Tuesday, April 5, 2016

ImprompTu Roadtrip..........


You know what they say about all work and no play.... Well this roadtrip felt more like work than play but at least it wasn't working on the house... From the pics can you guess where we went???

 If you guess Texas ... your RIGHT!  The roadside was full of flowers... maybe not at their peak but still beautiful...

 I can just imagine the looks i was getting from passing cars as i stopped to get this photo for my 'Tea People' over there at Elizabeth's and Bleubeard's... Those are Primrose flowers......



Here we stopped at a roadside park. All these photos were taken with my phone so i apologize for their quality... As you can see above it focused on the background and not the flower i wanted to show you...grrrr.... That is a TX Mountain Laurel by the way and no kidding they smell just like grape Koolaid... :)

Our trip ... quick as it was... 3 days ...one to drive down , one there, and one to drive back... 10+ hours each way...uuughhh... Was successful.... Hubby got it in his head a little while ago that i needed to have my little blue car back...Its a blue Ford Focus ..oh about a 2002 or so... good little car...dependable , never gave us any problems but we decided not to take it CA with us when we moved there 4 years ago so we left it to my MIL to use...She has since passed and it just sits in a barn so..... We'll see.. it needs some TLC and we'll either keep it or sell it... We also managed to get together with a few friends and family . So all in all good trip.



I wish i could say the bedroom is a done deal.... BUT its done enough that we could more some furniture back in and put the fan back in...etc... Still working on some trim... Who knew trim took so long... cutting it, painting it...caulking it..painting over the caulk...uuughh... But the bedroom is close and computer room/office is close, then we paint the guest room... 

Hubs is making some beautiful window sills... larger than the originals so Jinx can comfortable fit his butt on there and i can put a few things on the window sills like i like to do...Yes Jinx and i will have a discussion about that and i'm sure he will see my point of view that he better not knock anything off and if he just won't listen to reason there's always Earthquake putty...lol Happy T day my friends! Hugs! deb

Monday, March 14, 2016

Sometimes.....



.....i swear i have a split personality.... I'am just one big conundrum....  Do you question that?? You don't have to look too far for proof... The two sides of me are always in constant battle with each other...... I'am a couch potato who wants to run.... a fat person who wants to be thin .......  I decorate my house with white walls.........

wall and ceiling are blue shock... bathroom turquoise
 ........i like earthy colors...... but have you ever seen my artwork??? Its bright, brilliant and full of life and color... yeah... thats the other side trying to come out....... When it comes to home decorating i keep her firmly under control.........

up at the top is Blue Shock...around the niches is Simply Purple..do i leave the niches white? 


.......until now.......  I have opened the door a crack to let 'her' come out to play... I let her loose in the bedroom.... who's gonna see that but hubby and i.... (except hubs has been sending photos to everyone claiming ..LOOK what she's doing to me! )  

Blue Shock and Turquoise


I do apologize for such crappy pictures... the lighting is terrible in there... the above pic is my walkin closet... its turquoise....


 Yeah... i got the turquoise wrong on the first try... got it too dark... but we added white and i'm going around with another coat...You can see the dark around the edges......


I tell hubby to be brave.... I have plans to bring it all together... Remember its a beachy bedroom and bath.... Deciding to trim it out in white made him feel better.... kind of like an anchor while he's drifting around in all that color... I'm not sure about the white trim... It wasn't necessarily in my vision but it makes him feel better about it so we'll probably do it....... 

The rest of the house will be white walls or its a color called DuJour....by Valspar...   Except for this picture above.... It is my front entrance way .... you know with the really high ceiling.... The butterfly pic is a piece of artwork I've been working on.  Its an example of the type of art i'd like to display on that wall... alot of oranges and yellow and red and i'd like the blue to compliment it..  Remember my suns i had on the wall in CA they are terra cotta and some copper...  Anyway i'd love it if you'd help me decide........

I hope everyone had an awesome week........ you know what i'll be doing.......painting painting painting.........Happy Tday my tea people.... I'm so glad you popped over....I'll see you on the flip side..... Hugs! deb

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Hellllloooooo there!!!!.....


Hi there everyone!!! Oh its been hectic.... BUT i did figure out how to make a post on my laptop. WITH pictures!  Hallelujah!  This last week has been.... well lets just say its been a doozy... Wore ourselves out!  There's been a trip to the dump (above) .... Simply had to take a picture of us in our bright pink hard hats... Yeah hubby was not enthused about that...lol I told him 'But its for the scrapbook....lol 

 There's been a trip to IHOP!  Hey early morning trips to the home improvement store interferes with my morning coffee routine so i put my vote in for breakfast... :) Hello my Tea People from Ms. Elizabeth's T Stands for Tuesday...Its been awhile... I'm so glad you popped over for a visit. 


I have volunteer daffodils coming up by the mailbox!  I wasn't here last Spring so i didn't know. Nice surprise!  Does anyone know... do daffodils grow wild?? I thought you had to buy and plant the bulb but i see them growing in some pretty wild places around here ..not just someone's yard....


Look what else has happened!! We have TEXTURE!!! Woohoo...say it with me and say it loud..WOOHOO!!! The entire upper floor has been textured and primed.... OMG!!! We found a price we could live with and the tax return didn't hurt either. :) 


It was an incredibly hard push to the end... We called to give the okay for the texturing and the guy said 'okay we'll be there in three days' Three days!! Well lets just say we thought we would have more time than that to finish up....So we worked morning and night for three days to get the walls ready for texture.. 


Have you ever been tired? I mean bone tired.... can not do one more thing tired.. .fried.... well that was us.... On the last day , in the evening we went down the road for a burger and fry because i wasn't cookin'.... lol and i swear we looked like we'd been in a war zone.. but i was too tired to be embarrassed...we looked like we might fall asleep in our french fries at any moment.... 

Then we spent three days downstairs while they worked up stairs... taping and covering everything and spraying... We took our bed downstairs... everything we could we took downstairs... the rest was covered...  Let me tell you that texture guy made us look good... All our hard work has been topped off with a professional finish which is what i was hoping for... He's already said he'd come back and do our bottom floor for a good price when we are ready... :)  Well now your all caught up in my crazy world... 

Next time i hope to show you some paint colors samples and such.... you know... the fun stuff!! Can you believe it ? We're finally there!! Upstairs anyway....lol I'm so glad you came for a visit so we could catch up.. The painting will take awhile.... alot of it will be on me.... Hubs will be concentrating on the plumbing.... But right now we are riding on cloud 9 with a huge sense of accomplishment... Hugs! deb

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....(now that the time is here i'm hoping Elizabeth will excuse me from showing a drink..just did not have time to add a photo...however! If you scan thru the photos from last week you will find a cup of coffee, a bottle of water and several cases of soda... maybe that will count in some small way.. ) 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