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Meow Monday: Cats of Instagram, Part 29

We’re in New York for a few days for one last hurrah, before I’m done with traveling for a while! The cats are in good hands with the petsitter, so let’s check in with the latest round of #catsofinstagram!

Tali loves laundry and I love  her cute little face!

Tali loves laundry and I love her cute little face!

 

Big moment for the cats: first cat door installed, one step closer to freedom!

Big moment for the cats: first cat door installed, one step closer to freedom!

 

Learning how to use the cat door, on the other hand... went really well, obviously.

Learning how to use the cat door, on the other hand… went really well, obviously.

 

Biggest moment in the cats' lives: exploring the yard for the first time, after the second cat door was installed

Biggest moment in the cats’ lives: exploring the yard for the first time, after the second cat door was installed

 

Shorts weather, finally!

Shorts weather, finally!

 

Cat naps

Cat naps

 

Who's happier to be home from a work conference? Hard to say.

Who’s happier to be home from a work conference? Hard to say.

 

New patio chairs, new belly, same old Tali.

New patio chairs, new belly, same old Tali.

 

Tali loves her chairs!

Tali loves her chairs!

 

Sad social media pic to post... but with a happy ending!

Sad social media pic to post… but with a happy ending!

 

Found! After less than 24 hours on the lam, Tali popped through the door hungry as a horse. Wet food for everyone!

Found! After less than 24 hours on the lam, Tali popped through the door hungry as a horse. Wet food for everyone!

Happy Monday:)

Nashville City Sights: 2nd Annual Quilt Shop Hop

The 2nd annual Music City MQG Shop Hop is in the books and it was so much fun! In one day we visited five fabric shops total, from Franklin to Spring Hill to Nashville.
The Amateur Librarian // Middle TN Quilt Shop Hop
For a recap of last year’s Shop Hop, click here. We visited Quilting Squares, Craft South, The Fabric Studio (sadly closed now), Quilter’s Attic, and Stitcher’s Garden. This time around we added two new (to me) stores and revisited three from last year’s itinerary.
This year my shopping goals were more targeted since I’ve got baby quilts on the brain but I didn’t have any specific projects in mind, so I ended up picking up whatever caught my fancy.
Without further ado, here’s a look at each stop on the shop hop!
Once again the ladies at The Quilting Squares greeted us with breakfast treats and discounts. Such a fun start to the day!
The Amateur Librarian // Middle TN Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Middle TN Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Middle TN Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Middle TN Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Middle TN Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Middle TN Quilt Shop Hop
The haul: a free pattern, a charm pack, and two fat quarters.
The Amateur Librarian // Middle TN Quilt Shop Hop
The Dancing Bobbin – Spring Hill
This little shop was worth the drive, and was definitely one of my favorite stops of the day. There’s a lot of cute fabric in a small amount of space but it never felt overwhelming or crowded – quite a feat!
The Amateur Librarian // Middle TN Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Middle TN Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Middle TN Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Middle TN Quilt Shop Hop
The haul: a holiday charm pack, two fat quarters, and a Frivol tin (lap quilt pattern, fabric, and all in a cute tin).
The Amateur Librarian // Middle TN Quilt Shop Hop
Textile Fabrics – Nashville
After a lunch break at M.L. Rose, we visited Textile Fabrics. It was my first time, although I’ve heard about their bi-annual 50% off sales ever since moving here. Their quilting cotton selection is limited since they mostly stock apparel fabric, but I still found a remnant that will make a great baby quilt backing. I have no idea what to do with all the apparel stuff but it sure is pretty!
The Amateur Librarian // Middle TN Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Middle TN Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Middle TN Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Middle TN Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Middle TN Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Middle TN Quilt Shop Hop
The haul: 2 yards.
The Amateur Librarian // Middle TN Quilt Shop Hop
Craft South – Nashville
It’s always a treat to visit Craft South, and of course I couldn’t resist bringing home one of Anna Maria Horner’s scrap bags. So much oohing and aahing at every corner, plus a big variety of crafts from quilting to knitting to embroidery to handmade goods.
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Middle TN Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Middle TN Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Middle TN Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Middle TN Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Middle TN Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Middle TN Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Middle TN Quilt Shop Hop
Even the bathroom is gorgeous!
The Amateur Librarian // Middle TN Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Middle TN Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Middle TN Quilt Shop Hop
And another bonus… even though parking is hard to find, the Pokemon are everywhere!
The Amateur Librarian // Middle TN Quilt Shop Hop
The haul: scrap bag, three fat quarters, two yards.
The Amateur Librarian // Middle TN Quilt Shop Hop
Stitcher’s Garden – Franklin
Once we were back in Franklin, we ended the day with Stitcher’s Garden. This shop is right down the street from me, but you have to be in the right frame of mind to brave the aisles (and piles and stacks and baskets and cubbies) stuffed to the brim with fabric. It’s always quite the experience!
The Amateur Librarian // Middle TN Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Middle TN Quilt Shop Hop
This pic from last year is one of my faves:
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The haul: half-yards of three hard-to-find Heather Ross prints from her Far, Far Way and Briar Rose collections.
The Amateur Librarian // Middle TN Quilt Shop Hop
Whew… my bag was quite full by the end of the day! Unpacking and making little piles of folded fabric is my version of Halloween candy:) As usual the best part was hanging out with my guild friends and meeting new members and finding out what everyone is planning for their fabric. And of course a big shout out to each shop along the way, AND to those who organized it all!
 The final haul:
The Amateur Librarian // Middle TN Quilt Shop Hop
And of course the group pic for 2016:
The Amateur Librarian // Middle TN Quilt Shop Hop
And 2015!

via @tennjenny

More city sights coming soon as I explore the Nashville area!

Meow Monday: The News

Not much going on in the world of cats these days… which is honestly a nice change of pace from the world news these days.

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

This little blog keeps chugging along even though I don’t write about the big stuff, but here are a few recent posts from a few favorite blogs that sum up what I’ve been feeling but have no idea how to say:

Swistle

The Tipsy Baker

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

Hope you’re having a peaceful start to your week.

Birchboxes Everywhere

I’ve been a loyal Birchbox subscriber since 2012, and I still love using up the sample sizes of beauty products I would never think to pick up by myself… and even though I’ve been paying $10/month over the past few years, having a subscription has drastically cut down on my impulse buys at the drugstore AND I only buy products that I’ve already tested and love, so that’s how I justify the cost:)

BUT I’m not just singing the praises of Birchbox (I already did that in 2013 actually!) today, I just wanted to share something funny that I noticed from an Instagram pic.

The Amateur Librarian // Birchbox Storage Solution

See that colorful box holding a few sewing supplies? It’s probably one of my most-used organization solutions.

Ever since Birchbox stopped sending plain brown boxes and started making new (super cute) designs for each monthly box, I’ve been keeping them and now I’ve accumulated quite a collection! They come in handy for organizing all sorts of small things, and once I started hunting for boxes I found them in almost every room of the house.

It’s funny how satisfying it is to repurpose something that comes in the mail every month, plus it’s super cute storage solution! And since I get new ones regularly, I never feel bad if they get dirty or damaged since I can just replace them the following month. Somehow I never run out of reasons to need another one.

Here are a few ways I used Birchboxes around the house:

On the kitchen island, I keep a tray for stray paper and books that’s easy to move out of the way when I need to clear the island. I keep a handful of thank you cards (and stamps) in a Birchbox so I can write a quick note while I’m eating breakfast.

The Amateur Librarian // Birchbox Storage Solution

I keep cross stitch projects and other small craft supplies in individual boxes. For cross stitch projects especially, Birchboxes are a lot easier to corral then a bunch of ziplock bags, and the fabric, floss list/pattern, and floss bobbins are all in one place.

The Amateur Librarian // Birchbox Storage Solution

When I’m not working on a project I stack the boxes away, and when I’m actively stitching it’s easy to keep everything in one place no matter where I’m working on it.

The Amateur Librarian // Birchbox Storage Solution

In the bathroom, I keep a Birchbox by the sink so I don’t have tubes and jars scattered everywhere (plus it’s easy to move when I’m cleaning the counter).

The Amateur Librarian // Birchbox Storage Solution

 

The Amateur Librarian // Birchbox Storage Solution

In the narrow bathroom drawer, a box fits perfectly… and it keeps everything compartmentalized.

 

The Amateur Librarian // Birchbox Storage Solution

I use another Birchbox to organize makeup. If there’s ever dust or an explosion, it’s easy to remove the box without damaging the vanity, plus I can quickly pack all my makeup in a suitcase by putting the top back on.

The Amateur Librarian // Birchbox Storage Solution

 

The Amateur Librarian // Birchbox Storage Solution

In the guest room, there are quite a few Birchboxes corralling office supplies, sharpies, craft supplies, etc. … all in cute little boxes that are easy to store, stack, and find!

The Amateur Librarian // Birchbox Storage Solution

 

The Amateur Librarian // Birchbox Storage Solution

Birchboxes everywhere!

 

Nashville City Sights: Frist Museum

When my brother came for a quick visit this weekend, we decided to visit the The Frist in downtown Nashville for the first time. Lately the weather has been alternately rainy and muggy but constantly 90 degrees, so it was definitely nice to have an indoor activity.
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: The Frist
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: The Frist
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: The Frist
The rotating exhibit on the main floor is currently Bellissima! The Italian Automotive Renaissance featuring cars from 1945-1975. Generally I’m pretty uninterested in cars but even I could appreciate how cool these were!
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: The Frist
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: The Frist
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: The Frist
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: The Frist
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: The Frist
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: The Frist
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: The Frist
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: The Frist
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: The Frist
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: The Frist
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: The Frist
Upstairs there’s a permanent exhibit for children, so of course we checked it out. It was geared toward older kids but would be fun for a lot of ages, and our favorites were the stop motion movies and digital kaleidoscope art. Very cool!
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: The Frist
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: The Frist
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: The Frist
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: The Frist
I’m so glad we finally checked out this museum, and we’ll definitely keep our eyes peeled for the next exhibit to check it out.
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: The Frist
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: The Frist
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: The Frist
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: The Frist
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: The Frist
And just in case you didn’t catch yesterday’s Meowth Monday, I can’t resist sharing a couple Pokemon Go pics… that game is surprisingly addictive! After 15 minutes inside the museum we had to ban the app since it was so distracting, but once we were outside again it was fair game…
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: The Frist
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: The Frist
More city sights coming soon as we explore the Nashville area!

Meowth Monday: Pokemon Go

It’s Meowth Monday today!
My brother drove up from Atlanta for an impromptu visit, and all three of us downloaded the PokemonGo app as a joke. Well, it may have started as a joke… but by the end of the weekend we were all addicted. Everywhere we went, we made excuses to walk around as much as possible.
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
We visited the Frist Museum (more pics coming tomorrow!) and couldn’t resist catching a few wild Pokemon, and then we walked down Broadway to find more. (So at least the game promotes exercise?)
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
Last night we were in downtown Franklin for dinner and joined roving bands of teenagers searching for Pokemon.
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
At one point a large group ran past us yelling, “Snorlax around the corner!” so of course we followed them…
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
It was fun to be part of the “opening weekend” experience, and an excuse to act like kids again. Gotta catch them all!  :)

Meow Monday: Holiday Weekend

Happy Independence Day!

Hope you are spending time with friends and family for the holiday! We are driving back home from MS today, ready to see these two kitcats again.

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

Safe travels to everyone on the road today!

 

Meow Monday: Nesting

Not me… the cats!

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

It might be time to mow the lawn when your cats start making nests in the grass…

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

Meow Monday: The Great Migration (of the Litter Box) Part 2

In the last couple months, the cats have transitioned from indoor-only to indoor/outdoor and it has improved all of our lives. The cats are happier, sleepier, and have both lost weight now that they can soak up the sun during the day and prowl all night.
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
The best part in my opinion? Both litter boxes have been removed from the house!
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
Cora stopped using the box immediately, but we knew Tali would take a bit longer to give up the habit. We removed one litter box from the laundry room about a month after the cats started going outside – there’s nothing quite like bending down to do the laundry and catching a whiff of litter box while nauseous from the first trimester of pregnancy – and since hubby is in charge of the box cleaning, we were both thrilled. A couple weeks hubby noticed that the second box hadn’t been used in several days, so we are officially litter-free now!
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
Two years ago in June 2014 I wrote a similar post about moving the litter box out of the apartment and onto the porch… I guess June is the month of litter migration!
A few pics from two years ago –
The cats have adapted to every place we’ve moved to, from MS to CA to TN, but I think our new house is the happiest they’ve been yet… and that makes me happy too, of course!
A few pics from June 2014:
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

Home Sweet Home: In Progress Part 2

It’s been a couple months since an update on the house, and lately there have been a few changes that are really making us feel at home. It’s no coincidence that all this productivity occurred the same month that my parents visited two weekends (and will be here again this weekend!) – they have so much energy and their momentum always pushes us to get a ton done!

Below is an update from my last post in March, with a few Before/During updates. I think we’re about done with the non-baby rooms… which means it will all change within another few months:)

Let’s pretend we’re walking through the house from the front door, shall we?

Home Sweet Home

The Amateur Librarian // Home Sweet Home In Progress

The Amateur Librarian // Home Sweet Home In Progress

 

The Amateur Librarian // Home Sweet Home In Progress

Entryway

Whether you walk into the house from the front door or the garage, you’ll enter the foyer that connects to the two guest rooms/bathroom and hallway to the main living area.

Here’s a Before from March:

Entryway

Entryway

The Amateur Librarian // House Progress

And now…

The Amateur Librarian // Home Sweet Home In Progress

 

The Amateur Librarian // Home Sweet Home In Progress

We hung a curtain rod on the righthand wall to display quilts, and a floating shelf with coat hooks on the opposite wall above the bench. My favorite details on the shelf are the little cat hooks on each end (Rooster Tails is the best! I’m completely addicted… affordable handcrafted furniture with endless customization is hard to beat.)

The Amateur Librarian // Home Sweet Home In Progress

The Amateur Librarian // Home Sweet Home In Progress

I added a bunch of art/decorations that haven’t fit anywhere else on top of the shelf but it’s definitely still a work in progress. But aside from decorating, this space is finally functional! The coat hooks make up for the lack of hall closet, even if we won’t be wearing coats for another six months😉

Further down the hallway, we hung another curtain rod for quilt display. The curtain rings make it super easy to switch out quilts which will be fun to do with each season (psst… I finished the Pixelated Heart quilt over the weekend – more pics coming later this week!).

The Amateur Librarian // Home Sweet Home In Progress

The Amateur Librarian // Home Sweet Home In Progress

Guest Rooms

Front room in January…

Guest Room

Guest Room

And March…

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The Amateur Librarian // House Progress

And now… about the same, except we moved the cube storage and old TV in here.

The Amateur Librarian // Home Sweet Home In Progress

The Amateur Librarian // Home Sweet Home In Progress

The TV is pretty huge… but it still works, so it’s sticking here for now. I love having the cube storage in the guest room so it can function as storage for office supplies and make this room do double duty.

The sewing room is becoming more of a blank slate to make room for the eventual nursery.

Before:

The Amateur Librarian // House Progress

 

The Amateur Librarian // House Progress

Now:

The Amateur Librarian // Home Sweet Home In Progress

We moved out the cube storage and grey bookcase, finally unwrapped/unpacked all the artwork, and brought in the bar cart as temporary sewing storage (perhaps to be used in the future as a changing table). The plan is to move all my sewing stuff into the office and transition this room into a nursery, but for now it’s still a work in progress.

To Do:

  • move sewing supplies into office
  • move in nursery furniture when we’re ready to transition out of the master bedroom (at least that’s the plan for now…)
  • organize closets – (1) in the front room, find smaller bins for our holiday decorations so they can go up to the attic and (2) in the sewing room, move all sewing supplies into the office and set up the closet for baby

Bathroom/Linen Closet

In March:

The Amateur Librarian // House Progress

 

The Amateur Librarian // House Progress

Now:

These spaces were already pretty functional, the only thing we’ve added is hooks for towels in the bathroom. It’s nice to have at least a couple spaces “done enough”!

The Amateur Librarian // Home Sweet Home In Progress

Office

Before:

Office

Office

The Amateur Librarian // House Progress

And now… much better!

The Amateur Librarian // Home Sweet Home In Progress

The Amateur Librarian // Home Sweet Home In Progress

This space will become a lot more functional when it officially becomes my sewing room. The grey bookcase will corral my craft supplies (and the children’s books will move into the nursery) and the bookcases will probably stay in here too. The printer is in the corner for now but might move into the guest room closet to be closer to the office supplies that now reside in the cube storage.

To Do:

  • move in sewing supplies
  • move printer into front room closet

Kitchen/Dining Room

At the end of the hallway is the main living area, with the kitchen, dining room, and living room in one big space.

Before:

Kitchen/Dining Room

Kitchen/Dining Room

The Amateur Librarian // House Progress

Now:

The Amateur Librarian // Home Sweet Home In Progress

The Amateur Librarian // Home Sweet Home In Progress

The Amateur Librarian // Home Sweet Home In Progress

Adding the green hutch and art on the walls has made this space feel much more complete. The bar cart was just a catchall for a random assortment of stuff but the hutch is much more functional – it holds cookbooks, library books, mail station, and also displays wedding presents that have been waiting a long time for a home!

Living Room

Before:

Living Room

Living Room

And now:

The Amateur Librarian // Home Sweet Home In Progress

The layout is pretty much the same, but a couple additions have really filled in the blank spaces, especially a new rug and TV console.

The Amateur Librarian // Home Sweet Home In Progress

We searched high and low for a console that would fit all the TV components (and hide the wires) but the center speaker is so large that we couldn’t find anything at all. We worked with Rooster Tails to build a custom piece of furniture and it really brings the room together (told you I was hooked)… plus hides all the wires! The rug and art on the walls really help too.

Screened Porch/Yard

Before:

The Amateur Librarian // House Progress

The Amateur Librarian // House Progress

Now:

The Amateur Librarian // Home Sweet Home In Progress

The Amateur Librarian // Home Sweet Home In Progress

Anything is better than nothing! The indoor/outdoor rug got moved outside, and we bought a couple chairs so we finally have a place to sit. The cat doors from the dining room/porch and door/outside required a carpenter but now that the cats are indoor/outdoor is has made a huge difference for everyone! We also bought a grill… can’t wait to start eating outside more:)

To Do:

  • plant herbs in a raised bed
  • add some bushes for privacy

Master Bedroom

Back inside, the last room of the house is the master bedroom and bathroom/closet.

In January:

Master bedroom

Master bedroom

The Amateur Librarian // House Progress

 

The Amateur Librarian // House Progress

 

The Amateur Librarian // House Progress

 

Master closet

Master closet

And March:

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

Now:

The Amateur Librarian // Home Sweet Home In Progress

The Amateur Librarian // Home Sweet Home In Progress

Not much is different, except a couple wall quilts and a cute hook/artwork in the bathroom. Little details seem to make the biggest difference, though, in feeling like we’re settled in. We’re planning on keeping the baby close by for the first few months, so we’ll be adding more furniture in the coming months.

To Do:

  • find more proportional bedside tables or remove completely if it feels too crowded (and relocate these – either to the guest room or as side tables in the living room)
  • add rug(s)
  • relocate the trunk (I’m thinking it will be a side table in the living room)
  • add nursery furniture for the first couple months – changing table/dresser, crib, and rocking chair
  • hang art on the walls

And that’s about it! I’ll try to do regular updates, especially as we  make room for baby. It’s hard to anticipate exactly what we’ll need since the first child is such a big life change, so we’re intentionally leaving some blank spaces and empty storage that we can grow into. I’m sure we’ll never really be “done,” but the process sure is fun!

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