Friday, April 22, 2011
If you're a hardcore Dizgeek (like me) with a bank account to rival Scrooge McDuck (not so much like me), then have *I* got the auction for you!
Next month, Profiles in History (the outfit that previously held that awesome Back to the Future auction) will be putting up some amazing Disneyana for sale. I learned about it through Inside the Magic, my favorite Disney blog, which if you love Disney - and I mean REALLY love Disney - you should definitely add to your reader.
'Course, it's estimated to go for between $8,000 and $12,000, so...I wonder how hard it'd be to DIY? Heheh. (I just love the color scheme, don't you?)
(Just be sure to invite me, Ok?)
Or, hold on to your helmets, 'cuz this next one rocks:
Hm. I guess $12,000 is a little steep for a theoretical crossplay Rocketeer costume. But still...
Sure, it looks a little rough, but get this: this original Gozer costume was actually found over a year ago in a rack of "unidentified costumes" in a surplus store! You can read the story (and see more pictures) on my favorite Ghostbusters blog here. Amazing. Makes me want to find a surplus store with unidentified costume racks. (Where do you find those, anyway?)
Thursday, April 21, 2011
I've been holding out on you guys.
Yep, these past several months John and I (but mostly John) have been working behind the scenes on our biggest project to date:
Cue the scary music!
Yep, that's our baby! Or was, back when we bought it last November.
Of course, our jubilation was short-lived when we realized we'd just purchased a total dump whose last occupants were forcefully evicted by the DEA. Hm. Yeeeeah.
We decided to leave the house until spring, because I had a book to write by February, and I needed John's help to keep the blogs going while I did. Then we started looking into insurance for the house, and realized we'd have to have it up to inspection standards within three months of closing to qualify for the insurance we needed.
So that's how we embarked on completely renovating a former crack house during the three months I had to also write CW book #2 and keep two blogs running.
John made the deadline with literally only hours to spare, and then we spent another month or two on the final finishing details.
So sit back, relax, and prepare to be scared wit-less by my 'before' photos. [evil grin]
(Fortunately we learned later there was no septic tank, though.)
This was the large open living area, which has a vaulted ceiling:
The floors were a combination of peeling stick-down tile, bare concrete, dirt, and duct tape.
To the right were glass sliding doors, which led out onto some kind of zombie apocalypse:
You can just see the steps up to the rotting deck out there, too. It was built so that all the rainwater flooded backwards into the house. Nice.
Once John and a few handy friends finished ripping out the rotting deck, they found a concrete foundation under it. Trouble was, one corner of the concrete square was completely gone - cut or broken away. So, after a little puzzling, this was our solution:
We made that corner into a plant bed! Not too shabby, right? Then John painted the concrete (which already had several chippy layers of paint on it) and cleared out most of the jungle that was the backyard. Now it's actually a nice place to sit in; no more zombie hidey-holes.
Here's another angle, showing off our Ikea lighting:
In fact, other than the countertops and handles, the whole kitchen is Ikea. We've now installed at least four complete Ikea kitchens, for ourselves and for friends, and we'll probably never use anything else. You just can't beat the price and the quality.
We also found random bits of drywall that were cut out and propped back in place, we assume as hiding places for nefarious goods. Ah, the former homes of drug dealers...
That was fun. Let's do another:
I don't have many before photos of the bedrooms, but they all kind of looked like this:
And the ceilings looked like this:
All the doors had extra locks and bolts on them, too, and were scratched up and filthy. Cheery.
Now all the bedrooms look like this:
Again, it's new everything. So nice and clean!
And finally, there was the garage-turned-mother-in-law-suite. It was a decent room with its own bath and exterior entrance, but...
...it was in about the same shape as the rest of the house.
Plus it had a plumbing leak overhead:
The water had caused the ceiling to fall down, so it was nailed up around the edges.
This bathroom was in the best shape of them all, since it was only about 20 or 30 years old - as opposed to 50 like the others:
Still, due to the plumbing trouble, John had to re-plumb much of the house. So all the bathrooms got torn down to the studs.
And in the end:
Here's the view from the door:
Those sliders lead out to the driveway. As garage conversions go, this one's not too shabby.
...anyone want to buy a house?
Yep, with our unexpected tax bill this year, and all the extra expenses to repair the many surprises, I'm afraid we have to sell our beloved crack house. (Not to mention stop calling it "the crack house." Ha!) Keep your fingers crossed for us, guys; it's not an easy time to sell a house, as I'm sure most of you know. Still, I'm hopeful some family is going to see it and love it as much as we do now.
I made the magnolia wreath (for only $14!) to go with the big magnolia tree in the yard. Isn't it pretty?
What's that? You want a close-up? Well, if you insist:
Well, [dusting off hands], that's done. Time to turn our attention back to our own house.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Mark Day, the guy who filmed the crossplay Justice League I featured recently, just sent me his latest video. It's pretty awesome, too, so I thought I'd share:
Anyway, hope you enjoy, and check out Mark's Youtube channel for more!
Monday, April 18, 2011
I was recently asked to help spread the word about GeekGirlCon. As a geek, a girl, and rabid convention fan, obviously this is right up my alley.
Of course, the powers that be then decided to host it in Seattle - a location which couldn't possibly be farther away from me and still remain in the continental U.S. - and I'm really trying not to take that personally.
But, I digress.
The convention isn't until October, but I'm telling you now because this is their very first year, and they're looking for people to get involved any way they can. You're encouraged to volunteer, spread the word, suggest topics, bring cookies (ok, I'm guessing on the cookies), and just generally get plugged in over at the GGN website.
So, go! Do that. Tell 'em I sent you.
And then maybe start a petition for an east coast version.
PS - Oh, and guess what? Katie and her mom will be there!
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