Tuesday, 13 June 2017

SPEAKING OF KITCHENS!!

                                 Paid a visit to 'SWEET NOTHINGS'

I needed inspiration for my kitchen make over.  What better place to visit then SWEET NOTHING.   I do not remember exactly when I started following BJ, I just know the first time I visited her,  that her decorating was exactly what I was looking for. I was hooked.
 Just look at that cuteness!  Not sure that is even a word but it becomes a word when talking about BJ.  This picture gives me so many ideas for my new/old kitchen.  Loving the lamp, need to find a lamp.

 Black and white is her signature colors along with turquoise and a touch of red.  So, so cute.  I need to find a plate for my cream and sugar.   So many ideas!!
                             Just lovin it

                   Oh look!  Another lamp.

I am all inspired to keep going with my kitchen.  Just love visiting BJ, wish she was my neighbor.   At least she is only a click away.
   Right now, I am looking for something as cute as BJ, has to hold her tea bags.  Isn't that clever??
I don't think I over used the word cute--or---cuteness.
I did steal, use these pictures from her blog with permission.

Please say a prayer for BJ and Mr.Sweet, as he is battling cancer.   

Saturday, 10 June 2017

KITCHEN FIRST

                                   KITCHEN OF COARSE

I just had to do the kitchen first.  Well, the very first thing was to get the air so we could breath.  Once that cleaning was done, or, almost done. The crew came in and got started.

 Things got torn out, lots of painting started to happen.

 How I wished I had the money to replace the stove, that will just have to wait.  We did replace the microwave.

 Another item we replaced, was the kitchen sink.  why do they put tiny sinks in manufactured homes?   Also all the plumbing and wiring had to be redone.

I am glad we have made headway.  I have such a long way to go, but for right now it keeps me out of the weather.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Where do you start?

                                     I didn't know where to start

The first step was to clean up the smell.  We, brought in a company called "Clean Air Connection".   They cleaned out the vents, put a room deodorizer in the vents and came back the next day to scrub carpets.  I wanted the carpets gone but that is not in the budget yet.

The we hired a contractor, Rod Hoffman from "Hoffman Homes".  The kitchen was torn apart.  I would say the kitchen would be a good place to start.  

 If you look at the before picture, it shows the counter space as small and divided.  One part lower then the rest.  My idea, was to have the space used by one big counter.  Usable from both sides.  Also below the counter is 'space', this space is for storage of all those appliances that do not need to take up counter space.

a long way to go but it was a start.  

Friday, 2 June 2017

WHAT A MESS

                                        We bought it any how!

You might wonder what makes people that seem normal take on such a project.  
For one:  We wanted to move to an adult park of manufactured homes.
Two:  those homes are super hard to find. They sell as they hit the market, but, most of the time they never hit the market.
Three: This one never hit the market, a friend was helping us look and when she herd about this one she called.
We looked at it and I wanted to run. Not only was it a mess it stank so bad you could only be in it for a few minutes.

I will show you a few before pictures.  I would love to hear your opinion.

 this is what the kitchen looked liked!!  
guess you can tell it is a kitchen.


 The side opposite the sink area.


 This is the bathroom off the master bedroom.
 
                                                The guest bathroom

None of this was pleasant to think about.  None of that feeling of getting to move to a new place.  
I was, depressed for months.  Still it was something we had to do.  

Sunday, 21 May 2017

NEED A BREAK

                       HOT FUDGE SAUCE

                  From Ree, the pioneer woman

I am sure you have been to her blog, or watched her on TV. 
I have her cook books and found this recipe for hot fudge!!
It is so yummy.  When you are trying to decorate, or sew or maybe work in the garden you are earning points to spend on yummy stuff.  So forget the diet, forget about scales. Just make some wonderful fudge sauce, pour over your favorite ice cream and enjoy the day.

                            Recipe for fudge sauce
1 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 cup sugar
1 cup heavy cream
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces
3 teaspoons vanilla extract

in a medium saucepan, gently whisk together cocoa powder and sugar.  Whisk in the cream, then turn heat to medium and whisk it as it warms up.  When the mixture starts to heat up, add the butter and stir it in to melt.  Then when the mixture is nice and hot, add the vanilla and stir to combine.
let sauce cool in the pan about 5 minutes and transfer to a mason jar.  Store in the fridge.  It will harden, just scoop out the amount you  want, warm in the microwave.  the pioneer woman

Friday, 19 May 2017

IT CAN BE A (MY) CASTLE

                             OKAY, so I exaggerated!

After being pretty unhappy about where we moved to, I started re-following Marty, who owns the blog "A Stroll Thru Life".   
Her advice, was, change your mind, look at things with a different point of view.  By changing your point of view your home can become your castle. 
Maybe for me, it will start with the little things, like not using the dining room table as a place to store things.  Actually clean it off and do a center piece.
Just because you have to down size, does not mean you give up on life.  Just means, things have changed.

Marty, is a wonderful person.  I only know her by following her blog, but I look forward to each new entry.  I know I will learn something new.  I know I will get inspired to try something new.  
For now, I will trick my mind into thinking I have a castle. My tiny bathrooms will become jewel boxes, (another blog post from Marty).
another point, Marty does all her decorating on a budget, she can take something old and thru her vision make it something new.
So, if you have not discovered A stroll thru life, follow her for awhile and you to will know you live in a castle.

Monday, 15 May 2017

SPRING

                                  SPRING AND TIME FOR FLOWERS

         Just love my hanging basket 
               of petunias

         These are geraniums.  I added 
         them to a hanging planter.

         Mothers day gift, another hanging
           basket of geraniums.  
            Just love them.
           This is my first year of
         trying to grow the sweet potato
         vine.  I am hoping it just goes
         wild and take over the spot. 
         It is in a hanging planter.

           I am always amazed that these 
         keep coming back, year after year
         They are lilies,from a Easter 
          present, given years ago.

           A porch planter, planted with
           petunias.  I have never planted
           plants this tiny.  Will see how
            they do!

That is my porch garden so far.  I am hoping it grows and as I sit on the swing I can enjoy being surrounded by flowers.