The Screamin' Pumpkin VCT flooring arrived at the distributor down on the Mass/RI line Tuesday morning. My brother-in-law David gave his daughter Celia the task of driving down there from Jaffrey, picking up the tiles, and then driving them all the way out here to Aunt Kristin. She arrived, 65 lb. box in hand of Screamin' Pumpkin tiles. We opened the box up and they were indeed worth the wait -- a beautiful color.
Yesterday Kevin, Rory and I spent the day installing the Armstrong VCT tiles on the studio floor. Kevin had never installed this type of tile before but he is always game to learn something new. I love that about him. Nothing is ever impossible. The first time he ever installed tile was on my mudroom floor eleven years ago. To tell you the truth, I think he looks forward to the things I throw at him. We read the directions on the "glue" and went at it.
Here's my palette - 9 shades of bright and zingy Armstrong VCT tiles.
They troweled the glue on and I handed them the colors.
It went surprisingly fast.
We did have a good time - especially me. I love to orchestrate this kind of project and it was so much fun watching the floor grow before me. I shared my color theory with Kevin and Rory because they were trying to figure out what kind of pattern I was using. It was kind of cute that by half way through the day, they were suggesting colors and double-checking that I wanted a certain color next to that color. "Are you sure Kristin?"
We worked our way out the door, ate some lunch halfway through the day. (If I was a perfect hostess I would have made them lunch but I couldn't get that together.)
Then Kevin put on the primed baseboard and finished up his punch list. They packed up the truck, the ladders, the saws, the tools and left.
They are finished and just in time for the upcoming weekend. The bottom of my legs are covered with tile glue and I'm wondering how the heck I will get it off. We had to be careful because it was really easy to get your shoes stuck in the glue. I felt like I was in some kind of movie with tricks (like Home Alone).
I just love the floor and can't wait to get the studio up and going and organized. I'll let you know how it holds up. It will be getting a lot of traffic on it including lots of in and out to the garden.
BOOK PARTY - MAY 5-6
to celebrate the publication of my new book
CRAFTING A PATTERNED HOME.
Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.
This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.
The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.