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Archive for July, 2012

T-Shirt to Tank Top

I recently joined a gym. It was time.

To celebrate my new gym membership, I decided to make a few tank tops out of big, boxy t-shirts using this tutorial I found on Pinterest. I made one a while ago and love it–it gives me some coverage but isn’t as frumpy as a big ol’ t-shirt.

Behold the original tee:

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Recipe: Peach Crumble

Whenever I’m called upon to bring a dessert, fruit crumbles or cobblers are the first thing I think of. They’re quick, easy, and delicious, and I usually have all the ingredients I need to make one on hand.

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Stella Gets a Bath

Don’t let Stella’s delicate looks fool you–girlfriend likes to roll around in some pretty disgusting things, which usually results in this:

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Building a Farmhouse Table in the Parsons Style

Note: This Farmhouse Table post was originally posted on Mick’s blog in August 2011.

We just moved into a new house with a nice sized back yard, and our tiny little patio furniture was not going to cut it. I’d already been infected with the building bug that gets many people when they get their first real house, so I was more that happy to take on the task of building a table.

Since I had very little experience of woodworking (except for an O-Level, about 30 years ago), I started out making a few smaller pieces, a framed gate, some planters and then a large workbench for the garage. Along the way I acquired several tools (and built a small table for one of them), and eventually felt ready to build the table.

Designing a Farmhouse Table

I’m a big believer in function over form. I’m also tall, so I don’t like trestles getting in the way of my legs, so I decided (in collaboration with Holly), to make a table with legs at the corners. I also wanted it to be eight feet long, and very sturdy. This is how it ended up:

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Chicken with Coconut Milk

I have long been a fan of Indian food and at some point I decided I wanted to try my hand at cooking it. This is the recipe book I bought:

Curried Favors: Family Recipes from South India

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Craftsman House Tour – Media Room

Okay, so this room is really meant to be a bedroom, I think. But we call it the media room because that’s where we watch TV.

Truth be told, it’s one of the rooms we spend the most time in.

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Second Hand Diva: Craigslist Bookcase

It took me awhile to catch on to the greatness that is Craigslist, but after buying several of my favorite pieces of furniture from CL, I’m sold.

Admittedly, my house is pretty much furnished. With the exception of a few pieces (like the Eames Lounge I mention here) we’re not in the market for any new furniture. That doesn’t mean I don’t have DIY aspirations.

So I had this idea that I’d search CL, eBay, etc. and look for pieces that I think have potential for greatness and tell you all about it. This is just a starting point, mind you–the logistics of linking to a CL posting makes it pretty unlikely you’d score the exact same piece. My goal is to give you some ideas and inspiration for prettying up your own second hand scores.

Here’s today’s find:

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Craftsman House Tour – Office/Guest Room

Since we moved into this house in February 2011, I’ve had my office in the guest room, the media room, and the master bedroom, then back to the guest room. Mick, that lucky dog, has an office all to himself, and even though I had several options for where my own office would be, all of the rooms needed to serve some sort of double duty.

In the end, I decided the guest room was my best option.

Here it is right before we moved in:

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Giant Fork & Spoon

Updated post from February 2012.

Over Christmas, I convinced my grandma to give me these:


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Craftsman House Tour – Kitchen

The kitchen might just be my favorite room in the house, which is saying a lot since I pretty much love every room in my house.

It’s also the room that needs the most work. I have plans for this room, but after the renovation we did on the condo last year, neither Mick or I are all that keen on starting another, even a small one. Plus, renovating takes lots of money and we’re in the mood to save a little right now.

But enough of that, let’s start the tour, shall we?

Here’s the view of the kitchen from the far south wall.

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