This is my second year with a real tree. I actually put up my old artificial tree while waiting for the real trees to become available and looking at the store bought one that I had put up for 15 years was very sad and disappointing. I had always loved that tree, and then after getting a tree from the tree farm last year, my view totally changed. The way it looks, smells and fills the room is wonderful! Last year the tree I picked was very full and fluffy which was a Cypress. This year I went with a tree that had a different look with lots of small crooked branches which is the Balsam fir. I think I would really love the scotch pine next year!
Winter is slowly creeping in and I am making a tree for my front porch for the first time. I am using pieces from an old broken tree and a big flower pot for the base that is filled with firewood. Transitioning from a Fall to a Winter porch is not always an easy decision for me. I am ready for Christmas decor in September and have my ideas ready so early that I can hardly wait. I left some of my fall items up through today, which is the day before Thanksgiving and this weekend I will finish the Christmas tree. I am using a lot of red check and flannel this year. I did not buy anything to decorate with, I am dragging out old fabric. Old wool blankets, making flannel pillows. I cut strips of flannel to tie on the ends of my tree branches and am making popcorn garland. I hope your season is filled with the joy of decorating.
The lyrics to the song by Carrie Underwood, carry some meaning. The search for finding a home does not come easy for some. Lack of resources, giving up, trying again and again giving up. It is a tough cycle to go through and I spend most of my time wishing I was just at home. Still not giving up on the dream, it is just hard to get there sometimes on your own. From the song:
"This is my temporary home
It's not where I belong
Windows in rooms that I'm passin' through
This is just a stop, on the way to where I'm going
I'm not afraid because I know this is my
Young mom on her own
She needs a little help got nowhere to go
She's lookin' for a job, lookin' for a way out
'Cause a half-way house will never be a home
At night she whispers to her baby girl
Someday we'll find a place here in this world
Going from one dream to the next, looking for a small piece of land, looking for an old home, looking for a tiny home. Looking for a home in general is such a dream. Then you realize it is just a dream. That maybe it is just not meant to be. Still searching.
I love the Morton Buildings. They are very affordable and you can incorporate as many bedrooms as you would need. What a beautiful home this is to me!
Such a wonderful home! I hope you all have a wonderful day and that all of your dreams come true!
A beautiful morning for gorgeous duck egg's! I love making breakfast on weekends and when I was lucky enough to get some fresh egg's at the farm market, from the duck farm, I was so excited! I call them Fred Flintstone Egg's and wow are they beautiful to cook up! I have plenty of chicken eggs now, and too many to even eat. Blessed. Have a joyous day, love to you all.
Showing off the progress I have made on my painted farm cabinet also!
Spent some time sanding down my old cabinet today and within a few hours I was on my way to finishing it up, I have not moved it into a great place yet, but it sure does make the kitchen feel more at home!
Searching for a new nest is hard work. I have been through multiple listings and think I have found one that I really can work with. I will post photo's soon after my walk through. So excited!
About the new home, I was pretty devastated when the challenge started this week with financing and signing a contact, but I purposed to keep my hope in God – even though it is a challenge . I truly see my family in this home and living there raising there own families as I grow older. So many of my hopes and dreams for a home , It just seems perfect. So, I keep praying that God would do something. I keep thinking, that if it is meant to be, it will be. I have always just gone with the flow of life and grew where I was planted :). But I just really hope and dream of this home for my family becoming a reality.
Your home is yours.
Every brick. Every room. Every space. Every window and door and floor and counter top and cabinet and empty wall.
And the most wonderful, incredible, amazing thing you can do for your home….
…is love it.
And fill it with things that you love.
And people and family and friends that you love.
I absolutely love Thistle wood and I love being at home. As a matter of fact I love being at home so much and DIY that I am pretty much obsessed over piddling around daily to find a project. It makes me happy.
Good news! I found a new home! Bad news, I can't let this one go. I have to say, I really do not like big change any longer. I found a new home and while going through the buying process, I find myself looking back to the road I have been on for the past 5 years with this home. I am going to miss it.
Before and After of my home for the past 5 years and then way below that is some preview photos of the new home I am closing on soon. Excited and sad...at the same time :)
The new house, is actually 2 houses on the same land. It currently has 2 bed and breakfast inns on the property and a large barn, chicken house and cabin.
the photo's are a little mixed, above you see the kitchen in the brick house, and below this is the kitchen in the yellow house which is a bed and breakfast
oh my goodness what do you do with old laminate dressers from the 70's? I thought about this for 2 years, sitting in my room and disliking my brown dresser on a wood floor. The room just felt so dark, so I decided on a whim to just paint it with some leftover kitchen paint and I am so happy that I did. This color has changed the room so much. Pardon the mess around the dresser and in the room, it was part of my making a mess while cleaning project while I was off from work on a sunday lol Starting to work on the nightstands and other tables now. Have any suggestions or ideas? What the heck is wax used for while painting primitive furniture. I must know.
This is the third year I have had to start gardening in a very small area that was never used for anything but a small lawn. I am going to start with the photos that show when I moved in and move forward the past year, which is the first work I have done. I am hoping that I can create my place in the world that shares my happiness and love for gardening while also making a very peaceful place to enjoy my summer evenings after work and with my family. In the beginning one week before siding and new windows...the journey begins august 2013 one month later, the picket fencing was recycled and free. All birdhouses were free. The bushes were free from a local store that let them set out in the heat and the trellis and brick were also from locals that no longer needed them. Nothing in this yard cost any money. All flowers and plants were grown from seeds collected from other flowers and the ferns were gathered from an old farm house that was abandoned that actually grow here in missouri in most yards. All paint used was labeled and sold on clearance as odd colors and was less than 5.00. Chickens? yes they were free too! winter came and a few months later spring was finally here! the small fenced in area that went from brown to white started to expand the full span of the yard and some new birdhouses and four by four garden, also I dug into the dirt and added some red brick and pavers morning glories and marigolds were growing fast and some are up to 5 feet tall! and also some corn! where I was when summer ended last year before I rebuilt the chicken house and planted some new trees now time for some fun, we were lucky enough to get some snow which we measured with our great locally made wine, and made some snowmen. Is it almost spring? The chicken house is ready for a remodel with some warm winter weather. I will post new photos next week!