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Innovative Designs for Cold Weather Tiny Living in Canada with Daniel Ott
"Dan. Ought welcome to the show. You i've actually. I was just curious. What is the upside down method. Oh the upside down methods so that is our what we call our signature method. And that's how we help. Our clients prepare their mindsets to be able to not only survived but thrived living tiny and then go through the design process and the mental preparation of education before actually building building is only a small part of our method because we believe the mental preparedness and the impact on yourself in the world around you on both ends of the build are far more important method methodist five steps and we minimize or simplify. We educate we design build and then impact and so impact is like a move in well. It's it's more than that. It's it's it's impact to yourself. And i like to say well it impacts your finances because you can live so much more cost effectively but you also impact. Just you're all the whole tally. The world out there today is to live so quick and so everything on top who itself over and right in rapid succession but we live in a tiny home. One great example is it only takes you an hour to do a really deep clean so you end up with all his extra time on your hand you this extra money on your hand that impacts your lifestyle yourself because you can spend that it also helps you to impact the world around you. So we say don't want impact the world around you. You're just going to by default because they're using less materials and less energy to run your house but it also gives you the opportunity with this extra time money to impact your local community by you know helping out with the local food bank or volunteering at the library or something that impact. You're up nice what What's so difficult about the ontario building codes For for china home specifically but also in general in general everything. So i have. I also have design company and i've been designing regular houses for years and even there. We run into problems where because everything with the internet has gone so global when we do our designs we get people to save stuff on print pinterest and other such things like that and we look through what their designs are and we would see spiral. Staircases and cable railings. I mean those are two things that have been huge throughout the rest of the world. Those are two things illegal and antero. You can't have horizontal members in a railing because you might climate and fall over. You can't have spiral staircases through more than ninety degrees and the rules. Just keep coming at you and it seems seems ridiculous but when we get into tiny home specifically some of the things that really impact us are are. That was the only place. North america has minimum room sizes and sealing so a ceiling height for livable space. Must be a minimum of six eleven. So difficult under the loft very well. Yeah or it means doable. But your loft becomes very small however your loft must also have six eleven so now to be classified as living space or bedroom. That's living space. You need to have sex with eleven so now we can't live in our loss so there's always i in my career. I've gone through finding ways around the rules to to use them to work within them. But kind of like on the very edges. So i like to say we can design a storage sloth. And if you happen to store a mattress and a spare body up there at your time that's And then simply other. Things are the minimum room sizes. So you mentioned you found just by talk by seeing a video on the nest and that is interior smallest legal house and it's two hundred and thirty square feet. I cannot build a house smaller than that. Be legal. maybe to twenty. I can get away with because the bathroom doesn't have size only has a ceiling but the main living has to be. It's actually in meters because that's out canada's but it's thirteen point five square meters which gives me an outside wall dimension of ten by twenty and that it has to be the combination space of cooking eating living and sleeping and then i have a bathroom on side of it and so that's how we get the two hundred twenty or two hundred and thirty square feet so i like to say to people. Oh there's one more thing it's illegal living on -tario in anything that has wheel. So i like to say to people everything you've seen on the internet about tiny homes would never pass the code on -tario but we can still design houses within the code in it's more of There's a lot of lobbyists out there. Who say hey. I'm all for tiny homes. We have to change the rules. And do you know how long it takes to get the government to change rules decade decades. It's ridiculous so i i'd rather say hey. We have the rules. I'm an expert on figuring out how to work with in them the most of our ability and then you know like i said connor dwelling on the outer edges of those rules. And then what you have to do though is bend your mind of that idea a little bit in your mind of what you think. A tiny is and we can make it work right so down like building people what they might have in their head as the picture of a tiny home. Which is you know a little house on. A trailer must not be legal in ontario. I'm sure that doesn't stop people from doing it though. No we bill goes to
Introduction to Cob: The Ancient, Natural, Tiny House Building Method with Dave Olsen
"Am here with dave olsen olsen completed. A cobb workshop led by younto evans in nineteen ninety-six and has had mud and sour dough on his hands ever since he began hosting natural building workshops in two thousand seven began instructing the revolutionary fast cobb mixing and building methods in two thousand nine and turned fifty in twenty thirteen based on off the grid. Sketti island he also hosts an apprenticeship. That goes well beyond natural building. Helping people develop responsible and environmentally sustainable lifestyles with enjoyment and ease. Dave has been very fortunate to have worked with many of the leading. Cobb builders of our time and to have a dynamic cobb and bicycle loving daughter and dogs dave olesen. Welcome to the show. Thanks so much for having me either. Yeah it's great great to have you here. I feel like we've been following each other for years and years And we've we've traded some email so it's great. I'm actually getting to see your face for the first time here on the zoom. Yeah thank. i'm so glad to finally connect directly likewise like why so we're going to have to start with with the real basics. What is cop well. Cobb is a mixture of sand clay and straw that you mix together with water. So it's a it's a very simple Creation some people might say that. It's you have to have a specific ratio of each of those ingredients. I don't the the one ingredient. That's unbelievably flexible. As the cly or should you can have as little as five to ten percent. I don't know exactly how little you can go. And all the way up to one hundred percent though. The smallest amount is the amount that is needed to make the sand stick together. And the and the straw okay. So and when you say percentage you're referring to the percentage of the clay in soil the material that you're using to actually build the walls. The percentage of that material so anywhere between five to ten to one hundred percent lay in. I say one hundred percent. I've never built with one hundred percent. Clay only because A wonderful man who came to one of my workshops told me about it and showed me books and in korea. They've been building klay houses for hundreds of years. And so maybe even thousands of years so it obviously worked the but cobb specifically is designed to be The material is meant to have Sanding in it so so you know if you don't have very much sand that's okay. You have a lot of clay. that's okay but if you have a lot of sand and not so much clay it has to stick together of course otherwise. You're not going to have a building that stands up so you know very Nonspecific answer of because at least certainly in the workshops but in my own personal experience we just experiment with what we have to make it as easy as possible. Because that's really. The goal of this is the not only make something. That's unbelievably resilience. Long-lasting nontoxic unbelievably hugely outperforming. Any other building. That i've ever known but just to make it really quick easy and simple as possible. So i guess my follow up question. We've got the kind of literal definition of. What is cobb run. I guess what is ours. Cobb used in homebuilding it. What do you what do you do with the cobb. yeah Literally like you can see you re up there that those are called walls so in the building that i'm sitting in i live in The walls and the floor omega of certainly don't recommend building a roof out of conned Simply because cobb will absorb water and when it does absorb it will loosen or lesson it strength and so Building a dome out of cobb is would be a foolish thing to do in the climate. I loop in live in and i don't know of any climates. Actually were be suitable. So i wouldn't try that. So certainly some non cobb materials are needed for any building that you do build but the vast majority of the material for this Building this house is cobb because the walls are afoot to eighteen inches thick and Run from florida ceiling and the floor is completely off. The second floor is all. Would i considered putting a cobb floor on top of a wooden some floor but the same principle even though it's inside very likely to stay perfectly dry but if it doesn't or if there's a lot of vibration i just haven't tested a second floor cobb floor so you know out of my realm of experience but But yet no to lessen the cost of any building if you build it cobb. It's guaranteed to lower the cost. Because literally cobb is thirteen so i love the pond and i invite you to make as many cobb puns as you wish. This interview are there any climates. I was gonna ask what pilots do clock. What climates does cobb work in but it sounds like almost i should ask the opposite like are there any clients that cobb doesn't work in. I would be surprised. If there was a climate that doesn't work in Really hot climates. It's amazing in terms of keeping the building. Cool because it literally. It's just a totally different kind of building than what most civilized people are used to right. We're used to often wooden or metal buildings that kinda shredded trap. The air at least for heating and even for cooling i imagine condos and do that conferees It's constantly breathing. It doesn't it's not drafting. You feel it breathing. The air can get through the walls and Some very very slow transfer so you never get sick building syndrome in a call building which is really nice and The way that it performs as it. It's like a thermal battery so when there's heat in the air around it it will absorb that heat and Old it basically until the era rounded is cooler than the cobb and which case than it releases eat so it really moderates the temperature especially of the inside of the building that of any building. That's made out of cobb. So and that's what. I'm just enjoying in our climate here. We have a climate where in the extreme parts of the summer. It's quite warm. It can get up to thirty degrees celsius and probably over one hundred degrees fahrenheit and it's never uncomfortably hot inside our home ever doesn't matter how hot it gets outside in the winter. We we don't have a deep freeze At all so not makes building foundations here easier but It still gets to be about raising and between zero and ten degrees celsius all winter. And so and it's very humid so it's still quite cool in terms of human living and so we have a rocket. Mass heater that keeps our floor are cog floor which then emanates that keet throughout the home and so our feeder was warm or bodies are warm and the where cobb comes in is overnight when the fires coach the cov will Emanate warmth back into the building so even though it can be down to zero overnight In the morning it's bill sixteen degrees inside the house even though it was only maybe twenty twenty two degrees when the fire went up
Getting Rid of Clutter in Your Home and Heart
"The reality is you have dealt with clutter issues in your own home. These are things for the most part. You've learned on the job training right absolutely well from a small child because my my dad was a hoarder. So i've learned this from the ground. Okay so that's an interesting insight. Sometimes god works in pendulum swings. As i call it so you know if you're for example your parents on a serious not come from an alcoholic or home. Some children will tend to move the other direction right. You never you know that ruined my family. I'm never and that's a good thing but you kind of had the pendulum effect with clutter. Yes so when. I was a new mom i was. You know you guys are talking about such a busy stage of life. That's where i was at you. Could it was reflected in my house. I just accumulated all this stuff. And i now understand. There's a spiritual reason for that. But i've also understood that the more i got my house clear of clutter the more i understood about. You know what i believed about god. And what i believed about myself. And so yeah. I'm back at the other side and by the way my house is not picture. Perfect nobody from real simple as coming to take pictures of my house. That's probably sign of healthy too. I feel like we're the good balance. It looks like people live there. Let me put that. Well let me ask you that. Because what does it tell us when we do have a lot of stuff why do we have it and why do we cling to it. Well i think it says different things about different people. One of the things. I think it says is when we keep stuff just in case like the hang onto that sweater just in case i gained ten pounds or five. I understand this is. I tend to step on toes. The toes are usually buried in. Clutter all my jeans in the corner of the clause exactly if we're keeping things out of fear what. I often feel like that saying is one. I don't trust god to provide for my future. So i need to hang onto everything i've ever owned for my entire life so for some people's fear some people it's guilt if they've spent any money on anything in their entire lives. They need to keep it until jesus comes back. Otherwise they consider they hear from their depression era grandparents. You know use it up where it out make do without. And so they're onto things that i actually love that saying but it's only for things that we actually use rano at one point. I looked in my drawer. And i had six editors who in the world except for you know a bakery needs six eg bidders but i kept holding onto them because i just thought well i wear one out i could use another one now wearing eg peter says not my life so we've got the fear we've got the guilt and shame if a and the guilt also is if somebody gave it to you so there's guilt and shame gave something to me and so i need to keep it till both of us. Are you mentioned the ten principles of clutter free home. So let's cover those okay. Just hit him. Okay so i am. The first one is gonna challenge you. Jim make clutter management a daily priority. So you say you know it takes exactly a day to clean out your garage. That i did catch that. What a terrible way to spend saturday. Sorry offals right. I agree. That's why today that's right. You're going to go do it today. But here's what i would say instead. Wouldn't it be better to do a bunch of fifteen minute spurts where you just go in there. You're saying no okay. I like progress. I yes so. That's why i think progress has to be done in small step so like i don't want you to clean your garage for fifteen minutes. I want you to clean your workbench for fifteen minutes. You can make progress on your workbench but cleaning my garage on a saturday. The most depressing. I've ever heard in the english league. Okay good enough okay designate. A place for everything. So i think oftentimes we don't have things you were just talking about bills coming in stuff like that. It's because maybe the place is a little too out of place and so having acute box where everything goes in something like that. My wife's desk would be a better place than as long as she agrees with you. 'cause i wanna to be marriage. Enhancing number three. Don't put it aside. put it away. I tell myself this all the time because what this is doing is taking care of my future. Self if i put it aside that means i have to clean it up but if i put it away the next time. I'm looking for scissors. True or the next time. Somebody calls me and says where scissors. I know where they are number four. Stop being reactive and start being proactive. And what i mean by. That is don't clean because mother-in-law's coming where you should boost should but don't let that be the only reason because what that is stashing dash. Okay don't argue over stuff negotiates space. This is so important for people who are in relationships. Because if you haven't played guitar twelve years you're wounding. Who played guitar to impress that girl. Like he's not gonna get rid of that guitar. But if you say okay you get one guerrilla rack in the garage. I get one guerrilla rack in the garage. That is a way to a peaceful solution about stuff instead of arguing over the actual things only problem. Is you still have to make some choices you. But it's the person's choice you're not saying with the guitar saying hey can guitar exactly well. He's tar and fit on a guerilla old guitar cat. Every guy has an old guitar. I learned one song that guitar right. So let's talk about that guitar. The next thing is don't use storage a way to delay decisions. Okay i yeah. I know right. That's only come to me in the last year. But what i realized is the stuff i had so neatly organized in my storage space in the garage was just delayed decisions. The ones that. I didn't feel i was emotionally able to make young. So once you diagnose the clutter you can dispense with the clutter figure out. What's at the core. Is it fear guilt or shame. What is making you hold onto that or maybe you just have too much stuff going on about the person that says in. This is a fair. I don't want to pay for it again. I don't wanna have to use it in two. Okay aig beater. Let's let me challenge you about okay if you go. You're going to use it in a year if it's a snow blower and you're going to use it in the year to it but if it's a sweater that i liked one time and maybe i don't like it so much anymore but could like it under the right circumstances. Can i trust god enough to get that into the right person's hands okay for enough. I'm not trying to throw the god card. I'm really not. But i really do believe sometimes stuff comes to us and just for a moment and that we're supposed to pass it onto. Yeah things are not relationships
Creativity in your Home
"I want to think about what it means to be creative. Within the walls of your home as well as using creative decision making to morph your home into a true expression of those living there and as a result a highly functional home that is aesthetically pleasing to you in an article titled the five habits of highly creative people on martha stewart dot com ashley page explores the meaning of creativity. So i wanted to read you an excerpt from it. Understanding the meaning of creativity attempting to define creativity can leave you. More than a little stumped. It's kind of mysterious. You know what it is mostly but you're likely unable to describe it if someone asks you to. It's important however to understand the essence of creativity in order to hone it. The interpretations vary but danny gregory author of art. Before breakfast a zillion ways to be more creative. No matter how busy you are defines it as creating your own order. Creativity is the act of shaping. The mush of the world around us into something he says. I'm not talking about getting compulsive with a label maker and color coded files. I'm talking about having a vision of what you want things to be like and moving toward it. We live in a natural state of chaos. Gregory says which is why your desk may be messy or your calendar filled with scribbles. Creativity is sorting through the calamity. According to todd henry author of the accidental creative. How to be brilliant at a moment's notice. Creativity boils down to a simple game of solutions. Creativity is problem solving. He says a designer sees a problem and solves it visually. A poet does so with words and an entrepreneur. does it by creating a business that meets a need. All of these are creative acts. It's a common mistake to confuse. Creativity with art. Henry explains and this may paint a damaging picture of your creative self. It's a shame because people think they're not creative simply because they can't paint or play music he says in reality. Anyone who has solved problems regularly is exhibiting creativity end quote. I love this sort because many people choose to live in a space that was created for the person before them because they don't give proactive thought to the puzzle of the home. They're living in and then they settled in and forgot to make it. There's but their home never feels good and they aren't able to put their finger on. Why maybe it's because you're living in someone else's space if you haven't touched every surface and thought about all the bits or if you look around and you can't really tell much about yourself or your personality by the walls the furniture or photos you haven't made it a priority. Either you make it a priority and make it an emotional energetic and physical space for yourself or you. Don't your space can light you up or make you feel stagnant. You live there. You make the decision. Nps by making no decision. You are actually making a decision to not pursue your most genuine life. Your most genuine expression is saying no. Thanks i m not important to me. Everyone has experienced different hardships and challenges in their lives. Some far more extreme than others and those stories of hardships and how you elbowed your way or in some cases army crawled your way through them to come out on. The other side is riveting. We can all identify with struggle and often that struggle is. What eventually leads to strength to resilience and to creativity.
Choosing and Decorating your Christmas Tree
"Don't know about you. But i used to be caught in the traditional decorations verses pretty designer ish tree quagmire and once had a condo as a single gal and i got a metallic green intentionally. Not real looking. Dr seuss looking skinny tree from my place that was decorated in brightly. Dr seuss ish colors. I was single. And i could do what i wanted fast. Forward a husband child later. And we started accumulating homemade and keepsake type ornaments. Each year we get a metal ornament with our family portrait on it so in eighteen years will literally have a tree called memory lane but these handmade and photo ornaments. Don't necessarily go with the aesthetic vision. I have each year. We have our ornaments stored in bins by color. So each year we can change up the look or mix two colors or whatever we choose without hauling all the bins. Only those we want because they're labeled my answer to this conundrum of looks verses homemade ornaments was to have both so my tiny twelve inch wide by five foot. Tall grinch tree goes upstairs with all the kid ornaments. My childhood ornaments are photo ornaments and the wool animal ornaments. That my son loves downstairs. It's the more aesthetically pleasing and real freshly cut christmas tree. We get the best of both worlds and we managed to do it without a lot of space. Size and proportion is tricky to judge. If you're going to cut down your own tree because large trees look small when sitting out in a field take you're measuring tape and measure the height of your ceiling and then subtract the height of your star for the top and then subtract the height of your tree stand and then allow for at least two inches of breathing room in between the top of the star and the ceiling. Next measure your maximum width allowing for ample space to walk around and take these measurements with you to the field. When buying or cutting the tree better homes and gardens has a great article titled how to choose the best live christmas tree which linked to in the podcast notes. The douglas fir is a long lasting cut tree that holds its needles well with a pyramid shape and bluish green color. It's one of the most popular types of christmas trees available in most regions. They're lush and full with compact branches and a strong evergreen sent for heavy ornaments. They recommend a frazier for. It's also very fragrant with by color. Needles deep green on top and silvery white below. This tree is more cone shaped so it would fit well in a smaller room or tucked in a tight corner. If you have a collection of heavy ornaments or lots of lights in garland. The frazier is a good choice with its sturdy branches. If you're all about the sent choose a grand a for with shiny by color needles. Bright green on top white striped underneath the grand for has needles that are softer to the touch than some other popular furs which gives the tree a fine textured appearance. This species is possibly the most fragrant among all the first boasting a strong spicy sent. The noble for has well spaced branches covered with upwardly curved blue green needles and aren't as quickly as some of the others though it stiff branches can support plenty of ornaments and lights noble. I have a similar pyramid-shaped. Douglas firs but better homes and gardens. Thinks they haven't even more classic. Christmas tree appearance with an almost layered look to the branches. If neat and tidy is your thing a scotch pine might be the one for you with a conical shape piney sent an excellent needle retention the soft green needle. Stay on the branches. Even if the tree gets dry so you won't be left with a lot of clean up if you forget to water it for a day or two. They often have slightly crooked trunks. Which can be a plus. If you like a tree with a little personality of fresh green color and tiered branching structure make eastern white pine contender. It's long thin. Needles result in a more texture is christmas tree and it's also a popular choice for read this the writers especially love a white pine for a minimalist christmas tree. Look they're flexible. Branches aren't the best for supporting heavy ornaments. But you can still deck them out with garland and lights.
#73: Home Project To-do List
"Tell us what is on your holiday how to do this this season. Yes so you know. As i mentioned the last episode. I am planning to stay at the holiday house. Pretty long term. Because i'm planning to have a little baby there this summer and maybe stay longer. I'm sort of interested in buying it just to be my personal residence. But we'll see that also has had a long journey of different plans for it and i'm so excited and it turns out to like be. It's like destiny. Yeah i just living there. I just kind of em- more and more in love with it because it is a quirky old house. It's over a hundred years old. But i love the neighborhood. I have like three close friends. I can walk to their houses. They're all moms. And there's a little coffee shop wine bar nearby obviously. Don't get to drink the wine right now. But you know it's there it's there we go. So on my my. You know list of things. I wanted to my dream. Home was that i could walk to the elementary school. Something about so growing up. You might remember this but we used to walk with our grandpa. Jackie to church sometime. Yeah every now and again it would just be me and him like. I just have memories where we would walk to church in. It was not a very long walk but there is a little creek on the way and he would show me how to sh- Skip stones and there is a little school playground on the way. And i would swing for a little bit church dress and this was just like a really special memory with my grandpa and i think somehow in my mind i'm like it would be cool to like start my day walking my kid to school and then go home. Work work work. Work work motivated to finish on time. Because then i'm going to walk back and pick them up from school and maybe we can play on the playground a little bit or walk over to that coffee shop or see some of the other parents curtis memories with our grandpa and i see why you feel that special nostalgia for the walk. Yes i've always wanted to have a house. Where i that could happen like it was close enough to the elementary. And i mean we wouldn't do it with with snow or you know but it just seems yeah and this this house you can walk to the elementary school. It's really very close by so it checks a lot of things on my list. I also really like working there like the light is a lot better so it's easier for me to do my food. Photography like photography of projects and things for her blog which is really fun. Because i love photography so i feel very energized by like that anyway. I'm getting off topic renovations. But i just really liked this house in the more i live there the more i'm like. Actually i probably wouldn't have bought this house. But now that i'm living here i kind of love it. So that's how. I felt when i almost bought it to. It's definitely a house that charms you. Yes it really does so anyway I have a lot of things that i'm kind of thinking on for the holiday house. So here's here's just a couple currently So i had already mentioned my kitchen cabinets in a previous episode. Got my hidden trash. Got my hidden. Recycling gone my built in microwave. Life's good so the next thing was making my dreams come true over here. Oh but the other thing is some bedroom and closet updates so the main bedroom at this house. It's kind of connected to another room almost like a tiny living room. i like. It probably used to be a bathroom before they built on. Do you know what i'm saying. I think so. It was room like old houses. Sometimes have that where you don't tonal you're like this used to be something that it's not anymore. It has a transition to like an on the floor that just makes me think it might even have been part of the addition to the back of house. So i don't know. I am not exactly sure but yeah i definitely didn't use to be there but it's connected with this big archway and no doors so it kind of feels like two rooms and wine and there's not a great way to break it up which is fine. So what i'm gonna do is kind of turn that room into kind of a Romcom closet slash changing room type thing. I lo- i'm waiting romcom to that description. They always have down. Yeah a big of fantasy. Yeah they always have some musical number where she's like looking at all her shoes on the wall. I don't have enough clothes to really do that moment. But i still am just like going to have like more space because the closet and my bedrooms really pretty small. It's an old house. So that's kind of one of the things bottled houses. So my fairly minimal closet doesn't really even fit in that space. So i'm expanding it over there still keeping the little green couch. I got a big full-length mirror so it's just kind of becoming more of a closet challenging room type things that feels like what makes the most sense for that space so that i have wallpaper behind my bed. I'm leaving that. But i'm paying all the walls of pink color and also the ceiling and then i'm swapping out. We had a very simple ceiling fan. And i never used ceiling fans personally only used the lights. So i'm swapping that out for this kind of coppery. Brass chandelier pretty. Yeah it's very like pink and creams and brassy copper and those are kind of the colors around the space. I'm so glad you're making you. Yeah i'm trying. My theme is fancy grandma. So that's going for him. So that and then i am also currently getting a faux fireplace built for the back living room so this will be a non functioning so there is a fireplace in the house in the front. Living room has a chimney. it's a wood burning fireplace. I'll be honest. i've never lit a fire in it. And i probably never will. I'm just not a big maintain a fire. I like to go to like outdoor bonfires or like fire pits. But i'm just not a big maintain a fire inside my house person so but in the back living room i just wanted a few things that make the space. Feel a little more finished. So i'm getting a faux fireplace built and it's going to be the kind that's basically all the way tiled like it's very tiled and then it has a very simple mantle and i just kind of want a space and i'm gonna put bunch of candles or like lights inside of it so it's not functioning it doesn't do anything with worms. It's just pretty cozy and vibe. And then i can put pictures above it or i might put A projector screen above. It haven't totally figured that out yet. But i ordered some tile samples. And i think i'm going to go with pink tile so it's kind of Mavi pink. I'm kinda doing a lot of mink in the house. Pink and red's terra cotta 's tends doing. Yeah i don't know. I'm into a kind of always wanted to do. And i feel like it goes with the house somewhat going for it so i got that full fireplace and then i'm also. I mentioned this last episode but dreaming on and starting on my nursery in the house. I'll just kind of a plant theme so working on my son's nursery. So yup i already ordered chandelier. But i still haven't pulled the trigger on the wallpaper so you do that exciting okay. We'll link to the chandelier. Because i can't wait to see what you picked all right. Let's take a quick sponsor break. You know we love to support female founded and run businesses. Were excited to share. Today's sponsor. beth. We were recently introduced above. And it's going to become a regular item in my fridge. Not only is the packaging super cute but
#74: Change Your Career with Ramit Sethi (BONUS)
"I'm very excited to share with you. My interview with ramiz safety. You might remember him from episode. Thirty five elsie interviewed him. We are huge fans of his book. I will teach you to be rich. And he has a new course out. Find your dream job so we had a little bit about that. We chat about a big move. He made this past year. We chat about negotiating raises an perks in your job and just finding a job. That's for you and just finding hope this time in history. So i love interview. I was super jazzed. After it and i think you will be too so have listen alright. So last time we chatted you've got to chat with my sister. Elsie and you already know that. We are huge fans of your book and your brand. I will teach you to be rich and you have a new course out this fund. Find your dream job. Which i'm really excited about and i feel like it's a topic that our listeners are going to love. I also just think this year. Everyone's looking for a way to take this current time in history and find something positive for ourselves. Find some more hope so i love the topic in one thing i love about the way teach is that. It's full of practical advice. So you'll literally tell us like what bank accounts to look for in what credit cards but also it's a lot about mindset in psychology so with that in mind i wanted to know what mindsets you see people have right now that are self-defeating when it comes to change career or or big life changes. And what can we do to get past those. Well there's two of them and the first one is. I should just be lucky to have a job and this is super common. What's interesting is that people have told themselves this when the economy was great and people have also told themselves this when the economy was poor. So maybe if you just feel lucky enough to have any job at all during good and bad economies. Maybe it's actually not about the economy and maybe it's about the beliefs that you grew up with and a lot of us grew up with parents telling us. Oh don't try to do that. You should just be happy that you're you have a job at all and i don't believe that i don't think i wanna go somewhere for eight or nine hours a day and just be happy. That is a job who wants a job or a relationship. I wanna have a great job. I want one that pays me well. Challenges me If i don't want to commute. I don't wanna have to have a commute. So that's number one. That's the first mindset. Change that i want to encourage all of us. It's not enough to settle for a job. I deserve a dream job. That's number one and the second one wants people acknowledged this and they say okay all right fine fine. I need to get a job. You ask people okay. What is your next step. And they go like this I need to figure it out when they say figure it out what they really mean is. I think i need to update my resume. I'm probably going to go to some random job. Search website type in the exact job title. I have today the one that makes me unhappy. And then i'm just gonna wait passively for companies to find my resume and send it to me the key thing. I would teach everyone here. Is that top performers. Find dream jobs in a completely different way than apple. Kits average applicants are passive. They put their resume online. And wait top performers take a totally different approach and finding a dream job is a skill you learn the skill ulan the job. I love it. Yeah because i. I definitely struggle with the first one that you mentioned just like 'cause you wanna be a grateful person you want. You want to be thankful for what you have. But i also think there can be a barrier there with kind of settling in with saying well. I'm not going to try for the dream. Because i'm just gonna. I'm just grateful. Have something and i'm just gonna play small and stay with that. So i love that i love dressing. I am happy. But i'm not satisfied and you can be both. You can be happy and grateful but not satisfied and we have people that work at my company. They are employees. They've been here for years and they're happy they're paid well but they're not satisfied in certain areas of their life nor am i so there might be an area where i'm like. You know what. I really want to get better at photography or you know what. I'm actually good with this right now. I'm really happy and satisfied with how this area of life is working out for me. I'm good so it's not that we always need to be climbing some invisible ladder their areas of life. But if you're listening to this my guess is that you might not be satisfied with your job. You might maybe not but you might want to get paid more. So for example we teach people how to get substantial raises. Ten thousand to eighty thousand dollar raises. We teach people who used to have to commute an hour hour and a half every day how to get a zero commute job working remotely. These are the kind of things where you you start to imagine in your life and if you're playing small you will instantly talk yourself out of it well. I don't deserve that. That might work. Well if i went to college. I don't know. Because if i got that pay i'd have a lot more responsibility. Trust yourself if you got paid ten thousand dollars more like we can show you the dream program or twenty five thousand dollars more.
Hanging with Museum of Art and Photography's Kamini Sawhney
"Your. Hey what's up. Welcome to craft hang out. I will kapetan. I'm jesse cats. Greenberg and i'm lee stature. And let's hang up get crafty. We're opening up a fortune cookie. Everybody oh that's fun. Yeah boss gave it to me right and everybody probably thinks i am the boss but i have a day job and my boss gave me. Okay so does. Everybody want to hear what the fortune says. Yes be patient. The great wall didn't get built in one day. Nice that's a. That's a good way to start this episode. So aicraft reno's welcome back to craft hang out. We had such a nice break. And we're so excited that you're back with us here. First season four. We have so much good stuff in store for you starting with this episode. We know how much you've enjoyed hearing insight from leaders at the major museums in the us during season three but how about an international museum. Yup that's right today. We have someone from a major museum all the way from india. We have the director of the museum of art and photography aka map. So please everyone. Let's give a warm craft hang out. Welcome to comedy sony. What a thank you to be here. Thank you for having me excellent. We're gonna die right into questions. So can you tell us a little bit about the museum of art photography and its location okay. So map is a new museum. That's coming up in the hot of bangolo in south india. For those of you who don't know so much about india well it's located really in the heart of the business district but it's next to a beautiful park. It's close to two metro stations. So it's on one of the main streets of the city and our trustees when you bought the land it was one of the most expensive pieces of land but they felt that it was all about location location location. And i'm so it's to take back the heart of the community and help people reconnect with because human people to understand that ought is not just about objects the hang on the balls of museum or gallery. Autralian is about the beautiful paintings that women in villages create on the wall. Back whom art is about. Rollie are the exquisite patterns that are drawn rice flow on the treasury of our whole art can be about the deep of a sorry of vive of it. So map is not just about all of. It's about ideas and conversations beat hope to create a museum Idea here some using these funny dusty places. No one wants to go to. I mean you someone you want to go door role or do you want to go to restaurant or a movie at museum. I don't see anyone breaking down the booster engine museum so we really wanted to change that. Be one back to get cultural. How would come in really enjoy being the space where the lawns. Nothing and provide them iranian new wave experiencing amazing amazing. So we understand that. The museum will have a lot of indian art textiles photography and art spanning from the twelfth century to the present. That sounds incredible. Can you tell us a little bit about that. Coakley comes on the collection of the founder of a shape. Put that and so. It's interesting because the connection doesn't follow a certain structure off that usually museum collections. To your must have this that as things we have to have no a collector policies interest wandering often so many different directions. It can be very chaotic for amusing professional. But it's unexpected at an amount of fun so we have these on six categories objects in the museum at least categories growing really ranges from premodern modern and contemporary textile crafts and design folk and tribal popular culture and photography collection. Job of spent. What we want really do is this whole collection reflects range of art from different cultures communities because if anyone wonders into this museum then they're able not needed to connect on the some part of my life at mica hill and what we're also trying to do to the collection is to collapse. These hierarchies between what is perceived as high odd. What is seen as low art because often classic archer seen as as the main thing. Then you have focused tribal which is developed over centuries but is often dismissed and you see this in the pricing of arctic top collected there but we also look at the collection not in verticals. So you know that this is an inside like this is guessing lot. So this is an exhibition on focus brian. This is expect exhibition on modern jumping. You'll be to look are cleared. Prosecution android connections between various objects for example how popular culture directions miniature paintings. And i think perhaps one of the few museums that has popula culture collection was museum. Don't so has things that are drawn from films. Abundant what is so famous in india. So we have this wonderful collection of hostess cribs lobby cards so we really also looking to see how to reflect what people with the everyday man isn't just in believes Incredible sounds like something that might be like the most popular exhibit two right right all these intersection ethic. We'd obviously love to hear more about indian crafts. So what are some of your favorite traditional and contemporary crafts when feeding the relationship in people in crops in india's sanctuaries all. It's it's a whole way of life. You asked me traditional crowds. when everyday lives. They made them. They used them out of the cultural identity of people. Forgot represents in some ways the values of a community and if you look at trapped then not purely decorated most often. They're also meant to be used and using how they are reflective of the country life of community for example if you look at what leaping teams Created by the jobless for maharashtra. in india. They used geometry shapes the circle defying the line to create these lovely stick figures it uses actually rice powder which is with the binding agent. And it's just these beautiful white joins that are on the on the backgrounds of the homes. It's quite beautiful to see. The designs joins reflect the second patterns of their lives above debt seasons and see how they have a babysitter pat on the physical structure of the drawing many often the tobacco a it's an instrument Kind of instrument but he plays and people down so you can see this lefty circular pattern on this very beautiful metal crab which try love which is bitterly book. It's it's a medal afterwards. Suitable inland moved Beautiful process and you haven't neutrino boxes and watson's my favorite courses hookah base so beautiful hookah. Which mid on this between Several stages into the process audience cropped his dying daily so get government avarice ngos trying to divide the bulk here and see that some of the master craftsmen is. We don't do this on craft a the don't visit west. Mingle you have. These collection of scrolls got us where the troubling buds used to perform stories that they came to on these roads so episode to various Up on voting registers and bahamas wrote out these passages as the story progresses. that's awesome. you can tell you're passionate about and you know where they're from and the story behind them and i am here for fascinating. We we understand that you had a like a virtual opening on december pfaff. What was that like you know when the pandemic role also focused on the physical news bureau setting up the museum. What will the stages getting. Ready for the exhibitions. And so we were quite Actually been the fanny. I think we managed that very quickly because Debbie had all these meetings because everything online all programming which everyone did as well. These brainstorming sessions with upload of directors are advisors themselves. More of you so fixated on the physical museum. The conversation has shifted online. That's where people. Why don't you think digital museum and maybe be major that it took us a month or two and then it it was. We had about four months to launch the digital museum. So you can imagine how chaotic it was. We took the theme of whole mission of taking back into the hot community. Be be thought. Let's use this this whole launch to the mind people but how is so much about how we live our lives at his life so the team about opening theme the whole exhibition was around is life. Life is art and Are opening event was a kind of all sensory experience at it was a kind of
OTH: Off the Grid, with guest Gary Collins
"Bob pod. Out of love the player of the broncos. If you get down get open. Get to where you're supposed to be. He's gonna find you feel like he got robbed the mvp but with robert ory we cover the floor and we talk about everything and so your youngest teenager so right now he's doing everything. Zoom and hideki have no running away from the team that brought you the big podcast with shack. It's the big shot. Bob pod coming your way. Soon on the podcast. One app spotify apple. Podcasts live by live dot com and everywhere. You get your favorite podcasts. Well we talk about getting off the grid with an expert gary collins and today's show and you bring up a very interesting legal conundrum. If you're firing a gun hopped up on tequila. You have to yell what again. Go on to
Episode 292: Diminishing Returns
"We need a clever way to start the show. Bob yes the show man. I was hoping you guys would take it. I don't have anything. I got up late today and just could not get of bed. Just lay there for while ginny brought me coffee which was really nice for and i just laid there. I was lazy. And that's weird. We went on a little Retrieve guys went away didn't you. Yeah yeah we actually go away. It was in town. We found a friend of ours has an airbnb cabin on their farm. And so we rented this cabinet and just went mean. The guys went and talked about. I like to make stuff stuff for a couple of days and it was awesome and it was a lot of just sitting around talking and playing games and Goof off but also just the talking when you start talking about like potential cool ideas. It gets really taxing. I don't know if a better way to put it you know. It's like mentally exhausting to brainstorm for days on it. Is you know it's funny. I i've been in that point. You start you start coming up with hokey ideas or thoughts. Getting a little too unwieldly. He passed the good products. That tends to happen sometime. Susie you come up with a couple of you like allow you come up when you come up and you go pass it sometimes. It's just cool to of course take five or maybe people don't notice when i kinda cool it because i'm like oh wait a minute. I got a phone call. And then i just walk away from the meeting. It's just a bring it down to sir you already have four or five good grabs and you wanna just cherish them and keep going. You know what i mean. I mean i guess yeah they did but you could always pick it back up. So what i'm saying like diminishing returns like if you if you spend an hour thinking about something you're probably gonna get some good stuff but in like our number three quality of ideas certain fall off so but We had a really good time. Just in this cabin You know we have a josh. We done this last couple years and josh puts together an agenda to make sure that we kinda cover. Everything is real loose and Brainstorming and stuff but man some really exciting stuff is like moving along. i'm really excited about it But to all that to say when we got back yesterday morning we had to check out of the cabin and ten minutes away from my house so we just drove home and then we're planning on getting back to work and we were all just i don't know whom kinda tired tired too and then sleeping in my own bed again. Last night was really nice. But i had a hard time getting up this morning so all that to say. I don't have an intro for the show but i think we're probably will pass that at this point sometimes. We don't have interest answer to have topics we're into i was going to say by our three. You start You start deciding what color thanks you'd be and that's when you realize. The brainstorming session is over. You know it'd be great and read about blue. Let's take a break. Yeah well what he has been up. Do we've been working on. I just got back from kansas. Kansas city missouri can make sure. I say that correctly i was there. I left on the day of the big game. Apparently there was a big game because everybody wears red and gold and everybody is go chiefs like even like homeless people on the street like chiefs like everybody is in the spirit of the game there. And i worked with the make forty eight team. If you guys are fans and you guys probably paid attention to april a couple. Maybe a month ago she was working on a table with the make. Forty eight team. They're going to individual makers in they did izzy. They did april. They just did me. But i want to do it at a place called the maker village in kansas city sky. Next got a really cool shop in a nice great group of makers that hang out there and teach classes and they have like a nice crew going on there and we made a fan experience and the miz. I'm just kind of on this because people kind of watch my stories saw of the five people at watch my stories and also listen to this but they got to stadium seats and the stadium seats. They wanted to turn them into a fan experience for a youth group. There and the name escapes me. But by the end of the episode. Or look up the the because we kept using a couple of slogans. And i know the slogans aren't the name of the the group It's eighty-seven in running this. The name of the group of its youth group and so we're going to bring the fan experience there and supplant form with the seats with this for me. It was really interesting because it was without realizing what i was getting into. I started getting heavily involved in environmental design. And it really reminds me of like making something for the lobby of a fancy corporation or maybe even like a mcdonald's where they do the interior design of mcdonald's and it has a lot has more to do with branding than it has to do with interior design. And how that brandon is expressed through the interior design and they call that most of the time environmental graphics. And that's what this whole thing was because the amazing crew from title but was there and we had a great time. We ended up seeing the guys. The guys are shot with air so it was a real good collaborate effort. And we've seen seat a lot of stuff and an infielder with resin so we have in this cycle of in filling this filling it with resin putting it in. We made this makeshift of and under a steel table with a heat gun cause was a bit chilly so it takes a long time for resonant dry so i found you can't you can't rush the good stuff like the resin you gotta wait for it to dry. It takes a long time to get a heat it up. We were kind of pushing the envelope a little bit. It's not recommended to really do that. But anyway we ended up pulling it off. He started guess. It was like a week ago. Today is thursday started on thursday friday and we were done by saturday morning at like eleven o'clock so a lot of work but it was a lot of fun and i really ultimately look back at it and that's very proud of it and so that's i don't know if there's going to be like a teaser. Video or something. I'm not sure exactly. The rollouts going to be.
#319: Building in a Flood Zone, Who Pays for Warranty Work, and Converting Attics to Living Space
"So we're gonna do a little different order of things today. I wanna start off by reading an email. We got from one of our listeners. Mark and his subject line was difficult conversations. And i'm just gonna read that right away. Hey patrick tuned into last week's regular podcast with great expectation as to what the crew would say about the events of the week. I was disappointed. Although not surprised that nothing was said about the assault on our democracy. It dawned on me. That having you rob brian matt kylian my head for so long that i had come to rely on you all for a measure of truth commonsense even support. I completely understand why f. h. b. might have decided that discussion of political insurrection did not belong amidst the discussion of perfect ruse and heated decks particularly given the diversity of opinions likely in your audience but if the pandemic is worthy of discussion you in fact start every pro. Talk podcast with a question about it. So doesn't erosion of faith in government as to what one can say about the violence and terror a denial of facts and an assault on our institutions. That's a more difficult question. Perhaps just as simple recognition that this is a difficult time for folks that are strength comes from our diversity of opinion whether it's cellulose versus xps or our trust in our democratic institutions. If most of your audience is angry or sad shell shocked or anxious. Distrustful of facts or of the new faces of our citizenry. It would seem to be important to recognize that fact like it or not you. You all have assumed a leadership role in the building community. Your words have power. And that's a good thing now figuring out to do with that megaphone is the challenge stating the obvious. Seems like a good place to start best to you all mark or mark. Thanks for the email on our own offense. We haven't recorded since the events of wednesday. The most recent number three seventeen was recorded the tuesday before so when we last saw each other we had no idea what was going on so i think you said it better than i could mark and i do appreciate your bringing this to our attention. I think that market a few important points here first of all he's right it in the fact that it's It this discussion. Probably doesn't belong on our podcast. You know or podcast is about homebuilding And and dough and you know. I would argue that that the pandemic has an act is having an impact on how builders build. And that's why it makes sense for you patrick to to speak about that with builders right now during this time but i also think he's right that it's worth acknowledging that it is a tough time for our country and i think the
Basements, Boots and Spec FAQ
"Welcome to another episode of the essential craftsmen podcasts. Were very happy to have d. essential craftsmen whip back with us today. How're you doing. Good man good glad to be here. You're on your way into a you will. You've been having some trouble again. So yeah why. Don't you give everybody the update there and the outlook okay. So i'm going in for my third or maybe fourth therapeutic massage. There's a woman here Carey thomas who dustin for my concrete. Finishing friend made an appointment for me with her because he has a fan of Therapeutic massage and so this is the third time. And i'm trying it and we'll see how it works. What do you do. You have any feeling yet on whether it's been helping. I can't really speak to it. I don't know i mean. The back has kind of been waxing and waning primarily. Because i haven't been working as hard to shape with it is when i was framing right. I knew i had to be able to do that. So i i was more focused on on exercise and stretching then than i am now so part of it maybe maybe remind the viewers that there's a long time ago we talked about that but explain what you mean by strikes exercise and stretching. Because you weren't going to the gym but you did find a system that really gave you some yell. Second wind on your back in the year before we actually started with the foundation the framing on the house. I knew it was coming. And i know the camera was going to be running and i knew that my back had been hurting a lot for the you know three or four years previous and so i started walking and started running a physical therapist friend of mine. Evan rix started working me over. And i got. I got really focused on a lot of stretching exercises exercises in the morning and surprise of surprises. My backstop hurting. So much. And i was able to get the house built. And and that worked really great and then once that was done. I mean you slow down and the pressure of productivity expectation drops off a little bit and sure enough. I start having some muscle issues in my back again. So i'm i'm sort of recommitting myself some stretching and some exercises and We'll see how the how the if the massage contributes to a better situation. And i know at one time. Sit ups were really make. Bet me guilty of that okay. I've been pretty consistent in that. Probably the truth is i got down to about fifty percent of the mornings. I was doing my sit ups. And maybe if i'd stayed at one hundred percent I wouldn't have had the relapse. But i've been. I've been steady on it on that and that. That's that makes a measurable difference for me doing sit ups and and just sort of bending at the hips and stretching out in the morning that it makes a difference Has cy ever had big back problems or anything like that for all the abuse. He's put his body through the most size problems have been around breaks and tears and major reconstructive surgeries. He did have Some back issues for awhile. And he said he just healed up he just got better ryan but part of that was because construction is all about bending over and picking up and bending over and picking up. That's what you do. You take material off the ground and you put it in place and size. Main emphasis for most of his early years was a cowboy. And the thing about and si- worked as much as anybody on the planet right but most of his work was either with tractors excavation farm equipment or cowboy ing and that is not as dedicated bending over and picking pieces up so instead he fell and got kicked and and rolled on and things like that and got broken up and exploded himself blowing himself up things like that. Yeah shot wants by a shark. A bang stick. He's he's a scuba diver right and it's a story. I'll let him tell but once he shot himself in his left hand with his bank stick so that was one of the reconstructive surgery that his back was the least of his concerns. Nap time to worry about the back. Who knows if his back was hurting else was hurting more. Yeah well our plan. Today is to go over some viewer submitted a voicemail. These are submitted through our website and answer a couple questions that came up Frequently and comments on some spouse videos that we probably didn't do a great job explaining in the video so the first of those is in the electric video overall that was Beautiful job done lightning fast. Kind of like what you would expect when you hire professional or what you would hope for higher for professional yes and there was some comments people wondering why in the world you would mar the front of the house with a meter even though you trimmed it nicely and Sobriety answer that. It's a great question so if you remember when we put the foundation we ran the the feed the three inch conduit up inside the block because we knew we were going to have to put it on the front of the house because of pacific power and light is local utility that provides electricity and it is their requirement that the meter base be visible from the front of the house so that even though now electric meters can be read digitally and remotely in however they do it they still want to be able to see and access a meter from the front side of the house so it's not a code. It's not code per se like you know wire sizes and outlets spacing and staple sizes. It's the requirement of the people that bring the electricity onto the property. And there's no getting around that. I mean they will not hook you up if you don't play according to their rules and so we put the meter on the front of the house and when it's painted it'll be innocuous i don't think anybody's going to have a big objection. They'll be the glass globe sticking out and everything else would be the same color and it'll be okay. I say we plant a tree there. James vitamin show. I'm like yeah can't flowerbed there. We can put a cyprus or something right there and good because these things happen when it's like one person with a great idea. He probably worked as a meter reader. And he's like you know what's annoying is walking around. Let's just make that. And i'm sure he has a point but that's annoying it's annoying and there's a lot of houses in the world that it's around the corner and it seems to well like you said now you can read them digitally not even digitally. It's done online. I suppose they they collect it somehow. I don't know how they do that. Don't either they do so so anyways. That was out of our hands. Unfortunately and another question that we may have to get phil on to talk about in more detail and that is about the plumbing some folks were wondering why the plumbing all come up in one manifold in one place any insight there so it's not often done around here like that phil recommend doing it like this. I have learned to always take fills recommendation now. Having said that the house that we built in las vegas just before we moved up here had a manifold system with a it was an early iteration of it was something just prior to picks it was some sort of a pvc pipe but there was a a manifold in a utility room and a bunch of little blue and red pretty much like breakers in electrical panel off We didn't live there long enough to have an opinion on how that worked out. But i can see that if if an particular area everyone was used to seeing it including inspectors. It might be the way to go from a cost standpoint. It's hard to imagine a better cost value benefit than the way phil did it on this house. And maybe that's because we had such great access in the crawlspace but could be it would be cool and Hopefully we can see that someday. All right well. Let's move to some of voicemails all right and our first question. We'll get a voicemail from raymond ball. greetings raymond. And you're definitely welcome to come. Check the spec house out in the spring are.
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Furniture Finishing Q&A with Mike Mascelli Finishing
"This questions from chips. Stoltzfus and chip. If you have anything to do with. Stoltzfus is restaurant in lancaster. Pencil or no bird in hand pennsylvania. Oh country i miss that place dearly. All right i have been a professional woodworker for almost twenty five years. I started out in a large making church furniture and have since worked mostly in smaller cabinet shops. In that time every finisher. I've ever worked with said that you shouldn't san to sand higher than one. Twenty or one fifty grit. They claimed once you get higher than fifty polish is the would not let stain it here. Like it is designed yet. I often hear you talking about standing to three twenty or higher before finishing all of the shops. I've worked with have had have used wiping saints with some type of lacquer. Topcoat is the difference in sanding due to different finishes. I've started using rubio. monaco. And i've noticed that it gives a smoother finish if the piece of sand to the higher grits. Thank you for your time and great work with the pun. So well i've heard this many times Thank you for asking a couple of things that i think we should just sorta get On the table it matters a lot. What kind of would you're working with More so even than the than the finished. So if you're working in oak or mahogany and really open. Grain pours wood particularly oak. You can get away with a lot of stuff on on course grit sandy because you have such deep pours and lines in the in the in the grain of the as it is if you're in maple or you're in cherry It's a very different game. So you have You're talking about church furniture. A lot of that furniture's oak. Yeah in a production shop setting you're gonna send this stuff with a production machine may be a big stir machine dual pad sander And you're going to get this stuff out the door because you're in a commercial setting so sanding to a one twenty or one fifty you're leaving fairly significant scratches so in in oak if you see a neatly along the grain those scratches won't be as objectionable if you're using wedding stained product. I'm holding this up for the folks that can't see this. This is a mohawk wiping stain product. That's pretty typical you. You'd see in a commercial shop and this is mostly a die product. That doesn't have a lot of pigment in it again. I did a a article which we coming out and find woodworking here soon about diane pigment but die think about the like a strong food coloring or t it's going to penetrate into the would as much as it can whatever the would will absorb and that's what you get. A pigment is nicely ground fine particles of nice dirt so the pigment if you had it in a wiping stained product or know a commercial setting if you're gonna put die on it's going to absorb what it's going to absorb and that heart and twenty grit sanded. Surface is going to absorb guy and the grooves of the santa scratches are going to absorb a little bit more die because you have the sides of the of the valley if you will open if you have a pigment in your in your stand mix if you have deep scratches like one twenty scratches the pigment is gonna lodge in those scratches so what we always say in. The shops are if you sat at one twenty and uses a pigment stain and you see and at a higher grit. The one twenty grit is going to appear darker because more pigment is gonna stay behind when you if you do a white walker if you leave it there because you there's more places for the pigment the lodge there's there's more surface area right. There's there's a valleys of the sand scratches the pigments going to go in there and it's going to stay so if you take the exact same piece of lumber and sanded at one twenty and seeing like to and stain it. It's going to look darker at one. Twenty okay is that to twenty. So that's one aspect of the of the the higher grit sitting as far as this business about polishing the. Would if you see end up high enough if you take a piece of maple cherry and you sanded up to four five six hundred you'll create a surface. That's almost like this piece of plexiglass. It's very very resistant to anything. Even the dies so it really is true. If you stand up too far you will. You will resist the action of the die penetrating and of course there's no place for the pigment to lodge so it's going to look very very light so to to well. I always say as a rule of thumb is that the middle ground here is to twenty okay and there's two reasons for the to twenty one for the color and once for the fish on the collar side if you're sanding at you know eighty and one twenty and one fifty whatever it is if you don't sand perfectly each grit progressively you're gonna leave one hundred grit scratch someplace so if santa to twenty neatly it even if you leave one hundred grade or one hundred fifty grit. Scratch somewhere in that pattern. It won't be noticeable because the to twenty will help smooth that over the other reason for the one on the finnish. Side is if you leave to twenty grid scratches most finishes at two applications. You know a couple of dry mills of finish most finishes will bridge to twenty scratches at one twenty. You gotta put a whole lot of finish on there to get it to bridge the the valleys and in the case of church furniture. It didn't matter you know if it's oak. You're not going for a full pour piano by finish so it's okay you can leave him at one. Twenty it doesn't make the finish. Grab any better I mean you need a little bit of tooth for like the modern era things and stuff even this rubio other than lacquers which melt into each other. You need a little bit of tooth and usually in between the coats is when we would send three twenty okay so the bare would prep would be bringing up through the grit. Says you need to Up to about two twenty as a rule of thumb in most woods an inbetween your coats of finish. If you're going to scuff in between that would be at say three twenty at the most if you go too much then it's true you're finish isn't gonna would here so Also if you do test boards now sanding at two twenty the you're you're you're staining will look differently if you finish at one eighty or one hundred question Particularly again if the if the caller i will call it. Disdain is sort of or ginger. If the color delivery system includes some pigment those pigment particles that powder dirt is gonna lodge in those poor in the pores of the wood and in your scratches and the other thing is if you're going to sand rough if you're gonna leave it at one twenty or one fifty you'd better stand really really neatly with the grain. Is any them cross grade. He's gonna show up like a scar. A so special pigtail swirls from iran. A morbid sander and again give you some some advice on that if you're standing up to two twenty with a random orbit i'm gonna really good ones. There's air powered ones in. There's there's an electric ones even really good to twenty random orbit. You're gonna get little swirly marks. You can handsome those out but you got back up to one eighty. Okay get those swirly marks at back up to one eighty on a hand block get the swirlies out and then hand block at two twenty so use your random orbit to get most of the work done in and try to minimize the swirly marks but if you get those little squirrels you've got to send him out yet. Backup one grip. I've i've recently started doing christian beck's method of. I think come one fifty or so. He pulls the pat off the ran more but does a hand pass them one. Eighty four but paul's pat off does a hand pass is is even. If you're trying to clear the swirlies out okay. The other thing that can help is a lot of these. Random orbits now the new ones. The lyrics are adjustable. Speed variable-speed ara. Are you supposed to change that speed. I've never touch that knob. Where do you run at high on. Fast or slow. Whatever it's i have no idea. I've never thought about that. Phnom well if you put it now all the way fast you're going to remove a lot more material and you're gonna leave more swirly marks if you put it all away. Slow was gonna go. Roy moore and you're not gonna get good standing action. So somewhere in the middle is better and slower is better so i would say sand at the slowest speed. That's effective for what you're trying to do. Okay you will minimize the squirrelly marks if you said at full number ten You're not only gonna not gonna have as much control of what you're seeing but you're gonna leave more swirlies
It's Marcy Harriell!
"Hello everybody and welcome to a very special episode stitcher. Please podcasts at say. All the episodes of special because i'm special and you all wanna listener special and our guests are always special and today we have marcy herald today. I am so excited about this. I'm so excited to have her. We all know we have sewing celebrities and then we have real life celebrities and now we have been diagram with marcy right in the middle. Could he'll celebrity. And she's going celebrity as still. Can't get over the fact that i know somebody who knows women while miranda in actual life like not only that knows him but like saying with him on actual broadway so i feel like i'm just gonna we can end right now and then let go look at some of her clips and read the stuff from thread magazine and look at all the stuff. She has hasn't her to channel as well as being an early. Pioneer in someone blogging the balloon. A blog he started in two thousand six eight six something like that shipped over a dozen. My notes angeline. You started on december twenty fifth two thousand and eight. I started on christmas. That's opening. That's the oldest post online today. I'm going to have to. I guess i should celebrate extra this holiday. Someone obviously shoe it so to the program key. Watch for being with us today. Keep that intro. I feel as many grown six weeks. We go so as you should. I usually start the conversations asking you about your sewing story. But what i'm going to start instead with your the power of your art to transform because you had transformed me from being someone who absolutely hates sewing masks someone who strongly dislikes it. I consider that radical progress on. that's leaps and bounds. When we're talking about masks going and it's also true that i am hanging my hopes on you having the mask that will save my marriage so limit. What had happened was what had happened. Was my husband is very aware of my attitude toward masks. I even did a podcast episode on this back Last early this year. We're talking about making masks. And i was like. I don't wanna make a mass is a failure of federal government responsibility and we have some truly ship in this country. We will everyone get max they would make it ninety five for every single person and you know that that's true. Yeah and it would be home their ways. Why should we be using our individual sewing machines and average to make life saving for people. This is not so my husband being a wonderful person. He came home a few weeks ago or matric to old navy. Yeah i already gone with the stand. He said look lisa. I bought these masks. It have more in our collection. I tell you. I was incensed was able to turn out bring old navy mass into this house. You don't like sewing mask. I know but you have even said so. You've told me and many people even people who don't ask them how you feel about this and i just random people on the street. I don't like making masks yelling. Are you not making a mask. Marcy he bought those masked home. And i was so upset. I was just like. I just feel so if you feel trade and i say can i say. He knew what he was doing what he was doing. That was clever. Clever husband fat. Y'all the mass that marcy does not take credit for designing the mask. But i give great credit for making a tutorial that showed how fun and easy. It was in that you could also have a husband that standing behind you pranking you about him. Nowhere to ask for ingredients for which it'd be a very special treat. It was quite entertaining so this morning in between all the other stuff i had this morning i was great. I graded to graduate projects and let them feedback. I had a meeting just before. This call and i made a mask and cut out three more. You can almost do them in your sleep. Go on autopilot so easily so busy so easy how. I love that material. Oh i know where you got that but then like when they get closer yes black magic leopard from an love am totally loving it. I am totally loving it. I love the it just spits them. Nice across the face. If i'd known about this mask back in march my life would have been so much easier back in. You could may two thousand. I couldn't make some thousand. You could thousands. Maybe it's good that i didn't know about this back in march because by still holiday making them renting seeming making them making them in your sleep. You'll be late on yet. It's a great pattern. It was made by. There's another youtuber. I'm going to say her name wrong. I think it's romell bad. Ps but because our minds take names and break them up in weird places. I'm not sure the actual how you actually say her name. And there's another guy gentleman doll. Who made a similar mask. I think like several people came up with this idea at the same time which i don't know who to credit in the first week or so. I just knew that there were like there was a portuguese version out there and a lot of versions that centimeters and i thought one and i do want an english my mods that make it a little easier. Good chasing auto there who wants extra edge the key thing although much props to the design and it was a big opportunity for robin a be completely stupid which is how we are just about twenty four seven with each other. I love that. You haven't are cab of what you were doing at this moment. I think that some people forget that what we are living through is actual history. Yeah yeah that's five years you can look you want. You probably will never forget thousand masks. You made in five years. It might receive a little bit. Maybe in a really good point. That's a really good because we've been wanting to start this youtube channel for awhile. We weren't seeing how to do it in new york our apartments. It's a love our partner but it's teeny and we both work right next to each other. Now we've got this break. We're going to house. Were still actually right next to each other five reading in this hot. it's ridiculous. I looked at rob windows. Like we have five thousand. We're still standing right next to each other working all the. Here's your computer. Here's my sewing machine. And we have to be quiet when something happened with the other one and i just like being that close to each other so it you know afford us the ability to start that here but what you say about journaling having documented this history that we're going through we there's some holes in our year new york because we just couldn't even figure out document what was going on you so funny that you say that i think that the relationship that you have the fact that even though you have space to be a part you tend to gravitate toward each other. Yeah that seems to me beautiful reflection of your relationship and how your videos come off not come off because that seems like a performance but your videos are at organic reflecting seems to me of your relationships that if the it never feels like performative in the sense of being artificial it feels. You are sharing something now mice. We have been in. This house by college just came home last week. high school student. Who's a senior has said to me on multiple No on one buried memorable. Mom
The Container Concept with Cas and Dawn
"I'm here with my friends. I can actually say that now. 'cause i know you guys like in real life my friends don and cast and i've already given my little spiel at the beginning before we're getting started but i just have to say that we had so much fun when we worked on this project. Take your house back which everybody can go find it. Take your house back dot com. It was just a lot of fun. Although i was just informed by both douyin casts that they had a lot of fun when i wasn't there so i'm choosing to not be hurt and offended by that as well. We did but more fun with you bear. Oh we would have liked to be there. I heard that you cried member. Didn't y'all say that all right there. I talk non stop and somehow i talked my way into my childhood issues and then i started sobbing port. Daud she's just like. I am not a therapist. Could you be quiet. Now i could. That's just me. And then that's on film because i want to hear the whole okay. We won't make you do it today but okay. So why don't you guys go ahead and introduce yourself and just kind of tell us what you do online and then we'll get into your own personal slob story don when she while. I'm dawn from the minimum. If we haven't met before. I married to tom. We have four kids ages. Six through eleven. Now and iphone minimalism about six years ago. Because i you know. I just felt like there had to be a way to stay on top of your house and still like pursue some kind of outside either happier working right. I'm when they're just has to be away. And so i was just trying. I was just trying everything. And finally i listened to a podcast by joshua becker who is a well known west end. He's just like did you know you don't have to have all of this stuff like that. Was my lightbulb moment. And he went on to give permission to get rid of it. And i pretty easy sal. Like i'm not gonna lie about that. And so i'm always like well. You don't have anything to lose so Next year we got rid of about eighty percent of our stuff. I did not invite tom into the process until i was about. Seventy percent of an is focused on my own stuff in the kids staff But i couldn't believe how it transformed our house and it truly made it a place where i could keep it picked up and stay on top of it still feel like i was doing a good job as a mom and get to start a blog and do some of that stuff that i was interested in and so now out on youtube inci luxury and videos to With just tips and tricks to help you. Simplify your house quickly. Got to read. Dina's book this past summer With another group of women and as we dissolve to cutting at the speed of light. We're to salt lake. This woman gets it and we had so many of the same ideas. I have some different terms for them. But i felt like we could be best friends and just felt like i finally got someone else who the normal systems didn't work for me in. Identify ordina dana. Either so i thought we could be friends and that's how we ended up. Actually we ended up meeting. We're at a conference a year ago. Yup you're ish ago. Something like that. A fault fall of nine. And we're in a took a random picture. And i put it on instagram and people were like oh my goodness. It's the two of you altogether and we were like who. Who are you talking about. I don't even who. Yeah you are with dana for us outcomes clean like and i had to look up and see which one you that was me too. I was like what are you talking about like like i should know this anyway. That's how we ended up. Connecting was was my listeners. Your youtube watchers saying you two are my favorite people and the other person that i hear about all the time from my listeners. And my readers casts. Hi thanks for having me. I'm cast from clutter bug on the mom of three kids. My oldest is fourteen which makes me feel so old and then my middle is twelve and my little guy is eight and my story sounds so much like both of your stories. I was always a messy person. I mean i was that kid who had rotten food my desk at school. I was the kid who's locker was filled with crumpled papers and a complete disaster. You couldn't walk in my room. I just always thought that. I was born messy and when my first daughter was born knows like i want to be a stay at home mom so bad so badly and my husband's like al what we have to still have two income swabs like i'm gonna run a daycare. I had nine children in this home daycare. And i'm a slob and their toys everywhere and it looked like toys r. Us at vomited. And i felt like all i did all day was clean and it was never clean and so i just fell. There must be something. Fundamentally wrong with me is doesn't take brains. This doesn't take like how come i can't do. This and i felt it was depressing. Let's just the way it was. And i was watching at. Tlc and peter. Walsh came on the tv. He had a show called cleaned sweep and he was talking about different organizing techniques and taking out of the house and letting go of like fifty percent of your stuff and i was like. I'm i'm going to give this a try again. And what i found was my brain doesn't organiz the way. It looks like on tv and other people organize
Interview With Rosanne Somerson
"You have had an extraordinary career in the intersection of design in leadership in education. But you really went from a person who was excited by an object piece of maple and all of the possibilities there in two person who's excited by strategic plan. Yeah i had such a terrific good fortune in my career as a studio furniture maker. I had incredible. Opportunities commissions exhibitions across the globe. I was very very fortunate. And but i think the biggest benefit for me personally was the group of friends that i developed and the rigor that they approached their work with. And so we had an amazing group of colleagues in my field. But also you know. I looked at my studio work. As another form of relationship has kind of another marriage and it was something that cultivated through decades and became a way of really understanding. The world. And i was very philosophical in the way that i approached the development of my work and i felt so fortunate to have had those decades of Just incredible opportunity. And i felt like it was my turn now to take that into an academic position and administrative position so that i could create the conditions for the next generation of artists designers to have their own experience. I know that the experience that i had is not relevant. And i could see it because i taught graduate students from over three decades i could see the interest of my graduate students going further and further away from studio furniture. Which is what we want. We want things to evolve. And i began to realize that my own studio work became more and more personal and almost therapeutic in a way and that what i wanted to do as an administrator was take my thinking approaches and my experience in understanding education as a faculty member and create conditions for the next generation of artists and designers and creative leaders to thrive. And that's what excited me about going into administration. How has rizzi been operating. Are you a hybrid schedule. How are you handling the intensity of in classroom work of studio work. Wristy is a school based on an educational model. That's very hands on so this was a super challenge for us. But you know it's a challenge right so we work haven't stopped really since march. There's a remarkable leadership team and academic leadership team wristy and we took a very. I would almost say bespoke approach to this working with every single class every single department we re jigger over eight hundred classes to make them suit. New technology modalities and so to directly. Answer your question. We're running a mix of different types of classes. We're running some that are fully online. Some that are hybrid and some that are fully in person. I wonder if you could give us an example of one of bespoke things you did. That helped compensatory way simulated way in a creative way to make the learning experience as enriching as it is under non pandemic circumstances. Yeah so what one of the challenges for us of course because we are very global school is that we have a lot of students Who couldn't get into the states because of visa and travel restrictions and so they were fully remote and they had the option of taking leave or continuing their studies and many decided to continue so we enlisted local alumni in the areas where they were to do visits in studio tours. that model has been somewhat incredible In the sense that we've been able to bring into our critiques and into our programming artisan designers that never would have been able to travel to wristy nor could we have to travel them to wristy and directly. Interact with our students and their work. We've also been able to do studio tours and gallery events virtually that open up a much bigger audience both here on campus to see our student work but also for our students and faculty to bring in other kinds of experiences directly into the classroom in ways. That haven't happened before we also did some. I think fairly innovative moves. We created some output centers. So that students who were local could send files into the output centers. Then we stash their work in containers that we set up so that they could come and very safely pick up parts for projects they were working on and then continue them in their own homes or studios dorms whatever
Working and Working and Having Something to Show for It
"Thanks for coming on autumn. I'm excited that you're here and willing to share with the world. Thanks for having me so tell me about you like tell me about your unique life situation that you're in okay. Well i am an older mom and fifty two and i have seven kids and they are still in the house. My oldest seventeen and my youngest is six. We're all in four bedrooms and My youngest does down syndrome so he is sort of the life of the party as bet sitting some extra challenges so yes. We're having some fun over here. Sounds like now are you. Are your kids schooling at home at this time. Yeah all virtual lucky. Our grandparents live four houses away and the older three. Go to grandma and grandpa's to use their wifi could. that's huge. That's very helpful at the very very helpful thing. Yeah but as a phys retired physics and chemistry teacher so that helps you wonderful. That do you have do. They know i mean. Have you been given any kind of timeline on when they might go back to regular school. O one of the principles mentioned maybe Thanksgiving after we don't know where in michigan so it's pretty tight. Thought down still is all over michigan. That it's that way. Yeah our governor has been really protective so well actually. That's not exactly true. Each school district is different. Are still doing virtual only right now. Okay i was. I find it so interesting and is actually very very very soon true. I don't even. I'm not for sure that yours will air before thanksgiving but anyway people will understand. Okay so tell me what strategy has impacted your home. The most well I've thought about that question. Let your container concept has been really helpful. But the thing that i really rely on is the take it now there. I'm now okay. It just it. It's something i struggle with. I really am wired to not take it there now to put it in a pile to take their in a minute soon as i've gathered enough things to bear Which then leaves me with a house. Full of piles and my family then claims. I didn't know what that bunch of stuff over there was. And then it's all my jurisdiction on the set. And then i get no help so it's really much better to to pick up the scissors and put the scissors rather go instead of week. You know so. I have scissors and a pen and the tape dispenser so you have come to a point where you're doing that and seeing the benefit of it there now. Oh absolutely but it's still a struggle. It's just it just. It goes against the grain so hard. I think it to me. It makes me think about like. I feel so much better when i eat salad with grilled chicken and bob at like my body feels better. I think better and yeah. Yeah but for some reason. When i'm looking at the menu i'm like oh chicken. Fried chicken sounds really good. Or if i open the fridge. What's in there right exactly. So yeah no. I get it but i encourage like do you remember how long ago you filled out your form a long time ago. Okay is it because that was actually one of your biggest challenges at one point was not being able to make yourself do the ticket there now so i really it's encouraging me to hear you say that you're now doing that and you. I'm doing it and doing it and the house is actually better. It's noticeably better but you think oh absolutely yeah yeah and i concentrate hard on the visible areas like a for entrance the which is right off the front entrance In the kitchen all those things you can see from the front door. And so i make sure to do those and i do those by doing the ticket there now. Yes was rooms for sure. So that's been that's been really really key. I don't make piles there. But where do you make. Pals is like you know in the unseen. Eric basement plus that i have the excuse for. I don't want to claim three sets of stairs right now a serious. Yeah
An Interview with Grace Mitchell
"Okay so i wanna talk a little bit about your tv show and also your new line for at home. So tell me a little bit about your tv show and the new christmas collection. My tv show on hgtv is called one of a kind and it's basically about what i do in real life which is taking people's memories and and experiences and putting it into their homes You know i like to think about going beyond just making him pretty room and really making it personal and unique to them to where they really feel like their home and so i've done two seasons of that that have already aired and you can watch it on. Hdtv dot com or amazon. Or you know whatever you watch television in four at home so a really you know awesome adventure in my life has been working with at home on product line and Which includes christmas a really beautiful christmas collection that. I'm really proud of actually. Just put up christmas lights yesterday. The earliest. I've ever decorated christmas. Ever normally you know when. I'm pulling christmas out for one thing. My christmas stuff is not well organized right now but i am changing not in twenty twenty days yes but a kind of dread it like pulling it out in the boxes. They're all broken and blah blah blah. But this year. I am pumped. I think you know. I've seen a lot of this just looking at social media to people decorating really early because We are just ready for the cheer and some magic like let's get some magic up in here. it's true so you're at home. Is lots of releases and chris. Mrs just one of them right. Yes so this. Is you know where the grace mitchell for whom collection is going to be around a long time in though. Yeah so we. We worked pretty pretty far ahead. And i just feel like each collection gets better and better just so excited about all of them in just the unique things that they bring to a store you can just walk into which is great. You know a lot of people online shop. And i do some of that too. But it's sort of like magazines and books. There's just nothing like getting a magazine and opening and feeling the pages looking to pictures and dog airing and tearing out you can't. It's it's it's different. It's just hard to get that feel online. And i feel like it's the same sort of with home decor to go in there and piece things together in my car and looking at all I love you know when people send me videos and photos of them going in the store and looking at it and talking about what they like and and showing like with what they already have at home and how they're gonna pay for it and then with the holiday collection I really love a sort of a vintage kind of heirloom like special christmas things. You know I feel like a lot of christmas for a number of years of for us was like throw away. So yeah you get these begging by like the two hundred ornament It breaks your kids. Terrel the top soften thrown away. So i love this like every item just feels really special and unique and personal. It's just like the weight of it even like some of the weights of the ornaments just feels good and like some of my favorite ornaments are some from My husband's grandmother. Who i feel like it's my own And you know. They're really old from those thirties and forties. And there's you know the details the hand painting and the magic of them. I really just tried to for that too now so that you feel like when you buy it at your find something really special like something that feels like it sort of have a has in memory attached to it in a way. Yes we'll be showing a lot of pictures of the collection in the show notes. And i'm heading over there right after we chat and i'm hoping to get some of the varied size would christmas trees. Yeah yeah the the light up christmas trees. Those are ready. So i actually as soon as soon as i see fresh garlan in the store i bought all different trees You know an odd number. So i think i have eleven total for my mantle and i just so those yeah in there and it just feels really exciting to decorate for christmas this year. And i'm so proud of the collection. Because i feel like it's just so magical even when i showed my kids you know. I took my kids here. They were like oh. This is your special with really sweet. And it's been you know. A lot of the collection has sweet little like woodland animals And each animal sorta corresponds to. You made me think of one of my children. So it's just you know kids like there are very specific things that i remember my childhood that my mom would bring out like we had this little box with the dancing santa and light up the kids love that stuff so some of the ornaments light up the trees light up. Some of the things twinkle. They've got like a snow globe with the music box. And those are the things that. I remember from my childhood at christmas so i wouldn't put those things in the collection. Also
Interview With Shawn Van Dyke
"John thanks for taking the time to come and chat with us today. How's it. How's it going on doing great man. Thanks for having me. will you give us. I read your bio on your website. But will you give me in the audience of big picture of your background and kind of have to where you are now in. kind of. Give us the backstory. Yeah sir so by education and training or by just sending a lot of tuition money to the university of tennessee. I eventually ended up with a couple of engineering degrees. So i started my career in construction even though that might offend some people when this always used to be an engineer i make fun of engineers used to be one but i got a degree in civil engineering and then a master's in structural engineering and then went out and did the engineering thing for several years and then realized i don't really know how to build anything and i wanted to get out on the job site so transition from i'd say transition from engineering into construction. I really got laid off from the engineering firm. Heart was working for In went and joined project management team for large commercial contractor that. Put me out on large commercial sites Building all sorts of seven are really really like that Did that for a few years than my way. Up working for some architects and then for real estate developer Doing construction management so. I ended up traveling around the country building commercial real estate projects. You know big stores in the out lot developing out lots and all of that kind of stuff in that for several years. And by this time i was married had five kids now so the second kid was on the way my wife was like. I'm glad you're enjoying your job but You gotta stick around mean. I was on the road three or four days a week wherever the projects were so. That was my first business. Started back in. Two thousand five was a construction management and real estate development company. I'm here in knoxville tennessee. So as doing that work here locally then two thousand eight hit and banks were not lending money to real estate developers anymore So i transitioned from there and started a remodeling in general contracting business People these days called a pivot. I didn't realize pivoting at the time. I just time. I had four kids. Three four came back them So put the tool belt on and started a small construction company. Built it up from there and then one of my subcontractors might trim and melwork subcontractor young guy. We went to church together. His business was blowing up because he got into the high end. Trim and melwork work Market here in our area and typical difficult construction business owner great craftsmen horrible business person and he approached me one day and said man. Your i like the way that you run your construction business and everything's always organized I wanna talk to you about how to run a better business. So we met up for lunch and was talking to him about that and giving them some tips and tricks. And and i didn't know he was interviewing me at the time he said. Okay well i think. I need to hire somebody to run my construction business. Much mill work company and He's an acid yeah. I think you should do that. Because you're a horrible business person but you're an awesome. You're awesome craftsmen in great with the guys out in the field and the work was just unbelievable and he just said okay. I want you to do it. And so i thought i was like i got my own thing going on. I'm okay and he's a great salesman and he's like listen. You have a small construction company is gonna take you twenty years to get where you want to be. I'm already in those projects as a subcontractor we've landed some really high end stuff but this business that we just acquired meaning that the projects coming up he said it's gonna put me out of business doing these projects because i don't know what i'm doing and He he so he said I want you to come and run the business. And i thought i bluff bluffing okay. The only way. I'm going to run your business that you let me run the business. You run the field our on the business. But i'm i'm in charge of the business side of it. And he said no problem and he literally pulled out of manila folder with the entire business and it just random paper. Here's the business slid across the table and said you run it and went home talked to my wife and said this is a crazy idea. This is really stupid but my friends gonna suffer and he was right. It was an opportunity to get on some really into high level projects high end projects that i'd already always been wanting to do in such kind of step back and said all right. Maybe we should do this and So bit the bullet went on went. Joined that team as a as the chief operating officer and at the time we had six guys out in the field in within eighteen months we were at twenty two guys in. He was in debt and not making any money. And we kinda turn that around and and that wasn't all me. We had great team a great owner. That had a really good vision and i was just the execute and putting systems in place. Oh did that for about four years and then got another crazy idea saying. Hey what i've done with my businesses and now with this treadmill work business. I think i see the problem here. Within an industry. I can help a lot more business. Owners with systems. All i know construction. It's all i've ever done so after about four years of being the executive there. I left that that job and started writing books and and speaking at industry events and now it's four years later and i've been doing coaching and consulting work strictly for construction business owners since those back in twenty sixteen. So yeah right up for years. We've been doing this Before we move on but are you recommending to your kids. They go to college. You spend a lotta time in college. You said a master's in engineering of some type so talk about that for a second. Are you gonna man. You're gonna make mom hears this. He's gonna get offended. And it. Every time i say but m. i. encouraging my kids to go to college no not specifically i'm encouraging my kids to develop skills in areas that interest them and figuring out how they can make money at it now. Some of those things that some of my kids are interested in now will require them to go to college. But especially as we're seeing in twenty twenty man colleges change. They're still the same tuition rate but they're not allowing you to go on campus and all of the other things that higher said that here's where value is. Now they're saying nope can't come to campus. We're going to do all virtually. So i think the whole world has changed so but to answer your question. No i don't encourage my kids to go to 'cause. I don't discourage them from going to college. The i feel like it's my job as a parent when you're out on your own which i got four boys in a baby girl. I say baby girl. she's five. She's always going to be my baby girl. The boys they're on their own at eighteen. You better figure out how you're gonna make money at eighteen and if that means you're going to college then you know what i took me. I was on the five year plan to get my undergraduate now. Four year plan right but i worked the entire time and paid for most of my most of my college through work. They can do the same thing so And it looked statistically it takes most people at least six years to get an undergraduate degree and only forty percent of incoming freshman even graduate with a degree at all. So yeah do. I encourage them to go that path. Only if it interests them. Only only if that's that's where their future light. Hey you know. One of my kids wants to be a doctor yet. You probably better go to college. I have several of them that are interested in computer stuff in graphic design and other things and got my fourteen year old son this year to start working for a contractor and over the summer and he came home with more money and more cash in his pocket. And said yeah. That's what happens when you go work. And that's what happened with skill so
What's the Point of Storage Space
"All right so three key things for storage space. Accessibility usability and maintainability. Okay so all right. Well we're done. I'm just kidding. Of course i'm going to talk about other things anyway but but really though let's talk about you know. Is this something you can actually get to. Because that's going to determine what goes in there all right for us. We store our christmas decorations in the attic. We i'm thinking of this because we just got them down about a week ago and there's part of me that gets a little bit jealous of like my best friend. Who has this storage closet underneath her stairs. And that's where our christmas stuff. And i'm like and that was the case. Then it will be so much easier to get that stuff alibaba but in reality this is my house. This is what i have. That's the space that i have and that stuff is accessible because it is an event to bring that stuff down what i don't use my attic four or are things that i know. I'm going to need. But i don't know what i'm going to need it like. Here's what i picture and you guys can tell me. I'm wrong but like i picture new england having an attic where you can actually stand up in it and like its its own door and you go into it or it has special stairs. No ours is like you poll there. There's this square thing in the ceiling. We've got one In the hallway next to the master bedroom and the kitchen and then we have one. That's in the garage and so there are these two different things. And it's got this cord hanging down and you pull on it and it makes this. Very distinct squeak. Okay and then. It has a ladder. That's like folded up onto that door and you like don't don't that latter day on and then it's sturdy but it doesn't look sturdy anyway and then you climb up into the attic in the attic. One of the reasons. We can do christmas stuff up. There is because at christmas time you can actually in the attic and in the summer in texas. It is like it's horrible up there. The heat is unbelievable in the attic in the summer. So you can't put anything out there that could melt or anything like that but you know and then there are boards across a few places in the attic. That are right. just right inside That that little thing when you go up on this ladder and have to pull things down but you can't just walk around in the attic First of all. It's not tall enough in most places and second of all there's just installation and so there are certain places where they're boards on top of that installation to give you a little bit of storage but it is not this like being dusty is not the issue with the attic okay so but it's accessible for what we store up there but that accent that level of accessibility is a big part of what determines what can be stored up there which is helpful to me because i know it's not just every random thing go put in the attic because it is a huge pain to go up there and i i have been there maybe twice in fifteen years but i please don't be offended when i say this. It's really just one of those things that i choose like a mike. If my husband is willing to believe that that's the man's job to go up there. Of course i could do it. Y'all but if he's willing to believe the man's job to go up there then i am not going to argue with kinda like willing to believe that it's his job to take out the trash which he is amazing at and i'm so thankful for Yeah i've never going to argue with that. Like why would i argue that anyway. So he goes up there. He gets the stuff day on and it is kind of hard to get things down out of that. Not that i couldn't do it. But you know what i mean but it might determine how heavy things can be. You know how big things can be our christmas tree box. We had a new christmas tree at costco last year. Which i love but it is right at the edge of being too big for our house because it's too big to fit in the attic. Okay and that so. We're probably going to buy one of those christmas tree bags. I don't know. I shouldn't say probably i because when i say there's something i'm going to do. I try to avoid that okay. i'll just admit it. I bought those pillow covers. I think i said last time that we were gonna sit down on has a family and decorate them. It didn't happen now. It's still might happen. And i hope it does. There's also a chance that somebody is going to be thrilled at the thrift store to find brand new pillow covers and anyway But yeah so. That's why. When i said it i went. I'm really going to do that. And then i thought dana you know better. You know better you. I always try to tell you guys things after. I did it not in my plans because i've
Whats the Point of Storage Space?
"So let's talk about storage space you know defining. The room is one of my decluttering strategies that has really impacted me. And when i say that. I am not talking about being a designer. I'm not saying like i'm gonna define this room. I it some some project that i do ahead of time. No it's really honestly. I use this defining the room like okay. This is my game room. Yes technically it has some office stuff in here technically. Yes stay in here blah blah blah. But this is my game room. It's not so much about thinking ahead of time. What a game is going to mean to me instead. It's going that's the purpose of this room. And then starting on the decluttering. And then as i start to get a little bit distracted reminding myself no no. This is a game room. This is a game room. So when i look at something and i think of go does it go in the game room. I'm asking my normal decluttering questions. But but like that is an overall thing that i just have to keep reminding myself again so like in a bedroom defining a room as a bedroom is not this lofty thing saying this is a bedroom. This is its purpose as i work in this room. I have to remember that the being bedroom is the purpose of this room. Okay because for those of us who at one point didn't understand that we really couldn't keep oliver stuff just because we wanted to keep it because we didn't understand the container concept that there are limits in reality Those of us who didn't understand that we would just keep bringing in and bringing it in and all the sudden the corner of the bedroom turns into storage and that section of the living room turns into storage and just while biden. It's like no no no wait wait. This is not so if you have a storage space. Remember that the purpose of that space whether it's a cabinet closet Shelf in the garage. Entire storage unit or a storage building or whatever it is you have or maybe a covered porch where it's mostly out of the weather. I don't know but that purpose of that space is storage. Okay now if you hear be something like a part of the cover portugal. Oh no. that shouldn't be so how we're dealing in reality here. Okay so yes the goal will be for you to eventually maybe rethink that but if your brain cannot get past the point of that's where i store staff. Okay go with that and make that storage space fulfill its function. The way that we're talking about here which may really shift things in your home to where eventually you go. Wait a minute. I don't want that to be my storage space. Okay so i saw. I see i see things all the time and i saw something at one point That said like. I don't remember exactly what it was but it's like hey remember that if you're doing this you're not actually organizing. Don't call that organizing. And i was like you know what if you wanna call it organizing called organizing like if it helps you function more on your home. Go for it. I am not here to say. Oh nobody should have boxes of storage on their porch because you know now visibility rule split of having on the back porch from the heart. But anyway okay. Let's go on Basically we just want to deal with whatever it is that you are actually living in your home like what's your actual reality. That is all that matters. So if there's a space devoted to storage that is its purpose so just like the living room needs to be lived in the bathroom needs to be bathed in. Would you think i was gonna say anyway. Storage room needs to be stored in okay. So that's its purpose. Which often can kind of make you get a bunch of stuff out there. Now it's a little bit harder and storage spaces because in a bedroom you can go a well. Obviously that doesn't need to be in the bedroom but don't just assume that your storage spaces only have stuff that need to be stored in their. The one of the biggest problems with a storage space is that it can turn into a stick space like you just stick things in there and that
Painting Exterior Brick
"You're listening to the beautiful mess podcast this week. We're talking all about painted exterior brick. I've learned so much from painting three howson row and this last time we things a little bit differently and learned even more. I know the painting brick can be controversial but we're passionate about how much it can improve home like my nine thousand nine hundred ninety s half brick half stucco home. The difference is night and day. it's magical also answering a listener question about wedding registry. Must have this. Week's episode is sponsored by leah lonnie. We'll chat more about them later in the sewed all right. Let's talk about painted brick. This is very controversial. Like you know the comments get heated. It's funny to me that it's even do people care a lot about painting brick and they care a lot about how you store display. Your books are some controversial topics universe. Okay i saw. How many times have you painted the exterior brick of a home. Not one not two but three times all right so first of all about five years ago. We painted our first home when we moved to nashville and we painted about a year after we moved in and we lived there for four years with the brick painted nowhere and tear except for the front porch where we step down on it and it's like also rains on and little bit different. That would touch every year but the rest of the brick nowhere and tear whatsoever and also like painting. A floor is very different from painting a wall. Yeah we all know the obvious and then our last home so you know that we famously moved into a house and moved out four months later so we painted that home it was it was it was an unintentional flip as soon as we realized we needed and wanted to sell it quickly. I scheduled my local painter to campaign to any came the next week and painted it and he did a great job It was very quick. It made it faster mo- We'll talk more about that later in the episode Whether or not it adds value is definitely like a big question and then our current home where we just moved to. We had it painted a couple of weeks ago. And we used a new material that we've never used before romo bio paint and it is a lime based paint so it's natural it's nontoxic it's not actually paint but it's like painting brick with brick is how they say that if you feel it still feels like brick there's no gloss to it all there's no sheen to it all it's perfectly mad and it said to age really well over time and we thought it was cool that it was environmentally friendly and lasts a little bit longer so i also like that you've kind of tried a bunch of different so you can i mean i just feel like that lind's to your with painting brick so people are interested it's like oh well should i use this type this type or what's the most affordable way to go about it or whatever for shar so on that note let's get into some common things that people like to ask Are your neighbors okay with it. You're in a little bit of a cold sack. Yeah your neighbors are fairly close. Not like right up against your house but you can definitely see their houses from your house and yours is the one white one. Everyone else has unpainted brick. So every where we've lived out of these three houses it's been mostly brick homes and our home kinda stood out why it was never the only like especially where we live. Now there's quite a few brick homes in the subdivision but not right next to ours. So i think that it. I think that it does stand out but one of our neighbors ran right over the next after we did it and said to jeremy that they had always nicknamed our house the institutional looking house and now it looks way better so funny. That's a really nice really really nice osei and we also like yeah. We wanted to make sure that they liked it so it felt good to know that like they were cool with it. Our houses a little bit tucked back. So i didn't feel like it doesn't really like show like you have to be right. It is a little it to see it. it's not a house you would like to drive by when you were like out on a drive. Let's put it that way now. It's kind of tucked away in the hold a sack. But i also just my own perspective. Even if i have a neighbor who paints their house exterior something. That maybe i wouldn't have chosen. I always just seeing. When people are taking care of their homes. I feel like most neighbors feel that way. Of course you want to check if you haven't hoa and they have rules or your neighborhood rules and you're not allowed to paint certain colors or whatever of course check into that. That's very important. Because i think your neighbors might care on that one but on that i really think just like when you have neighbors who are taking care of their house. They mow their lawn. A take care of landscaping. They don't let things become kind of broken or in disrepair even if they painted a caller. That isn't my choice. Which love white. But if i didn't i would still feel like well. At least they're you know spending money on their home in up keeping it in like that's gonna make the neighborhood. Nice place overall just that people care and are putting love and money into their property.
Making the Best of It
"This is podcast number. Two seventy two. And i'm gonna call it making the best of it with a making with the little apostrophe at the end because when we're all living the lives that were living right now during times of corona. It's like mike and the best of it. We got to put an accent to it right anyway. So this is making the best of it and a couple of things before i get into it. I do want to remind you that if you would like to be a patron this is not a patron interview. Strategy session like we've been doing Thank you for the great feedback. On those i love. I love just have an opportunity to talk to people. And i also love hearing from you guys how it helps you just to hear. The strategies applied in different situations Your situation is unique so getting to hear the same principle applied in different situations just helps it to sink in more and make it easier for you to apply it to your house anyway. I love hearing that from you. guys I have really enjoyed those doing those. There's going to be a lot more. Don't worry but i'm gonna talk real quick this week about making the best things because oh my goodness you guys anyway. But i did want to let you know i did. Just set it up if you would like to. I said where you can do. An annual membership for patriot. I know there's some people who are like you know what i prefer to do. One check so that's like. I'm assuming sixty dollars for the year if you'd rather pay all at once and join for a year. You do have the option to do that which you know. It's one of those things where it could be easier f- to ask for this. As a christmas gift the only issue is that it then renews on that same card. And so you don't know but you know what i mean like if if you've been thinking about it and you've been thinking you wanted to join maybe that will make it an easier decision for you. I'm kind of that way. Like i'd rather just say okay. I've got this money right now. I'm gonna spend this and that's going gonna be You know. I don't have to have a monthly charge anyway so that is an option. Now let you guys know that you can go to patriae on dot com slash. A slob comes clean. If you don't know what that is. This must your first podcast. But it's basically i call it my kindred spirits and it's Several different things. First of all You're getting the show. And that's that's ultimately what you're doing is supporting the show that comes to you free of charge every month and in comes to tens of thousands of free of charge every month but it also is a just a way for us parts show and as a perk of doing that. One of those perks is a super secret. Facebook group We're just full of truly lovely people who support each other and earls speaking the same language like they're speaking my language of cleaning and decluttering and organising so that you know i know there's a lot of decluttering groups out there and i think those are great but the advantage of this and the reason why it's a perk of a patron of the show is that you get to bring up your unique situation and everybody's speaks in this language of clutter thresholds and the beauty benefit of less and better and all that so you know the the criticism isn't there of oh or or getting thousand different ideas thrown at you instead. It's hey we will help you work through this situation or give you perspective or remind you of the things you already know because you've read the books and you've listened to the podcast but it just comes from that perspective and it gives everybody just a place to kind of like what i used to do on the blog. When which i mean. I still do to a degree but especially in the beginning when it was just like okay. This is what i'm dealing with today. High gotta work through this situation and get through it. You know a lot of people just do that. They just post like hey. This is my before picture of my dishes. And i'm hoping to post a after picture and a little bit in the comments you know whatever to anyway. It's a great group lovely people and that's also who the who gets to apply to do the strategy sessions here on the podcast so Again that's patriot. Dot com slash slump comes clean. All right so let's talk about making the best of things so back in march april may. Oh my goodness which seems like such. A long time ago i would do podcasts. Kind of deal with what was going on in our situations at that point And i would say things like. Oh i hope this podcast is irrelevant soon and you know and i would try to keep it very. Not just corona time specific. You know what. I mean like. I would try to talk about things and be like well. This can apply anytime. But here's how it kind of angles into what we're dealing with right now. Y'all it is the end of november. I mean by the time you listen to this here in the us. It will be thanksgiving day. And it's is not over and i i'm just i'm done with pretending like okay. Well this'll be irrelevant. And i do hope. This'll be a relevant soon. But i also let's just in where we all are right now because this is crazy i also know that different places in the world are different. Different places in the united states are different. As far as what exactly you're dealing with but but this is a worldwide thing like we. We're all dealing with the same thing. We may be at different stages if things we may be having different issues but the core thing is that this holiday season is going to be different than any in my entire lifetime.
Figuring Out Laundry Day
"I karen how you doing today. I'm great. how are you. i'm good. Thanks for coming on for a strategy session brad. Thanks for letting us use your name. It's always interesting to me. You know when people actually let me use their name. Because i would not have back. When when i was first in this process personally i would have been like. Don't don't tell anybody who i am. It's i'm always impressed with that. But tell me a little bit about your unique life situation. Okay well let's see. I have three kids. I have a daughter who's seven. I have a son who's four. And i have another son who is between two and a half and three big three the couple months and so it's a very lively active boisterous household out and we're home schoolers all the time twenty four seven and so you know messes get made me levels high. I am sort of the only one with a full set of adult skills and cleaning up after the messes. So that is something that i struggle with and lit. I got married when a little later in life. So i had a long period of time when i was you know in school and then in graduate school and working at a professional job and living alone in apartment by myself where nobody really cared if i was messy or not and i had always been messianic kind of stayed that way for a very long time and then when i first got married and it was just me and my husband. That wasn't short of a situation. That caused me to get to the point. Where i said i really have to dig down and figure out how to live differently. And then when we decided to come home schoolers i want. My daughter was in her last year of preschool. That was the point at which i said. I can't do what. I wanna do with my life anymore and have my home not being kind of order that i would like that sort of started. Our journey meet figuring out in the middle of a normal lifespan. Yeah how to live differently. So that was it will. She was four and a half against that. And now she's seven so okay and so what is your Like did you find. Slob comes slain through the blog. The books the podcast. I actually found it because during that last year of preschool. When i knew that we were going to home school but we had started yet. I was thinking about how i had to do. Something about this struggle at. I reached out to a very large group of very smart home schoolers that i was aware of on facebook. And i asked for some recommendations for sources. And you're how to manage your home without losing your mind. Was the top recommendation from a lot of okay. So and then i can tell you because when i asked myself. How long have you been working on this. I looked at my amazon history remembered. I lost the book and then not yet. Okay and finish the book. It is amazing to me. How many times i hear exactly that scenario. How many people tell me or they'll say. I went to buy your book. I was so excited to find that it existed only to realize that amazon says i bought it two years ago. And i think there's there's probably something to dig into their that we won't but yeah i think it i love it. That makes me happy. Okay so let's talk about what's working for you. Like what strategy has made the number one biggest impact for you. Yeah i would say the first thing that comes into my mind and comes into my mind. Often now is take their right now. You know so And it's interesting. Because i i realized is the other day that i now automatically ticket that right now in off not always but lot more than i used to you know i. I realized that i was just doing and that. I'm starting to have that feeling that. I used to be jealous of and other people where it's uncomfortable for me to see it sitting there and not having been taken there right now. That's huge deal big. Well it's consistent practice. You know like if you'd like because i was really motivated to and i would just it was at the forefront on the shortlist of the things i was working on and so it was just you know day after day after day. Take it there right now. Ticket there right now. It's hard when you don't and you have you have you. Have you thought through the impact of that becoming pretty natural like what's the like. How is your home different. Because that one strategy because the reality is in my old brain i would have thought. What's the difference between taken it. There now are taking it there later. Like what is the difference in. How has it impacted your home. The difference is that you don't have this constant psychic load of being surrounded by things that you need to remember to do later at you feel guilty about not having already done and you have this nagging feeling that it's way too much and it's actually completely overwhelming. And if you stop to think about it you're gonna be really upset