Let's recap. The election is over. No matter how you voted, one thing appears certain: the incoming administration is not interested in the environment. AT ALL. To be blunt: this blows. The best way to make big strides in trash reduction, reuse, recycling is to get corporate citizens involved. While there may be little regulatory incentive for that in the future, individuals can still make a difference. So let's get on it. Oregonians are on the forefront of environmental matters; let's NOT ease up the pace. First target: the holidays.
Since I have a house project coming up, I'm shopping.
It's October and my front porch is rotting. It's the worst time of year, plus the porch needs to be replaced. What fresh hell is this? Autumn. I'm already over it and it's just begun.
My friend Kristin is interested in making an outdoor bar
from salvage. That's so cool. Even cooler? She wanted to go shopping to spark some good ideas for her creation. That's pretty much my idea of heaven.
In the summer all I want to do is sit in a lounge chair and eat berries. I rarely turn on the stove, much less the TV. Clothes get dried on the patio railing, not in the dryer. Everything seems simpler in the summer, probably because my rule is that all indoor projects go by the wayside from June until October.
I was recently using the powder room at a friend's house and discovered a lack of TP - everybody's favorite situation. There was none under the sink or in the hall closet. Moving into my friend's bedroom I checked under her bathroom sink. No TP, but there was a bottle of wine and a glass. Folks, there's just no need for this kind of behavior. There are endless salvage options out there - you can have a bar or bar cart in every room of the house! Don't store your wine with the Scrubbing Bubbles.
This beautiful weather and the fact that I'm having a cocktail party on Thursday have me working in the yard. There's nothing like a party to get you motivated to get sh** done. Being a plant genius, I requested a friend stop by to help me with a super-serious question: Were my tomato plants in fact weeds, and not in any way, shape, or form actual tomatoes?
A friend is re-doing her kitchen, which has turned into a first floor remodel. You know how that goes, right? You're remodeling the kitchen, and you decide to include the laundry room while you're at it. Then it makes sense to update the flooring of the family room while everything's ripped up. And while the family room floor is ripped up, it's a good time to add the wet bar you've always wanted. And away you go!
Artist Allison May Kiphuth's dioramas
in tiny boxes blew my mind this morning (thanks Colossal!). Boxes come in all sizes, though, and there's so many ways to use them. Here's an old post....
While recently scanning Houzz articles (one of my favorite activities), I came across this freakishly cool bar
made out of pallets and crates.
Last week I received a couple of emails from readers with questions. One gentleman wrote the following: "Since you've been around a Portland scrapyard or two, maybe you know: Is there a good scrapyard to find old bikes?"