Saturday, August 15, 2015

Turtle Watch 2015

The turtle took off yesterday and we couldn't find him anywhere. We thought he might be hiding in our vegetable garden, because the squash leaves make a lot of shade and the grey water keeps that area pretty moist, but I couldn't find him.

This morning, he was back sunning himself in the same place as yesterday, so Rob built him a really primitive pond out of some stuff we had on hand.  

The tub is what I normally store my knitting supplies in; the rocks are from the arroyo seco we've been building. (Hm. Should probably get some pics of that up here.)

He seems to really like where he's at, although we have to figure out how to keep racoons and cats from getting him.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Garden Guest

Rob and I always hoped our garden would be a habitat and I found this guy hanging out in the back yard this morning. Bit of a mystery as to how he got there.  Welcome!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Growth Spurt

The backyard is coming together!

Some days I think we aren't making any progress, but when I look at the picture below, taken on New Year's Eve, I realize how far we've come.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

We No Longer Live in a Fishbowl

Four years after we moved in, we FINALLY have curtains!

I wanted traditional bungalow curtains, which are made from Irish linen and are designed to stay inside the window casings, allowing the beautiful refinished douglas fir to be seen.

Alas, all of our windows were custom sizes. When I totaled up would it would cost, the sticker shock nearly knocked me over.

So I did what any enterprising chick with a DIY streak would do -- I took a sewing class.

It's taking a little longer than expected. Sigh. Most of my projects do. But we are still WAY ahead on the cost side. I'm so glad I decided to do it.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Guest Room in Search of a Guest

Deviating from the bathroom tour to show off the guest room. I swear it looks like a Pottery Barn catalog even though there isn't a single thing in the room from that store.

The most intriguing thing is the ceiling fan. It's vintage and it was refurbished by a guy in Louisiana that Rob found on a web forum. It's called a hotel fan because the blades were smaller than a standard fan's, making it more suitable for a small hotel room.

These pics are actually a little bit old. There's a globe on the fan now and the woodwork has been refinished. I'm sorting out curtain rods now, so when that is done, I will post the final look.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

We Could Store an Entire Apothocary Here

This is our medicine cabinet, yet to be installed. It will have a mirror on front. The casings and moldings are douglas fir and the same style as the original mill work in the house -- hopefully a seamless blend of old and new.

It's pretty big, so it should give plenty of storage!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Climbing the Walls

The majority of wall space will be covered in a light, sage green tile. It looks white in these photos, but it's not.

The tub will go directly under the window and that nook, on the wall just to the left of the window, will have shelves in it for soap, shampoo, etc.