Wednesday, June 29, 2016

We Are Going To Try Flipping...........Crazy

Hubby and I have jumped into a house flipping adventure.  We put in a offer on a HUD home and it was accepted.  Now we just have to wait for the closing and we can start tearing apart and fixing up our little flip.  SO EXCITED!  It is around 1200 square feet, three bedrooms and one bath.  Let me give you a tour of some of the problems we will be facing so you will be really impressed with the after pictures!
 Check out this old door!  It is an exterior door into the garage.
 So this is weird.  The master closet and the second bedroom closet sit side by side and have no dividing wall.  I am looking from bedroom number 2's closet right into the master closet.  Weird.  Plus check out the peeling vinyl tiles.
 At least the closet has a rod.
 So here is the story on the house.  Foreclosure'd on by the bank and then they hired a fly by night contractor that did a terrible job of "fixing it up" for sale.  The Bank then couldn't sell it and finally let it go back to HUD.  We picked it up for way cheap, as is.  One of the big issues is the new drywall.  You can't tell from this picture but the seams and mud are terrible.  We have to redo all the tape and seams.
 One of the cool things about this house!  Bread Box in one of the drawers.  That definitely stays!
 Ugly old appliances.
 The cabinets are in great shape.  We will be painting them white.
 Gross ceiling stuff.
 More kitchen cabinets.
 Weird add on room.  Really small and just off the kitchen.  I have plans for this!
 Here you can see the tape peeling.  What a mess.
 Galley kitchen.  You can see the foyer and front door in the back.
 Carpet in the kitchen?????
 I am still debating these nobs.....what do you think?  Will they go with a cottage decor?
 We have a lot of window ledges and molding to replace.
 And this cute little built in needs some love.
 The molding is serious messed up.
 OK, here is one of the issues our realtor. my husband and I are having conflict about.  I want to tear this sucker out but they say it has resale value.  Yuck.  If we keep this I am not going to be the one to clean it out. 
 Part of the bathroom "remodel" of the previous contractor.
 Rotted siding.
 Broken french door.
 More rotted siding.
 Back to this door.  I seriously am keeping this when we replace it with a new one.  Love the peeling paint but the new buyers probably won't so out it goes.
 Green moss everywhere the sun don't shine.
 Wasps and birds will be losing their home.

 Super creepy carport.  Again, realtor says keep it but I would love to tear it down.
 Kitchen door.  More moss.
 Rotted floor boards in the one and only bath.  And it is really tiny.  That means I can I can buy higher end finishes since it won't take much.
Everything was winterized but we will see when we turn the water back on.  
 Another plus, wood floors under a lot of the carpet.
 Master bedroom.  They painted the wood floors in here and I love them but I think we will have to sand them door so it appeals so more buyers.
 Here is another weird thing.  When they built the addition they landlocked the third bedroom.  NO WINDOW.  But we think we have a solution to bring natural light into this room.
 Cute closet door is definitely staying.
 The house has a huge foyer.  Here is the corner windows.
One more photo to show the crappy plastering and molding.  Also notice the texturing on the walls of the kitchen.  Big blobs of popcorn on the walls.
 Another plus.  This house sits on over one acre.  It has a few fruit trees too.  The red shed in the back need some work but it is really cute.
We have some plans for the front porch too.
So the hardest part of this project will be not getting too emotionally involved and keeping costs down.  I have to remember that I won't be living here and that we are trying to make a profit.  Really hard!  I so want to put pretty things in this little house.  I can but I will have a budget so I can't go crazy.  Really really hard.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Cool Cats Quilt

I found the cutest cat fabric on sale about a month ago and knew my oldest granddaughter would love it.  It is from Michael Miller's Cool Cat line in aqua.  I also added a bright pink fabric at my granddaughter's request.  She is very girly and a future Cat Lady........She even helped pick out the layout.
 I like how this line mixes pretty cats and nerdy cats and pin dots!





I had some left over material so I am making her some skater shorts pajamas.  
So if you are a little nerdy AND crazy about cats AND girly......this quilt is definitely for you!
Diana

Friday, April 29, 2016

Vintage Picnic Quilt

I made myself a quilt!  I know, I've made a lot of quilts that I have shared with you on this blog.  They are usually a gift for a new baby or sick friend.  I also make them for family members.  I guess I have made a few dozen over the last few years.  But I rarely make one for myself.....
 When I started this quilt I wondered who I would give it to.  I loved the fabric and colors sooo much.  Then it occurred to me that if I like it so much there was no reason why I couldn't keep it!  More specifically, I could use it in my vintage trailer as a lap quilt.  Yippee!
 I used fabric from Moda's line Vintage Picnic and a red gingham I had in my stash.  The backing is a red and white chevron fabric.
 Machine quilted it on my domestic machine using Westalee ruler foot and shell template.
I seriously loooove how easy it was to use and how smooth the quilting looks.  Might have to do a post on the ruler foot and templates.........
 Don't you just love giant ric rac?
Here is a pic of the backing.  This quilt is so cheerful!  I can't wait to take the trailer out this summer and cuddle with this quilt while reading a good book and eating chocolate.......mmmmm.
Diana

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Sees Copycat Bordeaux Chocolates

Have you ever tried Sees Chocolates?  For those of you on the west coast that probably sounds like a dumb question but since moving to the Ohio Valley I have been shocked at how few people have even heard of Sees!  Thank goodness we now have one in Columbus so I can enjoy them anytime I want.....well almost anytime I want since it is a one hour drive to the mall.  But for those times I can't wait I've found a wonderful recipe from Love & Turquoise that produces a "close enough" chocolate.
I did tweak the recipe a little.  First I used Guittard chocolate because that is the brand Sees uses.  I also tempered my chocolate.  I have a tempering machine but you can do it the manual way if you like.  I also added a little more powdered sugar than her recipe called for because my centers were not thick enough.  Lastly I used real chocolate sprinkles-definitely not the kind you get at the grocery store!  I get mine from a online dutch company.   You can also get them from Amazon.  Once you taste these sprinkles you will never eat the American version again, I promise.  Oh, and I left out the coffee.  Mormon.
 So how did they taste?  At first I was a little disappointed (like right after they had set up).  The centers were just not quite creamy enough.  But this morning (don't judge me, it was in the name of quality control!) I ate one and it was sooooooo good.  Okay, so I had to eat another one to make sure I had a large enough control group.  
 Creamy and delicious!  Best Chocolate ever.  If fact it was so good I pack up most of them to give as gifts and sent them with my husband to deliver!   
We are having quests for dinner tonight so I held a few back to set at each place setting.  And there might be a few more tucked away in my secret place for myself.  Don't tell anyone okay?
Diana