All Squared Up

All Squared Up All Squared Up began as a way to generate interest in my quilt making, but has morphed into a general blog about life in Sacramento, vegan cooking, our silly mutt Molly, our fabulous neighbors, gardening in this great weather and day-to-day Sac life.

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The Nuts and Bolts of a KonMari Garage Purge

The Nuts and Bolts of a KonMari Garage Purge

Our housing history, storage-wise:2 bedroom, 1.5 bath townhouse with no garage and a small storage shed1 bedroom, 1 bath apartment, with carport and a storage area2 bedroom, 1 bath duplex with a 1 car garage3 bedroom, 2 bath two-story house with loft, ...

A Fair Afternoon

A Fair Afternoon

Where else can youPet a sturgeonSee award winning artworkTalk to beer and wine making expertsSee gerbera daisies growing in all colors of the rainbowPay $3 for a slice of watermelonGet soaking wet on a log ride for $2Ask a SMUD lineman what his scaries...

Sacramento Summer Survival Strategies

Sacramento Summer Survival Strategies

Summer came late, and for that we are grateful. Like a fashionably tardy guest, it gave us some breathing room before it became too hot to breathe. But summer is here for reals now. No more messing around, we've had a few scorchers. What to do whe...

KonMari Love Notes

KonMari Love Notes

My husband KonMari-ed his clothes, and we both lived through the experience!Using the methods from Marie Kondo's book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, he went through every single piece of clothing he had, from socks and shirts to pants and pullo...

Iț Țuica Țeason!

Iț Țuica Țeason!

According to my blog archives, a year ago, almost to the day, we (Ernst) began making plum brandy for the first time. And according to the blog posts, I was really sick with some sort of summer cold/flu thing. I don't remember that at all, but I do remember the booze making process....

My Sew Called Hobby Room

My Sew Called Hobby Room

In my quest to clear the clutter, remove the rubbish and trash the trash, I couldn't leave out my sewing set-up. After we got rid of our bed, moved the guest room bed into our room, put a futon in the guest room and I cleaned out my clothes closet, the...

Joy Sparkage

Joy Sparkage

IF we didn't have such a variety of stuff, and IF we lived in an apartment, and IF I had a huge chunk of time on my hands and IF I could just stop everything, I would love to clear out the clutter just as suggested in Marie Kondo's brilliant book. Her ...

Tidying up – it’s changing my life

Tidying up – it’s changing my life

Recently I heard from a friend about a book that she said completely changed the way she viewed her stuff. She went through her whole house and got rid of everything that didn't "spark joy." I do that all the time, I thought. I'm always getting rid of ...

A cabaña, but not mañana

A cabaña, but not mañana

The first rule of home ownership should be "First, do no harm." The original owner of our house never learned the rule, and his decisions are just a joy to discover. One brilliant thing he did was build a pool house that was lower than the pool. When it rained, the pool house pooled,...

Rub a dub dub, I made soap in a tub

Rub a dub dub, I made soap in a tub

I have very talented and resourceful friends who make gorgeous soap. Or is it more proper to say they make soaps? Cucumber, lemon, lavender, rose - these bars look good enough to eat. And they're almost too pretty to use, but I do. As much as I enjoy t...

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