Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly

The Good:  We now have a rebuilt front porch that can  be decorated for the season.


The Bad:  This indoor/outdoor carpet that was on the porch floor.

The Ugly: 


Pull up a chair, pour yourself something to drink and I'll tell you the story.
When we bought the cottage, we knew the porch floor had a "soft spot".  It was at the top of the "to-do" list, so shortly after arriving, we peeled back the carpet and had a look.  It wasn't pretty, as you can see above.  There was also paneling on the sides of the porch.  I didn't like the look.

So, it was pryed off to expose this:
Seeing that rotted beadboard broke my heart!
And this:
Fortunately, the wasps were long gone!
Next. some of the floor was opened up and the extent of the damage was apparent:

The job was getting bigger by the minute.......time to call the professionals!  
The demolition continued:
Our contractor was able to save us some money by salvaging what we had. The cedar siding was carefully removed and saved and much of the tongue-in-groove flooring was still solid.  This was good news, since replacing cedar siding and tongue-in-groove flooring is expensive.  

Here's what the porch looked like halfway through the job:
Stairs & columns removed, roofed jacked-up & braced, and a little bit of flooring still there!
But, it got better!
New footings.
Framing.
Flooring.
New beadboard.  Remember the paneling??
And a 'shout-out' to the guys who made it happen!
 They also saved the columns.
The only thing left to do? Paint!  The salvaged floor needed some scraping and the steps needed a good scrubbing.  OK, 3 things:  scrub, scrape, and paint.  Not to bad, all things considered!  Rest assured that we will not be replacing the carpet.  Our best guess is that the carpet was a big part of the problem.  Rain and snow soaked into it and then soaked into the wood.  After years of this, the wood just rotted. I'll be sweeping off the snow regularly this winter!

The porch is now solid.  I'm looking forward to decorating it for the holidays and relaxing on it next spring and summer.

The Trick-or-Treaters will be safe on our porch.

From our house to yours...
Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!



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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Let's Start the Party: Wordless Wednesday

Welcome!  It's my last Wordless Wednesday to Co-Host with Karren at Oh My Heartsie Girl.  This month flew by and I've enjoyed seeing the wonderful things that all of you linked-up. They've been fabulous!   I hope you'll continue to stop by the cottage, even after I'm no longer co-hosting.

So, let's get started.......link-up, visit as many as you can, and leave them a little love with a sweet comment.  Here we go.....................  

We invite you to Enter For A Chance To Win one of 5 Co-Host Positions for November, Ends 10/31. The Winners will be featured in each weeks Wordless Wednesday post and be seen on 5 blogs with links back to their blogs and a feature each week.Gives us all a chance to meet new bloggers and help them with visitors too.


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{Co-Host} Ann Hi, I'm Ann, the person from The Apple Street Cottage. This is my new blog that chronicles the adventures and misadventures of life in our new home.  Recently retired, my husband and I downsized and moved across the country.  We start the next chapter of our lives with love, laughter, and lots of elbow grease as we update and renovate the cottage.  Please join us as we share everything from painting and cleaning, to gardening and cooking! 
Featured Recipe From Ann "Did Someone Say Chocolate"



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Monday, October 27, 2014

A Hometalk Hello to Wreaths!

Recently the wonderful people at Hometalk contacted me.  They were looking to feature a clipboard on inexpensive wreaths and wanted me to curate it.  Naturally, I said, "Yes!"

As you know, wreaths can be very expensive to make.  This board represents a wide variety of wreaths, all of which can be recreated at a reasonable price.  There are 20 wreaths on it now, but you know I'll be adding more!
Click the picture and take a look for yourself.  I'm confident you'll be gathering your materials and making a new wreath in no time!  Be sure to let me know what you create - remember, I want to add more wreaths to the board!

Thanks for stopping by the cottage!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Did Someone Say, "Chocolate?"

We had friends over for dinner last night at the cottage and I tried a new dessert recipe.  It was delicious.  It was decadent.  I just had another slice!

I found the recipe on Pinterest from Taste of Home.  It's called the Chocolate-Strawberry Celebration Cake, and, believe me, it IS something to celebrate! Keep in mind, there is nothing low-cal about this cake.  Heck, the frosting alone has 2 cups of butter in it.  Yes, that is a whole pound......but, it is soooo worth it!
Click the Pinterest link above for the recipe.  It's pretty simple, and guess what?  This beauty starts with a box cake mix!   
Sooo, if you're looking for a special dessert recipe, you love chocolate, and you're throwing your diet out the window, make this cake.  You won't be disappointed!  
Thanks for stopping by the cottage - have a great week!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The $3 Wreath

Yes, you read that correctly!  $3 - that's it.  You know how I love a deal!  
Since there's always a story, here it is... The Craft Room is still packed.  Repainting the basement has begun, so, with a little luck, it may emerge soon!  Keep your fingers crossed for me, OK?

I was really feeling the need to "get my craft on" and, while at the Dollar Store, spotted a small grapevine wreath.  Two flower springs and the wreath came home with me - total: $3.
I had already started shaping the flowers to fit the wreath when this pic was taken.

I needed 2 more items that I KNEW I had...somewhere...packed in a box...burlap ribbon and a hot glue gun.  The ribbon was found in the first box I searched - YES!  The hot glue gun was another story.  I searched through six boxes with no luck.  I knew it was there, but I was trying to avoid totally emptying the boxes because it was IMPOSSIBLE to get everything back in again.  (When I packed them for the cross-country move, it was like playing Tetra - every square inch was filled!)  Finally, the glue gun was found, snug in the bottom corner of a previously searched box!  Whew!

The bow was so easy to make.  Stay tuned for a tutorial for it.  You'll be an expert bow-maker in minutes - I promise!

It was time to assemble the wreath.  The flower stems were shaped, trimmed, and woven into the wreath with a few dabs of hot glue.  The bow was attached with some heavy-duty thread from my sewing box, and that was it.  The wreath was done! 

So there it is, the $3 Wreath!  If you decide to make one, let me know.  I'd love to see your version!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Wordless Wednesday Linky Party

Life at the cottage sure has been busy - cleaning, painting, decorating, trees coming down, (feel free to click those links) and so much more!  Welcome - I hope you'll take a look around and stop back for more stories.  

In the meantime, I am Co-hosting Wordless Wednesday again this week and can't wait to see what you link up.  Be sure to enter for a chance to co-host next month.  It's so much fun!  

Sooooo, here we go.......


We Welcome You To Our Wordless Wednesday-We hope that you will enjoy the features from our Co-Hosts, they are winners from Septembers Contest. And if this is your first time to stop by Oh My Heartsie Girl ~Welcome!!
We invite you to Enter For A Chance To Win one of 5 Co-Host Positions for November, The Winners will be featured in each weeks Wordless Wednesday post and be seen on 6 blogs with links back to their blogs and a feature each week.Gives us all a chance to meet new bloggers and help them with visitors too.

Heidi's Wanderings || Five Things Heidi Learned Watching Big Bang Theory You would never think that watching a comedy you would learn something nifty, and Heidi found 5 things that caught her attention, check out her post and read what they are.
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∇ Confession of A Perfect Mommy || Big Little Lies is a Mystery Are you looking for a great murder mystery this Halloween season? Then you need to read Big Little Lies, a murder happens at the local Kindergarden PTA fundraiser. Which PTA parent is capable of murder and biggest question yet; who was murdered?
∇ The Apple Street Cottage Tree Removal || Ann is busy after retiring renovating and making changes to her little cottage, this week they were busy removing trees, wow what a process she shares. Shes looking for ideas if you would like to share with her on landscaping, stop by and see the process in tree removal.
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B is 4 Blogspot || Dollar Tree's Halloween decorations and crafting items that her and family received as part of a review to use to decorate for Halloween. The box contained 40 items, stop by to visit and see what they created for Halloween Decorating
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Our Features This Week Include Autumn and Halloween ~ 
We Hope That You Will Enjoy!!
Unusal Pumpkins from Plumper Perfect and Me
Plum Perfect Paper Covered Pumpkins ||  As I visit and see the talent of other bloggers I just love to share their work. And Gail over at Plum Perfect and Me has created these unusual feature with decoupage using paper napkins with Modpodge. I think they are very nice. how-to-make-fabric-pumpkins 
How to Make Fabric Pumpkins || Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom || Super cute pumpkins! Button Pumpkin Door Sign created by Little Miss Celebration 
Button Pumpkin Door Sign || Little Miss Celebration || This pumpkin is fun and bright and if you have tons of buttons it’s a great way to display them all! Sensory Pumpkin Craft_title 2 tall Created y A Little Pinch of Perfect 
Sensory Pumpkins || A Little Pinch of Perfect ||  Katie and her kids created these cute sensory pumpkins, they are really cute and were a great way for her to get her kids involved and to learn sensory skills.
  A little autumn here and there from Lovely Livings 
A Little Autumn Here and There || Lovely Livings || LuAnn has created a lovely vignette from a terrarium with pumpkins and dressed it up further with sunflowers and faux colorful leaves. She has the arrangement spilling out on the table to make the look more interesting. I love it!!! Enchanting-Halloween-Lanterns-Header from Adventure in a box
Enchanting Halloween Lanterns made with Mason Jars || Adventure In A Box || Liska created these Mason Jars using Krylon spray paint, stencils and markers. How many other holidays can you think of to use this idea?
  apple pie cheesecake ginger snap trifle Created by Shaken Together Life 
Apple Pie Cheesecake Ginger Snap Trifle || Shaken Together Life || Don’t worry – these are super easy! First, you’ll need to whip up no bake cheesecake filling and then just layer ginger snaps and apple pie filling … YUM!!
  boo-to-you-Halloween-mason-jar-gift from shaken together life 
Mason Jar Halloween Gifts || Shaken Together Life || Wouldn’t these Halloween mason jar gifts be so cute left on a coworker’s desk? Or snuck onto a neighbor’s porch? Or given as favors for any Halloween get together? They may just be my perfect excuse to munch on those mellowcreme pumpkins!!

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Monday, October 20, 2014

The Dirty Truth!


Just in case you thought this was a blog that would only share the clean and pretty projects - let me clarify.  Rescuing an older home involves a lot of DIRT - and I am not afraid to share!
Presenting..........the fence:


Ewwww!

The cottage came with a vinyl picket fence that stretched across the back yard.  It's a nice fence, but it was incredibly dirty!  As you can see, it was covered in mold, mildew, and a few lichen. Initially, I had no idea how to clean it and I certainly didn't cherish the thought of scrubbing every square inch of a fence that stretched about 60 feet.  
Then it hit me......bleach! It's used to kill mold all the time!  I grabbed the bottle of bleach and a spray bottle, added bleach and warm water in a 1:5 ratio, and sprayed one section of the fence. The grime melted away!  I sprayed the next section and then went back to look at the first one. 
Since my husband had already turned off the outside faucets for winter, I went back inside and grabbed a bucket of warm water and a rag.  With no scrubbing, the vinyl wiped clean.  Here's the proof:


Remember the "Before"?
YUK!

The 2 Steps:
1.  Spray with bleach solution.
2.  Wipe clean.  I really think a garden hose would
      work, too.

My husband helped, and with two of us working, it took no time at all to clean both sides of the entire fence - no scrubbing involved!

Fabulous!

Thanks for stopping by the cottage.  I promise the next post will not be as dirty, so come back again soon!

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