11.12.2018

More Than Thrift

I have some old carpets that I really love. Some of them are pretty ratty. This one, which I moved from the kitchen to the master bathroom, was in pretty bad shape.  Last week, when life was feeling particularly overwhelming, I embarked on a patching project which blissfully brought my mind somewhere else. I call this thrift, but it is really about so much more than that.  

10.30.2018

One Major Cluster F$%#

It is never a good thing to begin a post as titled above. Ever. 

Things were moving along swimmingly in the bathroom until I attempted to remedy an issue with the bath downspout. You see, the spout had always had a little play in it. I surmised that whoever had installed the spout had left too much of the threaded nipple protruding from the deck, whereby the spout bottomed out on the threads and hence could not tighten down all the way to clamp against the tub deck.

I only guessed this to be the case because one critical bit of information here is that, like most shower and tub plumbing (unlike a sink) the plumbing is hidden in the wall and in this case under this teak deck. Now my suspicion was actually not a good thing in this scenario because there would be no way for me to back down the nipple without access to it from under the deck.  

10.18.2018

Distractions and Blogging

Sometimes I have trouble documenting projects for this blog. Sometimes it is because I have gotten sidetracked and the little path I'm on doesn't seem to warrant documentation. Sometimes it can be a very quick and exciting endeavor and I don't want to bother with documentation. I'm trying to do better with this because I realize that some of the blogs I enjoy most present all sorts of small bits and bobs of original content. The more often, the better, as far as I'm concerned. I'm trying to do the same.  

10.11.2018

The Kitchen

It sure seems strange that in all my years of blogging, I've never posted specifically about the kitchen. Yes, there have been glimpses of it along the way, but no show and tell. Not sure why that is because the kitchen is the heart of the house.

10.03.2018

Diligence and Screw-Ups

Well hello. I hope no one was expecting a magical reveal of the master bathroom. I have to remind myself sometimes, in order to stave off feelings of insecurity and inadequacy, that this is a process blog, not one of those one and done, churn it out style operations. The pace of some renovation blogs has my head spinning of late, but I digress.

9.26.2018

More Painting and Refinishing the Sink, Again!

After much contemplation, I pulled the trigger this week and started to work on the master bathroom. The room is not in need of a redesign, just maintenance, mostly -new paint and refinishing of the teak sink surround. 

9.13.2018

So Much to Do, So Little Time

Oh man, have I ever been futzing about.
The futzing in literal terms, has been with this couch slip cover. This project (this couch is on the top floor and the white denim cover is ripped and very shrunken) has brought me to my knees -so frigging time consuming and fraught with major errors. Part of my problem is that I'm a perfectionist -I don't want this cover to be flimsy and janky. So this means that if a pleat or seam isn't very nicely placed, I do it over. 

8.08.2018

Preparing A Fiddle Fig Tree for Pruning

This winter I bought a 50 dollar fiddle fig tree from Home Depot -a four and a half foot, single stalked guy that was in pretty good shape, albeit a little mangy at the bottom. 

7.25.2018

Hey There

Greetings! I've been absent for a bit. This might be a great opportunity to jump right back in with a "catch up" post, I've got a a few little things that have gone hanging along with some other fun things to talk about. Here we go.

6.26.2018

Door Numbers for the Commitment Phobic

Finally! I've installed some numbers on my house. I've lived in my home for ten years now without having bona-fide house numbers. Say what? The reason? I just couldn't commit to anything and I was terrified of drilling into either the Douglas Fir door or the plaster facade around the door and garage.

A few years back, in order to have some identification, I sprayed the number on the sidewalk, which looked great but was not particularly visible from a car on the street. I always had to identify the house as "the shingled one with green trim" whenever I was giving directions.

6.19.2018

Under Stair Closet: Final Edition

This is boring, I know. That said, I have found the completion of this project to be pretty high up there on the satisfaction chart, because I actually. got. something. done. 

This year (I measure by school calendar year, September being the start) has been a doozy, actually a real shit show.  While keeping some things private, I'll just say that my younger guy has had a rough go of it and was unable to attend school full time. This has resulted in a lot of commuting and shortened days for me. Read: little time for other pursuits. So actually banging out a project like this in a very short period of time has been, just, yay.

6.03.2018

Under Stair Closet Redo

Remember this closet? The one I stated I was going to redo, like four years ago? The plan was to gaffer tape the walls and build some shelves. 

5.16.2018

An Upholstery Project: Final Edition

Well how fun and satisfying has this little project been?!

5.01.2018

Linocut and Printing Fabric!

Things have been proceeding just swimmingly here on my boudoir chair reupholstery project. (This is why this post title is written with an exclamation point!) Last week found me completely engrossed in creating a repeat pattern and making a linocut block.

First things first though, I bought a Speedball linocut starter kit and some 2x3" blocks. I bought both the traditional board backed linoleum block and some of the softer pink Speedy Cut type. I bought both because my only real recollection of linocutting must be from like grade school, when I found that it was friggin impossible to cut at all, never mind with any precision. On the other hand, the softer types, I read, can be prone to crumbling and I was going to be trying to cut some thin crisp lines.

4.22.2018

An Upholstery Project: Part Two

The title of this post ought to be "Where I remove all the upholstery from a chair and humbly face my overconfidence". That, my friends, has been what has transpired here these past two weeks.

4.09.2018

Spring in the Garden

Finally spring has come to the garden. We had a very late winter in Norcal this year with a lot of rain and cold temperatures very late in the season (I know everything is relative, my east coast friends). Rain is always good in California but I'm ready for the dreariness to move on.

4.04.2018

Attack of the Killer Kombucha

For many months now, I've been cheating on my kombucha... I've been drinking store bought.  I love the taste of my home brew so I guess this is purely due to laziness or business or whatever. I love kombucha and will usually drink it daily if it is available. Buying from the store can get pretty pricey (which is why I started brewing my own in the first place).

4.02.2018

An Upholstery Project

I have a new distraction, er, I mean project. I have so many things stacked up on my to do list, but for some reason this has been especially compelling.