July 24, 2011

Bright Idea | DIY Expert: Super sized Runner (Found on the Internets)

I so need a long runner for my entry hallway.
By long, I think 21 feet should do it.
Considering most off the shelf runners come 7 ft long
And cost about $60 – $130 each.
I definitely needed to research a DIY option.

This woman is genius.  [blog post link]
She knocked off the above rug.
With a piece of canvas, some rug non-skid and some fabric.
Well…and some adhesive spray and a sewing machine.

Only because there are lots of parts and patience and a sewing machine involved is this expert.
If you’re handy with a sewing machine or don’t think hand stitching is eye gougingly slow…
then this is probably maybe just advanced for you (budget to buy all that other stuff)

But if you buy your fabric from here [link]
and you buy canvas at Jo’s with a coupon
and you find a rug stop skid somewhere…

This could totally hit the medium. 
Especially if you are NOT making a 21 foot runner.
Just saying.
That’s a LOT of straight stitching to make happen.

Anyhow, here are some of the awesome fabric patterns I’m considering:

[pictures]

And since most are about $6.50 a yard (or so), I can knock out a runner for probably about the price of one…ir not less than.

We’ll let you know.  Since this is still just a bright idea because, well, I have no sewing machine (yet)
And I want to use coupons to get supplies to make it as cheap as possible.
I know.

Awesome thought that counts.
Which fabric do you think I should go with?
I’ll choose one commenter as the winner of a gift certificate [fabric store GC? or Jo’s] for $50.
That’s a lot of fabric.
Get your comment on!

September 20, 2010

Conflicted

I am not entirely sure how much I am liking this WordPress thing. 

I am missing my widgets and doodads,
(and HATING the shift + enter so that I jump one line, not two)
but LOVING that a picture blog can have…

…well…
pictures. 

Moving here would allow me to make the self host jump a lot quicker
(which should, of course, be attempted once I have time in front of a computer).

So it’s your choice.

Which do you prefer?
www.b3homedesigns.blogspot.com
www.b3homedesigns.wordpress.com

I’ll leave the tally up
through October 1

Be sure to leave me a comment
as to why you prefer what you prefer
because who says we can’t have our cake
and eat it too?

Thanks for the input
back to the collectibles
and DIY hooplah
shortly.

B

September 19, 2010

In the forest | a Wood Collection

As you know, I’m a girl who collects things.

In my super neutral/natural home, glass, wood, shell, stone and silver steal the day.
And anything naturalish.
I love wood.
There’s no doubt about that.

Awesome.
I know.
When I get back in with a camera,
I’ll do a photo shoot that does justice
to just how much wood we REALLY
have about this place.
As always, all photos (c) b3 home designs
September 18, 2010

i collect vol. 5: small clocks

One of my favorite,
fastest growing
collections
is small clocks
and vintage alarm clocks
none of them are set
(because, that would be too practical)
but they all work
functional dysfunction
gotta love it.

As always
all photos (c) b3 home designs
September 17, 2010

Fall House Prep | Him

I am a fairly independent woman.

Okay.
Who am I kidding.
I have a garage full of power tools
that I say thanks and no thanks to.
but this dude
he loves him some power
especially when it comes to fall house prep.
Scrubbing down the outters
and taming up the lawn
if it has a motor,
he’ll get it done.
Happy seasonal shift to you all!
power washing the deck
photo (c) b3 home designs

mowing/mulching down the lawn for reseeding
photo (c) b3 home designs
What “around the house” chores
do you enjoy delegating out to others?

September 16, 2010

Two Summers, One Fall: Growing Pains

When we first moved in here
a year ago
we moved into a place with
lush views
so long as you didn’t
gaze into our immediate back yard

and so long as you didn’t gaze
upon our side yard
and definitely, you should not look over
to the 8th hole
from our yard

But I actually have a pretty sizeable
green thumb
I stick it in the ground
and it usually grows
no matter how hard
I try to kill it

I’ll need to post another photo
of what that side garden
looks like in the fall
after the deer have nibbled on it some

live and learn

What I did learn is that most of my yard/garden
is a fall garden
as evidenced by the gorgeousness
in my yard right now
the above photo, is one of the rare species in my yard
that DID flower this summer

I love basil like no other
and was super happy to learn that
basil loves my kitchen window sill

Those peppers. 
they were bought about 19 bazillion years ago
on clearance
in the orgo section
I’ve cared for them lovingly
and that is probably why they have said
thanks, but no thanks.
That, or, a little bit of research
to understand that peppers
are long season plants
and this impatient gardener
needs to simmer down already
(FYI, i FINALLY saw baby peppers on the vines)

Here’s to fall harvest time
and planting and plotting for spring
which will be here just as quickly
as fall snuck up on us

Happy harvest season!

September 15, 2010

Instant Art Collection: Free use photos

I LOVE taking pictures
of everyday stuff
Feel free to download/copy + save
any of the photos in this post
Frame them up
(yes, I’m that full of myself)
and call it art.
Show me how you use it and I’ll do a follow up feature
Enjoy the seasons change!
Campus side Fall
Seattle University
photo by b.merikle

Two craggly guards
Palm Springs, CA
Photo by b. merikle

Stuck between a rock and a soft place
Mt. Rainier Wonderland Trail
photo by b. merikle

Desert Camouflage
New Mexico i10 Rest Stop
photo by b. merikle

In Rainier’s Shadow
Flight photo of Mt. Rainier w/Mt. St. Helen’s in background
photo by b. merikle

Tulips Awash
La Conner, WA Tulip Festival
photo by b. merikle

Sunshine Market Day
Pike Place Market, Seattle
photo by b.merikle

Lonely Sunset
Cannon Beach, OR
Photo by b.merikle

Going Down
Cannon Beach, OR
photo by b.merikle
Enjoy!
If you need larger resolution, and are patient
send me an email
(via the contact page – in the upper left menu of the blog)
September 14, 2010

Best estate sale ever

Usually, when I think of estate sales
I think sadness
Some one passing
who has collected their whole lives
and there is no one left
who would love on what they have
for free
Enter estate sales
and the vultures
(like me)
who will pay no where near
what the person valued their treasures at
just so that it can be taken away
hopefully
to another loving home
to start a collection anew
When I came across a Craigslist ad
that was a tiny bit false advertising
because they said everything was 90% off
and the title was like “Free Stuff, come get it”
I got over the tiny bit of dissapointment
as I took some time to scan through
the stuff
Inside the house, only a couple of gets.
But outside in the yard…
THAT was where the action was at.
Check out my great gets
from the great
“Moving to Florida, Young Folks Estate Sale”
in Issaquah this past July.
African Ceremonies Cloth Bound dual set
great estate sale 2010
$15 for the set
This was the best find of my life. 
And I almost left it behind
Thank goodness for that false advertising ad
on Craigslist
so that I could email them and beg them to hold them for me.
That dual set is awesome. 
Beyond awesome
Best bookset I ever bought
They are a coffee table set
of VIVID photographs
of African Ceremonies.
Just GORGEOUS photography.
We haggled for a good hour on those.
She wanted $30.
I wanted to give her $30
(aka, my lunch money for the week)
for EVERYTHING
on my pile
Which was a lot.
She finally agreed to do it all
for $35
I left her $7 and went to get my cash
Came back
loaded up the car
and took everything
EXCEPT for the books.
Got all the way home that night
Unpacked everything
(thank GOODNESS since I usually
leave it all in the car
for weeks on end)
Truly broke into tears
when I didn’t see the books
Went online, searched for the sale
sent them a message
Loved the fact that in the PNW
everyone is friendly enough
to tell you their name
especially if you spend 2 hours
in their front yard
and put out a personal plea for the books
Thought she had a change of heart and pulled them back
Come to find out I was just forgetful
(what else is new)
and left them by the door
AND they got back to me super quick.
I can only hope to be that organized
(and still connected to the internet)
day before the next time I make a move.
Wire basket | great estate 2010 sale
.50 cents

Wood ladder | great estate 2010 sale
free (!)

Dritz Pattern Perforator | great estate 2010 sale
.50 cents

Task Shortening Super sized Tin
great estate 2010 sale | $5.00

Sears Vintage Orange Ten Key
great estate 2010 sale
free (!)

Grumbacher Pantograph
(used to trace/enlarge original prints)
great estate 2010 sale | $1.00

Hacks Lemon Drops and Barnum’s Animal Crackers
Vintage tins
great estate 2010 sale | $3.00 for set

Embossed Enamel serving tray
great estate 2010 sale | $2.00

Wood finial
great estate 2010 sale | .50 cents

Large wooden (decorative) ice tongs
great estate 2010 sale | .50 cents

Set of two wire baskets
great estate 2010 sale | $1.00 for set

Large pizza boards
great estate 2010 sale | $2.00 for the set

Flinch card game
great estate 2010 sale
free (!)
As always, all photos (c) b3 home designs.

Nothing but awesome vintageness.

Lots more that I got from this sale
that isn’t pictured here
including fantastic shutters
the BEST little yellow waste bin
for my scrap room redo
some glass goods
some linen goods
and various other odds and ends
It was a two loader
(well, three if you count having to go back for the books)
Awesomeness and I wish my mom was here
in Seattle
so that she could go thrifting with me
She has a GREAT eye for this stuff
Now that we’re all gainfully employed again
maybe we can get that world domination plan
back on track.
September 13, 2010

Freecycle Get of the Week

Don’t think I should be running out of paint
gloss, or finishes this year.
I love Freecycle. 
Free stuff
And lots of it.
My latest fave find
(aside from the table in the background)
was all this painterly goodness
All photos (c) b3 home designs

What have you found on someone’s porch or in their driveway
for free lately?
September 12, 2010

i collect vol. 4: Vintage Board Games | Pieces

i collect vintage board games
but primarily just so that I can have their pieces
and score keeping pads
and colorful cards
I love vintage paper goods.
All photos (c) b3 home designs.

What is it that you collect?
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