Renovating/restoring my c. 1875 vernacular Gothic Revival workingman's cottage located in a neighborhood of mostly late-19th-century homes on a narrow, steep, little street.
The Last Little Bit
- Published on Sunday, 07 October 2012
Authors:I finished removing shingles, aluminum trim and nails on the west side. Below are shots of the kinds of things that are underneath. I think it's some kind of insect nesting material.
Can you see the shutter ghosts below? That's the kitchen window through the forsythia. The lower window is in the walk-out...
Back to the Ladder Ballet
- Published on Thursday, 27 September 2012
Authors:I am desperately trying to finish painting once and for all this year. I'm just about finished priming the east side (about nine hours so far). I had removed shingles and nails from this side last year.
It's difficult working here, which doesn't really translate to these pictures. There are steps down a fairly steep...
9/11 - Always Remember
- Published on Monday, 10 September 2012
Authors:Below is an excerpt from my other bog from last year:
I hope people always remember and understand this vicious act of war and the loss of 2819 innocent lives.
Here are the stats:
9/11 by the Numbers
Death, destruction, charity, salvation, war, money, real estate, spouses, babies, and other September 11 statistics.
The initial numbers are...
Banish the Blue!
- Published on Friday, 07 September 2012
Authors:Yes, it's finally gone! It was hard to look at that blue. I had seen it in Better Homes and Gardens on a little Victorian cottage and it was so beautiful. So I had my paint man match the color. He said "You want to go that bright?" Oh, yes, Booma, I sure do. Well . . . it looked good in the spring, and...
Yay, Sarah's New House!
- Published on Saturday, 01 September 2012
Authors:It looks like Sarah finally has a new house to renovate. It's on at 2 p.m. today on HGTV. I'm not sure why they refuse to promote this show. It's their only show, besides Property Brothers.
Susan Branch's Luscious Peach Pie
- Published on Tuesday, 21 August 2012
Authors:I had my family over Sunday for dinner and baked this pie. I always use Martha Stewart's pate brisee recipe for the crust, which is buttery and flaky. (I use the recipe in her Pies and Tarts book, which adds a teaspoon of sugar as optional.) It's so easy when you use a food processor. Here's Susan's recipe:
Sewing a Table Runner from Vintage Handkerchiefs
- Published on Monday, 20 August 2012
Authors:I've had beautiful handkerchiefs from my maternal grandmother for years. I'd planned on sewing them onto pillows but found this project. I haven't sewn since the eighth grade. I'm just overwhelmed at the thought because I can never get the machine to work. So with help from my mother the seamstress here it is:
Garden Gone to Seed, the Movie
- Published on Sunday, 12 August 2012
Authors:Have you ever felt like you've bitten off more than you could chew, garden-wise? My back garden looks like it's gone to see, literally. Of course, this spring was a washout due to my injury . I accidentally hit "movie" on my camera instead of taking pictures so here it is, my first video blog. Ignore the part where I...
This Garden's Grown!
- Published on Friday, 10 August 2012
Authors:Just some gratuitous garden shots. I was just comparing this year's pictures to last year's. Now I can't see the path in the middle.
I'm thrilled that these hydrangeas have stayed blue, not lavender like the ones out back.
This year I've had a spiderwort, goldenrod and white phlox show up. Also the butterfly...
Update on Cottage Living
- Published on Wednesday, 01 August 2012
Authors:I got a tip from An Urban Cottage that Cottage Living have been coming out with special issues each year. So of course I had to check it out at my local Waldenbooks. I bought an issue entitled "Fresh Ideas, Comfort, Simplicity, Style." It's a re-compilation of previous issues. I don't have all the issues so...