Beauty & the Budget

I want things to look beautiful, but doing things on a small budget is a beast. At least that’s how it is here at KerrTara (the name of our home – inspired by the hilarious, short novel “Please Don’t Eat The Daisies” and Margaret Mitchell’s renowned “Gone With The Wind”). We try to not let our low budget stand in the way…

Looking Up

I sure don’t envy those who do this job everyday! I thought after helping Kenney stomp and paint the kitchen ceiling that my neck was broke, and my head would fall off. lol But the pain was truly worth the gain! This texture is called a “knock-down” which is obviously more textured than a flat ceiling,…

The Saga Continues…

We were finally able to take down our Christmas lights! Well, we’re West Virginia hillbillies which means it’s normal to still have lights up in March, right? lol Just kidding. But seriously, we just took down our Christmas lights that hung along the kitchen walls inside! The house had no electric when we bought it. We quickly added…

Sneak Peeks!

I’m not sure if it’s because we are always on the go and having to stop in the middle of projects, or because certain projects seem like priorities until others come along and take precidence, but we have been very bad about starting many different tasks over these past couple of winter months and not actually…

Building A Wall Around My Yard

When you go from living on a few acres of flat ground to a few lots on a hillside, you really miss flat ground! That’s why we decided to undertake a little excavation project on days it was too pretty to be inside. This was no easy task without renting equipment. Even harder though was…

My Kitchen Saga

Possibly the longest running saga (not just on my blog, but ever written anywhere!) is my kitchen project. A kitchen is possibly the most time consuming and most expensive undertaking when it comes to renovating a house. This is especially the case for us, because so many other projects have for one reason or another taken precedence over countertops and…

Man Cannot Live On Bread Alone, or can he?

The little McGill men could. They love bread any way you fix it…bread rolls, biscuits, croissants, scones, whatever! So they were extremely happy when my husband ran the electric for the stove in the kitchen. Now we can bake all the bread we want! I have had electric in the kitchen for weeks now, but…

The Results Are In ~ Tour the Kitchen!

A few posts ago we sort of tried a little experiment to see if we could up my reader statistics (just for fun…It’s not like my livelihood depends on it or anything!) Well, the results are in and lead me to one of two conclusions: Either everyone truly believed Elvis Presley was in my kitchen…

Elvis In My Kitchen

I am happy to report that my kitchen now has electric! So where does that bring us up to in the kitchen? Well, it has been gutted, a new sub-floor put down, and GFCI outlets ran around the room mostly at countertop level. Woo hoo! We moved in the appliances and are really getting a…

Finally, The Kitchen!

I have really been anticipating the day we could work in the kitchen. And not just because I desperately miss having a fully functional kitchen. The kitchen was (along with our Master Bedroom upstairs) among the two worst rooms that needed attention. As I’ve mentioned before, this was the corner of the house where the roof…

Moms Are Superheroes Too

According to my 5 yr. old daughter, moms are superheroes too. The children and I went to the house yesterday to finish up some of those projects I started and posted about last…cutting up and bagging debris left over in the back yard from a pool, and cleaning out the garage for a storage room.…

Repair Leaking Roof…Check

Now that the holes are patched and shingled over, I can laugh at the irony surrounding our recent attempts to begin and finish this project as quickly as possible. The holidays made it difficult to find time to devote to the house which is an hour drive from where we live. During the holidays the…