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Basement Project Plan

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South WallOver the past couple of weeks, Brad and I have been putting all of our time and effort into getting this basement finished and liveable. I’ve really been neglecting my work-at-home situation to get it done, and Brad has been heading over to the new house to work every day before or after work, depending on the shift he’s on that week. Slowly but surely, it’s coming along quite nicely! It is very time consuming, and yet easier than I had expected! I’ve decided to make this brief checklist and game-plan for anyone who may be interested doing a little basement work. I hope this helps!

  • Electrical wiring
    Luckily, this step was completed before we moved in, therefore we have utility boxes along the west wall of the room. Rather than covering these up with a wall, we will be creating a floating shelf along the entire wall to encase the electrical outlets.
  • Deep cleaning
    After removing all of the debris from the room, clean every inch of the walls and floor with bleach. We also cleaned the ceiling with a toilet brush, with the intention of leaving it exposed.
  • Sealing off leaks
    This is an issue for many basements, as many conditions are required to keep a basement leak-free. This article on The Money Pit is very informative and includes a few suggestions for fixes.
  • Staining/finishing the ceiling
    There are many other options for ceilings, but we decided to tear out the insulation and leave our bare ceiling exposed for a more rustic feel. If you intend on doing this, it’s a good idea to remove any staples or nails that may have been used to attach the insulation. A flat-head screwdriver works well for this.
  • Priming & painting the walls
  • Painting the floor
    Because our room has a fireplace along one wall, we have purchased a carpet that will leave this area of the floor exposed, and have decided to paint the non-carpeted areas.
  • Laying the carpet

West Wall

To be completely honest, we are cutting some small corners here and there budget-wise. This has actually resulted in taking us more time to get everything done. Specifically, we have to stain the entire ceiling before we can lay any kind of carpeting, and it’s incredibly tedious.

We are also faced with the challenge of creatively hiding the exposed wiring and cables that run through the basement, and we have a very interesting idea planned for these as well! There happened to be a giant wood-burning stove in the middle of the floor with a chute that goes right up into the fireplace, and a week or two of firewood stacked along one wall, among other things.

Southeast Corner

At first I was worried that this room would be never be finished or fit for humankind, but now when I close my eyes I know it will be the beautiful modern yet rustic masterpiece that I’ve dreamed of. While this list certainly covers many of the basics, I have so many design ideas to put in motion! I’ve made a Pinterest board specifically for this project titled The Basement-to-Bedroom Project, so be sure to check it out to get a better idea of my design and follow along! I haven’t posted all of my ideas & inspirations just yet, and I’m sure I will continue to keep it updated with more projects that I’ve got in mind after the basement is liveable. Thanks for reading, internet!

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On Moving and Moving

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I’m excited to announce that Brad and his family and I are moving! The property is nothing short of wondrous and has been well kept, but it still needs a bit of love to make it liveable. We’ve all been putting very much time and effort into restoring this charming house into the beautiful space that we envision it once was.

The front yard, however, is not the focal point of the property. Behold the view from the living room window.

This sparkling pond is also located on the property, as well as acres and acres of land on which we can explore, hunt, or fish, if we so choose. The well on the right of the photo has a small garden sitting atop it, which protects both the garden from being eaten by small mammals, and also small children that may be thrown into the well.

Brad and I are currently working on finishing the house’s basement. This will allow me to have a studio/craft room outside of our bedroom! I can’t wait! Our ultimate goal, however, is to move the two of us into this lovely little cabin just to the right hand side of the pond.

This is going to be a much bigger job than the basement. It’s completely gutted and at this time it appears that it’s being used as a tool shed. This doesn’t stop me from picturing myself waking up and enjoying a cup of coffee on that porch and overlooking the pond every single morning for the rest of my life.

So this is what’s been keeping me busy this week. The good news is that it’s got me brainstorming a bunch of DIY posts!

The bad news is that it seems I’ll be putting off shifting my blog to Blogger, as I discussed in My Break-Up with WordPress just last month. I’ve still got quite a bit of fine-tuning that I’d like to do before the blog move, which will have to wait until I get settled in after the house move.

While I’ve certainly got a lot on my plate right now, I’m definitely going to be showing off some before, during, and after shots along the way. Thanks for reading!

My Updated “About” Page!

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Hey, folks! Today I’ve updated my About page! I thought my previous one was a tad bit drab, so I thought I’d pop in and make it a little more me and a lot more descriptive. Now it includes a brief rundown on what my blog is about and goes into a little more depth on, well, me.

As of yet, I haven’t added any pictures of me to this page, but that will be happening in the near future, I promise. I know you’re dying to see me. Anywho, thanks for stopping in today, and be sure to check out my recently updated About page. You’re the best.

What had happened was…

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Hi there! I’m here today to talk about some setbacks that have occurred that have got me feeling a little low. At the end of June, Brad and I went to Michigan to attend my family reunion. The reunion was a wonderful event and I may have become a little lax in posting to my blog during that weekend. It was remarkably hot the entire trip and the sun was constantly shining. That is, until a very brief rain storm on our way home that caused us to hydroplane. We were driving in the left lane when we started sliding to the right, and then we spun counter-clockwise until the back of the Jeep collided with the median wall.

I remember it happening so slowly, clutching the handle across the dashboard for dear life, my eyes closed tight, braced for impact, thinking Why haven’t we hit yet? It took us forever to hit that wall. Our rear window and the one on the right side in the back were completely smashed out. We also have a very bent axle and lost a few things as we hit and then slid down the median.

Luckily, neither of us were injured and my mom was traveling only a few miles ahead of us when we crashed. We were towed to a place not far from the Toledo airport with a hotel just a short distance up the road. My mom, step-dad, and grandma were waiting there for us when we arrived in the tow truck, but with my niece in the car with them, they only had enough room for one person to come back home with them. Brad and I decided to stay together at the hotel and find our way home the following day. That was an uncomfortable adventure all on its own.

This train of events had left me feeling rather drained and depressed, and I must admit that I neglected my blog for far too long. Eventually, however, one must come to realize that happiness won’t find you if you’re hiding from it under your covers; one finds happiness when she gets off her ass and looks for it herself. Even when your car looks like this and is all the way in Toledo.

I hope you like how I lazily edited out the phone numbers in these photos. It just seemed appropriate to exclude them, I guess. And hey, we found out that the Jeep isn’t totally destroyed. Before we know it, we’ll be back on the road to Toledo to bring her back home. Things are starting to look up, and I’m glad I still managed to get my monthly feature published(despite it being a little late). Thanks for reading, internet.

Photo an Hour: Traffic Control

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Hey, internet! I’m back! I spent all last week in West Virginia for work, and I totally let my blog go. I did, however, do some exercises to help  me find my niche and really focus my blog, and make some more changes since I’m all sorts of fickle. More on that later. Today I’d like to give you a little peek into my life, or more specifically, what I do at work through the creative lens of a photo-an-hour. Here we go!

8:00am  I’ve been standing here for an hour already, and I just had this great idea to take these pictures. This is my taper. It’s called a taper because it is the line that indicates one lane tapering into another. It’s a pretty easy concept, but I’ve seen some terrible looking tapers in my day.

9:00am It’s time for a bathroom break! Since I’m out on a country road in the middle of nowhere, there aren’t any public bathrooms around, and I couldn’t get a ride to the Porta-John, so I managed to climb down this very steep hill and hide in the tall grass.

10:00am I’ve been moved up the road a few hundred feet, and now I’m overlooking this cute little cottage. Later in the day I would be able to move closer and discover that it’s a garden shed.

11:00am The weather was very nice on Friday, but very sunny and very hot. Around this time there was a slight breeze I managed to capture.

12:00pm Tiger lilies.

1:00pm This is my Rite in the Rain Waterproof Notebook. I originally wrote this blog post in this little notebook, and it is amazing. The pages themselves are waterproof as well, which is 100% necessary. I once got sprayed by one of the water trucks on site with a thick black notebook in my pocket, full of tons of notes and ideas and doodles. My notebook was completely destroyed, and I was absolutely pissed. It will never happen again.

2:00pm There were at least 3 dogs on this road that just roamed free. All of them were very friendly and it was so much fun to watch them run around and play with each other and chase deer. On this day I tried so hard to get a good picture of the two that were playing near me all day, but they would never sit still for long enough, so this was the best I could do.

3:00pm I’ve been moved again, and I’m in a cozy little spot with a patch of black raspberries so close I can pick them. Too bad they’re not ripe yet.

4:00pm Oh, and this is my lovely mountain view from the little stretch of road I’m on with the raspberries. While it’s very nice, I wished I were in a less open area with a lot more shade.

Well, there you have it! By 5:00 my phone battery was dead, and by 6 I was on my way back to the hotel. I was pretty far from the actual road work that day, so it was all rather boring and I didn’t manage to get any shots of the equipment. Also, I wouldn’t have enjoyed being caught by the inspector or foreman while snapping photos. Mostly, when I’m out flagging I’m spending a lot of time alone, looking at the little things in nature and enjoying my time outside. It’s nice to have time to myself to cherish the great outdoors, and I hope you have the chance to do the same. Have a great week!

Sorry for being a bump on a log.

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Hey, folks. I had intended on doing another resources post, but this week has been more hectic than I had planned, and I wasn’t able to get as much researching done. So yeah, this is going to be one of those brief, personal, reflective sort of posts. Here’s what’s new.

  1. We’re moving! We just don’t know exactly where or when…
  2. We have been surprised by a job offer in West Virginia and are leaving on Sunday. Unfortunately, Brad and I have to have everything we own packed before we leave this weekend, just in case the family decides to move while we’re gone.
  3. As mentioned in my What’s New in June post, I’ve been working on my blog design! In doing so, I’ve been pondering making a change from WordPress to Blogger, in order to have the ability to design my own blog for free. However, I have also considered merging my blog and shop into one whole website with my own domain sometime shortly after my business starts making an income. If this happens I might choose hosting with Indiemade. I guess what I’m trying to decide is if I should switch to Blogger now or switch to Indiemade later…

So these are the things that have kept me from cranking out a meatier post this week. Plus I had to spend the day in the hospital waiting room. More picture-related idioms will come your way if you choose to forgive me for my inconsistency. Farewell and goodnight.

Have you ever switched blogging platforms? What’s the most important factor to you in choosing a blog host?