Thursday, November 16, 2017

Another fine mess.

Please put all food and beverages aside for a moment.
We'll be visiting in the bathroom today.  :o)

After we spent countless hours on wallpaper removal and plaster repair
in our upstairs bathroom (8 months ago) was I any happier with the room?


After the wallpaper was gone and the upper walls were painted white
all I could focus on was the beige tile.  I looked at that wall tile
 month after month and wished it would magically transform itself
into white subway tile.  Not happening, I'm afraid.

I was so uninspired to continue with the room that last weekend I convinced
my partner in crime (who may have been slightly less enthusiastic
than I to embark on this quick fix) to help me remove the beige tiles.
Less than an hour later we were done!

  Woo hoo!

Then we stood back to survey the damage.

It gets worse.

You can see the many layers of paint over the faux plaster tiles
from days of yore.  It's even worse behind the toilet
which necessitated removing the tank.

After removing most of the tile to reveal the nightmare beneath,
I wisely decided to leave the tile around the tub.

I'm going to cut a few tiles I saved to finish off the edge
and then paint the remaining tile white.  My ever changing plan
is to install beadboard over the rest of the damaged walls.

*Update:  It seems the tiles have been transported to the landfill.
Hmmmm.  I guess we'll worry about that later.

First and foremost we need to smooth out the walls to create
a flat surface on which to adhere the beadboard.  No small feat!!
Worst Case Scenario is what we uncover
 every blankety-blank time we start a project.  You'd think just once
things would go our way!

As you can see, progress has been made, but I foresee nothing but problems
nailing base trim around the room (that slopes downhill)
 onto walls that are not remotely level or plumb.  There will be a lot of standing around
 and head scratching whilst we try to figure this out.

If you've visited the Cosmos Mystery Area in the Black Hills of
South Dakota, you have an idea of what we're dealing with in our bathroom.

 I'm trying to be more of a glass is half-full type of person,
so on the plus side:

1.  No black mold was found in the crumbling walls.

2.  No small rodents or insects crawled through the holes in the walls.
(I watch every episode of Infested.)

3.  We already have new plumbing, wiring, toilet, sink,
medicine cabinet, and window so this facelift should be fairly inexpensive.

*Estimated cost x 4 (or 10) = Actual cost.

4.  I'm not a participant in a blogger ORC.
(for those of you unfamiliar, ORC is a one room challenge
completed in a few short weeks.  I'd crack under the pressure.)

Now let's look at my timeline, shall we?
Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner.
Six adults and 4 small children.

Is this not the perfect time
 to demo a bathroom?!

Timing is everything.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Wee woolies.

Black cats may conjure up thoughts of Halloween for you,
but with snow already on the ground!!!  it's looking more like
Christmas up north.......

Evening view from under the shelter of our porch roof.
It looks as though winter is here to stay.

Anyhoo, it's time to start thinking of Christmas presents,
and I've got an idea for my knitting friends.

I wasn't feeling particularly creative over the past few months,
but when I spotted this book......

I couldn't wait to get knitting again!

Of course it appealed to my childish nature.  And talk about
instant gratification- I can whip up a sweater in no time that
somebody's actually going to wear!

I made a few changes to the cat pattern (stockinette stitch, color
variations, and pink inner ears) and I gave her a set of pretty
aquamarine glass eyes from my eyeball stash.  I've yet to hear a
 single complaint that her wool sweater is itchy or scratchy.

Each animal pattern in the book also includes a pattern for a....!!!!!

They're rather fiddly to knit and sew together,
but they're just so darn cute!

Kitty is a little fussy, but she quiets down when Mama keeps her close.

Little fingers need help to strap on the baby carrier.

Kitty's even got a Moses basket to snooze in when Mama's busy.

But kitty's in the baby carrier, so who's sleeping in the basket?

Why it's Baby Panda tucked under a pink blanket with her nonny in her mouth!
(A special request by Finley, a former nonny addict.)

If Panda looks a little top heavy, it's because I mistakenly knit her arms
with 6 stitches instead of 4, but that's our little secret.
Kung Fu Panda.

A happy blended family.

You know I didn't stop at one family.


Gotta love those puppy ears!

The dogs have a new home with Maggie,
but I've still got a few accessories to finish up for her....
and requests for more baby animals for both girls.
Maggie has an obsession with woobs (aka wolves), so maybe
the dog head with cat ears....I'll see what I can do.

If you're a knitter and have little ones to please,
this book's a winner!

Thanks for visiting!

Frozen pumpkin.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Simply orange.

I've seen so many lovely rooms decorated in neutral tones for autumn,
but for me it's all about orange.  It's such a cheerful accent color
 that instantly warms and brightens our house as the days get shorter and cooler.

Peonies and olive bucket from Hobby Lobby 
liven up this corner of our living room.

I just plunked three bunches into the bucket.

It's been so long since I've bought any new autumn accents,
but this pretty throw was 75% off, so why not?

A few items from my dwindling stash top my pie safe.

Orange candles and twigs from our yard decorate the mantel.

Cinnamon scented pine cones are a must during fall and winter.

These days I don't make a lot of changes for the seasons.
I have very little left in my decorating stash - and I'm not at all sad about it.
In fact, I just dropped off another load of stuff today!

I cut back all my hydrangeas today, but I didn't bring any indoors to dry.
It's been an awful season for outdoor allergies, so I'm trying to keep
our house free of my allergy triggers.

I bought a very inexpensive Wally World off-white area rug
to keep my toes warm and tide me over until......pigs fly, I guess.
It's not as blindingly bright as it appears in this photo, and best of all,
unlike my old red rug, it doesn't clash with orange.  :o)

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Thrift store baskets.

Our grands won't be here for Easter, but if they were, I'd have no shortage of baskets.
  Should the Easter Bunny choose to fill my vintage baskets with yummy chocolates,
 who am I to argue?

  By the way, I did finish the Whole 30.  No sugar for 30 looooong days.
  I've found that I don't feel so exhausted all the time, so I'm trying my hardest
 to stay away from chocolate covered marshmallow bunnies, and bakery, and desserts,
and everything that tastes good.  It isn't easy.

I replaced my mannequin head on top of this old cupboard with baskets.
I think our visiting grands will sleep easier without her sinister eyes looking at them!
(If you haven't met her, she's up there in my blog header.)

Here she is dressed up for Halloween.

  The wood lamps I bought for our dining room migrated
up here to the master bedroom.  I like them a lot better on the white buffet
 than on our wood buffet in the dining room.

 All the women in my knitting group are knitting this shawl
 designed by the shop owner.  Wouldn't my dressmaker's form look
oh-so-chic with a lacy shawl draped over her shoulders?  I think I need to join
in and knit one in a soft gray and white yarn.

On the other side of the room.....

I don't buy many vintage items these days, with the exception of old baskets.
  These baskets are empty, but they'd provide extra storage space if my yarn stash
 outgrows my yarn cubby.

Do you notice a wood element that's missing in this corner?

Never say never.

This is the piece I said I'd never paint, but when I saw the same dresser
painted by Miss Mustard Seed, I had a change of heart.  I hope to someday find
two more drawer pulls to match for the top drawer.

It's so much brighter in this corner now that the dresser
isn't competing with the dark wood door.

Pretty spoon carved detail and keyhole.

Across from the dresser is another old cupboard I painted a few years ago.
It's the perfect size to store my sewing machine, quilt fabrics for my someday quilt,
and jars filled with buttons and trinkets.

On top is an old sewing basket.

The painted lamp belonged to my great-grandmother, and on the wall
is one of the many mirrors in my collection, but that's a story for another day.

Thanks so much for visiting and have a Happy Easter!

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Magic carpet ride.

We're getting our first taste of spring up north, and even though it's only 42
and overcast today, Delores Claiborne and I are hanging our sheets out to dry.

While they're drying I'm puttering around inside with a few new
acquisitions I've made over the winter.  The demijohn and oil painting
fit perfectly on the wood shelf over our fridge.  I never thought I'd have
anything pink in our kitchen, but I like it!

I've been trying to freshen things up in the living room, too.
The red rug is deteriorating and discoloring our wood floors,
so it's time to give it the old heave-ho.

Here's what I bought to replace it....

It's a gorgeous wool rug from World Market, but unfortunately it reads
as seafoam green in our living room.  You know how one new thing in a room
makes everything else look shabby?  Next to the rug, our sofa looks like it's on life support.
 And it is.

   27 sofa years= 108 human years.

All I need is a few candelabras, some cobwebs.......

New furniture is on the horizon, but I don't even know where to start.

The rug is expensive and if history repeats itself, I don't want to be
tied into a blue/green color scheme until I'm 85, so it's going back.

It is pretty.

Next, I ordered a neutral rug from Overstock at 75% off and free shipping.

What a deal!
Or is it?

If our living room looked like this......

this .......

or this.....
(All 3 living rooms via Pottery Barn.)

I'd keep it!  But at the moment, our living room looks nothing like this.
It's like putting lipstick on a pig.

I gave the rug a fair chance and left in on the floor for a few days
hoping it would grow on me.  It didn't.  It's just so.......

  And stinky.  And it sheds.
And my coffee spills when I drag the coffee table over its bumpy surface.
And I have no idea what sort of insects could be making a home in it.
(I've watched way too many episodes of Infested.)

I looked out the window and it's the exact color of 
our freeze dried lawn.  No likey.

With the outrageous cost of return shipping, I may as well
keep the darn thing and try to sell it on Facebook.  (Since I never
visit my Facebook Buy and Sell account I set up, this will require
the assistance of a visiting daughter.)

 Here's the rug cemetery on a bedroom floor.

  As long as you made the trek up here,
check out my new tall dark and handsome in the bathroom....

 I love it!

I'm past the dusty plaster repair and onto the paint phase.
Have you ever tried manhoovering a wood stepladder in a 2 x 2 room?

It's impossible.

I think I know what direction I'm headed with
the bathroom d├ęcor.  I just need to find the right rug.

Back to the living room.... 

In the end, this is how our living room will look until I either find a rug I like
or purchase new furniture.  I'm hoping the sun will even out the color variations on the floor,
but I'm not too concerned because there will be a rug covering them.....eventually.

This is the last you'll be seeing of this room for quite a while.

What have I learned from this rug buying fiasco?

1.  Ordering rugs online is risky business, and costly too.
2.  I need color in our home to combat all the gray gloomy months.
3.  Online companies should provide color samples of the rugs they offer.
4.  If a store has a good return policy and the rug fits in our car.....  :o).
5.  My arms will be ready for kayak season this year.  6 x 9 rugs are heavy!

In the past few days, my microwave handle broke ($90 for the plastic handle,
so instead I've glued it with E6000), my beloved black clock
 in the kitchen died (but I was able to temporarily resuscitate it),
and my one month old laptop made a visit to the computer hospital.

On the other hand, spring has arrived and that's a good thing.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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