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  • make your own: simple cloth coasters.

    As the tail end of summer slips through our fingers, you might decide to use up spare material you have hanging around your house, to make simple cloth coasters. For the cups of tea…

    September 20, 2021 9 Comments
  • my week in objects (mostly).

    1. this wonky little checkerboard. {made for checkers-obsessed kids.} 2. this sap bucket. {one man’s trash…for my trash.} 3. this new rain cape for biking. {a gift from cleverhood and so, so much better…

    September 17, 2021 3 Comments
  • polishing and other odd jobs.

    On my first day of work in this apartment without accompaniment from child or spouse or anyone at all, I oiled our wooden cutting boards and wooden spoons. It’s a job I usually leave…

    September 14, 2021 54 Comments
  • my week in objects (mostly).

    1. this recycling basket. {emptied.} 2. these fabric scraps. {in a new spot.} 3. this drawer. {decluttered.} 4. this supply storage. {wrangled.} 5. this september light. {for being here again.} other things: they would…

    September 10, 2021 5 Comments
  • apartment progress: window dressing.

    I realize I’m maybe pushing my luck on reader investment in my window treatments, but my editor is MIA again, so it’s just me over here calling the shots. I made another roller shade,…

    August 26, 2021 37 Comments
  • my week in objects (mostly).

    1. this fabric. {enough for a kitchen shade plus a little extra.} 2. this tape. {just because.} 3. the last of the ct flowers. {for drying up just so.} 4. these crackers. {because it’s…

    August 20, 2021 8 Comments
  • my week in objects (mostly).

    1. this gorgeous tea. {cold brewed. (plus my very favorite summer indulgence).} 2. this remnant fabric. {and a habit shift i’ll share next week.} 3. this fan, pointed up. {for making work at the…

    August 13, 2021 5 Comments
  • small improvements: caulking the gaps.

    Adding a bit of caulk between drywall and baseboards and on the moldings around window frames isn’t first on the list of projects that renters might typically tackle, but then, it’s not always first…

    August 12, 2021 14 Comments
  • make your own: swedish roller shades.

    Just in time for the dog days of summer, I finished the window treatments I set out to have finished before the summer solstice. As my dad would say: that’s life in the big…

    August 11, 2021 32 Comments
  • my week in objects (mostly).

    1. this iron. {for steaming out some wrinkles} 2. this suit. {and a weekend opportunity to swim in it.} 3. these august beauties. 4. this just-arrived fly swatter. {with regrets to the flies.} 5.…

    August 6, 2021 5 Comments