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Thursday, September 1, 2011

How I spent my Summer Staycation

Last week we both took time off from work for staycation. Staycation is always our favorite! It's great fun to go on trips. But we love taking vacation at home; taking day trips and seeing the sights, doing work around the house. We love it!!!

Here's a few things we did on our staycation:

We went to Harlem, Georgia to visit the Laurel & Hardy Museum. We LOVE The Boys!!! Ya know, they do the same joke over and over (and over and over and over...) and I laugh EVERY TIME!!! It was a beautiful drive over on the back roads of East Georgia. And while the museum wasn't huge and full of memorabilia (not much left! they reused props in every movie back in those days!!!) it was still very cool. We saw lots of old pics of each of The Boys. Stan being Ben's favorite and Oliver being mine.

a mural in the center of town

Me with The Boys

Ben with The Boys

We also did a lot of things around the house. Here is our old porch rocker looking brand spankin' new with a fresh coat of black paint. The rest of the porch (and the entire house and barn!!!) will be painted next week. Can't wait!

We also did a LOT of work in the kitchen.

We had remodeled the kitchen about 7 years ago. We got 90% done and lost steam. We never finished the molding on one wall. We didn't paint the windows. We didn't paint the cabinets.

Then 2 weeks ago we had someone remove the horrible sliding glass door and replace it with a nice porch door with simple glass pane. We told them we'd finish the inside if they did the outside. So we used our staycation to finish up the kitchen. ALMOST! We still need to paint the cabinets. Well do that labor day weekend.

Here's a shot of our beautiful molding. I love how it came out!!!

Here's another shot showing the molding, New England Red walls and cream bead-board paneling. LOVE it!!!

We also went to Folk Fest the first part of our staycation. Saw tons of great art but didn't buy anything... well, except for one. We bought art for the dogs. We got this great painting from Bonehead Arts to hang above the dog door. I LOVE it. I think the pups do too!

And a bigger shot of our kitchen. Still lots we want to do, like new floor and new counter top. But those are projects for next year. Once we get the cabinets painted, we're done!

I did lots of art during staycation. Here's a sculpture I've been working on FOR EVER! And it's almost done now. A few finishing touches. But it's done enough to share I think. :)

Here's a piece I'm working on for Gary Reef's Sardine Can Challenge. It's no where's close to being done. But I think I can still share a peak.

I posted this yesterday but here it is again! I made this journal to mail to other artists for a Round Robin. Can't wait to get it back full of wonderful art!

Back to work we go!!! The Man and The puppy heading back to work on Monday.

And me too! Back to work after a WONDERFUL week of staycation!!!


Joy said...

Kitchen is looking wonderful! And I love all the art you did. :)


heather noye said...

Thanks Joy. We're painting the cabinets this weekend. LOVE it!!! Can't wait till y'all come down & see it all. :)