Friday, June 24, 2011

The Fletcher Family Scramble

Well hello there,  
After giving little hints in my blog post previously, and upon have been given the permission by our architects, we can finally let the cat out of the bag.  Fletch and I are doing a total remodel of our 1960's 900 sq/ft home.  We have called this our nest since 2002 and to be frank, this isn't going to be easy to knock it down.  This is my husband and I's first house and what we called ours since living in our sweet little mountain town.  Last summer, beginning in May, we had an offer into an amazing house that we called the Red House.  To make a long story more brief, it was a short sale and in a total mortgage buying time warp.  We just couldn't get excited about the house any longer after having put up three offers and having none work out just right.  I didn't mention it here, because I don't deal well with dissapointment and so I could never get excited.  Really, this was just a blessing in disguise that allowed us to re-evaluate our wants and needs.  What we wanted was a new house, in our existing neighborhood, next to the Lowry's, with all our special needs.  After a bit of research, and because we live in the county, the best plan was to build on our existing site because we could avoid all the sticky city covenance crap and building permitting business.  See, we live in Bozeman right in town, but are grandfathered in to a county set up with nothing more than a landuse permit required to build.  Oh goody! Lindsay Schack and Tuya Studios are the architects we have been working with since February to get our desires on paper.  We decided on going with Biggerstaff Contstruction of Big Sky to build our custom Fletcher Flat.  We will begin work after the 11th of July and hope to be finished in four months-ish, heavy on the ish!  

So that's the story in a nutshell.  Fletch and I are going to do our best to be gentle on each other, a family pact we have already established, because the stress is building.  We do what we can to get outside since the weather has finally decided to warm up, smearing fat together in the woods seems to be the best remedy of late.  

Happy weekend.
Thanks for stopping by,
Our House Now.

The Partners' House,
Our Home for 5 months, 
luckily only 4 blocks away.

Fletcher's New Flat
View from the front. 
Yep, that's a flat roof on the garage!

View from the backyard.

Elevational Details including:
rolled steel gutters, a sliding panelled door w/exposed hardware,
framed and detailed window brows, reclaimed wood siding,
entry nook, and a clean volume.

Continued details:
Master Bedroom above the garage with enclosed
steam shower and river rocked detailing the floor, private master
patio with 3 paneled sliding door.
See that garage door on the back, that's to my new studio!!!!
I will have a workbench on coasters and will
schelp projects outside to work.
I am also excited about the finished texture on the garage volume,
it is a layered and trowelled plaster in a dark slate that will have 
a velvety texture when completed.

New Kitchen:
angled garden window, marble pastry slap, 
Alder chopping block, an open floor plan,
and a Blue Star cooking range.

Bro, Sister-in-Law and Dad.
Check out the Aspen tree in 2005, 
the year we got married.

And would you look at it last week?
Unfortunately this baby is getting the yank,
the top half is dead and way to close for our new 
two story garage structure.
These are the parts that are going to be hard.
But we do have the garden planted!

If we completely meltdown
and when all else fails,
we will run to the hills by our 

We are in fact headed up this afternoon,
I have to get going!
Hasta luego otra vez,

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

El Trabajo de Mis Manos

Howdy Doody,
Please excuse me for my bliggity blog absence, I am not sure where the month of May went? Maybe down the stream with the rest of the rain that has hammered us. No compaints on rain, we are green as can be. I would just appreciate a bit more sunshine. These weekend promises to be sunnier, we can't wait.

I have been keeping my torch hot, but not crazy hot! Here are some goodies that were smithed up from scratch in my little shop.

Manly Bangle in sterling.

Sweet Swinging Hoops in sterling.

Antique vintage glass and pierced floral design.
A first in piercing designs.

14k white gold wedding band,
also a first in using 14k gold white.

Mommy neckace of
14k gold and sterling.

My first little owl,
crafted in sterling and Mokume.
Laura snatched this one up, right quick.

My second hand crafted owl,
of sterling and Mokume.
He hasn't flown far from
MY neck since his birth.

Mixed Metal Luxe Earrings,
of sterling, copper, 14k gold and turquoise.

And introducing feather earrings...
by the gobs.

Thanks for browsing. Stay tuned for more bombshell news this week. Fletch are I have about two weeks to COMPLETELY move out of the house. The tenor of change is resounding in the Fletcher house. I will let you know of our plans soon.

With gratitude,