Saturday, February 28, 2009

Pay It Forward.

It's kind of like the movie...but better because you get to ACTUALLY be involved!!The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me! My choice--for you! This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:
1. I make no guarantees that you will like what I make! (I can only hope)
2. What I create will be just for you.
3. It WILL be done this year.
4. You have no clue what it’s going to be … it may be cards, a bookmark, something delicious or a complete surprise to you (and me!) … who knows?
5. Most importantly, you must offer the same deal on your blog - the first 5 people to comment on your blog get something made by YOU!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Shameless self-promotion

Jason again. As some of you are aware, I spend a great deal of time at a major home-improvement retailer. It's more like indentured servitude really. I have been questioned at times by customers and employees alike, as to my abilities in the DIY arena. So here are a number of pictures of all the ways I found to torment myself (and my wife) during the ongoing construction of our home

This is the finished kitchen (except for the mess which is ongoing). We put in the cabinets, the floor, and fabricated the countertops)

Granite tile countertops cost us around $400 total (plus a full week of labor)

Nobody asks me to build porches for them after seeing mine, but I think its just fine!

Three days in front of a wet saw gave us this. It is my most favorite part of the house (other than the fact that I can't see people from my house I mean).

Five feet across, all gauged indian slate, and covered with toddler toys these days.

We put in a highly unproductive garden.

We built a chicken coup and took up animal husbandry. It did eventually get a roof.Custom cut slate leaves that are now inset into the hallway floor (and my dreams for months afterwards-never again!).
We went cheap in the two "bedrooms" and used grooved shiplap pine planks. Not the intended use, but they look hot!Pergo in the hall, library, and master bedroom and closet. I wouldn't do it again though. I like the look of real wood (and our bamboo) too much.

And, for better or worse, THIS.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Carbon 1/2 Life

I've been thinking about what it really means to be carbon neutral. Click the title link to read my ideas. Please join the conversation.