Thursday, December 23, 2010

Has This Ever Happened To You?

Today I was on the phone making an appointment to go show my mom a house that we have fallen in love with. It's old (1980), 2 story, space for days, and a definite fixer upper. When I went with the realtor the first time to look at it, he warned me before going in. He said:

"Now Lynn my fact sheet says it needs some TLC which basically means the place is a dump. But don't be deterred because you'd be surprise what a little elbow grease could do to a place."

Thanks Dale! That's his name....Dale.

We get into the house and whoa and behold the place is faaaaaar from being a dump. It's actually quite the little gem and diamond in the rough. It had a super solid foundation, nothing super wrong with it. The only thing that I could see where they say needs TLC is that the previous owners ripped out all the flooring in the master bedroom and bathroom and gutted the closet. But hey, there are carpenters in my family and my husband and I are pretty handy. So that was basically a non issue.

I've watched enough HGTV "My First Place", "House Hunters", and "Property Virgins" to have that eye that cuts through all the mess of a house and realize its true potential.

And so did Dale apparently...... (enter ominous looming music)

After looking through the main parts of the house - uh did I mention that it had a pool, coy pond set up, screened in lanai and wait for already built TREE HOUSE FOR MY KIDS TO FORM THEIR OWN SECRET BOYS AND GIRLS SOCIETYS??????? Well it did. And Dale noticed that the house didn't indeed need TLC. It needed to be B-O-U-G-H-T! Halfway through him showing me the house before going out back, he starts showing me other houses that I should be interested in. Come on! Was he serious? Yes he was. He even tried to pull:

"This house here I just showed to a young woman with 3 kids (I had my 2 there with me) and she loved it and if you want I could get you in to see that house. I think alot of people are looking at it this week so you've got to get in there fast."

................................really Dale?...................................really? Like. Really, really?..................

And by the time we had finished looking at the whole house he was showing me 3 other properties that I SHOULD be interested in because every other family that he showed them to absolutely loooooooved these houses.

ANYWAY. So today I call him to get in a showing because our intent was to purchase it with our tax return and spend the rest of our lives fixing the place up little by little. Blog post by blog post. ;o)

He calls me back and says "Oh I'm sorry I called to make an appointment on that house and the listing agent told me it's under contract." Probably under HIS contract. I said rather quickly, "Oh okay thanks anyway. I'm sure we'll find another." and hung up with him.

Then it really sunk in......I've lost my dream house........and right at this moment I feel like no other home can hold a candle to it. I feel disgusted and depressed. How dare that house not wait for me - it's rightful owner.....I am cut to the quick.

Sadness ensues.

Has this ever happened to you? And if so, how did you deal with it? Did you camp out at the house until the owners called the cops on you or invited you in for a cup of tea? Is there any moving on from this?

My Best,

Monday, December 20, 2010

My First Project

So over the summer my husband and I got a side job where we cleaned out apartments. The downside of that is that you have to clean up somebody elses mess. The upside is they leave behind cool stuff like this little table....

It has a nice structure to it no?

Look at the inlaid lines and detail.

This cavernous belly leaves much to the imagination.

Although the back with its "prison numbers" will be hidden up against a wall, I have plans for that too!

Okay now since it's cold here in FL (a chill 63 degrees right now. Brrrr.... ;o) I will not be starting this project until tomorrow afternoon. That should give me enough time to peruse the store for color samples and get my color scheme down. Tomorrow should be in the 70's all day and that's the kind of temperature I like to work outdoors in. So until tomorrow. I can't wait.

My Best,

Sunday, December 19, 2010

I've Got Some Nerve Ay?

Yes I most certainly do. Today I was perusing home improvement blogs for inspiring thoughts, pics, and the ever present Before and Afters and I stopped over at HGTV. I saw the Rate My Space banner sprawling across the top of the page. So I clicked on it and saw a room that someone posted and asked it to you know, be rated.

Here I go with my untrained yet highly opinionated eye taking this family room living space way out in Missouri (does anyone else say that state with a slight drawl to make it sound like Misery? Just me? Hmm....okay) to task. I was saying "You need more zip, zow, and pizzazz here, here, and here."

Like anyone asked me....Oh wait! Yeah they did. Thank you Rate My Space for giving me license to spout off on many things I may not know a lot about, but I feel just as strongly about it anyway... ;o)

How about you guys? Do you like to Rate "Their" Space? I am seriously loving looking at peoples rooms and giving honest constructive criticism.

I may have found my new addiction....uh oh....

My Best,

Friday, December 17, 2010

You Know What I Love to Watch?

I absolutely love love love watching DIY Network. I don't have cable right now because I watch all my shows online and the same goes for my home improvement shows. There are a ton of options online at the following websites:
  • (has videos and step-by-step instructions)
  • (full episodes of their best shows)
  • (all of the "green" goodness is found on here)
So these sites plus whichever ones you happen to love and keep tucked in your d.i.y. arsenal are what will definitely be driving our discussions and keep many posts lively I'm sure.

Question: What sites or TV shows inspire you to create or demolish things in the name of your own useful hands?

Share, share.....

My Best,

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Hello World!

What an aptly named first title for my first blog post here.

What do I have to offer you say? Well I would like to think that I have a fresh take and perspective on something that I absolutely LOOOOOVE! (Can you hear me singing that in a very high falsetto? Well I did.)

Houses. Every single kind of house. Large, small, big, tall, ranch-style, 2 story, cottage, shack, foreclosure, newly built, needs TLC (particularly yummy!), or fine the way it is. I. LOVE. THEM.

Now I do not own a house currently, it’s a shame I know. But I am an expert looker-ater. I love to look through magazines, online posts, diynetwork, HGTV, all of it and pretend like I’m going to do all those projects on this little ol rental of a house we live in now.

But someday that will change. Hopefully sooner than later. How we are pulling off living in a 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom ranch house with two toddlers is beyond me, but we do.

So here is my point. I love to work with my hands and create beautiful things. But I rarely have the time nor the drive. Until now, because now I am making a blog that will hold me accountable to millions (okay maybe 5) people around the world.

I will be showcasing talent, hosting before and after picture days, vlogging about my own refurbishing adventures, and so on and so on.

So I hope you strap yourselves in for this ride and enjoy it right alongside me. This is going to be alot of fun, I can tell already.

My Best,

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