Kitchen Rag Rug & Marimekko Poppy Curtains

October 13, 2015 § Leave a comment

Weslie and Kristina’s north Texas kitchen is not only lovely, it pings my Nordic radar. And no surprise: Kristina is Finnish.

Weslie Kristina selma-ikea-kitchen-after-3

Weslie and Kristina’s kitchen. Found via House*Tweaking.

I LOVE the rag rug on the floor! Lots of white and a little blue, green, and red, plus a dash of black, with varying stripe widths. Goes really well with the modern look, including the red Marimekko Unikko curtain fabric. Apparently it’s a handmade vintage piece which was a gift from their sister-in-law in Finland.

Found via House*Tweaking.

Work on the House

September 29, 2015 § Leave a comment

Last winter’s snows made our roof leak, and since we were going to have to get someone in to look at that anyway, we decided to have some other work done while they were at it.

The good news is, there doesn’t seem to be permanent damage in our walls or roof. Nevertheless, at one point we did get a mushroom of some sort growing in between the floorboards by the back door:

Back Door Mushroom

Yikes! It hasn’t been back, so most likely it was a fluke.

The biggest task was to repair and repaint drywall damage from the leaks and a few spots elsewhere in the house. I don’t seem to have a good photo of all the water damage by the back door and the fireplace where most of it happened, but here are two shots. The picture below shows the biggest ceiling stain when it was still of middling size:

Back Door Ceiling Damage

Living Room Work

In the picture above, the back door is just out of the picture to the left. The leaking water dripped down along the ceiling beam, ran along the beam to the fireplace and finally ran down both the side and kitchen front of the fireplace to the tile floor in front of it. You can kinda tell where the primer covering the damage is by the different reflection (gleam / lighter shade).

We’ve had cracks in the bedroom drywall for almost as long as we’ve lived in the house, and our efforts to patch them haven’t worked. It was fantastic to get those fixed!

Bedroom Doorway

A few other spots:

Upst Blue Bath

Upst Yellow Office

We also want out basement to look a little nicer, plus painted and water-protected to some extent:

Painted Basement North Wall

Painted Basement South Wall

The white on the walls is a kind of sealant, the green is just floor paint.

Then we got two of these beauties put in:

Dual Flush Toilet

Dual flush toilets! It’s a glamorous life we lead if new toilets can get you excited. ;)

And finally, we had a bathouse hung in the south west corner of the house:


Mr. E made the bathouse following his father’s proven design. The funny thing was that the evening when the bathouse went up, we kept the garage doors open till dusk to release the fumes from the basement wall treatment. As we went to look at the work and close the garage doors, we startled a bat in our garage! The poor thing flapped around inside for a bit, confused and scared by us (most likely), then flew out. Unfortunately we can’t yet tell whether it’s settled into the bathouse or not. Here’s hoping!

And only two days after this round of work, we had to call in a plumber to replace the leaking overflow tank on our waterheater. He also discovered that our water pressure way exceeded the recommended, and installed a valve. If it’s not one thing, it’s another. Ohwell. :)

Bye, Summer 2015

September 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

Summer was, on the whole, good. We were surprisingly busy, so the blog break was very welcome.

The weather was sunny and dry, at times a little too sunny and dry! In the beginning of September, up until the end of last week when we finally got some rain, the grass started to get brown and the rest of the plants to droop. Mr. E’s garden did flourish, with for example cucumbers…

1st Cucunger

…and potatoes…

1st Potatoes

…and other yummies. We visited out-of-state friends who were cat-sitting a gorgeous Cornish Rex who looooved Mr. E from the start…

Cat Love

…and worked on projects, large and small…

MagPages Recycled into Envelopes

…like these envelopes made out of recycled magazine pages. (Thank you, K, for the template! I’ve been using it so much.)

Now that we seem to be done with the last errant heat wave of September, I’m looking forward to fall weather.

Vacation in Social Media and IRL

June 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

It’s time to prioritize self care, clean my office, enjoy summer and take time to smell the flowers.

Clover Closeup

I’m taking time off from social media, plus some vacation time in real life, too.

The Return of the Revenge of the Sequel of the Ants

June 12, 2015 § Leave a comment

Damnation and darnation, now we have another population of ants coming in! The ones by the back door haven’t come back. (Hooray for that!) Now we have ants coming in from the opposite corner, though. Grr!

The ants are coming in through cracks in the window corners and under the window sill above the sink, and getting into the dish drainer / dish washer / sink area. Out came the cinnamon again.

Ant Deterrent Window Sill

We sprinkled cinnamon into the window corners, and I’ve since patched the cracks under the sill. So far, so good; they haven’t been back through there. However, the ants’ access into the cabinet under the sink is more difficult to deal with.

Ant Deterrent Under Cabinet

We’ve laid down baits and tried to “board off” the front edge of the cabinet with cinnamon. The cinnamon edging didn’t work, unfortunately. Since the photo above, we’ve pushed the cinnamon into little mounds around the three pipe holes. That seems to work better, although we’re still getting scouts. We battle on!

Dragonfly on Window Screen, Drying

June 11, 2015 § Leave a comment

During much-wanted rain, this dragonfly settled itself on one of our windows:

Dragonfly on Window Screen

It sat there for a full day afterwards without moving. I thought it was dead. I guess it just needed to dry off properly, dripping water as it was.

Quick Project: No-Sew Sheer Curtain for Back Door

June 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

Our back door has a huge window on it. Since the door faces south west, the nook it opens to gets unbearably hot in the summer. For a long time, we’ve wanted a sheer curtain there to block the sun. I finally got one made. Here’s the back door before:

Back Door Before

I used scraps of the same sheer fabric we used elsewhere in the house, round elastic, eye screws and small nails. Voila!

Back Door After

Much better. :)


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