Saturday, September 21, 2013

New house

We are in the process of building our retirement home.  Our original thought had been to move our camp onto a foundation and add on.  However, the contractor we met with last week said it would probably be more cost efficient to trash the camp and start from scratch.  We'll probably get a second opinion on that but I have to admit that I rather like that idea.  So I've been searching the web for ideas of doors, windows, home designs, etc.  We're doing this on a budget so hardwood will probably be replaced with laiminate floors, and granite countertops with laminate countertops, etc.  However, I think I want to go pretty high quality with things like doors and windows.  

This kitchen is much like the one we just did at our home in Belgrade Lakes in terms of colors.  I like the painted cabinets, kitchen island, wood floors.  And it's very similar to how I see the new kitchen layout with the patio doors and deck.  

Love the ceiling.

I think this is similar to the shower we have now which works perfectly well for us.  I prefer a shower curtain over doors.
$448.00   76-in H x 48-in W x 36-in L White 1-Piece Shower

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Smart Storage, wide bathing area features large shelves and deep ledges that can hold up to 16 standard size shampoo bottles
Smart installation flexible with a touchable smooth back surface for easy handling and fast installs
A tub with soothing water jets would be nice.

American Standard Cadet 6 ft. Acrylic Bathtub with Reversible Drain in White
Model # 2773.002.020 Internet # 100024978 Store SO SKU # 375520
5 / 5

Definitely need a bathtub - a good deep soaker would be nice.  
TOTO® ABY904N-01N Pacifica Acrylic Bathtub, Cotton White
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Home Decorators Collection Hamilton 61 in. W x 22 in. D Double Vanity in Antique White with Beige Granite Top
Model # 0567200410 Internet # 203103974
4.7 / 5

$1,099.00 / each

Home Decorators Collection Essex 61 in. W x 22 in. D Double Vanity in Shuffolk Cherry with Marble Vanity Top in Black
Model # 1114800160 Internet # 203704485
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$873.99 / each

I think we want to go with a two story (well, three if you count the walk out basement below that you won't really be able to see from the entryway) cape with a two bay attached garage.

I like the extra upstairs space that a Greek Revival gives you but when you change it slightly it becomes a Gambrel and I don't really love the looks of those so much, even though they still give you the extra space.

This could be much like what ours would look like - a deck off the main floor, a smaller balcony above and a patio area below.  Ours wouldn't have that ugly set of steps off the front.  Any steps off that deck area would come off the side.  I still find this design rather ugly and would have to think hard about whether the extra space on the top floor is worth it.    

I don't really like the big roof overhang either - would rather get the sun.  

Monday, September 2, 2013

Making a casserole dish for a wedding shower gift.

I hadn't thrown for a while but decided I wanted to make a casserole dish for Adri and Jason as a wedding shower gift.  I was really "on" that day and threw three pretty nice pieces.  I figured I'd ought to have a back up in case one of them didn't make it for some reason.  I'm glad I did.  

Here's the one I made for them: their names and the date of their wedding carved in the bottom; hearts stamped onto the lid.  And the lid fit perfectly onto the bowl - a nice little lip that came out just right.  I was very pleased with it.

You can see the heart stamps on the lid.

Perfect little lip to catch the lid.  

Here's Plan B - no names or hearts carved on but the lid fit very nicely with the bowl.  

And here's Plan C.  I decided to shape it into more of a square, along with the lid.  It came out ok but the lid didn't fit as nicely as the first two. 

 I figured I'd have an extra casserole or two all set to go for the next fundraising raffle or something.

But when I opened up the first level of the kiln I was sorely disappointed.  The lid survived but the dish exploded in the kiln.

So I want to level two to see how Plan B looked.  Not so good.  Plan C made it for which I was very grateful but Plan B also exploded in the bisque firing for some unknown reason.  

However, here's Plan C with a Deep Firebrick red glaze.  I like it well enough but the cover doesn't fit the bowl except in one direction.  The experience was a reminder not to get too attached to any piece before it comes out of the glaze firing unharmed.  

And I'm happy to report it made it via UPS to Sierra Madre, CA without mishap.

Pottery inspiration

Great platter tips:

Great tutorial on how Lori makes her beautiful butter dishes