This blog is now the place where I will share images about my home 'renovation' journey - basically all cosmetic re-do...but this will avoid clogging my art blog with the home pics. As always, my art can be seen on my website:, and also on my art blog: I may also include a few other ramblings as the mood strikes.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

my 'other' blog

FYI- most of my blogging is done here:


Namaste, Blessings and Peace

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Steps 17-83

Finished! Walls have two coats of paint, trim has been repainted...oak floors oil polished - boy they sure perked up with that! Artwork and mirror back in place....I'm a happy person (tired and happy)(sore and happy).

Now the problem is- do I move south and do the living room next? or north to the kitchen...the living room will be physically hard - the kitchen will be physically AND financially challenging - we need new countertops and new cabinets...
I think I'll go south first...but not until after I visit our grandchildren!! (which means going north and east...;^))

In the first picture, that is a splice - our house is not caving in (yet...)

Friday, March 09, 2007

I couldn't wait until Monday... this morning I painted the first coat on the off to get beeswax collage class supplies ready....

(I'm not a wonderfully patient has to be done NOW! :))

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Ceiling done!

After one week of neck stretching, the ceiling is patched, plastered, primed and painted...and the new light fixture is up - thanks to my dear daughter-in-law's father, who is an electrician - he saved my bacon! When I was tearing out the old fixture, I discovered the wiring to be more
of a challenge than I'd anticipated. Being the fraidy cat that I am around old wiring, I opted for safety, swallowed my pride, and called for help. Bless him, he came, and now we have our light!
Thank you, Jerome!!!

Tomorrow is break time- I'm teaching a beeswax collage class on Saturday and need to get things together for that....Next week I'll work on the walls and trim, and hopefully a week from now this room will be done. (I can dream, anyway!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Buster - my helper.....Step 6-10

As I was finishing the ceiling "patch, sand, and prime" process today, our cat, Buster, decided he wanted to be part of the action ---sort of. His first job was to look pretty sitting on the windowsill (yet to be painted) behind the curtain....and then, as I was finishing priming a plaster patch on the lower wall, he decided he wanted to help paint...and was reaching for the paintbrush!

Monday, March 05, 2007

Step 5 on to the ceiling cracks

(click on image to enlarge it)
Halfway through the first patching....when done and dry, I need to wet sand the patches, apply second coat, when that's dry, sand again, and then if needed, do a third coat...or else after the 2nd coat, I'll apply a coat of primer, then my 'sand' textured paint (to blend with the existing plaster), and finally paint with the 'real' color - which is just a very pale cream color (already got that, to cheer me up! :))....that's the plan anyway, if my neck holds up....don't worry- I'll be wearing my respirator and eye gear when I sand- even though it's with a wet sander...

(oh - and the light??) we'll kiss that puppy goodbye when I'm reward to myself for finishing this room is going to be a new light fixture! Yes!!

Sunday, March 04, 2007

step 4....

Step 3 - Plaster patching...

Step 1 done.... the new archway facing boards measured, cut and put in....plaster fill-in comes in next...then painting will be done and archway moldings will be put step at a time...where's the magic wand when you need it?
You wouldn't believe the long, long road still to be travelled in refurbishing this whole could take me 3 then I should be ready for the looney's been at least 20 years since I've done *ANY* interior cosmetic work on the house - of course we've had all the essential BIG things done all along the way - new plumbing, electric, roofing, etc.....but sheesh - plaster cracks, painting, wallpaper to be removed and either re-done or re-painted, new light fixtures,etc......I need to think ----just one step at a time.

The house 'project' begins....

I'm starting to tear out hideous old wallpapered panelling, replastering part of one dining room wall, and getting ready to totally re-do painting, papering, hardwood floor refinishing....but it'll all take a long time.
Bear with me if I #!@*)%$%&&* every now and then, lol...I plan to NOT rush this...and will do my art as much as I can...which will be often because there's only so much 're-do' inspiration in me...witness here I am on the computer instead of at Lowe's picking up some supplies....sighhh
Want to see something REALLY ugly (our home is 61 years old...same age as yours truly - I wonder if my insides look this bad? ----prolly......

Resurrecting my blogger, to share my journey of...

...refurbishing our house interior...long overdue. This is where the pics will be posted as I take this necessary trip down redecorating lane....
All my art and etc is still posted to my Typepad blog

Monday, January 30, 2006

New blog....

You can now find me here.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Have paint, will travel...

Oh, the joys of Fall, with grandchildren!

Monday, October 24, 2005

Happy Birthday Sue P.!

Thursday, October 20, 2005

The colors today make me happy!

Plenty to be thankful for...

Please enjoy our October time garden , here.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

After the full moon....

I know the full moon was last night, and this is an older AB spread, but I feel like putting it up anyway.

Monday, October 17, 2005

A mini - book...

This little one is 1.5" wide by 1/75" tall, excluding the toothpick hinges.

Compose yourself....

The other images are at this link.

Friday, October 14, 2005

A Southwest flavor this time...

More here.

Remembrances of things past...

My memory triggered by another's is mine..(thanks, Tina! :^)

Thursday, October 13, 2005

one more for the road - for today, that is...

Today's offering....

more books can be seen here.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

another piano hinge book...

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

The Fourth calendar spread added.....

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Altered Calendar 3-in-1

Saturday, October 08, 2005

...and an altered calendar spread to end the week...

" There are days when my left brain doesn't know what my right brain is doing."

Lime 'N' Yellow Glitz-Oh! (tm)

Friday, October 07, 2005

Silver 'N' Ice Glitz-Oh!'s (tm)

Thursday, October 06, 2005

More Glitz-Oh! (tm)

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Aqua/Lime to ring out the day...

The rest of the images are here. This little book is 3.5" square.

In the Pink!

My little book for the can see the rest of it here.

Monday, October 03, 2005

another for today...

Sunday, October 02, 2005

The Little Journal for today....

Happy Birthday, Lisa V.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

another for this afternoon

You can see more images of this book here.

A Book A Day.....

You can see other images of this book here.

Friday, September 30, 2005

Another mini book..

this time in a pocket of paper. You can view the whole book here.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

A piano hinge book I made today

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

for Halloween... (SOLD)

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Passion for Purple...(SOLD)

Blue Glitz-Oh!'s (tm)....(SOLD)

Friday, September 23, 2005

My handmade Glitz-Oh! (tm) earrings...

that I made today, to match my new *Mary Frances* purse!

You can see the rest on the photos here.