Sunday, February 28, 2010

cabinet drawers

Just a little sneak peek with the laquer on!! I'm lovin' 'em now!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Stain reveal...

Well, it's all starting to look like a home!! LOVIN' my stain color!! It doesn't have the varnish/laquer/top coat on it yet...BUT...I'm really liking it! I know I'll love it even more with a little bit of sheen on it! I've been seeing it later in the evening when it was darker outside and all I could think was how dark it is! Today...I LOVE it!!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Wish we could blow out your candles...

DAD (aka Bill or Billy)

(February 1950-November 1986)

Today, Feb. 20th, 2010 is a day that never happened for my Dad. He would have been 60 yrs. old today! I wish we could have celebrated with a big party and by blowing out 60 candles on a cake. My Dad died in a car accident just 2 miles away from his home when he was only 36 yrs. old...I was 17! I will always wonder what "would have been"! I think he would have been an amazing Grandpa (or Papa, PePaw, Gramps???) I really do miss my Dad. This birthday krept up on me...I can't believe he would have been 60 today! time flies!

I wonder what he would have looked like today...would he have aged well? Would he be totally gray headed? Would he have a belly? Would he still be a funny goofy guy that made everyone laugh? Would he still jump out from around corners and scare me? Would he still have that smile like he was up to something? Would he still cook me a mean supper (he COULD cook!)? Would he have liked how I turned out (I sure hope so)? I know my kids would have loved him! I'm sure he would have let them "break the rules"! So many questions that I'll never have an answer for...

You just never know what life holds...Go grab the ones you love and give them a great big hug! Life can change in a split second only 2 MILES from home!!!

Love you and miss you Dad!! Hope they're having a party for you in Heaven!! :)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Getting closer!!

Staircase spindles up close!

Staircase showing the newel post*
*newel post–a post supporting one end of a handrail at the top or bottom of a flight of stairs. (explanation is an inside joke!!)

Looking UP!

Fireplace mantle (one on each side)!

Hood vent complete!!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Creamy Beef Soup

~Creamy Beef Soup~
1/3 onion
1 garlic clove
1/2 stick margarine
5 med. potatoes
2 carrots
1 celery stock
1 Roma tomato (optional...had an extra one so I threw it in...don't really think it added anything)
cracked black pepper
1/4 tsp. dill
sprinkle of dried parsley
1 bay leaf
left over roast (used roast from
Italian Beef Drip recipe...which is AMAZING and has LOTS of flavor)
1/2 c. cream

Dice up onion and garlic; saute' it in butter. Add diced potatoes, carrots, celery, pepper, salt, dill, parsley, tomato, and bay leaf...add just enough water to cover veggies, bring to a boil and then simmer until tender. Add your meat at any time! Add cream and simmer a bit longer.

Serving size: 4
Double recipe for a larger crowd!

I love to make up recipes. Some are keepers and some...well...they never even get written down!! This one was a keeper today! I started out thinking I was going to make Potato Soup...then I got a little creative! Had this and that and it all needed used up! Give it a try...I think you'll love it!!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

~a little bit of cuteness~





Just had to share some of my world today! Have a great weekend...

Tuesday, February 2, 2010



Door^ ( you wouldn't figure that out!)

Kitchen^ (not finished installing them all yet)

Bathroom Vanity^

I love all the imperfections in my wood!^
*Attn: Mitchell...I'm trying to keep up the posts so you can see what it looks like! Hope it's working! I'll be glad someday that you asked me for pics b/c I'll have the progress all the way through the whole building process!!