Archive for the 'before & after' Category

Whoops – Townhouse finished!

Friday, May 1st, 2020

Never did post that “finished” townhouse post, did I? We’ve been up to a lot in the past year – we moved, for one thing! To a beautiful already-rehabbed house with very little gardening space. It’s pretty weird to have no construction projects left for me to do except a bit of tiling and some elective carpentry here […]

Greenhouse by leaps and bounds

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Stuff is doing so well in the greenhouse that it’s making me wish I’d done this years ago. I have never grown peas this exuberant, never grown lettuce and spinach with such gorgeous, unblemished leaves.  Here’s how the main bed looked in there in early April: That red-and-yellow box is a worm compost bin. An old cat […]

Sculpting the woods

Friday, April 1st, 2016

I’m finally to the point that I’ve cleared out and colonized all the land left inside the garden. I want more room, specifically more room to grow perennials, and I’ve been eyeing the little strip north of the garden – maybe 1,000 sf or so – between the top of the garden and the road. […]

1/3 of the way through

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

Bright and early I went out to check how the animals had all done through the heavy snows Friday night. The snow was almost up to my knees and kept falling in small, gentle flakes. The morning was beautiful. The air had that sweet, clear feeling that only happens after a big snowfall. I was so glad I […]

Sparkly chairs!

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

I just finished a super-fun project with a set of 1950’s chairs from my good friend’s grandma. They had been well-loved, but the one above was the worst one. For the most part, while they were pretty darn rusty, the worst thing that had happened to them was the passage of time. The stuffing and […]


Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

This is most of the reason I keep this blog, I guess – to have a visual record of where I’ve been and what I’ve done. I was just out pouting at the garden for not growing faster, and then re-read this post from June 17th, when it looked like this: And now it looks […]


Sunday, May 5th, 2013

I engaged in a fair bit of destruction this past weekend. Remember how I originally laid out the garden? A few straight beds, but at least half the useable area taken up with looping, curved beds in (what was supposed to be) a Nautilus kind of shape. It could have been really nice, especially if […]

Bench restoration: the big reveal

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Once the bench had been dismantled, cleaned, glued, and clamped for a couple days, we were moving into the home stretch. It was time to reweb the seat! For me, this part is the most fun of all. I got to play with my new electric staple gun and stretcher. I could streeeeeeeeetch that webbing […]

More uses for firewood

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Superbowl? What Superbowl? We spent all Sunday over at a friend’s house in his woodworking shop, geeking out on power tools and really clever woodworking jigs. Remember three years back when we cleared our 1/4 acre lot so I could have a little farm-garden, and then spent an epic weekend splitting it all into two […]

Organization on the cheap, part deux

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

I decided to tackle another home organization project this past weekend … because just look at this. Shameful, I tell you. This is the cabinet where we store all our warranties and manuals. And other sundry stuff too, but it is the sloppy, sloping slide of papers I really wanted to tackle. I wish I […]