Good Evening Everyone!
Just dropping in to say hello!
I've been taking a couple of nights off to finish up a tutorial for Graphic 45! In all honesty, I did put the finishing touches on the tutorial TONIGHT and sent it off finally...Then what happened last night you ask? Well...Sheepish grin... I started the final touches right, laptop on lap...door closed...ruler and notes in hand...Then...I decided to just have some "accent noise" in the background. Flipped on the tube, moved the screen away from me...Then this Crasher Lady did the most amazing thing to an UGLY garage making it into the coolest room EVER!! I ended up laying in bed watching HGTV home improvement shows all night! I never do that! I had a blast! Needless to say, the tutorial didn't get it's touches that night!
I used to watch those home improvement shows ALL the time! I mean I was hooked and never switched the channel! Shows like these made me think I could rip down walls and build new ones, rewire the whole house and lay wood flooring!!! Who knew...I actually did! The house I live in comes with a LOOONNNNGGG story that I will spare you! However, here is the Campbell's Soup Condensed version....
I wanted to move out to the country with lots of trees and land to raise chickens, turkeys, peacocks, bees and basset hounds...Well folks, the house that the land came with was...was...plain old down and dirty UGLY, but the land...beautiful. Full of trees, dreams and promise!!! The man who built the house and owned the property was a recent divorcee. Yes, there is a reason why I mention Divorcee. Mr. Montgomery must have lived with his previous wife in a pink house...Why you ask? When he became a bachelor again and was eating cans of green beans and microwave dinners alone with his long time companion, a dog named Blue (taking a breath) he decided that it would be really cool to finally use his favorite color in his very own house...He had waited for years for this day...decades even...So looking forward to the day when he could use this miraculous color...The color...BLUE! Dusty BLUE! Blue carpet, walls, trim, toilets, shower stalls, ceilings, tile, backsplashes, doors and cabinets! It was horrible! The house lived and breathed blue! No Joke! I've got pictures somewhere! Now, we aren't talking blue with a really cool accent color...Or blue with white trim to offset....Just ALL the exact same shade of blue everywhere...On EVERYTHING...Get me? Bad juju me thinks as he remarried a lady called, Miss Pink Partridge who would not let Blue the dog come live in their new PURPLE house!
I...we...completely redid everything in this house with our own hands, time, sweat and money thanks to these awesome home improvement shows. I can't say it was all fun and games and that we didn't have to call out the plumber a time or two for busting into walls with pipes, but I can honestly say that I have laid floors, rewired the house, tore down walls, put up new ones, changed out doors, put in new toilets, sinks and tubs, painted, and completely gutted a whole kitchen are put in new cabinetry, appliances and even built my own 4 x 8 kitchen island....I loved every minute of it! Thinking back...I would NEVER do it again! Were we CRAZY! But when you are young and can get down on all fours to lay flooring non-stop for hours without your knees giving out or your arthritis kicking in...Oh yeah! Good Times!
Back into the studio tomorrow! Have an awesome day!
The Gentleman Crafter