Wednesday, December 30, 2009


We didn't really decorate for Christmas so we made this Christmas Bowl which looks cute & festive sitting on a Victorian tray on top of our nice little vent-free gas stove.

George put 2 new nice pieces of furniture together :) A kitchen cart & a bookshelf.

(p.s. Now he is rebuilding/reconfiguring the pantry!)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Let there be heat

I'm happy to share that we have a new heat source (click photo for Home Depot product info)! This little ditty replaced our old eyesore wall furnace. George got to demo the frame wall and cut out some carpet (he did an impressive job too.) You never know what you'll find in a wall, like an old cutter, dice, or a 29 cent postage stamp.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Corbin lockset with porcelain door knobs. Pat 1870

I just pulled out of the old shed that's in the backyard. Here is a little info on it:

Original Antique Rim (Box) Locks After 1865

By the mid 1860's the basic rim lock was being made as it would remain for the next century. Companies continued to work on improving the working of the lock mechanisms mainly by removing as many unnecessary parts as possible. The rim lock remained the backbone of the lock industry and is still the hardiest lock ever made.

A little more history about these locks and how to add antique locks to your Victorian.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Tuesday Tidbits

(Image from Google Search - Country Living)
A few random tidbits I've noticed after 3 weeks in the Victorian:

In the morning you can see & hear helicopters hovering over the freeway for the traffic reports.

There is a dog, let's call him 'Old Yeller', that often barks during the hours 1 - 3 a.m.

    The ceiling is high enough in the front room to jump rope.

    Overall, it's quieter than I thought it would be living on a busier street.

    The side deck by our kitchen gets the morning sun and is a great spot for a cup of joe.