Home Projects; Autumn 2012

There has been a lot of nesting the past few weeks. Besides the usual putting the garden to bed and unearthing our cold weather clothes we decided that we needed to give a little more life to our dinning room.


This rustic shelf started out three years ago as our large garden box but it’s wasn’t going to survive another winter. So with his much beloved dremel Kevin carved out slots for the shelves. Other than the original corner screws there are no fasteners in this shelf. I love how there is a display slot right in front of the cookbooks.

Then it was my turn, I found a giant globe without a stand at the thrift store this past week. I was inspired by all the map and globe projects I have been seeing on pinterest and apartment therapy. As soon as I saw it I knew what I was going to do it.
Globe Lamp DIY Project

We already had the light fixture from this light, the shade was too long for the room we had planned on hanging it in. Basically it is a light socket attached to a long wire with a switch on it, you could put one together from the hardware store for about $10. Splitting the globe was easy, you know the equator? Well that gold and black line is actually tape. Once I sliced through it the globe came apart like a plastic Easter egg. At the top of the globe was a metal brad just a little bigger than the wire. So once that was out and I dismantled the socket I just slipped the wire through and reassembled it. It took longer to find the right drill bit to drill the hole in the ceiling for the hook.

We still have a few other projects in the works that I’m excited about, though the biggest one is the general decluttering of the house that has been going on for a few weeks now. What projects are you working on?


Autumn and Artists

coffee for pumpkin

Autumn has been busy, Alder and I are in school, there are friends to see and leaves to play in. I’ve found myself wandering out without my camera a lot lately not wanting the distance between me and the moment. But it still comes with me on occasion.

Here is my response to Elise’s questions on her blog. I’ve gotten rid of categories that I don’t really pay attention to, and I’m letting some men slip in.
Who would you add, in any of the categories? What creative fields would you add?

Authors (really more a reflection of the titles currently piled around my bed):

Dara Horn

Mary Oliver

Molly Peacock (yes I’m biased here)

Michael Chabon

Wendell Berry


Bloggers (with a slant toward some that I know in real life)

Shannon Herrick

Abi Gregorio

Julie Alverez

Heather Bruggeman


Chefs (and Food Writers)

Deb Perelman

Ruth Reichl

M.F.K. Fisher

David Lebovitz


Children’s Book Authors

Susan Cooper

Sharron Draper

Nancy Farmer

Nora Olsen (yes I’m biased)


Ed Reformers (and writers) – I know, not a traditionally creative field, but…

Lori Pickert

Ron Miller

John Holt

Matthew Hern



Beatrice Caron

Sonia Delaunay

Anna Seranno