Thursday, July 24, 2014

Update on the Art is Beauty House


 
 Good Morning my Beauties.
I figured this would be the best way to update you guys
for those who follow on my Facebook page on what has happened since the
whole Electrical fire incident.
First off let me say we are "SAFE" and that is all that matters.
For those who don't know the story I will sum it up for you.
After a long day of working on painting the house and every other thing we have going on 
here this summer (you can read that post HERE)
We had finally sat down for the night. 
We had taken the kids out for a break for us and for them and had been home maybe a few hours.
We were all getting settled; the twins were in bed, the girls were winding down one upstairs and one down, and Russ and I were on the couch.
FINALLY....we were sitting..:)
All of the sudden Russ asked "whats that noise"
The TV was making a horrific noise, and I thought maybe it was something at the station
and they were having technical difficulties.
But then everything started to POP. The two light bulbs in the living room blew up.
The TV was still making that noise so we quick turned it off...but it continued to make popping sounds.
We ran into the kitchen and the outlets were all making what we call AUGER noises.
Like someone was turning on a gas auger in our house.
All the kids came running from where they were yelling that their lights, their bulbs, 
their outlets were all screaming.
Maddie came running up from the basement and yelled that one of the rooms down stairs had smoke 
coming out of it.
Russ quick ran downstairs while I grabbed the phone.
Now let me just say this...THE kids were smarter than us.
They were adamant we get out of the house.
Us being adults were over thinking and thinking we will "figure this out"
Luckily Russ saw that a TV was smoking in that back room and quick grabbed the plug and pulled it from the screaming socket.
I THEN called 911
The dispatcher calmly asked what was happening and I told her..
She said "GET OUT OF YOUR HOUSE"
The kids were already outside.
I will tell you, my foot was barely on the threshold of my front porch before I could hear 
the whole battalion of firefights sirens SCREAMING 
flying to my house.
It was at that moment when I realized NOTHING ELSE MATTERS.
I always had imagined if we ever had a fire if I would have been one of THOSE people that tries 
to run back in to get STUFF.
But I didn't...There were no flames shooting out of the house
But the only things I cared about were crying on my front lawn.
I prayed in my head thanking that whatever happened
my family was safe.
Moments later about 30 firefighters were gearing up and moving into my home.
Halligans ready (pick axes)
My heart waited...I kept expecting FLAMES to start shooting out the top of my roof.
about 15 minutes later they came back out.
They had NOT had to destroy anything.
SO far so good.
They then went to the garage.
The main breaker to the house is in there.
They went to shut down all the electricity.
NOPE...The power surge that had happened had fried the main power.
So we had to wait...and wait...and wait..
The firefighters would NOT be going back in. 
When they had been inside, they said the house was still making the same noises and
our circuit breaker in the basement was popping and crackling.
They would not risk their safety till the power company came and cut the main line.
at Midnight he got there and cut the line.
It had been a ground neutral in their line that had frayed and touched the two other wires
sending massive amounts of electricity to our home.
This....was our meter box. TORCHED....all our circuit boxes TORCHED...
NO power but also NO flames in the house.
Luckily, the power was shut off before it started to burn.
The scariest thing was the fire chief telling us. 
Had we been sleeping...
Had we been GONE....
Our house would have burned.
Russ pulling the plug, stalled the fire.
We had just got back from vacation....
we had just got home that night from taking the kids out.
WE WERE SO LUCKY!
Thank GOD we were safe!
Everyone kept asking how I was doing (and by everyone, I mean our ENTIRE neighborhood block)
It was like a street party. But then no one was gonna be sleeping with 6 fire trucks lights flashing and screaming sirens. 
But I was fine...I really was....I was kind of NUMB and it was surreal, but I was actually strangely 
calm and fine.
The kids were safely now at grandma and grandpas and Russ and I were just WAITING..
waiting for the firefighters....waiting for the power company...just waiting..
When he finally cut the power the firefighters went through to make sure the house was safe.
We could go back in...
The whole house smelled like burnt plastic.
at 2am the power company told us he couldn't hook us back up cause it was fried.
We would need to call an electrician in the morning.
I honestly barely remember going to sleep that night..
We both slept here in the living room.
We were safe and we were exhausted.
But we wanted to be here so that first thing in the morning we could make the calls.
We called an electrician and he was out in mere hours...
He and his Boss worked tirelessly in the Heat and Humidity 
to get us hooked up with all new Electrical...
They did it in a DAY...seriously...I was in disbelief.
So if you ever need and electrician.
KOOLE Electric is your people.
I am overwhelmed with how amazing they were.
Just a local small business guy, younger than us.
Bustin his tail to get us back to normal.
They got us hooked back up and the power company came back and put in a new meter and
got us up and running so we could see what fried.
Believe or not SURGE protectors really DO work..
I always wondered...
the TV that was POPPING...still works...
our Stove and Refrigerator... still work..
OUR BOSCH dishwasher...RESUMED washing when the power went back on...LOL
It had been running when the Electrical power surge happened.
I am FOREVER sold on Bosch.
The microwave however...Bit the dust as well as the Keurig coffee maker..
The hot water heater transformer blew..but the electricians came the next morning and fixed it.
(I told you they were awesome)
There were many other small electronics and air conditioning units that didn't make it
but we are seriously considering ourselves so LUCKY..
We have our Life, we have our Home.. We can still sit in our home
and be a family.
So that is where we stand so far....
Blessed, Lucky, Thankful and so much more.
I just wanted to write it all down, so that I can thank you all 
so much for your care and support.
Again and Again, life teaches me the genuine goodness of people.
So many people have reached out and offered so many things.
I won't name names of some blog business buddies 
but you know who you are.
Thank you so much for your generous offers.
I am thankful that I didn't have to take you up on it.

So there you go.
So far...So Good!
Now you guys go out and make someones day BEAUTIFUL
mine already is! 
Until next time.
Karin


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

TWIRL and TAKE a BOW! LINK Party and FEATURES

 Good Morning my BEAUTIES!!
Guess what time it is?

Its time to Twirl and Take a Bow!~
I am Karin from ART IS BEAUTY
and I am lucky enough to get to pick the features for this weeks party.
I think you will all agree that this weeks Features
are once again FABULOUS!
Here are this weeks FEATURES for 
 TWIRL and TAKE a BOW!

I have picked out some fun SUMMER features for you!
All things I wish I had time to try this summer.
CHECK THEM OUT!
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Check out this fun string art by Cassie at KENT HEARTSTRINGS

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This awesome FAMILY chalkboard from
Christine at LITTLE BRAGS

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Oh summer food...how I love you....
Look what JEN from Driftwood Gardens made.
Chili Lime Corn on the cob
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and for DESSERT!!!!
This amazing dessert from Heather over at STRINGTOWN HOME
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We'd love for you to follow each of our blogs, but we'd also like to connect with you on Facebook!

 
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 Now on to this week's party!
Take a moment and visit all six hosts for the Twirl & Take a Bow Party...

House on the Way, Déjà Vue Designs, All Things Heart and Home, Designed by BH, Art is Beauty and A Few Miner Adjustments.


You'll be glad you did!

If you were featured, be sure to grab a button from my sidebar!

 
Now let’s party…

Twirl & Take a Bow Party

*We would love for you to follow us! *You must link directly to your post. *In order to be featured, you must link back to a host blog using a link or the party button found on the sidebar. *Only home decor & design related crafts, DIY, how-to’s, decorating tips, etc. You get the idea! *Visit one other party link. Share the love and the inspiration! *No links to shops, Etsy or giveaways. *By linking up your post, you are giving House on the Way, Deja Vue Designs, All Things Heart and Home, Designed by BH, Art is Beauty and A Few Miner Adjustments permission to use a picture as a feature on their blog and other social media outlets. Each week we will also be featuring a few outstanding inspirations from the week before.
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Now let’s party…..

Twirl & Take a Bow Party

*We would love for you to follow us! *You must link directly to your post. *In order to be featured, you must link back to one of the host blogs using a link or my button found on their sidebar. *Only home decor & design related crafts, DIY, how-to’s, decorating tips, recipes, etc. You get the idea! *Visit one other party link. Share the love and the inspiration!*No links to shops, Etsy or giveaways. *By linking up your post, you are giving House on the Way, A Few Miner Adjustments, All Things Heart and Home, Deja Vue Designs, Designed by BH and Art is Beauty permission to use a picture as a feature on their blog and other social media outlets.
Each week we will also be featuring a few outstanding inspirations from the week before.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Morning MAHEM!

Good Morning my Beauties!
I have NOTHING new to show you today..
Its not that I haven't been doing anything...
Its that we have been doing EVERYTHING.
I can show you all the stuff I have been working on.
But I have no EDITED pictures to show you.
This will be instead a snap shot into the life of a Mom/Artist/DIY'r/Blogger/??????
I am sure there are more but my brain is clapping the last remaining brain cells together, trying to create a spark....but I think they are SHOT...:) LOL
So Instead I will show you what we have been up to the last few weeks here at the ART IS BEAUTY
Home.
But Before I begin let you remind you of WHY we are so busy right now..
Remember this LONG COLD UNENDING WINTER we had in Michigan..
oh you don't????
Let me remind you....




This...This is why we CRAM so much into our too small summer...
Remember we were pretty much frozen from here to Wisconsin...
If someone really wanted we could have walked
from Michigan across the lake to Wisconsin...
So once the snow melts...we have to become MACHINES..
Getting as many Outdoor projects done as is humanly possible..
before this comes rearing its ugly head back around.

As soon as the snow melts and its warm enough to work outside;
ITS GO TIME!!!!!
So basically since the end of the school year we have been busting our bottoms
to get our projects done.
From my usual Booth stuff.
Of which we opened an addition to the store so I moved my booth
 This was the new space I moved into a couple weeks ago..
 Then we had to re roof the shed...
Of course we picked the hottest week to work on it..
 We snuck in a much needed awesome wonderful amazing vacation to Colorado
with lots of family time and lots of hiking..
cause you know; who wants to relax on vacation....???
 BUT with any vacation you must pay the piper..
as soon as we got home (driving 18 hours straight through from Colorado to Michigan)
It was back in the saddle again.
 Day one back and I was working like mad to play CATCH UP for the booths..painting and filling.
 Trying to get as much done as possible before the BIG HUGE
LOOMING project started......
DUN DUN DUN......................... can you hear the impending horror music.
It was time to PAINT THE WHOLE house.


 This is hubby..up on the roof...
we have aluminum siding....
we had to powerwash...TSP and rinse the whole thing before we could even start..
That alone took 3 days....
 Then FINALLY I could start painting...
and that is when I pretty much MOVED into Lowes...
Picking paint...then picking door paint...then...oh not gonna buy new shutters..
just gonna paint the old ones.....BACK TO LOWES...
 And here is close to where we stand right now..
I managed to paint the bottom front of the house in one day...
the back and sides will take much longer..
and then all the doors and shutters....
So NOW you know
what we have been up to.
If you see me lying face down in the grass...please don't wake me..
It means either I fell of the ladder and I am taking and unexpected nap..
or I am playing dead so I don't have to paint anymore...:)
 I know it will be worth it...
I at least keep telling myself that..;
that and the fact that the hubby and I have both agreed we will NEVER
do this again...so apparently our neighbors better like the color of our house
cause they are gonna be looking at it for the next 30 years or so...

I hope you enjoyed this snap shot into our lives of lately..
(crazy is pretty much the norm around here anyway, so its not that far off from our 
usual level of insanity)
And I hope you will come back and see the results of all our hard work.
I promise to be back with furniture makeovers crafts and artwork,
but it may be a bit.
So until next time;
go make someones day BEAUTIFUL!
 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Chicory Spice French Provincial Dresser Makeover

Good Morning my BEAUTIES!
Do I ever have a simple and elegant makeover for you guys today.
I run across these "French Provincial" dressers all the time 
and usually pass them up but I finally decided I wanted to keep in line with the 
French Provincial feel and just give it a nice UPDATE.
What better paint for a French Provincial dresser than
"Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture Paint".
I wanted to keep with the FEEL of the style of dresser
and thought this was the perfect paint to do it.

I chose the color CHICORY SPICE because it just screamed French Provincial to me.
It seemed to me to be such a PARISIAN color.
Its elegant and understated yet some warm and homey 
Maison Blanche is easy to use because it requires no prep! You don't have to use primer, you don't have to sand. Plus, it's a chalk based paint so it'll stick to almost anything.
I painted on 2 coats of the Maison Blanche Chicory Spice and was in love.
I used the antique clear wax to seal the piece and buffed it to that
OLD WORLD finish.
I couldn't be happier with how it turned out.
I didn't even need to replace the knobs. 
They fit so well into the piece and 
it kept that provincial feel.
Its not very often that I keep the hardware, but when something is right.....ITS RIGHT..
am I RIGHT?  :)

The Maison Blanche Chicory Spice Chalky style paint
gave it just the look I was wanting.
Pure elegance and class.


Sometimes the simplest makeovers are my favorite.


I am so happy with how this piece turned out.
It would fit in a room for any girl...from baby to teen to adult.
Which is what I love about the French pieces!
I hope you enjoyed this latest makeover.
Until next time,
Go make someones day BEAUTIFUL!



Be sure to check out the other Projects by my friends!
Refresh Restyle
 Bliss Ranch
Hymns and Verses
and
The Wood grain Cottage

"I received product and/or compensation for reviewing Maison Blanche Paint Company products. All opinions are genuine."

Furniture Feature Fridays
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Twirl and Take a Bow Link Party and Features

Each week, my co-hosts and I take turns choosing the features for the party. I'm so excited that this is my week to be choosing the Top Picks for today. If you're not familiar with me and my blog, I'm Leslie from House on the Way.
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I'd love for you to stop by and visit me and I'd be ecstatic for you to connect with me on social media!
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For today's Features, I chose some fun ideas and recipes that you can incorporate into your next fabulous party or gathering.

Let's start with a cute and easy party decor item...
party ideas
Vintage Scrap Shop shared this fun idea for Heart Confetti which would be perfect scattered on your party table. Hearts are ideal for a wedding, but you do a variety of shapes, depending on your party theme.
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What about a treat for your party guests?
party ideas
A summer bbq wouldn't be complete with some cold and delicious. At the Corner of Happy and Harried shared these yummy Orange Creamsicles. I loved them when I was a kid!
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Labels can be used in so many ways when you're decorating for a party. Check out these labeled water bottles...
party ideas
Crafts by Courtney shared how she uses scrapbook paper to label water bottles for different parties. When you have a party, even your water bottles can be pretty!
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You can never have too much dessert, so how about some with ice cream?!
party ideas
Meatloaf and Melodrama shared her Easy Lemon Ice Cream Sandwiches. They look amazing and would be great to have at any upcoming party.
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Take a moment and visit all six hosts for the Twirl & Take a Bow Party...
House on the Way, Déjà Vue Designs, All Things Heart and Home, Designed by BH, Art is Beauty and A Few Miner Adjustments.
You'll be glad you did!

If you were featured, be sure to grab a button from my sidebar!

 
House on the Way
 

Twirl & Take a Bow Party

*We would love for you to follow us! *You must link directly to your post. *In order to be featured, you must link back to a host blog using a link or the party button found on the sidebar. *Only home decor & design related crafts, DIY, how-to’s, decorating tips, etc. You get the idea! *Visit one other party link. Share the love and the inspiration! *No links to shops, Etsy or giveaways.
 Now on to this week's party!
Take a moment and visit all six hosts for the Twirl & Take a Bow Party...

House on the Way, Déjà Vue Designs, All Things Heart and Home, Designed by BH, Art is Beauty and A Few Miner Adjustments.


You'll be glad you did!

If you were featured, be sure to grab a button from my sidebar!

 
Now let’s party…

Twirl & Take a Bow Party

*We would love for you to follow us! *You must link directly to your post. *In order to be featured, you must link back to a host blog using a link or the party button found on the sidebar. *Only home decor & design related crafts, DIY, how-to’s, decorating tips, etc. You get the idea! *Visit one other party link. Share the love and the inspiration! *No links to shops, Etsy or giveaways. *By linking up your post, you are giving House on the Way, Deja Vue Designs, All Things Heart and Home, Designed by BH, Art is Beauty and A Few Miner Adjustments permission to use a picture as a feature on their blog and other social media outlets. Each week we will also be featuring a few outstanding inspirations from the week before.
House on the Way


Now let’s party…..


*By linking up your post, you are giving House on the Way, Deja Vue Designs, All Things Heart and Home, Designed by BH, Art is Beauty and A Few Miner Adjustments permission to use a picture as a feature on their blog and other social media outlets. Each week we will also be featuring a few outstanding inspirations from the week before.


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