Wednesday, April 30, 2014

200 sq ft homes in Oregon

Look at these miniature 200 sq foot homes in Portland Oregon.

There is one large room with stairs to the loft.

Lots of natural light in the loft, but where does one store clothes?

This handy rolling shelf in the kitchen transforms into...

...a portable desk that swings open.

The shower has nice tile detail.

This is one of the largest bathrooms I have seen in a space this big.

See more.

House Hunt Series #4: Troll territory

The signs were clear as a troll perched on a tree stump.
What looked like a good deal ended up not being such a good deal.
I will leave it at that.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Double decker garage

This is how you fit two cars into a one car garage:




See more photos of the small garage with the big house here.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Monday Multiple Series # 44-Fisher Price Fetish

Other than making trails and forts in the woods, I spent a good portion of my childhood playing with Fisher Price toys. As I climbed the ladder to the garage roof to purge anything in my reach, I discovered two of them tucked in the corner.

The blue one on the left was the one my daughter used and the bigger and better model must've been snatched at a garage sale.

Dusty and dirty, the blue won was selected to stay.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

We did just replace the hot water heater...

and every light and facet in the house has been changed.
We have a fairly new furnace.
The roof is only a few years old.
Our streets are plowed first.
There is a health club within one mile.
The washer was just replaced last year.
When the garage is open at night, no one steals anything.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Multi-tasking Easter weekend

Second bathroom caulked...AND

we had time left over to create bunny tracks.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What a Bonanza!

This past Saturday was my first experience at a "Junk Bonanza".
If you have never gone, it is a large arena filled with entrepreneurial vendors recycling old things into something new. 

Here are a few things I saw:

This is a light made out of garden fencing:

This end table uses a portion of a factory assemble ramp.

This hat could've come straight from the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang movie.

 This light is an upside down egg basket.

I left empty-handed, but with a strong desire to create something unique.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday Multiple Series # 40-Three generations of Singer sewing machines

I have three sewing machines.
A foot pump model from my grandma that one of my kids asked me to save.
singer foot-pump-sewing-machine

This machine was given to me as a high school graduation gift.
I have used this a lot even though the tension button has fallen off years ago.

The next is my mother's sewing machine.
It's a work horse.

This Monday I couldn't really get rid of any of these, but thinking about these gave me inspiration to finish a project. I sat down and sewed for four hours. 

The bonus was finding this duo-toned bobbin.
metal sewing bobbin

Friday, April 11, 2014

House Hunt Series #3: Things I would "tweak"

This small house has a grand entrance:

In my imagination I would tweak the door to the OTHER side.

The fireplace would be added and tweaked to work both inside and out.

I am adding a Christmas tree to the front since it's snowing in April today.

My husband hated it, especially the entrance.

Here are more finds on the MLS I came across.

Tweak the garage and deck to go in the BACK.

Tweak the kitchen decor.

Tweak the MLS so it doesn't say "undisclosed address"

Tweak the flamingos gang...come on, it's Minnesota.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Jay Nuhring House Styling

Dear Jay, please come into my dwindling material world and create a place of simplicity and order.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

China or Chinet?

Last week we looked at a house that was too small to hold a china cabinet.
I asked a few of you what type of china/crystal situation you have.

These china coffee cups are displayed in a prominent lit shelf in the kitchen.
The family knows not to touch them in the dishwasher.
No cup of coffee is poured without them.

A mother-in-law insisted on this woman selecting a pattern of china.
Being white, it is used on occasion. 

An additional set of china is pulled out once a year at the holidays illustrating  the "twelve days of Christmas". Down the road three more sets will be inherited... "it's aggravating"
china stored in cabinet

A modern set of china sits boxed up in the attic where it is never used.
On second thought the person realizes that it was actually incorporated into the newly remodeled kitchen.
It still is NEVER used. 
modern black and white china

This woman had four collections.
Two sets from each side of the family along with pieces purchased on her own. 
She took a place setting from each set and donated the rest.
The table setting provokes conversation and represents everyone.
Wish I could see this table setting!

Starting with the collection of butter pats on the wall from an aunt...
butter pats displayed on wall

 the two cabinets filled with collections such as Spode and a special hand painted set.
Items from great great grandparents and sets from both sides.
Her father wrote down who owned each piece and what year they were purchased.

Here is my collection. I think of it as art.
Accumulated from our world travels, we only have us to blame.
The china is from Germany and the crystal is from Sweden.
We host Christmas and it is pulled out every year.
Until we sign the papers on the miniature house, I think it stays.
china from germany and crystal from Sweden

Recently a teenager found a treasure hidden, so it is actually worth more than I thought.
finding-lost money-in-china-cabinet