Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Range Hood Dreaming

I have asked my husband to let me get a hood like this one...
Aren't the scallops just pure whimsy?

or maybe this...

But to no avail.
Then I tried...
 what about a blackboard hood?

Or something like this with wood and a faux finish on top...
then we would have some extra money
to do a wall of white carrara marble...dream.

We like this one...

and this one too...

But the catch is both of these range hoods cost $2000 just for the covers,
it doesn't even include the fan mechanism, that is still at least $500 more.

So what is an Interior Design/Urban Farmer, who is married to a Banker/cost benefit analysis expert to do?
I need to get creative and search the city.

I'll let you know what I come up with but here is my inspiration.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Video Blogging with Chow Bella

Last weekend we had the great privilege of Chow Bella, the Phoenix New Times food blog,
join us at the Boho Farm to do a video blog on making adult applesauce
from all those apples you've harvested.
If you are think we are in the middle of a kitchen remodel, you are right,
but that is where our open, all are welcome Bohemian lifestyle/home comes in handy. 
We love living life in the middle of things! 

We had so much fun and are just thrilled that the sustainable home arts are being revived.
This is our passion and joy!

Here is the story and blog:

Here are some pictures our daughter took of that day!

How about that floor?! 
See, we are in the middle of a remodel.

If you like this apron it is made by Hot Chicks Aprons and you can get
one at Jam in Old Town Scottsdale, too.

This is my Laura Petrie pose...you know...from Dick Van Dyke.

Feeding the apples to the chickens, then composting.

Our range finally showed up yesterday!  So I will give a progress report soon.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Our Pumpkin Patch Experiment

In our growing desire to be sustainable, I thought it would be fun to grow our own heirloom pumpkins.  
Pumpkins are a lot of work becuase they take so long to mature. And on top of that,
they like to be fed and watered, so to raise our own pumpkins in not really sustainable. 
These pumpkins we have grown are some expensive pumpkins!
 We planted them at the end of May and they are just now taking off.
But now we know...
that is a life of a gardener, especially a desert gardener
...trial and error.

Here are the heirloom pumpkins we have planted at the Boho Farm.

Jack Be Little

Connecticut Field

Now I have to get back to preparing our fall beds
and then put another coat of mud on the kitchen drywall.

Talk soon!

pictures via homemadesimple.com

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Sidetracked from the Kitchen...

We are back from vacation, my daughter started high school yesterday,
and we still haven't finished our kitchen.

It looks like this...

We are at that middle of the project stage where we should be
working on the kitchen everyday, because we are living in a mess,
still waiting for the new range to ship from the UK,

but choose to do other little (totally unrelated) projects like these
that I can actually finish...

Making a Union Jack flag pillow
(I will do a how-to post soon)

Making a harvest burlap banner
I am thinking maybe if I hang it up fall will come sooner.

Organizing my cupboard

And my favorite is painting stripes on the wall.  That's right...
and it was on of those, let's go to Walgreen's at 9:10pm and get some blue
tape and start this project, like some kinda crazy woman.
I really need some focus--maybe an intervention.

How can I get upset with my clients now, when I do the EXACT
same things as they do.  I now need a designer to come and help me.

Time to get back to the kitchen and tape and mud the new drywall, because
tomorrow morning I plan to start prepping the beds for fall planting.

Am I the only crazy one? :)

Monday, August 1, 2011

La Plage...

Oh to be by the sea...

After a week of unplugged beach living with limited computer access and no email
...we are back.
renewed, restored, ready to tackle fall planting and the kitchen.

Once I finish the MOUNTAIN of laundry and get this place cleaned up...
I'll catch you up!

L' Homme Et La Mer

Homme libre, toujours tu chériras la mer!
La mer est ton miroir; tu contemples ton âme
Dans le déroulement infini de sa lame,
Et ton esprit n'est pas un gouffre moins amer.

Tu te plais à plonger au sein de ton image;
Tu l'embrasses des yeux et des bras, et ton coeur
Se distrait quelquefois de sa propre rumeur
Au bruit de cette plainte indomptable et sauvage.

~Charles Baudelaine

"Free man, you'll always love the sea — for this,
That it's a mirror, where you see your soul
In its eternal waves that chafe and roll;
Nor is your soul less bitter an abyss.

in your reflected image there to merge,
You love to dive, its eyes and limbs to match.
Sometimes your heart forgets its own, to catch
The rhythm of that wild and tameless dirge."
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