Tuesday, May 28, 2013

One year later, before and after

I've been wanting to put together a little before and after of what we've done at the house so far. We've had the house for one full year now and have made quite a bit of progress so far, although its mostly been elbow grease, paint and furniture. No major remodeling of anything.

Its kind of fun to look back and see how far we've come, considering we just go a few times per month for a day or two at a time...
Starting with the progress we've made in the living room area
Here's right inside the front door, looking toward the back of the house
Before:


and Now-

Looking to the right toward the master 
Before-


and Now-




























Looking in the opposite direction from the dinning room, looking back toward the front door

Before-


and Now


From the master looking across the living room toward the other two bedrooms and bath
Before


and Now


then back across at the master
Before




not exactly the same angle, but a little of the kitchen before,


and after


Next time we go down I'll try to get some pictures of the bedrooms, bathrooms and yard to show the progress we've made there.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

simple gifts are the best

Usually I have a hard time finding something for Mom for Mom's day.
This year I got a really good hint of what she wanted when I made this for my sister for her birthday in February....

A broken pot, some moss, ferns, hens and chicks from the yard and a cute little gnome...done.
When I gave it to my sister, I heard Mom say, I want one!  I wasn't sure if she was just saying that to be polite or not, but when I walked in on Mom's day with one for her, she was thrilled.


Hers is a little different from this one, but I can't find the picture I took of it. She got a cute little bird bath with a frog in it and a brass birdhouse instead of a gnome and a brass bird feeder.  
Both she and my dad said that she had said that she sure hoped I was going to make her one.
When I walked in with the bag I was carrying it in she said " I sure hope that's what I think it is!"
haha...she's so happy to please, Im glad I took her up on her request and simple gifts are always best



Tuesday, May 14, 2013

dusting things off, and opening the windows

Its been awhile...a long while. Actually, its been just shy of a year since my last blog post.
I've often thought about the blog, but I've gone months and months without it even crossing my mind.
A few times I've thought of closing it down. Then I come back here and poke around a bit and find all the posts that I cared so much about...all the stories about our life.
Its kinda sad, them sitting here all alone.
And I don't want to loose them.
So, I keep it.

And Im kinda sad that Im no longer keeping those stories of our life.
So, its time to throw open the window, let in the spring air and dust off the cobwebs and get back to work.

Knowing I've written our stories down and can come back and read them anytime feels right.