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Raising Retro Kids: Pedal Cars

Pedal car history goes back to the 1890’s when toy makers took their cue from real cars on the road. At the turn of the century, the cost meant  that these cars were playthings for only wealthy families especially with many families reeling from the financial devastation of The Great Depression. No pedal cars were produced in the mid-1940’s when all metal production was directed to the World War II effort. Pedal cars experienced a

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Our dream: the "right" 50's patio cover.

Unlike a lot of my houseblogging friends, we’ve been in our house 5 and a half years now. We gutted and remodeled the kitchen and we still have several projects in the house that have stalled for practical reasons (like we need our bathrooms) or because of cash flow (we’d love a huge deck out over our garage that would have a fantastic view of the mountains). However, in organizing my flickr pictures today I

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Paperclip to house…and a nice 1920's one at that!

Apparently I’m a bit out of the “circle” on this one, but a bunch of our friends already knew about the guy with one red paperclip – this is a guy who started with a huge red paperclip with the intention of swapping it up until he got to a house. Well he’s done it! You can read about it on his blog, or the story at BBC Story – “Man turns Paper Clip into

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Doing some 1950's redecorating…ok, with our "take on it"!

We recovered our footstool over last weekend. This is the before: This is the after: It looks like it was easy, but under that slipcover was a poofy footstool with a dust ruffle, so we had to totally take it apart. We removed the casters and put the new legs on. We got the fabric from an outlet. I think it looks a bit “80’s” but the fabric really matches the other things we have

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