Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Refinished Oak Floors

Last year after we had the French doors added to the back of the house, we were left with hardwood floors that had been painted white.  Painted White! We have no idea what the previous owners were thinking. 
We researched and thought about renting the equipment from our local home improvement store. Then we realized it would most likely take us more than a weekend just to sand the paint off and smooth the wood out.  Our best recourse would be to hire a professional.  We asked at the local carpet/tile store and they gave our name to several guys who came out to give estimates.
The guy we chose was able to do the job the first week in February.  He was able to sand, stain, and seal plus paint and install baseboards in four days.  He was professional and personable!

The original floors are red oak.  They are laid out in a "log cabin" pattern, as you can see from the pictures.

They came out beautifully.







Love the way it turned out.  
This is an inspiration photo for the rooms overall look. It is a photo of Bill Blass' home and can be found on Mark D. Sikes website.
Most of our items were purchased on our travels.  One globe is inherited the other an estate sale purchase.
I hope you enjoyed the "tour". Let me know what you think.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving


Have a wonderful holiday counting your blessings.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Christmas Stocking Sale

All stockings can be on sale!  Just enter code
STOCKING11 when you order.

Merry Christmas to all

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cigar Box Crafting Fun

Last week while the school I am currently teaching at was on Fall Break, I drove to Oregon to visit my sister. My son has been bringing many cigar boxes home from his work for me to use in craft projects.  I took a matching pair of them with me and challenged her to  decorate one and I did the other.  We took time out from going through boxes of old family pictures to do this fun project.

The one on the left is the one I did.  I have no reason for the 5 except that it looked fun. Sister used the Stack paper from the Once Upon a Time collection.

I lined mine with a grey stretch panne velvet.  Sorry I didn't get a picture of that.  It also has a few dividers made from book binding boards.  My sister has an awesome stash of craft items? The green bead is wired on as a handle.  She had her tiny little battery operated drill and zipped right through the thin wood of the box. So much fun.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Days of Grace

You may wonder to yourself, "Why Daze of Grace?"
Well, for one thing "Days of Grace" was already taken on Blogger!
Second reason is because we are living in the Days of Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This morning our pastor preached from Hebrews, chapter four.  He started with God is Love.
And he ended with Genesis 2:3.  He explained how as God created on days one through six, there was evening and the days end.  On the seventh day, He rested.  But the day did not have an evening nor an end.  These are the days of grace.  God has left His day and His grace open for us.
Hebrews 4:1 "Therefore, since the promise of entering His rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it." God's grace is still open and available-accept it while it's available.  Grace and Mercy are only available as long as we live (physically.)

That is why Daze of Grace.  We are living in God's grace and should accept it while we can.
Grace and Blessings,

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Home Office Make-over

The first weekend in June, while Husband was out of the country on business I decided it was time I would re-do his office.  While we have been working hard together to finish the interior of our house and we have worked to get my sewing/guest room in order, his office became the storage room and catch-all.  The designated office is actually a separate home made building in the back yard.  It is three sheds attached together.
This first picture is of the mess viewed from just inside the door. You can see down the length of the three rooms.
This is a view near the entrance door.  A through the wall air conditioning unit was removed and siding place over from the outside.

A second a/c unit.  Bother were rotting moldy things that we didn't even want to plug in to try out.
In fact this door that you can see in the left hand side of the picture is brand new.  The old one had to be replaced as it had been kicked in at one time, ruining the frame.

On a one hundred degree Friday, I hauled all the stuff out and stacked it on my back patio.  that is fourteen boxes of books!

Here is the view inside of the middle room after all the stuff had been removed.

I was unable to remove all of the tables and bookcases by myself.

Here is a magical transformation!  Daughter and her Husband came out on Saturday (105 degrees) and helped me haul all of the bookcases out. And all the desk and table pieces.  we then laid carpet that had been removed from the house.  Son-in-law patched the holes in the drywall and then we put all the bookshelves back in.

Close up.  We did not get to paint because of the heat.

Here is a view of the entrance section with the patch in the wall.

On Sunday (again hot as h***) I emptied each box one at a time and put all the books on the shelves, in alphabetic order.  They were NOT in order before.

Here is the front section.  Chairs, collectibles on shelves, desk in place.

The desk. I was exhausted and in tons of back pain after this third day. 
A week later I hung a curtain across the opening to the third section.  It is still used for storage and is dark.  This is much prettier!
Husband will still be shopping for a modern efficient a/c unit.  Until then I hope this  office will be perfect for him.  He works from home and needed his own space.
I could not have done this without my Daughter and Son-in-law.
My Husband was completely surprised!  All he could say was "Wow!"
Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, June 6, 2014


Remembering D-Day, June 6, 1944.

Thank you to all who served to protect our freedoms.