Inside the Artist’s Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio

It all started with some crashing video drivers.  Which isn’t an end-of-the-world problem, but it does get to be annoying when the computer just loses its marbles for no good reason and requires a reboot. So Michael started looking at building a new computer from scratch.  Nice graphics card, big enough power supply, solid state […]

Alexandra, Take 3

Alexandra, Take 3

Seriously, you’d think I’d be done with this pattern already, but I just love it so much.  I had two skeins of Dream in Color Everlasting Sock left from a mystery grab bag purchase last year and have put them to good use in a two color shawl-sized Alexandra.  You should definitely try it…I’m so […]

New Counters Coming Soon–A DIY Adventure

New Counters Coming Soon–A DIY Adventure

After a recent ‘testimonial’ from a friend about her excellent luck with a product called Spreadstone for transforming her dated countertops, we took a big leap and purchased two kits to revamp our kitchen! When we first moved into this house, we had big plans to install granite countertops, redo flooring and add gutters (why […]

Gardening Update

Gardening Update

We don’t have much of a garden in this year, but we do enjoy growing herbs and have begun trying our hand at a few easy fruits.  The lavender, Thai basil and dill are all doing wonderfully, and I so enjoy using them, especially the lavender, for a few choice recipes. Our larger raised cedar […]

The Great Bedroom Makeover Project Part 1–The Design

The Great Bedroom Makeover Project Part 1–The Design

You may have noticed if you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, that I like to take on big projects.  And of course, it would be completely unrealistic for me to take on just one big project at a time…I need to have several going at once. Well…my newest endeavor is rearranging […]

DIY–New Kitchen Table and Chairs, Part 2

DIY–New Kitchen Table and Chairs, Part 2

  So 2 weeks ago I revealed my new, refurbished antique kitchen chairs, with the promise of a post devoted to the kitchen table.  Well…today’s the day! If you’ll remember, my lovely neighbor Haleigh offered me an old work table that she was getting rid of (thanks Haleigh!).  It had solid wood turned legs, but […]

DIY–New Kitchen Table and Chairs, Part 1

DIY–New Kitchen Table and Chairs, Part 1

I’ve really been excited about restoring antique furniture lately.  Not the types of antiques that go for hundreds at an antique store or auction (although if someone wanted to give me some of those, I’d totally take them).  For now, I’ve been working with just ordinary, unloved pieces that have hidden potential. I recently decided […]

DIY Canning Shelves

DIY Canning Shelves

Since I’ve been doing more canning this year I’ve been having a problem.  Where to store all of the jars?  Houses in Texas don’t have basements (our soil with a high clay content is to blame for that) and we only have so many horizontal surfaces.  The garage is usually about a thousand degrees, so […]