Settling in and Renovating!

ABOVE: Northbound on HWY 95, a little rain starting. See how lush everything is here? It’s Awesome!

Things are happening around here!

Here are some before & after photos of my new laundry/sewing room.  ( I will redo the pics) This is the one area I allowed myself to “Go Crazy” with the curtains, the rest of the windows are very conservative. The “Before’s” are how the house was before we bought it.  We bought new appliances, tiled the floor- which also extends to the kitchen, hall and dining room. I painted a soft yellow and cream. The same paint is used in the kitchen and hallway. It was called ” Stonehenge Ivory” by Olympic, trimmed by their “Queen Anne’s Lace”. (a fresh cream color) However, the yellow was too bright, so I reduced the color with the cream and am happy with the result.

I removed the closet’s bi-fold doors and my Juki overlock machine now lives there. This cotton seersucker fabric is golden beige, with white lines and a fine red thread. I pleated the store bought cream krinkled sheers to get a Country French vibe. After all, it is the South…. On the screen porch, thru that door there, is a vintage art-metal chaise lounge. It has a cushion covered with the same fabric. I unified the two areas with a continuous color scheme, adding damask rugs in warm berry colors. (I’ll show that area later.)    The curtains open on cafe rods to let in light, and offer a view outside. I love the way the sheers give privacy and diffuse the light. The sun’s glare coming in those windows would otherwise make this room unbearably hot.


I still have some old metal cabinets over the washer/dryer to paint, so I’m not showing that area yet. But it’s great to have a place to sit down and sew again!




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Karen L. King-Gonzales

Hi! I'm a retired Bridal Designer, and am now spending my time getting back to pleasure crafts! My husband and I are still newlyweds, nearing our 3rd anniversary on October 2. I was single 33 years! We moved across the country from Phoenix Arizona, to Lumberton N. Carolina. The slower lifestyle agrees with us! Both empty-nesters, Jim and I are finishing the work on the 1950's bungalow style cottage. Fortunately, this home has a huge addition.... adding about 40% to the original size. Having to quit the sewing trade due to a disability, I spend my time on projects for home, family, and pleasure- as I feel able. Jim, now a Pastor/Judeo Christian Rabbi; is retired from the tile trade, and currently joins his friend in local ministry. This includes a bible study twice a week at a local prison. Join us as I document the journey in our changing lives!

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