Edison Bulb Chandelier: A DIY Overview

A flattened edison bulb makes a unique touch to a light fixture

Our DIY Edison bulb chandelier occasions the most comments both on and off the website. It is the second highest source of interest in our home besides the gardens. Adam designed and created this industrial light fixture with 15 Edison light bulbs shortly after we moved into the house at Burk. The original light was pretty, but small and certainly not anything to get excited over. It did feature a single Edison light bulb that kind of kick started our creativity. That bulb was what lead to our industrial and pipe theme throughout the house. Unlike many of our tutorials … Read more…

New Reaganskopp Homestead: A No Filter Home Tour

We re-homed the piano.  Best story from the previous tenants:  No one knew where the piano came from.  It just appeared one day.

You might have noticed that it has been a little quiet around here but we are going to change that with a new home tour.  Well it all started with the decision to do a little yard sale shopping which ended up with us shopping for a yard.  Yep!  We have moved! A whole 1.8 miles down the road from our previous locale.  We have been known for our impulsiveness from time to time, but I am pretty sure this move takes the cake.  Our process in a nutshell: see a house you are interested in, go put your house … Read more…

Why You Need A Secure Coop for Chickens

Going to miss all those eggs...

Why do some people need to have the fort knox of secure chicken coops?  We certainly had the Taj MaCoop at our previous house.  I personally have never free ranged my chickens since it is not allowed in the city, but I never realized why I needed such a secure coop.  Below are the reasons a secure coop and run is necessary for some flocks of chickens.  If you lack the space to free range and live in an area with wildlife you may need to go the extra mile with hardware cloth and heavy bolts just to keep you … Read more…

Bees and Butterflies on the Rebound

Bumblebee on lavender

This week is pollinator week in in the United States.  National Pollinator week was created to bring awareness to all pollinators which include bees, butterflies, birds, and and bats.  In case you weren’t aware Asheville is a certified Bee City, USA.  There is a week long celebration to bring awareness to pollinators. As gardeners, I tend to think we take mental notes of all the environmental gloom and doom we hear. Global warming, bee colony collapse, droughts, pesticide, and the myriad of other environmental disasters that we both contribute to as humans and feel absolutely overwhelmed to stop. Well guess what, today … Read more…

Craft Thyme Does Canning!

canning-101-square

If you have read Craft Thyme for any length of time you have probably realized we aren’t a cooking blog!  That being said, we (especially Adam) are decent cooks.  In addition to gardening and DIY I’m a not too shabby baker, but one of my hidden talents is canning.  If you do any type of vegetable gardening you will find that you have a surplus of something from time to time.  Canning is a great way to use up that produce without composting or giving it away. If you have never canned it is easy and fun and takes very … Read more…