Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Here are a couple angles of our master crafted brick back steps. We use this entrance into the house 99% of the time. I thought I would include one shot with the Master Craftsman himself.
Just for fun, let's remember the handy gangplank that Dave built for us when he added the mud room. It did serve us well for over a year. But we can't say "ahoy mateys" when we enter the house anymore.
I guess seeing the storeroom with the boxes finally unpacked and off the floor made me think of moving... being behind us!
Martha Stewart has really cute labels at Staples. Matching labels will make you feel more organized - and that is a good thing.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
On Saturday we followed the suggestions of our PB decorating guru Shelli Holechek and hung pictures. More specifically, at the end of the day we had hung 37 framed pieces. By nightfall Mike was traumatized and in the fetal position on the sofa. The old plaster walls required special screw nails and Mike's drill. It involved lots of instructions and in his opinion "too many words". It is absolutely thrilling to have this done. But I would not recommend asking Mike to hang anything in the near future.
Here is a little sneak peak at some of the finished look! In total Mike hung two mirrors, three pieces of needlework, nine family holiday letters and twenty three photographs. The "reading room" was transformed with the addition of all of our kids' photographs. And the hallway now tells our family history with years of framed Christmas (or in many cases Valentines Day) Letters.
The house feels even more like home.
Friday, November 9, 2012
"Oh the Lord's been good to me, and so I thank the Lord... for giving me the things I need, the whole wide world and the apple seed... the Lord's been good to me. Amen. Amen."
Johnny Appleseed and Karen Blanc
(Learned this sweet song in Girls Scouts... and my mom still has us sing it as a table grace at family dinners.)