Sunday, April 27, 2014

What I am Reading

Things We Never Say - Sheila O'Flanagan

I loved this book. I picked it up from our lending library at the condo on a whim. I am not sure if I have ever read any of her books before but I will be searching for all of them to download to my iPad. A great story, a great ending and a very enjoyable read.

Abbey Andersen is the last person to go looking for change. Yes, it's tough that she barely sees her mother these days - but in San Francisco she has great friends, a steady relationship and a job she enjoys. When Abbey is contacted by Irish lawyer Ryan Gilligan she learns in an instant everything she believed about her roots is a lie. She must travel to Dublin to find out more - but she's scarcely off the plane when she's plunged into a new crisis. One that will change everything not just for Abbey but for the family in Ireland who had no idea that she even existed. Now Abbey has to make a choice that will affect everyone she knows. How can she be sure she makes the right one? And can life ever be quite the same again?

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

Saturday, April 26, 2014

What I am Reading

The Glass Castle -- Half Broke Horses -- The Silver Star
by Jeannette Walls

Half Broke Horses is a 2009 novel by Jeannette Walls detailing the life of her grandmother, Lily Casey Smith. I love her writing style and the stories are phenomenal. I wish I had a pile of more books of hers to read. I look forward to her future novels.

The Silver Star (2013) is a heartbreaking and redemptive novel about a young girl who challenges the injustice of the adult world. 

The Glass Castle is her 2005 memoir. The book recounts Walls' and her siblings' unconventional, poverty-stricken upbringing at the hands of their deeply dysfunctional parents.

Relax... Respect... Enjoy... Keep reading... Dorri

Friday, April 25, 2014

Lakehouse Update

Along with the door installations & bathroom tiling I have tiled the little art niches on the rock wall in our bedroom. My first thought for these openings was a mosaic with scrap glass in browns and off-whites. Bu while was in tile department in Home Depot I found these great copper mosaic tiles. A lightbulb came on in my head and I knew the perfect place for them. I love copper. Our kitchen and laundry sinks are custom copper works of art that I cannot wait to see installed. 
They were very easy to cut and install. Sticky back. Can be trimmed with scissors and if you need to cut along the tiles a mitre saw works well. Grout is optional but I believe it will look more finished with a nice dark grout.
My side excuse the junk sitting around.
I totally see an abundance of uses for this product.... pretty reasonable price too.
My side.
I also put it in the art niche and toilet paper roll niche in the MB Bath toilet closet.  Perry still has to frame the niche and I will grout the tile also. 
Temporary construction sink that I DO NOT recommend from Home Depot. The top is "Stone Effects" so it is some sort of manufactured top that looks like stone and it came cracked. The sink is very small but for a temporary sink/vanity it will have to do.

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

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Lakehouse Door Installation Update

Been working hard prepping the doors for installation. I managed to miss one pocket door, apparently I was working on it as a table and I couldn't find it under the piece of cardboard I had covering it lol. We had a good laugh. Then I have the 3 pine doors in the garage to complete yet as well. Love to see the end of staining and varnishing but Pat gave me a whole new list of moulding to order and all the cherry wood required for the stair railings and bannisters. Plus I still have the garage foyer and main floor bath 1 x 6s to stain and varnish. So my fun work continues.
The crown moulding is up in the MB Bathroom, so that the marble tile can be installed on the south and west walls around the windows and a 6 foot mirror.
Front foyer closet.
Doors to Mechanical Room #2 and Garage 1/2 Bathroom one step up.
The door is installed from the garage foyer to the garage....yay take that dust , stay over on your own side of the house.
Readying the double doors to my glass studio. We are leaving the one door still between the house and the garage foyer until we have the cabinets and appliances in place.
Bonus Room bathroom door.
Bonus Room bathroom door from the inside. Ball bearing hinges that make these heavy cherry doors feel weightless.
The hallway linen/storage closet and the door to the crawlspace. Freaking fantastic doors!
The front foyer hall closet complete. Love the way the transoms are tied into the doors. 
Guest Room door and transom, some fine tuning to the crown moulding worked so well.
Opening for stained glass panel from MB Bathroom to Loft is framed. I see a dolphin ocean theme happening here eventually. I might wanna finish painting that wall first lol!
The last door. MB Bathroom toilet closet. Peekaboo I see you.

Relax... Respect... Enjoy... and get more staining and varnishing done Dorri.....

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bonus Room Ceilings Update

I cannot tell you how excited I am to announce the completion of the bonus room ceilings.... aka my sewing/art studio yay!!! It has been a long time coming. The crew finished in record time and did an awesome job. Flooring is slated to go down in this room May 13th. We still have a little finishing with the skylights, adding the accessory trays and blinds but for the most part it is done. I will continue to work on the bonus room bathroom and revisions for the wet bar cabinetry. But I do see an end in sight. Have to order the ceiling fans yet and the lights for over the bar. Might still need more driftwood and the lake is still very frozen. Maybe if we are lucky the lake will go out in a month.

Skylights over Dorri's side of the bonus room
North wall above the stairway. Still have to frame opening for stained glass panel.
All the dormers are complete. One more driftwood pendant light for Perry to install.
The bathroom door looks amazing, love the contrast with the driftwood.
The skylight over Perry's side of the bonus room facing east.
The last of the ceiling to be complete. Those pillars will have rock installed on them and the railings will be a combination of driftwood and wood.
From the stairway looking south to the sewing/art studio side... I can't hardly wait to get it all set up.
Relax... Respect... Enjoy...Dorri

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lakehouse Garage Bathroom Update

Been working hard on completing one room. Ok I know it is the smallest one in the house but it is a beginning of an avalanche of rooms being finished haha. I pickled the 1 x 6 pine white and glazed it for the ceiling and Perry used this great barn board for the walls that we gathered two summers ago from a friends old abandoned barn near Melfort. One wall is painted 2111-50 Stone Harbour - Benjamin Moore - Aura just for a little contrast. The lights should be in by the end of the month.
I have to start designing the glass for the transom window above the door. Fish maybe?
I absolutely love the pickled ceilings. Cabiny without being too cabiny!!
Eventually there will be a mirror framed with driftwood here on the wall above the vanity.
Slate tile mined in China, non honed so pretty rough but that was the look we were going for. I laid them out in the garage and sealed them all before installation. Low sheen sealer really brings out the colours.
I had never tiled with slate before, I love that the way it cut. Nice that natural stone edges don't need to be framed with the aluminum trim. All looks great. I do think though for the slate going in the house we will use honed since we will be walking on it with socks and bare feet lots and not so much in the garage. 
Laying out the tiles and making the cuts before mortaring the tiles down.
Very happy with my staggered pattern. A little more work but I like  the look better than a grid.
The floor took one whole day and the walls took another. Good thing I am cheap labour.
Time to add the pebble trim and get fancy with some smaller slate cuts.
I installed a 7" strip of black pebbles. I bought 12" interlocking squares and had to do some cutting down and adding some of my own smaller pebbles and glass globs to fill in some of the holes. I sealed the pebbles before grouting as well to ease in cleanup of grout. Made that mistake years ago!!!
One wall with pebbles.... 1 1/2 to go.
Done and ready for narrow slate and wood trim.
Love the look of the wood trim. It is just some scrap pallet wood from delivery of some sort of product for the house. It is about 3" square. Nice transition from the tile to the barn board.
I grouted the small wall by the door and to my dismay I didn't have nearly enough grout. Which I had an inkling about so that is why I started on that wall. Up north you should always buy extra because you can't just run out and pick more up arghhhh.... oh well guess it will be there when I get back with more grout.
I painted the exhaust fan Rustoleum - Aged Copper to match the vanity top and sink. It looks much better than the standard crappy white those fans come in.
Check back in a couple weeks for the completion pictures. The door will be installed this weekend but I'll have to stain it yet. I am hoping to have this one room complete when Ashley and baby Sawyer come to visit along with the bonus room ceiling and flooring being complete so we can play u there; painting pictures or maybe sew something!!!

Relax... Respect... Enjoy.... our very late spring... Dorri

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

What I am Reading

The Storyteller - Jodi Picoult

This book had me thinking on so many different levels that it's hard to sum up my thoughts. Not all Jews were victims and not all Germans were murderers. The book compelled me to research and read more about that horrific time. A quote from the book "I do believe in people. In their strength to help eachother, and to thrive in spite of the odds." I wondered many times if I would ever have been able to survive those terrible years. Forgiveness is a big theme in this novel. If the people that did those horrible things during the Holocaust later turned their lives around and tried to do good, did they deserve to be forgiven, or should they have been condemned for the rest of the their lives? 
Just an extraordinary book, words are inadequate.

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

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Lakehouse Update

Master Bedroom Rock Wall Completion
Getting close to completion
Keeping it level
Had to move in the narrow scaffold, too much up and down on the ladders 
Not too much for extra stones. Idea: Cover treated wood for exterior garden boxes. Hauled them all outside under the deck for future use.
Long day, took about 12 hours to finish on Day 4 
The final product, we are very happy with the wall. Once I mosaic the niches I will post an updated photo. Next wall on the agenda is the small 6' x 9' in the ensuite. We are going to use the same style of rock - Boral Alpine Ledgestone but this time the colour will be Platinum Gray. Fun stuff coming up.

Garage Bathroom Walls
Perry started working on installing the awesome barn board while I was finishing up with the rock wall. We gathered wood from an old falling down barn 2 summers ago for this project. Washed, cleaned, dried and then the ants got into it and gave us a little more interesting texture with their little ant trails!!
Per cut the pine for the ceiling and I pickled the 1x6s white. I will glaze them next week, they are the same as the kitchen/foyer/hallway ceilings. Should match the sink vanity very well. The transom is already trimmed, maybe this will be the first stained glass one I get made?
The wood over the vanity. Note the ant tracks. Imagine the lower wall covered with slate and pebble tile. We have the slate here ready to go. Just waiting for my sweetie pie to install the cement board subfloor. Still thinking about a good transition between the two and I am kinda leaning towards a wood lintel? 3 x 3 inches maybe, roughed up and stained Dark Walnut to match the doors and baseboards.

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