We’ve Moved!

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We’ve moved Handy Man, Crafty Woman to a new home.  Follow the link to our new location, and you can subscribe to the blog there.

See you on the “other side!”

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Lucky #13

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Today is our 13th Wedding Anniversary. Lucky number 13!

Aren’t we cute? I was 25 and Rob had just turned 26.  I’ll be adding this photo, along with some other photos, to the “About Us” page soon.

Some fun facts about us:

Number of apartments we’ve lived in: 2

Number of homes we’ve lived in: 4 (one was a rental, three were homes we bought.)

Number of times we’ve moved our crap from apartment to house to rental to house: We don’t even want to think about it!

Number of years we have been renovating homes: Over 13, yikes!

Number of bathrooms we have renovated over the years: 5

Number of kitchens we’ve renovated: 3

Number of bedrooms we’ve renovated: 11

Number of wounds we have sustained from renovating projects: Too many to count. Cuts, bruises, many splinters, a few mild (!!) electric shocks.  Thankfully, all were treatable without a trip to the ER.

Number of ceiling fans we have installed: Eleventy-billion. (We like ceiling fans.)

Number of sewer back-ups we have had: One.  And let us never speak of it again.

Most difficult renovation project:

Handy Man:  The kitchen in our second home.  (Crafty Woman: I will post pictures of this sometime!)

Crafty Woman: The upstairs bathroom in our current home. (Pictures to come for this as well.) Everything needed to be torn out, carried down a stairway, and heaved into a dumpster.  In the winter. Then we had to heave all new fixtures INTO the house, and up the stairs.  Think about carrying a toilet and a bathtub up a flight of stairs!  During the project when everything was ripped out, we had to go DOWNstairs to use the bathroom in the middle of the night.  I hated that!  Runner up: Renovating the one and only bathroom we had in our first house.

Easiest renovation project: Uhhhh…we’ll get back to you on that one.

Handy Man’s favorite room reno: The kitchen in our second home, because it was so difficult.  (He said something about it being “rewarding.”)

Crafty Woman’s favorite room reno: The above-mentioned upstairs bathroom in this home.  More relief than rewarding, for me, I think!

Happy Anniversary to my Handy Man!

Linking to: A Silly Little Sparrow

Busy Weekend, and Bloggy Business

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Wow, what a Saturday we’ve had so far!  Today I helped Handy Man start to put the vinyl siding on the shed.  We finished two sides today.

I bought Handy Boy’s Halloween costume today (no, I don’t sew).  He is going to be Spongebob this year.

We took out our containers of fall decorations.  I will probably put up our  fall decorations tomorrow.

More shed siding tomorrow (the project that will never end!), and who knows what else.  I have a lot more shed photos to post.

I also wanted to say THANK YOU to all of our readers, new and old.  Yesterday, our blog hit an all-time record for hits!  We were amazed!  I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading, and that both old and new readers will keep coming back.  I’ve enjoyed reading your comments, reading lots of other blogs, and meeting other bloggers online as well.

Thanks to Remodelaholic and Frugal and Fabulous Design for being the first two blogs to feature us on their blogs.  We were delighted!

Our one year blogging anniversary is coming up on October 1st.  I can’t believe it!  We’re looking to do some giveaways to celebrate.  Do you have a product or gift certificate you would like to give away to promote your business or blog?  If anyone wants to participate in a giveaway the first week of October, please let us know.  Your giveaway should be related to the topics on our blog.  Please email us to discuss at handymancraftywoman@gmail.com.

We’re also looking for guest bloggers for the first week of October.  Do you have photos of a before and after renovation project, a great recipe, an organizing project, etc, that would fit in with our blog?  Please email us to discuss.

Lots to come next week!

Old House Eye Candy

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Does anyone like old houses?  Last week, Handy Man had a couple of days off, so we went to Portsmouth and toured Strawbery Banke, a living history museum in Portsmouth, NH.  There is a visitor’s center with a short video about Strawbery Banke, and then you can take a self-guided tour through the grounds.  There are houses from the late 1700s, 1800s and early 1900s. The homes were decorated for different time periods; and some homes were still being renovated.

The walls of some homes were opened so you could see the layers of plaster, lath and timber that they used to build the houses. Rob was very interested in the construction techniques.  There were also a few people cooking on the hearths…the food smelled SO good!

There was so much to look at; these photos are just a sampling.

Rob checks out the oldest home in Strawbery Banke, built in the 1790s.

For those interested in gardens, they had several gardens that are maintained in the style of different time periods.  There was also an interesting store that had packages of food from 1940’s war time, and displays about ration stamps used during that time period.

This house isn’t part of Strawbery Banke, but it was nearby and I couldn’t resist taking a picture of it.  There are also walking and virtual tours of historic landmarks in Portsmouth NH that you can take: Portsmouth Harbour Trail.

I don’t think that I have written about this yet, but we have owned two old houses in the past.  One of my (big!) projects is to add photos of our old houses to this site, and pictures of the renovations that we did.  I’m not sure when that will happen, but stay tuned! (By the way, the house we live in now was built in the 1990s, but that is a story for another day…)

Do you like old houses?  Did you grow up in one, or do you live in one now?

I’ll be back tomorrow!

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I know it’s been a while since I’ve blogged.  We have been plagued by sickness in our house, I get something, then Handy Man gets something and then Handy Boy gets something (and, not always the same thing, different things.)  I’ve also been plagued terribly by insomnia, but that’s starting to get a bit better. It’s been very hard to “dig out” the house and keep up with everything.

I will come back with a brand new post tomorrow, with photos.  I will be making a few changes to the site (small things) over the next few weeks.

Thanks for being patient with me, I’m ITCHING to get back to this! I have tons of ideas to post.

Power is Back!

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Our power was finally restored at about 3 pm on Tuesday.  We were all jumping for joy!  For the record, it went out on Thursday night at around 10:30…I have LOTS of laundry and cleaning to catch up on.

New post coming soon, I promise!!

Day 5 of No Power

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Ok, I realize this is getting old, and I will make it up to you all soon with some good posts, I swear!  It’s just been hard to deal with everything, and we even HAVE some electricity during the day.

Outside: the weather is nice and sunny.  Snow is almost all melted.  Lots of power trucks and crews around.  The 1-800 number for our utility says that power “should” be restored to all remaining customers today…but I’ll believe it when I see it!  There are still lines down all around us.  Two minutes in 1 direction, there is power.  Three minutes in the other direction, there is power.

Handy Boy: had school today!! WOO HOOOOOO! He was actually bummed, he was so used to staying home due to vacation and no school yesterday.  However, he was so bored, I can’t believe he wanted to stay HOME again!

Handy Man: less sick, but still cranky.  Decided to work from home today.  Thankfully he is a computer geek and he can do that.  His computer is hooked up to one of the working plugs, and we have internet.  He is going to keep an eye on the generator today today, as usual.  Keep it gassed up, etc.

Me:  getting ready to load my tired hiney into the car and go to my sister-in-law’s house so I can do more laundry.  I think I need chocolate…think I spotted some Easter candy somewhere around here…I am really hoping this is my last post like this!

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