Tuesday, August 27, 2013


"Where have you been?"

County Road 185
I know, I know.

We ARE making progress! 
Just not enough for anyone to notice.
I am not kidding when I say
that every square inch of this house will have 
had our hands on it by the time it gets done.

If you are ever going to remodel your home 
and have to pay a Contractor, take this advice...


Seriously, if it cost a bit more than you have saved
in your pocketbook, WAIT and save for the expertise of
a qualified person to do the work.

Why do I say that?
Because later on, you will end up paying that better
Contractor (my husband) to FIX what the cheap guy did.

... AND because we are having to re-do every. single. thing.
in this house. 

Thank goodness I married a perfectionist.
He kinda makes me crazy sometimes
but in the end, I have to always agree 
that he was right.
Yeah, he loves that. 

Although I would like for it all to be done 
fast and NOW, I will grow
some patience.
If the Romans did it, so can I. 

Okay, that's my little bit of advice.

I have a goal of having some major improvement
photos ready by the weeks end.
So, off I go, to make that happen!

View from the 110

Pastoral view from the 110

See ya in a few!

xo, Amber

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Shouting Out!

Here we are in August
and that means the newest
publication of 
Stampington and Company
~Somerset Home~

is on the rack!

I knew it was coming but didn't want
to divulge until it was out.

Guess who's in it?

I haven't gotten my copy yet
so I had a BFF scan hers and send it to me.

After this (and looking through my photos),
I'm starting to get the hankering of
getting back to work
(I hesitate because we are not done with the house yet).

I think it's best to just play it by ear right now
and let it be.
What is meant to be, will present itself
when it's time.
Until then, 
I'm just gonna enjoy
my little bit of shine with a 
big 'ol grin.

See ya soon!

xo, Amber

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Our Whirlwind

We are still plugging away at finishing the left side of the house.
It's easy to get discouraged because it isn't done
but then I have to remember that LIFE lives here and there
are kids and schedules and school starting on Monday
and other little things that need tending to.
When I take a step back, I do realize that with the hands that
are working, we have accomplished A LOT.

I am not going to continue the progress of the current 
project until we are done. It's pretty darn close
and I cannot wait to clear the dust, mop the floors 
and walk barefoot in our house!

Then (and only then) will the remainder of the boxes be opened
so I can begin filling the house with the lovely things
we have been collecting. 

Aside from the kitchen/dining/laundry rooms, 
I've been planning the attack 
on our bedroom.

It is on the East side of the house but with only two light 
sources (North and South facing), it is DARK.

Well, except for the lovely fluorescent lighting facing up on a dust
catching ledge.

It's all gonna be re-done. This ceiling is so uneven. We will keep
the vault but "add more screws" to make it actually snug up
to the framing. So nuts.
That little niche up there... BYE, BYE!

What I really want is windows! Mama wants windows!

Easy-Peasy, it's only 6 inch wood walls that we (husband) has
to cut through.

It's down the road so I have time to work on him.

Then I need to decide on whether to paint
 the whitewashed wood or keep as is.
 One bugging dilemma....

There's a few places where we have this issue.
Some places on the wall where something was
 mounted and painted around kinda makes me crazy.

What are your thoughts?

See ya soon!

xo, Amber