My concept of this patio I’m designing is to be able to redesign the look at anytime. Pieces that I will be making will be portable.  I want to be able to play with this patio, as if it was a “doll house”.   Designing and planning is critical parts of this whole idea in Read More

Using what you have given me…

Closet accordion door, into a corner unit. Headboard into a bench (legs from pedestals, in pic), wood from waterbed frame. Armoire, just beautiful…on display in my “Gallery At Home”. Footboard in progress, waiting for installation hardware… converted to a shelving unit in the Gallery’s hallway. Doors will be used as a privacy screen (front entrance).

“Golden Rule”

“Do onto others as you would have them do unto you”…Treat others like you would want them to treat you.  Mom always taught this!  If only more parents would teach their children this rule, the world would be in a better place.   Have a great day!  Don’t forget to do something that will make Read More

Enjoy The Journey


Be the best YOU can be.  Happiness can only be found within YOURSELF.  The responsibility is OUR own.  Do things that makes YOU happy and puts a SMILE on your face.  Now…find something to make you smile.  Make it a priority today! You deserve it.


A big “THANK YOU” to all of you for participating in my Patio Project Challenge: MaryAnne Cole, John/Alicia Shaffer, Jennie Dahlby, Claire Kilborne, David Smith, Amanda Jorgensen, Elisa Davidson, Kevin Bacon, Robert Thomas, Fred/Becky Wier, Chris Skilton, Fred Parker, Barb Dwyer, and Diane Rautio.  If I missed anyone, please comment below.    Materials received: -Bricks/pavers, Read More

Step 2: Level ground, lay bricks

Now the FUN begins…creating.  I would like to create a try-level patio with different sitting areas.  Here’s one section.

Step 1: Removing existing patio

The image of a clean “slate” was a lot easier than the work itself. It took about 1 week (5-6hrs per day) to complete Step 1.

Patio Project Challenge

My artistic mind could not accept this patio as is. I needed to come up with a design that would “invite” me in. I sat on the idea for a few months waiting for the inspiration to hit me.

“Bam” it hit me in June 2020. I was so excited I could hardly sleep. I got up early that morning and started measuring the floor plan of the patio. Thought it through, drew out several design plans until I was happy with one.

Used materials/items ONLY! Wow, now that is going to expand my imagination…beyond the box! Not to mention my abilities. I would have to learn new skills – building stuff.

My artistic abilities are wide spread – cooking, painting, crafting, drawing and who knows what else. I never, ever say, “I “cannot” do anything”, without trying.

How am I going to get the materials needed for this project?

OFFER-UP…I will monitor it for used materials: wood, bricks, fencing and etc.

One month I’ve been monitoring this site! No luck. I was always missing out, no matter how early I got out of bed. Until, I had a dream…post on the Nextdoor app.. I did, and here we are updating my 2017 website’s blog to include my project challenges.

Posting this “Patio Project Challenge” was the most exciting thing I have done in my retired life, thus far. The communities’s responses were incredible.