Over the past few years Wendy has asked Santa for just one simple thing, yet each year it seems to be the one thing he's failed to bring.

Her wish, though not a pony, Frozen soundtrack, or power tool that's new, would ultimately require a lot of effort and proved to be much harder to do.

While many people may wish for extravagant bobbles, toys, and trinkets, Wendy's wish was far more practical than a pair of Super Bowl tickets.

Wendy's Christmas wish was so simple, in fact, for she merely had dreams of a functional clawfoot tub where she could soak and relax.

Each year she hoped and wished her bath might just appear, but her elves failed to make it happen year after year. They had other projects, blown deadlines, and lots of excuses get in the way, but one thing was consistent, no tub to this day.


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There's little "good information" out there regarding the rehabilitation of a salvaged clawfoot or other cast iron porcelain enamel tub.

Whether it's a tip that is immediately contradicted by another, or simply a complete lack of real photos or high detail before and afters, finding information on how to proceed with this step of our restoration has been hard to come by.

For this reason I've decided to go a bit more in depth about our efforts to first clean, and then restore the interior of our salvaged tub without going the nuclear route.

What's the nuclear route? A complete re-coat spraying of the tub that's more traditionally offered by tub "refinishing" outfits.

It seems like there are overwhelmingly two approaches to tub restoration throughout the internet, and they are:


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The history of the world is shaped by the rivalries of great nemeses.

The Hatfields had the McCoys, Aaron Burr had Alexander Hamilton, Ali had Frazier, Nikolai Volkoff had Hulk Hogan, England had George Washington, President Taft had a bathtub, Grumpy Cat has fun, and even Narcissus had Nemesis herself.

A great nemesis can frustrate, intimidate, infuriate, incite deep emotions, and elicit a visceral response from its counterpart unlike any other. Whether a worthy opponent and archrival, or an unwitting foe in an existence, the actions of a nemesis can result in anything from utter defeat to unbridled exuberance.

We're all likely familiar with the scene from A Christmas Story where Ralphie's dad weaves his "tapestry of obscenity" in his fight with his nemesis, the furnace.


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***This Reader Reward is now closed. Congratulations to Shelley, who will be using this awesome tool to restore her double hung windows and expose some shiplap. What a perfect few projects for this tool.***

As many of you may know, I'm a bit of a tool junkie. Whether I'm researching, using, or wishing I had a particular tool, I've become tool obsessed over the last few years.

I'm not exactly sure when it happened, but at some point my Christmas list experienced a metamorphosis of magnificent proportions.

While I once wished and hoped Santa would bring the latest and greatest in GI Joe play sets, the coolest new video game tech gadget (Nintendo power glove), or the Star Wars action figure set I was certain would likely complete my life...

...at some point, roughly coinciding with the purchase of our home, my holiday wish list quickly began looking like the inventory list of a tool store in search of that item that might just let me complete a project.


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Today marks the start of the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend here in Old Town Alexandria. It's my favorite weekend of the year, and is the perfect festive kick off to our holiday season. The town is abuzz, homes are adorned with their holiday finest, and the chill in the air hints of fun, family, and much cheer throughout the month. 

Tomorrow we'll be attending the Designer Tour of Homes to see how other residences in town are all decked out for the holidays (and congratulations to our winner of the ticket giveaway!), but first we thought you might like to see our Old Town Home all gussied up for the season. 

This year we took a more natural approach to our decor. Not only do I love the look, feel, and smell of fresh greens this time of year, but I'm having surgery early next month that will leave me on crutches for several weeks. So the less we take out of the attic now, means the less Alex has to put away next month when I'm laid up. So outside of our trees and a few cherished holiday items, we kept it pretty simple (and recyclable) this holiday season.

While decorating for the season can be a bit daunting, especially on a timeline, I tried to make it more fun this year by making sure we were well nourished to take on the tree trimming task. A great Christmas playlist, bottle of bubbly, and a cheese and fruit board made the evening a great family event. Too bad we decimated the food and drink before a single ornament went on the tree. Perhaps not my best executed plan.

These too lovable goof balls also kept us entertained while we hung all of our ornaments on the tree. As you can see, Christmas has everyone getting along this time of year. 


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