bird feeder closeup, originally uploaded by espeedy123.
Coming up on 24 hours, and no takers yet.
If you have a feeder, I’m interested to know how long it took your birds to arrive, and if there are any special techniques you suggest for getting them to show up sooner. I am an impatient bird watcher!!
Porch lamp before and after.
Isn’t spray paint great?! I could kick myself for not having taken a better before photo, but you get the idea. The porch lights on either side of my door were dingy brass. I removed them, cleaned them up, and spray painted them in a black semigloss finish. They look a lot better now — the difference is more dramatic than the photos show. And all for a $3 can of paint.
There is a house across the street from me with similar fixtures in white that just scream for a new look.
Do you have something you’ve spray painted that looks a lot better now? Please comment!
Worms posing (and composting!) for the camera, originally uploaded by espeedy123.
“BEFORE THE WORMS feast on it, their grub is composted and cooked in a vat. The food and the worms are placed together on a conveyor belt, creating a feeding frenzy that would make Homer Simpson sick with jealousy. “On one end, you put in cooked material, and the worms eat that, and [when it’s gone], they’ll move out of their own poop and into new food,” says Szaky. As the worms eat, the conveyor belt moves in the opposite direction of their travel at the pace of their ingestion, about an inch every five hours. “They’re on a perpetual conveyer belt — food at one end and poop out the other,” he says.”
Szaky’s company Terracycle is apparently making a fortune.
Yes, that’s me on a Little Giant ladder. Note how one side is shorter, enabling a closer perch over the porch. I needed the extra few inches to avoid damaging the shrubs while I reach to clean up the porch posts, before painting them.
My father-in-law offered it to us when we needed an extension ladder, and I wondered if I’d ever get to take advantage of its many freaky infomercial features. I can check the “ladder-on-stairs” box. Perhaps I can do a scaffold next.
Baker sofa from Craigslist, originally uploaded by espeedy123.
Today’s steal is this Baker camelback sofa I snagged for $150. Is this great or what?!?!?!
The woman selling it got it from a mom’s friend, so she had no qualms about letting it go for a tiny fraction of its original cost. It doesn’t look so great situated here in the entry but alas, the old sofa has to go somewhere first. And yes, it came with the cushion which is sitting somewhere off camera.
Here’s a similar sofa on the Baker website that STARTS at $7,100.
If you have a great furniture piece from Craigslist please post a comment with a link to the photo so we can all share the great furniture vibes!
Paint tips, originally uploaded by espeedy123.
But now I’ve discovered the lazy painter’s way to clean and restore brushes. Drill a hole at the base of the brush handle. Fill a glass jar partway with brush cleaner. Use a pencil or a bamboo skewer to suspend the bristles in the cleaner, making sure that only the bristles are submerged.
It seemed too simple to be true that this would work so well, but thus far it really has worked out nicely. Apparently it’s the pressure on the bristles and not the chemicals that make it so hard to get one back in shape.
I’d love to hear other painting shortcuts if you know them!