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So, our yard could probably be designated as a wildlife habitat, and natural ecosystem. A few years ago, we even had a toad living in it! Apparently that’s a good and fairly certain sign of a healthy ecosystem. However, the humans are important, too. The yard just isn’t working for us in some ways that’d we’d like it to.

I would love to add a bench or wooden swing (like a porch swing), and put it near a really good tree like a red maple or magnolia.

If you look at the large bright green mass slightly to the right of the little house (this is an OLD picture!) you are seeing a veritable thicket. It has recently become outlined in tall itchy weeds, which we have to brush past if walking to the compost pile. We’ve been focused on other things; aside from general life stuff, there’s the little house to work on, and that has been pretty consuming.
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Anyway, today I spent an hour with a pitchfork and shovel and was able to clear a 4’x4′ section of those weeds (some Virginia creeper in there! good thing I got that out) and fill an industrial size trash bin. Needless to say, I am tired and well-deserving of rest (which all of us deserve anyway, regardless of how much we accomplish!!).

Oh, and there are new pictures coming soon! (As soon as I take them!) We’ve made a ton of progress on trim and siding!

~Serenity Woman

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Non-little house post today, for that project has been on hold for a while. Today’s feature is an ongoing project to organize, clean, and aesthetically-revolutionize my own chamber.

 

This is what things looked like about a year ago in my room….

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So Dad and I have been putting in headers on the Little House. Headers are what the new windows will hang from. Here are some photos.

The outside view: you can see that much has been done.

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The headers on the front side of the house

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Using wood from the wood pile….

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….to keep warm by a nice fire on these cold days.

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Making more progress, headers on the wall of windows overlooking ‘the pit’.

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And a little-seen view of the house; this corner used to be filled with stuff! (currently that stuff is piled in a different corner)

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The outside corner; some of the wood you see here will be removed to make space for the windows.

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Ta-da! Well how did you like that?

Tranquility- Under Construction.

~*Serenity Woman!

Only a week or so ago, I got back out in the yard. The weather was lovely and I could smell someone burning wood a few yards away. I opened the door of the Little House to air it out.

Giant spider was hanging from one wall. I cleansed the top portion of the camper (which I’ve been told is broken) using pine sol in water. Sometimes I’m not as eco-friendly as I’d like to be, but that thing was disgusting!

So today we’re on our way to Lowe’s to attempt to acquire a fire pit. Wish us luck! I will post pictures when it’s firmly rooted in place.

Blessings and Serenity

~SW

So, not long ago (only several months…) I drew a second plan drawing and accompanying task list.

The drawing.

The text.

I’ve removed the Formica table to the trash (check!), photographed and removed the walnut table to my uncle’s house (check!), worked on painting the coffee table, moved the hoses outside the house temporarily, stacked the wood, picked up the nails and screws and put them in a container, grouped the gutter pipe and fittings, and done some clearing in the outer area to even out the turf- so that we can put in a fire pit.

What’s next? Well…. I’ll have to make a new task list! 🙂

Peace and Light~*

Serenity Woman

I have done a lot of work removing invasive plants, lately. The Rose of Sharon spawns a lot of fast-growing new plants… Whew. Hundreds, at least. Be warned, should you ever decide to put one in your yard. And then there’s ivy which reaches over from ‘the pit’.

Here’s photos of clear steps, a clearer ‘future-fire-pit’ area, and the side of the house which was entirely covered with vines at one point. Also, the (cleaner) lock from the table, and my gourd plant!

We’re on our way to a cozy fire-pit and a clear and easy path to the Little House. So Mote It Be.

~Serenity Woman.

So to some, this may appear to be backward progress, because there is More behind the door than there was last time! But notice… other than the wood crates it’s all new stuff, not anything that was previously in the shed (or my possession). What flows out makes room for new to flow in. I am happy and excited about my new projects.

The walnut table-top has found a new home with a wood-carver. The new furniture stash represents 4 new renovation projects, one of which is the white desk in the pictures. This desk is an antique school-desk. I removed the locking mechanism to clean the rust off of (and out of) it. Not sure yet what method I’ll be using to remove the old paint.

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Task list for the table:

remove old paint

secure the front legs

prime

paint

clean and polish the lock

refit the lock

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Soon I’ll be posting pictures of a lovingly hand-painted school-desk.

Blessed be~

Serenity Woman

You may be wondering why exactly the Walnut Table is in three pieces. I was wondering the same thing!

I looked it over, and it seems the legs are not simply removable, but broken off from the tabletop (that explains the hideous drips of dried glue which came off with polishing). Also, there are pieces missing (I found an ebay listing for a nearly-identical table, which has bracing pieces between the legs –missing from my table. According to the ebay listing, this table was made in the 1930s). I’ve given some thought to using the beautifully carved legs in a new design, a meshing of pieces to create something new…. stay tuned!

😀

Serenity Woman

There is this gorgeous walnut table lurking in the back corner of the little house. Maybe you’ve seen it in previous photos. Maybe not.

Before I get into the bulk of this post (photos photos photos!) I want to apologize for all the back-dating. If I had begun this clutter-clearing blog back when I began doing the work, it would be a lot more spaced out, I realized. I don’t want anyone to think I did all this work within the span of a week! And it certainly doesn’t make sense to read a post that says “I labored for months!” when the previous post is from a day ago. Yeah. So! I back-dated. Issue resolved. All new posts are in real-time.

WALNUT TABLE of LOVELINESS

first of all, the ‘before’ shots to garner appreciation for my hard work polishing:

see the inner worth? I do!

Both legs, looking dusty and dry.

The underside of the table (I forgot to take an ‘after’ of this shot, just have faith- it looks Massively better now).

Eeeeyuck!!! It it so dusty it practically looks diseased. But I’m not buying that… hold on… just a minute… (scroll down)

An hour and one recycled rag/hand-towel later:

Both legs, hidin’ out behind some other stuff. Simply glowing!

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TA-DA!!! I am really proud of this, like I birthed the wood myself. Ze table-top!

So, now we see the love that a bottle of This Stuff can give wood. Glowing, simply glowing.

~Serenity Woman

I washed the windows today, with water and vinegar. These are the windows which are leaving, by the way. My intention is to improve the light in the structure, which improves feng shui automatically. Better feng shui= better chance of success.

I also worked more on the coffee table. 🙂 I needed to do something to encourage myself. Clearing clutter can take a long time, it’s good to keep in positive spirits.

Better light, closer-to-complete art-table, and also: a clove garland! I tied cloves to a piece of yarn and strung them above the holly branches I put in a vase to deter mice. This addition marks THE first time anyone other than myself has walked in and commented *positively* about the smell.

Woohoo!

🙂 Serenity Woman