Thursday, November 13, 2014

Moving Along...

When I last posted, my kitchen looked like this: 


And this:


Well, no, now that I look at the above one, there
are some missing. Must've been an "arrival" pic.
Like this one:


I now have most of the cabinets installed.
The plumber is coming today to get this beautiful 
Shaws sink, handcrafted in Merry Ol' England, put in.


This was one item I wouldn't budge on.
Kinda like how it won't move--all 132 lbs of it.


It will be a true back-saver when I'm working
on all of that produce from my garden.



  I hadn't even realized this bonus!
I think I'll be able to pull one of the bar stools up to
this sink but, even standing, it's much easier access.
My mom had to have sent that (among other things).  
She carried most of us (7) kids with painful vericose veins in her legs.
I did inherit them, though not quite to that extent, so she hated to see me
have to stand at the sink for long periods of time.

Mr. Cabinet Guy and Son:
I don't know how they feel about being posted here so I'll keep them
anonymous but I do have to acknowledge them somehow!

This is the coffee bar area; the tall, full cabinet
(kinda behind the ladder) holds the double-oven
and warming drawer, with storage above and the
microwave to the right.
I've received the all-clear for the electrician to install
these so I hope to hear back from him soon!
It's difficult to go without these things for so long,
and when the lows have been like 14 degrees!
My family wants warm food!


There is a long story about a lot of work and rework 
done here by my husband and his dad--trusses and
vent pipes, new vent pipes ripping and being replaced
againfloors being torn open again, etc--but I'll just 
show you the island finally being installed.  
At least it there was a happy ending.

Now awaiting my granite tops, along with the crown
molding, doors and drawers for the cabinets.

I've been getting very little done in the sewing room
with all of this going on.  I was working on some hanging
towels when I finally gave in and got myself some
reading glasses.  While my up-close eyesight is 20/20,
the correction (contacts) for my farsighted issue messes
that up.  Hoping my sewing goes better today...
if I can just get used to those reading glasses.
Feeling my youth slipping... [43]  Sigh.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Oh My, Oh My, Oh My!!

Guess what arrived a couple days early?!?

Hubs and son, and Extremely-Talented Cabinet Artist in back there at the front door.

Because the bad weather is supposed to set in on
Tuesday, I got to see my cabinets today!
They're all sitting around in odd spots but they are here!
All custom-made.  Perfect.  And beautiful!
(I might be afraid to work in there?!?)


This is the cabinet that holds the apron-front sink.
Again, not where it belongs in the room but I wanted
to give you an idea of how everything is looking.

The doors will be completed at a later date;
right now we needed to get the cabinets in so that the
granite company will be able to template this Friday.


I almost hesitate to show my island because it's sitting
up against a wall and it's awfully hard to grasp how
beautiful these two corbels are but I love it all so much
that I just wanted to show everyone! 


All hand-glazed.  So happy with how it turned out!


The granite will hang over about 14" here so we'll be
able to keep two barstools here, allowing the kids 
to hang out there while I cook at the other side of it.
Again, hard to make it out from this angle.


This was the first cabinet in the door; 
in my excitement, I assumed that I should 
document every part of this huge occasion.
By this time Tuesday night, I should be able to 
share pics of everything in the right places.

And I still need to get pics of all those hot pads!







Saturday, November 8, 2014

Never Any "Quiet" Around Here!

Not that I'm complaining but
I am one of those people who needs silence.
 This morning it's a nail puller and a circular saw.
Sanding to follow.


After the electrician spent a whole day doing his work,
it was our turn with the sheetrock yesterday.


I've been hiding out in my sewing room most of
the time.  Preview:


I'm finishing up the last bit of 14 hotpads
for my new kitchen.  Some are seasonal but I
still made 6 every-day ones.  Not sure why so many!


In a quieter moment in the kitchen, I took care of some
of the parsley crop.  I just couldn't let it go to waste.
And with this wonderful forecast...


I brought a bunch in to air dry.  I prefer the quickness
of the oven but I don't have one right now.
That's ok, I'm getting TWO soon, and I don't know
about you but the very thought makes me rather giddy.
Kinda like those snowflakes in the forecast!
I hope the sage will hold out till after Thanksgiving.
It's pretty hardy; I use it for a lot of holiday cooking
and often find myself picking it in the snow.
That low of "19" up there has me concerned, though.

What are you up to on this beautiful November Saturday? 



Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Waltzing My Way Through the Finishes!

Please check out my


It's not even winter yet and I've gotten
so.
much.
done.


4 Quilts
2 Table Runners
1 Coupon Organizer
14 hot pads
(4 fall, 4 winter, 6 every-day)
2 Sewing Machine Pin Cushions
8 Headbands

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Weekend Construction

Saturday didn't give us a full day to work on the 
kitchen; we tried to keep the work on Sunday
to a minimum but we still got lots done.

Not quite the fall decor look I was after...

Renting a 30yd roll-off trash for our kitchen project
meant we could get rid of a lot of other things around
our three acres.  We do our best to compost but some
things just don't work.  So, looking ahead, we spent
one day last week trimming trees.  
(I took on our huge row of cedars that line the north part of our property.
These gum up the shredder so I was very glad to get them off of our hands.)



I love me some serious clean-up, and now all of this
is packed away in the dumpster.  I was also able
to toss everything from my garden all at once!
(vines, tomato plants etc can't go in the compost so they are a big pain this time of year.  Normally I have to do a small amount every week into our regular trash--it takes a long time to get rid of it all!)

And how did I feed my hungry crew without
a kitchen?  I had sloppy jo's already made up
in the crockpot for Saturday.


Sunday?  I grilled lots of wings while my visiting
daughter whipped up some guacamole & chips.


The crockpots are working daily around here!

Soffits are removed--the new cabinets will go all the way to the ceiling.
Our cabinetry guy advised that the simplest way to remove tile is to
remove all the sheetrock with it and replace it.  This gives
the electrician better access anyway.

By Moday afternoon, the demolition was complete.
And, regardless of the sheets I hung up in the
doorways, my house is now incredibly dusty.  
Not much point in dusting it till after this weekend
when we do the actual sheetrock work...if I can
contain myself, that is.

Tonight, I really take the night off and we order pizza.







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