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Friday, May 17, 2013

Better late than never....

Yes, you are seeing correctly, a photo of my 2012 Christmas tablesetting. why am I posting this now?   Well it's a bit of a long story. Late in Dec. of 2011 I was told my cancer had returned/traveled and had appeared in my lung.  So I went through chemo and surgery to remove part of my lung. I had quite a few set-backs during this time, but I am happy to say I am getting my strength back. So I thought I would post one of the only happy pictures from that year. My setup for Christmas dinner the next day. (you can see my little box of decorating goodies on the chair from me putting it together).
I was still in recovery, and did not feel like taking too many pics and I certainly needed some more fine tuning for the decor, but I was a bit spent from just doing what I did.   Luckily I got this shot and wanted to share with you now.

Of course before the meal was served the flower centerpiece was removed to another spot. I forgot to take a pic of the gifts that I placed under the glass domes. Anyway, before the meal after they got their gifts, the domes were removed too.   I am still in the remodeling process with the rest of the house.  I will be posting a few to show how far I got until my little "interruption".

Monday, December 26, 2011

Elegant Lady Tablesetting, and a Pink, white and silver Christmas Tree

Hi all, I hope you all had a great Christmas, I sure did with my family.
I am joining up with Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch make sure and visit her to view everyones designs.

My tablesetting color theme this year is pale green (platters, ribbon,greenery etc), snow white dishes, silver, pearls, and crystal.




Closeup shot of placesetting.


Pink tree, I didn't do as much this year, I had gone thru a bunch of medical tests and well, it just wore me out.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Living room, dining room and kitchen remodel

For those of you who still check in on me and leave me comments, thank you! I know, I haven’t posted for AGES! Due to computer issues (which I still have), my laptop got a raging virus, and well, it’s dead, but libraries do work out for occasional posts. But, I do want to share what I have been doing with my time.

It has been slow finding the right person for the construction part and money, yep, it’s always about the money, with labor mostly being the highest cost…... The cost of the drywall, the 2x4s, small electrical parts/wire etc. is minimal. The cost of the flooring will be painful, basically the whole house floor needs replacing. I am hoping the type of styling that I plan on will be what will set it off to give it the updated finished look that I want.

A little history on my decision to remodel…

A year ago, on a sudden epiphany I decided to take my small parameter of control that I have over my life and live for what makes me happy now. I decided to go against ALL conventional wisdom and changed my three bedroom home to a two bedroom home. Ow! I can hear gnashing of the teeth, sighs of disbelief that I have committed one of the cardinal sins against real-estate resale.. But, the way I see it is that I have no plans on ever selling my home ( I don’t have a crystal ball, but I just don’t see me moving..unless it’s to a more permanent place if you know what I mean.) My DD will get my home when I pass, and she can do what she wants with it, I figure she will still be one house ahead of the game.

Any hoo, I set about tearing down the wall that divides my old living room from the 3rd bedroom, and hey, while I was at it, I had also decided I could no longer stand the 10ft x 7.5ft kitchen that I have suffered in for 12 years, so 3 walls came down there too. What a difference! The peace and happiness was immediate and so very satisfying.
Not. One. Ounce. Of. Regret.

My plan:
Turn the 3rd bedroom into living room. (90% done) needs flooring and crown molding.
Turn old living room into a dining room (50%) done) I still have flooring, the back wall and ponywall/column to do.
Turn the old dining room into a much larger kitchen addition. (well… the walls are down sigh…)
I am also gaining a foyer of sorts, before company just “landed” in living room, I really hated that, now the living room is behind the entry door and ponywall/column, so some division and privacy is maintained.

Disclaimer, this MESS is NOT how I normally decorate, I had all the contents of the living room, dining room and the bedroom moved, shoved, anywhere I could put it in order to do the tear down. And, no, it was not easy to live with, but I had a vision, or perhaps it’s really called blindness. It would have probably driven anyone else nuts, but since this is something that meant so much to me, I managed to overlook the chaos, but I am very glad that it is more ordered now.

These next 2 photos are of the entry and the living room from a MLS posting of another house that was built exactly like mine just so you can get an idea of where I started.



This is what the dividing wall between the original living room and the bedroom looked like when I remodeled the wall right after I moved in so that I would be able to recess my tv and not have it stick out into the walkway. There were 2 lighted niches (the secetary hutch is blocking one of the niches in this photo.)

I ripped out the walls myself, it fit my pocketbook (free), and it was very satisfying to take out all of my frustrations out on the walls, I highly recommend tearing out walls yourself, it burns calories and is cheaper than a shrink. The electrical and first part of the build was handled by someone I hired, and then fired pretty quickly, but that is another tale.
Photo looking in the direction of the entry and windows of the old living room, now to be the dining room.

Photo of the start of my tear down, I put up the plastic paper to keep down some of the dust and debri that would come out from the bedroom during the knockdown. If you are going to live in a tear down, it is really worth the prep of trying to keep down the drywall dust.

Next photo shows me working from the inside the bedroom tearing out the wall leading to the new foyer and new dining room.
Moving right along:

Looking into the old dining room and the walls that will be coming down in the kitchen. (I had to stuff the LR furniture where the dining room furniture used to be in order to start my tear down.

Photo from MLS listing of the kitchen (remember this is not my exact kitchen, it is same house as mine, but another listing, one difference is that this kitchen has a dishwasher, my kitchen does NOT, and mine has the washing machine in it-HORRIBLE!
Looking into the kitchen after the walls were torn down, you can see my "pretend" island, I placed where my future island will be. I had to tear down the horrible fake tile board that was in the kitchen before. I will probably do a faux country french type of wall treatment in there until I can do the major fixing in there. (the exercise equipment sitting in the DR is long gone) LOL A new wall is planned to be put up to divide the DR and the kitchen in the future. The new wall will enable me to have floor to ceiling cabinets in for all the storage of my smaller kitchen applicances and my extensive collection of dishes.

Looking into the new living room...I moved the living room furniture in to see how I wanted to set it up (plus, I was still living there so it had to be somewhat functional for me inbetween building spurts. There is still lots of teardown and building to do.

Pony walls and columns, dividing the entry from the livingroom and dining room. The back wall, and the old bedroom door still need to be removed and drywalled over.

Stay tuned....more coming

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Living Room, early morning light and taking care of what is Important


I love early mornings especially on weekends, the light at that time of the day is truely inspiring, which is when I love to take alot of photos. Now, considering I work a full time job you would think I would sleep in...BUT thanks to my little buddy, Toby, it isn't about to happen. So I make the best of it to take the time just to enjoy the peacefullness of it all (that's after he gets his morning treat of course, even before I get MY cup of coffee). In fact I haven't even had time to put all the Christmas things up as you can see in the reflection in the mirror. The things we do for the animals we love....

Toby, in his chair (needing a bath,which he HATES) by the way, any chair is HIS chair. For that fact any surface that doesn't move is his if he so decides. Did I mention he rules the roost? You just gotta love em! He was a major comfort to me during chemo and continues to be so, how can I say no? So this is just a little tribute to the animals in our life, mine in particular, that in their own small way end up giving far more than what we often give back.
P.S. He will be getting extra (healthy) dog treats today!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Late Night Foodie Pleasures, thanks Trader Joe's



Is there anything better than chocolate? I think not. In this particular case; chocolate truffles, accompanied by a yummy dessert wine. The wine is "IPSUS" Pantelleria Passito Dessert Wine. The chocolate truffles is a Trader Joe's brand, very inexpensive, but quite smooth and chocolaty. The wine and truffles are a wonderful combination. A very little goes along way, which is good news for my hips.


Aren't they just cute, there were three at the beginning of this shoot, but I had to keep my strength up so I thought I would test one out just to keep me honest. And honestly, it was gooood!


As I had mentioned above, the truffles and wine came from Trader Joe's. It's a good thing the store is in the neighboring town otherwise I would be there alot more often! I love visiting on a Saturday, I look forward to leisurely sampling the food they offer, the coffee, and the occasional wine tasting. While I was off last week at such a tasting at "Joe's" I discovered a new dessert wine as you see pictured, so I plopped that baby in my cart along with the chocolate truffles and called it a day.
Do any of you have foodie favorites that you can share with me from Trader Joe's? Getting personal recommendations is almost as good as tasting it in real life, at least I will know what to put on my list for the next visit! You can even suggest something healthy..my hips will thank you!