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New House Photos

Has been a busy last few months around here.  I haven’t been good about posting photos of the progress on the new house and studio, but here a few I took last week.  We’re hoping to be finished in just a week, with final inspection on or around December 19.  YAY!!!

Can’t wait to see swings on each end of the front porch.

Those 2 double windows on this end of the house are in my new studio.

The antique wood floors are so beautiful!  This is the master bedroom floor shortly after the stain was finished.  The stain is still wet.

The newly stained floors in the open living area.  They look great with the beams surrounding the fireplace.


House Essentials

We’ve been running around trying to see what’s available in flooring for the new house.  We knew already that we wanted wood floors in the open living/kitchen area and in the bedrooms, with ceramic tile in the bathrooms, utility and mud rooms.  I want to keep things relatively neutral so I can easily change colors and textures when the mood strikes me.

I had been dreading being bombarded with all the choices available, but was pleasantly surprised to find these things pretty soon after beginning our search.


We were hoping to be able to leave the concrete floor in the studio bare, but in order to pass the final inspection, the floor must be covered or finished, so we settled for stained concrete there.  The builder says he will coordinate the color with the wood floors so we have continuity throughout.

Then, on to the brickyard.  We knew we wanted this Burnished Slate color for the metal roof, so kept that in mind when choosing brick.

Metal Roof - Burnished Slate

We both quickly gravitated to the Shellman Bluff brick and decided it was the right one.

Brick - Shellmans Bluff

So far, things are falling into place more easily than we thought.  Of course, this is only the beginning and there are SO many more choices to be made.


Beginning To Build

I’ve been snapping a few photos as we’re preparing to build our new house and studio.  I want to share them here on my blog to keep a record of the process.

My husband, Danny, spent 40 years as a heavy equipment operator before he retired a few years ago.  He loves running equipment and I know he misses it more than he will admit.  He got the chance to climb back on a dozer for a couple days while the dirt was being hauled in for our house pad.  As the trucks were dumping dirt, he was spreading and packing it and shaping the pad.  It was fun watching him doing something he loves so much and does so well.



He says he’s “old school” and that operators like him are a dying breed.  He scoffs when we drive by a construction site and see a dozer equipped with GPS units that control the positioning of the blade.  He’s proud of the fact that he has the skill to grade “by eye” and have it be near perfect.

It’s a good thing when a man is proud of his work.




Spring Has Arrived

Handknit socks all washed, dried and ready to put away until next fall BECAUSE…

3 Pairs of Socks

Spring has finally come to Alabama!  The blooming trees and bulbs in the business park where I work have really been putting on a show and they smell delightful as I walk from the parking lot into the building.  I was really sad that rain was pouring down when I left work yesterday because it already had knocked many of the tree blossoms to the ground.  I’m thinking things will look very different when I go to work on Monday, but it’s been delightful while it lasted.



Sister Post

Planning a trip to MS next week to see my baby sister, Melisa, while she’s stateside on R & R.  She’ll be moving from Bangkok, Thailand next month to Tokyo, Japan and it will be awhile before I get to see her again.  Wishing her all the best in her new position in Tokyo.  Can’t wait to see her.

This is a pic of her and her little mini-me, Savannah.  She also has two handsome boys, James and Jordan, who are pretty much out on their own, working and finishing up college.

Melisa and Savannah
Many months ago, middle sister Glenda mentioned she’d like to have a sign painted with a particular quote on it.  I know she thinks I forgot about it, but my reminder to make it has been on my To Do list in my phone all this time.  I finally got around to asking Danny to cut out the board and he helped me sand and distress it a bit.

While waiting for each coat of paint to dry, I printed out the quote on my computer, breaking it down into separate words because I couldn’t figure out how to get my printer to tile it onto just 4 pages.  That’s something I need to work on for future projects.

Anyway, this is the finished sign.  It’s about 24″ x 11″ and has hints of burgundy and brown peeking out from under the sage green paint.  I can’t decide whether or not to put a sealer on it.  I like the rustic look of the matte paint, but she may prefer a more satin finish.  Hope she likes it.

Please excuse the mess