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!)
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.
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.
And the sunsets at her house are phenomenal
Here is the first evening
And here is the second evening – caught at the perfect moment!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
I hope your Thanksgiving was as wonderful as ours! We have so much to be Thankful for!
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!
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!
Things are moving very quickly at Cordeeaiybray and it is so exciting (and SCARY!)
May all your projects bring you happiness and satisfaction!
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!)
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.
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!
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……
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.
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 arch to the left leads to the master bedroom. The arch to the right is from the entry hallway.
The pantry is located just past the garage – very convenient for unloading groceries!
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!