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Friday, October 16, 2015

A Busy Day

We have spent the last week
digging up this portion in front
of Steve's shop and putting 
in a slab. 
Today was the pour day.
Three friends came to do the finishing
for us.
I remember when we were younger, stronger
and more bendable, LOL, and we could
do jobs like this  . . . those days are gone :) 
Looking good :)
Do you remember my loft from the last post?
Well, after painting the ceiling and walls white.
I took squares of scrapbook paper . . .
and Mod Podge glue . . .
and now it looks like this.
I'll have finished photos on my next post.
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Have a wonderful week
&
Keep Smiling!
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Your blogging sister,
Connie :)

51 comments:

  1. Neat idea with the scrapbook paper.

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  2. Wow, I love your idea of using scrapbook paper and modpodge to cover a wall! How fun! That Modpodge is pretty amazing stuff! Your wall in the loft looks great,and a perfect way to use up a lot of paper gathering dust. :)

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    1. Since I do a lot of quilting out there I thought that the squares of paper would look a bit like quilting squares and fit right in :)

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  3. Idyllic, such a beautiful way to smarten up a loft. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  4. Oh my goodness, Connie. It looks like a big, beautiful wall quilt. I'm working with Mod Podge, too, this week. A reveal will be coming soon, I hope. I know what you mean about not being able to do the things you did when you were younger. Dennis and I have that, too. It's okay, though. We're all still moving, right? Hugs, Nancy

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    1. To keep moving is very important . . . the older we get the more we appreciate the fact that we still can :)

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  5. Oh my....I never would have thought to use scrapbook paper to modge podge a wall. Amazing! I wish I lived next store to you....you could help me with creative ideas for this old house....:)

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    1. That would be fun . . . I'm running out of walls, LOL.

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  6. I seem to remember folks saying to me that when you pour cement it is important to smooth things out quickly ... so you were so fortunate to have three willing friends to help.The finished result looks good too.

    I do like your craft idea for that wall, quite ingenious - thanks for sharing.

    Do hope you have a lovely weekend.

    All the best Jan

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    1. We were very blessed. . . two of those friends are cement finishers by trade. It turned out beautiful and will serve us for many years :)

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  7. Love to see all the progress you're making on your property! What a great idea with using Mod Podge with scrapbook paper to cover a wall. It looks like pretty wallpaper!

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    1. Hi Melanie, That scrapbook paper was my second thought, when my first idea didn't turn out as good in reality as it did in my head. Have you ever had one of those? Anyway I like this and I think it looks a little bit like a patchwork quilt . . . perfect for the art barn.

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  8. Lovely pad of concrete.. I bet you'll want to extend it further someday. I *LOVE* the patchwork design you did.. you're *SO* clever! Can't wait to see it all "decked out". Oh I made a funny! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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    1. Hi Teresa, Steve loves to barbecue and has a collection of grills and smokers. Last year when he was rolling out his Big Green Egg (have you heard of them) it hit the gravel and turned over. It's very heavy, I had run next door and asked the two Mormon missionary boys if they would help him pick it back up. We were very fortunate that it didn't crack or break. This pad will make it so much nicer for him to roll his grills in and out of the garage. He hasn't used the Green Egg since that day . . . after cooking on it and getting it back in the garage it has stayed there. I love it for pizza, so now that we will be able to use it again, I need to find a good low carb pizza dough recipe. Do you have any up your sleeve?

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  9. Good afternoon Connie, Have crawled into the recliner for a rest so checked your blog! The slab in front of Steve's workshop sure looks nice. What all does he work on out there? Do you put your cars into it in the winter? It is so nice that you have your little craft barn and he has his own work space too! I think you should give craft classes in that little craft barn! I would sign up! LOL I love how you used the paper to put on that one wall. It looks so cheery and I bet most people would not have thought of that. You have a great week-end too! Thanks for sharing! Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy, the people before us didn't have the barn. It was something we bought and had delivered. Have you heard of Old Hickory Sheds, they are built my the Mennonites and have many building factories around the country. Anyway we bought it from them, they deliver and set up and level out and put them right where you want them and they make them as big as 14X40. Some people buy them for lake cabins. I highly recommend their sheds. I have two 14X8 foot lofts in my barn, so I'm going to use one for storage only and this one I'm fixing up for a little bit of storage but also a couple mattress. It will be great for extra company and for the granddaughters to play in :)

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  10. Connie, you amaze me girl! That wall is gorgeous, creative and down right brilliant.

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    1. Hi Laurie, you forgot the best thing about it . . . cheap . . . it fit my budget for the barn, LOL. I like how it looks, too. It reminds me of a patch work quilt, perfect for a barn that I sew and quilt in :)

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  11. Connie you are a marvel of creativity.Love Steve's workshop. Love concrete better with each passing year!!

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    1. Hi Judy, it is so nice to hear from you. I am having fun fixing up the barn loft . . . I can feel free to get a little crazy and creative with my decor out there and that scrapbook paper was a cheap. Besides that I like how it reminds me of a patch work quilt. Steve is going to love his new pad. Rolling his barbecues out there will be so easy now. Gravel is almost impossible to roll things around on :)

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  12. Yay! On getting to pour concrete at the shop! And three cheers for the papered wall in the art barn! I love that. I wanted to do something similar in the camper. But since I'm not going to be camping alone--- I decided not to go that way. I'll just swing by occasionally and look at yours!

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    1. Hi Patricia, I know what you mean about the camper. You see so many online that have been fixed up absolutely adorable, but not necessarily with a husband in mind, LOL. Anyway camping can get messy and white lace curtains look pretty but are they practical when you're fishing at the lake?

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  13. Younger stronger and more bendable......lol I can so relate to that statement and it made me laugh. I love the scrapbook paper idea. That looks awesome

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    1. Hi Ann, I think we all hate thinking about our bodies going down hill, but I for one have come to the conclusion that I need to pay attention and get other people to do the jobs that require a lot of bending and lifting. Pay them or be in pain and pay the chiropractor, LOL. We were blessed my two of these men being friends and not taking anything for their work . . . we tried but they wouldn't take it :)

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  14. Now my Hubby would be jealous. When we look for a new house it will have to have a garage, if not he will build one.

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    1. Hi Betty, I think it is important, especially after they retire to have a place of their own where they can go and spend some guy hours. Whether they like woodworking, working of cars, barbecuing . . . whatever . . . we all need a little space of our own.

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  15. That is something I would have never thought of, different and very cool. I like it! :)

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  16. Love your patchwork wall! will make a darling room.

    Judy

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    1. Hi Judy, thank you, it was a fun project and it reminds me of a patchwork quilt. Perfect for out there and very cheap . . .I already had tons of paper :)

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  17. Connie, where do you get all these amazing Ideas? That wall looks amazing... :)

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    1. Hello Dee, thank you so much . . . it was a fun and a cheap fix for that wall :)

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  18. Yes, I remember those more bendable days. LOL Love your wall. I wonder if I could do that on an ugly wood paneled wall and if I got take it off when I tired of it. Guess I'll have to research that.

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    1. It might be a real job to take it off. Have you ever seen that textured paintable wallpaper. It is heavy weight and might just cover the lines in the paneling with out any trouble or you could spackle the lines. Just a thought . . . you could try it on a place that is not so noticeable. Then you could chance the paint color when you got tried of it. I pull it up in the kitchen of my old house and loved it.

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  19. Hey at least you realize you're not as bendable and hire it done! Not us.... No can do. But I want to! My Shug still thinks he has to do it all himself. ( heavy sigh)

    Cindy Bee

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    1. Hello Cindy, we still do most of it ourselves, but those jobs that require too much bending, just tear our old bodies apart. The old gray mare just ain't what she used to be, LOL.

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  20. You're making improvements that will really make it nice for you in the future! And now you'll have room for ALL of us when we come to visit! heehee! Hugs!

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    1. Yes, I will, but please come a few at a time , LOL.

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  21. Yes we are finding everyday there is more and more we can't do like we use to, but we still try :) So glad you had friends to come and help. Such a great idea for the loft, I love the patchwork look to it, very clever and more fun than wallpaper :)

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    1. More fun and cheaper, too. Just the way I like it :)

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  22. Hi Connie. That is a big area of cement. I know what you mean about being able to do things in the younger days and not being able to do it now. Sometimes I still push it and I paid the price the next day.
    Your scrapbook wallpaper looks great! Your signature is in every part of your home and I absolutely love that.
    The buyer calderas is a wonderful place and is now a national park. I went and fishing there when it was a private ranch. I am slowly getting back into blogging which I have really missed.
    Hugs
    Kay

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    1. Hi Kay, you have been missed, too. I am so happy to hear that you are feeling better :)

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  23. Hi Connie!
    Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I am visiting you back! :)
    I love the scrapbook paper wall that you did, it is so pretty and reminds me of a quilt. What a great idea to use that paper!
    Those lofts are amazing for storage and like you said in one of your comments, one for the granddaughters to play in - what a fun spot for them. They will have lots of memories from there to last their lifetime! :)
    Have a wonderful week!
    Kimberley

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    1. Hi Kimberley, I really want our granddaughters to have fond memories of their visits to grandpa and grandma's little country home :)

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  24. I bet Steve is thrilled with his new slab! But, I am in love with your mod podged wall! I think I need to do this in my craft room...I love it! So cute and what a great way to enjoy some of those beautiful scrapbook papers! I am going to think about this some more....:) Have a happy week my sweet friend!

    Hugs, Vicky

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    1. Hi Vicky, I am delighted that you like it and would want to do the same. I think it would be very pretty in a nursery, too. Not that you'll be needing one for a long while, but someday that sweet girl of your's may meet Mr Right and make you a grandma :)

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  25. Hello Connie I'm back. Thanks for your 'missing you' comment. Looks like you've been very busy and i love the idea of using all your scrapbook paper. Excellent. P x

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    1. Hello Dear Sweet Patricia, it is wonderful seeing your smiling face among my list of comments. Welcome home to blogland :)

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  26. Wow! This is fun. I love your idea of using scrapbook paper to cover a wall!
    That wall looks amazing! Thanks!

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