Friday, November 17, 2017

how this past week went


OK, I said to myself Friday evening, it's nearly mid-November and you have three weeks til the first weekend of the open house and one of those is Thanksgiving week and you need to get in there and get that finish work done on the castings. So Saturday morning I got up and drove to El Campo instead to see what they offered in vinyl floating plank flooring, which they had but more than I wanted to pay. Next stop, Lowe's (further in the opposite direction) which didn't really have much selection and the stuff in my price range was really thin. Onwards to Home Depot (even further but not by much) which is where my neighbor Gary got his flooring and sold me on the product. They had one selection in that brand which was a light color wood look and they had enough boxes and it was on sale as a close-out for $1.99 sq. ft. Sold!

I did get a few hours in that day and all day Sunday. I got all the work done on the 6 small feather pieces (bird's eye view) 



and the one moon piece (which I showed you here). Now I have to decide how to present them...wall mounted or as is.

So, the first new door to the garage, basically a plain rectangle 32” x 80” x 1 3/4” no bore holes no hinges no casing no threshold to replace exactly the door I had (except the old one was 1 3/8” thick), didn't work out. They did well enough preparing the door with bore holes and hinges but it got a little mangled trying to hang it in the old out of whack casing. Tuesday I went and bought the exterior door I had been rejecting complete with casing and bore holes and threshold. This room is going to be completely unrecognizable from before...planters and brick walls gone, new ceiling, new walls, new doors, new floor. The ceiling fan is the same. My art light fixture will be. The pocket door between that part of the house and the kitchen. Everything else is new. And I'm losing my screen door to the garage. Not too happy about that but we're coming on winter and I won't be wanting to keep it open anyway. I say garage. It's a garage in name only as we do not put the cars in there. It's really another work/storage space that is open to the outdoors. 

So, Tuesday I drove the 20 minutes or so to Lowe's and bought the door and primer since I finally succumbed to having Rocky paint the room as well (any other point in time I would have had the time to do it myself). Wednesday morning I woke up thinking I should go buy the flooring for the back bedroom now since the product is a close-out and probably won't be available when I'm ready. I once again drove into the Rosenberg area and bought the flooring and looked at paint colors (no success). I looked at paint colors at the place here and yesterday, three samples later, watching them throughout the day, I made my selection and bought the paint early evening. In the meantime, Rocky and Gunnar have hung the door, primed the ceiling and walls, attended to details, taken down the rotten gutters on the house, and did some work over at the shop. Still waiting on the new door to the Little Backyard and we are going to replace the molding around the door to the garage with something a little fancier, same for the other exterior door when it gets here. 

Progress as of Thursday evening...






14 comments:

  1. Lord! You are a fireball, woman!

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  2. An incredible amount of work is flowing past. Hope you are happy with the new flooring. I remember voting for it.

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  3. Goodness woman, you are a whirling dervish of activity. Love the pieces. They are spectacular. And as for the transformation and continued renewal of your home......blessings. xoxo Oma Linda

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  4. I really like the feather on the rock. It has a very tranquil feel to it.

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  5. I literally laughed out loud at your first sentence. Hahaha! LOVE the feather pieces! I have no advice to give on how to display them - I liked the bird's eye view a lot.

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  6. I love these pieces. I know you sell your work and it would be interesting to learn how you come up with prices.

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    1. I try to figure how many hours I have in it, how much in materials, how much I would like to get per hour as well as the minimum per hour I would accept, what the market will bear, and what it would I have to price it at if I send it to a gallery where I would only get half. the work is small, labor intensive, and expensive. consequently, I don't sell that much. I have a great collection of my own work though.

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  7. Those pieces are gorgeous. I don't know how I'd display them, either. I suppose there are advantages and disadvantages to both. In the end, I don't think it will matter. The pieces themselves will draw the attention, not how they're displayed.

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    1. thanks. I'll probably just show them as is. if they sell great. if not, I'll try and come up with something else.

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  8. The feathers look great, especially grouped together like that! As for the flooring, I admire your dedication -- and you've proved the value of comparison shopping!

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