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The Aggie House; San Jacinto County Christmas Home Tour Part 2

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The road that runs adjacent to our neighborhood main road  is Harrell Cemetery Road.  Guess what is at the end of Harrell Cemetery Road?  If you guessed the Harrell Plantation Cemetery you are correct.  If you guessed a cluster of new homes, built on Stephens Creek and Lake Livingston, you are also correct.

This year it has been driven home to me that we are not the first or second or third or fourth generation to love this particular part of Texas.  A little research into the Harrell Plantation drove home this fact.  The land where our lake house is along with the cemetery road and oh 3000 or so acres that are now under Lake Livingston, were once owned by A. W. Harrell.   The plantation home built between 1840 and 1850 is gone underwater and that makes me sad.   The cemetery was where the black farm hands were buried and it now has a historic marker.

Interesting fact:  Sam Houston used to visit a Choctaw village that was located at the mouth of Stephens Creek.  He would put up a white flag so the steamboat would stop and take him to Galveston.  Right where we live.

In the last two years a cluster of new homes have gone up around the cemetery.  it sounds creepy, but it is really a pretty spot with a historic cemetery in the center.  All the homes are pretty and I am going to show you two of the others quickly tomorrow but today, I have to show you what I call the Aggie compound.  I am sure that is not what the owners call it, but you be the judge.

Welcome to the Aggie compound.

The Aggie House

See the gate?  Proud TAMU folks built this house.

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Here is the home as we walked up the drive.

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See the peak of the lake on the right?

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As you see, my buddy, The Social Planner, could not resist touching the wreath on the front door.  We were like kids in a candy factory at this house.  ( Oh, yes it is real evergreen.)

 

I am going to clump the photos of rooms together because your tour should not take longer than mine.  You are going to see the main room and kitchen, the bedrooms, the bunk room, the wine cellar, and the outdoors.  Ready to speed walk through this home?

The home is a split level home.  This is the entry hall.  Up to the main room and kitchen, right to a bedroom, down to the bedrooms.

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Oh my word.  That main room.

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Rustic, industrial, eclectic with lots of character.  Those beams.  Hand hewn.  Vintage industrial furnishings.

The kitchen

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Did I mention the farmhouse table that seats 16? Or the two-toned cabinet colors?  Or the cool pendant lights?

The Bedrooms.  There are Five regular bedrooms.  I think.  I may have missed one.  All of them are pretty and are in soft blues/greens.  Most of them look out on the lake.  Wow.  What a view.

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The hallway has built in seating and beautiful cushions.

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The master has two barn doors.  One at the entry and one at the bathroom.  Beautiful.

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This light fixture was in the master in front of the windows looking out on the lake.

The Back Porch

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The owner came out to point out the name of the massive fan.  See the picture on the fan?  It is called a Big Ass fan.  I wonder how it got that name?

The Wine Cellar

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Wine barrel oak ceilings, cool wine rack, live edge bar and stucco walls.  I couldn’t stop staring.

The Grandkid Room

Ever see this on Pinterest?

I would LOVE to do this for our kiddos! Also we need it. Otherwise they would need to live in the bathroom. :p

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I have had this pinned a while.  Wouldn’t it be fun in a weekend home?

I got to see it in real life on this tour.

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It was so cool.  Yes, I climbed the stairs between the bunks to take pictures.

This room also had a mudroom bench right off the porch so that when the kids come in wet and nasty there was a place to drop towels and stuff.

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I hope you aren’t exhausted from our whirlwind visit to the Aggie house.  It is hard to believe that this house is walking distance to our 950 square foot kit home built in the 1970’s with unlevel floors.

I hope you enjoyed this part of the tour.

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog.

I am at a conference this week so the afternoons are all mine.  I am enjoying the quiet time.

Blessings,

Karen

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Our First Stay in a B & B

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Mr. Math loves me. He knew that with the start of school, our son and daughter in law going overseas for a year, and even the addition of our rowdy rescue dog, Lumi, I was exhausted and ready for a break. He surprised me with a trip to a Bed and Breakfast in Fredricksburg. Texas. We even took a day off work to extend the weekend which is something I almost never do during the school year.

Fredricksburg is a town with a strong German heritage in the Texas Hill Country about four hours from Houston. It is a picture postcard, small town that has worked hard to preserve historic buildings. (In Texas, historic means late 1800’s up to early 1900’s.)

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Link to the Fredricksburg website is HERE

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This was our first ever trip to a bed and breakfast after hearing about them for years from our buddy, The Social Planner. The room wasn’t cheap. It would have been comparable to the cost of a room in a downtown Doubletree in Austin, Dallas, or San Antonio during the fall.  Once Mr. Math let me know we were going, I got to pick the room.   We looked at room photos when choosing where we would stay. I was smitten with the room I chose.   It was a mix of vintage and eclectic furnishing.  Totally funky and bohemian.

We got our reservation through this site: HERE

Here is the 360 degree view of the room at theroadrunnerinn.com .  HERE The photos don’t lie.    It was a cool space and looked exactly like the photos. The inside was exactly the type space I would create for myself.

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We arrived just after 3:00 pm at Main Street Bed and Breakfast to get our room key. The young lady at registration handed us the key, a map to the location of our building, two $6.00  breakfast vouchers for a local restaurant and told us good luck finding parking because our room did not have parking and that there was no sign for the Roadrunner which was our room.  We found parking a block behind the location and walked up to the room.  Here is a photo of all the information we got from the young lady.

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I will be honest and say that this is not the B and B experience I thought we would have.    I guess this is tip number one if you are going to a B and B.  Ask about parking, ask about breakfast, ask if someone will be on site 24 hours.  (By the way, breakfast was really good but we had to pay the balance on our meal Saturday.  It cost over the amount of our vouchers. Sunday we each got a breakfast taco and coffee and it was within the allotted amount.)

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The Little Roadrunner on the glass up to our room was the only sign.  We walked by it twice.

 

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I really like the mix of modern with mid century chairs at the top of the stairs.

 

I feel a little like a whiner when I say this but here goes.  I had expectations that a Bed and Breakfast would be more intimate.  I thought we would have human contact while we were there at a more personal level than at a hotel.  Except for the young lady who gave us the key and paper we did not see another soul related to the B &B the time we stayed there except the shop owner in the shop below our room who helped us with the door when our hands were full and a man who told us to leave the key in the mailbox Sunday morning when the office wasn’t open. We were just another set of patrons at the restaurant and frankly we could have found a place to eat on our own had we stayed in a hotel.   There were no notes, suggestions, or “Where to find…” information provided except this large picture over the kitchen area.

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Coffee was provided in the room along with basic dishes, which was nice.

We have rented beach houses several times and this felt much more like a beach house rental than what I thought we would find at a B&B.

Tip number 2:  Ask more questions and check rating sites like Yelp. 

The final ask more questions occurred Saturday night when we discovered that a band was playing in the beer garden next door after the posted hours for the Beer Garden and during the bar open hours. (It rained Friday night or we would have discovered this sooner.)   Nothing on the website mentioned that a beer garden was right outside our window or the physical address of the Roadrunner Inn.  If we were partying folk, this would have been great.  It would be a draw to know we could stay up until 2:00 am drinking then stagger back to the room once the music finished without having to drive anywhere.  We are not those folk.  After a day of shopping, exploring, and walking in cooler than expected and wet weather we were ready for bed about 11:00 pm.  By 12:30 am we were tired and frustrated.  By 12:35 there were words exchanged between Mr. Math and the manager of the Beer Garden.  It was a long night with little sleep after the words were exchanged.

Tip number 3:  Ask for the physical address of the B and B if it is not provided on the website, then go to Google Maps and Look at the Street View.  I think it would have saved us some of the aggravation Saturday night.

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FYI- This  nice looking pair playing music on the porch of said Beer Garden WAS NOT the band playing late at night and the seats were full at 12:30 am.

Will we go back to Fredricksburg?  Probably not.  We enjoyed our visit but the town was very crowded, the shopping was nice, but things were a little overpriced, and frankly our B and B experience tainted our enjoyment.  We ended up paying for a really nice weekend away and got the equivalent of Motel 6 experience in a really nice room (really it was less than Motel 6 in service- there is usually parking, 24 hour on site personnel, and ice at a Motel 6).   Will we try a Bed and Breakfast again?  I hope so.  I have already heard from two different folks about great B and B locations to try that offer what we were hoping to find.

Have you had a great B and B experience?  I would love to hear about it.  Have you been to Fredricksburg?  If so, what did we miss that would have made our trip more enjoyable?  I would love to hear from you.

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and share in our mid-life adventures.

Blessings,

Karen

 

 

Opposites Attract- My Husband’s Style

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I am a lucky girl. I am married to my best friend. He is more than just my husband, he is a good man.  He loves me, works hard, can build just about anything, and is tolerant of my quirky, off kilter style of vintage junk. While he is tolerant, my style is not his particular style.

I love mid-century modern, I am not afraid of color and experimentation, I think 1970’s funk is cool, I want junk barn doors on the wall, I don’t want to paint over worn, chippy paint and I LOVE painted furniture.  Bright colors are fun.

Mr. Math, my hubby, likes neutral colors. He likes natural wood.  His style is conventional, traditional, classic and full of history.  He is the sentimental one of us.  He is the one to keep things that make him remember moments in his life and ours.

I totally gave Mr. Math our den to do as he chose. No input from me. No color suggestions, and no throw pillows with one exception.  I did veto the barley twist table he wanted to put by his chair.  It would not have survived the drinks left to sweat on the waxed wood.  I substituted a neutral painted side table.   It is the perfect room for him. No windows ( he hates light when watching football), cozy, and quiet. Everything in the room was selected by him.

Here is his space. It makes him happy.  What can I say?  I am glad he still loves me, color and all.

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The den from the door.  The four doors lead to the two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a closet.

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It was my suggestion that he mount the television.  He is borrowing this serpentine dresser from our daughter in law for the next year.  He has surround sound.  In a ten foot by twelve foot room.

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Sorry about the Lumi photo bomb.  The chest was purchased 20 years ago and holds our wedding photos, baby pictures, and momentos.  Note the lack of “decoration” on top.   The love seat is throw pillow free.

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This corner is football/golf central.  (Nap central)

 

 

 

view of the barn door

I wanted you to see the amazing barn door from inside the room.

 

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Looking into the den from the hallway.  Love that door.

 

 

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The shelf has Mr. Math’s dad’s flag, photo and a clock my parents gave us when we were newly weds.  More than 30 years ago.

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The art work is traditional art from a Texas artist, Dalhart Windberg.  This print looks like where Mr. Math grew up.

Black and White Memories

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Today we took a trip back to one of the happiest places of my childhood, the east Texas piney woods.  Because I found the trip so nostalgic, I decided to play with black and white for some of my pictures I took.

We enjoyed getting to go by and see the place that I grew up loving.  Our weekend place, The Farm.  The trees my uncle planted now are fully grown and have a rope swing.  The pasture my parents cleared and got poison ivy so bad they had to go to the doctor is still beautiful, the red dirt road is the same.  The house is double the size it was when we lived there.

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My mom, Memie, and our sweet Lumi are still here with us so I couldn’t make them black and white.

Don’t they both look great?

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Enjoy the shots taken at some property I fell in love with today and some shots from Dam-B, the lake I grew up on.

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I just had to show you how beautiful this little blue flower is.

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I love these old gate toppers.  I think they are greyhounds but I can’t be sure.

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The property in the woods has some funny signs.

 

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Parting

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Tonight we put the kids on a plane that will take them around the world. It is funny to me that I think of them as too young and inexperienced to do something like this. At their age we were living a good distance from our families, we owned a home, and we had two kids. I will bet my mom and dad felt the same way about us. Time flies.

If you ever want packing tips for moving across continents with what you can fit in two carry on bags, I am your girl. There were even power tools involved. If you want help on how to live with the pain of knowing that seeing all of your children involves extended travel to different time zones, sorry. I am still working through that one.

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I thought you might not mind me sharing a few shots from our goodbye. It involved Mexican food, friends, and family.  I promise this is the last post about the kids leaving.

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The airport was hectic and the kids looked scared but they never cried.

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It all went off without a hitch.

I only cried when they hugged us goodbye.

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And after we saw them for the last time going up the escalator to their gate.

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Driving away from the airport, I got a present. It was the same present God gave Noah. God keeps his promises.

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GOD’S WORD® Translation
I will put my rainbow in the clouds to be a sign of my promise to the earth.
Genesis 9:13

May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that’s always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
– Irish Blessing

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Keeping It Real- Staging for Photos

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Today I am going to talk about one of the problems that I totally blame Pinterest, the Internet, and HGTV for creating.

Because we humans are so visual, we seem believe that the pictures we see on those places above are how folks actually live.  We buy into the image so much that we forget that it was staged, lighted, set, edited and cropped before we ever got a peek.  I would say it is akin to believing that believing that I could fly because I watched Superman do it on television.

This is not real life, folks.  But it is beautiful!  If the homeowners live like this every day, they must be pretty neat people.  With no pets.  Or kids. Or food.

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Casa Mia

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Recently I asked you guys to do a little staging of your own.  I asked you to take a picture of your table as it normally is, then as it looks after you set it for company.  If you did not participate, shame on you.  Not really.  Okay, really a little bit.  The reason I wanted you all to set your tables is that that is home staging you do when you have company over.  Do you live like that all the time?  I will bet the answer is no.

Here are some examples of before and after photos:

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My buddy had her table ready for a shower, so she sort of cheated in the before picture :)! I love her giant table. It looks great set for dinner.
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The photos above are in a newly moved into home! Way to go.

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I really do keep the table at Star Hill pretty neat because it is in the main room of the house and we don’t have much space.  Star Hill is a study in Red, White, and Blue.  And Texas.

 

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I snapped this picture when we were having company over for breakfast.

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Our back deck.  It is a glass topped patio set our neighbors gave us.  It is a sunbaked wilderness most of the day, but in the evening when the shade takes over, it is pleasant.  We have all our large dinners here at Star Hill

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I paid fifty cents for the metal yellow plates at a garage sale.  The funky yellow wine goblets were in the attic of Star Hill when we moved in.  I think the original owners must have left them behind.  They are fun.

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The Southern Belle even played along.  Yes folks, she owns this beautiful custom made table and she keeps it beautiful.  It is mixed with mid century chairs that are upholstered in a cool fabric.  She found the chairs on Craig’s List as is.  True story.

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Here it is set with her Fiesta dishes and bright napkins.

 

Aren’t the tables great?  I love the variety.  If you have ever set the table for company, you are a home stager. You know how to set the scene, make the table “feel” inviting and show off its’ best assets.

The messages that made me sad when I put out the call for pictures were three that I got that told me they would not participate because they were embarrassed about their houses so they would just enjoy what others did for their homes.

If there are things you do not like about your home, you are not alone.

The vast majority of the world has something they wish they could change about their homes and things that they really don’t want others to see.  I will bet that even those bloggers who have amazing rooms have some place in their home that needs work. A friend of mine years ago stuffed a bunch of things into the oven because company was coming over then forgot.  She turned on the oven several days later and scorched some paperwork.  I personally would be embarrassed if someone looked in my garage when we have company coming because it is usually the dumping zone.

I live in a house that currently has four adults, two dogs, a cat, and a fish.  I re-purpose furniture, as a hobby and it tends to spread. My house is far from spotless.  It is lived in.  Every room.  Right now there is furniture in our breakfast space.

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I decided to show you one of the tables we set when the crowd gets large at Star Hill.  Yep, it is my painting table.  Just plywood painted with exterior paint. Oh, and all my paint drips.

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I set the table for two.  the flowers are out of our yard.  The picnic basket is from a garage sale, the table-cloth was a wedding gift almost 33 years ago.  A friend of my mom made it for us.

 

There are times that I am photographing a project when the ONLY space that is neat is what fits inside the viewfinder on the camera.  To the right, left and behind me may be a mess of things I have pulled out and a mirror reflecting light into the cave like space I am photographing in our suburban home.

Photography is not real life folks. Real life is messy. Real life is imperfect. Real life is opportunity.

I hope you have a great day.  Make some memories.

Blessings,

Karen

 

Wrapping Up Two Small Projects

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I actually took a whole day off. I didn’t go anywhere, have an agenda, or have company. For he introvert I am it was bliss. I have been so busy lately I haven’t had a chance for quiet time.

I got up this morning and got to work on the mirrors for the vanity. Here is a peek of how they turned out.

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While waiting for stain to dry I got some projects that have been hanging out done and a few more hot worked on.

I got the vinyl lettering on a window that has been literally hanging out in my craft closet for a year.   I started the project with wipe on poly for the frame then a good cleaning of the glass.

 

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I am embarrassed how quickly I was able to finish this project. It took longer to clean the window I bought for $10.00 at Canton a while back than it did to apply the lettering. It is going to hang on the reclaimed wood wall behind our bed at the lake so Hubby remembers to always kiss me goodnight. 🙂

The rake got screwed onto a piece of barn board to hold the barbecue tools. It now hangs on the wall by the grill for the brush, tongs and spatula. Another project that has been hanging around for way too long.  I bought the rake head at Goodwill for $2.00 right after we moved in the burb house and the wood is  a scrap of cedar barn board.
I like the rustic look. The total cost of this project was $2.00 and the cost of three screws and two wall anchors.

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I worked on a chalkboard suitcase today, too.  The suitcase is painted and the chalkboard is now traced out.  This one is going to look a little more decorative.

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I also got the chandelier base sprayed oil rubbed bronze and one side of the beads primed but you will have to wait to see the progress until I have finished. I am totally copying the look of the chandelier from another blogger.

My battery is recharged and I am back to work.

I hope everyone has a great day!

Blessings,

Karen

Making a Corn Hole Set

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One sweet memory I have from The Southern Belle and Big Cat’s wedding last summer was an outdoor family gathering where we got to meet the families. Big Cat set up his corn hole set to play. Lots of folks got in on the action, even my sweet mom, Me Mie. Ever since then I have wanted a set to use at our lake house, at school and for neighborhood parties in the burbs. Corn hole is a little like horse shoes except it is played on a slanting 2 foot wide, four foot long plywood surface. There is even a corn hole association! Because I am working crazy hours this summer, but I wanted the set ready for our 4th of July family reunion, I charged Hubby with researching the rules, board dimensions, and DIY instructions. He is a math teacher in real life so dimensions, diameters, and angles are right up his alley.

As the 4th of July approached, I started to gently remind nudge nag him to get on it. He bought the wood. Pre-cut 2 X 4 sheet of a/b sanded wood so it would be smooth and 2 2X4’s. It hung out in the back of his truck. The nagging increased. The weekend before the 4th- with company at the lake house- arrived. He promised he could have them built in 30 minutes. So the timer started! In reality it was closer to an hour but still assembly was quick. The hole is 6″ centered 9″ from top edge. The legs are cut to length so that the top edge is 12″ from the ground.  He attached the legs with a bolt so that it can be loosened and the legs stored under the board.

Once he finished I jumped on the painting. It had to be red, white and blue… because pretty much everything at our lake house is red, white, and blue. The creamy white is the paint we used for our rockers and swing. No clue what the color is, but the paint was hanging out in the Garagemahal. The blue is Behr Sailboat blue. It has been used on out coffee tablethe beverage station, and Sweet Amanda’s chair at our chair party. I had to buy the red. I am not going to tell you the color because I made a bad choice with the red. I hate Glidden paint. More on that later. Once it was all painted the creamy white and dried overnight, I taped off stripes. Mr. Math helped me figure out the width of the big stripe then after he left, I very unscientifically taped off a thinner stripe the width of the skinny tape. The trick to painting clean lines is fresh tape ( don’t try to use tape that has hung out in the garage a year getting all hot and cold) and paint the base coat color over the edges of the tape. The paint seals the edges and any that seeps under is the same as base so you can’t tell. The Glidden paint was so thin it still bled in two spots. Not. A. Fan.

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I stitched eight bags. Four blue and four red, six inches each and filled with corn. They will have to be upgraded to a tougher fabric, but they will work for now.

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We are still working on the mechanism to attach the two boards to store and carry.  The handles worked well, but the latches did not work.

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The boards turned out well and they will be used at events for years to come.

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We are not the only ones camping with a set. I thought I would share a few others who were camping near our family reunion:

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A UT set with football shaped corn bags.

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This is a really easy set to fold and the little guys loved it.

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You have to look carefully at this camp site to see them.  They are located on either side of the smoker.

I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July. Blessings, Karen

Sometimes it is the Story not the Furniture

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I know, I know, you are all tired of seeing us turn head-boards and foot boards into benches. I am neck-deep in benches at the moment. I have a slew of them to finish right now. I will try not to bore you with my progress on the benches, but this one is special. Today’s post is not about the bench. It is about the story behind the bench.

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Right now it feels like the garage is overflowing with head-boards.

When we started making benches and I blogged about them, and sold a few.  Because of the blog, a dear friend contacted me to ask me to make a bench for her from a bed she has had since childhood.  I told her that of course we would do it for her, but I did not ask a lot of questions.

I went to pick up the bed she showed me where she would put it, the color she wanted it… everything but the bed. When I finally saw the bed, I was a little surprised.
It was one of a pair of twin beds that can be bunked. The bed was made of rock maple with spindles.  The picture below is NOT the bed, because I was silly and forgot to get a picture, but it is similar.

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If I were in a thrift store looking for a bed I would have passed it up.
It was a twin bed which is pretty small for a bench and all spindles.

It was, well, unremarkable. No fancy woodwork. No interesting shape. Just an ordinary, utilitarian bed.  The part that bugged Hubby was that the foot board was the same height as the headboard.  He had to adjust the foot board height so that it did not look like a three-sided cage (according to him.)

Just like a lot of other unremarkable pieces of furniture, what made the bed special was the history. This bed was a part of her child hood memories. Here is the story of the bed, told by my friend as I started posting Facebook  updates on Saturday of the bed in progress:

 

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She shared the photo above with her granddaughter, Brooklyn when I posted it on Facebook and here was my friend’s response to the Facebook post:

Oh, I love it already, and Brooklyn does, too…esp when I told her it would be red!

bench2

Here is the response when I posted the primed bench:

I’m so excited because not only will this be beautiful and functional, but it was my twin bed growing up. I got bunk beds in 2nd grade (a cousin was given one of them years later). This one stayed with me, became daughter Lisa’s twin bed as a teen, and even spent a little time in my other daughter, Katie’s, college apartment. Lots of history and love going into this soon-to-be reading bench for my grandchildren…so lovin’ this!

I knew she wanted it red (and apparently so did Brooklyn) and she wanted slats just like this one:

finished red headboard bench headboard bench red

 

Red benches seem to be my “thing” right now.    Behr Red, Red Wine is the color.

She also wanted stained slats like the one above.

This particular bench was a little tricky and we felt the pressure.  If we messed it up, there would be no “throw it out and start over” plan.  We took our time and worked it all out before starting.

After a few weeks, we finished it.  Working only on weekends is slow going.

Here is the finished project.  I think it turned out great, but remember the story in this sweet little bench is in the history.  Hopefully one day Brooklyn will be able to tell her grandchildren about the bench and that it used to be her own grandmother’s bed.

twin bed bench

wooden slats

twin headboard to bench

I would love to hear about a piece of furniture that is part of your history.

I hope you have a wonderful day.

Blessings,

Karen

 

 

I May Be Too Old To Blog

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I am really feeling my age this week. It was a milestone birthday for my daughter, The Southern Belle, and my birthday is just around the corner, but the birthdays are not what is making me feel old. Blogging… well probably more than blogging, technology in general, is making me feel old. I mean like prehistoric, ” I remember when I was your age..” kind of old.

Two years ago my son in law introduced me to blogging.  (Thank you, Big Cat.)  I set up a Blogger account, and spent time learning to work with Blogger. It did not play nice with my iPad so I took another leap and moved to WordPress. It has never been my intent to blog for a living. I have a great job that challenges me and pays me well. I blog and work on furniture because I am an empty-nester who needed a hobby to keep my hands busy and mind occupied after work. I actually lose weight working on furniture because it is so physical and I don’t hate it like the gym. I enjoy connecting with people who I would never meet in any other way and connecting with old friends who sometimes find me by accident. I do however feel really uncool because although I have a personal Instagram account, a personal Pinterest board, and a Twitter account, I really don’t understand two one of them.

When it comes to Twitter, I just don’t get it.  I want everyone to know that this symbol – #- back in my day (there, I said it)  was the pound sign or the symbol for a number. Not sure how it got the name hashtag. I don’t know how to look for anything based on hashtags, so feel free to share the secret with me.

According to my students, who are high schoolers, it is really uncool to use any filters on Instagram (#nofilters). I am not sure why, but okay. I don’t like the filters anyway. I think they make the photos look dumb. My main problem with Instagram is that I have no idea how to follow someone else on Instagram. Oh and I only know how to post to Instagram using a program called Over on my iPad or iPhone. I am stuck if I want to post from a computer or directly from Instagram. I think my kids ( personal and professional) are intentionally keeping that little piece of information from me. Or, maybe they don’t think I could follow the instructions and would be asking for help.

I set up a Facebook page for my blog less than a year ago… with help.  I often mess up on the posts.  I am about 50/50 at successfully linking up to someone’s Linky party, and I cannot, cannot, cannot figure out the bitly thing to give my posts a shorter name.  Sorry folks.  Google + and Google Hangouts?  No clue although we are going to Chromebooks at school next year so I better learn.

All this brings me back to blogging. I think I am going to start a monthly series entitled Keeping It Real. I am more and more concerned because I think Pinterest is causing women to believe that everything has to be a show worthy event or they are a complete and total failure. I put out a call for real life DIY’ers and Bloggers to send me their work space. I hear  often from people, usually on messenger or email, that they like what I do and would do projects and try their hand at refinishing/ repurposing if only they had the space.  The perception seems to be that it is impossible to work without a dedicated space to create in.  Ha!  I have started to some great  photos through Facebook and was feeling pretty good about myself and the project until I heard from Dee at Deeconstructed  and felt like a GEEZER.

( By the way Dee is a very talented DIY’er.  I recommend you read her stuff and she writes an online magazine that is great for picking out some cool projects off blogs I had never read before, but back to my story.)

Here is what she said in the message she sent:

” You should create a whole buzz around it and assign #showmeyourswap or #shopswap or something catchy like that for people to “link up” on Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest/FB to get in on fun. That way if they search that hashtag they’ll see everyone’s that sent it in. “

WHAAAT? Dee, I think you are amazing, but are you speaking English? Is there a dictionary I can refer to for assistance? Thesaurus?

Here was my response to Dee:

“Dee- you are so much more equipped to do stuff like that this than me. I only have a Twitter account so I can follow my kids and send messages to my students. I feel like a freakin’ dinosaur when I hear from folks like you. I think this summer I need to go to blog school. Seriously.”

FYI- the series is coming along and she is going to help me with the technology stuff. #iamveryexcited

All this lack of knowledge started me thinking  that in fact I may be too old to blog.   Has technology passed me by so much that I cannot catch up?  Am I a technology geezer who needs to be put out to pasture? Is there any hope for me?

I did some research last night and this is what I discovered.

There are 31 million bloggers in the U. S. A. the average age is 21-35.  (YIKES!)

50.9% of them are women. (This was a surprise to me since ¾ of the men in my family don’t even follow MY amazing blog, much less write one.)

Only 8% of bloggers earn enough blogging to support a family. (I honestly had no idea that many bloggers earn that much money. I get NOTHING for blogging- it is a hobby. Perhaps I need to figure out the whole getting paid thing, hmmm)

81% of bloggers earn less than $100 blogging. ( Yay me, I am in the majority here. #iwriteforfree)

There are 528,000,000 page views monthly. ( Just so you know I have had 66,262 page views in 2 years.)

I did an internet search for ” I am too old to blog” and found that this topic has been written about several times. My favorite was a 26 year old. http://www.littlebirdfashion.com/2012/06/are-you-too-old-to-blog.html

Seriously? I mean, if 26 is too old to blog what does that mean for someone who is more than twice her age? Thank goodness she decided she wasn’t too old! Here is another cute one referring to Little Bird Fashion’s blog: http://www.mymodernvintage.com/2012/06/am-i-too-fat-or-too-old-to-blog.html

I really do want to learn to improve my technology skills and I am going to do that because I like learning new things and I want to feel competent at what I do, but it really circled back to what is bothering me most about the internet/Pinterest and the perception  that what others show you online is what their life is like all the time. Their homes are clean, children are fed healthy meals, and there is domestic bliss.   I feel like a failure when I see slick photos on other blogs or “bells and whistles” that I cannot even understand. For a moment it causes me to forget why I started blogging in the first place and doubt myself. Do I even belong on the blogosphere?

Why yes, I do believe there is a place for even a geezer like me.  I have a unique perspective based on my own personal experience.  What Hubby and I do with furniture and our home is something that anyone can do, and not break the bank.

It really all boils down to the fact that I blog for myself and as long as it is fun for me, I will continue.  If it stops being fun or takes a toll on my self esteem, it will be time to step away.  I wanted to take a minute to thank those of you who read my blog, leave me notes, like my Facebook page, Pin my work, and stay in touch with me.  I really do appreciate you.  #youarethebest

I hope you have a wonderful day,

Blessings,

Karen

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