Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Front Bathroom Makeover

As soon as the master bathroom was finished, work began on our other bathroom.  I guess you could call it the front bathroom, but I prefer to call it MY bathroom :o)  One of the benefits of the empty nest is we each get our own!  
I did remember to take "before" pics this time.  This was pretty much all original from 1967, from the vanity to the tile and wallpaper.  The only thing we had replaced were the light fixtures.

There was a hole in the floor tile from past foundation repairs.

And the undesirable soffits over the vanity and the tub:

And so the work began.  Soffits were removed and everything was taken back to the drywall, except for my bathtub.  I just couldn't see any reason to get rid of a perfectly fine tub, so we kept it.  

And now (drumroll please):  our new Ikea bathroom! 

Needless to say, we love it!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Master Bathroom Makeover- Reveal!

At last, the shower doors came in at the same time my daughter came into town with goodies from Ikea that she thoughtfully picked up for me.  And so....... here is our new master bathroom:

Next up is the front bathroom!  The remodel has begun on it and I'm so excited!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Bathroom Update

Sorry I haven't been posting any new updates here but I figured everyone would get tired of looking at construction worker's tools- it seemed that's all that showed up in the pictures I took.  Anyway, the room is basically done......BUT...... they (Home Depot) sent me the wrong shower doors (boo hiss) and I really want to wait until they are in to show this bathroom in all of it's glory.

I will, however, show you the coolest shower floor ever.  This is made by a company out of Claremore, OK called Marble Elegance.  You get to pick out your colors from a number of choices they have and it is made with the shower pan included in it.  Hard to explain but it's really cool.  Since my bathroom vanity and cabinets (Ikea) are a dark brownish-black, I went with what is mostly called "rubbed bronze" accents- like the faucets, fixtures, towel holders (I even had them put in a toilet handle that matched!).  With that in mind, I got really brave and ordered a shower floor that was also black with brown flecks in it.  Knowing that my shower tile was going to be white, this was kind of risky and scary, but I'm glad I did it.  When you see the finished room (I'll show it soon I promise!) you will see why.  

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Bathroom Remodel Update

It is day #15 of the master bath remodel and things are moving along smoothly.  It just slays me how these tv shows make it look like it only takes a day or two- NOT reality!  Anyway, while I did take photos almost daily, it just wasn't worth posting...until today.  Today all of the floor tile is down and the first coats of paint are on and I'm loving it!  They are currently putting the Ikea vanity together so that's next up :o)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Master Bathroom Remodel: Days 2-5

The remodeling of our master bathroom began last week.  At the request of a few people, I will be posting updates on it here (although it's not nearly as exciting as the kitchen remodel!)
I didn't think to take any pre-demo photos of our hideous blue tile but you can see the also-hideous original blue paint color that was behind the vanity and cabinet.

Day 2:

Day 3:

Soffetts are gone, preliminary electric lines run for lighting over vanity as well as shower:

Day 4 the plumbers came to jackhammer the old shower drain out.  Over 2 hours of jack hammer noise left the dogs and I rattled, hence no photos.

Day 5

Drywall day.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Not-So-Bad-For-You Cookies


Some cookies don't have to be ALL bad for you.  There are a few tweaks you can make to the ingredients that will make them a little more healthy and still be good! I substituted 2 ingredients, cut back on another and used whole-grain.  The tweaks are below the recipe. Voila!


1 C butter, softened
1 2/3 C sugar
2 eggs
1 t vanilla
1 t salt
1 t soda
1/2 C unbleached flour
1 C whole wheat flour
3 C quick oats
1 1/2 C chopped nuts
3/4 C semi sweet or dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350.  In your mixer, cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs and vanilla, mix well.  In separate bowl combine flours, soda and salt.  Add to batter mixture stirring well.  Stir in oats.  Add nuts and chocolate chips- mix.  Bake for 12-14 minutes.  Let stand a few minutes before removing from sheet to finish cooling.  

Tweak #1: use Smart Balance sticks.  Absolutely NO difference in taste.

Tweak #2:  I use brown sugar and cut back the amount from 1 2/3 to 1 1/2 C- again NO difference in taste.  

Tweak #3:  I even found generic whole grain oats!
Cookies that are still GOOD but are higher in fiber and lower in sugar and saturated fat than others.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Six Months

I have been gone awhile.  I have been avoiding posting here because it's been such a tough time.  The grand baby I posted about last March was born sleeping on April 17.  Stillborn.  Due to a cord accident, his heart stopped beating.  And all of ours broke.  It has been devastating.  As a mother, it was something I never dreamed I would have to do; help my baby bury her own.  But, it is six months later now and our hearts have begun to form scars where they have healed.  And time marches on......
I found, after my mother and father died, that I tend to cope with grief by creating things.  It works wonders for the creative side of my brain to just take over while the other processes and accepts.  During that time after losing my parents I began with mosaics, then moved on to decoupage, the one day I got out my old Kenmore sewing machine.  It was awfully frustrating to use; the tension was always messing up and I remembered why I had put it away lol  I thought that perhaps if I took it and had it cleaned up, that would help.  The closest place that does this is also a Babylock retailer.  Long story short, I traded in that old Kenmore and got on the machine embroidery kick.  I created my business, Image Crafts by Nancy, and started selling some of my wares in a booth that I rented monthly.  I learned so much and had a lot of fun.  Met tons of new people.  That was 10 yrs ago.

This time around, I am still dealing with fabric only my newest outlet is creating it.  I have a new blog that I just started called Image Crafts and would love for you to stop by.  I also have a little Etsy store as well, that I'm trying out.  New things.  

Now that I've "broken the ice" and posted here, I will definitely be doing so more often.  Thanks for checking in!