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Last week we had an appointment with the Lincoln Action group, they provide weatherization and during the inspection we discovered black mold in one of our basement walls.  Well you know that has to be fixed.  Luckily in was contained in a small wall, so this weekend we took the wall down.  I cordoned off the area with plastic put on my mask and started ripping it down.  My Father was here to help and Marma(my Mother) kept the kids busy.  big DIY basement bathMost of the mold was growing on the back of the drywall and there is no way to get it off, so out it went!  The mold was caused by moisture in the wall from an old leak that had already been repaired.  big DIY basement bath2I sprayed the interior of the wall down with a mold killing spray, we have a dehumidifier running full blast, and in a few weeks when we’re sure the mold is dead and everything is nice and dry we’ll put the wall back up.  We will be replacing one of the studs in the bathroom wall, installing an access door for the plumbing, and putting recessed shelving into the family room wall.  And that swimming pool blue paint will get painted over too!

I have also been working on my Crafty Chica bag.  I have finished the appliqués.  Kelly (refibered) gave me a mini lesson on reverse appliqué at our Lincoln Handmade Team meeting last week.  I have started the painting.  I’m using regular acrylic craft paint mixed with textile medium, it’s taking a lot of coats to get good coverage, but it worth it.chica bag progress 1This is the back, I’m going to have to get a shot of these outside so the glitter vinyl is more noticeable! chica bag progress 2 Here is the front, I’ve finished the white areas and am building up the yellow and red areas.

Once the painting is finished I will be embellishing this further with dimensional paint, glitter paint, rhinestones and maybe some sequins.  I also have something super special planned for the inside, so check back.  The contest has been extended to the 24th., so there is still time for you to give it a shot!  (See the Flickr gallery here.)

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My friend Christy(christynelson dot net) made a stationery box for a friends’ wedding and hey, I’m going to a wedding this weekend, so I copied her ‘cause she’s awesome!stationery box closed

Here it is all closed up and looking like a super cute little gift.stationery box openWhen you open it up the is a large pocket in the back and two smaller pockets in the front.  There is also a pocket for stamps and a lined notebook.  I have made a few cards, but I still need to make some tags for the pocket on the left and add a pen holder under the little notebook.  Christy used these instructions and I also found this youtube video that demos this project (this is a link for part one, there is also a part two).

I really like that I could use the colors the bride chose for her wedding and I think she is going to like it because she also enjoys scrapbooking.  She’ll probably laugh at my cards, turns out I’m not the best card maker.  My excuse is that I didn’t have enough embellishments, so everything seems kind of plain.

I spent this weekend fixing up the exterior of our house a bit, just a bit of tidying and some touch up painting.house collage

On the left side are the pictures that I took before the old tenant moved out and on the right are how it looks now.  My favorite part is that the two satellite dishes are gone, and all the junk too!

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Our new house was formerly a rental house and so there have been a lot of fun discoveries made since we closed.  For example, a large hole in the kitchen wall was patched with packing tape and then painted, there are miles and miles of wires (cable and phone) that go nowhere, the toilet has been installed at an odd angle, but my personal favorite is the graffiti.sharpie boobs before

This particular drawing is in my bathroom behind the door, a delightfully primitive large breasted woman done in black sharpie marker.  The reason I mention this is that I have discovered a way to lessen the appearance of sharpie marker, so I don’t have to apply 10 coats of primer and I thought I should share.  The secret is rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball.sharpie boobs after

Here is the after shot, now I know that you can still see the boobies, but they are definitely less noticeable.  Once the wall dries and the ring around the edge fades it will be a lot better.  I think that on a semi gloss paint the marker would have been completely removed.  I’m not exactly sure what kind of paint this is, it is matte and when I wash the walls (and yes they really need to be washed!!!) it comes off, not completely, but noticeably.  The entire interior is painted with this stuff and every room needs to be primed (with kilz) and painted, walls and ceilings.  We are going to start painting soon, but the bathroom will be one of the last rooms we do (we would really like to redo the entire bathroom (or as I put it: rip out everything and start over)).

Oh, and the other thing I learned last week: foaming oven cleaner is great for removing cat urine from cement floors, we got a little crazy and just started trying different cleaning products. 

And after all of this I am still really excited that we bought this house and I can’t wait to get everything done.

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