The house, and how it’s coming along.

Hey everyone! I’ve been really absent lately and I’m real sorry about that. I’d like to say it’s because I was travelling or busy learning a new language, but unfortunately it’s neither of those things. It’s just the daily grind and I’m tired. We had a tremendous week here weather wise. One day it was 70! Are you kidding me? The weather was so good that you won’t believe how great the house is coming along. It’s amazing what a week of good weather can do. My last post was from February 9th and the walls were just going up. I also told you about a big set back. I’m only going to focus on the positive stuff this time. Huge strides were made I want to keep up that momentum.

On Monday, February 10th nothing happened at the site, but we got more snow! Oh joy. Thursday the 13th they pulled the trusses up onto the house. They did this by hand, how I don’t know. They did a little more framing inside, some headers and stuff like that. Friday the 14th, they set about half the trusses and covered some of that with OSB.




That’s a crazy amount of wood isn’t it? That’s not even all of it. It took them one day to frame the outside walls including the windows with headers and it took them a week to frame the roof.

On Monday the 17th, they continued to put up trusses even in the pouring rain. It was starting to warm up, so nothing was freezing.
The house & how it's coming
The house, and how it's coming along.

They continued framing on the 18th. I still can’t believe how many trusses there are. The one room I can’t wait to see finished is the craft room – they don’t seem to be in any hurry to finish it!
The house, and how it's coming along.
The house, and how it's coming along.
The house, and how it's coming along.
We had more rain overnight. The steel beam was delivered for over the 2-car garage. By Wednesday, the 19th it was 99% roofed, they still have to finish over, you guessed it, the craft room! It’s really starting to look like a house now.
The house, and how it's coming along.
The house, and how it's coming along.
They finally finished the roof (including over the craft room), on the 20th and were starting to put the tar paper on. If you look closely you can see the shingles sitting on top of the roof. We’re supposed to have high winds tonight, so I hope they don’t find the shingles 6 counties away! They also delivered the windows and outside doors and those will be in today as well. Oh my, I’m getting excited.
The house, and how it's coming along.
The house, and how it's coming along.
Looks great right? They got about 85% of the shingles up on Friday the 21st. Nothing happened on the weekend. We measured all the windows so we could start buying blinds. We also carried all the extra wood into the garage and cleaned up a ton of nails with our handy dandy magnet on a stick. I love coming over here, it’s the leaving I hate. I wish I could just stay now, even though I would freeze my ass off! I just love walking around the rooms and envisioning all our furniture in them.

Well, I think I’m going to stop here. There has been a lot done since the 21st. It’s moving so fast, I can’t keep up with it. I have more pictures to upload and edit from this past week. You will not believe all that is going on. I hope you come back and check it out.

Until next time…

Walls and Set Backs

One of my dreams has been to build a house.  We are finally getting to realize that dream. We finally have some walls up. This is not really the way I had planned to do it.  I had always planned to use UBultIt and be my own general contractor or use a custom home builder.  Honestly, I don’t know why we didn’t go those routes.  I’m kinda kicking myself a little.  It would have been hard being my own GC as I do have a day job, so I guess the timing wasn’t right for that option.  Anyway, we went with a commercial builder.  They are pretty close to custom.  You can even move walls or change the facade and pretty much put in any finish you want.  They really have a large selection of lighting, cabinets, flooring, etc.  We didn’t do a lot of expensive upgrades, because we plan to do them ourselves.  I’ll get to blog about them AND I’ll get to stay busy.  Plus, I won’t have to finance for 30 years something that will be outdated in 10. So, this is what happened last Friday the 31st of January.

Bay Window in Eat In Kitchen
This is the bay window in the eat-in kitchen.
Butler's Pantry
This is the butler’s pantry. I wish I had a butler!

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Valentine’s in the rental house

So, if you’ve been following along from the beginning, you know my family and I are living in a rental while our house is being built. I’m sure you’ve heard me mention a time or two that all our stuff is packed up in the two back bedrooms. It’s really been a struggle, especially around the holidays. I miss having my dining room and kitchen tables to decorate. I don’t really have a lot of Valentine decorations, but every year I get a little more, especially after the holiday. Clearance anyone? Last year, I made a couple of decorations but I didn’t start the blog until March, so I thought I would show you them now and maybe a little of the stuff I’ve managed to collect over the last few years. So all the pics you see are old, by old I mean last year. They are also terrible pictures, I apologize for that. I remember in January last year, we were walking around Michael’s looking for bargains on Christmas decorations. They already had Valentine stuff out. I saw these cute little topiary’s. I guess that’s what you would call them. They were two little clay pots painted red with a glittery heart on a stick. I thought they were adorable, but at $14.99 each there was no way I was going to buy them. So I took a picture (which is on my desktop, which is packed) and decided to make them myself. So while I did take a photo of the finished product and a few steps in the middle, remember I didn’t know I was going to start a blog, so I didn’t take pictures of the items before I put them all together, so it’s going to be kind of random, but you’ll get the idea.

Anyway, I bought two terracotta pots, some red spray paint, a 1/4″ dowel, two foam hearts, some grassy, mossy stuff and a can of Great Stuff foam insulation. I spray painted the pots, the dowels and the hearts with the red paint.

hearts, red spray paint

I did the pots and dowels first, then I did the hearts. After spraying the hearts I got to play with glitter. Who doesn’t like glitter?

glitter heart

See what I mean? Glitter is fun. Have you ever used Great Stuff foam insulation in your projects?

Great Stuff Foam Insulation

Well, let me tell you, this stuff is crazy. It’s crazy sticky too, so don’t get any on you or on anything you love…trust me. It’s also pretty fun to watch it do it’s thing. So, if you don’t know what it is, I’ll tell you. It’s used in the construction industry around windows and doors etc., to stop drafts from getting in your house. There are several different “kinds” that are used in different aspects of insulating your house. It expands. You use a little and it doubles, maybe even triples in size. Then it dries hard, but it’s like air, so it’s very light. I sprayed some in the pots, and stayed well below the top so that as it expanded, it wouldn’t go over the top. I inserted the dowel so the the foam would grow around it and it would stand firm.  Like I said, this stuff is crazy.

Great Foam explosion

Funny right? It kinda looks like an ice cream cone. I could not believe how high it rose. No biggie, I just got a serrated knife and cut it off and then cut a little below the top of the pot so I could put my grassy, mossy stuff around it. So after doing surgery on the pots, I drilled a hole in the bottom of the heart, put some glue in the hole and put it on the dowel. After it dried I tied a ribbon around the dowel and put the grassy, mossy stuff around the pot. I love how they turned out.

Valentine topiary

Cute right? They turned out just like the one’s at Michael’s, but you’ll have to take my word for it, because I can’t find the picture! Anyway, they are the only thing I pulled out of storage this year. I’ve got them sitting on a piece of furniture that I got for free, that I plan to paint and hopefully sell. I’ll show you that if we ever get in the new house. Since that is all the decorating I am doing this Valentine’s, I’ll show you a little of what I did last year.

Valentine decorations; placemats

This is my kitchen table, it’s where I put the topiaries.

dining room table, red hots, valentine decorations

red hots, valentine decorations

Yep, those are red hot! I love to eat them and I love to decorate with them.

chandelier, valentine decorations

I put a few little hearts on the chandelier over the dining room table.

Banner, fireplace, Valentine decorations

This was my fireplace. I loved it. I made that banner from a free printable from the awesome girls at Shanty2Chic. Please check them out. They are incredibly talented. I’m a little jealous of them actually! They must have a lot of fun creating stuff together. I put some valentine heart stuff up there and of course a wedding picture of me and my husband. See that little Dalmatian? My good friend Laurel made him a valentine bandanna. I must not have had it yet in that picture, but here he is all decked out for Valentine’s Day.

Dalmatian wearing a valentine banner

Isn’t he cute? I wish I knew where I packed that bandanna. Like I said, I don’t have a lot of decorations yet, but I’m working on it. A little bit each year. Well, here’s hoping I’m in the new house by next year and I can decorate again. I’ll have my craft room back and hopefully will be able to create some new goodies. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll be back and watch as the construction unfolds. Leave me a comment and let me know what you’ve got going on for Valentine’s Day.

Until next time…


Anniversary Giveaway

Happy 1 Year Anniversary to Tia over at Events To Celebrate!!! Tia and 9 other bloggers including myself have gotten together to sponsor this great giveaway in honor of Tia’s 1 year blog anniversary. I hope that after you enter you will go check out these incredible blogs. There’s a lot of good info to be had on these blogs, so please check them out. So who couldn’t use $125 Amazon gift card and a party in a box?

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