Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Our house is finally finished

After 5 months of living with concrete floors, dust and a mess everything is complete. TV is moved, new chairs added. I'm really liking the new arrangement it gives us a much better focal point. Before the fireplace was to tall and it competed with the tv wall. The floors have different shades of wood with mostly dark planks and it's hard scraped. I really love them!! So far they are holding up well and if a scratch comes it seems to blend in. The house feels so much cleaner with wood floor and I do think everyone's allergies are better. We just put the curtains back up a couple weeks ago 
The fireplace was moved about a foot down and I can't believe how that effected the scale. I swear if something is off on in a room I can't help but be bugged by it. That always drove me crazy, so I am happy now!!
 New chairs, new end table, new clock. I may need something on each side of clock but nothing has came to be yet. I have the curtains up now.
 I love these curtains so much, they used to be in my bedroom  but they work perfect in the living room. They are so heavy and lined way above my sewing ability.
It's really hard to see the floor color in the top pictures because my house has tined windows which create shadows but these are at night with light on. 
Bad picture but I am so proud of how this turned out.
I also got new tile in my small mudroom area and powder room. Feels like a new house. Now we need to do our bathroom next ): Always something. That's pretty much it although the kids bathrooms will need some work but nothing urgent. I'm thinking about adding some barn doors in the kids bathrooms we have that whole to many doors and tight spaces thing going on. I feel like I can kind of relax a bit it's been stressful living in our house having everything ripped up at once. 

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Table project, lamp project and new lights

I am so far behind on blogging but want to stay with it. I have tons of pictures on my computer to share memories, projects and more. Back in the spring, I saw a table on Pinterest that I loved so much. I really loved the finish and size. I happened to have a old outdoor table ready for the trash  from years ago. Sometimes things just come to me and I thought about using it as a new top and making a new table. I went to Lowe's and bought new legs, I accidentally bought ones that were to long but we were able to cut them down. Rob is really good at exact measurements. I have the ideas and he executes the plan. He says the table was not easy because it was not square. We made a apron to go under the table on four sides and added the legs.
To achieve the weathered look it was a mix of two whites. One more cream and one more white. I stained it with Weathered Oak and then added some Jacobean and wiped away.
A lot of mixing and a wet rag and I was able to achieve a similar looking table.
Not a great picture but I will post a better one soon
I changed out my light in my office and changed out my sitting room light too. With all the house work I got on a little role changing things around and getting some new things.
Found this cute little terrarium on vacation, loved the finish. 
I have had this lamp a few years, I have no idea why I bought it. It's not really my style it has that funky modern look that people were mixing with traditional styles a few years ago. I repurposed it and used my stash of oyster shells to make a whole new lamp. I just love use what I have. Right when I think I need something new I start brainstorming, I saved myself time and money looking for a new lamp. I love the colors of oyster shells.
I priced oyster shells lamps and they were not cheap. So I was thrilled to make this for nothing.
Much more to come... And pictures of my house and new floors
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Happy 12th Birthday Drew

Dear Drew,
Today you are 12 yrs old!! Just like Jaden it seems like yesterday that I held you in my arms. You have always been my sweet buddy. This year you are becoming more mature and know who you are. You love to talk about social injustices and standing up for all wrong doings in the world. Your favorite activity is watching social experiments on YouTube and anything silly or crazy. You are a funny guy and always make us laugh. You love to tell us about funny stuff and cool stories you read about. You are also a big time charmer, your wife will won't be able to get enough. This year you have gained confidence and know who you are and care less about what other think. I am so proud of you in this area, you seem to like what you like regardless of others. You are into fashion all of a sudden and having your hair just right. I think you finally are straying away from Nike a bit, and finally into more dressy clothes. You love shoes, Pugs, music and video games. You ask a lot of questions and want to know about everything going on in the world.You have talked a lot about a career in the medical field too. You really want to be a nurse or even Dr. You have gone through so much and know all about compassion. You carry kindness and a bright smile wherever you go regardless of the day you may have had. You have had some off and on stomach issues the last few months but you continue to be the bravest person and biggest hero I know. One day we were in the car, and I said.. I wish I could take it all away from you as I teared up. First you said, as always"Don't cry mom, please!" which I said, "I am sorry...I just love you." You then went on to say that God gave you this for a reason and He knew it was for you. That somehow it was meant for good and God would use it some way. It is not for you mom to take, it is for me. Okay I am crying again typing this, your faith is remarkable. I guess that is how God works, He gives us beauty from ashes and sunshine from the deepest holes in life. Drew you are my sunshine!! You make me smile and I love to take care of you no matter what. Everyday is a new day with videos, jokes and dancing. You are a great brother, friend and the kindest soul that I have ever known. I love you son, Happy Birthday!!
~Mom
Your faithful friend, who loves you just as much
model hair
Perfect for you!!

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