Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Dark to Light Transformation...


Nineteen years ago we purchased this house with this blue Axminster carpet throughout the living areas.  I personally really liked it.  Because it was/is extremely expensive well made carpet it was still like brand new. The only issue we had was in the hallway where the pad did not last and it became more of a washboard look. We had experts come look to see if there was a remedy but because of all the curves it could not be stretched or relaid with new pad. We were advised to merely give a carpet allowance.  Story condensed, we are listening to our new broker.  Lots of time and money later we have this...

 


A very pretty neutral beige/grey cashmere carpet.  We decided to do the entire upstairs living quarters.  Approximately 160 square yards.  Two installers for two ten hour days and that took care of all the flat surfaces.


The old hall carpet.  Bye-bye.


The master bedroom was a pinkish beige when we bought and along the way we upgraded to this soft green when we remodeled the master bath with Travertine and Verdi Gris Granite. Of course we also carpeted the master closets...his and hers.


Huge improvement with the new cashmere soft neutral carpet.  It runs from room to room and the separate master closets.  I love the continuity now.  Mr. C and I have selected what potential buyers will hopefully like but more importantly we went with a very good quality so we will enjoy it if we must stay here.


Ahhh...the gorgeous curved stairs in our entry way.  Now we have a third installer who is an expert in stairs and wood floors.  He spent another day and a half just doing fifteen stairs.  The previous carpet was not installed correctly and it caused a lot of issues. 


Mr. C and I did discuss just leaving the Oak stairs bare but that would have involved a lot more work to fill and refinish them.  Then we would have noisy wood to clomp on and the better chance of slipping and falling.  Carpet it is!


From the entry door going up.  So soft and cushy and beautiful.  Bright and fresh and clean looking!


From the downstairs going up to the foyer and front door.   Of course we also had to make certain we selected carpet that went well with our new downstairs Porcelain tile we remodeled a year ago.  Win-Win!
We are so happy with the new changes and the brightened home we now live in.  While sitting and admiring all our new d├ęcor, we ask ourselves "Why did we wait so long to treat ourselves?!" 
Bring on the buyers!!!  Just a few more upgrades to share with you soon.  Hopefully we will be re-listing early July.  Whew!  We are exhausted and beyond tired.
We have had Winter again with very cold temps and some rain and a huge hail storm.  It snowed about 6 inches over Donner Summit and at several ski resorts.  Now it is to warm up and be Summer once again.  Crazy weather for sure.
Busy editing and purging more stuff.  Last weekend I delivered hundreds of books to our local Friends of the Library monthly sale.  Now I must re-visit my fabrics and trims again and edit those even further.  Not knowing what the future truly holds makes it all the more difficult for me.  I just have to keep in mind I have more stuff than I will ever be able to use up. I am blessed. 
Happy Summer and enJOYing everything you love...<3

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Surprise Home Projects...




Hello.  My goodness May came along and now is gone all too quickly.  We have taken our home off the market for the time being.  After interviewing numerous persons and having one brave enough to tell us a few changes we need to make, the surprise projects have begun.  Our plan is to complete all projects and list our home in time for late Summer Selling Season.  You have all been so patient and encouraging over the last seven months and I am very grateful.  Thank You. 
This is our Great Room, another term for living room.  It is a large room.  When we bought this home 19 years ago this past weekend, everything was builder beige...except the blue floral carpet.  We had a designer/interior decorator help us to bring cozy to this room so many years ago.


Mr. C and a cabinet craftsman built this cherry entertainment center and it must stay with the house.  (Side note: I will never spend this kind of time and money on custom built-ins again!)


Now the very expensive threaded wallpaper must go.  It is too dark and dated.  Bye-bye.  My tears stayed silent while the trash bin was being filled.  I didn't even have the heart to try to salvage any for paper arts.  Mr. C reminds me to move ahead.


Testing color samples on the wall.  This color is "Whiskers" and we used it downstairs when we remodeled just over a year ago.  It blends well with the light tan in the hallway and dining room.  The ceiling is a soft taupe and also goes well.  Whew!  One less decision and area to change.


I admit the room is now bright and airy and ready for new homeowners.  Next week is a further change. Yes, it involves this room as well.  Can you guess?  The old window valence will not be going back up. I would like to have sheer light grey panels that hang from the window tops to the floor at both ends and the two window frames in the middle.  What do you suggest?  I have to keep reminding myself that none of this is for me and Mr. C...unless the house never sells and we stay here forever.  We are keeping that in mind as we hire contractors and make changes that we will be able to live with...just in case. 
I shall welcome June and all it brings.  May is ending with a shot of rain.  I welcome the rain...but not with our projects right now.  Everyday is a challenge yet I am grateful for all we have and are able to do.  Nothing creative from me right now.  I am allowing my Muse to relax, rejoice and reenergize so that she will be ready when I can get back to sewing and creating.  Summer Blessings to all...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sewing Card Holders...



This month of May is so busy.  Lots to do and very limited time to do it all.  I am posting this so I know I have done something with all those days and hours.
Beverlys is a craft and fabric store that I enjoy very much.  The closest one to me is in Rocklin and that is a 45 minute drive each way downhill and uphill.  I am on their mailing and email list.  I received an email a few weeks ago and it had a link to this fabric gift card holder.  It can also hold business or calling cards.  This is the link for instructions.  Thank you very much Beverlys.  I have made five here in this photo.  They are quick to sew and use very little fabric so perfect for scraps. As you can see, you can mix and match the fabrics if you like.  They are also very easy to mail and will fit nicely into a card.
Other than being busy inside and outside we have taken a couple of days to visit friends and enjoy time with them.  The boys spent Sunday at the British Car Show in Dixon.  We girls spent the day having High Tea at a lovely tea room.  No Photos!  I didn't have my camera and I have no smart phone with a camera. 
This post is short yet I just couldn't let any more days pass by.  I so admire all of you who continue to blog and post daily or at least regularly.  I am my own excuse!!!  Summer is here in all its triple digit heat glory.  I really must get busy now.  I hope to post sooner.
May you each be spending glorious time in Creative Bliss...

Friday, May 5, 2017


A simple post of Gratitude and inspiration.  I received a large envelope in the mail recently. I wasn't expecting anything and had no idea what could be inside for me.  When I opened it I was blown away with surprise and JOY.  Miss Roni of Ink Stains blog sent me this beautiful plaque she created for me.  This could not be more timely for me as our living in limbo continues into the seventh month.


Roni is a wonderful and creative person and I adore what she creates. This photo does not do justice to this card.  There are two very sparkly "jewels" on the banner.  Funny thing happened that night after reading this card.  Those sparkly beautiful "jewels" were in my dream later that night and they had nothing to do with paper.  LOL  Thank you so very much Sweet Friend.  You really brightened my day and every day. 
Our weather has been sunny and warmer than in past years.  The pollen is thick from all the rain allowing extra growing and blossoming of trees and flowers.  I welcome any rain that wants to grace us so it can wash away the thick blanket of yellow covering everything outdoors.  With all this nice sunny weather Mr. C and I have been working outdoors in the yards.  Lots of limbs and weeds to deal with.  We took a huge truckload to the local waste station.  We will have another huge truckload next week to dispose of.  Hopefully I will be planting some fresh new flowers in my empty pots next week.  After all we want to look like Disneyland around here.
Happy Month of May and so many events to enjoy.  Creative Bliss for each of you...<3

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Springtime in Paris ATCs...


Not only do I love Springtime and I love Paris, I also love Kim of ArtJoyStuff blog and her wonderful ATC swaps.  Kim is always so organized and on time.  Her participants are always very clever and artistic and follow through on their participation commitments.  A win-win for certain.
This is the style ATC I created for swapping.


I always send along four so Kim can have one as well as the three for three swaps.  I adore that little Parisian Eiffel Tower charm that I included on my ATCs and on the packaging.


I received this lovely ATC and packaging from Sylvia of littletreasuresylvia.blogspot.com which I cannot link for some unknown computer reason. Thank you Sylvia for this beautiful ATC gift.


This lovely ATC is from Liz and came from across the pond.  Visit her blog lululizinlalaland.blogspot.com to see her beautiful sharings.  Thank you Liz for your gorgeous ATC.


And this time I actually received one of Kim's stunning ATCs.  I love the entire ATC especially the Parisian Eiffel Tower charm and butterfly.  So Pretty in its Marie Antoinette style.  Thank you Kim for treating me so well.


And part of the JOY of participating in Kim's ATC swaps is that she always adds an amazing gift of her own creation. This is an altered paper clip and it is ever so Tres Chic.  I am seriously in love with this and have been wanting to create some altered paper clips for a while now.  Here is my inspiration and I am truly smitten.  Thank you so very much Kim for your gifts and your friendship through blogging and swapping Creative Bliss.  I am swooning!
Our weather had a few lovely Spring days and the grounds were drying nicely.  We called our annual property clean up crew to be here Monday.  What happened?  It rained all of Sunday night and we had to cancel the crew...again! I think this is the fourth time.  We are still grateful for the rain however it is playing havoc with landscaping and window cleaning crews. 
Alas...no visitors.  I realize it only takes one buyer however we cannot get 1 out of zero!!!  Come on buyer...PLEASE!  I am not above begging.  Each of the potential homes we could buy in St. George are sold quickly there.  And the prices continue to climb.  Here we are stagnated and waiting...
I shall continue to keep cleaning and pimping the house inside...just in case anyone wants to come visit.  However you will find me in my studio making wonderful messes so I can be creative and not lose my mind. Today I shall be cutting fabrics.  I will share my project soon I hope.
Springtime Bliss to each of you lovelies...