Super Storm Sandy: Check.
Power back on: Check (though it has flickered several times, in fact twice while I was trying to post this, and many in our area haven’t gotten it back AT ALL yet.)
Internet, Phone and TV Service finally restored: Check, check and check.
Price-gouged gas in the car, obtained by waiting in medium-long and tension-filled lines: Check.
Nasty Nor’Easter kicking up a lot more wind last night and a dumping of snow significant enough that Rob’s commute home took three hours and meant he couldn’t get up the moderate hill by our house: Check and check, plus sigh.
Lots of twigs and branches strewn all over the place making a mockery of our already-leaf filled yard (but feeling VERY thankful that no full trees came down on us this time – again, many of our neighbors were not so lucky): Check.
Just in case you suddenly find yourself with lots of twigs and branches laying around, I thought I’d share a twig-centric DIY project Rob and I did in our guest bath when we first moved in. (Of course, there are issues FAR more serious than fallen twigs here in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut area, but we try to look on the lighter side here at the home tome…you know, lemons/lemonade, though of course that particular bev doesn’t exactly seem seasonal right now…)
Our house was built in 1965 and the bathrooms are still pretty much stuck in this era. Although the guest bath has a newish pedestal sink and a newish toilet, the tile work and bathtub are an old-school color that could best be described as…well, mushroom (And while I’d usually use this word as a compliment, that is not the case, here.)
Sure, we intend to update both this and our master bath when we can, but I suspect it will be a while. In the mean time, we were inspired by a branch-covered shower curtain we picked up at CB2 a few years ago: we wanted to give this bathroom a modern yet natural vibe and try to distract away from some of the more dated aspects.
Our property boasts lots of old trees, which means that even when a hurricane hasn’t swept through we have a surplus of fallen branches and twigs year round. I gathered together some handsome ones. Then I sprayed a light coating of craft enamel on them to prevent shedding over time, and to protect them from those steamy conditions.
I configured them the way I wanted then Rob attached them to the wall with short pieces of wire. He poked one end of the wire on one side of the twig and poked the other end on the other side, so that the wire acted almost like a round staple.
Next, we interspersed some sand dollars my mother in-law found on the beach at Cape Cod.
Finally, I added a few small mirrors I picked up from Target. These reflect the branches from the shower curtain across the room. And voila! Twiggy Guest Bath Installation. All for under $10.
Since then, I must confess that I have bravely foraged in our yard for other decorative reasons. I’ve made bouquets out of weeds and used fallen leaves for dining table centerpieces. I just hope I don’t get out of hand with this newfound practice: if, for example, you see me gathering grass clippings, please make sure I’m not planning on weaving a bathmat out of them, or something!
Hope any readers who were affected by Sandy are getting back to normal now or will soon. Times like these certainly remind us how fragile our infrastructure is and how important our friends are. Thank you to Sara, Kevin and Nora over at Shmooples for eggs-n-internet right after the storm. And all my best to Katie and Ira at Rock and Roll Yogi who literally had a gigantic tree fall on their kitchen and ON THEM while cooking what I am sure were some excellent brussel sprouts: May you come out of this nightmare with the kitchen of your dreams!