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And not entirely materialistic things, just in case you thought I had drifted off into a consumer reality (although face it, I'm an American & consumerism is kind of our job). Some will be projects or how tos that I would love to get in to, but like the other items on the list, I can't justify the time to learn it or the expense of starting it right now.
Enjoy & mind the penguins!
1. We have a basement. It floods & is totally impractical for human habitation, but it is a basement none-the-less. And being a basement, it has stairs that lead down to it-- very dodgy, not to be trusted stairs covered in carpeting that used to be a sort of dirty beige when we first moved in and is now grayish brown. For a while we toyed with the idea of putting in a spiral staircase, but they seemed a bit expensive when the main purpose would be to go down in to a basement that isn't fit for anything other than storage. Given a perfect world, we'd waterproof the cinder-block, then put in a gorgeous staircase. Like one of these...
There are 101 pictures of spiral madness here on The Web Urbanist. Go ahead, check 'em out...and I dare you to not get dizzy~*
2. I've spoken before about my love of cottage gardens. My mom is the most wonderful gardener & has created some of the most beautiful gardens that tread that line between carefully cultivated and naturally unrestrained. I did not inherit her abilities. I struggle to keep the little strip of a flower garden we have alive every summer. I also just figured out that the vine that was growing so prettily along the brick in the front of our house is actually poison ivy. Sigh.
Given the time & the fundage, I'd love to have a professional landscaper come out here, tear up the odd assortment of bushes the previous owner randomly stuck in front of the house and design a cottage garden for us. And then pay a gardener to keep up with it. Anything like this would do nicely.
Tracey Williams has put together a beautiful pinterest of cottage garden dreaminess. I'm following it. Because I'm a cottage garden stalker. Get it? Stalker. Like plant stalks.
Plus home preserved foods look so pretty. Like the cupboard has burst in to a yummilicious rainbow of goodies~*