Monthly Archives: August 2013

Good Easy Plants: Catmint (Nepeta faassenii)

You want me to show this to the cat, and have the cat tell you what it is? ‘Cause the cat’s going to get it. – Kirk Van Houten Several years back, I bought three tiny catmint plants. These were … Continue reading

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Random Skills: Knotting Thread for Hand Sewing

Bart: If you quit, it’d be like an expert knot tier quitting a knot-tying contest right in the middle of tying a knot. Lisa: Why’d you say that? Bart: I dunno, I was just looking at my shoelaces. – The Simpsons … Continue reading

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Home Improvement Haiku

 Sneezing on a piece of paper does not count as a haiku.  – Mrs. Crabapple One of the best forwards I ever received was a list of Microsoft haiku. My fave from that page: With searching comes loss And the … Continue reading

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Using French Cleats to Hang Framed Art

You sound like you’re ready to become your own boss in the exciting world of frame-nudging! – Franchise Salesman, The Simpsons Y’all may remember that I purchased some geeky artwork for our bedroom redo. By the way, what ever happened … Continue reading

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Good Easy Plants: Gaillardia (Blanket Flower)

Or what? You’ll release the dogs, or the bees, or the dogs with bees in their mouths and when they bark they shoot bees at you? Well, go ahead — do your worst! – Homer Simpson It’s been a bad … Continue reading

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Garden Maintenance: Renovating Wood Mulch

 Mmmm…chips… – Homer Simpson Our raised vegetable beds are surrounded by wood chip paths. When we originally put in the beds, we leveled and cleared the whole area and swaddled it lovingly in landscape fabric (a/k/a weed barrier) before adding … Continue reading

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Misunderstood in My Own Time

Hmmmph! – Marge Simpson On my way back from work this week, I stopped by K-Mart to return some spraypaint. When planning the bookcase project, I thought I might use spraypaint instead of latex we had on hand. Latex carried … Continue reading

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Carbon By Any Other Name Would Smell As Neutral

Ultrahouse: Say, it’s a bit stuffy in here…and I know a certain someone who really fancies lilac. Marge: Oooh, that really covers the cat crap! – The Simpsons The Kev and I both noticed a bit of online buzz around … Continue reading

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Before and After: Ceiling Canopy Fancification

If your mother wasn’t so fancy, we could shop at the gas station like normal people. – Homer Simpson Just quick before we start — a shout-out to Amy at Commona My House, who selected our recent bookcase project as a feature … Continue reading

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Before and After: Art Deco Light Fixture

Batting this light bulb is the only thing that cheers me up. – Homer Simpson As part of our bedroom redo, I wanted to restore and install an antique light fixture. I bought one in rough shape online. You’ve seen this puppy before. I … Continue reading

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