Life on a little urban homestead in the making, with ideas for self-sufficiency, food preservation, thrifting,
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Jul 4, 2015

Have a Happy 4th!!!

From The American President-
"America isn't easy. America is advanced citizenship. You've gotta want it bad, 'cause it's gonna put up a fight. It's gonna say, "You want free speech? Let's see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who's standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours." You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country cannot just be a flag."

Jul 1, 2015

Kitchen Re-Do Part 2, More Record-Breaking Heat

Kitchen Re-Do Part 2-
I recently posted about my Kitchen Backsplash Re-Do. Today was part 2! We had a plumber (luckily) pull out our old sink and install our new sink, faucet, garbage disposal and water filter with some minor modifications. We also had him replace our 35-year old leaky exterior water spigot. All good now! He was able to pull the old sink without damaging the counter, hurray! He put in the new, HEAVY, deeper, shiny sink and added all the components. I LOVE it! The old almond sink was pretty old and the new white one is really BRIGHT! It's a Kohler Brookfield cast iron model sink. A friend dropped by and remarked how, looking into the kitchen, with the new white back splash and sink, it was lighter! Yes indeed.

Old sink and faucet, way too high

Progress underway

New sink in, and adding components

Ooo, ahhh, all caulked

So shiny!

I love the new stainless steel faucet I chose, a Moen Walden, smaller, low profile, cheaper & will do the job! We also added a soap dispenser and replaced our under counter water filter. All done! I donated the old sink to the Habitat store as it's still usable...

More Record-Breaking Heat-
Triple digits pretty much the whole last week. It is just so HOT for the garden, yard and chickens. We been watering some section daily and rotating the areas. It's 97 right now at 8:30 p.m. Ugh, I hope you're staying cool! The hens have been getting lots of cool treats and I'm using the mister too. The GOOD news- I picked my first 2 ripe tomatoes yesterday, 2 Lemon Boys, so tasty. I have NEVER harvested this early, but with the mild spring, and really early summer-like weather I planted early. My basil is huge too, ready for pesto making!

Jun 27, 2015

Record Heat & Fire Season Starts, Kitchen Back Splash Re-do, DIY Rustic Wood Tray, Free Vintage Printables!

Record Heat & Fire Season Starts-
It's 103 right now at 9:00 p.m. and it is just too HOT! Blistering heat, with smoke in the skies. Fires are not too far off in the hills and out farther. We've had a lot of fire planes and choppers going over our house, bless them. I'm really glad for the AC! My chickens have been SO hot, but I give them cool wet treats, water their run and have a mister on. They're still laying bless their hearts! Mommies good girls. We watered the yarden a lot before it hit and now just keeping an eye on things closely. Luckily since we mulch so much with our own compost, things do pretty well, but 108 is HOT!!!

Smoke filled skies

Kitchen Back Splash Re-do- 
This is the kitchen update Part 1. First I did the prep, then I did the actual work! I'm really happy with the result!!! I used a subtle folk art type pattern in flat white It was really a perfect application for this- fast, durable and simple design. It's so much brighter in the kitchen! Here's the before-

Tan laminate back splash with the icky metal edging and sheet rock above. Good place for food and hard water to get stuck in the trim :(  Yuck

About 5 minutes and main back splash off!

Anya had to inspect my work

The worrisome part was the section below the microwave. Luckily I was able to tear it out and break it off. Cut a bit off with a laminate knife and all done! 

Dry layout

First 2 sheets up! Loving it!!!

Making progress around the corner and under the window, tricky but I did it!

I asked Dave to put 2 new replacement switches and receptacles on either side of the sink. They were very worn, scratched and since he works in electrical he gets a VERY good deal on parts :) Thanks honey!!! Nice and new and white! I caulked the edges of the back splash, that made it look much more finished. I had saved some fun new, thrifted items for the updated counter, so I put them out!

Done and (mostly) decorated, some stuff to hang yet...

Sorry it's blurry, I was tired :)

Free print, thrifted frame and tea tin

Love the blue glass against the white! 

My new fave metal print, from eBay, $6.99!

Free print, thrifted frame

I jazzed up my existing blind with some blue ribbon, not sure yet if I'll keep it

It took me 2 afternoons to do the project, not counting getting everything moved out. For the back splash, adhesive and trim it was under $140.00, I think. Not bad, and worked for us!!! Part 2 will be this Wed. The plumber is coming to fix our leaky outside hose spigot, and pull our old sink, then add the new one! I also went thru kitchen things, have some going for donations, selling some vintage stuff on Craigslist...

Old almond sink, faucet, bye bye! Pretty scratched, we got our 10 years out of it, bought used...

The new white and faucet will really jazz things up! Part 3 will be painting, maybe this week, we'll see. I'm just really happy with our budget and what we were able to get...

I made this last night to add some more color to the kitchen, a lemon topiary-

Idea from-, total cost $12.00, with my own pot

DIY Rustic Wood Tray-
I found this fun little tray idea here  We bought two 1" x 3"s last night and I'll start this next week. Cute and cheap!!! I'll probably leave the handle off mine, maybe, and mine will be smaller...

Free Vintage Printables!
If you've ever loved old vintage prints, and want to do something with them, here's the place to go  She has 1,000's of free images you can use to print, transfer to furniture, crafts, etc. I'm going to try my hand at adding some images to a few things. Will post more when I do that...

Happy Summer!
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