Destruction and Rebirth

A lot has been going on in the last six weeks since out apartment has been taken OVER by our kitchen rehab. With the Living Room / Dining Room being the staging area, the kitchen torn to shreds, our guest bedroom / office being our kitchen. That means we have been living in our bedroom. It’s kind of like being back in a college dorm w/o the cheap white wine.

I got to escape the madness for a few days in mid March to go to Seattle on business. I got to meet up with the awesome ladies from Knot Another Hat. It was great to hang with them, and Seattle was beautiful, although we hardly got to leave the hotel.

Here we are in the hotel before dinner (Sarah, Nichole & Me)

After a short biz getaway, it was back to the construction zone. We’ve had more then a few glitches along the way, and a few things that have put us SEVERAL weeks, behind, but it’s looking pretty good so far.

The cabinets are really pretty

and include some fab features, like David’s spice rack:

and our two level silverware drawer:

Our favorite feature so far is the cork floor. It came out really nice.

As long as we were ordering the granite for our counter tops, we decided to demo the hearth and get a piece of granite for our new hearth stone. I can’t wait for Wednesday when the install happens.

I finished the Mini Cardi to wear to the YMN conference in Seattle. It only took me two days. It’s a really fast knit. I still haven’t chosen the buttons yet, but it’s cute without buttons.

I also cast on Hey Teach in the Recycled Cotton. It was a really fast knit (especially since I did the 8″ of stockinette on the Studio’s knitting machine.

I have a four day weekend and it was in the 70s today, so I decided it was time to clean up the garden. We are a bit behind this year in getting things together, but I thought I could get started.

I finished my swatch for the new Stripe Class I’m teaching and took it upstairs to the deck to dry. The sun was so hot up there, it was dry in a few minutes!

Things were starting to bud all over the place in our little garden

Last year’s e-bay purchase of a Weeping Cherry Tree, was looking pretty good. Last year it came in the mail as a stick, and this year:

and FINALLY our little Forsythia plant actually bloomed. We have picked up our free Forsythia clipping at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Forsythia Member Day for three years, and we finally got a non dud clipping!

Tomorrow, plant the Dahlias, the Cannas and finish Hey Teach. Hopefully I can get the earthboxes set up soon.

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  • Anonymous April 6, 2010   Reply →


    Can you tell me what the name of the plant is that is pink and green variegated? It is the second picture down after the words, “Things were starting to bud all over the place in our little garden.” Thanks!

  • Patty April 6, 2010   Reply →

    I can’t actually. I got it at the Brooklyn Botanic Members Preview Plant Sale. It didn’t have a tag and nobody could tell me what it was.

  • Anonymous April 16, 2010   Reply →

    I’m 90% sure this plant is ajuga (burgundy glow). Some specimens are lighter than others and the more sun it gets, the lighter it gets and the more the pink shows. I have it growing along my front walk, and it’s a real charmer. It flower in a light purple spire. Hope this helps

  • Penny April 27, 2010   Reply →

    the kitchen looks good! i fought hard for cork when we redid the apt but since we did it with aim to sell i didn’t fight too hard so i will live vicariously through yours. and plan the house kitchen remodel. maybe it’ll give me incentive to replace the grill first. 😉

  • marla June 7, 2010   Reply →

    The suspense is killing me! How is the renovation going? I am thinking good thoughts for you two:)

  • Beth Hahn June 24, 2010   Reply →

    Beautiful photos! Love the Hey Teach.

  • Mandy November 30, 2010   Reply →

    love that chunky blue and green cardi, it’s gorgeous!

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