24 January, 2015

Very Late Christmas Update...

 
Yes...this post is very late...but better late than never...right ?!?
 
 
Christmas morning...
Santa was very busy and delivered all the presents to Memere and Pepere's house.
We had all 3 girls,
2 son in laws,
5 Grand Daughters,
2 of their dogs...
am I missing anything?
Oh, Adam wasn't able to be here...
maybe next Christmas?
 
 
Leaving all those presents was a lot of hard work,
looks like he enjoyed his milk and cookies...
and the carrots were gone too!
Caroline put that all out Christmas Eve :)
 
 
This was the best of several attempts to get a picture of all 5 girls in the dresses I made them.
 
 
I also made them a few other Christmas gifts
 
 
Emry
 
 
Caroline
 
 
Matry
 
 
Annabelle
 
 
Grace
 
There were a few other things that got their attention too...
 
 
 
 
 
 
Christmas Breakfast.
 
 
Hugs...
 
 
and more hugs!
 
 
What a day!


It was wonderful...all of it :)
 
ann marie


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


30 July, 2014

Floored!!

The last major project to tackle in our
house next door was also the one we were most skeptical of.
When you start with a wood floor that's been exposed to cigarette smoke
for over 50+  years...God knows how many years of dogs peeing on the carpets that covered it...and last but not least a couple of areas that were damaged by water.
It most definitely wasn't pretty :(
Let me refresh your memory :)
 
 
 
 
Even our very talented floor refinisher had his doubts.
They started by sanding the floors...3 times.
 
 
Twice with sand paper and the third with screen.
 
 
They sanded the perimeter of all the rooms and hand scraped the corners too.
 
 
They even sanded all the thresholds...these guys were wonderful.
 
 
 
 
 
And let's not forget about that big hole in the floor where the floor heater was...
 
 
I love watching truly talented artisans work their magic.
 
 
 
 
 
 
There was a LOT of dust in here after all that sanding!
Someone had to vacuum ;)
 
 
Decisions, decisions...what color to stain the floors.
Couldn't go light because even after sanding there was still some areas where the stains still showed.
 
 
We chose Dark Walnut.
 
 
The picture above is where the floor heater was!
 
 
The final results after one coat of stain and two coats of semi gloss polyurethane.
Gorgeous...Stunning...Unbelievably Beautiful!
My floor guy was in disbelief and this is what he does day in and day out!
This is one happy house :)
 
 
ann marie
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


05 July, 2014

New Memories...4th of July 2014

 
All of our girls and their families were with us for the 4th.
 
 
All their girls too :)
 
 
 
 
Perfect!
 
 
We are 5 house away from Pickrell Park, Schertz Texas.
The 4th is our Holiday.
There's a BBQ competition that friends compete in...
 
 
Small town America parade...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Throw in a few extra kids and Ice Cream Cone cupcakes with chocolate frosting...
 
 
We are a family that has always appreciated what our military members have done for our country.
My husband retired as a Chief Master Sergeant after 27 years in the Air Force serving this country.
His dad served in the Korean conflict.
My dad and my uncle were/are (once a Marine, always a Marine) Marines in Viet Nam.
my dad served in 3 branches of the military...
My brother and his wife both retired after 20 years in the Air Force.
so...
Thank You
 
ann marie
 


21 June, 2014

Project House Next Door Progress Updates

Lots of things happening in the last week or so.
-new roof
-bathroom progress
-kitchen progress
How many hours are there in a day?
Here's where we're at now :)
 
 
before...
 
 
 
I planted some Plumbago, Lantana that is the same color as the front door :) and roses...
pink.
I also planted an Esperanza at the corner...
it should all anchor the house to the yard nicely...
and add a little color too.
 
 
 
 
 
before...
what you can't really see in the before pictures is that the toilet was just about falling through the floor!
 
 
 
White subway tile, light grey grout...my custom mix of 1/2 white & 1/2 grey :)
Removed the shower surround with a new bathtub.
Exterior galvanized lighting.
I'm still looking for a vanity...maybe something a little different?
We'll see...
 
 
 
 
 
before...
 
 
 
 
 
We're definitely not finished,
but the transformation of this little house is just
ridiculous!
In a really good way.
 
ann marie