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Yardstick Benches


I am so excited about this post! It’s one of my most favorite projects ever, and it’s published in the September 2018 Hartford Magazine edition. I won’t ramble on about the details of how I built them. You can check out the article if you are interested, and you’re always welcome to ask me questions.

Vintage yardsticks have become quite expensive and harder to find. If you ever decide to do something like this, here is a quick tip for you that I did not mention in the magazine article: Use filler yardsticks from local hardware stores (or better yet, strip down cheap pine boards to size). They all have slight variations in color. Place them randomly throughout on the inside. You could even paint some, rough them up etc. so that they look vintage. The inside pieces are going to get ruined as you glue them together anyway. It is such a shame to ruin all of those old yardsticks, and nobody would ever know the difference. Just save your favorite ones for the outside edges!

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Camper is Complete


It turns out that I don’t like camping. Well, I wouldn’t say that I don’t like it, since we only did it once. And since it was at our local pool club, where we were 1/4 mile from home, and had electric/bathrooms/kitchen/pool/firepit right there, I’m not sure it really even counts.

We actually had a really great time, we just weren’t using it. So after paying for storage, moving around our driveway, lawn etc. for three years, we finally sold it. I was sad, but I’m happy that she now has a new owner who will enjoy her. BEFORE pics are here. I hope you like the finished product…

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Patchy Backpacks


I know, I’m probably the worst blogger on earth. And I know, this is the worst post ever to come back with after 4 months off! (BTW, it’s not that I haven’t been doing anything. The camper is done, and the house in NH is almost done…so stayed tuned for some fun pics and projects coming up!).

So I’ve never done patches before. But this year the boys started to give me their opinions on their backpacks, yikes! I shouldn’t have asked them WHICH Pottery Barn Kids one that they wanted, because they didn’t want any of them! What? Who doesn’t want a perfectly monogrammed Pottery Barn Kids backpack? Not even the Star Wars ones, with all the matching containers??? OMG! NOOOOOOO!&%$%&$@!# Eli wanted Deadpool. Nolan wanted Pokémon. Sigh. So a quick trip to ebay for a $5 patch allowed us both (probably more me) to get what we wanted. And they loved them! So, iron-on patches are totally my new favorite thing.

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