Friday, September 24, 2021

New Flooring For The Garden Room

Hi, Friends,
How are you?
I hope you are staying well and encouraged. 


I've wanted flooring for the garden room for a long time. Years ago, we put down tile everywhere because we had a very naughty dog. It didn't matter that there was a dog door. He had accidents in the house anyway because he was so high strung. He needed dog therapy. 
I thought tile was low maintenance. Nope. Grout is never low maintenance. Trying to keep grout clean is such a nightmare. We had wide grout lines which was even more of a problem. 
The garden room has the prettiest light for photography but the floor looked terrible. 
Once we did the hard wood floors two years ago, the kitchen and the garden room were next on the list.  We had such problems with our flooring company that I could not face another flooring situation. "The virus that shall not be named" popped up so it's taken two years to revisit our flooring needs. We also purchased the East Texas house which caused a shift in our focus. 


 We love our floors out in East Texas because they are pretty and durable. We purchased a luxury vinyl plank and had it installed. Bill could have installed it himself but I didn't want him working on floors for multiple weekends. We protect it from scratches but that is about it. It can be wet mopped which is a bonus since it's so sandy out there. 



We began to feel like LVP was a good choice for the garden room. 
It is impervious to water unless a flood of water gets up under the flooring.
Watering plants will not be an issue. It looks off in photos but in person it looks almost like real wood. The winning factor is it can be installed over most existing flooring. 
We could lay it over the tile! Cracking up tile is a horrendous job. 


I wanted to see if I could install the flooring myself. Bill had to work but he was working from home so he was able to do the occasional heavy lifting. I had the cutest assistant as well. Can you spot her in the photo above?  


Once I got the hang of it, the planks were easy to snap together. 



This room is 21' by almost 10'. I was able to get it installed in one day. 
I should have paced myself and worked on it a second day because I was exhausted. 


We got NuCore Waterproof Flooring in Driftwood Oak from Floor & Decor. 
It was around $550.00 to do the whole room.  


There were a couple of sections where the tile wasn't perfectly level. Unfortunately, I didn't think of shimming the plank until I was almost finished. There are a couple of spots that make a slight noise when they are stepped on but that doesn't bother me. My childhood home had the same issue. 


We decided that I should start at the front of the room and work my way toward the window in case there were partial planks. Sure enough, we needed a small sliver right under the windows. 


The planks can be cut and snapped with a razor blade knife. Bill had no problem scoring the vinyl with one pass. He made the first cut since I was chicken. I took over from there, though. 
It took me several passes since I'm not as strong as he is. The razor also got dull as the day went on. I didn't think to change it often enough. 


The gray chair and ottoman went upstairs to our room and we brought Bill's recliner downstairs. 
He doesn't watch T.V. anymore so the recliner didn't get used. 




It coordinates well with the brick wall. 
Bill got new floor molding and installed it. 


The new flooring has really warmed up the space. We love it. 


The above image captures all three floors - the wood in the living area, our kitchen and the garden room. Our kitchen floor is very early vinyl plank. We have had it for 23 years and it's almost indestructible. 
I'm not sure what we do about replacing it because it is losing shine.  


The floor was easy to install. It's affordable, beautiful and it's low maintenance.
It's a win. 
That is about it for now. 
Thank you so much for stopping by. 
Katie 


Friday, September 17, 2021

Sewing Up Scarecrows

Hello, Dear Friends,
How are you? I hope you are staying well and encouraged.


I've been making scarecrows. 

I have an adorable scarecrow that comes out every October.


 When I purchased him off of eBay, I thought he was handmade. He was made overseas and sold through a wholesale company called Pearson's Simply Primitives. They are no longer in business but they used to have some cute stuff. 
He has a handmade look about him and he's one of my favorite decorations to pull out each autumn. 

 I wanted one with a similar look for our house out in East Texas. 
Last year, we didn't close until October 19th, so I missed a lot of fall decorating out there. 
I searched online for more inspiration. Inserting Primitive Scarecrows into the search bar on Etsy yields abundant results. It does on Pinterest as well. If you are using eBay, search for Primitive scarecrows in the Antique category. 
A Southern Living Christmas book was given to me our first year of marriage. A doll pattern inside has been used several times over the years. I dusted off the book and traced the pattern for my scarecrow. 


It's been a while since I've made a doll so it took almost all day.
It was a lot of fun but it didn't look like my scarecrow. It didn't have that grungy, primitive body. It had a flat head instead of a rounded head like my existing doll. The arms also needed to pose. To get a grungy effect. I used coffee grounds and finally, Waverly dark antiquing wax but he still isn't very grungy. Gathering all the bits to make this doll a fall crow deterrent was very entertaining. 
Patterns for the clothing was included in the book. I adapted the pants to make overalls. 
The ticking strip reminds me of the Osh Kosh overalls that I had as a tween.  


 The next day I decided to try again. 
snowman pattern previously purchased off of Etsy had the rounded head. 


The snowman had no legs so a set was made using the Southern Living doll pattern. 
Coffee and cinnamon was used to stain unbleached muslin. 


I drenched it in coffee and sprinkled it with cinnamon. 
The pieces were dried in a low temperature oven for about 15 minutes. 
The house smelled like cookies so I had to make some. 
The fabric was still not as grungy as I'd like but I began sewing it together.
I put some rolled up chicken wire ribbon inside so that the arms could pose. 
The chicken wire ribbon was found at Hobby Lobby in the ribbon section. 


It works marginally well. 


I don't know how crafters make any money. Again, it took me almost a day to make the second doll. 


My original scarecrow has button eyes so I tried using buttons on both of the dolls but it didn't look right. 
I embroidered the faces. It took me a couple of tries to get it right. 

The little tags were fun. 





Which do you like better? 
I'll let you know which one makes to East Texas. 


The exterminator classified our scorpion situation in East Texas as an infestation. The pets and I have been staying home while Bill goes out to batten up any openings. The pest control company is going to re-treat next week. 
They come in looking for water when it is hot and dry.They better be all gone before the cooler, fall weather arrives. I don't want to miss any fall weather out there.
I get that our problems are minuscule compared to what is going on in the world but it is about to get on my last nerve. Please say a prayer for us. This last year and a half has been so hard. I think we've both struggled with depression, at times. 
Crafting and creating is one way that I keep buoyed, if that makes sense. 
"God is our refuge and strength, a present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1
As always, thank you for stopping by. I'm so blessed by your presence.
Katie