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
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
The year of 2012 is coming to a close, and my-my-my, what an amazing and unpredictable year it has been for us! It truly taught us to have faith, and hold on for the ride! We are way excited for the coming new year of 2013, because we have some big (huge!) and exciting projects that we will be doing, documenting, and sharing, with you! In fact, many. But before we get to all of that, we thought it would be fun to just reflect on this past year, for which we are so grateful for. Both in regards to the blog, and ‘The Big Picture’ of our day to day family life. And THEN, have a little countdown of our most popular projects of the past year.… Read More
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
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
I have been SO ridiculously excited about this post. And you all know what happens when I get excited! I babble! But I’m going to make great effort in not doing that, this time. (Deep breath. I can do it! I know I can!). I’ve just had to focus on getting our current $100 Gift Card Give Away together (located in The Big Picture ; ).
So, we’re talking Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. If you visit many creative-type blogs, surely you have heard of it by now. It’s ‘all the rage’ right now, as they say. And frankly, I was believing it. So we ordered 5 cans of paint, and both the clear and dark waxes. Now, I’m not going to get into exactly what colors we ordered right now because, we have a very long list of refinishing projects we plan on doing with this paint, and I feel like each one will be more of an exciting surprise for you all as we blog those ‘Before and After’ projects, if you don’t even know the colors we have to work with. Am I right?… Read More
This is the biggest piece of furniture I have refinished, yet. (Well, my husband did very kindly help me. I worked pretty hard on it too, though.)
But as big of a job as it was for my hands, it was a much bigger job, for my heart.
This is my mother’s dresser. My mother passed away very suddenly, a little more than 6 years ago. Her passing hit me like a train, and threw me into a grieving like I had never known. In the state of fog & hurt I lived in, one month after another, the only thing I was aware of at all, was the depth of grief my father was in.… Read More
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
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
We have grand dreams for our yard, and it’s likely you’ll be able to watch the transformations take place right here on our blog! But we can tell you right away….it’ll always be slow-going. A little a year. Whatever we can do. Whatever we have the time, or the money for. And when we’ve thought about it, we’ve realized we need both at the same time, to see any real progress. ; ) But you know, we’ve learned to enjoy ‘the process’. The RIDE, as they say. After all, we may be too old to ever really DO the end. But having hopes and dreams are half the fun!… Read More
For those of you who have been following our blog for awhile, you’ll know how this post is a little late coming. The project was done quite awhile ago – we just didn’t get to posting the last part of the project. Not sure if anyone has literally been following this project to build a bench of their own anyway. If so….we’re sorry!!
For the rest of you, who may be new to our blog here, or missed these project posts before, we can catch you up with links, and a brief explanation: We were using a silly footstool at our wood stove over the winter, to sit upon as we loaded wood into the stove, or poked the fire some. Eventually, I had mentioned that I thought Michael should build us a real rustic bench enough times, that he got to sketching.… Read More