Best Laid Plans or Better Known As: Plan B

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With the Townhouse Renovation complete we can focus on revamping our bedroom and replacing the family room carpet with hardwood flooring – Plan A. Ten years ago, we lightened up the room by replacing the sliding door with a wooden swing door and painting the paneled walls a buttery yellow. I dug around and found old images ( a little blurry).

Kitty Hawk Photobomb, 2003

In Progress, 2003. Saw Man asleep. Kitty Hawk Photobomb.

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Over the last ten years we have acquired many pets – the first being our very spoiled Miss Phoebe Darling. It is time to replace the carpet. ;)

Miss Phoebe Darling, 9 Weeks Old. 2004

Miss Phoebe Darling, 9 Weeks Old. 2004

Plan A
Phase 1: Remove the wall-to-wall carpet. Put furniture back in place in time for Easter Sunday get-together at our home.
Phase 2: Remove built-in bookshelves. Install hardwood floor.
Phase 3: Build new built-ins. Paint. New area rug.
Phase 4: Bedroom.

Piece of Cake. Be Done in No Time!

Piece of Cake. Be Done in No Time!

The first half of the room went quickly. Yea! Wait. Hiccup. Say hello to our little friend . . . we had no idea. Our large couch was against this wall hiding any damage.

Whoa. Hiccup. WTH?

Whoa. Hiccup. WTH?

A peek behind the wood paneling revealed a leaky pipe . . . and it must have been leaking for quite some time. The wall and plywood subfloor will need to be replaced.

Just. Plain. Gross.

Just. Plain. Gross.

This was so not part of Plan A. Meh. So on to Plan B (and putting the bedroom on hold). If you’ve ever ran into bumps and hiccups in well laid plans you’ll appreciate the children’s book, “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Numeroff. Look it up. You just gotta’ roll with it. :) We’ll keep you posted.

Have you ever had to rethink or change-up your DIY plans?

Me. 10-Years Old. Baltimore Catechism. Mad Men.

Me. 10-Years Old. Baltimore Catechism. Mad Men.

Hope everyone has a lovely Easter! — Joanne

 

 

Patchwork Quilt Family Portrait

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I can’t take credit for this idea; I saw it in a home style magazine many, many years ago. I have wanted (needed ;) ) a family portrait for some time.

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So how did I  manage to acquire this wonderful piece of art? Most of my family lives nearby and having a get-together or impromptu cookout is not unusual. My plan was to invite everyone over to eat, drink and to paint their own portrait square. Of course, the majority response was uncomfortable, insecure and a lot of, “I can’t paint!”

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Not to be deterred, I purchased and gessoed a 25″x25″ (63.5cm) stretched canvas using a 50% off coupon. The canvas was divided into a 25-square grid, measuring 5″ (12.5cm) each. I gathered my acrylic craft paints and brushes. I was ready to start  the paint party!

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We took turns pencil drawing an oval for the face, lightly sketching in the eyes, nose, mouth and ears. Photos and a hand mirror were used for guidance. And wine. Lots of wine (soda for the under aged). Did I tell you how vocal my family is? Lots of advice. Lots of critiques. Lots of laughter. Lots of would-be VanGoghs, Matisses and O’Keefes. :D

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Next, the background was painted anyway they wished. Then, the skin tones were painted. Then, the eyes. Then, the hair and clothing. We “layered” the paint – painting what “appears” to be underneath first.

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In the end, I *think* the experience was enjoyable. When needed, I made suggestions and provided assistance. Even the first time painters caught their own essence. Of course, we painted the portraits of those who are no longer here: my grandparents, my dad, brother, brother-in-law and nephew. The painting wasn’t completed in one day. I hung it on the wall anyway and took it down when someone wanted to paint.

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Ta-da!

Ta-da!

I love the colors, the individual styles and techniques. This painting is like a patchwork quilt, providing comfort and warmth. It was a great experience. This family portrait was of “my side” of the family. Now, I think we need to do my husband’s side. ;)

Have a good week! — Joanne

Rental Renovation: Done!

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How was your weekend? After finishing up (finally) our townhome reno we looked forward to a relaxing weekend. It has taken us a long time, it was a major undertaking.  Out with the brown carpet, dark-stained wood, vinyl flooring. In with fresh paint, wood and stone floors, roof, windows, vinyl siding, doors. The list goes on. I’m proud that we did most of the demo and work ourselves. We got us some skills! :D Sadly, I don’t have a lot of before photos.

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My Humble Little Blog

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Liebster Award? What’s that? After a little research, it’s an “internet” award to help discover and promote new blogs. Some bloggers refuse the award on the basis they think it a “chain letter” award. Others choose to accept because they feel it helps to support beginning bloggers. Hmmm? This seems awful nice to a novice.

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Signs of Spring . . .

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Why, hello Spring!

Why, Hello Spring!

Why, Hello Spring!


Ginene, of Fox and Finch Antiques, held a recent Springtime Thank You give-away. I was the fortunate recipient of a Green Grass Yankee Candle! It couldn’t have arrived on a better day. It was cold, windy, rainy and I had indoor recess duty. :?

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Ahhhh! The wondrous, light smell of green grass . . .

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Ginene lives above her antique shop in a renovated 1929 bank building in the quaint Village of Richmond, Illinois just off the Wisconsin line. To follow her adventures as a historical building owner, or for a variety of tutorials, or to learn more about her antique shop; come pull up a chair, grab a cup of tea and visit FoxandFinch.Worpdress.com.

So . . . Thank you very much Ginene! You made my day!

Have a good week!! – - Joanne

A Bit ‘O Ireland For All

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Even with high wind and high surf advisories, even with the pouring rain and a coastal flooding statement, you just can’t stop a happy St. Patrick’s Day at our school!

Hang in there . . . spring is just around the corner . . .

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to All! – - Joanne