Construction and Restruction

As promised I wanted to keep you in the loop on progress of the shop and other fun projects going on over here!
In a matter of just over three weeks we have the structure of the shop up. We next will do the sheeting which should take a day if all goes well. We had some of the out cropping dropped off and Joe placed it. We are still deciding what stain we will use as our original colors once on the wood we weren’t in love with so that’s a focus this upcoming week!


On to my restruction!  I mentioned before I have been collecting pieces go furniture to make over or do some restruction on but sanding has honestly been the most I’ve done until these past three days.  I can now add clamps and wood glue to my list of tools that aren’t just out there for men to use!  As I took on the desk joe brought home a few months back and due to lack of garage space found itself in various places where it got all nice and rusty and looked like the fire pit was the best home for it.  I daily eye it up knowing there’s something I can do as I have kids that love to color and craft! So three days ago I grabbed my hand sander and went to town!  Turning rust to silver again is the weirdest yet one of those rewarding things you can’t explain but love!  I’m pretty sure the pipe was home to a family of bees as they wouldn’t stop!  My German shepherd was jumping at the them like a crazy dog!  Anyway, I got my hands on my chalkboard paint. As well as my chalk paints and got painting.  My vision was kid friendly but fun!  I love these two colors and will work for the playroom but might be a tad too carnival theme for anywhere else!  As you will notice I have my clamp on the seat…halfway through sanding the seat back and two end slabs just fell off the desk!  Hence the mentioning of wood glue!  So here you have my first restruction project!



So on to the next project!  Barbie Dollhouse for S for Christmas!  My dad will do the build, I will decorate!  I provided the house size/dimensions!  Dad’s way quicker than I with the saw!  Hope to have rough house to show next week!

Have a great weekend!

If My Kitchen Status Described My Day…


Well I don’t even know where to begin…this place has been a mad house plain and simple.  When I use the term mad house I truly mean it in so many ways!  Since my last check in a lot has happened.  Joe has the shop/2nd garage underway, S is reminding us she is three daily going on sixteen, K is trying to give us a heart attack climbing on EVERYTHING, and oh yeah we have become puppy sitters as much as friends and family are willing to share their furry friends with us!  Baking and cooking with our amazing garden fruits and vegetables and lastly, I sadly lost a cousin who was far to young to leave this beautiful world.  So, as said Mad House!wpid-20140824_170455.jpgwpid-20140824_165655.jpg wpid-20140813_165644.jpgwpid-20140813_155217.jpgwpid-20140825_141150.jpgwpid-20140825_132244.jpg

As far as construction goes…it’s well underway!  In three weeks Joe did the footings, block and framed.  This has meant very long days for both of us.  With Joe handling the work himself having sometimes one person here helping his body is exhausted.  With this being said we have decided we are going to complete the shop 100% and begin the home addition in spring!


S started pre-k last week at our local Montessori school and she absolutely loves it!  The once little sweet, kind, well-mannered, smart girl of ours is growing up and along with all her wonderful attributes comes one we are struggling to get a grip on…Her Mouth!  Holy Toledo have the past three weeks been rough.  From telling us she is sending us to Georgia to live, to saying she’s going to spank our butts, throw us in the garbage, or utilizing damn it when totally appropriate but it is so NOT appropriate!  I/We are excited to see a little different structure in our little princesses life.



The he kids and I have taken on a new love for our garden.  As our vegetables came in full force over these past few weeks.  We also had friends drop off about two pounds of blueberries to us.  We have been canning our grape tomatoes adding some fresh basil, oregano and thyme.  These little tastes of heaven have been great on just about everything or just to pop as a snack!  With our zucchini we made chips!  With the blueberries bread and cupcakes!  S and K love helping in the kitchen which always makes me happy!  They get just as passionate as I about what we are creating!

Well I look forward to checking back sooner than later.

One last note as I mentioned my cousin passed.  He was twenty-nine years old.  He passed of a blood clot in his lungs.  I would just ask that those of you following please stay ahead of your health.  Unfortunately, my cousin didn’t as well as being challenged with obesity.  Please take care of yourselves and those you are surrounded by.