I am a lover of horticulture, gardening and the environment. At age 8, I sent away for a package of Zinnia seeds for 10 cents and I've been hooked ever since. After 25 years of being self-employed, I retired. That only lasted 4 years and I now work in a water conservation program: I buy grass from homeowners who are willing to convert to desert landscaping and lose that thirsty green stuff. I pursue what interests me and you can blame my sister for getting me into this blogging thing.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

I'm Baaack

Well friends, I have to apologize for my lengthy absence. I've been in construction hell. We are remodeling. It was going to be a small project, just remodeling the fireplace. It turned into one big project and 4 small ones. My contractor's mom passed away during the project, you know about circumstances beyond your control. It's happened to us all. So we're still waiting on some of our cabinets for the kitchen, laundry room, linen cabinet, etc. It will be gorgeous, just not at this moment. I'm trying to keep my cool and keep repeating: This too shall pass.

Here's a couple of pictures with the caveat that we are in progress. I'll add more as we finish. My husband is painting as we speak. That's kind of exciting. We've had white walls for over 20 years. We're finally adding some color. Most of it will be a light gold color. I don't want to go too crazy. The colors you see are accent colors.
I'm also excited about the fireplace. I demo'ed the man made stone, then I had a hearth and mantle built. Nest week we will have a stone from Spain called Rojo Allicante put on the fireplace. I will cover the hearth with the bricks and use the mosaic on the horizontal surfaces. I plan on painting the mantle black. I sure hope it turns out like my vision. I'll be interested in reading your comments.
The part above the mantle will be covered with an interesting product I read about at the doctor's office called American Clay. It's like Venetian plaster only easier to apply. It will be a dark dusty red color...I think. A woman has a right to change her mind.