Thursday, January 26, 2017

UPDATE: Doodles and daydreams

I just wanted to share this little update of some happenings - I've started a new instagram account called Shakti Dove Doodles and it is exactly what it sounds like. It's sort of a way to balance the amount of time I spend creating with a mouse and keyboard as a graphic designer and get back to creating in a more organic, free-form way. 
I'm totally daydreaming about turning some doodles into embroidery pieces. My sister has gotten into embroidery art and it's beautiful and super inspiring.

Anyways, my "personal" account is still in existence and is and will continue to be full of ridiculously cute baby pics. That's not going anywhere so fear not :)

Monday, December 26, 2016

Wrapping It Up, Saying Goodbye (for now)

Hey chick-a-dees. It's been awhile, yeah?
There have been quite a few changes in my life that have contributed to not maintaining this blog like I once did, but what it comes down to is that this slice of internet quit feeling like "home". I deeply enjoyed blogging and feel like a lucky woman because I can say that I have friends across the country because of this space. I spent a long time contemplating a redesign, a new name, a new whatever, but decided that the best thing to do would be to step away until I could come back with gusto and vision. I'm not sure if that means I will come back to this space or create a new one. The future is full of possibilities!

Now a crazy quick summary for life:
Many moons ago I shared progress shots of our kitchen and downstairs bathroom renovation. Hot mess. Keith and I took a week off for a Renovation Stay-cation and smashed through the kitchen work. Leveled the floor, installed hardwood, painted the cabinets, REpainted the cabinets (bad color choice. oops), updated wiring, built a wall, installed counters and backsplash.... you get the gist.
We tore down to the studs and built up. And we got it done. In a week. (Let's not talk about how it took us another year to get trim and new light fixtures hung.)
It was a lot of work and was super rewarding.

We worked, worked, worked, and then Sunday morning I took a pregnancy test. POSITIVE! No wonder I was so tired. New kitchen and new life. :)

The bathroom got done at a much slower pace. This is a second bathroom and I had first trimester exhaustion so we cut ourselves some slack. The only requirement was that it was complete before bebe arrived.

I had a fantastic, easy pregnancy wrought with all sorts of anxiety and am now doing the working mom thing. My daughter is clever and silly and the best thing I've ever made. Our house still needs work. And Toaster pup still needs her neck scratched.
See you on Instagram.


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Kitchen / Bathroom Reno Progress

In the last post you previewed the bits and pieces that will make up our future kitchen. Now, for the fun, how-we're-getting there pics.
Before we could start on the kitchen we had to deal with the airplane-sized bathroom that is just around the corner. For obvious reasons we wanted to move the bathroom wall before we refloored the 3 back rooms (kitchen, back entry room, family room). No point in putting hardwood down just to cut it out to lay tile, amirite?

Of course, in an old house (or any house, maybe?) gutting a bathroom isn't just gutting a bathroom. It's updating wiring and plumbing, building a new support wall in a tiny crawl space, creating a header beam, and sistering in new joists. Not necessarily in that order.
Just writing all that was exhausting.

The bathroom was so cramped that it was really hard to get "before" shots while standing in it so I've label this open wall shot so you can get an idea of the layout. As you can see, there is a multitude of construction sins in need of redemption.

Check out how much space we gain by moving the wall! Woot!
I don't have any pictures of the new support wall that we built in the crawlspace. Peering into that old heating vent hole is as close to entering the crawlspace as I get, but rest assured that Keith and John were looking quite fashionable in their Tyveck suits as they maneuvered blocks and boards into the space.

New header beam

Clean-up crew
Surprise! We found some hidden windows. Also, has it been mentioned that snow shovels make excellent industrial sized dust pans?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Kitchen Reno - samples

Before we even owned the house, Keith and I knew we would revamp the kitchen. While the layout is wonderful, it's so freaking dark. It's also kinda wonky in a major way. Almost everything needs to be leveled, aligned, or remounted. No exaggeration. So, leveling, aligning, and remounting is what we are doing. Woot! Woot!
Here are some bits and pieces to give you an idea of where we are heading.

As I said, we are keeping the layout, but that's about it. We will be using Lyra quartz by Silestone for the counters. (Planning to purchase it tomorrow. Eeep!)  I am super excited to be rid of the dark, cheap laminate and am looking forward to pale expanses.
The cabinets will be painted. The lower ones will be the darkest color, Light Sage, while the upper ones will be the white paint chip, Designer White pkg.
We love the classic look of white subway tile so that is what we will be using as the back-splash. Currently, we have some nasty-nast porous tile for a back-splash. It doesn't clean well and frankly, it gives me the willies. I'm looking forward to ripping them out.
The pulls, sink, and faucet are all stainless. Not sure about the wall colors yet, maybe a pale, pale grey? Anything but the stupid mustard brown that is there now.

We still aren't 100% sure about the floor yet, but that's because we aren't 100% sure what we will find when we roll back the linoleum. We are thinking we will use bamboo hardwood but aren't sure about the color yet. Basically, we are trying to decide if we want it to match the color of the hardwood throughout the rest of the house or if we should go a titch paler. The flooring sample you see above it a really good match to the rest of the house but, as you can see, it's quite rich.

So all that is what we are currently planning. We'll see how much of it changes before everything is done ;)