I completely lost my sewing mojo in early April and now...all these months later, it has started to make its slow re-appearance. Yet, while I've been "gone", stuff has been happening...so I have lots to share with you.
First up...my porch
What little downtime I have had was spent renovating my porch; which has been one of those projects on my list since I bought my home back in 2007. From what info I can find about my 1880s farmhouse [see House History, 1870s-Present], there was a previous porch; but sometime in the 1970s it was removed. I know this for two reasons. First, because the following photo appears in Foundations of a Community: Oakville before the turn of the century, a book which has been a lifesaver in helping me pull together my home's history. Second, my assumptions were also confirmed by information from the Missouri Office of Historic Preservation.
He graciously cut out and painted nearly 60 of these balusters, that I designed; which make up the vertical guards to the railing, and he painted them...along with all of the new floorboards, staircase pieces, etc.
I still have lots of touch-up painting to do, and the porch skirt to build, and while someday I do hope to add a little fretwork or gingerbread near the top of the posts...for now, I'm thrilled with the result and happy to be able to walk on my porch and not feel like I'm going to fall through it.