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.

 

 

TO FACEBOOK OR NOT TO FACEBOOK

I’ve read articles about people quitting Facebook and I’ve made half-hearted attempts myself in the past. I go for so long and then I start to get burn out from the FB experience as a whole. It is true that I find a lot of positive posts on there. I feel though that like my friends and family we all understand that there are the daily ups and downs and that we’re posting the positive stuff because that’s the happy thoughts we want to share. I don’t feel depressed from the good things happening in my friends lives. They don’t always post happy happy joy joy stuff either. Like I said I feel my time line (friends/family) are pretty balanced.

Sometimes I’ll post if I have a crappy day but usually I just process that kinda thing and don’t even consider posting about it. Usually I save that kinda thing for coffee talk/in person stuff with my Mom or BFF’s. I have friends/family who post a balance of the good and bad. I don’t feel that anyone I know is trying to make out like their life is perfect (as some articles have expressed other people doing). I mean the people I know are just too real for any of that crap *laughing*. Seriously.

What I do get burnt out on is a lot of the political and social talk. Another thing is that even though I’m the one posting all the good things going on in my life sometimes I feel a little self conscious about that. It’s like if I have nothing positive to post,  I still want to post but I only want to contribute positive stuff. I feel like a burden if I post something poopy.

I’ve sort of been mulling it over and it’s that self conscious streak I have where I want to help or provide positive energy/thoughts – I don’t want to poop all over someones porch. If I post about my worries or concerns I feel like maybe I’m raining on someones parade or that someone will take what I’m saying as me being in a more extreme space than I actually am. I don’t want to pull on people in that way.

I’m not sure what makes it different for me feeling ok to talk about stuff with people in person vs. posting it online. I actually have a private blog for venting, but I don’t really use that either. I get caught up thinking about all of this and I just end up feeling “UGH Facebook.”

Between reading re-posts of the same graphic events, perspectives and ideals (the good and the bad) and then trying to sort it all out I get burn out from it. I feel a lot of this has to do with my own life in general as it evolves and grows. I’m feeling very invested in that and for what ever reasons being that involved with checking FB every five minutes and posting and replying and taking in so much information – MEH. Yeah. MEH. Not that I don’t want to keep up with my family and friends – I think I just need to moderate the time I spend on Facebook.

THAT is all on me – how much time I spend on Facebook. I’m thinking do a 2-week cold turkey not counting posting links to my blog posts because the last time I stopped checking in a lot of people freaked out thinking something happened to me – oh boy. So don’t count the posting of blog links on there to let others keep up with ME, but don’t scroll down that time line afterward either. *chuckle*

After that I think checking in once a month would be ok. There are so many other people that I follow on there that only post about once a month if at that so why not me?

The key thing at this point is to start texting my moms on a regular basis so that they know we’re ok (The husbamd and I).

Now it’s time to go upload some more listings for the store.

 

 

That blog post where I ramble on about my love of things crafty

Most of my “stuff” that I have now consists of books and craft stuff. The books for the most part are all put away in our file cabinet (for the books) but I know I’ve collected a good amount since our move to the tiny house. *sigh* I need to start reading them. They are all books of interest, books I really want to read so yeah it’s time I started bringing them to work to read on my lunch. I’m wondering how many I can get as an e-book. Some of the books are older/out of print so I get that I most likely won’t find them available as e-books but the more I can find the better.

My craft stuff was starting to get out of control. I love collecting different things and that matched with my ongoing imagination of ideas for things to make doesn’t help when I don’t follow through with the makin. I did finally get a few projects belted out and they were successful but that was a few months back. I’ve gathered more materials since then and I really need to get some of this stuff made up and put up in the shop for sale.

I did go through my supplies a few times and was able to get a few bags down to the resale place I go to and got some cash and some store credit. I’m not getting any more beads unless I have a specific jewelry piece in mind. And I will be sure to have EVERYTHING I need for the piece so I can make it immediately. So in essence I’m backing off from jewelry making.

I want to start sewing but as of yet I don’t have a space for it. The small table I have for it is available (ish) but I need a chair. Also I think the table has been sitting in our living room too long and it’s become a good place for a lamp (which we don’t have yet, but most likely will sometime soon). I’d really like to set up a work space upstairs in our room but the space is questionable for that so I’m looking for an alternative spot in our house. My posture on the couch sucks ASS. I need an actual chair. I’m thinking MAYBE a fold up chair for conserving space, but the table thing…I’m still working on that. I don’t really want to give up the sewing machine. The cutting tables at my work are available to me and it would be dumb to pass that up. I can cut all my materials there so I don’t have to worry about that in our small house space. I can cut material at work and then I’d just need a spot to set up the machine and sew. Working on it.

I want to learn more stitches for knitting. I also want to teach myself crochet. I’ve lumped those two into the same craft category. I have a metal milk crate that I use to put my yarn stash in. That is my space cap for stash gathering. I have one bag that holds all my knitting/crochet tools so I’m good there.

I love love LOVE barrettes <3 I’ve also gotten into making them. So I’m OK with this craft. It’s simple and there’s all kinds of inspiration that I’m getting for them. I need a good chair and sitting spot/table for this as well. Working on it.

  • Knitting/Crochet
  • Sewing
  • Barrette/Hair accessories
  • Post Card collecting/making

OK you didn’t see me add on the post card thing. LOLS. I collect different post cards. Mostly to send out to my niece and nephew <3 I may add on a few other people to my mailing list on occasion. I got some ideas for up-cycling vintage cards and magazine/books into post cards. So those are in the works as well. I may be able to occupy Starbucks for this. Cutting paper at the table there shouldn’t get me booted out. I don’t know about busting out glue. I need a craft table. I’m contemplating what will work and give me happiness ;)

AND THAT’S IT. That’s it for the craft stuff that I will be doing. lols?

I’ve been in a clear out and organize space lately. Hence me sitting back and really thinking about my craft hobbies, which ones I liked the best and which ones I would give up and/or not pursue. Now that I got the craft guidelines set for myself I’m looking at the rest of what I have in belongings and aside from the books that just leave my clothes. Not that I have a ton of clothes but I’m thinking there are things I really don’t ever touch/use (still) or have found that I don’t use/wear since moving – so yeah it’s time to look again at what I have.

Work is great on what we can wear. We aren’t a store front so as long as our clothes are clean and not all ripped up it’s all good. This means I don’t have to have a separate “work wardrobe” and this helps A LOT in space saving. I did get two pairs of pants and a work shirt for interviews and stuff (not knowing what job I would eventually end up with) but I’m going to hang those up in our half size closet to get them out of the way. I have two bags I use for my clothes storage and there’s a pile on the floor next to the bags. That has to stop. I may look through all of that later tonight. I’m wondering if I can get rid of one of the bags of stuff and that pile on the floor. We’ll see. I honestly don’t know what I have so that’s part of the problem right there. If it ends up being stuff for winter I’m wondering if I can fit that stuff in storage bin upstairs too. My fleece pants aren’t good for right now but come the cold weather I’ll be wanting them.

This mind flush has been brought to you by UP LATE and WHEELS TURNING.

<3

 

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

CELEBRATION BOARD

CELEBRATION BOARD

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:

NOM NOM NOM

NOM NOM NOM

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:

BURNT1

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

BURNT2

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

BURNT3

BURNT4

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.

CHAPSTICK

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.

KANTEEN1

KANTEEN2

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:

@ALTERECOSF @TONYSCOFFEES @DILLANOS @GETUNREAL @FAIRTRADEUSA @KLEANKANTEEN

 

Clearing out

I was able to gather one bin full of stuff to donate to the local thrift store. Getting rid of a bunch of miscellaneous stuff. The cool winter jacket I scored last year at the Value Village I decided to give up. I tried wearing it during the FREEZING winter cold this past year and while it fits and keeps me warm, I don’t like the length. I move around a lot and it was just too short and I ended up getting really wet from the waist down. I’m thinking I need to just layer up and keep an eye out for a longer coat.

I got rid of some clothing (stuff I was going to use for the material) and after looking at a bunch of patterns got rid of all the ones that aren’t in my size (I think I ended up keeping ONE pattern for skirts).  What I’m wanting to do is work on our bedroom space and set up a sewing station. I’m not sure how that’s going to work out/look yet. I’m gathering ideas and I’m having to really think and look at the height of the ceiling. The challenge is the A-frame roof. The standing space is located in the center of the room and the wall height is really not that high. Sitting is alright – which is good but I’m trying to figure out where the best place for a sitting work spot.

I’m kinda considering installing a folding table on our closet door as this will:

  • put me near the center of the room
  • I’d be facing our ladder going downstairs
  • I could tuck the sewing machine around the corner when not in active use
  • the table would fold flat against the closet door
  • a fold up chair could also be placed around the the corner tucked away

I’m taking a look at my crafts and projects and I’m just short of out of control *laughing*. I talked with Sean about it as he was dealing with the same thing when we lived in the condo. I’m taking a long look at everything and deciding what I truly have an active (KEY WORD ACTIVE) interest in vs. things that “look neat and I’d like to try that.” The knitting is staying and I’m picking up crochet and that doesn’t impact space so I’m OK there. I really want to cut back on what I’m dealing with. I find I’ve been doing more jewelry repair to wear stuff I like than I’ve been doing actual jewelry making (from start to finish).

I’ve been liquidating the beads and I think I’m going to work on getting rid of most of them. I’m still going to work with jewelry making but not beaded stuff. It’s just too much stuff. Well that’s about it. I’m going to take a ride to drop off some of this stuff I’ve gathered up. I also need to get stuff together for my niece and nephew <3

Ok I’m out.

 

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.

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Water runs great and all is well.  WOO HOO!

NEW POST UP AT RANDOM AND CURIOUS

Click the link to my post on the collaborative blog RANDOM AND CURIOUS that I contribute to monthly <3

http://randomandcurious.wordpress.com/2014/12/31/getting-in-harmony-with-my-kitchen/