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Pack Rat

100 years in the same house + 3 generations + the flotsam of life = 3 stories + 3 outbuildings gorged with stuff!  Some is treasure – buried to be sure! Much is trash. The buildings are headed for demolition so two cousins are spending hours and days sorting it out. It’s a nasty job but […]

Fixtures and Finishing Touches

This blog’s focus, two little words: install. lighting. Cost: $50. Total cost for the bathroom: slightly under $200 with some leftover materials for the next room. My weekend started early; Thursday night Andy was busy with the girls and a friend chatted me to see if I was ok. JD was in our circle of […]

Painting a Vinyl Floor

This is another segment in my farmhouse refresh series. I am still in the bathroom, forever in the bathroom. Over the last week I debated painting the floor, or laying a river stone floor. I decided I would paint the floor and see how it held up. Even knowing the vinyl is a step away […]

Rag Rolling

Now that hockey season has started (if you have kids that seriously engage in the sport, you know it requires about 13 months and billions of dollars a year), I will have some weekends to myself as Andy travels or hosts for hockey showcases, championships, and tournaments. Lucy plays while Gracie values the dad-time. Sometimes […]

Beginning in the Bathroom

I tried to knock out as much as I could on the bathroom while Andy was away on his annual golf weekend. I had high aspirations. It’s a tiny room; how hard can it be!? Ha! Thursday evening I mapped out my plan. Ceiling first, then cabinetry. I assembled my supplies and equipment, and Andy […]

Ready, Set, Go!

The single bathroom is a tiny space with peeling wallpaper and dark and outdated cabinetry. I have chosen to start here because it should be relatively easy to freshen this room quickly. Call it my warmup, if you will. I propose to paint the flooring and cabinetry, remove some of the outdated accessories, and add […]

Priceless!

Latte before training at the break of dawn: $4.59Cute race day outfit: $100Pebble Personal Safety Alarm: $11.49Having your photo on Safety Girl’s website: Priceless!Send us your photos of our products in use or on display. If we use your picture, we will send you a $25 thank-you gift to be used on any of our […]

The Pink Roadside Emergency Tool Kit from Apollo: A Perfect Gift for the Holidays!

Safety Girl’s Pink Roadside Emergency Tool Kit from Apollo is an essential item for any woman who traveling by car this holiday season. This Roadside Emergency Kit contains everything you would ever need if you have car trouble packed into a compact, pink and black, soft-sided bag. Don’t leave home for the holidays without one! […]

Time to Garden: Spring has (almost) Sprung!

By Kristi Ries The ground has softened and the birds are chirping; everywhere, there are signs of the impending spring. Maybe you’re a veteran gardener, with separate areas for vegetables, seasonal flowers or blossoming bushes. Or perhaps you’re a first-time homeowner or renter whose only gardening experience came from a window-box of Petunias. Either way, […]

Project – Constructing a Cornice

by Ashley Horne Let’s construct a cornice! What’s a cornice, you ask? Definition: A decorative framework to conceal curtain fixtures at the top of a window casing. Still confused? We’ve all seen these, they’re cute, upholstered boxes that stick out just a bit at the top of a window. Their purpose is to cover up […]