Sunday, October 23, 2016

Halloween Finds & Tremclad Paint

It is now the last of October this week, wow that sure was a fast month!
I can still remember Bill arriving on October 2nd, then the following week the kids for Thanksgiving.
Now everyone is getting ready for Halloween.

Nicole & I were shopping in the Winners, when I spied these beauties!

 Two black & white skeleton plates & they were the perfect size for a breakfast plate!

 I found them to be elegantly creepy & perfect to have on display for Halloween decorating!

 And they were of good quality too, I love my England dishes. I always feel that there was a high standard when they were made. Every thing is now made off shore, at a cheaper price, leaving a larger bottom line for the owners.

Tremclad Paint~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I stopped by the Hardwicke House to pick up this latern that once hung at the front of the house, before the renovation.

 It was only hung for two years & the corrosion was extensive at the bottom & back.
Living next to salt water has its down fall, when it come to longevity on metal items.
I took a butter knife to all the loose rust & gave it a scrub with the brites green pad.
  Then a good wipe with a rag to get the dust off it. Two years & look at the damage!

 I really liked this lantern & wanted it for the side laundry porch. The porch has an over hang so it will remain protected from the icy water sprays.

 Paper was placed on top of the glass & two coats of Tremclad paint were painted on the latern, with 24 hours drying time, between coats.
It looks so much better now!

The Cat Came Back!

 The cat is still coming around, everyday, twice a day. It is looking so much better than it did nearly 2 weeks ago. I'm looking into making it a feral cat house, for the porch here at the cottage, then to moved, to Hardwicke to be placed on the porch there.
The down side of having a feral cat is watching nearly catch to eat the blue jays, whilst they feed at the feeder.
I told Bill, that my job now is to make the cat too big & full to want to eat the birds at the bird feeder.

Rug Hooking~~~~~~~~~~~

This week I started hooking a wee Christmas rabbit. I didn't know if I wanted him white or brown & was told by Marg, my fellow rug hooker that taught me back in 2011, "That it's a Christmas rabbit & winter rabbits are white." Well after hearing that.. it only made sense to have a Christmas rabbit white!
I'm using primitive wool strips, about 1/4" thick & it's filling in fast! The NOEL is going to be red.
The background is still in the works but I'm visualizing snow swirls in shades of light blues.

Thank you for stopping by & have a wonderful week!

Thought for this week-

'We are what we pretend to be."  ~ Kurt Vonnegut  
'Fake it 'til you make it.'

I laughed so hard when I heard it for the first time, by my girlfriend, Mary Beth say the latter. lol

I'm hoping for a productive week, see you at the end of it!

Tiling Is Slow & Steadily... Slow & A New Twist!

The tiling is steadily slow....
The painters can't paint till the baseboards are installed & that happens after the tiles are gouted.
The plumbers can't install till the walls are done & the vanities can be installed, for the plumbing...

See were this is going...
Well a new twist this week.

Remember that beautiful, kitchen granite counter top, install?

 The one that was so large that it needed an extension added ?

The one that just made my heart sing, every time I looked at it? Well, now you see it!....

And now you don't!  It had to be removed on Friday & taken back to Moncton. There was an deflection & in would not sit right in the joining seam. Back it went to be remade & will return in about a week 1/2 or 2. The plumber had to be notified as the sink & dishwasher could not be hooked up when he came for the bathroom vanities but the grouting still needs to be finished for the laundry room wash tub & washer hook up to the water lines.

On the up note, the furnace is running & I don't live there yet!
I've been using both the infra heaters from Costco so far. The weather has been so wet on the NE coast & the dampness is felt in the cold winds.

 The beginning of the week was so colourful & the reds were so announced, among the greens.

 The back yard at the cottage was in full song & on it's last verse of the song. The rains & cold weather have taken all the red & orange from the woods around here.
I was told earlier this Fall, that when I saw pictures that delighted me, to take them, as the colour would not last long this year. It has been proven to be true.

 Although the window boxes, even with the geraniums removed, still have a show of flowering!

 Here are the new cottage steps & porch, from the garage side of the lane way.

 And here's the look from head on, walking up to the cottage. The lilac bush from Ontario was spared & new flowering bush of some kind,  will go on the other side.

                                  The last hurrah of this beautiful season will soon be gone.

 The seasons are fascinating to watch & I could never live somewhere hot & warm & be without them.
 I see plaid fabrics, when the fall is upon us, ever changing plaids! lol
Bill & I once, years ago in Wawa ON, hit a moose in the night. My first response was 'Brown, velvety, texture?' And then impact, we were all fine, moose included as it ran away. My new, 13 day old Ford Mustang, would have to under go a lot of bondo!  Never kept that Mustang!. Yes I see texture is nature. lol

 Back to the Hardwicke House~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 The laundry room floor just needs the wall behind the door done. I'm having it done 3/4 way up to place a coat hanger above it, so wet & snowy coats can hang there to dry. The grout will then be added to t=fill the cracks. I love my floor designs to be on the diagonal, adding interest as you walk in. :-)

  Bill's bathroom floor is on a diagonal as you walk into it too! Baseboards, toilet & vanity to be added in soon.

 I was noticing today, just how striped Old Tom's tail is & how grey & wonderful he's going to look in the house, when we finally get in, sometime next month. I've found his cat mat to snuggle up on to keep him cozy.

Back to the house renovation!

 Bill's office is painted & awaits for his return, sometime next month. Maybe I'll be in the house to greet him! Maybe it's all just a dream...

 This is the view he'll see when he sits at his desk. The top soil & grass will be in place next spring, just use your imagination, hear the water gently hitting the shore line?

 The exercise room is now finished & a infra red sauna will be placed where the 'things' are sitting right now. I'm going to finally get into a routine of exercise in this room!

 The suspended ceiling in the pantry has been installed. It will be easy to get at all plumbing with just removing a few tiles. I hope not to see the day when that is going to have to happen but it will be easier than cutting through drywall!
And I have lived those those days! Hindsight is a wonder tool. lol
And a very smart contractor is a great thing too!

 Through a pocket door in the kitchen, you enter the pantry. The old breakfast nook from 20 years ago is going to be used here, with other shelves too. I just love having natural light shining through.

 The last of the laminate has been installed on the old mezzanine, yes there are two mezzanine's & stair cases, to the second floor. Not forgetting the elevator for those not able to use the stairs.

                               The guest bathroom awaits its baseboards, toilet, & vanity.

A Wonderful Surprise!!

 The used kitchen cupboards that Bill purchased off of one of our friends has been installed!
It will be in the stained glass room for light lunches & breaks.

 I now have to pick out a counter top for it & the sink & wash tub will be ready for the plumber. The walls still need to be painted, the trim in that room was being painted on Friday so this room should be next.
I've got so much cleaning to do on this & so many other rooms. I'm so glad my girl friends are all saying they will help. I'll get by with a little help from my friends!!

 The foyer & hall way down stairs has been started. Behind the ladder iha the freshly laid slate tiles, on a diagonal of course! lol

 The stairs will be capped with a medium rich dark wood, then a runner will come down the center.

 Ever wonder where the painters keep their paint? This is one of the foyer closets, next to & goes under the stairs. I giggled when I looked at all their supplies & thought, this is where the paint fairies keep their supplies! Remember the Autumn Fairies embroidered wall hanging I did? It made me think of it... for whatever reason. Yes, I still laugh in wonderment at 'Brown velvety texture.' lol

Once the painters move out of this area & the slate floor is installed three deep & the leftover laminate is installed the rest of the way... this is going to be for my fabric storage, it is located steps away from my sewing room.

Well I have more & will post it later today.
Sorry for the tardiness, I've been nursing a cold that our Alberta family generously shared with us. Bill is back in ON with the same cold virus. So I guess you can say it's making its way across Canada! lol Good luck to China next week as Bill travels there, hopefully virus free! Oh Canada!!
Not so virus free. lol

Thank you for stopping by & do so have a look later.


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Hardwicke House Nears Completion

These are the most recent photos of the Hardwicke House, enjoy! Pinch me... I still can't believe that gorgeous house,  is my forever home!

First we'll pick up where we left off last post, with the Carroll Cottage.

The old steps were removed & the rotten wood replaced with new pressure treated wood for the new porch to attach to.

 Mitchell William had a fun time with the tractor, filling in the area with dirt from the backyard ditch.

          Nicole was right in there to help Bill & Nicholas with whatever needed to be done.
 Mitchell looks on at the basement window that needs to be covered & back filled with dirt.

 Now the delivery of the new porch, it was the one Mitchell made me a couple of years ago, for the Hardwicke House & the clothes line,  to hang my clothes from. Now it has a new purpose as a front door entry way, for the Carroll Cottage.

 I think Nicole wanted to ride on the porch too! lol
The boys were just having too much fun.
I was watching that their father didn't take out Lucy the Goose, on his journey with the truck pulling the trailer...with the porch deck on it with the  boys weight holding it down! lol
We really must entertain the area with their antics, I know they amuse me! lol

 Many years ago we use to help with floats in the Santa Claus Parade, I could not help thinking of that, when I saw the boys on the 'float'.
                            I ran behind, snapping pictures & yelling 'Wave to the people!'. lol

                      The porch deck is lowered into place. It looks so new on the old cottage.
                                                   Bill's truck is quite the Ford Workhorse.

 The weather was so beautiful that day too, I love the autumn in northern New Brunswick, it's the best season & no mosquitoes...well not as many anyway. Just about everyone had a bite somewhere.

 Notice the window is now gone? And everything is set in place for the installation of the porch deck.

 And it is in place. I did lose the tree that was out front, mitch took it to the backyard & replanted it in the weeded area. I hope it survives the winter & comes back in the spring.

                                               Patio stones & deck blocks are leveled out
 The lilac bush was spared with the new porch & the join to the old porch will be done in November when Bill returns, for now the porch is secure.

     Where Bill & Mitch are standing will be filled with a joining step down to the old deck.

 The Mustang cars were out of the garage for the day & I'm so glad that it's a large hoop laneway. It was such a wonderful day outside for everyone!

                                                Now for the stairs to get to the deck of the porch.

                                                                          A little too high...

                                          Do they take the cut of  the shortening off the top ?

                                                        Or do they cut it off the bottom?
No worries, because it was measured twice then cut once & the stairs were installed. Thank you everyone for this wonderful, new to the cottage installation.

A New - Feral  Kitty Cat

 I've had this feral cat visiting, since Thanksgiving. It comes to the side porch & I feed it whatever is left in the fridge in the form of meat. Last night Nicole & I had a stew with veggies & I gave it some of the leftovers. The cat was so hungry & grateful, it ate every little bit up!
It comes in the morning for a feed & in the evening for a feed. It's getting use to me but I cannot get close to it yet.

Hardwicke House Today

 The small chandelier has been installed in the hallway, outside our bedroom & exercise room.
I love how its shadoe plays on the wall, when the lights are on.
This one matches the one in the great room.

                   Bill's washroom has colour on the walls & the slate floor is being installed.

 My washroom is nearly done. The glass wall was measured this week & the shower curtain is on a tension rod for easy removal.

 The IKEA Pax units were on the weekend & soon I'll go to start organizing that room.

                                                      Every unit fit in beautifully!

 The master bedroom has turned into a holding area for pictures, lamps, & furniture.
Notice the dust on the shelves, this house is misery for for me as I have an allergy to dust!

                        The bed looks so much better with the proper size mattress on it!

 The hallway has all the doors installed now! The painting & slate floor need to be installed yet.

 The stairs need to be capped in oak & stained. The glass & chrome railing have been measured & we're awaiting for the quote from the company with a time line for the installation.

 The downstairs powder room has the toilet working, thanks to Bill last weekend when we stayed there. The vanity top & taps will be installed when the kitchen has its sink installed into the granite.

 The kitchen island will have its granite installed on Monday! Then the sink & dishwasher will be able to do its duty, to help me clean the dust & grime off everything.

                                   A view of the kitchen from standing at the pantry area.

                                               A view of the kitchen from the dining area.
 The kitchen cabinets are installed & await the granite tops between the stove that will be installed.
Bill needs to order more drawers from IKEA, for the right lower kitchen cupboard.
There will be granite installed as the back splash, after the horizontal pieces are installed on Monday.
New laser measurements will be taken & it will enter the que of being made at Precision Countertop in Moncton NB.

 We can now see the old pine floor! It was measured & quoted & will be refinished in January or February. The stairs will also be done at that time.
The chandelier on the floor, wrapped in plastic, is the same as the large one in this photo. The hallway & foyer have to be painted before it can be installed. This Restoration Hardware chandelier has a chrome like finish on it, to match the detailing in that area of the house.

                              Oh the fun I'm having organizing this room! I can't wait to live here!!

 The elevator shaft, in the foyer area, looking down to the garage & basement.

 The elevator shaft, in the foyer area, looking up to the second floor.

 Looking at this photo I just couldn't capture the feel of the hall coming together. It is coming together! Maybe once the paint goes on the walls & doors, it will have a more finished look.

 The studio is really having a wonderful feel to it. The stain glass wash tub is in position now.

 The lower kitchen cupboards are in the right position & are awaiting for the uppers. The laundry room's tub will be put back down stairs. Oops. lol

                                                  The glass doors have been installed too!

         This was the view today, upstairs looking out the middle of the stained glass window!
We're not having the topsoil delivered till the spring, then the grass seed will be put down.

 I turned from the window & took this photo of the room with the doors closed.
Oh I can't wait to have all that beautiful glass put in under the overhang on the left.

 The glass & chrome railings have been measured & we're awaiting for that quote, same company that's doing my bathroom shower wall.

    Scary height! This is the view from the 2nd story, looking down to the basement. You can see the garage door & the foyer opening.
Look up -- Look way up & I'll call Rusty! Friendly Giant days & only those of my age will get that saying. lol
The elevator did not get done when the guys where here as the opening was not made to spec...
No worries though, remember,  I got a new porch installed! lol
Everything for a reason.

 The guest wing has the floor installed in the hallway & is waiting for paint.

 The guestroom had its first guests this Thanksgiving weekend. Now it too has become a holding area for quilts & furniture.

 The guest bathroom has had the floor installed & it too awaits for the paint to be done & the toilet & vanity installed.

                               The guestroom also got the sliding closet doors installed!

 These are the stairs that will be refinished in the New Year & we're going to paint the railings in a light, probably cloud white colour.

 The outside has had the stone done, just the top capping is needed & the front stairs to be installed.
I totally forgot to show you the side stairs off the laundry room, next post for sure!

 It is the blue sky & blue water I just love! The blue Johnny on the Spot & blue bin will find own place soon. lol
 Autumn in New Brunswick is breath taking!

 This has been a very busy spring, summer, fall, for all the trades involved. It so close to my time to come home to the Hardwicke House. Three more weeks! I can't wait....

 Oh yes, the wee potting shed also got a bit of a face life with a new screen door from the Carroll cottage. The door that was on my laundry area before the construction, after taking it off to add the addition the finger joints busted apart. Lucky for us & sheer luck, the front door to the cottage has a full, insulated,  grid glass door now & the side door has a new full glass screen door!

 I took this photo to show you the scale of the wee potting shed next to a Ford Escape.
Look at the beautiful Autumn coloured trees & that blue sky!

                                   This is the view from our lane, if you look to the right...

                                             This is the view out the lane, if you look left.
Oh country road, take me home, to the place I belong....

Thank you for spending your time with me. I hope your excited as I am with all the changes to the Hardwicke House, our journey together is nearly over with this chapter & it's a good thing because---
Winter Is Coming!!!!

Thought for me this week~~~~~~~~~~

The secret of patience is doing something else in the meantime.

Have a great week everyone & the finish line is getting closer. I hope your getting everything done that you have started! Sometimes I feel I'm so far behind...I'm first! lol