Thursday, May 26, 2016

Bathroom Tile Progress

We're happy with how our tile is turning out. Even though it delayed the finish another couple of weeks, I think it was worth it to take the time to glaze the accent tile ourselves.
I went and bought another can of hubbard squash paint in semi-gloss. I'm going to repaint the bathroom. I think it will look nice with the tile.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

6 Year Anniversary

I just realized we had our 6 year house purchase anniversary last week. Wow, the time has passed so quickly. When we bought the house in 2010, I naively thought we would be finished remodeling everything in 5 years. I didn't anticipate getting burned out and distracted for more than 2 years. But overall, I'm pretty happy with what we've accomplished. I should really go update the Before and After page with our latest finished projects.

Now that our accent tile is finished, Barrett has returned to his tiling efforts. He has installed soapstone on the curb and bench. I was not familiar with curbs being finished in this way, but it should be nice and solid, and a lot less grout to clean. Jeff likes it; I'm still mulling over how I feel about it. It should coordinate with the floor tile better once we can oil it.
And he's started installing the pencil trim tile we made!
I'll try not to whine too much, but the flaky is strong with this one. Barrett was 5.5 hours late yesterday, and 3 hours late today. I'd much rather him just tell me when he'll be here than say he'll be here at 9 or 10 and then show up in the afternoon. Sigh.

Pinterest is Broken

Do any of you guys use Pinterest? Have you noticed they broke the feed?
I totally get that they needed to add ads, but why the f**k do they have to add a bunch of unsolicited pins from boards I don't follow?
I follow over 2500 boards, surely there is content available to show in my feed...  I don't see any settings I can change to just see pins from boards I follow, so I assume I'm stuck with this. I used to enjoy poking around Pinterest to find good pins, but now my feed is mostly unusable.

Since it's quite easy to go back and look at my own pins, I still pin stuff in order to keep track of sites for future reference, but I honestly don't see the point of browsing anymore since 90% of the feed is stuff I'm not interested in.

Have any of you Pinterest users found the same problem? Are the pins in that feed actually useful to you?

Update later: Apparently, I'm a little slow on the uptake. I've noticed that my feed was steadily getting worse and worse, but I didn't really realize until today that there was practically nothing in it I wanted to see. Lots of bloggers have talked about the new feed, called the "Smart Feed."

I did finally figure out how to get rid of the unpaid pins. If you click in the box next to the user name and board name, an X appears. Click on the X and then select an option from the menu that pops up. I went ahead and told it to stop using my boards for inspiration. It was tedious, because I had to do it for every board, but I did remove the "Picked for you" pins.

My feed is still full of a bunch of ads for stuff I have no interest in, but at least I can now see some of the boards I actually do want to follow. I guess Pinterest has done me a favor; I now have very little desire to spend hours browsing their site.

Do you guys have any suggestions for what is next? Instagram?

Monday, May 23, 2016

1930s Appliqued Quilts

I have a regular search in eBay that sends me alerts when period items I'm interested in are listed; one of them is appliquéd quilts. I'm surprised by how many stunning period quilts are listed right now. I really don't need quilts, because I already have 7 pieced quilts I've made myself for our 2 beds, but it is always fun to see what's out there. Just in case any of you are interested, I'll include some of them here.
This GORGEOUS cotton 30's Mountain Mist "painted poppies" quilt is hand appliquéd and hand quilted, with hand embroidered accents.  There is quilting around the appliqué and in straight line, grid, and poppy designs in the background, all at an even 7-8 stitches to the inch. The back is white, the hand stitched binding is solid green, and the batting is thin.  It measures 70" X 84" and is in excellent, sturdy condition, with a couple of tiny, faint age spots (hard to find) and no wear. $1,195.
The pattern was design in 1910 by Webster and published in the January, 1912 issue of Ladies' Home Journal. Webster's pattern brochure emphasized the "dainty flowers arranged with leaves and buds in graceful trailing vines." The original pattern was done in blue and green only, with a postage stamp border, while this one includes pink flowers with an open/white border. The quilting is superb, with quilting around the appliqué and in 3/4" grid, feathered, and pinwheel designs in the background, all at an even 8 stitches to the inch. The back and hand stitched binding are white, and the batting is thin. The quilt measures a generous 78" X 82" and is in excellent condition, with the occasional light age spot and no wear. $1495.
WELL QUILTED Vintage 30's Grapevine Appliqué Antique Quilt ~GREAT BORDER! This GORGEOUS cotton 80's (some fabrics are earlier) ocean waves/streak of lightning/zigzag quilt is hand appliquéd and hand quilted, with hand embroidered accents. There is quilting around the appliqué and in elaborate straight line, grid, ripple, and feathered designs quilted throughout at an even 10-11 stitches to the inch. The back is white, the hand stitched binding is solid green, and the batting is thin. It measures 76" X 90" and is in very good condition, with some light age spotting in places and no wear.  $595.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Truper Wheelbarrow

This is just a quick post to mention a recent purchase we've made that we've been really satisfied with. A friend of ours put us onto the steel Truper 2-wheeled wheelbarrow. We bought one of these wheelbarrows this spring and it's been a great tool for our backyard projects this year.

During the course of our backyard cleanup, we've been able to fill it to the brim with gravel, bricks, or other materials and it holds up to the abuse. Because it has 2 wheels, it is stable; you can move it with one hand, if necessary.

Anyway, for folks who live in Portland, we bought this assembled at Do It Best on Division for $100. It's been the best $100 we've spent for our backyard projects this year. For those not in Portland, I did find one for sale online here.

I'm not being compensated nor was I asked to give this endorsement. We're just happy customers.