Front Porch

Now that the master bedroom floor is done and it’s just painting left the focus switched to the front porch.  We are adding a front porch to protect the door and match the dormers.  The first step was digging some 4′ deep holes for footings and filling those.   Mark and Ryan spent a few days digging and then about an hour to finish them up.  I wish I had gotten a picture of the open holes, it was impressive!

New footings – we’re leaving the stairs hidden under the porch

One for alex

and one for Bella

The inspector kindly came out late friday night to inspect the holes so the footings were done Saturday and on Sunday the framing could be started!

The bottom part is done (we have not yet picked out decking!)

Last night we had materials delivered (finally the rain stopped) and Ryan and Mark started on the roof portion!

They have all the rafters cut I believe and hope to work again tonight on it.

The current push to get the porch done is to get it to the point where the roof can be done.  We are having a metal standing seam roof installed in early May and need this porch done (framing) before hand.  The decking and ‘decoration’ like post details and railings can be done later.  I believe once the rafters and zip are on the roof then it’s doing the soffits and tieing them into the house and then we’re ready for the roofer.

Stitching – Autumn in my Garden

I’ve hit a milestone (finishing the pumpkins) with a large piece i’m stitching lately called Autumn in my Garden by Mirabilia.  I’m stitching this on 40ct fabric so it’s 1 strand of thread (dmc) over 2 threads and includes some beads.  This piece will have companion pieces for each season but I started with this one a few years ago because it’s my favorite.

Autumn in my Garden April 2017 Progress

There are various leaves to stitch next and then it will be rolled up so I can start the top 1/2 which is less dense and should go quicker.  The leaves have a lot of colors so those will take a while.

In house news : We finished the floor poly coats Friday and Saturday of our ‘vacation’.  It’s now cured enough that we can safely put paper down and start the painting process this weekend!  In a few weeks we’ll be able to put a rug down and move in!

Staycation Master Suite

It’s our annual April vacation where the kids go to daycare and we stay home and work on the house – coincides with our birthdays.  This year the focus was on the master suite (just a few more weeks and we’ll have our own room!).

Monday was Alex’s birthday so we did a family fun day but we worked Sunday (Saturday was alex’s bday party), Tues-Friday.  Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the focus was on finishing the trim in the Master and painting the master bathroom.  Ryan got the built-ins finished and all the trim installed by Wed night night.  I painted Tuesday and Wednesday (2 coats on the trim and 1 coat on the walls).  So the master bathroom just needs one more coat on the walls.

Same blue as the small bathroom

The master bathroom trim is white (Ben Moore Chantilly Lace to be exact) – the rest of the house is Linen White (more off white) but we thought with the tile the bright white looked better.

Left built-in finished!

Technically the built-ins need shelves still but the grooves for putting the brackets in are there so it’s just a matter of making the shelves and installing the brackets.

Closet is trimmed out as well – the light box has to be trimmed out but that’s it.

Doors and chair rail all done – even the little closet is trimmed out

Thursday was flooring day!  First we sanded – that took all afternoon, then after a dinner out I went back and did the first coat of poly

First round of sanding

1st coat done!

These are the same as the other bedroom – cherry – but a bit more variety in color I feel like.  It’s beautiful!  Today is our last actual vacation day, we got the sanding done and Ryan is doing the 2nd coat of poly.  Saturday I’ll come over and do the third and by Sunday night we’ll be back in the house (we are staying at my parents while the poly dries) – the fumes generally bother me but it is pretty contained to the bedroom only and the weather is PERFECT for drying the floors quickly and leaving the windows open over night.

We’ve got 3 weeks before we can put a rug in so we have the time to get the trim and walls all painted.  Going to be a busy few weeks as we can’t wait to get in there!

Some progress (house and stitching)

We have a couple of things working against us on the house progress front right now, some planned some not planned.  First we have busy Saturdays entirely for 4 weekends in a row.  Second Ryan got sick, his work got busy then Bella got sick this past weekend and his work is still busy.  Travel and illness and work.

2 weekends ago Ryan managed even though he was sick to get a start on the built-ins in the master – just got the base platforms in.  The built-ins will be just open bookshelves.  We originally were going to do cabinets however the room is a bit tight when you count 2 night stands and a king size bed, the cabinet doors wouldn’t open so we’re going with just open shelves (same amount of storage space).

The base for the left one

And the right

They have to be pretty high off the ground so the trim will look correct going across the front (baseboard).  I’m excited for the extra storage for sure.

In stitching news I’ve had a lot of time in the evenings to stitch (sure I could be painting or something but it’s more fun to stitch) 🙂  I pulled this piece out that I started years ago – it’s called Autumn in my Garden by Mirabilia (there’s one for each season) and I’m stitching it on 40ct fabric over 2 to make it a bit smaller (these pieces are quite large).  I finished up the lady’s skirt and started the pumpkins.  It’s beaded a little bit and I think it will be a very pretty piece when done.

Autumn in My Garden progress

I was only going to show stitching when it was a finished piece but if I’m working on such a large piece I like to track the progress a bit more.  I have another small piece in progress that I’m doing as my travel piece that I’ll show when that’s done.  Continuing to work through my old previously started pieces.  Soon I’ll have to start something new though at this rate!

Tales of Wonder and Appleseed Needlecase

This past weekend I went down to DC with my group of stitching friends from Boston!  We met up initially at In Stitches in VA and what a great store it is!  We shopped, took a break for lunch and a needleshow nearby and then shopped more.  On Saturday we spent the afternoon stitching!

On Sunday when I was home I finished up a little piece I had finished stitching a few weeks ago – finished it into a needlecase as it called for.  It’s called Appleseed by Jeannette Douglas Designs :

Appleseed Needlecase

It was a small piece from Celebrations of Needlework years ago that I had 1/2 finished – so I finished it up as I’m working through a pile of unfinished pieces.

This next piece is one that I started last week and finished up Saturday in DC.  It’s called Tales of Wonder by Dragon Dreams and it is just a cute small piece I’ve had in my pile of things to stitch forever.  I’m not yet sure if I’ll frame it or make it a small banner.

Tales of Wonder

I’m not yet sure what my next project will be!

Trim weekend

Ryan spent the weekend working on trim in the upstairs hallway and master bedroom.  The door trim and baseboards are well under way now!

Doors still need caps but are looking great

That little closet has a door frame now so we can put on a door some day 🙂

In the closet the baseboards are done

I think I’ll be the one putting trim on inside this closet!

The next few weekends are all booked with activities – but hopefully we’ll get some Sunday time to continue work on the trim – we’ll see!

Last Dragon!

I can’t believe how quickly these little guys stitched up – considering I started them back in 2003!  I just did 4 of them, taking about a week each!  They are officially done now and I have to decide how to finish them into a quilt and also what on earth to work on next??? These were perfect as travel projects!

Peace Dragon

A picture of all of them finished together :

Dragons finished!

Weekend Progress : Master Bedroom

More progress on the master bedroom this last weekend!  First up – fun thing – since I finished installing all the outlets in the master bedroom and hallway last week I was able to install the LED strip lighting in the linen closet :


It takes a power supply, switch and this strip of LED lights that are adhesive (tape) that I ran all along the inside trim of the closet (all the way around the top) so we get great light in there!  I had planned for this so the outlet was installed in the closet up high for just this.  There’s an outlet near the floor for roomba too.

More importantly though was Ryan’s progress.  Saturday his Dad and he finished up the floor in the bedroom!!!

Floor finished!

The little spot at the end there is where the built-in bookcase will go (so plywood base) – there is one on each side of the closet.  Speaking of closet, then they got the closet door installed!

LOVE this door!

On Sunday Ryan got the threshold to the master finished and installed the bedroom door!

Door done!


The plan for this weekend is to get those built-ins done and a good start on trim.  The windows are done so it’s door trim, baseboards and chair rail like in the girls’ rooms.

I’m hoping by the first weekend of April the trim is done and we are sanding/polying the floors in there!  Then it will be painting and we can move in by the end of April?  I’m trying to be conservative because things always come up.  We have a vacation planned in April but if the weather is nice I think Ryan wants to work on the front porch we are adding so that we can get the new roof installed in May.  SO many projects to do!

More Dragons

I’ve been working on the dragons exclusively now that Celtic Banner is done!  Love and Trust are now done.  Just 1 more to go and it will be quilt time.





Peace is the last one to do!


This past weekend was a busy one!  Thursday night Ryan finished installing the trim in front of the tub and I got all the trim caulked and holes filled.

Friday Brad sanded and primed all the trim.

A view of the tub trim finished too! Most of that is removable in case we ever need to get under the tub to the pump.

A view of the tub trim finished too! Most of that is removable in case we ever need to get under the tub to the pump.

Where toilet and vanity will go

Where toilet and vanity will go



Friday night Ryan and I finished the master closet ceiling bead board installation and moved tools downstairs.  The ceiling isn’t finished but we wanted to get the bead board finished so it could be moved downstairs.

Ceiling of closet

Ceiling of closet

Saturday after a trim to home depot for supplies and more cleanup, Ryan and his dad started putting down the new floor in the master bedroom!  It’s hard to work in a room where you’re laying the floor, each time they cut and router they have to vacuum etc but we have no other place to do that part of the work!

By the end of Sunday they had the master closet and about 2/3 of the main room floor finished!  We have to clean it all up and move the pile of wood so this weekend Ryan can finish it up.  Once the floor is done it’s on to door installation and trim!



This side of the room is done

This side of the room is done

This pile of wood has to be moved so it can be finished :)

This pile of wood has to be moved so it can be finished 🙂

While the guys did the floor on Sunday at naptime I got the door knobs installed on the newly painted doors and filled up my new linen closet (Ryan cut the shelves Sat night for me)!  Finally a closet with a door (this may be my first ever finished closet that has a door on it already!).

Not many linens but it's my first closet for bathroom supplies. And finally towels are out of the hallway!

Not many linens but it’s my first closet for bathroom supplies. And finally towels are out of the hallway!