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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Monday, April 14, 2014




Missy (builder's supervisor) said that to me this week. I am totally devastated. But I'm finding a little comfort in those words.










Even this doorbell made me smile.

I can't explain this yet, but eventually I will get there. There have been too many unexpected things... once upon a time I thought I knew the story God was going to write. And then He wrote something completely different.

YEAH I KNOW. BIG SURPRISE THERE!!
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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Every month as I write (bigger and bigger) checks, I am getting so completely worn out that I'm actually NO LONGER HAVING PANIC ATTACKS.
If you've ever read this blog before you'll likely be as shocked as I am. As I look back on the scrapbook of hysteria /  portrait of fickleness / diary of anxiety that this blog has become, I realize: I still freak out on a regular basis. (I am practicing this new thing called "no yelling". So far I failed a couple times today but I keep trying to hit the reset button. I told my kids -in a calm tone of voice - that they don't hear me unless I yell. They kept talking to each other like I hadn't even opened my mouth. I think I accidentally trained them to only respond to my shouts.)
 
But anyway. I mean -- I am no longer having panic attacks over this whole house thing. Because clearly it's not making any difference. Whatever.

This MUST be progress? I feel like if I could just get my kids to stop bickering, I would be the laid-back person I was in college! (HAHAHAHAHA that was a joke my nickname in college was "Shout-y")
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Sunday, March 9, 2014

I've never been so excited to see sanded drywall!
 
 

looking up the stairs (that's the laundry alcove, I've got big plans for that)

upstairs hallway - bathroom at the far end. That closet door opening into the hall used to be on the other side -- it's the bedroom closet. But in order the get all the built-in bunkbeds into that room, we had to close up that door and access the closet from the hallway instead. If that makes sense...


And interior doors and trim are going in. I picked out my doorknobs, aren't these cute? :) Its the little things !

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Monday, February 24, 2014

The latest:

the underpinning will be painted white to match the rest of the foundation..

the back staircase didn't really fit within my setbacks (We didn't know the city required two entry points on the main floor until the house was designed and the plans were approved) - so it had to zig zag away from the back door (there are a couple of corner steps that go between the back door and that platform) and then taper down to the bottom. !


More drywall being delivered....

and I've been ordering more art for the bunkroom from Etsy...
(Omar's Etsy Shop - he is a childrens book illustrator, this is "Captain Cur" !)

Hey what's that? Do you see that little glimmer .... at the end of this tunnel... ? It looks like HOPE! ;)
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Hey - it's all I got right now! But the built in bunkbeds are going to be so awesome, more to come...
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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Another update for those of you who are actually still reading this :)
Hopefully siding and paint will be done after next week, then it's insulation and drywall on the interior - super excited to see the color going up. I chose this off a paint chip without doing any samples first - which is usually not the thing to do. But in this case, I knew I wanted it to be very bright.
 
This is Pantone's "Sweet Lavender"
 
The color looks off in these pictures - for some reason it looks washed out and sort of periwinkle. But in real life it is a very vibrant purple, a bit on the electric side. I love it - totally perfect. Of course we're going to have an accent color too, and I've almost decided what color the floors will be painted...

The latest drama is getting a notice in the mail from a law firm, saying one of the framing subcontractors put a lien on the house. HA. Because they walked away from the job and never finished my porches or stairways or anything? Builder just rolled his eyes and told me he would take care of it. I told my dad -- what did they think, that by sending the single mom a threatening letter demanding payment + interest+ legal fees, that I was going to freak out and write them a check? I've been to the rodeo so many times now, a threatening letter just makes me snicker. 
 
Plus I can't find my checkbook.
 
Plus the city just changed my address so they put a lien on an address that doesn't even exist anymore. hahahaa
 
 (I am writing this stuff down so that someday I can look back and remember all this - it's sort of a haze at the moment.)
 
Also I was lamenting the fact that I couldn't figure out how to get all the beds I wanted into the smallest bedroom - and Builder said "why can't we turn the larger bedroom into the bunk room?" - and we decided it made more sense, since this house is really all about the kids anyway. He's cooking up some built-in bunkbeds, I think this is going to be so FUN!
 
Framing is finished (the porch and stairs will be last after the rest of the siding is up) and the paint is awesome - so the progress continues. One week at a time...   hanging in there. 
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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Every step of the way, plans change. This is why I hate planning with every fiber of my being -- it seems so pointless. Nothing ever turns out the way you "plan" - so why bother? All you can do is keep moving in the general direction of your goals. But a lot of times, instead of making a plan I just pray. (This is why I am not a financial adviser, because people will not pay you to pray for their goals, unless you are Tammy Faye Baker or some other Snake Oil type).
ANYway.
Here is the first picture that started me on this obsession with painting the house like a rainbow:
SO I was happily going along with this "plan" and collected a large horde of paint chips in the hopes of making this house the Skittles Palace. And then the architect tactfully brought up some things... about my resale value... and how other people don't perceive things the same way that I do sometimes....and I fell back to earth with a CLUNK.
But, I am not quite as stubborn as I appear sometimes. I do listen. (When it seems wise to do so, of course.)
So here is our new paint color idea:
And the painters were going to start, but with all this polar-arctic-blasting-wind-type stuff going on, nobody was getting up on a ladder just yet. But SOON.
My new (vintage) sinks have been refurbished and delivered to Missy (the building supervisor) - so we are ready for the good stuff.
The builder did bring up some concerns about the clawfoot tub and the subway tile behind it...how renters were not going to be careful about using the shower liner, and I could end up with water damage.
That's when I told him -- I think I've changed my mind about renting this place out to strangers. I think I'm going to keep it to people that I know. Because when you've worked so hard and so long on something, it doesn't make sense to throw it out there for the wolves to play with... ?  I know that houses get worn over time, but I just want to sleep at night knowing that people who stay here understand what it took for me to reach this goal.

So basically - there aren't gonna be any wild college spring break parties here. I'm still hoping to use it for something closer to my heart. xoxo

EDITED TO ADD:
The comments are making me realize that I wasn't clear on what the architect was actually talking me out of! :)  I agree that I have to do what makes me happy, this is the exterior paint job I was originally going to do:
we are going to do purple instead... :P
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