Monday, January 17, 2011

Long Time No Write!

I know it's been over a year since I've posted and I really regret this. Life just keeps getting in the way and your priorities keep changing. So well I have the chance I thought I would update a little.

I am STILL working on my house. I think I will be working on it until the day I die. Unexpected emergencies come up and I have to allocate the money for remodeling to the "emergency of the week".

I have not done much except more painting and tiling. Although, I am in the process of posting something to hgtv. They have a new site called hgtved and they are asking for entries for anyone who has ever wanted hgtv to come to their house and makeover something. Well, Hello!! Here I am!! Can you see me hgtv???....Papa, can you hear me???

So I've just finished writing my plea for why they should pick me. I'm digging out some pictures now to post on the site. I'm going for the pathetic factor.

So if anyone is still reading this, please look for my post and comment that hgtv should pick me. I'm asking them to come and makeover my pool area (remember my post abut the black hole that the county pulled a dead raccon out of? Yeah, that the one)

It would make me a really happy camper and give me more motivation to work on another area of the money pit.

Thank for your support!


p.s. If they pick me you can say I remember her when.........

Monday, November 9, 2009

Still Alive and Kicking

Hi Guys!

This is just a short post to let you know I am still alive and kicking and still working on my shabby cottage which I have now nicknamed "the amityville horror". Things just keep coming up that I hadn't expected or planned for in the now defunct budget. I just had to replace all my ac and heating ducts to the tune of $3000 so that really cut into my afore mentioned now nonexistant budget. I am living around ladders, paint cans, tiles needing to be grouted and a polypebble pool deck that keeps kicking up everytime you walk on it. At one point I was going to jump off the roof looking at all the work that still is in front of me. Sometimes it's just more than a body can take....Damn you HGTV!!! It's all your fault. You make it look so easy and do it all in less than an hour!! Side note: If anyone from HGTV is reading this, you have my permission to come over and help!! Holmes on Homes would be nice and where is Genavieve when you need her?? And the guy that ambushes you and does your yard, come on down!!! There's plenty of work for everyone!!

Anyway, I said this would be short. I have a show (the Sarasota Medieval Fair) for the next two weekend and am going crazy making jewelry. I hear my round nose pliers calling me now.

After the fair I will post pictures of my new backsplash and new wood floor in the third bedroom.



Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Super Affiliate Success Story

Hi All!

At the moment I have no new pictures but am in the middle of tiling my backsplash and will upload the pictures as soon as it's done. Progress has been very slow as work has gotten in the way and I've started another endeavour. First I want to tell you a story which leads into that endeavour.

We all love to hear about people being successful, and I want you to take the time to read this story because you can learn a lot from it.
Internet marketing expert Liz Tomey is known as a "softy". She has a real commitment to people, and when she found one of her close friends in need, she came to the rescue, and turned a total newbie into an "insane affiliate marketing machine".
You see, Liz's close friend Michele was going through a divorce, and losing her husband's income. She knew that she couldn't pay all the bills and in turn would have to sell her house, and uproot her little boy from his "little world". All Michele really needed was a few extra grand a month to pay the bills and keep everything "normal" for her son.
Now to some of you that doesn't seem like much, but to most of you, a few extra grand a month means a lot.
So, Liz took 5 days out of her schedule and showed Michele one of her very own affiliate marketing systems that had worked for her for years.
Now Michele had never heard of affiliate marketing before. She knew how to check email and surf the Internet, but had no idea that you could make money online.
Boy was Michele shocked to find that after 5 days of implementing what Liz taught her she was able to make over $500 and get 400 new subscribers that she could make money off of time and time again.
Michele wont be worrying about bills now as she continues to make money. She'll even be quitting her job in just a few months!
With Liz's teachings, Michele has an easy to obtain income goal of $500 a day, and now Liz wants to show you how to do the same thing... Here

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Well gang, we all want to make extra money so check out the link and see what you think.

Right now, it's back to tiling for me. The faster I get it done the quicker you'll get to see it. I must say tho, it's looking fabulous!


Friday, January 30, 2009

Yes, I'm ashamed of myself but.....

Hello again and, yes, I'm ashamed of myself for not posting but I have a reason. I ran into some trouble with the people that were helping me with the renovation. They didn't live up to their end of the contract and caused me some huge problems, emotionally and financially. Fortunately they are gone off to, I think, live in their car and I'm still in my shabby cottage so I get the last laugh....ha ha!

Anyway, I do have some new pictures and I wish I had more of finished work but now it's going to be slow going as I am doing most of the work myself and paying in drips and drabs for work I just cannot do. Plus I am living in complete disaray. But, it's all good and better than a poke in the eye!! Plus I still have my health....cough, wheeze, spit.....

Ok, on to the pictures. These are the before...

Island and kitchen counters - before

The before and after pictures of my kitchen counter. It was battleship grey (the before pic makes it look beige) to match the crappy formica battleship grey cabinets. I painted the cabinets a cream color (after 2 coats of zinzer 123 primer) and then antiqued them with translucent glaze mixed with "melted chocolate". They came out fabulous and with the copper hardware I will put on, they will down right sing!! I only have one picture of the drawers as my camera battery died, but if you've waited this long for one picture of the cabinets you can wait a little longer for more!!

And these are the after...


Island Counter

Edge of island which has been cut and is not rounded anymore

And this is the one picture of my new antiqued cabinets. More to follow after I get a new battery. You can see how they look with the new beveled edge counter...just a peek of them.

I have some random peeks at what I've been doing but don't really have a complete picture of room except for a temporary look at my family room. So here they are...

New tile in the family room

New Kitchen Tile

3 peeks at my unfinished family room

And this is my "Craig's List" Find, glass topped table with 4 chairs, unbrella, unbrella stand and lounge chair, all for...ta dah.........a whopping $25!!!

It's been real chilly in Florida at night, so I had to take a picture of my first fire! The lonely little log I bought at Home Depot looks pathetic!! But the ambiance of the fire was fabulous!!

Well, that's it for now. I have to go finish painting the cabinet doors, 12 down and 18 more to go, then antiquing them and polyurethening everything. No rest for the wicked!!

Oh, the pendant at the top is one of my new pieces that I sell. I had to throw it in to remind myself that I do play and relax sometimes, although the times seem few and far between.
Stay Warm!!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Finally, some colorful progress!!!

Well things are finally coming along. You can really see some progress. We have 3 rooms painted and what a difference!! This is really looking like "my shabby cottage home" with less shabby and more color!! My home is really a palette of color!

And for your viewing pleasure....VOILA!!!

This is looking from the great room to the family room. The blinds have been taken down and they're not going back up. I love the open look. So bright and fresh! And check out my beautiful new fan! I love the intricate work on the top. Very victorian cottage! I loved this fan so much I bought 3 of them!!

And this is one end of the family room with the triple sliders leading to the pool!

If you look at previous posts you will see what a remarkable transformation these rooms are. When we finish I'll post before and after photos so you don't have to scroll back to remember how bad the rooms looked. I feel very lucky that others did not see my "vision" of this home and I was able to "steal it"!

This is the master bedroom painted. The color is called "haystack", such a crappy name for such a pretty color. It came out a little darker than the sample but it still will look beautiful with my bed and quilts, especially when we get the cherry floor down.

This is the new addition to the master. It looks fabulous! We still have to add the "bungalow" full arch which will definitely add more character.

And look how the "la di dah" library turned out! I'm just crazy about it! The color again turned out darker than the sample but It still looks fabulous!! One of the photos is the new painted wall against the white windows and the other is even more fabulous! The wall of closets wasn't there before! That was the huge opening that had the triple sliding asian screens for a door. Isn't is awesome???

This is the other side of the closet wall in the family room. Isn't it incredible???

Well that's it for this post. I was up til 2am priming the trim and today I get to paint it! Plus clean all those beautiful wood shelves in the "la di dah" library. No rest for the wicked!!


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

OK, I'm behind again

Hello again!

Again I've been remiss in my postings but there's just been so much to do! I do have more pictures tho! It seems like it's taken forever but just about EVERYTHING had to be redone in this house plus add new walls. So here's some progress...ta dah!!!

This is a look at the new hall painted "havana cream". I love the color and it looks just like I thought it would. It still needs the white trim added.

Here is the view from the kitchen looking at the new wall. The top has a shelf which will be painted white and then trim added underneath it. That's sheetrock leaning against the yellow wall.

This is the view from the family room to the front door. You can see that adding the wall has taken nothing from the space in this very large room and the ceiling still looks sweepingly beautiful! The short wall on the right does a lot to separate space and hide the kitchen from the front door.

This came out fantastic! This is the new wall and door for the "la di dah" library. Remember this was completely open with the triple asian sliding screen doors. It is now a la di lah library bedroom and Dale has build a double closet in it (photo to follow) and moved the light switch to the right of the doorway. We had a surprise with this room as Dale almost fell off the library with a "hot wire", which has since been capped off. This room is at the end of the family room and an electric strip will be added and my entertainment center will go on this wall, which was unusable before.

This is the end of the hall that was added. The hall ends in my master bedroom so we closed it up and added 5 1/2 feet to the bedroom.

This is the new addition of the master bedroom. Looking from the original bedroom towards the new addition, you can see the closet on the right. You can see the separation on the floor which will be evened out and cherry flooring added. Since I LOVE arches, we are adding an arch between the 2 areas. It will be the kind of bungalow 1940's full arch. And when it's up I'll tell you how we did it! What a money saver it was! Don't forget to look for that tip!

This is the painted pantry. It came out pretty nice since EVERYTHING in this pantry was wallpapered!

Here are 2 pictures of the "final decision" (it took me forever to decide!!) on the floor tile for the formal living, dining and family room, 1500 sq feet of tile!!! It just looks beige in the pictures but it's actually a really pretty cream color with splotches of butter cream. It's ceramic but looks like porcelain. I'm very pleased with it. You're probably thinking, why all this tile in the formal areas, but I live in Florida and it's great for the way we live down here.

And finally, since granite counter tops were not in the budget, I went with a laminate that looks like slate. It's called Colorado Slate and has the tuscan feel I wanted. I can't wait to get it on and see the finished product with the cinnamon colored floor, light copper walls and copper hardware! Doesn't that sound nice? Betcha can't wait to see the finished product!!

Well, you can see we have been busy. We only have 3 1/2 weeks left before I move so we are definitely on a time crunch!!

Finally, I think Sky personafies about how we feel. We are just pooped!! He has the right idea!

Til next time!!


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Halls and Walls and More Walls

I can't believe it's been so long since my last post but there's just been so much to do. I'll try to do better...

Anyway, since we were last talking we've added the hall wall and begun the priming on the walls and kitchen cabinets. We've also had to deal with the possibility of 2 hurricanes, but fortunately, they missed us. Below are some pictures of the work we've been doing.

The first one is of the hall to the right of the front door. You can see that it really does privatize the bedroom area. This is the view from the kitchen sans paint. Doesn't it look like the entrance to a crappy Italian restaurant? Can't you just see the Chianti bottle with candles in them on the tables? Nice arch, though, huh?

Another view from the front door. You can see the paint primer on the 1/2 wall with some of the yellow paint. I couldn't wait to see how the yellow looked and it looked great! We didn't want the wall to go all the way up and loose the beautiful ceiling and because we did it this way, there's an illusion of separation without any of the large expanse lost.

This is the view from the family room towards the front door. Again you can see the hall and 1/2 wall. Believe me, the space is much bigger than it looks.

Because we're putting a ceiling at the end of the hall to extend the master bedroom, I had to paint the area above before the ceiling went on. It would have been much harder once the ceiling was on so I had to decide what color to paint it. I just threw all the yellow tinted chips in the air, picked one and that was it. It's a soft sutle yellow. I like it a lot.

Well that's it for this post. I'm sorry I just don't have much time tonight. Well on a trip, I got food poisoning and am still a little shaky. Need to get off to bed. I'll post much sooner next time.