Sashiko Patch

I've had little time for projects lately and was feeling a bit antsy. This project was short and quick and had just the desired therapeutic effect of busy hands and an empty mind -kind of like knitting. 


Finished! Two Slipcovered Chairs

As promised, here are some final shots of the two slipper chairs for which I recently made some slipcovers.


A Muelenbeckia Screen

Last month I planted this Muehlenbeckia axillaris in some planters, with some wire topiary frames, in my back yard.


How to Slipcover a Slipper Chair. Part Two

Part One of this tutorial found me tracing and cutting a pattern to slipcover these now trashed slipper chairs. Here in Part Two, I shall assemble all the pieces and sew them together. The techniques I use here should provide the outline for anyone to tackle a armless slipcover project of their own.


Garden Teaser

Where oh where has the summer gone? Finally, I am posting some snapshots of the garden! I say "snapshots" because the garden is still a work in progress which I assume it will be for some time to come. But that is a good thing. Completion is satisfying, but the process, for me, is equally as important.


How to Slipcover a Slipper Chair. Part One.

Hey! Why not start a new project when I've got like 3 others half finished?! I'm making some slipcovers for these velvet slipper chairs that sit at the front of the house by the piano. These chairs look fine in this picture but in reality they are completely trashed. Even four years ago, they were in bad shape


A Raised Herb Box

After thinking about this for what seems like forever, I finally built a raised box for a little herb and lettuce garden.



Thrift, repair, recycle. Call it what you will. I am into it. 


Backyard Walkway

Holy shit. Has it really been two months since I've checked in on what's happening in the yard with the whole hot tub build out? A lot and nothing has been happening since then.


Burlap Window Shades 2.0

Finally a follow up post on the burlap shade I made for the top floor bathroom. This shade is similar in style to these ones I made for the master bathroom, with a few small functional differences. 

Like the shades downstairs, this shade is stationary and not intended to be lifted with any frequency. I have buildings right across the street so this shade is really required for privacy. The panel is hung at shoulder height because this bathroom has a very nice view of Saint Ignatius Church and the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge and it would be a shame to block that out.


New Paint in the Boys' Bath

It was time for fresh paint in the boys' bathroom. Because there are so many windows in here, this is no small undertaking, but the walls were pretty dinged up and I was also ready for a refresh. I wiped everything down with TSP, taped and primed with Zinsser Zero.


Top Floor Bathroom

The upstairs bathroom is put back together and for the most part finished.


Laundry Room Reveal

Finally I am finished, finished with the laundry room. Oh how I love my laundry room!


Replacing A Sink: Part Three

Ok, this is the final teaser post about this sink before I do a whole bathroom reveal because I did change things up in here.


Hot Tub and Garden Renovation Preview

Yes, yes and yes! This just happened today. I'm both high with excitement and terrified by the size of this thing because yes...


Reworked Textiles

It is no secret that I enjoy sewing. I like to sew for a multitude of reasons -the unconscious solitude of it, the tangibility and satisfaction of an easily completed project, and the challenge of learning or improving a skill. Recently, I have been reworking some fabrics  that I am using to make some pillows, which has proved to be a satisfying diversion from some larger projects that are in the works or needing finishing touches.


Replacing A Sink: Part Two

Well here we are at part two of replacing the chipped pedestal sink on the top floor. Find part one here.


Progress :)

Finally, finally, finally we are making progress on the hot tub project.
If you are a regular reader, you will remember that this project was begun a loooong time ago, last September to be exact. So yes, my yard has been ripped up and in complete state of disarray for 6 months.