Of projects, priorities, and perfect days

Of projects, priorities, and perfect days

I cannot remember the last time I felt bored. Tired, cranky, anxious, overwhelmed? Yes, more often than I care to admit. But bored? Never. Sure, there are lots of minutes in every day that I have to do things I find boring, but I think I will never have enough time to do all the(…)

6 ways to UnDesign your garden

6 ways to UnDesign your garden

When it comes to gardening, we sure are glad that we’ve decided we’re UnDesigners. Because we don’t know the first thing about designing a garden. Nonetheless, we’re pretty happy with what we’ve done so far, and we thought our methods might be helpful for some of you–especially if, like us, you consider yourself a gardening(…)

The thing itself

The thing itself

Bad weeks:  We’ve all had them. I got to have one last week. The particulars don’t really matter. Some were kind of big, but most were small. It was the cumulative effect, the snowballing nature of the week that, by Friday, had flattened me. All I wanted was a day at home. On Thursday I(…)

Why you must absolutely run out and build a sawhorse right this minute!

Why you must absolutely run out and build a sawhorse right this minute!

I came home the other day and marched up the stairs and yelled out to Rita, “Sawhorses! We must make sawhorses!” Why so excited about sawhorses you say? Because they are awesome! About a year or so ago during some project or other I decided I had the need for sawhorses. I went over to(…)

When thrifting isn’t thrifty

When thrifting isn’t thrifty

Last week a blogger I follow announced that she would be having a hoard sale, a sale to get rid of a bunch of thrifted stuff she bought for her house but has decided she won’t be able to use. She included a picture from last year’s sale, in which furniture of all kinds literally(…)

A DIY concrete planter–it’s easier than it looks

A DIY concrete planter–it’s easier than it looks

A few weeks back we shared a few ideas for making an entry more welcoming, in which we included some photos of a concrete planter we made and a promise to follow-up with a how-to. We’re here today with the how-to. I first made one of these probably 7 or 8 years ago. It was(…)

Undesigning our time off

Undesigning our time off

More than a year ago, Cane and I realized that, because of our priorities and our schedules with our kids, breaks from school are the only time we’re going to be able to make large progress on any of our home projects. (You can see the time analysis here.) As last week’s spring break approached,(…)