Girly Wednesday ~ xxxxii ~ imagining the perfect room

Have you ever seen those design blogs/articles/magazines with pictures of these wonderfully imagined rooms?  Sometimes it is the perfect kitchen, or the most luxurious bathroom, or a cozy bedroom.  My favorites are always the reading/library rooms that people add to their extravagant houses.  I totally want a room with floor to ceiling bookshelves one day, a sliding ladder, and a really cozy space to read 🙂


new look, new bugs


Have you noticed our new look here at  🙂  As technology progresses and things become outdated and more difficult to upgrade, we decided that a slightly new look was in order.  This means though, that we are still working through some bugs.  Old posts, for instance, aren’t always displaying their images properly.

My in-house tech support (Brett!) has been working hard on the issues but he also prelims today (wish him luck!) so things have been quite busy around the house.  We thank you for your patience 🙂


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Darth Vader cake

The other night we had one of those evenings in our house where some people aren’t eating dinner until 10:30 pm and the logical progression is to then make a Darth Vader cake.  We have all had one of those evenings, right?  (Spoiler alert:  this post is not at all foodie….I used a box cake mix and store bought icing.  I’ll let you know when we do this again with some actual culinary skills put into place)  🙂  I’ll also admit that I didn’t allow the cake to cool before I iced it…I already explained that it was at least 11:30 pm by this time right?  😉  Still…not bad for dessert or for breakfast the next morning 🙂








have you checked out Projection Mapping Central?

So….Brett does super awesome and flashy research.  We have already shared his Microsoft Research project Illumiroom.  (By the way, this website is not actually made by anyone within the Illumiroom project…just goes to show that you can’t always trust the internet!)

For a few years now, Brett and Raj have been receiving requests and inquiries from people who need information on projection mapping (the broad area of research that they work in) or who need help planning some sort of event using projection mapping.  Until recently, Brett and Raj have responded to those questions and requests as best as possible and numerous times have pointed people towards companies that could help them with their desired events.  Now though, the guys have created a community resource that helps people connect with companies in the space of projection mapping.  Since people are always so interested in Brett and Raj’s pretty and flashy research, I thought I’d direct you all to their new and improved projection mapping website called Projection Mapping Central.  I am now helping out with some of the customer relations and content building of the website.  It has been a lot of fun 🙂

Click on the image below to check out the site!


Brett’s newest project with Microsoft Research and Raj, is still secret…though we promise to share it with you as soon as we can!

the new mad scientist lab!

Brett and I have been interested in turning our downstairs into a bit of a mad scientist lab for a while now.  We’ve had this awesome ping pong table that Brett and Raj saved from the garbage, moved to the house they rented down the street from us with our friend Fred, and then moved to our house (by literally rolling it down the street in the middle of the night haha).  🙂  Sometimes the ping pong table has been used to play ping pong and sometime it has been too full of stuff to do anything fun with.  Well, we recently cleaned up the downstairs (including a HUGE trip to Goodwill) and figured out how to save our beloved ping pong table.

While figuring out what kind of desk space we wanted downstairs, Raj suggested turning the ping pong table into a desk.  Well!  This idea meant a trip to the ReStore to figure out how to support this new desk concept!  (I guess it is important to note at this point that the multiple moves and the fact that the ping pong table started in the trash has meant that the support systems on the poor table have been wonky for a while now).  🙂  At the ReStore, Brett and I found 4 filing cabinets and had the locks drilled out of each of them…the previous owner had donated the filing cabinets locked with no key 🙂  We hauled the filing cabinets home and put them downstairs.  That night, Brett and Raj took off the ping pong table’s edge supports and put two filing cabinets under each side.


Voila, a 4 station desk!  🙂


Underneath the center of the desk, Brett put a few cinder blocks and a board to hold some of the computers off the ground.  The cords were put into a metallic crate.  Brett also drilled a hole in the center of the table to allow the cords to more easily pass below the table.

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I even put my sewing machine down there 🙂  What do you think?  The new, HUGE desk was so low cost and created an awesome new space downstairs for us.  I think the next step for this space will be to make some curtains to hide the shelving more easily.  What do you think?  🙂  Have you created a repurposed desk from old things in your house before?