Our New (Second) Bathroom – Finally!

 Now, to all of you, this is likely just going to look like an ordinary bathroom. And in many ways, you’d be right.
But to our family of 6, who has lived with one bathroom all of our growing family life, it is the end of never using the bathroom, without someone waiting just outside the door.  Or, 2 or 3 people in the bathroom at the same time, getting reading to go somewhere.  At least the one bathroom we’ve had is large, and has a great sharing-layout, with the sink and vanity on one side, and the toilet and shower on the other side of a vertical half wall.  So there’s been privacy on both sides, with proper communication, at least.… Read More

Home Improvement; Dream Craft Art Studio: Reveal – Move In Ready! – Part 3

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Good gosh!  Is it me, or has this been a long. time. coming?
I am THRILLED to say, the art studio is DONE!! Construction and carpentry-wise, anyway.  I’m sure we’ll have a few more organization units to install, but I’ll figure out just what I need  in the process of moving in with all of my stuff!

Before you scroll down and see, you may want to see the previous states of progress, to really appreciate all it is now.  It’s still just a little bit hard to show you because….I’m afraid you all just might be bored by it!  It’s the reason I haven’t shared more of the progress along the way.  I’m the type who has the whole finished version in my head along the way, and so knowing where it’s going….anything prior to that is somehow……less than.  But, I did give you a few couple of progress updates as you know!… Read More

Home Improvement; Dream Craft Art Studio Progress Update; Part 2

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 Here we are in May, and I am finally giving you all a progress update on the building of our grand craft/art studio. It was back in January when we first revealed this big and exciting home project of building a custom studio, which has been a dream of mine, ever since I was a little girl.  There is no doubt that this creative space will get a whole lot of use. In fact, I can easily see it becoming the most occupied room, in the whole house, by our whole family.  I am always going at craft or art projects, and Michael’s design, cutting and lettering prepping work space will be in here too.… Read More

The Making of Mantels / Appeasing my Mantel Envy!

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A couple of weeks ago, I hinted on our Facebook Page about the weekend project we had in the works. I mentioned that I was all done dealing with the ‘mantel envy’ I have had going on, for years now. You know, mantels, the shelving surface that many homes have over their fireplace?  Many creative homemakers have great fun decorating their mantels for various seasons and holidays, switching it up all of the time. It just wasn’t fair.
We don’t have a fireplace, anymore. Years ago, before the little-house to big-house renovation, we had a built in coal and wood fireplace insert, with a brick mantel.… Read More

Home Improvement Reveal; A Dream Come True; Part 1

 

 

I have had a childhood dream, that has never faded away. Not even with the passing of decades of years, this dream has lived through.
Well, that childhood dream, is about to come true for me.

♥ I am getting a completely customized art studio! ♥

It’s in-home, and already in the works. I thought I would take photos of the progress, in case some of you might enjoy watching it come to life along the way.

I was in kindergarten, when I decided I was going to be an artist when I grew up.
That plan never waivered all through my schooling years.  As a kid, I used to see little empty shops with real estate signs around town, and dream of what it would be like, to have my own studio space in there.… Read More

How We Used a Unique Medium to Letter/Embellish Our ‘Doors To Storage’! (A Tutorial)

Our Doors to Storage home project, has been a bigger hit than we ever dreamed!  I’ve even run across it on Pinterest a few times now! CraZy-Ness!   Well, we knew there would be people who thought it was a pretty cool idea, out there somewhere. But we’re glad so many have loved it, and what’s more, have been inspired to make some benches and shelves, using old doors, in their home.  Sharing and inspiring is what ‘s all about, people! Love it!

 

That project post was big enough as it was, so we told you were would share how we went about embellishing the bench with lettering in a future post, and this is it!Read More

Doors to Storage. (Literally.)

We’re guessing many of you love to see little home transformations, and creative spaces, as we do, and that’s just what we hope to share with you today.  The photos we share will likely explain what we have done. But if you have just a bit of time, grab a drink of choice, and let us amuse you with a little more about the birth of this project.

We’ve heard some people try to ‘ keep up with the Jones’. But that’s not our style.  I’m sure they’re really nice peeps, and all. But they don’t run in our circles, and even if they did, I doubt we’d want or care what they have, even if we could  afford a thing.  No, our wants and needs are really quite simple.Read More

Mailbox Tub Garden

 

We are still very much working on our long-term front garden-yard plans, and we’re far from completion.  A little each year, as we need to roll, but we’ve enjoyed the planning and the progress along the way.  We always wish we were further ahead than behind, but that’s the way it goes.


Our mailbox out front by the street, has really been looking like it needs some sprucing up, for some time.  Last year, we just planted some flowers around the post, in what sandy and rocky sloped dirt was there.  But because our front yards are our garden, and the general landscape plan is not completed yet, it didn’t look so nice.  The crabgrass that grows in the sandy dirt, spread into flower bed, and it just didn’t look clean.Read More

An Old Ladder, With New Purpose

In addition to our continual progress of finishing the inside of our home since our major house reconstruction, we’ve had a continually growing list of ideas for smaller projects around our home.

One of them has involved this ladder inside our home.

It has been right here where you see it, every since we bought our home in 1995.   What has changed a lot, is almost everything around the ladder.  For one thing, at the foot of this ladder, where you now see French doors to our sun room, was a brick hearth, to a black iron coal stove, that was built into a brick wall as a fireplace of sorts.… Read More

Let's Talk Trash

Ask anyone who lives with me. I’m a sheer-compulsive-pet-peeved- maniac about certain aspects of our home.  The sudden sight of clutter is one. It sends me over the edge.  Like a sunny 30 mph Sunday drive, to a buck-60 in clap of thunder.

I’ve analyzed my seemingly over-reactions enough, to figure some of myself out.  The sight of clutter, instantly clutters my mind.  An organized mind of thoughts and agendas is something I work very hard at. So I don’t need some tall and scatterish pile of paper to come along, and mess with me.  See what I’m sayin’?

Another personal demon I’ve been determined to beat, is the trash.  I know where this issue started for me too.  I was living at someone else’s house at the time.… Read More

A Kitchen Improvement

 

Here is the kitchen project I have been SO excited to share with you all!  Again, this was one of my brainstorms, and I’ll be darned if I should’ve thought of it sooner!

So….take a good look at the photo below. This is a stairwell down into the middle level where our laundry room is, to my (finished) photography studio, and to the (unfinished) basement on the other side.  You see that ledge along the stairs and half-wall?  We are always putting stuff there that needs to go down and put away, that we don’t have room for to keep in the kitchen.  Extra platters, our slow cooker, our frialator, etc.  Plus, we have plenty around the kitchen that could use a better residing place.… Read More

A Bathroom Mini-Improvement

Back in 1995, when we were searching for our first home to purchase, there were many unique features about this house, that gave us reason to fall in love with it, and seal the deal. The loft, that overlooked the living space (now gone) w/ the ladder that led to it, the kitchen floor cabinets with roll out shelves, the bathroom with the separate vanity area, the bubble shower door on a central turn-style pole (which proved to be inefficient for bathing toddlers…and later, teaching children how to shower…..but it’ll be going back on soon.) for the steam shower, and these built in bathroom shelves………….… Read More