Beating your DIY addiction

Beating your DIY addiction

In our last post, I came clean about my chair challenges and promised to share my principles for recovery from DIY addiction. Because, sadly, this empty little graphic is just as true of my chair project progress today as it was the day I made it in the summer of 2012. But before I dive(…)

Confessions of a chair addict

Confessions of a chair addict

Hi. My name is Rita, and I’m a chair addict. Chair make-overs are my favorite kind of before/after DIY blog posts, and I’ve pretty much never met an old chair that I didn’t think I could save. When I bought that first one I had no idea what kind of path I was starting down. It(…)

What if Facebook were around 80 years ago?

What if Facebook were around 80 years ago?

It probably wouldn’t look that different from today’s Facebook. You’d still have line-ups of beautiful young women in party dresses: And the posed, wanna-be-artsy portraits they take of each other when boys aren’t around: There’d be photos of handsome young men doing their own kind of posing: Like today, there would also be those awkward(…)

The poor planner’s key to home renovation success

The poor planner’s key to home renovation success

Rita and I have one of those modern families. We both have children with ex-spouses, and managing time around holidays is always quite a balancing act. We have to deal with 3 households in 3 different cities and (at least) 3 different ideas about how holidays work. Last December we had a plan that Rita(…)

Life, death, and laundry

Life, death, and laundry

Around here, we like to say that how we do home is how we do life. As I walked around our home on Saturday morning, the truth of that was quite apparent to me. How have we been doing home/life for the past few weeks? On-the-fly. Half-assed. The opposite of intentionally. Meal planning means I’ve(…)