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An Easy to Install Do-It-Yourself Plank Wall!

Wooden plank walls have turned into all the rage these days. I decided that the first floor of the Burrow doesn’t have the right feel for such a dominating feature, so I found the perfect place to put one! In the basement!! When I first moved in, there was a massive closet installed by the stairs in the basement that really made no sense. It stuck way out, was difficult to maneuver, the doors didn’t work… It was just a silly closet. You can see it in this photo here: So, I ripped it out! I demolished it and reused a lot of the scrap wood for other projects. I wanted to turn that section of the basement into a work out area. I wanted a place for my yoga mats and a treadmill… So the first thing I did after I ripped out the closets, was build a small shelving system. I purchased cheap plywood, had the boys at my local Lowe’s cut it down for me, and put them together with pocket holes and screws. Once they were built and I was happy with them, I painted them in the color palette I chose! Notice the wood wall with the furring strips attached to it behind the shelves? Those are what we will use to attach the planks to the wall! I had to attach one more furring strip on the far right side, I cut a 1×2 I had laying around to length and screwed it in. Now, I was incredibly lucky. I had a bunch of wooden pallets given to me and pallets I found that I used for the project, so it didn’t cost me any money! Measure your space horizontally and vertically…

The Crochet Tradition Continues: Wedding Blanket Three!

Another one of my sweet childhood friends Steve married the love of his life Hannah in a beautiful wedding ceremony! Their colors were various shades of dark pink and burgundy and the tuxes were gray. It was gorgeous and we had an amazing time. This is the last big blanket I’ve been able to do because my hands have gotten a bit sad and sore, but I have lists and am slowly catching up on all the happy days that have happened since Steve and Hannah’s!! I again chose to try a Granny Square but decided to graduate to three colors… I know, I got bolder!! I have a weird way of doing things – I like to do at least one full square, like so: And then I like to do all of the squares I need in stages. So I plot out the design, do the math, then, I’d do all of the white centers, followed by attaching the red to all of the white, and then the gray, and so on, until all of the squares are finished! So, it looks something like this: I keep all the yarn and all the squares in an easy-to-carry tote so everything stays all nice, tidy, and organized! I decided that I liked the look of Melody and Alex’s teal and brown blanket a lot, so I chose to replicate the design with some changes. That meant some plain gray squares as well. Here are some images of the squares being set out and the start of using the invisible seam to attach them together! I began these crochet projects before I moved in to The Burrow. These staged photos were taken in my first solo apartment, the Hobbit…

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Laundry Room: From Trash to Treasure!

Laundry is a necessary part of our lives, but it sure isn’t a fun part! At least… I don’t get a particular joy out of doing laundry. When I explored the slightly creepy basement upon moving in to the Burrow, I found a shelving unit that probably should have been thrown in the trash and a super old table with gorgeous turned legs, amongst other strange odds and ends. I decided to take these two forgotten pieces and turn them into something wonderful for my laundry room. I started by completely taking the shelving unit apart. It was shot. The backing and original shelves were unsalvageable. I decided to attach the shell of the shelving unit to the back of the table to create a storage/folding unit to go in between my washer and dryer! All I used were basic wood screws! It was very simple! There is plastic covering the top of the table because it was in SUCH rough shape. As I did laundry during the completion of this project, I just couldn’t bear to have any of it actually sit on that table top… ick! My next step was to cut lengths of scrap wood I had lying around to fit the length and width of the shell of this unit to work as new shelves! You can see where the original shelves were and I aimed to have them sit in the same location! But, the original locations didn’t fit my detergents and things… so I improvised and created my own shelving height. It worked out well. My next task was to figure out something to fix that terrible old table top. I toyed around with tiling it or just painting it, doing a…

A New Arrival: Crocheting for My Best Friend’s Baby Girl

I was a freshman in college moving into the dorms. Across the hall, this girl moved in… after she loaded in all her stuff, she comes hurrying through my door and exclaims that her name is Ali she doesn’t know what to do because her roommate has hung garlic in the window and has giant silverware on the wall and has paintings of psychedelic mushrooms. That was it. I knew this woman and I would be friends for life. Fast forward multiple years, Ali honored me beyond belief by asking me to be the maid of honor in her wedding to the love of her life, and now she is mother to the sweetest little girl I’ve ever met. As soon as I heard I was going to be a pseudo-auntie to this new arrival, my heart nearly exploded. I got to work right away on some gifts for this little girl who, at the size of a peanut, had already stolen everyone’s hearts. Of course I had to make her a blanket. I decided to try something new and make a tricolored chevron blanket! However, I also wanted to attempt to make her a stuffed animal. Ali settled on an elephant. So, I got to work!!! I chose pink, yellow, and gray, picked out the softest yarn I could find, and tried really hard to decipher the chevron blanket pattern (a feat very difficult for someone who really stinks at math). The following photos were taken at both the Hobbit Hole and at my parents’ beautiful home in WI. As you can see, the ends started out a bit wonky, but as I continued, I began to figure it out more and more. While the edges are still…&#8230…

A Daunting Project: Fixing Evidence of Basement Water Damage

The Burrow was built in 1929, so it has a semi-creepy, slightly damp 1929 basement. Over the years, I can tell that various homeowners have done different things to prevent water from getting inside and they have done a pretty good job! They just didn’t get rid of the evidence of previous water… One major thing a homeowner did was pour slanted concrete slabs on the driveway-side of the house to keep water away from the foundation. EXCELLENT. There is also foam and caulk around windows, and other stuff like that. A major thing I had to do when I bought the house was repair the front corner foundation of the screened in porch. Water had been pooling there for…who knows how long, and it had been slowly seeping in through the concrete block. Now, it wasn’t flooding my basement, but there was always a wet spot in that corner after it rained. And heaven forbid I did laundry or shower on a rainy day. So, I bit the bullet and got a company out here to fix it. And after some back and forth, I’m pleased to say, after a few good rainstorms, the floor in that corner has been dry! So… YAY dryness! But the walls just looked… scary. And creepy. And terrible. I wanted to fix that. I was extremely nervous to get this project started because I was A. Doing it by myself, and B. I didn’t know entirely what would happen once I began. So, where does a nervous homeowner start? Research! I poured over various DIY sites and forums, le Pinterest articles and countless other blogs… SO MANY that I can’t even remember their names and…