Woolgathering on a Tuesday

I have a few random thoughts and photos to share with you today!

First sending thoughts and prayers to those who are struggling with things that are beyond their control.  You are loved and it will take some time, but it will get better.  Life is truly good!  But dang some of those bumps in the road are extreme!

I am constantly reminded how amazing God is – we see evidence all around us, but it is the daily reminders that I cherish!

On Monday, March 16th we closed on the sale of our “old” house.  We lived there 18 years and made so many memories there!  As we drove east on I-10 towards Houston there was the most amazing pre-sunrise.  The sky was red in between the clouds.  Hubby was driving so I pulled out my camera and tried to capture it.  You can see the color even with all the noise in the photo.

Sunrise traveling east on I-10 in the early hours of March 16th.
Sunrise traveling east on I-10 in the early hours of March 16th.

Later that week I was invited to my friend’s house for a quilt retreat.  There is nothing like time spent with friends that are family!

Each time this little guy would come out we would stop sewing and chatting to just enjoy him.

Swiper!
Swiper!
Swiper!
Swiper!

And the sunsets at her house are phenomenal

Here is the first evening

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And here is the second evening – caught at the perfect moment!

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While I was there I worked on my Paradise in Blooms Quilt – my goal was to have it done!  Ha Ha Ha – I did get the center all done, not completely assembled yet though.  Now I am piecing the outer border to make it queen size.  Maybe this weekend will see a finish!

Laying it out after adding the appliqué
Laying it out after adding the appliqué
Stamp of approval from Ripsy!
Stamp of approval from Ripsy!
Had to move to the other room to see it with the baskets - Ripsy likes this too!
Had to move to the other room to see it with the baskets – Ripsy likes this too!

This past weekend I was teaching at a quilt til you wilt at “Country Living Quilts!”  To see photos go check out their Facebook page!  (Or mine, I will post some phone photos there too!)  I arrived home early Sunday evening, as hubby showed me what he had worked on I noticed the moon and Venus? Grabbed the camera and caught this.

A sliver moon and is that Venus?  I know nothing of astronomy!  Sorry folks!
A sliver moon and is that Venus? I know nothing of astronomy! Sorry folks!

And then this morning as I stood at the quilting machine I spied with my little eye the red stag deer.  They were playing on one of our sand piles.  I hope you enjoy!

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Now that I have shared these I can gather some more wool to share later!

Have a great week and maybe I will see you again here in the cyber world before the week is over!

Dee

PS – Timeless Treasures shared my blog tutorial – they have a very nice blog here is the main page so you can see the recent topics!

Thankful for Family

A little late in posting but wanted to share some fun from our Thanksgiving break.  My nephew and his family had relocated from San Diego to Dallas and we invited them for Thanksgiving.  My brother and his wife were also able to join us as well as several other family members.  Our moving truck arrived on 11/14 and we hosted 18 for Thanksgiving dinner and 12 of those family members spent 1 or more nights with us!  We had FABULOUS weather and a wonderful opportunity to visit and just enjoy each others company.  We all provided goodies for the feast – I learned my nephew, Justin, is a foodie at heart and made the most fabulous onion dip!  Jeanine and John provided the “purple salad” and several other side dishes.  My daughter-in-law made the pies and they were oh so YUMMY!

The kids were all very well-behaved – when you have fabulous weather and a sand pile as big as the house they have no reason to get on each others nerves!

Here are the photos (lots of them) from our time together!

House prep for guests.  I just love my orchard ladder, found in an antique store in Jefferson, TX several years ago.
House prep for guests. I just love my orchard ladder, found in an antique store in Jefferson, TX several years ago.
The wine bar and sideboard
The wine bar and sideboard
Some of the copper has been placed on top of the cabinets - this is a work in process...
Some of the copper has been placed on top of the cabinets – this is a work in process…
Found this rug at Sam's, it goes really well with our stone work around the fireplace and my white couch!  Who buys a white couch?  This furniture is 25 years old and still almost like new because we never use it because - well - it's white!
Found this rug at Sam’s, it goes really well with our stone work around the fireplace and my white couch! Who buys a white couch? This furniture is 25 years old and still almost like new because we never use it because – well – it’s white!
All the beds have quilts and ready for our overnight guests
All the beds have quilts and ready for our overnight guests
No closets in our guest rooms so I could accommodate overnight guests, found this great armoire at Ikea!  Bunk beds fit great in the area that would've been closet.
No closets in our guest rooms so I could accommodate overnight guests, found this great armoire at Ikea! Bunk beds fit great in the area that would’ve been closet.
Guest bath is ready!
Guest bath is ready!
The 2nd guest bedroom - still need some bed skirts, but they can be slept in!
The 2nd guest bedroom – still need some bed skirts, but they can be slept in!
Former closet of the guest bedroom.  That beautiful flannel quilt was made by my friend Trudy as a house-warming (really going to miss you) gift!
Former closet of the guest bedroom. That beautiful flannel quilt was made by my friend Trudy as a house-warming (really going to miss you) gift!
Had not planned on a new washer/dryer but when the dryer dies 4 weeks before the move you make do until new ones can be delivered to the new house.  Never underestimate the value of a dryer!  At the old house I had laundry drying all over!
Had not planned on a new washer/dryer but when the dryer dies 4 weeks before the move you make do until new ones can be delivered to the new house. Never underestimate the value of a dryer! At the old house I had laundry drying all over!
Master bedroom - the quilt on the bed was part of an exchange (I did the exchange 3 times, because I gave my first quilt to Alex Anderson)
Master bedroom – the quilt on the bed was part of an exchange (I did the exchange 3 times, because I gave my first quilt to Alex Anderson)
Quilt room closet - this room is a work in process, we are building shelving and pegboard for storage!
Quilt room closet – this room is a work in process, we are building shelving and pegboard for storage!
Another view of the closet
Another view of the closet
The "quilt" room doubles as the "orphanage" for our younger guests!
The “quilt” room doubles as the “orphanage” for our younger guests!
Another view of the playroom - the longarm is on wheels so I was able to push it up against the wall for maximum kiddo space!
Another view of the playroom – the longarm is on wheels so I was able to push it up against the wall for maximum kiddo space!
Machines were also moved to the edge of the room and faced in to be less attractive to the children!
Machines were also moved to the edge of the room and faced in to be less attractive to the children!
The kids would wake and sit quietly on the couch looking out the window waiting for these to show up.
The kids would wake and sit quietly on the couch looking out the window waiting for these to show up.
The big girls on baby watch early in the morning after watching the deer!
The big girls on baby watch early in the morning after watching the deer!
John and Jeanine - what a happy fun couple!  So glad we live close enough to do stuff together!
John and Jeanine – what a happy fun couple! So glad we live close enough to do stuff together!
My nephew Jason!   He has a great smile that always wonder what he is really up to!
My nephew Jason! He has a great smile that always wonder what he is really up to!
Pre-nap all he wanted to do was ride the big tractor - post-nap not really into it!
Pre-nap all he wanted to do was ride the big tractor – post-nap not really into it!
Every day if they weren't outside they were sewing sewing sewing.  I can't remember the last time I threaded so many needles!  PS - this was their idea - NOT mine!
Every day if they weren’t outside they were sewing sewing sewing. I can’t remember the last time I threaded so many needles! PS – this was their idea – NOT mine!
It really does warm my heart to see them enjoy crafts!
It really does warm my heart to see them enjoy crafts!
Some were with us in spirit!  My mom and my oldest brother, David.
Some were with us in spirit! My mom and my oldest brother, David.  I had pulled out some photos and genealogy and my brother John snapped a photo of this old photo!
Cousins playing on the big sand pile - what do you do with the box from the new fridge?  Make a slide!
Cousins playing on the big sand pile – what do you do with the box from the new fridge? Make a slide!
Lots and lots of sand!
Lots and lots of sand!
He is just cute from any side!
He is just cute from any side!
City girl gets Countryfied!   My nephews daughter!  She was a HOOT!  Can't wait to spend more time with Ms. M!
City girl gets Countryfied! My nephews daughter! She was a HOOT! Can’t wait to spend more time with Ms. M!
Uncle Corey is really wondering what he has gotten himself into!
Uncle Corey is really wondering what he has gotten himself into!
These cousins will be life-long buds I am thinking!  You should've seen the tears and sadness when they said goodbye!
These cousins will be life-long buds I am thinking! You should’ve seen the tears and sadness when they said goodbye!
My son and his family!
My son and his family!
Cousins!  Little L was the best 2 year old!  I was so worried about what a two-year-old might get into - he just played with toys and was not a bit of trouble!
Cousins! Little L was the best 2 year old! I was so worried about what a two-year-old might get into – he just played with toys and was not a bit of trouble!
Isn't this a cute pic?
Isn’t this a cute pic?
And of course we had to have tie-dye!
And of course we had to have tie-dye!
More tie-dye!
More tie-dye!
His tie-dye drips and drips!
His tie-dye drips and drips!
That is going to be one pretty shirt!
That is going to be one pretty shirt!
Gammy and our youngest family member!
Gammy and our youngest family member!
We had no TV and this was the only time a kiddo was on an electronic device - he watched a little show and then he was off to bed!
We had no TV and this was the only time a kiddo was on an electronic device – he watched a little show and then he was off to bed!
This is how I felt all weekend being surrounded by family!
This is how I felt all weekend being surrounded by family!

I hope your Thanksgiving was as wonderful as ours!  We have so much to be Thankful for!

Dee

 

What About Mom?

In January 1996 my mom moved on to greener pastures, later that month I was offered a position with a marine dealership in Texas; the hubby and I decided to make the move as it would be me many miles closer to my sister who lives in Georgia.

I began my job in mid-March 1996 and the family followed in November along with a huge truck loaded with our home.  My sister arrived a few days after the truck and one of her first questions “Did you move mom?”  I found this a humorous question and whenever I see “Mom” it always makes me smile as I think of my sister wondering if I abandoned “Mom” in Utah.

So, Jenni, this is for you – so that you once again know that “Mom” is safe and sound and at home in Luling.

Mom is packed and ready for the road trip
Mom is packed and ready for the road trip
A nice safe place for mom to ride
A nice safe place for mom to ride
Mom made it safe and sound
Mom made it safe and sound
Home is where the heart is (and where mom is!)
Home is where the heart is (and where mom is!) 

And she is not in the pumpkin!

Bad photo - but there's mom - ready to greet visitors!
Bad photo – but there’s mom – ready to greet visitors!

And at the same time you get a glimpse of what we were doing last weekend!  Remember the BIG move happens mid-November!

Enjoy your day and find something that brings a smile to your face and then share that smile with someone, they just might need it as much as you!

Dee

 

Making a house a home……

Here are a few photos of the house before we start to “clutter” it up turning it into our home.  As I have been “purging” the old home getting ready to move I have learned about myself.

Purging the grandkids toys was the most difficult thing – each toy, book, game I touch is a precious memory of how small they were and how they learned to do something new.  Going through some of the notebooks where little toot has drawn so many little pictures for me.

One of the first things I did in the old house is take the “artwork” off the fridge – now my fridge only houses calories, not memories.

As I walk through the new house I do realize I don’t want to “collect” a bunch of stuff, but I do require it be a home where all who visit will feel comfortable and very welcome!

This weekend we will begin the task of placing our worldly goods through-out the new house – making it our home.

So here is a little tour of a few of our favorite things – I am sure there will be more through-out the coming weeks!  I hope you all can endure.

Auditioning the stained glass window(s)  It still gets a little bit more trim.  One of the steps to making the house our home!
Auditioning the stained glass window(s) It still gets a little bit more trim. One of the steps to making the house our home!

I had posted a photo of the window on my Facebook page asking for trim color recommendations – that photo showed green in the glass – funny there is no green – only amber.  I still think I will go with green trim.

I look through this window and have the vision of the pretty flowers for the deer and me to enjoy!
I look through this window and have the vision of the pretty flowers for the deer and me to enjoy!

Both grandkids wanted to take baths – we were just too busy playing this weekend – next time!

Hubby's favorite accessory.  We had these in our room last year at Washington School Inn where we celebrated our 25th anniversary and he just knew they had to go in the new house.
Hubby’s favorite accessory. We had these in our room last year at Washington School Inn where we celebrated our 25th anniversary and he just knew they had to go in the new house.
He liked this accessory so much we had 2 put in our lighting budget!
He liked this accessory so much we had 2 put in our lighting budget!
These fans turn and spin and really move quite a bit of air.
These fans turn and spin and really move quite a bit of air.  The round circle on the floor is one of 2 floor plugs.

FYI – we have already pre-wired for this style fan only wall mount for each of the bedrooms.  Just need to acquire the fans.

We can seat 6 around the island quite comfortably - shopping for bar stools!
We can seat 6 around the island quite comfortably – shopping for bar stools!

While we were there this weekend with the grandkids we used our cheap 20+ year old barstools.

View of the working area of the kitchen
View of the working area of the kitchen
The front door - God Bless Texas!
The front door – God Bless Texas!
We had to wait until we closed the construction loan for my FUN to begin.  My studio area is stained concrete - we arrived after closing with the Title Company to get to see it in process - squeal!!!
We had to wait until we closed the construction loan for my FUN to begin. My studio area is stained concrete – we arrived after closing with the Title Company to get to see it in process – squeal!!!

If only the original painters of the house would’ve done this good of job protecting surfaces.  Look carefully in the photo – see those little white dots?  That are paint droplets because the painters removed our protective paper – then painted!

So this is stain before any sealer goes on it - kind of boring.  Brian from Artistic Impressions did 2 stain colors for me "Cola and Green Lawn"
So this is stain before any sealer goes on it – kind of boring. Brian from Artistic Impressions did 2 stain colors for me “Cola and Green Lawn”
Another view of the staining
Another view of the staining
The sealing has started - if you look carefully you will see the "fog" through the closet door.
The sealing has started – if you look carefully you will see the “fog” through the closet door.  That sealer is nasty stuff!  We shut off the propane and opened windows in other areas of the house.  It was a windy day so the quilt room windows had to stay shut to prevent our wonderful fine sand from blowing in.

Speaking of our wonderful sand – Brian recommends we not wear shoes in the studio – well that won’t happen – I am on my feet ALL day and need the support – so I will just have to buy some new “indoor only” shoes.  Shoe Shopping!

2 coats of stain - they will be adding 1 more - look carefully - my floor has a tortoise shell effect - this comes form the reaction with the stain and how our initial pour cured.  I think the term is crazing - it is very fine cosmetic only cracking.  A very cool effect.
2 coats of stain – they will be adding 1 more – look carefully – my floor has a tortoise shell effect – this comes form the reaction with the stain and how our initial pour cured. I think the term is crazing – it is very fine cosmetic only cracking. A very cool effect.

Brian says he gets clients that want that “tortoise shell look” but he cannot control that – it is just a bonus effect!

Another view - 1 more coat of sealer then 2 coats of wax!
Another view – 1 more coat of sealer then 2 coats of wax!

Just talked to Brian – they just cleaned all the fixtures and pulled the protection off the walls/baseboards.  We will need to touch up baseboards because our painters used a heavy brush when applying paint – i.e. too much paint at one time.  I could write a book on my thoughts about our painters – but this is a positive post so I will just be quiet!

The view through the french doors to the back porch.
The view through the french doors to the back porch.

We purchased the yard art at the Round Top Antique fair spring of 2013 and it fits just perfect in the country.  I love cool things and I think that is pretty cool yard art!

Time for me to do some quilting!  Ronda’s “Carolina Lily” is on the frame and calling my name!

Look around you – I bet your home is filled with memories!

Enjoy them!

Dee

 

It’s the Country Life for Me!

Last week we closed out the construction loan on the new house and were handed over the keys to our new home!  For our first overnight stay we took the grandkids and setup camp in the new home.  We had purchased a “mac-o-pedic” from Mattress Mac with a bed frame for the guest bedroom and that is what we old folks slept on.  On a previous trip to the site we had taken out the bunk bed frames and mattresses.  We had the grandkids sleep on the mattresses in their sleeping bags.  Because our “move-in” clean was scheduled for Monday we did not want to “fill” the house up just yet.  With the exception of the queen frame and mattress set and the 2 twin mattresses which we placed on top of the queen set we left nothing in the house on Sunday.

Each fall the town of Luling has a festival “Night in Old Luling” where any non-profit can set up a booth for fundraising.  We went last year with our grandson and it was a lot of fun so we wanted to make sure we went again this year.  The “town” of Leesville, TX also has their annual Country Fair the 2nd weekend in October so we decided to check that out during the day.

A cool front had rolled in Saturday morning and brought some much-needed rain to the area, but it did make it a challenge for the fair organizers.

Here are some photos from the Country Fair in Leesville.

Pumpkin decorating was a fun event for the kiddos.
Pumpkin decorating was a fun event for the kiddos.
Creativity on the loose!
Creativity on the loose!
All done!
All done!
They loved holding the baby chicks!  They visited the pen several times.
They loved holding the baby chicks! They visited the pen several times.
Chicka chicka boom boom!
Chicka chicka boom boom!
So soft!
So soft!
Oink Oink - the kids wanted to pet the pigs but the pigs want none of that!
Oink Oink – the kids wanted to pet the pigs but the pigs want none of that!
He had his eye on me - I was outside his pen and he was still shy of my!
He had his eye on me – I was outside his pen and he was still shy of my!
Face painting is a must!
Face painting is a must!
Am I scary?
Am I scary?
She thought he was so cute she wanted her photo taken with him
She thought he was so cute she wanted her photo taken with him

After the Country Fair we went back to the house and played some board games, rode bikes up and down the hill, played in the sand (then took showers) and setup the electric train!

Sorry no photos from Night Out in Old Luling – they are on our phones as I did not want to carry the big camera all night.  The kids played games and won prizes.  We all went on the Zombie Hay Ride and that was a lot of fun – we had squirt guns to keep the zombies at bay!

Great fajita from the Luling VFD booth and played a little bit of bingo.

A full day in the country!

Can’t wait til all my days are country days!

Dee

 

Modern Conveniences

Tuesday I ventured out to the home site.  This included dropping Corey off at work around 6:30 am and then heading west.  I arrived at the site just before 9:00 am.  Our driveway had been poured on Monday so it was very exciting to see that!

Yippee!  We have a driveway!  The team from Keystone Concrete did an awesome job with the design and installation!
Yippee! We have a driveway! The team from Keystone Concrete did an awesome job with the design and installation!

Then I noticed our front door had been put in place!

A little bit of stain and some trim paint and it will be very inviting.  You should see the doorbell - it is a Texas star too!
A little bit of stain and some trim paint and it will be very inviting. You should see the doorbell – it is a Texas star too!

My reason for the trip was our appliances were to be delivered.  A received a call from the builder that we were the last stop on the delivery list but I was already in route so I continued.  I had brought along some errands to run.  I mailed a package to my niece from the Luling Post Office.  Then I headed to Lockhart to ship a box and check out the little quilt store there.  As I was returning to my car from walking the Lockhart town square the builder called and the appliance truck was 20-30 minutes from our home, so I headed back to the site.

At the front gate I escorted a trade to a new neighbors future home site – he is their pool builder and I was able to meet Penny.  We had met her husband a couple of weeks ago.  Lots happening in the Settlement.

By the time I arrived at our home the appliances had been unloaded and the installers were having a couple of issues.  The propane line for the stove was too high.  The drain for the ice maker was to far forward.  Luckily the plumbers showed up at that point and they were able to get to work.  Unfortunately the appliance installation will continue another day as we do not have power to the house yet.  The good news is – all the appliances were correct and they look GREAT!

Oven and Microwave!
Oven and Microwave!
The wine chiller!
The wine chiller!
The ice maker!
The ice maker!
Where the ice maker will eventually go - once the floor drain is moved!
Where the ice maker will eventually go – once the floor drain is moved!

The plumbers also installed the fixtures for the bathtub.  I hope that faucet reaches the tub – Corey asked that question when I showed him the photo – I need to check that next time I am out there.  (Hopefully the plumber confirmed this!)

The ceiling is all in place in the great room, all they need to do is stain it now.  A little back story here – the painters came out an pre-stained the ceiling so only minor touch ups would need to be done – BUT they stained the wrong side! DUH!!!  So our ceiling will now be stained in place!

The center beam has been covered in cedar - love!
The center beam has been covered in cedar – love!

And to finish it off…….

ALWAYS take time out to enjoy the little things!  This beautiful little flower bush is blooming the middle of our sand pile!
ALWAYS take time out to enjoy the little things! This beautiful little flower bush is blooming the middle of our sand pile!

About 10 miles into my long ride home I encountered a major rain storm.  I finally pulled over in Schulenburg for about 20 minutes before I could see to get back on the road.  Still had rain but everyone on the I-10 was playing nice and being considerate so we were able to continue.  THEN…I hit Katy – my gosh the traffic was horrendous; between the weather and it being 5:30 pm it was a mess!  I finally got to Corey’s work about 7:00 pm, about 2 hours later than anticipated.  But safe and sound and that is what is important!

May your day be filled with lots of little things that make you smile!

Denise

 

Oh No – Not Another House Post!

These seem to be my least popular posts – so I apologize in advance for boring you yet again!  There are a few of you out there that do enjoy them, so for you, I will keep on posting.  For the rest of you – you can help me picture in my mind all these fabulous walls and surfaces with QUILTS on them!

Enjoy the update!

This sunrise is from back in March - in no time at all I will be able to walk to the end of the drive each morning and enjoy this view!
This sunrise is from back in March – in no time at all I will be able to walk to the end of the drive each morning and enjoy this view!
This country road leads to sunrise hill (as I am now going to call it!)  I am standing near David and Lilli's driveway looking east, our home is on the right.
This country road leads to sunrise hill (as I am now going to call it!) I am standing near David and Lilli’s driveway looking east, our home is on the right.

This past weekend we cruised the neighborhood and found the neighbor directly behind us is staking out the corners for their new home site.  A couple of roads over we also met Mr. Fletcher, he and his wife hope to break ground in the next few weeks.

David and Lilli's new house is coming along nicely.  I am so so so excited for them!  It is so much fun to watch the dream of others come to be!  We are blessed to have them as neighbors!
David and Lilli’s new house is coming along nicely. I am so so so excited for them! It is so much fun to watch the dream of others come to be! We are blessed to have them as neighbors!

A little bit of update on our home…..

One friend asked Corey when will he quit calling it “the property”  I told him to tell Mark – “when we can flush!”

We almost have indoor plumbing!
We almost have indoor plumbing!

We met with the builder and the flatwork supervisor yesterday and mapped out the driveway – Brian the concrete supervisor had some great ideas and I am really excited about what he has suggested!  The framing should be in place when we head out this weekend and so we can see the footprint before it is poured on Monday!

One of the favorite features of our new home is the beautiful Austin stone and we incorporated this into our porches on the columns….

Our mason's do fabulous work - but these little guys just needed something a little bit more.  A call to our builder resulted in.....
Our mason’s do fabulous work – but these little guys just needed something a little bit more. A call to our builder resulted in…..
This - I love the cut stone caps!  Yes, our masons ROCK!
This – I love the cut stone caps! Yes, our masons ROCK!

We also love the cedar accents on the porch columns/ceilings and will soon see…..

Hopefully when we head out this weekend this ceiling will have.....
This ceiling covered with……
This beautiful stained cedar for its new adornment!
these beautiful cedar planks

Neither one of us take “baths” – we prefer showers, so we found a bathtub that will look great!  Even if we don’t use it!

I picture a beautiful fern in this tub - what about you?
I picture a beautiful fern in this tub – what about you? (PS – the sheetrock behind the tub has now been repaired and is waiting for touch-up paint!  I will post a new photo when the fixtures are in place!

And a photo of the man of my dreams and the man that I choose everyday to build my dreams with!  He is amazing and a hard worker and I love him to the moon and back!

IMG_6614Find your passion and your dream and follow it!

Dee

 

 

HOME Stretch

From the sticks in the late spring to adding sheetrock, color, tile and all of those other fun features that make a house a home – it is amazing how quickly some of this happens.

I had been on pins and needles waiting for the interior paint to be applied, I was so afraid it would be drab – and I had also stepped way outside the box and chosen a dark chocolate for the doors and trim and I so wanted to see if I was going to like it – well I LOVE IT!  We have chosen the same tile through-out the home on the floors.  No carpet or wood, our new home is in a sand pit!  Can’t wait to start landscaping!

The great room with paint and tile, prior to masonry
The great room with paint and tile, prior to masonry
A quick stop by the house on the way to retreat - we were able to watch them set the mantel
A quick stop by the house on the way to retreat – we were able to watch them set the mantel
Mantel is set and they masonry continues
Mantel is set and they masonry continues
The kitchen island - before masonry
The kitchen island – before masonry
Another view of the kitchen island - it is 6' x 11'
Another view of the kitchen island – it is 6′ x 11′ once the granite is installed
Kitchen area ending at the pantry on the left and the garage/quilt studio down 2 steps to the right.
Kitchen area ending at the pantry on the left and the garage/quilt studio down 2 steps to the right.
And after masonry!  They will be back to add corbel supports
And after masonry! They will be back to add corbel supports
That island granite is VERY shiny!
That island granite is VERY shiny!
Another view of the island granite.
Another view of the island granite.
Granite in the master bath
Granite in the master bath
The shower tile
The shower tile
A built in niche in the shower
A built in niche in the shower
I love the rock columns with the cedar posts and ceiling - I think we will spend a lot of time on this back porch
I love the rock columns with the cedar posts and ceiling – I think we will spend a lot of time on this back porch
The quilt studio porch with a stone column!  Hind-site we might've made this porch bigger......
The quilt studio porch with a stone column! Hind-site we might’ve made this porch bigger……

 

Can’t wait to visit the site again on Sunday!

Enjoy your Tuesday!

Denise

 

Rocking the Sheet Rock!

I had a very productive weekend and I had to decide which day to post about first – the house won!  That just means that for you quilters out there that want to see the fabulous quilts my students had in Saturday’s workshop will have to stay tuned!

The last post I shared regarding the house was insulation related (you all weren’t too excited about that one!)  When we were there last weekend they were putting up the sheet rock, we took photos but they are on hubby’s camera and he has not downloaded them yet – so you won’t be subjected to before and after photos on those.

I would like to mention how fun it was to watch the sheet rock guys work, there were 4 of them and 2 of them were a TEAM – they were hanging the upper half of the walls and the ceilings and they have the process nailed down to a science.  We have ceilings that are 10′ and 11′ so the normal extenders weren’t quite enough – so what do they do?  They attached those to mud buckets and added almost 2′ to their height!  They worked about 5 hours while we were there and had probably 70% of the house done.  they finished on Monday, then the guys that tape and float showed up for a day or so, they add the rounded corners too!

Saturday the texture team was there.  We chose a texture called “Monterrey Drag”.  When we showed up Sunday morning the texture was all done!  They are really FAST!  They use a lot of water when doing the texture so the inside of the house was pretty humid, but that did not stop me from wandering around.  We also took measurements so we can start working on our closet and pantry build-outs.  I have a pretty good idea what I want and to have the builder do this as all custom was going to get a little too pricey for my beer budget!  Thankfully hubby is very handy and will actually enjoy doing this for our new home.  We currently use some Akurum systems from Ikea in our pantry and I LOVE them!  So after working around the site for a few hours we headed to Ikea to get cut-sheets for various systems they sell for closets and kitchens.

And now a tour of the house with SHEETROCK and TEXTURE!

Who is tired of seeing this view of my studio?  Not ME!
Who is tired of seeing this view of my studio? Not ME!
This is the oversize garage.  I convinced hubby that he wouldn't want to walk out to the barn every time he wanted a tool so we added this nice area for him to do smaller house projects.  Go through the door and turn left and you are in the studio, or go straight up 3 stairs and you are at the pantry and entrance to the kitchen.
This is the oversize garage. I convinced hubby that he wouldn’t want to walk out to the barn every time he wanted a tool so we added this nice area for him to do smaller house projects. Go through the door and turn left and you are in the studio, or go straight up 3 stairs and you are at the pantry and entrance to the kitchen.
Standing under the large arch looking across the foyer to the front door just out of view on the left.  The opening in the top of the photo is for a stained glass window for the shower in the guest bathroom, I love how they framed the area below - I have lots of ideas for that space.
Standing under the large arch looking across the foyer to the front door just out of view on the left. The opening in the top of the photo is for a stained glass window for the shower in the guest bathroom, I love how they framed the area below – I have lots of ideas for that space.
And there is the front door and on the left is the arch for hubby's office.  Eventually we all add barn doors but we want them to be rustic so we will be on the look out for just the perfect wood!
And there is the front door and on the left is the arch for hubby’s office. Eventually we all add barn doors but we want them to be rustic so we will be on the look out for just the perfect wood!
Standing at the front door looking through the great room to the french doors which lead to the back porch.  Upper right of the photo is that opening for our stained glass window
Standing at the front door looking through the great room to the french doors which lead to the back porch. Upper right of the photo is that opening for our stained glass window
Standing under the entryway arch looking into the great room, the french doors are on the left side.
Standing under the entryway arch looking into the great room, the french doors are on the left side.
Standing on the other side of the arch looking into the kitchen, that curved wall will be rock on this side and the granite slab will be 5' deep by 9' long with a curve on the end for additional seating
Standing on the other side of the arch looking into the kitchen, that curved wall will be rock on this side and the granite slab will be 5′ deep by 9′ long with a curve on the end for additional seating
The master bedroom, the bed goes under these windows, the master bath is through the doorway to the right.
The master bedroom, the bed goes under these windows, the master bath is through the doorway to the right.
This little niche will have a granite top.  A custom cabinet floor/ceiling will be installed to the left of the niche and that doorway is to the master bedroom.
This little niche will have a granite top. A custom cabinet floor/ceiling will be installed to the left of the niche and that doorway is to the master bedroom.
This is part of the master closet - I am working on the layout for the drawers/hanging bars/shelves for this room
This is part of the master closet – I am working on the layout for the drawers/hanging bars/shelves for this room
Corner guest room, one bed will go under the high windows
Corner guest room, one bed will go under the high windows
Still the corner guest room, a day bed will go in this little area (it used to be a closet)
Still the corner guest room, a day bed will go in this little area (it used to be a closet)
Middle guest room, bunk beds will go here, yep this is where the closet might have gone
Middle guest room, bunk beds will go here, yep this is where the closet might have gone
Inside of the shower that has the stained glass window
Inside of the shower that has the stained glass window
Standing in the dining area looking into the kitchen, that wall between the arches will have a tall cabinet to the left, glass front uppers in the center and microwave and 2nd conventional oven on the right.
Standing in the dining area looking into the kitchen, that wall between the arches will have a tall cabinet to the left, glass front uppers in the center and microwave and 2nd conventional oven on the right.
Have I mentioned before that I  just love my porch ceilings?  This is the studio porch and the way the light was hitting was just too pretty to not share.
Have I mentioned before that I just love my porch ceilings? This is the studio porch and the way the light was hitting was just too pretty to not share.

Things are moving very quickly at Cordeeaiybray and it is so exciting (and SCARY!)

May all your projects bring you happiness and satisfaction!

Dee

 

BIB’s

Nope – no babies here.  We are talking BIB’s as in insulation aka “blown in batts”.  I mentioned in my post yesterday that the insulation installers were at our home on the 4th of July to install the insulation.  We had upgraded from standard batts of insulation to BIB’s for our new home.  This increases the R factor by some number known to my husband and we decided to spend a little more here and enjoy the savings in the years ahead.  Some of you may ask why we did not choose the “spray” insulation as it also has a very high R factor.  The reason for this is, IF/WHEN you have water intrusion in your home you may not have the early warning signs that would allow you to mitigate the problem quickly and efficiently AND tracing the origination of the intrusion is made very difficult with the “spray” insulation.  I consider my husband the resident expert of “why” things fail and how to quickly acknowledge, track down and correct these failures I 100% back his decision.  (I am charge of color and other fun stuff!)  After the storms in the Luling area the last few days I am happy to know IF/WHEN we have an issue it will be easier to track down and correct.

So here are some quick photos of the insulation installation…….

This truck had to move a tree before they could begin work at our home on the 4th of July!
This truck had to move a tree before they could begin work at our home on the 4th of July!
The hose that will carry the insulation to the final destination
The hose that will carry the insulation to the final destination
A very thin scrim that is stapled over the framing to hold the BIB in place
A very thin scrim that is stapled over the framing to hold the BIB in place
The end of the hose punctures a small hole in the scrim and they begin to fill the bottom of the section.
The end of the hose punctures a small hole in the scrim and they begin to fill the bottom of the section.

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Then they maneuver the nozzle and shoot the top section
Then they maneuver the nozzle and shoot the top section
This section was so quick I almost didn't have time to snap the photo
This section was so quick I almost didn’t have time to snap the photo
The leg extenders for when they get ready to do the higher sections.
The leg extenders for when they get ready to do the higher sections.
Took him several times to get this chunk of concrete picked up - but he was determined.
Took him several times to get this chunk of concrete picked up – but he was determined.
These long legged spiders (are they banana spiders?) make REALLY BIG webs too!
These long-legged spiders (are they banana spiders?) make REALLY BIG webs too!

A special thank you to our neighbor Lilly for inspecting the insulation on Saturday to be sure we had not had water intrusion where the roof is not quite done being shingled.  She saved Corey 6 hours in the car on a Holiday Weekend Sunday!