Fall plants for next spring…and Tiny Home Owning is still home owning…

I recently was given some really nice succulents in enamel re-purposed planters by my husband Sean. Once winter fully hits it’s going to be a bit too cold and WAY too wet for them to survive outside. Luckily one is in an enamel teapot and the other in an enamel pot. The third one is in a steel sieve but I’m thinking I can get a dish to catch any water drainage with that one. The recent succulent acquisitions are all small enough to bring into the house for the winter. So we’re good there.

Anticipating baby succulents being produced like crazy come spring I decided to keep a serious eye out for some enamel pots for planting succulents next year.  I found a really great rectangular white enamel pan that is worn in spots and totally rustic looking for super cheap at one of the local thrift stores. I cleaned it and I’m storing it under our sink for the winter and will bust that out come spring. I’m going to have baby succulents and eventually I feel like I’m not going to be able to bring in all the plants for the winter in the years to come so I need to do some research for plants that go dormant and with-stand the Oregon winter. I’m sure it won’t be too hard to find the right plants.

My tentative plans are to get planters all along the front of our house under our window to add some warmth and color to the place. I also want to get some gardening boxes set up on our floating dock but that will have to wait till spring. Right now I’m not going to go nuts with garden stuff but when you find good enamel pots for planting and they’re well under the $8 mark – SNATCH THEM UP. I like the white enamel look with the edges worn down…even with the used wear it can get pricey so I haven’t bought anything till today.  Everything I’ve seen in “vintage” stores run $15 on the cheap side and the norm is usually around $18-$20.00 and this is for really beat up stuff. It’s barely Fall and as you can see I’m already anticipating next spring. I’ve got a good jump start on the succulent front scoring the good score so I’m satisfied with my gardening haul.

I have our TV up and running with the DVD player and I doctored the electrical by running a long line of extension cord into one of our wall outlets that we don’t really tap into. This seems to have pleased the electrical panel gods and so there has been no funky flickering of lights or other electronics being turned off with by an electricity overload. We’ve been careful with our electronics since becoming aware of the flickering issue and the bottom line is that we need to get an electrician out here so that’s at the upper portion of our to-do list, but until then it’s an extension cord band-aid. I’m OK with that.

We’ve got a small list of house stuff that we are going to attend to – the time frame is a little up in the air and for now we are just closely monitoring everything that needs watching. Small houses need just as much care/upkeep and attending to as large houses and then there’s the living on water issue up-keeps that replace the living on land ones. What I’ve come to sync with is the fact that home owner issues are home owner issues no matter where or in what you live.

Strangely with all the little things going on I’m feeling pretty good about this past year of nesting/settling in our new home. We’ve lived through one full year of weather starting with winter and now we are coming full circle. How we use our space is still something that changes as we change the things we do, but our home is small enough that things are pretty easy to switch around without it being too much of an ordeal.

If you have any thoughts or ideas about container gardening on the water I’d love to hear them – especially if you live(d) on the water. Right now I’m trying to think about ways to anchor the planters. I’m thinking L-brackets to kinda brace the four corners of square planter boxes just to keep them from jostling around when the waves hit. I’m hesitating because I’m not wanting to drill holes all over our deck but then no one is out there except for me and the husband so keeping the planters upright kinda outweighs the cosmetic concerns. We aren’t going to be hanging any plants. I’m pretty sure this is just going to be an ongoing learning curve *lols* I’m OK with that too. If you have pictures of your own floating home garden stuff that you’d like to share that is totally welcome <3 I’m on Pinterest myself under DARKKATPOUNCING and I have a board dedicated to our tiny house.

Tonight we are wrapping up a visit with Mom who came down this weekend. The chill breeze has kicked up and the house is rocking. So on that note Good night!

KNIT KNIT CROCHET CROCHET – My Scrappy Heart endeavors…

I haven’t knit in a while and I picked a knit scarf project back up and could feel the difference in my hands between the two (knit/crochet).  My hands are more stressed for long duration knitting than they are with crochet. I’m tucking that into my “things to remember” file. I’m still going to knit but I may stick to small quick projects like amigurumi or flowers. It’s funny but I already miss crochet so I think the next scarf I do up is going to be trying out this pattern I found.

And adjacent to the topic of my knitting and crochet projects, my brother in law was recently rushed to the hospital for passing out. Ends up his heart stopped and then continued  to stop for a total of five times before they could get him on the operating table to see what was what. It scared everyone and really there isn’t much one can do in that situation except pray and keep positive thoughts. He came out of it alive and well and the recovery process will take as long as it takes…

Work for my sisters household has been suspended and the hospital bills (including all the house bills) are never pretty and never ending so that combo has a big blanket of concern and worry over it. They are keeping a positive out look and normally they never ask for help. I was shocked that they reached out with a Go Fund Me page. I approve of them doing this (not that my approval is needed) and I was shocked because I know how hard it is for them to do this the asking for help. I’m posting the HELL out of it. I’ve been hitting my social media on Twitter and on Facebook all weekend. I decided I’m going to re-post three times a day at both and as I feel pretty helpless being unable to contribute monetarily right now, getting their story and their go fund me page in front of as many people as I can is what I can do and so that is what I’m doing.

There’s this whole money thing where most people just don’t have the extra. I seriously absolutely get that. Re-posting and re-tweeting not only gets the word out to more people – it lets me know that I’ve been heard – that they’ve been heard. I also get that it’s not about me…and yet seeing re-tweets and re-posts let’s me know that someone has heard and cares. Being heard is just as important as any donations given.

I don’t re-post or re-tweet EVERY SINGLE thing that’s come across to me. I’d be all day at it, but I do re-post and re-tweet go fund me requests and it’s been for people I know and people I don’t know. “Hey I can’t help with money right now but I care!” That’s what I’m saying when I re-tweet or re-post. Everyone that does fundraisers and charity events – I re-post and re-tweet for the same reasons if I can’t contribute with money. I pick and chose what I post to my social media and so do you. I’m letting YOU know my perspective on this topic so that if you DO decide to re-post or re-tweet you will know how you are positively impacting me and by extension my family.

I feel a bit helpless that I can’t do more and in that thought process over the weekend I thought about what I DO have and what I CAN do and what I came up with is getting fresh items back in my store and really do with the store what I’ve been talking about which is filling it was crocheted and knitted items that I’ve made myself.  Through November all proceeds will go to my sister and brother in laws Go Fund Me Page. After that I will have a line of items that will have all proceeds from that donated to their Go Fund Me page.

When I read Ryan’s Go Fund Me page he had named it Ryan’s Crappy Heart (all one word) and I read it as Ryan’s Scrappy Heart. I laughed when I realized how I misread it. I’ve settled on the name of Scrappy Heart for the line of knitted and crocheted items I’ll be listing in the store this week and the weeks to follow. I know I can’t make a million overnight but I can do what I can and as home spun as this idea is, it’s what I have to give and I’m hoping it’s well received. MOSTLY I just want people to know where this is coming from and why I’m doing it. I suppose this is my way of fund raising.

This is my online store:


And this is my brother in law’s GO FUND ME page. Any amount in donations and re-posting is and always will be very very appreciated.  https://www.gofundme.com/ryanscrappyheart

If you’ve taken the time to read this I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

New items will be posted about as I create them and get them in the store <3


Cleaning in The Mist…

So when we first got the house I had given it some name – I can’t even remember what now.  I ended up changing it to MIST after a nearby town and it was something mentioned in casual conversation by Sean. I love the name. We don’t really refer to it by it’s given name but I love it all the same :)

We have two weeks in a row of visitors starting with our kids Anna and her boyfriend Andrew. I got so used to having them in and about the house but between their whole turning 18 doing their own thing and us moving there’s been no kids on the daily.I miss them and I’m excited that they’re coming to visit. The weekend after my Mom is coming up to see us.

This has my focus turning to picking up the house a bit and thinking about what is downstairs and what I am currently actively using (it changes week to week it) and what can be taken upstairs. Since previously clearing out and gifting/donating items I have  A LOT of space on my side of the room for stuff I want out of our downstairs living space. This is good. This will create nooks for visitor luggage and keep our walk ways clear.

Living in a tiny house makes walk space important. Especially since you have to factor in the kitchen counter, couch and various small furniture items subtracting from that visitor space. I’ve seen a few of the tiny home shows as well as read articles picturing how people curtain off spaces to create a “clean looking” space. I suppose I COULD do that with our tiny coat area that is under the ladder but ultimately I feel like an additional rod and material would just get in our way since Sean uses this space quite a bit for his coats and dress jackets. While I would like to develop a “clean look”, having it usable is the priority.

I have a cardboard box that is kinda large and I’ve been putting stuff in there the last few weeks that I am donating to the local thrift store. It’s actually getting full and so will be getting out of the house before the kids show up. I am going to go through the one large bin I have upstairs and see if I can’t clear it out. I don’t really know what is even in there at this point. I may see if I can’t get rid of that bin entirely – maybe just donate it as well. We’ll see.

We still have our small 30ish inch TV upstairs unplugged and unused. I’m considering bringing it downstairs with the DVD Player. The table my Mom got for my sewing machine can be used to hold the TV and DVD Player. That or move what’s on our standing desk-cabinet (the re-purposed dresser) to the sewing table and put the TV and Player up on the standing desk. Visually that may be best. I’m kinda excited and dorking out about it. When I’m finished I’ll take pictures and post them to my Pinterest Board:

I’m ready to start knitting and crocheting. There are a few types of patterns and stitches I want to look for – I want to teach myself about making afghans <3

I’ve started using the soaps my Mom in Georgia made and sent us and I love them. Right now I have a huge glittery white heart for the kitchen sink and it suds up beautifully. In the shower I have a Rainbow Bar that I procured from FROZEN WATER DESIGNS:


It has a great orange cream smell and I can’t get enough of it :)

Well the daylight is burning . I felt moved to write so I did and now it’s time to continue with the house cleaning :)


Wannabe Minimalist, Getting focused, Getting Crafty

It’s late. I always tell myself I will blog in the a.m. but it’s always at night that I do my blogging.

That being said, on the home front here on the river I’m still cycling through my personal belongings and while I’ve donated and gifted a great deal of it, it never seems like enough. A lot of what I have are items that I felt would have moved through the house by now. Meaning I should have completed projects or sold items in my store.

A point Sean made as an example was that the high sellers (eBay Etsy etc) often have TONS of stuff and with our tiny house we don’t have that type of storage space. It makes sense. Also I have no interest what so ever in over crowding our place. So I look at what I like to craft and I have to think SMALL. So I’ve been changing up/out my Etsy store over the last 8 months – not a quick shaping by any means but it’s getting there. Mostly it’s been feeling out what sells, what doesn’t and at what prices. To a certain degree I’m going to be doing it again with the items I’m actually crafting (not the vintage finds). So we’ll see how that all works out. In the mean time I’ve listed some of the vintage crochet hooks and more yarn which I procure at estate sales and such. I figure sell some knitting and crochet supplies and then make knit/crochet items for the store as well. That’s the current focus.

One good resource I have is a local store that has so far taken everything I’ve given them for resale. Usually I do store credit which works out for me because I’m still decorating the house and I’m also looking at container gardening and outside porch decorating…so for next summer the store credit will work out for getting some of those things. I’ve recently put a few big items on consignment there so we’ll see how that goes. I’m hoping that the items sell. I believe that once on consignment I don’t get those things back. They’ll mark them down then eventually donate them else where. I’m thinking of taking pics and tweeting about them if they haven’t sold the next time I check up on them. Social media shout outs wouldn’t hurt.

This is what I have on the brain. It’s bed time so I’m hitting the hay. This week is more knitting and crochet. I want to make a few more “paper towels” for our house and possibly complete a scarf for the store or a Halloween garland idea I have. Focusing my crafty ideas on the knit and crochet <3



Brain Dump. Tiny house living. Makin’ Space.

In the last few months I’ve been slowly going through my stuff and either selling or donating it in my local areas. I had initially gotten rid of 80% of my belongings when we moved from the condo into the tiny house. We’ve been living here in our tiny house for almost 11 months now & I’ve gotten a bit wild with the collecting of crafty stuff.

I keep finding or thinking up new projects and it’s spilled out of the knitting arena into all kinds of stuff. I keep finding all these really cool pieces and think “Oh I can do this or that bla bla bla.” None of it ever gets done. Our house is roughly 240 square feet on our bottom floor & another 240 square feet on the top floor (where we sleep). I *REALLY* don’t have room for all of this stuff. It pretty much defeats the purpose of getting rid of my initial belongings you know.

I figure it’s a learning process. I’ve had years of building up the accumulation habits & while I don’t see this taking me years to undo, I feel like OK – 11 months is enough of an eye opener that I can stop it now. *laughs* So I tried it and realized that all the crafts are just not going to work here. Even if I had the space there are just too many to realistically finish. So I’ve been unloading stuff. The sewing machine went because even though it was a really great gift from my husband 2 years ago, I never got around to teaching myself how to work on it. We were both amazed at the amount of space we recovered in getting it out of the house. Awesome.

I decided to make up as many of the hair barrettes/hair clips as I could since I have so many brooches and clip earrings to up-cycle. I’ll put them up for sale in my etsy store and after that I might just stop it with the hair clips unless it’s one that I feel really inspired to do for a gift or for myself.

On one of our outings Sean found a small white plastic first aid box. It didn’t have any logos on it – it was just plain white. In excellent condition and only 50 cents or a dollar at SCRAP we snagged it and I used that for my sewing kit. I got rid of the huge sewing basket and all the extras that I didn’t need or use. I just kept the basics and they all fit in the first aid box. NICE.

Right now my next challenge is yarn. I have a lot of it. Again. My end goal is to have a really nice core collection of yarn and be active on knitting it up for winter gifts and for my etsy store inventory. I have through Friday to gather up another load for trade/resale. If we aren’t doing anything maybe I’ll get it cleared out this weekend.

I wanted to make up recipe cards out of old school recipe books and booklets.  I have a stack of that to work through and clip out. I have everything except the mod-podge which I will use as glue and sealant. I’m actually going to complete that project. I figure get rid of the stack and just put all the clippings in a large envelope then spend some time working them up. It’s one of the projects that I sincerely want to do. I feel like I should finish some of these ideas I started. What I’m really looking are those things that aren’t sell-able as is – I make up the project I got them for.

Now as I’m writing this I’m thinking…maybe it just all goes to donation. I’m hella cracking up about it now. It’s ok to get excited about ideas but seriously I need to just Pinterest it. Pinterest. This has actually been a good tool for me. Lately when I get in those moods I go off on a Pinterest spree and pin all the stuff I’m excited about. Anytime I want to look at it I can and GEE WHIZ! It doesn’t take up space in the house! I like that. Thank you Pinterest.

So now I’m going to get to it. Next clearing phase. Yarn. Mmmmm YARN.



Wedding Keepsakes <3

We had a very small wedding as I’ve mentioned before in other posts. I think we had a total of around 20 people. Most in couples so that left us with about 10 wedding cards. I wasn’t sure if there was any sort of tradition with saving them. I mean most people save cards from holidays or birthdays. Knowing we were moving full time into our tiny house directly after the wedding I thought I’d hang on to the cards to use as wall decor. Maybe I could think of something crafty to do with them.

I decided I wanted to put them up in our room since there’s a lot of wall space available there. The challenge is that it’s all sloped wall. Total A-frame roof in the bedroom and there isn’t much in standing room. Practically nothing really.

Laying down looking out into our room...

Laying down looking out into our room…

So the tallest point in the room is where I can stand and my head just about hit’s the peak there. Sean can’t even stand at all in the room. He has to duck down a bit if he does. Anything I put up there would have to be tacked or drilled in to hang I think.

One morning a while back as I woke up staring at our ceiling I wondered why the previous owners installed the cork board that that did. Maybe they had a small desk by the window? (we have another window on the wall by our heads). But why not put the cards there? I mean the cork board is already installed. All I’d need are some thumb tacks and I could wake up in the morning to the beautiful cards we had received <3



So the view I have now when I open my eyes in the morning (looking up). I figure I’ll incorporate more decorative stuff to fill up the board and maybe move the cards a round a bit but for now they’re up and not taking up storage real estate :)

Close up of the card….

Close up

Close up

KLOUT PERKS – Savoring the flavors

I had recently decided to rejoin Klout Perks and I’ve been enjoying their new layout which brings me into contact with new people places and products. I was alerted by Klout that I had a perk waiting for for me if I was interested so I checked it out. Perks are an interesting thing. Depending on your interests you’re offered samples of things to try usually based off of what you talk about on your social media.

In this case a variety of Fair Trade items were being offered by various companies to try for free. REALLY? OK! So I sent off for the sample pack that had a little bit of everything. This is what I was sent:

I felt like angelic music was playing when I opened the box. HA HA.

I felt like angelic music was playing when I opened the box. HA HA.

It was the mother lode of goodness and what excited me most is that I had not tried any of these brands before. NICE!

We are serious coffee drinkers in this house so the first thing I did was grind up each bag for our pour over. I was basking in the rich aromas that filled our tiny house.

TONY'S and DILLANOS so different from each other and so delicious.

TONY’S and DILLANOS so different from each other and so delicious.

Dillanos LA FAMILIA GUZMAN ORGANIC blend is what I tried first. It’s a part of DILLANOS One Harvest Project and keeping it short and sweet, they work directly with the Guzman family/ADISA cooperative in Peru and this means cutting out a lot of middle men and more support going directly to the farmers that grow the coffee. It’s a definite win/win. Gotta love FAIR TRADE.

The first thing I noticed in opening the bag is the sweet and roasty scent. In our daily drinking we pick coffee up from the store and our store coffee seriously paled in comparison. Fresh roasted, it reminded me of waking up as a kid to my dad brewing his coffee in the early a.m.

I started the pour over and was delighted as the roasted coffee scent deepened.  Our house is only roughly 250 square feet (we live in a tiny home) and was now enveloped in coffee heaven. Who needs scented candles?

After pouring myself a cup I sat down and smiled at my first sip. I’m not into bitter tasting coffee. Usually I need to add in milk to tame it a bit and this was not the case with Dillanos Guzman blend. This coffee is smooth and didn’t need any sweetener (which I also usually add to my coffee).  It’s rare for me to find I coffee I would drink black without sugar. Out of curiosity I added in some coconut milk and sweetener. This turned it into a light sweet treat for me.  Delicious.

My husband has been drinking it and though this coffee is listed as a medium he felt it was more of a light coffee. It’s a mild flavored coffee and not too sharp so if you like your coffee friendly on the palate then this one is for you. I really enjoyed it.

The next coffee I tried a little later in the week is TONY’S PERU CEPICAFE. CEPICAFE is the co-op in Northern Peru that Tony’s works with. Organic and Fair Trade focused this is also a partnership that benefits the farmers and gives them more for the care and quality that they put into growing their coffee beans.

This coffee made me chuckle. Upon opening the bag I was greeted with a soft loamy coffee scent. Definite cocoa notes and a little sweet to my nose. Having just woke up, in retrospect this was the perfect coffee to try this morning.

TONY’S describes this coffee as “Cocoa, Vanilla, Malty Body” and even though that’s plain enough I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from “Malty” not with a coffee. So with eyes half mast I sat and took my first sip. My eyes popped open. Oh. MALTY. *laughs* for me (in connection with Tony’s Coffee) malty means BOUNCY. The coffee hit my tongue and proceeded to bounce all over my mouth. It was like the coffee wanted to make sure every part of me tasted it. Very bright very eye opening. It took the cocoa and smoothed out any bitterness with the vanilla notes. I normally go for mellow coffees and I’ll tell you I would SO love to have this on a camping trip. It brewed up into a very awesome cup. In after thought I added some almond milk and sweetener and that took it from a bright light to a soft glow.

The chocolate. The first chocolate I tried is the UNREAL chocolate peanut butter cups:



I shared this with my husband and immediately wanted more.  Unreal who uses non-GMO, organic ingredients has totally got me hooked. I am now seeking out their chocolatey goodness ALWAYS. The milk chocolate is lightly sweet. I love this. Some milk chocolates are so sugar filled that you lose any sense of the chocolate flavor only tasting sweet. I’d also like to high five them for the balance of chocolate and peanut butter. The peanut butter did not over power the chocolate and vice versa. Both flavors melted and blended and the one candy cup just wasn’t enough. Try them but buy two, because YUM.

The next chocolate was also from UNREAL and it was their Milk Chocolate Crispy Quinoa Peanut Butter Cup:

Single chocolate cup of yum!

Single chocolate cup of yum!

A crunchy peanut butter cup? Ok. There was only one of these, but I still shared it.  I need more *laughs*. Light sweet milk chocolate smooth and delicious. The peanut butter is super creamy and then there’s a crunch. The quinoa adds a pleasant little crunch and honestly I can’t decide which peanut butter cup I like better. Both have the same delicious flavor – but if you like a little crunch in your candy I’d choose this one.

The last candy I tried is ALTER ECO Dark Salted Burnt Caramel Organic Chocolate:


I love reading about the products I get and this chocolate didn’t disappoint:


I thought it was just a small blurb on info on the chocolate but it was more than that:



As I enjoyed my chocolate I also got to learn a bit about ALTER ECO what they do and why they do it. Not just consuming but learning about where the product comes from and how the Acropagro Co-Op helps restore their ecosystems with their agriculture practices. It’s an eye opener and an amazingly delicious chocolate.

This chocolate came at me in waves. At first taste it was smooth and I could taste the dark chocolate but without any of the expected bitterness. This was surprising but I happily enjoyed it. After the swell of earthy dark chocolate came a sweet caramel swirled with a sharp salty flavor. POW! A pow that left me satisfied. The sweet and salty mingles with the 70% cocoa and fades out…until I take another bite.

I would have finished the whole bar but luckily my husband helped me out with that. The smile on his face let me know we had found a dark chocolate winner.

The last two items I was gifted was the FAIR TRADE lip balm and the KLEAN KANTEEN 16 oz. tumbler.


I love this lip balm! It smells minty and has a light tingle going on. It’s not greasy and absorbs nicely into my skin. Fair Trade USA – THANK YOU. This contains Fair Trade Certified cocoa butter with organic ingredients (like beeswax, coconut oils etc). A very well made lip balm.

The Klean Kanteen tumber is AWESOME. It’s stainless steel, vacuum insulated and great for hot or cold drinks.



This is the perfect size tumbler for me and has worked great with my pour over coffee. I had been looking around for an insulated tumbler since I got rid of all my old ones in our move last year. We used to have an electric coffee pot but having downsized we opted for a pour over set up which takes less space and doesn’t require a plug in. So while I can brew fresh coffee I usually only get the first cup as a hot cup. Now? Problem solved. Kleen Kanteen: Well made and well loved!

Again I’d like to thank Klout for the opportunity to get to know such wonderfully conscious made products. I will definitely be spreading the word!

You can find these awesome companies on Twitter:



Cooking, prepping & Fat Fancy

Yesterday was grocery shopping and instead of multiple trips to the store during the week I decided to think about what I wanted to make for the week as opposed to just winging it nightly. Meal planning. Just thinking about it makes me want to fall sleep but I got it together and even did some planning so that one thing can go into making several dinners. Before going to bed I popped a whole chicken into the crock pot and it was cooked and ready to cool down by 8 a.m. NICE. I knew we’d be out most of the morning so I felt a little productive having the chicken cooling for me while I was out.

Today was a stop into Portland to run an errand and after we wrapped that up Sean suggested we walk over to http://www.fatfancyfashions.com/ and it was AWESOME! I’ve been dying to check them out for a while now. We’re in Portland all the time but finding a free parking space (we aren’t big on parking garages – THE FEES if you don’t get validated) or just an available one on the streets near Fat Fancy hadn’t happened for us yet. Today because our business trip included 3 hr validated parking we took advantage of that and strolled on over.

Lots of pop and color and great vintage wear as well as modern stuff! I loved it and I really want to take my mom there as well. Everything felt fun and even though I didn’t pick up anything today I am SO going back when my wallet refills (LOL). Affordable prices and they have a clearance section as well as $2 bin. Though some of the $2 stuff was stained I had a lot of ideas for using the material in other projects. GREAT retro fabrics in that bin <3

I think the most best part was not only is their store clean with open spaces (I hate going into places and feeling closed in) the cashier was super sweet and made sure she was available while not hovering over us. I don’t mind chatting it up if I’m in the mood but usually when I first go into a place I like to look around get a feel for the place and I get kinda focused with investigating everything. Her customer service was really well balanced and I seriously appreciate that.

Sean was with me and mentioned that he found a few french cuff shirts in his size (they carry women AND men’s clothing!) which is RARE for him to find in thrift stores. We go to one store out in Tacoma for his dress shirts and slacks (new off the rack) and the rest is online. He doesn’t need more french cuff shirts right now but when the time comes we know where to look!

It was a short and super sweet trip <3

I love you Fat Fancy and I WILL be back :)

Our first venturing out in the new year: Village Merchants in PDX

Today there was stuff to do. We had some garbage to run out as well as the old split hose that needed to be taken to the transfer station. I also had stuff to send out that sold at the store https://www.etsy.com/shop/RiverHomeGoods and some surprise envelopes for my nephew and niece. On the way to do all that I also inserted a trip to the bank and figured that would be our day.

I totally misunderstood Sean and after doing the trash and bank run we picked up some coffee and we started zooming into Portland <3 WOO HOO!

We were on the hunt for a birthday present for my Mom in law which I won’t talk about more in case she reads this ;)

Our first stop was Village Merchants  http://www.villagemerchants.net/  and it’s a resale store that consigns, buys or trades. They carry thrift as well as vintage: housewares, house decor, movies, Cd’s, crafting stuff, shoes, clothing, furniture, purses, packs and luggage. Pretty much a little bit of everything and some areas look like vendor sections but I’m not sure if that’s the case. It’s sprawled in a very orderly way and felt well put together – not chaotic. It’s a very nicely set up store.

Once Sean reminded me that we were looking for his mom, I started my looking from the front of the store (again) and went through every space. I headed upstairs to inspect their second level. I didn’t find anything that said “MOM” but just before heading back down stairs I found something for me.

I found a travel case that normally sells for $18-25.00 and though it wasn’t my favorite color the inside was in such wonderful condition I couldn’t pass it up for $6.00. Most times these cases being vintage smell blech, are significantly stained or torn up inside and this one wasn’t. For all the pros I can deal with the con of it being slightly faded.

Faded and Lovely

Faded and Lovely

The inside plastic covering was in excellent condition as well as the material underneath. NOT STINKY! <3

Fantastic silver inside

Fantastic silver inside

It’s vintage and the mirror (though rusty looking from age) is intact and not broken or missing. Since I’m not using the mirror it’s not a take away and if I wanted I could have it replaced no problem.

Mirrored top

Mirrored top

The outside is a dull color and slightly faded so I’m going to look into seeing what kind of paint I can use to paint it. It’s a summer project for the outside to be sure. Aside from the fading the outside of the case is in real solid condition.

In the meantime I have a “completed, listed, ready to sell” bin for my Etsy store, I have a bead bin that is filled to over flowing and a sewing basket that has project stuff to do. I need my sewing basket back for my sewing stuff. So I’m thinking use the new travel case for the beads and use the old bead bin for projects to work on. I’m geeking out on the organization that’s going to happen. *laughs*

I’m DEFINITELY going back to Village Merchants. If you’re in Portland and you enjoy thrift/vintage stores you should check them out.

Frozen – lols

I tried turning on the kitchen faucet this morning discovering that we had no water. I figured with the cold weather setting in the water pipes must have froze. Our water pipe is actually a water hose. When I went outside to inspect all the hoses connecting our floating house to the water and sewer lines  I really didn’t know what I was looking for, but I knew one of them had to be the water line. I found the one that had a thick chunk of ice encircling it and on closer inspection it looked like a tear in the hose underneath all the ice. I couldn’t be sure as it was a little visually distorted to look at, but I figured I had found what I was looking for.


When my husband got up I told him about it and though it’s our responsibility for these types of repairs the dock manager and our neighbor came over to help check stuff and give advice – SUPER HELPFUL. This is the part where I share how thankful I am that we live among a really great group of people :)

Luckily it’s a simple repair and it was confirmed that we just need to replace the hose. What the previous owners used was a regular water hose which isn’t suggested for drinking and so when we got to ACE hardware we talked a bit with one of the guys there and though we could have gone with a marina approved (for water drinking) hose all ready to go, we opted to get our own tubing cut and Sean installed the end bits himself.

New marina approved water tube!

New marina approved water tube!

I thought it might be more complicated to put together, but it wasn’t. The faucet connectors inserted into the end of the tubes and we even decided to forgo the additional clamps that some people choose to put on. We bought them and once home Sean discovered they were a smidge too small and if we went up a size he felt the clamps would have been a little too big. The faucet connecters are really snug and secure though so it’ll be ok.

Once Sean unhooked the old tubing he installed the first end to the main water line then strung it along the front of the house between our front porch and the dock.

Laying in the tubing!

Laying in the tubing!

I geeked out and took a few pictures as he finished up this fix it project. As soon as he connected the other end of the tubing to our house lines he had me turn on the water.


Water runs great and all is well.  WOO HOO!