The Happyish Homestead

Friday, September 23, 2011

Projects in the Works

I have a couple of projects in the works that should be ready to show next week....or next month....for sure by the end of the year. Stay tuned, please?

One other thing.

I got a free trampoline.

From my neighbor.

Who I've only talked to, like, twice.

They have it sitting in their field, er, backyard, accumulating weeds.

Never hurts to ask.

Or call and beg.



Sunday, September 18, 2011

Back in the Habit

What can you find at home that you can find nowhere else?

  • Windows without screens.

  • A changing table in the already too-small hallway.

  • Four sleeping children.

  • Extension cords in the bedrooms, plugged into upside down outlets.

  • A clock that's hung up but needs a new battery.

  • A mound of clean laundry on top of the dryer.

  • A washer that drains into a sink.

  • A craft project gone awry.

  • My grandparent's wedding china drying on the counter.

  • The new dresser/changing table on the front porch.

  • A metal cupboard leaning against the house waiting for sanding.

  • One of three levels done for the garden retaining wall.

  • Watermelon stickiness by Meg's chair.

  • Legos all over the sun room table.

  • Dead annuals in a planter on the front porch.

  • Shoes by every possible exit from the house.

  • A camera with a full memory card.

  • An old wood ladder in the back yard waiting to be brought inside for its new purpose.

  • Books snuck in by the girls into their room...kind of like contraband.

  • My mom's rocking chair from when she was a girl waiting to be reupholstered.

  • The fabric with which to reupholster the chair.

  • A sun room with one piece of sheet music wall papered on waiting to see if I like it.

  • A basement full of pears, again.

  • My family.


P.S. Bryce wants to buy a lemon and lime bush...I kindly told him I would have no part in the matter: and

Friday, September 2, 2011


A new scale and wood boxes that Bryce's parents found for me.
A quilt that I bought last fall and finally got around to rebinding. Also, not nearly as exciting, I decided to use one of my galvanized tubs to hold the throw pillows and such. I know, genius.

A mirror that I picked up yard selling. Thinking about making some little paper bunting to string across the top.

Down filled pillows on clearance at Fred Meyer for $6.50. Was over zealous and bought four. Hoping for some magical transformation.

Antique oval mirror that I fixed after picking it up from a garage sale for $4 (!) and a painting Bryce's grandmother did of their property up in Canada.

Some treasures Bryce's parents collected for me...awaiting inspiration.

Chicken coop painted to match the house. Should start getting eggs any week now.

Pears that I got for free and will be making pear sauce out of once ripened.

Tomatoes that I did not get for free but will be totally worth the money once made into delicious tomato soup.

Also this week: painted wood for new grape arbor, kept all chickens alive, kept all trees and bushes alive, kept all children alive, bought a serger (?) for $5 at a garage sale, used Burger King coupons twice, talked to my mom three times, finished and mailed Sister's Day gifts which took way longer to put together than it should have, cleaned laundry room, watched North and South, sent Elizabeth and Adeline to Bryce's parents house for the week, went Christmas shopping and finished Christmas shopping at Borders Books, which is going out of business, where I bought a book about stenciling and it included 10 different stencils and have been dreaming about stenciling since.

The End.