Three things led me to try DIY organic weed killers: I didn’t want my chickens, who free range, to eat pesticides, I didn’t want my toddlers, who play everywhere and put even the most unexpected things in their mouths to be exposed to pesticides, and I hate (HATE) pulling weeds by hand.
We are lucky to have a number of historical sources about our home. One important piece of history that you don’t hear about often in school with regard to New England was that some farm owners, including the family that originally built and lived in our house, owned slaves.
With an old house, you get a lot of small, single-purpose rooms. Upstairs in our house we have two bedrooms, and outside of the bedroom sits this small sitting room. In the 18th century, this would have been used as a third bedroom or the informal living room. It has a fireplace on the same stack as the fireplace in the keeping room, and being upstairs, it would have retained warmth during the day. I decided to make it a cozy dual-purpose room to read with our kids, but have a place for an extra guest to sleep when we have multiple visitors.
We’re in the process of transitioning our two year old to a big-kid bed (which is just going to be her crib with a toddler rail). She’s a teeny tiny peanut so we’ve been able to avoid it so far, but now she’s getting close to being able to climb out of her crib so it’s time.
In the next year or so, we’re re-doing our kitchen. This has me hunting for a backsplash to go behind our range, which is going to be giant at 56 inches wide.
We’re looking for clean, classic materials that will age well. Think British countryside home. No fake aging, no antique treatments, but materials that are tactile and will show their age, as they age, in a way that will fit in with the house. After much searching, this has left me with two primary candidates – encaustic cement tiles, or a soapstone slab.