26 February 2012

Go Ahead, Write on the Fridge

DSCF2670When we signed the lease on our place the landlord graciously told us he'd be removing the nasty fridge the previous tenants left.  This was GOOD because I wasn't about to stick even a gloved hand in that fridge to clean up the mysterious green gelatinous puddle living in the bottom, BAD because that left us fridge-less.  Luckily, my parents were looking to get rid of their extra fridge in the basement. Turns out it was a hand-me-down they'd acquired when my grandparents got their new fridge years and years ago.  I'm sure this fridge was a beauty in its youth, but by the time it was passed on to us, it was quite rusty on the front.  Good news though, the inside is nearly perfect, except for the interior light that doesn't turn on.  Needless to say we took the fridge with open arms.

P.S. having to look for food in a dark fridge is a surprisingly good dieting trick.  If you are anything like us and have containers and produce stacked in a delicate Jenga-like balance, you really don’t want to put your hand into the darkness and risk falling food just for a snack.

Here are some before shots:

24 February 2012

Meet Oscar

DSCF2654Since we’ve had to move so many times in the last year, we have an abundance of cardboard boxes.  And since I’m thrifty cheap I like to use what we already have on hand to make many of my projects.  And so Oscar was born.  Well cut out and assembled.

21 February 2012

Sewing up a storm

I have a wonderful sewing machine whom I introduced ages ago.  We’re best friends, sometimes, but a few months ago one of the motor belts broke.  It took me forever to figure out what the belt was called and find the replacement (apparently sewing machine repair is  a top secret business).  So after searching and realizing the new belt would cost me anywhere from $15 to $40 not including shipping, I pouted.  Then I got back on the computer and kept looking.  Eventually I found sew-classic.com.  This site has a variety of discount sewing machine parts, but you have to know exactly what you’re looking for.  Knowing nothing about motors or the guts of a sewing machine, this is the journey my sewing machine and I went through.  


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