DIY Embroidered Dishtowels

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Those who read this blog regularly know that I love to travel. It is particularly meaningful to me when I am able to get to know the culture and lives of the people. There is no better way to get to know a country than to stay with people that know it well, and I have been fortunate to have been welcomed into the homes of many around the world. I always try to bring a small gift that is meaningful and represents something from my little corner of the world.

I have found that dish towels are something that everyone can use. They are light and easy to fit in a suitcase. Best of all, they are customizable. You can put anything on them. There are many patterns to buy, but I prefer to draw my own. This is one that I made for doña Rosa, the woman I stayed with in Costa Rica.

DIY embroidered dish towel

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It’s Almost the Weekend

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After a fun week in South Carolina and a hellishly long ride home, we have been back at school for a five days now. It is always difficult to return to work after a vacation. It is especially hard when you have to spend your evenings putting your house back together after tiling the kitchen. The job took us longer than we expected, and we were not able to finish before leaving for S.C. (You can read about our tiling exploits in one, two, three posts, if you missed them.) Our house was a mess, but the kitchen floor looked great! Crème is our “floor model,” and she has some new bling, as in a name tag.

Cat on new tile floor

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Days 7-9 of the Drama Involving the Kitchen Floor

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This should NOT be viewed as a “How to Tile” post. If anything, it is a “How Not to Tile” post. We are not professionals. This was the first tile job for both of us. Hopefully, our story will provide amusement and the attitude of “Hey, if they can do it, anyone can!” However, unless you are a professional, experienced amateur or a masochist, I recommend that you hire someone to do the work for you. You can read about Days 1-3 and Days 4-6, if you missed those posts.

Day 7: Friday, March 22

I started by pulling out all of the spacers, so that our kitchen floor no longer looks like a mini ceramic Arlington.

Spacers set in ceramic tile

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Days 4-6 of the Drama Involving the Kitchen Floor

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This should NOT be viewed as a “How to Tile” post. If anything, it is a “How Not to Tile” post. We are not professionals. This was the first tile job for both of us. Hopefully, our story will provide amusement and the attitude of “Hey, if they can do it, anyone can!” However, unless you are a professional, experienced amateur or a masochist, I recommend that you hire someone to do the work for you. You can read about Days 1-3, if you missed that post.

Day 4: Tuesday, March 19

We woke up to snow and freezing rain. Poor Douglas had to go out to shovel and came back completely soaked. I worked on my post on Days 1-3. Then, back into my painting clothes I went to primer the floor for the leveling compound. Crème, as always, wanted to help.Painting primer on the floor

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Days 1-3 of the Drama Involving the Kitchen Floor

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This should NOT be viewed as a “How to Tile” post. If anything, it is a “How Not to Tile” post. We are not professionals. This was the first tile job for both of us. Hopefully, our story will provide amusement and the attitude of “Hey, if they can do it, anyone can!” However, unless you are a professional, experienced amateur or a masochist, I recommend that you hire someone to do the work for you.

Day One: Saturday, March 16, 2013

We got a late start. Since it was the first day of spring break, we stayed in bed a little longer than normal, but it felt really good not to have to get up and go to work. After we finally rolled out of bed and ate breakfast, I started moving the furniture out of the dining room so that we would have room for the kitchen appliances.

Douglas pulled the stove out for me, and I painted the wall back there. It was really disgusting! You can get a reminder of what it used to look like while reading “The Time It Rained in the Basement…. And Other Plumbing Stories.”

Painting behind stove

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No Whining Over These Crates

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Here is one of our projects from this weekend. I have had these wine crates for several years. I took three of them from the trash outside a wine store when I was living in Manhattan. They put some out every week, and I wish I could have taken more. At the time, I used them as “drawers” on my bookshelves. Later, I found another and used them in my kitchen cabinets here. Then, I saw this post on offbeathome.com. I have wanted more storage in my kitchen since I moved in, and this seemed the perfect solution. Here is how it turned out.

Wine crate shelves

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Guess What’s Coming to the Kitchen – Part III, the Ultimate Post

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Ultimate as in the end… hopefully! The dishwasher is up and running. It is not completely fitted into the space, but we are waiting to use it a couple of times to check for leaks while it is easier to pull out. You can read the beginning of this story here and here.

New dishwasher

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Guess What’s Coming to the Kitchen Part II

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You may have read my post last week. A friend gave us her dishwasher to replace our ancient one. This is the story of step two. Spoiler Alert: this post does not end with a functioning dishwasher in my kitchen. I am afraid that the next one will not either. I have a feeling that this is going to be a multi-step process, but that is ok. Since my lover and I both work full time, we have to squeeze in projects as we can. Slow and steady wins the race.

Old black dishwasherNew white dishwasher

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Guess What’s Coming to the Kitchen

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There is a new dishwasher in the house, and it is about time. I am guessing that the last time that happened was somewhere in the 80s. Our current dishwasher is challenging. It is ugly, hard to fit things into and makes a lot of noise.

Old black dishwasher

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