Friday, February 12, 2016

I Had some time......



...........on my hands so i thought i'd make a quick post! Please feel free to print off and color the VineFaces . The black and white line drawing can be found in the previous post... 


So far for me this week its been all about sanding... I can only handle a day of sanding before i need a day's break... so one day on one day off.... Look what i found while putting the mud on the walls... in the above pic... I was putting mud over some existing texture so every thing would match later... when i noticed a ripple in the wall ... a long skinny bump... TIP :   When mudding a wall its much easier to fill a hole than to try to cover up and even out a bump... So i pulled out my knife to try to dig out the ripple... If you enlarge the pic you'll see its a line of nails! How weird... Anyway they were trying to back themselves out, so i knocked them all back in and Hubs put a few drywall screws around the area then i filled it in and now you wouldn't even know that had been there... 

Working my way down stairs... For some reason on the stair well there were alot nails trying to work themselves back out and creating bumps so i had to dig them all out and fill the holes...

                        This is me after a day of sanding...uuuugghhhh....


Hubs entertained himself by working on the plumbing .  Welcome to my downstairs bathroom / laundry room....Thats the shower on the left and out of frame on the right is a toilet and sink...washer and dryer behind the wall there..


We've been talking about it and Hubs decided that was the day the shower was coming out! It just didn't make sense to us to have a shower down there....There's no bedrooms down there... I'm sure it brings the house value down not to have 3 full baths but for us the 2- 1/2 bath just makes more sense... In the pic above you can see where a utility sink will go in the area with the washer and dryer... We saved the one that was there. Its a big old cast iron sink... Thats where Jinx will get his baths from now on..no more bending over a tub...uuugh.... showing my age.......


Let me just say... that shower was built solid! Hubs had a hard time getting it out and then i helped him carry the mess to the trailer..Look at that old wallpaper! :)layer after layer........Peeling back the years.....


Shoot it was built so strong (think concrete lining) maybe we should have used it for a storm shelter.... lol no joke! 


Finally getting somewhere.....



The mess has been managed... 



Always time for some creativity! I thought the owl would make a cute pendant... I'm sorry the picture didn't come out very good.. I didn't realize it was a bad pic and i already packaged it to give to someone.........

Lookee lookee what came in the mail the other day!!! Isn't it beautiful?! Can you guess who made it???  She's part of the Tea Party!!  Krisha!!! Thank you so much Krisha i just love it and cannot WAIT to hang it in my craft room!!!  Well i'm early this week for the Tea Gang... but i have learned with this construction zone i have to grab a minute when i can.... So before actual T day i hope to add a picture of my drink  and then link up to Elizabeth's T Stands for Tuesday Tea Party.... I'm going to go put on some warm woolies .. suppose to be 18 F degrees tonight... brrrr.... I'm so glad you stopped by! Hugs! deb

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

How Many Faces....



............do you see???? Well now you see what i've been entertaining myself with in the evenings watching TV... :)I hope you'll try to count them. Leave me a number.. I'm in the process of coloring the page. I figured i need more practice drawing faces and this might be a good way to do that... I had sketched the idea for that vine a few years ago and never did anything with it so i used it too... 


Well everybody work on the house crawls along. This is the front entry way... The stairs had railing to hold on to and the question was to keep it or not? Hubs didn't care either way so I decided to keep it... We might appreciate it as we get older... However the railing HAD to be raised up... People in the 70's must have been shorter... If you wanted to use the railing to go downstairs you had to reach down to your knees or lower to get a hold of it. ... not acceptable... So as you can see we had to raise the wall a little so we could raise the railing...We might revisit this fix later but for now it will do... 


I just HAD to show you a picture of me doing something or you might think hubby was doing it ALL....lol... It was a little scary up there but it had to be done... If you look close you can see my poor craft desk covered up or almost covered up ... i just can't help getting in there now and then... lol 


There's no other way to say it... the kitchen is tore UP! In the pic above i'm getting ready to scrape the ceiling..... ALL the popcorn in the house is officially GONE! 

Then the cabinets came down...... I want a shelf on top of my cabinets so the little boxed in area above the cabinets had to come down.... what a mess.... I know i know it means more dusting but i've always wanted a little shelf above the cabinets to put whatnots and such.... and shoot if i get tired of it theres nothing to say we can't box it in later... But right now i'm excited about having it..




OOoooo boy........




Just Breathe Deb... just breathe....



At one point we could see into the bathroom from the kitchen...uuugh...  Had to take that wall down as you can see the main electrical runs down that wall to downstairs and hubs needed access... so much easier just to tear it out... 


This is what we found behind the kitchen sink... Its all taken care of now.... 


Hubs was very determined to give me a pantry in the kitchen...For now the old cabinet will go back in and life will go on. We don't plan on new cabinets until later in the year or even next year... We didn't even plan on tackling the kitchen but one thing led to another and hubs wanted to get the electrical done and plumbing so we said OOooh lets just do it... lol


When your kitchen is tore up you eat alot of this! 

But i still have my coffee station... you knew i would... This is an old pic from my CA days but i just love that cup.. :) Happy Tday to my TeaPeople... I hope you enjoyed the update!  We found out that having the walls textured by a professional is just too costly... Wow!  We have been in the wrong business all our lives! lol So... we've never done it before but we are going to give it a go... stay tuned... lol  Hugs! deb

Saturday, January 23, 2016

A Hodge Podge........................


..........of photos I've been wanting to show you since coming to Arkansas but just never found the time...I also wanted to show you the colored drawing of the Pyramid Cat...... Remember it all started with that pyramid that i had no idea what to do with.......And there's my ever present cup of early morning coffee for my Tea People... 


I'm so sorry i missed everyone last week..... Sometimes things just get crazy around here.... right now my kitchen has been tore up for two days... while hubby does the electric and plumbing... then insulate and put it all back together... uuughh.. washing any dishes in the bathroom sink is no fun... For now the old cabinets will go back in place.....probably not ready for new cabinet til later in the year.........


This is from just when we arrived in Arkansas....VERY nice welcome center .......lots and lots of info on what to do and see in Arkansas.........


You can tell it was April... the dogwoods were in bloom......


Above is what the city of Rogers looked like back in 1905.... We've come a long way baby... All of these photos will enlarge if you click on them........


We've also walked around Pea Ridge State Park. A small piece of the 'Trail of Tears' goes thru it....

You can read about it if you like....... I have a drop or two of indian blood in me.... Lenni Lenape .... you?


This is an old house in Rogers. I just love it. I'm tempted to try to draw it......

 If you don't enlarge any other photo , enlarge this one... Its beautiful!  We were on a windy twindy road and there was this bench there along side the road... apparently we weren't the only ones who appreciated the view... Just had to stop and sit a moment...... and just breathe.........


We passed thru Eureka Springs on our way to Branson , MO... Great , great place to wander around and shop and browse... this is another good photo to enlarge.... She's a lovely mosaic.....

 OOOoo...oooo ... enlarge this one too! That King Kong was just incredibly lifelike on the side of that building........like CRAZY lifelike... I would not be lying if i told you my breath caught for just a moment upon seeing it........!

Hows that for a bit of randomness over Tea????  We are still plugging away on the house... like i said above its all about the kitchen at the moment... we are taking offers on texturing our walls.... So far the prices have been pretty high......still flirting with the idea of doing it ourselves........sigh...... cross your fingers for a good outcome no matter what we do!  Take care and have an awesome week!!! If you'd like to share your drink with some more lovely Tea People just hop on over to Ms. Elizabeth's T stands for Tuesday...on Tuesday that is...lol Hugs! deb

Saturday, January 9, 2016

NO,NO Don't Run Away...................




............I promise you only a quick House Update...lol  We have been crazy busy around here.... first .. back in Nov.. I lost my desire to make new posts... all i had to talk about was the house... my life... for now... then the Holidays came around  and then the first of  the year we hit the computer/office room hot and heavy..you'll see a pic below... no way was i typing a blog post in there... But now things have calmed down... i'm calmer... I hope you'll come back and visit me and catch up....



Remember we took that door out in the Master Bedroom? Well we found some siding to match and put that on...



Then i don't know if you remember or not but the storage room downstairs had a huge double door leading outside. They were severely rusted out and had a doggie door.. sorry cat people here.. lol . So we took them out..and put up new siding.. One less entry to worry about security when we decide to travel ... you know... when the house is done...  Putting up the siding was a little more difficult than we thought... but we got it done with minimal cussing..lol For your future knowledge... its much MUCH easier to just put up a whole wall of siding than it is to try to patch or replace partial..just saying... 


Check List.... check off the Master Bedroom/Bath/Walkin Closet.... Those areas are ready for texture...........


The above pic may not look it but this is the Computer Room... Check that off the list too.....Its DONE and ready for texture as of yesterday(this photo is a little old)..................Woohoo! 


Guest Room.......final touches done to it today....Check this one off the list too........Whew!  Its slow going... Hubs and i are no taping and floating professionals...... but we are doing darn good if i do say so myself... We just have to do alot more sanding than say someone who knows what their doing......



See!  Its not all about the house! :)  If you've been visiting me for very long you know how i hate to just have my drawings sit around in a sketchbook or drawer.... I want to DO something with them... I want them somehow to be out in the world......As you can see from the above photo i apply that even to my photographs... See that cup of coffee my Tea People... :)  So i've been making note cards and postcards with my little owl drawing......and a few photographs... 


The sketchbook has been busy... really thats all i can do until we get unpacked... So i sketch while watching TV at night.... 


My sister~ in~law gave me a huge pack of sharpie pens... I don't normally color with markers but i had a blast coloring my flowers with them... A little frustrating that i couldn't blend them like i do with my pencils...........Hindsight being 20/20 i wish i would have made the  word 'GROW' bigger... ah well........
 Then i decided to try my hand at another girl...........


The eyes... the eyes are always gonna give me trouble i think... But i loved drawing and coloring the folds in the scarf......



This cat........ this cat comes with a story....  First scroll down and view the last picture......go ahead i'll wait......... Remember that pyramid from what a month ago??? Well i struggled mightily with drawing that cat on there with the wings... Still not thrilled with it... I first tried to draw it facing me ... forget it .. couldn't do it... then i finally got the side view out... geesh i mean i LIVE with a cat.. i KNOW what they look like....


Well not to be out done by a cat i tried again... but this time instead of drawing one with the ears pointed up and forward i laid them out to the side and bingo!!! This cat above fell out the end of my pencil in less than 5 minutes!! Granted its not  a highly detailed cat but STILL! I love it! Then i realized that Jinx's ears are rarely up straight and forward...I mean his emotions play out in his ears.. they are always moving... listening...... so i guess i'm used to seeing them out to the side..?!? go figure..

I'm coloring this Pryamid Cat as we speak.... I may not be thrilled with the fairy cat but i'am loving the light post....We'll see how it all comes together....... :) I'm so glad to be visiting with you again.. I've missed everyone. I hope you had a fabulous Christmas and your New Year has started out right...... We had snow flurries today.. the first since moving to Arkansas... It was so pretty!  I'm a little early with this post but it will eventually link up to Ms. Elizabeth's T stands for Tuesday post... Stay warm! Hugs! deb

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Another Fly By Post...........


Hi Everybody!!!!! I'm so sorry i missed the Tea Party last week... sometimes with working on the house its just hard find the time to put together a post...  But this week i made it!!! I did not take a dedicated 'Tea' picture but i'm hoping as i look thru these photos i can find a darn can of soda sitting there somewhere!!! LOL! You'll help me look  won't you?? I thought you might like to see the finished owl picture. I think he came out pretty good for my first owl... I'll have to see what else i can come up with... Did anyone else print it and color it? I'd love to see! 

 The house ... the house lets get back to the house... remember 2 weeks ago i left you at the front door on a ladder scraping the ceiling and sheetrock etc...  Well this is the big bay window area where i take all those deer photos ...its all done........


Then this is moving on in the same area... see the scraped ceiling...and fireplace taped off...


Hubs pondering the last of the electrical that needs to be done... A few plugs left in the kitchen to do but we will do that when we do the kitchen....which will be laaaasstt.....


Okay you remember the kitchen right?? With the island and sticking out and the bars that make it look like a prison...??



Well we just got tired of it one day and decided to take it apart to see how open it would look...Wowza!!! Big difference.. I will use those cabinets in my craft room after they've been painted. They are waaay too dark for me... 


Remember the niches?? They are coming along... 


Remember that door?? 


Well it is no more... there is a wall there now...!!


When we took out the toilet so we could turn it around (decided to just get a new toilet too)and the carpet and old linoleum underneath we found the floor pretty rotten from old leaks.... enlarge the pic above its pretty bad....


Hubs re-configuring the plumbing so we could turn the toilet around... 


Aaaahhh a new floor....


See toilet turned around and the new wall studs are in....


Hubs sheetrocked it and the toilet is now a part of the 'bathroom' and not the 'bedroom'!!!Pssst if you look on top of that bucket by the window.... isn't that a can of soda?? Diet Mt.Dew if i'm not mistaken...hubs drink of choice..... :)

And incase you've been wondering how Jinxy boy has been doing with all this construction....???? Well lets just say he takes it in stride... He loves his sunpuddle .... Its what  i love about cats...give them food, water... a potty box... and some lovin' when asked for and he's content... My sweet boy...  

Well thats it! You are all up to date!  The only thing i haven't shown you is the taping and floating or mudding of the walls.... boring...but i'll try to show you some next week...  I'm so glad you stopped by for a visit. I missed my Tea People last week! Hugs! deb