Tuesday, May 24, 2016

A First Year Garden....

As you may recall...
 I moved to the Bungalow last year at the end of July.
July in Texas, with the temperatures soaring close to 100 degrees,
 is not the most favorable time to start a garden.
When I use the words, "Blank Slate", understand it was below that level.
The fenced garden area had previously been the home to a very large dog.
It was disgustingly covered in large hair balls and such.
I was starting over...again.
The bungalow renovation began with leveling the house, plus adding much needed beams. It was evident, that the rain waters were rushing through the property, therefore putting the foundation in jeopardy. 
By then it was the beginning of August, one of our hottest months.
Fortunate for me, I still had Benjamin, my faithful handyman, living nearby.
I hesitate to show you this photo.
It is only a beginning of what it will eventually look like.
The view has the Studio and mini-barn looking very happy.
I have unloaded, from my truck,
 all of the brick pavers, Windsor stones, garden soil...
placing each and everyone, building a garden.
 Remember my little cherub from previous gardens?
When I move, the cherub goes with me !
Let me show you a few of the daylilies that are blooming.
Click on each photo to see them with greater detail.
This is a glimpse of the retaining wall I built with the Windsor Stones.
I like for some plants to drape over the retaining wall.... to soften the look.
Artemisia "Powis Castle" is a good example.
And to the left, in the photo, is Rosemary.
Golden Sedum is another very easy plant.
Keep watching, dear readers.
There is more to come.....
Meggie Mac

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Looking for a Magic Wand....Bungalow Kitchen Renovations

The progress is slow...having only 2 days a week,
and sometimes only 1 day,
 to work on the projects.
This past Saturday, the vent hood and upper cabinets were installed.
Also the tile work behind the stove.
As you can see, the tile still needs to be grouted.
As a reminder....
 this is how the kitchen looked on the day of inspection.
The cooking range is still in the same spot.
I can't imagine how cooking was done, for eighty years or more,
 without a vent hood.
I will still need to arrange for an electrician
 to run electrical wiring to the vent hood. 
The tile was a real find at a "close-out" price.
Wanting to keep the vintage look, the stone tile is perfect . 
A few glass tiles sprinkled through out the project,
give it some sparkle.
Now what to do about the electrical outlet cover...
Click on Photo
I remembered seeing a spray paint
that gives a rough texture...like stone.
I can't say brilliant idea, but....
it will work perfectly to camouflage
 the inexpensive plastic outlet cover.
Do you not agree?
While the carpenter was there,
 I had him change out the original cabinet hardware,
drilling new holes.
I will still need to remove the birch hardware and apply a stain.
The old hardware holes will need to be filled and sanded...
Oh well, another Saturday project ! 
I feel something special in my tiny Bungalow Kitchen.
It is pure joy to cook in there....
Meggie Mac