Sunday, November 19, 2017

We're just gonna blow out this wall and put in a beam! Part Nine

We are officially in our living room basking in the glorious sunlight from the ginormous window previously installed.  We walk around looking like ghosts with all the sunscreen we have to wear.  As the song goes...."My future's so bright I gotta wear shades". 

 Enough bragging about no longer being vampires....


Friday, February 24, 2017

We're just gonna blow out this wall and put in a beam Part 8

Yippee!
 We are now back in our old digs but with a sturdy floor and a wood stove.  It has been a looooong year of reno's; actually 1 year and 2 months.  We could have sailed around the world ten times,  joined the circus, had a new Baby Turtle  all in the time this reno took....and we did! 
 Mr. FT is now head clown and our sailboat is drydocked getting an overhaul!

A SHORT video of a hungry baby turtle.


The finishing work is nearly done.  Getting there was another story.


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Rock Wall Surprise!

See part 7 of our "Were Just Gonna Blow Out This Wall and Put In A Beam" Series!

To keep fit I decided to install a climbing wall in the living room....trouble is I hit my head on the ceiling when I get three feet off the ground..  After a few knocks on the ole noggin I realized I installed the wrong kind of ""rock wall""  😉


Monday, December 19, 2016

Gone Fishing

With Christmas fast approaching, I would like to share a few pics of the completed "West Wing" festively adorned with sparkly baubles, lush pine garland and of course a beautiful tree. 

  Unfortunately the camera fell in the fish tank and drowned or better yet we went fishing...

 Whatever excuse you believe, something fishy is definitely going on here and it does not include construction pictures....just some pictures of fishy purses with a link to another website for the pattern


She includes an excellent tutorial too.

Friday, May 20, 2016

We're just gonna blow out this wall and put in a beam! Part Six

After the old laundry room wall was stripped of panelling,  drywall,  plaster and lath, and an ancient wasp nest, I stole Mr. FT's serial killing crowbar and started prying out that old leaky fly streaked window!
Poor Mr. FT. 
 What will he kill once there are no more flies?
hmmmmm........
Image result for puzzled emoticon

Friday, April 22, 2016

Bird Screen Door


To get some much needed airflow through the  kitchen due to my expertise culinary skills, ahem,
I decided that a screen door would fit our needs perfectly...that and air fresheners!
Oh yah, and a quick disconnect of the smoke detector!


Our local hardware store happened to have a screen door in the clearance section a few years back and I decided to hoard it in my shed.
Hey it was only twenty five bucks....that's like  $7.50 or so to my American friends!

 Anyways, watching those hoarding shows made me get off my shell 
and purge which meant sell it or use it..
I tried it on for size and it worked after a few trips to the tablesaw. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

We're just gonna blow out this wall and put in a beam! Part Four

See part three here!
We are in the midst of it all.
Dust, debris, drywall and a lot of wood  for temporary walls which will
  probably be repurposed into a SHE SHED!!

( they say the power of positive thinking)

Even the ceiling is gone in the old laundry room.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

We're just gonna blow out this wall and put in a beam! Part Two


Part two brings us a new living room....in the kitchen.
We set up the necessary furniture...#1 being the TV of course, and then somewhere to park our butts after a long day of renovating.  

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

We're just gonna blow out this wall and put in a beam! Part One

 I thought I would pop in to say hi and tell you about our latest shenanigan!

 Hi  :)

You know those home shows where they talk about
 "Just blowing out this wall and putting in a beam"

Well this is what we are doing... we're just gonna blow out a wall and put in a beam.

But first
we had to go to the basement and fix the previous tenants sins..  

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

It's a Dog's Life!

Dog lovers are pretty easy nuts to crack when it comes to Christmas.
Anything for their furbaby and they are over the moon.
  I was cruising the internet looking for inspiration
and saw this cute idea on Hometalk.

pallet wood signs, crafts, home decor, painting, pallet, woodworking projects, This was made for our local city pet benefit auction might make one for myself though
An adorable sign
and so true too!

I created an assembly line and went to work.

I bought some 1x8 boards and cut them into
12' lengths. 

Painted each board with brown acrylic craft paint and let dry.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Twas The Night Before Linky Party (A Gift Exchange)

Twas the night before Linky Party
And all through the Blog
Feral Turtle was typing
strung out on egg nog

Dreaming of packages
Tied up with strings
Turtle drank spirits 
Spying wonderful things.

Friday, November 20, 2015

A Special Birthday Gift


My crazy talented blog buddy created an amazing work of art for Mr. FT's birthday.
Being a "special" birthday, I wanted something that
would be unique and memorable.
to the rescue. 
I ran a few personalized ideas by her and she did the rest...EVERYTHING, PERFECTLY!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Grape Chili Jelly


Welcome to our Zone 3 Vineyard where we are world renowned for our
 famous wines and jellies!


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

An Ikea Hack with Besta Units Part Two

As our saga continues, the Boss, being happy with the job thus far, wanted to sit on the bench with no worries of diaper leaks, which could lead to blackmailing evidence in her teen years.
You don't know our family!
You can see part one HERE.

Monday, August 17, 2015

An Ikea Hack with Besta TV Units

The day was sunny, and unbearably hot.
The Boss was young, cute, extremely chatty and somewhat demanding
Her crony was an amazing cook.
The job was an Ikea hack.
This is our story.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Summer Happenings and Root Beer Floats

I have an excuse for being MIA......
Really I do!

Mr. FT is on his "Workcation" 
 and you know what they say,
"When the cat's away the mice will play"

So I kicked up my heels by adding on to the wood shed


and painting......

and hanging ladders

and more painting......


and some shingles were applied thanks to a special helper who no longer has a butt cuz she worked it off!!

Unfortunately I lost my helper for the other side due to weather conditions and timing but the good news is, I too no longer have a butt!
A bit of sheathing on the bottom edge, fascia board and a few sistered rafters were doctored in for a safer roof
.  Note to self....Don't let things get this bad EVER.

Old shed doors were fixed and what the heck....new paint for you too shed!

and aluminum fascia was installed.


and a gas line and dryer were installed thanks to my awesome manchild.
Thanks Manchild!
You can see the start of the laundry room HERE and HERE......

and maybe one day there will be a link for the finish of it!

and some homemade laundry soap was made...see the glass jar below!
I used Nana Diana's recipe which I couldn't find as I was rushing about,
 but here is the link to her blog!
It is amazing!


I was glad to rip this out of the wall.  It was the old birds nest  dryer vent!
and buttoned it up until we decide what siding the house will wear.


and baby gifts were made


and some soap was made which means new soap recipes are coming soon....


and had a surprise Zombie Karaoke Birthday bash with family, thanks to my dear children....
They just couldn't let it go that their momma turned twenty nine for the UMPTEENTH time.

BTW, you ever notice how well you can sing after a few beers?

and Mowed and Mowed and MOWED lawns...about 6 acres worth.....over and over and over again.

and built some new steps off the less used side of the deck with some
 scavenged supplies from around the old homestead.

and tended to all the plantings, praying they don't die before Mr. FT gets home.
He's got the green thumb and he actually cooks with this stuff...who knew!  

and dressed up the wood shed with a star my sister made me. I might have scared the neighbors too with my pentagram blue grass.  That's right neighbors....don't pi$$ me off or I will cast one of my evil spells!
I did this for all my American friends....ok that's not true.  I just like the way the blue pops against  red.  This star needed a safe place until the house is sided and where better than the wood shed.

And stayed cool in my craft room working on more wedding bouquets.
yep that's a skull for a goth or biker or just one cool bride or groom!
and mulched some new tree plantings to help in this drought.  On the upside, mowing duties have slowed down considerably!

and more branches were cut to make way for our forest trail.

And some healthy juicing was done...


and wasp nests were destroyed and then angered....yes turtles can move pretty quickly when they need to


and lastly....the start of an outhouse in my north pasture....just in case some brave campers come!

  Perhaps I will get it done in time to post before summer is gone.

Stay cool, keep laughing and I apologize for my absence!
I disabled my comments link now that I know how to do it!
  I will be away from the internet for awhile but not too long!

I really miss you all but I will be back in the fall!
Cheers!