Over the past 2 1/2 weeks, I’ve been taking the “Writing in the Digital Age,” e-course with Tammy Strobel of RowdyKittens. Many thanks to my Mom & James for the lovely gift. It’s been an uplifting and empowering educational experience! This self-paced course offers a variety of encouraging ideas including, the use of tools to start and stick with a writing practice, how to find time & space in our lives to write, and how to share our most authentic voice with a wider audience. It’s been a complete joy receiving the lessons each morning and reading what others share through the Facebook group. I’ve been a bit behind on the assignments (which shouldn’t surprise anyone who knows me well), but will catch up & participate as I can. One of the writing prompts this past week was to go on a mini-adventure and share the story. Here’s our latest adventure…
We were eager to get to work on the house this past weekend; with the Tiny House Warming Party set for March, the time-crunch is on! It was warmest on Sunday afternoon, so I painted the bathroom shelves while Aaron finished off the ceiling in the loft, started on the shelves in the kitchen, and made battens to cover the seams in the white oak paneling. But when we showed up to work on Monday morning, it was too damp & cold to do a second coat of paint and we were running into a situation of needing a sheet of plywood on cite to do next steps on the kitchen shelves… with only the Honda Civic as transport. It was a bit overwhelming and we were not sure what our ‘next best step’ should be.
Feeling worn out from the long week but wanting to stay productive, we decided to take a break from building and set off to find some second-hand treasures for the house. Aaron had been thinking of designs for a bench in the living room, but was also interested in saving time and hoped to find something already made that would work just as well in that spot. We also put good vibes out to find fun fabric for curtains… which we did find & it was on sale, but not at the thrift store.
Our 2 best finds at the thrift-stores are shown below. The first is a Lane Cedar chest, which looks to be from the 50′s, and the second, a small handmade storage box with deep drawers and an exotic wood veneer. The small box looks as if it was found in the captain’s quarters of a boat and used to his hold pens & compass; it just has that feel to it. We’re not quite sure where to use it yet, but know it will be useful somewhere in the house. The cedar chest still smells fabulous… the first thing I did when we opened it was stick my head inside and take in a long, deep breath. I’ve always wanted one; it’s so beautiful. I found a small wrapper used to label loops of thread at the bottom of the box; it makes me even happier knowing it was used in a past life to hold sewing supplies.
Aaron plans to take the legs off as well as the edging on the bottom front of the bench – both are additions to the original piece. He’ll add a toe-kick and a slender drawer underneath for additional storage. We couldn’t have asked for anything more perfect. I’m so thrilled with it! I’ll make dark navy blue cushions to sit on top of the bench to go with the curtain material we picked up at the fabric store. The other exciting news is that we picked up cork flooring for the great room and kitchen! More photos of the floor to come, but there’s a sneak peak of the cork sample in the photos up top.