Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Decor Updates on a Dime (or less)

Most times the decor in our home is very simple...
original window frame from our Italian farm house, built by my great grandfather

but ALL the times, the decor is very inexpensive. 
books wrapped in brown paper and cotton twine
vinegar stain aged clothes pins (in 3 minutes, project HERE)

Most time free and/or handmade.
free pallet frame I built (HERE)

I haven't been able to keep up with the blog the last several months.
But that does not means that I haven't been doing things.

Beside working on the house, 
the garage transformation into a rec room (remember that?),
getting the 2 veggie garden areas prepared for Spring planting,
homeschooling the children,
feeding family and friends (my parents came from Italy to visit us pretty much the entire month of March)
I am also currently at week 13 (of 16 weeks) of my Spring Marathon Training.
This year I am doing an advance training plan,
which means I have ran about 550 miles in the last 3 months.
That has meant running 6 days a week (averaging 35 to 55 miles weekly),
early, early morning runs and early bedtime.

The blog has taken the backseat BIG time.

Here are some updated pictures of the kitchen and sunroom.

vintage olive jars and ceramic garlic/onions keeper

Most of the things were very inexpensive finds,
Italian farm family decor,
and things that I built myself.

wine glasses' rack (project HERE)

Needless to say,
It has been a BUSY year so far.

Looking forward to get back to "normal" life after my 26.2 miles race at the end of April.
...or maybe this has now become my new normal.
And I am ok with that.

Stay Frugal,

Friday, March 4, 2016

How to clean a pallet

I love pallets.
When I get "new" ones, I usually leave them outside to naturally age the wood.

I am in the process of making shelves for our laundry room,
so I went outside to cut down the pallet I choose for my project.

Every time, before using pallet wood,
I like to clean them up really good.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Recycling and Coffee Station Combo

This is a project that anyone could do in those occasion when you are limited in space,
or when you just want to be efficient in using the square feet your house has to offer.

If you remember, right before Thanksgiving,
I tackled this coffee station project.

I initially used the bottom part of the table to store my 45lb pail of hard wheat, 
and several pounds of dried beans.
(as a long distance runner, 
I eat plenty of both. 
I love my carbs, vegetable proteins and iron)

One thing though was not working out very well in our kitchen,
and that was our recycling bins situation.
We recycle pretty much