A day of laying flooring ended with a party…

We had a slightly shorter day working on the church kitchen but I think I’m more tired today than the last two days when we worked 11 hours each day. Maybe I’m just getting old…ya think???

You all had such sweet comments today but I had no time to answer them…thank you for all the things you share…I love reading them…and wish I had time to answer them…sorry…

We started on the floor this morning…the Kilz we had painted on the floor was a nice touch…thank you, honey! It was his idea to paint it so we werent scooting around on that icky, nasty floor.

There were a couple of pretty bad areas that we could really see once it was painted white, so we decided to fill them in with some floor putty…

The walls were crooked right from the very first row, but once we got that row straightened out, things started moving along. The color of this flooring is called Foxwood, and my hubby was really liking the looks of it as we laid it. I told him, “Well… we could take up what we put down and put it in my sewing room, and change to this Foxwood!” There was silence! That’s probably a NO, don’t you think?

When we did the areas around the door facings, I used my “paper cutting template making skills”…

…and my hubby took the marks that I transferred to the planks and used his strong hands with some antique heavy duty cutters to cut this 1/4″ thick loose lay flooring.

Want to see the result… it’s a pretty tight fitting edge around this door facing…

While I was working on the floor, he was putting the outlets in the boxes and connecting them with power. He got the cam LED lights hooked up and they were fantastic! There has never been so much light in this kitchen!!! Yay!!

The red crate is covering the area where we put some floor putty. We didn’t want to step on that area until it had hardened.

Here it is looking the other way…

We did our living room, dining room and kitchen using this Loose Lay Vinyl Plank flooring…and if you’d like to read my post on it, you can see it HERE.

We got about 3/4 of the flooring laid, but had to stop to go to a birthday party for Edgar. Edgar cooked his own dinner… Columbian/Peruvian chicken and rice! It was great and we were starved!

Here is a picture of them with a puzzle of Columbia, South America, behind them. We had a wonderful visit with a few friends and caramel cake and ice cream.

…and now I need to go to bed because somehow I have to get out of bed in the morning to finish that floor. Right now that seems like a real impossibility! 😮

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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A little bit “pretty” and an update on the “Olympics!”

I’m back… Rebecca to the rescue! She had reset the router last night and forgot to turn it back on… DUH! I could have done that…if only I had known! Oh well… I’m back!

I can’t thank you all enough for carrying on today when I was clearly absent all day. I read through the comments when I got home and you all are amazing… just chatting amongst yourselves and visiting with each other! I love it when that happens. We just got home from working on the church’s kitchen and made some real headway today… YAY! The sooner I get this done, the sooner I’ll be back in my sewing room…which is a LOT more relaxing and much easier on the fingernails! I had one major casualty today! :o(

Saturday we had a friend who is a “skilled” carpenter help with putting the brick boards up! Thanks Dana!

With the brick board up, it was time to spackle the cracks between the boards. I have a thing about those little slivers of cracks showing.. I don’t like them.

So I used my spackle and filled them in from top to bottom… and let it dry.

Then I sanded them and mixed a few shades of some of my “sample” paints for my kitchen cabinets and put some blobs on a paper plate. Using a dry paint brush, I dabbed my paint brush in them and then dabbed it on the paper plate and then dabbed at the bricks where the cracks were. (I know…that’s a lot of dabbing…)

It worked pretty well and was much better. I did all 3 cracks between the sheets of brick board.

I took in a scrap of my brick board to Lowe’s and the girl there scanned the “grout” part of it and then mixed up a sample jar of paint. It was an absolute perfect match. So I took a tiny paint brush and painted where I had sanded the grout lines. I was very pleased with how the grout looked.

When I have more time I’m going to add a little more creamy colored paint to the cracks in just a few places… but it’s not a priority.

I cut in the edges of my walls with the new paint… Edgecomb Gray… and then we painted the rest with 4″ foam rollers… it went pretty fast…but I’m sure my shoulder is going to be feeling it tomorrow…

We got the underlayment on the bottom part of the “ugly long wall.” (Well, the wall that USED to be ugly!)

The other side of the kitchen got pieced together with the few scraps of brickboard we had left. It will have a cabinet up above and below and the frig will be there too, so it didn’t matter too much on that… just where it showed between the upper and lower cabinet and above the frig.

My hubby repaired the floor while I edged in the paint and we are hoping to start on the floor tomorrow…although I’d like to wait one more day and get my white trim painted first… We’re putting down the same flooring as we used in our house… just a different color…

In Olympic news… Linda sent me a picture of her girls dressed up in their ice skates… I think you’ll agree they are adorable…

…and yes, that’s an Olympic Gold Medal around Ruthie’s neck! Way to go Ruthie!

Most everyone picked the ice skating as their favorite event… I would probably have to agree with you all, but I do find myself watching whatever is on, and loving it all. I’m not very athletic myself, but I sure do love to watch what others can achieve!

I’ll do the Chinese New Year’s post soon…

…and a big thank you to Sandra for all the information she gave about computers… check it out and SAVE it for a time when you might need it! I am!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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My Valentine present and a “little bit of prettiness…”

I thought I’d show you what I got for Valentine’s Day from my hubby… it’s not your typical romantic gift, and there was probably a time when I might have said, “You got me WHAT?” … but not this time! He knows me too well… I wanted Beadboard…and that’s what he got me.

No chocolates, no flowers, not even a card this year… but beadboard…*be still my heart!* You might be thinking, what’s it for? It’s for a later post and it won’t be too long before I can show you!

We got it at Home Depot and they even cut it in half for us… the sheets are normally 8 ft x 4 ft, but for what I’m using them for, I needed them cut in half… They have a huge machine at Home Depot that cut them all precisely in half…

My hubby said, “Hey, that’s a tool I don’t have!” They guy told him you can find them online… and have your very own… for a mere *gulp* $700! That’s one he’s going to have to wait on for a while! :o)

Okay, now in “kitchen news”… here are a few pictures of what happened today…

The floor was patched in 3 major places… gotta make it as smooth as possible to lay down that loose lay flooring!

The “Caulk King” did his thing all around the top of the kitchen, filling in all the little cracks and crevices that caught your eye…

The “Spackle Queen” (that would be me!) went around the top of the soffits and filled in all the little nail holes and then sanded them… Then I washed down all the walls!

I even did a tiny bit of painting under the right side of the soffits because we are getting the brick board put up tomorrow! (hopefully!)

That was really the only “pretty” part we did today… but it’s coming right along… I’ll get back to sewing real soon! Hang with me, please!

See you Monday,
Have a wonderful weekend!
Blessings, Jeanne

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You’ve waited long enough…

I haven’t been very good at sewing lately… not because I don’t know what I’m doing, but because I can’t seem to make it into my sewing room. I know it will come back to me when I get in there, but in the meantime, it’s all about getting the church’s kitchen finished. Just a little while longer and things should settle down.

I’ve made you wait for a long time on this dress for Molly, so I decided to show you some pictures anyway. I was hoping to get it listed this evening, but that didn’t happen as we got home to late… I took some pictures yesterday in my sewing room and had this elaborate get up with my ironing board set up and 2 large boxes were on top of each end. I had my Ott lights on top of the boxes… I took about 70 pictures and just knew they’d be wonderful and I’d have lots to choose from…

WELL… it didn’t turn out that way. I used my new background for Samantha and was super excited that I didn’t see any white flashes in the pictures I took… BUT… when I saw the pictures on my computer… all I could say was ICK! This is what they looked like…sort of drab and dull and yellowish.

So I got up early this morning and before we left for the church, I set up a card table in the living room… I put my pink chenille piece of fabric down for the rug; I set up the Scenes and Settings book for Samantha; I placed Molly in front of it and the sun miraculously came through the window. I snapped away as fast as I could and hoped when I got home this evening they would be better than yesterdays. They were better but not as nice as I would have liked… Here are some of the ones I’ll use for my auction… a little brighter, but not as crystal clear as I like them to be…

So, that’s what’s happening with me right now… hopefully I’ll be back at my sewing in a little bit!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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