Apartment Therapy highlighted a do-it-yourselfer that custom built his kids an amazing treehouse. You can see that post here, and the actual creator document process here! I included the pictures in a slideshow at the bottom, it’s pretty dope. I want them to adopt me!
For those of you who don’t know how amazing my husband it, here is a glimpse.
He has almost single-handedly remodeled our house, room by room, over the last 7 years.
We still have a few more projects in the house, but he was persuaded to work outside this time on a treehouse for our kids.
I always wanted a treehouse as I was growing up and never got the chance to have one, so when he told our kids last year that he would build one for them, I made him deliver on that promise!
It took him a bit longer than expected because he is a perfectionist and a beautiful designer, so it evolved as he built it.
But, the end result was definitely worth it. The kids are thrilled and I am so proud of him.
I documented the process with my iphone, but took some final photos with my good camera, both at night and daytime.
“If you don’t respond to my text message quickly, you don’t really love me!!!” – every psycho girl everywhere (including me)
Stole this from Leah Bia’s Pinterest… love it.
I get some pretty great (and random) spam comments on BlahBethany, but this one is by far my favorite so far because it’s SO RIDICULOUSLY RANDOM. Usually they’re linking to a website, or have to do with vitamins or penis enhancement. This one? BACON. nomnomnomnomnom
Apparently there’s such a thing as master FOOD sculptors, and they excel at carving life-sized pumpkin zombies.
Apparently there’s such a thing as master FOOD sculptors, who knew? One of the most famous sculptors is named Ray Villafane. His expertise is obbbbviously pumpkins, since it’s October and all. The NY Botanical Garden’s hired him to come out and carve two pumpkins, one of which happened to be the heaviest in the world. The results were amazing, spooky, and life-sized. via Laughing Squid:
Last weekend, The New York Botanical Garden brought on master food sculptor Ray Villafane to carve zombies out of two giant pumpkins, one of which was the world’s heaviest pumpkin. He used the “pale flesh Brant and Eleanor Bordsen’s 1,693 pound pumpkin for the zombies” and the world record-holding 1818.5 pound pumpkin from Kelsey and Jim Bryson was used as the base.
I love how he used the pumpkin innards as zombie guts! Pretty awesome. It’s almost like art? Too bad it probably started rotting after a day or two. Maybe it added to the effect, since they’re…ya know… zombies?
Here are the rest of the pictures from the zombie pumpkin carving, but if you want to see more of Ray’s work, click the link at the bottom of the post for more of his different 3D pumpkin art, pretty cool stuff!
Click the link to see more of Ray’s amazing sculptures!
OK, saying “I make an appearance” is somewhat misleading because really my teeny tiny orange Twitter icon is the only thing that makes an appearance. I was one of the first people to retweet one of these. CAN YOU FIND ME? It’s like Where’s Waldo, except really pathetic and not that fun!
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These are by far the most unique and creative wedding/engagement photos I’ve ever seen. Wasn’t expecting that!
If you enjoyed these, you might enjoy me post about the 15 Most creative/Nerdy Wedding Invitations
I ate every single one of these (except Danimals…. because seriously…… liquid yogurt?) in my lunch at school throughout the 1990’s and well into the 2000’s. I’m pretty sure my dad packed me Gushers up until my senior year in high school (2006 for those of you that are counting).
I wish I could still eat lunch like this. I’d weigh 600 lbs if I did, but I think it’d be worth it………………………………….. yeah. I thought about that for a minute. Definitely worth it.
It’s been well documented that I’m in love with Blake Lively and everything she wears. She doesn’t have a stylist and I love, love, love her taste. I love that she’s not afraid of color and everything she chooses is flattering and not overly sexy. There are some stars that ALWAYS have to dress sexy (Kim Kardashian, Jessica Simpson, etc) and then there are women like Blake Lively and Emma Stone who know they’re sexy to begin with, and that their clothing doesn’t have to be porn and booby to look great.
This is a perfect example of that. I mean, how amazing is this? Orange is my favorite color, and it’s hard to pull off orange clothing. This is perfect. I’m a little obsessed with it, to be honest with you. I could never pull it off but Blake 100% can.
I’m not sure how I feel about the shoe, (OK I am sure and I hate it. But I also am passionately anti-animal print) but I am willing to overlook it because the dress is so great.
Guy buys a building in NYC for $102k in 1966, still lives there. It’s now worth around $50 MILLION DOLLARS
Wow, this is amazing! I love stories like this. Found this story via the New York Post about what might be the most greatest Real Estate investment of all time. Jay Maisel, a photographer, gained around a $49 million (possibly more) return on his investment. Well, technically he hasn’t receievd any return on his investment because he still lives there and has chosen not to sell it yet!
Back in 1966, Jai Maisel was paying $125 a month for a 2,500 square foot studio. His landlord tried to raise the rent $50 a month, HOW DARE HE! Maisel wasn’t having it, so he found a real estate broker and began the hunt to buy a place.
That’s when he found 190 Bowery, which at the time was a graffiti covered hunk of junk. Six stories, 72 rooms, 35,000 square feet. Could this be his next family home? He bought it. He moved in. “My parents cried,” he said, “Every single thing that can come out of a human body has been left on my doorstep. But it was more disgusting than dangerous.” The ground floor was knee deep in garbage and coated in soot. He had to do all the work himself, shoveling everything out and cleaning it up.
He doesn’t state how much money he has put into renovations, or how long it has taken to make the place what it is now, but today it’s a beautiful bohemian mansion. It feels like it’s a home out of Architectural Digest.
All of the bedrooms, bathrooms, and dining are on the sixth floor; the kitchen was once where the staff cooked meals for the bankers. There’s only one elevator, the original copper cage from 1898 when the building was a bank. It’s still in working order and has been kept very clean. “You know what a sign of love is, in this family? It’s if you come home and the elevator is on the ground floor,” says Linda. “Because that means whoever came home before you walked up twelve flights of stairs.”
There have been no major changes to the interior. The basement contains a bank vault, still in tact. The first second and third floors are gallery spaces for his photograph and art. The fourth floor is a work in progress, and has previously been rented out to tenants. The fifth has various workshops, like the Mylar-window-shade room.
The building is considered a landmark in New York City. “Here’s the deal,” Maisel says. “If you have a window that needs fixing, you fix it. If I have a window that is broken, I have to repair it, with approval, the way it was done in 1898.” Upkeep is constant. “A typical day is first we might have to clean the sidewalks,” says Linda. “Because we’re responsible for the sidewalks in front of our building. Or the fire department comes for a walk-through, or the meters need fixing, or the boiler. Or the graffiti police come by.”
That’s another headache. The city wants the exterior graffiti-free, but it’s impossible: 190 Bowery is a mecca for street artists, as its neighbor 11 Spring was before it went luxury. Maisel tried scrubbing the building every week, but “it was like I was providing a fresh canvas for them.” Keith Haring used to cover the exterior in chalk babies, says Maisel, and that he liked, both for the spirit of the images and because they washed off so easily.
The building is still giving up its secrets. About a month ago, Amanda discovered a room she never knew existed. “It’s kind of in the mezzanine between the first and second floors,” she says. “It’s a cool little room. I don’t know why they don’t use it. It is just kind of full of pieces of mirror.”
So, will the Maisels ever sell? Or, more to the point, what’s holding them back? By modest estimates, and even in this economy, the building is worth tens of millions of dollars (see the estimates, here), and the property is so prime that sometimes Linda does reconnaissance before she takes out the trash for fear she’ll have to fend off yet another aggressive agent. “One man called me a bitch because I told him the building wasn’t for sale,” she says.
Maisel won’t let real-estate agents walk through or even see floor plans, so there’s lots of guessing in these assessments. He says his house is 35,000 square feet, 38,000 if you include the exterior walls; propertyshark .com has it at 27,414. Our brokers used various figures in that range. Whatever the size, if Maisel sold the place today, he’d make a hell of an ROI.
Robby Browne of The Corcoran Group says, “Without actually seeing it, I’m guessing the value is between $40 million and $70 million.”
“I fantasize about never having to worry about money again,” Maisel muses. “It would be great to take the money and run. But let’s face it, where are we going to go? A three-room apartment?”
If I was Maisel, I’d do what I had to do to get approval to split it up into units and sett a few of the floors for some “spending cash.” Because it’s a historical building I’m sure it’d be a pain in the ass, but it’s been done thousands of times in New York….. it can be done again!
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If you listen carefully, the modified lyrics to famous Puccini song are just as funny (if not more funny) than the slow-mo scenes.
My favorite was the food particle though. Gotta love it.
Thanks for making January 3 the best day so far on my blog! Previously the most views in one day was 107… And on Saturday I had a whopping 487 visitors! Yowza! Keep up the good work folks.
Doggy dome. This is what Tank and Winnie want for Christmas. $29.99