Breaking Out the Sewing Machine

At some point in every remodel, there comes a time when you need to break out the sewing machine, a.k.a. curtain time.


Side note: K took this picture. She said I looked old in it because I was smiling, and when I smile, I get these “wrinkles on the sides of my eyes” that make me look old. Gee, thanks, dear. Gotta stop that bad habit of smiling… not. 🙂

(A sneak peak of the craft/work area)


I love this curtain I got from Pottery Barn. It’s being discontinued so of course I had to buy a couple extra pieces _just_in_case_ I should ever need more. It’s being used in the dining room to help define the space, and I was making a “mini-version” for the craft room, thus the sewing machine. Can’t wait until you gals can see it tomorrow and Sunday!


First Meals with the New Kitchen

First Meals with the New Kitchen

After a much-too-long wait, the stove was finally usable last week and I’ve been able to cook for a little over a week now. (I think it ended up being over 4 weeks of eating out every night! And that was after moving out of the house for 3.5 months.)

Some people wondered what my inaugural meal would be. (no pressure!) I posted on FB that I had been able to do a lot with a microwave and toaster while “Remodel Camping” plus eating out for dinner, but the one thing I couldn’t really get easily was a soft-boiled egg! So sure enough, it was the first thing I made on the stove.

After that, the meals were a slow ramp up in complexity–a pot of udon, some filet mignon (first time searing it on the stove, I undercooked it so I need some more practice, yum!), and a big pot of curry chicken, for which I actually needed to peel and chop and use the new island and prep sink.

I enjoyed cooking before, but now it’s even better with the setup of my new and improved kitchen. I’m feeling so fortunate!!

I know I need to post final pictures of the remodel, but I’m still trying to put everything back and organize it all. Even though most of the focus has been on the kitchen, the remodel ended up touching so many parts of the house–a new pantry, a new craft area, a new cubbie area, a rearranged living room, a new location for the dining table, and two expanded bedrooms. It’s like unpacking everything after a big move! More pictures to come…