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Displaying Family Keepsakes

What makes this china cabinet so special to us?

When my sweet mother-in-law Faye passed away😢, my father-in-law decided to sell their home and move to an independent living facility. None of Neal’s brothers wanted this china cabinet. Neal and I really did not have room for it, but it kept calling me. 😊So . . . we brought this beautiful china cabinet home with us. It reminds me of Faye each time I see it. She used it as an actual china cabinet. Continue reading “Displaying Family Keepsakes”

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How to Mortar Wash (German Schmear) a Brick Fireplace

Materials Needed:

    • Plastic or drop cloth
    • Painter’s tape
    • 2 buckets (one for mixing mortar and one for water)
    • Durable gloves
    • Mortar mix
    • Electric drill (for mixing mortar)
    • Mixing paddle
    • VersaBond White Mortar Mix
    • Putty knife (metal is preferable)
    • Heavy-duty sponge
    • Rags

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A DIY Quick and Easy Halloween Costume

Do you need to make a quick and easy Halloween costume?  

I am volunteering at our church’s Halloween carnival. They are encouraging adults to dress up, so I decided to make a jack-o-lantern 🎃 costume.

My DIY costume costs less than four dollars and I purchased all my supplies at Hobby Lobby. You can also purchase these supplies at Walmart or a craft store. Continue reading “A DIY Quick and Easy Halloween Costume”

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How to Install Shower Tile

As part of renovating my Mother’s house, we tiled her shower.

Materials Needed: 

    • Backer board (we used USG Durock)
    • Joint tape and screws for the backer board (we used Durock screws)
    • Measuring tape
    • Putty knife
    • RedGard Speed Coat from Home Depot
    • Roller and roller handle
    • Tile
    • Tile saw
    • Spacers (depending on the width of the grout line)
    • Thin-set
    • Bucket
    • Large sponge
    • Drill and mixing paddle
    • Non-sanded grout (We used Cape Gray.)
    • Notched trowel (size of notches depends on the size of tile – see manufacturer’s directions)

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How to Install Tile on a Bathroom Floor

We spent a few months renovating a house down the street for my mother. The bathroom was in poor condition. The tile floor was not completed and thus you could actually see the subfloor where the tile ended next to the wall. 🤨

Materials:

    • Backer board
    • Circular saw (to cut backer board)
    • Joint tape
    • Thin-set
    • putty knife
    • Tile
    • Tile saw (be sure the tile saw is large enough to cut the size of your tile)
    • Electric drill
    • Mixing paddle that attaches to drill
    • spacers
    • Mortar
    • Trowel
    • Large sponge
    • 2 buckets (one for mixing thin-set and mortar and one for a water bucket)
    • Rubber grout float
    • Grout (we used Polyblend Sanded grout – color: Cape Gray).

Preparing the Service

We had to do some demo work. My sister Mary Beth helped us with this part. We used a sledgehammer, shovel, and bucket to break up the original tile. This part of the project is quite dusty and messy. We suggest wearing a mask due to all the dust.

Step 1  – Install the backer board to provide stability and strength. Also, notice that we moved the floor vent. It made more sense for this not to be in the middle of the room. Continue reading “How to Install Tile on a Bathroom Floor”

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Fall Tablescape

I just love fall — the cooler nights, carving pumpkins, drinking warm cider, smelling freshly baked apple pies, wearing cozy sweaters, and oh the brilliant colors as the foliage explodes with shades of red and orange!

Until this last year, I was a school administrator and thus never had time to decorate for fall. Now that I am retired and doing education consultant work, I have more time and enjoy decorating our home for different seasons.

My father passed away on July 27, 2017. I miss him, but know I will see him when I get to Heaven. Dad had several old cars and trucks. He loved to restore old vehicles. This container (oblong metal box in the photo above) is the toolbox (behind the driver’s seat) in one of three of trucks Dad had behind his barn. I believe the truck is from the 1940s.

 

I just love using something that is genuinely old and rustic. It also reminds me of my Dad. Continue reading “Fall Tablescape”

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