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Love the Process update

I began a Love the Process challenge 13 days ago. It is a challenge to create art everyday, but love creating, not the product. It has been an incredibly fun and freeing challenge so far. It is my goal to make sure that continues, and hopefully my skills will improve along the way too!

Here are some of the pieces I have created.

I am posting my artwork everyday at https://www.instagram.com/stacymayou/

Hydrangeas, 7 x 12, pastel painting, November 2017

 

Gold Heart, 5 x 5, colored pencil, November 2017

The Bass Player, 8 x 10, pastel painting, October 2017

Stella – self portrait, 9 x 12, pastel painting, October 2017

Lou, 6 x 12, colored pencil, October 2017

Sunday Morning, 14 x 11, acrylic paint, October 2017

A Little Lace, colored pencil, October 2017

Mom’s Tulips, 7 x 5, pastel painting, October 2017

Love Birds, 10 x 4, Markers, October 2017

The 1950’s Kitchen

Good friends came to visit last week, so we put them to work!

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The formica table and chairs have been sitting unused in a boarded up camp for over 20 years! They needed a good sanding and new paint, incredibly the table top has very few marks and the vinyl on the chairs have no tears and are only slightly yellowed.

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In the vase on the table is Honey Suckle I am trying to root – any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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The table along with the yellow hutch and cabinets and the cast iron sink really bring this little white house back to it’s 1950’s glory!

23 Days in the Woods

After 23 days in the woods we have running and hot water at the White House on Shull Run!

Jim and Stacy after 23 days in the woods!

Jim and Stacy after 23 days in the woods!

We have bleached every corner, crack and cranny in the joint and primed the walls.

Had a dumpster delivered, filled it with all sorts of crazy things from the house and the shed. We have mowed, weed eated and started trimming trees. We have also re-built a closet, moved our belongings in and started to get things put away. There are lighting and outlet issues, we have popped a couple breakers, but other than the really cold snap on May 17 when it snowed we have been able to keep the cabin warm and dry.

Only once have I woken up in a panic questioning our sanity! Honestly, for two people who have never considered themselves risk takers, this might have been a risk! The flood evidence, leaning supports under the cabin and incredible slope of the kitchen floor are proof that sane, rational people do get wild hairs, and when they do ~ watch out, they’re whoppers!

But the scenery is gorgeous. When we get up we are instantly outside with our coffee – even in the cold, to sit and watch and listen and enjoy. In the evenings we build a fire – to stay warm, but also to relax and enjoy the sunset. It is so peaceful everyday that searching for where the mice are coming in really doesn’t seem to bother us! We have no TV and a radio that gets one station (they do play Penguins hockey and that is AWESOME). We did get a satellite -Papa isn’t happy – but we do need to stay connected to the world a little bit!

The Welcome sign Papa made us for our new front door

The Welcome sign Papa made us for our new front door

 

The creek runs under the camp almost every spring (sometimes in the camp) so we just may need this life saving device

The creek runs under the camp almost every spring (sometimes in the camp) so we just may need this life saving device

 

Living room and old front door - steps are missing. Getting primed and ready for paint

Living room and old front door – steps are missing. Getting primed and ready for paint

 

Couldn't get this beauty to run, but they tried

Couldn’t get this beauty to run, but they tried

 

Moving truck parked at the end of the driveway for us to unload, the driver was afraid he'd get stuck, so he left it there; very long walk, thank goodness we downsized!

Moving truck parked at the end of the driveway for us to unload, the driver was afraid he’d get stuck, so he left it there; very long walk, thank goodness we downsized!

 

This is the best way to carry a mattress a 1/4 of a mile

This is the best way to carry a mattress a 1/4 of a mile

 

Rebuilt closet

The closet that Jim rebuilt

 

What happens to refrigerator seals when they sit for a few years

What happens to refrigerator seals when they sit for a few years

 

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Built in hutch

 

The shower, off the back bedroom

The shower, off the back bedroom

 

This rocking chair is a keeper

This rocking chair is a keeper

 

Master bedroom

Master bedroom

 

Looking into the kitchen and to the bathroom

Looking into the kitchen and to the bathroom

 

Looking into the kitchen and dinning room from the bathroom

Looking into the kitchen and dinning room from the bathroom

 

20 yard dumpster that we were able to fill in two days

20 yard dumpster that we were able to fill in two days

 

Sealing mouse entry points

Sealing mouse entry points