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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Wet Bar Area Before and After of Our 80s Contemporary Home

I'm so glad you are here.  I still can't believe we bought a 1980s fixer upper but I've been so excited to get my hands on it and begin the renovations.  

With so much else going on, I knew we couldn't start with anything big like the kitchen so we began with the wet bar first.  

Here's a before..ignore all the dishes.  I like to cause myself a lot of work by packing and unpacking and packing and unpacking again.  

before after pic 1980s contemporary wet bar renovations

Friday, January 25, 2019

Hey, remember me?! Spain Hill Farm is back to blogging!

Hope y’all have been doing well! It’s been awhile since I last posted, let me share a little about
what’s happened in the past year; 2018 was quite the year, filled with all the ups and downs
that life throws at you. We were confronted with unexpected death and illnesses, but we were
also blessed with two weddings (my oldest and middle daughters got married about 10 weeks
apart!)  and a new (to us) home!

Becoming empty nesters last year got us thinking that it was about time to downsize, and when
we had a family knock on our door interested in buying our house, we decidedto dive right into
house hunting once again. We really loved the area we were currently living in, so we focused
our search in the surrounding neighborhoods, primarily in an older, established neighborhood
beautifully perched up in some hills with tons of huge trees! Low and behold, an 80’s
contemporary wood-sided home came on the market. My family immediately fell in love with
what they called the “Brady Bunch” house, they loved the multi-level layout that was perfect for
Nerf gun wars; I, on the other hand, needed a little convincing. After a lot of prayer and thought,
we decided to put an offer on the Brady Bunch house, and at the beginning of August (just a
couple of weeks before one of our daughter’s weddings) we moved in!

Now when I say 80’s contemporary, I mean 80’s contemporary! Ready to see pics?!

1980s contemporary cedar siding home 80s

Exterior with cedar siding and lots of trees and ivy

Monday, January 7, 2019

Easy DIY Valentine Craft - Carved in Stone

I did a post on carved rocks several years ago and it was such a hit!  Valentine's Day is approaching and now is a great time to share this DIY project.   It was super easy and I love the results.

I'm a rock hound so I had plenty of river rocks around the house, but if you don't, try simple landscaping rocks from the home building store.  I'd bet you could even find a great one while on a walk :)   A Dremel tool can be purchased online or at big box stores.  They start at less than $20 and are a great tool to have around.

Easy Valentine Craft, carved stone, the altered past blog

Here's the other items you'll need:

Dremel 7700-1/15 MultiPro 7.2-Volt Cordless Rotary Tool Kit
drill bit (usually included if you have the drill kit)
marker or chalk
safety glasses (there will be dust and possibly fragments)

Easy Valentine Craft, carved stone, the altered past blog

Ready?  Let's get started.  Choose the sentiment you want forever carved in stone.  Write it on the stone with the marker or chalk to get the placement and size right.  I chose a silver Sharpie so that it would blend with the color of the rock.  You want to use something that won't be seen afterwards.

easy valentine craft diy project dremel drill carved stone

Once you like the placement and size of your sentiment, begin carving using the Dremel tool.  Go slowly and try not to carve too deeply at first.  You can go back over the lines again and again to make them deeper.  Important:  make sure to hold the drill firmly as it may want to jump a little, making crooked lines, ruining your design.  If that happens, just toss the rock out in the backyard and hundreds of years from now an archaeologist will find it and will be so confused!  Lol!  I so want to carve something crazy and throw it outback just for the fun of it!  Ok, I digress.

Easy Valentine Craft, carved stone, the altered past blog

Don't worry, even going slowly, this craft only took me a few minutes to complete.   Take a look at the ones I created...all in less than 30 minutes!

Easy Valentine Craft, carved stone, the altered past blog

carved stone dremel drill diy valentine's day project rocks

I'm pretty excited with how well these turned out.  I think they would make a great gift for anyone but especially for that special guy in your life...a Valentine that's not too frilly or heartsy or red!

Thanks for stopping by and God bless!

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