Home-Dyed Yarn Colors

November 3, 2016 § 1 Comment

Wow:

Lene Alve Dances with Wool Home-Dyed Yarn

Lene Alve at Dances with Wool.

Love these home-dyed yarn colors! (In a perfect world, the blues might be a teeny bit grayer, though…) Really fantastic for fall.

By Lene Alve at Dances with Wool.

Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2016 § Leave a comment

Here’s our pumpkin for this year, carved:

Jack-o-Lantern 2016

Mr. E’s best work so far, I think. 🙂

Happy Halloween!

Fire Starters with Wax and Fir

October 12, 2016 § Leave a comment

Amanda at House Revivals shared this lovely crafts project:

Amanda House Revivals firestarter_tutorial_christmas

Amanda at House Revivals.

Such cute – and fragrant, I bet – fire starters! Visit her site for more photos and full instructions. Thanks for sharing, Amanda!

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Summer Basement Project

October 7, 2016 § Leave a comment

This post really should be called Years-Long Basement Project, for it has taken more than this summer’s effort. It has been in the works for a long time, but I think we’re finally achieved the most important.

We knew we didn’t want to finish our basement, per se, because we have plenty of living space as it is. But we didn’t know what the “something” we wanted to do was. And that turned out to be the biggest problem – because we weren’t set on anything specific, for the longest time we couldn’t decide on a plan.

I’ve always found the color of unfinished concrete incredibly depressing, however, so it had to be painted at the very minimum. I landed on the idea of a darker floor and white walls, and found inspiration photos both for the space in general and for a green floor.

Mr. E worked on roughly finishing the ceiling a few years ago:

Ceiling Test After

Then life happened again, and the project pushed off as non-critical. Last summer we had the walls treated with a white water repellant and the floor painted.

Painted Basement North Wall

We then started adding shelving and rearranging the space, but stalled yet again – which turned out for the best, for we needed to have a lolly post added to address structural issues.

Basement New Support Post

This past summer we finally built a little more storage and arranged everything both in the garage and the basement. (I’ll post about the storage we built another time.)

We have boxes and bins and bags to group the smaller items and protect them for dust (and spiderwebs). Items are in zones: pantry-related (extra cans, jams, bottles); additional food prep items (like canning jars and Mr. E’s brewing supplies); household supplies (like light bulbs, batteries, recyclables to go out, paper products to go in, potting soil & plant pots); tools and the like (hammers, screw drivers, drill, etc.).

Finished Basement East Wall

We also have a few large storage tubs for seasonal items and decor, some pushed into corners, some on the shelves. The heating vents are still visible in all of their silvery glory, which sometimes bugs me, but not enough to take action.

Finished Basement South Wall

The main achievements are the improved color situation and sensible storage. Ahh, it’s so lovely to have dedicated places for everything!

New Growth

June 2, 2016 § 2 Comments

Mr. E has planted a small garden again. This year we’re getting, among other things, potatos. And not just accidental potatos either; these guys are planned.

Early Potato Sprouts

The photo above was taken three weeks ago or so. Since, they’ve definitely spurted:

Potato Sprouts Growing

The last week of May turned out to be quite hot, but so far everything in the garden is doing fine.

An Adorable Arm Knitting Project

May 18, 2016 § Leave a comment

Aaaaaah!

Anne Flax Twine Arm Knit Bunnies

Anne at Flax & Twine.

Such a pair of cute (and huge!) arm knit bunnies. This fun project is by Anne at Flax & Twine; go visit her blog for more pictures!

Green in January

January 25, 2016 § 2 Comments

Happy New Year! How are things? We’re busy with life, as usual. The first snow has come and gone, and the second snow is still here. I’m glad to have some green things around. My hyacinth bulbs from a year ago persisted despite my “care” and are about to blossom again, yay!

Hyacinth Buds

(I don’t force my flowers. As long as they survive, I’m happy.)

We got rid of our Christmas tree quite some time ago, but these trimmed branches are still doing fine in the basement:

Pine Boughs Basement

Note to self: If we ever need to have a very minimal Christmas, this idea would do well for a little “tree”. 🙂

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