Thursday, July 24, 2014

In Stores Now!

I met with the lovely and charming Myra this morning at Out of the Box, a wonderful, locally owned store that sells reclaimed building materials and architectural details.  They will be carrying three of my tiered trays.  (Click on the "Tiered Trays" tab above to see them with more detail.)  Check them out at 48th and R, Lincoln, NE or at their website:

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Today we harvested our first....

... cucumbers!

The plant is dying of something or other, so I'm glad we got at least something. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Economics of Breakfast

Frugality adds up most when it is daily.  That's really about the only place where pennies matters---over decades.

And what is more daily than breakfast?  (At least for folks like me who like to be healthy and have reasonable control over our weight.)

Both of these look pretty good from the front.

But from the back we see that oatmeal, at $2.48 a package, costs .08 cents a serving because there are a whopping 30 servings per package.  However, cereal, at $2.50 a package, costs .19 cents a serving because one box boasts only 13 servings.

And seriously, who puts only a cup of cereal in her bowl in the morning?  The box probably has more like 8 servings in it, further driving up the price.  Oatmeal offers better portion control.

But what about taste?  Good point.  The really, really cheap oatmeal, the kind that has to be soaked overnight or cooked for an inconveniently long time tastes like wallpaper paste.  (Even soaking it in applejuice over night was insufficient.)  I'm not cheap enough to start off my day grouchy!

My solution: raisins.  Granted, they drive up the price of oatmeal close to the cereal price.  But I'm slowly putting less and less in my cereal. And they have more nutritional value than sugar.  Honey is also an option.  In the summer, I'm planning on fresh strawberries from our garden.

But what if oatmeal is inconceivable?  What if you are still trying to wean yourselves off of expensive sugary hyper-advertised preservative-laced ickiness?  Check out this post on how to eat boring cereal.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Weekly Round-Up

This week....

.... we harvested and ate purple beans!  (They turn green when you cook them.)

... The Magician tore out spent plants from the veggie garden (peas and lettuce) and then replant the squares with new stuff (kale, carrots, peas, and beans).  I'm thinking we are about a week late on some of those, but we'll see.
... he also started on what I'm calling our "Us Painting," designed with help from our readers:

... I played with papier mache.

.... I played with tissue paper.....
.... and I played with wood.  (I got lots of help from dad with that.)

Too many projects in progress and not enough getting done!  (I'm also going to turn cardboard in stained glass.  It's on the agenda for next week, in theory.)  But next week I should have some more time..... And when projects are done, I'll post tutorials with photo, promise!

Friday, July 18, 2014

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014


How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
~ Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

Part of the fun of this quote is, of course, that "vain" has two possible meanings: vain as in "conceited" and vain as in "pointless."

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Don't Throw Away.... Little Dabs of Leftover Paint

Subtitle: Hanging a picture isn't so scary after all!

Yes, I REALLY hate to throw anything away!

A discarded board from my father's workshop hangs by my easel for me to get rid of my leftover paint on.

Or at least, it did before I sold it:

Part of the cool factor is that it has two years worth of paint on it.  And when you mix up colors, you never really get the same color twice.

So I got another unwanted board, and decided to try to actually hang it properly with picture-hanging wire rather than just drilling a hole it.

I followed the instructions here to do it.

I primed it with ordinary leftover primer from when we painted the front of the garage.

My nephews added the first paint when they were playing in my studio last week.

Nothing seems to make children happier than: 
"Do whatever you want.  You can't screw it up.  Just go for it!"

Actually, adults like that too...