Our best thrifting tip ever

Our best thrifting tip ever

We hesitate to share this thrifting tip. Because, you know, if we tell others this secret they might score the amazing stuff we’d like to score before we can get to it. And we don’t really want to stop stumbling into amazing finds like this: We found this guy on Friday night, for $3.25. For(…)

Our weekend kitchen make-over

Our weekend kitchen make-over

Erin (at the nifty travel blog A Week or a Weekend) thought it was mean to leave all of you hanging on Friday, wondering if we did or didn’t get the kitchen painted. So I’ll cut to the chase: We did!–despite the potential game-enders of a really nasty cold and gorgeous fall weather. Here’s a(…)

The best laid plans of mice and men and middle-aged suburban women

The best laid plans of mice and men and middle-aged suburban women

If you read us regularly at all, you know that Cane and I are downright dawdlers when it comes to getting our projects done. And, we rarely progress in a straight line from start to finish on anything. But last week we had a 3-day weekend (4 for me, as I don’t work Mondays) AND(…)

Finally painting our bookcase

Finally painting our bookcase

Ever have a project that hangs out on your to-do list forever? This one was mine: I’d been meaning to paint it ever since we moved to this house (two years ago in August). That bright, orange-y red just never blended in with the other things in this room, especially when the walls were still(…)

DIY Camera Strap- The tactile art of photography

DIY Camera Strap- The tactile art of photography

For me taking pictures is partly a tactile activity. The feel of the camera, the click of the aperture dial, the-ever-so faint sound of the leaf shutter all contribute to the experience of making photographs. How the camera feels, sounds, and looks is important to me.  Not just because I like cool-looking cameras. It’s because(…)

Hey, anyone still there?

Hey, anyone still there?

So, um, yeah…we’re still here. Sorta. In our last post, I did say that we might be posting a bit less as we entered back into the school year, but I didn’t expect to go more than a month without writing here. Since we began This (sorta) Old Life nearly two years ago (on Oct.(…)

Of little pink houses and hometowns and dreams

Of little pink houses and hometowns and dreams

I grew up in a little pink house in a quaint little town–though it wasn’t quite the kind of house and town John Mellencamp immortalized in this (now rather quaint itself) 1983 video. My house wasn’t in middle America and it wasn’t bubblegum pink. It was in a south Seattle suburb and it was more(…)