Published September 27, 2008
Today hubby and I decided we could start another business.
We Build Ugly Houses – a Limited Liability Corporation.
We quickly decided the our house will not win the curb appeal contest. It looks pretty nice on paper – and when having it designed, we looked at a bunch of houses and decided we wanted clean lines, modern looking. Oh well. I think that having the lights on the house will definitely help – and next week rock is being delivered for the front yard….so landscaping has to help – right? Hmm….
Some of you may be wondering – yes, the pipes in our driveway will be cut down and a little metal lid will protect it. We didn’t have much of a choice on that one. Oh, and my husband has already determined that we could park 4 cars in our driveway…you know, for all those parties we have! LOL
Anyway, the inside is sure pretty!
Our cabinets are in – and we’re really close to finalizing the counter tops. Choice #1 was too expensive. I am crossing my fingers that choice #2 will be perfect. He’s bringing a sample over to the house so we can see it in a larger amount with our cabinets, floors, etc. We picked out the carpet and it’ll be installed next week (upstairs will be carpet.) The tile work is nearly finished, the gate to the back is being built (by Adam ) And I think we MAY have found the trim we want to use on the floorboards. (And the floor is very very dirty in this picture…probably like it will be most of the time!)
And just in case you didn’t know, I finally created a House Set on my Flickr account. (I LOVE Flickr, btw) so you can check there for more pictures that don’t make it onto the blog. Like our awesome laundry room. And I’m getting super fancy and even adding notes on some of the pictures. How cool is that?!?!? (You have to scroll over the picture to see the notes!)
Have a great night!
Published September 27, 2008
In my never ending attempt to stall actual work, I took this quiz this morning after seeing it on this blog.
You Are Ariel!
Headstrong and fiesty. You have a mind of your own that’s full of romantic dreams about the world around you. Exploring exotic places is your ultimate dream, and although you can be a little naive you’ll realize that there is something to be gained from your family’s wisdom.
Which Disney Princess Are You?
Published September 25, 2008
Famiy , House
I met you before the fall of Rome….
oh wait – no I didn’t.
I apparently take much of my inspiration from music. The Bare Naked Ladies happen to be playing on iTunes, and the title of this song seemed so appropriate. Going through the building process of this house, I can’t help but recall the last house we built.
Kyle was 2 years old. How cute is he? He’s helping rip up tile. Guess what hubby was doing tonight? Ripping up a couple pieces of tile. (not a major disaster – just a slight miscalculation…so don’t worry! And please take note of the hair on my husband’s head. Now he feels the need to shave it. Weird.)
And cute little Haley was only a baby. She watched over all our projects. There is no baby this time – Oh well, everything can’t be the same.
And then I found this photo. It makes me feel so much better! You see, that is Kyle in the fridge – but I could see Taylor doing the EXACT same thing. He had helped himself to chocolate syrup and was trying to sneak it back. “hmm….well, buddy, the chocolate on your face kinda gives you away.” It reminds me, though, that Taylor is a normal 2 year old. He is testing all the boundaries – and Kyle did the same thing. Whew! How quickly we forget!
It’s all been done before!
(and we survived!)
Published September 25, 2008
Fabric , Famiy , House
I was going to have a contest, (I had some really great designers and artisans ready to give some awesome prizes too) but something wasn’t sitting right with me.
Here is the original premise: I am crazy busy right now. I know others out there have lives just as busy and messy as mine. I wanted to hear about them. I wrote up this whole piece, I arranged prizes, I took pictures…and it sat there in my dashboard. Unpublished. I tried to keep it light-hearted and real – but there was this knot in my stomach. My Grandma, an amazing woman in her 90′s, kept coming to mind. I could hear her saying “We’re just so blessed….”
We are blessed.
We ARE blessed.
WE are blessed.
No matter how light-hearted, humorous, clever or candid I was, that truth was not being portrayed. Yes, life is messy. Life if hectic. I do NOT want to gloss over everything and pretend all is perfect. I want my blog to be REAL. I want it to be a place I can share my successes and my disasters. And I want you to share yours too. Most of all, however, I want you to know that we ARE blessed. You are too. I am certain of it! So go – count your blessings. Here is a picture of three of mine – and that’s just the start!
As far as the contest goes – I’ll come up with a replacement contest soon. For now, I need to go get one of my messy blessings from dance.
Published September 22, 2008
This little boy melts my heart and he makes me laugh. Tucking him into bed tonight, he was quite chatty…..
Well, you see….there is a little girl that likes him. And people are teasing him about her. But he doesn’t love her – even if they say he does. And so they play chase at recess. And at recess, he’d really like to swing, but the Emperor (aka the principal?!?!?) doesn’t let them have swings on the playground, so they just have to play other games. And this week he gets to sit in a special chair at carpet time because he is the Beary Important Person. And he saw on Dora that it was Boots birthday and they sang “peliz poopleaños” and it’s funny that they say happy birthday with poop in Spanish. And God can speak all the languages. God likes it when you’re nice to people and he really likes it when Santa brings you presents…
Published September 22, 2008
I had a dream last night they kicked me out of quilt market. I can’t remember the details of the dream. Please tell me they don’t kick out attendees for wearing the wrong thing or not being able to do a perfect mitered corner or something crazy like that!
It’s only a month away – and if I have to have some sort of special wardrobe, you had best inform me so I can get sewing! I’ll drape myself in quilts, if needed. I’ll practice mitered corners and have ‘em down pat. Just let me know!
I’m totally joking…for all you that can’t tell! Oh- but the dream was real. How weird is that!
Published September 21, 2008
Okay – not really! But I did help a lot this week with the house – so that is kinda awesome, right? We finished the flooring this week – but not the carpet. That’ll go in next week, hopefully! Truthfully, my hubby did most of the work, but I helped when I could! One of my jobs was to measure the end pieces and cut the wood. Pretty fancy, huh? I knew calculus geometry addition and subtraction would come in handy some day! he he
I really like the flooring – and I’m very anxious to clean it. WAIT – did I just say I WANTED to clean something. Well, all this work has clearly made me a sick in the head. I hope that we like it a lot after living with it for a while! It has to be better than the tile in our last house. Really, I can hardly imagine anything worse!
What else happened this week? Well, the kitchen cabinets arrived! They weren’t supposed to come until next week – so they are a bit early. That’s odd! The installer wasn’t scheduled until this coming week though – so they sat there, all pretty in their boxes. (I made my dh take one out so I could admire it!) I can’t tell you how anxious I am to get them installed!!!!
The garage doors didn’t arrive. (That’s more typical of the construction business!) The driveway was poured, the block wall was finished and I think that’s about it for this last week. Which is a LOT! The electrician worked on receptacles (plug-ins) and light fixtures this weekend. I suspect when we stop by this evening, we’ll be able to turn on lights! So hubby’s week off was busy – but good. Things probably won’t slow down much until we move in.
Published September 19, 2008
Fabric , Famiy
This dress has been finished for over a week… but I’m going to cheat and use it today for my Finished Friday’s post. On weeks like this, I’m lucky if I get to shower everyday – let alone have time to sew. LOL
So this adorable dress was made using a charm pack from Moda! I can’t tell you how much I am lovin’ charm packs at this point in my life. (I have some layer cakes too – but the 5 inch squares are what’s been working so far!) This line of fabric is called Smores – by Me and My Sister Designs. Notice the little marshmallow men on the pink square, and the green one? It’ll be a winter dress for Haley. (Yes, we have winter here in Tucson, for all you doubting Thomas’) The dress is really meant as more of a jumper and should be worn with a shirt underneath – but I couldn’t convince Haley to put on a long sleeved shirt to take pictures. So, as my son likes to say “You get what you get, and you don’t throw a fit.”
For the pattern – it was kinda a made up – see what happens as you go type of thing. I LOVE these little marshmallow men and the girly colors. I knew I wanted to make Haley something for winter, but I didn’t want it to be another patchwork skirt. So orignially I had planned on making her a t-shirt dress kinda like this but with the patchwork skirt on the bottom. Then my mom said “Why not make it a jumper like the other dress we made?” I loved the idea – but I didn’t want it to look the same. SO instead, I used the other top from the same pattern. The bottom has tiered layers (6, 8, 10, 12) that are gathered slightly to fit each row together. And I used my serger for a rolled hem (YIPPEE!) Because of this blogger, I am thinking of adding a cute little ruffle to the bottom! We’ll see if it ever gets done. And if not, well, at least she can wear it as is! Anyway, see how much fun a pack of 5 inch squares can be?
Published September 18, 2008
I am working on another post – but due to writers block (or maybe sheer exhaustion) I haven’t finished it yet. SO – instead, I share with you this SUPER CUTE new fabric from Alexander Henry.
Starling is the real name of this adorable fabric. I can’t wait to see what you’ll create with it! The ideas are already swirling around in my head….now, to find the time to accomplish those ideas – well, that’s another story! Obviously, it’s available in my store!
Published September 15, 2008
Famiy , House
“I want to go to school, momma.” (Haley goes to preschool, Kyle goes to “real” school – so he wanted to go to school too.)
“What kind of school Taylor?”
“Baby school….okay momma?”
How cute is that!
Instead, he got to go shopping with me and was worn out! You would think that is great – shopping=fun for many people. Well, I’m tired of all the decisions, so you can fill in for me if you’d like! Just stay on budget. Thanks.
So this week my blogging may be WAY down. Hubby is taking the week off – and he’s all business. It’s all about the house this week – still, I’ll try to sneek over here ocassionaly so I can post about nonesense. See you then!