Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sustainable Home, Cover Story, The Oregonian



I am so lucky.  Part of what I do for a living shines right here!  I had the honor to scout, photo style and write about this amazing home, featured as the cover story for the Oregonian Homes and Gardens.  Add the talent of photograher Steve Cridland...it doesn't get any better, www.cridlandphoto.com

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Rebuilding Center Saving Us, One board At a Time




The Rebuilding Center isn't just a place where you can donate building materials but it's community of volunteers and staff that work so hard to decrease waste and keep our architectural history alive and well.  Shane Endicott the founder of the Rebuilding Center is the backbone behind this amazing place and because of his endless energy and positive look on life, so many buildings are saved or reused...like my house, the REX Project and an elementary school that caught on fire.  Please read the link below. 

http://eastpdxnews.com/general-news-features/deconstructing-marysville-school-preserving-the-past-for-use-in-the-future/

Monday, January 9, 2012

One Warm Day...



As it's pouring rain here...again, I look at photos like this one of Steve Cridland and I during a photo shoot last September in Rosanne Palmisano's backyard.  The weather was perfect and some day, will be again.  Probably tomorrow, hopefully tomorrow...OK, am crossing my fingers, tomorrow. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Addicted to Pinterest


Oh my Gosh!  My DIY sister, Joanne Palmisano told me about Pinterest and I can't get enough. www.pinterest.com. I can't wait to show the DIY after on my blog AND Pinterest.  It's the first computer thingy-ma-jig that I can actually do on the computer!

Goodwill Hunting Before DIY's


In Portland Oregon we are lucky to have the largest Goodwill industry www.meetgoodwill.org in the nation.  Not only do we have the regular thrift store feel but my favorite is what we locals call "the bins".  It's the last stop of Goodwill shopping.  Rows and rows of bins are full of stuff and folk dive into it all day long. 
Yesterday I spent time scouring through the bins (more like having a blast) and here is what I found. Two tables, two chairs, a rug, some belts, a wisk broom, backgamon pieces, a flower print, and a wood barrell.  Cost $23.86!  I already have found a home for the rug as my front door mat. And the barrell holds my dog "Blue's" leash, towel to wipe off paws and not shown, poop bags.  Didn't think you'd want to see those!  Wait until you see what I do with the rest!