Monday, July 29, 2013

Apples to Magazines

A new purchase. It's to hold magazines in my living room. I shellac them so the label stays intact.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Look Up

I've introduced you to my hallway before.  Actually, I've introduced you to the doors of my hallway.  There are a lot of them.  But, what I haven't mentioned before is there is also a lot of wall space.  Albeit above the doors.

I have also talked about my collection of vintage Minneapolis postcards.

One day I found myself staring up at all the empty wall space and it dawned on me.  That would be the perfect spot to display my collection of postcards.  So, I've started moving the postcards I have framed, up there.  And as I add frames, up they go.

The doors are looking good too, aren't they?

Monday, July 15, 2013

Raised Cubes

I'm going to cruise through a bunch of projects in order to get you up to speed. This is what happens when you follow a Blog whose owner briefly loses her drive to blog. My apologies. I will try to do better. Honestly.

A few months ago my parents surprised me with a very early birthday present of two raised garden beds. The raised beds expanded my workable garden scape significantly. Which worked out nicely because my strawberries and asparagus both have aspirations of taking over the world....or at least my back yard.

For the record, each one of those 8 cubes takes 3 - 40 pound bags of dirt. It was a test of will hauling that dirt through the store, to my car, out of my car, and to the garden. That's a whole lot of dirt. But I really, really wanted basil.

These photos were taken a month or so ago.  Right now I'm in the throes of a cilantro, basil, dill boom.

I still need to haul home some mulch to fill in around the beds.  Right now you can see the oh-so-attractive weed fabric.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

A Teaser

More to come......

Sunday, July 07, 2013

A Guest Room

From the day I bought my house to three years ago, I owned a consulting company and worked out of my home.  One of my bedrooms was set up as a full office.  Now that I am working for the Evil Empire, I've decided to convert that office back into a guest bedroom.

I bought a vintage wood twin bed. Then I found an even better vintage twin bed.

The better one is below.

The other bed is in bad shape, but has a cute form. I plan on painting it and will post photos once that is done. Not sure what I will do with that one yet.

Saturday, July 06, 2013

A Yellow Shade

Two weeks ago we had some pretty wild storms come through the Twin Cities. My block lost electricity for two days - which was a little annoying because the block across the street didn't even flicker.  After reaching my max of reading and taking bike rides, on the second day I decided I would take advantage of the lights out and change out my light upstairs.

I bought a lovely pjnk shaded light from a salvage a few years back.  However, there was an unfortunate incident with a falling iron that led to it's demise. I can't talk about it too much without crying.  However, I was able to locate a somewhat similar replacement with a yellow shade on sale at an antique store last year. I had it rewired and then this light has been in secure location since purchase.  I was not going to suffer a second loss.

I had planned on stripping off the old paint on the base before installing it.  But, I figured I'd get it up now and deal with that later.

I switched off the main (because I was not going to be the girl who was electrocuted when the electricity came back on unexpectedly) and got to work.  The only glitch in the process was the discovery that the new cloth wiring had two black wires instead of one white and one black.  For the life of me, I couldn't remember how to tell which one was white (ridges or was it lettering?)

So, I spent the next hour learning how to use the internet access on my mobile phone.  Found the answer (ridges) and got to work.

New light. Very light yellow shade works with the stencils

The old Menards light - which actually wasn't bad, just not vintage.

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