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This is what the retaining walls looked like at the beginning of last week. As you can see there is quite a bit of what I call the “lunar landscape” still hanging on in the center of the yard  – the hard, clay packed expanse covered desultorily with wood chips that was left after the […]

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Full disclosure: we totally stole this idea from Heritage Salvage in Petaluma. But we did make it ourselves. Actually Steve did all the work. I just helped choose the spools and the board. These are antique spools from some kind of industrial sewing machine. Heritage Salvage has bushel baskets full and they make these really […]

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The first path I made at the Schoolhouse, which tamed a steep area from the driveway down to the house, was a success from a budgetary perspective, in that it looked great and was made entirely out of things I’d found or gotten for free, but it was a dismal failure in the water management […]

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My first big framing project involved vintage postcards and photographs and I was pretty  darn proud of the sources I discovered and of how cheaply I got everything framed. But for my paint by numbers gallery, I wanted to go even cheaper. As in, free. And guess what? It’s not actually that hard to make […]

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Months ago I found this on the street, being given away for free. I think it was originally a doll bed or something like that. It’s a little weird, with the posts on one end higher than the other, but it was a really cool color of cracked and crazed light blue with some coral […]

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