Saturday, November 14, 2015

Saturday Brings A Visit from the Carpenter....

 
The unpacking of books began last week end.
 
 
Yes, there is a dining room table underneath it all.
I no longer have the luxury of a library room.
In the bungalow, the books will share space in the dining room.
 
 
The book shelves will flank each side of the doorway into the kitchen.
 
Four bookshelves were completed last week end.
The base is the popular Billy Bookcase from Ikea.
 
 
The bookshelves required the moving of my painted cabinet,
 to a new location.
 
 
 
The carpenter is adding crown molding and trim,
to give it a more built-in look.
 
What I love about these bookcases,
 is the fact
 that I can adjust the shelves to my own liking.
 
 
 I've added two, very inexpensive lamps,
 to set the mood for my reading nook.
 
Stay tuned....
I will have another update,
 when my two new reading chairs arrive.
Meggie Mac 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Renovations Take Time...

 
Project days start early...usually with a list in hand,
I head out to the local building supply.
I like to choose my own supplies.
 
And with the carpenter only available two days a week,
I want to make the most of his time.
 
 
The bungalow kitchen is tiny...I mean, really tiny.
But, I have come to love that very fact.
 
I should first say,
 "Every project is done on a tight budget".
 Lucky for me, the kitchen has the original cabinets, floors and....
oh yes, those wonderful big windows.
 
 
There are a total of three windows,
with this one overlooking the studio.
 
 
The free-standing cooking range came with house.
As soon as I started using it,
I realized it must have some counter space on both sides.
 
The problem was the tiny space. 
But luck again came when I found two oak cabinet,
 measuring 12" wide.
The tile work, behind the stove,
 will be done after the Thanksgiving Holiday.
 
 
Another project, for this past week end,
was to make the fridge appear to be built-in.
Again, because of tiny, all the appliances looked odd,
standing alone.
The cabinet above, still needs crown molding.
 
All the unfinished wood will be painted the same color as the original cupboards
 
 
How true the words of my sign ring...
 
The painting must simply wait until after the holiday.
Meggie Mac

Saturday, November 7, 2015

New Gardens....Started During the Hot Month of August

 
Believe it or not...
I have managed to start a small kitchen garden,
after moving to the bungalow,
just 14 short weeks ago.
 
Nothing says Home...
like gathering your own greens, for a salad.
 
 
I've also planted a fig tree, a plum tree, and a small Loquat.
All in hopes of  producing some fruit in the Spring.
 
 
Remember my cherub from previous gardens?
I couldn't leave him behind.
 
 
A lady bug for good luck...
very busy doing her job.
 
 
Portulaca is always easy to grow,
in our hot summers.
 
 
A "gift" from a neighbor...
Iris to plant for blooms next year.
 
 
Some damage from last week's high winds.
Succulents, so easy to grow,
 will make nice small plants, to be given as Christmas gifts.
 
 
Showing the label of one of many daylilies,
I ordered from my favorite daylily farm.
 
I must say the name "Fresh Start"
 is very fitting for this new garden.
Meggie Mac