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

Monday, November 9, 2015

Woefully Behind...............


I'am woefully behind in keeping you up to date on the house . We are much further along than this post suggests.... BUT we are still woefully behind where we had hoped to be at this point...We were sick for about a week with some sinus thing in October and then i just think we are running out of steam...(too many hooky days off) But here let me get you caught up a little... 
We left off last post in the master bath/bedroom area... This first pic is still in that area... See the bed.... and then on the wall is the door to the toilet room on the left and closet on the right ( We have a huge walk in closet in here too remember? so we could afford to lose this one) ....okay.. got it? 


Well i got in there and started gutting the toilet room... I wanted to save the tile for a craft project later on...You know me always thinking that way...lol  Getting that tile off with a hammer and putty knife without breaking any was a bear... 



Enlarge this picture above and it will make more sense... We took the sink out that was in the toilet room and took down the wall... basically eliminating the toilet room and the closet...  

There maybe the above pic shows it better... I don't have a pic showing it but we also took down the wall behind the toilet because the toilet will be turned around...


Then we took down the sheetrock between the master bedroom and Hall bathroom... That had to come down because it was covered halfway up with tile and the tile tore up the sheetrock as it came off.. uughh... Needless to say we put THAT wall back up... lol 



Heres a look at some of the demolition of the Hall bath..All that has been tore out now and most of it put back...This tub area did not have a shower ... just a tub so hubs and i will be adding a shower... trying our hand at tiling it ourselves...oooh boy... That window you see we will be doing glass tiles there... We are keeping the tub.. its a low tub but cast iron. We don't have many visitors who will be using the shower so i'm not concerned the tub is not very deep. Most people will not use the tub just step over it for a shower and with it being low it makes it easier to step in... Thats my reasoning anyway...lol



Now to put it all back together... This is the toilet room/closet  (see the toilet)  Enlarge this picture and you will see hubby...lol So basically this little bit has been added onto the master bedroom... We are call it a reading nook... 


Hubs had a brilliant idea to add niches into the wall ... i realize they may not be everyones cup of tea but i like them. And i like them especially cause they were hub's idea... We'll just have to see how it all comes together.. 

Now see the toilet will be turned around so it faces actually into the master bathroom... that wall will be going back up so you won't see the toilet from the bedroom... That door is going away... it leads out onto the deck... um i don't want an outside door in my master bath...  We just purchased some siding that matches whats on the house (at least close as we can) Its on the back side of the house so not readily visible.. With those 4 huge windows in the master bath.. wall space is at a premium in there... so this will help... 


Now we moved on to around the front door... Under that tarp is my rolltop desk where i've been doing a little artwork.. So that came to a screeching halt for awhile.. 



Had to pull out the BIG ladder to work over this vaulted area above the door... Ask me if i enjoyed climbing that huge ladder and scraping that ceiling.... NNNOOOOoooo! But i put my big girl panties on and got up there.....

Then hubs who is alot more fearless than i got up there and tore out the sheetrock and insulation...Its not shown but the insulation and sheetrock is back in this area too.... 

 Whew!   Are you tired yet???   Like i mentioned we are much further than this and next week i will do more to get you caught up... Here is my cup of morning coffee for Ms. Elizabeth's T stands for Tuesday....  Drinking it while catching up with the Art Sherpa...  As you can see in the header the sketching continues..... If anyone would like to print it off and color it themselves... feel free... I'd love to see it if you do......... See you next week! Hugs! deb








Sunday, November 1, 2015

This is a Fly By...........


No matter how crazy things are at the moment i just could not let another week go by with out raising my coffee cup to all my Tea People and all my friends who pop in to see how i'm doing and what i'm up to...  psssst.... i'm working on the house... lol Above are my two favorite coffee cups at the moment...  Does your favorite coffee or tea cup change with your mood??


And ........ ofcourse its not ALL about the house as i have to have my sketching to help me keep my sanity in all this chaos... 


I hope you all remember the Om Dragon...Well i just could not leave well enough alone and continued to fiddle with him in my sketch book...lol  You can click on him to enlarge if you like.. I have just begun to blend everything with Gamsol and i'll show you that when finished.......

Disclaimer:   I have no idea how to draw people or faces..But i want to...... I'd like to... I'm figuring it out as i go along and this is one of the girls on my journey.... 


I couldn't resist showing you again just how lovely the Gamsol brings out the colored pencils.... I use Prismacolor and a black Pitt pen for this drawing... incase you are wondering......

In the header you will find the finished piece with the blue background... I used a cookie cutter to trace out the leaves...lol 


I wanted to show you  the Spooky postcards i sent out for Halloween!  This is cereal box chipboard that i first used gesso then acrylic paint for the background... I found these fabulous velvety stickers at Target for like $1 ... And boy do they stick...those suckers are never coming off.... The moon is just a circle i cut out and dabbed on a little grey acrylic paint and then a light wash of thinned white acrylic paint on top of the gray . I was pretty happy with how the moon turned out and the shading of the blue background...

I wanted to leave you with a smile... We saw this a while back while driving thru town... made me smile...lol  I hope to get back to you soon with a house update and pictures......  Hugs! deb

Sunday, October 11, 2015

I Think i Need to Buy a HardHat......


Fall has arrived in all her glory here in Northwest Arkansas.... The leaves are turning... the acorns falling (hence the need for a hardhat)... lol The deer have on their winter coats.... much darker than their summer coats.. If you forgot what they looked like this summer go here.....The fawns have lost their spots....no longer wee babies... 


The bucks have lost the velvet off their horns and they are looking glorious... 


There have been a few tussles ... but really i think they are just testing the waters.... not really 'serious' yet... I do see them chasing the does around the yard though... 


We have been BUSY!! We are even further along than what i'm about to show you but this will get you close... Okay where i left you on the house was the master bedroom.... This pic above is the master bath... You know LOVE the windows , love the light... but it really does put a kink into planning a bathroom... But we are going to make it work for us....



Got everything stripped 




You know as we work on the house and tear out sheet rock... we find little notations written on the boards dating back i'm sure to the 70's when the house was built... But they are boring little notes... measurements... instructions... I thought i would leave something a little more interesting... lol  ... This house has seen the passing of one wife... and a few broken relationships... a divorce... I think i needed to make sure this house knew that from now on ' LOVE is spoken here!'  :)  



I'm sure you remember this..... uuughh..



It had to GO!!! That sucker weighed 400 lbs at least!!! I have no idea what it was made of but it felt like concrete!


Hubs down there doing his thing!


Remember the walk in closet... 


yep gutted it too.... sigh.. are you tired yet??? I'm tired....


Here's a good reason we are pulling the sheetrock and rewiring... When someone added in the vent over the stove... this is how they wired it in.... ummmm .....NOOOOoooo! You don't just wrap electrical tape around it... ! People! Plus you can see its just two strand wire....no ground....sigh........ Next week i'll try to remember to show you how they fooled the inspector.....that and the fact we had a lazy inspector...... 




I KNOW you gotta be tired by now... lol... But if you managed to make it this far i'll show you what i've been working on.... A couple PostCards!!   I found this little guy on an ad for Valspar paint... at the hardware store .... go figure... i think i live there now....  




The background is what i do with my leftover paint on the palette. I hate to see it go to waste .. It ended up making a nice rainbow background for my little chameleon... The sun comes from one of those jewelry tattoo kits... I found some on sale hoping i could craft with them and guess what?? They go on paper as well as skin!! 
Now this little guy is for my Tea People over there at Ms. Elizabeth's and Bleubeard's...  We meet every Tuesday for ...you guessed it T..... or in my case coffee... We had a new JoAnn's store open up in my town and i went in armed with a 50% off coupon and i couldn't resist him.. he's too cute...  Happy happy Tday everyone! This next week will be a busy week as we push to the finish line..... theres a little pinprick of light at the end of the tunnel my friends.. Hugs! deb

PS you can click on the pictures to enlarge them!!!