Category Archives: our house

Then and now !!

I thought it would be fun to show how the house looked when we first bought it , these were taken two years after, and show how different it was, pink no detail painted, the front trim was all pink, except for the squares. YOu can see in the currrent pictures how we painted the big white board and molding accross the front and under the eaves, bright white, which really made the house prettier !!

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The back porch taken a year earlier and again, that large board on the back is painted the same color as the house !! We also still had a really ugly storm door and one of those really old doors with the diamond shaped window in it, not like the pretty door we have now in back !! The new door, well, over five years ago new, was a result of getting locked out of the house by a tricky door lock and having to kick the door in, which I have never regreted as we would probably still have that ugly door, lol !!! And yes, I kicked the  door in, which is not as impressive as it sounds as we found only two large nails held the entire door frame in, so we were fairly horrified !

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look how small the crepe myrtles were eleven years ago and how much nicer the picket was although it was already showing signs of decay even then . We took off the metal awnings to let light into the house, which helped a lot.

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this was earlier this year, they are even bigger and prettier now !! they go above the wires now, which means we will have to trim them this winter so the city does not next spring !! The second picture was taken yesterday !

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We noticed this past week how the grass is going dormant already, you can see it in the above picture taken yesterday,  despite being heavily watered, so we are not sure what that means for winter, but maybe an early one, which would be wonderful !! It has also really slowed down and is hardly growing any more. Weird for Sept. fount an inside shot of that ugly door from nine years ago, I  used to tack a cloth napkin over it for privacy, our colors are much different, no more brown and red,
We hated that door and love the one we have now with the windows on top !! Brown carpet and brown paint, with the celing painted the same color, makes a cave, will never do that again !!

this is the back family room, we have a full formal living room up front, that is the big window in the front of the house, next to the porch !!

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the room is a lot different but still has some of the same items, the hat rack is down but will re hung next to the tv behind the door, the new tv is much taller and it was hidden behind it, so that is going to be back up and I have a picture to hang above the tv with all the colors of the room, purple, sage green and nuetrals and we will be painting it purple soon , a pretty rich color. For those observant people, it is a huge bottle of bubbles for the grandkids, that somehow  just got left there !! The room is much brighter with the brown paint off the walls and ceilings, and we will paint a pretty shade of purple mauve and repaint the ceiling a bright white, it is a tan now, which was just a top coat to cover the cave like brown.

 

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Well, that is all for now, kind of a rambling before and after post. I hope to share many more projects for this ninety year old house !! We have a lot to do on it !!

Thanks for stopping by !!!

Stephie

 

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Southern charm and yard work !!!

I love our beautiful property but I would be lying if I did not admit it is a lot of work, especially in the spring !! It is a  bit more work this spring as we had rented the property to our daughter and her family for two years and they kept it up as best they could , well mowed yards, edged and bushes trimed, with full time jobs and two kids, but it is just not the same as you living in your own house. This past winter was pretty brutal and caused the demise of a few long term plants which was sad, and then spring hit, just as we moved in , my husband was working massive overtime and then we got the gift of a week long visit from my mother in law. The yard , put in simple terms, is a mess !! Weeds, bushes taking off and getting unruly . My husband and youngest son, who is living with us while he saves to buy his own place, have kept up the lawns. But the flower beds have been a lot of work to get back in shape and the usual spring weeds are in full force !!

I thought I would take you on a tour of both the mess,  and beauty of our wonderful yards !!

Starting in the back  yard, which has been our focus both because we live in the back of the house and look out at the pretty back  yard, and come in through the back door and most importantly had our Easter egg hunt back there, so it got the most work, but still needs some !!

We call the back half of our back  yard the back lot because when we bought the house it was unfenced accross the back and side and had a six foot fence where the picket it now so it was not used for the first couple  years as we did not even see through the six foot fence and gate.  In 2004 we had the fence put in around the entire property, back and alley side of back lot, and side of back yard between us and our  neighbor, as we were open to our neighbors yard that first two years as well and hated it, no privacy or protection at all !! We had a wedding here ten years ago too and made the six foot fence in between into a picket just accross the back for better flow for the wedding.

It is open to the actual back yard for around ten years now , but it is still called the back lot. We have a lot of plans for back there, more trees , a playset that is in the side of the yard in pieces ,  and eventually a raised garden bed in the middle !!  It is a good size yard, our entire property from the street to back fence is about 225  feet deep and around 85 feet wide. It is a really nice sized piece of property !! The back lot is the 85 feet wide and I am not really sure how deep it is !! Pretty good sized though. Some day it could have a built in pool back there !! That has been a long held dream !!!

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When my wonderful hubby mowed he avoided my beautiful primroses, in Calif they were called Mexican primrose and you could buy them at the nursery, here they are wild flowers/ weeds ,  and they call them buttercups, even though they are pink , lol !!

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We brought a gate from our other house, left over when we fenced the house for our kids when we traded  houses to come home , and it will be a trellis for our beautiful climbing rose we just bought, a bright red !!! He has a way to go to even reach his trellis !!

In the picture is our four year old Oklahoma Red Bud, love that tree !!!

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My nasty clugged bird bath, filled with pecan tree  catkins and leaves and muck, just from two days without being cleaned !!

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My clean pretty bird bath, with squirrel turned right way, not sure why he was backwards, think grandkids might know something about that, lol !!

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somebody new, Our daughter planted him while we were  gone, only one that took as it is the only sunny corner of a shaded all but early morning , flower bed !! I planted the rest with hostas and impatients and they are very happy there !!

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another wild flower in the back lot, have no clue what it is , but there are a few around and I love them !!

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The playset for the kids our younger daughter got rid of when they bought thier house, I am thrilled to have it and cannot wait for my hubby to rebuilt it a bit stronger and install it !! You can see my  red metal potting table that I am not using because of where it is, our kids stuck it there because they were not using it while we were gone and they rented the house !!

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Now, the front yard, which is really wild right now and in bad need of everything , but I will start with our beautiful climbing rose !!

These were  taken through the french door in my studio , which is the front bedroom off the porch. Hard to not be happy looking out the windows at this all day while I work !!

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Now I went around and took some up close

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Our other front yard roses , two combined, one a bush, one a climbing, LOVE them both !! this is the climber

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this is the bush

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The full shot of the flower bed and then the second picture is  the other weed bed, um, flower bed, empty, white rose in front died, some Mexican primrose, and just a ton of weeds to deal with , opposite side of porch from roses I just showed in t his first picture

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One of our crepe myrtles out in front of our fence got hit hard this winter, he is the smallest of the five but  the rest are fine, we will have to cut him back to give him a fresh start. They are all the dark pink ones.

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the bushes to the side of the house took off like crazy, they are top priority now that we got most of the back yard under control, they are way over the windows !!

 

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The picket fence is another issue, it is just a mess, but we will get that done over time, it is all around the entire front yard and looks pretty bad !! We have some gaps and breaks and it was done poorly before we moved in and the 12 years we have been here, minor  repairs and many  paint jobs have just not been enough, we are in the middle of major repairs now. One panel at a time !! You can see one we did last year, this year this entire side will get done and hopefully most of the rest of the yard too !! That is not vinyl either, my husband cut and I painted primer and two coats of paint on each stringer and picket !! Solid wood !! The posts are fine, they were pressure treated. Cannot wait until the entire yard looks like the nice one , but it will take time, we are doing the worse ones first all around and then will slowly fix the others.

 

 

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So, that is the tour, I hope to be sharing a lot of pretty pictures of cleaned up and replanted flower beds, repaired and rebuilt fence panels !!

my final picture, some free flower pots left by a trash can at a park when we took my mother in law out of town for the day,  nothing was around close to the trash , so you could tell they were for someone to take , so exciting, the one is huge !! Two are terracotta and one is ceramic !! My wonderful hubby helped me put them in the trunk !!

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So, anyway, glad to be home, and look forward to getting this place where we want it to be !!

Thanks for stopping by !!

Stephie

Our cute house

I have been blogging a bit about our house on my beading page and figured since it will be an ongoing thing I should dedicate a blog just to our house. It will be fun to post pictures of before and after as we complete repairs and projects and I can share ideas and get ideas while we are at it !!

Here is our cute vintage cottage, this was taken last year, ignore the trash, I did not see that when I took it and did not retake after it was picked up !!

This house is 90 years old and needs a lot of work on the exterior , mainly the picket, that is falling down and paint on the outside and a new porch floor. It is a solid , very good house, but is ready for a lot of work as you can see in the pictures. We will be adding a lot more purple to the accents on the house, the wheels, some of rails, the pretty molding accrosss the front and the little medalian squards where the big wood brackets are along with the brackets

 

 

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We plan to paint that yellow shed purple and have a local artist do some pretty sunflowers facing the alley and hanging plants facing the house so when we look out we do not just see a shed, but pretty baskets of hanging plants , but ones we do not have to take care of.

I saw one painted at a mall, so this is what I am talking about , something like this !!!!

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Here is our beautiful back yard, unfortunately after a year of a big dog living in that yard the past year while our daughter and her family rented the house, the yard needs some care, but this is it last year about this time ,

In this first back yard picture, the middle rose appears to be lost now. It seems completely dead. The two on either side appear to have survived, but that lovely orange one is gone. I am so sad. This winter and last summer were brutal and the kids did the best they could, but they both work full time. I am here during the day to hand water and being gone two years took a toll on the yards. We are back to stay and will bring them back to thier glory again !! I will also be adding yard art again, my cowboy is still here, but I have a boy and girl that go in this garden I will be putting back in the next week !! I am so excited to get started on the yards again !!!

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the gate is gone to the back part of the yard, you can see where there is a board over it, but it is completely gone now, opening the two yards to each other !! Not sure what the other junk is, but it is just fence now and an opening where the gate used to be !! THe iris are still there and looking good, should be getting buds in the next few weeks and blooming next month sometime. IMG_8934

back porch, but no grill, that moved with our daughter and her family to thier new home, a house we bought while they were living here , we just traded houses two weeks ago and we are both so excited !! They are going to buy the other house from us soon, and we are back in the home we love and missed !!! IMG_8933

My beloved tree in the center of the back yard, I love this tree so much, it is just beautiful. A big old pecan !!! IMG_8936

Here are  our surviving roses from last year, some from the front yard, some from the back,  all taken last year, so I cannot wait for this year !!!

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the ones we lost , so sad !!!!

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So, we are so excited to be home, and are ready to get out there and plant more roses and herbs and flowers both in pots, and in flower beds.

Over time I will share past pictures of the back yard from years ago and show as we get it fixed up along with the hosue projects.

Thanks so much for stopping by, it will be fun to share this journey with you !!

Stephie