Galloping Grace Pumpkin Patch

It's been so long since I have actually gone out and taken pictures that I had to share a few of what I took today. I took my niece and nephew to the local pumpkin patch and it grew. But we missed the llama not being there. My nephew is like an animal whisperer. I …

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Renovating of 407: The Laundry Closet

The washer and dryer fit in a nook in the hallway. The other side of the nook is the master bathroom. This closet even had plastic accordion doors (and came with the washer and dryer). The washer and dryer came out (and sold). Leaky water line everywhere. Which included a fun story about having to …

Re-imagining a Piece of Fence into a Spooky Gate

A mostly DIY Halloween exterior. When my parents built a fence to have a garden area where the dogs couldn't get in, my mom left a section aside to hide the fireplace vent on the outside of the house. She then let my 2-year-old son paint the fencing. One day they were out of town. …

Renovating of 407: The Creative

I was thinking yesterday I should have called it The Updating of 407. Because that is what most of it has been. My dad had to put tar on the dryer vent on the roof the other day, it was raining into my torn up shower. When they put up the new roof, right before …

Renovation of 407: A Pantry was Born

You may wonder what building a pantry has to do with redoing, recycling, upcycling. And really it doesn't other than it has to do with the renovating of the house. My mom had the bright idea that I needed a pantry (I really did) in the corner where the previous owners used to have a …

Renovation of 407: The Kitchen Island

I opened up the kitchen by taking out that wall as you may recall.   I really didn't want such a closed in kitchen and I though a sit at island would look awesome. I wasn't entirely sure I was going to take that wall down and how I was going to create the island …

Refreshing a Little Wood Stool

It never ceases to amaze me how wonderful a little paint can be. Such a cheap way to refresh a room, a piece of furniture, a thrift store find. About a year ago, I found this little wooden Eddie Bauer stool at a thrift store across town. One of my favorite places to go but …

A Patriotic Scrap Wreath

I don't normally like the bohemian look. But I was sitting there one day thinking about something that made my brain wonder to this idea for a patriotic wreath. My mind drifts a lot. Sometimes it keeps me awake. Since I don't have a chance to sleep 8 hours a night anyway, this can be …

Restoration of 407: The Hall Bath

Maybe I wouldn't be so loathsome of wallpaper if it hadn't been on every wall in 4 rooms. 7 different wallpapers. This is the hall bathroom. In great shape. Beautiful porcelain tub. But bathes do not stay warm in it. Great marble sink. But the vanity is plastic. The tiles are also in great shape. …

Resizing a Kitchen

There used to be a “closed in” kitchen. Only thing missing was a swinging door where I am standing. All that seventies. Even a boob light.  My dad went into the sauna like attic and found the wall wasn’t weight bearing. I got me a hammer and saw. Only problem was, those 2x4s were completely …