Welcome to our Wyoming blog. On this blog I have been sharing how we came to move here and the 'adventure' we have been on every since. We started with a hillside, and today (6 years later) are finally putting in some landscaping. We are by no means done. I hope you will come along on our adventure.

I also have 2 other blogs. Big Horn Mountain Creations show cases my quilting and other artistic adventures. Decorating my Tin Shack, is about creating a home thru decorating. Both are on the side bar, I hope you will stop by.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Bathroom Remodel #3

Bathroom Remodel #3


Well we are moving right along.
This last week the rock wall has come to completion. 

Where we began, from a storage room where
my plants wintered.
 Window trim installed
 Cement board going in. 
 Finished trim, including over window, 
and rock wall is finished. 
Next up, chinking and then the floor. 
Envision a double slipper tub in front of the window. 

Love how it is turning out.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Bathroom Remodel Part 2

Bathroom Remodel Part 2

The remodel continues with the addition of
a hexagon window.

The weather tried to cooperate today
so we could open the outside wall
to install the new window.

See the pretty blue sky.

The outside was a bit more difficult and noisy
then the inside.  
That tin is not very forgiving.

It is in!

Outside trimmed.
Sure looks good doesn't it.
Kirk did a great job, as always.
Next up, 
Preparing for rock installation.  

This room is really coming together.
It is going to be a really nice bathroom.

And the new look from outside standing in the front yard.
Why is there a door leading onto the roof, you ask?
Much easier then using a ladder to climb up
on the roof to fix stuff.  

The second floor is where my quilt studio is, 
soon with a new bathroom.  Though.
This space would make the most awesome master,
who knows, we may have to rearrange things.  

Friday, March 24, 2017

Bathroom remodel?

Can I call this a Remodel?

Back in 2008 we added an addition to our house.
Now in 2017 we are completing the bathroom in that addition.
Here is a link to one of the original posts about 
the addition.  The 3rd picture is the room, 

Now 9 years later.

This room has just been there, in the winter I have used it 
to house my plants and as you can see by the pictures
below, a lot of other things.

 Left over construction supplies, from when we originally 
built this area.  It did get insulated but we never
have been able to finish.
 I also acquired some old windows and this became a 
storage place for stuff.
 We got the studio side of the second floor 
all chinked with the help of our grandson, Bryce a
couple summers ago.   Which is on the other side of this wall.
 Looking at the bathroom from the studio side.
 The view.

After getting the studio side chinked and the rock on the 
wall behind the stove, I wanted to get 
the rest of the floor done. 
So we have been working on it for a few weeks now.

  After all these years we have decided to change our
original design.  Now we have to change the plumbing and
electrical.  Does that make this a remodel?

First sheet of sheet rock goes up.  Yippee!
Decided to do two sconces over the sink.
Wiring fixed for those.
Wow what a difference the sheet rock makes.  
Sink goes on this wall, as well as toilet.
Glass in the open space above the wall.
Again looking into the bathroom from studio.
The glass is call  "glue chip"
here is a link so you can see what it is like.

 Over the last week and a half I have been doing the
mudding and tapping  on the seams, then textured.
 Then added my fern stencils (have them downstairs, too).
 Today finished up the first coat of the paint.
Tomorrow I will do the top coat. 
 Ferns painted.  
This will also get a coat of glaze which will help the ferns
come to life.

Above the door you see and a bit to the left will be a hexagon window.
Cabinets will be quarter sawn oak. 
We will have a double slipper tub in the bay window.
with rock on the wall behind it.

Stay tuned 
more to come.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

I Should be Fired

I Should be Fired

I am terrible at writing these days.

I figure it is time I wrote something to let
others know we are still alive and kicking here in Wyoming.

There are many things to share that I have
failed to post.  I think I will start with our current 
project and work backwards.

I share this because it was a big event in 
our lives, really a shocker.

Back on July 27th a storm rolled into our little valley
but from a direction that was not ususal.
Our grandson Bryce was here visiting and working
for the summer and was here at home with me.
The wind hit us so hard I thought it was a tornado.
Oh my goodness.

Once it stopped, which was fast and hard ( just 10 seconds if that).
We went out to see what was going on.  I had noticed my swing
was knocked over and was sure things had been moved around
under the carport. 

Boy  was I shocked when I  opened the shop
door saw this.

 A huge gaping hole in the shop roof, 
door standing open (when it had been closed) and 
a log from the carport inside the shop.
 Next we went out to the carport.  
Here is what we found.
Gone, and not a sign of the carport except 
bits and pieces and yes my truck was there and
badly damaged.

 Those logs are about 12 inches across
and landed on the truck.
There were 2 of those big trusses, but only one remained.
Where did all the rest of the wood, the other truss and 
all that tin go?  There was no evidence of
it to be found in the yard.
It was not a tornado, but straight line wind that pack
one heck of a punch.  
All of that carport was carried over the top of the house
and dropped about 100 feet behind the house and over the 
next 1/4 mile straight back.  Huge beams twisted and torn.

Our insurance company did a good job of helping us
get things fixed.  The new carport is in progress,
truck is fixed (so pretty again), and other small damages
are also being taken care of.

That was our excitement  for the year, and it 
certainly was enough.

More things to share, progress on the quilting studio.
Tire wall progress.

May you be blessed.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014


Happy New Year


I am sitting here waiting for my grilled ham and cheese
sandwich to finish grilling, happy with the
results of a big embroidery project, 
that had some rocky moments.  
It is freezing outside 6 degrees at 1pm
a warm fire is going in the stove.
The Christmas tree is still up and lite, 
it will remain so until the needles begin falling, it 
is the only sign of spring to come,  it 
has slowed down on it's water consumption so I fear
that is not far off.

2014 has been a busy year, and I sit here surrounded
by embroidery hoops, stabilizer and temporary fabric adhesive
my mind wonders back to the events of the last 12 months.

My sewing machine, embroidery machine and longarm have
been very busy.  
If you have been following along you know I was given
the honor of making 4 custom quilts
and two bathrobes for one family.
Have lost track of how many beautiful
personalized embroidered towel set I have done.
I have also been able to quilt a number of quilts for other quilters.
You can see these things here

We have made a few trips to Ca., to help with the 
MORE off road races.
In fact, I just finish a jacket with the logo on it.
Doing something new can sure be a challenge, but  more
so a learning process.
Here are some pictures 
(a blog post without pictures is boring, right?)

Sure turned out great, and thanks to
Mark Sweeney's amazing work digitizing of the designs,
(making the artwork so the machine understands
how to stitch it out) we have great success.
I am thankful to have found a good digitizer.
I would like to someday learn how to do this but right now
I am still working on learning how to embroider.

Here is another design Mark helped us with

 I also have some ideas for girls hoodies and will share them
once done.

I am expecting this will be a year of embroidery.
So you will see alot of posts, I have no doubt.

So from a fall and injury in January, trips back and forth 
to Ca.,  lots of sewing projects, gardening,
having two of our grandsons and son-in-law here for hunting, 
and a very cold snowy start to 2014-2015 winter,
it has been a busy, fun and sometimes waring year
but I would not trade it.
We have be so blessed, we have our health,
we will be fed and stay warm.

Happy New Year to you and your family
and May our Father in Heaven
Bless you richly with health, peace and love

Kirk and Gail

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Good Grief

Good Grief

I can not believe how lax I have been this year.
It has been a busy year and my lack of posts here
sadly proves it.
We have made many trips to California
I have made 6 quilts and
learned to be friends with my embroidery machine.
Cut more weeds then I ever want to see again.
And I have neglected this blog and

To over whelmed, I guess
my gardens suffered, too.

We have had a lot of changes.
We no longer have the cows
  Our little herd grew with 6 calves, but with our traveling
it became painfully clear we can not do both, so
they went to new homes.

I have been honored to create several quilts this year.

We still have our chickens
I hope this next year I will be more 
accustom to the busy schedule 
and better able to keep up.

We have already begun the winter months,
so with the quilts completed and
work on Christmas gifts underway, 
I am hoping to calm down.

Our second snow, 18 inches for Thanksgiving.

May the Holidays of 2014 be a blessing.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

2014 Has Begun

2014 started out quite, but could it last?
of course not.
This beautiful snow and the below 0 weather
has created alot of ice, now that things warmed up
some.  Get out those flip flops it is 40 out, which
means the snow melts and becomes ice at night.
You guessed it, the ice and I had a run in and I lost,
just a sprained wrist thankfully,
healing is progressing well, 
should be ready for gardening season.

Time to cruise the see catalogs.