Friday, March 9, 2018

Tiny hint of spring.

Winter is still here in Minnesota. But I have a tiny but of Spring in my kitchen window.

Loom for sale, pictures.

I need a place to place a bunch of pictures of a table loom I'm selling. Craigslist is horrible. I unsuccessfully try to sell my fish tank. The only interested parties were scammers. Seriously I'm not sending you my bank information for a $200 item.

Anyway. This is a table look that I used briefly. I don't have time or space for a big project like this. It can make narrow cloth, such as dish cloths or reenactment clothes.

Pictures tell all.

Folded for storage

Friday, February 23, 2018

Bye bye big aquarium

In the tiny house sacrifices have to be made. I love my Aquarium garden the big tank is just in the way. The fishes are just doing okay. I really wanted the gold and black ones to breed. But they just seem to eat. I lost a bunch last month. And the fish just haven't seemed to recover.

Without the tank and stand it would really open up the dinning room. Kids love to play and run. Winter here is long. We got 6+ inches of fluffy snow on Tuesday and now again on Friday.  So the little bit of extra room would be nice.

I've made the decision to sell the tank. I'm not in a super hurry. It's kinda sad. But I know I can always get another tank used when we have more space.
Also I still have the two little tanks. I won't be with out fishes.

Friday, February 9, 2018

New doors

WOW Its been too long since posting. Sorry everyone.

We did a thing! The laundry room has a door! We found a great sale on these door hardware. We just reused the old doors. Eventually, probably before we move new door slabs will be used. I intend to paint the whole room and doors. Trim around the door ways needs attention and we need to figure out door latch hardware for the bathroom. Unfortunately now I need to figure out a new place to hang our coats, since we can't hang them on the doors and still open hem all the way. That or I need to move my large Aquarium. Good thing I don't have to figure it out instantly.

Workin progress

Little helpers

Finally hung and furnished for the time being
I'm very excited to be able to walk into the bathroom without going around the door. The whole room feels so much bigger. Hopefully soon we will get the new laminate flooring and some paint.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Clothing the constant shuffling

I've never been good at organization. My clothes especially. I've always had boxes of out of season or sentimental items. Yesterday I unpacked the last, I hope, box of my clothing. In an effort to eliminate the 'storage' box, I hung, tossed or chopped the stuff. Sentimental t-shirt got chopped up for rags and the picture part was carefully cut for a future quilt top.
Now if doing all my clothes wasn't bad enough I have two kids and a husband. Kids have been easy as I started a 'no keep or save for future kid's rule from birth. I also politely decline most hand-me-downs from family and friends. I just can't deal with sorting or storage. I saved adult size shoe box of A baby clothes and V does have a big tote from my mother of my old dresses. So my rule isn't hard or fast. It is frustrating to feel constantly dealing with everyone clothing. Not to mention towels, sheets and blankets (which I honestly admit we have large numbers)

Anyway I switched dressers with husband and kids. Unfortunately the old kids dresser never lived up to it's usefulness. Leaving a sad husband without. The new closet works great for shirts and pants, but socks and unders need a home., Not to forget our wool base layers we love in the winter.

So far a solution hasn't presented itself. Semi permeant Ikea bags of clothes still decorate the closet. More in number and more sturdy hangers are still needed to get the winter gear (heavy coats, bibs, coveralls and snow pants) out of totes.  Money is tight and I will just have to use what we got. Typically I can come up with something. Maybe the kids dresser will get used after all. Who knows. Back to shuffling!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Closet nearly done!

The closet laundry room is finally functional. I installed the closet rods last week and am in the process of moving our clothes back in. We'll be leaving one high up closet rod in the storage room for winter coats and other less used gear. We are thinking about replacing the wide chunky trim thought out the house. So I didn't put it back into the closet laundry room.
Here is the sneak peek picture. Eventually I'll get a pretty all organized picture but not today.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Closet remodeling - photo dump!

Summer sure is moving quickly. We spent a very busy weekend working on the closet. We tore out lath and plaster. Found unique wood shavings as insulation. Added plumbing. Put up sheetrock. Installed a new bathroom light fan combination. Took measurements for a potential new front entrance way that would add a much needed coat closet and draft free front door. Whew that's a lot to do. I didn't include the three parts runs and much needed pizza break.

My internet access is limited. So I'm going to dump these photos of our makeover with little explanation. Pictures are worth a thousand words, right? The room isn't 100% but close and functional.

Empty without shelves. Can't find a true before we emptied the room.

Before- only removed linoeum

Messy plaster mess

Bathroom shared wall. White box is the mirror cupboard in the bathroom

Discovered that the outside north wall is insulated with wood shavings. Wow!

Packed in tight! Stayed in place after removing the lath

Sub floor and plaster removed

Dirty dusty job, removed rotting floor boards. Installed new thick plywood sub floor

My very handy Father-in-law, saved the weekend with his skills

Plumbing in the crawl space, not fun.

New studs

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Drywall, blue for water protection. Also note the dryer vent hole.

Helping Dad!

We had to install the washer dryer combo before we were done. It barely fit through the doorway after we removed all the trim. If the washer ever dies we'll have to rip out the doorway to make it wider.

Mudding and taping

TaDa! Thus is how the room looks today. Just needs a final coat of paint (it has been primed). Add the trim and put back the door.