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The Great Garage Clean Out

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>The time has come… we must make sense out of our Burb home garage.  I have sworn off all projects this week- even though I have the paint ready to go on the dresser that is going to be our television stand.  ( Who am I kidding? It is already my television stand- and we even have the top piece assembled and painted but it melts into the wall right now.)
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Here is what our disaster zone garage looks like today.
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I should have included a warning that this scene is not appropriate for those with weak hearts or young children.

Goal for the week:

  • Install cabinets on the wall.  Purchased at Lowe’s.  Yay Lowe’s for providing us with $25 off coupon and having the cabinets on sale 20% off!  No sweat for me to spend $250.00 at a home improvement store.  We got two 24 inch cabinets for the stuff that cannot stay out.  The cabinets match the ones in the bathrooms so if (hope, hope) I ever find a vintage buffet that I am in love with and want to turn it into a double sink vanity, (hope, hope) I will be able to move the cabinets to the garage for additional storage.  That is the plan.
  • Get all my paint stored on the metal shelves.
  • Put up the pegboard and fill it with all the tools I am used to having access to.  Right now it is hunt and peck.
  • Organize the power tools.
  • Put away any loose tools.
  • Put the fall storage boxes up.
  • Sell the table and chairs.  Yes.  I am selling furniture.  I do not need them.  It may be next week before the garage is clean enough to have someone come look at them but they will be sold.
  • Clear the trash!

The next part of the garage make over will include high shelving for tubs.  Not this week.

Sooo, no posts this week of pretty things.  No fun.  Just work.

If you don’t hear from me in a few days send in help!
 

 

 

 

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Weekend Quote Art Project

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I have been very inspired by a young artist who lives in Boston, Mae Chevrett lately.  I love her use of mixed media and words to convey meaning.  Here is her blog.  To Go Into The World.  Check out her Etsy page to buy pints of her art.   I will be buying some of her art for Christmas presents this year.  Her quote that resonates with me the most is:

It is in all of us

to defy expectations

to go into the world

and

to be brave

and to want, to need, to hunger for

adventure

to embrace change and chance and risk

so that we may breathe

and know what it is

to be free.

What could be more perfect for a school that targets first generation college students?  Many of whom are students who are economically disadvantaged and quite possibly they learned English when they enrolled in school.  I knew I had to have it on display at school.

Using Mae’s work as inspiration I created a mixed media background for the piece and used our school colors; purple and silver.  I promise that I took pictures as I went along but in true Weekend Country Girl fashion, I did not check to see that I had an SD card in the camera.  Once again I must apologize for no photos but I will quickly tell you what I did.

Hubby built a large wooden canvas.  I do have a photo of this part.  He has mastered making these large canvases.  They are a fraction the cost of canvas and sturdy.  He uses hardboard for the surface part and that cheap light weight 1X2 moulding for the frame part.  These are 3 feet by 4 feet.  Any larger and he would have had to put in cross braces too.

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First fill all nail holes with wood putty and sand down the spots.  Then prime everything.  I used Kiltz spray primer.

I typed up the words using a variety of fonts and copied it off on a transparency.  I used an overhead projector to shine  the words up on the canvas.  Once the words were shining up on the canvas I quickly drew uneven lines across the canvas to roughly have a different color for each line of the quote.

I took the canvas and added a section of Mod Podge sheet music to one section and dictionary pages to another section. If you know me, you know I love old books but both the hymnal and the dictionary were beyond repair.

I then painted the rest of the sections quickly with purple, lavender, grey, dark grey, and white.  I was going for the torn paper, not straight, look.

After the paint and Mod Podge was all dry I shined the transparency back up so that I could trace the words.

I then painted all the words on starting in the middle then working out so that I could get more done while the paint was wet.

The work is not perfect.  I took some close-ups so that you could see all the imperfections.

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Here is the fished project minus Mae’s Name at the end of the quote.  I want to use a purple Sharpie for that and it is at the office.  I hope that I did Mae’s work justice.  I also hope that the words inspire my students as they take on the challenge of graduating high school with an associate degree.

Inspirational Quote Art

My work is not anywhere as good as Mae’s but I like it and will hang it proudly in our main office area.

An Unconventional Kitchen Island

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When we reviewed the blueprints of new house I noticed that an island in the kitchen had been an option that the first owners did not choose to put in. I knew that I would want a space to use as a baking and prep area.

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I also knew I wanted it to be something unique. In my Craig’s List searching I saw an oak dresser on sale that would fit the bill.

Serpentine oak dresser

We removed the top of the dresser and saved it in case I change my mind down the road. The mirror has been hung on the wall in case it ever goes back to being a dresser. This disclaimer was inserted for those of you who don’t love what I do to furniture. (Although I still am not sure why you read my blog.)  Man, I sound cranky,  Sorry folks.  I promise not to let the haters get me down again.

butcher block island dresser

The hardware was shot.  I did find some hardware that will work with the kitchen knobs which are oil rubbed bronze.

dove tailed drawer

veneer sides out of oak.

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We took a trip to Ikea for a butcher block to add to the top of my dresser island. After doing some research we found that they have least expensive butcher block . It still is not cheap but compared to the cost at other places it was a deal.  We used half of the length of the butcher block and we are selling the other half to a friend for their kitchen.

Ikea Butcher Block

Hubby cut the butcher block down to size and we used the brackets included to attach it.
You have to treat butcher block with mineral oil. This one has three coats rubbed in.

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The back was really ugly so we covered it with beadboard that I painted Behr Innocence- an ivory color.  The back is  going to get hooks that are going to hold pot holders and dish towels.

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This is going to be a great spot for prepping food close to the stove.  I never claimed to be a chef, but this will help me to at least not be as unorganized.

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Salado, Texas

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I really do love being a Texan.
The diverse landscape, the mix of old and new, Geman, Mexican, French, Czech, Greek, and English settlers made Texas home and we all get to benefit. One day I am going to introduce you to my favorite foods, from all the melting pot that is Texas, but not today.
Today we are out exploring one of my top five Texas small towns. Salado, Texas. A Scottish town that has a long history.

 

Salado House of Clans

 

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My Hubby grew up in Central Texas near Salado. He wanted to visit where he grew up to celebrate his birthday. I was thrilled to visit this area in the fall. (Thanks Hubby being born in the fall!) I discovered Salado on one of my first spring visits to my Hubby’s family. My mother in law and I would go to Salado when we could sneak away. The Stagecoach Inn is an institution It really was a stagecoach stop way back when it opened. The food in the restaurant is good.   I love that there is no printed menu.  The waitress tells you what is on the menu and takes the order verbally.

Stagecoach Inn

 

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I recommend the Yellow House Bed and Breakfast. It is a weekend trip worth taking in fall or spring. It is boiling hot in the summer and unpredictable in winter. It can be beautiful in winter or there could be ice and sleet.   This bed and breakfast is in downtown, but really close to the road.  It may be awesome, I just don’t know.

The Salado Inn

The stream that runs through town is beautiful. An old grist mill next to the stream is now a shop to visit. There are sweet little artsy type shops everywhere and a couple of great wineries nearby.

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Melons growing downtown on a stairway.

 

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The Texas drought is really taking a toll.  This stream is normally running freely.

 

Salado spillway

I have waded in the water here before.  The spillway usually has water running over it all the time.

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Salado is a quirky artsy little town.  Who paints bikes and hangs them on a fence.

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The historic bridge has a troll and goat guarding it.

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We even got the chance to visit friends who live at Stillhouse Hollow Lake. What a view!

Stillhouse Hollow Lake View

 

The Roquemores

Our Baytown friends have quite the view!  I love their home.

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Enjoy our day and visit Salado when you can.

The Homeplace

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My husband grew up on a farm in Troy, Texas. 46 in his graduating class. When I say farm I mean the party line phone, water well that dries up in the summer, hard work kind of place. The home hasn’t been lived in for 25 years or so, and shouldn’t have been lived in for longer than that but it is a place of happy memories for my husband and his family. Both his parents are gone but the kids still own the property they grew up on. This weekend Hubby and I went back to the old home place. Hubby hadn’t been out to the farm in a few years and I love this area in the fall.

The weeds and trees were so overgrown you can no longer drive in. This definitely limited the wood we got.

Here are some shots from the farm. We picked the perfect weekend. The first cold front of the season blew in while we were there. The temperature dropped all day. We needed jackets by the evening.

Lower Troy

On the way to the farm.

Pavement Ends Sign

This really is where the pavement ends.

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The gravel road was in great shape.

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The road into the farm was not so great.

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The culvert stopped us from going further.  Washed out.

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Not much left of the home.  This window was about all that was in tact.

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Here are some of my treasures. We found:
An old ceramic sink. It will be part of my backyard kitchen soon.

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An old Kerr jar.

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A tractor seat. There is a project in the very near future for this.

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Some barn wood

A door off the shed. I love this but need to figure out what I want to do with it.

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All it took was a circular saw, a crowbar, drill and muscles to get the treasures out!  The old place has a wild beauty now that really doesn’t resemble the place my husband grew up on.  The windmill has been stolen, the fields are full of trees and the  buildings are all down but the happy memories remain.

Me Maw’s Garden Shed

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My friend, The Social Planner, Tanis also has another name.  Me Maw.   She has three precious grand babies who call her that.   One of the things that  Tanis has wanted to get started at the Rockin F was a garden.  She started her gardening in container gardens growing herbs.  She also has quite a few potted plants.  The big garden will be coming once the land is cleared of roots and stumps.  Here is what the land looked like 8 months ago: Rocking F

Living in the country like this couple does means that they had to put in a well.  The well needed to be covered so a well house was built.

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Isn’t it great?  They built the pump building large enough to store things that are needed around the house but not attractive.

The Social Planner, AKA Me Maw, looked at that building and thought instantly that a shed should be added on for her gardening.  Her husband recruited help and got busy.  Step one was to add a roof and support beams to the shed.
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Larry got his recently retired friend, Rex to help with this part.

Step two was to add in some counters to use as work space.

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Larry’s brother in law, Ted helped with this part.

Step three was to add a gravel floor and walkway.  Finally, Tanis got to move in.  She added her personality to the shed.

Here is the back wall of the finished shed.  This area is most protected from the elements.

Tanis added a  little bit of whimsy here in the potting shed.  I love that she is using an old rake to hang things.

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She found interesting shelving and waterproof containers to keep items in.

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Sign is courtesy of her daughter in law, Lauren with hand prints by the kiddos.

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It looks like she is ready to pick berries or flowers.

My all time favorite part of the shed is the sink.  We saw this done two years ago at Round Top, Texas.  It inspired us both so much that we both came home and bought old sinks.  Sadly, mine is still sitting in the Garagemahal waiting for a counter.  ( Hint, Hint… it sure would be awesome in our new back yard!)

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Love that view out her re-purposed window.  The sink hooks to a water hose when needed so that you have real running water out there.

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She found this water faucet towel ring and soap dish that I LOVE!  It looks perfect out in the shed.

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The business side of the shed is the potting bench.

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It is a place to pot plants without making a mess.  The dirt falls right through the wire mesh to be reused.

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She found a burlap sack to serve as a trash container.  I especially like the holder that she found.  I so want one of these.

Tanis put up two screen doors to serve as a visual divide at the corner.

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The shed has a gravel floor with paving stones to stand on.  If you are wondering why I didn’t get any outside shots, it was open house weekend and the place was crawling with people.  It was also pouring rain.   I got to stand in the shed and listen to the rain on the tin roof.  It was so very relaxing.   I will be back to get some additional shots but I wanted to share her progress. I will try not to be too jealous of the finished shed! 🙂  I think my buddy did a great job!

Fall Front Yard

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Have I told you how much I love fall? I love the color, the cooler weather, and spending more time outside. We got busy cleaning up the yard and putting up a little fall decor. Life on the cul de sac is great and the neighbors are known for their Halloween parties so we had to make our house look presentable.  The large pumpkins were cut out from left over fencing when we put in the reclaimed wood wall.

DIY HERE for Reclaimed wood pumpkin.
The flower bed is cleaned up, some mums are planted, and the pumpkins are out.

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I really did take the stickers off the pumpkins.  Not sure why this is the only photo from this angle I saved.

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The reclaimed pumpkins add a rustic charm to the front yard of our Austin stone and red brick home.

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Here is a close up of the bow.

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I really do like the asymmetrical shapes.

fencing to pumpkin  Welcome fall!

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I left the zinnas that are still blooming so they got to stay.  The others are now in the compost.

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