Monday, July 27, 2015

Back from Vacation

Hey y'all.  Sorry for the lack of posts last week.  We were in Antigua!

I will be editing photos and writing a few posts about the details of our vacation and what we did.  Hopefully, they will be published this week.

The master bath is on the agenda right now.  I plan on getting the final items ordered and meeting with an electrician.  Also, the quarter round trim needs to be installed and all trim painted.  Lots of little details left to do but I am crossing my fingers that it will be complete by September.  Maybe.

Some exciting news...this morning I found out my Coast Monthly feature is in August's issue and is out!  If you live in the Galveston/League city area, click here to see where you can pick up a copy.  The article title is Turning the Tables and is on page 86. Or you can read it online.  On the home page you can scroll down a bit and you will see my picture on the left side under "ARTISTS"


Of course my dogs stole the show.  :)  Its the dog issue and several of my friends have dogs featured in this issue.  Check it out!  Thanks to Coast Monthly, the article writer and photographer for such a great feature!

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday Update ~ 07/17/2015

So I really have nothing to share with you this week.  Hahaha.  I did a lot.  There just isn't much to show for it.


I cleaned it.  And used it.  That's all that happened in there.  No progress this week.


The french provincial dressers were delivered to their new home.  Once they completely cure and she decorates, I'll do a blog post. Here is a quick pic of one.  I love the white and brass.


This past weekend I did something I have been talking about for years.  I took a sailing class!  Growing up on the coast and in a family with a marine business and that likes to fish, I have been on many boats.  All shapes and sizes.  But I have never been on a sailboat.  It is not something people can really do on Sabine Lake because it is so shallow and none of my friends' families were into it so I never had an opportunity.  

When we started traveling to the Caribbean, we met many people that lived and/or traveled on their own boats.  It intrigued me.  Crossing the Atlantic in a sailboat?!?!  That's crazy.  But so many of them have done it.  They spend their days exploring islands and visiting beaches and cities all over the world.  MY DREAM!

When we moved to New Orleans, we lived across the street from a marina on Lake Pontchartrain and the yacht club.  Every Wednesday evening and Saturday morning, they had sailboat races.  I loved seeing them while I ran along the lake.  I started saying I wanted to learn how to sail.

Then we moved to the Galveston area.  Sailing is fairly popular here.  Kemah and Galveston have lots of sailboats and clubs.  Something lit a fire in me about it and I signed up for my first sailing course.  It was two full days of jamming knowledge in my head and constant repetition on the boat.  I honestly did not believe I would learn so much in such a short amount of time but I did.  I loved it!

I am going to join a local sailing club to get some more experience on different types of boats with people who know what they are doing.  :)  In a few months, I plan on taking the next two courses which is are combined and include 3 days on a boat, sleeping on the boat and taking it out into open water.  

I hope everyone has an amazing weekend.  It is supposed to be sunny and hot all week here.  We have been in a sunny and hot pattern the past few weeks and I love it.  Summer is my favorite.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Friday Update ~ 07/10/2015

Y'all know when the blog gets quiet it means I am super busy.  The past two weeks have been exhausting but I have gotten so much done.


I built custom end tables and a coffee table for a client.  They turned out great.  I will be doing an entire post on them soon but here is a quick pic of the coffee table in its new home looking gorgeous.

The french provincial dressers are painted, the handles polished and are going home today!  Here is their before.

I have taken a break from furniture this week to get things done in my bathroom.


So not much has happened in here.  I have decided which way to install my lights (they can be facing up or down) and sink location, etc has been determined but that is it.  My goal for next week is to get the vanity finished.  The body needs another coat of color and clear coat.  The drawers and doors need priming, paint and clear coat.  Also, the location of the sink is going to mess up one of the current drawers.  The drain location is right on the edge of the drawer so it will have to be cut out.   Luckily, the two fake drawers that were under the previous second sink can now become real drawers so we are actually gaining a drawer.....I just need to build them.  They were just drawer fronts before so I need to build an actual drawer for the front and put drawer guides in the vanity body.


This is where things have been crazy the past few weeks.

My parents moved back to the states!  After a year in Germany, my Dad's job finished and they are back here getting settled.  I took a few days off to pick them up from the airport and spend time with them.

Jaxson went to the doggie bone specialist.  He was diagnosed with carpal hyperextension syndrome.  Long story short, his wrist bent too far when he landed from his crazy jump and pulled/stretched all the ligaments so now his wrist bends too far when he walks.  That's what causes him pain and the limp.  His limp has gotten much better and is almost gone.  The doctor said dogs rarely fully recover on their own and recommended surgery.  The other option is Jaxson wearing a brace that will keep his wrist from bending back too far.

The doctor said to keep a record of how Jaxson was behaving and if he had more good days than bad, the brace might be an option for him.  It is a horrible position to be in really.  The cost of surgery is not cheap.  He is 11.  Recovery is brutal (kenneled for 8 weeks, leashed while outside, cast and pins, lots of doctors appointments and pain meds).  At his age, we are not sure if surgery is the best option. But at the same time, he could be in more pain than he lets on and the brace might mask it even more.  His limp has improved and is not even noticeable some days.  We are thinking that we will try the brace first.  See how he does with it and that he can accept it (Sometimes dogs chew them off or freak out).  Has anyone had a dog with this type of injury?  The doctor said its one of the most common in large dogs.

Y'all, I love that sweet face (both of them).  I hate that he can't tell me if he hurts and how much.

Another event that happened was a photo shoot!  Fisherman's Wife Furniture and I are being featured in Coast Monthly magazine in the next few months.  I'll let you know when I know what month but if you are local (Houston/Galveston) keep an eye out for me.  :)

I don't know if y'all remember back to the office reveal in January, but at that time, I mentioned we had a second business and secret we were working on.  Well, I can finally tell you a tiny bit about that.  We started a boat company!  One of Blittle's dreams, and mine too, is to design and build boats.  Most of you know he designed and we built our boat but I am talking about manufacturing to sell.  The first boat is finished and the second one will start soon.  What makes these skiffs special, is they are made from aluminum instead of fiber glass.

We will be launching the website and other social medias soon but for now, this is all I can tell you.  I promise there will be many more details to come.

So when y'all are wondering why I haven't posted much and don't seem to be working on furniture, its because I am busy with boat stuff and can't tell you.  We are really excited about this new adventure and can't wait to see where it takes us.

And finally, we have scheduled a last minute vacation.  It is a break we both need and we are super excited about getting away!  We had to get some passport issues worked out this week and some other last minute things.  Can't wait to see a new island, have a sailboat adventure and relax.   FYI:  If your passport is within 6 months of the expiration date, GO GET IT RENEWED!!!!!!  Most countries do not like you traveling to them if your passport is about to expire.  Its silly.  I feel like it is valid until its not but that is not how others feel.  The country we are going to requires at least 90 days of validity to travel.  Well we booked less than 14 days from travel and Blittle's passport expires July 31st.  I had a small freak out moment and some heart palpitations but it has been worked out and the new passport is ready today.  Luckily we live super close to a passport office.  :)

I hope everyone has a great weekend!  Keep up with me and what I am doing on Instagram.  It is my favorite social media and I try to post things daily.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Our Waterfront Cottage ~ 2 Years Later

What a crazy adventure the past two years have been!  On June 24, 2013 we closed on our 1980s waterfront cottage and on June 27th we rented a jack hammer to start work.  It has been non stop projects ever since.  Our house has transformed into a beautiful home and I can't wait to get it finished!

To read a detailed list of what we did the first year in the house read my post from last year.  Here are a few before and after pictures.

Photo Credit: After picture taken my Ever & Anon

Photo Credit: After picture taken my Ever & Anon

This room is currently going through another update.  :)  

After I finished the DIY adirondack chairs last summer, we started planning for the master bathroom update and took a break from house projects.  I have done a few things around the house but not much.  In January, I started working on the master bath and it has been slow.  I expected it to take 4-5 months but we are pushing the 6 month mark and I still have a lot to do.

I have done most of the work by myself.  Since we have another bathroom in the house there isn't a rush on finishing our's.  Having said that, its time to get this project finished.

What I have left to do:

  • Countertops (order and have installed)
  • Install sink
  • Install new faucets
  • Tile backsplash
  • Have electrical wires for the new lights moved
  • Have electrical wires installed for shower vent/light
  • Install shower vent/light
  • Install vent/light in toilet area
  • Patch holes from old lights
  • Texture wall
  • Paint wall
  • Install mirror
  • Install new lights
  • Install shelves in toilet area and along short wall of vanity
  • Paint the doors and shelves of vanity
  • Install quarter round trim for floors
  • Install shower door
  • Find a new door from master bed to bath
  • Paint and add some more organization to closets

A few before and progress shots.

I am also in the process of giving our master bedroom a makeover.  New paint has been chosen I just need to get it on the wall.  There is new bedding and new curtains as well.  I want to get new end tables and a huge dresser that can hold tons of clothes.  Something 70" or so.  BIG.

The office got a makeover around Christmas.  I built a custom DIY Filing Cabinet Desk for that room and got it set up for our needs.  It went from our catch all room to a functioning office.  The space is great and I use it often.

Another project that is on the list and will be started soon is some exterior projects.  After Jaxson jumped from the deck and hurt himself, yes, he is still limping almost 2 months later, the railing project jump to the top of the list.  I am trying to nail down design and costs so we can get started fairly soon.  Here is what we want to do.

  • Tear out old railing
  • Tear out old stairs
  • Sand deck
  • Build new railing (will look like cattle panel fence)
  • Stain/paint new railing
  • Build new stairs
  • Stain/paint new stairs
  • Close in under stairs to create storage room
  • Use Rustoleum Restore or similar product on deck
  • Pressure wash house
  • Paint exterior doors (including garage)
  • Paint exterior house
  • Tear out old side yard
  • Create pebble patio with more seating and fire pit
  • Make flagstone pathway from back porch to dock
  • Have electrician run wiring for exterior lights
  • Install exterior lights

Once the exterior of the house is finished, the last big project will be the guest bath which is going to get a simple facelift.  There are tons of little things left to do but most of the big stuff will be finished this year.  Hopefully.

  • Guest bath update
  • Change living room set up
  • Sew living room curtains
  • Side tables for living room
  • Paint all interior doors and update hardware
  • Laundry closet door (I need to figure something out)
  • Crown moulding in all rooms

There is still tons to do but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  I am excited about finally being able to work on the outside of the house to make it as attractive as the inside. There will always be small projects and decor details to work on but that is just part of home ownership.  I feel like we can get the remodel and update work finished this year then I can rest a little.  :) 

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Friday Update ~ 06/19/2015

It is Friday.  I hope every one has a great weekend planned.  This girl will be working to make up for the weather delays that happened.


We had our first tropical storm experience at this house. But we kind of didn't.  Tropical storm Bill was on his way then stalled, then turned.  There was an influx in the tide on Tuesday (I am cautious to use the phrase storm surge since it was only a foot or so higher than normal) and we had some rain on Wednesday but thankfully, it was pretty much a non event.   We did spend the day at home in case the water started rising again and finished installing the floor in the bathroom.

Here is our dock at a normal tide.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

My Current Kitchen & Dining Room Crush

Y'all.  I have found a new favorite kitchen and dining room.    

Many of you know, I have an unhealthy strong obsession with the beach and water and the NEED to live there.  I love where we live now, but my dream is to live on a small, sleepy island with gorgeous blue water and white sand.  Blittle hears it all the time.  Running a bed and breakfast is part of that dream.  He can be a fishing guide and I can run the B&B and the dogs can have free run of the property and greet all the guests (in a perfect world)  I have it all figured out.  :)

I came across the show, Bloodline, several months ago and it is set in the Florida Keys (yes, please) and the family runs a pretty B&B (yes, again).  As usual, I got pulled in by the set.  I can't help but notice the design and furnishings on TV and movie sets.  Of course there are the popular ones and they are all gorgeous...

Friday, June 12, 2015

Friday Update ~ 06/12/2015

Another week has come and gone and things are starting to get back to normal around here.  Finally.


This week I started sanding on the two french provincial dressers.  Today, I hope to finish prepping for paint and maybe even get a coat of primer on them.  The hardware has been stripped and cleaned. Now I just need to polish to make them that gorgeous shiny brass.  :)