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.



Blogger Alipurr said...

Wow. It all looks beautiful so far. Can't wait to see the finished cabinets and fireplace. Good to hear from you, though I know you talk to mom every day (your sister, of course) :)

March 14, 2007 7:21 PM  
Blogger Motherkitty said...

Looks great. Can't wait to see it when it's all completed. Love the granite and I'm getting used to the color on the soffit.

March 15, 2007 3:05 PM  
Blogger Abandoned in Pasadena said...

I can't wait to see your finished fireplace. We are way overdue for a heating source at our house, but it won't be anything as fancy as your fireplace.

March 19, 2007 5:15 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

That all looks very exciting. You really have good taste.

March 20, 2007 7:34 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

HI! I have not been around visiting or doing my own blogging, but am finally back to both. I was relieved not to have missed much as I so enjoy your updates. The house looks truly wonderful and I am sure it will be super fantastic when complete. I directed my sister to your previous post as I wanted to see her reaction to the cactus I mentioned to you had taken me back to my childhood - she got it, instantly! Enjoy the rest of your process and I look forward to resuming regular contact. (Are you going to be done in time for Pesach ... empty cabinets might just be a blessing in disguise right now. :o) )

March 25, 2007 11:17 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

When you have a moment, please visit my blog - there is something over there specifically for you. I hope you had a good Pesach and that all is going well.

April 05, 2007 1:20 AM  

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