November 3, 2016 § 1 Comment
Love these home-dyed yarn colors! (In a perfect world, the blues might be a teeny bit grayer, though…) Really fantastic for fall.
October 31, 2016 § Leave a comment
Here’s our pumpkin for this year, carved:
Mr. E’s best work so far, I think. 🙂
October 12, 2016 § Leave a comment
Amanda at House Revivals shared this lovely crafts project:
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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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:
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.
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.
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.).
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.
The main achievements are the improved color situation and sensible storage. Ahh, it’s so lovely to have dedicated places for everything!
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.
The photo above was taken three weeks ago or so. Since, they’ve definitely spurted:
The last week of May turned out to be quite hot, but so far everything in the garden is doing fine.
May 18, 2016 § Leave a comment
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!
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!
(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:
Note to self: If we ever need to have a very minimal Christmas, this idea would do well for a little “tree”. 🙂