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My Grandfather’s Blocks

My grandfather, on my mother’s side, was an engineer.  I don’t know much about the work he did. I only know two things:  1. it was a huge leap for him to have become an engineer. He was born into a rural farming family . And 2: he was one of the engineers who worked on the Panama Canal.…

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The weekend.

After spending three days in bed with a stomach virus, I finally had the energy to get out of the house yesterday.  My motivation was equal parts cabin fever and lack of vision. Literal vision, not creativity or direction. The last thing I did before yelling angry nothings at my toilet was get an eye exam. It had…

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Bathroom Bubbles

The front bathroom has all kinds of issues. Besides it being dark, the walls are smeared in candle smoke from a cheap soy candle. Only a paint job will clean that up. I’ve tried EVERYTHING! The vanity, toilet and mirror are all a disaster. But until I can redo it properly I don’t want to…

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Art on the Walls

In August I finally created a space for the girls to paint. I always wanted them to “Jackson Pollock” a large canvas. My secret wish was to end up with some cool, modern, inexpensive art to hang on my walls. That day the girls created the paining that now hangs in my bedroom. I love it and…

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Waffles

It’s time to start talking about food!  It has a place with architecture and design.  I feel that a lover of good architecture is a lover of good food. Someone who has the sensibilities to appreciate good aesthetics and lines also has sensible taste buds. The two go hand in hand. Restaurants are the perfect marriage…

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Christmas Roundup 2014

Today is January 6th, the official end to Christmas. Everything will start coming down. Even though it’s sad, it’s also time. Both girls are in school today so whether I like it or not it’s time to start our routines again: lunch boxes, uniforms, breakfasts, vocab words, etc. It’s almost impossible to move forward with the coziness of…

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The Fireplace Follow Up

Our fireplace is an evolving work of art. I’ve written about it here, and here and here.  Over the summer I was ready to do some demo and repair but I couldn’t part with the drawings the girls had done just yet.  So, instead I finally got the nerve to do what I originally intended…