Thursday, July 28, 2011

Fabric sweeper? Fabric sweeper!

When I write a post, I start by popping in photos then narrating as I see fit, but when I saw the order of these images and began collecting my thoughts, I thought it looked like a silent commercial for this trusty cleaning tool or almost like a photographic madlib game (remember those?). However, for those of you who don't have an overactive imagination such as myself, I commented anyways.

(Look at this horrendously hairy chair seat! It looks like Big Foot spent a few too many hours here. How can we quickly remove all of that in a few minutes and without having to remove the chair cover to throw it in the dryer—because that works too?)

(I know! Let's try this new cleaning tool that swears it can remove pet hair that would otherwise use 145 sticky roller sheets to eradicate.)

(Ooooo looky-looky, with just a quick little side-to-side, swish-swish, the black pet hair begins to disappear from the ivory chair.)

(Leaving this freshly cleaned chair seat—awesome!)

(Although the packaging touts a one-time use out of the little sucker, anyone with eyeballs can figure out that by snapping out one of the rollers, the hair is easily removed and can be snapped back for another go.)

(Thanks Pledge Fabric Sweeper for Pet Hair! Our chair looks new!)

I felt this mighty-tool was worthy of a post because it is, as I already exclaimed, awesome. We only have two cats but even then, it seems their hair is everywhere, so when my mother-in-law gifted us this nifty-gadget she gave me the responsibility of reporting back on its effectiveness. Well, as you can see, it is effective, quick, and best of all reuseable and it not only worked on the smooth fabric of this chair but also our microfiber sectional—yippee!

Friday, July 22, 2011


I never thought I would ever have this on my coffee table...or anywhere else near my home.

But I do and I love it.

I picked up this cow skull after seeing it posted on Freecycle and was nervous to hear Justin's response once I got home. Though after a few months, ok maybe six or more, Justin has only jokingly jabbed me about it and I don't think it's going anywhere.

Yes, cow skulls generally adorn only the best southwest-style decor but I felt that there was something so crazy-modern-cool displaying it in our more contemporary living space that I couldn't pass up.

And that makes me happy, which every good husband knows happy wife, happy life.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Six Month Sabbatical

You may have very well noticed that over the last six months there has been a break in the blogging here on The Design Slice. It wasn't planned or prepared for, but necessary as many things have changed in my life and I just couldn't find a shred of spare time to put my digits to the keys. Therefore, I forwent subjecting you to a half-assed post in exchange for a full blown respite. Nonetheless, I recently realized how much I missed writing and sharing our travels and projects so I'm here to say I'm back! And although I don't have something as crazy as this chair that Stephan Sagmeister created during his year-long sabbatical, here's a short overview of what I/we have been up to.

I accepted an adjunct faculty position in the Art and Design department at the University of St. Francis and successfully completed a semester of teaching graphic design.

I completed and received my Master of Arts in Education.

I started a new job as the design manager in the University Communications office at Aurora University, trimming my commute time from 2+ hours one-way to 25 minutes—woo hoo!

We took a trip to Arizona with my parents—yay!

Justin's employer sent him to Melbourne, Australia for six weeks and I visited him for one of those—double yay!

The day after Justin got back to the states from his Australian-assignment, we competed in our first triathlon.

A few weeks later my best friend Dawn got married and I was her matron-of-honor—triple yay!

And if that wasn't enough, we also found time to participate in few 5Ks; I road-tripped-it to Minnesota and Missouri sans Justin; we laid over 600 square feet of hardwood flooring; and just spent last weekend in Southwest Michigan with our good friends Troy and Stephanie. Apparently, since our massive trip over Christmas and New Year's we have been infected with the travel bug but don't you worry your pretty-little-heads, I have oodles of photos to share, which reminds me...have I even finished sharing all the photos from my trip to England in the fall?
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