The Sows Ear Inn

The Sows Ear Inn
not a silk purse

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sowsearinn Part Deux

Because my husband thinks I don't have enough to do, that I lollop about too much, letting my arse get fatter & fatter (along with the rest of my body, but I say it's for heat retention, don't cha know), he bought another house for us to try to restore to some semblence of normalacy. There were years & years of dirt, dust, crud & horrible paint jobs to mend. We are almost done! My shoulders are killing me. I should look like superman but I don't. So I am going to attempt to show before & afters of what we have done. Here goes:

 So this is of course the pink room. There was a sale on pink in Deer Drop at one point & everyone painted the rooms pink.

 This year there is a sale on white so rooms are now white. With green trim.

 Here you see the marvelous painting job in various hues in different unpainted stages

 The white sale contined. I call this the igloo room. If we had not painted the trim another color people would get lost in all this white with the angled ceilings & walls. Chaos & broken heads would have ensued.
 This is the dining room in a lovely color of ??? camel? tan? brown? Ugly?
 I forgot to take afters so this will be continued.
 The upstairs hall, I think it is paintable wallpaper left unpainted until.....
Now! A nice mellow yellow.                                   

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

o help me plsease

I certainly wish someone with blogging experience would find this site & tell me how to put old/new pictures side by side. I wish someone would help me jazz this thing up. If I only had a brain I could probably look at the icons at the top of this page & figure it out. If only.....

Royal Design Give Away!!

Royal Design Studios is giving away $75 in free stencils! My favorite place to be, I spend hours getting ideas from Melanie. She is a genius. When I grow up I will be like her! ha in my dreams I know, but I can dream! So go enter to win, and give them to me!!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

My new obsession

So, my new obsession is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. That means I had to go "junqueing" thru the backwoods of MT the other day, so that I could find stuff to try it out on.  An all day loop winding up where I knew I should of started in the first place. But, we did see some X-Files/"Home"/Inbreeder types towns (?) with lots of old decrapitated buildings but no junk stores. Or stores of any kind for that matter. How do people survive in those kinds of places? It gives me chills! I got a small end table, a "vintage" vanity type thingy, & a gi-normous mirror to do some kind of Royal Design modello/etching on.. The price of the mirror? 4, four, bucks! Maybe someday when I grow up I will be able to sell some of this crap so that I can continue to support my "wanna be an artist habit". Wouldn't that be fun! and p.s. I have been commissioned to do a countertop! Yippee Skippee!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


I did the countertop!

the Kitchen!!

The cabinet doors are finally up & I can show you how this old farmhouse is coming into the 20th century.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Coming soon! News & photos of the 1/2 kitchen deconstruction. You'll be amazed! You'll be impressed! You'll be glad it isn't you!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A descriptive title:

I am finally fulfilled. I have found the descriptive title to the vocation of my choosing:
I am a "serious amateur decorative painter". Or is it "seriously amateurous at decorative painting" Or "decoratively amateurous at serious painting" ? I can't decide which. Altho I know that they should all end
in "wannabe". There.

Friday, June 3, 2011


I wish I knew how to make my blog look like everyone else's out there. Can't someone teach me? Help me?

It's spring......?

Well, it's really almost summer, but this state still doesn't know it. Rain, rain, rain with a chance of guessed it, rain. At least it isn't snow. Or sun. Who would be crazy enough to want sun. Not the mold growing between my toes, that would ruin everything. So in the meantime, we have finished 2 more rooms. The laundry room, which I must say looks pretty good. I guess having a new "layer" of clean paint does wonders. And we got rid of the pepto-dismal pink room. So I will try to post pictures, altho all of my loyal fans see this on facespace. My imaginary friends can look at them here!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

So, we have been stripping paint from the trim around the bathroom door & the window. This has become a habit. Or something. Been about 4 days or more. And I ask myself, WHY am I wasting so much time on this place? why why why. Because there is nothing else to do in this wilderness I guess. We will probably die from lead paint poisoning. But maybe at least the trim will look pretty....

Monday, April 18, 2011

Instead of calling this place sowsearinn I should have called it "LAYERS OF PAINT" because that is what EVERYTHING has on it. 100 years of layers. UGGGHHHH.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


This blog is sooo boring, I look at all these other one's that are so good. I don't even know where to start, especially since somehow I lost all the before pictures of this house that were on my camera, my computer died again & took all my pictures with it & so how can compare before & after? I'm so bummed. & blog challenged.....

Monday, March 28, 2011

An eclectic conglomeration of mindless meanderings:

I have discovered a new money making adventure, so easy I can't believe no on has thot of this before. It is an adventure in animal husbandry that proliferates at an amazing speed, doubly induced by highly over rated hardwood floors. The profit making husbandry? Dust bunnies. Easy to grow & they are everywhere.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

So the story will begin:

And now the chronicalling of the work done on said Sows Ear Inn (or Sows Rear Inn as a friend put it) will begin. And since I am tired of talking like I am speaking for someone else, it is making me feel skit-so-frentic (sorry don't feel like looking it up), I will continue this maudelin story in the first person. I think. I did not pay much attention in English. So, you figure it out!
I hope to regal you all with photos of the trans, or wait, should I call it the "trash"formation of this old house as it goes along. IF I can ever figure out how to post pictures here. Every other blog in the world seems to know how to do it but I cannot figure it out. Plus my main computer with all my pictures is dead, so until that gets back I can't do a thing. And double plus, I have to go babysit my mother for 2 weeks so I won't be home to figure it out. So until will have to be satisfied staring at the Sows Ear Inn one and only photo. Unless of course you count the pig!

Friday, February 4, 2011

tick tock

So the soon to be rousted out of her roost wife had 3 years to try to change the husbands mind. TICK TOCK like Hooks clock, the minutes, hours, days, months & years sped by, like a rocket to the moon, she kids you not, with the husband not even considering a change of mind & before you know it.....Boom they were gone.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

to all (4) fans:

Dear Fans:
I am blocked. I'm sorry, I keep trying to think of how to continue this mononetous story but I am stunted, stupiefied, strangling, & sorry that I just cannot think of anything witty to say. Hopefully someday I will get my mojo going & get back on track with this ridiculous blog.
But, just to  give you a little tid-bit of life: My stinking 14 yr cat who refuses to die bit me last night because I would not let him sleep on my face. He is lucky he is still alive. I threw him into the den of artic cold amid curses that I hoped he died, while I ran to the medicine cabinet with my mothers warnings of cat scratch fever, wash 7 times or you will wake up without an arm...but then I remembered he bit me, did not scratch.
O, & here is my movie suggestion: Murder By Death with Peter Sellers. Pretty darn stupid & funny. The best line was the address:
22 Twain.....get it!!! If I move back to Ca I will try for that as a license plate.
How does my brain work? From cat scratch fever to that movie? Yikes.