Life on the Yucca Farm

Here’s a snap shot of my house right now, plus some before and progress shots.  Working on a different computer type than I’m used to, I don’t get to move the photos into the order I wanted.

Master Bedroom progress:

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Kitchen before:

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Master bedroom now:McKMaster Master bedroom progress with Alex:McKMasterpaint Living room progress with Alex, Judith and Richard:McKMcSaslows Living room progress with Melissa and Stella:McKMelissa Milo!  King of the Heap!McKMilo Master bedroom progress:McKMud Office now:McKOffice Master bedroom progress with Sarah:McKSarahBack yard now:
McKTree Living room progress:McKTrim Backyard now:McKYard Yucca now:McKYuccaBlossoms Backyard now:McMcKPottedPlants  As you can tell, I didn’t stage or pretty up any of these photos.

Enjoy!

Yucca Farm

We got a house!  We’re in escrow now for new house and for selling this one.  Life is crazy with packing, inspections, filling out forms, and dreaming of all the wonderful things we get to do to make this new house our home.

Here’s a peak at our yucca farm:

HouseThat bit in the bottom photo on the right… that’s yucca.  And it wraps all the way around to the side yard.  We’re going to fill the green waste bin more than once with this yard.

We’re also going to be able to fill a dumpster with cheap wood paneling and wood shingles in the kitchen.  The kind of wood shingles that go on the outside of a cabin in the woods.

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You don’t get to see the shingles in the above shot, but you do get to see the green plaid wall paper that goes with it.  You also see the previous owner had our love of colors, but didn’t do it quite as well.  Note the highlighter yellow hallway.

I do, however, love the huge studio space in the picture below.  It has nice sliding doors out to the back yard.

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Moving day is scheduled for August 31st.  I promise to take more pictures.  The video I took is neat, but darn if I can upload it.

I hope your life is going fabulously!  See you soon.

 

 

 

Good House Ju Ju

Nope, still no new house for us.

However, I’m working some good house ju ju.  I’ve got an altar on my mantel to house, home, and family.

 

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The yellow vases were my Grandma Fran’s.  The pitcher holds the “good faith” checks we write for offers, as well as cash and change.  Money is good.  The large vase has a necklace on it from my mom with a key.

I’ve drawn a picture of a house.  Something with veggies growing in the yard, sunshine, happiness, color.  There are photos of our families, us, and homey things.

 

 

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The blue foo dogs  were my Great Grandma Irene’s.  The wall altar was a fantastic holiday gift from my in-laws.  We found it at the Petaluma Antique Fair.  Kind of perfect it was bought in the city we want to move to.

 

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There are all kinds of tokens of us, in elephants and octopi, images of our cats, there is paint and brush, a cooking spoon, fruit and flowers.  I’ve added some rum since the pictures.  We’re kicking it up a notch.

The altar is a place of focused thoughts and energy.  A physical form for the intangible desire.  A place to release my hopes, dreams, and even frustrations.

It’s also a great reminder of what I have.

 

Have You Looked at my Blog Lately?

Have you looked at my blog lately?  Probably not, because I haven’t been posting much.  I did, however, do a lot of work on it and my website.  With the help of graphic designer Chelsea of Chelsea McKenna Design it’s looking pretty fabu.  She does really “clean” work.  Which is perfect, because as much as I love bordello chic in my design and decorating, my web presence needs to be a platform for my work.  It shouldn’t compete with it.  An overly fru fru design would be too much.

I love how she took my input, my love of quatrefoil, and all of my little, “Well, how about this?”  and went with it.  I love how my free weebly website and my free wordpress.com blog have the same look.  A viewer doesn’t feel like they’ve taken a wrong turn on the internet.  It’s more consistent.  Even my FB cover photo and my Etsy shop headers coordinate with my websites.  I’m feeling pretty spiffy.

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Houses I Can’t Have

 

 

 

Here’s the first house we put an offer on, a few weeks ago.  Pretty cute.  Lots of sun for gardening.  Small detached studio.  It has been flipped, so things were in pretty good shape.  MckenzieNo response until we got a crazy counter offer.  This is a house I can’t have.

This is the second house we put an offer on.  Short sale.  Smelled like three packs of cigarettes a day for twenty years.  18 x 18 studio fabulousness in the backyard.  No actual front lawn, this photo is a lie (which I don’t mind, since I’d rip it out for my victory garden, anyways).

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No response, ever.  Saw the status change to “pending”, which means they’re taking someone else’s offer.

Saw a really god awful wrecked house today.  So in love.  I could work on that house for years.  But, the listing agent should have listed it as “cash only”.  It’s doubtful that a bank is going to want to loan someone money for a house in that condition.  Mold in the converted garage, broken window, no drywall in the master/downstairs public bathroom.  Nothing I couldn’t deal with.  But rules are rules.  It’s been on the market a long time.

Our amazing, gorgeous, persistent realtor Brook is going to talk to the listing agent and see if they are accepting non-cash offers.  I know it’s not likely (snowball in hell not likely) that we’ll get considered for this house, but I haven’t managed to give up hope and move on.  I’m a little bit in love with this house.

The front yard is a weird little skinny nothing, since it’s in a cul de sac (which wikipedia tells me literally translates to “arse of the bag” meaning a dead end… I suddenly like cul de sacs a lot more).  The further back you go, however, the wider and wider the lot gets.  It’s HUGE in the back yard.  My mind’s eye sees patios, raised garden beds, a dog, a fountain, laundry hanging out, kids, a little bistro table by the kitchen for al fresco mornings with my tea.  There is a little courtyard snug behind a fence in the front, flanked by the garage that has been converted into a room.   There’s a great french door from the courtyard into the garage. (I love french doors).  The front door has a little window in it.  A big fountain in that courtyard and we’re perfect.  The window over the kitchen sink would have a perfect view of it.

So here’s to the hope that won’t die for a house that needs a lot of work.

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Fairy Giveaway from Castle of Costa Mesa

Tania Prosser is a fabulous artist at the Made Local Marketplace.  She made me aware of this giveaway for beautiful flower fairies from Castle of Costa Mesa.  

 

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Do you see that one right in the middle there?  Yeah, her.  With the flaming red curly hair.  Yeah.  I want her.  So much so that I had to stop whatever Facebook scrolling I was wasting time with and blog about it.  Blogging about it gets me five extra entries, don’t you know?  It also means you know about the giveaway now, too, which means you’re competition… but I love all of you that read my blog so much that if you won and I didn’t I’d still love you.

Anyways, now that I’m here, I’m going to work on some real blog posts.  About stuff that I do. That doesn’t have to do with scrolling through FB.

A Bright Bright Sunshiny Day!

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