Pandemic Christmas

Like many of you, I was ready to Christmas up my house very early this year and got going in mid November. And I might leave it up well into January because: anything to help get through a raging pandemic + incompetent government response is ok. (And if decorating or celebrating is too much this … More Pandemic Christmas

Halloween Candy Chute

Quick post about our impromptu and super simple Halloween candy chute for weird 2020 Halloween! First off, this is not an original idea, but 100% inspired by a google image search. Second, this is only super simple if you already have a stair rail leading to your front door. Third, our neighborhood is never packed … More Halloween Candy Chute

Bats!

I really wanted to go overboard on Halloween decorations this year to offset 2020 horrors, but I didn’t have the energy or creativity or time so these cardboard bats are as elaborate as I got. Made from trash boxes and leftover exterior paint, one continually ends up in the rain gutter and one has since … More Bats!

Garden is not Dead

Not sure if anyone has any interest in watching a garden grow, but my tiny raised vegetable garden isn’t dead yet and it has been one of the surprise hobbies (therapies?) of this weird year. Along with…drumroll….sewing, another activity I previously hated but I guess I don’t in upsidedownworld 2020. I have been super happy … More Garden is not Dead

Patio Updates

Continuing the summer of making the backyard better, the patio got some work done too. Basically, this will be a post about the life-changing magic of vintage mosaic coffee tables. Our patio, for so long, has been the home of misfit, mismatched, and broken furniture and, like everyone this year, I was ready to invest … More Patio Updates

Fresh Grass

Playing a little chronological catch up here with a project we did in May and June: redoing the backyard grass. If ever a small task has snowballed, it’s the one where we had some extra dirt left over from another project and thought maybe we should use it to level out a few areas of … More Fresh Grass

Front Yard Updates

A note: I have to start by saying BLACK LIVES MATTER. This is a relatively trivial blog about house projects and creating a home you love – all that means nothing in the face of injustice and oppression and systemic racism. So non-Black readers: thank you for showing up here today but, if you aren’t … More Front Yard Updates

Yellow Laundry Light!

We finally finally finally bought the light I’ve been dreaming of for the laundry room – this wild, punchy yellow starburst from Sazerac Stitches. The laundry room (a generous title for what is actually a little alcove between the kitchen and the garage) doesn’t often make it to the top of the priority list in … More Yellow Laundry Light!

Kitchen Pass Through Turned Room Divider

Kitchen pass throughs, aka window-like openings in the wall between the kitchen and dining room, aren’t a common house feature these days. But they can be found in many mid century homes – ours included. While I’m all for keeping quirky old-school details, this particular quirk in this particular house needed some reworking. With the … More Kitchen Pass Through Turned Room Divider

Pottery

Hi wow how are you? Life is weird and overwhelming right now. And I say that knowing full well that my family’s coronavirus hardships are nothing compared to many right now. (In commiseration if you need to hear it: the transition to homeschooling has NOT been a smooth one in our house – and I’ve … More Pottery