think it’s my thing. It’s perfect because watching tv is also my thing and they marry so seamlessly. There’s nothing like sitting down with a cold Diet Coke, turning on a show, and cross stitching. It’s the simple things, folks.
So, that’s what I’ve been up to. This is me not apologizing for not being around much on the blog by saying that I'm not apologizing. Doesn't work does it? If you just don’t get enough of me in my bi-weekly to monthly blog posts, follow me on Instagram. I share cross stitch progress pics (riveting!), home decor stuff (ooooh!), and the obligatory cute picture of my kid every now and then (awwww!). My name on IG is allisonmaestri or you can click here (I think) and see my IG page on the ol' internets and follow me there. 
 Have a great week, guys. 



  1. I love the shelves. They look great! :)

  2. Loved this! I also currently have a ripple blanket that I've been working on (& mostly off) since Christmas of 2011, and a cross stitch project that has recently stalled with only a tiny corner left to do. Between those and the probably 40 other half-done projects around our house I'm starting to believe that there really is such a thing as crafter's ADD. That or none of us understand the concept of time, because we're always convinced there's more than there truly is!:D I'm sure all your projects will look absolutely lovely when they're finally done though!

  3. Allison - the shelves are amazing!!!!! I can't even imagine how much time that took....but I'm so happy for you that you're now at the 'fun' stage of staging!!! Can't wait to see what you do next. And I couldn't agree more with the crafter's ADD thing...I call myself 'artistically ADD'. I'm never 'bored' - like my kids seem to be EVERY THREE SECONDS! - and yet way-too-early-in-the-process-of-any-project, I'm 'bored' and drift (rather, careen head-long) off onto the next thing! My poor husband knows now that, even if I ask for lots of - oh, let's say 'stamping and paper crafting gifts' for Christmas - I may have moved on to embroidery and metal stamping by the time I unwrap what I'd asked for! So sad.... But at least I can easily entertain myself...oh look, something shiny! Gotta run! :-) Kristen

  4. Loooooove the shelves! And I can't wait to see them styled. I love seeing how other people style things, because I stink at it. And your blanket looks great! I totally understand getting bored with it, though. I have 2 different crochet projects floating around right now (I usually on work on one at a time) that I just can't get excited about . . . but I'm too far into both to give up on them altogether or tear them apart. Hopefully someday, they'll sound fun again :-)

  5. I'm so jealous of your shelves Allison!! I wanted to make something similar but I wimped out and bought something from Ikea instead. Thanks for posting about my cross stitch pattern, looking forward to seeing your progress on Instagram!

  6. Love your version of the granny ripple!! I recently finished a ripple afghan for our lovely 1 year old neighbor - it was fun, but I got bored with mine too. I think ripple blankets are best done over long periods of time!

  7. Hey Allison! Your shelves turned out great! :) I did a similar set of shelves last year, and I wrote a tutorial on my blog. I didn't find them difficult or time consuming at all, but I didn't incorporate a TV center like you did, and it looks like I added the boards differently.
    My tutorial and full store list is here:
    if you want to check it out! :)

  8. I'm too far into both to give up on them altogether or tear them apart. Hopefully someday, they'll sound fun again Challenge coins

  9. I love your cross stitch. I too jump around but always come back to cross stitch. It is my relaxation and my meditation. The pattern is really colorful and will be awesome on the black. Kudos to you for stitching on black!

  10. I miss you! Of course you need to do what works for you, but I just want you to know I miss your posts and will be excited when I see another one in my inbox. :)

  11. Missing your posts! Hope just keeping some almighty awesome project secret for a bit!

  12. Oh I love your latest cross stitch you are working on. Thanks for the link, she has some really cool patterns. :)


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