Saturday, June 26, 2010

Renovating a 70 years Old House

My brother and sister-in-law recently bought a 70 years old house which is cute and charming but requires a lot of work.  From what we can tell, the original was a small farm house with a parlor, dining, half bath and a kitchen on the first floor and two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs.  Later on a new great room with a fire place and a bedroom was added off the kitchen and the front door was changed off the great room.  The old stair case to upstairs from the old parlor was closed off, and they added a new stair case to the upstairs off the new great room.   The house foundation is a cinder block basement.  A cute front porch with white railing and rood adds to the charm of the house. 

Sometime later a family room was added to the back of the house that sits on a concrete slab and has a fireplace.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

My Novi Farmers' Market & International Street Fair Set UP

I signed up to participate at the Novi Farmers' Market this summer.  This is my first attempt at selling my jewelry outside of Etsy.  So far it has been a load of fun and adventure.  So far, I have learned a lot about setting up outdoors and I am still learning.

I ended up getting an EZ-UP tent from our local Sam's club for $200.  It is not one of the top brands, but for the money, it was recommended by a lot of crafters.   So far I have been happy with it.  Since this is going to be an outdoor event, adding weights to the tent is absolutely necessary.  Instead of buying ready made weights, my husband made the weights out of PVC pipes and filled them with Sand.  They are hung from a chain and attached to the leg with an S hook and kept in place with a clamp to stop it from moving around.  Although we found out later, we do not need the clamp.  I also decided to go with the side panels and today I was glad I did.  We had a down poor and the panels kept the tent, the jewelry, and us dry.

Setting up the tent is not too bad, but you definitely need two people.  Since I am short, we decided to add the side panels while the tent is setup at medium height and then raise it all the way to the normal height.

  Instead of going with 6 foot tables, I decided to use two folding 4 foot tables.  They are easier to carry and it went better with my U shape set up.