Market day

Recently Mark and I have noticed that we have accumulated a great many things. Things we’ve made or collected over the years, things found or given or handed down to us. I like things, but one can have too many. My mother has even more things. So she and I have combined forces to open... Continue Reading →

Never weary of life

I found this quote by Rachel Carson and it captures such a lovely sentiment that I knew I had to incorporate it into a piece of art. I love how it turned out with the fox lifting his nose towards the butterfly in fascination. It also ties in beautifully with the woodland themed nursery for... Continue Reading →

Keep it in your drawers

Let me tell you, one of my favorite upgrades we’ve done to this kitchen is a set of drawers Mark built for a cabinet that had been tragically underutilized. Aside from storing the slow cooker and the odd boy, this cabinet wasn’t getting much use. And this was all the more sad for it’s central... Continue Reading →

Venting displeasure

Under the kitchen sink cabinet, just where the toe lift meets the floor, was the grossest vent in the house. It was originally brown painted metal, but was now caked with rust and grime, since decades of floor mopping water had deposited a nasty patina of scum. An additional problem is that they had laid... Continue Reading →

Goodbye shitty soffit

One of the more annoyingly innocuous aspects of our house when we moved in was an extra bit of soffit that had been used to attach a cabinet over the kitchen peninsula counter. Someone in the past had taken the cabinet off to open up the kitchen space, (a decision I heartily agree with), but... Continue Reading →

Cedar Toy Box

Toy box for our friends new baby girl. Accidentally turned into an anarchists tool box thanks to literary influences from Lost Art Press. Once it’s done holding toys she can fill it with tools!

Halloween Pumpkins

I tried the pumpkin eyeball method with success this Halloween. I broke out my proper acrylic paints from art school and really tried to get into the spirit of the thing. Also our pumpkin family has one more member than it did last year.

Tools of Mass Production

Mark painted the garage with a paint sprayer. The end results look so much better and cleaner. The garage had probably not been painted in 40 years. Now with everything hanging neatly, I notice how many shovels, rakes, hoes, axes, trimmers, machetes and other implements of destruction we have.

Pumpkin Spiced Butter

This isn’t a recipe, it’s more of a general method. Start with several pie pumpkins. Wash and slice pumpkins into wedges. You can discard the pumpkin seeds, but we dry the seeds out for a day, then give them to the squirrels. Drizzle oil of your choice over pumpkins, or use a pastry brush. We... Continue Reading →

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