Monday, March 25, 2013

Painting and Ceilings

We made a large priority list and only deviated a little from it. Painting the bonus room bathroom walls was not on the list but was such small minor job and this is the main bathroom for us right now so I did it. Benjamin Moore - Aura - Waterfall a Robin's Egg blue with a touch of green. Lighter than the guest bedroom by a few shades. The afternoon sun transforms this little windowless one skylight bathroom. I used Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint to cover a boring white exhaust fan cover that is on the wall above the tub. It looks great.
The majority of this wall will be covered by a 5' vanity, wall to wall mirror, light fixture & pebble tiles
Perry installed the light. We just love it. Bamboo Collection from Troy Lighting
Time to make a final decision on the exterior rock colors. Boral - Chardonnay  Ledgestone
Our local Timmy's.... lol that was my inspiration, thank you French Vanillas.....
Looking up toward the loft, painting the right side wrapping around into the bedroom an olive green
Bedroom wall olive green, the back wall will be covered in rock and the east wall with all the windows will be Flagstone brown like the great room
Perry nailing on the ceiling boards in the bedroom
The ceiling boards as viewed from my side of the bed lol!
1x6 pine boards stained with Old Masters Dark Walnut and varathaned with 2 coats of Diamond Finish satin finish. Very woodsy log cabinny... and lots of places for the spiders to hide....oh boy! The white skylight channel will be painted taupe.
Yay, bedroom ceiling is complete. But see all that great room ceiling in the back ground.... well sounds like the "guy" is gonna start installing the tongue and groove on Monday. I am behind in oiling the boards for him. So back to the lake I go today to get a few more days ahead of oiled boards. We are using Watco Oil on poplar boards. A very nice sheen and walnut color.
Just learned how to take a panorama pic on my IPhone. Loft and bedroom. Too cool. See the stack of wood on the far left side, that pile is ready, all the rest is waiting to be done.
Stay tuned for boring oiling wood pictures unless I take a few hours off to paint some blue in the bonus room that I am dying to around my sewing area. Using the same color we painted in the guest room. I will post all the colors and codes for the paint used because they are spectacular lol.

Enjoy the warm spring-like week  of melting.... NOT melting boo!
Respect... Relax... Enjoy... Dorri

Drywall Complete and Painting Begins

The drywall was ever so nicely completed while we were in Florida. Can you say yay. I thought we missed all the mess but to my dismay there was a lot of cleanup upon arrival home. Mom and Dad had actually done a lot of removal of the scrap gyproc which really helped in the sweeping, vacumning and finally the wet mopping of the dust. Looking a little like a ghost the job was completed.
Top of the stair in the loft
Looking down the stairs from the loft
Top of the stairs bonus room
West facing dormers in the bonus room
Great rooms being drywalled
View out of the deck from the guest room...lovely!
Mopping equals blisters
Bonus room floor almost all mopped
Let the painting begin - Benjamin Moore - Aura - Flagstone super paint
From the loft overlooking the greatroom
Dining room side of the great room
Mom painting the guest room a beautiful greenish blue hue
I love the effect of the dark ceiling, blue wall and whitewashed tongue and groove, I can hear the ocean calling my name.
Guest room finished walls, looks darker on my laptop than in person
Perry and I enjoying a sunset in the great room.... a sunset yes really I know I know they happen every day and what's the big deal haha.... inside Florida joke.
Trim decisions, sizes and wood types.... argh....who knew they made so many style. 

Stay tuned for painting and staining part 2.

Respect... Relax... Enjoy... Dorri

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Favourite Drink Tuesday

St. Patty's Day Magically Delicious Martini 
Dedicated to my daughter Ashley for her love of Lucky Charms

2 oz Vodka
3 oz light creme
1 oz Creme de Menthe
1 oz White Creme de Cacao

Pour all ingredients into shaker filled with ice. SHAKE well!!
Dip martini glass into a small bowl with about a tablespoon of Creme de Menthe. Press Lucky Charm marshmallows onto the Creme de Menthe to rim the glass.
Pour into glass and garnish with a shamrock or at the very least with a sprig of fresh mint.

Relax... Respect... Enjoy and drink responsibly.... Dorri

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Favourite Drink Tuesday

Miami Ice

1 oz vodka
1 oz rum
1 oz gin
1 oz triple sec
1 oz lemon lime soda
2 oz orange juice (freshly squeezed is always best in my opinion)
1/2 oz peach schnapps

Pour all ingredients except the schnapps into a large glass (beer mug size) (personally I hate beer mugs cos I am not a beer person but there is lots of glasses out there that size with more class haha so find one) stir well. Add the schnapps and serve with a garnish of orange curl.
Your guests will be clamouring for more so be prepared.

Respect... Relax... Enjoy.... Dorri....close to Miami....just a few alligators in between us!


Monday, March 11, 2013

What I am Reading

Name All the Animals - Alison Smith

Alison Smith has written a beautiful, completely unsentimental memoir so full of love and sorrow and the stuff of everyday that you live in as much as you read it.
Enjoy this story of survival and sexual awakening.

The Girl Who Chased the Moon - Sarah Addison Allen

Like most romance books, this one has its happy ever after, for Julia and for Emily. With all the reconciliations and redemptions, the story had several opportunities to be too sugary but the writing kept it from falling into the treacly sentimentality. In part, I suppose, because the characters had all suffered so tremendously that a little happiness was something that they all needed.
It’s a lighthearted read for all the serious subjects that it contained. I loved it.

Relax... Respect... Enjoy these two reads... Dorri

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

What I am Reading

The Shoemaker's Wife - Adriana Trigiani

If there’s one book that should be on your summer reading list, it’s The Shoemaker’s Wife. It isn’t just a book; it’s an experience. It’s a slow, beautiful, compelling story with which you can’t help but feel involved and enamoured.

The setting is always lush and evocative. The Italian Alps captured me during the first half of the book and America, specifically New York, came to life during the latter half. The story follows two main characters—Enza and Ciro—who both lead different lives but their paths delicately begin to intertwine. Their personalities jump off the pages in different ways; Enza is the strong, stoic young woman who is deeply family-minded but also has a will of her own while Ciro is just like a lovable teddy bear. Ciro is a fantastic character. He’s handsome, funny, charismatic, and yet (of course) he carries his own burdens. Full of life and Italian zest, Ciro strives to come to terms with his past and find solace in his future. Meanwhile, Enza learns how to survive in New York City with the help of a steady friend and her own unparalleled sewing skills.

When I read, I never actually register that I am holding a book in my hands and am engaging with words; I simply become one with the story. The Shoemaker’s Wife took this involvement to a whole new level whereby long after I had finished, I still felt very much connected to Enza and Ciro and the taste of the Italian Alps lingered in my mind.

Respect... Relax... Enjoy... Dorri

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Florida Day 52

Our most wonderful vacation is winding down. Time to get back to reality and get productive. But until then I will share another slice of Florida with you all.

A beautiful sunrise over the water. Yes I am up early enough today to actually see one! Who knew?
Down the beach after high waves the night before massive flocks of gulls.
Fly away fly away home...
Mine... Mine...Mine.... plenty of dead creatures for all little birds... stop fighting!
A little sea urchin washed up on the beach
A pretty little Angel Fish I think, very flat and very round
Sure glad this guy was dead.... very scary American Eel about 3 feet long
The egg case of a Clearnose Skate is sometimes called a Devil's Purse. In the sea these cases hold the embryo safely for several months and then they split open to release the fully formed baby skates.
My second starfish find. A 9 Pointed Starfish. It is upside down after I soaked it in Vodka for 4 days  to cure it. My first 5 Point Starfish was soaked in rye and it turned reddish brown lol!

We decided to be more selective in the shells now because we likely have a 20 or 30  pounds already but it is still soooo much fun finding a great one!
Help a Trunk Fish is jumping into my mouth. Pretty pokey.
I will save you from the Trunkfish and eat him before he eats us!
Debating over whether I should bring this little guy home or not. He is pretty dried out and  preserved? Or is he gonna get stinky?
More dolphins in the surf right in front of us again. You could almost reach out and touch them. It is the most amazing thing to have them so close to you. They jump in and out of the waves feeding.
Must be little fishies to eat in the waves by the beach today.
And as an added aside to my beach pics we found a new wine we absolutely love..... A very nice mellow Pinot Noir from California. Give it a try.

Off to enjoy our last week on the beach.

Relax... Respect... Enjoy... Dorri