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My home town is Rice Lake, a small town in northern Wisconsin. I own Red House Wool Studio~ an in-home wool and rug hooking business. I enjoy collecting and decorating with antiques and primitives. Orange Sink Blog is a journal of my interests and ramblings about life. Cathy Greschner

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Other Half of the Kitchen Remodel

When we decided to go ahead with our kitchen remodel a few months ago it was with the knowledge that only one side of the room would get new cabinets.  The other side of the galley style kitchen would keep the old cabinets on the bottom with a cosmetic update, namely paint and new hardware. 
The counter top would also have to be replaced because of the hole the old cooktop left in it. 

Last weekend hubby and I took on the project of building a new countertop and finishing it with new ceramic tile.  Something neither one of us had ever done!  Well, we accomplished the task but not without a few tense moments and a few disagreements on how it should be done.
Dave is examining the grout and leaving a finger print.... LOL!   I think we were both amazed the tile  actually turned out fairly decent.

After a new paint job and some new hardware I think it has come together rather well!

This week we will be waiting for our electrician to install a couple of recessed lights in the soffit over the cabinet and another outlet or two. You can never have too many electrical outlets in a kitchen! 

Oh... that wall behind the counter... well I have an idea for that.  You'll have to stay tuned to see what it is!  I have been watching HGTV's Fixer Upper show for some ideas!  Do you watch Fixer Upper? It's my most favorite show to watch right now... much to hubby's dismay!  LOL!  There's always another project on the horizon!  

Cathy G

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Falling a Mighty Oak

The sky on this gorgeous Spring day here in Wisconsin was a blue like you've never seen! I snapped photos all morning in my Mom's back yard as the McHenry Tree Service (father and son business) worked on cutting the branches of the mighty oak tree that we decided had to come down.
Sady this old tree had become hollow and with each strong wind storm we feared it would eventually fall on Mom's house. It had lost a lot of it's branches and shaded her deck so much that the moss and dampness have caused the boards on the deck to rot. 

Dangerous work but executed with perfection and acrobatic ability! 

The tree was given a haircut first!
I hollered up to Jesse that it looked like a giant cactus! 

The sun is sure hitting that deck already!  Mom should enjoy a little more sunshine through her patio doors now too!

Max on the left and his Dad Jesse on the right! 
Great work guys!
Thank you for the careful work and entertainment here in the neighbor hood this morning!
Oh and not to mention that nice oak wood will be warming our house in winters to come!

I've included a couple of videos  that I put on FaceBook today! ... 

Put your ear plugs in if you don't like the sound of a chainsaw! 

Cathy G

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

True Friends...

I can't tell you how blessed I am to have a few good, close and true friends!
They are worth more than gold!
They show up here with gifts sometimes.... and time to sit a few moments and listen.
When the heart is troubled... they seem to know.
A true friend can tell... even when you try your darndest to hide it.

Saying thank you never seems to me to be enough
But these friends never expect more.

A short post today but one that is long on importance!
If you don't have true friends in your life... the answer to find them is simple.
Be one!!
That's it... 

Cathy G

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Getting Ready!!

Oh me Oh my!!  It's been so terribly busy here I feel like I've drowned in the sea of work!!
But I do have quite a lot to offer at the upcoming Quilt Event next Saturday here in Rice Lake!
If you live around here DON"T MISS THIS EVENT!!  
Please support the school!  They continue to put on this awesome show year after year!
The donations for the raffle are so great this year..... a Janome sewing machine!!  Yes someone donated this brand new machine! They are raffling off an Angel Quilt!  The theme of the show is Angels Among Us!  How heavenly is that!! 

And there are drawings throughout the day for great gift baskets from all the vendors!!  Someone will win a nice little sheep rug from Red House Wool Studio!!

We have most of the floor tiles put down... just a few around the edges to go!  Now if I can find the time to grout!  Get rid of that evil white line!!  LOL!
Better go.... I have wool dyeing on the stove... I'm naming it  "RICH OLDE GOLD CHICK"  LOL!!!
See you soon!!
Cathy G

Saturday, March 7, 2015

The Kitchen Floor.... and more!

... and man am I sore!!  This DIY stuff is all fine and dandy if you are young and healthy!  It doesn't seem to affect Dave that much!  But my knees and legs are killing me tonight!  I think a nice hot bath and a glass of wine may be in order!  
We got a LOT of tile put down today!  
And a LOT of work remains.... the hard part...cutting around the perimeter of the room and around door jams etc.  So it will take some time and muscle.
I will leave this to hubby and retreat to my studio to continue working on some more kits and models.

Here's another wool appliqué project I'm working on.... it's called "Flower Bed"  by designer Shawn Williams of Threads That Bind.  It measures 33 by 33 inches.  It's the largest wool appliqué I've done to date. Very fun pattern!!
I hope to have it finished in time for the Quilt Event here in Rice Lake on March 28th.  
Along with a bunch of other things I will share soon!!
How's your weekend shaping up?

Cathy G