March 29, 2012

Rock bombing?

Heard of “Yarn Bombing”?

Well, somebody artistic and sneaky will craft a fine masterpiece and then attach it somewhere around town.   (Its a thing.  Check it out) Here is one I snapped a shot of down the street from me:

Well, I apparently have a new “bomber” in my neighborhood.  And they bomb with Love Rocks.

Yup- its true.  We found this on our front porch:

Its a nice smooth rock painted blue with a heart.  I thought it was strange and couldn’t figure out where it came from.  I couldn’t decide if I was more or less puzzled when I was walking down the street the other day and saw this at the other end of my street:

Next time I am on a walk I need to keep an eye out for more of these.   What a random funny thing!  Keep an eye out for a “Rock Bomber” in your hood!  Might be the next big thing haha

Spring? Is that you?

While the flowers are blooming, the weather is very much still wintery.  Despite that, I made one of my favorite summer meals the other night.  I just couldn’t wait! I had to sub  the fresh grilled summer corn for a can of corn, but it was still delicious.

Check out my first post about this addicting pizza HERE.

and the recipe from Shutterbean HERE.

nom nom nom.

Tags: , ,

March 22, 2012

Soo.. what were those knobs for anyway?

I realized I never posted these pictures!  In my mind I did.. but apparently those thoughts didn’t make it to reality!

Remember this post? 

I bought a bunch of vintage valve and faucet knobs on Ebay of all different shapes and sizes:


They were all different colors and most of them were very rusty.

Well, after a lot of scrubbing, sanding, drummeling, they were turned into this:

I opted for the rustoleum 2-in-1 primer/paint spraypaint because I am a lazy painter!  It still took a couple coats, but it worked well.  Since I was attempting this project in the winter, I think it was on the cold side of OK for spray painting.  Next time, I will follow those directions.  (I hate directions, ask anybody) There was also some weird chemical reaction on a few of them, where they turned a bright pink/orange.  Do you see the one in the back?  Yeah, that started out blue!  Very strange.  I discarded those couple- luckily I got extras! Anyhow, overall, it worked great!

It took a little measuring and testing to figure out the best way to fasten these to the kitchen cabinets.  I used machine screws with washers on each side of the knob to help hold it, and then a couple nuts to act as a stand-off from the cabinet face.  This gave us room to actually grab onto the knob for opening a drawer.   The whole assembly is fastened with another nut on the inside of the drawer.  They have loosened up a little now, with some use. I think I will re-tighten them and put some Lock tight on to keep everything in place!

Cha-da:

Sorry for the crappy iphone photos!  I have about half of the knobs complete.  I am waiting for it to warm up a little before I finish the rest.  At this rate, it may never happen, but spring it bound to show up one of these days!  They are kind of funky, but they add some fun in our little kitchen.  I hope you like them!  Picture them when we eventually redo the kitchen… with some dark cork floors and a white countertop with subway tile backspash.

Seattle’s “Food Forest”

Seattle is going to build the Nation’s first “Food Forest!”

I saw it this morning HERE.

From the article on Take Part:

“Seattle’s vision of an urban food oasis is going forward. A seven-acre plot of land in the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood will be planted with hundreds of different kinds of edibles: walnut and chestnut trees; blueberry and raspberry bushes; fruit trees, including apples and pears; exotics like pineapple, yuzu citrus, guava, persimmons, honeyberries, and lingonberries; herbs; and more. All will be available for public plucking to anyone who wanders into the city’s first food forest.”

Seriously, how cool is that?? Love it!