Friday, April 29, 2011

My daughter is recovering from her broken elbow, I've finally calmed down from my intense rage toward my ex (probably because I document all of his behavior with my children in case I need it some day, and it's a cathartic exercise), and I am just SO EXHAUSTED.

I have ten projects around the house that are in the early stages of completion, and I just totally stalled. I am going through a couple of weeks of "I don't care about anything, pass the margaritas, life sucks, let's blow all the tax return money and screw these doctor bills" sort of mood. Not that I won't pay the Dr. bills -- I'm pretty good about that.

But the rest of my responsible persona took a vacation. First I bought this:
Every kid on the street is in love. I found this on Craigslist, Harley painted cart with a two-stroke engine --it was a sweet deal and I think nobody had snapped it up because it was listed under "motorcycles and scooters" instead of "recreational vehicles". let that be a lesson to you: always search the entire For Sale category on craigslist with your search terms. And here is where I completely forget that I have a mountain of slipcovers to sew and a closet to finish building -- ooh look! a golf cart with flames! Let's go for a ride!

On the way home from picking up the golf cart with my brother (and his trailer), we stopped at a gas station. They were selling baby ducks in the gas station! I love the South so much -- you just can't have this kind of fun anywhere else. So we threw 4 ducks in a box and took them home.

They have a heat lamp and some food, and they poop A LOT. They are too much fun in the bathtub! I am hoping we can release them at my folks' house at the lake...there are already lots of ducks in the lake, what's 4 more right?

I never did the 4-H thing, so I've been googling how to take care of these suckers. I think I love them more than my kids do, they are just so freaking cute! 

As I slowly come out of my manic spree and take a gander at the damage to my savings account, I may regret this...

NAH!  :)
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Sunday, April 17, 2011

When I finished the deck last year, I didn't have a dime left for patio furniture. I still don't. At least, I have too many other things that take priority over patio furniture, and I have been searching on Craigslist for something affordable. Finally I gave up, because any patio table that was big enough for 4 chairs was also being listed for hundreds of dollars.

I am not a fan of building furniture, because I don't have enough patience and I hate the kind of tedious detail work that furniture requires. But I found THESE PLANS and I decided to go for it. Mainly because it looked like I could do it with just my miter saw and a drill, and it would only take me a couple of hours.







The plans called for cedar decking, but I didn't want to spend the $$ for cedar. These are just standard grade treated deck boards and 2X4's. The green plastic chairs are from Wal-Mart.  I already had the umbrella and it's a little too big, but I need the shade!

My kids are out of state for spring break, and I've decided to make the best of it. I have my pomegranate margarita mix, my blender, and I'm going to be sitting on my deck this week, soaking up the sun and the SILENCE.
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Monday, April 11, 2011

My parents bought an older house on a lake 8 years ago, and they've been working on it ever since. I draw the plans for major renos, and then my dad tries to do all the work -- this latest job had him breaking down and hiring some help, thank goodness. (But you see how the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree? :))

Here are some before shots of the master closet and bathroom:
 These shots are not in order, but you're looking from the bedroom down a long hall of what used to be bifold doors and closets on either side
 That bifold door at the end of the hall was to the original bathroom. It was cramped and dark back there...
So we gutted everything. I switched the bathroom and the closet on the layout. There are a few IMPORTANT DETAILS I must take note of here, so that I don't have too much backlash..
First, we had some strange bumps in the walls from AC ductwork that had to be worked around.. (linen closet above is one example, it's shallow because of this). Also, we couldn't sink the medicine cabinets into the walls. I didn't plan it this way, but my mom demanded that she have wall-mounted medicine cabinets. argh  :)
 Above is the new pocket door to the closet. It took an incredible amount of contortions and math to get every inch of this space usable. My mom insisted on a whirlpool tub and a new window. Which is great, except that the house is brick so we had to hire a brick layer to install it. :)  NOTE!!! I KNOW THAT THE CHANDELIER OVER THE TUB DOES NOT MEET CODE. DO NOT REPOST THIS ELSEWHERE ON THE INTERNET AND THEN FREAK OUT ABOUT ELECTRICAL CODES! More on this in a sec...
 I designed these built-ins to disguise some more layout issues, and I've seen some bathrooms around the internet with this type of shelving around the tub...I think it looks so pretty, and we wanted this bathroom to "feel" like it's on the lake...so lots of beadboard too...
 Okay. The chandelier.  Bottom line: my mom wants it there. Yes, it breaks code. And yes, if they sell the house it will be moved into the closet so the bathroom will pass inspection. If my mother wants a chandelier over her tub she's earned it, and she's willing to take the risk of an exploding lightbulb or a freakish earthquake in South Carolina, whereupon it possibly falls out of the ceiling while she's taking a bubble bath, and she gets electrocuted because she had her eyes closed and couldn't see the walls shaking. Or she's asleep and doesn't wake up fast enough. (In which case she might drown, too). So she has been warned. :)



This part isn't finished... more beadboard is going around the wall behind the sinks.

We laid 16X16 ceramic tile in a brick pattern on the floor, and I'm really pleased with the way it turned out.

My mom isn't as enthralled with the rustic/recycled look as I am, so this bathroom is all new everything. Designing for other people isn't the same as designing for yourself, and especially if it's your mom.

Sorry if I sound a little defensive on this remodel, but the thing is... when you post things like this publicly it is fair game to reposted on other websites.  My pallet wall had some greenies freaking out about possible pesticides and toxins in the pallets I used. For the record: my pallets come from a local company and they are not treated in any way.

I do know a little (ahem) about codes and regulations -- but sometimes I don't follow them, and thankfully I can't be arrested for what I do in my own home. (yet.)
:)

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