Monday, July 3, 2017
Well here it is July 2017 already. Mr. C and I have been tirelessly working non-stop to once again prep our home and property for sale. Our new listing Broker has given us guidance and we have followed it. The house and outbuildings all got repainted and there is no more blue. We brightened the inside also. Still editing and purging "stuff". Mr. C and I have lived here nineteen (19) years now. Today is also our 19th wedding anniversary. We are do-overs and even though we are complete opposites our togetherness works.
We are ready for our final chapter and whatever it may offer us.
Please bring on the buyers now.
May you each have a very Happy and Safe Fourth of July! Time with family and friends is Priceless...<3
Friday, June 23, 2017
In just one very short and hectic month we have interviewed new Brokers, selected the one for us and worked his suggestions. This is the new look. No more blue! We now have a very elegant and stately home that we will be relisting beginning July. What is your first impression? The real estate market here in rural small town Northern California is done mostly on the internet and we understand we have a mere 20-30 seconds to attract and keep a potential buyer interested enough to continue to view our photos and then come here to see in person what an excellent value this is.
This is the before. Now there is no more blue. This photo was one of the listing "professional" images. More on this story later. All the other photos in this post are my simple Canon Powershot SD880 IS digital Elph that I have had for many years now and still love. I am not a professional photographer nor do I study photography like Mr. C does. It is all too technical for me. But I digress...
Here we are testing white and we know it will take some serious primer and two coats of paint to cover my beloved blue. Mr. C hired a "colorist" and she helped us select the proper shades of colors.
She also helped us with where to end the white and begin the darker grey. We always buy Benjamin Moore paint in the highest quality of product. We selected Cloud White #OC-130 for the house trim. Our house body is Cobblestone Path #1606. The new decks and railings color is Englewood Cliffs #1607. I love the new colors. No more blue and when I was whining to my daughter that I will never live down the blue and what we must spend to cover it up, she merely said, "Mother you still have the sky!". Bless you my child!
We are on such a short timeline and just a few days into painting our painter got sick. Very sick with the Norovirus that is going around in the schools mostly. Six days and I was worried our home would have this split personality...half blue and half white. Thankfully Mr. Painter and his helpers were able to complete the job in record time.
No more blue...not even on outbuildings. Make them all the body color to in essence disappear.
Even my bell tower got painted grey.
So this is once again the finished view. We love the changes...yes even I love the new look. After all I still have my blue sky! New professional photography is next in order to re-list with our new Broker. I'll share those with you as well.
We have been in triple digit heat for 8 days now and I can honestly say it is hot. Mr. C and I had to work in the yards yesterday and it was miserable. We both drank gallons of liquids and still had no relief. Today we are doing indoor chores with the AC set at 80 and it never shuts off.
I do love Summer and hope to enjoy it once this home and property are once again offered to the perfect buyer we believe is out there. Bring on the offers...
May you each be safe and doing what you love. <3
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Nineteen years ago we purchased this house with this blue Axminster carpet throughout the living areas. I personally really liked it. Because it was/is extremely expensive well made carpet it was still like brand new. The only issue we had was in the hallway where the pad did not last and it became more of a washboard look. We had experts come look to see if there was a remedy but because of all the curves it could not be stretched or relaid with new pad. We were advised to merely give a carpet allowance. Story condensed, we are listening to our new broker. Lots of time and money later we have this...
A very pretty neutral beige/grey cashmere carpet. We decided to do the entire upstairs living quarters. Approximately 160 square yards. Two installers for two ten hour days and that took care of all the flat surfaces.
The old hall carpet. Bye-bye.
The master bedroom was a pinkish beige when we bought and along the way we upgraded to this soft green when we remodeled the master bath with Travertine and Verdi Gris Granite. Of course we also carpeted the master closets...his and hers.
Huge improvement with the new cashmere soft neutral carpet. It runs from room to room and the separate master closets. I love the continuity now. Mr. C and I have selected what potential buyers will hopefully like but more importantly we went with a very good quality so we will enjoy it if we must stay here.
Ahhh...the gorgeous curved stairs in our entry way. Now we have a third installer who is an expert in stairs and wood floors. He spent another day and a half just doing fifteen stairs. The previous carpet was not installed correctly and it caused a lot of issues.
Mr. C and I did discuss just leaving the Oak stairs bare but that would have involved a lot more work to fill and refinish them. Then we would have noisy wood to clomp on and the better chance of slipping and falling. Carpet it is!
From the entry door going up. So soft and cushy and beautiful. Bright and fresh and clean looking!
From the downstairs going up to the foyer and front door. Of course we also had to make certain we selected carpet that went well with our new downstairs Porcelain tile we remodeled a year ago. Win-Win!
We are so happy with the new changes and the brightened home we now live in. While sitting and admiring all our new décor, we ask ourselves "Why did we wait so long to treat ourselves?!"
Bring on the buyers!!! Just a few more upgrades to share with you soon. Hopefully we will be re-listing early July. Whew! We are exhausted and beyond tired.
We have had Winter again with very cold temps and some rain and a huge hail storm. It snowed about 6 inches over Donner Summit and at several ski resorts. Now it is to warm up and be Summer once again. Crazy weather for sure.
Busy editing and purging more stuff. Last weekend I delivered hundreds of books to our local Friends of the Library monthly sale. Now I must re-visit my fabrics and trims again and edit those even further. Not knowing what the future truly holds makes it all the more difficult for me. I just have to keep in mind I have more stuff than I will ever be able to use up. I am blessed.
Happy Summer and enJOYing everything you love...<3
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Hello. My goodness May came along and now is gone all too quickly. We have taken our home off the market for the time being. After interviewing numerous persons and having one brave enough to tell us a few changes we need to make, the surprise projects have begun. Our plan is to complete all projects and list our home in time for late Summer Selling Season. You have all been so patient and encouraging over the last seven months and I am very grateful. Thank You.
This is our Great Room, another term for living room. It is a large room. When we bought this home 19 years ago this past weekend, everything was builder beige...except the blue floral carpet. We had a designer/interior decorator help us to bring cozy to this room so many years ago.
Mr. C and a cabinet craftsman built this cherry entertainment center and it must stay with the house. (Side note: I will never spend this kind of time and money on custom built-ins again!)
Now the very expensive threaded wallpaper must go. It is too dark and dated. Bye-bye. My tears stayed silent while the trash bin was being filled. I didn't even have the heart to try to salvage any for paper arts. Mr. C reminds me to move ahead.
Testing color samples on the wall. This color is "Whiskers" and we used it downstairs when we remodeled just over a year ago. It blends well with the light tan in the hallway and dining room. The ceiling is a soft taupe and also goes well. Whew! One less decision and area to change.
I admit the room is now bright and airy and ready for new homeowners. Next week is a further change. Yes, it involves this room as well. Can you guess? The old window valence will not be going back up. I would like to have sheer light grey panels that hang from the window tops to the floor at both ends and the two window frames in the middle. What do you suggest? I have to keep reminding myself that none of this is for me and Mr. C...unless the house never sells and we stay here forever. We are keeping that in mind as we hire contractors and make changes that we will be able to live with...just in case.
I shall welcome June and all it brings. May is ending with a shot of rain. I welcome the rain...but not with our projects right now. Everyday is a challenge yet I am grateful for all we have and are able to do. Nothing creative from me right now. I am allowing my Muse to relax, rejoice and reenergize so that she will be ready when I can get back to sewing and creating. Summer Blessings to all...
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
This month of May is so busy. Lots to do and very limited time to do it all. I am posting this so I know I have done something with all those days and hours.
Beverlys is a craft and fabric store that I enjoy very much. The closest one to me is in Rocklin and that is a 45 minute drive each way downhill and uphill. I am on their mailing and email list. I received an email a few weeks ago and it had a link to this fabric gift card holder. It can also hold business or calling cards. This is the link for instructions. Thank you very much Beverlys. I have made five here in this photo. They are quick to sew and use very little fabric so perfect for scraps. As you can see, you can mix and match the fabrics if you like. They are also very easy to mail and will fit nicely into a card.
Other than being busy inside and outside we have taken a couple of days to visit friends and enjoy time with them. The boys spent Sunday at the British Car Show in Dixon. We girls spent the day having High Tea at a lovely tea room. No Photos! I didn't have my camera and I have no smart phone with a camera.
This post is short yet I just couldn't let any more days pass by. I so admire all of you who continue to blog and post daily or at least regularly. I am my own excuse!!! Summer is here in all its triple digit heat glory. I really must get busy now. I hope to post sooner.
May you each be spending glorious time in Creative Bliss...
Friday, May 5, 2017
A simple post of Gratitude and inspiration. I received a large envelope in the mail recently. I wasn't expecting anything and had no idea what could be inside for me. When I opened it I was blown away with surprise and JOY. Miss Roni of Ink Stains blog sent me this beautiful plaque she created for me. This could not be more timely for me as our living in limbo continues into the seventh month.
Roni is a wonderful and creative person and I adore what she creates. This photo does not do justice to this card. There are two very sparkly "jewels" on the banner. Funny thing happened that night after reading this card. Those sparkly beautiful "jewels" were in my dream later that night and they had nothing to do with paper. LOL Thank you so very much Sweet Friend. You really brightened my day and every day.
Our weather has been sunny and warmer than in past years. The pollen is thick from all the rain allowing extra growing and blossoming of trees and flowers. I welcome any rain that wants to grace us so it can wash away the thick blanket of yellow covering everything outdoors. With all this nice sunny weather Mr. C and I have been working outdoors in the yards. Lots of limbs and weeds to deal with. We took a huge truckload to the local waste station. We will have another huge truckload next week to dispose of. Hopefully I will be planting some fresh new flowers in my empty pots next week. After all we want to look like Disneyland around here.
Happy Month of May and so many events to enjoy. Creative Bliss for each of you...<3
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Not only do I love Springtime and I love Paris, I also love Kim of ArtJoyStuff blog and her wonderful ATC swaps. Kim is always so organized and on time. Her participants are always very clever and artistic and follow through on their participation commitments. A win-win for certain.
This is the style ATC I created for swapping.
I always send along four so Kim can have one as well as the three for three swaps. I adore that little Parisian Eiffel Tower charm that I included on my ATCs and on the packaging.
I received this lovely ATC and packaging from Sylvia of littletreasuresylvia.blogspot.com which I cannot link for some unknown computer reason. Thank you Sylvia for this beautiful ATC gift.
This lovely ATC is from Liz and came from across the pond. Visit her blog lululizinlalaland.blogspot.com to see her beautiful sharings. Thank you Liz for your gorgeous ATC.
And this time I actually received one of Kim's stunning ATCs. I love the entire ATC especially the Parisian Eiffel Tower charm and butterfly. So Pretty in its Marie Antoinette style. Thank you Kim for treating me so well.
And part of the JOY of participating in Kim's ATC swaps is that she always adds an amazing gift of her own creation. This is an altered paper clip and it is ever so Tres Chic. I am seriously in love with this and have been wanting to create some altered paper clips for a while now. Here is my inspiration and I am truly smitten. Thank you so very much Kim for your gifts and your friendship through blogging and swapping Creative Bliss. I am swooning!
Our weather had a few lovely Spring days and the grounds were drying nicely. We called our annual property clean up crew to be here Monday. What happened? It rained all of Sunday night and we had to cancel the crew...again! I think this is the fourth time. We are still grateful for the rain however it is playing havoc with landscaping and window cleaning crews.
Alas...no visitors. I realize it only takes one buyer however we cannot get 1 out of zero!!! Come on buyer...PLEASE! I am not above begging. Each of the potential homes we could buy in St. George are sold quickly there. And the prices continue to climb. Here we are stagnated and waiting...
I shall continue to keep cleaning and pimping the house inside...just in case anyone wants to come visit. However you will find me in my studio making wonderful messes so I can be creative and not lose my mind. Today I shall be cutting fabrics. I will share my project soon I hope.
Springtime Bliss to each of you lovelies...
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
My sister Marie recently celebrated her birthday which coincided with Easter this year. We met the day before to celebrate and avoid the Easter crowds. I always have such a wonderful time with Marie. She is such a sweet soul and so grateful in life. I love Marie!
Because her birthday was shared with Easter this year I stitched this little egg themed booklet for her. The cover is linen and includes a heart and beads along with my stitching of a Jenny of elefantz design. If you click this link you can visit Jenny and learn about her wonderful monthly Stitchery Club.
This is the little stitched booklet inside where I added a simple pin with an M for Marie and a Butterfly pin because Butterflies are the Bearers of 10,000 Happinesses.
And keeping with my new mug mat obsession I sewed these for Marie. No photo but I also included a bird themed mug and a nice water bottle for her to stay hydrated.
Marie loves Nature and Birds so this fabric was perfect.
I am so grateful my sister is happy with simple handmade gifts. I also gave her the blue tatted bookmark (in my previous blog post) and a new book. She is beyond an avid reader.
I had a nice time with my sister and I am grateful we live close enough to be able to get together.
We are having more rain. There can be no progress made outdoors on spiffing curb appeal. Way too wet and muddy. There will be enormous amounts of clean up and weed abatement when dry weather returns. With all this wonderful rain the plants are growing and everything is blooming. The blooms get destroyed by the pouring rain but we are so thankful for the water table. Some ski resorts are planning on staying open right through the summer with over 700 inches of snow! Quite the contrast to the last five years of "exceptional" drought.
Mr. C and I have lost a wonderful friend who lost his battle with cancer last evening. Prayers for the entire family who are grieving. His wife just passed less than three years ago after her years of battling cancer. I continue to pray a cure be found for all cancers. I just do not understand.
These days and weeks are flying by so fast I am missing my summer before it even gets here. I choose to embrace each and every day and not rush any of them. Blessings and Bliss...
Saturday, April 8, 2017
I am trying to improve my Needle Tatting skills. However I can see I need a lot more practice. This pattern I tatted is from YouTube One Virtuous Woman and you can click this link. Thank you OVW. I used size 10 crochet thread in a pretty blue color. Here is my link to show the bracelets I tatted for Christmas last year.
Instead of finishing it as a bracelet, I finished it as a bookmark. I added a heart charm to one end and a tassel to the other end. My sister is a voracious reader and she has a birthday coming soon. This will be part of her gift...along with a book she hasn't read.
We are having Winter in full force for several days now. Pouring rain, strong winds, lightening and thunder...oh my! California is grateful for the water table. I think we might be ready for Spring very soon. We have the pollen! At least the rain helps to keep the pollen washed off the decks and railings. If I park outside at all my black vehicle is yellow in no time!
We celebrate lots of birthdays in April...18 and counting. Mr. C has his birthday this coming Wednesday April 12th. I have no idea what I am doing but somehow we'll make it a special day for him. He does like to be pampered and he does like good food. Hmmm...
I shall do some laundry while it is raining. So nice to have everything clean and fresh...inside and outside. What do you like to do when it is raining? My Grandma liked to go for a drive along PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) and visit the beach during a rainstorm. She even recorded the beach with rain on a little cassette player she had so she could listen to it from time to time. I didn't appreciate this until years after she was gone and now I understand her love of Nature. So I shall enjoy our rain even though there is no PCH and no beach close to me. Happy April Showers to You...
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
This is the package of goodies I mailed to my Mug Mat swap partner. I had fun creating these for Terry. Thank you Donna of Brynwood Needleworks for organizing and hostessing this fun swap.
I have always loved fabrics. I like to feel them. I am pretty careful when I select fabrics for colors and coordination. But...I must be dyslexic when it comes to sewing them together. Oops...upside down does not do it for me.
Here I am frogging. It must be right or I cannot continue.
Okay now. All going in the proper direction. I do really like the fabrics and colors in this selection.
I actually made Terry two mug mats just in case she wants to sit with a friend and enjoy a cuppa and a snack.
Here is another set I sewed for Donna our hostess. She and her husband really enjoy music so I selected music themed fabrics.
I am very grateful I entered this swap for it challenged me and I learned how to sew binding on like a tiny miniature quilt. Donna liked her surprise mats. This will be the year of mug mats as gifts I am thinking. It meets my happy factor of sewing and fabrics and fun.
It is amazing to me that this is already the first week of April. Mr. C and I spent a few days in Sonoma and Novato to enjoy some CSRG (Classic Sports Racing Group) auto racing. There were so many priceless fabulous cars and everyone was very friendly. The weather was beautiful...except the wind! Allergies and sinus infection not so much fun now.
Lots of birthdays to celebrate in April...family and friends.
You will find me busy cleaning house and Mr. C outside cleaning and mowing and blowing. We are hoping to have a Broker Open House and find a buyer for our newly reduced pricing. We remain optimistic. We have been excellent stewards of this home and property for almost 20 years and it is time for us to move along and let someone else enjoy our labors here.
Prayers for all affected by horrific weather conditions across our nation and world.
I'll take short breaks and try to visit each of you. Happy Spring and Birdies Singing...
Monday, March 20, 2017
Let me warn you there are lots of photos for this post. I recently shared how I made lots of cards in preparation for all of my weekly and April's National Letter Writing mailings. Well then I needed envelopes for all those cards. I thought I would buy some but didn't get to the store. I couldn't find my envelopment maker due to it may be packed away. So...what to do!
I got out my supplies and made it up as I went along. Fun papers 12" x 12" I cut in half.
Then I scored the 6" x 12" strips at 4 3/8", 8 7/8" and 10 1/2". This size will fit my 4 1/2" x 5 1/2" cards I created.
Next I clipped the flap corners off to give it some interest. At this point I could have used any of my fancy paper scissors or my fancy edge punches. I merely was keeping it simple.
The flap I glue sticked. I will confess the glue stick did not stay stuck and I ended up having to redo all my flaps with Yes glue. I always learn something each time I craft.
Here are envelopes in process.
Knowing my envelopes had no side space for stitching or gluing I decided to use my Washi tapes and let them seal the edges and add decoration to my papers. I need to use my Washi tapes because I have learned they have a shelf life and some no longer peel cleanly and some no longer stick at all.
I had fun selecting decorative papers for my envelopes and matching them up to my cards.
Here are some cards paired with envelopes ready for personalizing and mailing. Many of my papers can be addressed with a permanent Sharpie pen and some I prefer to use a separate label.
Thank you for following along with me. I do hope recipients of my mail appreciate the time and effort I put into sending cheerful happy mail. Mr. C thinks I am nuts to spend hours making them.
We are awaiting more rain. It is overcast and gloomy. Earlier today Mr. C and I washed his sports car so he could tuck it away for safe keeping until sunnier weather. Even though today is officially Spring we know we are in for at least two more months of Winter. May your flowers be blooming.
Now we are on to Easter and lots of fun ideas. This year one of my sister's has her birthday on Easter so we will be double celebrating.
Discovering My Bliss in 2017...