M.I.A.

Between the house restoration, holidays, pet fiascoes, crazy busy workload and everything else over the past year, I’ve really neglected this blog. Of course it doesn’t help that my template broke and wouldn’t allow me access… but it’s a poor workman who blames his tools, right? So much restoration and work has happened in the last twelve months, it will be nice to show off all we’ve finish, and share those disastrous projects that just didn’t work out very well.

Bargain art – The Village Blacksmith

A nearby church has an annual garage sale and it’s HUGE. This is the second time I’ve been and I will definitely going back. Last year I think I found a few things, nothing I can remember specifically, but this year… this year I got something worth remembering! After a few historic home tours, Jeremiah has been constantly lamenting our lack of artwork so I headed to the decor section and saw, tucked behind the endless inspirational quote wall hangings, the back of a large … Read more…

Fighting for every inch

I decided to paint the office. This office has had several “I’m gonna….” moments. Each one is, to be honest, a stopgap until I can figure out what to do more permanently. About six months after we moved in I decided to assemble some cheap shelves to hold my processed vintage stuff… for now. About eight months ago I decided to install wall shelves… for now. All my temporary organization seems to fail, miserably. As you can see, things only get worse the … Read more…

Suddenly sconces!

After a year of hoarding them in the basement, I finally got all three sets of sconces cleaned, refurbished, rewired and installed!   I actually didn’t just hoard them. Shortly after buying the double-arm and rose sets, I attempted to rewire them but realized I was missing parts. Then I tried again a few months later when I got the brass single-arm set but was unable to find the parts I needed locally. Other projects kept coming up so they got pushed back. … Read more…

Picture rail moulding cache

While my car is being repaired, I’ve been trying to be present to help when I can. Mostly I’m good as an extra set of hands, especially when those extra hands need to squeeze into tight spaces to retrieve dropped sockets or connect inconvenient plugs. Anyway, so to stay close to the action I’ve been cleaning and organizing the garage. It’s not my favorite task, but Sunday while I was pulling stuff down from the scary loft space above the scary garage apartment I … Read more…

I have a shop… again

Several years ago I started an online vintage store. It was an excuse to vintage treasure hunt and allowed me a to buy the most ridiculous, awesome stuff I found. Though it slowed some when I started working at the university, I closed up shop completely in early 2013 when we started looking for a house. Unfortunately, that left me with 20+ containers of neatly packaged and labeled vintage items. I considered selling off the entire collection, but that’s obviously the easiest solution so I didn’t do it. Instead, … Read more…

Chateau de Gudanes

Like much of what I follow and read, I have no idea how I found Chateau de Gudanes but I’ve been following the progress for a while now. If you’re interested in preservation and architecture you should probably visit the chateau on Facebook or their website. From what I understand, a couple from Australia was looking for a vacation home, something like a farm house, and ran across a crumbling chateau in need of – uhm – a little TLC (read better information about the … Read more…