Category Archives: A Bit About Me

Studio – and Then There Was Light!

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I have power!!! One of the most exciting days of my “Studio” life! LOL – no more extension cord – no more cold air creeping in through the door because the extension cord is in the way!  I absolutely love this wood chandelier!  It’s has six lights and I put it on a dimmer switch.  I did have to put it together which was a bit intimidating, but honestly it went together very easily. I found it on Amazon – here is the link:  https://www.amazon.com/Pendant-6-Light-Weathered-Chandelier-Adjustable/dp/B07QMDMDBS/ref=sr_1_10?dchild=1&keywords=wood+chandelier&qid=1614561261&sr=8-10

 

Studio Shiplap

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Shiplap! I’ve never used it before and I love it!  I bought the Primed MDF Shiplap from Home Depot – boards are 6″x8′ and super easy to work with.  You just nail the lip (which will be hidden) then nail about one inch up from the bottom of the board and the next board just sits on top.

I finished the shiplap wall on Saturday – I was able to keep the studio at 40 degrees inside while it was 3 degrees outside, lol.  I had to add 2×4’s on the peaks of each “end” of the studio in order to have something to nail the ceiling boards to.  I’ve decided that once I finish the vapor barrier and insultation on the ceiling that I’m going to shiplap the ceiling too.  Wish me luck 😉

Here’s the peak with the 2×4’s that I added.

My plan is to leave the horizontal 2×4’s open.  We’ll see how it goes, lol.  Now some warmer temps would be amazing. Hoping to pull some power to the studio next week 😉

 

Studio Progress

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I finished all the wall insulation about a week ago.

Then I hired out the drywall – they did the door wall and the two window walls.

Drywall done! The rest of that insulation is for the ceiling, which will be after I shiplap this whole wall.

I’ve been working on the shiplap after work.  Now I need to go get more boards.  I loveeee putting up shiplap!!  I highly recommend at least one wall of shiplap in every home!! LOL 🙂

 

Merry Christmas to Me!

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This is the east side of my barn which use to be my “pumpkin patch”.  My pumpkins never got very big because it just didn’t get enough sun & my kids are growing their own now – so . . . time to move on, lol.  I see this space when I pull into my driveway and I wanted something to block the neighbors lean-to back there and something more pleasant to look at.  Remember this is a work in progress.

So Merry Christmas to me!  I purchased a Tuff Shed that arrived on Christmas Eve.  It’s their Premier Pro Ranch model and it’s 12’x14′.  I will use it for my photography studio.  It will be so awesome not to have to set up in my living room anymore!

The Tuff Shed crew included 3 guys and from the time they started to the time they finished – this was built (windows and all) in 3 hours!

Time to start electrical and insulation . . . . 🙂

 

Lemon Heaven – SanPellegrino

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So my daughter introduced me to this little slice of heaven!  I love anything LEMON but not so much on sparkling water.  I just don’t care for carbonated water.  I was presently surprised when she gave me one of these to try.  The perfect lemon flavor with such soft bubbles.  I’m telling you when I drank my first one it seriously reminded me of Italy.  When I read the box and it said “made with Italian lemons” – it was spot on!!  I don’t why, but Italian lemons just taste brighter, LOL.  If you like lemons – you’ll love this!!

It’s a Sign! LOL

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I am in love with my new metal sign!  https://realsteelcenter.com/   It is absolutely perfect!  This pattern was already a stock pattern and the barn is exactly the shape of mine!  They have a ton of great options, even holiday options.  The metal is a great weight, no sharp edges and didn’t take long to receive it.  Now I just need to figure out where I’m going to hang it – there are a couple options, lol.

Love Mason Jars

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I’d say I have a slight addiction to Mason Jars and when there is a new shape or new color or new size – I kinda need them! LOL

How stinkin’ cute are these “fluted” mason jars! I found them at my grocery store, King Soopers. Perfect for flowers or cute drinks! Ahhhh they make me happy, lol.

Pantry DONE!

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I found some old pictures of the “now” pantry when it was the original mudroom.  They’re a little blurry/grainy but you can get the idea.

You can see the linoleum flooring and under the shelf is where the washer and dryer were.

The room is about 8’x8′.  That door was the original back door before I did the addition.  That’s the same door that I used for “new” red pantry door.

Here is the “after”.  Finally got all the beadboard up and trimmed out.

Yep – that was the back door!

 

Palisade Peach Jam

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I haven’t had the opportunity to make Palisade Peach Jam in a couple of years – but this is one of my favorite things to do, make jam!  The peaches are big and sweet!

I just use the Certo Liquid Pectin recipe that comes in the box.  It actually took 6 large peaches to yield the 4 cups of fruit I needed. Recipe says it’ll make 8 cups but I always get more?  This batch made 10 cups.  There is nothing like homemade peach jam on pancakes or waffles! Yum