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By Lori

5 Minute Fix: Broken Garden Light

On 06, Aug 2012 | No Comments | In house remodel, living | By Lori

Last summer we purchased solar powered pathway lights for our walkway and garden beds.  They’ve worked great so far, adding subtle ambience and keeping me from tripping around my dimly lit backyard.  The only problem is, they come equipped with plastic spikes that are easily broken (I killed one with a car door last week) and can’t be replaced.  After 3 of them breaking,  I created this quick fix, one that’s lasted well and can take quite a beating!


  • Drycleaner hanger (the thicker the better)
  • wire cutters


I’m sure at this point you don’t even need directions but here it goes…  Clip the hanger in half so you’ve got yourself a v-shaped section of wire.   Squeeze ends together and force into the ground a few inches where you want the light to live.  Place light on top of the wire.  TADA!  Check out the photos below for more details…

5 Minute Fix: Broken Garden Light




In house remodel

By Lori

Obsession: White Floors

On 21, Jul 2011 | 2 Comments | In house remodel | By Lori

ok.  I’m pretty much going to admit this post is targeting completely and totally at Ranger.  If anyone else is gluttonous for white painted floors like I currently am, feel free to leave as many comments at the bottom.  Together we will convince my husband to at least try this out in one room.  I know he will come to love it as much as I do.  Well perhaps not love but he will appreciate the added light and illusion of space nevermind the frugality of this project!

We have the original wood floors in our house with almost 60 years of wear and tear.  The cost and time involved in repairing and beautifying the wood floors was as expensive as nailing down a second hardwood layer on top.  Solution?  Paint ‘em.  Small holes and cracks could easily be filled with a combination of epoxy and saw dust, sanding would be minimal (thanks to fancy new primers and the fact that our floors are practically bare wood as it if) and the result would be… well take a look:

white floors

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Project: Making a Dramatic Entrance

On 20, Mar 2011 | One Comment | In house remodel | By Lori

Our cute (read small) little 50s cottage was in dire need of some added curb appeal and this eyesore of a front door had seen better days and needed to be retired.  Originally we planned to replace it with a modern version of the same design by purchasing a solid core door and a light kit from Crestview Doors but when I stumbled across a one light in a discount door store nearby I was smitten.  At $470 pre-hung, I wrote a check right then and there and I’m so glad for once I listened to my pocketbook over my heart.

My two favorite guys, Ranger and my dad spent a little over 3 hours replacing the old door because I was sick with an ear infection and in no condition for manual labor. We’ve been struggling with a lack of natural light in the living room since we moved in. What I love is even with the frosted film we added, this door makes the room bright, airy and feel quite a bit larger.  We bought a similar door in fiberglass for the backdoor and I’m looking forward to installing that ASAP!

This is what I come home to everyday now.  It’s hard to put into words the feeling of pride I have when I see all we’ve accomplished on our own to make this little house our home.

after - new front door and paint

after close up of new door

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Kitchen Art

On 08, Jul 2010 | No Comments | In house remodel, living, soundtrack | By Lori

The kitchen is so close to being done.  I can taste the end product.  So I’ve been holding off posting photos until all the i’s are dotted and the t’s crossed.  BUT I am excited about this sneak preview, the kitchen wall art.

Our office is a Genesis tribute (Ranger is a big fan) but I went for color and style over specific genre.  We have a huge selection of vinyl to choose from, hand selected and bought over the years and still about half inherited from different people in my family.  Saturdays we put on some music open all the doors in the house and get the housework done.  And nothing says summer like sitting on the deck, drinking a shiner, listening to Willie Nelson…

Target has album frames for $10.

Speaking of Willie, I bought a friend a hand silk screened Willie Nelson concert poster for her birthday.  There was a problem with the order and the shipping was delayed.  For my trouble (which wasn’t really any trouble AT ALL) Liquid Overhead sent me this lovely gem. The band, the colors, the BIRDS.  It’s like they KNOW ME.

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one wedding and a house remodel…

On 23, Oct 2008 | No Comments | In crafting, house remodel, wedding | By Lori


  1. we are crazy
  2. we figure we are young enough and energetic enough to do everything at once and
  3. Jonathan wants to see if its possible to actually make my head explode…

I am now planning a wedding on top of a major home remodel.  So a new category has been added and my worries have surfaced.  My bible: Offbeat Bride: Taffeta-Free Alternatives for Independent Brides.

I now feel the need to compromise with the only person who counts.  Now I’ve never needed anyone or any office to tell me if I’m committed for life, Jonathan and I are bound by bonds stronger than marriage licenses could ever be: joint mortgage. That being said, I’m happy.  Happy because I know how rare and special our relationship is and nothing would make me prouder than to be Mrs. Ranger.

We’re planning as fun and environmentally responsible of a wedding as our big hearts and little pocketbooks can muster.  And our lovely friends have jumped on board offering to help us in any way they can.  Amy bought me Eco-Chic Weddings: Simple Tips to Plan an Environmentally Friendly, Socially Responsible, Affordable, and Stylish Celebration which is proving to be an excellent resource for ideas and vendors.

As soon as we set a date and a location I can rest again…or at least get back to the house….

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