Presto Change-O!

The Christmas season is over and my decorations are almost all put away.

I had a lot of help from these two!

I had a lot of help from these two!

It was fun having family and friends visit over the holidays, and I was happy to get this great picture of my parents and my offspring having some killer meatloaf and mashed taters.

You'll have to pry the recipe from my cold, dead hands! (Or just look up The Barefoot Contessa's)

You’ll have to pry the recipe from my cold, dead hands! (Or just look up Ina Garten’s recipe on the interwebs)

The only sad news from our Christmas season is that we have not seen our stray kitty GT in several weeks.  We hope he’s found a family, but we have to be realistic and face the fact that he may be in kitty heaven.  Homeless cats lead hard, dangerous lives and even though he found some food and comfort with our family for several months, he may have met with a sad end.  Here’s the last picture I have of the little guy.

He dearly loved his friend Jim. :(

He dearly loved his friend Jim. 😦

In house renovation news, we’ve made great progress in this area.  I teased you with the fact that we were painting the exterior an “exciting” color, but alas I still can’t show you those photos.  The weather has been horrible and the progress for the outside of the house is going painfully slow.  I’ll be able to show you the finished result by mid-week.  Meantime, my neighbors have expressed some nice compliments on the color to may face.  Who know what the buzz is when I’m out of earshot.  🙂

The interior renovations are going great!  We’re very pleased with how the little house is turning out so join me on a photo tour of our casita…

The existing lighting was heavy and Gothic.

The existing lighting was heavy and Gothic.

So we replaced all of it with lighter, brighter fixtures that look more “cottage” like.

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We updated all the interior paint to a sunny yellow and minty green.

Upstairs bathroom.

Upstairs bathroom.

We also re-tiled the fireplace which was decorated with a tumbled travertine. It was pretty, but didn’t reflect the new color palette I had in mind.

Before.  Very nice, but too tame.

Before. Very nice, but too tame.

going...going...

going…going…

My tile guy is GREAT!  His real name has four parts to it and it's very pretty, but I would never be able to remember it.  Fortunately his nickname is BOOMBA.  :)

My tile guy is GREAT! His real name has four parts to it and it’s very pretty, but I would never be able to remember it. Fortunately his nickname is BOOMBA. 🙂

Badda-BOOMBA!

Badda-BOOMBA!

The tile is green onyx.  I know NOTHING about tile, but I saw this in a tile warehouse reduced from $30/sq. ft. to $10!  It was so pretty and shiny.  I couldn’t photograph the amazing color properly, so come by and see it for yourself.  Each tile is like a little piece of jewelry.  The fact that I got it at such a great price makes it even better.

My handsome handy-man re-attached all the outlet covers and turned the electricity back on.

My handsome handy-man re-attached all the outlet covers and turned the electricity back on.

And Voila!

I think it really makes the living room sparkle.

I think it really makes the living room sparkle.

Boomba also made a nice patio for us in the backyard from all the parking pavers we dug up.

Call me if you'd like this guy's number.  He's tiling our backsplash next week!

Call me if you’d like this guy’s number. He’s tiling our backsplash next week!

I can contrast the change in the paint color with these two overhead shots.

Before...

Before…

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After.

The new pieces of furniture were mostly flea market finds.  My mom did buy me the crazy lamp on the left. It came from Pier One and this cheapskate would not have bought it for herself.  Thanks Mom!

And thanks Jim, for not only bankrolling my little playhouse, but for spending the precious free time you have doing my bidding.  I’ll make it up to you somehow.  Riiiiiight. 🙂

Headlamps are so sexy!

Headlamps are so sexy!

Finally, here is a photo only ONE of my readers will “get”.

Come back to Amuhrica soon Tama.  I miss your weirdness! :(

Come back to Amuhrica soon Tama. I miss your weirdness! 😦

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