Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Little house for a mouse

Nothing was stirring , not even a mouse. 

Make believe mouse living in a house in the wall
This would be fun to have in any size house.
Make believe mouse living in a house in the wall

Monday, July 29, 2013

Friday, July 26, 2013

One box at a time to discover the fireworks

Taking a box off a shelf and rumaging through it can make for a fun Friday night at our house.
First we tossed the ballons, pumps and egyptian camel thing.
orange balloons, and camel doll

I used to color coordinate table settings for each holiday..minus the spider.
Time to graduate to the crystal goblets.
These cups and bowls are from when my children were young, an easy toss.
children's cup and bowl

Then we came across this light. We both sighed in delight and immediately plugged it in.
It did not turn and the light only stayed red.
fiber optic red

Never fear, the chemical engineer is near.
inside of fiber optic light

After 3 incorrect AC motors, and finally the right DC motor, we had a kaleidoscope of colors rotating. This rewarding downsizing moment is brought to you by China.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

lyft, a new idea for transportation

Lyft is a new rideshare concept developed in San Francisco. In the era of couchsurfing, I see it as hitch hiking for hipsters. There is the person in need of a ride, and the one with a car. This all works through your phone and where you live. There is a screening process through the DMV and a series of background checks. My favorite part is that there is a ceremonial fist pump both the driver and the passenger are suppose to do when they meet, (see video). Money is exchanged and streamed through the phone and friendships are suppose to develop.  All lyft cars are identified by a pink mustache on the front grill.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Hunt & Gather

As my house gets more and more empty, there are less "things" to look at.  
A good cure for blankitis is to stop by Hunt & Gather in Minneapolis. 

hunt & gather store in minneapolis

For ten years it has sent out it's hunters and gathers to fill a shop full of visual treasures. 
It is the total opposite of downsizing, as there is not one blank spot on any wall or ceiling.
a room full of antiques at Hunt&Gather

It is more of an adventure than a shopping trip. 
Where else can you bump into retro thermos patterns with one blink...
retro thermos designs

and then find random marshmallows inside a jar?
vintage jar with marshmallows inside

We came to find vintage patches to put on a new fashion letter jacket.
vintage name patch

It is a place that constantly tells you this message:
i need to buy something purse

Perhaps next time I will invite the husband.
He may find something amongst the chandeliers and peacock feathers.
mounted deer peacock feathers inside room at Hunt & Gather

Monday, July 22, 2013

Multiple Monday Series- #5 Heating pads

It was not my intention to spend my weekend contemplating heating pads in the middle of the summer with the air conditioning on.  A week earlier, a household member cleaned the hallway closet and brought it to my attention.  "Yeah, I will have to pick one of those, I mumbled under my breath".  These appeared on my bed Friday morning. 
multiple heating pads

This narrow heating pad has good intentions because it wraps around an injury.
My theory is that from here on out, I will hurt all over, so it can go.
narrow heating pad

The second pad seems generic. 
There are so many danger notices printed all over it, it makes me wonder if I ever plugged it in at all.
generic heating pad
The winner is the flowered heating pad I grew up with. 
It have a retro starburst plastic shell, and a cover with a metal zipper. 
Most of all, it reminds me of my last chuckle with my mom, so it is essentially priceless.
retro heating pad
As I finish this post it is set at 75 and is burning up my leg, so it has passed the inspection.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

I'm on the list!

Small house junk mail! Yesssssss!

Mark my calendar, they are coming in a few weeks!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

In Finland, cardboard is a great start.

When a child is born in Finland, the state offers up a "starter pack" full of clothing, diapers, a mattress and a crib.  The crib is made out of cardboard.  This has been a tradition for over 75 years and not only helps infants get a good start, but also may have contributed to Finland having one of the lowest infant mortality rates.

Read full article here.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22751415

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Monday, July 15, 2013

Multiple Monday Series- #4 Coolers

I set out to document my four coolers, only to find out I actually have six.

Continental explorer.

This flexible cooler bag traveled around the world with us and collapses flat. 
From months of playing hotel refrigerator to adventurous road trips, it has one impressive passport. 
It may serve as my urn one day. 

Canyon Cooler.

No it's not a fruit drink, it's a badge of honor as we emerged from the bottom of the Grand Canyon. 
Can you believe it still had cool drinks in it from two days in the sun? 
The best tasting water ever.

Sturdy Simon.

Back in the days before Costco, we ordered food to our door from Simon Delivers. 
The durable plastic container can withstand an atomic blast, so I'm tossing the inside styrofoam and using it for camping supplies. 
So technically I am getting rid of this cooler.

Vintage Vessel.

This is our official cooler. 
It's old, it usually looks dirty with a dead centipede inside, and it seals with a handmade snap belt. 
It doesn't have a drain or wheels or even organized trays inside. 
The food always fits and it doesn't take a forklift to transfer it.  

So I end up keeping three, converting one, and donating two.
Interesting the brand new ones are getting cut... guess they needed more years of service.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Thursday, July 11, 2013

6 piece wicker patio set looking for friendship

I am trying this group on facebook that has a community of people who post things to sell.
It's called the Dakota County MN Swap & Sell Group.
The strange part is once I posted the set, a member "liked" it??

The goal is to find a home for this set, not set up play dates.

 I am willing to negotiate, since one cushion was used for another small home.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Carry on

My thoughts go out to the families of the two teenagers who died in the San Francisco plane tragedy. Thankfully the majority of other passengers came out alive.

I can't get this photo out of my head.
Who would think of taking their carry on luggage out with them in such an emergency?
Was it shock, or was there something really important in there?

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Toss 'n take

At first glace, the dump near our cabin looks a bit shady.

The reality is that it is very efficient.
New this year, is a section to leave things for others to take for free
Look what we found! Sarah Susanka's popular book, "The Not So Big House."
We returned the next day with more garbage and left our own offering.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Multiple Monday Series- #3 Fischer Price Toys

At the cabin this past weekend we weeded through toys that have been hidden/protected for over a decade.

In the past, there was one brand where the rules did not apply to...Fisher Price vintage toys.

My sister and I set off to "organize" the right pieces with the right themed toy. We soon found out that there was not a complete set in the bunch.

After a civilized vote, the barn won the most votes and the other themed buildings were off to the auction house.

We immediately discovered multiple sets of barn animals.
 Multiple tractors.
 There was one impostor chicken. Can you spot him?
 The white sheep, with their spotless bodies and attached ears made it hard to cut any.
Having multiple dogs, I was the voice to keep all three.
 The piglets were never threatened to leave.
 But the cows came in at the greedy count of four.
Cow profiling started with us wondering why would we want a cow without a face?
 "A farm should have a herd of cows!"  some child screamed from the corner of the cabin, so they were all saved.

We were not getting anywhere in eliminating any animals, so the new rule was, whatever could be jammed into the barn doors stayed.  Not the best lesson to bring back home and apply to our daily lives, but there is something to be said for having a small space to fit all the the things you love.