A Year in the Life of – ME!

2015 was a busy year for us.  We had just moved into our new home.

In the studio we had shelving to build, peg board to hang, cabinetry to place.  Lots of rearranging as I decided to tweak things, 256 sf of design walls to put up.

Join local groups; Luling Fiber Arts.  Create new groups; Settlement Magnolias.  Just to name a couple…

My travel included a cruise where I was teaching, NQA in Little Rock where I was teaching and vending, Montana for a tune-up and so much more. My treasured time is when I am quilting with long-time friends and we are enjoying each others company (or when I am with my hubby!)

48 Retreat/Quilt To You Wilt/Cruise days, most of these where a taught, but a couple where I was a lucky participant! 6 visits to guilds to provide lectures and workshops! 22 workshop days at various shops usually involving 2 or more hours of travel each way! 6 shows including NQA in Little Rock.  1 Guest Artist appearance at a show where I was a vendor had a special exhibit and daily bed-turnings.

4 days of Farm Camp for the Grandkids, 7 days of Camp Dee-Dee with the Grandkids!  Enjoyed 2 plays that my granddaughter was in, baseball games for the grandson as well as other family time events!

And along the way I finished a few quilts, a couple of them were started prior to 2015, but many were started and made it to top stage in 2015.  I also quilted several quilts for customers (but not as many as I used to!)

Here are most of the finishes for 2015….

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The original “One” was my first finish of 2015. Be sure to look at the close-up photo of the beading a fellow quilter added for me!
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While in Little Rock a delightful quilter offered to bead my quilt for me – it was already quilted but she very carefully hand stitched each bead on, only going through the top layers! She even put the binding on it before shipping it back to me! I just love quilters! Pattern “One”
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My 2nd “One” of the year! I have another one that just needs the leaf stitched down! I look forward to teaching this quilt again and again! It is fun!
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Paradise in Blooms, started, finished, quilted and bound in 2015! WooHoo!
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A beauty that was started this year – but I may need to go visit my friend Lisa at Compass Point Quilts in NH to finish it!
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Tea Time Placemats. I love making these leaf quilts. I have kits and patterns available at my online store.
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Vintage Compass – made as a sample for Pinwheels and Posies in Dickinson, TX. They have kits!
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My 2nd Prismatic Star of the year. I cannot get enough of this quilt! It is so quick and easy to make. Kits and pattern available at my online store.
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Paddlewheel using Judy and Judel Niemeyers fabric collection, Reclaimed West. Pattern is still available at my online store. All fabrics were donated by Timeless Treasures and I did a 2 part blog tutorial for how I made this quilt. See part 1 here.
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Landscape table runner made and kitted for the cruise I taught on in May. All kits are pre-cut ready to sew! Including the papers for one table runner. Kit includes papers to make 3 more quilts, they just aren’t precut! I have included a photo of the back of this quilt so you can see my “upside down” quilting!
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The back of my Landscapes Table Runner so you can see the quilting. This backing fabric was approx 24″ wide, purchased on Maui in 2001, just waiting for the perfect quilt.
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A small sample made to show the fabrics in kits I have available when teaching Seasonal Table Runner/Table Topper.
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This quilt is at Hancocks of Paducah right now so I am using the new coversheet for the photo. I made this quilt for Quiltworx, while I was there in July. Constellation is from the book Geese Migrations; available on my site!
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Vintage Compass made for Certified Shop Pinwheels and Posies.  Kits available from them!
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Osprey’s Nest, downsized. OK I got really tired of making geese – so I figured out what I could make with all those fabulous log cabin blocks and the geese I had done. So far 1 table topper, 1 table runner and 2 placemats. I will also have the mirror image of the table topper when I am done! Pattern available on the site!
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Dancing in the Moonlight! A silhouette of my granddaughter from a photo where she was dancing at camp in 2014. A friend took the tiny photo and made it life size for me. The blocks in the background are Garden Wall and available on the site. I used an ombre for my backgrounds and a Judy Niemeyer Bali pre-sorted Pops set for the accents.
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Some of the piecing for this quilt was started many moons (aka years) ago. AndSewItBegan asked me to come teach this at her retreat house so I figured I better get it together. I used a Kaufman Khaki for the background and hand-dyes for the accent fabrics. This pattern is Southern Beauty aka Sleeping Beauty by Sue Garman. Don’t you love Sue’s work?
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This year I joined the Luling Fiber Arts group and our leader, Kelly, taught us how to make this fun convergence quilt. This quilt is small but was made in 2 hours, including all cutting!
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Those are all silks on the wall, my WoodCarvers star is in progress! Any bets on a finish date? Pattern uses the new lone star technique and is available on the site!
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I cannot take all the credit for this one. Most of the paper-piecing was done while in Montana, but not by me. My 3 Australian friends did not bring enough of their own projects so they worked on mine! This quilt is called Chasing Rainbows and can be found in the Geese Migrations Book (available on this site). I used 2 different ombre fabrics for the color and black batik. I hope to have kits for this quilt very soon.
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These 4 quilts were completed by me to be donated to our local first responders! They will be quilted very soon!
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My version of Prairie Pinwheels. This quilt was fun and easy to make and I was able to use all stash fabrics! What a great quilt for a young child! Pattern available at my online store.
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Not finished but wanted to include it. I need to piece and add the borders. This pattern is called Indian Summer and is available at my online store. This sample is made with lots of Kaffe Fassett fabrics and black/whites. All purchased at Pinwheels and Posies Quilt Shop.
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Diamond Wedding Ring NEW version! I made the original version many many years ago and let me tell you it was not for the faint of heart. There were at least 8 billion Y seams! This quilt is assembled with ZERO Y seams. Quick and easy paper-piecing and custom creative grids rulers make this quilt a snap! Rulers and patterns available in the store! All fabrics (except the outer border) were purchased in June 2015 from Valli and Kim in Dripping Springs, TX. The background has all kinds of appropriate sayings for a couple in love!
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Fractured Paint Box – she’s a little loud but was so fun to make. The center is made from a very dark green accent and Kaufman solids strip set. The border was left over backing from a wedding quilt I made a couple of years ago; purchased in Maui when we attended the wedding! I love destination weddings – how about you?
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I have ended the year with “Three” I started this on Christmas Day, it went very quickly. Kits will be available on my site soon! This one is called Lemons, Limes and Satsumas; we had those 3 trees in our backyard before we moved. Picking fresh fruit around Christmas each year and burying your nose in the fabulous blossoms each spring. I miss those trees!
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A year in the review. Of course there are other quilts that are started but I did not include! I have to save something for next year right? (as I look at this photo I realize there is one here that did not get featured above)

 

Let’s all make 2016 fabulous!

Dee

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

 

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

 

Be Careful What You Wish For….

Yes, I can still hear my mom say “Be careful what you wish for…” and this weekend our trip to Luling to check on the new home progress definitely brought this saying to mind.

As we drove down Crockett Lane towards our home we could see a big truck in the middle of our driveway – Yippee – Insulation was being installed – on the 4th of July no less…..  Impressive!

As we turned into the driveway we realized there was a good-sized tree down.  Immediate thought – “Dang, they hit our tree!”  because it was a good-sized truck.  Corey hopped out of our van to see what was up and realized a storm had taken the tree down, the insulation crew was just moving what they could out of way to pull their truck down to our home to begin their install.

Wish # 1 – we will take rain anytime we can get it  (Yes – be careful what you wish for!)

Wish # 2 – a clean work site at our new home (Yes – once again – be careful what you wish for!)

Here are the photos that will explain why we should “Be Careful What We Wish For!)

This is after Corey had pushed it out of the driveway with the tractor
This is after Corey had pushed it out of the driveway with the tractor – it doesn’t look like much but it took a couple of hours, a Stihl chainsaw and a tractor to properly take care of this guy.  I would say the largest trunk area we worked with was at least 20″ across

When we were building the barn, one of the trucks delivering the materials had damaged this tree – I kind of had a feeling it wouldn’t make it through the build, but I really thought it would be a delivery truck that did it in, not a storm.

In my previous post this was all smooth and pretty!
In my previous post this was all smooth and pretty!
It was quite a storm they say....
It was quite a storm they say….
Looks like we will be adding rain gutters quite quickly once we move in - we had thought we could get by with limited rain gutters - probably not
Looks like we will be adding rain gutters quite quickly once we move in – we had thought we could get by with limited rain gutters – probably not
This drain is the "drain to daylight" for the laundry room - we will be adding some additional piping to route possible water away from the house
This drain is the “drain to daylight” for the laundry room – we will be adding some additional piping to route possible water away from the house
Building a temporary drainage path
Building a temporary drainage path
The tree is closer to Crockett lane - there are several like this across our 6+ acres
This tree is closer to Crockett lane – there are several like this across our 6+ acres
This one is up the hill at our neighbors build site - when their driveway was put in it probably compromised the tree and it just couldn't hold.  As Lilly says "nature widened her driveway!"
This one is up the hill at our neighbors build site – when their driveway was put in it probably compromised the tree and it just couldn’t hold. As Lilly says “nature widened her driveway!”
Lilly's culvert!  Corey had created some berms for our culvert and we are happy to report they are diverting the water as planned.
Lilly’s culvert! Corey had created some berms for our culvert and we are happy to report they are diverting the water as planned.
Caption This! This is Lilly and Davids site - I texted this photo to her and her reply "Can't image the mess inside the porta loo, I'll no be looking!"
Caption This!
This is Lilly and Davids site – I texted this photo to her and her reply “Can’t image the mess inside the porta loo, I’ll no be looking!”
And this at another neighbors - he was out of town for the storm - but he was loading up the pups to go get some gas for his chain saw so he could some clean up
And this at another neighbors – he was out-of-town for the storm – but he was loading up the pups to go get some gas for his chain saw so he could some clean up
A close up of the neighbors tree - unfortunately over the years of droughts and floods our poor oaks in this area are not the healthiest.
A close up of the neighbors tree – unfortunately over the years of droughts and floods our poor oaks in this area are not the healthiest.

While it is important to have wishes and dreams – we must caution ourselves to “Be careful what we wish for!”

My wish for you is your Health and A Loving Family with Special Friends that we also consider Family!

Dee

 

Inside Sticks – starting to take shape

Well I want to post an update on the house and I think you will get the idea if I caption the photos properly.  Hubby and I have done several remodels over the years and I have always enjoyed that process.  When it came time to “design” our forever home it was really hard for me because there were no boundaries.  For a girl who really likes to color outside the box I was surprised to learn that sometimes I like being in a box.  When you are doing a remodel (on a budget) you have to keep in mind load bearing walls, where the plumbing is, incorporating the new with the old and having them blend nicely.

With the new home design I had a blank piece of paper – and I kept drawing perfectly square boxes and rectangles so I wasn’t getting any character.   I realized I had to find a roofline I liked for a single story house and then I could tweak the floor plan (thanks to my friend Patty – for unknowingly pointing me in the right direction).

Hubby purchased a software program that he could use to show me what things would look like, including floor plan, fly overs and walk throughs – very cool stuff!  And not terribly expensive.

For the next several months we worked on “our” floor plan.  At one point I told hubby my quilt studio wasn’t big enough – he asked how much bigger I wanted it – I said “I don’t know – just bigger”  So he worked with it and coincidentally when the quilt studio grew so did the garage for the house – maybe that is why I did not hear too much complaining from the peanut gallery when I asked for more space!

Then we started “interviewing” builders and I fell for Shay at Jimmy Jacobs Custom Homes.  Shay was our sales person and from the get go she set our expectations that “No, you cannot build that house for the price you think you can!” She LISTENED to us and returned phone calls and emails – she is fabulous!  Although she has left Jimmy Jacobs we are still friends!

We have another kink in our build process – we are 3 hours away from our build site – another reason we chose Jimmy Jacobs Custom Homes to build our home, we walked through numerous homes they were building in various states of construction and liked what we saw.  As you know we poured concrete on April 17th (wow, in my mind I thought it was March 17th and was amazed by how quickly everything is going – it is actually going twice as fast as I thought!) and here is our project 5 weeks later on May 25th.

So enough gabbing from me – here are some photos……

When we started designing the great room, we tried moving the fireplace all around the room - only to end up with with it where it was to begin with.  This will be all rock with a nice size hearth.
When we started designing the great room, we tried moving the fireplace all around the room – only to end up with it where it was to begin with. This will be all rock with a nice size hearth.

To the left of the fireplace is my “wall” of windows, 3 windows that are each 3’x6′ and a set of french doors that are 6’x8′ that lead to the covered back porch.

Standing in the great room - looking into the kitchen.  The island is 5' deep by 9' long and the side you see here will be all rock to match the fireplace
Standing in the great room – looking into the kitchen. The island is 5′ deep by 9′ long and the side you see here will be all rock to match the fireplace – see the french doors to the right?

Lots of duct work for this house and hubby, Mr. Engineer is VERY impressed with how much bracing and framing is holding that roof up!  Regarding the HVAC – it will be nice when they have the correct furnace units up there, we determined this past weekend they ordered and installed electric units, our exhibits called for propane!  Hopefully those are in stock and not special order!

The fireplace was to the left of the arch so this is the other corner of the great room.  I planned space here for a beautiful cedar table, chairs and bench we have that is bistro height - it will be fun to sit here and play monopoly with the grandkids!
The fireplace is to the left of the arch so this is the other corner of the great room. I planned space here for a beautiful cedar table, chairs and bench we have that is bistro height – it will be fun to sit here and play monopoly with the grandkids!

The arch to the left leads to the master bedroom.  The arch to the right is from the entry hallway.

This is the pantry it is just shy of 5' wide x 8' deep with a pocket door.  Hubby will be doing the build out in this room so I get just what I want!
This is the pantry it is just shy of 5′ wide x 8′ deep with a pocket door. Hubby will be doing the build out in this room so I get just what I want!

The pantry is located just past the garage – very convenient for unloading groceries!

AND see that long skinny room with the high window and a pocket door?  That is the "closet" for the studio - it is 6' wide by 19' long and the ceiling is over 11' high! And guess who will be doing the build out for this closet - yep Hubby!
(for this photo I am standing in the garage) AND see that long skinny room with the high window and a pocket door? That is the “closet” for the studio – it is 6′ wide by 19′ long and the ceiling is over 11′ high! And guess who will be doing the build out for this closet – yep Hubby!

The pocket door is currently installed with the opening on the wrong side but that is a quick fix.  I love love love this closet space!  And next to the closet is the studio powder bath.  As a quilter I love design walls, but I also love natural light and lots of it.  When you get a tour of the studio you will see the doors are full glass, big windows in the corner of the room and then a high window, but tons and tons of design wall space.  And the ceilings are over 11′  WOW!

What is the 1 thing your dream home must have?

Go out and make the most of this day!  I will be teaching members of the Bay Area Quilt Guild how to make the Cactus Flower Table Runner!

Denise

 

 

Luling Lincoln Logs

Ok – they aren’t logs – but it is wood aka sticks!  I had not been out to  the site of our new home since they started framing.

This was my view from the road – YIKES – this is REAL!

What we see as we pulled down the driveway.
What we see as we pulled down the driveway.

And now for quick tour…..

The view from the street
The view from the street
Just a peek through the trees
Just a peek through the trees
Right side is the master suite area
Right side is the master suite area
Back porch, roof is not framed here yet
Back porch, roof is not framed here yet
View from the back french doors, through the great room, entry hall and out the front door!
View from the back french doors, through the great room, entry hall and out the front door!
Quilt room corner - looking in
Quilt room corner – looking in
Quilt room corner - looking out
Quilt room corner – looking out
Cacti in bloom
Cacti in bloom
Struggling to survive in the sand
Struggling to survive in the sand
A field of happy yellow flowers..... just around the corner from our home.
A field of happy yellow flowers….. just around the corner from our home.

No visit for me this weekend, teaching on Saturday and then working around the current house on Sunday for Mother’s Day.  Corey will be heading out early Saturday – I look forward to his photos!

Dee