Category Archives: Our House

Studio’s Move-in Ready… Sorta

We finished up my art studio a few days ago. Woohoo!

Floor's done in studio and fan too

The bamboo flooring install was quite an involved project. Took my husband and I three hours to prep and eight to put it in. What a lesson in teamwork! Trim, ceiling fan, closet doors, and outlet covers were added and the room’s officially finished.
installing wood floor in studioI’m moving my wall of shelves and boxes of fabric and stuff in. The desk and tables will have to wait until the master bedroom’s floor is done. We’ll clear that room to work on it, including putting the dressers in the living room and our bed in the studio. Then I can really fer-reals have an art studio of my very own. 🙂

Do you have any tips or suggestions on organization? I’d love to hear them as I set up my space.

 

Linking up with Thankful Thursday.

Just Add Support

Our brand new bathroom counter cracked. I heard it from the kitchen and came running. My husband was leaning against the side of the counter while installing the hand-towel holder and it gave out.
new sink cracked

How did this happen? Can you see the gap between the counter and the wooden cabinet? That’s the problem right there. There’s no support. The store exchanged the broken bits for a whole and we started over. This time my husband cut some wood and glued/nailed it to the inside of the vanity.  It was a design flaw. The sink needed more support.
sink design flawWe all need extra support sometimes. My quilting buddies are helping me with these place mats. They’re cool, huh? The conversation’s ranged from confidence to marketing with many ideas that are new to me. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

set of 6 bright crumbs placemats
Our bathroom looks much better now. The counter cracking was a bummer but I’m glad it happened when it did. We got it exchanged and added supports and can be confident it’s sturdy as well as pretty. bathroom before after
It’s kitty approved. 🙂

Velcro on sink

 

 

Window to my Art

Soon I’ll have an art studio! Hubby and I installed a new window today. Yup, all by ourselves. 🙂

Milo hides

Our cat Milo didn’t approve. His hiding spot is under the covers. (I see you!) He’s not going to be happy tomorrow when we replace the bedroom window. The kitties will be locked out of the bedroom while there’s a gigantic hole in the wall.

Milo hears a noise

My husband started the job by unscrewing the window and removing the frame and track. We set those aside to deal with after the installation.

Out with the old windowWe discovered that he’s much better with the caulking gun than I am. So my job was to squish the silicone into the holes and smooth it out.Caulking to seal
The window easily slid into its space. I pushed from the outside and Jeff screwed the frame into the wall from inside. It’s a nice tight fit. The window on the left in the photo below is the old style. How much nicer does this one look?! All of the windows in the house will be replaced. First one’s done!
new window vs old
Clean-up was fun. It’s not everyday you get to smash a window! We hammered the glass out, swept it up, and put it in the bin for recycling. The metal track and frames were sawed smaller and recycled too.
smashing old window

 

I’m excited to see things progressing! The studio will be ready for me soon. We’re going to put bamboo flooring in. The closet doors need to be put back up (we took ’em down to paint) and then… and then… and then… well, I guess there’s nothing left to do but move in!

 

 

Linking up with Thankful Thursday.

You Are Not a Yellow Starburst

dont let them treat you like a yellow starburstThis week has given me a lot of practice in standing up for myself. Hopefully some of that will pay off soon. I am not a yellow Starburst! You don’t get to put me on the bottom of the list or stash me away for later in the junk drawer. Oy.

new wee purseAnyhoo… I did finish this bag for myself a few days ago. I’d been meaning to make a replacement for the one I made while testing the pattern for Sam Hunter over three years ago. Here’s the new one! Isn’t it cute? I used a fabric I bought just because I liked it for the flap and a warm brown for the rest of it. There’s a button and loop closure because I couldn’t find my velcro…. until after the purse was done.

audreys january bee blockI also completed the January block for the 2015 Stash Bee I’m a part of. This month’s blocks are navys and white and will go to Audrey of Hot Pink Quilts. Click on the block above to go to her tutorial. 
dealing with wood rotHubby and I are still working on the house. Here’s a before pic of the wood above the garage door. It was soft and squishy from rot; not so great structurally. We replaced the wood and flashing (the metal stuff on the top corner) and the silicone sealant is drying.

Painting is another large project we’re in the middle of. We’re repainting all of the trim its original brown and painting the house a little yellow-er of an off-white. So far the front off-white and the trim around the front windows and doors is completed. There’s lots more to do. project quilting

 

This week’s Project Quilting challenge is sunrise and sunset. I’ll keep you posted on what I decide to make. There’s 6 days left. Ready, set, go!

 

I’m linking this post to Show off Saturday and Handmade Tuesdays.

Favorites Friday – Holiday Mantle and Lovey Memories

favorites friday logoYes, this is my second blog post today. It’s the first Favorites Friday and I was admiring my cluttered mantle so I thought I’d share some of my favorite things from it with you guys.

Feel free to join the fun and add your posts and photos to the link up party at http://new.inlinkz.com/luwpview.php?id=481499.

Here’s the mantle today. Notice the socks? Haha they’re one of my favorite things. They make me laugh and were my husband’s idea. I threw out the ratty stockings we had before the move to this house and haven’t yet made new ones. I was stressing about it (out loud) when hubby disappeared into the bedroom and came back with these socks. Good enough!mantle 2014 christmas The wooden flowers are from our second wedding anniversary when I was surprised with a trip to the beach for a weekend. I guess I’m feeling grateful for my husband and the memories we’ve made tonight.Wooden flowers from 2nd anniversaryThe stone kitty is also a treasured keepsake. I got her at Chichen Itza on a tour of its pyramids in Mexico during our honeymoon. It started raining in the middle of things but was so warm that we just let ourselves get soaked while everyone else was buying ponchos. What’s a little rain when you’re warm and in love?

 

Honeymoon kitty Chichen ItzaThat’s all for now folks! Here’s the link again to the party: http://new.inlinkz.com/luwpview.php?id=481499 come share your favorites and read about others’.

 

Lights Up at Sunset

We’re not late until after Christmas, right? We painted the front of our house before decorating with lights. So, yeah, that project took longer than expected because of some much-needed California rain. The house looks better as you can see from the in-progress photo below. The door and bottom right are now that nice eggshell color.

partially painted front

Hubby and I got the Christmas lights hung outside today. I just wanted to do around the eves but he talked me into a lot more: the columns, the fence, around the windows and even up on the roof! The sun was setting as we finished so I got some gorgeous photographs! 
house lights21st sunset21st sunset street view

 

My Facebook followers have seen updates this year’s Christmas decoration. I explained what and why I was doing at each step like marking colors, pinning on paper, 3-D quilting, and angling the binding.  I’m entering the decoration into this month’s Project Quilting challenge. The theme is, “Baby it’s Cold Outside.” Here’s my little snowflake wall-hanging.

snow front

Garden Harvest

gardendinerMary, Mary, quite Contrary how does your garden grow? It’s time for a gardening wrap-up! Is anything on your dinner plate home-grown? The carrots and potatoes shown were harvested this week. Mmmm yum.

We grew carrots, onions and garlic in the front flowerbed. Carrots pretty much took over the world. They bullied the garlic out of getting enough sunlight so those heads are marble-sized. Otherwise, the onions held their own and are relaxing in our crisper. We have a LOT of juicy sweet carrots. I got to bring some to my quilting friends last night at mini-group!

First Corn

The backyard had pumpkin plants that died, watermelon that thrived, potatoes in tire planters where we couldn’t tell if they were making tubers or not, and corn that was quite popular with the wildlife. You can see some of the troubles we had with the corn in this post. Some of the plants recovered and we put more seeds to ground. The corn was delicious, especially fresh from the field straight to the pot. Unfortunately, we lost over half the ears to birds. Apparently, everybody likes corn.

tatobucket

Now I can tell you about THE POTATOES!!!!!!! We harvested the potatoes on Wednesday from the tires. Remember the tire planters? I was scared that we wouldn’t find any tubers. The plants have been growing fine all summer out of the top of the tires but that wasn’t any indication that underground things were okie-dokie. I was so excited to dig potatoes out of the dirt that I didn’t get any photos of that process. A video probably would’ve been more appropriate anyway because my husband was giggling at me exclaiming “tatohhhhs” every time I found another grouping.

hosewashingThese yukon gold potatoes are the BEST for mashed potatoes. Once they were all harvested and washed, the lot weighed in at 23 lbs.

I’m thinking about next year’s garden as I sew the binding on this round robin quilt. Tomatoes are in order. I’d like to start some asparagus plants too, though they can’t be touched for three years until established. My husband and I have also been talking about sowing some cold-weather crops, since the winter is so mild here. Broccoli and peas are on that list. I think we’re hooked on gardening!

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