stories — repurposing

getting back to it...

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i have been away for a long time but even before that i had lost the original purpose of this blog. as a family we are trying hard to reduce our footprint. often times i am asked how i do this. i chose to start this blog to share some of the tricks that i have learned and share the journey of so much more that i plan to learn. we have been more focused lately on reducing and i am trying to get back to finding more ways to repurpose and recycle. so much has changed this year in...

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{this moment}

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{this moment} a photo~an extraordinary moment~no words~pause~savor~remember... another thoughtful idea from soulemama

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creating at squam 2010

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i know that many that attended last year were wondering if it was going to live up to our previous experience. my thought was it "is" going to live up to last year. in reality i was very nervous again because i don't see myself as an artist. i was very overwhelmed by how creative and talented people are. it was very interesting when i sat down for my first class painting in a day with the marvelous marisa haedike creator of creative thursday - marisa went around the room and asked everyone to share why they were taking the...

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exterior house painting prep

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we closed on our house three years ago in march. we spent several months stripping wallpaper, pulling up carpet and flooring, cleaning, painting and stripping out some of the kitchen. then last summer we finally decided that we were ready to begin the structural work that needed to be done. we hired our amazingly talented friend tom johnson to design our new kitchen and he hired his fabulous builders to do the construction. we finished construction last october. i began some of the painting/priming on the new exterior last fall and I have begun again now that the weather is...

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getting the lead out of your home safely

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i love all these photos that i see on so many blogs and in magazines with the beautiful distressed paint on old or old looking furniture but it makes me very concerned. i'm all about saving the old but want to make sure that it is done safely. i worry so much about kids and adults being around potential chipping and dusting lead paint. lead poisoning is too common and very scary. if you live in a house built before 1978 or purchase painted furniture that you believe has been painted before 1978 you should assume that it has lead...

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