Tuesday, September 20, 2016

In the Cupboard

I've had two little stepback cupboards tucked away in the attic awaiting a place to display them.  I got them out and had fun using them as photo props--everything looks better in blue.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Christmas, Whether You are Ready or Not

I'm just skipping Halloween this year and heading straight to Christmas.  I FINALLY finished some papier mache Santas that have been sitting in a basket half done for 2 years.  I also found some mashers stowed away in the garage and gave them the red treatment.  My forest of hemlock pines that line the side yard is very handy for having year round pine boughs for my photos, by the way.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Refreshing the Interior of the Clarinda House

The endless work goes on trying to finish all the projects in the Clarinda house so it can finally go up for sale.  I painted the parlor (blue of course) and the kitchen this weekend.  Earlier, we painted the entry and upstairs hallway and the big room upstairs that we had used as a living room, but are staging it as a bedroom--originally this was a bedroom with a nursery nook, I will do photos when it is clean!  Here is the kitchen, though, ready for sale!

We put in the big window, the cupboards are cherry--I love the double oven and center aisle cooktop.

The one thing I am really sad about leaving behind are the light fixtures--these are so pretty~!  I am also going to miss the tin ceiling and my bunny wallpaper.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Victorian Redux

I can now re-visit the horrifying two weeks of work in Clarinda.  

This is how most of the house looked when we arrived, very weathered and shabby looking.

Worse yet is the back of the house, which wasn't even painted ten years ago.

Now you see progress.  Thanks to the lift, my husband could get at the 40 foot tall peaks.  I don't do heights, so I got to do all the fussy spindle work on the porches.

At least the front is done!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Summer Lightning Amongst the Santas

I still cannot get myself to craft in fall terms, but Christmas is another matter--always enthusiastic for my Santas.  It is a stormy day here in Iowa, I took these photos out on the porch just before the intense heat was broken by lightning and thunder.  As a side note, Summer Lightning is one of my most favorite books by P.G. Wodehouse.  If you need some fun reading, go get a copy at the library--it is a laugh out loud kind of book.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Halloween without Enthusiasm

I am forcing myself to think Halloween, but my heart is not in it, I'm just not in a fall mood.  Summer went by too fast and I am not liking the locust noise and the bedraggled flowers and swampy heat.  Maybe a little crisp fall air will improve my attitude...

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Old Houses, Why Did It Have to be Old Houses?

We took a break from working on the house we live in to work on the house we don't live in, but want to sell.  Remodeling is even more horrible when you are doing all the work for someone else to enjoy.  More horrible still when it is really hard, dirty work.  The girls and I spent half of last week in the basement, which I avoided at all times when we lived there, because it is dark and damp and creepy.  We had to scrape the crumbling mortar from the brick walls and then smear wet cement over them with our hands--worst job I have ever done in my life.  I can now truly say I have suffered.  The last 2 days was spent painting spindles on the three porches of the old Victorian painted lady that has fallen on hard times--the elements really took its toll on the paint we seemed to just have finished (but it was really ten years ago).   I now hate Victorian gingerbread with a passion.  Hopefully, the memory will fade and I can enjoy the prettiness again someday.   I'll post some befores and afters later when I recover.

In the meantime, here are the new eBays.  Sales still slow--this summer has been awful on the retail front, I think many shops are having trouble.  Hoping for some good news for fall!