Friday, August 30, 2013

Woodsman Cottage

It's Friday.
Time to settle in with some popcorn and watch a straw and timber house be built.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Snap! It's gone!

The great thing about Craigslist, is that one day you see it...


and the next day you don't.


If you run out of sealant for the wooden furniture and don't want to repair the two sagging benches,

within three minutes and twenty four seconds, you can find someone who will.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Grid architects

I love the angles in this blueprint for the Ridge house by Grid Architects.
Lots of outdoor areas that double as private areas.
Nice mix of container metal and wood siding.
Where is the front door?
I would replace the cement floors with wood.
Love how the doors open out to the deck.


Perfect view with a simple ceiling fan and striped down patio furniture.
I would add a swinging rope chair or two for long sunsets.
Finally a design meant for cold climates and natural landscaping.

Nice angles on the roof and simple fireplace flute.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Multiple Monday Series- #10 Denim

Jeans are like swimming suits for me.
They take forever to find, (especially being tall) and they collect on the shelf.
"Which one is the one that fits again?", I find myself asking as I grab the one on top.

With my daughter judging the styles, or outdated styles, and me sucking in my gut,
I narrowed the five pairs down to two.

This doesn't include my painting jeans which was on my list to patch for a long time.

In the past I have converted jeans into something sorta practical like kite holders.

We used to have a rule that our family would build one snowman and fly a kite once a year.
Both of these pacts have faded and one kite is missing from these jeans.

On the other hand, my brother knows how to make a mean recycled jean scarecrow.

Friday, August 23, 2013

A fancy surprise

Have you been to the site called
I would describe it as a virtual Brookstone on steroids.

For the reasonable cost of $2800, 
I could toss my television and have the family gather outside for movie night:

I insist on a small house, but it has to have a bathtub...maybe not a $55,000 one:

The site if full of entrepreneurial ideas that could activate even a down-sizer's, "I want this" button.

A friend sent some images of empty boxes, so I asked to see what was purchased.
With each image sent, I was enjoying the thrill of someone buying something because it was fun.

If anyone had the impression that our house is a package-free zone, they are clearly mistaken.
With a paypal savvy teenager, and someone who  buys everything online except fruit, we are on a first name basis with UPS and Federal Express.

Then there is me.
I don't "need" anything and everything has to be so practical to cross the threshold.

At that moment the door bell rang.
I knew it was a delivery, but not for me.
I opened the door and glanced down as I adjusted my glasses.
This was a box....and it was addressed to me.

As a gift from a fellow Breaking Bad fan, I was sent my own Blue Sky Candy.

It was a fancy surprise indeed.

To show I am human with consumer desires, I have flagged an item for the future:

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin

happier at home by gretchen rubin

Gretchen’s book, Happier at Home, caught my eye with its subtitle, “Kiss more. Jump more. Abandon a project”. The thought of abandoning a project was intriguing for one who owns a craft shelf of supplies waiting to be used.  The topics vary from marriage to neighborhood. My interest was on the first chapter called possessions.

Gretchen broke up possessions into two “forms of engagement”.

1). Engagement by use. 
I have had a surrogate buyer for my purses for the past few years. I am not a typical woman who changes out with the season or for even the year for that matter. The search is endless and any contenders get shoved to the side if they don’t comply with my list of functions.   Recently I discovered a shiny silver hand bag where the leather felt like the fur of a basset hound's ears. This could be my final purse...until the next dog.

silver leather purse

Those items that are NOT used, end up dragging us down and causing guilt. For example, the hanging rocker in my garage.  Years ago we paid to have my mother's rocking chair dipped in acid to remove the black paint. After years of guilt of not starting the project and carrying the burden of a family heirloom, I mentioned it to her. The real story is my dad picked it up at a dump and it was missing a wooden leg.

2). Engagement that elicits a response.
These items trigger a memory. In my environment those are usually handmade items like a lovely handmade card, or a lopsided ceramic coil cup. Even the Basset magnet that has been in the donate pile has found it’s way back twice. When you flip the 3-D magnet over it is titled” Velvet Ears” and signed by the artist. I can't help but grin.

My favorite quote from the book was from Frank Lloyd Wright who cautioned, “Elimination, therefore, may be just as meaningless as elaboration, perhaps more often is so.  To know what to leave out and what to put in; just where and just how, ah, that is to have been educated in knowledge of simplicity”.

This book helped me to consider abandoning some projects, but the rocking chair stays for now.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Multiple Monday Series- #9 Back to school books

Two on illustrator.
Two on photoshop.
Four coding books..(I found one more after I took the photo).

It doesn't even matter that most the books are three upgrades behind.
I HAVE to go through them.
I'm taking on one book a week and you get to watch me.

how-to books

Friday, August 16, 2013

It starts with two

Oh, to only have TWO boxes attached to your name.

It is inevitable, all of a sudden your world contains a:

and one ceramic blowfish showing my expression at the moment.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Really rare.

I began to do some research after someone thought yesterday's mystery figurine should've been a Hamm's bear, and another who thought it looked similar to a baseball mitt.  It appears this light may be the most valuable thing in our cabin, with or without the moose.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Multiple Monday Series- #8 Mystery Moose

I found myself hyperventilating at the family cabin this weekend with...

eight bags of marshmallows..

three containers of cinnamon...

seven boxes of aluminum foil...

22 branded chip clips...

23 guest towels...

and twisties, twisties, EVERYWHERE.

I started feeling better when I knew there were 24 bars of chocolate for four people.

After a day of organizing and moving things around, we directed our attention to the heirloom bar light that had not been turned on for years. It needed a simple extension cord and a cupboard moved to get at it.

We stood back to watch the infamous moose swim across the screen.
Just then, I remembered, my dad, who most likely found this second hand, had me recreate the broken figurine that was missing from a piece of cardboard when I was young.

As I am filming the moose, (which only crosses the lake a few times each hour), listen to my sister and guests marvel at the mystery.

Friday, August 9, 2013

An ear for an ear

Took a trip to half price books with a new batch.

The money I earned from the Basset ears...

funded the two lamb's ear plants.

What a great feeling to know that cleaning something on the inside directly effected beautifying something on the outside.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Which is the house?

Saw this as we were driving through Wisconsin. 
I was brave enough to walk up to see if someone actually lived in the car. 
The door was slightly open, "eh, I don't want to know the answer."

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Olson Kundig Architects

Jim Olson excels in combining nature with shelter.
olson kundig architects

Using swatches of wood and stone, the structure does not interrupt the landscape.
olson kundig architects

Walls/windows open up to let the outside in.
olson kundig architects

 The fireplace is the focal point.
olson kundig architects

I have another blog post about Olson Kundig see here.  

Monday, August 5, 2013

Multiple Monday Series- #7 Nail clippers

Trivial as it may sound, I am posting nail clippers as my multiple Monday items.

A certain family member would always go to my bathroom and steal my nail clippers. I would buy this person a pair for their birthday and I would put one in their stocking, yet mine would continue to disappear. Now that this person has left the house, the clipper fairy returned three pair to me.  One pair stays in the drawer, one pair gets donated and one pair gets sent to this person JUST IN CASE they lost theirs.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

The grass is greener on the mls

It is difficult to find a lot within the city.
This lot looked nice, low maintenance, and a house already built for Harriet.

Upon closer inspection, Google map gave a street view,
and introduced us to the neighbors.