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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Before and In Progress Photos

Hello to my wonderful
Blogging Sisters.

I've been very busy this last week.
Working on our cottage bungalow every day
and putting in 8 to 10 hours each day.

 But, not too busy to take some before and in progress photos.
I will be so happy when I can finally post after photos :)

Here you can see some progress in the living room.

This is the before photo.

This is a small bedroom closet, I used a lot of leftover paint and had fun with it.

The shop roof needed repair and the front porch roof needed replacing . . .
this was a job we had to hire out.
At our ages, we have no business crawling around on roofs.
We'll leave that to the young folks :)

This is the mud/laundry room before and in progress.

I have been skipping around from room to room, 
giving the paint in each, time to dry before adding another coat :)
This paneling is requiring two coats of primer and three coats of paint.  
It's like painting a room 5 times.
I am getting so tired of painting.
My Sweet Steve has been painting the ceilings,
each night after he gets off work.
These are some old knobs that I have picked up, here and there through the years.
I painted them all white and added them here.
This is the before photo.

I only worked  4 hours on Saturday and Easter.
It was great to have time for family and rest.
It was great not dressing in my paint clothes, too :)

Saturday afternoon I went to my niece's baby shower,
and on Easter we had dinner at Steve's sister's home. 
 This little hamper/bench was something that I found at "Ross For Less",

also a set of bedroom lamps, aren't they pretty?

As you can see we have been very busy.
Poor Steve only has the weekends and evenings, 
after work, to work on the house, 
but he's taking a few days off at the end of this week.
Hopefully we can get light fixtures and the kitchen exhaust fan up,
and tear into the bathroom :)

Have a lovely week,
thank you for your prayers :)
My back has been doing pretty good.


Your blogging sister,
Connie :)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Hard Work, but Loving Every Minute Of It :)

Hello Sisters!
I have been so busy with our little bungalow
 that I have not had much time to blog. 
This may just be the way my life will be going,
until we get it ready to move in.

Here are a few photos to show you what's going on,
here on our happy little acre :)

Lots of cleaning, priming and painting :)
Someone decided back in the 1970's to wood panel
the kitchen, living room and mudroom. 
I don't like using the word hate, but I hate it.
I am priming and then giving it 3 coats of paint . . . 
(the good stuff with built-in primer).

It is a booger to paint.
One room becomes like painting four rooms, with all those layered coats.

This lovely green color was also inside every cupboard.
I have been painting so much this last week that I'm painting in my sleep :)

Thank you so much for the prayers.
We have been feeling a lot of muscle pain . . .
That happens when you dive into this sort of job,
after being in winter's non-exercise mood, too long.
After a week of going up and down a ladder fifty times a day,
my body is starting to feel a little stronger.
But, the first four days were murder :(

Well, now you know why I'm not doing much blogging.
It's hard work, but oh so worth it :)

Here's wishing you all 
a very happy and creative week.

Your blogging sister, 
Connie :)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Never Stop Praying and Asking For Your Dreams To Come True

Have you ever had a rabbit under the hat that you were wearing . . . 
jumping around on your head for 6 weeks trying to get out.
Well, that is how I have been feeling lately.
i've been holding on to my hat and holding on, 
but all the time wanting to release him.


I have been wanting to make this post for so long now . . .
but I didn't want to jump the gun . . .
or get ahead of the Lord.

SOLD . . .pulling up the sign.
"Welcome To Our Little 1905 Bungalow"  

I have been praying for a little house in the country.
A place where I had room for a garden . . .and maybe a larger studio.

  A place where Steve would have a bigger shop when he retires.

  Well, never give up on your prayers and your dreams, 
because the Lord answers them in His perfect timing,
not in our instant gratification kind of timing.

 These are all photos of the house and property the way it looks today. 
Yesterday . . . we signed the final papers.
and today we have the keys! 

My blog will be filled with all of our make-over projects.  
We will be working on a tight budget . . .
but I believe that you can do great things on small budgets.  
I'm a strong believer in the power of style and elbow grease 
and I'm going to have a ball proving my point :)

So this is our dream . . . stay tuned and watch it blossom :) 

The Kitchen

The living and dining room

The mud room / laundry room

A bedroom
Fireplace . . . Butchy is going to love that window :)
The well house.  
We have never lived anywhere where we didn't have city water.
There is going to be a lot of changes and things for us to learn.
Notice the grape vines and behind them are two fruit trees.  
We are not sure want they are, time will tell.
Oh, we are in for many surprises and adventures. 

Well, you can see that we have our work cut out for us . . .
I am so ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work :)

You may have noticed that there were no photos of the bathroom.  
That's because all of the inside photos were taken for the real estate listing.  
They didn't want you to see the bathroom,
 because it might have kept you from looking at the house :) 

We live for DIY . . . 
so the bathroom will be the first thing 
that we plunge(a little play on words) into.  
There will be lots of before and after photos.
Please say a little prayer that our poor old backs will hold out :)

God bless you all . . .
and Keep smiling.
 My goodness, can you tell how excited I am!

Your blogging sister,
Connie :)