Man, I adore this holiday, you guys. Happy day of love to you all.
It’s been awhile since I shared links back to some of the work I’ve done for DIY Network’s blog, Made + Remade, so without further ado, I hope you find some inspiration poking through this recent content:
1. This heart-shaped wreath is one of my favorite projects so far this year – it used a single wire hanger, and remnants of my holiday decor. Learn how I made it here.
2. As for other Valentine’s-inspired projects, it doesn’t take much to bring the spirit of the holiday into your own home. Think heart-shaped cupcakes, handmade valentine’s cards, or just draw oodles of pink hearts all over your significant other’s coffee mug on Friday AM. Bonus: DIY Network published this little instagram video of ye ol’ hands making a very crafty little garland!
3. In non-holiday-related banter, I take my insulation duties (ha, duties) very seriously. As I mentioned earlier this week, the first winter spent in a new house leads to discovering lots of drafts, and has a way of making you wonder how the previous owners stayed toasty without spending $5,000/month on gas and electric. I started in earnest in the basement, filling in each end joist with faced insulation, and continued with other remedies throughout the house to insulate as well as possible. Cozy!
4. I made a batch of suet treats for the birdies; we’ve enjoyed seeing everything from blue jays to robins peer in at us through our dining room window. And squirrels. The squirrels love us.
5. I also made Cody a new dog bed. Nothing like a new memory foam mattress under those dog knees! He’s the happiest dog on the block – and thank you again to everyone who sent well wishes and hoped for an easy recovery. I’m happy to say that our boy is back to his old self.
6. Pete was the focus of this feature on Made + Remade for the holiday series on Makers We Love. He blushed.
7. And finally, the kitchen upgrades that I wrote about at the beginning of the year are well underway (if all goes as planned, I’ll be wielding my paint brushes this weekend). Additionally, I made some pan protectors to safeguard one of our recent kitchen investments, and showcased those beautiful little silver knobs that people around here either love-love or hate-hate. You decide!
Amazing things happen in our new neighborhood when it snows; I can’t get enough of the snow canopying in the pines, or the lantern lit over our neighbor’s driveway.
We have reason to believe our house had a light at the end of the driveway too. Maybe it was just a lantern on a post, it probably wasn’t a cool lantern strung between trees, but maybe one day we’ll get something re-installed. That little light definitely does something to make a home seem super welcoming. Plus, you know, I want to keep up with the Joneses.
It’s the first winter we’ve been in our house, the first time being able to pinpoint drafts in the exterior doors, the first in which we realize how screwed up our thermostat zones are, the first opportunity to realize that the unfinished basement stays a balmy 72-degrees, even when it’s only 10-degrees outside. This place is built like a fort.
The roof insulation in our home seems to be good too, something you always have to wonder about when you find and buy your home in the spring/summer months. The winter leaves plenty of opportunity for surprise, but for us, no icicles, and a thick blanket of snow covering the shingles is a great sign.
We’ve had plenty of down branches so far this winter, and Pete has been keeping busy trying to keep them gathered in the area of the fire pit we began to establish last summer. I’d say I’ve been helping him, but this was actually one of the first times I’ve been in the backyard since the baby was born last November. Short of letting Cody in and out, I’ve been keeping pretty cozy.
Deer have been everywhere during the winter. They’re all fatties with thick, thick furry coats wandering through the backyard, flirting with each other in the woods, and approaching within just a few feet of the house; one morning we woke to see one looking in the bedroom window, another day one passed by a window so closely that I was startled. Cody usually doesn’t even notice them, and when they notice him, they just stop and stare. Rabbits, always interesting. Deer, always boring.
The snow covering the barn roof completely is a friendly reminder that it is healed, that the interior of the barn will stay dry so that we can continue to make some more structural repairs to the building this spring. Eventually, and maybe not this year, it won’t be yellow.
My favorite Tamarack that stands in the backyard is really, really beautiful when powdered with snow.
The trunk of the fallen tree that still lays in the backyard is a daily reminder that we have a lot of cleanup to do when the snow melts.
It’s a really beautiful morning in Rochester. How are you spending it? (Hopefully not sitting on 590.)
One thing became very apparent when we moved into a house with real closet space: I don’t know the first thing about utilizing closets. And actually, the hallway closet shown below looks bad, but it’s one in four closets that makes me look like I might live in one of those crazy Hoarders households.
I also don’t know the first thing about organizing gift wrapping, if you can’t tell. And I don’t know the rules about what you’re supposed to do with the leftover “Santa” wrapping paper once it has been used. And I also have a hard time throwing away everything from Amazon boxes to gift bags.
I like to think that this closet has a lot of potential, and it probably wouldn’t be hard to start from scratch, considering that I can still see parts of the floor. Thanks to Photoshop allowing my amateur self the ability to merge some terribly lit photos together, I’m hoping you can see the potential in this little space too. Hello, I’m putting this out there because I hope you share some of your favorite closet storage ideas with me. This does not need to remain wrapping storage, but it is a deep closet, one I need to find a better purpose for. Help! :)