Double Pocket Doors

When we built the mancave and craft studio in the basement, double door access was a must have so we could easily move my industrial equipment into the space. We used the K.N. Crowder pocket door system elsewhere in the house (links at the end) and were so happy with the result that it was a no-brainer to install the same system in our basement.

This isn’t an affiliate post so you can trust our unbiased opinion; we just have to sing the praises of quality products when we come across them.  One big advantage in investing in a quality system, like the K.N. Crowder system, is that the door can be hung AFTER all the work is complete. It does not have to be built into the wall during construction. Another advantage of the K.N. Crowder system over those you can find at the big box store is the steel components. The steel is strong and durable. Since K.N. Crowder provides awesome instructions with their kits, we’re just going to show some highlights of our install.

For a double access pocket door, you need two single frame kits. Hubs started with the wooden frame structure before adding the steel header and uprights from the kits.

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Pond Maintenance: Get Your Pond Ready for Summer!

Opening up the pond for the season is a dirty job. But somebody has to do it – and thankfully, it’s not me! Someone has to be behind the camera 🙂

Flashback to last Fall: we tie off the grass (to be cut down in the Spring) and cover the pond to protect it from the elements. This is how we leave it over the winter:

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Bathroom Light Fixture Planter

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, I think it’s appropriate to showcase something green and this project is ‘green’ in more ways than one!

If you’re anything like us, you try to complete your inside renos during the winter months so you can enjoy the great outdoors once the good weather arrives. We just finished an accessible bathroom renovation for my Mom, so in this tutorial we’re showing you how to turn an unwanted bathroom light fixture into a planter for the garden. At Birdz of a Feather, we’re all about turning trash into treasure! Whether you find your fixtures in the trash or upcycle your own post-renovation, repurposed bathroom staples can make a great addition to any backyard oasis!

We had a blank section of fencing at the entry to our backyard that needed a little somethin’ somethin’. When Hubs came home with another curbside find – a discarded mirror – it completed my vision perfectly!

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2018 Round Up Reflections and Lessons Learned on Birdz of a Feather

I’ve been spending some long overdue quality time with Hubs this holiday season, so this post comes a day late for 2018. Looking back on our projects of 2018 has made me realize how much I’ve turned into my mother’s daughter. It’s a strange thing to think all your life that you’re nothing like your mother then suddenly come to the realization that you have more in common than you ever thought.

My mom was a prolific indoor and outdoor gardener. For years I didn’t have much of an interest in growing indoor plants – or a green thumb for that matter. Now every available light source in our house is stuffed with plants. Albeit, succulents are easy to keep alive, so if you don’t have much of a green thumb either, give them a try! They’re so lovely to look at and make a home even homier. You can’t really consider your nest feathered without house plants 🙂

I was inspired to re-plant some of my succulents into this succulent display when I came across this set of ceramic planters at the thrift store.

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Sustainable Savings in the Laundry Room

A few years ago, we replaced all our kitchen appliances with Energy Star appliances and are reaping the benefits of energy savings. However, we still have a set of washing machines that my grandmother purchased for me over 20 years ago when I was still single. Given the sentimental value, and the fact that they’re still going strong, I don’t have the heart to replace them. Unfortunately, they are energy guzzlers; my 1990s electric clothes dryer, for instance, use at least 17 percent more energy than those produced today.

Since air drying our laundry will save on energy costs, we couldn’t wait to try our MULIG drying rack. Even though there’s only two of us in our household, given the age of our dryer, we estimated that air drying could save us up to $125 a year, which is better off in our pockets!

When we renovated our basement and built a brand new laundry room, it gave us the perfect space to set up the drying rack so we could lay our clothing out to dry.

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Spice up Your Life: Waste Not Want Not (Part II)

As you saw in Part I of Waste Not Want Not, in trying to live a more a sustainable lifestyle, it’s important to us to reduce food waste. In Part II, we’re taking it another step further: along with reducing food waste, we’re reducing water and excess packaging waste.Upcycle a bathroom light fixture into a planter for the garden | Birdz of a Feather | | upcycle | upcycling | upcycling ideas | upcycled | repurposed | repurposed items | light fixture upcycle | light fixture upcycle ideas | bathroom light fixture makeover | bathroom light fixture over mirror | planter upcycle | planter upcycle repurposed | planter upcycle ideas #upcycle #upcycling #repurposed #planter #upcycledplanter #birdzofafeather

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Meal Planning and Food Inventory: Waste Not Want Not (Part I)

In creating a sustainable lifestyle, it’s important to us to reduce our food waste. In this first part of a 2-part series, we’re showing you how we’re getting meal planning and inventory tracking organized. We’ll even provide you with a printable meal planner to help you with your own food waste management goals!

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Stock up on Chicken Soup with a Pressure Cooker!

On today’s Sustainable Sunday, we’re cooking up batches of chicken stock to keep on hand as the cold weather settles in (we usually freeze it). Nothing could be better than a steaming bowl of hot chicken soup to keep warm on a winter’s day!

‘Stocking’ up the freezer

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Homemade Pesto

Homemade pesto is the payoff after we previously showed you how to set up an indoor herb garden! My personal favourite herb is basil and we use it in a lot of dishes. It’s not only great as a pesto, but in a bocconcini, tomato and basil salad. As you’ll see later, we also love to use it to simply top a burger.

You might be tempted to pick off a leaf or two as you need it. But if you make a habit of doing that, you can leave the plant looking spindly and sad. The key to producing more basil, and keep it lasting and looking good, is to prune. Pruning will foster full bushy plants. To ensure that you are not going to damage the plant, wait until it has at least three or four sets of leaves and is about 6″ to a foot tall before the first pruning.

Pruning Basil

Basil leaves grow on opposite sides of the stem. Cut the plant 1/4″ above at least two sets of leaves (where the scissor icon is pictured below). The leaves left at the top of the stem will grow out to become branches. Once the branches bear a few sets of leaves, again, just cut them above a pair of leaves and the plant will re-grow.

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The scissor icon shows you where to prune the stem so you can pop it into some water!

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Indoor Herb Garden

We love herbs but they are typically sold in such large bunches that they end up spoiling before we can finish them. Under those circumstances a living herb garden makes perfect sense! But let’s face it. Canada really only has two seasons: winter and the month of July. The perfect solution for us was to start growing our own herbs indoors!  Growing our own will not only curtail our current food waste, but provide a ready source of nutrient rich, flavour-packed herbs year-round!

Find a Sunny Window

We have the perfect sunny spot in a window that faces South to grow herbs successfully! With the help of Ikea’s SATSUMAS plant stand and VILDAPEL plant pots, we got busy setting up our little herb garden.

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