May 2014 archive

The Eternal Suckiness of Home Repair

Has anyone else had the repeated experience of getting just a bit of money set aside for a project to spruce up the actual appearance and design of room in the house, when suddenly, some necessary system or appliance breaks?

I figure I cannot be the only homeowner that has experienced this sad economic loop.

Most recently, our laundry facilities gave up the ghost, and we needed new washer and dryer. We set out with lots of ideas in mind, wish lists of features, but were, of course, reduced to buying the one and only set that would actually fit into the tiny laundry closet. (The same story happened when our old refrigerator broke. We wanted lots of amazing new features, but were stuck with the one single model at various stores that would just barely fit the available space in our 1967 house. We had one millimeter to spare.)

On a side note: I find it so bizarre how much bigger appliances are now than they were in 2014. Here’s hoping that our 1967 Montgomery Ward stove has some more years in it, because the odds are good that modern stoves won’t fit into the slot in the counter where it resides.

In this instance, putting in a washer/dryer required new duct work for the dryer (more $$) and we were also told that the floor underneath should be tiled, so that the machines would sit level. When the bath was tiled before we bought the house, the prior owners decided not to extend it into the laundry closet, so the units were never level.  (More $$)

It really grates my cheddar that we needed to spend money to tile a space that no one can even see!

But finally, finally, it’s done. The washer and dryer are back in place and working.

The money we had thought we might use to spruce up the kitchen, gone. Buh-bye! Ka-ching! Oh well, at least our clothes will be clean.

photo of tiled laundry closet floor

Tiling in progress. Filthy walls.

photo of painted and tile laundry closet

Tiling done. I cleaned and painted the walls a nice white.

Finished laundry closet

Duct work finished, laundry operational.

Do you see what I mean about all the money we spent to spruce up and fix this space and make it nice? Oh, wait, no, you don’t, because it’s totally hidden behind and beneath the washer and dryer.  Oh well… c’est la chez.

 

 

Helm Weave Chainmaille Bracelet

I just finished another chainmaille weave bracelet… again, a pattern for beginners, which is the appropriate level for me. I am very happy with how it turned out. It’s called the Helm weave. It’s made of sterling silver and has a nice heavy feel. I loved this weave because it has depth and looks amazing up close and in person.

I am thinking about my next piece, maybe a necklace, and maybe using colored jump rings of either aluminum or niobium.

Helm weave chainmaille braceletI’m hoping to be able to take a class in chainmaille soon. It’s been just about impossible to find a local teacher, but I did find a woman who says she might teach a class at a local jewelry studio sometime in July.

We do live in an amazing time, with the ability to find all kinds of free tutorials in both print and video online, plenty of books on just about any topic for sale… but for me, there is always something better about being able to sit in person, in a class, and ask questions directly.