Thursday, July 28, 2011

I would like to present. . .

My Collection!!!

This is a little collection I have designed that will be available through trunk shows, my website and on etsy!!



Saturday, July 16, 2011

Where Sara Creates

I am participating in Karen Valentine's WBC Party for 2011
My creative corner is my studio. This is where I dream, design and most importantly, get inspired!
Many times I have attempted to change it up, with something different on the walls, or maybe the floor, but there is always a project that takes precedence over any redecorating jobs here!
Still, I love it just the way it is!





















I hope that you have enjoyed this tour

Monday, July 11, 2011

The glue is gone--part 4


                 I am linking with Susan of Between naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
 


Remember this?


 Can we say "in over our heads"?

After trying everything under the sun to remove this thickly applied carpet glue, we were about to give up and go with hardwood flooring.
Then my sister had gotten the name of a "concrete man", whom I called immediately to see if he could help in any way.
He came over immediately. It turns out that he lives just up the street from us!
He went to work on this floor with a diamond polisher and today it looks like this!!



Andrew of Cornerstone Concrete Floor Designs is my newest best friend!
 You can click on the link to see more of his work!
Tomorrow, he will apply the stain.






Saturday, July 9, 2011

Family room--part 3

                                                    And the man is coming this morning!!!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

4th of July fun!!

Some of my favorite things today!
Cute kids in handmade outfits


July 4th Decorations


And homemade wild blackberry cobbler!!!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July!!!

have a safe and happy 4th of July!!!



Transforming the Family room --Stupid Carpet Glue

Here is the room almost cleaned out. The sofa has now gone to the upholsterer's.

All it takes to make this man happy is the remote control!!

Carpet is up, walls are painted, and now this is what we are facing--


 Lots and lots of carpet glue

 All of the glue has to be removed in order for the concrete stain to penetrate the concrete.
 

The carpet was put down with carpet glue, as I mentioned before, 20 years ago.
The removal of carpet glue is not for the faint of heart.
Here is what we have tried in order to find out how to go about the removal:

Called Lowe's paint department--clueless
Called Home Depot's paint department--clueless
Called Stanley Steamer--can't use their equipment on concrete
Talked to salesman at Sherwin Williams--suggested we go with hardwood
Tried hot boiling water--works pretty well, until the water cools on the concrete
Bought two different sized scrapers- works pretty good if you have about 3 months of spare time and a whole lotta elbow grease.
Talked to professional concrete stainer--suggested a variety of industrial type sanders/grinders only available in a town 1.5 hours away
Bought a highly toxic adhesive remover--very scary and very little success
Rented a floor sander with varying grits of sandpaper- got quite a bit of the top layer off but not down to the bare concrete/$65 a day-might work if used daily for a couple weeks
(by this point, hardwood beginning to be more attractive option)
Got out my steam iron--placed wet rag over glue and held the iron, on high setting , directly on rag for several minutes. This worked quite well, the glue seems to respond to heat. But how long would it take to "iron" 432 square feet? We are now on day 13.
Back to the internet for research and came upon a product called Citrus King,
                100% NATURALEARTH FRIENDLYNON-TOXICBIODEGRADABLE
          Called them and they told me they had only had two occasions where the product did not work 
            (thinking we might be #3, I ordered it, hoping that it might arrive by Saturday via FedEx)
                    That would give us a couple days during the holiday weekend to work on it. The lady at  
                                the  company told me not to count on it being here by then.
FedEX did indeed come Saturday morning, we were both out, and they did not leave it, as the shipment required a signature! FedEx won't re-deliver until Wednesday!
Big time bummer!
Might as well just enjoy the holiday!!!

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