::pack:: of fixations

life after tragedy. living while grieving. love and triplets.


pegboard fixation

The people, they call me crafty.  I get a lot of "you're so crafty".  I don't get it.  I don't scrapbook [I'm a closet scrabbook hater], I don't own craft supplies, and just recently found out what a cricut is.  I appreciate crafty people and the things they do.  But this thing I've got going right now is definitely sorta crafty.  Maybe it's my subconscious trying to fit the crafty bill.

I struggle with frames.  I don't find many I like or that I like enough to warrant a purchase.  Most are too ornate or country for me.  And the whole frame collage thing isn't for me.  I wanted something more industrial/modern to hang our pictures in.  I also, wanted to hang several because I can't pick just one. What would the people say? 

Hanging something on our walls is a HUGE commitment around here.  The Kid HATES putting any kind of holes in our walls.  Sometimes it takes 6-12 months to get him to do it [and the thing that he's supposed to hang just sits there so long I get used to it and forget to nag].  Oh, and he has to find a stud to hang it on... you can't just hang something by hammering in a nail supposedly.  I wonder what Martha Stewart would say?  Maybe, I will ask her cause I'm so crafty, and all us crafters run in a very tight circle.

Well I do love me some plexiglass remember this?  So I set out to make my own frames knowing I wanted to incorporate screws, plexiglass, and something else.  So, I went to Home Depot and walked around until I spotted something that suited my crafty self.  I live at Home Depot by the way.  I got a cousin that works there [who's like in his 50's or 60's and calls me Katie and refers to me as his niece].  I think that Home Depot should have a little apartment for me next to the restrooms because I live there. Or, maybe they could pay me to shop [Nordstrom's did]. And when I go it's usually for 2-10 different projects and I'm pretty sure some of the employees think I'm really dumb/weird [one in particular, I'm gonna have to start barking at him].  

The clouds parted and the angels started singing when I saw the pegboard.  I also bought some sort of wood for the back of our large family portrait. 

first line up the pictures and then mark where you are gonna drill the holes.  [if your not crafty you will learn to glue the pictures pretty fast, 'cause if you don't your kids will have to wear earmuffs so they don't hear all the bad words that make their way outta your mouth] [I'm crafty though so that wasn't a problem... [{chuckle}]

 Now I set out to do this meager project and planned on 1-2 hours.  I spent an ENTIRE day and it's still a work in progress.  The hardest part is drilling holes in the plexiglass [the Kid was at work and says "huh, I wonder why"].  It likes to break and crack while drilling, and let's just say I have a lot of plexiglass all over the house with broken corners.

But, the good news is that I bought all these really old letters for Park Silly and didn't know how the heck I was gonna hang them on something.  I didn't want to drill holes in most of them cause I love them and will probably re-use them in another future crafty project.  Well, you guessed it... pegboard was the answer. And of course I now want pegboard all over my house [but then we'd have to hang it].


Dear Kid

I'm thinkin' this was your first diaper change.

You don't look happy at all ;)  Finally a Daddy.

You are your Father's Son.  3 generations of Pack men.  I remember your Dad's cuts from shaving on this day when I look at this picture and it makes me sad that it's almost been 3 years.

Always been jealous of your uncanny ability to just fall asleep.  Whenever.  Wherever.   [and OMG look at Finn's hair]

Colum was probably asleep sitting up.  And look how yittle.
You can sorta tell in this pic that he already has your head ;)

What tha blonde hair?!? haha

Remember how I could hear Finn as soon as he got off the elevator in the hospital yelling "Hi" to every single person he could see?  I love this picture!  Just boys... all [stinky] boys, even boy dogs.

Happy Father's Day.  So glad your mine/ours.  We've had ups and downs but mostly smooth sailing.  You have an incredible work ethic and we appreciate all you do.  I'm positive I couldn't stand being married to any one else.... I really believe you were made just for me.  The boys adore you.  You are a big kid.  You are the best Father in the whole world and it shows.  We love you.  We wouldn't be us without you.


Yuba Lake

Let's pretend I posted this 3 weeks ago... 'nuff said.  We went to Yuba Lake over Memorial Day weekend.  It was a first for all of us.  There were a lot of firsts over the holiday weekend.

 Colum's first [and only] time in a big boy car seat so far [a month early and it's still in the truck by the way].  They totally fell asleep.

 Colum, please don't stop sleeping with your butt in the air until 2030.  Totally noticing that this and other things will stop soon and it doesn't come back.  He's almost 1 and I'm feelin'/hating it.  I'm actually hating him getting bigger [minus the teething].

 Finn and I's first time hangin' out by Yuba Lake [lookin' for sharks].

 Baby Cameron's first Birthday!

Cam's 1st Birthday was a huge hit.  Our friends Jane and Brian went all out, for their first and only child's first Birthday party! 

 Colum's first time around a camp fire.  Oh, I sorta love him and his squinty eyes when he smiles!  And, he's cuddly too.

 And Finn's eyes kill me.  Dark, thick lashes and all.

 Tubbin' it up in the trailer after a long time playin' in the dirt.  This was their first time together in the trailer and Colum's first.

 My first time being sunburned in 3 years [it was bad]!  It was beautiful the first day we were there.  [You will never see me with a sunburned face no sir, I won't take out the garbage without spf on... OCD kinda sorta]

 Daddy's first time tryin' out the table turned bed in the trailer 'cause Finn and I were snugglin' in the big [not so big] bed.

Our first time camping with 2 kids, and my first time thinking that I may need a bigger trailer.  A little too messy [I'm kinda working on cleaning less and enjoying life more] and a little too crowded [we bought this trailer before I miraculously got pregnant with Colum].  But, still it's better than a tent.


Caged pendant lights

Last but definitely not least are some shots of our caged lights.  These are shown pendant style (hard wired) but will also be available via plug-in style.  The one shown is a depression style socket and vinyl black cord (love love love).  These look pretty cool by themselves the cages are optional/removable in an antiqued/patina'd brass.  Why not use these cage lights to shed some light on that early morning cup of coffee. These lights can hang anywhere and give real vintage industrial style to your space.  I have had one (one of my first lighting creations), hanging over a modular shelf in my basement for awhile now (damn I need to take a pic), and love it!  Especially, when you have an Edison light bulb!  If you haven't seen these yet, you are missing out.  They are definitely very pricey for a light bulb but, very well worth it!  Totally extremely-old-fashion-meets-modern-cool, I'm obsessed.  

The cages open and close to your liking.

This is the best example I could capture of the bitchin' Edison light bulb

This is a different style of Edison light bulb.  Kind of longer and the wires inside are different to,  I can't pick a favorite.

Please excuse the photos by the way.  I strive to be a better photographer with a better camera but for now, it's better to pay your bills than have a camera you really can't afford right?  I average about 5 min per day ripping up credit card applications (I'm sure I'm not alone) that could be put to use doing sit-ups and learning French.   Don't they know by now that I'm not gonna open one of their credit cards?!?  What a waste of paper, I'll call you if I'm  ever desperate or crazy enough to open one.  And thanks for increasing my risk for identity theft and credit fraud.... No thanks.



It's a good day and I really think I just got a little bit cooler, if that's even possible.  After many hours wiring, rewiring, and configuring, I have created my first chandelier... and I'm in love.  And it's all brass folks, yes indeedy!  My fingers are still sore as I type.  And, if you don't love this or even sorta like this then we will most definitely never be friends.

 I don't think I've cussed as much as I did assembling this beauty since my first and only time I went snowboarding.  I don't know what would have happened if it didn't work when I finally plugged it in... maybe brass arms poking out of fresh holes punched in the wall and/or a 3 day bender perhaps?  I guess we'll never know because.......

drum roll please...

wait for it...

...wait for it...

 SHE WORKS!  And she's pretty darn sexy.  ...probably be pretty weird if it didn't work after talking about how cool I am huh?

On another note: above are 3 examples of our glass insulator pendants.  Aren't they dreamy?

And lastly, here is a picture (finally) of my Haywood Wakefield (late 50's-early 60's) chairs (set of 4) I scored a few weeks ago.  They are stackable, plastic and chrome, and perfect.  No reupholstering/weird smells here!  These could have been used as school chairs but I personally like to imagine that these were used in Donald Draper's office on Madison Avenue in Manhattan circa 1961 or what have you.  

All will be for sale in Park City at the market this summer and if no one buys 'em I will just have to keep them all.

Working on my next light fixture later today.  Will post it on the ol' bloggity by tomorrow.



So one of my favorite new chairs has a smell.  I'm not incredibly sensitive to smells or anything and I thought with maybe a little time.....  Well, I was dead wrong, I swear more and different smells are coming to surface.  First, it was stale, stale cigar smoke, and then body odor.

So I'm gonna re-upholster the stinkin' thing before we can use it!  I'm leaning more towards doing it myself cause it kinda connects to the top and bottom and is sorta hammock/sling-like.  So no staples are involved.  The ottoman doesn't have staples either but both have those button things on them.  I'm cool with vinyl actually totally down with the vinyl.  I have no clue how much vinyl runs and where in the hell to buy the foam stuff.  I'm gonna watch You Tube videos and get educated (even though most I've seen so far involve staples), so we'll see cause "Stink" is going out in the garage cause I swear I thought a skunk farted in my fireplace today... gotta be the chair aka "stink".  Maybe I will get a bid for a professional and it will be next to nothing... Uhhh, probably not.

Park Silly what we will be selling...

We don't have a ton of great photos of our lights that we will be selling.  Our biggest thing that we are selling are pendant lights made out of antique glass insulators.  Once upon a time these glass jewels were a blip in the industrial revolution, protecting connections on telephone poles across the country. They are as old as the 1800's to early 1900's. A lot of them say MADE IN THE USA right on them. These were originally made from recycled glass so they vary in size and color. Their color changes throughout the day, depending on how the sun hits them.   

In making these lights we have sorta become collectors.  I had no idea what these were before December.  Ryan's Dad worked for a power company and would bring them home for him to play with.  Ryan has always been very close to his Dad and his Dad is very ill so it has made it that much more special to us.  Some insulators are worth $.50 and some are worth $10,000+.  A few weeks ago I scored some that are worth $90-180 a piece and paid $1 for them!  Obviously we are only drilling holes through the more common/less valuable ones.
source unknown.  I love this cord but it's not U.L. listed so we chose not to use it.

These are ours.  But these have cloth cord and we chose clear/silver cord instead, we think it looks better.  These photos suck and don't do them justice.

 Source for photo above.  We are not making them like this but isn't it beautiful?  An artist in NYC has them cascading down like 4 stories inside his brownstone, I feel like we need to be friends.

example of another style.

Ours won't have a light bulb hanging out btw.  source unknown

The photo above is a swag lamp turned pendant light (minus the chain cause Ryan doesn't/didn't like chain).  It was brass and we painted it silver.  This is one of my favorites.  The metal cone has little holes in it because it's midcentury modern sorta atomic-ish.  We have decided to sell it and I've promised to hold it for someone so it's already sold :(  But, woohoo on our first sell!!!

We are also selling 2nd hand midcentury items!  I know I love everything midcentury but, do other people in Utah?!?  Are there other cool, totally awesome people like me in Utah? I feel like we need to start a club or something.  A few days ago we went to a meeting in Park City and walked down Main Street to check out our spot for our booth (it's a good one) and it felt good because I know our insulator lights are going to fit right in (Yay).  The market is every Sunday starting June 12-September.  We will be there the following dates: 6/26, 7/31, 8/14, 8/28, 9/18, and 9/25.  Come and see us!  It's free and there are free kids activities, yummy food, and live music!  If you don't believe me check out this.

Family photos

We finally got our family pictures taken.  We have been procrastinating.  We haven't had them taken in almost 2 years!  It's nice to have the whole fam damily in a picture now.  Warning ::Pack:: overload there are just too many great ones so I posted nearly all of them.  Both kids were pretty grumpy and Finn basically refused to smile even thought we practiced the whole week before.  Photos were taken by my dear friend Janika, you can see more of her work here and her website is here.  I die over her films... die!

Oh and that super ugly yet super radical light hanging from the tree is ours.  It currently hangs in my front room.  We've never seen anything like it.  We are torn about whether to take it apart and turn them into 3 pendant lights, whether to keep it brass or silver, or just leave it be.  I love how they are like pineapples and the metal part inside have super awesome holes all over them.  What should we do?