Saturday, September 08, 2018

You Are Invited to

The Columbia FiberArts Guild is presenting an Artists Market to showcase the work of 45 local artists. This exhibit includes wall art, 3 dimensional work and clothing. Some but not all items are for sale. Do come. You will not be disappointed. It will be amazing.

It is next Saturday and not to be missed.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Book Ends: The Museum of Extraordinary Times

I love to listen to books on CD. In my car or in the sewing lab, they are such good company. Some authors are easier for listening than others. Jodi Piccoult, Chris Bojhalian, Alice Hoffman are a few that come to mind. 

I just finished The Museum of Extraordinary Things which in true fashion for Alice Hoffman is extraordinary. This author is an extremely talented storyteller.  

From the New York Times...Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the sinister impresario behind The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a Coney Island freak show that thrills the masses. An exceptional swimmer, Coralie appears as the Mermaid in her father’s “museum,” alongside performers like the Wolfman and the Butterfly Girl. One night Coralie stumbles upon a striking young man taking pictures of moonlit trees in the woods off the Hudson River.

The dashing photographer is Eddie Cohen, a Russian immigrant who has run away from his community and his job as a tailor’s apprentice. When Eddie photographs the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, he becomes embroiled in the mystery behind a young woman’s disappearance. And he ignites the heart of Coralie.

Alice Hoffman weaves her trademark magic, romance, and masterful storytelling to unite Coralie and Eddie in a tender and moving story of young love in tumultuous times. The Museum of Extraordinary Things is, “a lavish tale about strange yet sympathetic people” 

I suggest you give it a listen. The characters are well developed and interesting people.

Sunday, September 02, 2018

For the most part...

The house reconstruction is finished. What remains is mainly replacing furniture that was damaged in the flood. Here are a few pics to share.

A new front door. In the end we decided to stay with the style we had. It so defines this house floor plan and I sort of like it. We opted to have it stained very dark and change the knobs to a very dark finish as well. I love how the light filters through the opening on the right.

This bar area is actually in the middle of the house. We removed columns and opened it to the rest of the rooms in the house. It is now such and inviting open airy space. The stools were delivered just last week and make such a strong statement. They are beautiful.

And then of course there is the kitchen. I love a white kitchen, In this space especially as it is at the back of the house which is north facing. It gets good light but not a lot of direct sun. White brightens things a lot. I love the dark stain on the island as a contrast to the cabinet surround. Cooking in this space will be oh so much fun!.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

And then there's that floor

I love this floor. It is a wood grain tile and just beautiful.

The master bath room floor now grouted. WOW!

And the fireplace surround is completed. The logs and screening will be removed and a more contemporary insert added.

Monday, April 09, 2018

Counter tops arrive

The kitchen cabinets are white on the periphery and the island is stained dark brown. The counter tops are quartz and reverse. Dark on the white cabinets and creamy white on the island. They are truly beautiful. You can see some of the flooring in these photos. It was interrupted when the counter tops showed up early.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Tilework Commences

 In the master shower, we closed in the back wall to add a niche for soap products and made the shower larger. The tiles are very contemporary larger white tiles with waves. Here it is before grouting. The seat will match the counter tops.

The master bath floor is a hexi tile that is beige and white. Some of the tiles repeat the wavy lines of the shower wall. I love this floor.

We removed the mantles in both sides of the fireplace and tiled  to the ceiling on each side with very large rectangular tiles. They are a mottled grungy grey. Very cool!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Lookie-See: Bird Tales

When picking lemons, i discovered this tiny little hummingbird nest. there were two birds, who we named George and Gracie. Who knows why! Over the course of about 5 days, the went from barely visible above the top of the nest to not being able to fit in the nest. Mama never got too excited when I was around. I didn't hover, just staying long enough to catch a couple of photos each day.

I wanted to tell the story of George and Gracie. What better way than through digital scrapbooking media.There are so many wonderful products from which to choose.