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Weekend projects: repurposing stuff to make a new chandelier and painting the Windsor chairs…again. 10/02/11

My arms feel like jelly. I just took what I vow will be the FINAL swag at getting the color on those dang Windsor chairs right. I gave up on spray paint and invested in a power sprayer so I could use custom-mix latex instead of the limited blues offered in the can.The color came out right this time, just like the chairs in the inspiration photo. Remember this?   So, of course that meant re-priming everything. I hung tarps in the garage to rig up a makeshift spray booth. And of course you can'...

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Stuff I didn’t sew 05/22/11

  I had big plans to sew the crap out of some stuff this weekend, but the weather outside was just too pretty. Then our friends Dan and Carolyn got married yesterday in a ceremony perfectly timed with the purported rapture. (Everyone we know was still in the room by the end of the night, verifying that they are all complete heathens.) We did manage to get a lot of plants into some dirt, but these sewing plans for the Shasta are next on the to-do list: Sewing an awning for a vintage camper.

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Picking out Martha Stewart Paint colors, lighting, flooring, and fabric for our vintage Shasta 04/29/11

Here's where I'm netting out so far with paint colors (I love the colors in the Martha Stewart Paint line.) as well as flooring, fabric, and lighting. I may try to develop a muted red, white, and blue palette as well, but the green and blue feels so fresh. It's all throughout our house...I just can't get away from it no matter how I try! Since I'll be using accessories from Bluebird Goods, I'm trying to keep a fairly neutral background that is still fresh, friendly, and not too stark. I'll be sewing everything...

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Painting a Collection of Windsor Chairs 11/14/10

Awhile back I saw a really neat inspiration pic in MSL of a black harvest table lined with light blue Windsor chairs. After browsing and browsing for ideas to turn our Chicago brick bungalow dining room into something extra-special, that lit the bulb. So far we've installed a beautiful crystal chandelier, picked up 2 antique candlestick lamps at an estate sale, found a beautiful old black wood buffet at a flea market, and scored big time on a bartered harvest table made locally out of reclaimed barn wood. I've sc...

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Martha Stewart’s advice on keeping backyard chickens 06/09/10

My hands are still shaking! I just had the most lovely chat with... ...Martha Stewart. Yup. MARTHA. We had tea and chatted about keeping backyard chickens. Well, I had tea. I don't know what she was drinking. We were on the phone. I called into her radio show. So back down to earth. (Wait, one more SQUEAL!) Anyway...She very graciously gave some great advice on the topic of keeping backyard chickens. Living in Chicago, how cold is too cold and what temperature range should the chickens be kep...

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