A new take on art from old book pages

A new take on art from old book pages

Cane and I don’t live in Portland. We live in a suburban city east of there. In fact, we live in one of the most reviled ‘burbs around here, referred to by one local blogger as “the armpit of East Multnomah County.” So, we don’t really identify as Portlandians. In fact, we take a little(…)

I love strippers

I love strippers

This will be a quick story about my descent from eco-friendly home renovation guy to chemical warfare guy. It’s either a story of redemption or a sad tale of lost opportunities. I’m not sure yet which one. Since February, I’ve been chipping away at getting all the glue off our downstairs family room floor a(…)

Make a new (family room) plan, Stan

Make a new (family room) plan, Stan

“You know, Mom, I really want school to be over with now.” “How come, sweetie?” “Cause you seem too stressed out lately and I want you to be on summer break.” Sigh. Out of the mouths of babes and all that. (She’s still my baby, even if she is 15.) As I explained to her,(…)

A vegetable garden for (by?) dummies

A vegetable garden for (by?) dummies

A few posts back we shared our progress in building some raised beds in our backyard, and alluded to our hopes for a vegetable garden. Happy to share with all of you that it’s in! And I just want to say right now, before we go any further with this, in big bold letters, that:(…)

MOOC Week 1-Kitchen eating area redesign

MOOC Week 1-Kitchen eating area redesign

Well, Rita and I got through week 1 of our online design class pretty well. (You can read all about what we’re doing and why here.) At halfway through week 2, though, neither of us had had time to look at the assignments for this week. (There are 4.) We’ve now briefly looked at the assignments and some(…)

Eliminating paper towels and napkins

Eliminating paper towels and napkins

No offense intended to those who raised me, but I think I might have been in junior high before I realized that napkins could be made out something other than paper. I don’t know why. I’m sure it was me, not them. (It just never occurred to me that a napkin could be made from(…)

Gardens and trucks and designing, oh my!

Gardens and trucks and designing, oh my!

When I first met Cane, he had an little old pickup truck that he loved dearly. He often expresses longing for it, especially when we have a project that would be easier with one. Such was the case this weekend, which we’d scheduled for the next phase of our vegetable garden project. (You can see(…)