Five weeks seems to last forever and go by in a flash. Five weeks ago, this was our bathroom: Every single thing came out. And now: The seedlings of the bathroom renovation took root pretty much immediately after finishing the kitchen. The kitchen was so clean, bright, and open, and I wanted the rest of […]


The briefest of progress posts just to say we are so close to having a functional bathroom, but not quite yet. (grout, vanity, sink, toilet, fixtures, sconces, window…)


Don’t freak out, darlings, and don’t question the choices that you make.  It’s all part of the process. Did you you know mildew-resistant drywall is purple? And not just purple, but the very specific shade of reddish plum that happens to be my least favorite shade of my least favorite color? Alas. We’ve got some […]


At the end of the second week, we’re in the “spot the differences” stage. Progress seems visually slow, but functionally steady. On Monday, work came to a halt when it was discovered that the building’s main water shutoff valve was broken. That had to be repaired, and then the plumbing rough-ins were finished, including rerouting […]

bathroom renovation progress

One week in, and there’s one less bathroom in our single-bathroom home. Our tiny cat-contractor started her work bright and early Monday morning, and in no time, the terrible drop ceiling came crashing down. But I would strongly advise against hiring a cat contractor, because they tend to lose motivation pretty quickly and take long […]


Hello, my blog. You’re looking kinda dusty. Up until this June, Nikki and I were working on this thing, this gorgeous thing, that took a lot of time and meticulous planning: Which was great! But that’s not why we’re here. In contrast to these happy gorgeous pictures (thanks, Shannon Collins, we looooooove you!), I have […]

Craft room after | The Projectory

I find it to be fundamentally true for myself that productivity begets productivity, and the busier I am, the more I get done. Certainly there comes a breaking point, but I like to test those limits. In short, I’m gearing up to be productive as hell over the next couple months. My recent job change […]

The Projectory wares

Philadelphia friends! I’ll be setting up shop at Greensgrow Farm’s holiday bazaar tomorrow from 10am to 4pm. Come shop locally for the holidays, pick up a tree at the garden center, and say hello to Milkshake, Kensington’s resident pig and 2013 mayoral candidate. I will have an array of my box zips: Flat zips: And […]


If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you’ve heard the news, but here it is, officially officially! I’ll be launching an online shop at the end of the month featuring a collection of modern bags and home goods handmade from vintage and recycled materials. These are just some sneak peeks, I’ll be doing a […]


Leaving well enough alone. That, my friends, is for the birds, and people who enjoy a sense of completeness in their lives. Not me, in other words. The living room is the one room in our apartment that I’m not decorating right now. I’m not decorating it so much that I haven’t taken a single […]


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