Saturday, January 28, 2012
This is the shot I took the day we first looked at the house. We didn't have a flashlight, so I used my camera flash to see what was behind the little 2x2 window in the concrete wall.
This is the 2 foot diameter concrete saw that Evergreen Concrete Cutting brought to open the window, into a door. They mounted a track for the saw onto the wall and cut up and down each side our 9" thick concrete foundation wall to make a doorway.
After the doorway was cut, they removed almost 1,000 lbs of concrete.
electrician wire the room with one light and one outlet. Simple. I decided I liked the finish of the raw concrete walls which are still a little stained with decades of coal dust. That left installing a new header in the spot above. My dad gave me a really cool reclaimed beam for Christmas that I used here.
dad made John for Christmas in '99 and all the wine down this morning. What a wonderful room. I may spend all afternoon down here. I hope Henry's been paying attention in the kitchen. He's in charge of dinner tonight.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
I bought Lucy her first tool today, a tiny vice grip. After a quick tutorial, she has been wandering around the house clamping and adjusting and clamping some more. Girls got skills. If I can help it, my little Lu will never ask herself if she can do something, just get to thinking about how.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Saturday, January 21, 2012
I rescued this sad little chair last week. How could I not? Can't you see how sweet it could be?
Well I did. And now this sweet little chair sits at my desk waiting for me to get back to work. I chose a soft green wool (Goodwill fabric) for the seat and a leftover quilting cotton for the accent (which I Armoralled the Bee Gees* out of). I don't know how long the black and white fabric will last in our house, but I've kept the very simple pattern I used to upholster it and will just re-do in the future should I need to.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Everyone else will show you the super snowy slopes of the PNW this week. We, however hit the tired and muddy slopes of T-Town hard earlier this week. There was no snow at first, really. We went sledding anyway, because my two favorite people thought they should. It is amazing how much fun they have when they get to act out their own ideas.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
We do a lot of that over here. This time, I'm documenting it as a reminder to myself that s/he who is most resourceful wins. Here's the story:
Once upon a time...I found these loverly white ceramic bathroom hooks. They did not come with the original 1960's hardware. I had no luck finding the hardware after a couple days of searching. I loved these hooks. I would not give up. Now what?
This shape looked familiar.
Maybe I could take the hook out,...
...and saw the 'nubs' off.
Yes, it was a snug fit. Now, the only problem was the distance from the modified 3M hook and the wall.
What sticks better to tape than tape itself? So, I stacked 6 strips on top of each other.
The hook is sturdily in place and I didn't even have to put holes in my tile.
And I lived happily ever after. The End.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Second game, spinning the wheel together at the Beach House. We all love this very silly game. Nothing better than hearing Metro Henry shout, "Hey, I've got an idea! Let's play Girl Talk!" Lu declined "calling a boy she liked and singing them whatever song was on the radio" and I failed to "guess the correct shoe size of the player to left". We both ended up with Zit Stickers. I had to remind everyone that if you stay up all night playing this game, or fall asleep with a Zit Sticker still on, you will surely have a real zit in the morning. Trust me, I am an experienced player. No shame.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Monday, January 16, 2012
My favorite 'upcycle' shops at the Beach yielded well this weekend. I was particularly pleased to find the Hudson Bay Point Blanket above. It's very old, very soft and very clean. A perfect trifecta. The Mack sign off one of their trucks was too me to pass up now that I am officially "Mrs. Mack" at school and the solid ceramic towel hooks will be perf in our new white bathroom (if I can find the vintage hardware required to hang them). Stand by on that news, and the makeover of two little chairs I also picked up this weekend. Here's a list of my favorite places near our Beach House:
Hobo Junction - Seaview WA
Vintage Hardware - Astoria OR
Farm House Funk - Astoria OR
Commercial Street Antiques - Astoria OR
North Coast Antique Mall - Seaview WA
Seaview Antique Mall - Seaview WA