Friday, May 22, 2015

I closed on this house yesterday. I know. MOMENT OF SILENCE PLEASE! This is my goodbye-post for 15 Wilson Drive, Tybee Island Georgia, the center of my existence for 3 years. :P
 
I never even got to finish all my custom window treatments etc etc etc. I will probably always be sad about that.

I heard the new owners are renting it out this summer, and I left all the furniture there - so. Check it out if you want to go to Tybee. I hope the new people love this house as much as I do :)
(and yes I have an extra kid in this pic)

Let's all just take a deep breath, open a box of wine, and try to get past this. To the next project.. do you think I can top this? I'm not sure. We'll see.

I'm grateful that I had the chance to chase this dream, EVEN IF IT WAS ONLY A STINKIN DREAM RIGHT.  xoxo
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Friday, April 17, 2015

Things are moving - literally.  I've put up my house for sale, and it's been a little surreal cleaning out the years of accumulated junk. I can't believe I moved here 6 years ago (that's also when I started this blog). I also tentatively sold the Tybee cottage. Soon I will be homeless! (not really ;))

Here are some listing photos (but first a picture of the kitchen when I moved in) -
 
 

I am still in love with my bird cabinet, I want to build another one. I seriously need a carpentry business but nobody will pay the prices I would have to charge :P


and my pallet wall is still alive, although the room has been emptied so I wouldn't exactly call this "livable" -- showing a house and living in it are always very different things.


Okay, so !!  On to the next thing!  And HGTV wants to put the Tybee cottage in one of their magazine publications this summer, so that is cool.

Once I am homeless I will show you my new project. ;)

AND... in case you need a Mother's Day gift or graduation gift for a girl in your life -- Give Her Wings is offering this exclusive cuff bracelet for sale. All proceeds go to their April & May mamas and their children. If you feel moved to help out some more victims of domestic violence (or just want a snazzy piece of jewelry by Monique) - please check it out here.



I hope y'all are surviving this insane spring monsoon, stay dry and I will be back with more soon. xoxo 
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Saturday, February 21, 2015

If there is anyone still reading this, I thought I would update :)

Last year when my life blew to bits, it took a while to process everything and I dropped this blog (because who's got time to post remodeling pictures when you're busy picking out your cot in the homeless shelter?) - but no. Things did not get that bad. In my head it got that bad, but in real life things are much better now.

For example. Instead of an engineering job that makes me want to cut off all my hair and burn my clothes (Old Testament-style despair, oh yeah) - I work for a non-profit. I'm the Technical Director for Give Her Wings.

 

Now I spend my time working on something I care about, and the difference is incredible. No more stress & panic.

And yes, the little beach house is still there, and yes I have a new project on the horizon. 2014 was horrible but 2015 is going to be amazing. I can just feel it! And even though we're all still braving the cold wind, I can taste spring right around the corner.. can't you?

Are you feeling hope for this new year? I am trying to get back into a routine where I can visit all my familiar bloggy friends and catch up on all of your projects. I have missed that so much. If you have anything you want to share, leave a link in the comments. :) 

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I was at the house this past weekend, and decided to take a few more pictures since the exterior paint is finished and I actually put up some bedroom curtains. But first, for funsies, a little blast from the past:
 
What a wild almost-3-years this has been. Now that it is mostly over, I am finally enjoying my kids' reactions to things.
 
Siding: Pantone Sweet Lavender, Doors: Pantone Dewberry

When I was in a mad dash to get the house furnished and "staged" I didn't have time to use any of the fabrics that I collected and planned... instead I literally threw together whatever I could get my hands on. The curtains are from my kids' bedrooms at home & the bedding is from my neighbor's linen closet!
 
Long time visitors to this blog might remember the vintage humidor and lamp - I dug those out of the trash in the shack before tear-down. The iron bed is an 1880's antique, painted with "Viper blue" car paint. The rug is from Walmart ( I was in a hurry!) and the art is from Etsy.
It turns out that I kinda like the bedroom like this, even without my darling pre-planned fabrics.
 
 
A close-up of some of our new little friends:
 
 
All of the kids' beach treasures are piling up in the windowsills: pelican feathers, crab claws, oyster shells ~
 
 
 I am finally letting myself relax and enjoy.  (I realized that in all the categories I had for my blog posts, I had several related to "depression and woe" and "anxiety", and no labels for happiness. So I fixed that - I'm filing this one under JOY.)  :)
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014


The first 6 months of this year were complete hell -- the worst in my almost-6-years-of-single-parenting. I will spare the re-hashing of all the misfortune that has fallen on me and my family in 2014.
I know that things could always be worse. Yes, I know that. :(  I am grateful. The devil that you know vs. ?? and all of that...
Things look different now... and I am relieved. Rain falls on the just and the unjust, selah! I certainly could have (and from the looks of things - should have) lost everything. This blog is never going to be a real estate investor's handbook, and nobody should follow my lead. DoN't TRy tHiS aT HoME LolZ! I will help you right over a cliff while we ride a purple bedazzled unicorn~ yes!

Ahem.
We are working on window treatments :)
In other news, I have permanently left behind a career that filled my head and heart with nothing but stress. I am sure there are engineering jobs somewhere that don't make you want to shave your head and take up cliff diving - but unfortunately not in my world.


We are still in transition and I haven't figured out all the details yet, but for now I'm going to just post pics of my finished project and try to enjoy my newfound peace. I have more projects in my future, of that I am sure.

I took this one before the French doors got their coat of raspberry purple paint :)

In fact, I can feel the thundering hooves of another unicorn, galloping this way as I type this....I'm ready to put 2014 behind me and start over. Who's ready for another ride? :)

Incidentally, my friend Trent in Charleston has an episode of his showing on HGTV this Thursday (9/11/14) at 10pm, and Sunday (9/14/14) at 7:30 pm - I am so excited to see him get on HGTV!!! He is a dynamo house rehabber! :) Congrats Trent!  :)))) 

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

I am still alive, and you precious people who wrote to check and see if I am ok - bless you. I had planned to come back to this blog someday when I knew what to say. But the words kept failing me.
So here is an update, although I don't think this will sound terribly positive yet.
exterior doors- Pantone Dewberry
First - I still own the beach house, although that ownership is tenuous at the moment. The house is done but not finished, if you know what I mean. Most of the fabric I had collected over the last two years is still sitting in my closet, because I can't find the will to keep working on something that may (or may not) be mine for much longer.
We've been making good use of it while we can!!!

Second - I lost my job very unexpectedly. So now I am an unemployed engineer.

Third - The city sewer backed up into my house recently and I was wading ankle-deep through my neighbors' shit and feeling that perhaps God does not love me and never did. I won't thrill you with the pictures of that.

BUT. You will be happy to hear that something has changed for the better. And not just "silver linings".  Me and the kids were watching one of those Pirates of the Caribbean movies recently, and Captain Jack says "close your eyes and pretend it's all a bad dream. That's how I get through." And I laughed rather maniacally over that while my kids asked me what was so funny.

Make no mistake though - everything is about to change. Again!

And yes - God loves me. A lot more than I ever thought. Hang in there kittens... this story is not over. :)

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