The Kitchen is Still Under Construction

Why should this renovation be any different?  The clients are complaining that the walls are not squared off and they are still in the process of picking out tile.  Plus there is a brick wall, they may want to expose.  They have opted for open shelving to hold and display their water bottle cap plates.  They will be eating out for a while till the kinks are all worked out.

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COZY? CUTE? or just plain CRAZY?

OK.  I must confess – I am on Tylenol with codeine because I had to have tooth extracted.  I had a hairline crack under a cap BUT the tooth totally collapsed and I saw stars every time I bit down.  So, I am a little out of it.  So you tell me:  Is the dining room I created for my granddaughter’s dolls COZY?  CUTE? or just plain CRAZY?

And aren’t these HABA  grandparents dolls something out of Heidi?

My daughter asked me to take care of my granddaughter for a whole day – because the child care will be closed and I am planning to play…DOLLS!  I don’t know who will enjoy it more but I think it will be ME!

I FINISHED MY BATHROOM REMODELING! It cost me $ 2.00!

Anyone who knows me, knows that we spent years gutting and redoing our tiny beach cottage.  We did room by room to keep the costs and upheaval down.  And now, 23 years later, the back bathroom needs to be updated.  The kitchen needs upgrading.  And I do NOT want to spend the the time and effort and money that will take.  I dream of a NYC loft.  Well, thanks to having a granddaughter, I have found my outlet.  I tiled behind the bath and the floor.  I “painted” the walls and gave this bathroom the modern, urban look I am so into now.  The remodeling cost me all of $2.00 and it took half an hour.  I am onto remodeling the bedroom!

 

16 days to CHANUKAH and people who DO NOT KNOW ME are buying my book!!!

(I can tell because I get the stats).  THANK YOU FOR RECOMMENDING MY BOOK!  THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL COMMENTS AND REVIEWS.  AND PLEASE REMEMBER, I DONATE A PORTION TO MEMORIAL SLOAN KETTERING.  LET’S DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO FIND THE CURE!

 

THE DOLLHOUSE

I spent many years redoing and upgrading our small house. We did it room by room so we were under construction for what seemed like forever. Then – we upgraded and added a closet, an office area and another closet, and finally a second full bath. As a retirement present to myself, we got rid of the commercial carpeting and horrible linoleum floor that was covering our main living area and had light maple wood flooring installed. Now whenever something has to be updated, and doesn’t something ALWAYS have to be updated when you have a house, I try really hard to ignore it. I don’t want to do that anymore. BUT just as I am giving up on my house, I have a NEW PROJECT to fill that void. It is more affordable and I still get to pick out furnishing and decorate. Thank goodness for GRANDDAUGHTERS!
I am buying DOLL furnishings! See the photo? I tiled around the bath. I made the shower curtain and I found scrapbook paper with a water theme that I put in the tub and toilet bowel. I know the bathroom needs a paint job but this is a paint job I do not have to stand on a ladder to complete. I ordered battery operated tea lights and am going to try to hang one upside down to serve as a light fixture. Once the paint is dry, I will have to decided whether or not to tile the floor.
When I finish the bathroom, I will go onto the kitchen. I already have a brick wall for the living room because, hey, I would love to live in a NYC loft. I am going around collecting carpet samples – not for myself but in order to find the perfect color and style for this NYC loft space that belongs to HABA 4-inch bendable dolls!

 

A LEGO CRAB

My five year old grandson made this out of Legos without instruction.  I asked him what it was.  He answered  “A crab.  See?  It goes sideways (Look and you will see the wheels or feet).  The flags are its eyes and see the pinchers?”  Immediately I thought about Picasso’s bicycle seat and handlebars bull.  This lego crab is quite ingenious and I am so proud.  But why am I also apprehensive?  Because my husband and I are both creative and everyone we know who is creative, struggles to make a living.   Our life insurance agent, who is totally substantive, our Orkin inspector, who is adorable and solid…Well it turns out, the former was a  research scientist, that is, until his grant was recalled.  And the latter was an almost famous animator with ties to Disney, whose work was recognized but then a project was pulled.  We went to the Herricks Musical Revue.  The talent was AMAZING!  The singers were BROADWAY quality.  So, why do some people “make it,” and others keep at it at night, in their basements, after a full day’s work, always frustrated?  And why do I applaud these dreamers and why am I one of them?  And why do we say we want creative students in our classrooms and yet we have them (including my grandson) coloring on color sheets and instructing them to be neat and color within the lines?