Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Basement Renovation Update

Hi Everyone.

Here is a video of the basement renovation.  Instead of taking a million pictures of all the spaces I decided to video the progress.

Hopefully very soon we will be able to have the inspector in to check the electrical and framing. Then we can have the dry wall and ceiling, doors, trim etc. installed.

We are way past our move in date of July 1st and it is now looking like the second week in August!  Keeping my fingers crossed we will make this date for our move in!!

I really need a home!

Hope to show you a final reveal soon.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Sweet Thank You

I try to live by this saying and today especially I have a grateful heart.

Today I received a beautiful drawing of our Cooper that passed a few months ago.  Many of you know of Cooper from my blog postings.  He was a special sweet boy that we loved even if only for just a short time.

I know many of you know Gee from her blog SimplyMeDesignsByGee and know of her talented artist heart and soul.

Gee's talents are in her drawings especially of animals.  Some of her greatest drawings are of horses.

This is one of her drawings.   Gee captures the soulful sad eyes of this horse.  Gee did this drawing after seeing this poor horse neglected and sad.  I agree with her why anyone would abuse or neglect such a beautiful animal is beyond anything comprehendible.   Gee included this one in with her drawing of Cooper.

She capture every wonderful feature of Cooper.  Terry and I had tears looking at this beautiful  drawing of sweet Cooper.  Every detail is beautiful.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts Gee for this beautiful drawing you gifted us of Cooper.  We miss him so much and we will treasure this beautiful drawing.  I will be framing this beautiful picture and hanging it in our new cottage home.

I am always so touched at the generous and loving hearts out there in blogland.

Cecilia from The B Farm blog sent this beautiful picture she painted of Cooper last year at Christmas.
Another beautiful capture of our sweet boy.

Thank you sweet and talented ladies for these special portraits of Cooper.  I will forever treasure and be grateful for you generous and talented hearts.

I am so blessed to know both of you talented women and adore both of you for these gifted treasures from your talented hearts.

Thank You

Monday, July 10, 2017

Be careful what you wish for!!!!!

Happy New Week.

You know how excited I was for the permits to finally get released and the contractor could get his crews going on the garage build and basement renovation.

Well I guess I should be careful for what I wish for.

This is what I am looking at!!!!

When the crew started to tear out the old black top area in the back of the house where the new drive and garage will be built they found layers of years of different drive ways and floors from the old garage.  Ugh.....

 They had saws and equipment trying to penetrate the many layers.  This home was built in 1950 so there was the original drive and then several other layers of driveways through the years.  

One layer beneath the blacktop had deep rooted rebar.  What a mess.  So they had to quit for the day and bring back heavy duty equipment that will do a better job of getting through all the layers of blacktop and cement.  Ugh... Another delay.  Meanwhile the back area is a hot mess.

At the end of this mess where the pavers are piled up will be where the new garage will begin and will sit back further in the yard.
The area to the left of blacktop will be dug out and new grass put in.  The bushes to the right will be moved to new areas in the backyard.

Just hope they can get all the layers of concrete and blacktop out so they can begin to lay the new driveway and garage floor.  

Meanwhile inside my kitchen they had to cut a hole in the wall to replace all the galvanized pipes to copper piping.  So glad I did not finish painting that wall yet.  The drywall guy will be fixing that hole and then I can repaint that wall.

The new sink arrived.  If you remember the old cast iron sink was cracked and chipped. It was leaking so we had to order a new sink.  Of course the size of this sink was not an in stock item so we had to special order this one!  I do like the sweet scroll apron pattern.

Terry installed the new garbage disposal since the house never had one.  See that little button on the sink by the main faucet.  That is how you make the garbage disposal work.  I think this is really clever and you do not have to hook it up on one of the wall switches.  You install it in one of the empty holes in the sink.

Remember that issue with the freezer door not opening all the way and hitting the wall.
In order to move the refrigerator down we had to remove the 18 inch upper and lower cabinet next the to stove.  

We then added these two new upper and lower cabinets.  They are 12 inch cabinets that worked perfectly to fill in the space where the larger cabinets were removed.  I still have two cabinets for storage and now the refrigerator doors can open up correctly in this tiny kitchen.  So that solved a big problem.

After moving the refrigerator down this left a 6 inch space between the refrigerator and the kitchen wall.  Terry is going to build me a custom door for this space.  I can then use this as a utility closet for a broom, dustpan, my floor swifter and he will add some shelves to store cleaning supplies.  Hope to finish that soon and show you.

I lost the 18 inch upper and lower cabinets but these 12 inch cabinets will still work for spices and storage.

I am learning that living in a tiny house you have to be creative and utilize every inch of space you can.

I cannot wait to get my kitchen open shelves and decor out of storage and moved into this new kitchen.

I really am promising a full reveal of the rooms after we are all moved in and I can decorate.  For now all I can show you is DIY projects.
Remember the two wallpaper samples for this wall in the living room?  Well.....

Here is the wallpaper I chose.  It is the yellow cottage pattern.  It is bringing in some texture and color to the cottage living room.

It looks pretty and soft on the one wall and brings some interest to the room.

I cannot wait to mix my chippy white decor in with this splash of color for the cottage living room.

While I got this ugly going on in the backyard!  I have....

Pretty going on in the front of the house.  The flowers are doing so great.  They are growing so well that you hardly see the window boxes below them anymore.

Next year I hope to fill in the beds around the hosta's with some flowers to bring in more color.

Have a great start to the new week.


Saturday, July 8, 2017

French Market Friday

Hi Everyone.

I took a break from taking care of my grandgirls, helping my mom out and doing things at the new house to have a "mental health" day with a good friend.

We hopped in my car and drove down to Tipton Indiana to the French Market they have there in the summer.  It took us about 2 hours to drive there and the time flew with all the catching up we did talking in the car.

Horton's is a hardware home and garden store like no other.  It is as cute as can be.  It has your typical hardware and garden things but it also has lots of crafty junk and special one of a kind pieces.

This is their sweet window display.  Lots of fun things in this home and garden store.

Loved the sweet vintage bike all decked out in the window of the store.

Fun beautiful pieces greet you as you enter in the store.

My heart was beating just a little faster when I saw this chippy vintage garden tub.  Oh I would have scooped that up quickly but it was not for sale.  :( Sigh....

Love the chippy sweet legs on this old tub and Don't you love the whimsy of that large fork!

Outside the store was the French Market .  Lots of cool venders.  Love this garden shed.  Horton's has lots of outdoor displays like this to sell their garden plants.  Just so fun to shop there for garden plants and flowers.

Don't you love the coffee tables made of round recycled wood and garden tubs.

Sweet vintage pieces in so many booths.

Lots and lots of vintage, lace, antiques and chippy's.  Something for everyone.

One of the vendors is Tinkerhouse Trading Company.  I just recently found her beautiful blog.  She creates the sweetest items and will be launching a store front on her blog very soon.
If you have not visited this lovely blog here is the link.  You will enjoy swooning through her posts.

Here are a few of the things in the Tinkerhouse booth.

Her displays are gorgeous.  Love her bedding.

This is how she tied off the curtains to the bed.  Lots of ribbon, cut out flowers and ferns.  Just was so pretty.
The highlight of the day was meeting up with Susie from She Junks.  Susie is as sweet as can be.    It was a lot of fun to meet Susie in person.  I am hoping I can coax her Chicago way someday so we can spend more time together.  She was shopping with her sweet daughter.

Hope you do not mind Susie I took the pic of us from your post.  Mine on my camera phone disappeared.  Not sure what happened there!!  I am sure it was the 90 degrees and humidity!  My pics must have melted away.

It was a fun day and a great market.

Have a great weekend.

PS:  Garage permit was released today and the contractor is starting the garage next week. Yeah!!!!! The plumber is almost done in the basement so we are under construction finally!!!!!
Hopefully we will be moving in about a month if all the work goes as planned.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Kitchen Table

Hi Everyone.

Hope your 4th was great and safe.  We had a great day just hanging out as a family with some bbq and swimming.  Low Key Day!  Loved it.

I was minding my own business one day in a Tuesday Morning store and came across this lovely little bistro table with lots of character.  It was a dark wood no worries I had some white paint and it spilled all over it!

I loved the chippy detail to this sweet little table for my VERY little cottage eating space!  Those parson chairs are bare right now.    I cannot wait to show you the new slipcovers I am having made for these chairs.  I think you will be surprised to see what fabrics I chose for these sweet chairs.  Hopefully those will be arriving soon to show you.
In the meantime the kitchen and eating area are coming together.  Counter tops are in and new sink is in.  

The plumber working on the laundry room and bathroom in the basement needs to put a hole in this kitchen wall so I will wait to paint this wall.  I thought about the darker wallpaper for this wall but it was too much of a commitment!!! soooo I will just paint it when the plumber is done.

I think my chippy white decor from my last kitchen will be fun to incorporate into this kitchen.

Have a great rest of the week.

Monday, July 3, 2017


Hi Everyone.

Happy 4th!   We are plugging away on the new house.  We actually got the permit for the basement renovation on Friday so this week on Wednesday the plumber will be coming to begin the plumbing for the new bathroom and laundry room in the basement.  

So excited that the basement will be started this week.

The garage build permit is still being held hostage! Sigh!

I wanted to show you some wallpaper samples.

Yep! I know you think wallpaper went out in the 90's but it is slowly coming back into decor again.

At least it will be coming back into my decor.

This house has a real cottage vibe and I want to add that into my decor.  

Miss neutral will be adding some color to Junk Chic Cottage III!!!!

My new sectional was delivered for the living room this week.  The color is a light gray with white running through the material.  I looked for a long time to find a reclining sectional that looked cottage.  Most  reclining sectionals are big and bulky.  This one had simple lines and nice soft fabric.

After this was delivered the light gray walls and the white cornices and white sheers seemed to plain.

Too much neutral all in one space.

I thought the answer would be new drapes with a pattern and color instead of the white sheers.

 I searched for a long time for the perfect drapes to add some texture and color to this room.  No luck with ready made curtains or even finding fabric to make curtains.


I could not sleep one night and at 3am I thought hey, maybe I can just find wallpaper to bring in some interest and color to this very neutral room!

Sometimes my best ideas come in the wee hours of the morning!!

Sample one has a pretty yellow background and light gray and white for the print.  It has a great cottage feel and would bring in some pretty yellow to my grays and whites in this room.

I think I could find some pretty throw pillows to add to the sectional to enhance this paper too.

Sample two is the darker gray with the pretty white and yellow flowers.  This is a bold statement paper and would really pop on the one wall.  
The dark gray background and the yellow and white flowers would give some drama to the wall for sure.

You will have to wait to see which one I picked to put up on the one wall.   

  Is it the darker for a bold and dramatic feel or is it the yellow pattern for a cheerful cottage feel ?

There is still a lot to come in this room with the wallpaper choice on the one wall and then unpacking my chippy white decor pieces  and furniture pieces to add to this room.

I will add some pretty end tables that I rescued and painted.

I  look forward to  the day I can have the rooms all done and a final reveal of each room to show you.

It is fun to be adding some color while staying true to my neutral love and my chippy whites.

Stay with me.  I promise to have full reveals in the coming month.

Have a great rest of the week.