Ice Fishing Trip

14 Dec The End

On Friday the husband talked me into going ice fishing with some of our new friends. I love trying new things so I was up for it. After work we scrambled to find warm clothes to wear, get our gear and then get home to bed.

We got up at 5:30 a.m. and hit the road about 6:30 a.m. on Saturday. We still pinch ourselves that we live so close to this great beauty!

The Drive

The Drive

We followed our friends on HWY 24 and arrived at Lake Antero. We unloaded the trucks, put our stuff into this little sled and hauled it out onto the ice. It’s such a weird feeling being on the ice. It makes all kinds of noises even though you are safe on 4″ or greater (we were on at least 6″). Plus, you can see beneath the ice.

Standing on ice

Standing on ice

The next thing to do is to “cut” your fishing hole.

Ice Fishing Hole

Ice Fishing Hole

Then you put your line in the hole and sit and wait…in the cold. The very, very cold.

Ice fishing and guarding the Bud Lite

Ice fishing and guarding the Bud Lite

And take photos

Ice Fishing Tent

Ice Fishing Tent

To keep the water in the hole from freezing, I stirred it with my line…and caught a trout!

My caught trout fish

My caught trout fish

Since I caught what was I considered to be my quota…I headed back to the truck and ate some chips…had some coffee…and read a book. Lovely!

View from the truck

View from the truck

Overall it was an interesting experience. It was a little surreal being on the water, ice and your mind plays some tricks on you…it’s easy to freak yourself out. All-in-all we both said we’d go again…maybe when we’re more into winter so the ice can get thicker.

The End

The End

 

Ensuite Bathroom

3 Dec Vanity area--after

I had so much fun with our ensuite bathroom. It has a cute pocket door that leads into what will be the Master Bedroom and another door leading into another bathroom.

A look at the bathroom through the pocket door.

A look at the bathroom through the pocket door. Ignore the unfinished Master Bedroom and the paint samples on the wall. :)

Here’s a look at the before. It currently has this funky blue bathtub and toilet, but we’ll get the tub reglazed and the toilet replaced in “Phase II.”

The Ensuite Before...snazzy blue tub

The Ensuite Before…snazzy blue tub

Blue toilet

Blue toilet

Before--Vanity area

Before–Vanity area

Vanity--In Progress

Vanity–In Progress

The dark purple used is a custom Behr paint color. It’s the same color code that we used in our OKC dining room. I call it my “soul paint.” The lighter color is also Behr and it’s called Grape Creme.

Painting in progress

Painting in progress

I painted the vanity white and replaced the hardware (from Lowes). I used other accessories that I’ve owned for some time. I used my same shower curtain, purchased about two years ago from World Market.

Shower curtain installed

Shower curtain installed

The mirror was also in our OKC dining room and was purchased at Garden Ridge, which is now called At Home. I think it makes a great vanity mirror. The vanity light was purchased at Lowes.

Vanity area--after

Vanity area–after

Vanity light

Vanity light

Gray rug

Gray rug

Overall, I think we spent less than $150 to renovate this room.

Bedroom Update

1 Dec

Hi there! I wanted to give a quick update on the bedroom. I’ve hung our only piece of original art we own above the bed, added our lamp to the night stand, along with other accessories. Take a look. Yes, the cat has claimed her throne.

Bedroom Update. Still in progress.

Bedroom Update. Still in progress.

Artwork was purchased at this Etsy shop, the lamp at Stein Mart,  and the small lanterns on the night stand from Marshalls.

New Fridge

25 Nov

You know you’re in a full-blown remodeling project when you get excited about things like refrigerators. Case in point. Not only does this crazy kitchen have crazy old wallpaper, but it also had a unique, vintage, old refrigerator. Interestingly, it still worked. As much as it pained me to get rid of something that still worked, we needed a new refrigerator. Check out our new Frigidaire.

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Old–Sunshine Yellow circa 1975

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Old-Check out this light source…bzzzzz.

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Old-duck tape works wonders in all kinds of environments and temperatures

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Old-nice fancy design…someone should bring this style back

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Old-a look at the butter dish. Notice it says “butter?” Not margarine. Not coconut oil. Just pure butter.

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New-check out the stainless…I’m giddy!

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New-and it’s digital!

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New-updated lighting! Oh my!

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New-seet through veggie trays so you can tell when it’s time to throw the broccoli out.

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New–Excellent freezer space. Yes, that’s two different bottles of vodka. Don’t judge, we had guests. :)

Guest Bedroom One

17 Nov Guest Bedroom in Process

Last weekend I was able to get into one of the bedrooms to setup a place for us to sleep. The room was originally painted a yellowish color with wood trim. Check out the images below for an in-progress update (and the cats enjoying it).

Before

Before

I wanted the walls to be a light blue. Here are some of the samples.

Guest Bedroom Before

Guest Bedroom Before

Guest Bedroom Before Doorway

Guest Bedroom Before Doorway

Guest Bedroom Painted

Guest Bedroom Painted

What I think is a very tranquil blue.

Guest Bedroom in Process

Guest Bedroom in Process

Although a tight fit, our furniture its. I love the blue and purple look.

Finishing touches with face plates

Finishing touches with face plates

I’m really big on replacing old hardware. I replaced all the face plates for the light switch and outlets. There is a telephone outlet that I spray painted a metallic silver.

Shopping List:
Paint (Lowes–Clear Blue Sky)
Quilt & Shams (Joss & Main–6-Piece Nica Coverlet Set)
White Comforter (Wal-Mart–Better Homes and Gardens Pintuck 3-Piece Bedding Comforter Mini Set )

Change is here!

4 Nov

My husband, our two cats and the Great Dane have moved to Colorado. Well, so far I am the only one who has actually moved. I’ve been here working since mid-September… sleeping on a somewhat comfortable air mattress and dining on camping chairs in an apartment. However, we close on our new house in two days. After the paperwork is signed, the husband will haul all of our belongings and our pets and finally be here with me. Back to the house, when I say new…it’s new to us. It’s actually a 1968 model and needs a lot of work. See below.

Up the drive

Up the drive

The Kitchen...oh my!

The Kitchen…oh my!

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Quilts Are Cool

23 Mar

That’s right, I said it…quilts are cool! Maybe it’s because I turned 40 last year, or maybe it’s because they are so darn cute, but I’m crazy about quilts these days. If you know me, you know I’m not a real crafty person. I’ve tried over the years to make random things like snowglobe ornaments, floral arrangements, felt wreaths and scrapbooking, but they’re just not for me. So you may be surprised that I’ve fallen in love with quilts! So much so that I’ve started to make my own. And I’ve astonished myself at how it’s turning out.

quiltone

 

This particular block pattern is called Arkansas Crossroad and I found my inspiration at the Fussy Cut blog and the pattern here. I’m having a really fun time working with the pattern and I find it to be completely relaxing. I’ll post back periodically. I’m using just some really fun, vibrant colored fabrics along with the black essex. As a newby, I’d love your feedback for tips and tricks to quilting.

Lisa DuBois Low

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