Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Happy 2015...And Yes, We Did Finish the Kitchen

Now that the busy time of Christmas is over
I've got some catching up to do around here.

Our new kitchen was completed!  Yay!
And just 3 hours before our big wine party!
(Not so "yay"!)

This cabinet was the last of the project.
We even had to put a sign on it to keep people
from setting wine glasses on it because it was 
still drying/curing.

Wine storage above.

Business below and out of sight.
No ugly printer and cords sitting out!
Both the printer and the file drawer
beneath it slide out for access.

And here are a few pics of the rest of the kitchen.
Pardon the darkness but these were taken at night.
This is actually way brighter than my previous kitchen!
I took the above one as I was setting up for the party.
Note 50+ wine glasses on my island!

The double-oven certainly proved its worth
over the holidays, as did the warming drawer.
Though we had the coffee bar before, we now have
a filtration system installed beneath the sink.  
(We previously just had an unsightly little Pur filter on the faucet.  
If you're serious about the flavor of your coffee, you must have a water filter!) 

I will never be without a farm sink again.
I love it.
Still looking for something to be displayed
in the tiled area above the sink.
I'm in no hurry--I'll know it when I see it.

I also love the granite countertops.
And kudos to my hubs on the tile job, btw.
There are now 2 barstools that sit under the
over-hang of the island.  This is a great hang-out
spot, especially when I'm searching recipes
or other cooking/gardening info.

I'm still working on this display cabinet:
it is for my olive oils and vinegars but
there is a top shelf, just under an accent light,
(that didn't make it in this picture)
that is perfect for displaying some special piece.
Again, I'll know it when I see it.

Some day we'll replace the flooring but,
for now, my kitchen is wonderful to work in!
And we're pretty burned out on home improvement!

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!

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It's not even winter yet and I've gotten

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

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